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Global

Monthly crypto exchange volumes broke $1 trillion for the first time in February. More →

Bitcoin is at a tipping point and could become ‘currency of choice’ for global trade, Citi says. More →

Mirror Trading International Named Biggest Crypto Scam of the Year After Raking in $589 Million. More →

 

Europe

Europol: 10 held for alleged $100m cryptocurrency theft from celebs, others. More →

Europe's wealth mangers increasingly focusing on Bitcoin: survey. More →

European trading giant Flow Traders reports revenue bump thanks to crypto rally. More →

ECB issues stark warning on Big Tech cryptocurrency projects. More →

Estonia

Estonia's new government still plans to regulate crypto companies. More →

Finland

Finnish study shows how the uncertainty in the Bitcoin market responds to cyberattacks. More →

France

France’s AMF Chairman calls for new approach to proposed EU crypto regulations. More →

Germany

German police 'seize' $63m in Bitcoin, don’t have password. More →

Germany’s blockchain initiative: How adoption became a reality in 2020. More →

Italy

Italy’s consob consults on regulation of Securities Token Offerings. More →

Russia

Russian government passes draft bill on Bitcoin taxation. More →

Mystery entity just set up 20k Bitcoin miners in Siberia. More →

Russia’s digital ruble model to get bank-friendly redesign. More →

Russian bill to recognise crypto as property moves ahead in the parliament. More →

Serbia

Serbian man extradited to US after being indicted in $70m crypto fraud. More →

Spain

Spanish Treasury Secretary repeats Bank of Spain's lack of regulation rhetoric. More →

El Español says Spanish authorities joint statement is a warning to companies in the wake of Tesla’s BTC buy. More →

Sweden

CoinShares to IPO in Sweden. More →

Bitcoin ETF Sellers in Sweden Urged to Avoid Average Consumers. More →

Switzerland

One of Switzerland's oldest banks now offers trading in cryptocurrencies. More →

21Shares launches the world’s first Polkadot ETP on Swizerland’s SIX exchange. More →

Tax payments with Bitcoin and Ethereum now available in Switzerland’s canton of Zug. More →

Turkey

Turkey shares worldwide cryptocurrency concerns, ministry says. More →

UK

19% Of UK private jet company sales from Bitcoin. More →

English soccer club partners with a cryptocurrency sportsbook. More →

FCA releases detailed 5-point plan to make UK a fintech powerhouse. More →

UK cryptocurrency startups coining the future of fintech in 2021. More →

Ex-London stock exchange chief says UK should embrace crypto post-Brexit. More →

IG Group to Exclude Cryptocurrencies from Offering to UK Retail Clients. More →

UK crypto exchange EXMO offline amid DDoS attack. More →

Almost 200 crypto firms applied to register in the UK over the last year as global interest in Bitcoin boomed. More →

UK firm launches service for company treasuries to invest in Bitcoin. More →

PayPal Expands Crypto Business into UK Market, Venmo App. More →

New research reveals 2 in 5 crypto investors in the UK are women. More →

UK must act quickly to ensure fintech lead, encourage crypto: treasury report urges. More →

Ukraine

Ukraine plans huge cryptocurrency mining data centers next to nuclear power plants. More →

Americas

Argentina

Cordoba Becomes the First Argentinean Province to Impose Taxes on Crypto.  More →

Canada

Canadian crypto lender Lend raises $2.7m for emerging markets expansion.  More →

Bitcoin ETF roars in debut with $80m of first-hour trades. More →

Accelerate Financial files for Bitcoin ETF.  More →

Canada okays second-ever bitcoin ETF just days after approving the first crypto fund. More →

 CI Global files to issue North America’s third Bitcoin ETF. More →

Colombia

Colombia’s financial regulator allows alliances between banks and digital currency exchanges. More →

Cuba

TradingView Data Show Bitcoin Is the Most Searched-For Asset in Cuba. More →

Mexico

Amazon Preparing to Launch a ‘Digital Currency’ Project in Mexico. More → 

United States

Ex-OCC Chief Brooks Calls Tesla’s Bitcoin Buy a Bit ‘Scary’ for Rest of World. More → 

Crypto hedge fund founder pleads guilty to $90m fraud. More → 

Binance drops defamation lawsuit against Forbes over ‘Tai Chi’ document. More → 

US Library of Congress Says Most Countries Lack Clear Tax Guidance on Crypto Staking. More → 

Bitcoin’s volatility will stop corporations from following Tesla’s example, JPM strategists say. More → 

Ethereum futures are now trading on CME. More → 

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey makes $1 million gift to Coin Center. More → 

Bitcoin for everybody: the new free course announced by MicroStrategy’s CEO Michael Saylor. More → 

Robinhood to plan confidential IPO filing as soon as March. More → 

YouTube suspends CoinDesk’s channel. More → 

MicroStrategy has $4.5bn in Bitcoin, but it wants more. More → 

Coinbase’s financials are now public ahead of stock market listing. More → 

Arcane Crypto finalises Nasdaq listing. More → 

MIT’s digital currency initiative raises $4m for effort to ‘harden’ Bitcoin. More → 

US SEC commissioner calls for clearer crypto regulations. More → 

NYDIG files for Bitcoin ETF, adding to firms hoping 2021 is when SEC finally says ‘Yes’. More → 

Yellen sounds warning about ‘extremely inefficient’ Bitcoin. More → 

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce backs DeFi. More → 

Venezuela

Venezuela is becoming one of world’s most rapid adopters of cryptocurrency. More →

Venezuela's Maduro Says He's Planning a Digital Currency 'Surprise'. More →

Visa: 25% of Latin Americans Want to Pay With Cryptocurrencies. More →

 

Caribbean

Bahamas

Mastercard launches prepaid card for world’s first CBDC in Bahamas. More →

Cayman Islands

CV5 Capital has launched a crypto fund platform for fund managers. More →

 

Middle East & North Africa

Middle East crypto industry faces obstacles. More →

Iran

Anti-Chinese sentiments rise in Iran courtesy Vitcoin firms. More →

Israel

Hogeg bringing Bitcoin to Tel Aviv Stock Exchange via shelf company. More →

UAE

Dubai Free Zone becomes first UAE government entity to accept Bitcoin. More →

Dubai-based licensing company adopts cryptocurrency payments. More →

Major Dubai crypto fund to sell $750m worth of Bitcoin to buy Cardano and Polkadot. More →

UAE, China’s central banks join Hong Kong, Thailand’s cryptocurrency project. More →

Dubai PR firm puts 75% of its treasury into Bitcoin. More →

South Asia

India

A turn for the worse? India’s crypto plan unsettling to local industry. More →

Existing laws inadequate to deal with crypto: Govt. More →

Cryptocurrencies are a major concern says RBI governor as India contemplates crypto ban. More →

India’s RBI close to CBDC decision as Paypal exits Indian payments market. More →

Indian government wants two taxes on crypto trades. More →

India securities regulator to reportedly bar IPO promoters from holding crypto. More →

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Central Bank Plans to License Crypto Exchanges. More →

Pakistan

Armed Robbers Extort $93,000 in Bitcoin in Pakistan. More →

LUMS to introduce country’s first-ever cryptocurrency academic programme. More →

 

East Asia & the Pacific

Australia

Australia’s Central Bank says Bitcoin ‘not really money,’ no risk to financial stability. More →

China

China releases final anti-monopoly rules targeting major tech and payments firms. More →

China's inner Mongolia to ban Bitcoin mining: what it means for the industry. More →

China's blockchain service network announces Cosmos integration. More →

Tencent and Ant-backed banks are said to pilot China's digital yuan. More →

China’s Cryptocurrency Stocks Left Behind in Bitcoin Frenzy. More →

Hong Kong

New crypto regulations in Hong Kong could result in increased crime, crypto exchanges warn. More →

Japan

Japan's SBI in talks to set up cryptocurrency JV with foreign financial firms. More →

Malaysia

Major Malaysian Bank Kenanga Acquires 19% Stake in a Crypto Exchange. More →

Singapore

In Singapore, bitcoin is challenging gold as a store of value. More →

South Korea

Following GameStop, South Korea Financial regulator extends ban on short sales. More →

Bank of Korea: CBDCs are fiat currency not virtual assets. More →

South Korea fast tracks 20% tax on Bitcoin and crypto profits to 2022. More →

North Korea

North Korea cyberattacks gained $300m in cryptocurrency: UN panel. More →

Taiwan

Siam Bank's VC arm to invest $50 million in blockchain and DeFi startups. More →

Africa

Why cryptocurrency is thriving in Africa. More →

Jack Dorsey, Jay-Z out 500 Bitcoin into trust supporting Africa and India. More →

Kenya

Kenya Central Bank Explores Using Bitcoin to Fight the Depreciating Shilling. More →

Akoin rolled out in $2B medical metropolis in Kenya. More →

Morocco

Morocco's central bank to investigate the use of CBDC. More →

Nigeria

Nigeria Central Bank says cryptocurrencies were a threat. More →

Nigerians look to P2P exchanges after crypto ban. More →

Bitcoin is trading at a 46% premium on Luno Nigeria after central bank ban. More →

Nigeria’s CB tells the country’s financial institutions to close accounts tied to crypto exchanges. More →

Binance suspends deposits in Nigeria following CB directive. More →

Nigeria and South East Asia led global crypto adoption in 2020. More →

South Africa

South African taxpayers who fail to disclose income from cryptocurrency trading face possible jail time. More →

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