Weekly Crypto News Recap - June 9, 2023

June 9, 2023


Binance Charged With Running Illegal Crypto Exchange in New SEC Complaint


Breaking: Binance.US suspends USD deposits, warns of fiat withdrawal pause

Binance.US has announced the suspension of U.S. dollar deposits and has notified its customers of an incoming pause to USD withdrawals as early as June 13. On June 9, Binance.US announced that it was forced to take action amid “extremely aggressive and intimidating tactics” from the SEC that allegedly tied the hands of their banking providers. The company added that it plans to transition to a crypto-only exchange but maintains a 1:1 ratio for customer assets.

Coinbase drops 15% in pre-trading after SEC announces lawsuit

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The SEC announced it was suing Coinbase, with the news coming less than 24 hours after the agency unveiled its lawsuit against Binance. The SEC alleged that Coinbase failed to register as a clearing agency, broker, and exchange, further alleging that Coinbase's staking program violated securities laws. Coinbase has vowed to fight back, noting it will continue to operate its staking program and will not delist the tokens alleged to be securities in the lawsuit.

Former CFTC head joins Circle as chief legal officer

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Circle — the company behind stablecoin USDC — has hired Heath Tarbert, the former chairman of the United States Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), as its new chief legal officer, the company announced Thursday. Tarbert, who left the CFTC after an 18-month tenure with the financial regulator, joined Circle from market-making firm Citadel Securities, where he also held the top legal role. The hire is particularly notable amidst the US's increasingly uncertain and hostile regulatory backdrop.

Optimism Deploys Bedrock Upgrade

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Bitcoin whale transfers nearly $40 million after decade of dormancy
Lightning Data Analytics Firm Amboss Launches New ‘Liner’ Index for Bitcoin Yield
Yesterday saw the biggest cascade of long liquidations of 2023
Speculation mounts on Central Asian country to announce Bitcoin treasury holding
Bitcoin open interest grows $500M before SEC lawsuit with Binance, highest level since SVB collapse
Bitcoin Ordinals rolls out upgrade to rectify 'Cursed Inscriptions' issue
Net Bitcoin ATMs record an increase after 4 months of global downtrend


Ethereum Developers Cement Final Lineup of Changes in ‘Dencun’ Upgrade
Redemptions surge for Coinbase’s staked ether following SEC lawsuit
Ethereum co-founder transfers $41 million in ether to address on Kraken
Ethereum fees trend toward two-month low after May’s memecoin mania
Rocket Pool Launches rETH On zkSync Era
Kakarot zkEVM secures backing from StarkWare, Vitalik Buterin in pre-seed round


Crypto Exchange OKX Burns $258M of OKB Tokens in Record Move
Polygon Spinoff Avail Network Starts Phase 2 of Its Testnet
Arbitrum bug causes brief delay in network operation; now fixed
Ethereum Name Service to bring blockchain to browsers with .box web domain name rollout in September
Small business lending protocol Defactor tokenizes $100M in bonds
Altcoins Dip Following Second SEC Lawsuit Against Crypto Exchange
Hop Protocol's 'Sybil Hunter' Payout Unveils Powerful New Airdrop Tool
Optimism 'Bedrock' Upgrade to Speed Confirmations, Cut Gas Fees, Set Path to 'Superchain'
Virtual Reality Tokens Surge 8% as Traders Await Apple's VR Headset Release
Multichain’s MULTI soars 30% as cross-chain bridge services resume
Optimism-Based Velodrome Token Slides Nearly 8% Ahead of Major Upgrade


Circle obtains Major Payment Institution license in Singapore
USDC Introduced on Ethereum’s Layer 2 Scaling Solution Arbitrum
G-7 and G-20 Countries at Odds Over Stablecoin Regulation Amid Fears for Emerging Economies
Turbos Finance Introduces Smart Routing for Stablecoins on Sui
Curve’s Stablecoin to Support Lido’s stETH
New Stablecoin Issuer Raft Is Eschewing Fiat for Its Financial Backing
MUFG to facilitate Japanese bank-backed stablecoins via Progmat Coin platform


BitGo to acquire 100% equity in Prime Trust parent following latter’s bankruptcy rumors
Alameda Research was often the ‘only counterparty’ at Binance.US’ OTC Desk
ConsenSys’ MetaMask Institutional Integrates With Custody Tech Provider Fireblocks
Ankr–Microsoft partnership continues with blockchain creator tool debut
Cumberland Labs unveils SaaS API for public blockchains and DeFi protocols
Zodia Custody to Offer Staking to Institutional Clients Through Blockdaemon
Genesis granted plan extension; judge says FTX can’t take part in mediation
Crypto Insurer Evertas’ Coverage Limit Increased to $420M: Reuters
Defunct Crypto Hedge Fund 3AC Insists on Taking Part in Genesis Mediation
Google searches for ‘crypto’ fall to 2020 levels as BTC sentiment neutral
Elliptic integrates ChatGPT to bolster crypto risk detection


NFT Inspect Introduces New PFP Discovery Tool for Twitter
Kraken NFT Marketplace Launches With Support for Ethereum, Solana and Polygon Collections
NFT platform Enjin forks Polkadot parachain Efinity to new mainnet
Louis Vuitton to Sell $41,000 NFTs to Top Customers
NFT Artist Agoria to Give Fans Ownership Over Upcoming Song Launch
GameStop NFT back in the spotlight after partnership with Illuvium
Blue chip collaterals help stabilize NFT lending: Paraspace
Web3 Gamer: GTA 6 crypto rumors, Dr Who/Sandbox, Thai tourist NFTs review
Sotheby’s Golden ‘Goose’ Sale and Mercedes Benz Puts NFTs in Motion


Bitcoin Halving Is Coming and Only the Most Efficient Miners Will Survive
El Salvador’s Bitcoin miner Volcano Energy launches with $250M investment
Death of 'Anti-Mining' Bill Means Texas Miners Can Keep Raking in Energy Credits


Binance.US Suspends Use of Fiat as Legal Troubles Mount
Documents Reveal Binance.US Suffered a $181 Million Loss in 2022
Crypto.com Integrates With CoinRoutes Smart-Order Routing System
Binance.US Halts OTC Trading, Delists 10 Crypto Pairs
Coinbase CEO Armstrong Says Not Shutting Down Staking Service
Binance.US raked in $410 million of revenue since inception, accounts show
Binance’s Acquisition of Gopax under Threat amid Ongoing SEC Battle
Robinhood ‘actively reviewing’ the listing of SOL, other tokens named in SEC lawsuits
Coinbase Traders Withdraw $600M in a Day Amid SEC Lawsuits
Binance adds Bitcoin NFTs to its marketplace one day after SEC lawsuit
OKX Chooses Nomura-Backed Crypto Storage Firm Komainu as Custodian
Kraken fixes gateway issues after brief delay in withdrawals
Binance Lawsuit Triggers $700M in Withdrawals; Metaverse Tokens Named by SEC Lead Decline
CFTC approves Cboe Clear Digital to clear margined digital asset futures
Coinbase Derivatives to Launch Institutional Bitcoin and Ethereum Futures
Decentralized-to-centralized exchange trade volume ratio sets new all-time high at 22%
Binance Hands Rising Star Teng Key Role to Replace CEO Zhao at Largest Crypto Exchange
Mercado Bitcoin, Brazil's Largest Crypto Exchange, Receives License as a Payment Institution
Binance Market Share Drops to Lowest Level Since October


Lens Protocol Raises $15 Million to Expand Decentralized Social Media
Taiko raises $22 million across two rounds for its ‘Type 1 zkEVM’
Sam Altman joins investors in $19 million round for crypto life insurance startup
Haun Ventures Leads $10M Seed Round for Web3 Gaming Studio Argus
Tether invests in El Salvador’s $1B renewable energy project


Asset Manager Schroders in Search of Crypto Custodian for Digital Asset Push
Cathie Wood’s Ark Invest buys Coinbase shares worth $21 million, despite SEC lawsuit
Sequoia Capital announces three-way split to separate China business
Institutional Investors Have Pulled $329 Million From Crypto Funds Since April
Crypto Hedge Fund Arca Has Trimmed 30% of Its Staff


Australia's Top Bank Halts Payments to Selected Crypto Exchanges
Tel Aviv Stock Exchange completes proof-of-concept to tokenize fiat and bonds
Apple confirms acquisition of AR startup Mira following Vision Pro launch: Report
The Metaverse Welcomes Apple: Vision Pro Augmented Reality Headset Unveiled
Swiss Fintech Taurus Taps Polygon in New Tokenization Push
JPMorgan uses blockchain for 24/7 dollar transfers with Indian banks
Microsoft pens AI cloud computing deal with former Ethereum miner CoreWeave: CNBC


Arbitrum Onboards Norway’s Digital Krone
Privacy Concerns Dominate CBDC Discussion at Consensus 2023


Binance lawsuit: 61 cryptocurrencies are now seen as securities by the SEC
Paradigm slams SEC’s ‘incoherent’ attempt to police decentralized exchanges
New Stablecoin Bill Drafted by House Republicans as Compromise With Democrats
Coinbase Wallet Catches SEC’s Attention In Industry-Defining Lawsuit
SEC Chair Gary Gensler Tried To Land a Job at Binance, the Exchange’s Lawyers Allege
US Justice Department Objects to Bittrex’s Plan To Repay Customers in Bankruptcy Proceedings
SEC’s Gensler rejects ‘regulatory clarity’ arguments in speech on crypto regulation
New UK Crypto Investors Face ‘Cooling-Off Period’ Under FCA Rules
Binance wants Gary Gensler to recuse himself from SEC lawsuit
Crypto Exchange Bittrex’s Customer-Repayment Plan Faces U.S. Government Objection
US federal court dismisses lawsuit against DeFi platform PoolTogether
UK Lawmakers Clash Over Government Plans to Regulate Crypto as Financial Services
Meet the judges that will preside over Coinbase and Binance’s SEC lawsuits
Republican crypto bill a ‘10x improvement’ on all others: Messari CEO
SEC filings reveal testimony of former Binance.US CEOs
Binance’s CZ summoned at Malta address, says he won’t need to appear in person
Binance CEO CZ summoned to appear in District of Columbia court
Janet Yellen claims crypto industry needs ‘additional regulation’ to plug ‘holes’
SEC alleges Binance sent Paxos nearly $20B in commingled funds via Merit Peak in 2021
SEC lawsuits against Binance and Coinbase unify the crypto industry
US Court Gives SEC One Week to Respond to Coinbase’s Rulemaking Petition
The Philippines delays publishing crypto framework
U.S. Lawmakers Urge IRS, Treasury to Hurry Crypto Tax Rules
US Financial Services Committee sets date to discuss future of crypto
SEC Seeks Court Order to Freeze Binance.US Assets
Coinbase, Robinhood testify before House committee on Republican crypto bill
Coinbase Hit With Pending Cease and Desist Orders From 11 States
New US crypto rules could take years, CFTC chair tells Congress
Crypto law firm Gresham advises against US presence, cites unfavorable regulatory environment
U.S. Doesn't 'Need More Digital Currency' Because It Has the Dollar, Says SEC's Gensler
SEC names more tokens as securities, including chiliz, flow, near and nexo
China’s CCTV airs Binance lawsuit in rare crypto coverage
Binance Condemns SEC’s ‘Blunt Weapons of Enforcement’
SEC claims Binance implemented much of a so-called ‘Tai Chi’ plan
SEC Quietly Removes Director William Hinman's Bio From Website
BNB price tumbles as SEC files lawsuit against crypto exchange giant
Russian Bank Launches New Cross-Border Crypto Payments System: Report


World Mobile eyes African rollout after decentralized wireless field tests
Vitalik Buterin and Polygon co-founder to help send $100M toward COVID-19 research


Past exploit threatens $200M liquidation if BNB falls below $220
Eurozone enters technical recession
FTX's $500 Million Stake in AI Startup Anthropic on the Market Amid Bankruptcy
Kim Kardashian EMAX Suit to Proceed as Court Considers Updated Complaint
Research Shows Majority of Pepe Investors Caught in High-Stakes Game of Musical Chairs
Jack Dorsey courts controversy by claiming ETH is a security
SEC, Gensler-themed memecoins surge amid Binance and Coinbase lawsuits
Former Minnesota Vikings Co-Owner Convicted in $700 Million Cryptocurrency Scam
Atomic Wallet hacker sends crypto to mixer used by Lazarus Group: Elliptic
Dogecoin Investors’ Class Action Lawsuit Now Accuses Elon Musk of Insider Trading
Russian Official Under Fire for Allegedly Accepting $28 Million Bitcoin Bribe
Do Kwon out on bail once again after court dismisses prosecution appeal
Atomic Wallet says hack affected 1% of active users, but investors claim otherwise
Atomic Wallet hack losses top $35M, on-chain sleuth reports

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