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SEC seeks public input on Franklin Templeton, Hashdex Bitcoin ETFs

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has announced the next steps in its consideration of the proposed Franklin Templeton and Hashdex spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) bids. The agency has requested written comments on both proposals to approve or deny the applicants’ Forms 19b-4.SEC Form 19b-4 is a

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EU Parliament’s Internal Market Committee Seeks to Reduce Dependency on Other Countries With Metaverse Strategy

"Europe cannot afford to lag behind in the next digital revolution nor can we repeat past mistakes," said Pablo Arias Echeverría, the rapporteur shepherding the initiative through the parliament. "As we step into Web 4.0 with the development of virtual worlds, we have to lay a foundation, rooted in strong

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US 5th Circuit Court seeks regulation on lawyers’ AI use in legal filings

A federal appeals court in New Orleans is considering a proposal that would mandate lawyers to confirm whether they utilized artificial intelligence (AI) programs to draft briefs, affirming either independent human review of AI-generated text accuracy or no AI reliance in their court submissions.In a notice issued on Nov. 21, the

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Belgium seeks to reboot the EU blockchain infrastructure project

Belgium plans to accelerate the development of a European blockchain infrastructure during its presidency of the EU Council in early 2024, according to the goveernm. The proposal aims to facilitate the secure storage of official documents like driving licenses and property titles. The development of public blockchain for the pan-EU infrastructure

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OpenAI seeks to diffuse internal tensions after Altman departure: Report

OpenAI executives are trying to smooth out internal discord after the abrupt termination of former CEO and co-founder Sam Altman and others through “intense discussions,” according to a Bloomberg report. An internal memo from OpenAI vice president of global affairs Anna Makanju, as seen on Nov. 20 by Bloomberg, said top

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U.S. DOJ seeks $4b settlement from Binance, CEO may face criminal charges

The U.S. Department of Justice proposes a $4 billion settlement with Binance, potentially implicating founder Changpeng Zhao in a landmark case involving allegations of money laundering and sanction violations. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is reportedly in advanced stages of finalizing a significant financial settlement with Binance. This settlement, potentially

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Canadian regulator seeks feedback on crypto asset exposure disclosure requirements

Canada’s Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has opened a consultation period on crypto asset disclosure requirements for federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs). The consultation was foreseen in the 2023 federal budget, but its timing is tied to a similar enquiry initiated by the Bank for International Settlements

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Canadian authority seeks input from banks on crypto reporting regulations

Canada’s Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions has initiated a consultation process to develop guidelines for how banks should report their exposure to crypto. The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) in Canada is stepping up to address the growing role of cryptocurrencies in the financial world. The

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