Hodler’s Digest, Feb. 5-11 By Cointelegraph

Kraken’s staking down, FTX post-bankruptcy hell and Binance news: Hodler’s Digest, Feb. 5-11

Kraken reaches $30M settlement with SEC over staking as IRS seeks user information

Kraken has agreed to stop offering staking services or programs to United States clients after reaching an agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Along with ceasing operations, the crypto exchange will pay $30 million in disgorgement, prejudgment interest and civil penalties. The SEC claims that Kraken failed to register the program as a securities offering. The move has sparked controversy within the SEC. Commissioner Hester Peirce has publicly rebuked her own agency over the shutdown, arguing that regulation by enforcement is not an efficient or fair way of regulating an emerging industry.

FTX CEO testifies on pure hell post-bankruptcy days at exchange

John Ray, who took over as CEO of crypto exchange FTX, has described in a court hearing some of the chaotic experiences at the firm following the company declaring bankruptcy. According to Ray, there was not a single list of anything related to bank accounts, income, insurance or personnel, causing a massive scramble for information. As the bankruptcy proceedings continue, the names of two guarantors who signed off on part of Bankman-Frieds $250 million bail bond will remain withheld for now, after a last-minute appeal. In another headline, a federal judge denied a joint agreement between Bankman-Frieds legal team and prosecutors that would allow him to use certain messaging apps, including Facebook (NASDAQ:) Messenger.

Binance to temporarily suspend bank transfers in US dollars

Genesis creditors to expect 80% recovery under proposed restructuring plan

co-founder Joe Lubin says no chance ETH is classed as security

Ethereum price risks 20% correction amid SECs crackdown on crypto staking

SEC chair issues warning to crypto firms after action on Kraken staking

Stablecoin issuer Paxos reportedly probed by New York regulators

3AC new exchange triggers backlash from the crypto community No, thank you

Justin Aversano makes a quantum leap for NFT photography

Chinas 180M digital yuan airdrop, Devastation in Turkey, Laos CBDC: Asia Express

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