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Week In Crypto: Circle Ditches Tron Network As US Stablecoin War Escalates

Circle cuts ties with the Tron blockchain, Coinbase meets with the UK’s new city minister, and Montenegro confirms that the man behind TerraUSD will be extradited to the US.
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Frankfurt To Be Home To EU AML Watchdog

Frankfurt has been chosen by the European Parliament and Council as the seat of the Anti-Money Laundering Authority, which will serve as the EU’s new enforcer in the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing.
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UK Announces Incoming Online Slot Stake Limits 

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has announced that the UK will introduce a maximum £2 stake for 18 to 24 year-olds for online slot games and a £5 limit for adults aged 25 and over.
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Gambling Industry Welcomes Finnish Licensing, Dreads 'Dutch-Style' Cooling Off

The European gambling industry applauds Finnish monopoly Veikkaus’ support for an open licensing system to combat the black market but fears its support for a cooling-off period like the one that rocked would-be entrants to the Dutch market.
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Week In Crypto: Circle Ditches Tron Network As US Stablecoin War Escalates

Circle cuts ties with the Tron blockchain, Coinbase meets with the UK’s new city minister, and Montenegro confirms that the man behind TerraUSD will be extradited to the US.
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Payments

Frankfurt To Be Home To EU AML Watchdog

Frankfurt has been chosen by the European Parliament and Council as the seat of the Anti-Money Laundering Authority, which will serve as the EU’s new enforcer in the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing.
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Payments

UK Announces Incoming Online Slot Stake Limits 

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has announced that the UK will introduce a maximum £2 stake for 18 to 24 year-olds for online slot games and a £5 limit for adults aged 25 and over.
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Gambling

Gambling Industry Welcomes Finnish Licensing, Dreads 'Dutch-Style' Cooling Off

The European gambling industry applauds Finnish monopoly Veikkaus’ support for an open licensing system to combat the black market but fears its support for a cooling-off period like the one that rocked would-be entrants to the Dutch market.
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Gambling

Brazil Timeline In Doubt After Official's Exit

Less than two weeks after announcing concrete steps to open the Brazilian market at ICE, the country’s would-be chief gambling regulator is no longer working for the government.
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Gambling

New Federal Rules Herald Online Era Of Tribal Gaming Compacts

The U.S. Department of the Interior has approved new regulations for tribal gaming compacts that expressly recognize the possibility of tribes offering state-wide online gaming without having to obtain a state license.
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Gambling

What's Next For The CFPB's Rulemaking On Non-Bank Payment Apps?

After a 60-day consultation period, the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is currently reviewing its proposed regulations on non-bank payment apps. Facing a backlash from the industry, how are the proposals likely to evolve?
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Payments

DORA 'Takes Shape' As First Guidelines Sent For Commission Approval

The Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA) comes into effect in less than a year, as firms try to get their heads around the EU’s mammoth IT regulation.
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Payments

Google's Plans Will Bring 'Significant Changes' To Online Gambling, Says App Developer

Google’s plan to open up support for game types and operators not covered by existing licensing will bring “significant changes” to the online gambling industry, according to app developer mkodo.
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Gambling

Draft Curaçao Online Gambling Bill Draws Fire

Curaçao’s draft National Ordinance on Gambling is running into complaints, with the influential Advisory Council saying it has a “number of objections” and recommending that it be extensively revised.
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Gambling

Can Tether Escape The US Crypto Crackdown In 2024?

After a year of major enforcement actions against crypto firms in the US, žž speaks with blockchain analytics firm ChainArgos about the likelihood of similar charges being filed against Tether.
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Payments

UDPN's Single Network For Regulated Digital Currencies Prepares To Challenge Swift

The Universal Digital Payments Network (UDPN) is aiming to roll out commercial use cases in 2024, starting with cross-border transfers and swaps, that could challenge Swift.
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Payments

U.S. State Lawmakers To Promote Model Online Casino Legislation

A national coalition of state lawmakers has announced it will form a committee to prepare model gambling legislation for states to consider, with online casino topping the agenda.
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Gambling

German Regulator Criticises Proposal To Decriminalise Illegal Gambling

The German Ministry of Justice has proposed decriminalising illegal gambling and making it strictly an administrative offence, but the regulator calls the proposal “incomprehensible”.
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Gambling

'Government Is Busy Elsewhere': How BNPL Slipped Off The UK Agenda In 2023

2023 was supposed to be the year that the UK government introduced regulation for the buy now, pay later (BNPL) industry. However, the UK industry enters 2024 in limbo, even as other jurisdictions jump ahead.
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Payments

Lula Launches New Era In Brazil Online Gambling

A new era for gambling in Brazil began on December 30 when President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva signed a law to regulate online gaming and sports betting, shifting the focus to Lula’s Ministry of Finance to implement the landmark legislation over the early months of 2024.
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Gambling

Malta Flags Concerns With Ireland's Gambling Bill

Malta has submitted two separate notifications to the European Commission flagging what it considers to be a host of regulatory barriers that may be a “cause for concern” in Ireland’s Gambling Regulation Bill 2022.
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Gambling

UK Prosecutors Order Entain To Leave Latin American Markets

The Crown Prosecution Service has ordered Entain to leave Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Peru within a year or lose the protections of its £600m deferred UK prosecution agreement, but the gambling giant retains some wiggle room.
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Gambling

MEPs Publish Amendments To PSD3 Text

Members of the European Parliament’s (MEPs) amendments to the Payment Services Directive (PSD3) have been made publicly available as political groupings in the Parliament prepare to make compromises.
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Payments

Feedzai, Mastercard Join Forces To Fight Bank-To-Crypto Money Laundering

Feedzai, a provider of financial crime and risk management solutions, has partnered with Mastercard to fight money mules who launder stolen funds from banks to crypto exchanges.
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Dutch Regulator Fines Malta Operator €19.7m For Unlicensed Gambling

​​​​​​​The Netherlands Gambling Authority (KSA) has issued its highest-ever fine, €19.7m, to a Malta-licensed company, Gammix, for offering gambling to Dutch residents without a licence.
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Daily Dash: Mastercard Launches New Open Banking Tools For Account Opening In US

Mastercard has launched new open banking features to streamline the account opening process for US card issuers, and New Zealand has reported widespread fuel payment outages due to a leap year glitch.
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Criminals That Used E-Money Institution As Front Taken Down In EU Cross-Border Case

Judicial and law enforcement authorities in Italy, Latvia and Lithuania have taken action against a large-scale money laundering business, centring around Trustcom Financial, an e-money institution based in Lithuania.
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South Africa Looks To Tokenisation, Stablecoins To Drive Digital Payments Innovation

Growing momentum in tokenisation and stablecoins could allow South Africa to establish a domestic market, supporting the government’s broader goal to foster innovation in digital payments.
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Australian Minister Discussed Ad Ban, Harm Reduction With European Regulators

A member of Australia’s government has held meetings with representatives from European regulators to discuss how to best minimise harm, as the country debates the introduction of a gambling advertising ban. 
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U.S. Commercial Operators Concerned Over New Tribal Compact Rules

New rules from the U.S. Department of the Interior recognizing the possibility of tribes offering statewide online gaming via an Indian gaming compact is concerning to commercial operators, because it limits their potential to profit from the activity, according to tribal gaming law expects.
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Austrian Ministry Reportedly Prepares Online Casino Tender Under Monopoly System

Austria’s Ministry of Finance is preparing to launch a new tender for online casino licensing under current regulation, because negotiations for new gambling laws have failed, according to Die Presse newspaper.
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Massachusetts Attorney General Cracks Down On Fantasy Sports Operators

Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell has ordered ten fantasy sports operators to cease offering pick’em style games, and while two of the most popular daily fantasy operators did not receive such an order, they are voluntarily altering their offerings in the state.
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News In Brief: February 26-March 1, 2024

Nevada gambling regulator provides an update on the recent cyberattack against its website.
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Georgia House Considering Fantasy Sports Bill

While the Georgia House of Representatives has been slow to take up sports-betting legislation in 2024, a House committee began discussions Tuesday on legislation that would regulate fantasy sports.
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