🛑 FDIC Issues Cease-and-Desist To Crypto Companies

Friday afternoon, The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) issued cease-and-desist letters to five crypto companies for making Crypto-Related False or Misleading Representations about Deposit Insurance.

The FDIC writes

Based upon evidence collected by the FDIC, each of these companies made false representations — including on their websites and social media accounts — stating or suggesting that certain crypto–related products are FDIC–insured or that stocks held in brokerage accounts are FDIC–insured. In one case, a company offering a so-called cryptocurrency also registered a domain name that suggests affiliation with or endorsement by the FDIC. These representations are false and misleading.

The companies that received letters include,


Read the official release here.

This may explain the sell-off in crypto assets during the 24 hours prior to the announcement.

🏈 The NFL Catches Crypto Fever

Football season is around the corner and the NFL is catching crypto fever. 

This week, the National Football League teamed up with Dapper Labs to unveil NFL ALL DAY, a digital NFT platform for NFL highlights.

The first NFL ALL DAY Series 1 pack dropped Friday, Aug. 19th. 

Joe Ruggiero, SVP Consumer Products at the NFL shared

Last year’s soft launch of NFL ALL DAY brought in a surge of early adopters who began collecting video highlight NFTs of NFL plays, and we plan to grow the number of users significantly with the official launch of the platform.

Dapper Labs CEO, Roham Gharegozlou spoke with CNBC about NFL ALL DAY. Catch the conversation here.

Imagine the bidding war to be sole owner of OBJ’s incredible one-handed grab if this existed back in 2014 when he made it.

In additional sports + crypto news, Atlético de Madrid partnered with Stepn to release an NFT Sneaker series.

Sports + Crypto is the Dynamic Duo. 

🪙 Catawba’s Digital Economic Zone

The Catawba Nation in Rock Hill, South Carolina wants to recognize DAOs as either unincorporated non-profit associations or limited liability companies. 

This isn’t the Tribe’s first foray in digital assets.

In February, The Catawba Federal Council approved a Digital Economic Zone to attract blockchain and web3 companies. 

Note, Native American Tribes are recognized as “domestic, dependent nations” and may have greater regulatory flexibility.

As such, Catawba Nation is a region to watch. See the full proposal here.

🏦 Guidance for Banks Considering Crypto

On Tuesday, the U.S. Federal Reserve issued guidance for banks considering crypto services. 

The Fed said, firms should notify regulators prior to engaging in crypto-related activities to ensure it is legally permissible.

Michael Gibson, director of the Fed’s division of supervision and regulation, and Eric Belsky, consumer and community affairs lead, commented, 

The emerging crypto-asset sector presents potential opportunities to banking organizations, their customers, and the overall financial system; however, crypto-asset-related activities may also pose risks related to safety and soundness, consumer protection, and financial stability.

Read the full letter here.

🤝 Binance Receives Money Transmitter License in Nevada

On Friday, Binance.US announced that it revised a Money Transmitter License from the Nevada Department of Business and Industry, Financial Institutions Division.

This means the company may legally operate in the state.

We love to see it.

See the press release here.

🩳 Book It with BTC

Luxury resort chain, Soneva, will accept payments in bitcoin and ethereum at its resorts in the Maldives and Thailand. 

Soneva shared, 

Accepting cryptocurrencies as a payment method is another example of enabling our international guests to easily make payments from anywhere in the world.

Book your stay via crypto today.

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