UK Treasury will introduce strict rules of bitcoin

They will lead the effort into regulating cryptocurrencies
04 December 2017   2958

The British government is going to introduce strict regulations of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. They hope that these measures will help to combat crimes during tax evasion and money laundering. In this way cryptocurrencies will be under the purview of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing legislation.

We have clear tax rules for people who use cryptocurrencies, and like all tax rules, these are kept under review. We also intend to update regulation to bring virtual currency exchange platforms into anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulation.

 

Spokesperson of the UK Treasury

Some British media like The Sun and The Telegraph have named this statement as a ‘crackdown on cryptocurrencies’. Also the Treasury’s intent to regulate cryptocurrencies comes amid reports of drug dealers in London allegedly laundering cash at bitcoin ATMs in the city.

The plan to introduce regulations for cryptocurrencies was first revealed by the economic secretary to the Treasury Stephen Barclay in late October 2017 year when he was speaking in the UK Parliament.

Lightning Labs to Raise $10M

As reported, the raised funds will be allocated to enforce the team with developers and commercial speciaslists
06 February 2020   307

Lightning Labs attracted $ 10 million investment during the A-series financing round, and also introduced a beta version of its payment service for outlets that work with bitcoin.

If bitcoin is going to reach its potential as a viable global currency, it’s going to need to scale beyond the base layer. Similar to how Visa relieves banks from handling all fiat currency traffic, Lightning relieves the base bitcoin chain from handing all transactions, thus bring more speed and fee efficiency to the network.

 

Brian Murray

Managing Director at Craft Ventures

With the help of the raised funds, the company intends to hire more developers and commercial specialists, so that it will be able to convey the applied solutions to users. In 2018, Lightning Labs unveiled a beta version of its LND scaling solution and received $ 2.5 million investment from several investors, including Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Litecoin creator Charlie Lee.

Now a beta version of the new Lightning Loop service has been launched, with the help of which outlets can more effectively manage payment channels and maintain liquidity in them. Several customers have already become interested in this tool, including the developer of the Fold shopping application, which processed approximately 1,600 transactions through the Lightning Network during the holidays in 2019.

We’re growing fast and Lightning Labs’ loop service makes it simple to manage our lightning node’s liquidity, letting our team focus on building out great user experiences that bring lightning to the world.

 

Will Reeves

Fold

According to Lightning Labs, this year the company will be developing tools for working with larger payment channels. We are talking about both individual channels, which individually can hold more than $ 1,500, and multidirectional ones, which break down payments into smaller parts.