â€œOur service has been damaged hard in technical and financial way,â€� the exchange said in the note. â€œThere is no way to continue operative business in these conditions.â€�
March 17, 2021, is the last day users can request an account payout, the note stated. The exchange warned its customers to be wary of fraudsters claiming to be Livecoin representatives who could try to scam them by demanding payment in exchange for their refund.
In other news, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the U.S. dollar will remain strong on the international stage and wonâ€™t be surpassed by bitcoin anytime soon, although it could be a veritable reserve currency, CoinDesk reported.
â€œUnless the U.S. becomes a catastrophe, itâ€™s hard to see what the alternative is to the U.S. dollar as the worldâ€™s major reserve currency,â€� Harper said in an interview with Cambridge Houseâ€™s Jay Martin, according to CoinDesk. â€œOther than, you know, gold, bitcoin … I think youâ€™ll see that the number of things that people use as reserves will expand, but the U.S. dollar will still be the bulk of it.â€�
Harper said that while digital currency is a medium of exchange and a unit of account, he canâ€™t see how it stores value â€” the third â€œcriticalâ€� purpose of a currency, CoinDesk reported.
Meanwhile, an Australian cryptocurrency exchange operator is suing Westpac and ANZ for harmful discrimination that allegedly interfered with his ability to run his business, according to a report from the Australian Financial Review.
Allan Flynn is seeking $125,000 for â€œemotional distress and damage to his reputation,â€� the report stated. He may up the request, made in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Civil and Administrative Tribunal, to $250,000.
He claims several Australian banks, including Bendigo Bank, CBA, NAB and ING, closed 20 of his accounts without warning over the last three years. Flynn purchased bitcoin for his roughly 450 clients, the report stated.
Flynn claims his accounts were repeatedly closed within days of opening, and when asked why, he was told he was â€œunder investigation for cryptocurrency fraud,â€� according to the report.
â€œHow am I supposed to run a lawful business if I canâ€™t get a bank account?â€� Flynn said, according to the report. â€œI am by no means alone or the first. I know of at least one other trader who has had accounts closed more than 60 times.â€�
In 2020, the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) found that Westpac was within its terms and conditions to close Flynnâ€™s account, but awarded Flynn $250 in compensation for not receiving reasonable notice before his account closed, the report stated.
And, Chinaâ€™s Blockchain Service Network (BSN) is looking to build a digital payment network over the next five years that integrates the central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) of international central banks and stablecoins of foreign technology companies, according to a Medium post.
â€œThis digital payment network will completely change the current payment and circulation method, enabling a standardized digital currency transfer method and payment procedure for any information system,â€� the post stated.
The BSN plans to launch the beta version in the latter half of 2021, according to the post.