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Welcome to Moonday Mornings, Hard Fork’s wrap-up of the weekend’s top cryptocurrency and blockchain headlines.

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1. Iran issues more than 1,000 cryptocurrency mining licenses

According to a report from news.bitcoin.com, the Iranian government has reportedly issued more than 1,000 cryptocurrency mining licenses to businesses in the country since it began regulating the industry, news.bitcoin.com writes.

[Read: Iranian gov reportedly offering bounties to those who rat out illegal Bitcoin mines]

Cryptocurrency mining in Iran is somewhat of a gray area. It’s technically illegal, but only if you’re unlicensed. It looked a lot like Iran was trying to regulate the industry into submission. However, with this news, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

2. 80 percent of central banks are working on a digital currency

A survey conducted by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) — a Swiss bank for central banks — found that 80 percent of central banks are doing some kind of work into CBDCs (central bank digital currencies). This is up from 70 percent in 2018, and 65 percent in 2017.

Credit: BIS