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SEC Settles Securities Registration Charges Against 2 ICO Startups

SEC Settles Securities Registration Charges Against 2 ICO Startups

Two cryptocurrency startups have agreed to register their initial coin offering (ICO) tokens as securities after settling charges with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC’s Friday announcement centered on two firms: CarrierEQ Inc., also known as Airfox, and Paragon Coin Inc., both of which conducted token sales last year. Airfox raised $15 million […]

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Expect the SEC to Target More Token Exchanges After EtherDelta

Expect the SEC to Target More Token Exchanges After EtherDelta

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) settlement with the founder of EtherDelta is likely the first of many enforcement actions to come against crypto token exchanges. Until recently, the SEC’s scrutiny of the cryptocurrency industry largely focused on projects and teams that raised money through initial coin offerings (ICOs) in possible violation of securities laws. But a […]

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Law Firm Perkins Coie Taps CFTC Veteran for Blockchain Practice

Law Firm Perkins Coie Taps CFTC Veteran for Blockchain Practice

Kari Larsen, a former executive at bitcoin derivatives startup LedgerX who previously served a stint as counsel for the Commodity Future Trading Commission (CFTC), has joined Perkins Coie LLP. Larsen was named partner for the firm’s Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency industry group, Perkins Coie said Tuesday. “Kari brings to bear a deep knowledge of […]

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Swiss Finance Watchdog Tells Banks to Treat Crypto Trading As High Risk

Swiss Finance Watchdog Tells Banks to Treat Crypto Trading As High Risk

Switzerland’s Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) is giving tough guidance to banks wanting to trade in crypto assets. According to a report from Swissinfo.ch, FINMA has issued a confidential letter – seen by the news agency – to accountancy organization EXPERTsuisse, stating its stance on how financial institutions should weight crypto assets when calculating loss-absorbing capital […]

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PBoC Looks to Tackle Airdrop Tokens Market in New Clampdown

PBoC Looks to Tackle Airdrop Tokens Market in New Clampdown

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC), the country’s central bank, is looking to clamp down on airdrops – free distributions of crypto tokens. In its financial stability report for 2018, released on Friday, the PBoC said that “disguised” initial coin offerings (ICOs) including airdrops continue to grow in number, despite its previous efforts at cracking down […]

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There’s a New Plan to Build the Hardware for Ethereum 2.0

There’s a New Plan to Build the Hardware for Ethereum 2.0

The Ethereum Foundation is funding efforts to create specializing mining hardware in partnership with blockchain data storage network Filecoin. Announced Thursday at Devcon, the annual gathering of developers in Prague, Ethereum Foundation researcher Justin Drake unveiled preliminary designs for application-specific integrated circuits, or ASICs, that will support an upcoming ethereum technology called the “beacon chain.” In […]

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