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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Combined Class-Action Lawsuit Against Ripple Moves to Federal Court

An ongoing legal battle between XRP investors and payments startup Ripple is entering its next phase. Attorneys for Ripple Labs and its affiliated defendants filed to move a consolidated class-action lawsuit from its previous venue at the San Mateo Superior Court to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, according to court documents published […]

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CFTC Chair Says Distributed Ledger Tech Can Aid Market Watchdogs

Advances in financial technology may be useful for improving the regulation of derivatives markets, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo said Wednesday. Speaking at the D.C. Fintech Week Conference at Georgetown University, Giancarlo highlighted distributed ledger technology (DLT) and how it could be leveraged to automate certain regulatory processes in particular, which he […]

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Texas Regulators Enter Emergency Stop Against Crypto Mining Firm

The Texas State Securities Board entered an emergency cease-and-desist on Tuesday against a cloud mining company based in Australia that it said was selling unregistered securities. In the order, Texas securities regulators claim that Automated Web Services Mining (otherwise known as AWS Mining), AWS Mining PTY LTD., a number of of AWS Mining’s officers, crypto […]

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PBoC Is Seeking Blockchain Talent to Help Build Its Central Bank Crypto

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) is looking to recruit blockchain tech and legal experts as it continues development of its central bank digital currency. According to various employment ads posted on Tuesday, the central bank is currently hiring four engineers with expertise on system architecture, chip design, blockchain development and application, cryptography and security protocol […]

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ASX-Listed DigitalX Hit With Legal Action Over ICO Involvement

Shares in the publicly listed blockchain tech and consultancy firm DigitalX have slumped after it revealed it is facing a legal claim in an Australian court In an announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) Friday, the firm says it has been served with an Originating Application and Statement of Claim in the Australia’s Federal […]

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Proof of Use? Civil Believes This ICO Model Lets It Sell Anyone Tokens Legally

Civil, the blockchain startup looking to disrupt media, will be offering its crypto token to investors of all kinds – both accredited and unaccredited – next week. As a spoke of ConsenSys, the ethereum startup incubator and business all its own, that decision runs counter to most of the common wisdom about token sales these […]

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The Big Legal Issue Blockchain Developers Rarely Discuss

Mark Radcliffe and Victoria Lee are partners at the law firm of DLA Piper.  Software licensed under open source licenses (OSS) is fundamental to the success of blockchain projects. Such licenses permit collaborative, decentralized development, encourage swift adoption by users and enable the community to “fork” the project to resolve strategic disputes. In fact, OSS […]

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Uzbekistan Looks to Lure Crypto Exchanges With New Tax Benefits

The Uzbekistan government is welcoming cryptocurrency exchanges to set up shop within the country. An order issued by president Shavkat Mirziyoev on September 2 gives foreign exchanges a number of benefits to begin operating in the country. The document states that cryptocurrency-related income will not be taxed, licensed exchanges running operations with cryptocurrencies and foreign fiat […]

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Think Tank Report Argues for Standardized Crypto Rules Within EU

A Belgium-based think tank is arguing that the EU should create a single standard for cryptocurrency rules in a report sent to finance ministers within the economic bloc. Bruegel, based in Brussels, the Belgian capitol, believes that the EU needs “common rules” on cryptocurrencies, as well as how tokens are distributed and traded, Reuters reported […]

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