Can Security Tokens Save Crypto From the Bear Market Blues?

Can Security Tokens Save Crypto From the Bear Market Blues?

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A conference this week in Canada saw discussion of how securities tokens might offer a path for blockchain products to reach consumers.

Token Forum Ushers In New Age of Blockchain Excitement in Seattle

Token Forum Ushers In New Age of Blockchain Excitement in Seattle

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Although 2018–full of steep price drops and unfulfilled crypto promises–has been a difficult year for the cryptocurrency market, innovators, investors and legislators continue to build and plan for a blockchain-based future. Jonathan Gagliardoni is the CEO and founder of Token Forum. Jonathon Gagliardoni hosted the first Token Forum Seattle on Aug. 9 at the Columbia…

Beyond the ICO Part 2: Regulation Breeds Specialization

Beyond the ICO Part 2: Regulation Breeds Specialization

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Fraudulent ICOs have stolen billions in investor capital, damaging market sentiment and capturing negative attention from strong-handed regulators around the world. There’s no doubt that the shape of ICOs is changing–but what role will regulators play in the future development of the ICO model? As market participants begin to adapt to exit scams, a set…

It’s Not Them, It’s Us. 5 Reasons Why Crypto Has an Image Problem

It’s Not Them, It’s Us. 5 Reasons Why Crypto Has an Image Problem

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The rise of the internet in the 1990’s brought concerns about pirated software and various illegal activities, but as internet usage grew, these concerns largely fell by the wayside. Today, we see much of the same happening to the cryptocurrency industry and its growing image problem. Shady business practices, high-profile hacks, environmental challenges, speculation, market…

South Korean Shipwreck Probed for Potential ICO Scam

South Korean Shipwreck Probed for Potential ICO Scam

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A possible ICO scam is under investigation in South Korea after a much-publicized shipwreck attracted the suspicions of local authorities. Sunken Treasures As reported by local outlet Korea Joongang Daily on August 1, 2018, Seoul-based Shinil Group is facing the heat as a critical figure in the scam. Earlier in July 2018, Shinil allegedly promised…

A Small Crypto Coin Is Making Big Claims About a Private Proof-of-Stake

A Small Crypto Coin Is Making Big Claims About a Private Proof-of-Stake

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Even though it’s yet to gain much notoriety, token project Spectre is innovating in a trending area – private staking for proof-of-stake blockchains.

World’s First Legal Literature on ICOs Calls Out Fundraising Method

World’s First Legal Literature on ICOs Calls Out Fundraising Method

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A University of Pennsylvania legal research report concluded Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) have mostly “failed” to reflect on their contractual promises as described in their whitepapers. ICO Projects a Far-Fetched Endeavour Titled “Coin-Operated Capitalism,” the paper was released on July 17, 2018, and aims to explore ICOs as a legitimate option of fundraising. The paper…

Chinese Yuan Now Below 1% of Total Bitcoin Trading Volume, Down From Peak of 90%

Chinese Yuan Now Below 1% of Total Bitcoin Trading Volume, Down From Peak of 90%

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In an attempt to stem growing enthusiasm for cryptocurrency trading among the Chinese public, the Chinese government has been cracking down hard on cryptocurrency traders and speculators, banning cryptocurrency exchanges and outlawing ICOs. Zhang Yifeng, a blockchain analyst at Zhongchao Credit Card Industry Development Company said: “The timely moves by regulators effectively fended off the…

Abu Dhabi Global Market Launches Regulatory Framework for Crypto Activities

Abu Dhabi Global Market Launches Regulatory Framework for Crypto Activities

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The financial authority of Abu Dhabi Global Market has launched a regulatory framework for cryptocurrency activities following the completion of a public consultation. The market’s financial watchdog has also published a guideline explaining how crypto asset activities are now regulated. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space Crypto Regulatory Framework Launched Abu Dhabi…

US Judge Argues Centra Tech Tokens are Securities

US Judge Argues Centra Tech Tokens are Securities

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A Southern District Court judge in Florida produced a report arguing why Centra Tech’s ICO tokens should be classed as securities. Hit with a class-action lawsuit for violating US securities law, several of the Centra Tech team members already face prosecution by the US Government — having had 91,000 Ether seized from the project’s ICO…