Kik CEO Says Firm Spent $5+ Million on Negotiations With US SEC: Report

Ted Livingston, the CEO of Canadian-based messaging startup Kik, told cryptocurrency news outlet Coindesk that the company spent over $5 million on ongoing negotiations with the United States Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). The news was revealed in a report published on May 16. As Cointelegraph reported at the end of January, the SEC stated that it believes that Kik’s “Token Distribution Event” two years ago violated securities laws when the company raised $97 million during the sale. Following the SEC’s recommendation of an enforcement action in November 2018, Kik was…

Cornell Uni’s Emin Gun Sirer Debuts Ava Blockchain Following $6 Million Investment

Emin Gun Sirer, a professor at Cornell University and a major global blockchain expert, will launch his own cryptocurrency and blockchain network, Bloomberg reported on May 16. Sirer, the creator of the first crypto based on proof-of-work (PoW) — Karma System — is now planning to launch a blockchain network that he touts as running as many transactions per second as payment giant Visa. Having raised $6 million from major investors such as Andreessen Horowitz, Polychain and MetaStable in February, Sirer’s Ava Labs has reportedly launched a private test version…

Top Banks Alleged to Be Investing $50 Million in Digital Cash Settlement Project

Sources ostensibly familiar with the matter have claimed that some of the world’s leading banks are currently investing around $50 million to build a blockchain-powered digital cash system for transaction settlement. The news was reported by Reuters on May 17. An earlier project for a blockchain-based currency settlement coin was unveiled by Swiss bank UBS Group AG and London-based technology startup Clearmatics at early as 2015, as Cointelegraph reported at the time. One of Reuters’ sources has said that the latest development involves around a dozen major banks investing in…

Brave Browser Reportedly Seeks to Raise Up to $50 Million in Series A Equity Round

Photo: Brave Software / Twitter Brave, the privacy-centric internet browser, is expected to hold a Series A equity round to raise funds for its growth and development. It is believed that the fundraising round will be announced in the nearest future. What We Know about Brave The browser is known for its extremely successful fundraising experience in 2017 when it managed to receive $35 million in less than a minute. But how did its history begin? Brave was created in 2015 as an open source ad-blocking browser which is focused on…

Bitcoin Price Crashes to $6,400 Triggered by Massive $35 Million Sell Order

By CCN: On May 17, within minutes, the bitcoin price plummeted from around $7,800 to $6,400 in a flash crash, recording an unexpected 18 percent drop. The bitcoin price briefly plunges to $6,400, recovers swiftly (source: coinmarketcap.com) The sudden decline in the bitcoin price led the valuation of the crypto market to plunge from $257 billion to $225 billion, by more than $32 billion in less than 24 hours. What triggered the sudden bitcoin price drop? According to researchers and investors including Su Zhu, the CEO at Three Arrows Capital,…

Blockchain Sister Startups Allegedly Pull $8 Million Exit Scam

Blockchain startups RepuX and JoyToken have reportedly pulled a joint initial coin offering (ICO) exit scam, according to an exposé by Hard Fork of The Next Web (TNW) on May 16. RepuX and JoyToken reportedly ran their ICO promotions during March and April of 2018, and are now walking away with $4.7 million and $3.3 million, respectively. As far as the startups’ stated plans were concerned, Hard Fork reports: “RepuX claimed that it was trying to build what it called a ‘blockchain-powered data marketplace,’ while JoyToken was trying to create…

Upbit Exchange Operator Plies $46 Million Into Blockchain in First Year of Investment

The parent company of South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Upbit has invested almost $50 million in blockchain startups since March 2018, English-language Korean business news outlet The Investor reported on May 15. Dunamu, which created a dedicated investment subsidiary, Dunamu & Partners, at the same time last year, has given cash to a total of 26 businesses. In total — under plans it announced previously — the company aims to invest 100 billion won ($84 million) into the industry. “Our goal is to contribute to the healthy growth of the blockchain…

Polish-UK Blockchain Company Billon awarded €2 million euro from EU to build DLT Document System

Billon Digital Services, a fully owned subsidiary of Billon Group in the UK, has been awarded a whopping €2 million from the European Commission under Phase 2 of the SME Instrument, part of the Horizon 2020 framework program. The company plans to complete the build and commercialisation of its B4TDM (Blockchain for Trusted Document Management) solution for global adoption, using a proprietary distributed ledger technology that they say,  was designed to deliver the highest system performance metrics in the industry. “Today’s document management industry has struggled with fulfilling regulatory and…

‘Trustworthy’ Bitcoin Exchange That Hid $850 Million Loss Raises $1 Billion

By CCN: Bitfinex CTO Paolo Ardoino told Twitter that the firm was able to raise $1 billion in USDT within a short period because big investors know Bitfinex is “trustworthy.” Trust, Don’t Verify The New York Attorney General’s office recently opened a very public investigation into the firm. They allege much to the contrary. Tether Limited subsequently admitted it only has 74% of the reserves for its more than $2 billion stablecoins in circulations. . @bitfinex is able to raise 1b USDt in 10 days, in a private sale. Private…

‘Trustworthy’ Bitcoin Exchange That Hid $850 Million Loss Raises $1 Billion

By CCN: Bitfinex CTO Paolo Ardoino told Twitter that the firm was able to raise $1 billion in USDT within a short period because big investors know Bitfinex is “trustworthy.” Trust, Don’t Verify The New York Attorney General’s office recently opened a very public investigation into the firm. They allege much to the contrary. Tether Limited subsequently admitted it only has 74% of the reserves for its more than $2 billion stablecoins in circulations. . @bitfinex is able to raise 1b USDt in 10 days, in a private sale. Private…