• Ripple settle SEC lawsuit
    Regulation,  Ripple,  XRP

    Ripple angling to settle SEC lawsuit?

    Charged with selling XRP as an illegally unregistered security, the international payments firm has been pugnacious but said it was open to settling in a filing released Monday

    Previous discussions took place under former SEC chair Jay Cayton and his top lieutenants, whereas the new acting SEC chairman, Gary Gensler, has a more positive outlook, as well as a much deeper understanding of cryptocurrencies and the underlying blockchain technology. Gensler spent the last few years teaching cryptocurrency and blockchain at MIT, and has been a fixture at industry events.

  • Blue Ridge Bank Bitcoin ATM
    Bitcoin,  Technology

    Blue Ridge Bank’s Bitcoin ATM announcement halts trading

    The bank’s stock took a Bitcoin bounce after claiming it was ‘the first time in U.S. history a commercial bank is providing access to Bitcoin at its branch locations.’

    BRBS promptly surged more than 20% in the space of 12 minutes, forcing the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to halt trading on its stock for 5 minutes. Of course it promptly dropped right back down in another 10 minutes. Still, the stock ended the trading day at $21.24, up from $19.90 before the bitcoin bounce.

  • Roubini Microstrategy Saylor Coke addict
    adblock,  Bitcoin,  Cryptocurrencies,  People

    Crypto critic Nouriel Roubini: MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor a ‘coke addict’

    Three days in, CoinDesk TV had its first controversy in an interview with prominent Bitcoin and cryptocurrency critic Nouriel Roubini, who also called Tether a “criminal enterprise”

    When asked about institutional investors buying bitcoin Roubini, an NYU economics professor, launched into a diatribe about the first cryptocurrency not being an asset but a “speculative bubble”—which he’s said many times— before calling MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor a “coke head," accusing Elon Musk of "market manipulation" and saying stablecoin-issuer Tether is a “criminal enterprise.”

  • Bitfinex repays tether
    Bitcoin,  Regulation

    Bitfinex repays $750M Tether loan, but lawsuits remain

    The cryptocurrency exchange paid off the remaining $550 million it borrowed from its sister company after being robbed—a loan that led to fraud and market manipulation lawsuits

    Tether’s undisclosed loan led New York State Attorney General Letitia James to sue the companies and their parent iFinex for fraud, conflict of interest, and violation of New York’s securities laws in civil court for failing to make clear that Tether’s USDt stablecoin was no longer backed one-to-one by U.S. dollars.