• Calling the (un)caped crypto crusaders! (via Pixabay)
    Cryptocurrencies,  Technology

    Student crypto crime-fighting league forms

    Cryptocurrency intelligence firm CipherTrace will provide education and tracking tools to students for hands-on training solving real thefts and scams

    CipherTrace is working with the student-founded Blockchain Acceleration Foundation in California and Mexico and several universities to create the CipherTrace Defenders League.

  • Integrate gram and Telegram Messenger? Us?Where did you get THAT idea? --Pavel Durov, CEO, Telegram (via TechCrunch_Disrupt_Europe_Berlin_2013_CC-BY-2.0)
    Alt coins,  Regulation

    After court ‘win’ Telegram claims will abandon TON blockchain, gram token  

    A small win in court is overshadowed by messaging service turned blockchain developer Telegram’s announcement that it won’t maintain its own TON blockchain. But is it all hot air?

    Telegram’s victory in court over the Securities and Exchange Commission Monday wasn’t much of a victory. In fact, it could prove to be the undoing of its planned Telegram Open Network blockchain platform and gram cryptocurrency. The simultaneous announcement that it won't integrate gram payments into its Telegram Messenger platform signals a recognition that its fight to keep the $1.7 billion in gram tokens it sold in 2018 from being declared a security is faltering.

  • Cryptocurrencies,  Regulation,  United States

    SEC: Telegram lied about its ICO

    The Securities and Exchange Commission is ‘deeply troubled’ by blockchain developer’s refusal to turn over bank records; Telegram condemns the SEC’s ‘scorched earth’ attack on SAFT utility token sales

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asked a judge on Thursday to make messaging service turned blockchain developer Telegram open its books in an effort to stop what it believes is an illegal securities offering. Telegram raised $1.7 billion in the first quarter of 2018 by pre-selling 2.9 million gram tokens.

  • Chairman Mao sees you illegally trading cryptocurrency (via David Dennis, CC-BY-SA 2.0)
    Bitcoin,  Regulation

    Was China’s digital yuan behind Binance’s Shanghai office closing?

    The November closure of a Shanghai office connected to a major crypto exchange may have presaged a broader crackdown as China prepares to launch a virtual currency

    The high-profile closing of a Shanghai office used by the Binance exchange in late November appears to have been an early example of China’s latest crackdown on cryptocurrency trading.