Virgil Griffith, the former head of special projects for the Ethereum Foundation, is free on $1 million bail. He was charged with violating sanctions following a trip to North Korea in April to deliver a lecture on cryptocurrency. Prosecutors say he assisted the rogue regime in using cryptocurrency to bypass sanctions.
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.