• SEC kills Unikrn
    Regulation

    Online gaming platform with A-list investors killed by SEC

    Ashton Kutcher and Mark Cuban were among the investors in Unikrn, which is paying a $6.1 million penalty that is ‘substantially all of the company’s assets’ and disabling its tokens

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s unrelenting crackdown on unregistered initial coin offerings has claimed another victim—this time, an online gaming and gambling platform that attracted a star-studded list of investors.

  • Hester Peirce SEC nomination
    Cryptocurrencies,  Regulation

    “Crypto Mom” tells Senate crypto is here to stay

    At a hearing for a second term on the Securities and Exchange Commission, Hester Peirce called for clearer regulations on selling cryptocurrencies, and took issue with the project-killing lawsuit against Telegram

    Speaking at a hearing on her nomination for a second term on the Commission, the Republican appointee promised to “redouble” her effort to create such an environment in order to spur innovation and attract new entrants to the industry.

  • Jay Clayton’s leaving the SEC
    Bitcoin,  Cryptocurrencies,  Regulation,  United States

    Jay Clayton’s leaving the SEC. Could this be crypto’s big break?

    There are hopes that his successor as SEC commissioner will increase the likelihood of a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund finally being approved

    SEC chairman Jay Clayton has been nominated as high-powered position as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Now, nerves are growing as to who will be tapped to take on his regulatory role, where he has been a persistent thorn in the side of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency boosters.

  • XRP is not a security
    People,  Regulation,  XRP

    ‘Crypto Dad’ Chris Giancarlo: XRP is not a security

    The former Commodity Futures Trading Commission chair was a leading force in removing the scarlet ‘S’ from bitcoin and ether, and he remains influential. But making the same argument for XRP is weakened as his law firm works for Ripple

    Former Commodity Futures Trading Commission chair and “Crypto Dad” Chris Giancarlo argued forcefully in a June 17 column that XRP is not a security but a currency under U.S. law. That’s a huge, potentially life-or-death question for Ripple.

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