• Binance buys CoinMarketCap
    Commentary,  Cryptocurrencies

    Binance buys CoinMarketCap, raising skepticism and doubts

    From an eyewatering reported price tag of $400 million to concerns about whether the crypto ratings site can maintain its neutrality, Changpeng ‘CZ’ Zhao’s latest purchase is raising eyebrows

    Binance CEO Changpeng "CZ" Zhao reportedly spent as much as $400 million on CoinMarketCap. If true, that’s a princely—if not laughable—sum, especially during a market crash of such historic proportions that investments and acquisitions in nearly every industry have dried up.

  • Court to Telegram No gram sales
    Regulation

    Court to Telegram: No gram token sales anywhere

    Telegram’s hopes of launching its TON blockchain anytime soon were dashed when a federal judge blocked the public sale of $1.7 billion in gram tokens—even outside of the U.S.

    It’s never a good sign when a judge says the argument in favor of your motion, “is less than straightforward, to be polite.” Unfortunately for messaging app turned blockchain developer Telegram, that's exactly what federal Judge P. Kevin Castel said when its lawyers asked him to “clarify” whether it could sell of gram tokens outside the U.S. while an SEC lawsuit delays the launch of its TON blockchain.

  • Court to Telegram No gram sales
    Cryptocurrencies

    SEC to Telegram: Too little, too late

    The Securities and Exchange Commission has told a judge that Telegram should not be allowed to issue $1.7 billion worth of gram tokens to non-U.S. buyers

    Telegram had planned to launch the Telegram Open Network, or TON, blockchain on Oct. 31, 2019. At that time, it planned to create 2.9 billion gram tokens, which sold to the general public. The SEC said that public sale would be an unregistered and illegal securities offering, and sued to block it.

  • Telegram token sale illegal
    Cryptocurrencies,  Regulation

    Court to Telegram: $1.7 billion gram token sale is likely illegal

    The Securities and Exchange Commission has a ‘substantial likelihood’ of winning an ICO test case against the messaging app firm’s planned sale of gram tokens for its TON blockchain

    A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction stopping Telegram's planned resale of $1.7 billion in gram tokens, saying it is "part of a larger scheme to distribute those Grams into a secondary public market."