The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has finally given a blockchain company the O.K. to sell tokens directly to investors—sort of. The SEC on Wednesday approved blockchain startup Blockstack’s application to raise money via a token offering, the first time it has allowed this type of fundraising in the cryptocurrency industry, according to the Wall Street Journal. The SEC has sued and fined several companies for initial coin offerings (ICO) that the agency said violated securities law. The action “is a massive step towards the much-needed clarity for the US crypto space,” according to social trading platform eToro’s senior market analyst, Mati Greenspan. “This could be considered the first regulated…
The tech giants are coming for the banks. If there’s one message to be taken out of Facebook’s aggressive push into blockchain-based payments via its new cryptocurrency, libra, it’s that Facebook is now also a FinTech company.