• Telegram drops Gram trademark
    Alt coins

    In a coda to its failed TON blockchain project, Telegram abandons trademark suit

    Telegram paid one last time—to a competitor—for the death of its plan to distribute $1.7 billion in Gram tokens at the hands of the SEC

    The messaging service turned blockchain developer dismissed its lawsuit against crypto firm Lantah, which plans to use Grams as the name of its own tokens. The decision is presumably the result of Telegram abandoning the project that would use the trademark following its settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • 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.

  • CFTC strategic plan
    Regulation

    CFTC’s new strategic goals are good news for crypto… and bad

    The commission wants a ‘holistic framework’ to promote innovation in digital assets, but it also plans to come down hard on those who break the rules

    The goal that will be of most interest to crypto-focused firms is the third one: to encourage innovation and enhance the regulatory experience for market participants at home and abroad. This will undoubtedly be music to the ears of international businesses that have ended up being bogged down with red tape and regulatory uncertainty.

  • Telegram discontinues TON testnet
    Alt coins,  Regulation,  United States

    Telegram Open Network pulls the plug on testnet, in final blow to doomed project

    The grim milestone marks the end of a sorry journey for TON, almost a year after the testnet first launched

    In a July 6 update, the development group driving TON wrote: “Our remaining validators will be switched off not later than 1.08.2020. Please save all relevant data and terminate your testing process.”

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