The Chinese government, through its media, is continuing to taking aim at cryptocurrency trading and ICO investments. Despite numerous laws passed last year to ban cryptocurrency activity in China, many Chinese investors continue to find underground ways to trade in virtual currencies and invest in ICOs. Last September, China began its crackdown on...
Mobius Network, a turnkey blockchain-enabling data platform, closed its MOBI token ICO in just two hours. More than 55,000 registered for the public token sale, the first to be built on and supported by Stellar, as opposed to Ethereum. The sale was originally scheduled to run through Feb. 18. The token sale...
Pitched as a game-changer for the cryptocurrency industry, Telegram's initial coin offering could be a lifesaver for the company. Launched in 2013 by Russian brothers Pavel and Nikolai Durov, the company has never executed on the vague proposals it has floated to monetize its messaging platform. And with hefty annual operating expenses...
Private messaging app Telegram is considering the biggest Pre-ICO in history to fund its new Blockchain platform and cryptocurrency. As TechCrunch reports today citing ‘multiple sources,’ Telegram is aiming to raise up to $500 mln in private sales. Its forthcoming Telegram Open Network (TON) would use the tokens for internal user payments. Cointelegraph originally reported on TON in...
The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) has ordered the blockchain-based financial system startup BitConnect to cancel a token sale it had planned to start on January 10. According to a news release published on the regulator's website, BitConnect was claiming to offer tokens with 100% annual returns, which the TSSB determined qualify...
2017 has definitely been a record-breaking year for ICOs: a fiat equivalent of some $4 bln have been raised, and the number of successful token placements have increased to a couple of hundreds globally. Yet, in the same year, traditional IPOs are estimated to have raised $188.8 bln in...
Cryptocurrency miners from 15 countries have confirmed that they will be showing Russian parliamentarians how cryptocurrencies are mined and discussing their countries’ specific approaches to mining regulation. After the meeting, the Russian government plans to draw up recommendations and proposals for crypto legislation, which will be submitted on December...
The global financial platform for cross-chain smart contracts, Wanchain, has raised 74,332 ETH in its crowdsale and its Silver-whitelist (39,251 ETH) was completed within 15 minutes. Its Founder, Jack Lu, has come to Hong Kong on 18 Dec to speak about Wanchain’s latest development in a Blockchain Hong Kong Meetup event organized...
Initial coin offering (ICO) fundraising passed another historic milestone this week,  surpassing $4 billion just days after U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton issued a statement that, essentially, accused the vast majority of ICO organizers from violating federal regulations governing securities laws. According to fintech research firm Autonomous...
A vice governor of China’s central bank has doubled down on the regulator’s sweeping ban on ICOs in September that also led to the shuttering of local bitcoin exchanges. According to People’s Bank of China (PBoC) vice-governor Pan Gongsheng, authorities were right to crack the whip on initial coin offerings...