SEC Charges DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather for ICO Promotions

  Nobody gets away with fraud in the SEC’s eyes. The latest pair to be hit with SEC charges include pro-boxer Floyd Mayweather and music producer DJ Khaled. SEC Charges Mayweather and Khaled The Securities and Exchange Commission charged the pair with the improper promotion of initial coin offerings or ICOs for cryptocurrencies. Neither party revealed to investors that they were, in fact, paid large sums of money to promote certain ICOs. According to CNBC, a settlement announced Thursday disclosed the charges. According to the settlement, Mayweather never spoke of a $100,000…

Blockchain Phone | Sirin Labs Finney Device Ready for Shipping

Sirin Labs’ blockchain phone is expected to begin shipping in late December, it was announced today. The phone’s final design was unveiled at an event in Barcelona. Sirin Labs’ Blockchain Phone Dubbed ‘Finney,’ the blockchain phone promises to advance the user experience of decentralized apps, or dApps. The blockchain phone was developed off the back of an initial coin offering in which Sirin Labs raised $157 million earlier this year. However, it’s wondered if the creation of Finney is an example of putting the cart before the horse, as there simply…

Winklevoss Lawsuit | Lawyer States Shrem Committed ‘No Misconduct’

Earlier this month, the NY Times reported that the crypto-famous Winklevoss twins have accused Bitcoin Foundation founder Charlie Shrem of Bitcoin fraud. The Winklevoss lawsuit has now turned into a heated battle between both parties. Winklevoss Lawsuit According to the report by the NT Times, Shrem made several lavish purchases in 2018, that caught the attention of the Olympian twins. The pair filed a civil lawsuit against Shrem accusing him of stealing thousands of Bitcoin from them in 2012. “Either Shrem has been incredibly lucky and successful since leaving prison, or—more likely—he…

Bitmain IPO | Filed and Pending; So What’s Next for the Mining Company?

Bitcoin mining firm Bitmain has just submitted its initial public offering (IPO) with the Stock Exchange in Hong Kong (HKEX). Bitmain is based in Beijing, China. So what’s going on with the Bitmain IPO? Bitmain IPO Bitmain’s long-awaited IPO is still in its draft form and pending further listing hearings from the HKEX. The announcement of Bitmain’s public offering isn’t without controversy though. Bitmain has been weighing an $18 billion IPO, one of the largest in history. Bitmain is one of the world’s most valuable cryptocurrency companies. Back in July, the…

Blockchain Payment Company Veem Backed by Goldman Sachs

The blockchain payment company Veem just announced it has closed a $25 million funding round. The company closed its Series B funding round back in 2017. Veem states that Goldman Sachs and Google Ventures led the new funding round. Veem The latest round raised by the blockchain payment company Veem included a slew of new and existing investors. Silicon Valley Bank, Extol Capital, Trend Forward Capital, GV (formerly Google Ventures), Pantera Capital, and Kleiner Perkins contributed to the expansion of the company. Currently, small business owners have to deal with slow…

Google Cryptocurrency Ad Ban Lifted

Google cryptocurrency ad ban” title=”Google Cryptocurrency Ad Ban”/> Big news has just been announced regarding the Google cryptocurrency ad ban. CNBC reported this morning that Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is lifting its ban on some cryptocurrency-related advertising and plans to allow regulated cryptocurrency exchanges to buy Google ad space in the US and Japan. This new policy will start October 1st, 2018. Google Cryptocurrency Ad Ban Google announced its plans to restrict cryptocurrency-related ads back in March of this year, but it did not go into effect until June. The company wanted…

Petro Coin | Beginning Global Trade in Venezuela Come October

Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, just made a bold statement regarding his oil-backed cryptocurrency, the Petro Coin. The Petro Coin Maduro appeared on the national VTV channel today and delivered a speech about his country’s latest economic issues. According to VTV’s official website, Maduro said: “The Petro enters the street, as a currency of exchange, purchase and convertible currencies for the world.” However, the Venezuelan president didn’t specify the areas where the Petro will be used. Maduro also didn’t name any countries willing to accept the Petro Coin. This oil-backed cryptocurrency was…

Crypto Daily News | Crypto Market Rebounds; Coinbase Reponds

In today’s edition of Crypto Daily News, we’ll cover the details of the crypto market rebound and Coinbase’s official statement regarding the proprietary trading allegations. Crypto Daily News: September 20th, 2018 Crypto Market Rebounds The crypto market is rebounding this morning, after taking a sharp fall last week after rumors spread that Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) wasn’t focusing on a cryptocurrency trading desk. Later, GS confirmed that the news was “fake” and that the desk is, in fact, ready, but waiting for demand. Currently, the crypto market is trading just above…

Crypto Daily News | Former SpaceX Engineer Starts a Crypto Exchange

In today’s edition of Crypto Daily News, we’ll cover the details of the SpaceX engineer’s new crypto exchange and what Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister said about crypto lately. Crypto Daily News: September 17th, 2018 Former SpaceX Engineer Starts a Crypto Exchange Joshua Greenwald, former SpaceX engineer, is currently the CEO of LXDX and the company just announced that it is launching its own public digital currency exchange. LXDX currently holds its own proprietary software that’s focused on levels of performance not currently seen in the current crypto market. LXDX offers a low…

Are they Viable? Berkeley Economics Prof Doesn’t Think So

Stablecoins are becoming popular. There’s no denying it; a number have hit the market this year. In fact, just yesterday, the Winklevoss twins announced the Gemini Dollar—the first-ever regulated stablecoin. Not to mention Carbon launched CarbonUSD, a US dollar backed stablecoin, today. And yet, despite the crypto market displaying optimism around the latest trend in the industry, one Berkeley Professor provided an alternative view. He said there is no indication that stablecoins are viable. Berkeley Professor Talks Stablecoins Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies pegged to a stable asset. That’s as simple as…