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SEC Freezes $27 Million in Stock Trades From Blockchain Company Longfin

On April 6, 2018, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission obtained a court order to freeze $27 million in stock trades from Longfin Corp., a publicly traded blockchain technology company. According to the SEC’s official statement, the company’s CEO and three other affiliates are under investigation for the illegal distribution and sale of restricted Longfin Corp. shares. Founded in ...

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Chinese Private Equity Group Unites Blockchain and Investment Strategies

As cryptocurrencies continue to make their mark on the financial arena, many capital investment firms are looking to bring the power of the blockchain and traditional investment strategies together to give traders more opportunities in an adapting industry. Leading Chinese private equity group JD Capital is one of those firms. Founded in 2007 and headquartered in both Beijing and New ...

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Japanese Cryptocurrency Exchange Coincheck Accepts Monex Takeover Bid

Coincheck, the Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange that has been struggling to get back on its feet since it suffered a devastating hack on January 26, 2018, has agreed to accept a takeover bid by Monex Group, a Japanese online brokerage firm. As part of that, Chief Operating Officer at Monex Toshihiko Katsuya will to take over as Coincheck’s new president, while ...

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Zhongyunhui Capital, IDG Capital and Bitmain Boost BitKan Funding Round

BitKan, a China-based cryptocurrency data service provider, announced today that it has secured $10 million in Series B funding, led by new investor Zhongyunhui Capital, with additional support from another new investor IDG Capital and existing investor Bitmain. This follows a $2.4 million Series A funding in 2016 and a $300,000 angel round in 2015. BitKan has been one of ...

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Not a Month Into Beta, Lightning Applications Continue to Grow

With the advent of the long-anticipated Lightning Network (LN), crypto enthusiasts have more to look forward to than faster, cheaper transactions. Just as smart contracts brought DApps to Ethereum’s network, the Lightning Network is primed to bring a host of Lightning apps to Bitcoin. These applications, fittingly dubbed LApps, will leverage the Lightning Network to usher in a new generation ...

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The History of Lightning: From Brainstorm to Beta

As of a couple of weeks ago, the first Lightning implementation — lnd — is officially in beta. The second implementation — eclair — followed last week, while the third — c-lightning — is expected to do so soon. As such, the Lightning Network, the long-awaited Bitcoin overlay network for cheap and instant transactions, is by many of its developers ...

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BitPay Raises $40M in Series B Funding to Expand into Emerging Asian …

While the price of bitcoin continues to loom around the $7,000 range, Bitcoin payments seem to be holding strong in various parts of the world. In particular, emerging markets in Asia looking to facilitate low-cost payment solutions for cross-border commerce are benefiting from cryptocurrency transactions. This has become apparent as BitPay, the largest global blockchain payment provider, just closed its ...

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Vitalik Buterin and Joseph Poon Call Out Craig Wright at Deconomy 2018

Deconomy, an international blockchain forum, is taking place in Seoul, South Korea, from April 3 to 4 at the Walkerhill Hotel. Organizers have looked to bring audiences the “brightest entrepreneurs, thought leaders, investors, developers, academic and policy groups, and blockchain enthusiasts” to present and discuss the biggest topics within the blockchain industry. Among the event’s many speakers was Craig S. ...

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