US Lawmakers Form Fintech Task Force to Examine Industry

The United States House of Representatives Financial Services Committee has passed a resolution to form the Task Force on Financial Technology, according to a press release by the committee on May 9. The new task force purports to “examine the current legal framework for fintech, how fintech is used in lending and how consumers engage with fintech.” Congressman Stephen Lynch (D), the newly appointed chair of the Task Force on Financial Technology, commented in a press release on the need for the committee to reevaluate how to best protect consumers…

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Concerned Crypto Industry Hindered by Regulatory Delays

United States regulator and so-called “crypto mom” Hester Peirce gave remarks in which she expressed fears that the cryptocurrency industry has been hindered by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) dragging its heels. Peirce spoke at the Securities Enforcement Forum in East Palo Alto, California on May 9. In her speech, Peirce stated that, given the rapid development of the digital currency industry, she worried that the SEC’s hesitance to provide clear guidance would hold back its growth. The sticking point was, according to Peirce, how to decide when issuing…

Blockchain Entrepreneur, Ontario Regulators Seek Settlement in Namedrop Scandal

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) along with blockchain corporation NextBlock Global Limited and its CEO Alex Tapscott, have filed for a public settlement hearing on May 9. Tapscott and NextBlock were previously accused by the OSC Staff of the Commission of misleading prospective investors during a funding round that reportedly “raised approximately $20 million from 113 accredited investors.” Investors were allegedly shown investor slide decks that falsely portrayed various well-known figures in the blockchain industry as NextBlock advisors. NextBlock allegedly did not inform the individuals that they were being purported…

What We Know About the Binance Hack So Far

Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, experienced a “large scale” data breach on May 7. The hackers reportedly stole around 7,000 Bitcoin (BTC), worth more than $40 million as of press time. As the platform explained via a public statement, the fraudsters had managed to steal users’ application programming interface (API) keys, two-factor authentication (2FA) codes and other information, which supposedly helped them to orchestrate the attack. Binance has announced that it will use its reserves “to cover this incident in full,” hence “no user funds will be…

It Seems Like a Really Big Mess That Probably Won’t Get Better

Joseph Lubin, founder of blockchain tech company ConsenSys, expressed his pessimism regarding the recent situation with cryptocurrency trading platform Bitfinex, Bloomberg reported on May 9. Speaking at the Fluidity Summit conference, Lubin said that “it seems like a really big mess that probably won’t get better. Tether is somewhat important to our ecosystem because it’s used by different institutions to effect more fluid trading.” Lubin noted however, that the turmoil surrounding Tether and Bitfinex could drive growth in other stablecoins: “There are other price-stable tokens out there —  many others…

Facebook Crypto Ad Ban | Platform Loosens Restriction on Crypto Ads

According to CNBC, Facebook said on Wednesday that it will loosen its ban on cryptocurrency advertising on its platform. The result will allow businesses related to crypto and blockchain to promote their projects on the social network. The Facebook crypto ad ban first came into effect in January 2018. Facebook Crypto Ad Ban The social media giant first started blocking ads on initial coin offerings, saying it had concerns for its users’ welfare. It was afraid that many would fall for scams and fraudulent crypto products. But earlier this year…

FinCEN Clarifies Money Transmission Regulations Pertaining to DApps

The United States Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued new guidance that contains its financial regulation policies concerning Decentralized Applications (DApps) on May 9. In the introduction to the guide, FinCEN notes the guide serves to clarify and provide examples to make compliance easier for entities whose activities fall under the purview of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). FinCEN defines Dapps as, “Decentralized (distributed) application software programs that operate on a P2P [peer-to-peer] network of computers running a blockchain platform.” FinCEN notes that any DApps which “accept and transmit…

Crypto Mining App Honeyminer Now Available on MacOS

New Jersey-based cryptocurrency mining startup Honeyminer has made its mining app available on the Apple Macintosh operating system, the firm announced in a blog post on May 9. The Honeyminer app runs in the background, using the central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU) of users’ computers for mining bitcoin (BTC). The startup claims to include app features such as mining while users’ computer is idle, an activity log with current mining statistics, currencies, and hardware utilized, and withdrawals, among others. While Honeyminer is expanding its offerings, other…

Overstock’s Blockchain Arm Receives $5 Mln From Chinese Firm Following Delays

Overstock’s blockchain subsidiary tZero has finally secured a $5 million investment from Chinese investment firm GSR Capital, Overstock announced on its latest earnings conference call on May  9. Following an investment in cash and marketable securities, Overstock evaluated tZero’s worth at $1 billion, which is $500 million less than the company initially projected in August 2018. The new funds represent around 2% of the originally projected investment of $404 million from GSR Capital and Singaporean private equity firm Makara Capital. The initial sum included $270 million for up to 18%…

Is Ripple (XRP) the Liquid alternative of Tether or USDC?

Ripple (XRP) prices slide 1.7 percent The rollout of xCurrent 4.0 is an opportunity for banks to upgrade and even adopt xRapid That the World Bank and the IMF have Ripple Inc in their reports is bullish. At the core, Ripple Inc is introducing speed, efficiency and cost savings in the fund remittance sector searching for alternatives. Even so, the unregulated nature of XRP is slowing down adoption as prices range within a 4 cents zone. Ripple (XRP) Price Analysis Fundamentals For the extended consolidation, Ripple (XRP) is said to…