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Galaxy Digital

Galaxy Digital

In the face of surging cryptocurrency markets, Galaxy Digital laid off 15% of its work force last month. Galaxy is an investment company focused on digital assets.

Blockstack

Blockstack

The applications development platform Blockstream is pausing its successful program which pays out Stacks to the best projects while it searches for an independent entity to review applications.

BitGo

BitGo

BitGo, a Palo Alto-based cryptocurrency custodian service, announced expansion of its business into Germany and Switzerland.

SEC Commissioner Sparks ICO Safe Harbor

SEC Commissioner Sparks ICO Safe Harbor

A Bruce Springsteen-quoting SEC Commissioner told a Chicago blockchain audience that she wants her agency to provide a grace period for digital asset projects to develop free of worry about securities regulation interfering with their token issuances.

Justin Sun

Justin Sun

Justin Sun, whose $4.6 million dollar charity auction bid degenerated into a publicity circus last summer, finally sat down with Warren Buffet for dinner in Omaha on January 23, we learned this week.

BitMEX

BitMEX

BitMEX will launch Ripple perpetual swaps on Wednesday. CEO Arthur Hayes said, “It’s worth more than zero so it’s time to trade the USD pair on BitMEX. Boo-Yaka-sha!”

Trezor

Trezor

Trezor cold storage cryptocurrency wallets can be hacked. According to Kraken Security Labs, hackers can extract a Trezor wallet’s crypto seeds with 15 minutes of physical access to the device.

Virgil Griffith

Virgil Griffith

The American Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith has pleaded not guilty to charges that he violated U.S. sanctions by, among other things, traveling to North Korea and speaking at a cryptocurrency conference there.

Sarao Sentenced to Home Detention

Sarao Sentenced to Home Detention

Navinder Singh Sarao escaped possible detention in a U.S. prison for anywhere from 78 to 97 months when he was sentenced yesterday in Chicago to one year of detention to be served at his parents’ home in Hounslow, west London. The term of the sentence begins today.      

Bitfinex

Bitfinex

Bitfinex, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency trading platforms, has been ordered by a U.K. court to provide information about 96 bitcoins traded there after being paid as ransom.

Life and Times of Navinder Sarao

Life and Times of Navinder Sarao

Navinder Sarao pleaded guilty to roughly $13 million worth of spoofing on his first visit to the United States in November 2016. Wearing leg irons and an orange prison jumpsuit in a Chicago federal court, Sarao was freed on bail pending final sentencing, which occurs today, January 28, 2020. 

Crypto-asset trading platform

Crypto-asset trading platform

Crypto-asset trading platforms, often called “exchanges,” are the largest employers in the crypto-asset industry, according to the Blockchain Association’s research report on trends in human capital. Huobi Global, the industry’s largest, employs about 1300 people.

BlockFi

BlockFi

Saying that the bitcoin and Ether markets had begun to “position more bullish” and wanting to attract larger deposits, BlockFi announced a new schedule of interest rates it pays on deposits yesterday. 

Thom Thompson

Thom Thompson

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Thom Thompson is a derivatives specialist who has worked in product design, business development and regulatory roles for the CFTC, the Chicago Board of TradeThe Clearing CorporationSwiss ExchangeEurex and Eurex Clearing.

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