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Ethereum

Ethereum

Some of Ethereum’s lead developers are publicly disputing whether version 2.0, the first phase of a major upgrade of the entire network, will be implemented this year or next. Ethereum’s founder, Vitalik Buterin, continues to push for a 2020 launch. 

Bitfinex

Bitfinex

Bitfinex lost another round in its long-running battle to keep NY’s attorney general from finding out what happened to $850 million that went missing in 2018. 

Kraken

Kraken

Kraken’s London-based subsidiary, Crypto Facilities, received a license to operate a multilateral trading facility from the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority, making it the first cryptocurrency MTF. 

Brock Pierce

Brock Pierce

Former “Mighty Duck” Brock Pierce, a gaming and cryptocurrency pioneer, launched his campaign for U.S. president on July 5.

Augur

Augur

Just in time for the U.S. elections, prediction market Augur is upgrading its Ethereum-powered platform to be faster and to run both on desktops and mobile devices. 

Nasdaq

Nasdaq

Nasdaq introduced its Digital Assets Suite in conjunction with launching its new Marketplace Services platform. Offered to trading platforms, the Digital Assets Suite handles the life cycle of digital assets. 

Telegram

Telegram

Telegram, the popular encrypted messaging service, accepted an $18.5 million fine from the SEC. This ends the agency’s action that claimed Telegram’s digital currency TON is a security. 

Commodity Focus Closes IDX-V

Commodity Focus Closes IDX-V

The last session of this year's IDX-V was titled “Commodities in Focus,” the only panel of the third day, which itself was titled “Commodities and the unexpected consequences of COVID-19.”  Joanna Williams, Of Counsel at the U.K. law firm Simmons and Simmons,...

Brent Crude: Global Benchmark

Brent Crude: Global Benchmark

The closing session of IDX-V Day 2 offered ICE pumping its own oil in the form of an infomercial (“sponsored session”) about ICE Brent crude futures. The two-person session had Chris Edmonds, ICE Global Head of Clearing and Risk, as master of ceremonies, and ICE Head...

Ebang

Ebang

Ebang, a Chinese application-specific integrated circuit design and bitcoin mining machine manufacturer, is planning to launch an IPO on Nasdaq on Friday. It will be the second such Chinese company, after Canaan, to conduct an American IPO. 

CrossTower

CrossTower

CrossTower, a new cryptocurrency trading platform start up that pays rebates to liquidity-takers, has taken in $6 million in new funding. 

Galaxy Digital

Galaxy Digital

Galaxy Digital founder Michael Novogratz admitted in an interview that the investment company’s fortunes depend on institutional investors turning to bitcoin as a store of value.

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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