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Ripple

Ripple

Trying to clarify statements filed with the SEC, Ripple’s CEO, Brad Garlinghouse, told the Financial Times last week that the company would not be cash flow positive without its controversial sales of XRP, its proprietary cryptocurrency.

Bitfinex

Bitfinex

Bitfinex, one of the largest cryptocurrency trading platforms in the world, was subjected to a distributed denial of service attack that took the trading platform off line for about an hour on Friday. 

Omniex

Omniex

Omniex was selected by Switzerland’s SIX Group as the front end for its SDX-branded cryptocurrency trading platform scheduled to launch late this year.

B2C2

B2C2

OTC broker B2C2’s victory over Japanese cryptocurrency trading platform operator Quoine in a dispute alleging breach of trust by Quoine and potentially worth many millions of dollars was affirmed by Singapore’s highest court.

IOTA

IOTA

Still reeling from a $1.6 million hack of its Trinity wallet, the IOTA foundation has set March 2 as a target for restarting its network. IOTA supports the development of systems for micro-payments to facilitate the internet-of-things.

Binance

Binance

Binance, despite its frequent representations to the contrary, was never licensed in Malta let alone headquartered there, according to an official Maltese “Public Statement” today. Binance has not responded to press inquiries about the issue.

Craig Wright

Craig Wright

Furthering his claim to have invented bitcoin under the pseudonym Nakamoto, Craig Wright now says that the bitcoin database belongs to him: “As the sole creator of Bitcoin, I own full rights to the Bitcoin registry.”

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!”

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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