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The Fight Between Kik Crypto and the SEC Ends

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has penalized Kik for launching an initial coin offering (ICO) that allegedly did not go through the appropriate registration protocols with the agency. Kik is now being required to fork out a $5 million fee.The SEC and Kik Have Reached a SettlementThe SEC has sworn up and down over the past few years that it would go after all token offerings that have in some way or another gone against its rules. It has warned many crypto ventures offering...

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Token Sales May Have 3-Year Safe Harbor Period, Offers SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce

While a digital asset may look like a security at first, it could potentially become decentralized enough in the following years to no longer resemble a security. Bearing this principle in mind, SEC commissioner Hester Peirce has proposed a safe harbor period for token sales.The official at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Hester Peirce, named “CryptoMom” by the crypto community, suggested a so-called ‘safe harbor’ for all upcoming token projects. Her opinion is that this could...

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Kik Requires Trial with SEC over the Sale of Kin Tokens

Kik, a Canadian company behind a freeware instant messaging mobile app, has long been involved in a battle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the enforcement action against Kin token offering in 2017. Now Kik requires trial with the SEC in order to put a legal end to this story.On Thursday, the SEC updated the status of the case and provided a schedule for further proceedings. According to the document, yesterday, on January 9, the parties took a total of 11...

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SEC’s vs. Ripple Next Chapter Begins Today

Today the next chapter of a long-running and closely watched lawsuit against Ripple will happen. The plaintiff, Bradley Sostack, has time until the end of this Monday to file a response to the startup’s September 20 motion to dismiss. If the case won’t be entirely dismissed, it will probably go into discovery next year.As we already reported, the main point of this dispute is the question of whether Ripple’s cryptocurrency XRP is a security or not.If it is, that means that it should have been...

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Kik Messenger Keeps Working under MediaLab’s Wing

Messaging platform Kik announced on Friday it was acquired by MediaLab, a holding company that has Whisper and a number of other apps under its wing.The mother company of Kik, Kik Interactive already said, and we reported that it would be closing its app down in October. However, last week, its CEO Ted Livingston said that a company had signed a letter of intent to purchase the app. Both companies kept their mouths shut when it comes to details of the sale.The blog post says:“We believe that...

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Ted Livingston States Kik Messenger Is Not Shutting Down

Photo: Microsiervos / FlickrAt the end of September, we reported that a popular messaging app Kik made the world reel with the announcement about shutting down. At that time, Kik CEO Ted Livingston explained this decision with the company’s downturn position and the necessity to focus more on the development of its Kin (KIN) token. The company was also planning to cut down the number of its employees from over 100 people to a 19 person team. Besides, Kik has a legal battle against the U.S....

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Kik Founder Vows to Fight On Despite Obstacles Presented by the U.S. SEC

The CEO founder of popular messaging app Kik Ted Livingston has maintained his position on keeping on to the end in his company’s legal tussle with the United States’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over its cryptocurrency’s classification as a security.Kin (KIN) has been at the forefront of a firestorm between the two parties over its initial coin offering (ICO) with the US regulator suing the company earlier this year over the issue. Sources indicate that the CEO gave his position...

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Kik Shutting Down Its Messaging App, CEO Threatens to Quit

The Canadian social media and messaging app company Kik said to be thinking about possible shutting down of its popular Kik messaging app.Two people familiar with the matter claim that the company is moving all the app’s users to alternative platforms. They also added 70 employees of Kik’s Israeli cryptocurrency subsidiary Kin being noticed about possible layoffs even though some will allegedly be offered the option of transferring to a new company that is based on the same technology, the...

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