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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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Telegram Argues that Its Gram Token Is Not Security

Telegram’s launch of its TON blockchain and GRAMS token has hit yet another brick wall because the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken the issue of the launch of their tokens before a court. In a filing two days ago, the messenger app organization asked the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York to deny the SEC the preliminary injunction. Just for reminder, the SEC had asked for it a filing of its own last week requesting Telegram to...

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Telegram to Delay TON Launch for Six Months due to Issues with SEC

Telegram has informed its investors that the TON blockchain project will be launched later than it was previously planned, six months later, exactly on April 30, 2020.In an email to investors Telegram said it had a lot of problems and ‘run-ins’ with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), that came by with the restraining order made to forbid this messenger app company from launching TON and issuing its Gram tokens. SEC decided to treat Grams as unregistered securities.This email...

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Telegram Might Postpone Issuing Its Gram Tokens till 2020

As we reported earlier, the long-awaited issuance of Gram tokens from Telegram on its Telegram Open Network (TON), was hit with a surprising roadblock when the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) deemed it unlawful and filed an emergency action as well as a restraining order against it.Even though the company is not based anywhere in the U.S., the SEC claims that Telegram not only failed to register properly but also was not entirely forthcoming with its investors, most of...

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Grayscale Bitcoin Fund erhält FINRA-Zulassung

Aktien des Digital Large Cap Fund (DLC) von Grayscale erhielten diese Woche grünes Licht von der Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Der derzeit grösste Vermögensverwalter für Kryptowährungen weltweit ist Grayscale. Dieser Vermögensverwalter betreibt seit 2018 das DLC. Dabei handelt es sich um ein Anlagekonzept, dass es für alle Kunden möglich macht, die Preise von Kryptowährungen im Auge zu behalten. Dies ist möglich, ohne...

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Analysts: Bitwise ETF Rejection Could Spell Doom for the Industry

The Bitwise proposal for a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) was recently knocked to the side by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This was bad news all by itself, but many analysts are seeing the rejection as a sign of how the industry will wind up.Bitwise Rejection Means a Lot to AnalystsSome view this not as just a simple rejection, but as a permanent barricade to blockchain and crypto-based products. They expect that a bitcoin ETF will have a very hard time getting approval...

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TON vs SEC: What Is Telegram’s Next Move?

In an interesting but not entirely surprising turn of events, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has asked Telegram to halt issuance of its forthcoming GRAM tokens. In a press release dated Oct. 11, the Commission said that it had already “filed an emergency action” and also a restraining order against Telegram Group Inc. as well as TON Issuer Inc., a subsidiary of the former. This came just a few weeks before Telegram promised to officially issue the tokens to...

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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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SEC, CFTC and FinCEN Release Joint Statement for Crypto Regulation

A joint statement on the use of digital assets and specific laws operators must abide by, has been released. On Friday the 11th, three of the most binding regulatory authorities in the financial space, released the statement, stating specifics about the crypto sector and reminding all participants that certain already laid down laws regarding financial services in the U.S., must be strictly adhered to.The regulatory bodies including the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC),...

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Telegram May Delay Token Launch as SEC Halts U.S. Sales

In an unfortunate turn of events, messaging giant Telegram is facing major resistance from the U.S. SEC for token-sale of its native Gram (GRM) tokens. This has further resulted in the delay of the launch of the Telegram Open Network (TON) blockchain.Last Friday, the SEC issued an order calling Telegram’s token sale as “unlawful” under the agency’s securities laws. As a result, Telegram has push-ahead its plans of TON blockchain launch and GRM token issuance.Appraising the investors of this...

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