NEWS  |  05.19.19  |  CNN

Facebook Unexpectedly Plants Its Flag in Crypto-Friendly Switzerland

Facebook has reportedly set up a fintech company dubbed Libra Networks in Switzerland. According to Reuters, the focus of the fintech is on the blockchain, payments, data analytics, and investing … The Switzerland move was done with no fanfare such as company press releases or blog posts. This seems to be the way Facebook has chosen to roll out its Project Libra. It’s keeping close to the chest even where the project will be launched...

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CoinDesk  |  05.17.19  |  The Tokenist

Top Banks ‘Investing $50 Million’ to Build Blockchain Settlement System

Some of the world’s biggest banks are said to be investing around $50 million to build a blockchain-based digital cash settlement system. A Reuters report on Friday, citing “people familiar with the plans,” said possibly a dozen unspecified banks are involved in the project. The participating banks will reportedly be setting up a new entity called Fnality for the project, which could launch next year.

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CURZIO COMMENTARY  |  05.13.19  |  Curzio Research

Proof digital securities are a global phenomenon

Financial institutions and exchanges from all over the world are preparing for all types of assets to be tokenized… including Switzerland’s premier stock exchange, SIX. The new opportunities for investors will be mind boggling...

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NEWS  |  05.13.19  |  CoinDesk

Securitize open-sources its protocol, partners with tZERO token exchange

Securitize is partnering with one of the blockchain industry’s largest security token exchange companies as it open-sources the code behind its in-house protocol. Developers will be able to create dApps on top of the protocol, creating new opportunities for the market. Securitize co-founder and CEO Carlos Domingo said he believes the technology created by his team has “proven itself in the marketplace.”

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NEWS  |  05.12.19  |  The Tokenist

SEC Commissioner Hester Pierce says the SEC is holding back innovation

The SEC’s role should be to guide innovation, not stifle it. Pierce voiced her concern over the SEC’s lack of meaningful action in the crypto space—and whether this will ultimately come back to haunt it. She asserted that the SEC is paralyzed with indecision, and this could hurt the cryptocurrency space in the long run.

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NEWS  |  05.06.19  |

Switzerland's stock exchange may issue its own tokens

As part of a plan to digitize assets, Switzerland's stock exchange may issue its own tokens. Top executive Thomas Zeeb says tokens may eventually replace stocks and bonds. He discusses the role cryptocurrencies play… and what hurdles may have to be overcome along the way.

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NEWS  |  05.06.19  |  CoinTelegraph

Fidelity will start institutional bitcoin trading within weeks

$7 trillion investment firm Fidelity will reportedly roll out bitcoin trading for institutional clients in the coming weeks, according to Bloomberg. Citing a source who asked to remain anonymous, the publication revealed Fidelity’s cryptocurrency-focused spin-off, Fidelity Digital Assets, would be adding to the existing range of services. The source said the trading side will go live for Fidelity’s users in as little as a few weeks and will primarily target large-volume traders.

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NEWS  |  05.06.19  |  CoinDesk

Regulators ready to approve Ethereum futures, CFTC insider says

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is willing to approve an ether futures contract, a senior official has told CoinDesk. The CFTC, which oversees derivatives markets in the U.S., has already allowed bitcoin futures markets to launch. Now the regulator is willing to oversee a similar product for ether, currently the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap.

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NEWS  |  05.04.19  | goes live with “the world’s first regulated tokenized securities exchange”

The platform allows for global investors to use BTC and ETH to actively trade over 150 instruments, including securities, commodities, indices, and shares. This number is expected to grow to 4,000 as development continues. The platform can be accessed in a variety of ways, ranging from web based clients to both IOS and Android apps.

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NEWS  |  04.29.19  |

Atonomi ICO slapped with $25 million lawsuit

In 2018, blockchain-based IoT security protocol Atonomi made headlines after securing $25 million in funding via an ICO. Since that time, the project has seen little development and the value of its token has dropped by 99%. Atonomi’s failure to register with the local authorities, combined with the lack of transparency regarding development, could result in a huge downfall for the firm.

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NEWS  |  04.27.19  |  TheTokenizer

Blueshares brings forward a security token offering

The Blueshares STO provides prospective investors with tokenized traditional equity participation shares of Interprom Mining AG. The token/share ratio is 1:1, and investments are accepted both in fiat and cryptocurrencies: Euro, Bitcoin, Ether, and Tether. The token sale is expected to start May 6.

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NEWS  |  04.22.19  |  coindesk

Tennis star Serena Williams reveals investment in Coinbase

Serena Williams, one of the world’s most successful tennis players of all time, announced her VC firm Serena Ventures—which was secretly founded in 2014. She revealed in an Instagram post that she is an investor in cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase. Some of Serena Ventures’ other investments include startups in areas such as fitness, clothing, food, and women’s health and community.

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NEWS  |  04.20.19  |  Crypto Briefing

Real estate tokens are coming to Tezos

Widespread digitization of property in the massive $217 trillion real estate market could be transformative for the global economy. Property rights can be hard to prove in developing nations, where ownership can suddenly change hands unbeknownst to a home’s tenants. The immutable nature of blockchains guarantees property ownership, and token flexibility could potentially liquidate capital locked up in a home.

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NEWS  |  04.20.19  |  The Tokenist

Overstock’s tZERO fails to meet closing date of GSR and Makara Capital $100 million investment

tZERO Chairman Patrick Byrne informed investors that the investment involving both Makara Capital and GSR Capital had missed its deadline. The $100 million raise was agreed upon in February and expected to close by mid-April. According to Byrne, tZERO is “not under any exclusivity with Makara or GSR and has retained advisors to pursue parallel alternatives.”

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NEWS  |  04.15.19  |  The Tokenist

U.S. bank CEOs get grilled by Congress on blockchain technology

For the first time since the financial crisis in 2008, CEOs from America’s largest banks testified before the House Financial Services Committee of the United States Congress. In particular, Representative Warren Davidson (R-OH) inquired as to the banks’ current thoughts on the integration of blockchain and finance.

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