Japan’s Messaging Giant LINE Sets Up $10 Million Hong Kong Blockchain Venture Fund

Japanese social messaging app LINE announced the creation of a $10 million blockchain venture fund Wednesday, August 15, as part of its expansion into the cryptocurrency market. Launched via Hong Kong-based subsidiary unblock corp., the fund contains funds from fellow LINE sister outfit LVC Corporation. “Additionally, unblock ventures’ token fund is expected to expand in the future, according to the growth of the blockchain market,” the company commented in a press release, adding: “By launching this new corporate token fund, LINE is aiming to boost the development and adoption of…

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Jamaica Stock Exchange to Introduce Crypto and Tokens Trading via Canadian Fintech Firm

The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) has selected Canadian fintech company Blockstation to facilitate the trading of digital currencies and tokens on the JSE, according to an August 14 press release. Upon implementation of the project, JSE will provide trading, quotes, execution, and settlement services for cryptocurrencies and tokens. Kirk Brown, Head Trader for a broker member of the JSE, underlined the importance for investors “to be able to invest in digital assets through their traditional financial institutions.” Marlene Street Forrest, Managing Director of the JSE said: “We are very comfortable…

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Playboy Sues Canadian Blockchain Firm for Fraud and Breach of Contract

Beverly Hills-based Playboy Enterprises is suing Canadian firm Global Blockchain Technologies (GBT), claiming that it failed to integrate blockchain technology into Playboy’s online media channels, the Los Angeles Times reported August 14. Playboy Enterprises reportedly filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court, accusing the Canadian company of fraud and breaching a contract, which the two companies drew in March. Per the terms of the agreement, GBT would integrate the Vice Industry Token (VIT) on Playboy’s media sites. Playboy said that the blockchain firm not only failed to fulfill…

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Crypto Price Collapse Will Not Constrain Further Growth

Ethereum co-founder and ConsenSys Inc. CEO Joseph Lubin said in an interview with Bloomberg Aug. 14, that he does not see the recent cryptocurrency price collapse as a constraint to further growth. In а recent discussion on the state of the cryptocurrency market with Bloomberg, Lubin said that the value surges of the past year were just another bubble like the previous “six big bubbles, each more epic than the previous one, and each bubble is astonishing when they’re happening.” He added that on close scrutiny those peaks look like…

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High Times Will Not Accept Bitcoin in Its Initial Public Offering

Marijuana culture media group High Times Holding Corp. has decided not to accept Bitcoin (BTC) in its initial public offering (IPO), according to an August 13 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The decision runs counter to the company’s Aug. 3 announcement, where it stated it will accept cryptocurrencies in order to attract investors. In the beginning of August, High Times published a press release saying it would accept BTC and Ethereum (ETH) as a method of payment for subscription to the company’s shares. In the run-up…

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Chinese State-Owned Aerospace Firm Turns to Blockchain to Manage Billions of Invoices

The state-owned China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation Ltd. is turning to blockchain technology to innovate its unwieldy electronic invoice system, according to an announcement republished on a government site August 13. The article, from official state newspaper People’s Daily, was posted yesterday by the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence and outlines how blockchain will help innovate the supervision of invoices for tax purposes nationwide. As the article notes, statistics indicate 1.31 billion Chinese electronic invoices were in circulation in 2017. By 2022, the number…

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US Regulator Fines and Halts Activities of Fraudulent Tomahawkcoin Issuer

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced in an order Wednesday, August 14, that it has barred and fined the creator of Tomahawkcoin over a fraudulent Initial Coin Offering (ICO). Tomahawkcoin, which David T. Laurance ran as a token through his corresponding company Tomahawk Exploration LLC, failed to raise funds via an ICO in 2017. Having issued tokens via a “Bounty Program in exchange for promotional services,” Laurance, who has a previous record for securities fraud, again “violated the registration and antifraud provisions of the federal securities laws.” “Investors…

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Square’s Cash App Expands Bitcoin Trading to All 50 States

Mobile payment company Square‘s Cash App has recently rolled out Bitcoin (BTC) trading in all 50 states, the firm confirmed in a Tweet August 13. According to the company’s announcement, Cash App users are now able to conduct Bitcoin buy and sell transactions in all the U.S. states. Square first launched Bitcoin trading on its app for a fraction of users back in November 2017. On Jan. 31, 2018, Bitcoin trading on Square’s Cash App was launched for almost all of its users, excluding those in New York, Georgia, Hawaii,…

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South Korean Ministry Drops Cryptocurrency Exchanges From Venture Enterprise Classification

The government of South Korea announced it had excluded cryptocurrency exchanges from legislation governing venture businesses in a press release issued Monday, August 13. The brief document from the country’s Ministry of Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and Startups (MSS) explained that contrary to previous decisions, it would now place exchanges alongside bars and nightclubs as businesses that it would “not encourage as a venture enterprise.” A rough translation of part of the press release explains: “The Small and Medium Venture Business Department [of the MSS] has no intention to…

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