UK Financial Watchdog Warns Public of Crypto Clone Firm

The primary financial regulator of the United Kingdom, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), warned that ICAP Crypto is a clone firm in a public announcement on May 24. According to the report, ICAP Crypto is a clone firm of ICAP Europe Limited. Clone firms are a type of scam in which the scammers use information from legitimate firms in an attempt to convince targets that they are genuine. In this case, ICAP Europe Limited is a legitimate firm that is authorized by the FCA, and its details are being propagated…

Ryan Kavanaugh’s Media Firm Secures $100 Million Investment for Crypto Project

United States-based film producer Ryan Kavanaugh’s Proxima Media has unveiled a $100 million investment for a cryptocurrency-based film funding tool, entertainment industry news outlet TheWrap reported on May 23. Per the report, Proxima Media — which Kavanaugh founded and owns — announced plans for a new crypto-enabled financing tool for film, TV, music and other intellectual property-driven content dubbed Proxicoin. Proxima reportedly received the investment from garment production company Central Wealth Group and venture capital fund Step Ventures. Proxicoin reportedly plans to issue Ethereum-based security tokens that allow holders to…

Finance IT Infrastructure Firm Partners With Institutional Crypto Exchange Seed CX

Trading IT infrastructure company Avelacom has partnered with digital currency exchange Seed CX, according to a press release published on May 23. The partnership aims to allow institutional clients of Avelacom —  an IT infrastructure provider for the financial services industry — to utilize Seed CX’s real-time market data and order-routing products. Currently, Seed CX provides services of a licensed exchange for institutional trading and settlement of spot digital asset products, with plans to offer its products for Commodity Futures Trading Commission-regulated digital asset derivatives. Managing Director of Avelacom Aleksey…

Strong Barriers at $8,500, But Bitcoin (BTC) Bulls are Firm

Bitcoin (BTC) stable and ranging The US SEC delays VanEck Bitcoin ETF decision date by another three months Bulls are resilience, and after shaking off the $1,000 drop of May 19, Bitcoin is stable and ranging. Even so, any break and close above $8,500 will draw buyers aiming at $10k or higher confirming bulls of early April. Bitcoin Price Analysis Fundamentals That the dreaded crypto winter is finally over, is true. Analysts say fundamental and technical factors are aligning and that will likely lift Bitcoin prices to new highs as…

Kik CEO Says Firm Spent $5+ Million on Negotiations With US SEC: Report

Ted Livingston, the CEO of Canadian-based messaging startup Kik, told cryptocurrency news outlet Coindesk that the company spent over $5 million on ongoing negotiations with the United States Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). The news was revealed in a report published on May 16. As Cointelegraph reported at the end of January, the SEC stated that it believes that Kik’s “Token Distribution Event” two years ago violated securities laws when the company raised $97 million during the sale. Following the SEC’s recommendation of an enforcement action in November 2018, Kik was…

Ripple (XRP) Bulls Firm despite Coin Metric Report

Ripple (XRP) up 25.6 percent Ripple Labs exposed by Coin Metrics as David Schwartz says it is a “timeline issue.” Coin Metrics now reports that Ripple Labs did under-reported the number of XRP released from escrow by a total of 200 million XRP while implementing the “escrow queue” differently than announced. The reaction could be heaping pressure on XRP which is fast dropping, clawing back this week’s gains. Ripple Price Analysis Fundamentals According to a Coin Metrics report, Ripple Labs is allegedly misrepresenting the actual amount of XRP in their…

Facebook Registers Secretive ‘Libra’ Cryptocurrency Firm in Switzerland

According to a Reuters report, Facebook registered a new company, Libra Networks, in Geneva on May 2. This coincides with the slow roll-out of their internal cryptocurrency that will define the company’s first foray into blockchain technology. Facebook Global Holdings is a stockholder in the new company and it will, according to Reuters, “provide financial and technology services and develop related hardware and software, plans submitted on the Swiss register reveal.” Facebook’s march towards crypto has been slow and steady. The company’s latest move, the hiring of two Coinbase compliance…

Facebook Registers New Fintech Firm in Switzerland

Social media giant Facebook has apparently formed a new financial tech firm, Libra Networks LLC, according to a filing on the Geneva Commercial Register. Libra Networks was registered in Geneva on May 2 by Facebook Global Holdings II LLC. Per the official filing the firm provides: “…services in the fields of finance and technology, as well as the development and production of software and related infrastructure, in particular in connection with investment activities, the operation of payments, financing, identity management, data analysis, big data, blockchain and other technologies.” Facebook registered the…

Estonian Consulting Firm Claims It’s Harder to Get a Crypto License Following Regulation

Estonian consulting firm Eesti Consulting OÜ has claimed that it is getting harder to get a cryptocurrency license in Estonia in a press release published on May 16. The Estonian government’s Ministry of Finance introduced changes to the licensing process on May 3. The new regulations adds a numbered formal obligation, extends the processing time from 30 to 90 day and establishes the requirement for a company or branch to be incorporated in Estonia. Furthermore, the registered office address and the board of directors now needs to be located in…

Big Four Firm KPMG Identifies Top Four Skills Required for Blockchain Career

Big Four auditing firm KPMG has identified the top four skills needed for a blockchain-related career, in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 16. KPMG suggests that an increasing number of companies will investigate blockchain technology this year. “Blockchain projects will not succeed or scale without a multifaceted team that goes beyond technologists,” the firm states, thus identifying the four major skills needed for a career in the industry. KPMG argues that the successful deployment of blockchain tech depends on professionals with both technology literacy and business acumen.…