SEC Calls Out Status of Telegram’s TON, Doubting Development

In the latest from U.S. Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) ongoing lawsuit against Telegram for its offering of Gram tokens, the commission bashes the messaging service’s blockchain and related token. In a lengthy filing with the court of the Southern District of New York the SEC responded to Telegram’s earlier motion for summary judgment. In it, the SEC disparaged the Telegram Open Network (TON) — Telegram’s blockchain — as well as the operation’s Gram (GRM) token.  “Telegram Has Put Forth No Evidence Regarding the TON Blockchain’s State of Development at…

Jack Dorsey’s Square Awarded Patent for Real-Time Crypto-to-Fiat Swaps

Financial services and mobile payment company Square thinks it has found a way to turn fiat into crypto in real-time point-of-sale transactions.  How it works  On Jan. 21, the United States Patent Office awarded Square a patent for a technology that the team argues cracks a present barrier in merchant transactions:  “All cryptocurrencies face the same drawback in that they are not widely accepted. Presently, cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, are not accepted by most retail merchants, or even by most online merchants.” The team cited a number of drawbacks to current…

Is Samsung About To Partner With This Crypto Startup?

It’s funny what business leaders can and can’t tell the press. Cointelegraph caught up with Alexander Drummond, co-founder of crypto-enabled payments company GatePay, at the 50th edition of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week. Drummond was one of several crypto entrepreneurs presenting his company on stage at the CV Labs event on Tuesday. Drummond’s pitch for GatePay goes something like this: retail customers should be able to pay for products with any means of exchange they want, and retail stores should be able to handle it. Offering…

Federal Judge Orders Kik Technical Advisor to Sit for Deposition With SEC

Kik technical advisor Tanner Philp must be deposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) related to the company’s 2017 kin token sale, elongating the discovery process in the messaging app’s battle with federal regulators. The agreement was made Wednesday before District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein in the U.S District Court for the Southern District of New York. Overseeing the latest motion for discovery in this $100 million ICO standoff, Judge Hellerstein initially ruled that Kik CEO Ted Livingston should appear for a deposition, but attorneys for both sides appeared…

Square Wins US Patent for Fiat-to-Crypto Payments Network

Square, the payment services provider founded and run by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, has won a US patent to launch a new network that enables crypto-to-fiat transactions. Square was founded in 2009 by Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey in their hometown of St. Louis, around the same time as Dorsey’s other company, Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), was beginning to take off. In the intervening year, Square’s white payment terminals have become synonymous with the advent of contactless payment. The new patent covers a payment system that allows users holding different assets to transact with…

Why High-Profile Defections Aren’t Libra’s Biggest Challenge

Libra has lost another Association member, but according to @nlw that’s likely low on its worries list, plus Square’s LN efforts & TON’s SEC support. News broke yesterday the Libra Association had seen its eighth high-profile defection, this time from the telecom giant Vodafone. In today’s episode of The Breakdown, @nlw argues Association membership is far less of a factor in Libra’s success than key regulatory questions around domiciling, the value peg and the U.S.’s fear of a Chinese digital currency. Also in this episode, Square Crypto announced its plans…

India Central Bank Says It Hasn’t Banned Crypto

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said regulated entities cannot offer crypto assets in the country, but that does not equate to an overall digital asset ban. In a Jan. 21 article, The Economic Times of India cited a document the RBI submitted to the country’s supreme court in September, which said: “Firstly, the RBI has not prohibited VCs (virtual currencies) in the country. The RBI has directed the entities regulated by it to not provide services to those persons or entities dealing in or settling VCs” India ban drama…

Apple’s iCloud Is “Now Officially a Surveillance Tool”

Pavel Durov, founder and CEO of major encrypted messenger Telegram, argues that Apple’s cloud service iCloud is “now officially a surveillance tool.” Citing a Jan. 21 Reuters report, Durov claimed that applications like WhatsApp — which rely on iCloud to store private messages — are “part of the problem.” Telegram CEO delivered his verdict in a post on his official Telegram channel on Jan. 21: “iCloud is now officially a surveillance tool. Apps that are relying on it to store your private messages (such as WhatsApp) are part of the…

SEC Depositions Shed Light on Telegram’s $1.7B Token Sale

Telegram CEO Pavel Durov pushed back against a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) attorney’s speculation that his company’s 2018 token sale was meant to refill its cash reserves. During an 18-hour deposition, Durov disputed in particular SEC attorney Jorge Tenreiro’s claim that the sale would help Telegram pay for servers. This claim is a core part of the SEC’s argument in the ongoing case that Telegram was selling unregistered securities.  Acсording to Durov, from the beginning he has been funding Telegram with proceeds from the sale of his earlier…

Cryptocurrency Not Banned in India, According to RBI

Over the course of the past half-decade or so, the cryptocurrency space has grown at a breakneck pace, and it is believed that it is going to keep expanding in the years to come. However, in this regard, it is also important to note that it has thrived because many nations have not outlawed crypto tokens. In this regard, India, one of the world’s biggest economies, cleared the air about its stance on cryptocurrencies. The central bank of the country, the Reserve Bank of India, stated that despite reports to…