Bitcoin IRA to Launch Interest-Earning Crypto Accounts Next Month

BitcoinIRA has partnered with digital asset lending firm Genesis Capital to offer investors the opportunity to earn interest on cryptocurrency and cash holdings.  As an Oct. 21 press release notes, Los Angeles-based Bitcoin IRA has provided digital asset individual retirement account (IRA) solutions since 2016 and processed over $350 million in investments, onboarding 4,000 clients.  Genesis Capital — a spin-off of over-the-counter (OTC) cryptocurrency broker Genesis Global Trading — has reportedly now lent in excess of $2.3 billion in cumulative originations and reported a 75% upturn in crypto and cash…

Two More US Jurisdictions Launch Blockchain-Based Mobile Voting

Two state counties in the United States are implementing blockchain-based mobile voting in the special elections in November. On Oct. 18, the nonprofit Tusk Philanthropies announced its partnership with Jackson and Umatilla Counties in Oregon to pilot the mobile elections platform Voatz. The pilot offers eligible voters to cast their votes using their smartphones, which are secured through blockchain and facial recognition technology. Pilot participants are mostly servicemembers overseas The pilot is only available to a small and select group of voters, allowing servicemembers overseas, their eligible dependents and other…

Binance Hikes Leverage to 125x for Launch of Bitcoin-Tether Futures

Binance’s futures exchange is raising leverage to 125x with the launch of bitcoin (BTC)/tether (USDT) contracts today. The cryptocurrency exchange first announced its futures platform in early July, at the time hinting it would allow 20x leverage. Now, futures traders can now choose leveraged positions between 1x and 125x, it said Friday. “We have seen an increase in institutional participation in trading … And they are flocking to Binance Futures,” said Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao in a statement. “The market has been demanding a product with superior stability and performance; now…

Telegram to Delay the Launch of TON Due to SEC Meeting

Over the past few years, Telegram has become an important part of the crypto ecosystem due to its use as a communication platform for traders as well as market enthusiasts. Hence, it did not come as a complete surprise when the encrypted messaging service platform announced the launch of its own blockchain, the Telegram Open Network (TON). Major Details However, it seems to have run into issues with the all-powerful Securities and Exchange Commission. In a new development, the company told its investors that the date of the launch is…

Telegram Aims to Delay TON Launch Deadline Ahead of SEC Meeting

Encrypted messaging service Telegram wants to postpone the launch date of its Telegram Open Network (TON) following issues with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). According to an investor message seen by Cointelegraph on Oct. 16, Telegram told investors that it wants to push back the deadline to April 30, 2020. The launch was initially set for late October, but the SEC abruptly declared its $1.7 billion dollar token offering to be illegal. Telegram raised the massive sum for its new network by selling TON’s native Gram tokens to qualified…

Libra Plays Down Troubles, Anticipates 100 Members by Launch

The Libra Association is still planning on launching with the 100 members initially envisioned in its June announcement, including new financial and banking partners. “We can confirm that the plan is to have up to 100 members,” a Libra Association representative told CoinDesk Monday at the formal charter signing in Geneva. Bertrand Perez, chief operating officer and interim manager of the Libra Association, reiterated the position on CNBC, saying he remains “confident” that the recent departure of Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal, among others, will not throw a spanner into the network’s eventual…

Coinshares, Blockchain Launch DGLD Gold Token as a Bitcoin Sidechain

A consortium of companies launched a gold-backed token with the DGLD ticker on a Bitcoin (BTC) sidechain. Swiss financial news outlet AllNews reported on Oct. 15 that digital asset managers CoinShares and MKS, as well as wallet service provider Blockchain, announced the launch of the token. Its development took two years and the supply of the token is already worth over $20 million. Meanwhile, the physical gold is held in vaults managed by bullion brand PAMP in Ticino, Switzerland. It is tokenized using the Ocean Bitcoin sidechain developed by blockchain…

Coinshares, Blockchain Launch Gold Token Network on a Bitcoin Sidechain

Digital asset manager CoinShares is putting gold on the bitcoin blockchain. Working with wallet provider Blockchain and precious medal trader MKS (Switzerland) SA, the U.K.-based firm announced Tuesday a gold-backed network for trading tokens representing digitized physical gold, a project two years in the making. According to CoinShares, the network launches today with more than $20 million in gold held in a Swiss vault to back up its tokens. Each DGLD token is backed by 1/10th troy ounce. CoinShares chairman Danny Masters said the product’s network security is based on the…

SEC Draws on Investor Communications to Halt Telegram Token Launch

To justify halting the launch of Telegram’s long-awaited $1.7 billion blockchain project, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relied heavily on communications obtained from investors. In September, the regulator contacted U.S.-based investors, requesting information about what details were being shared by the company to support the TON token offering, according to Yakov Barinsky, CEO of the crypto investment firm HASH CIB, who consulted for some of the funds that invested in TON. “I know that the SEC reached out to them asking how the deal was arranged, what information TON shared,…

US SEC Halts TON Launch Over $1.7B ICO — Highest-Level Action Yet?

Late Friday, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it is suing two offshore entities, Telegram and its wholly owned subsidiary, TON Issuer, for holding an unregistered token sale. According to the complaint filed in the federal district court in Manhattan on the same day, Telegram sold approximately 2.9 billion crypto tokens, called Grams (GRM) to 171 buyers for a total of $1.7 billion. Around a quarter of that sum, $424.5 million, allegedly belonged to 31 purchasers based in the U.S.  As a result, the SEC has…