Napster Founder’s IoT Startup to Go Crypto With $15 Million Series C

An internet-of-things (IoT) startup founded in 2013 is adding tokens to its business model with the backing of two of crypto’s best-known funders. Helium announced Wednesday a $15 million Series C co-led by Union Square Ventures and Multicoin Capital. Investors will acquire equity in Helium as well as a share of the tokens that will accrue to the company over the next several years as they are minted, after its bespoke blockchain goes live, according to a spokesperson. Previous investors that participated in the latest round included Khosla Ventures, GV (formerly Google…

‘Most Ambitious’ Blockchain Startup Since Ethereum Raises $15 Million

By CCN Markets: A blockchain project called Helium has raised $15 million in a round led by enthusiastic technology investors like Multicoin Capital and Google (via venture fund GV). Multicoin wrote a passionate blog post, praising the project as one of the most ambitious crypto ventures since Ethereum itself. Helium reportedly will bring reduced costs to deploying wireless networks, as Multicoin partner Tushar Jain explains:  “The Helium vision is the most ambitious we have seen in the blockchain space since the advent of smart contracts on Ethereum: Helium represents a…

Digital Asset Security Startup Fireblocks Leaves Stealth Mode With $16 Million in Funding

Digital asset cybersecurity startup Fireblocks announced its launch out of stealth mode with $16 million in funding, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on June 11. Per the release, Fireblocks obtained the capital during its Series A funding round from Cyberstarts, Tenaya Capital, EightRoads (Fidelity INTL), Swisscom Ventures and MState. The startup reportedly counts crypto merchant bank Galaxy Digital, over-the-counter digital trading platform Genesis Global Trading and others among its customers, with the company declaring: “Currently, Fireblocks is integrated with 15 digital asset exchanges and offers support for…

Ex-Employee Sues Zcash Operator in $2 Million Lawsuit Over Unpaid Stocks

The company behind cryptocurrency zcash (ZEC) is facing a $2 million legal challenge over unpaid shares, documents originally filed on May 29 confirm. According to the complaint, which appeared at the Superior Court of California for the County of San Francisco, an ex-employee brought the charges after he did not receive $15,000 of stock in 2016. Simon Liu worked for Zerocoin, now known as the Electric Coin Company, and additionally claims the company was not legally permitted to offer the equity. “Plaintiff is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that…

The Most Insane $1 Million and Beyond Bitcoin Price Predictions

By CCN: Bitcoin price predictions are a dime a dozen. They can go anywhere from zero to over a million dollars. Some bettors like John McAfee are so confident that they are ready to go through absurd lengths (such as consuming their own member) to show their conviction. Do these crazy predictions hold ground? We scoured the web and discovered that John McAfee is not alone in his prediction that the king of cryptocurrencies will reach a million dollar valuation. Here are the most insane bitcoin predictions bravely shared by reputable…

Crypto Exchange With 2 Million Users Launches Apps for Apple and Android Devices

A crypto exchange that claims it has amassed more than 2 million registered users in the space of four months has released new apps for Android and Apple smartphones. As well as supporting transactions in a multitude of cryptocurrencies, Bitsdaq says its app offers real-time updates on movements in the markets — and enables users to make withdrawals and deposits quickly. The software is currently available in English, simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese. With the crypto exchange market growing increasingly congested, Bitsdaq says many platforms have been suffering from poor levels…

Crypto Developer Komodo ‘Hacks’ Wallet Users to Foil $13 Million Theft

Cryptocurrency wallet developer Komodo has effectively hacked its own customers to avert an attack that could have resulted in the theft of funds worth nearly $13 million. A blog post from the npm JavaScript package repository, first reported by ZDNet, indicated that its security system raised an alert about a backdoor on June 5 that could have been used by hackers to rob users of one of Komodo’s older wallets, Agama. An audit showed a malware threat with the potential to steal cryptocurrency wallet seeds and logins. To prevent hackers from…

Nearly $10 Million in XRP Stolen in GateHub Hack

Hackers have reportedly compromised nearly 100 XRP Ledger wallets on cryptocurrency wallet service GateHub. The incident was announced by GateHub in a preliminary statement on June 6. In the statement, GateHub reveals that it was notified by some of its customers and community members that funds on their wallets had been stolen. The company estimates that hackers managed to compromise around 100 XRP Ledger wallets. Although the company did not initially identify any nefarious activities on its platform, it began an investigation on the matter, wherein it discovered increased application…

Margin Lenders on Poloniex Lost $13.5 Million Due to Flash Crash

Margin lenders on American cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex have lost around $13.5 million due to a flash crash. Poloniex announced about the incident in a blog post published on June 6. Poloniex revealed that on May 26 a severe price crash in the clams (CLAM) market led to margin loans losses amounting to roughly 1,800 bitcoin (BTC), or approximately $13.5 million at the time. The incident affected 0.4% of all users and resulted in the reduction of all active BTC loans by 16.202%. The exchange subsequently froze all of the defaulted…

Margin Lenders Lost $13.5 Million in May to Poloniex Crypto Crash

Crypto exchange Poloniex revealed in a post Thursday that lenders in its bitcoin margin lending pool suffered a loss of 1800 BTC — roughly $13.5 million at current market prices — due to a flash crash in the Clams (CLAM) market on May 26. Poloniex’s peer-to-peer margin system includes both lenders and borrowers, the lenders of which are pooled together and rewarded in interest for lending out their funds. In order for a user to borrow the margin funds being lent, he or she must hold a certain amount of…