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Ethereum SKALE Network’s Funding Round Raises $17.1 Million

Ethereum’s scaling platform, SKALE Network, has reportedly raised $17.1 million in a recent funding round for the launch of its mainnet. The company has indicated that this is Ethereum’s best chance of beating other smart contract platforms. SKALE Adds More Investors Backed by US-based SKALE Labs and NODE Foundation of Licheinstein, the platform now has around 40 investors. The investors are from different parts of the globe, which include the US, EU, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan. The financing round consists of $10 million from SKALE Labs as well…

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Bakkt’s First Week Trading Volumes Hit Just $5 Million USD

Bakkt, the highly anticipated Bitcoin futures contract, recorded just $5 million USD in total trading during its first week. The long-awaited Bitcoin futures platform from The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) launched last week to considerably underwhelming fanfare given the hype surrounding the project since it was initially announced last year. According to ICE, which is also the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, just 623 Bitcoin futures contracts were traded during the first week of Bakkt. Each of Bakkt’s futures contracts represents one Bitcoin, so just over $5 million…

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Bithumb’s $350 Million Acquisition is All Set to Be Canceled

Over the course of the past few years, the crypto ecosystem in South Korea has grown quite quickly and one of the better-known crypto exchanges to have emerged during that time is Bithumb. Last year in October, the Korean crypto exchange had reached an agreement on an acquisition deal, but that has fallen through due to apparent payment difficulties. Due to the snafu, it has now emerged that some overseas investors are going to save the day and acquire the exchange. BK Consortium had agreed to acquire a 50% stake…

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Overstock’s Crypto Division Invests $2 Million USD in Evernym

Troubled online retailer Overstock has invested $2 million USD in blockchain-based identity firm Evernym through its crypto division, Medici Ventures. Blockchain-Based Identity Technology Evernym was founded in Salt Lake City in 2013 and has developed a blockchain-based technology that allows organizations and governments to issue, accept, and verify credentials that operate similarly to a digital passport. Its digital credential platform, Verity, allows organizations to interact with customers while giving clients control over their data. The technology utilizes blockchain to develop a decentralized ecosystem of digital credentials that is more trustworthy than physical…

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uBUCK Technologies Announces Non-Brokered Private Placement of up to US$4 Million

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LiteLink Technologies Inc. (“LiteLink”) (CSE:LLT) (OTC:LLNKF)(FRA:C0B), a key player in logistics platforms and payment solutions, is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary uBUCK Technologies SEZC (“uBUCK”), will conduct a non-brokered private placement of up to 8,000,000 preferred shares, at a price of US$0.50 per share for aggregate gross proceeds up to US$4,000,000 based on a pre-money valuation of US$25,000,000. uBUCK intends to use the proceeds of the private placement to complete the development of the uBUCK and Streambucks digital wallets,…

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LINE’s Crypto Platform Rolls Out for 80 Million Users in Japan

As far as the creation of a crypto platform is concerned, many of the world’s consumer-facing tech companies are looking at ways to create one. Hence, it is not a surprise that Japan’s messaging app behemoth LINE has now officially launched its own cryptocurrency exchange, Bitmax, and is all set to open up a new chapter in the country’s crypto history. Key Details Japan is a nation that has been highly encouraging towards crypto, and the regulators have helped build a strong ecosystem over the past few years. The establishment of…

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Blockstack Raises $23 Million USD in First Regulated Token Offering

Blockstack has raised $23 million USD in the first-ever token offering approved by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Blocskstack PBC, which is a decentralized computing network aiming to antiquate data breaches and trust violations, first announced the token sale in July, having received SEC approval to raise up to $28 million USD in a Reg A+ compliant offering. The breakdown of the token offering consisted of $15.5 million USD raised through the sale of  74.3 million Stacks tokens through its Reg A+ sale in the US, and an additional…

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Coinbase Launches New $2 Million USDC Bootstrap Fund

Coinbase, a leading crypto trading platform, has announced a new $2 million USDC fund to further develop decentralized finance (DeFi) projects. Difference Between Bootstrap Fund and Coinbase Ventures The initiative is to be called the USDC Bootstrap Fund and will see $1 million USDC invested in both Compound, a money market protocol, and dYdX, a margin trading protocol and open trading platform for crypto assets. The fund differs from Coinbase Ventures, which invests in startups and takes an equity stake, in that it will add to the protocols’ lending pools…

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Ripple (XRP) | $26 Million Moved to Co-Founder Jed McCaleb

Ripple, the company that holds the highest number of XRP tokens, has been in the news for the wrong reasons over the past few weeks. Analysts and members of the XRP community have been quite vocal about the way in which the company has gone about dumping large quantities of its holding at regular intervals. Many believe that the periodic selling of XRP tokens at large volumes has led to the poor performance of the token. XRP, which is the third biggest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, has been one of…

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Elliptic, A Crypto Forensic Startup, Raises $23 Million USD

Elliptic, a British startup firm aimed at tracing suspicious crypto activity, has raised $23 million USD in a funding round led by SBI Holdings. Elliptic to Expand into Asian Markets The Series B funding round was led by Japanese financial institution SBI Holdings and will enable Elliptic to continue expansion into Asian markets where it has recently opened an office in Singapore and will open another in Japan this week. Elliptic CEO and founder James Smith cited Asia as a highly attractive market for the company due to its prominent…

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