- M&A #1.
It's now official, BitTorrent has been acquired
by TRON (for $126M in cash) and its team will operate out of TRON’s new San Francisco office.- M&A #2.
Messari has announced
the acquisition of Onchainfx, launched a new version of its website that integrates it and revealed its masterplan to build the open data layer for crypto (disclosure: we are investors in Messari
)- M&A #3?
Nexo have publicly shared
an LOI to propose the acquisition of Salt Lending assets, following the sudden departure of its CEO Shawn Owen. Probably a marketing stunt or just next level trolling, but one can never be too sure.
. Etherscan suffered
a minor and fortunately inconsequential hack this week, with Disqus as the attack vector.- SPOF.
The Metamask Chrome extension was removed from the Chrome Web Store by mistake apparently, causing unnecessary but inevitable drama for a few hours. Here's a retrospective
from the Metamask team.- Digital fiat.
Iran is "preparing ground"
for a national cryptocurrency to circumvent US sanctions, while Venezuela will soon be using
a new Bolivar anchored to the Petro. What a time.- BTC ETF.
The SEC rejected
the Winklevoss twins Bitcoin Trust proposal for the 2nd time in a 92 page report
, citing scepticism about markets being "uniquely resistant to manipulation". Not everyone at the Commission seems happy with the decision though, with Commissioner Hester Pierce voicing her dissent
on the SEC website itself with some powerful words:"By withholding approval of a bitcoin-based ETP because the underlying market insufficiently resembles the markets for other commodities, we set ourselves up as the gatekeepers of innovation. Securities regulators are ill-equipped to fill this particular role."
a public commitment to being more transparent ahead of its rumoured IPO later this year.- Investigations.
its internal investigation (done by two law firms), and found no wrongdoing. The company was ridiculed a lot on Twitter for its self exculpation. The CTFC is still investigating the matter apparently.- Security.
Ledger has released
two new apps (Hodl and RecoveryCheck), two enhance the security of its users and reduce potential errors.