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Pantera Capital Raises $71 Million for Third Crypto Venture Fund

Blockchain investment firm Pantera Capital has launched a new crypto fund with a capital commitment of over $71 million already in place, according to public documents. A filing submitted by the company to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Wednesday indicates that the new investment scheme, called Venture Fund III, started its first…

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South Korea Budgets $880 Million for Tech Including Blockchain

The South Korea government will invest over $880 million next year in order to boost the development of innovative technologies including blockchain. According to a government release on Tuesday, South Korea’s deputy prime minister Kim Dong Yeon hosted a ministerial meeting on Aug. 13 to address the administration’s investment plan for innovation growth in the…

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Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Invest in Axoni’s $32 Million Funding Round

Enterprise-focused blockchain startup Axoni has completed a $32 million Series B funding round led by Goldman Sachs and Nyca Partners. Also participating in the round were Andreessen Horowitz, Citi, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, Y Combinator and Digital Currency Group, among others. The round raises Axoni’s total venture capital funding to over $55 million to date,…

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Coders Renew Efforts to Fork Mining Giant Bitmain Off Siacoin Blockchain

New code is set to be released that would make obsolete the mining hardware designed by chip maker Bitmain for the decentralized storage protocol siacoin. Revealed in an email obtained by CoinDesk, Obelisk, a startup that aims to offer alternative mining equipment for the protocol, has proposed code would give those running the software the…

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BMO, Pension Plan Pilot Blockchain for Fixed Income Issuance

Canadian financial firm BMO Capital Markets is working with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on a new blockchain pilot. The trial sees the two firms register a fixed income issuance on a blockchain platform in an effort to assess the viability of using the technology for this purpose. “The transaction included Bank of Montreal as…

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Prime Trust Enters Crypto Custody Race, Will Hold ‘Any’ Ethereum Token

Prime Trust, a small U.S. financial institution that’s played a behind-the-scenes role in several dollar-backed cryptocurrencies, is entering the hotly competitive crypto custody business. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the Nevada trust company quietly began offering cold storage for bitcoin in mid-July, and will announce next week that it can also handle custody for ether and any…

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Korean Blockchain Groups Blast Plan to Strip Crypto Exchange Benefits

Several blockchain associations in South Korea are pushing back against a government plan they fear will stifle industry innovation. The groups are objecting to a proposal aired by South Korea’s Ministry of SMEs and Startups on Monday for an amendment to the country’s existing venture business law that would, if enacted, exclude cryptocurrency exchanges from the category…

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SEC Expands Inquiry Into Riot Blockchain, Filing Reveals

The legal woes of biotech company-turned-crypto miner Riot Blockchain don’t appear to be slowing down. In the firm’s latest 10-Q quarterly report, filed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Tuesday, Riot Blockchain provided more details about the SEC’s investigation into the firm’s blockchain pivot, noting that the regulator is now looking into…

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AT&T Sued for $224 Million After Phone Hackers Rob Crypto Investor

Cryptocurrency investor Michael Terpin has sued the telecom giant AT&T, alleging that the company failed to protect his cell phone from a hacking incident that ultimately cost him $24 million. In a lawsuit filed by Los Angeles litigation firm Greenberg Glusker on August 15, Terpin claimed that AT&T’s employees have been complicit in a SIM swap…

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