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ICORating Weekly Report: 24th Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (24th Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Scam Alert: Top 3 DomusCoins Wallets Hold Over 200 Percent of Coin Supply
The top three DomusCoins (DOC) wallets appear to hold over 200 percent of the total supply, perhaps indicating that the token suffers from leakage and that the vulnerability has already been exploited.
Huobi HB10 Cryptocurrency Market Index Added to Bloomberg Terminal
The Bloomberg Terminal has added data on cryptocurrencies tracked by Huobi Pro, the third largest crypto exchange in the world, via Huobi’s HB10 cryptocurrency market index.
ICORating Client Ubex Joins Nvidia Startup Incubator
Global computer chip producer Nvidia has accepted blockchain advertising platform and ICORating client Ubex into the Nvidia Inception Program, Nvidia’s own incubator for AI and deep learning startups.
New Token Listing: Dorado and Distributed Credit Chain
Token pairs of initial coin offering (ICO) projects Dorado (DOR) and Distributed Credit Chain (DCC) were listed on several different exchanges on June 22.
New Token Listings: CashBet, Pundi X, and Colu Local Network
Token pairs of initial coin offering (ICO) projects CashBet (CBC), Pundi X (NPXS), and Colu Local Network (CLN) were listed on several different exchanges on June 21.
Nasdaq CEO Adana Friedman Believes ICOs Are 'Taking Advantage' of Retail Investors
Despite helping early stage companies with an excellent method of fundraising, Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman believes that initial coin offerings (ICOs) are ‘taking advantage’ of retail investors.
Goldman Sachs COO Says Company Looking At Offering New Crypto Derivatives
Goldman Sachs COO David Solomon has revealed that the iconic Wall Street investment bank is looking at adding new cryptocurrency derivatives trading products.
New Token Listings: Hurify, Pundi X, Crowd Machine, TraDove, and Bitxoxo
Token pairs of initial coin offering (ICO) projects Hurify (HUR), Pundi X (NPXS), Crowd Machine (CMCT), TraDove (BBC), and Bitxoxo (XOXO) were listed on several different exchanges on June 20.
Tron Founder Justin Sun Acquires BitTorrent for $120 Million
Tron founder Justin Sun has acquired global peer-to-peer file sharing service BitTorrent, for about $120 million.
Hackers Steal $30 Million from Major South Korean Exchange Bithumb
Bithumb, the sixth largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world by volume, has suspended all deposits and withdrawals after losing about $30 million in cryptocurrency to hackers.
Don’t Miss ICORating at Blockchain Conference Amsterdam
ICORating will take part in the Blockchain Conference Amsterdam, set to take place at the RAI, Amsterdam for the second leg of the 2018 World Series on June 27 and 28 and set to feature over 8000 attendees, 400+ speakers and 250+ exhibitors.
New Token Listings: Constellation (DAG), Merculet (MVP), and MediBloc (MEDX)
Token pairs of initial coin offering (ICO) projects Constellation (DAG), Merculet (MVP), and MediBloc (MEDX) were listed on several different exchanges June 19.
Suspects Finally Arrested and Charged in $1.8 Million Ether Kidnapping from 2017
A cryptocurrency millionaire was robbed of his holdings at gunpoint by four men in New York in November 2017. Only one of the suspects was apprehended and charged in December 2017, but the law has finally caught up with the three other accomplices.
ICON Announces Swap of ERC20 ICX Tokens to Mainnet Tokens
After releasing its mainnet in January 2017, ICON (ICX) has announced that their older ERC20 tokens can now be swapped for mainnet tokens on select exchanges and via the ICONex wallet.
Meet Six ICO Founders During First Leg of ‘Making the Impossible Possible’ World Tour
Six founders and CEOs of initial coin offerings (ICOs) will present their projects, answer questions, and network with visitors at the first leg of the Krypital Group ‘Making the Impossible Possible’ world tour, set to take place at the Conrad Hotel in Seoul on July 1.
ICORating Head of Partnerships to Speak on Token Investment at BEF San Francisco
ICORating Head of Partnerships Mikhail Mironov will take part in a panel discussion at the Blockchain Economic Forum in San Francisco, which will run from June 16 to 20.
ICORating to Speak and Judge ICO Pitch Contest at City Blockchain Summit LA
ICORating will take part in a panel discussion and contribute a judge to the ICO pitch contest at the City Blockchain Summit in Los Angeles, which will take place on June 19 and 20.
Bitcoin and Ethereum Are Not Securities - SEC Official
William Hinman, head of the Corporation Finance division at the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has stated that he doesn’t believe that Bitcoin and Ether should be considered securities.
US Congress Proposes Study on Crypto Use in Sex and Drug Trafficking
The US House of Representatives Financial Services Committee has proposed a bill commissioning a study on illicit cryptocurrency usage in sex and drug trafficking.
“I Don’t Know How Much More Clear I Can Be” - SEC Chairman Reaffirms Most ICOs Are Securities
US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton reaffirmed his previously stated position that most initial coin offerings (ICOs) should be considered securities offerings in the eyes of the law.
Major Russian Corporations Create Joint Venture to Invest in Blockchain
Russian corporate giants, including telecom company MegaFon, Gazprombank, government corporation Rostec, and the USM Group have created a joint venture to invest in blockchain development, fintech, and Internet of Things (IoT).
London Stock Exchange Lists Blockchain Company For First Time
The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has listed a blockchain company for the first time. Argo Blockchain, a company that provides cryptocurrency mining services, is planning an initial public offering (IPO) on the LSE.
ICORating Technical Audit of Ethen
ICORating has conducted a full technical audit of Ethen, a cryptocurrency and altcoin trading platform, analyzing the smart contract source code for potential vulnerabilities.
ICORating Weekly Report: 23rd Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (23rd Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Moscow Stock Exchange Preparing to Publish ICO Data for Investors
The Moscow Exchange, Russia’s largest financial exchange, will publish information about initial coin offering (ICO) projects for potential investors.
China May Overturn Cryptocurrency Ban in Favor of Regulation
An editorial in a leading semi-official Chinese newspaper has advocated relaxing the country’s cryptocurrency trading and initial coin offering (ICO) ban, possibly indicating a softening of Chinese crypto regulations.
CFTC Subpoenas Crypto Exchanges for Trading Data in Bitcoin Price Manipulation Probe
The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has sent subpoenas to several Bitcoin exchanges, demanding they provide trading data records in order to gather evidence for a recently launched investigation into Bitcoin price manipulation.
Coinbase Poised to Offer SEC-Regulated Crypto Securities After Series of Acquisitions
Coinbase, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges and wallet services operating in the US, has made several high-profile corporate acquisitions that further the company’s goal of becoming a federally regulated broker-dealer offering crypto securities.
Japanese Financial Regulator Rejects Crypto Exchange Application for First Time
Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA), the country’s foremost financial authority, issued its first ever rejection of an application for a license to legally operate as a cryptocurrency exchange.
IT Giant Fujitsu Releases Blockchain Platform for Retailer Promotions
Fujitsu, one of the largest information and communication technology (ICT) companies in Japan, has revealed a new blockchain-based promotional platform for retailers.
Thai Central Bank Trialing Digital Currency for Interbank Settlement and Clearance
The Bank of Thailand (BoT), Thailand’s central bank, is performing trials of a blockchain-based central bank digital currency (CBDC), called Inthanon, to help with interbank settlement and clearance operations.
ICORating Weekly Report: 22nd Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (22nd Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Valerie Szczepanik Appointed as New Crypto Chief of US SEC
The US SEC, one of the most important financial regulators in the world, has appointed Valerie Szczepanik as chief of all matters related to cryptocurrency and ICOs.
Huobi Launches $93 Million China-Korea Crypto Investment Fund with Local Partners
Huobi, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, has joined with Chinese and South Korean partners to launch a $93 million China-South Korea investment fund.
ICORating Head of Partnerships to Moderate Panel Discussion at Cryptocurrency Fund Forum
ICORating Head of Partnerships Mikhail Mironov will moderate a panel discussion at the Cryptocurrency Fund Forum at the Bloomsbury Hotel in London on June 6.
Catch ICORating at World Blockchain Forum in New York
ICORating representatives will attend the World Blockchain Forum conference, set to take place in New York City on June 12 and 13.
Blockchain Devs Reportedly Leaving GitHub After $7.5 Billion Microsoft Acquisition
Blockchain developers have begun declaring that they will no longer use GitHub, the world’s largest code repository, after news broke that Microsoft would acquire the platform for $7.5 billion.
Coinbase Announces Plans to Expand Service into Japan
Coinbase, one of the largest cryptocurrency wallet and exchange platforms operating in the United States, has decided to expand its operations to Japan, the largest cryptocurrency market in the world.
EOS Closes $4 Billion ICO, But Nearly Half of Tokens Held on 10 Addresses
The EOS initial coin offering (ICO), which concluded on June 4, raised over $4 billion and become the largest ICO in history. However, independent research shows that nearly 50 percent of all EOS tokens in circulation are held by just 10 addresses.
ICORating Head of Partnerships to Speak at Blockchain International Show London
We are excited to announce that ICORating Head of Partnerships Mikhail Mironov will be an official speaker at a panel discussion during the Blockchain International Show in London on June 6 and 7.
EOS Closes Largest Ever ICO, Netting Over $4 Billion
Blockchain platform closed the EOS initial coin offering (ICO) on Saturday, June 2, raising over $4 billion and becoming the largest ICO in history.
Binance to Launch $1 Billion Crypto-Focused Venture Capital Fund
Binance, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, has announced plans to launch a $1 billion venture capital fund for crypto projects.
Binance Lists BTC and ETH Trading Pairs for QuarkChain (QKC)
Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges by 24 hour volume, has listed QuarkChain (QKC) trading pairs for Bitcoin and Ethereum as of June 4.
Seattle-Based Exchange Bittrex Now Offers USD-Crypto Trading for Corporate Clients
Seattle-based crypto exchange Bittrex has signed an agreement with a New York bank that will enable corporate investors to trade selected cryptocurrencies for US dollars on their platform.
Binance Adds New Ripple, TrueUSD, Stellar, and IOTA Trading Pairs
Binance, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world by 24-hour trading volume, has added XRP/BNB, TUSD/USDT, XLM/USDT and IOTA/USDT trading pairs.
Poland’s Largest Crypto Exchange Forced to Move to Malta After Bank Shutout
Bitbay, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in Poland, will cease all cryptocurrency trading within the country and move its entire crypto trading operation to Malta.
Boston College Researchers Claim Average ICO Investor Makes 82 Percent Profit
A new report released by researchers from Boston college claims that the average investor into initial coin offering (ICO) projects receives a return on investment of around 82 percent.
IOTA Sees Double-Digit Rally After Releasing Trinity Wallet Beta
Cryptocurrency project IOTA saw a double-digit price rally on Tuesday, May 29, after the project announced the beta release of their Trinity Wallet iOS and Android app.
ICORating Weekly Report: 21st Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (21st Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
US SEC Obtains Court Order to Freeze Activities of Fraudulent ICO That Raised $21 Mln
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has obtained a court order to stop the activities of an initial coin offering (ICO) called Titanium Blockchain Infrastructure Services Inc. that raised $21 million, allegedly by fraudulent means.
South Korean Officials Reveal Plans to Reverse ICO Ban
Members of a South Korean National Assembly committee revealed plans to reverse the country’s ban on initial coin offerings (ICOs), in place since September 2017.
Poloniex Legacy Accounts Frozen After Rollout of Mandatory KYC Verification
Legacy users of cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex reported that their accounts had remained frozen despite completing a newly mandated know your customer (KYC) verification process imposed by the exchange.
Ethereum Price Drop May Be Due to Huge ETH Sell-Off by EOS Team
Huge ETH trading volumes, mostly on cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex, resulted in an Ethereum price drop of over 8 percent and may be due to a massive sell-off by members of the EOS team right before the EOS initial coin offering (ICO) concludes.
ICORating Client Egretia Reaches Hard Cap Funding Goal Three Minutes After Launch
Initial coin offering (ICO) project Egretia has closed its hard cap funding goal of $23.7 million just three minutes after launching its public token offering.
South African Police Probe Alleged Crypto Scam That Stole Upwards of $80 Million
South African police are investigating an alleged cryptocurrency investment scam that has affected over 28,000 investors with losses exceeding 1 billion rand ($80 million).
Bank of England Open to Central Bank Digital Currency
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney revealed that he is ‘open-minded’ about releasing a potential central bank digital currency (CBDC).
New ICORating Website Section Coming Soon
ICORating is excited to announce that we're working on building a new part of our website dedicated to providing the latest and most important statistics about ICO projects. Our developers are busy building our new "Statistics" section and we hope to announce the launch soon.
US DOJ Opens Criminal Probe Into BTC and ETH Price Manipulation
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has opened a criminal investigation into illicit trading and price manipulation in Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH).
Major Russian Financial Institutions Set to Test ICO Regulatory Platform for First Time
Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, and the National Settlement Directory (NSD) will partner to conduct the first ever Russian initial coin offering (ICO) via a new regulatory sandbox by the end of summer.
Operation Cryptosweep Targets ICO and Crypto Scams in US and Canada
US and Canadian securities regulators joined forces to launch a far-reaching crackdown on initial coin offering (ICO) and cryptocurrency scams across North America in an operation dubbed “Cryptosweep.”
ICORating to Speak at Crypto Forum for Hotcoins in Seoul
ICORating will speak at the Crypto Forum for Hotcoins, set to take place in Seoul on May 24 at the Le Meridien Seoul Hotel. The forum will feature a startup pitch competition as well as coverage by South Korean business news channel SBS CNBC.
Ubex ICO Reaches Soft Cap Just One Day After Launch
Global blockchain-based advertising exchange platform Ubex reached its soft funding cap just one day after launching its Token Sale. The Ubex ICO was launched on May 21 and the project had already filled its 4,000 ETH soft funding goal by May 22.
VCs Invest $1.3 Billion in Blockchain Projects So Far in 2018, Already Surpassing 2017 Total
Just 5 months into 2018, the amount of funding from venture capitalists and institutional investors for blockchain and cryptocurrency projects reached $1.3 billion, already exceeding the total for the entire year of 2017.
Report: Australians Lost Over $2 Million to Crypto Scams in 2017
According to a recent report by an Australian consumer protection organization, Australian citizens lost over $2.1 million AUD to various cryptocurrency scams, including initial coin offerings (ICOs). The report goes on to say that this loss may only be “the tip of the iceberg.”
ICORating Weekly Report: 20th Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (20th Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Norwegian Central Bank Considers Developing National Digital Currency
Norges Bank, the central bank of Norway, revealed that the Scandinavian country is weighing up the risks and opportunities of releasing its own digital currency.
Former OKEx CEO Chris Lee Joins Rival Crypto Exchange Huobi
Chris Lee, the former chief executive of OKEx, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by volume, has announced he is joining rival platform Huobi as its vice president of global business development just one week after stepping down.
Japanese Exchange Coincheck Stops Trading Four Privacy-Focused Altcoins
Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck has confirmed that they will stop the trading of four anonymity-centered altcoins in order to comply with the demands of regulators.
ICORating to Speak at Tokenomics Conference in Tallinn
ICORating Business Development Manager Zufar Gatiyatov will be an official speaker at Tokenomics, an emerging token conference set to take place at Tallinn Technological University in Tallinn on May 24 and 25.
$100K Investment Up For Grabs at WBCSummit Moscow ICO Startup Pitch Contest
One lucky startup ICO project will take home the grand prize of $100,000 at the first pitching session of one of the world’s biggest ICO investment competitions - the World ICO Show! ICORating Co-Founder Anatoliy Poedintsev is set to be one of the judges at the pitch contest, which will be held at the WBCSummit Moscow event on May 19.
Swiss Government Requests Study of State-Sponsored Digital Currency E-Franc
Switzerland, one of the most crypto-friendly governments in Europe, has requested a study examining the risks and opportunities of releasing a government-backed digital currency tentatively called the “e-franc.”
China Releases Blockchain Ranking List Despite ICO and Trading Ban
Despite enacting a ban on initial coin offerings and cryptocurrency trading in September 2017, the Chinese government has published a ranking of the world’s top blockchain platforms.
ICORating to Participate in BlockShow Europe
Interested in getting your ICO project rated or finding out about potential partnerships with ICORating? ICORating Business Development Manager Zufar and Sales & Partnerships Manager Victoria are ready to meet with you and discuss possible collaboration at BlockShow Europe.
US SEC Launches Mock ICO HoweyCoin To Educate Investors About Fraud
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched a website dedicated to a fictitious initial coin offering (ICO) project, dubbed “HoweyCoin”, in order to educate potential investors on how to avoid ICO fraud.
Thailand Waives VAT for Cryptocurrency Trading, But Keeps Capital Gains and ICO Tax
Thailand has removed a 7% value added tax (VAT) on cryptocurrency trading, but a 15% capital gains tax will be levied on profits generated from trading in the country while companies that conduct an initial coin offering (ICO) will still have to pay corporate taxes on funds raised.
Mobile Payments Company Circle Raises $110 mln to Develop US Dollar-based Stablecoin
Mobile payments and cryptocurrency trading company Circle has raised $110 million in funding from mining hardware manufacturer Bitmain to develop a US dollar-linked stablecoin.
Bing Joins Google, Facebook, and Twitter in Banning All Crypto Ads
Microsoft’s Bing search engine has decided to ban all advertising related to cryptocurrency or initial coin offerings (ICOs) from its digital network, following in the footsteps of global internet giants Google, Facebook, and Twitter.
Consensus Day 1 Recap
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ICORating Weekly Report: 19th Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (19th Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Virtual ID Service Telegram Passport To Become First Feature in TON Project
After raising $1.7 billion in an initial coin offering (ICO), Telegram has announced the first new service for its ambitious Telegram Open Network (TON) project - a virtual identification service tentatively called Telegram Passport.
ICORating Co-Founder Anatoliy Poedintsev to speak at the WBCSummit
Over 3,000 participants from 100 countries will mingle with startups like DeepAero, Achain, ROMAD, AI Opinion, and CrypoHub, top-level government officials, investors and the "big 4" consulting groups.
ICORating Weekly Report: 18th Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (18th Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Blockchain Festival Vietnam
We are excited to announce that ICORating’s Head of Partnerships Mikhail Mironov will be an official speaker at Blockchain Festival Vietnam, a premier blockchain event set to take place in Ho Chi Minh City on May 24 and 25.
BlockShow Europe
ICORating is proud to announce that we will be an official media partner for BlockShow Europe, one of the most anticipated European blockchain events of 2018!
Vault (VLT) Token Sale launches for Blockchain-Based Legal Contracts Marketplace, ‘Contract Vault’ #promo
Contract Vault is a Blockchain-powered platform on which one can develop, use, resell, customise and repurpose legally sound contracts.
A Blockchain David Fighting Against AI Goliath #promo
If you’ve ever asked Siri a question, scrolled through your newsfeed on Facebook, or bought a recommended item on Amazon, then you’ve benefited from artificial intelligence (AI).
Telegram cancels Public ICO, satisfied with $1.7 billion from pre-sale
Messaging company Telegram has allegedly opted not to proceed with the public round of its initial coin offering (ICO) after raising $1.7 billion from two separate private pre-sales.
ICORating Weekly Report: 17th Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (17th Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Current State of Cryptocurrency Regulation Across Europe
Driven by hype and a lack of regulation, the cryptocurrency market in 2017 was truly a wild west.
Nasdaq “Would Consider” Becoming Cryptocurrency Exchange, Says CEO
Nasdaq, the world’s second largest stock exchange, may be interested in opening its own cryptocurrency exchange in the future.
ICORating Weekly Report: 16th Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (16th Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Japan’s Cryptocurrency Exchanges Launch Self-Regulatory Body
Japan’s sixteen licensed cryptocurrency exchanges have gathered together and agreed to form a self-regulatory body that will create standards for all its members.
MyEtherWallet Confirms Some DNS Servers Have Been “Hijacked”
MyEtherWallet, one of the world’s largest Ethereum wallets, has confirmed that some of its DNS servers have been “hijacked” by unknown parties in a Twitter post published on April 24.
One in Five Financial Institutions Will Add Crypto to Portfolio in 2018
Big financial firms across Wall Street and worldwide are planning to add cryptocurrency assets to their portfolios, with up to 20 percent of firms forecasted to add crypto assets in 2018
SEC Arrests Third “Mastermind” in Centra ICO Investigation
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced charges against a third partner in their investigation of a $32 million initial coin offering (ICO) promoted by legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather.
ICO Market Research Q1 2018 - ICO 시장 조사 Q1 2018 - ICOマーケットリサーチ、2018年第1四半期
We have outlined the main trends of the ICO market in Q1 2018.
Reserve Bank of India Asked to Respond to Court Case Challenging Crypto Ban
India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has been asked to respond to a legal challenge to its recent ban on bank dealings with cryptocurrencies by the Delhi High Court on a plea which claims that the ban violates the constitution.
Thai SEC Tech Consultant Urges Government to Reconsider ICO Tax
Thai SEC Tech Consultant Joins Crypt Community in Urging Government to Reconsider ICO Tax
Major VC Firms Invest $133 mln in Basis
Major VC Firms Invest $133 mln in Stablecoin ICO Project ‘Basis’.
Coinbase Hires CFO from Wall Street Hedge Fund
Another Wall Street Exec Joins Crypto Firm as Coinbase Hires New CFO From Hedge Fund.
South Korean Financial Authorities Rethinking ICO Ban
South Korean financial regulators are reportedly reconsidering the country’s September 2017 decision to ban initial coin offerings (ICOs).
Cambridge Analytica Reportedly Planned $30mln ICO Before Controversy Broke
Cambridge Analytica had reportedly planned a $30 mln initial coin offering (ICO) before the company was caught up in a scandal due to its controversial use of personal data obtained from Facebook user profiles.
ICORating Weekly Report: 15th Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (15th Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Hong Kong Securities Regulator Deputy Head Issues Warning On ICOs
The deputy head of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), Julia Leung, issued a warning to both investors and members of the public about initial coin offerings (ICOs), calling many of these projects “downright frauds.”
Sharp Moves Up in Crypto Market May Make ICOs More Attractive
All of the Top 10 cryptocurrency tokens on CoinMarketCap recorded at least 10 percent growth in trading on Friday, April 13, indicating that the crypto market still has legs and is blowing wind in the sails of upcoming initial coin offerings (ICOs).
Winklevoss Twins’ Gemini Exchange Starts Block Trading BTC and ETH
Gemini, a cryptocurrency exchange owned by early Bitcoin investors Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, started block trading Bitcoin and Ethereum outside of their regular books on Thursday, April 12, at 9:30 AM EST.
New Cannabis-Centered ICO Departs from ERC20 Standard with Testnet Blockchain #promo
A new initial coin offering (ICO) project called Smoke Network will launch a testnet blockchain in time for its token offering, allowing the project to show potential investors a working product prototype before selling a single token.
ICORating Weekly Report: 14th Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (14th Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Profede Aims to Fix ‘Broken’ Professional Recruitment Market With New Blockchain Protocol #promo
A new blockchain protocol called Profede aims to transform the professional recruitment industry by allowing professionals to be paid for their work history and data whilst also offering complete data protection.
Rockefeller Venture Fund Venrock Announces Partnership with CoinFund
Venrock, the official venture capital fund of the Rockefeller family, announced a partnership with Brooklyn-based cryptocurrency investment group CoinFund, as reported by Fortune on April 6.
ICORating Urges Readers to Beware of Scammers and Impostors
The initial coin offering (ICO) market continues to be plagued by an increasing number of scammers, and these dishonest players are turning to different tactics to trick their victims.
Cloud Alliance Announces Partnership with Unity for New Blockchain-Based Game Store #promo
Singapore-based blockchain company Cloud Alliance have announced a partnership with the iconic gaming company Unity.
SunMoney Solar Group Announces Partnership with Ukrainian Renewable Energy Giant UkrTeplo #promo
On March 21st, renewable energy company SunMoney Solar Group (SSG) announced a partnership with Ukrainian renewable energy giant UkrTeplo for a new blockchain-based investment platform.
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Chinese E-Commerce Giant Alibaba Files Trademark Lawsuit Against ‘Alibabacoin’ Company
Chinese online retail leader Alibaba filed a lawsuit on April 2 in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York against a Dubai-based firm behind the initial coin offering (ICO) of a project named ‘Alibabacoin,’ alleging that the project is using Alibaba’s trademark illegally.
Co-Founders of Centra, ICO Backed by Floyd Mayweather, Arrested for Fraud
Sohrab “Sam” Sharma and Robert Farkas, two co-founders of Centra Tech, an initial coin offering (ICO) project endorsed by boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, have been arrested on charges of fraud levied by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Justice Department.
ICORating Weekly Report: 13th Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (13th Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
First Ever ICORating Investment Summit Concludes Successfully
The ICORating Investment Summit took place last week at the Times Center in New York City on Wednesday, March 28.
PBoC Says China Developing National Cryptocurrency
The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) released a statement on March 29 saying that it is taking measures to promote the “central bank’s digital currency,” indicating that the world’s most populous nation is continuing to develop a national cryptocurrency.
Telegram Doubles Investments With Another $850 Mln in ICO Second Round
Documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by Telegram messaging app founder Pavel Durov reveal that the Telegram ICO raised another $850 million from their second round token offering, doubling the overall funds raised to $1.7 billion.
ICORating and Kaufman Production to Hold ICO Analysis Event in Moscow
Kaufman Production and independent rating agency ICORating will hold Moscow’s first ever ICO case study event at Deworkacy Red October in Moscow on April 4.
ICORating Weekly Report: 12th Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (12th Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
HOQU Co-Founder to Reveal Secrets of Successful ICO at ICORating Investment Summit
Blockchain-based decentralized advertising marketplace HOQU raised over $14 million in its January 2018 initial coin offering (ICO).
COO of Neuromation Speaks About What to Do After Successful ICO
Synthetic data marketplace Neuromation became one of the most successful initial coin offerings (ICOs) of 2018, raising 100 percent of their target funding goal of $71.7 million in January 2018.
ICORating Weekly Report: 11th Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (11th Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Maduro’s Cryptocurrency Gamble - Does Venezuela’s ‘Petro’ Have a Future?
Cryptocurrencies and blockchain ledgers were first developed by the cypherpunk community as a way to offer decentralized, anonymous, and trust-less financial transactions to enhance personal privacy and inspire social change.
French Financial Authority Set to Give Go-Ahead for ICO As Investment Method
French financial regulator l'Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) is preparing to introduce legislation that will give the green light for companies to launch initial coin offerings (ICOs) as legitimate investment methods.
Global Head of Advisory of ICO Investment Fund Kenetic Capital to Speak at ICORating Summit
Blockchain investment fund Kenetic Capital’s Global Head of Advisory John Fiorelli has confirmed that he will speak at the ICORating Investment Summit.
US House Hearing on ICOs Draws Mixed Reactions
The US House Capital Markets, Securities and Investment Subcommittee convened on Wednesday, March 14 in Washington D.C. to discuss cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs), drawing both positive and negative reactions.
Google Announces Ban on All Cryptocurrency and ICO Ads
Search engine and internet marketing giant Google has announced a blanket ban on all advertising related to cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings (ICOs) starting in June 2018.
ICORating Weekly Report: 10th Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (10th Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Grasshopper Capital Co-Founder and General Partner Ari Lewis to Speak at ICORating Investment Summit
ICORating is proud to announce that Ari Lewis, Co-Founder and General Partner of Grasshopper Capital, will be speaking at the ICORating Investment Summit on March 28 in New York City.
Roadmap for KodakCoin Released, Token Status Still Undetermined
A roadmap for the Eastman Kodak Company’s much anticipated initial coin offering (ICO) of its KodakCoin token has been released, but the document fails to provide a determination for the legal status of KodakCoin.
Cease-and-Desist Issued to Bitcoiin, ICO Endorsed by Steven Seagal
The US state of New Jersey issued a cease-and-desist order to an initial coin offering (ICO) of Bitcoiin, a cryptocurrency project endorsed by actor Steven Seagal.
KakaoTalk, South Korea’s Largest Chat App, Announces Blockchain Subsidiary
Kakao Corp, the owner of South Korea’s largest messaging service KakaoTalk, announced that it will form a blockchain subsidiary and that it is considering launching its own initial coin offering (ICO), set to take place later in March.
Cambodia Becomes Latest Country to Explore National Cryptocurrency Launch
Following in the footsteps of the launch of Venezuela’s government-sponsored and oil-backed cryptocurrency last month.
Auto Giant Daimler Announces New Crypto Coin to Reward Green Driving
German auto manufacturing giant Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz and SMART vehicles, unveiled its own blockchain-based digital currency called MobiCoin at the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on March 5.
ICORating Weekly Report: 9th Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (9th Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
ICORating Investment Summit to Bring Together Crypto Funds and Startups
ICORating, international rating agency for the ICO market, will host an investment summit at the Times Center in New York City on March 28th.
Liechtenstein’s Bank Frick Becomes First to Provide Cryptocurrency Investments
Bank Frick of Liechtenstein has become one of the first investment banks in the world to offer clients the ability to make direct investments into cryptocurrencies.
Uber Co-Founder Reveals New Cryptocurrency Platform Called ‘Eco’
Garrett Camp, co-founder of global multi-billion dollar ride sharing company Uber, has revealed that he will launch his own cryptocurrency platform called Eco and token called EcoCoin.
Marshall Islands to Launch ICO of ‘Sovereign’ National Cryptocurrency
The legislature of the Republic of the Marshall Islands passed a bill to launch its own national cryptocurrency and initial coin offering (ICO) potentially by the end of this year.
Hacker Returns $26 Million in Ether Stolen from CoinDash ICO
A hacker that stole over 43,500 ether tokens after compromising the CoinDash ICO last year.
Chinese E-Commerce Giant Launches Blockchain Startup Incubator
02.03.2018, China’s second largest e-commerce company by revenue, announced the launch of a global startup accelerator focused on funding new blockchain ventures called AI Catapult.
TokenLend ICO Press Release #promo
Real estate secured loan investment platform TokenLend will launch a pre-sale of their LendCoin token (TLN) starting from March 1 and ending on March 11.
ICORating Weekly Report: 8th Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (8th Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Austria Announces New Plans to Regulate Cryptocurrencies and ICOs
Austria became the latest country in a growing list of governments planning to regulate cryptocurrencies by using existing rules for trading gold and derivatives.
New York State Senators Consider Revising BitLicense
The New York State Senate may be considering revising or revamping the controversial 2015 BitLicense law that currently regulates many different companies offering cryptocurrency services in the Empire State.
ICORating Weekly Report: 7th Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (7th Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Telegram Reveals $850 Mln Raised for Blockchain Project in SEC Filing Notice
Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov revealed that $850 Mln had been raised during the Telegram Open Network (TON) private investment period in a notice to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) about the investment on February 13.
Lithuania Investigating $120 Mln Bankera ICO for Securities Law Compliance
Lithuania’s central bank is investigating a domestic initial coin offering (ICO) from a blockchain startup called Bankera, which claims to have raised over 100 mln Euro ($123 mln).
Switzerland to Regulate ICOs Using Existing Financial Market Legislation
Switzerland’s financial regulator announced that it will apply existing financial laws to initial coin offerings (ICOs) in guidelines published on February 16.
Australians Reported Losses of $1.2 Mln From Crypto Scams in 2017
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Scamwatch program gathered 1,289 complaints from Australians about crypto fraud in 2017, with Australians reporting losses totalling $1,218,206 last year.
Atari Shares Skyrocket After New Cryptocurrency Project Announcement
Shares of iconic game maker Atari, a company which helped lay the early foundations for computerized gaming, have grown by over 60 percent since the company announced a new cryptocurrency project on February 8.
‘Fully-Regulated’ Canadian Security Token Offering Program Aims to Rival ICOs
Aspiring Canadian companies looking to raise capital by offering a token sale may now have a government sponsored and ‘fully-regulated’ alternative to the popular method of an initial coin offering (ICO).
ICO White Paper Copywriting Services Draw Scrutiny from Chinese Regulators
Despite formally banning initial coin offerings (ICOs) on Chinese territory, the market for ICO services in China continues to draw significant demand.
IMF Director Lagarde Says International Regulation for Cryptocurrencies is ‘Inevitable’
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde said that regulation of cryptocurrencies on an international level is both “inevitable” and “necessary” during an interview with CNNMoney on February 11.
Arizona State Legislature Debates Measure Defining When ICOs Are Securities
Arizona’s state legislature is debating a new measure which aims to define exactly when initial coin offerings (ICOs) should be regulated under the same legal framework as financial securities.
ICORating Weekly Report: 6th Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (6th Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Abu Dhabi Financial Regulator Preparing Legal Framework for Cryptocurrencies and ICOs
Abu Dhabi’s financial regulator is developing a legal framework to regulate cryptocurrency trading and initial coin offerings (ICOs) on the territory of the Emirate.
New Russian ICO License Requires Issuer to Have $1.7 Mln in Nominal Capital
Companies interested in launching an initial coin offering (ICO) in Russia will now be required to obtain an official license first.
ICORating Weekly Report: 5th Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (5th Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Gibraltar Working on Draft Law for “World’s First” ICO Regulations
Lawmakers and financial regulators in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar are working on a draft legal framework aimed specifically at regulating initial coin offerings (ICOs), which they claim will be the first such law in the world.
Chinese Financial Watchdog Promises Increased ICO Oversight
China’s often-rocky relationship with cryptocurrencies has entered a new chapter after a Chinese fintech watchdog vowed to step up oversight of initial coin offerings (ICOs).
Bitclave and ICORating: How a third-party ICO analysis can bring you $ 2.2 mln in fundraising
Bitclave, a decentralised ad network project that staged its ICO in late Nov. of 2017, has chose to take its transparency to a new level and asked ICORating to research the project and score it.
ECB Says Cryptocurrency Regulation “Not High on To Do List”
The European Central Bank (ECB) has weighed in on the international debate on cryptocurrency regulation, with a representative saying that regulating the crypto space was “not high” on the ECB’s list of priorities in a televised interview with CNBC.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Urges OPEC to Explore Creating Cryptocurrency
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made a bold statement after meeting with (OPEC) Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo in Caracas on Monday, announcing that he plans to officially propose a common OPEC cryptocurrency backed by oil.
New York Increases Reporting Requirements for Crypto Companies to Tackle Fraud
In a bid to prevent fraud and market manipulation, the US state of New York has strengthened reporting requirements for companies offering cryptocurrency related services, including ICOs.
Scammers Impersonating Seele ICO Admins Steal $1.8 Mln from Investors
$1.8 mln worth of Ether tokens has been allegedly been stolen after scammers were able to infiltrate the Seele initial coin offering (ICO) and pose as administrators of the group’s Telegram channel.
UAE Financial Regulator Issues Warning About Investing in ICOs
Residents of the United Arab Emirates have received official warnings from the Gulf nation’s financial regulatory body, the Securities and Commodity Authority (SCA), about the dangers of investing in initial coin offerings (ICOs).
ICORating’s 2017 Annual Report — A Year in Review for the ICO Industry
2017 was a great year for ICOs in general, and market investors reacted to them with corresponding interest expressed in large amounts of funding.
KodakCoin ICO Postponed, Kodak Cites Need to “Verify” Potential Investors
Eastman Kodak company announced that the much anticipated ICO of their cryptocurrency project KodakCoin, slated for January 31st, would be delayed by several weeks just one day before the ICO was set to take place.
Venezuelan President Maduro Announces Token Pre-Sale for Oil-Backed Cryptocurrency ‘Petro’
Venezuela has moved one step closer to rolling out their own state-sponsored cryptocurrency after President Nicolas Maduro announced on Tuesday, January 30th, that the country will hold a token pre-sale on February 20th.
Facebook Bans Cryptocurrency and ICO Ads in Bid to Stave Off Scams
Social media giant Facebook has officially decided to ban advertising for all ICOs and cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, in a bid to clamp down on “misleading or deceptive promotional practices” on its network.
Japan's Most Popular Messaging App Set to Roll Out Cryptocurrency Exchange
Japan's biggest messaging app, called Line, announced on January 31st that it plans to launch its own in-app cryptocurrency exchange, providing a platform for trading cryptocurrencies to over 200 million monthly users.
CryptoBots, Assemble: a New Crypto Collectible Game is here #promo
As the world has got into the era of blockchain based everything, it was no surprise for the gaming industry to follow them into, perhaps, the most hyped IT-subsection right now.
ICORating Weekly Report: 4th Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report (4th Week of 2018) on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
ICORating Weekly Report: 3rd Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Where you can meet ICORating this month
The ICORating team travels extensively and is often available for meetings and discussions at the world’s leading crypto and blockchain events.
ICORating Weekly Report: 2nd Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Exclusive: Get the primer of Telegram Open Network whitepaper from ICORating
ICORating team has acquired a primer of the whitepaper of the upcoming ICO of Telegram Open Network — a crypto initiative that already is said to be record-breaking in terms of hype and investment attention.
The HOQU Roadshow #promo
The project HOQU, rated by us as Positive, has been showing good crowdfunding results, having already collected more than USD12m - more than 80% of its planned hard cap.
ICORating Weekly Report: 1st Week of 2018
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Disputing of the Information about Partnership
A project called EtherDelta has posted our logo at their website and position us as their partners, which is not true.
List of Crypto Funds
We are glad to announce that we have intruduced a new page to our website - Funds.
ICORating Weekly Report: Week 51
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
AI project sets a new record in ICO fundraising
A startup that is creating a decentralized base for blockchain based AI, came out at the fastest in the history of ICOs. The SingularityNet project raised $36 million in one minute, as reported by Crowdfundinsider.
ICORating Weekly Report: Week 50
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Litecoin founder Charlie Lee sells all his coins
He did this to avoid accusations that he personally affects fluctuations in its price.
CME launches bitcoin futures trade
Trading on CME started with bullish positions, with the contract price for January being $20,650. However, after four hours this fell by 3.8% to $18,760. More than 200 contracts were sold in the first hour.
Mt.Gox creditors intend to pull the exchange out of bankruptcy
A group of creditors of the ruined stock exchange filed a new judicial motion to prevent a possible payment of a billion dollars to CEO Mark Karpeles.
Regulators issue new warnings in connection with BTC growth and the launch of futures trading
EWB Council member Ewald Nowotny called on the European Union to develop a system for regulation of bitcoin, noting that the problem of money laundering needs special attention.
ICORating Weekly Report: Week 49
Our analysts have compiled another weekly report on the status of the ICO industry, highlighting the top initiatives in several funding categories.
Bank of America obtains crypto exchange system patent
The financial conglomerate Bank of America has received a patent which grants the bank an opportunity to develop a digital cryptocurrency exchange service, as reported by Coindesk.
Scaling Problem Could Be Crucial For ICOs
ICO Section of Token Summit held in San Francisco underlines the scaling problem and threats from governmental bodies
Bitcoin Blasts Past $ 14,000. Sets New Record Again
World's largest crypto currency sails past $ 14,000 and that's a new record!
New York City Legislation is to Decide on 4 Blockchain Bills
Member of the Assembly of New York, Clyde Weinel, introduced four bills that will determine the place of blockchain in the legislative system of the State of New York.
How GDAX and Coinbase collapses drove BTC below $ 10 K
The cost of bitcoin collapsed due to the fact that the leading cryptographic instruments Coinbase and GDAX went offline because of overload issues.
ICO Pros Agree on Self-Regulation Necessity, Fearing Outer Threats
The ICO community is aware if the volatile state of current market situation and its members seek means to establish basic rules of thumbs in public ethics and transparency before the state regulations barge in.
Bitcoin of Wall Street: NASDAQ plans to open BTC futures in 2018
Having broken the bar of $ 11 000 per token, bitcoin convinced New York financiers to consider it a commodity: the trades could be launched on the high-tech companies exchange.
Coindesk releases State of Blockchain Report for Q3’2017
Coindesk announced its quarterly report with in-depth analytics on blockchain and crypto currencies markets for 3rd quarter of 2013.
Bitcoin’s New Adventures in Cryptoland
Bitcoin price reaches its historical maximum twice in one day.
Overstock Holds Bitcoin for a Rainy Day
22.11.2017 Inc. is one of the first leading retail markets to start accepting Bitcoin, and it turns out that it is keeping more of what it receives.
Chinese Startup Is the Top Stock on the Nasdaq
Xunlei Ltd., a Shenzhen-based cloud computing provider, is becoming the top stock in the Nasdaq Composite Index due to a little Bitcoin magic.
Bitcoin Price Target Set at $11,500
On November 21 hedge fund manager Mike Novogratz said that Bitcoin will end the year at $10,000.
ICORating Meets Nasdaq, Discusses the Bright Future
Our Chief of Business Development, Brian Kean, and Nasdaq’s Chief of IPO Execution, Jay Heller, conducted a business meeting in stock exchange’s office in New York City. It was a lively discussion about several days’ hot topics, including blockchain and crypto assets.
Mastercard Files a Patent for Blockchain-based Instant Payment Tech
Mastercard has recently filed a patent for “Method and System for Instantaneous Payment Using Recorded Guarantees”.
Baltic Countries Endorse Blockchain Technology Development
The Baltic states finance ministries have recently come to an agreement to endorse Blockchain technology or distributed ledger technologies (DLT).
Blockchain Will Protect Data for European Insurance Sector
Blockchain is becoming more and more widespread with its aggressive adoption curve.

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