What’s The Big Idea with the the CFPB and CFTC’s new sandbox? Also: a small blockchain startup in the Cayman Islands is raising $4B through token sales; Amex is using blockchain to support a rewards program; Visa’s European network had an outage; and Chime pulled in $70M in new funding.
The DOJ is investigating crypto price manipulation; U.S. and Canadian regulators are investigating nearly 70 ICOs; BOX and T0 are working on an SEC-compliant, blockchain-based securities exchange; SoFi plans to expand into crypto investing by 2019; and 2018 VC funding for blockchain firms has already surpassed 2017 totals.
The CFPB restructured Project Catalyst; Coinbase is making moves; PayPal is buying iZettle for $2.2B; the WSJ found hundreds of fraudulent cryptocurrency offerings; California is considering a new data protection bill; and Circle gained unicorn status after raising $110M in new funding.
The NYSE’s parent is developing a Bitcoin trading platform; Bloomberg created a cryoto index; Apple and Goldman announced a new credit card; Australia adoted Open Banking rules; the IOSCO created a “Fintech Network”; and Robinhood raised $363M.
A federal judge dismissed the CSBS claim against the OCC regarding its proposed “fintech charter”; The FTC sued LendingClub for alleged deceptive practices; GreenSky filed for an IPO; and The New Yorker looks at efforts to revise the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Gemini will work with Nasdaq on compliance and fraud monitoring; there is a new draft framework for the U.S. Faster Payments Council; cryptocurrencies are increasingly being used for criminal activities; Barclays and PayPal partnered; and Revolut raised $250M, getting a $1.7B valuation.