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Nasdaq Confirms Its Long Interest In Crypto & Blockchain With A New Funding Round

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In today’s crypto news, we have Nasdaq as a leader in a new $20 million Series B round of funding in the capital market blockchain technology company Symbiont that poses as one of the biggest crypto plays by Nasdaq to date.

This also comes right after the CEO of Nasdaq, Adena Friedman, gave further clues to the company’s commitment to cryptocurrency and blockchain adoption earlier this year – with that confirming that a possible platform for issuance and trading of tokenized securities might be on its way.

Led by Nasdaq Ventures, the round of funding to the 2015 blockchain startup Symbiont is joined by Citi Ventures, Galaxy Digital and Raptor Group. Currently, Symbiont describes Nasdaq as “an anchor partner” which will benefit from developing apps on its “Assembly” enterprise blockchain and smart contract platform.

As a recent press release showed:

“Assembly provides the opportunity for new participants to enter the digital asset market and offers existing participants a superior infrastructure on which to build the future of financial markets.”

With this, Nasdaq is aiming to use the platform to “explore new business opportunities” with clients interested in smart contract and tokenization solutions. Meanwhile, the Head of Nasdaq Ventures said that its investments will “help build our future market infrastructure used by more than 100 marketplaces around the world.”

What’s interesting is the fact that Nasdaq will also support a “unique institutional” application of blockchain that will “Include the integration of Symbiont’s enterprise blockchain and smart contract platform into the Nasdaq Financial Framework,” as the release said.

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Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs) Supported By Bitfinex: Report

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Initial exchange offerings are now supported by Bitfinex which is under ongoing investigation by the State of New York. The crypto exchange is going into the current bullish market trends by supporting its second new offerings recently as we are reading in the coming altcoin news. Tokinex is an ‘’initial exchange offering’’ platform that the company announced earlier this day. Bitfinex stated that the product has passed hundreds of tests and will offer ‘’carefully curated, pre-vetted’’ tokens from the best crypto projects. The concept of the initial exchange offering came out after the ICO boom in 2017 when Binance got extremely popular and created the Binance Coin. The coin was created as a fundraiser and a utility token for the users of the platform. Later, the IEO tokens encouraged the users to earn tokens by wash-trading. In returns, that increased the volume of the exchange but showed no meaningful trading activity. Bitfinex stated that the platform is now adapting to the new changing market:
 “What it means to be an exchange has evolved to become an entire ecosystem, not just limited to the remit of trading digital assets. We are proud to finally launch Tokinex and bring the opportunity for participation in quality token sales in a fair environment.”
Tokinex will have its token sale on June 13th. Only users who will qualify will be able to participate in the token sale. The Tokenzied projects that use Tokinex will pay a fee if they hit a higher fundraising goal. Initial Exchange offerings and security token offerings represent the watchdogs of the next altcoin wave. Users will send Bitcoin or Litecoin in an exchange with a predetermined amount of coins from the brand new blockchain. The majority of the projects as reported in the best cryptocurrency news sites, that have funded via ICO failed and eventually lost their value for their investors. Tokinex is now entering a very competitive space with the most popular competitor being Binance Launchpad. Most of the exchanges have some kind of a platform that helps the new tokenized projects to lift off the ground. Launching a token via an exchange platform has a lot of benefits such as better liquidity and a higher degree of trust. Tokinex is represented as the ‘’trusted home of token sales’’ and goes live soon.
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Zimbabwe Stock Exchange Interested In Adopting Blockchain Technology

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In the latest altcoin news, we are focusing on blockchain technology and the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange which seems interested in it. According to the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Zimbabwe exchange, Justin Bgoni, ZSE is interested in adopting blockchain technology but only if regulatory certainty can be achieved. As a new report by the local news daily outlet The Chronicle shows in the latest cryptocurrency news, Bgoni is in favor of blockchain technology. However, he will wait to apply the technology at Zimbabwe Stock Exchange until the regulatory certainty issues have been resolved.
“Then there is the money side to blockchain technology. This is a bit difficult, in terms of regulation, we are not yet clear on this and we do not want to do something where regulation is not clear as an exchange. But the technology side is very good," the chief executive of Zimbabwe Stock Exchange said.
Right now, the regulatory certainty in the crypto space is pursued in several jurisdictions. As per the newly reintroduced Token Taxonomy Act (TTA) in the United States, regulatory certainty for crypto needs to be carried out by introducing uniform definitions and reclassifying it. In a related interview, the Central Dipository and Settlement corporation (CDSC) Kenya CEO Mrs. Rose Mlambo spoke confidently about blockchain which is somehow linked to ZSE and its interest. She said:
“Blockchain is the next big step in technology on our capital markets as Africa. It is good and enhances the security of your investment, every time you do a transaction it is recorded everywhere and cannot be altered at any stage. This is what investors want to boost their confidence,” she said.
As many best cryptocurrency news sites report, the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange is considering blockchain-based services and products in real estate investment trust securities, mineral commodities exchange and exchange-traded funds. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe is known economically for the collapse of its national fiat currency back in 2015. Ever since then, the country has been in the focus of many blockchain-based currency proposals and activity. One paper has argued that the country is an ideal environment for Bitcoin firms and many blockchain projects. In 2017, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) - which is the country's central bank - touched the topic of crypto regulation and officially announced that Bitcoin is illegal in the country. That said, the RBZ Director and Registrar Norman Mataruka commented that the bank had begun investigating the risks of cryptocurrency and that it would need to create a new regulatory framework for digital assets before they could legalize cryptocurrencies.
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Crypto Project OneCoin Denies Being A Ponzi Scheme

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Crypto project OneCoin was caught up in rumors that it represents a ‘’hybrid Ponzi-pyramid scheme’’ and therefore a scam according to the reports reaching our altcoin news today. As the reports noted, OneCoin purportedly a Ponzi scheme project which managed to raise millions of dollars from worldwide investors. The investors were reportedly promised big returns and minimal risks. As the investigation showed later by the United States, the project’s founders generated about 3.535 billion euros in revenue. Early in April, a church in the nation of Samoa was in the middle of scrutiny after some of the ministers invited the founders of the crypto project OneCoin to speak at a conference. Samoa’s central bank later banned any crypto activities and activities involving the scheme but the representatives approached the Samoa Worship Centre successfully and launched their investment products. Per the latest cryptocurrency news reports, the Samoa central bank investigated the company behind the crypto project. OneCoin sent a letter to a Samoa Observer where the claims of being a scam were denied. The company also denied laundering funds through New Zealand and denied the allegations that the organization is a Ponzi scheme. The company also explained that it is a ‘’centralized, closed source cryptocurrency. The closed system has strict AML (Anti-Money Laundering) and CFT (Combating the Financing of Terrorism) policies as well as KYC (know-your-customer) implementation.’’ The crypto project OneCoin argued that the criteria that exclude the company from being a Ponzi scheme are that:
 “By accepting the contract, the user becomes an independent, self-employed business owner. Let it be clear that neither OneCoin nor OneLife companies have organization, representation or employees in Samoa and New Zealand. No one has the authority to act or make statements on the company’s behalf in Samoa and New Zealand.”
As it was previously reported in May this year, the former investor in the OneCoin company Christine Grablis is now suing the company for Fraud. Christine made clear that she will be seeking damages and will pursue a class action suit. She also aims to represent all of the investors that were reportedly defrauded by the crypto project-OneCoin.
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Sberbank Bank In Russia Demands Income Data From Cryptocurrency By Client

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Sberbank bank, Russia’s largest financial institution requested a single client to provide information on their income made by cryptocurrency. According to the reports that reached our latest cryptocurrency news, we read more in the text below. According to the Forbes Reports, the co-founder of the tokenbox.io crypto trading platform Vladimir Smerkis, the unnamed client received a letter from the Sperbank bank requiring information on the crypto revenue. The letter based its request on the Federal Law no.115 ‘’on Combating Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing.’’ The client had informed the bank previously about the income from exchange cryptocurrencies. However, the bank wanted to find out more. Sberbank requested to know the user’s crypto wallet address and what mining equipment was the client using, including the model and the parameters of the mining farm. The bank also requested other documents including a confirmation of the ownership or lease of the mining equipment. Other documents that were required by the client were the premises housing of the farm. According to the reports, the bank confirmed the information. Smerkis pointed out:
 “We are very much perturbed by how the Sberbank bank can appeal to terms that do not yet exist in Russian law.”
The CEO of the decentralized exchange Tokenomica Artem Tolkachev also responded to this request saying that Sberbank ‘’operate within their regulatory framework for handling cash. So it is a way of legally introducing cryptocurrency revenues into circulation.’’ The Prime Minister of the country Dmitry Medvedev pointed out in the coming altcoin news that the crypto regulation is not a priority for the country anymore since cryptocurrencies are losing popularity. Medvedev previously urged the government to legislate at least some basic crypto terms. The hype around bitcoin has since dropped but the markets are still expected to rally as the prime minister concluded. The crypto bill ‘’on digital Financial Assets’’ was passed by the lower house of the Russian parliament back in 2018 but it was sent back to first reading state instantly due to a lack of key terms such as crypto mining. Since then, the Russian Duma hasn’t initiated another reading for the crypto bill and subsequently, it always gets delayed.
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