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A New Class Action Against Block.​One Alleges Bad Dealings During EOS ICO

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A New Class Action Against Block.​One Alleges Bad Dealings During EOS ICO
A New Class Action Against Block.​One Alleges Bad Dealings During EOS ICO

Per a May 18 complaint, more investors are looking to recoup funds invested in the record-breaking initial coin offering for EOS — which netted a total of $4 billion in cryptocurrency. Lawyers for the plaintiffs are calling over $200 million of that money illegally raised.

The complaint alleges that EOS was an unregistered security offering by block.one. Block.one is the development firm that spearheaded the ICO for EOS, which many saw as a form of investment in the company. Language in the purchase agreements in EOS’s pre-sale told investors in the United States not to participate in the fundraising round. This was an effort to avoid conflict with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 

Block.one did not register the offering in the U.S., neither as security nor under exemptions from securities registration, so they leaned on their measures to skip out on U.S. investors entirely as their means of compliance with the U.S. regulator. However, some U.S. investors indeed participated in the ICO and block.one ended up encountering the SEC anyway. In September, block.one settled with the commission for $24 million.

The new complaint alleges that the firm — which has offices in Hong Kong and Blacksburg, Virginia — knowingly and deliberately sought U.S. investors:

“From 2017 through the present, to drive demand for EOS Securities, Defendants have aggressively courted investors throughout the United States. Block.one first announced itself at a May 2017 conference in New York City, and punctuated its arrival with expensive ad space on a Times Square billboard.”

On the subject of how much investment actually came from the U.S., James Koutoulas, one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs, said that they were “estimating bare minimum 200M in US losses.” The complaint further dismisses block.one’s claims to be working towards decentralization as falsehoods. 

However, that does not seem to be the end of the story. Early in April, law firm Roche Cyrulnik Freedman filed a rash of class-action suits against a number of crypto firms including block.one, based on similar allegations. The two cases will likely have to compete to be appointed lead counsel — effectively, leadership over the class.

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Tether Chimes In On Why It Hasn’t Burned Any USDT

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Tether Chimes In On Why It Hasn’t Burned Any USDT

Tether (USDT) cites the popularity of its Ethereum (ETH)-based asset as the reason why the company has never burned a single token. The recent report from Flipside Crypto concluded that Tether is not in the practice of burning its Ethereum tokens: “We can also see that no tokens ever go to the “burn” category, which means that throughout the course of April no USDT supply was destroyed. Looking at the full history of USDT on Ethereum, we found that no tokens have ever been burned.”

Paolo Ardoino, who serves as CTO for both Tether and Bitfinex, explained that the company burns its tokens on Omni and Tron (TRON) networks, while it holds authorized but unissued and unbacked ERC20 tokens in the “inventory”:

“We have not yet destroyed Ethereum-based USDt. We have destroyed unneeded USDt on Omni and Tron so far. Ethereum has been the most popular blockchain in recent months and demand for ERC20-based USDt has been high. Accordingly, when redemptions have been processed, Tether retained those USDts in its authorized but unissued — and unbacked — inventory for future market demand.”

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New Tipbot Uses Cryptocurrency As An Incentive For People To Answer Questions

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New Tipbot Uses Cryptocurrency As An Incentive For People To Answer Questions

A new kind of cryptocurrency tipbot allows users to pay others to answer their questions on social media, providing a new tool to pool data in the ecosystem. Liser Lee of CCTip said that the system can help drive engagement or generate expert commentary. It lets users create a Twitter poll and automatically pay anyone who shares it with cryptocurrency, helping a poll gain more exposure and answers. 

The company is also considering a system that pays the poll respondents instead. Other than Twitter, CCTip will also work on Telegram, Discord, WeChat, and on Reddit as well. It supports 200 different crypto assets, including Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ether (ETH), Tron (TRX), and many Ethereum-based tokens. Tron founder Justin Sun publicly thanked the firm when it added support for TRX in early April. Lee explained said that using a cryptocurrency-powered system is more effective when interacting with crypto enthusiasts compared to traditional systems. She pointed out that crypto community members may be simply happy to see their favorite crypto asset being used in the real world:

“If you pay BCH to a BCH enthusiast, he’s happy to see that BCH being used.”

Furthermore, the firm also launched the CCTip Ask feature last week, enabling users to ask any Twitter user a question. Lee showcased the system on May 18 by asking Bitcoin ABC lead developer Amaury Sechet if he believes Bitcoin Cash’s value can exceed the value of Bitcoin. Sechet was paid 0.5 BCH (about $114 as of press time) to answer the question he was asked on Twitter through the system. Lee commented:

“[CCTip Ask is] an effective way to get your question answered by a celebrity. If you raise a good question, answering the question is a good way to show your opinions. And it will attract more users’ attention.”

Cryptocurrencies enable anyone to instantly send payment to anyone else without having to share sensitive information with each other. This feature makes crypto assets the perfect fit for social media tipping, as many users on those platforms prefer to remain pseudonymous or otherwise protect their privacy. Because of this synergy, there’s lots of development in the crypto tipping space. 

It was recently reported, that blockchain firm Aeternity recently launched its own social media monetization tool, which supports tipping in the form of Aeternity’s native coin, AE. The ever-changing landscape of cryptocurrency regulation still often threatens companies operating in the space, including tipbot services. In mid-May, XRP TipBot, a service enabling users to transfer XRP to each other via comments on Twitter, Reddit, and Discord, managed to save itself from having to shut its operations due to new regulations by partnering with digital payment platform Uphold.

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A Crypto Futures Exchange Is Integrating Chainlink’s Price Oracles

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A Crypto Futures Exchange Is Integrating Chainlink's Price Oracles

Forthcoming Seychelles-based crypto derivatives trading exchange Digitex Futures has announced it will integrate Chainlink’s (LINK) decentralized price reference contracts on its platform. Chainlink’s decentralized price oracles are typically utilized by decentralized finance (DeFi) applications. 

With the integration, Digitex claims to comprise the first centralized crypto futures exchange to decentralized oracles. The integration will be used as an anchor to detect internal deviations over a defined percentage. Chainlink describes its price feeds as “security reviewed, sybil resistant, fully independent.” The index is informed by “a variety of trusted spot market sources.”

Digitex asserts that the price reference contracts provide traders “with strong protection against price manipulation,” and “overexpos[ure] to slippage” should the firm’s internal index produce extreme fluctuations. The contracts will be used to support Digitex’s initial Bitcoin (BTC)/U.S. dollar perpetual contracts, before incorporating additional feeds alongside other crypto assets in the future. 

Adam Todd, the founder and chief executive of Digitex, stated that “Chainlink provides Digitex with highly reliable and transparent price feeds that protect our users against the negative outcomes of abnormal market conditions or internal complications.” Digitex’s futures exchange opened on mainnet to selective user onboarding at the end of April. The platform currently plans to publicly launch during summer.

At the end of April, it was announced that leading Tezos (XTZ) developer teams Cryptonomic and SmartPy had begun working to bring Chainlink’s price oracles to the Tezos network. The move followed Coinbase’s launch of its own price oracle for the DeFi ecosystem.

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