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Bitcoin 

CBOE Re-Applies With US SEC to List Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Fund

The Chicago Board Options Exchange’s (CBOE), along with investment firm VanEck and financial services company SolidX, has re-applied with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a rule change to list a Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF). VanEck digital asset strategy director Gabor Gurbacs announced the public filing on Jan. 31. CBOE had initially withdrawn its request for a rule change to list a Bitcoin ETF on Jan. 23. A CBOE spokesperson told Cointelegraph that the decision to withdraw its request was the result of the U.S. government…

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Bitcoin 

Florida Appeals Court Reinstates Felony Charges for Unregistered Bitcoin Sale

A United States appellate court in the state of Florida has reinstated charges against a man who sold Bitcoin (BTC) to an undercover police officer, local media Miami Herald reports on Jan. 30. According to the report, the Third District Court of Appeal ruled that a judge who dismissed charges against the defendant, Michell Espinoza, was wrong. Espinoza is a website designer who was charged with allegedly transmitting and laundering $1,500 worth of BTC without a money transmitter license. At the initial trial in a Miami-Dade circuit court, the defense…

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Ethereum 

Bitcoin Hovers Under $3,450 as All Top Cryptos See Moderate Losses

Thursday, Jan. 31 — all of the top 20 cryptocurrencies are reporting moderate to heavy losses on the day by press time. Bitcoin (BTC) is hovering under $3,450 again, according to Coin360 data. Market visualization from Coin360 At press time, Bitcoin is down just 1 percent on the day, trading at around $3,449, according to CoinMarketCap. Looking at its weekly chart, the current price is lower than $3,593, the price at which Bitcoin started the week. Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap Ripple (XRP) has lost nearly 3.4 percent in…

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Ethereum 

Under Fire: Kik Is Gearing Up for a Fight With the SEC

Canadian-based social media startup Kik is gearing up to challenge a proposed enforcement action from the United States Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) over a fundraising initiative in 2017. The American securities regulator believes that Kik’s Token Distribution Event (TDE) two years ago violated securities laws. The company raised $97 million during its fundraising phase, a princely sum for a platform that has garnered millions of users since its inception. Following the SEC’s recommendation of an enforcement action in November 2018, Kik was served with a “Wells Notice,” a letter to…

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