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Venture giant a16z ramps up political push with additional $25 million donation to crypto super PAC Fairshake

a16z crypto head Chris Dixon announced the donation at Consensus on Thursday, bringing the firm's total contributions to Fairshake to $47 million.

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Controversial blockchain firm Prometheum launches long-awaited Ethereum custody

Prometheum aims to launch a digital asset trading platform later this year under current SEC regulation.

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Top New York regulator Adrienne Harris optimistic about a federal stablecoin deal—but not at the expense of state authority

The Department of Financial Services superintendent spoke at a Fortune event about crypto oversight and bank stability.

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Social media spurred the last banking crisis. Can it prevent the next one?

A U.S. banking regulator is working with an intelligence firm to monitor social media platforms like Twitter and Discord for risk ahead of...

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Genesis and LedgerPrime alum raise $28 million for Arbelos, a crypto trading rival to Jane Street

As institutional money floods into crypto, the industry veterans are building a derivatives-focused business to provide liquidity to hedge funds and...

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Ex-DFS regulator raises $5.1 million for crypto venture fund backed by Winklevoss twins and Robert Leshner

Matthew Homer was formerly an executive deputy superintendent at the New York Department of Financial Services.

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Publicly traded Bitcoin mining firm Stronghold may sell itself in wake of latest ‘halving’

CEO Greg Beard is set to announce the plan on an earnings call later today.

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BlackRock leads $47 million round for Securitize: ‘Another step in the evolution of our digital assets strategy’

Other investors include Hamilton Lane and Tradeweb Markets, with traditional financial firms diving headfirst into tokenization.

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Binance founder Changpeng ‘CZ’ Zhao sentenced to 4 months, will enter prison as country’s richest inmate

The settlement came amid a string of enforcement actions against crypto industry leaders, including FTX's Sam Bankman-Fried.

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Tiger Global-backed Braintrust bet big on blockchain. Now it’s launching an AI-powered hiring platform

Braintrust Air will use AI to conduct autonomous interviews with job candidates, with Nestle and Guardian Life already signed up.

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Movement Labs raises $38 million to build layer-2 blockchain on Ethereum with Facebook tech

Polychain led the Series A funding round, which included participation from Hack VC, dao5, and Robot Ventures.

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Crypto app Strike launches Bitcoin services across Europe

Founder and CEO Jack Mallers said the company is profitable after an $80 million funding round in 2022.

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Why VCs are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into a little-known AI crypto project called Bittensor

Prominent blockchain firms including Polychain, Digital Currency Group, and dao5 are buying up TAO, the token for the decentralized AI company...

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VanEck CEO says brokerage platforms aren’t yet recommending Bitcoin ETFs: ‘There’s a long ways to go’

Jan van Eck told Fortune that he doesn't expect the SEC to approve an Ethereum ETF.

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Anthony Pompliano and ex-TechCrunch reporter launch Token Relations to improve crypto projects’ communications

The project, which is bootstrapped by Pompliano, counts Avalanche, Aptos, and Optimism as launch partners.

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Paradigm leads $225 million round for Monad Labs, which is building a layer-1 blockchain to take on Ethereum and Solana

The crypto firm founded by ex-Jump Crypto traders also received investment from Electric Capital and Neil Mehta's Greenoaks Capital.

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Sam Bankman-Fried sentenced to 25 years in prison as the FTX saga draws to a close

A jury convicted the disgraced founder of seven counts related to the collapse of his crypto exchange in November.

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Judge rejects Coinbase’s ‘major questions doctrine’ argument in landmark SEC case

Judge Katherine Failla ruled on Wednesday that the SEC could continue its lawsuit against the leading U.S. crypto exchange.

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DOJ accuses crypto exchange KuCoin of money laundering violations and receiving billions in suspicious funds

The Seychelles-based firm is one of the top crypto exchanges by trading volume.

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How 80-year-old Fidelity became a crypto pioneer—and what’s next after its successful Bitcoin ETF

Under CEO Abigail Johnson, Fidelity has invested heavily in blockchain technology, including a Bitcoin ETF, mining, and a custody and trading...

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Judge slams SEC for ‘gross abuse of power’ in crypto case, imposes sanctions

The judge also rejected the SEC's motion to dismiss after the agency expressed its 'regrets' for misrepresenting facts.

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Mastercard-owned CipherTrace tells clients it is shutting down key products

Mastercard recently retracted a report from a CipherTrace investigator in the Bitcoin Fog case, citing 'unverifiable and unauditable' data.

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The untold story of Kickstarter’s crypto Hail Mary—and the secret $100 million a16z-led investment to save its fading brand

Inside the once-hot startup's struggle to regain its relevance despite a massive check from the crypto arm of the venture giant Andreessen Horowitz.

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Wyoming wants to become the Delaware of DAOs with new crypto law for decentralized autonomous organizations

The legislation is the latest blockchain-focused regulation from the Cowboy State.

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Digital Currency Group files motion to dismiss New York attorney general’s lawsuit: ‘A thin web of baseless innuendo’

The crypto empire led by Barry Silbert was hit by the enforcement action, which alleged widespread fraud, last October.

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Binance US laid off 2/3 of staff in wake of SEC lawsuit, revenue plunged 75% after ‘near-mortal blow’

New court documents on Tuesday underscored how the U.S. arm of the embattled crypto exchange is in a precarious position.

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New ruling in SEC’s Coinbase insider trading lawsuit comes as a blow to the crypto industry as judge finds secondary token sales were securities

A federal judge agreed with Gary Gensler that sales of crypto assets are securities, even on secondary markets like exchanges.

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Bitcoin ETFs hit record volume as single-day high of $612 million pours into BlackRock

January's launch of the exchange-traded investment vehicles has helped drive the recent rally in digital assets.

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Winklevoss-led Gemini agrees to return over $1 billion to customers in deal with NY regulator that includes $37 million fine

The Department of Financial Services announced the settlement on Wednesday against the troubled crypto firm.

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FTX fraudster Sam Bankman-Fried asks judge for 6.5 or years or less, says public doesn’t know his ‘true’ self

The lawyers of the disgraced crypto entrepreneur filed a sentencing memorandum on Tuesday night asking for a lenient judgment.

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Crypto platform Anchorage launches Porto, a self-custody wallet for institutions

The new product is aimed at venture capital, private equity, and sovereign wealth funds who need more flexibility with decentralized ecosystems.

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The crypto token for Sam Altman’s eyeball-scanning startup Worldcoin just hit an all-time high as WLD rides the AI wave

Worldcoin's WLD token rose over $9 on Friday after a stronger-than-expected earnings report from chip maker Nvidia.

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Kraken moves to dismiss SEC lawsuit, which the crypto firm says is retaliation from ‘a politically compromised agency’

The U.S.-based company was sued by the SEC twice in 2023, although it settled the first enforcement action.

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Exclusive: RW3 Ventures raises $60 million crypto VC fund with backing from Mubadala and Raptor Group

Founded by BitGo alum Pete Najarian, the fund was spun out of Jim Pallotta's family office and will focus on real-world blockchain use cases.

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Bullish paid close to $75 million to acquire CoinDesk. Here’s what we know about the company and its plans for crypto media

After CoinDesk's reporting spurred the collapse of FTX, the outlet's parent company, Digital Currency Group, sold the publication.

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Crypto rally boosts Digital Currency Group’s financials amid lawsuits and Genesis bankruptcy

The Barry Silbert-led crypto empire benefited from heightened Bitcoin prices and the sale of CoinDesk.

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NY attorney general ramps up fraud charges against Barry Silbert-led Digital Currency Group, now seeks $3 billion

Letitia James filed an amended complaint on Friday alleging an additional $2 billion in fraud from the troubled crypto empire.

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Leading senators express concern over crypto case in which SEC admitted to misleading statements: ‘Trust is undermined’

Senators JD Vance (R-Ohio), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), and others have sent a letter to SEC Chair Gary Gensler over the DEBT Box...

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SEC may be forced to declare Ethereum a security after controversial new launch

Prometheum is launching custody services for Ether, the first step in an attempt to create a regulated path for crypto.

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Tether still has nearly $5 billion in loans despite pledging to reduce exposure to zero

In its latest attestation, the stablecoin giant reported $2.85 billion in profit and excess reserves of $5.4 billion.

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SEC asks to dismiss contested crypto case in which agency faces sanctions over ‘materially false’ statements

SEC lawyers said they "deeply regret" errors they made and acknowledged the agency "fell short."

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Chris Dixon, the philosopher king of crypto, makes a fresh case for blockchain. Is he too late?

The general partner of the venture giant Andreessen Horowitz sat down with Fortune to discuss his new book, "Read Write Own."

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SEC blames ‘SIM swap’ attack for disastrous X hack ahead of Bitcoin ETF approval

The SEC said it is continuing to work with law enforcement and federal oversight agencies to address the matter.

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LedgerPrime alumni launch crypto hedge fund Split Capital to focus on liquid tokens

Cofounder Zaheer Ebtikar says the fund will focus on the "middle 80%" of the crypto token market overlooked by larger investors.

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No knockout in latest Coinbase-SEC fight: Both parties still awaiting judge’s decision

Coinbase argued to dismiss an SEC lawsuit at a Wednesday hearing in New York.

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Exclusive: Genesis reaches settlement with New York regulator, will forfeit BitLicense and pay $8 million fine

The agreement with the NY Department of Financial Services comes on the heels of a major lawsuit by the state's attorney general.

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This time, the SEC means it: BlackRock and Grayscale among 11 firms finally approved for spot Bitcoin ETFs

The agency was forced into action after a landmark court victory by the crypto firm Grayscale and the arrival of major players like BlackRock and...

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Exclusive: Jump sits out Bitcoin ETF race amid broader crypto pullback

The trading firm has reduced its crypto business after its disastrous involvement with the failed crypto firm Terraform Labs.

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SEC Twitter account ‘compromised,’ promotes fake Bitcoin ETF news

The long-awaited approval for Bitcoin ETFs was thrown into chaos after someone hacked the SEC Twitter account and falsely announced their launch.

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Valkyrie cofounder predicts Wednesday approval amid Bitcoin ETF frenzy: ‘It’s almost surreal’

Steven McClurg is the cofounder and CIO of Valkyrie, an asset manager vying to launch a spot Bitcoin ETF.

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