First New-York Based Crypto Trading Company Receives BitLicense

A subsidiary of the Digital Currency Group has become the first New York-based crypto trading company to receive the BitLicense.

Genesis Global Trading, a subsidiary of the Digital Currency Group, has been granted a BitLicense from the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS), according to a press release published on PR Newswire today, May 17.

After the BitLicense became required for all New York crypto trading firms in August of 2015, a wave of crypto companies left the state, either unable or unwilling to comply with the stringent new regulatory requirements.

Genesis, which is the first New York-based trading firm to now operate with a BitLicense and the fifth firm overall to receive one, will be able to trade in Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and Zcash (ZEC). The press release notes that Genesis has traded in billions of dollars worth of crypto since 2013.

Before receiving the BitLicense, Genesis had operated under a special DFS provision that still let them trade in crypto in New York state. CEO of Genesis Global Trading, Michael Moro said in the press release that “although we have operated under a safe harbor provision in recent years, today’s decision is an important step forward and reaffirms the robust compliance measures we have enacted as an established trading partner.”    

The Square Cash app, which has included a Bitcoin option since this January,  is currently working on getting a BitLicense in order to operate in New York. The app added Wyoming to its list of states allowing the crypto option in mid-March, with New York, Georgia, and Hawaii still excluded.

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US Prosecutors Indict Three Co-Founders Of Floyd Mayweather-Backed ICO For Fraud

A US District Court in Manhattan has issued a formal indictment of the three founders of Floyd Mayweather-backed Centra Tech ICO for securities fraud, among other charges.

The three co-founders of cryptocurrency startup Centra Tech have been formally indicted for running fraudulent ICO, according to a statement May 14 from the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to the four-count indictment issued by the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, all three Centra Tech co-founders Sohrab Sharma, Robert Farkas, and Raymond Trapani are being charged with securities fraud, wire fraud and two conspiracy counts.

Centra Tech’s Initial Coin Offering (ICO) raised $32 mln from investors in 2017. The Florida-based defendants had misled investors by falsely claiming that their company had partnered with Visa  MasterCard to issue virtual currency debit cards.

Centra Tech was previously promoted by celebrities Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled.

Late last month, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Commissioner Robert Jackson expressed criticism of ICOs in general, claiming that investors “are having a hard time telling the difference between investments and fraud.”

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FedEx CEO: Blockchain Is The ‘Next Frontier’ For Global Supply Chains

FedEx remains bullish on blockchain as its CEO says a failure to engage with the technology means “probable extinction” for logistics businesses.

Delivery services multinational FedEx said it is “quite confident” blockchain has “big, big implications” for supply chains in a speech May 14, as it continues engagement with the technology.

Speaking at the Consensus 2018 conference in New York Monday, FedEx CEO Fred Smith said that the time had come for businesses to ingratiate themselves with blockchain or face “probable extinction.”

“We’re quite confident that it has big, big implications in supply chain, transportation and logistics,” he said during a panel quoted by Bloomberg and other sources, continuing:

“It’s the next frontier that’s going to completely change worldwide supply chains.”

FedEx has had positive experiences looking into the potential blockchain holds to improve its businesses model. In February, the company joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), a focus group whose members include rail operator BNSF, JD Logistics, and GE Transportation.

FedEx’s goal, industry media reported at the time, was to strive to “create common logistics standards” based on the technology.

Prior to that, in October of last year, it became a member of the Canada-based Blockchain Research Institute, Don Tapscott’s initiative dedicated to “conducting the definitive study of the impact of blockchain technology on business, government and society.”

Earlier this month meanwhile, Cointelegraph reported on how the issue of modernizing supply chain structures of all descriptions has become a central focus of  governments globally, in addition the private sector. On May 10, Cointelegraph reported that Australia’s home affairs ministry is currently looking at how it could implement blockchain in its trade supply chains. That same week, two United States House Subcommittees held a hearing focused on how blockchain can be used in supply chain management.

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