Film Publishing Rights Firm Fintage House Now Accepts Crypto for Rights Transactions

Dutch rights management company Fintage House has signed a deal with blockchain-based social entertainment platform TaTaTu to start accepting cryptocurrency for rights transactions, entertainment industry news outlet Variety reported Nov. 12. Established in 1986, Fintage House specializes in the collection and management of TV, film and music publishing rights and licensing, as well as offering revenue collection and reporting for rights owners services. The partnership with TaTaTu enables Fintage House to accept the platform’s native token TTU for film and TV rights transactions. TTU tokens were originally designed to let…

Huobi’s US-Based Strategic Partner HBUS Hires Former Exec of VC Firm Draper Athena

HBUS, the strategic partner of top crypto exchange Huobi, has hired a former executive of venture capital (VC) firm Draper Athena, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph Nov. 13. The HBUS trading platform, which currently employs around 40 people in their headquarters in San Francisco, has officially announced the appointment of Jay Ryu, formerly of Draper Athena, as Vice President of Corporate Development. As the press release states, Ryu previously worked with prominent figures in the VC industry, such as Draper Athena chairman Tim Draper, well-known for his…

Canadian Holding Firm to Acquire EXMO Crypto Exchange Per Letter of Intent

Publicly traded Canadian holding firm GoverMedia Plus Canada will acquire U.K.-based crypto exchange EXMO per a recently signed a Letter of Intent (LOI), according to a joint announcement published Nov. 13. The LOI reportedly enables GoverMedia to exclusively negotiate the transaction within the next 180 days. Upon the completion of the transaction, the joined entity will continue to conduct business on the EXMO platform and will be listed on a stock exchange. According to the announcement, the acquisition deal will “comply with all necessary legal and regulatory requirements” after observing…

U.S. Law Firm Files Claims Against AT&T, T-Mobile Over SIM Swap-Enabled Crypto Thefts

  U.S. crypto investor law firm Silver Miller has filed arbitration claims against telecoms giants AT&T and T-Mobile for “SIM-swap”-related thefts, according to a press release published Nov. 8 SIM-swapping – also known as a ‘port-out scam’ – involves the theft of a cell phone number in order to hijack online financial and social media accounts, enabled by the fact that many firms  use automated messages or phone calls to handle customer authentication. According to one of the (partially redacted) Silver Miller Statement of Claim documents – filed against AT&T…

Swedish Man Sentenced After Sending Bomb to Crypto Firm Over Lost Password

A Swedish court has sentenced a man to six and a half years in prison after he sent a “potentially lethal homemade bomb” to a U.K.-based crypto firm, BBC reports today, Nov. 9. Jermu Michael Salonen, 43, faced several charges in the Stockholm District Court, including sending a bomb to Cryptopay employees in London, and mailing a white powder to Swedish politicians — including the prime minister. Salonen was allegedly attempting to take revenge on the firm for refusing to change his password on the Cryptopay platform in August 2017.…

Crypto Exchanges Must ‘Grow or Die,’ Says Exec at Fintech Firm Cinnober

A financial technology company that was founded a full decade before the bitcoin white paper came out is looking to help today’s cryptocurrency trading platforms mature. Cinnober, based in Stockholm, mainly provides tech solutions to traditional stock and commodity exchanges around the world. But this year it’s struck a handful of deals with crypto startups – most recently the Bitstamp exchange, which announced this week it will be the first in the space to use the vendor’s TRADExpress platform, alongside the likes of the London Metal Exchange. And it likely won’t…

Crypto Mining Tech Firm Bitfury Closes $80 Million Funding Round

Cryptocurrency mining technology firm Bitfury Group has just closed an $80 million funding round led by venture capital firm Korelya Capital. Also participating in the private placement were investors such as Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital, Macquarie Capital, Dentsu Inc., Armat Group and others, according to a Bitfury press release. Advising Bitfury on the funding was investment bank Bryan, Garnier & Co.. George Kikvadze, Bitfury’s executive vice chairman, said in the release: “With a half billion dollars in revenues, Bitfury is the leading blockchain B2B global technology infrastructure provider at the corporate and…

Crypto Wallet Firm Blockchain to Airdrop $125 Million in Stellar

Crypto wallet provider Blockchain says it’s about to stage what it’s calling the “largest crypto giveaway in history.” The company will distribute $125 million in Stellar lumens (XLM), nearly half a billion tokens, to Blockchain wallet holders who sign up for the airdrop. The first batch of recipients will see their tokens arrive within the week, according to an announcement Tuesday. The amount of XLM being dropped to each wallet was not disclosed by the firm. With the news, Stellar becomes the first partner for Blockchain’s airdrop program and guiding framework announced last…

Texas Regulators Enter Emergency Stop Against Crypto Mining Firm

The Texas State Securities Board entered an emergency cease-and-desist on Tuesday against a cloud mining company based in Australia that it said was selling unregistered securities. In the order, Texas securities regulators claim that Automated Web Services Mining (otherwise known as AWS Mining), AWS Mining PTY LTD., a number of of AWS Mining’s officers, crypto wallet provider MyCoinDeal, and multi-level marketing organization AWS Elite were violating the state’s Securities Act and committing fraud by selling investment contracts in AWS’ cloud mining pool. According to the filing, the respondents promised investors…

Blockchain Firm Upgrades App in Quest to Reduce Fatal Air Accidents

A fledgling blockchain-based company which aims to improve flight safety is gearing up to launch an upgraded version of its app for pilots – software that has been designed to replace the old-fashioned paper logbooks currently used by aviation enthusiasts and professionals. Aeron estimates that 57 percent of aviation accidents can be attributed to human factors – and poor record keeping is often to blame. The company says it is possible for pilots to manipulate records and exaggerate their experience, while airlines may underreport flight hours to save on maintenance…