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Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Despite SEC's warning that securities law applies to sale of virtual currencies, 46 ICOs have been announced, 204 moving forward, and only 3 canceled/postponed   —  SAN FRANCISCO — The cautionary words of American regulators have done little to chill a red-hot market for new virtual currencies sold by start-ups.
Aug 8, 2017, 1:25 PMIn context
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Some Bitcoin backers plan to launch a competing version called Bitcoin Cash on August 1, with support for more transactions per block   —  SAN FRANCISCO — For the last two years, rival factions have been vying for control of the Bitcoin virtual currency and its global network of computers and supporters.
Jul 29, 2017, 7:45 PMIn context
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Dark web market AlphaBay down since Tuesday, prompting fears of law enforcement action or theft of user funds; admins claim the site is down for maintenance   —  SAN FRANCISCO — The largest online black market for drugs, AlphaBay, has been down for nearly two days, raising questions about whether …
Jul 7, 2017, 1:10 PMIn context
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
65 projects have raised $522M in ICOs this year, according to Smith + Crown; investors should be aware of the unregulated nature and potential for abuse in ICOs   —  A new crop of technology entrepreneurs is forgoing the usual routes to raising money.  The entrepreneurs are not pitching …
Jun 25, 2017, 3:55 PMIn context
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
A look at Ether, which has risen 4,500% since the beginning of the year, is used in ICOs, and is likely to pass Bitcoin's total value soon   —  The price of Bitcoin has hit record highs in recent months, more than doubling in price since the start of the year.
Jun 20, 2017, 8:00 AMIn context
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Silk Road now has numerous successors, mostly Asia-based; AlphaBay, now the leading dark web market, has 21k+ opioid listings, 4,100 for fentanyl, related drugs   —  Anonymous online sales are surging, and people are dying.  Despite dozens of arrests, new merchants — many based in Asia — quickly pop up.
Jun 10, 2017, 7:55 PMIn context
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Renaud Laplanche, founder of Lending Club, launches a rival, Upgrade, and raises $60M from Union Square Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank, and others   —  Renaud Laplanche was the quintessential Silicon Valley success story, until he wasn't.  —  Mr. Laplanche, a French-born entrepreneur …
Apr 6, 2017, 9:50 PMIn context
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Banks increasingly in contention with services like Mint and Betterment over the sharing of financial data, with some banks arguing tech firms should pay fees   —  SAN FRANCISCO — The big banks and Silicon Valley are waging an escalating battle over your personal financial data …
Mar 24, 2017, 10:50 AMIn context
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Startups that once aimed to disrupt big banks in the US are now working with the banks and building services on top of existing financial infrastructure   —  SAN FRANCISCO — In 2011, Brett King was promoting his book, “Breaking Banks,” and creating a start-up that he hoped would do to the banks …
Feb 26, 2017, 5:35 AMIn context
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Crowdfunding advocates express concern about crowdfunded startups failing to comply with the 2012 Jobs Act   —  SAN FRANCISCO — Ryan Feit left behind his lucrative career at a private equity firm to chase the dream of crowdfunding.  —  Mr. Feit, a 33-year-old graduate of the Wharton School …
Jan 30, 2017, 7:50 AMIn context

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