Reddit Co-Founder Ohanian Leads $3.75 Million Round in ‘Hearthstone’ Competitor

A blockchain-based game studio is getting funding to take on “Magic: The Gathering” and “Hearthstone.” Announced this morning, Horizon Games raised $3.75 million in seed funding in a round led by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian’s Initialized Capital. Other investors included Coinbase Ventures, Polychain Capital, Inovia Capital and more. Originally closed in the summer of 2018, the funds have been used to scale-up production on a new ethereum-powered game called “Skyweaver” and a gaming platform called Arcadeum. “Skyweaver” is billed as a “Trading Card Game from Another Dimension.” “I wanted to introduce a…

John McAfee Reiterates His $1 Million by 2020 BTC Price Prediction

In a rather haughty Tweet posted earlier today, American crypto enthusiast John McAfee wrote that he was “laughing his f—— ass off” at the concern over Bitcoin’s falling price this week. The entrepreneur went even further and reiterated his prediction that Bitcoin would reach $1 million by 2020. What has him so bullish? John McAfee Predicts Bitcoin $1 Million by 2020 Bitcoin price has fluctuated wildly in recent weeks. Unable to breach the $14,000 mark, Bitcoin topped out at approximately $13,650 and fell back below $10,000 at the end of…

Bitpoint Hacked for $32 Million, Another Example of Crypto’s Volatility

A Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange called Bitpoint has suspended operations after it lost $32 million to a hacking last night. The company that runs the exchange, Remixpoint, discovered that ¥3.5 billion worth of various digital currencies had disappeared under its management. Bitpoint Hacked and Suspends Operations According to the exchange, the funds went missing from a hot wallet (a wallet connected to the internet), but other funds held in cold wallets or offline haven’t been affected. The hacking was brought to light when an error appeared in the exchange’s outgoing funds…

$500 Million Spend On XRP Use Case Development

Ripple (XRP) under pressure $500 million has been spent in over 20 companies by Ripple’s Xpring. Xpring has spent over $500 million in over 20 companies. Their focus is to “build the best crypto infrastructure through contributions to open source crypto protocols such as the XRP Ledger and InterLedger projects.” Even so, XRP is under pressure and down 15.1 percent week-to-date. Ripple Price Analysis Fundamentals Adoption is the only catalyst that will turbo-charge blockchain related development. Standing to reap enormous benefits is Ripple. Armed with three innovative solutions, progress is…

Bitfinex Repays Tether $100 Million of $700 Million Loan

Crypto exchange Bitfinex said Tuesday that it had begun repaying a loan from its sister company Tether. Bitfinex borrowed as much as $700 million from the stablecoin issuer through a line of credit in early 2019, according to legal filings by the New York Attorney General (NYAG)’s office. The exchange needed the cash to make up for an $850 million hole which resulted from its payment processor, Crypto Capital, having its funds seized by authorities in three separate nations. On Tuesday, the exchange said it had transferred $100 million from…

A Wannabe Netflix Raised $575 Million on Ethereum – Then Ditched Crypto

What started as a $575 million token sale is now a rewards program for watching videos. TaTaTu’s initial coin offering (ICO) was among the biggest of 2018, with film producer Andrea Iervolino raising money from royals like Lady Monika Bacardi, of the famous liquor family. Before this raise, Iervolino was best known for films such as “Bernie The Dolphin” and “Finding Steve McQueen.” As some token sales start to slowly yield results, TaTaTu offers a prime example of a platform that used “blockchain” as a fundraising technique and then largely…

Galaxy Digital Leads $5.5 Million Round for Contract Management Startup

Digital contract management startup Clause has raised $5.5 million in a Series A round led by crypto merchant bank Galaxy Digital. The funding round also saw investment from electronic signature pioneer DocuSign and Galaxy Digital’s EOS Venture Capital Fund, which is backed by EOS blockchain maker Block.one and other investors. Founded in 2016, Clause offers blockchain-based solutions to facilitate the creation, storage and maintenance of digital contracts for businesses. However, it also offers clients these same services independent of blockchain technology – by using existing platforms such as Stripe or…

Singapore Exchange Bitrue Hacked for Over $4 Million in Crypto

Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitrue has been hacked for around $4.2 million in user assets. The platform announced the breach in tweets, saying that the event was identified at around 1 a.m. local time Thursday. Users funds are insured and anyone who lost cryptocurrency would be refunded, according to the company. The exchange said: “First of all, please let us assure you that this situation is under control, 100% of lost funds will be returned to users, and we are reviewing our security measures and policies to ensure this does not…

ConsenSys Spin-Out 3Box Raises $2.5 Million to Build ID Tools for Dapp Devs

3Box, the latest startup to leave the Brooklyn-based incubator ConsenSys, just raised money to fuel a new identity tool for app developers. 3Box is developing a decentralized solution that people can use across both traditional and blockchain-based apps. The startup recently closed a $2.5 million seed round led by Placeholder Ventures, with investments from Venrock, CoinFund, Northzone and ConsenSys itself. The “3” in 3Box is a subtle nod to the notion of Web3, a term used to describe the distributed evolution of digital platforms from social media sites to ticket…

Six Arrested Over Cloned Crypto Exchange That Stole €24 Million

A fake exchange website has managed to steal €24 million (over $27 million) in cryptocurrency from thousands of victims. European law enforcement agency Europol said in a press release Wednesday that six individuals have now been arrested over the scam in an operation that also involved the UK’s South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit and National Crime Agency, along with Dutch police and Eurojust. Five men and one woman were simultaneously arrested yesterday at their homes in several U.K. locations, as well as Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Europol said the criminal endeavor involved…