Chinese Shopping Giant Bans Crypto Related Goods

Taobao released the changes which are concerned with the increased control of crypto and ICO-related products
11 April 2018   261

Taobao is a Chinese online shopping website, headquartered in China, and is a subsidiary of Alibaba Group. It facilitates consumer-to-consumer retail by providing a platform for small businesses and individual entrepreneurs to open online stores that mainly cater to consumers in Chinese-speaking regions.

On April 10, 2018 Taobao has announced the new policy regarding the goods banned on the platform. The changes are concerned with the increased control of crypto and ICO-related products.

Taobao ban for product management specifications focuses on the goods related to blockchain technology, virtual currency and other digital products and services. It is stated that digital currency and similar digital products can easily be used for speculation and illegal fund-raising and can lead to a financing risk. 

The ban concerns Bitcoin, Litecoin, Biocoin, Quark, Unlimited, Cocoa, Penny, PPCoin, NameCoin and other digital currencies; products with the same technical properties and generating mechanisms as digital currency, such as digital pets generated based on blockchain technology; digital currency tutorials, strategies and software, such as mining hardware; ICO and derivative services which provide digital currency, such as technology development, business planning, brokerage, marketing, and other.

The new rules come into effect on April 17, 2018.

Tezos Co-Founder penaltied by Wall Street Regulator

Tezos co-founder Arthur Breitman is punished with a fine and a trading veto for two years by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
20 April 2018   110

The Wall Street regulatory institution has come to a adjudgement with Breitman after he was indicted of producing false statements about his side venture (Tezos) while he was actually employed at Morgan Stanley. All registered FINRA securities specialists are demanded to report any for-profit activity outside of their stated employment if there is “reasonable expectation of compensation.”

The regulatory activity started from a Reuters article published in October that discovered Breitman, who is filed with FINRA as a French citizen, never disclosed hise work for Tezos while still employed at Morgan Stanley within the years of 2014-2015.

Together with the other proofs published in Reuters` article is a business plan written in 2015 that lists Brietmen as chief executive and makes projections on the potential for the company to be worth as much as 20 billion dollars over 15 years.  They also cited two papers Breitman penned under the pseudonym L.M. Goodman about Tezos, showing that he purposely hid his connection with the firm.

FINRA enclosed that “Breitman did not notify Morgan Stanley at any time that he was engaging in these outside business activities.” The adjudgement conditions of April 18 are that Breitman shun any broker-deals for 2 years and pay a $20,000 fine. Breitman neither accept nor disclaim the indictments.

The settlement with FINRA is unrelated to and has no impact on the launch of the Tezos network. Arthur cooperated fully with FINRA at all times and Arthur is pleased to put this personal matter behind him.
Sarah Lightdale, lawyer of Arthur Breitman

Last July the Tezos foundation increased for $232 million from their initial coin offering to found the blockchain network for smart contracts but still haven’t delivered any of the cryptocurrency to supporters because of infighting and legal problems in and outside of the boardroom.