Microsoft to Ban Crypto Ads in Bing Search Engine

Advertisements related to virtual currencies or promotion of fake/forged virtual currencies are now prohibited
17 May 2018   482

Bing is a very famous web search engine owned and operated by Microsoft. A couple of days ago Bing reported in its Blog that online fraud involving financial services became a serious problem recently. Bing published a list of policies to help ad providers meet approval and protect consumers and businesses from being victimized. The polices apply to all forms of currency including real and virtual currency.

Advertising for the following products and services is not permitted: Ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes, or other legally questionable business opportunities, particularly if returns on investment rely solely on adding participants to the scheme or the consumer must pay a subscription fee or buy a specific product to join, and the value proposition of doing so is undefined.
 

Bing Blog post

Bing now bans ads related to solicitation of funds except by recognized charities or organizations. Advertisements related to virtual currencies designed to facilitate illegal purposes, to avoid applicable taxes, money laundering, promotion of fake/forged virtual currencies are also prohibited. The full ban of such ads is expected in late June or early July.

Previously, we have reported that Facebook created a new policy that prohibits all advertisements for cryptocurrency and ICOs as part of an effort to improve the integrity and security of ads.

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Pantera Capital to Intend to Raise $175M for Crypto Fund

Whether the firm can achieve its funding goal is still unclear
16 August 2018   167

Pantera Capital intends to raise up to $ 175 million for its third venture fund, focused on the blockchain and cryptocurrencies, which marks significant progress against the background of the company's other two funds: the assets of the first of them are $ 13 million, the second - $ 25 million. This is reported by TechCrunch.

As reported, company's partner Paul Veradittakit says the target amount is a “function of how fast the space is moving, the talent coming in, the opportunities, and the sizing of rounds. With more interesting later-stage investments [on our radar], too, we want to be flexible and able to move with the market.”

Whether the firm can achieve its funding goal is still unclear. According to documents recently sent to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), it has already managed to raise more than $ 71 million with the participation of 90 investors. Veradittakit calls this event "the closing of the first transaction".

One of the company's new funds, which opened last year, has a hedge fund structure and focuses exclusively on the ICO. The founder of the company Dan Morehead said earlier that Pantera takes part in the first stages of such campaigns, "basically getting a discount to the ICO price by getting in early, when it’s just a team and a white paper."

The second fund of the company is engaged in investing in bitcoin and has managed to serve a large number of investors during its existence. According to Morhed's calculations, the fund, launched 5 years ago, demonstrated a return of 10 136%.

The last fund Pantera invests in cryptocurrencies, which are already traded on the exchanges. It uses machine learning for algorithmic investment and takes into account the views of the company's management when making investment decisions.