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“We had an idea that Ethereum might be useful obviously, we believed it would be, and we knew bitcoin was worth money, but not for a second did anybody expect the kind of growth we saw.” — Mathias Grønnebæk, early Ethereum contributor

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One nagging question hanging over the crypto space is whether ether, the native token of Ethereum and the third largest cryptocurrency by market cap is—or was—a security.

Bill Hinman, director of the division of corporate finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), in June brought more clarity to the question, saying he did not consider ether a security in  its current “decentralized” form. This, however, is not an official ruling, and the SEC itself has not said anything definitive.

Ultimately, the decision will likely to be made by a federal district court, an appellate court or even the Supreme Court. If that happens, a judge will apply the Howey test, a basic rule for deciding whether something fits the definition of a security, and other guidance to make a decision.

If legal experts do start digging into Ethereum, one of the first places they will look is the project’s crowdsale, or initial coin offering. In light of that, it makes sense to revisit the way by which the Ethereum team distributed the first 72 million ether (more than half of the 130 million ether currently in circulation) in the early days of the project.

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OpenNode raises $1.25M to make it easier for merchants to accept bitcoin

OpenNode, a Tim Draper-backed startup, announced it raised $1.25 million on Tuesday and it’s hoping that its new platform will change the way people view bitcoin. In most corners of the market, bitcoin is viewed primarily as a store of value, rather than an everyday medium of exchange. OpenNodes is building a bitcoin payments platform with a focus on ease of use, the firm says. It’s plug-and-play offerings enable merchants to sign up with an email and immediately begin accepting bitcoin. — More

The dark milestone in the evolution of money

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