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At CCN we have been following the Kodak story – a once monolithic print photography company that has struggled to adapt to the digital world. The announcement that the brand was turning to blockchain with KODAKCoin, which aims to protect photographers’ digital rights utilizing immutable distributed ledger technology, swept through the crypto space. Despite the ICO’s early wobbles,
when the coin finally launched it tripled from its ICO price, leaving initial investors pleased and observers optimistic regarding the company’s transformed future. However, investment research firm Kerrisdale Capital this week has released a crippling 22-page indictment on the project. Referring to the company as a “dying relic of American manufacturing”, (KODAK went bankrupt in 2013),
Kerrisdale sees the $300m ICO as a cash grab that “will never deliver promised benefits”.
The hearing, which was held by the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, touched on a broad range of regulatory concerns related to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, including initial coin offerings (ICOs), trading platforms, derivatives and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and the assets’ perceived use to perpetrate financial crimes and subvert international sanctions. In their opening statements, both Clayton and Giancarlo expressed concern about the fact that cryptocurrency exchanges are currently regulated at the state level rather than the federal, and each reiterated that, at some undefined point in the future, Congress may want to increase federal regulators’ ability to oversee the spot markets.
LSK, the utility token underpinning the Lisk platform, has been listed on BitFlyer and Huobi.pro, a move that comes just a few weeks before its scheduled relaunch event later this month which will unveil an updated and improved Lisk platform and a new brand identity and website. LSK is the token that powers the Lisk network. The cryptocurrency currently stands as the 16th largest in the world by market capitalization at US$1.59 billion. LSK is trading at about US$13, down nearly 54% from January 01’s price of US$20. “Today’s announcement caps a very successful week for Lisk, following Wednesday’s debut of our LSK token on the BitFlyer exchange,” said Max Kordek, co-founder and CEO of Lisk. “The addition of LSK to the Huobi.pro exchange elevates the status of our platform as we approach our relaunch event on February 20, in Berlin, and strengthens our ambition to be the enablers of innovation, making blockchain technology more accessible to everyone.”