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|Original author(s)||Daniel Larimer and Charles Hoskinson|
|Initial release||1.0 / 19 July 2014|
|Latest release||2.0.180202 / 2 February 2018|
|Code repository||BitShares on GitHub|
|Development status||Currently under development|
|Operating system||Linux, Mac OSX & Microsoft Windows.|
|License||MIT License (open source)|
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BitShares was created by an Daniel Larimer. It is described as a cryptocurrency platform,, a digital currency, or a digital exchange. It is organized as a Decentralized autonomous organization (aka DAO). The Financial Times in 2016 pointed out BitShares difficulty to operate its DAO due to conflicting interests of its voting members. Bitshares were seized (along with Bitcoin and other digital currencies), when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2018 seized the assets of AriseBank for operating an illegal Initial coin offering. Bitshares was initially referred to as ProtoShares. Remittance company Bitspark based in Hong Kong raised 1.4 Million USD by doing an Initial coin offering on the bitshares platform.
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