Poloniex, Fearing Regulatory Backlash, Prevents Sale of 9 Crypto Assets In US

Poloniex, Fearing Regulatory Backlash, Prevents Sale of 9 Crypto Assets In US

Poloniex announced that it will prevent US buyers from purchasing nine crypto assets. Poloniex said that the assets – ARDR, BCN, DCR, GAME, GAS, LSK, NXT, OMNI, and REP – are dangerously close to being securities under US law.
Ripio Is Launching a Crypto Exchange for 3 Latin American Nations

Ripio Is Launching a Crypto Exchange for 3 Latin American Nations

Ripio, a startup that’s been working to boost crypto adoption in Argentina, is opening a new exchange platform for three Latin American markets. The exchange will operate in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, though due to regulatory hurdles, only fixed-price purchases will be available for Mexican users, Ripio CEO Sebastian Serrano told CoinDesk at Consensus 2019. The company already offers a crypto wallet and peer-to-peer lending, and is launching over-the-counter (OTC) trading for institutional investors alongside the exchange.
Crypto Exchange Binance Restarting Services After Post-Hack Upgrade

Crypto Exchange Binance Restarting Services After Post-Hack Upgrade

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has announced that it is back online after completing a security upgrade prompted by a recent hack. Kicking off at 03:00 UTC Wednesday, the upgrade meant that all services were suspended during this period, according to a Binance support message. A two-hour extension to the upgrade was announced this morning as some tasks took “longer than expected.
Hacked Cryptocurrency Exchange Cryptopia Goes Into Liquidation

Hacked Cryptocurrency Exchange Cryptopia Goes Into Liquidation

Cryptopia, the cryptocurrency exchange hit by a major hack in mid-January, has gone into liquidation and suspended trading operations. The news was announced Wednesday by Cryptopia’s assigned liquidator, professional services firm Grant Thornton New Zealand. Cryptopia confirmed the news on Twitter, as well as on its website.
Cartoon: Obstacle Course

Cartoon: Obstacle Course

For the crypto industry, attracting the next 100 million consumers to start using tokens as currency is going to require simpler access methods. The current process of exchanging a fiat currency (e.g., USD) to any cryptocurrency (e.g., bitcoin), is a multi-step process with lots of obstacles.
Coinbase Rolls Out Trading in USDC Stablecoin to 85 Countries

Coinbase Rolls Out Trading in USDC Stablecoin to 85 Countries

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is expanding trading in the dollar-pegged stablecoin USD Coin (USDC) to 85 nations worldwide. In a blog post Tuesday, the firm said it now offers crypto-to-crypto trading for USDC in those countries on both its retail site Coinbase.com and its Coinbase Pro service. The firm touted the strengths of the token in the post, saying it offers a stable store of value and can be sent “near-instantly” around the globe.
Coinbase Opens Up XRP Trading for New York Residents

Coinbase Opens Up XRP Trading for New York Residents

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has launched trading support for XRP for New York state residents. The San Francisco-based firm tweeted the news Monday, saying that New Yorkers can now buy, sell, convert, send, receive or store XRP on Coinbase.com or via its iOS and Android mobile apps. After the announcement, the price of XRP jumped over 20 percent to reach a high of $0.
CoinGecko Unveils Exchange ‘Trust Score’ to Fight Fake Volume Data

CoinGecko Unveils Exchange ‘Trust Score’ to Fight Fake Volume Data

Crypto market data aggregator CoinGecko has a unveiled a new “trust score” for its system of ranking exchanges. The score will use a combination of analytics methods in an effort to achieve a fairer picture of the market, according to Bobby Ong, CoinGecko’s co-founder. Specifically, the new method will combine online traffic analysis by SimilarWeb and the median of users’ trading volume from 10 exchanges that have trustworthy reported volume as indicated by a report by Bitwise for the U.
Binance, Bitfinex and Tether: What’s the Worst That Can Happen?

Binance, Bitfinex and Tether: What’s the Worst That Can Happen?

Daniel Cawrey is chief executive officer of Pactum Capital, a quantitative cryptocurrency investment firm and hedge fund. The views expressed are those of the authors and are not investment advice.
Fundamental Labs Fund to Invest $44 Million in Brand-New Bitcoin Miners

Fundamental Labs Fund to Invest $44 Million in Brand-New Bitcoin Miners

Fundamental Labs, a blockchain fund manager that’s backed Binance, Coinbase and Canaan Creative, is investing $44 million in top-of-the-line bitcoin miners, a longer-term bet than most are making in the sector. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the Shanghai-based firm plans to run 20,000 to 30,000 units of brand-new mining equipment starting in June to capture on the cheap hydropower electricity during the rainy summer in China’s southwestern region. “Mining is the fundamental block to support the whole crypto ecosystem.
Trading Firms Propose ‘Bad Actors Blacklist’ to Clean Up Crypto Industry

Trading Firms Propose ‘Bad Actors Blacklist’ to Clean Up Crypto Industry

A group of cryptocurrency trading firms has come together to discuss ways to prevent the rising number of hacks and scams in the industry. Ripple, market maker Cumberland, Michael Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital Holdings and over 30 other firms met at a recent round-table event in Chicago for the initiative, Bloomberg reported Thursday.
Zebpay Opens Crypto Exchange In Australia

Zebpay Opens Crypto Exchange In Australia

Popular crypto exchange Zebpay has announced that it is going down under. The exchange announced in-country AUD support on Twitter today. It joins exchanges like Coinbase and CoinCorner in supporting the continent.
What a Bitcoin ‘Reorg’ Is and What Binance Has to Do With It

What a Bitcoin ‘Reorg’ Is and What Binance Has to Do With It

What started with a single tweet quickly turned into an escalating debate Wednesday when the CEO of one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges appeared to entertain the idea of encouraging revisions to the bitcoin blockchain. Following Wednesday’s revelation that crypto exchange Binance was robbed of 7,000 BTC (worth about $40 million), a proposal was floated to conduct a transaction “reorg” on the bitcoin blockchain, sparking a fiery debate and community uproar.
Bitstamp Hires Ex-Coinbase Trading Head to Court Wall Street Money

Bitstamp Hires Ex-Coinbase Trading Head to Court Wall Street Money

Bitstamp, one of the longest-running cryptocurrency exchanges, has hired a former Coinbase executive and Wall Street veteran as its new head of U.S. operations. Announced Wednesday, Hunter Merghart joined Bitstamp six months after quitting his job as the head of trading at San Francisco-based Coinbase in October. He will lead the opening of the Luxembourg-based exchange’s New York office — the company received a BitLicense from the state last month — and focus on serving institutional clients.
‘One-Stop Shop’ for Crypto Mining and Trading to Launch Spot Market May 23

‘One-Stop Shop’ for Crypto Mining and Trading to Launch Spot Market May 23

Cryptocurrency exchange and mining startup Bcause LLC is a few weeks away from launching its spot market. The Chicago-based company has tentatively set May 23 as the go-live date for bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ether, and litecoin, co-founder and chief marketing officer Thomas Flake told CoinDesk. In anticipation of the launch, it has obtained money transmitter licenses in eight states, with 20 more applications pending, Flake said. Among the first states where Bcause will be available are Illinois, Virginia, Washington and Texas.
Bitfinex’s Bitcoin Price Excluded from CoinMarketCap Average Calculation

Bitfinex’s Bitcoin Price Excluded from CoinMarketCap Average Calculation

Cryptocurrency data provider CoinMarketCap has excluded bitcoin prices provided by the troubled Bitfinex exchange from its weighted average calculation. Now, when checking BTC/USD data on CoinMarketCap, it shows a single asterisk mark for Bitfinex’s price, with the message at the bottom “Price excluded.” Notably, at time of writing, bitcoin is trading at a premium of over $300 on Bitfinex as compared to other major exchanges.
Beware the Fake Bitfinex White Papers Appearing Online

Beware the Fake Bitfinex White Papers Appearing Online

As speculation and impatience arises over the upcoming Bitfinex token sale, opportunistic fakers are creating bogus white papers that purport to describe the details of the upcoming sale. Why? To scam potential buyers out of their cash. “The white paper you all are seeing now is a fake one,” said Dong Zhao, a Bitfinex shareholder. “The authentic white paper is not yet released. The name of the token is called LEO, not BFX. The offering accepts USDT, not BTC or ETH. The total amount to be raised is still 1 billion.
Tokenized Securities Exchange Currency.com Launches to the Public

Tokenized Securities Exchange Currency.com Launches to the Public

Belarus-based tokenized securities exchange Currency.com has announced it is launching to the public today after a spell in beta mode since January. The platform – which claims to be the world’s first such exchange – allows investors to directly trade and invest in tokenized financial instruments, with payment being made directly in bitcoin (BTC) or ethereum (ETH).
Fintech-Related Lobbying Attracted $42 Million in Q1 2019

Fintech-Related Lobbying Attracted $42 Million in Q1 2019

In a bid to carry out their agendas, crypto firms have turned to lobbying. Citing statistics from the Federal Electoral Commission (FEC), news platform Roll Call reported that fintech firms spent $42 million as lobbying expenses in Q1 in 2019 alone. The report considered the lobbying efforts of firms such as U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, Bitcoin payment app Square, MasterCard, IBM and others.
Crypto Hacks Are on Track to Eclipse $1 Billion in Lost Funds This Year

Crypto Hacks Are on Track to Eclipse $1 Billion in Lost Funds This Year

Crypto security and intelligence firm CipherTrace has published its Q1 2019 Cryptocurrency Anti-Money Laundering Report, revealing that exchange platforms all over the world have lost nearly $400 million as a result of hacks and thefts. Hacks Are Making Bank According to the firm, the report is based on an analysis of 164 million Bitcoin-based transactions.
Indictments Issued for Two Individuals for Running “Shadow Banking” Operation

Indictments Issued for Two Individuals for Running “Shadow Banking” Operation

U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York has charged two individuals for providing “shadow banking” services to crypto exchanges. According to a statement by Geoffrey S. Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, published on April 30, 2019, “Reginald Fowler and Ravid Yosef allegedly ran a shadow bank that processed hundreds of millions of dollars of unregulated transactions on behalf of numerous cryptocurrency exchanges.
Techstars-Backed Alkemi Enters DeFi Race With $16 Million Liquidity Pool

Techstars-Backed Alkemi Enters DeFi Race With $16 Million Liquidity Pool

A new type of decentralized finance (DeFi) app wants to boost crypto-market liquidity by offering you interest on your coins. Today at the Techstars Blockchain Accelerator demo day, Alkemi CEO Ryan Breen will unveil a crypto liquidity pool deal worth $16 million from industry veterans like Joseph Weinberg, chairman of the data network Shyft, and Alex Friedberg of BXB Capital. Alkemi is looking to create a liquidity system for exchanges by making an accessible honeypot that service providers can dip into when demand increases faster than supply.
CoinMarketCap Forms Alliance to Tackle Concerns Over Price Data Integrity

CoinMarketCap Forms Alliance to Tackle Concerns Over Price Data Integrity

Cryptocurrency data provider CoinMarketCap is working with major exchanges on an initiative aimed to make price data more transparent. The effort sees the firms forming a new alliance, dubbed the Data Accountability & Transparency Alliance (DATA), that will discuss ways to tackle concerns over cryptocurrency data reporting in its current state, CoinMarketCap announced Wednesday. Led by CoinMarketCap, the alliance has notable members at launch including the cryptocurrency exchanges Binance, Bittrex, OKEx, Huobi, Liquid, Upbit, KuCoin, HitBTC Gate.
ErisX Launches Crypto Spot Market on Heels of New $20 Million Raise

ErisX Launches Crypto Spot Market on Heels of New $20 Million Raise

Aspiring crypto derivatives provider ErisX took one step closer to its ultimate goal Tuesday with the launch of a spot market. The exchange announced that it will immediately support dollar trading pairs with bitcoin, bitcoin cash, litecoin and ethereum, as well as bitcoin trading pairs with the other three cryptocurrencies at launch. While ErisX has a number of firms looking to trade on its platform at launch, it did not disclose any names. Chief strategy officer Matt Trudeau told CoinDesk that, at launch, ErisX’s platform will include both its exchange and clearinghouse, allowing it to take custody of both cash and cryptocurrencies.
Bitfinex Is Planning to Issue an Exchange Token, Shareholder Says

Bitfinex Is Planning to Issue an Exchange Token, Shareholder Says

Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex may soon issue a proprietary exchange token, according to a shareholder of the platform claiming knowledge of the plan. Dong Zhao, a well-known over-the-counter trader in China who holds a stake in Bitfinex, who first announced the news on Weibo, told CoinDesk that the exchange is indeed planning the issuance, although the “details are not 100 percent confirmed.