Poloniex Now Offers Bitcoin Margin Trading for 14 Altcoins

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Last week, Circle’s cryptocurrency exchange subsidiary, Poloniex, added Bitcoin-based margin trading for Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Bitcoin SV, bringing the total altcoins available for with leverage to 14. According to the announcement, the following altcoins are now available: Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin SV, Ethereum Classic (ETC), XRP (XRP), Ethereum (ETH), Monero (XMR), Factom (FCT), Litecoin (LTC), Bitshares (BTS), Dogecoin (DOGE), Dash (DASH), MaidSafeCoin (MAID), STR and Clams (CLAM). “Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin SV won’t be the last, either, because we are working on adding other tokens and base pairs for margin,”…

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ING Bank Releases Blockchain Privacy Tool Bulletproofs

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Dutch global banking and financial services corporation ING introduced its new cryptographic blockchain development called Bulletproofs. Bulletproofs represents an extended technology for ING’s previous blockchain privacy-focused developments such as zero-knowledge range proof (ZKRP) and zero-knowledge set membership (ZKSM). ING bank first launched ZKRP in November 2017, enabling market participants to maintain anonymity in a transaction while still confirming its accuracy. For instance, the tool allowed a mortgage applicant to prove their salary within a certain range without revealing the exact figure. As an improved version of ZKRP, ZKSM was released…

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Coinbase Crypto Exchange Debuts Visa Card for UK Customers

Coinbase Card

Major American cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has launched Coinbase Card, that enables its United Kingdom-based customers to pay in-store and online with cryptocurrency. The development was announced in a blog post published on April 10. The Coinbase Card is a Visa debit card powered by customers’ Coinbase account crypto balances, which allows them to make purchases with digital currencies worldwide. Coinbase instantly converts customers’ cryptocurrency funds into fiat currency in order to complete the purchase. Coinbase also released the Coinbase Card app for iOS and Android, which links customers’ Coinbase accounts…

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New York rejects Bittrex Bitlicense application

New York

According to the press, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) decided to reject the BitLicense application from the Bittrex exchange. According to the New York Tax Office’s official report sent to Bittrex CEO Bill Shihare, New York, Bittrex Bitlicense rejects the lack of stock exchange policies and controls against AML, Know Your Customer (KYC), and Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) ). Bittrex ranked 54th in the CoinMarketCap list of digital currency exchanges in terms of adjusted trading volume. The Bittrex case in brief BitLicense is a set…

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Hong Kong Cryptocurrency Exchange Bitfinex Removes $10k Minimum Equity Requirement

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Bitfinex, a cryptocurrency exchange based out of Hong Kong, announced that it had removed the minimum equity for its users in a Medium post published on April 9. Per the announcement, the company reconsidered its requirement — which had been set at $10,000 — due to demand from traders. The exchange’s CEO, Jean-Louis van der Velde, is quoted in the post as stating: “We simply could not ignore the increasing level of requests for access to trade on Bitfinex from a wider cohort than our traditional customer base. For the…

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Opera Releases New Browser With Built-In Crypto Wallet and Web 3.0 Explorer

Major web browser Opera is releasing a new browser with a built-in cryptocurrency wallet. The development was announced in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on April 9. Opera’s new browser Opera 60 (codenamed Reborn 3) features a native cryptocurrency dubbed Opera Wallet and a Web 3 explorer, which enables users to conduct transactions and interact with the blockchain-based internet, also known as Web 3. The browser also provides a virtual private network (VPN) feature in a bid to enhance users’ privacy and security. The Opera Wallet purportedly synchronizes with…

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Crypto Exchange Bittrex Cancels Its First ‘Initial Exchange Offering’

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United States crypto exchange Bittrex has cancelled its first token sale, dubbed an Initial Exchange Offering (IEO), which it had been planning to host on its Malta-based counterpart, Bittrex International. The news was announced in an official statement published on March 14. Earlier this week, Bittrex International had announced plans to host the IEO today, March 15, allowing investors to use Bitcoin (BTC) to purchase “XRD” tokens, developed by international gaming data blockchain project, Raid. In yesterday’s announcement, the exchange outlined that it decided to cancel the IEO “as a…

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Intercontinental Stock Exchange Seemingly to Expand Cryptocurrency Data Feed

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Intercontinental Stock Exchange (ICE), the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) hinted it was adding a slew of new coins to its Cryptocurrency Data Feed in a tweet on March 14. Launched in January 2018, the Cryptocurrency Data Feed is a service offering real-time digital currency information, covering prices and order books. The platform was introduced following a partnership between ICE and Bitcoin (BTC) and blockchain technology company Blockstream. Per the recent announcement, ICE is extending the list of supported cryptocurrencies to thousands, also adding hundreds of…

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Insurance Giant AXA XL Launches Security Token and Crowdfunding Insurance Service

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Insurance giant AXA XL and insurance technology startup Assurely have jointly launched a new insurance product covering equity crowdfunding and Security Token Offerings (STOs). The new product dubbed CrowdProtector is designed for issuers and investors, and purportedly protects new online capital formation strategies like equity crowdfunding and STOs. The product also aims increase trust, confidence and safety to potential investors guaranteeing that the issuer is insured. According to Ty Sagalow, CEO of Assurely, the parties have managed to increase underwriting. The releases states: “CrowdProtector provides Issuers protection against investor complaints…

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Venezuelans Trade $60 Million in BTC in 2019

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Bitcoin (BTC) trading volumes on LocalBitcoins, a leading peer-to-peer (P2P) cryptocurrency exchange, have increased significantly in countries suffering from political and economic uncertainty. Since the beginning of this year (January 1st, 2019), 160 billion bolivars (appr. $63 million) worth of bitcoins have been traded on LocalBitcoins by Venezuela’s citizens. In the past week, a record 25.16 billion bolivars in BTC were transacted via LocalBitcoins by Venezuelan residents. In the past year, bitcoin trading volume in Venezuela through LocalBitcoins has been increasing steadily and has now reached an average of 2,000…

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Google added six new blockchain datasets

Google Six new cryptocurrencies in BigQuery Public Datasets

A new raft of crypto and blockchain analytics tools has just been launched by search giant Google. They will provide deep data sets for the top cryptocurrencies and aim to revolutionize blockchain search as the company did for information on the internet. Over the past year Google Cloud has released blockchain transaction history datasets for Bitcoin and Ethereum. Yesterday the company announced the release of six more datasets in addition to a deeper set of queries that enables multi-chain meta-analyses and integration with conventional financial record processing systems. The six…

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Is Rakuten moving toward crypto payments?

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The latest version of Japan-based e-commerce giant Rakuten’s mobile pay app may support cryptocurrency payments, according to the company’s 2018 earnings report presentation. The new version of the app, called Rakuten Pay, will be released on March 18th, and will support “all payments solutions embedded into one platform.” Rakuten has been accepting Bitcoin as a payment option through its American portal, Rakuten.com, since March 2015. In January, Rakuten revealed that its cryptocurrency exchange, “Everybody’s Bitcoin,” had been incorporated as part of the company’s new payments subsidiary, Rakuten Payment. The subsidiary,…

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Public transport facilities in 37 localities across Argentina now accept Bitcoin

Argentina now accept Bitcoin

Public transport facilities in 37 localities across Argentina will now accept Bitcoins, thanks to a collaboration between Alto Viaje, who provide the travelcard-loading platform, and Bitex, a fintech company. Manuel Beaudroit, CMO of Bitex, explained: “We believe that this type of project is of great importance since it brings technology as disruptive as bitcoin to the common people, demonstrating the true value and the applications it has in everyday life.” Argentina is in the middle of a financial crisis right now. Many citizens have turned to Bitcoin to preserve their…

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$1.4 Billion Raised via ICOs in Q4 2018

1.4 Billion Raised via ICOs in Q4 2018

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) in Q4 2018 raised 25 percent less than in Q3, while the total amount of completed ICOs increased, according to a report by ICO rating service ICObench shared with Cointelegraph on Feb. 6. The number of ICOs completed in Q4 increased to 594 from 554 in Q3, the report says. With that, the number of ICO projects that did not raise funds has also increased in Q4, while the number of successfully completed ICO projects remained equal. According to the report, the total funds raised by…

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Two Thirds of Korean Crypto Exchanges Fail Government Security Check

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Only a third of cryptocurrency exchanges inspected got a full pass in a recent government security audit. The Ministry of Science and ICT, the Korea Internet & Security Agency and the Ministry of Economy and Finance inspected a total of 21 crypto exchanges from September to December 2018, examining 85 different security aspects. Notably, only 7 of them – Upbit, Bithumb, Gopax, Korbit, Coinone, Hanbitco, and Huobi Korea – cleared all the tests, CoinDesk Korea reported Thursday. The remaining 14 exchanges are “vulnerable to hacking attacks at all times because…

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