Binance Offers Token Rewards for Testing New Decentralized Platform

Major cryptocurrency exchange Binance is offering a reward for testing the company’s new decentralized trading platform Binance DEX. The news was announced by Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao in a tweet on Feb. 28. In the post, Changpeng Zhao, who also goes by CZ, invites users to test the recently launched exchange and thus help start the mainnet faster. Users will subsequently be rewarded with Binance’s native token, Binance Coin (BNB). Zhao wrote: “To test the hell out of @Binance_DEX, we are giving away roughly $100,000 USD equivalent, in REAL $BNB,…

Securities Lawsuit Against Ripple to Stay in Federal Court

An ongoing securities lawsuit against payment startup Ripple will stay in federal court, per a recent ruling. The news was announced by lawyer Jake Chervinsky in a tweet on Mar. 1. “The Court has denied the plaintiffs’ motions to remand. This means the case stays in federal court, a minor but meaningful victory for Ripple,” Chervinsky wrote in the post. The ruling reads that United States District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton, of the Northern District of California, has ordered that the class action suit against Ripple Labs, its subsidiary XRP…

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, EOS, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Stellar, Tron, Binance Coin, Bitcoin SV: Price Analysis, March 1

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. Social media giant Facebook plans to leverage its massive user base of more than 2.7 billion for the success of its crypto project that aims to integrate Instagram, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp under one canopy. According to the New York Times’ sources, the…

Blockchain and Crypto Firms in Malta Face Difficulty in Finding Banking Services

Blockchain companies in Malta are reportedly struggling with opening bank accounts, local news outlet the Times of Malta reported on Mar. 1. The Times of Malta allegedly contacted a number of legal firms and financial companies, who confirmed that banks were declining their applications to open bank accounts, saying that it was beyond their “risk appetite.” The sources reportedly said that banks did not differentiate between digital currency and blockchain, though they were not always connected. Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services Silvio Schembri reportedly told the Times of Malta that…

Rhode Island Bill Would Exclude Some Tokens From Securities Laws

A bill in the state legislature of the United States state of Rhode Island would exclude “blockchain tokens” from state securities laws. The bill was introduced in the legislature on Feb. 27. The bipartisan bill H5595 proposes a series of amendments to the Rhode Island Securities Act, under which “a developer or seller of an open blockchain token shall not be deemed the issuer of a security,” should certain conditions be met. The token must be used for a “consumptive purpose” that is exclusively exchangeable for “the receipt of, goods,…

‘Biometric Blockchain ATMs’ Scan Your Face to Fight Dark Web Card Fraud

Cutting-edge blockchain ATM prototypes are being rolled out in Saudi Arabia with a unique take on granting users access to funds. The ATMs use biometric scanners to scan the face of each account holder as part of a five-factor authentication process secured by a blockchain app being used by the largest ATM provider in the Middle East. Biometric Facial Recognition With Blockchain Face-scanning verification has the potential to make PIN codes obsolete. Source: CCN / Conor MaloneyThe ATMs are the result of a partnership between Alhamrani Universal (AU) and blockchain…

Binance Dangles $100K in Tokens to Get Users Testing Decentralized Exchange

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance is hoping to boost the number of people testing its upcoming decentralized exchange (DEX) platform by giving away $100,000 in tokens. Announcing the news on Twitter on Friday, Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao said: “To test the hell out of @Binance_DEX, we are giving away roughly $100,000 USD equivalent, in REAL $BNB, as reward for our testnet trading competition.” The initiative, he said, would help the exchange launch the mainnet, or live version, of Binance DEX more quickly. According to Binance’s website, the funds will be made available as prizes…

Op Ed: Defining Decentralization: How Ambiguity Continues to Divide Crypto

There are many keywords in blockchain, but few spark as much emotion as “decentralization.” For many of us, it was the dream of decentralization that inspired us to embark into the industry in the first place — the driving force encouraging us to explore the many industries and practice areas that could be positively impacted by this technology. To say that decentralization is an important element of cryptocurrency’s potential would be a gross understatement. However, I do believe that the crypto community is misguided in its belief that decentralization is…

IMF Recommends Immediate Action on Malta’s AML and CFT Supervision

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) has critical gaps in its supervision for anti-money laundering (AML) and combating the financing of terrorism (CFT), and is recommending “urgent action.” The news was reported by local news outlet the Times of Malta on Feb. 28. A Financial System Stability Assessment Report was purportedly issued by the IMF on Thursday, Feb. 28, and represents an assessment of Malta’s financial system, the quality of the regulatory and supervisory framework, as well as the country’s ability to…