What Will It Take to Regulate Crypto Exchanges?

Konstantinos Stylianou is an assistant professor at the University of Leeds School of Law, and a visiting scientist at the Brown University Department of Computer Science. Shortly after Bitcoin SV was delisted from Binance, CoinDesk advisor Michael Casey published an insightful op-ed discussing whether the delisting amounted to censorship (it doesn’t), whether exchanges should be held to high standards of neutrality (they should) and whether regulation is necessary to achieve this result (it is). The idea is that because major exchanges play such a crucial role in the industry (Casey…

Crypto Exchange Binance Confirms Margin Trading Coming ‘Soon’: Report

Binance has confirmed it will be launching a margin trading service, after the cryptocurrency exchange accidentally tweeted images suggesting the service was in development. First noticed by Twitter users earlier on Friday, Binance posted screenshots of its platform in dark and light modes, asking users which one they preferred. The screenshots contained a dedicated tab titled “Margin,” with a message saying that margin trading carries a “higher potential profit,” but also “greater risks.” Margin trading refers to using borrowed funds from a broker or exchange to trade an asset. Image via…

Coinbase Opens DAI Stablecoin Trading to Retail Customers

Crypto exchange Coinbase will now let its retail customers buy or trade the DAI stablecoin, so long as they don’t live in New York. The exchange announced Thursday that it was adding DAI on its website, as well as its Android and iOS apps, letting customers buy, sell, convert, trade or store the stablecoin. Customers in every jurisdiction – except New York initially – can now access the cryptocurrency, which runs on top of the ethereum blockchain. Although Coinbase did not explain why the token is not yet available in New…

Coinbase’s Education Rewards Program ‘Earn’ Expands to Over 100 Countries

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has expanded its Earn program to 103 countries. Now users from the U.S., U.K., much of the EU, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Korea and Taiwan can sign up to earn cryptocurrency rewards for learning about the tech, Coinbase announced in a blog post on Friday. The full list of supported nations can be seen here. Coinbase Earn was launched last December, and rewards users in cryptocurrency for completing various educational tasks, including watching videos and taking quizzes. “The rationale behind Coinbase Earn is that…

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. The crypto community in Argentina looks similar to the crowd at Consensus, Serrano said.…

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.” Following the upgrade, Binance published an update saying that trading will recommence at 13:00 UTC.  Users can now cancel open orders and process deposits, while withdrawals “will be available shortly after…

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. Possibly signaling changes afoot, Cryptopia website went under maintenance yesterday without any message to the public on its social media platforms. It was first noticed by a Redditor who asked whether the exchange had been hacked again. Back in January, Cryptopia went offline for…

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. “Unlike other cryptocurrencies, each USDC is backed by $1 USD with monthly transparency audits showing 100% USD backing,” Coinbase said. USDC…

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 $0.39 following the announcement, according to data from CoinMarketCap. However, the surge also coincides with bullish moves from bitcoin in the last 24 hours. Coinbase initially added XRP…

Bitfinex and Tether Ask Court to Loosen NYAG’s Restrictions

Tether has asked a judge for more leeway to use its cash amid the New York Attorney General’s investigation of the stablecoin issuer and affiliated crypto exchange Bitfinex. According to new court documents filed Monday, the attorneys for each side failed to come to a consensus on what, precisely, Tether should be allowed to do with its holdings. The NYAG’s office wants to prevent “any affiliated entity” from touching funds in Tether’s reserve and a 90-day injunction. On the other hand, attorneys for Tether and iFinex, the parent firm of Bitfinex,…