HUOBI Group Sets up Shop in Africa, Middle East and South Asia

Huobi Group revealed at the World Blockchain Summit in Dubai that the company is looking to expand its operations to the Middle Eastern, African and South Asian markets in a bid to provide services to its unbanked or underbanked residents. Co-founder Mohit Davar commented, “As Dubai is leading the blockchain effort in the region, it made sense for us to set up our regional head office here.” Huobi’s Dubai office will cover these three new areas to potentially replicate its ecosystem model, which was first established earlier this year as…

Coinbase Lawsuit at a Standstill as Judge Grants Motion to Dismiss

The judge presiding over a class action lawsuit against Coinbase over allegations of insider trading has approved Coinbase’s motion to dismiss the suit. In March of 2018, Jeffrey Berk filed a class action lawsuit in the Northern District of California on behalf of himself and other investors against Coinbase. Specifically, the suit alleges that Coinbase had engaged in insider trading by alerting its own employees that Coinbase would fully support Bitcoin Cash at a later date, after publicly stating that they would not. The suit goes on to allege that…

The USDC Stablecoin is launching on Coinbase Pro – The Coinbase Blog

Click to convert large quantities of USD into USDC and back. Then trade BTC and ETH for USDC. As of 10.30am PT on Thursday, October 25, Coinbase Pro is launching support for the USDC stablecoin. Here’s what that means: Starting immediately, users can deposit normal US dollars (USD) and click to convert them to USDC with no fee Also starting immediately, users can send and receive USDC into and out of their Coinbase Pro accounts After a minimum of 12 hours, once sufficient liquidity is established, trading will begin on the…

Bitcoin Price Intraday Analysis: BTC/USD Slips Intrarange

The bitcoin-to-dollar exchange rate on Thursday dropped a little over 1 percent from its intraday high towards 6377-fiat. Currently, the pair is trading at 6412-fiat, up 0.54 percent from the latest low. On the US Dollar front, the DXY continues to act inverse against the bitcoin market. The correlation is too visible to evade notice. When DXY rises, bitcoin starts dropping. And when DXY starts dropping, bitcoin rises. In the past 24 hours, the DXY market has established a fresh two-month top near 96.60 after dropping to lows yesterday, while…

Sony Unveils ‘Multiple Application’ Contactless Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallet

The research arm of Japanese technology giant Sony announced it had created a contactless cryptocurrency hardware wallet in a press release Tuesday, Oct. 23. The as yet unnamed device utilizes IC smart card technology popular in Japan to communicate with the Bitcoin (BTC) or other cryptocurrency network. The advantages, according to developers from Sony Computer Science Labs (SCSL), lie in dispensing with the need to attach the wallet to a host device via USB, as is the current standard for the industry. “In addition, it is possible to securely generate…

US Regulators Could Approve Bakkt BTC Futures Launch in First Week of November

The Intercontinental Exchange’s (ICE) Bakkt cryptocurrency platform could get approval to launch its physically-delivered Bitcoin (BTC) futures product from U.S. regulators next week, an unconfirmed anonymous source told tech outlet The Block Thursday, Oct. 25. Bakkt, which seeks to create a “regulated ecosystem” for institutional investors looking to gain exposure to cryptocurrency, had previously confirmed it planned to launch its futures product Dec. 12. Should regulators give the project the green light, ICE’s Bakkt will begin launching its Bitcoin (USD) Daily Futures Contract for clients as soon as the first…

US Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Coinbase for Alleged BCH Insider Trading

Major U.S. crypto wallet provider and exchange Coinbase has been granted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit over alleged insider trading during its launch of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) support last year, according to court documents published Oct. 23. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria from the Northern District Court of California found that plaintiff Arizona resident Jeffrey Berk had “not sufficiently articulate[d] the legal bases for his claims” in his complaint. The original class action had been filed against the exchange in March, with Berk representing all Coinbase customers who had…

SEC Launches FinHub to Communicate With Industry, But What Does it Have to Say?

  On October 18, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the launch of the agency’s Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub). The new arm of the regulator will be focused on fintech-related fields, including, specifically, distributed ledger technology (DLT) and digital assets. What made the SEC create FinHub? The SEC, being an independent federal agency responsible for protecting investors from fraud schemes, has been trying to regulate the crypto market in the U.S. However, due to the decentralized nature of cryptocurrencies and lack of federal regulatory…

Why Constantinople Fork Is So ‘Hard’ to Implement

More than a year ago software developer and member of the Ethereum Foundation, Hudson Jameson, announced plans to launch Metropolis, the third stage on the way to moving the platform to Proof-of-Stake (PoS). All this time, the developers have been keeping secret the date of its final phase, called Constantinople, which is to be held in the form of a hard fork on the network. On September 14, during one of the team’s bi-weekly video calls, it finally became known that the planned hard fork was on track for its…

Crypto Software Firm Blockchain Launches Ledger-Powered Hardware Wallet

Crypto software company Blockchain has launched a new hardware device that integrates with its existing online wallet, developed in partnership with crypto hardware security firm Ledger, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph today, Oct. 25. A hardware crypto wallet is a form of so-called “cold storage,” which allows users to keep their crypto holdings and private keys offline in order to safeguard against theft via a remote attack. The new device, dubbed “Blockchain Lockbox,” is reportedly only compatible with the company’s online Blockchain Wallet, and has been designed…