Coinbase Shutters High-Speed Crypto Trading Division, Axing 30 Jobs

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is shutting down the Chicago office it opened a year ago, eliminating 30 engineering jobs. The San Francisco-based startup’s Chicago division, known as Coinbase Markets, was dedicated to creating sophisticated electronic markets technologies such as matching engines and high-frequency trading for cryptocurrency.   Coinbase said a year on, it had made the difficult decision to consolidate the matching engine work being done in Chicago with similar work being done by its team in San Francisco. A Coinbase spokesperson told CoinDesk: “To become the ‘Google of crypto’ we…

Crypto Exchanges Huobi and Fisco Investigated by Japan Watchdog: Report

Cryptocurrency exchanges Huobi Japan and Fisco are said to have been investigated by the country’s financial watchdog last week. A Reuters report on Tuesday, citing “two sources familiar with the matter” said that the Financial Services Agency (FSA) visited the two exchanges to assess their customer protection and anti-money laundering (AML) provisions. Japanese exchanges run by the two firms have recently seen big changes at the management level, and the FSA investigation was aimed to ensure whether adequate compliance measures are in place under the new regimes, according to the sources.…

Binance Launches Decentralized Exchange Ahead of Schedule

Binance’s much anticipated decentralized exchange (DEX) has gone live ahead of its planned schedule. The world’s top cryptocurrency exchange by adjusted volume announced the news on Tuesday, saying that while trading will begin “at a later date,” users can now create wallets on Binance DEX. A representative told CoinDesk that trading will launch “as soon as tokens are issued and listed on Binance DEX, and trading pairs are created. We’re expecting this to happen soon, in the next few days.” Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao said in the announcement: “We believe decentralized…

Hacked Crypto Exchange Zaif Resuming Full Services Under New Owner

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Zaif, which was hacked for about $60 million last year, is under new management. The exchange announced on its corporate website on Friday that, as of Monday, April 22, the firm will have signed over its business to publicly listed Japanese investment firm Fisco and full operations will be reinstated Tuesday. The plan for the takeover was first aired in October 2018, and sees the exchange pass from its previous owner, Tech Bureau, to an existing crypto exchange owned Fisco. Friday’s post indicates that the deal cost Fisco…

Tennis Star Serena Williams Reveals Investment in Coinbase

Serena Williams, one of the world’s most successful tennis players of all time, has revealed in an Instagram post that she is an investor in cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase. Williams took to the social media platform late last week to announce her VC firm Serena Ventures – which was secretly founded in 2014 – and listing some of its investments, including Coinbase and startups in areas such as fitness, clothing, food and women’s health and community.   Williams said in the post: “In 2014, (yes I know I can keep a secret) I…

South Korean Crypto Exchange Coinnest Announces Closure

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinnest, once South Korea’s third largest, is closing down. The exchange posted a notice on its website saying that as of Tuesday it is no longer operating, adding that users will need to withdraw any funds held on its platform by April 30. The fees for withdrawals and the minimum threshold have been lowered to assist the process, it said. While the notice was vague as to the reasons for the closure, a Coinnest official told CoinDesk Korea: “It is a natural result of a decrease in trading volume.…

NYDFS: Why We Rejected Bittrex’s Application for a BitLicense

Shirin Emami is the executive deputy superintendent for banking at the New York State Department of Financial Services. Bittrex purportedly aims to get the facts straight about the denial of its license applications by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) in recent statements to the media (including CoinDesk). But, the cryptocurrency exchange leaves out the context necessary to understand its failures to comply with DFS’s licensing requirements, it continues to misstate the facts and it presents a misleading picture about the denial. First, Bittrex claims that DFS…

Bakkt Exchange May Be Seeking New York License for Crypto Custody: Report

The owner of the New York Stock Exchange, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), is reportedly eyeing a New York license for its long-delayed crypto exchange Bakkt. With Bakkt’s launch having been held up for eight months, apparently over persuading the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to approve it to custody bitcoin for its planned physically-delivered futures contracts, ICE apparently sees a license from the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) as a possible solution, a Bloomberg report citing several sources said Thursday. A physically settled contract means buyers would receive the actual commodity – bitcoin – at…

Coinbase Generated $520 Million in Revenue Last Year, Reuters Estimates

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase brought in almost $520 million in global revenue in 2018, according to an estimate from Reuters. The news source based the figure on the exchange’s U.K. revenue, which grew 20 percent last year to 153 million euros ($173 million), according to a filing with the U.K.’s corporate registry. The British side of the business accounts for “almost a third” of the firm’s overall revenue, Coinbase U.K. CEO Zeeshan Feroz told Reuters. The filing further shows that Coinbase U.K. made a net profit of 6.6 million euros ($7.4 million)…

OKCoin Exchange Invests in Crypto Custody Firm Prime Trust

Cryptocurrency exchange OKCoin has invested an undisclosed amount in crypto custody provider Prime Trust. In a note sent to customers on Wednesday, Prime Trust CEO and chief trust officer Scott Purcell said that the firm has closed a “nice” funding round that was led by the California-based exchange. Other participants in the round included Gateway Blockchain Partners, Novablock Ventures and Xsquared Ventures, Purcell said, adding: “We aren’t disclosing details though.” Notably, Prime Trust serves as OKCoin’s fiat gateway. The exchange announced last week that it has added a new payment…