Cashaa Now Accepts Debit, Credit Cards for Crypto Purchases

Online banking platform Cashaa is set to allow users to purchase bitcoin, ether and Cashaa’s own token, CAS, using major credit and debit cards. This new service is a follow-up to the Business Banking Services Cashaa launched earlier in April 2019, which allows both individuals and private firms to open accounts with Cashaa and accept cryptocurrency payments. According to a company statement shared with Bitcoin Magazine, the service will be available to users all over the world, excluding the U.S. Launched in 2016, Cashaa’s stated mission is to use the…

Out of Testnet and Into Alpha: Lightning Labs’ Desktop Application Is Live

Lightning Labs just released an alpha version of its Lightning Network wallet. The desktop application is now compatible with Bitcoin’s mainnet and it leverages Neutrino (the protocol, not the analytics company acquired by Coinbase) to give users a lightweight option to “control their own funds,” as opposed to running a full node or trusting a third party to play custodian. “This release required a diverse skill set of protocol engineering, product development and design thinking,” Tankred Hase, a Lightning Labs application developer, told Bitcoin Magazine. “I’m lucky enough to work…

Following Expansions, Japanese Regulator Investigates Local Crypto Exchanges

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) is looking into two major cryptocurrency exchange platforms as part of an investigation. According to a report published by Reuters Japan on April 23, 2019, the investigation by the financial watchdog is connected to the legal compliance and customer protection standards of trading platforms Fisco Digital Asset Group (FDAG) and Huobi Japan, the Japanese subsidiary of Huobi Global. FDAG recently acquired the crypto exchange Zaif, which was hacked last year, from Tech Bureau for $44.7 million. Huobi Global, meanwhile, expanded into Japan through the acquisition…

Bitcoin Price Analysis: Reaccumulation Breakout Hints at Bullish Continuation

Summary: Bitcoin clearly broke upward out of reaccumulation trading that had spent three weeks consolidating sideways. The market has begun to drift into a zone of supply between the $5,700 and $6,000 levels. There are a lot of underwater positions that are looking to break even, so it seems likely that we will start to encounter sellers looking to get out of the market. The daily Bollinger Bands consolidated tightly and have begun to expand — indicating that a macro bullish continuation is likely. Trading and investing in digital assets…

TD Ameritrade, NASDAQ Reportedly Offer BTC and LTC Paper Trades

Online investment service TD Ameritrade might be giving its users simulated exposure to bitcoin and litecoin through a new, but not-yet-live, offering on NASDAQ. According to reports on social media, the brokerage platform is offering paper trades for bitcoin and litecoin through NASDAQ. Paper trading is a simulated form of trading that lets users exchange an asset without actually buying or selling it for real money (think of it like a testnet of sorts). In a tweet labeled “BREAKING,” the quantitative analyst “Cryptopolis” first sounded the horn on April 22,…

Coinbase Closes Chicago Office and Scales Down Work on Matching Engine

Major United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase shut down its Chicago office and scaled down the development of its matching engine, Fortune reports on April 23. Per the report, the exchange will consolidate the high-frequency trading matching engine efforts into its San Francisco office. Coinbase also purportedly laid off about 30 employees and will relocate some to the area of the other office, while others will work remotely. According to local news site Chicago Inno, when the company announced the opening of the Chicago office in May last year, it planned…

Blockchain Solutions Spending in Asia/Pacific, Bar Japan, to Hit $2.4 Bln by 2022

Blockchain solutions spending in Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) is forecast to hit $2.4 billion by 2022, according to an April 23 report from United States-based market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC’s Worldwide Semiannual Blockchain Spending Guide provides an analysis of spending data from the emerging blockchain sector from a regional, vertical industry, use case, buyer and technology perspective. The report forecasts a sharp uptick in blockchain solutions spending in the region this year — predicting APEJ spending will hit almost $523.8 million in 2019, up 83.9% from $284.8…

Japanese Regulator Conducts Flash Inspection of Huobi Japan, Fisco Exchanges

Japan’s financial regulator has reportedly investigated two domestic cryptocurrency exchanges to check consumer protection and legal compliance, Cointelegraph Japan reported on April 23. According to anonymous source originally speaking to Reuters, the investigation by the Financial Services Agency (FSA) on April 17 involved trading platforms Fisco and Huobi Japan, the local off-shoot of Chinese exchange Huobi. Fisco Digital Asset Group (FDAG) has been working with Tech Bureau Inc., the operator of the previously hacked Zaif exchange, to officially transfer the business to the former group. Both the Fisco and Huobi…

21-Year-Old Jailed for 10 Years After Stealing $7.5M in Crypto By Hacking Cell Phones

A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after becoming one of the first people in the United States to be convicted of stealing cryptocurrency by hacking into cell phones. Prosecutors in Santa Clara announced the jail sentence on April 22. In February, Joel Ortiz had pleaded guilty and to theft and accepted the 10-year plea deal. Ortiz stole more than $7.5 million from at least 40 victims: the press release notes that he then spent $10,000 a time at Los Angeles nightclubs, hired a helicopter to fly…

Mobile Decentralized Exchange Says It Prevents Hacking, Cuts Fees and Offers Fixed Rates

A crypto company is launching “one of the first inter-blockchain, mobile decentralized exchanges” on April 23 — and says its platform is going to solve major problems currently seen in its centralized counterparts. According to the SovereignWallet Network, M.DEX is designed to address three key issues that have been having a detrimental effect on the usability and security of crypto transactions, for experienced consumers as well as newcomers. The first concerns the high risk of hacking associated with centralized exchanges. SovereignWallet says many of these rivals regularly perform virtual trading on…