Binance in Talks to Launch Crypto Trading Joint Venture in Japan

Crypto exchange Binance is eyeing the launch of a new trading platform dedicated for the Japanese market. According to a blog announcement on Thursday, the firm said it is discussing a strategic partnership with Z Corporation and existing Japan-based exchange TaoTao to work together to provide “trading services” in the country. Z Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Z Holdings Corporation, itself a subsidiary of Tokyo-based multinational Softbank (formerly Yahoo Japan). The three firms would harness Binance’s technologies in order to build out the new service, according to the announcement.…

Binance CEO Says Compliance Is Key for New Strategic Partnership in Japan

Binance, one of the top cryptocurrency exchanges globally, has started discussions regarding a  strategic partnership with two Japanese firms. According to a press release on Jan. 17, Binance has begun negotiations with Z Corporation, a subsidiary of Z Holdings formerly known as Yahoo Japan and TaoTao, a Japanese licensed cryptocurrency exchange.  The exact details of the partnership have not been revealed as of this moment, but Binance said Z Corporation and TaoTao would “continue discussions and deliberations with Binance and begin preparation to launch trading services for users in Japan”. …

Binance and Huobi Received Over 52% of Total $2.8B Illicit BTC in 2019

Binance and Huobi have together received over 52% of total $2.8 billion illicit Bitcoin (BTC) transfers in 2019, according to a new report. Chainalysis’ findings Over the course of 2019, criminal entities moved a total of $2.8 billion in Bitcoin to cryptocurrency exchanges, according to a Jan. 15 study from Chainalysis. According to the New York-based firm, Binance and Huobi, two of the world’s largest crypto exchanges to date, have received 27.6% and 24.7% of total transfers from criminals in 2019. As such, the two major crypto trading platforms are…

Binance Exchange to Restrict Access to Japan Residents

In a Jan. 15 announcement on Binance’s Japanese support website, the exchange revealed it would restrict access to residents of Japan at an unspecified later date. The restriction is said to be implemented gradually, with details to be revealed later, according to the announcement. Currently, there are no restrictions in place and Japanese users are able to operate the exchange normally.  Binance was previously headquartered in Japan after exiting China. As Cointelegraph reported in March 2018, the exchange moved its operations to Malta following an official warning by Japanese regulators…

Binance to Launch Korean Support Center Following Investment in Local Startup

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has made its first direct investment in a South Korean startup. According to an exclusive report by CoinDesk Korea, Binance has taken a 500 million won ($432,000) stake in BxB, a Korean fintech firm that launched a Korean won stablecoin last year. Alongside the investment, the two firms have inked an agreement that will see BxB support Binance in operating a new support center for local users of Binance.com, the exchange’s international platform. The investment was made, not through the exchange’s incubator arm Binance Labs, but directly…

Bitcoin Breakout Hopes, Telegram Trial, Binance Donation: Hodler’s Digest, Jan. 6–12

Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Bitcoin on the verge of breaking seven-month downtrend It’s been another tumultuous week for the world’s biggest cryptocurrency, which is on the verge of breaking out of a long-running downtrend. Although BTC rallied to $8,400 a few days ago — which is the next resistance…

Binance Coin (BNB) Price Bound To Surge Unless This Support Gives Way

Binance coin price started a downside correction from well above $15.00 against the USDT. BNB price is now approaching a strong buy zone, which is likely to stage another rally. Binance coin price is trading below the $15.00 and $14.80 pivot levels against the USDT. Bitcoin started a major downside correction and declined below $8,000. There is an ascending channel forming with support near $14.00 on the 4-hours chart of the BNB/USDT pair (data source from Binance). The price is likely to start another rally unless there is a close…

Changpeng Zhao Makes Super Bullish Case for Binance Coin

Those who missed the 2019’s Binance Coin (BNB) price rally can still stage profits off the cryptocurrency in 2020, hints its supreme backer Changpeng Zhao. The Binance exchange CEO theorized a potential positive correlation between BNB and its top rival Bitcoin. He noted that the current upside sentiment in the bitcoin market could increase the number of trades on Binance. And traders use BNB to pay for trading fees, it would overall boost the coin’s demand. What happens when $btc goes up? More trading volume. What happens when there is…

Binance Crypto Exchange Adds Support for Australian Dollars and Thai Baht

Major cryptocurrency exchange Binance added support for Australian dollars (AUD) and Thai baht. Binance announced support for the national currencies in separate releases on Jan. 7. Thai digital asset exchange Satang Corporation will process Thai baht transfers, while Australian dollar transfers will be facilitated by Banxa, a company specialized in internationally compliant fiat-to-crypto gateways.  Satang’s fiat processing service is integrated into Binance’s trading platform by means of a recently launched application programming interface that allows users to deposit and withdraw baht directly to their accounts. Satang CEO and co-founder Poramin…

Kraken Lists USDC the Day After Binance Drops It

Kraken has listed the USD Coin, which it described as the “world’s fastest-growing stablecoin,” the day after rival Binance removed it from its platform because of low trading volume. Kraken said deposits and trading would go live Wednesday for USDC trading pairs with bitcoin, ether and tether, as well as the U.S. dollar and euro. The exchange added the stablecoin enjoyed “unparalleled” support from more than 100 companies and 60 exchanges in the crypto industry. “In December, USDC became the second stablecoin to ever have its market cap cross $500…