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…

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…

Binance’s Singapore Fiat-to-Bitcoin Exchange Is Launching Next Week

Cryptocurrency exchange giant Binance will launch its new fiat-to-crypto platform in Singapore next week, its chief financial officer said. CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao announced in early April that the Singapore fiat “on-ramp” would be coming sometime this month. But speaking to CoinDesk Wednesday from Paris, Binance CFO Wei Zhou gave a more precise timeframe.   “Next week we are going to launch the Singapore simple buy/sell on-ramp,” said Zhou, who was in town for Paris Blockchain Week. “It will actually be a new product we are launching, as a very easy buy/sell platform…

E-Commerce Giant Rakuten Opens Its New Crypto Exchange to Customers

Japan’s equivalent to Amazon, e-commerce giant Rakuten, has started accepting account registrations for its new cryptocurrency exchange, Rakuten Wallet. For now, only customers who have an account at Rakuten Bank or who already have a Rakuten member ID can sign up in preparation for the launch of trading, the firm’s website indicates. It’s not yet clear when it will accept applications from the wider public. The firm said in an announcement it has also rolled out an automatic support service using AI (artificial intelligence) technology to answer customer inquiries. It’s also planning…

Gate.io Raises $64 Million for Launch of New Exchange Cryptocurrency

Crypto exchange Gate.io has raised $64 million worth of crypto assets in seven days for its own exchange cryptocurrency that won’t be launched on a blockchain for at least six months. One of the oldest Chinese exchanges, Gate.io claimed on Monday that over the last week it was heavily oversubscribed with orders totaling $2.99 billion for the so-called Gate Points, which can be used for offsetting trading fees on the platform. Moreover, each Gate Point further entitles a holder to receive 2.5 Gate Tokens (GT), the native cryptocurrency of Gatechain, the…

Gemini Exchange Announces Full Adoption of the SegWit Protocol

Per an official announcement, the cryptocurrency exchange Gemini Trust has confirmed full integration of Segregated Witness (SegWit) addresses to its wallet infrastructure. Gemini hopes its users will benefit from improved processing times and lower bitcoin withdrawal fees. “We believe SegWit will become the standard, and in doing so, will create extensive benefits for all participants on the Bitcoin network,” Brian KimJohnson, a Gemini software engineer, stated in the post. The SegWit protocol update was activated in 2017 and, in short, it separates transaction data and digital signature information. As a…

EToro Blockchain Division Launches Crypto Exchange for Pro Traders, Issues 8 Stablecoins

The blockchain division of global social trading platform eToro has launched a cryptocurrency exchange for pro traders, a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Tuesday, April 16, states. EToroX claims to be a secure a secure and fully regulated trading venue. As for now, the platform offers 37 trading pairs, with the ability to convert six cryptocurrencies to fiat, such as the dollar, euro and Swiss franc. The exchange currently allows users to trade bitcoin (BTC), ethereum (ETH), ripple (XRP), dash (DASH), bitcoin cash (BCH) and litecoin (LTC). According to…

Cryptocurrency Exchange Binance Registered 66% Profit Increase in Q1 2019

Major cryptocurrency exchange Binance reported $78 million in profits in Q1 2019, up 66% compared to the previous quarter, cryptocurrency news outlet The Block reports on April 16. The claims have been extrapolated by The Block from Binance’s seventh quarterly binance coin (BNB) burn data. Per the report, the 830,000 BNB burned represent 20% of the exchange’s net profits in the first quarter of this year. The Block notes that this allows for easy deduction of the company’s profits, even though Binance does not release financial reports. The report also…

Cryptocurrency Exchange OKEx Decides Not to Delist Bitcoin Satoshi Vision

Major cryptocurrency exchange OKEx announced that it decided not to delist bitcoin satoshi vision (BSV) in a series of tweets published on April 16. OKEx is currently ranked first on CoinMarketCap of exchanges by adjusted trading volume, with $1.3 billion in 24 hour volume. Per the announcement, the exchange verified that BSV currently doesn’t meet the OKEx delisting and hiding criteria after reviewing its technology development, liquidity and compliance. The last tweet further explains the stated reason behind the decision: “As a neutral platform, OKEx respects the efforts of all…

eToro Launches Full Crypto Exchange and 8 Custom Stablecoins

Social investing platform eToro has launched a cryptocurrency exchange along with eight branded stablecoins. The new platform will be managed by its blockchain subsidiary, eToroX, which is regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission, the firm announced Tuesday. Trading in six cryptocurrencies will be offered at launch: bitcoin (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), ether (ETH), XRP, litecoin (LTC) and dash. Also available will be 37 crypto-to-fiat pairs, for example BTC/USD and XRP/GBP. The firm is additionally issuing eToro-branded tokens pegged to eight fiat currencies, including the eToro United States dollar (USDEX), eToro…