Binance Eyes Launch of Crypto Exchange in South Korea

Binance, the world’s top exchange by trading volume, is considering launching a branch in South Korea, according to reports. Changpeng “CZ” Zhao confirmed the possibility to local news source Block In Press on Tuesday, saying (via translation) that the firm is “working with local partners, but we do not know the details.” However, according to a report by CoinDesk Korea, a business entity dubbed Binance LLC has been established in the country, with the director listed as Jiho Kang of BXB Inc., a firm offering a Korean won-backed stablecoin. A Binance representative reportedly told Block…

Binance to Launch Bitcoin-Pegged Token on Its Own Blockchain

Binance will issue a number of tokens pegged to leading cryptocurrencies on Binance Chain to boost the number of trading options on its platform. The tokens are also likely to be extended to Binance DEX, the firm’s recently launched decentralized exchange, as they create the potential to in effect move cryptos from different blockchains onto its network. The company said in a blog post that it expects to release the first such token – one pegged to bitcoin and to be listed as BTCB – in the coming days. A trading…

Bitcoin Price Trades Flat on Facebook Libra Blockchain Launch

View The unveiling of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency has failed to put a strong bid under BTC. The cryptocurrency may be vulnerable to a “sell the fact” pullback, too. The 4-hour chart indicates scope for a drop to $8,800. A break lower would expose key average located at $8,500. On the higher side, a high-volume above the crucial Fibonacci retracement level of $9,442 is needed to strengthen the case for a rise to $10,000. Bitcoin (BTC) is struggling to gather upside traction following Facebook’s official announcement of its Libra cryptocurrency project. At 09:00 UTC…

Coinbase-Backed Stablecoin Startup Reserve to Launch ‘Venmo Style App’ in Venezuela

Stablecoin project Reserve announced that it will launch a crypto-fiat payments app in Venezuela and Angola in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 12. In the same announcement, the firm revealed that it is listing its separate utility token, Reserve Rights (RSR), on major exchange Huobi Global’s token sale platform, Houbi Prime. Per the press release, the project’s stablecoin app — to be launched for Android users via Google Play “in the coming weeks” — will enable people and businesses to switch back and forth from their local…

HTC to Launch EXODUS 1s, Smartphone With Full Node Capacity

Electronics company HTC has announced that it is launching a smartphone to bring crypto and blockchain technology to a wider audience in Q3 2019. According to a press release shared with Bitcoin Magazine, “The EXODUS 1s will be the first smartphone ever to have full node capabilities” containing the full Bitcoin blockchain. “With the EXODUS 1, we gave people the power to own their own keys, now we’re giving people the power to run their own node,” Phil Chen, decentralized chief officer at HTC, told Bitcoin Magazine. “It’s about building…

Nike to Launch Crypto Called Cryptokicks? Trademark Application Hints Yes

The crypto community has known for a while that Facebook might be issuing its own cryptocurrency. And now, it appears the online behemoth might have a little competition. Reports have surfaced that athletic apparel manufacturer Nike is thinking of doing the same. The Oregon-based company even has a name for its digital currency: cryptokicks. Nike Cryptokicks Coming Soon? On April 19, Nike filed a trademark application for ‘cryptokicks.’ The application said cryptokicks could be used by an online community. The application also describes an electronic marketplace for clothing and footwear.…

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…

IMF and World Bank Launch Quasi-Cryptocurrency in Exploration of Blockchain Tech

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank have jointly launched a private blockchain and a so-dubbed quasi-cryptocurrency, the Financial Times (FT) reports on April 12. According to the newspaper, the asset called “Learning Coin” will be accessible only within the IMF and World Bank. The coin has no money value and thus is not a real cryptocurrency, the FT underlines. As the FT has learned, “Learning Coin” was launched in order to better understand the technologies that underlie crypto assets. Its app will serve as a hub where…

Overstock’s tZERO Exchange to Launch Bitcoin Trading App This June

Overstock’s security token platform tZERO is going full crypto. Until now, security tokens had been the startup’s priority, but this summer, tZERO plans to launch its own mobile trading app for buying and selling bitcoin and, possibly, ether, CEO Saum Noursalehi told CoinDesk Thursday. The app for IOS and Android devices is scheduled to launch in June and is being developed by Bitsy — a crypto startup in the portfolio of Overstock’s venture arm Medici Ventures. “That’s part of the reason we acquired Bitsy — to accelerate time to market…

Riot Blockchain to Launch Regulated Crypto Exchange in the US

Riot Blockchain is planning to launch a regulated crypto exchange in the U.S. The publicly traded U.S. company that has faced regulatory issues for a sudden pivot to blockchain, revealed in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Friday that the new entity will be called called RiotX and will develop three main services: banking, trading and a digital wallet. The application follows the firm’s change in business focus after almost two decades in biotech, when it rebranded to Riot Blockchain from Bioptix and shifted focus to crypto mining…