Ethereum 

BUSD — Binance and Paxos Stablecoin Latest to Get US Regulator Consent

Over the course of the past few weeks, the global cryptocurrency community bore witness to two major announcements related to stablecoins — with the first being the launch of Paxos’s gold-backed Ethereum token, PAX Gold (PAXG), and the other being the release of Binance’s cryptocoin backed by the United States dollar (BUSD).  Paxos, a global digital asset trust firm, announced the launch of its PAXG token via a press release a few days back. In the document, the firm claims that its product is the world’s first crypto asset to…

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Ethereum 

Galatasaray Is the Latest Big-Name Football Club to Launch a Fan Token

Turkish Football Club Galatasaray Spor Kulübü plans to launch fan Ethereum-based fan tokens in partnership with blockchain sports fan startup Socios based on sports tokenization platform Chiliz. Socios announces in a press release published on Sept. 16 that as a result of the partnership, The Lions (Aslanlar) — the only Turkish club to have won a major UEFA competition — will release its fan tokens on its platform. A blockchain sports platform Furthermore, the team will also be present on the firm’s blockchain-based, influence and rewards mobile app for football…

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Bitcoin 

Latest Version of Brave Browser Allows for BAT Withdrawals

Product manager at blockchain-enabled internet browser startup Brave Browser, Alex Wykoff, announced that users using the latest software release will be able to withdraw their BAT tokens in a post on Brave’s community forum published on July 24. A new feature in the nightly builds Per the announcement, users of the last nightly (unstable, in-development) version of Brave Browser are able to withdraw their BAT tokens after verifying their identity with crypto banking startup UpHold. After the verification, users will also reportedly be able to buy additional BAT tokens, in…

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Blockchain 

Binance Announces Galileo, the Latest Version of Its Mainnet

Major cryptocurrency exchange Binance has completed an upgrade to its mainnet. The latest iteration is called Galileo — v.0.6.0 — as announced by Binance on July 15. According to the announcement, there are four major changes implemented in Galileo: the matching engine has been revised with “Taker” and “Maker” matching logic, trading pairs on Binances decentralized exchange, Binance DEX, can be delisted, Binance Chain token assets can now be time-locked and state sync options have been enhanced. For Binance DEX, validators can now reportedly make a proposal to vote on…

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Blockchain 

Kraken Raises Over $13 Million In Its Latest Fundraising Round

San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has raised over $13 million in financing on online investment platform BnkToTheFuture. Kraken has raised $13.5 million from 2264 investors, surpassing its initial target of $10.2 million purportedly due to popular demand. The fundraising campaign of Kraken — which has over four million clients in nearly 200 countries — is the most successful funding round by individual contributors on BnkToTheFuture. As previously reported, Kraken raised over $6 million in the first day of the campaign from almost 300 investors. On BnkToTheFuture, Kraken describes itself as…

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Bitcoin 

Japan Hopes to Set Global Crypto Law Benchmark With Latest Regulatory Update

On May 31, the Japanese House of Representatives amended two cryptocurrency-related laws, the Payment Services Act and the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, which will come into effect in April 2020. Most Japanese crypto exchanges have welcomed the changes, since they expect more institutional investors to join the crypto industry. However, others voiced their concerns that the changes may bring some uncertainty to custodians and wallet service providers. The two documents outline several specific changes, which can be discussed separately. The Payment Services Act (PSA) Virtual currency to crypto assets…

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Ethereum 

Bitcoin Breaks $9,000 In Latest Landmark Price Point

Thursday, May 30 —  in the latest milestone of its renewed bull run, bitcoin (BTC) today broke past $9,000, soaring to its highest price point in over a year. Most of the top 50 cryptocurrencies are seeing solid green, as Coin360 data shows. Market visualization courtesy of Coin360 Bitcoin broke the psychological price point of $9,000 earlier today, hitting a high last seen in early May 2018. To press time, the top coin is up 1% on the day and is trading at $8,802, according to CoinMarketCap data. In recent…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Has Soared Above Intrinsic Value During Latest Rally, JPM Strategists Claim

Strategists from United States banking giant JPMorgan Chase (JPM) have argued that bitcoin (BTC)’s recent rally has ostensibly soared past what they calculate to be its intrinsic value. Their analysis was reported by Bloomberg on May 20. The strategists — who reportedly include JPMorgan global market strategist Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou —  judge that the top coin has recently been trading in a way that mirrors its late 2017 rally, which preceded a protracted price slump. To ascertain the coin’s intrinsic value, the strategists reportedly analyzed bitcoin as a commodity and calculated its…

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Blockchain 

Binance Unveils Latest Compliance Partnership Targeting Anti-Money Laundering

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has partnered with blockchain monitoring solutions provider Elliptic to boost its regulatory compliance as part of its international expansion, industry news outlet CoinDesk reported May 2. As part of plans to ensure smooth operations in new countries with varying regulations on cryptocurrency, Binance will use Elliptic to ensure it can comply with various demands from authorities. Specifically, CoinDesk references Binance’s chief compliance officer Samuel Lim as saying that the latest deal will focus on Anti-Money Laundering (AML). Last month, the exchange also teamed up with blockchain analytics…

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Bitcoin 

SEC Chairman Flags Crypto as Continued Regulatory Focus in Latest Speech

The head of United States regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reiterated its focus on the cryptocurrency space in a new speech on April 8. Speaking at the SEC Speaks conference in Washington, chairman Jay Clayton highlighted the digital currency space while giving a broad overview of the organization’s activities and roles. Clayton chose to touch principally on instances where existing laws had been used to deal with noncompliance from crypto entities. “In the digital assets space, […] the Division of Enforcement has brought cases that demonstrate that there…

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