Ethereum 

ТrueDigital Plans to Launch CFTC-Regulated Crypto Derivatives Exchange

New York-based financial technology firm trueDigital Holdings LLC is aiming to acquire the registrations of trueEX LLC in a bid to launch a fully-regulated crypto derivatives exchange, according to a press release published on July 12. Per the release, trueDigital has concluded an agreement in principle to acquire the Designated Contract Market (DCM) and Swaps Execution Facility registrations of United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)-regulated exchange trueEX LLC. The deal thus is subject to CFTC approval. Upon approval, trueDigital will roll out a crypto derivatives exchange fully-regulated by the…

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Blockchain 

Iran Plans to Allow Crypto Mining, Central Bank of Iran Governor Says

Iranian authorities are planning to authorize cryptocurrency mining, as the governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) declared, news agency PressTV reported on July 10. CBI governor Abdol Hemmati reportedly claimed that the Iranian government has approved some parts of an executive law that would authorize mining of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC) in Iran. Hemmati’s claim follows a lengthy back-and-forth on the legal status of cryptocurrencies in Iran. As Hemmati explained, the planned law will require crypto mining in Iran to abide with the price of electricity for…

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Bitcoin 

Chinese Crypto Exchange BTCC Plans South Korean Launch in November

China’s first Bitcoin (BTC) exchange BTCC, formerly known as BTC China, is set to launch trading services in South Korea, Korean business outlet The Investor reported yesterday, October 16. BTCC, which presently has headquarters in Hong Kong, will reportedly start beta services for trading in South Korea later this month and make its official debut in the market in November. According to the BTCC website, the Korean service — headed by Lee Jae-beom — will span a trading platform, wallet service, mining pool, and a service to enable consumer payments:…

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Blockchain 

Bitmain IPO Plans May be Rekindled With Crypto Winter’s End

Toward the end of June 2019, news emerged that the mining giant Bitmain might be reviving its initial public offering (IPO) plans. As Bloomberg reports, the China-based cryptocurrency mining hardware producer is allegedly preparing to file documents with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to hold its share sale on U.S. soil. Bitmain — being the largest player in the mining sector — first attempted to go public in the second half of 2018, but soon was heavily damaged by the intensifying crypto bear market. Now that the…

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Bitcoin 

Bitmain Shifting IPO Plans to the US on Growing Bitcoin Optimism

Chinese cryptocurrency mining giant Bitmain is revisiting plans for an initial public offering (IPO,) Bloomberg reported on June 21. The company had filed to list an IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, but the application expired on March 26. Now, Bitmain is reportedly planning to file listing documents with the United States Security and Exchange Commission, potentially paving the way for a share sale to take place later this year. While the company was hoping to raise $3 billion from its planned Hong Kong IPO, the Bloomberg report suggested that this fundraising target will…

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Bitcoin 

CCN Casts Doubt on Shutdown Plans as Google Appears to Correct Visibility

Cryptocurrency news outlet CCN.com (formerly CryptoCoinsNews) has U-turned on its abrupt decision to shut down, staff confirmed in an article on June 12. CCN, which on Monday published a warning that it would cease operations immediately over an ongoing Google indexing debacle, says it is still working to understand changes in its online visibility. As Cointelegraph reported, an update to Google’s algorithm allegedly produced an instantaneous 70% drop in traffic for CCN, with executives subsequently saying they had no choice but to abandon the project. Now, support from Google has…

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Blockchain 

Thailand’s Largest Commercial Bank Retracts Tweet Indicating Plans to Use Ripple’s XRP

Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), Thailand’s largest commercial bank, has denied it plans to start using Ripple’s XRP token, contrary to earlier indications. The bank’s denial was communicated in a tweet published on June 7. The bank’s denial was prompted by an earlier post on social media dated June 5, when the bank’s official Twitter handle had responded to a user’s question regarding XRP and revealed ostensible plans to announce details of an unspecified “XRP system […] soon.” With the June 5 tweet having since been deleted, SCB today has firmly…

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Blockchain 

Press Rumors About My Blockchain Plans Are False

The former CEO of long-defunct Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Mt. Gox denied press claims he is returning to blockchain in comments to Cointelegraph on June 7. Mark Karpeles, whom a judge acquitted of embezzlement in March and is currently appealing a lesser conviction of data manipulation, says his activities with Tristan Technologies will not involve the cryptocurrency sector. As Cointelegraph reported, local Japanese media had interpreted remarks at a press conference on June 5 as meaning he was preparing to conduct blockchain-related activities. The Frenchman wished to make Japan a leader…

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Blockchain 

Bitfinex Plans to Launch Lightning Network Support for Stablecoin Tether: Report

Major cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex is looking to launch the USDT stablecoin operated by sister firm Tether on the Lightning Network (LN), crypto news outlet The Block reported on May 31. Per the report, Bitfinex’s chief technology officer Paolo Ardoino told the outlet that the company plans to launch USDT on LN later this year. To pursue this objective, the firm reportedly joined the RGB open source development project. According to its GitHub repository, the RGB project is “a completely free, open-source, non-profit and community-oriented effort, promoted by the BHB Network…

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Bitcoin 

Russia’s Largest Bank Halts Crypto Plans Due to Central Bank’s Negative Stance

Russia’s largest bank, the state-owned Sberbank, has suspended its crypto-related plans due to the central bank’s negative stance on the industry, local news agency TASS reports on May 30. Sberbank vice president Andrey Shemetov has reportedly revealed the news at a recent press conference, claiming that Sberbank had been awaiting crypto legislation that would allow it to trade cryptocurrencies. However, Shemetov stressed that the local financial regulator and the central bank, the Bank of Russia, is against the adoption of the crypto space at the moment. As such, the bank…

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