Blockchain 

Crypto-Friendly Browser Brave Hits 8 Million Monthly Active Users

Cryptocurrency-powered web browser Brave announced on Oct. 16 that it reached 8 million monthly active users. Furthermore, daily active users stand at over 2.8 million and the number of creators subscribed to its web advertisement network also reportedly substantially increased.  There are also over 290,000 Brave Verified Publishers who subscribed to the advertisement platform powered by Brave’s Basic Attention Tokens (BAT). The composition of those publishers is the following: “200,000 of those are YouTube creators, 33,000 are website publishers or creators, 15,000 are Twitch streamers, and since we announced our…

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Bitcoin 

Coinbase Pro’s Fees Surge 233% for ‘Lower-Volume’ Users, Whale Fees Drop

Major United States-based crypto exchange and wallet service provider Coinbase has announced that it will increase trading fees again on its professional platform Coinbase Pro. Maker fees for trades under $10K surge over 200% Starting from Oct. 7, Coinbase Pro will adopt a new fee structure that will cause its maker trading fees for low tier — $10,000 and below — to surge as high as 233%, according to the update posted on Oct. 3. Following another surge in March 2019, Coinbase Pro currently charges all accounts trading under $100,000…

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Blockchain 

BitShares DEX Gateway CryptoBridge Implements Mandatory KYC for Users

BitShares Decentralized Exchange (DEX) gateway CryptoBridge announced on Oct. 1 that it has implemented mandatory user Know Your Client (KYC) verification. European regulation is responsible Per the announcement, the reason for the upcoming mandatory KYC is the 5th EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD5). Interestingly, CryptoBridge also noted that the company wants to challenge international financial regulation: “While we still strive to present new challenges for international financial regulation, we are facing the 5th EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD5) and will adjust our gateway services to pave the way for CryptoBridge…

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Bitcoin 

Binance Introduces Its Market Maker Program for High Volume Users

Major cryptocurrency exchange Binance announced in a blog post published on Sept. 30 that it is launching a market maker program. Per the announcement, users whose monthly trading volumes exceed 1,000 Bitcoins (BTC) — or can reach such volumes — and who also have quality market making strategies can immediately join the program. Binance explains that the aim of the initiative is to bring more liquidity to the exchange. A bid for more liquidity The firm notes that the program is limited to the spot markets of the trading platform…

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Blockchain 

Stanford Grads’ Crypto Network Hits Half a Million Users in 6 Months

A smartphone-focused cryptocurrency network created by a group of Stanford graduates has amassed over half a million users. The Stanford Daily reported on Sept. 16 that the project — dubbed the Pi Network — has consolidated its user base in under six months since its launch in March of this year. “Social security circles” The Pi Network was launched by a team of four: an anthropologist, two computer scientists and a business major (Chengdiao Fan Ph.D. ’14, Nicolas Kokkalis Ph.D. ’13, visiting student researcher Aurélien Schiltz and Vince McPhilip M.B.A.…

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Bitcoin 

Bug on Kraken Let Users Buy Bitcoin $2K Cheaper and Sell $2K Higher

Some Kraken clients were buying Bitcoin (BTC) for $2,000 cheaper than the market price and selling it for nearly $12,000 on Sept. 13. On Friday, United States-based crypto exchange Kraken experienced a bug that allowed some users to buy or sell Bitcoin at a notably different price from Bitcoin’s actual market price due to a reported system bug.  On Sept. 14, Kraken posted a Twitter thread explaining that the bug resulted from testing an unreleased advanced order type. While Bitcoin was trying to hold $10,300 mark on the day of…

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Bitcoin 

Tor Browser Users at Risk of Losing Their Bitcoins

Finnish peer-to-peer crypto exchange LocalBitcoins has warned users about alleged security risks associated with anonymous browser Tor Browser. On Sept. 9, transactional compliance expert Richard Bensberg tweeted a screenshot of a LocalBitcoins banner warning Tor users about the risk of losing their Bitcoins (BTC), which stated: “Warning to all Tor users: A Tor browser exposes you to the risk of having your bitcoins stolen.” LocalBitcoins then responded to Bensberg, saying that while using Tor Browser is not against its terms of service, it does not recommend it for security reasons.…

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Bitcoin 

Australian Coder Warns Users of Lightning Network’s Vulnerabilities

Australian software programmer and Bitcoin’s (BTC) Lightning Network coder Rusty Russell warned users that “security issues have been found in various Lightning projects which could cause loss of funds.” Urgent update recommended On Aug. 30, Russell published a tweet urging LN nodes operators to update their software as soon as possible. According to the message, his warning concerns all versions of c-lightning prior to 0.7.1, lnd older than 0.7, and eclair up to version 0.3. Notably, just earlier this month blockchain development company Blockstream announced the release of the version…

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Bitcoin 

Scammers Target Canadian Bitcoin ATM Users With ‘Out of Order’ Sign

Fraudsters in Winnipeg, Canada, have targeted Bitcoin ATM users in the city by simply sticking a poster on the machine. Police issued a warning on Aug. 29 that following the instructions on the poster will lead to an irretrievable loss of their Bitcoin. Low-tech hack attack Even with a digital currency like Bitcoin, security ultimately lies in the hands of the user, and a simple attack can often be the most effective. Scammers in Winnipeg took exactly that tack. They attached a printed notice to the machine. The notice explained…

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Cryptocurrency 

Telegram’s 300 Million Users May Be Able to Trade Cryptocurrency

Crypto bull runs often result in developments that often seem a bit farfetched, but at the end of the day, almost everyone wants to cash in on the phenomenon. It happened in 2017, and it is happening once against in 2019 as Bitcoin led the massive crypto surge in the first half of the year. Naturally, some of the world’s biggest tech companies are now getting an interest in Bitcoin as well as in the wider crypto ecosystem. It has now emerged that messaging platform Telegram, which is best known…

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