Binance Jersey Lists Exchange’s New UK Pound-Backed Stablecoin

The Jersey arm of Binance has listed the cryptocurrency exchange’s own British pound-backed stablecoin. Binance announced Friday that Binance GBP (BGBP) is being offered on the fiat-to-crypto platform due to trader demand for more stablecoin options. “There has been an overwhelming demand in the market and Binance community for more stablecoin diversification, including a GBP-pegged stablecoin, and listing BGBP is in response to it,” said Binance CFO Wei Zhou. Binance Jersey launched back in January to offer trading in bitcoin and ethereum against the British pound and the euro. Jersey is a British self-governing dependency.…

Crypto Exchange BitMEX Under Investigation By CFTC: Bloomberg

Updated (09:35 UTC): Added further details from Bloomberg’s full report. Seychelles-based cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX is reportedly being probed by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The news appeared in brief on Bloomberg Terminal soon before press time on Friday. That was soon followed by a report from Bloomberg citing sources who said the regulator is investigating whether the exchange has allowed U.S. traders to use its platform. The CFTC considers cryptocurrencies like bitcoin as derivatives and has jurisdiction over derivatives such as futures based on cryptos. As such, BitMEX would need to…

For $15K, He’ll Fake Your Exchange Volume – You’ll Get on CoinMarketCap

The Takeaway Gotbit inflates trading volumes on obscure cryptocurrency exchanges for a fee and has about 30 token projects as clients. The firm programs bots to trade tokens back and forth with each other, creating the illusion of active markets so the assets can get listed on CoinMarketCap. Its co-founder says exchanges are aware of this manipulation but are not interested in stopping it. While it’s rare to hear market manipulators talk openly about their trade, there are other businesses like this out there, experts say. To cryptocurrency professionals trying…

Hacked BITpoint Exchange to Refund 50,000 Affected Users in Crypto

Cryptocurrency exchange BITPoint Japan has said that the roughly 50,000 users who lost funds in its recent hack will be reimbursed in cryptocurrency. The company told reporters in Tokyo on July 16 that customers will receive refunds of crypto on a 1:1 basis, The Asahi Shimbun reports Wednesday. The company’s latest estimate of losses from the security breach comes to around 3.02 billion yen ($28 million) – roughly $4.6 million less than originally thought, the report says. The thousands of exchange customers are said to have lost 2.06 billion yen ($20 million) in…

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…

Hacked Crypto Exchange Bitpoint Discovers More Millions Are Missing

After announcing a $30-million hack last week, Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitpoint says it’s discovered that another $2.3 million is missing. A report from Japan Today on Monday said the extra losses were discovered at exchanges outside Japan that were using Bitpoint’s trading system and announced Sunday. The firm announced Friday that it had suffered a security breach arising in the loss of around 3.2 billion yen (almost $30 million) in cryptocurrencies. As a result, it halted all services including trading, deposits and withdrawals of all crypto assets. The platform’s parent company Remixpoint…

Binance Launches Platform ‘2.0’ as Margin Trading Goes Live

The top crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance, has launched version 2.0 of its platform – a move that officially adds margin trading for its customers. The firm revealed that margin trading was on the way in late May, and said that the service would feature up to 20x leverage soon after. In an announcement Thursday, Binance indicated that leverage (the amount that can be borrowed against a user’s crypto collateral) is just 3x, however. “Your Margin Wallet balance determines the amount of funds you can borrow, following a fixed…

Winklevoss Twins’ Gemini Exchange May Join Facebook’s Libra Project

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, co-founders of the New York-based crypto exchange Gemini, may soon join the Libra Association, the consortium governing Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency. “We’re definitely looking at it in earnest and we’re excited about the project,” Cameron told CoinDesk Tuesday. Tyler added that in their view, Libra is a harbinger of cryptos to come: “Our feeling is, this is the first of many FANG [Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google] companies to have a token project. Our prediction is in the next 24 months almost every FANG company will have…

Binance Cuts Time Needed for BTC, ETH Deposits and Withdrawals

Binance has just cut the time needed to make withdrawals and deposits in two top cryptocurrencies. The crypto exchange announced Tuesday that it’s adjusted its systems so that the number of block confirmations – in effect, how long before a transaction is considered confirmed as complete and can be executed – has been halved for bitcoin (BTC) deposits to 1 block confirmation. Withdrawals will take two confirmations. For ethereum (ETH) and related ERC-20 tokens, Binance said 12 block confirmations are now required for deposits and withdrawals – that’s down from the previously…