Criminal Case Against Failed WEX Crypto Exchange Points at Russian Law Enforcement

The formerly anonymous administrator of the cryptocurrency exchange WEX, which shut down last summer, has made some shocking claims about the fate of “hundreds of millions” of dollars of clients’ cryptocurrency in talks with Russian police. Russian citizen Alexei Bilyuchenko, who confessed to being the tech administrator of the infamous BTC-e exchange and later co-founder of WEX, had been questioned as part of a criminal investigation underway in Russia since late 2018, BBC News Russian reported Friday. The report was based on materials of the probe, obtained by the BBC and reportedly…

Coinbase Expands Reach of Visa Card in Europe, Adds 5 New Cryptos

Coinbase has added support for five new crypto options to its visa debit card, and also expanded availability to 10 more European nations. The U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange announced Thursday that holders of the card can now spend XRP, basic attention token (BAT), augur (REP), 0x (ZRX) and stellar (XLM). The new options come in addition to the currently offered bitcoin (BTC), ether (ETH), bitcoin cash (BCH) and litecoin (LTC). Coinbase customers in Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Hungary, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Poland, Romania and Sweden have now also been provided access to the…

Crypto.com Grows Offerings With New Exchange and Fundraising Platform

Crypto.com announced the launch of a new exchange Thursday, in an expansion of the Hong Kong-based firm’s list of crypto services. The exchange opens up to beta testers Nov. 18 and to the wider public in December, according to a press release. The three-year-old company has also unveiled a fundraising platform for crypto startups. Previously known for issuing custodial wallets and crypto-backed debit cards, the new exchange bolsters CEO and co-founder Kris Marszalek’s vision of creating full services experiences for his one million wallet holders. Marszalek said the launch is tactical…

CME Says It Will Launch Bitcoin Options in January

Derivatives exchange CME Group has announced it will launch options on its bitcoin futures contracts in January. In a notice on its website on Tuesday, the Chicago-based exchange said, as long as it gets the green light from regulators, the options will go live on Jan. 13, 2020. In late October, the firm published details of the options product, saying each contract would be based on one of bitcoin futures contracts (comprising of five bitcoin). They will be quoted in U.S. dollars per bitcoin with a tick size of $25 (or…

Binance Exchange Is First Client for Paxos’ New Dollar Gateway

Regulated blockchain company Paxos has launched a product allowing crypto exchange customers to more easily fund their accounts with traditional money. With its new Fiat Gateway service, Paxos said Tuesday that users will be able to execute simple swaps between U.S. dollars and stablecoins, including the firm’s own Paxos Standard (PAX). Notably, Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, will be the first to integrate the product. The firm will also have its stablecoin, Binance USD (BUSD), included in the swap options. “Paxos is a trusted partner that keeps…

HTC Will Support Binance Chain With Special Edition Smartphone

Smartphone developer HTC plans to provide support for Binance Chain with a new special edition version of its blockchain mobile. The company announced Tuesday that it would release an EXODUS 1 smartphone that integrates with crypto exchange Binance’s namesake blockchain, providing support for its decentralized exchange and token. The EXODUS 1 Binance edition will integrate Binance Chain with the device’s native Zion Vault wallet app, according to the announcement. Essentially, users will be able to directly access the Binance DEX using the phone. HTC decentralized chief officer Phil Chen said…

Bakkt Expands Bitcoin Custody Service Beyond Futures Trading Clients

Bakkt is ready to store customers’ bitcoin. Intercontinental Exchange’s bitcoin subsidiary announced Monday it would provide custody services for institutional clients. Pantera Capital, Galaxy Digital and Tagomi have already signed on as initial customers for “Baakt Warehouse,” with other “marquee firms” expected to join over the next few weeks. When it first launched, Bakkt was only able to provide custody services to clients trading its bitcoin futures contracts. Monday’s news comes amid an additional approval by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), which previously granted the company a trust…