Bitcoin ‘Needs More’ PR from People Like Peter Schiff: Binance CEO

Bitcoin (BTC) skeptic and gold bug Peter Schiff is unwittingly advertising the cryptocurrency’s virtues over other investments, says the CEO of exchange Binance. In a tweet on Jan. 25, Changpeng Zhao (known as “CZ” in crypto circles) argued Schiff was failing in sewing distrust of Bitcoin among social media followers and beyond. CZ: We need more “negative voices” “I think Peter is doing great to promote bitcoin. He probably does not realize that given his illogical reasoning, most people will do exactly opposite of what he says,” he wrote. CZ…

Harmony Kicks Off Migration From Ethereum and Binance Chains to Its Own

Holders of the ONE token from the team at Harmony should make plans to swap their ERC-20 (ethereum) or BEP-2 (binance chain) tokens for the coin on Harmony’s blockchain if they want to be able to participate in staking and other network activities.  According to a blog post shared Thursday, Harmon’s token swap is ready to commence, allowing current holders to switch to the company’s native asset. “The native ONE token of Harmony blockchain will serve as the bridge for building an open platform without sacrificing performance, decentralization, community-based governance,…

Tenth Quarterly Burn Decouples BNB from Binance Profit

Binance’s tenth quarterly BNB burn had analysts discussing the exchange’s continued rise in implied profits despite a supposedly slower quarter.  Binance BNB Burn #10 and Presumptive Profit The quarterly BNB burn has become something of a market indicator for the health of the broader crypto industry. Binance’s tenth burn of over 2.2 million BNB tokens removed almost $40 million worth of BNB from the market. The burn represented “activity across Binance spot, margin, and futures exchanges, as well as the various solutions, divisions, and partners that use BNB” for Q4…

Binance Invests in Open-Data Framework Provider Numbers Seeking Product Boost

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has made an undisclosed investment in open-data framework provider Numbers. Announced in a blog post on Wednesday, Gin Chao, strategy officer at Malta-based Binance, said Numbers’ protocol will bring developers “easy access” to the exchange’s own blockchain – Binance Chain – and could be used features like hardware wallet security, digital signatures and more. Numbers has developed a protocol that it says makes data “open, transparent and traceable,” with use cases in digital identities or supply chain traceability. It’s also built an open-source mobile app that “fingerprints”…

Binance P2P Crypto Trading Platform Supports Vietnam’s Fiat Currency

Major cryptocurrency exchange Binance has launched peer-to-peer (P2P) trading for the Vietnamese dong (VND). Vietnam-based Binance users can now directly purchase and sell major cryptocurrencies using VND through the latest versions of the Binance P2P mobile app on iOS and Android. The four supported cryptocurrencies include Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), major stablecoin Tether (USDT) as well as Binance’s native cryptocurrency Binance Coin (BNB), the firm said in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Jan. 20. Vietnamese dong is the second fiat currency on Binance’s P2P  While Binance has been…

Binance CEO Suggests Crypto Exchanges Are Safer Than Keeping One’s Keys

Changpeng Zhao, the co-founder and CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Binance, suggested that for most, keeping crypto assets on an exchange is safer than keeping the keys themselves. Zhao gave his comments in a tweet on Jan. 19 after famous crypto skeptic and gold bug Peter Schiff complained that he lost access to his Bitcoin (BTC). Invoking the phrase “SAFU” — a slanger term in the crypto community for “safe,” Zhao said: “Many hardcore crypto [organizations] advocate storing your own keys. But the truth is, today most people are not able…

Binance in Talks to Launch Crypto Trading Joint Venture in Japan

Crypto exchange Binance is eyeing the launch of a new trading platform dedicated for the Japanese market. According to a blog announcement on Friday, the firm said it is discussing a strategic partnership with Z Corporation and existing Japan-based exchange TaoTao to work together to provide “trading services” in the country. Z Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Z Holdings Corporation, itself a subsidiary of Tokyo-based multinational Softbank (formerly Yahoo Japan). The three firms would harness Binance’s technologies in order to build out the new service, according to the announcement.…

Binance and Huobi Received Over 52% of Total $2.8B Illicit BTC in 2019

Binance and Huobi have together received over 52% of total $2.8 billion illicit Bitcoin (BTC) transfers in 2019, according to a new report. Chainalysis’ findings Over the course of 2019, criminal entities moved a total of $2.8 billion in Bitcoin to cryptocurrency exchanges, according to a Jan. 15 study from Chainalysis. According to the New York-based firm, Binance and Huobi, two of the world’s largest crypto exchanges to date, have received 27.6% and 24.7% of total transfers from criminals in 2019. As such, the two major crypto trading platforms are…

Binance Exchange to Restrict Access to Japan Residents

In a Jan. 15 announcement on Binance’s Japanese support website, the exchange revealed it would restrict access to residents of Japan at an unspecified later date. The restriction is said to be implemented gradually, with details to be revealed later, according to the announcement. Currently, there are no restrictions in place and Japanese users are able to operate the exchange normally.  Binance was previously headquartered in Japan after exiting China. As Cointelegraph reported in March 2018, the exchange moved its operations to Malta following an official warning by Japanese regulators…

Binance to Launch Korean Support Center Following Investment in Local Startup

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has made its first direct investment in a South Korean startup. According to an exclusive report by CoinDesk Korea, Binance has taken a 500 million won ($432,000) stake in BxB, a Korean fintech firm that launched a Korean won stablecoin last year. Alongside the investment, the two firms have inked an agreement that will see BxB support Binance in operating a new support center for local users of Binance.com, the exchange’s international platform. The investment was made, not through the exchange’s incubator arm Binance Labs, but directly…