Is XRP Decentralized? Ripple’s Involvement in the Cryptocurrency

Ripple is adamant that XRP is decentralized. The evidence disagrees. XRP is a cryptocurrency aimed at reducing the friction between foreign exchange transactions. Like the oil in a car, it helps banks transfer money by increasing the availability, or liquidity, of seldom-used currency pairs.  By lubricating these gears, Ripple claims that it can help reduce the cash that money transmitters and banks need to have on-hand. This cash is then freed up, allowing the company to invest it or use it for other purposes, saving them money. Ripple Executives Claim…

Cryptocurrency News From Japan: March 22-28 in Review

This week’s headlines from Japan included Bitbank adding smartphone compatibility for identity verification, Fobi Japan announcing leverage trading, Coincheck announcing order limits, Rakuten Wallet announcing margin trading, and product trading company Marubeni testing blockchain for tracing steel pipes.  Check out some of this week’s crypto and blockchain headlines, originally reported by Cointelegraph Japan. BitBank launches smartphone ID verification Japan-based crypto exchange, BitBank, recently added smartphone compatibility for its Know Your Customer, or KYC, practices. Using their smartphone cameras, customers can now snap pictures themselves and related required paperwork for verification.…

Binance Reveals the Secret Behind Its Cryptocurrency Futures Success

Aaron Gong, vice president of futures at major cryptocurrency exchange Binance, explained to Cointelegraph how the firm managed to become one of the top crypto futures trading platforms. As Cointelegraph reported earlier this week, Binance recently overtook BitMEX and became the second-largest platform in terms of 24-hour Bitcoin (BTC) futures trading volume. When asked whether he is surprised by such success, Gong said that the firm created the product with the plan of becoming the top Bitcoin futures trading platform: “We knew we would be there soon, and we made…

Cryptocurrency News From Japan: March 15-21 in Review

This week’s headlines from Japan included exchange self-regulatory organization, JVCEA, suggesting guideline changes, financial institutions collaborating with a blockchain startup for asset management, GMO Coin exchange listing BAT, and news that Toyota has built a blockchain-based identity platform. Check out some of this week’s crypto and blockchain headlines, originally reported by Cointelegraph Japan. JVCEA adds regulatory suggestions and revision regarding exchange JVCEA, a Japanese self-regulatory organization (SRO) for exchanges, proposed alterations to an upcoming initiative called the Revised Funds Settlement Law, set to come into play in the first half…

Payment Provider NetCents Readies Cryptocurrency Credit Card for Launch

Canadian cryptocurrency payments provider, NetCents, has completed the technical integration of its consumer credit card into its proprietary ecosystem. NetCents announced March 20 that it had begun edge-case scenario testing in real-world environments in order to ready the card for launch. Not like other crypto credit cards The NetCents credit card promises users will not have to pre-load cryptocurrency onto their cards, differing from otherwise-similar products already on the market. Cards which require pre-loading can sometimes rob users of crypto value appreciation they would have otherwise received in the interim…

Why ‘Setup’ Matters for Cryptocurrency Privacy

Privacy is a core characteristic of cryptocurrencies. Despite mainstream conception, however, it is not the primary goal of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) or Ether (ETH), and is more of an ancillary benefit of using cryptography. The situation is altogether different for cryptocurrencies that seek to maximize anonymity when transacting on the network. Networks like Monero (XMR) and ZCash (ZEC) have soared in popularity, making up part of the handful of leading cryptocurrencies by market cap based on strong guarantees of privacy. Both blockchains offer users virtually complete privacy assurances —…

Rapper Akon Shares Whitepaper for Upcoming Cryptocurrency

Rapper and entrepreneur, Akon, shared the whitepaper for his upcoming ‘Akoin’ cryptocurrency project exclusively with Cointelegraph. The document describes Akoin as a cryptocurrency “designed for entrepreneurs in the rising economies of Africa and beyond,” adding that the project’s mission is to “unlock the potential of the world’s largest growing workforce” using blockchain technology. Mobile credit trading in Africa The whitepaper describes Akoins as utility tokens that power “atomic swaps” between cryptocurrencies, fiat currencies, and mobile phone credits on the Akoin network. Speaking with Cointelegraph, Akon emphasized that mobile credits are…

Cryptocurrency News From Japan: March 8-14 in Review

This week’s headlines from Japan included GMO Coin reporting record transaction volume from February, BitFlyer surpassing 2.5 million users, Tokai Tokyo Securities joining the Japan STO Association, and SBI FX seeking margin trading licensing. Check out some of this week’s crypto and blockchain headlines, originally reported by Cointelegraph Japan. GMO coins exchange posts record high numbers GMO Coin exchange, a subsidiary of GMO Financial Holdings, reported that February yielded all-time high transaction numbers after the exchange added 4x margin trading to its platform. GMO’s transactions from sales offices, exchange trading,…

Illinois Can Claim ‘Abandoned’ Cryptocurrency Under New Bill

A new bill draft proposed by the Illinois State legislature adds “virtual currencies” to a list of assets that can be considered abandoned. The bill was first introduced on Feb. 20, and was sent to the House Revenue & Finance Committee on March 12. The draft amends some aspects of Illinois’ Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, specifically adding two provisions related to virtual currencies — a legal term for cryptocurrencies and other assets with similar features. The act regulates all manners of assets that are deemed to be abandoned by…

Cryptocurrency News From Japan: March 1-7 in Review

This week’s headlines from Japan include crypto exchange Zaif reopening account registrations, government agencies meeting on crypto, the Federation of Economic Affairs submitting a national Blockchain proposal, Coincheck adding Qtum, and Rakuten Wallet opening leverage trading account registration. Check out some of this week’s crypto and blockchain headlines, originally reported by Cointelegraph Japan. Zaif crypto exchange reopens account registration after hack Japanese crypto exchange Zaif opened its doors once again for new account registrations, starting on March 6. Hackers pilfered more that $63 million in crypto from the platform in…