Cryptocurrency Daily News Bulletin: April 15, 2019April 15, 2019 12:52 pm
Bithumb has received $200 million in funding from Japan’s ST Blockchain Fund, allowing Blockchain Exchange Alliance (BXA) to expand internationally. The move follows Bitthumb’s losses of $13 million last month in what executives suggested was an insider operation.
BitMEX has revealed plans to open a crypto options platform within the next 12-18 months.
Coinbase is losing another executive after Dan Romero, VP for Coinbase’s international business, announced he will be leaving the firm at the end of this month.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank have launched a crypto token called “Learning Coin” along with the Learning Coin app. The project aims to build “a strong knowledge base” around blockchain tech among staff at the organizations. While the token has no real-world value, developers are testing how staff can redeem it for rewards.
ING’s blockchain team is testing a privacy technology called “bulletproofs” – designed to hide the amount transferred in bitcoin transactions. Gomez de la Villa, global head of ING’s blockchain program, gave the example of tracking a commodity and keeping the certificate of origin throughout the supply chain without disclosing the supplier, price or quality.
Bitcoin SV $71.01 USD (1.72 percent) miners have accumulated gross losses of $2.2 million (12 percent) since the coin was created in a hard fork that split Bitcoin Cash. Meanwhile, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao warned that he will delist BSV if the creator of the altcoin Craig Wright does not change his behaviour.
Ethereum $71.01 USD (1.72 percent) is receiving a boost from web 3.0 browser Opera’s latest update, Reborn 3, with new features including direct access to DApps on the Ethereum blockchain, as well as an enhanced built-in VPN service, ad blocker, snapshot tool and design changes. The update also includes a native crypto wallet for Windows, macOS and Linux. Meanwhile, Coincheck has added its first two altcoins to its recently launched OTC trading desk, now offering Ethereum and Ripple.
Ripple $0.327288 USD (0.36 percent): Resona, one of the three Japanese banks working with SBI Holdings and Ripple on their cash transfer app Money Tap, is pulling out of the project. They have not cited a reason for abandonment. Meanwhile, the Luxembourg Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (LPEA) has analysed the XRP and has determined that it’s not a security since it is “intended to be used, now or in the future, as means of payment for acquiring goods or services or as means of money or value transfer.”
Stellar $0.117389 USD (1.99 percent) has just been added by popular London-based crypto-to-fiat exchange Skrill to its list of supported crypto’s. The exchange supports a long list of fiat currencies, including GBP, USD, EUR, AUD, CAD, and JPY.
Tron $0.027212 USD (3.00 percent) has launched on crypto platform Bitnovo in France – allowing TRX to be purchased through gift cards redeemable at over 3,000 stores.
VeChain $0.006987 USD (2.33 percent) is collaborating with HBO, Adidas and Singaporean shoe designer Mark Ong to celebrate the premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones. The shoe designs embedding his Adidas creations contain near-field communication (NFC) chips powered by VeChain. The chips also contain behind-the-scenes videos of the design process, which can be viewed on VeChain’s mobile app.
– WN.com, Jamie Saarloos