Brazil’s Largest Bitcoin Exchange Just Fired ‘at Least’ 20 Employees

Mercado Bitcoin, Brazil’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, recently fired “at least” 20 employees amid restructuring efforts being made to “focus on professionalization, better governance and more agility in customer service.” Local news outlet Portal do Bitcoin reportedly spoke to four now ex-employees that served at different hierarchical levels. One noted it “was horrible” …

While Major Crypto Exchanges Flourish, Minor Platforms Struggle

The world’s largest crypto brokerage Coinbase is reportedly close to finalizing a $500 million funding round at a valuation of $8 billion, and Binance has started to become more active in the investment sector, funding blockchain startups internationally. While major cryptocurrency exchanges like Coinbase, Binance, and BitMEX are seeing their businesses flourish with lucrative business …

Mt. Gox Begins Taking Claims from Corporate Bitcoin Creditors

Defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has opened up its online rehabilitation claim filing system to corporate creditors who were holding cryptocurrency funds on the platform when it went belly up in 2014. Mt. Gox rehabilitation trustee Nobuaki Kobayashi made the announcement in a document dated Sept. 12 and published on the Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange operator’s …

Binance Argues it Does Not Charge 400 Bitcoin For Listing, CEO Clarifies

Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of Binance, has officially stated that the company does not charge 400 bitcoin ($2.5 million) to list cryptocurrencies on its platform. Legitimacy of the Claim Last week, cryptocurrency researcher Christopher Franko claimed that Binance, the world’s largest digital asset exchange, has been charging cryptocurrencies a listing fee of 400 BTC to …

South Korean Crypto Exchange Bithumb Re-opens Deposits & Withdrawals

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb will resume deposit and withdrawal services on Saturday at 11 am KST. The exchange had suspended all deposits and withdrawal services on its platform following the June hack on a hot wallet, which led to the loss of tokens valued at over $30 million. Hacked Crypto Exchange Bithumb Unfreezes Withdrawals …

88% Of Crypto Exchanges Want Industry Regulation, New Study Reveals

Lithuania-based crypto payment company Mistertango has released a study which reveals that 88% of cryptocurrency exchanges want industry regulation. The study was based on responses from 24 crypto exchanges across the world with a total daily trading volume of over $100 million. The responses show an industry that wants to be part of the formal system, …

Coinbase Scores Major Whale for Institutional Brokerage Service: Report

Industry giant Coinbase has scored a major win for its recently-launched institutional brokerage service, as a major hedge fund has begun using its platform to dip its toe into the fledgling cryptocurrency market. Citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, Business Insider reports that the $20 billion hedge fund — whose name was not disclosed …

Huobi Launches Cryptocurrency Exchange in Australia

Chinese cryptocurrency exchange Huobi announced this week that trading has begun on its newly-launched platform in Australia. Huobi’s global push is no surprise, as most crypto exchanges have been pursuing untapped markets in a bid to grow their user bases. The exchange — now based out of Singapore, with offices in Canada and Brazil — said trading …

Despite Previous Signals, Bitcoin Remains Key to Circle’s Strategy

After spending a couple of years signaling an impending shift in focus away from Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, Circle Financial seems to be executing a 180-degree shift in strategy, boosting its crypto-related offerings in a series of moves that some say are positioning it as a competitor to Coinbase. Circle Distanced Itself from Bitcoin in 2016 …

Why Tech Darlings Robinhood and Square Don’t Care About Crypto Profits

Robinhood, a major stock trading app based in the US, whose valuation surged from $1.5 billion to $6 billion after integrating cryptocurrency, said that the company does not expect to generate large profits in the near future, and the company is fine with it. Vlad Tenev, the co-CEO of Robinhood, said that more than 200,000 …