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” …

Cryptocurrency Exchange OKEx Lists 4 Competitors to Stablecoin Tether

If tether (USDT) is truly backed by and redeemable for physical U.S. dollars stored in company-controlled bank accounts, the so-called cryptocurrency “stablecoin” should manage to weather this period of uncharacteristic volatility until arbitrage restores its USD peg. If not, we could be witnessing the unraveling of the token that sees more daily trading volume than …

Litecoin Price Makes Slight Gain in Wake of Gemini Listing

Cryptocurrency exchange Gemini has announced that effective Saturday, Oct. 13, at 9:30am EDT, customers will be able to deposit litecoin into their Gemini accounts. The New York-based startup headed by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss made the announcement on Friday via a post on its website. Anticipated Market Impact In the announcement post, Eric Winer, Gemini’s …

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 …

BitMEX Taps Former Hong Kong Regulator as Chief Operating Officer

BitMEX, one of the largest cryptocurrency trading platforms, has named Angelina Kwan, formerly managing director and head of regulatory compliance for Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX), as its chief operating officer. Kwan, who joins the company as it rides exceptional growth, will work with regulators worldwide to develop rules that will support cryptocurrency’s …

Institutional Cryptocurrency Dealer SFOX Adds Litecoin Trading

SFOX, a cryptocurrency prime dealer that caters to institutional investors and high-volume professional traders, has made litecoin the fourth cryptocurrency listed on its platform. The Palo Alto-based company, which was founded in 2014, made the announcement on Thursday, stating that it chose to add support for litecoin trading in response to demand from its institutional …

Monero Bug Would Have Let Attackers ‘Burn’ Crypto Exchange Deposits

The developers of privacy-centric cryptocurrency monero have patched a bug that would have allowed an attacker to cause significant damage to cryptocurrency exchanges and XMR-friendly merchants. Now-Patched Monero Bug Put Cryptocurrency Exchanges, Merchants at Risk Addressed through a software patch privately distributed to exchanges and merchant and later publicly disclosed through a post-mortem on the …

Japan Slaps Crypto Exchange Operator after $60 Million Theft

Japanese financial authorities are ramping up their scrutiny into the domestic crypto exchange sector after last week’s ¥6.7 billion ($60 million) hack of Tech Bureau’s exchange Zaif. In an announcement today, Japan’s Ministry of Finance struck Osaka-based Tech Bureau, operator of the licensed cryptocurrency exchange Zaif, with “administrative penalties” wherein the latter sees a number …

Would You Trade on a Cryptocurrency Exchange Run by Riot Blockchain?

As cryptocurrency trading goes, U.S. residents have access to an enviable array of exchanges and investing platforms. Though barred from some offshore giants like BitMEX and Huobi, it’s tough to complain when platforms such as Gemini, Coinbase, Binance, Bittrex, and Robinhood leave investors with options designed for customers of virtually every skill level and trading …

Coinbase Joins Race For A Crypto ETF, Seeks Help From BlackRock

Coinbase has thrown its hat in the ring to launch a cryptocurrency exchange-traded fund (ETF) and has approached BlackRock for help, according to unnamed sources interviewed by Business Insider. BlackRock, which manages $6 trillion in assets, has pioneered ETFs and has a blockchain working group. Coinbase, which announced a cryptocurrency index fund for accredited investors …