Monthly Archives: February 2019

Report: Swiss Fintech Market Grew by 62 Percent in 2018

A new study from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences found that the Swiss fintech market grew by 62 percent in 2018. The Swiss fintech market grew by 62 percent in 2018, according to a recent study by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences published on Feb. 27. The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences undertook an in-depth review of Switzerland’s fintech market for the fourth time. The report dubbed “IFZ FinTech Study 2019” reveals that on a global scale the cities of Zurich and Geneva remain in […]

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P2P Exchange Hodl Hodl Announces New Prediction Market

On Feb. 27, KYC-free cryptocurrency exchange Hodl Hodl announced a new service called Predictions, which will soon be added to the peer-to-peer trading platform. Hodl Hodl believes prediction markets are useful financial instruments within the crypto ecosystem that offer an incentive for those forecasting the specific outcome of an event. Also read: What Does the Future Hold for Augur’s Prediction Market? Hodl Hodl Is Adding ‘Predictions’ to Its P2P Multi-Signature Exchange Peer-to-peer multi-signature trading platform Hodl Hodl will be adding a prediction markets feature this spring. Hodl […]

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Ethereum’s Constantinople, St. Petersburg Upgrades Have Been Activated

The Ethereum mainnet’s latest update, Constantinople and St. Petersburg, went live at block 7,280,000. The Constantinople and St. Petersburg network upgrades for the world’s second largest cryptocurrency, Ethereum’s (ETH), occurred today Feb. 28, according to ethstats.net. Specifically, the updates went live on the main network at block 7,280,000, in accordance with previously released schedule. Although the upgrade has two names of two originally separated updates, they have subsequently been combined into one. Per Ethernodes.org, not all Ethereum users have adopted the updates. Only 22.3 percent of Geth […]

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Crypto Exchange Coinbase Adds Support for XRP on Retail Platform and Mobile Apps

U.S. crypto exchange Coinbase has extended support for XRP to Coinbase.com and its Android and iOS apps. United States major cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has added support for Ripple (XRP) to its retail platform and mobile apps. The exchange announced the development in a blog post on Feb. 28. The announcement states that Coinbase’s users can now purchase, sell, convert, send, receive, and store XRP both on Coinbase.com and the Coinbase Android and iOS apps. As usual, the service will reportedly be available for most jurisdictions, however it […]

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Swiss Crypto Bank Warns Customers About Company Masquerading as Partner

Switzerland-based online crypto bank Dukascopy has warned clients about a “clone” company GCG Asia claiming to be affiliated with the bank. Switzerland-based cryptocurrency bank Dukascopy has warned customers that forex trading company GCG Asia is fraudulently claiming to be the bank’s authorized firm in an announcement published on Feb. 27. In the announcement, Dukascopy Bank —  purportedly the first regulated bank to launch its own initial coin offering (ICO) — cautions  that neither it nor any entities of Dukascopy Group have relations with GCG Asia, although the […]

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Hong Kong Entrepreneur Who ‘Made It Rain’ from High-Rise Arrested for Crypto Mining Fraud

A purported Bitcoin millionaire, allegedly involved in a publicity stunt throwing money from a high-rise in Hong Kong, is now accused of mining-related fraud. A purported Bitcoin millionaire (BTC) who was previously involved in “making it rain cash” on the streets of Hong Kong, has reportedly been arrested for mining-related fraud, the South China Morning Post reports Thursday, Feb. 28. A 25-year old businessman named Wong Ching-kit and his 20-year-old colleague have purportedly been arrested by Commercial Crime Bureau officers at their office in Hong Kong. They […]

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New Freelancing Platform Supports 12 Different Cryptocurrencies

There’s a new freelancing platform called Freelance for Coins that provides users with the ability to publish offers and bids for cryptocurrencies. In order to help facilitate deals between users, the service not only allows people to publish their bids and offers, but also provides them with a messenger for chatting. It also enables crypto invoices for coins like BTC, BCH, ETH, XMR, and a few stablecoins. Also read: Crypto Exchange Circle Partners With Financial Surveillance Provider Nice Actimize Freelance for Coins Offers a Free Service for […]

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After a Brief Decline, Crypto Market Cap Is Stable Around $130 Billion, Stocks Are Down

Crypto markets capitalization has been hovering around $130 billion after a major sell off on Feb. 24. Thursday, Feb. 28 — crypto markets continued trading sideways, while the total market capitalization has remained stable around $130 billion after a major sell off on Feb. 24, according to CoinMarketCap. Market visualization from Coin360 Bitcoin (BTC) is trading around $3,865, up around 0.3 percent over the past 24 hours at press time. With that, the biggest crypto has seen some volatility on the day, with its intraday low of […]

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German Government to Introduce Blockchain Strategy in Mid-2019

Germany’s blockchain strategy will be introduced in mid-2019, according to statements by the Cabinet of Germany. The chief executive body of the German government, the Cabinet of Germany, has revealed that the country’s blockchain strategy will be introduced by mid-2019. The Cabinet commented on the development of fintech in the country on Feb. 26, following a request for information from parliamentarians in the Bundestag. The document notes that fintech sandboxes are currently present in five member states of the European Union: Denmark, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland and […]

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Cryptocurrency Accounts for Less Than 2% of All Japanese Money Laundering Cases

Money laundering cases related to cryptocurrencies in Japan have increased significantly in 2018. Nevertheless, their number remains a fraction of the total. According to the Japanese press, the majority of reported money laundering instances actually involve banks and other traditional financial institutions. Also read: Platform for Crypto Payments to Bank Accounts Launching in the UK Most Instances Involve Banks and Credit Card Companies The number of cases of suspected money laundering linked to cryptocurrencies reported in Japan surpassed 7,000 last year, the Japan Times reported, quoting the […]

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