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BitFlyer

BitFlyer

BitFlyer: In a move to strengthen its presence in Europe, Japan’s largest bitcoin and Ether trading platform, Bitflyer, announced that it is integrating PayPal for euro payments.

Libra

Libra

Facebook’s Libra, which already quietly added Tagomi,  Checkout.com and Temasek as members this year, announced that it is adding investment firm Blockchain Capital as a member of the association.

Paxful

Paxful

Paxful, whose stated mission is to provide banking services to underserved communities, announced that is throwing in the towel in Venezuela due to increasing risks of doing business there.

SushiSwap

SushiSwap

SushiSwap burst onto the DeFi scene when it exploited Uniswap’s liquidity pool by issuing a governance token which rewarded Sushi’s founder with a $14 million windfall. Chef Nomi, Sushi’s founder, was shamed into returning the funds to Sushi. 

Bitstamp

Bitstamp

Bitstamp, a Luxembourg-based cryptocurrency trading platform, has upgraded its matching engine with new technology from Nasdaq that will accelerate order matching by up to 1,250 times current speeds once it is fully implemented. 

Bithumb

Bithumb

Bithumb, the largest cryptocurrency trading platform in South Korea, was raided for the second time in a week as local Seoul police investigate potential fraud related to a failed merger and related token issuance.

Binance

Binance

Binance, one of the largest networks of cryptocurrency trading platforms in the world, today launched Liquid Swap, a platform that lets users deposit crypto into automated market maker accounts for trading. 

LedgerX

LedgerX

The original bitcoin swap execution facility and clearing house, LedgerX, has been granted authority to clear non-digital asset based products. First launched in 2017, LedgerX  became a futures exchange in 2019. 

Privacy coin

Privacy coin

Turning their backs on privacy coins, users prefer bitcoin, according to cryptocurrency data research firm CoinMetrics. Bitcoin is transacted 16 times more frequently than the three major privacy coins Monero, Zcash and GRIN combined.

BitMEX

BitMEX

Seychelles-based BitMEX, one of the leading cryptocurrency derivatives platforms in the world, is making its trading platform available to mobile users in 140 countries.

yEarn

yEarn

YEarn is a decentralized finance protocol whose governing token reached a market price this weekend of more than $38K despite eYarn founder Andre Cronje’s having warned that the tokens are “worthless.” 

Hemp Prices: “I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up”

Hemp Prices: “I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up”

The August 2020 Hemp: Benchmarks and Analysis was published last week by our friends at PanXchange. Now, at the end of August the harvest of field grown industrial hemp has not only begun, but also some early harvested hemp targeted to the cannabidiol (CBD) market is...

Digital Currency Group

Digital Currency Group

Digital Currency Group, which owns Grayscale Investments and CoinDesk, announced yesterday that it had formed Foundry to mine bitcoin. DGC is committing $100 million into the venture.

Thom Thompson

Thom Thompson

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Thom Thompson is a derivatives specialist who has worked in product design, business development and regulatory roles for the CFTC, the Chicago Board of TradeThe Clearing CorporationSwiss ExchangeEurex and Eurex Clearing.

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