Lithuania to Regulate Cryptocurrency Exchange Sector With Obligatory ID Checks

Lithuania is preparing new rules to govern cryptocurrency transactions, requiring businesses to prove the identity of clients, local daily news outlet Delfi reported on June 12. As part of its obligations to impose European Union anti-money laundering (AML) regulations, Lithuania’s finance ministry will seek to completely formalize crypto-based exchange operations. Parliament approved the move during a sitting on Wednesday, Delfi says, while a time frame remains uncertain for implementation. Once the rules come into effect, any transactions worth over €1,000 ($1,127) involving cryptocurrency — be it into or out of…

What We Know About Facebook’s Forthcoming Cryptocurrency

Over the past few months, it appeared that Telegram has been comfortably leading the clandestine race between major social platforms that have been quietly working on their native crypto tokens, with its Telegram Open Network (TON) making strides toward its October 2019 launch deadline. The latest avalanche of news from Facebook, however, makes this lead look less convincing, as it becomes apparent that the social media giant’s blockchain project is also well underway. After a series of indirect cues suggesting that Facebook’s long-rumored fintech initiative is in motion, a massive…

Navigating Country-Specific Cryptocurrency Trading Restrictions

At the start of June 2019, reports emerged that Binance DEX’s website was blocking users with IP addresses from 29 countries. This news immediately caused confusion with some commentators, using it as an opportunity to reaffirm their stance that Binance DEX is not truly a decentralized exchange (DEX). However, as it turned out, the initial reports were somewhat inaccurate, as the geoblocking only applied to Binance.org — the website for the DEX platform. Traders could still access the DEX via some supported wallet apps, bypassing the need to go through…

Facebook Coin | Platform will Announce Cryptocurrency in June

According to CNBC, Facebook will announce its cryptocurrency later in June. Further, those working on the project will be able to take their salary in its new currency—the Facebook coin. Let’s check this out; here’s what we know. Facebook Coin: To Be Announced in Late June Rumors have surfaced for months now about Facebook’s new digital asset; however, nothing was ever truly confirmed. What is known is this: Almost one year ago, Facebook hired former PayPal executive David Marcus to explore blockchain opportunities—blockchain is, of course, the necessary technology to…

Mexico Is Getting Eight New Cryptocurrency Exchanges

The company Amero-Isatek announced that it will open its first physical cryptocurrency exchange station in Nuevo León, Monterrey on June 21. It will also soon expand into another seven locations across Mexico. Amero-Isatek estimates that it will server over 800,000 cryptocurrency users in Central Mexico. Users of the exchange will trade in Amero, Amero-Isatek’s own cryptoasset. The asset launches on the day of the Nuevo León opening. The firm already made headlines early this year for participating in what it called the world’s biggest cryptocurrency real estate exchange. In this…

Coinbase Adds Support for EOS Cryptocurrency on Retail Site and Apps

Coinbase has added support for the EOS cryptocurrency for its retail customers. The exchange announced in a blog post on May 30 that the option would be available on Coinbase.com and its Android and iOS apps, allowing users to buy, sell, convert, send, receive or just store EOS. The token was added to its Pro platform back in April. While the EOS option is now available for customers in “most” of Coinbase’s served jurisdictions, the U.K. and the U.S. state of New York are not included initially. “Additional jurisdictions may be…

Cryptocurrency Mixers and Why Governments May Want to Shut Them Down

On May 22, 2019, cryptocurrency mixers (also called tumblers) were front and center on the news cycle, following reports of European authorities shutting down one such service. Law enforcement officials involved said the action was necessitated by reports on Bestmixer.io — i.e., the platform in question that was being used to funnel dirty money via cryptocurrencies. Stakeholders in the crypto industry decried the action, calling it a gross overreach by government agents. They also declared that it set a dangerous precedent, one that could be inimical to cryptography as a…

China’s Cryptocurrency Rankings | EOS Comes Out on Top

EOS still maintains the top spot in China’s cryptocurrency rankings list. The superpower updated its list last week, proving that EOS is still the favorite. Bitcoin has climbed up three places and now sits in 12th position. Considering Bitcoin is up 10% to press time and approaching the $9k mark, its a wonder why it hasn’t ranked higher on the list. Well here’s why: China’s Cryptocurrency Rankings The rankings list assesses three criteria: technology, application, and innovation. The top five were as follows: EOS, TRON, ETHEREUM, STEEM, and ONTOLOGY. Despite…

Yahoo! Japanese Cryptocurrency Exchange Taotao Confirms May 30 Launch

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Taotao will launch its trading service on May 30, Cointelegraph Japan reported Monday, quoting a social media update. Taotao, which is 40% owned by internet giant Yahoo! Japan’s YJFX, will initially offer trading in bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH). Margin trading will also be available in litecoin (LTC), XRP and bitcoin cash (BCH) in addition to BTC and ETH. The start date brings to a close a year-long process since Yahoo! Japan closed the 40% percent equity deal in the exchange, then called BitARG, in April 2018.…

Platform Allows Users to Send and Receive Cryptocurrency With Gadget of Their Choice

The team behind a private digital currency for secure payments says its goal is to make every consumer their own bank — enabling them to send and receive crypto with the gadget of their choice. Xeonbit says its peer-to-peer technology ensures that every user’s accounts and transactions are “out of reach to any prying eyes.” A feature known as “ring signatures” means public keys are shuffled in order to ensure that particular users cannot be identified once a transaction has taken place. The startup says this is not at the…