OKCoin Founder Star Xu Seeks to Acquire Public Firm for $60 Million

Star Xu, the founder of cryptocurrency exchange OKCoin, may be seeking a possible backdoor IPO for his firm by buying a majority stake in a Hong Kong-listed company. On Jan. 10, Xu (under his real name Xu Mingxing) filed with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) for approval to buy a 60 percent stake in a construction engineering firm called LEAP Holdings Group Ltd. Through his company OKC Holdings Corp., Xu is aiming to purchase approximately 3.2 billion shares of the company for HK$0.15 (around $0.02) per share. In total, the acquisition,…

Wanchain Joins Telefónica, One of the World’s Largest Telephone Operators, Developing a Mobile Blockchain Future

Blockchain Phone. Image from Shutterstock. Wanchain Symbol Eleven Paths, a subsidiary of Telefónica, has tapped Wanchain in an effort to build a secure blockchain platform for the mobile generation. Rivetz is a security company which works extensively in the blockchain space and also plays an important role in the new effort. Wanchain is an Ethereum fork which specializes in cross-chain compatibility. With Wanchain, users can hold both Bitcoin and Ethereum. In an exclusive talk with Wanchain’s Dan Reecer, CCN learned that its interchain operability is what sets Wanchain apart in…

When Bubbles Pop: An Infographic

When the bubble pops, people don’t realize it at first. When the bubble pops, it’s always just another volatile day. “It’s just a correction. A road bump on the way up. Buy the dip! It’ll bounce back, just you wait.” Until it doesn’t and it becomes painfully apparent that the bull run is over and it’s a long — a very long — way down. And not just for the red candle addled price, but for the network, its transaction counts, and general interest as well. No one likes the…

New BitGo Partnership Lets Clients Trade Crypto Directly From Cold Storage

American crypto wallet and custodial firm BitGo has teamed up with Genesis Global Trading, a digital asset trading firm, to improve the crypto trading experience for its institutional investors. Investors who use BitGo’s custody service can now trade their assets directly from their BitGo custody account, without the need to move the assets to an exchange. “Institutional investors want to put their assets to work and they want security,” Mike Belshe, BitGo’s CEO, told Bitcoin Magazine. “Until now, they’ve had to make compromises on one front or the other, choosing…

XRP and xRapid Success Disprove Critics

Ripple price steady and bullish Brad Garlinghouse’s pride, xRapid gaining traction Transaction volumes thin as XRP consolidates inside Jan 14 high low Prices may be all over the place and consolidating inside Jan 14 bull bar but our last XRP/USD price analysis remain the same. As long as XRP prices trend above 30 cents, bulls have a chance to rally—thanks to increasing adoption of xRapid. Ripple Price Analysis Fundamentals Sometimes back, news had it that Ripple may be in advanced stages preparing to roll out a product called Convergence. By…

2019 a Year of Accumulation For Bitcoin, Recovery by Year’s End

Bitcoin could see a recovery by the end of 2019. | Source: Shutterstock In the past 24 hours, the crypto market has recovered from $120 to $123 billion as the Bitcoin price avoided a further drop below the $3,600 mark. The bitcoin price avoided a further drop below $3,600. Ethereum has also been able to rebound relatively quickly from the delay of the Constantinople hard fork, which initially caused a 10 percent drop from $130 to $116. Slow Grind Up For Bitcoin Expected in 2019 Due to the intensity of…

HSBC Completed $250 Billion in Blockchain-Processed Transactions in 2018

HSBC. Image Shutterstock. According to a press release quoted by the Financial Times on Monday, HSBC, one of the largest banking institutions in the world by total assets, reported $250 billion in settled transactions in 2018, using the blockchain technology. The press release revealed that during the last calendar year, HSBC settled over 3 million blockchain-based foreign exchange transactions. Performed through its blockchain platform, “FX Everywhere,” the bank says it has processed 150,000 payments since the platform launched in February 2018. HSBC completed its first blockchain trade finance transaction in May…

Binance Targets EU, UK Traders With New Fiat-to-Crypto Exchange

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by adjusted trading volume, has launched a new fiat-to-crypto exchange on the island of Jersey, a British self-governing dependency. Through the new exchange, which is targeting traders in Europe and the U.K, users will be able to trade bitcoin and ethereum against the British pound and the euro, the firm said Wednesday. “Binance selected Jersey for its highly developed digital infrastructure, robust regulatory framework, and world-class financial services sector,” the exchange’s chief financial officer, Wei Zhou, told CoinDesk. He further clarified that Binance Jersey…

Ripple Price Analysis: XRP Targets Fresh Weekly Highs Above $0.3500

Ripple price found support above the $0.3100 level and recovered above $0.3300 against the US dollar. There was a break above a major bearish trend line with resistance at $0.3200 on the hourly chart of the XRP/USD pair (data source from Kraken). The pair could extend gains towards $0.3500 if there is a break above the $0.3360 resistance. Ripple price recovered nicely in the past few hours against the US Dollar and Bitcoin. XRP/USD may target the $0.3500 resistance if it breaks $0.3360 and $0.3400. Ripple Price Analysis Recently, we…

Bittrex Launches Over-the-Counter Trading Platform for Bitcoin, Crypto

Major cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex will launch an over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk today, January 14, 2018, by 18:00 UTC. The service will allow investors to trade nearly 200 digital assets currently offered on the Bittrex trading platform. OTC trading is popular with institutional investors who trade in large volumes of cryptocurrencies. This form of crypto trading happens between two parties, and it takes place away from the exchanges. OTC trades are often handled via brokers, who offer high-volume traders a trading desk to execute large trades with a faster settlement and…