Binance Eyes Launch of Crypto Exchange in South Korea

Binance, the world’s top exchange by trading volume, is considering launching a branch in South Korea, according to reports. Changpeng “CZ” Zhao confirmed the possibility to local news source Block In Press on Tuesday, saying (via translation) that the firm is “working with local partners, but we do not know the details.” However, according to a report by CoinDesk Korea, a business entity dubbed Binance LLC has been established in the country, with the director listed as Jiho Kang of BXB Inc., a firm offering a Korean won-backed stablecoin. A Binance representative reportedly told Block…

Hacked Crypto Exchange Bitpoint Discovers More Millions Are Missing

After announcing a $30-million hack last week, Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitpoint says it’s discovered that another $2.3 million is missing. A report from Japan Today on Monday said the extra losses were discovered at exchanges outside Japan that were using Bitpoint’s trading system and announced Sunday. The firm announced Friday that it had suffered a security breach arising in the loss of around 3.2 billion yen (almost $30 million) in cryptocurrencies. As a result, it halted all services including trading, deposits and withdrawals of all crypto assets. The platform’s parent company Remixpoint…

Binance Launches Platform ‘2.0’ as Margin Trading Goes Live

The top crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance, has launched version 2.0 of its platform – a move that officially adds margin trading for its customers. The firm revealed that margin trading was on the way in late May, and said that the service would feature up to 20x leverage soon after. In an announcement Thursday, Binance indicated that leverage (the amount that can be borrowed against a user’s crypto collateral) is just 3x, however. “Your Margin Wallet balance determines the amount of funds you can borrow, following a fixed…

Binance Cuts Time Needed for BTC, ETH Deposits and Withdrawals

Binance has just cut the time needed to make withdrawals and deposits in two top cryptocurrencies. The crypto exchange announced Tuesday that it’s adjusted its systems so that the number of block confirmations – in effect, how long before a transaction is considered confirmed as complete and can be executed – has been halved for bitcoin (BTC) deposits to 1 block confirmation. Withdrawals will take two confirmations. For ethereum (ETH) and related ERC-20 tokens, Binance said 12 block confirmations are now required for deposits and withdrawals – that’s down from the previously…

Dogecoin Price Surges 37% Following Binance Listing Announcement

The price of the popular dogecoin cryptocurrency is surging after the announcement that it will soon be listed on the Binance exchange. Binance said in a support notice that trading will open for dogecoin (DOGE) at midday (UTC) Friday. The exchange will at launch offer trading pairs for DOGE against Binance coin (BNB) and bitcoin (BTC), as well as the stablecoins tether (USDT), Paxos standard (PAX) and USD Coin (USDC). Users can already deposit DOGE in preparation for trading, the exchange said. The news has given a big boost to the price of…

Former Ripple Exec to Lead Binance’s US Expansion as New Exchange CEO

The operator of Binance’s upcoming U.S. crypto exchange, BAM Trading Services, has hired a former Ripple executive as its CEO. BAM announced on Tuesday it had appointed Catherine Coley as CEO, who will be responsible for rolling out Binance U.S., as well as expanding the exchange’s marketplace in North America. Prior to joining the firm, Coley was the head of  XRP Institutional Liquidity at San Francisco-based distributed ledger tech startup Ripple, BAM said in the announcement. Before entering the blockchain and crypto space, Coley worked for banking giant Morgan Stanley…

S&P 500 Gains Can Earn You Bitcoin on New Bain Capital-Backed Exchange

Crypto investors have a new way to bet on the price of bitcoin – or on traditional assets – with the formal launch of EverMarkets Exchange (EMX)’s derivatives platform. The Palo Alto, California-based startup was founded two years ago and opened the exchange to a restricted audience at the end of May 2019. Effective Monday, the market is now available to participants worldwide – though U.S. residents are excluded. Co-founder Craig Austin told CoinDesk that the company wants to give customers access to a “world market” by trading derivatives tied…

Binance Talking to Facebook About Libra Listing: Reports

According to reports in the crypto press Thursday, cryptocurrency exchange Binance is talking to Facebook about getting involved in the social media giant’s upcoming Libra project. Finance Magnates says it spoke to Binance at the FinTech Junction event in Israel on Thursday, with the exchange’s CSO, Gin Chao, saying that early discussions have taken place with Facebook over a possible future listing of the libra token. Chao said that as libra will be on a private blockchain initially, it won’t need external liquidity. However, Facebook may ultimately desire a secondary market, he said, adding: “Currencies…

Irish Crypto Exchange Bitsane May Have Disappeared With Users’ Funds

Irish cryptocurrency exchange Bitsane may have done a runner with users’ funds. Forbes said Thursday that the Bitsane exchange, which offers spot trading of cryptos and gained popularity as an early provider of XRP trading, has gone offline and has deleted its social media accounts. Emails sent by Forbes bounced back, it said. Customers of the exchange are saying that they have possibly lost amounts ranging from $5,000 to $150,000 in crypto holdings. On crypto data website CoinMarketCap, Bitsane’s trading information has not been updated for over 10 days. A user that…