Tokenized Securities Exchange Currency.com Launches to the Public

Belarus-based tokenized securities exchange Currency.com has announced it is launching to the public today after a spell in beta mode since January. The platform – which claims to be the world’s first such exchange – allows investors to directly trade and invest in tokenized financial instruments, with payment being made directly in bitcoin (BTC) or ethereum (ETH). Currency.com has also launched an app for both iOS and Android allowing users to access the exchange on the go. Other features added for the launch include 50 percent margin close outs and selling…

English Soccer Club Launches Blockchain Fan Token

English Premier League soccer team West Ham United turns to blockchain to launch its own token. The “fan token,” powered by Socios.com will allow West Ham’s 40 million supporters to vote on club decisions and gain access to exclusive rewards. The fan token initiative has already been adopted by Juventus and Paris St. Germaine and comes during a wave of mainstream blockchain adoption. Just this week, Jaguar Land Rover inked a deal with cryptocurrency platform IOTA.  West Ham United is proud to announce a partnership with @socios, the blockchain-based fan…

ErisX Launches Crypto Spot Market on Heels of New $20 Million Raise

Aspiring crypto derivatives provider ErisX took one step closer to its ultimate goal Tuesday with the launch of a spot market. The exchange announced that it will immediately support dollar trading pairs with bitcoin, bitcoin cash, litecoin and ethereum, as well as bitcoin trading pairs with the other three cryptocurrencies at launch. While ErisX has a number of firms looking to trade on its platform at launch, it did not disclose any names. Chief strategy officer Matt Trudeau told CoinDesk that, at launch, ErisX’s platform will include both its exchange…

Binance Launches Decentralized Exchange Ahead of Schedule

Binance’s much anticipated decentralized exchange (DEX) has gone live ahead of its planned schedule. The world’s top cryptocurrency exchange by adjusted volume announced the news on Tuesday, saying that while trading will begin “at a later date,” users can now create wallets on Binance DEX. A representative told CoinDesk that trading will launch “as soon as tokens are issued and listed on Binance DEX, and trading pairs are created. We’re expecting this to happen soon, in the next few days.” Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao said in the announcement: “We believe decentralized…

Binance Chain Launches, Firm Expects to Execute Mainnet Swap on April 23

Binance has launched its mainnet Binance Chain and expects to execute the swap of its native token Binance Coin (BNB) on April 23, according to an announcement on April 18. The major crypto exchange first revealed its plans to launch its own blockchain in December 2018, intending to build a basis for issuing new cryptocurrencies and initial coin offering tokens. According to the announcement, Binance is producing blocks with consensus from the genesis block as of today, with its native coin BNB planned to be issued in the genesis block.…

Five Years in the Making, Bisq Exchange Launches Its Bitcoins DAO

Decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) are one of crypto's more novel and ambitious applications — one that Bitcoin, until recently, has had nothing to do with. In practice, they're a bit younger than Bitcoin forks and older than smart contract-focused blockchains. The idea is that you can devise a decentralized governance system using the blockchain's cryptographic controls — rule of code, so to speak. Using tokenomics and technical schemes, the DAO affects certain laws over its participants, incentivizes them to play by the rules and encourages the community to hold itself…

Five Years in the Making, Bisq Exchange Launches Its Bitcoin DAO

Decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) are one of crypto’s more novel and ambitious applications — one that Bitcoin, until recently, has had nothing to do with. In practice, they’re a bit younger than Bitcoin forks and older than smart contract-focused blockchains. The idea is that you can devise a decentralized governance system using the blockchain’s cryptographic controls — rule of code, so to speak. Using tokenomics and technical schemes, the DAO affects certain laws over its participants, incentivizes them to play by the rules and encourages the community to hold itself…

eToro Launches Full Crypto Exchange and 8 Custom Stablecoins

The blockchain subsidiary of social investing platform eToro has launched a cryptocurrency exchange along with eight branded stablecoins. The new platform is being managed by eToroX, which is regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission, the firm announced Tuesday. Trading in six cryptocurrencies will be offered at launch: bitcoin (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), ether (ETH), XRP, litecoin (LTC) and dash. Also available will be 37 crypto-to-fiat pairs, for example BTC/USD and XRP/GBP. The firm is additionally issuing eToro-branded tokens pegged to eight fiat currencies, including the eToro United States dollar (USDEX),…

Russian Social Media Giant VK Launches ‘Mineable’ VK Coin

Russian social media giant Vkontakte (VK) has launched an internal currency, VK Coin, that can be “mined,” local state-owned media outlet Tass reported on April 1. The move follows recent reports this week that VK was launching a bespoke cryptocurrency. The official information provided on VK Coin, however, does not indicate that the coin is based on blockchain technology. It does, however, encourage users to “mine” the coin via VK’s services. The service works via a mobile app clicker game that lets users earn the internal currency, send it to…

Coincheck Launches Bitcoin OTC Trading Desk 15 Months After Hack

The Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck has launched a Bitcoin over-the-counter (OTC) trading service for its users, per a post published on its official blog. The platform’s OTC trading desk will serve the needs of large-scale and institutional investors that want to trade large volumes of digital assets. Trading starts from 50 BTC (worth about $207,900 USD at press time) via Coincheck’s web interface. Currently the OTC trading desk serves only investors who want to trade in bitcoin. However, according to the company, there are plans to launch OTC trading for…