Deutsche Bank Joins JPMorgan’s Interbank Information Network Platform

Germany’s largest bank, Deutsche Bank, has joined 320 other banks in the JPMorgan blockchain network, the Interbank Information Network (IIN). The move aims to lower cost for Deutsche Bank, which handles a vaster amount of euro payments relative to any other bank globally. This will also enhance cross-border transactions and thus avoid the costly lag periods. IIN Platform to Enhance Cross-Border Transactions According to the bank’s head of cash management globally, Ole Matthiessen, the Interbank Information Network will allow the bank to provide customers with enhanced services. He added that…

tZERO, Overstock’s Crypto Platform, Loses a Major Investor

Overstock’s security token platform, tZERO, has lost a major investor following the departure of CEO Patrick Byrne last week. Another Blow for tZERO During interim CEO Jonathan Johnson’s very first investor call in his new role, he confirmed that Makara Capital “will be not investing in tZERO right now.” However, he did mention that Makara would continue to monitor the development of tZERO and possibly reconsider in the future. The news is another blow for Overstock’s security token platform, as in August 2018, Overstock announced that Makara would invest $404 million USD…

Crypto Derivatives Trading Platform FTX Raises $8 Million

FTX, a new cryptocurrency derivatives exchange and trading platform, has raised $8 million in a funding round led by blockchain-focused fund Proof of Capital, Consensus Lab, FBG and Galois Capital. Proof of Capital is a $50 million venture capital (VC) fund launched in April 2019 by partners from Horizons Ventures, Greylock Partners and 500 Startups, and backed by the likes of HTC and YouTube co-founder Steve Chen. The fund invests in early-stage blockchain startups with a focus on fintech, infrastructure, hardware and consumer products, and made one investment prior to…

Crypto Derivative Platform FTX Introduces Alternative to Short Alts

CoinDesk reports that new crypto derivatives platform FTX has launched one of the most abstract and strangely-named futures index fund in the cryptocurrency market. The index, dubbed Shitcoin Index Perpetual Futures or SHIT-PERP, is a 58 low market cap coins index. It is flanked by other low-cap indices ALT-PERP and MID-PERP and includes projects such as Grin, Nano, and Waves. FTX’s Connection with Alameda Research The derivative platform was opened in spring after an incubation program under Alameda Research began. The FTX derivatives platform operates an over the counter desk,…

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 to Stop Serving US Traders Following Announcement of US-Dedicated Platform

Major crypto exchange Binance announced today, June 14, that it has updated its terms of use, which notably includes a restriction of services to United States-based individual and corporate traders. The restriction follows yesterday’s news that the company is launching a separate, fully regulated fiat-to-crypto platform for the U.S. market. Today’s announcement provides a timeline for the new terms to come into effect, specifying that: “After 90 days, effective on 2019/09/12 [12th September 2019], users who are not in accordance with Binance’s Terms of Use will continue to have access…

John McAfee’s New Crypto Trading Platform ‘Magic’ Goes Live

Noted cybersecurity expert and eccentric crypto fan John McAfee has just launched a cryptocurrency trading platform. Dubbed “Magic,” the site is touted as allowing users to “trade cryptocurrencies on multiple exchanges within a single dashboard, automatically and manually.” Notably, the exchange appears to be non-custodial, with users’ crypto holdings remaining on eight other exchange platforms. When a trade is executed, funds are transferred from those accounts to compete the transaction. To set this up, users will need to plug in APIs from their other exchanges. Two “portals” are on offer,…

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…

The Abyss Platform Partners With Epic Games

Epic Games—the developer behind the global success Fortnite—is partnering with blockchain game distribution platform, The Abyss. The company made the announcement earlier today. Epic Games and The Abyss Blockchain The Abyss blockchain is a new digital gaming platform that offers MMO’s (Massively Multiplayer Online games) and other video games. Offering a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) business model, it gives indie-studios the ability to develop, run, market and manage their games. There is no interference from a third party. Further, users can generate income via “the unique multilevel referral program which serves as…

PewDiePie Boosts Blockchain Streaming Platform with 67% Subscriber Spike

By CCN: Sweden’s Felix Kjellberg AKA PewDiePie, YouTube’s most popular streamer, has been up and running on cryptocurrency startup DLive for a little over a month and is already drawing in the crowds. DLive’s subscriber numbers are already up 67% since PewDiePie joined the platform. The company has not released official numbers regarding Kjellberg’s specific impact but it’s safe to say that most of their success can be attributed to Mr. Pie’s exclusive streaming deal. Signing established streamers will be key to stealing market share from current players like Twitch.…