Tag Archives: CoinDesk

CoinMarketCap Metric Overhaul Keeps Owner Binance at the Top

CoinMarketCap Metric Overhaul Keeps Owner Binance at the Top

CoinMarketCap came under fire last month after its new web traffic-based ranking system gave Binance – which acquired the aggregator for a rumored $400 million in April – a perfect score. “Six weeks in and Binance’s acquisition of CoinMarketCap [is] already being abused to manipulate the rankings,” tweeted an irate Mati Greenspan at the time. Well, the price site […]

Crypto Custodian BitGo Joins Race to Provide Prime Brokerage Services

Crypto Custodian BitGo Joins Race to Provide Prime Brokerage Services

The services will be offered by BitGo Prime, a new entity that will be headed by Nick Carmi, BitGo’s head of financial services. Carmi joined the firm last year after stints at various banks and other financial institutions. BitGo Prime has already launched crypto lending services, and plans to expand these as well as build liquidity on its […]

Crypto Community Reacts to Tether Admitting USDT Not Fully Backed

Crypto Community Reacts to Tether Admitting USDT Not Fully Backed

According to the company behind it, stablecoin USDT is not fully backed by fiat currency deposits. It was revealed today that the controversial crypto asset firm Tether only holds around 74 percent of the total value of USDT’s current circulating supply. Tether and the crypto exchange Bitfinex are currently defending allegations from the New York Attorney General’s office that […]

Bitcoin Coders Send International Lightning Payment Over Ham Radio

Bitcoin Coders Send International Lightning Payment Over Ham Radio

In what appears to be a first-of-its-kind transaction, two developers working in separate countries have successfully sent a bitcoin lightning payment over radio waves. Organized over Twitter this past weekend, the transaction was sent by Rodolfo Novak, co-founder of bitcoin hardware startup CoinKite, to developer and Bloomberg columnist Elaine Ou. The completed payment effectively moved real bitcoin from […]

$404 Million to $100 Million: GSR to Cut Overstock tZERO Investment By 75%

$404 Million to $100 Million: GSR to Cut Overstock tZERO Investment By 75%

A long-awaited capital infusion for Overstock and its tZERO security token platform has been delayed again – and significantly downsized. GSR Capital, a Hong Kong-based private equity firm, was supposed to close the $404 million investment on Feb. 28. But on Friday, Overstock said the deal had not closed, and the parties are now in talks for a much smaller […]

Facebook Plans to Launch Cryptocurrency in First Half of 2019: NYT Report

Facebook Plans to Launch Cryptocurrency in First Half of 2019: NYT Report

Facebook is talking to exchanges about potentially listing a cryptocurrency. That’s the main finding from a New York Times story published Thursday on several efforts to introduce native cryptocurrencies to widely used messaging platforms. The Times reports that Signal and Telegram are also planning to roll out tokens over the next 12 months. Citing “four people briefed […]

Winklevoss Exchange Gemini Shuts Down Accounts Over Stablecoin Redemptions

Winklevoss Exchange Gemini Shuts Down Accounts Over Stablecoin Redemptions

Two over-the-counter trading desks say their accounts at Gemini, the crypto exchange founded by U.S. investors Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, were abruptly closed without explanation over attempts to redeem GUSD, the company’s stablecoin first introduced in September. The claims leveled against Gemini by the OTC desks, relayed under anonymity due to fears of reputational damage, […]

Ethereum Devs Propose Activating Constantinople Hard Fork in Late February

Ethereum Devs Propose Activating Constantinople Hard Fork in Late February

Ethereum core developers have proposed activating Constantinople – a planned system-wide upgrade that was called off earlier this week – in late February. Also called a hard fork, Constantinople is now estimated by developers to go live some time between Feb. 26 and Feb. 28, with a block number to be determined at a future […]

LedgerX Launches ‘Bitcoin Fear Index’ to Track Price Volatility

LedgerX Launches ‘Bitcoin Fear Index’ to Track Price Volatility

LedgerX thinks cryptocurrency traders should be able to assess bitcoin’s volatility. And, taking a leaf out of the stock market’s book, the derivatives trading platform has built an index to track this benchmark. The company announced Monday that it was launching the LedgerX Volatility Index (LXVX), which will track the expected volatility for bitcoin. The […]