Zebpay Continues European Expansion, Launches EU-Wide Trading Tournament

Cryptocurrency exchange Zebpay is opening new offices in five European countries, increasing its presence on the continent to 43 countries. Launched in 2015 in India, Zebpay grew into one of the country’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges before shuttering its operation in September 2018, due to the crypto ban in the country. Now, the exchange operates out of Malta, and today’s expansion will make it available for users in Spain, Romania, Slovakia, Liechtenstein and Lithuania. The exchange is also running a European trading competition which will debut today, February 1, 2019. The…

Chainalysis: Darknet Market Activity Nearly Doubled Throughout 2018

Darknet markets are going as strong as ever, if Chainalysis data is to be believed. In its latest Crypto Crime Report, published earlier this week, blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis reports that darknet market activity has nearly doubled throughout 2018. After a slump in late 2017 and early 2018 due to the closure of two major online marketplaces for illicit activity — AlphaBay and Hansa — volume has since almost completely recovered to early-2017’s all-time high levels, surpassing $600 million worth of bitcoin for the year. “Law enforcement has been working…

Crypto Exchange QuadrigaCX Files for Creditor Protection

Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX is filing for protection from creditors, a step taken to avoid bankruptcy. In a statement posted to its website nearly a week after the portal became inaccessible, the exchange announced that it had filed “an application for creditor protection in accordance with the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act,” as part of a move to “address” financial issues. In its application, QuadrigaCX is asking the Nova Scotia Supreme Court to appoint professional services firm Ernst & Young to act as independent third party to oversee its proceedings. The…

Pantera Capital, Coinbase Back Crypto Startup Staked in $4.5 Million Round

Major crypto investment firm Pantera Capital has lead a seed funding round for crypto staking startup, Staked, the company announced in a blog post Jan. 31. The startup, which targets institutional investors of proof-of-stake cryptocurrencies, announced that it raised $4.5 million in the investment round.    According to the post, in addition to Pantera Capital, major firms that participated in the round include Coinbase Ventures, Digital Currency Group, Winklevoss Capital, Global Brain, Fabric Ventures and Blocktree Capital. Furthermore, the company also reported that Pantera Capital partner Paul Veradittakit is set…

Bitcoin Hovers Under $3,450 as All Top Cryptos See Moderate Losses

Thursday, Jan. 31 — all of the top 20 cryptocurrencies are reporting moderate to heavy losses on the day by press time. Bitcoin (BTC) is hovering under $3,450 again, according to Coin360 data. Market visualization from Coin360 At press time, Bitcoin is down just 1 percent on the day, trading at around $3,449, according to CoinMarketCap. Looking at its weekly chart, the current price is lower than $3,593, the price at which Bitcoin started the week. Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap Ripple (XRP) has lost nearly 3.4 percent in…

Blockchain Capital Leads Funding Round for Crypto Compliance Startup TRM

United States-based investment firm Blockchain Capital has led a seed funding round for  blockchain compliance startup TRM, a press release from the firm reveals Jan. 31. TRM announced today that it had a closed a funding round totalling $1.7 million. Tapas Capital, Green D Ventures, The MBA Fund, and “strategic angel investors” also participated in the round. According to TRM, the company is going to spend the funds on scaling its engineering talent and expanding the capabilities of its platform. Based in San Francisco, the firm has developed a so-called…

Germany’s 2nd Largest Stock Exchange Boerse Stuttgart Launches Crypto Trading App

Germany’s second largest stock exchange, Boerse Stuttgart Group, has officially launched its crypto-trading app Bison, according to an official tweet today, Jan. 31. According to the app’s webpage, the software was developed by FinTech Sowa Labs — a subsidiary of Boerse Stuttgart Digital Ventures. The developers’ reported aim in making the app is to ease access to cryptocurrencies for investors that are accustomed to using traditional markets. Currently, the app enables free-of-charge trading in Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC) and Ripple (XRP). Another subsidiary of the stock exchange, Blocknox,…

Florida Appeals Court Reinstates Felony Charges for Unregistered Bitcoin Sale

A United States appellate court in the state of Florida has reinstated charges against a man who sold Bitcoin (BTC) to an undercover police officer, local media Miami Herald reports on Jan. 30. According to the report, the Third District Court of Appeal ruled that a judge who dismissed charges against the defendant, Michell Espinoza, was wrong. Espinoza is a website designer who was charged with allegedly transmitting and laundering $1,500 worth of BTC without a money transmitter license. At the initial trial in a Miami-Dade circuit court, the defense…

Seoul City Gov’t Launches ‘Blockchain Governance Team’ for State Services

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has launched the Seoul Blockchain Governance Team to explore the benefits of blockchain in administrative services, Yonhap News reports Jan. 31. According to the report, the members of the team are researching the potential of blockchain applications in various government services, including online voting system. Specifically, the working group intends to address systems of integrated management, digital document verification and automatic sub-contract payment. The team consists of 100 employees between the ages of 21 and 77, including developers, association executives, project makers, corporate representatives as well…

New York Financial Regulators Grant BitLicense to Bitcoin ATM Operator

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has granted a virtual currency license, or BitLicense, to Cottonwood Vending LLC, according to an official tweet on Jan. 31. Cottonwood Vending is a Bitcoin (BTC) ATM operator with terminals in New York City and the surrounding area. According to the tweet, the granting of such licenses “continues to advance responsible innovation in New York’s fintech industry.” Bitcoin ATMs, or BTMs, are touchscreen kiosks that enable users to deposit cash and either buy Bitcoin, or to scan their mobile wallet, sell…