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…

AltDex Launches Cryptocurrency Index of Gaming-Related Tokens

Cryptocurrency indices provider AltDex has launched a cryptocurrency index of gaming-related tokens. The company announced the development in a blog post on April 4. AltDex has developed a benchmark index for the blockchain gaming category  dubbed AltDex Gaming Index. The index is designed to track cryptocurrencies and tokens of blockchain-based projects related to video games, esports, and other analogous decentralized applications. Per the post, AltDex’ index is applied in respect of 13 coins, including Theta Token (THETA), Enjin Coin (ENJ) , WAX (WAX), Decentraland (MANA) , Kin (KIN) , Loom Network (LOOM), MobileGO…

Coinsquare Crypto Exchange Launches Canadian Dollar-Backed Stablecoin

Coinsquare, one of Canada’s top crypto exchanges, will  be launching a stablecoin backed by the Canadian dollar dubbed eCAD, according to a press release on April 4. The new coin will purportedly be backed at a 1:1 ratio with Canadian dollars. Coinsquare states that the new coin will be a reliable and stable store of value that provides investors with an alternative to similar coins backed by the United States dollar. Cole Diamond, CEO of Coinsquare said: “The launch of eCAD will create the first transparent, affordable, and secure way…

Cryptocurrency Exchange IronX Launches Following $26 Million ICO

Cryptocurrency exchange IronX has launched for the public following a $26 million initial coin offering (ICO), technology-focused media outlet The Fintech Times reported on April 4. IronX is a regulated trading platform that was jointly established by digital trading firm IronFX and EmurgoHK, developers of the ninth-largest crypto by market cap, Cardano (ADA) in October of last year. IronX’ users can now trade in both fiat currencies like the U.S. dollar, euro, and Japanese yen and cryptocurrencies. The exchange supports Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), PumaPay (PMA), ADA, EOS, Litecoin (LTC),…

EU Blockchain Group Launches With SWIFT, Ripple Onboard

SWIFT, IBM, Ripple and around 100 other firms and organizations have joined a new blockchain association to promote adoption of the technology across the EU. A European Commission initiative, the new group – the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) – is launching Wednesday in Brussels, Belgium. INATBA has been set up as a “global multi-stakeholder forum” aimed to bring together developers and users of blockchain technology to promote mainstream adoption across multiple sectors. The association plans to build a framework to encourage public and private sector collaboration, dialogue…

European Union Launches International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications

The European Union announced the launch of the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) on its official website on April 3. According to a Cointelegraph representative who attended today’s ceremony at the European Commission in Brussels, the more than 100 members who have signed the charter include IBM, Accenture and Deutsche Telekom. Among the blockchain-related members number Iota, Ripple, ConsenSys, and the Sovrin Foundation. Per the announcement, INATBA aims to bring together industry startups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), regulators and standard setting bodies to bring blockchain and distributed…

Coincheck Launches Bitcoin OTC Trading Desk for Large-Scale Clients

Disclaimer: this article previously stated that Coincheck’s new product was aimed at institutional clients. It has been updated for accuracy. Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck has launched a Bitcoin (BTC) over-the-counter trading desk for large-scale investors. Cointelegraph Japan reported the news on April 1. The Coincheck OTC trading desk will enable clients to directly trade large volumes of Bitcoin — starting from 50 BTC ($207,000 to press time) — between each other using a web interface hosted by Coincheck. Opening hours will be limited to weekdays 10:00-15:00 (JST) and overtime trading…

Coincheck Launches OTC Crypto Trading for Institutions

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck has launched an over-the-counter (OTC) cryptocurrency trading service aimed at institutional clients, the firm said Monday. While the service seem primarily to serve bitcoin trades, Coincheck said it will consider trades in other cryptocurrencies. Coincheck said its OTC trading desk will allow customers to buy and sell a minimum of 50 bitcoins ($205,423 at press time) “quickly” at one go and at “attractive prices.” The service is available on weekdays between 10 a.m. (13 UTC) and 3 p.m. (18 UTC) Japan time. In an OTC trading service, two…

Decentralized Platform Launches New Features as Demand for Crypto Lending Increases

A decentralized peer-to-peer network says it is well placed to cater to the growing demand for crypto lending, and has unveiled new tool that allows users to borrow USD-backed stablecoins against cryptocurrency collateral. Nitrogen cites research from Bloomberg that shows how demand for loans backed by crypto collateral soared in 2018, as the price of Bitcoin and other coins began to decrease. It says its service enables users to “borrow and lend in a safe and transparent way” — with a range of intuitive features targeted at them on both sides…

Coincheck Launches Bitcoin OTC Trading Desk for Large-Scale Institutional Clients

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck has launched a Bitcoin (BTC) over-the-counter trading desk for large-scale institutional investors. Cointelegraph Japan reported the news on April 1. The Coincheck OTC trading desk will enable clients to directly trade large volumes of Bitcoin — starting from 50 BTC ($207,000 to press time) — between each other using a web interface hosted by Coincheck. Opening hours will be limited to weekdays 10:00-15:00 (JST) and overtime trading and use of the Coincheck app or API trading are not eligible, the exchange clarified in a blog post…