Binance Lite to Allow Australians to Purchase Bitcoin at Newsagents

Major cryptocurrency exchange Binance is expanding its “Binance Lite” service to allow Australian residents to purchase Bitcoin (BTC) at newsagents, technology news outlet The Next Web reported on March 19. The new service Binance Lite — which will initially be introduced in Australia — is purportedly set to enable customers to buy digital currency with fiat money from more than 1,300 supported newsagents within the country. The service currently supports only the purchase of Bitcoin, although it will offer more digital currency and fiat options at a later date. Before…

Binance Launchpad Hosts Its Third ICO With Celer Network Raising $4 Million

Binance Launchpad, the token launch platform of the major global crypto exchange Binance, has completed a $4 million sale of Celer Network (CELR) tokens, the company wrote on March 19. The tokens sale was completed in 17 minutes and 35 seconds, with all 597,014,925 CELR tokens sold in a single session. As the company announced two weeks ago, the CELR token sale only accepted Binance’s own cryptocurrency Binance Coin (BNB), with each CELR token worth 0.000434 BNB or $0.0067 dollar equivalent. One BNB could purchase 2,303.35821 CELR tokens. The minimum…

Malware Targets Israeli Fintech Firms Working in Crypto, Forex Trading

Israeli fintech companies that work with forex and crypto trading are being targeted by malware, according to a blog post from threat research department Unit 42 of cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks published on March 19. Per the report, Unit 42 first encountered an older version of the malware in question, Cardinal RAT, in 2017. Since April 2017, Cardinal RAT has been identified when examining attacks against two Israel-based fintech companies engaged in developing forex and crypto trading software. The software is a Remote Access Trojan (RAT), which allows the…

Japanese Company Launches New Stablecoin Pegged to the US Dollar

A Japanese company has launched an ERC-20-compliant stablecoin that it says offers “absolute decentralization, maximum security and a reliable source of stability in the face of volatility.” As its name suggests, USDDex is directly pegged to the United States dollar, helping traders to move their money into crypto without exposing themselves to the erratic price movements seen in other major digital assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. The company believes that its stablecoin could become a viable alternative to fiat and trigger the mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies, giving employers a…

Fortune 500 Company Avnet Works With BitBay to Add Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash Payment Option

Avnet, Inc, one of the world’s largest distributors of electronic components and technology solutions providers, has announced a collaboration with crypto payment processor BitPay to accept cryptocurrency for the company’s services and products. The development was disclosed in an official press release published on March 19. Avnet, Inc., which has been listed on Fortune 500 for 24 years, had an annual revenue in 2018 of more than $19 billion. The press release writes that Avnet will accept payment with Bitcoin (BTC) or Bitcoin Cash (BCH), while BitPay will verify the…

XLM Surges 11% after IBM Partners 6 Global Banks to Use Stellar Blockchain

XLM, a cryptocurrency backed by Stellar Lumens, an open-source, decentralized payment protocol, surged as much as 11-percent in the past 24 hours. STELLAR PRICE RISES 11% FOLLOWING IBM-BANKS PARTNERSHIP | SOURCE: COINMARKETCAP.COM The upside move started brewing during the early European trading session on Monday, as the XLM moved from 0.108 to 0.118. The trend underwent a small correction, hinting a minor bull flag formation, that led the price to Tuesday morning low at $0.113. XLM retested the same level once again following an upside rejection during today’s European session.…

Clients Take Crypto Fund Manager to Court, Cite $14.2 Million in Losses

The founder of what reportedly claims to be Australia’s first online mattress retailer OzMattress and cryptocurrency fund manager Stefanos Papanastasiou is about to be brought to court by his clients over the loss of over AUD$20 million ($14.2 million). Daily Australian newspaper The Age reported about the controversy on March 19. Per the report, Papanastasiou told his clients in 2017 that he had spent half a million Australian dollars ($355,000) to develop an algorithm that delivers substantial returns through the trading of Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH)-based tokens. According to…

Visa wants to hire experts in Cryptocurrency and Blockchain technology

Payment processing giant Visa Inc. is seeking a Technical Product Manager with expertise in cryptocurrency and blockchain for its cryptocurrency team. The company has listed a job opening on San Francisco-based recruiting software firm SmartRecruiters to find the manager for Visa Fintech. The person will manage the product strategy and roadmap for the company’s cryptocurrency related opportunities. As per the site, the company is looking for one who is passionate about the intersection of payments and cryptocurrency, and deeply familiar with permissionless blockchain technology. The person also needs to work in…

BitGo Launches Custody for Blockchain Capital’s Security Token BCAP

Blockchain security firm and wallet service BitGo has announced support for Blockchain Capital’s ERC-20 token, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on March 19. Blockchain Capital’s BCAP token is a security token based on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain that was launched in a $10 million initial coin offering (ICO) back in April 2017. BCAP represents an indirect economic interest to the limited partnership interest in the tokenized investment fund, and is the world’s first security token that was sold in an ICO. According to the recent BitGo announcement,…

New Report Warns 87 Percent of Cryptocurrency Exchange Volume Is Potentially Suspicious

Almost 90 percent of cryptocurrency exchanges’ reported trade volumes may be incorrect, new research from trading analytics platform The Tie warned in a digest released on March 18. Reporting on figures gathered from 97 exchanges, researchers found that the vast majority of the volume claimed to come from users may not in fact exist. The revelations came as a result of calculations of lesser-known exchanges versus well-known businesses such as Binance and Kraken. “In total we estimated that 87% of exchanges reported trading volume was potentially suspicious and that 75%…