Off-Blocks Launches US Government-Tested Digital Signature Service in Beta

Digital signature platform Off-Blocks is bringing its government-tested document verification tools to the public. The company launched its digital identity mobile app beta Monday, according to CEO Colin Campbell, offering to the public some of the Factom blockchain-powered anti-forgery mechanisms the companies have been building for the U.S.’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since November. The full platform is expected to go live in the coming weeks. Off-Blocks’ public service seeks to infuse trust across digital file sharing. People and companies have an inherent need to authenticate any number of documents,…

FTX Derivatives Exchange Launches Bitcoin Options Trading

FTX crypto derivatives exchange platform has begun services for Bitcoin (BTC) options. The announcement came in a tweet posted on Saturday from FTX CEO Bankman-Fried. Options are live!https://t.co/B85lrLVDQO — SBF (@SBF_Alameda) January 12, 2020 The announcement did not include any specific details about the offering, only that its Bitcoin options. However, in another tweet just about two hours later, the CEO said the platform had hit $1m in volume, since the launch. FTX Bitcoin Options Even as days have passed, not a lot of information has been shared yet. It…

Thai Bank Launches App For Instant Cross-Border Payments Powered By Ripple

Thailand’s oldest bank Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) has partnered with Ripple to create a mobile application powered by blockchain to deliver instant, low-cost cross-border payments.  Per a Jan. 8 blog post from Ripple, the app — known as SCB Easy —  was demoed in December during Ripple’s annual customer event, Swell. The demo reportedly demonstrated its ability to send cross-border payments in seconds.  SCB’s senior vice president of commercial banking, Arthit Sriumporn, announced on-stage: “It is so difficult to send and receive money today. People must physically go to a…

Binance Charity Launches Relief Effort for Australian Bushfires

To address the after-effects of the bushfires in Australia, the Binance Charity Foundation (BCF) is donating $1 million worth of BNB tokens to the Australia Bushfire Donations project. In a Jan. 7 blog post, BCF — the philanthropic arm of major cryptocurrency exchange Binance — announced the launch of a new charity project dubbed Australia Bushfire Donations, to which BCF is donating $1 million worth of Binance’s native Binance Coins (BNB). The funds raised within the project will be used to help relieve the devastating impact of fires across the…

KuCoin’s PoS Mining Platform Pool-X Launches BETA Version with Staking Service

Pool-X, the next generation POS mining platform supporting lockup crypto transactions backed by KuCoin, today announced the launch of its BETA version and the opening of the Staking function. The first four staking products include KCS-30, TRX-30, XTZ-30, and ATOM-Flexible. In addition to receiving Staking rewards, participating users can also get a share of 250,000 POL every day. According to the Staking rules announced by Pool-X, the activity is valid from January 8 to January 12. Unlike other Staking providers, Pool-X pioneered the double-income model of staking. During the staking…

ICO launches consultation on draft direct marketing code of practice

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a public consultation on a draft direct marketing code of practice. Processing personal data for direct marketing purposes is carried out by the vast majority of organisations. Businesses from sole traders through to large corporations as well as the public sector, charities, political parties and other not-for-profit organisations all use direct marketing as a tool to grow their business or publicise their causes and aims. However all organisations have an obligation to ensure their direct marketing activities comply with the General Data Protection…

Major South Korean Crypto Exchange Bithumb Launches R&D Center

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb has established its own research and development (R&D) center. According to an announcement on Jan. 6, the initiative makes Bithumb the first company with a blockchain and cryptocurrency research center in South Korea. Bithumb expressed high hopes for the research center’s impact on the company: “Bithumb will become a leading company in the blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystem by strengthening its own R&D capabilities.” The center’s purpose The new R&D center is going to employ around 30 people and will start its activities this month. Bithumb’s…

Panini launches blockchain collectables | CCG

New collection of licensed sports trading cards will use same technology as Bitcoin to verify authenticity. Panini America will launch a new range of licensed trading cards featuring blockchain technology, the digital record of transactions that underpin cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. The blockchain trading cards will launch this month on www.paniniamerica.net and will be sold in an auction format in US dollars.   Ten cards will be released each week, featuring Panini’s popular National Treasures design and 100 athletes from a variety of sporting leagues, including NBA stars Kobe Bryant,…

KuCoin’s Futures Platform KuMEX Launches a Lite Version

KuMEX, the Bitcoin futures platform developed by KuCoin, today announced the launch of a Lite version, which not only focuses on core trading experience by simplifying the overall interface but also provides analytic tools such as a long-short ratio and revenue calculator to help newcomers to the crypto futures market better predict market trends and improve their investment strategies. KuMEX Lite introduces three major simplifications. The first is the market interface, which is simplified by switching from candlestick charts to line charts. At the same time, the order book and…

Huobi Indonesia Launches Trading Between Indonesian Rupiah and Tether

Cryptocurrency exchange Huobi is launching a fiat gateway in Indonesia to enable fiat-to-crypto trading between the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) and Tether (USDT). In a Dec. 27 press release, the Huobi Group announced that the launch of the new fiat-currency gateway will make it possible for Indonesian investors to utilize the IDR to trade more than 250 cryptocurrencies available on its Indonesian subsidiary, Huobi Indonesia. Senior director of Huobi Cloud David Chen commented: “The new fiat gateway is part of Huobi’s global expansion strategy and reflects our ongoing commitment to working…