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AirSwap is rolling out some pro tools to attract institutional investors to its decentralized exchange (DEX) for ethereum tokens. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the company is this week launching an interface for so-called over-the-counter (OTC) block trading. While to date AirSwap users have been signaling their intent to buy or sell a certain amount of …

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In a message on GEAR Token’s website, iconic political talk show host Larry King says that global climate change is threatening humanity’s existence and is “a potentially catastrophic issue from the combustion of fossil fuels … putting immense pressure on the environment and on our health.” King says that “this is simply not sustainable” and …

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A new way to trade bitcoin and digital currencies is now in the books. SparkSwap is the first crypto exchange to be built on the Lightning Network. It allows users to trade both bitcoin and altcoins in seconds without depositing assets with a third party. In a blog post, SparkSwap founder Trey Griffith said, “You …

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Honeyminer, the crypto mining app that lets users earn bitcoin with laptops, is fast gaining traction. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the startup’s user base has swelled to almost 50,000 since launching in June. A third of the new customers are located in emerging markets and 5 percent hail from Africa, the company said. In the …

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On August 8, 2018, ShapeShiftAG, the parent company of ShapeShift.io, one of the world’s largest decentralized cryptocurrency exchanges, announced its acquisition of Bitfract, a blockchain software startup based in Austin, Texas. Bitfract’s crypto trading tool allows users to swap bitcoin for a basket of cryptocurrencies within a single transaction. Speaking to Bitcoin Magazine, ShapeShift founder …

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Australia’s Queensland state government has awarded a $100,000 grant to a crypto travel experience startup, a government official announced on Wednesday. The company, TravelbyBit, designs “tourist routes” on which travelers can spend crypto, and also provides a crypto payments platform for merchants. “Tourism is one of Queensland’s most important industries,” Innovation Minister Kate Jones said …

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A UK Member of Parliament (MP) has resigned from the advisory board of a cryptocurrency project after it was revealed that he was secretly getting paid for his services, the Financial Times reported Wednesday. Conservative MP Grant Shapps resigned from OpenBrix – and stood down as co-chair of a parliamentary blockchain group he co-founded – after the …

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As with brick-and-mortar industries that are slowly fading away to the globalism of the online world, so too will the traditional prediction market industry have to innovate to keep up with the sheer efficiency, reliability and security that the decentralized prediction markets promise to bring. Augur (REP) has grabbed headlines lately with the launch of …

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If cryptocurrency is decentralizing the world of money, a new bitcoin wallet startup thinks it could also help decentralize the world of work. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, Misthos launched its multi-signature wallet Monday on top of Blockstack‘s decentralized application platform. One of the first enterprise products launched on Blockstack, the wallet is designed for project …

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It was “an interesting wake-up call.” That was how Kevin Serrano, an employee at ethereum startup and incubator ConsenSys, described the revelation that MetaMask had been removed from Google Chrome’s web store in a recently published blog post. MetaMask, a Consensys “spoke,” is an ethereum wallet that also serves as a bridge between web browsers and …

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When a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange supports fiat tokens and courts banks, yet makes customer identification optional, all bets are off. According to data provided to CoinDesk by the blockchain project Waves, the company’s new decentralized exchange (DEX) was facilitating $6 million of crypto transactions a day in beta testing last month. That’s six times the …

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Crypto security and storage startup BitGo is adding zcash to its platform, the firm announced Wednesday. The privacy-focused cryptocurrency joins a number of major crypto assets on the startup’s platform, which offers a multi-signature wallet and custodial products and services for users that include institutional clients. Just last week, the company also added support for 57 …

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New mining software promises to let almost anyone earn small amounts of bitcoin with a Windows laptop, giving users a taste of the cryptocurrency’s early days. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the New Jersey-based crypto mining startup Honeyminer quietly launched a free beta in June and has already garnered 10,000 downloads across the globe. Honeyminer allows users …

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A startup looking to build a credit scoring protocol on top of the recently-launched Ontology blockchain has raised $8 million in seed funding. POINTS, founded in 2017, said it drew funding from a mix of traditional venture capitalists including Danhua Capital and Ceyuan Ventures, a backer of OKCoin. Other participants in the seed round include …

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Bitcoin payment startup Abra has announced the addition of Visa and Mastercard payment options for buying bitcoin on its platform. The new payment option is in partnership with fintech company Simplex, per the company’s blog post. Up until today, users who wanted to purchase cryptocurrencies were limited to a few options that included bank deposits …

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New York realtors looking to avoid hiccups in their commission payouts can now turn to blockchain-based smart contracts. The first real estate commission split was brokered earlier this summer in Manhattan’s ritzy SoHo neighborhood by New York-based Bapple Realty. Enabled through data uploaded onto the Zap platform, the seller divvied up a $3,400 commission — …

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A startup that is developing a protocol based on the ethereum blockchain to allow users to validate information across different datasets has raised $3 million in seed funding. Called DIRT, the San Francisco-based company said Wednesday that notable investment firms taking part in the round include Digital Currency Group, Pantera Capital, China-based Zhenfund and InBlockchain. Individual …

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The wider world of crypto tokens is becoming a bit more accessible to institutional investors. The security startup BitGo exclusively told CoinDesk on Tuesday, July 10, it will expand its suite of custody products and services to support 57 new ethereum assets, a move driven by demand for services that safeguard private keys – the …

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For the first time, the U.K.’s financial regulator is directly recognizing the potential of blockchain-related startups. For the latest and fourth cohort of startups for its regulatory “sandbox,” the country’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has given access to 11 blockchain and distributed ledger technology-related companies – almost 40 percent of the 29 accepted. The regulator …

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), responsible for conduct and relevant prudential regulation of financial services firms and financial markets in the U.K., has announced the details of the firms selected to be part of cohort 4 of its regulatory sandbox, according to an FCA post. Of the 29 firms selected, about 40 percent of them …

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