Bitcoin.com Opens Crypto Exchange to Compete with Coinbase and Binance

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By Liam Frost

Bitcoin.com, a website previously focused on covering Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and general cryptocurrencies news, announced the launch of its own digital assets exchange.

Per the announcement published on Sept. 2, the platform “will host a slew of trading pairs including popular cryptocurrencies like litecoin (LTC), ripple (XRP), tron (TRX), zcash (ZEC), stellar (XLM), and EOS.” It is also noted: 

“Exchange.Bitcoin.com will have markets denominated in base currencies like bitcoin cash (BCH), ethereum (ETH), bitcoin core (BTC), and tether (USDT).”

Always aim high

Managing director of Bitcoin.com exchange Danish Chaudhry told industry news outlet Decrypt that the platform “is hoping to compete against the bigger, more established exchanges, such as Coinbase and Binance by catering to its base.” He also claimed:

“Bitcoin.com is one of the most trusted brands in the industry.”

To attract new users to its exchange platform, Bitcoin.com also offers a few promotional benefits. For example, it is promised that “new accounts will get paid to trade by benefiting from negative 0.3% trading fees for the next three months.”

Month of permutations

As Cointelegraph reported on Aug. 2, Bitcoin.com has appointed Stefan Rust as the company’s new chief executive officer as Roger Ver left the post.

Ver, however, will not be completely gone, but will serve as Bitcoin.com’s executive chairman. The announcement did not clarify what duties this role will entail.

On Aug. 20, Bitcoin Twitter handle with one million followers renounced Bitcoin Cash. At the time, Bitcoin’s best-known names played a guessing game after one of the industry’s most controversial Twitter accounts changed its views overnight.

via Cointelegraph.com

Binance to Resume US Operations Within Two Months, Predicts CEO CZ

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Kollen Post writes:

Changpeng Zhao, CEO of major cryptocurrency exchange Binance, has predicted that Binance will resume crypto-to-fiat operations in the United States within the next two months.

Navigating U.S. regulation

Zhao, also known as CZ within the crypto community, made his prediction in an interviewwith online news outlet Cheddar published Aug. 15. When asked about Binance’s return to operations in the U.S., Zhao said: 

“I don’t want to promise any fixed dates, but there’s a lot of work being done and there’s a lot of things going on in flux, but I would say in a month or two.”

Back in June, Binance announced that the exchange would be temporarily restricting services in the U.S. as it worked to open a new division to operate with Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) approval, at Cointelegraph reported at the time. 

U.S. regulation has been a critical issue In today’s interview, Zhao said that the partnership with BAM Trading Services will help the firm to navigate the US’s regulatory environment, commenting that “now we have our partner, we want to take this opportunity and explore the market.”

Future of the market

In response to a question about the impact of U.S. regulatory ambiguity, Zhao said:

“I think the US is one of the most developed markets because I think it has good regulations in the traditional finance space. Crypto is a new thing, and for new things, the US is a big country and with a lot of regulatory bodies and a very large market [...] in a large market it is harder to regulate.” 

Zhao ultimately expressed optimism for the future of U.S. regulation, citing the country’s clear legal framework for traditional financial services as evidence that the environment for crypto will improve.

Despite Zhao’s optimism, Binance has experienced several issues with security in recent weeks. A dusting attack on Litecoin reportedly affected nearly 300,000 Binance users earlier this month. On Aug. 7, news surfaced that the exchange had fallen victim to a hack that exposed the know-your-customer data of its users.

VIa Cointelegraph.com

Kraken Users Report Difficulties with Connecting to Site and API

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Ana Alexandre writes:

San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken’s users are experiencing difficulties with connecting to the site and application programming interface (API).

In a tweet published on Aug. 13, Kraken warned the public that it is receiving reports of clients having issues connecting to the site and API. The exchange further states that it is investigating the issue and will post related update.

Back in January, the Exchange Security Report from independent analysts at ICORating gave 16 percent of the world’s biggest crypto trading platforms an A rating, and none of them an A+. The analysis ranked Kraken (A) as one of the top three most secure exchanges globally.

Security has always been a sensitive issue for digital currency-related projects. Earlier in August, Major South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Coinone partnered with cybersecurity audit company CertiK and disclosures company Xangle to provide more safety and transparency for their crypto investors. CertiK and Xangle will provide public disclosure information as well as smart contract audit information, respectively.

In June, Cointelegraph reported that Odyssey, the mainnet for the blockchain-based platform TRON, will be upgraded to version 3.6. Odyssey version 3.6 will reportedly contain new features designed to make DApp creation easier, as well as provide network protection from bad actors.

Via Cointelegraph.com