3 More Execs Leave Swiss Stock Exchange’s $100M Blockchain Project

Three executives have left SDX, the blockchain-based digital asset trading venue owned by Swiss stock exchange operator SIX Group, since the year began, including two founding team members. Ivo Sauter, SDX’s head of clients and products, and Sven Roth, its chief digital officer, both left their full-time positions in January. Roth will continue as an […]

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Kraken Acquires One of Australia’s Longest-Running Crypto Exchanges

U.S.-based Kraken announced its plans for expansion into the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region on Tuesday after acquiring one of Australia’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchanges, Bit Trade. Kraken is aiming to position itself as the premier cryptocurrency service within the region, identifying Australia as a key growth area for retail and institutional clients. The financial terms of the […]

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Why China Is Banning Crypto But Is Bullish on Blockchain

This post is part of CoinDesk’s 2019 Year in Review, a collection of 100 op-eds, interviews and takes on the state of blockchain and the world. Flex Yang is co-founder and CEO of Babel Finance.  Babel Finance is one of China’s largest financial service providers.  The firm works with crypto mining companies to fund the […]

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Law Enforcement Data Requests Rose By Almost 50% in 2019, Says Kraken

Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has said the cost of responding to law enforcement requests for user data is rising sharply year on year. In a tweet on Tuesday, the firm posted an infographic teasing its new 2019 Transparency Report, indicating it had received 710 information requests in total – 49 percent more than in 2018. Last […]

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Guangdong Blockchain Financing Platform Aims to Help Small Business

The Guangdong government launched a blockchain-based financing platform Thursday that will help small companies in the region receive loans faster from commercial banks.  The government-led project is supported by Alibaba’s fintech arm Ant Financial and OneConnect, a subsidiary of one of the largest Chinese insurers, Ping An Insurance, according to a media report from Sina […]

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American Cancer Society Now Accepting Bitcoin Donations Through BitPay

The American Cancer Society (ACS), a non-profit organization committed to funding cancer research, is now accepting bitcoin donations through BitPay. “Cancer affects people from all walks of life, so it’s not surprising that we draw support from a broad cross-section of donors,” ACS exec Brant Woodward told CoinDesk. “Our mission is urgent and in order […]

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German Bank Launches Digital Assets Unit to Offer Custody Products

“We believe that all tradable assets will be tokenized in the future,” said Alexis Hamel, managing director of solaris Digital Assets. “solarisBank had proven that the Banking-as-a-Service model works, and with a full German banking license solarisBank is ideally positioned to use the same model for solaris Digital Assets to provide custody-as-a-service.”

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