Square launches cryptocurrency patent alliance to fight the trolls

Square, the U.S.-based financial services company headed by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, is establishing a consortium to fight patent trolling and ensure open access to technology in the crypto sector. The ‘Cryptocurrency Open Patent Alliance’ (COPA) seeks to democratize access to innovative technologies in the crypto sector, asserting that “open access to patents covering foundational cryptocurrency technologies is necessary for the community to grow, freely innovate, and build new and better products.” Square is putting all of our crypto patents into a new non-profit org we’re calling the Crypto Open Patent…

Digital Currency Group acquires cryptocurrency exchange Luno

One of the largest organizations investing in blockchain companies, Digital Currency Group, or DCG, has acquired the British multinational cryptocurrency exchange Luno. DCG first bought a stake in Luno by investing in the exchange’s seed round in 2014. Since then, the exchange has spread its roots across 40 countries and currently boasts of more than five million registered users on its platform. In an official announcement, DCG said it will make a “significant commitment” to help Luno further expand its territories in countries it already operates in and also help…

How to provide liquidity to cryptocurrency exchange

A trading venue’s liquidity represents how easily a trader can use the platform to exchange one asset for another. If a trader sends a market order to buy or sell an asset and the venue can’t find enough buy or sell orders to complete the transaction at a reasonable price, the venue is likely struggling with low liquidity — and the trader is likely to take their future business elsewhere.  Venues that provide adequate liquidity and competitive market pricing tend to experience a rewarding cycle, with traders who find their…

Cryptocurrency news from Japan: Aug. 23

This week’s headlines from Japan included one of country’s leaders describing Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto’s dream as meaningful, LayerX Labs collaborating with a Japanese university for blockchain research, the FINSUM blockchain conference hosts notable discussion on security tokens offerings, and the head of Monex Group saying Japan is falling behind the U.S. on STOs.  Check out some of this week’s crypto and blockchain headlines, originally reported by Cointelegraph Japan. Japanese Financial Services Agency head describes Bitcoin as impactful At the end of Tokyo’s 2020 Blockchain Global Governance Conference, or BG2C,…

A Japanese Court Just Ordered the Nation’s First Cryptocurrency Seizure

The Tokyo District Court has issued Japan’s first ever crypto seizure. $46,000 worth of Bitcoin (BTC) was expropriated in relation to a hack suffered by the Coincheck exchange in 2018. Kyodo reported that police have already seized the BTC, which was held by a doctor from Hokkaido and an executive from the Osaka Prefecture. The two men were arrested in connection with the hack. They are accused of knowingly purchasing the stolen NEM (XEM) through a dark web market, violating organized crime laws in the country. As Cointelegraph reported in…

Cryptocurrency On-Ramps and Off-Ramps, Explained

There’s no shortage of options for on-ramps and off-ramps, including some of the most well known names in the industry. Starting with custodial exchanges, big-name companies such as Coinbase and Binance all offer purchases of cryptocurrency with a debit card, as well as a variety of options for moving fiat off-exchange. This can be ideal for those looking to get their hands on some assets to trade. However, there will generally be a commission paid when the client eventually does want to withdraw their assets. While this can be ideal…

East vs. West — How Does Cryptocurrency Adoption Compare?

Ethereum recently turned five years old, and coincidentally, it also appears to have reached an inflection point for user adoption. In the second quarter of 2020, daily active Ethereum users nearly doubled to 1.26 million, up from 637,000 in the first quarter, according to a recent report from Dapp.com. The sudden spike is widely attributed to the release of Compound’s COMP governance token. In the same report, several other numbers stand out. Notably, after Ethereum, the two blockchains with the most daily active users are Klaytn and Terra, with Klaytn…

Why Cryptocurrency Is More Than a Hedge Against US Dollar Inflation

During times of international economic crisis, governments print money. This leads to inflation and investors subsequently stashing their investment capital in long-term, stable investments. Historically, that has meant gold, but in the current economic crisis, gold has been joined by another long-term store of value: Bitcoin (BTC). There are several good reasons for this. The United States Federal Reserve is handling the crisis terribly, and has responded to soaring unemployment numbers in the same way they always do: by printing money. Already, the dollar has lost 5% of its value,…

Ripple Aims to Become the Amazon of the Cryptocurrency World

The much-debated blockchain firm Ripple is now planning to expand its use case far beyond just streamlining cross-border payments in partnership with national and international banks. Ripple had focused its efforts solely on cross-border payments for the past five years when Brad Garlinhouse joined the company as the chief executive officer. Despite their unprecedented success as a software solution provider to financial entities, Ripple has seemingly come to a realization that the company’s core value still lies in the associated cryptocurrency XRP and the Ripple blockchain. While the company had…

Book Review – Decoding Digital: What is Cryptocurrency

According to author Cahill Camden, “Decoding Digital: What is Cryptocurrency” was inspired by a conversation with his parents at the height of the crypto bubble in early 2018, which was along the lines of “Ok, we don’t have that much money, but we’ve heard about Bitcoin. Is cryptocurrency something we should invest in?” After searching for, and not finding, a book which would explain the things that they needed to know in order to make an informed decision, Camden decided to write one. This is a very common thread in…