Cryptocurrencies finish weekend mixed as StellarX officially launches zero-fee decentralized cryptocurrency exchange
Oct 01, 2018
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- A September report released by the Cyber Threat Alliance indicates that cryptojacking still has room to increase 500% this year after already increasing 8,500% in 2018. The report cites increased amateur involvement in cryptojacking and a vulnerability discovered in Apple Macs as main reasons for cryptojacking still having so much room to grow in 2018. The report also highlights that a massive 84.8% of malware attacks since July 2018 have targeted =Monero (XMR), the popular privacy coin ranked 10th overall by market capitalization. The Monero community announced last week an initiative to launch a new website aimed at educating users to clean-up cryptojacking malware and ransomware.
- After the Economic Times released an article citing two anonymous sources that claimed the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had created a blockchain unit, the RBI has denied the “formal creation” of any unit to research AI and blockchain technology. To investigate the Economic Times’ claims, Naimish Sanghvi, founder of Coin Crunch India, submitted a formal Right to Information (RTI) request to the RBI regarding the creation of a Blockchain unit. The RBI clarified in a response to the RTI that, while the RBI has formed a unit to “study and provide guidance on the desirability and feasibility to introduce a central bank digital currency”, there has been no unit formed to research AI and blockchain technology in India.
- Chinese cryptocurrency and blockchain tycoon and investor, Li Xiaolai, announced in a social media post Sunday that he will be taking a hands-off approach to future blockchain projects. Xiaolai will personally no longer invest in blockchain and crypto related projects as he appears to be dissatisfied with fraudulent actors in the blockchain industry who claimed Xiaolai was part of their undertakings. Since the uprising of initial coin offerings in 2017, a number of notable crypto and blockchain investors have been frustrated with their names appearing as advisors for blockchain projects, when in fact they have no connection.
- Japan’s self-regulatory cryptocurrency industry group, the Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association (JVCEA), announced that it plans to limit the amount of digital currencies that can be managed online by any Japanese crypto exchange. The measure will limit exchanges to a range of roughly 10% to 20% of customer’s deposits that can be held in “hot wallets”, while requiring exchanges hold the rest of customer deposits in offline “cold wallets”.
- Popular web browser, Opera, announced in a press release that it is partnering with blockchain advisory and financial services firm, Leger Capital, to pursue potential applications in blockchain technology. The partnership will see the two firms specifically search for application and use cases for blockchain technology while identifying growth opportunities blockchain technology can offer. Opera is also currently developing a cryptocurrency wallet to be built into its Android browser.
- Ripple (XRP) completed the month of September with a massive +79% return while setting a record for the highest 24-hour volume in a cryptocurrency on popular cryptocurrency exchange, Bitfinex. During September, Ripple also briefly overtook Ethereum as the market’s second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization but has since returned to the number three position. It is important to note that Ripple’s September rally was largely driven by investor speculation.
- StellarX, the Stellar-based zero-fee decentralized crypto exchange, has left its beta stage and fully launched as of Friday, September 28th. StellarX is a crypto exchange that utilizes Stellar’s open-source protocol to enable cryptocurrency-to-fiat transfers while offering pairings for the US Dollar, Euro, Chinese Yuan, Hong Kong Dollar, British Pound, and others. In its announcement Friday, StellarX also revealed plans to offer digitized versions of other assets, including stocks, real estate, bonds, and commodities.
- The London Block Exchange announced plans to release a new stablecoin pegged to the British Pound Sterling. Dubbed LBXPeg, the stablecoin will be backed one-to-one by the British Pound Sterling by reserves of the fiat currency. The London Block Exchange calls themselves the “only London-based cryptocurrency exchange offering safeguarded UK Banking”, while offering over-the-counter trading services alongside their “College of Crypto” that teaches individuals about the cryptocurrency industry.
- The world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by daily volume, Binance, will launch a beta version of its decentralized exchange by early 2019. Binance CEO, Changpeng Zhao, believes decentralized exchanges are the future of crypto, and has detailed that Binance’s decentralized exchange will feature non-custodial wallets to enable peer-to-peer cryptocurrency trading where users have full control over their funds.
*Data in Price Return and Updated Real-Time (with a delay), Source: StockDio