An exchange that allows users to process cryptocurrency and cryptocurrency-related instruments transactions, such as buying, selling, depositing, and withdrawing their assets. There are usually two main types of exchanges available at present, one type that allows users to exchange their fiat currencies for cryptocurrencies and another that only allows users to exchange cryptocurrencies with other cryptocurrencies. Exchanges can also be either centralized or decentralized, depending on the custody and the amount of control the operator of the exchange can exercise on the transactions.
Binance Adds Bitcoin Ordinals to NFT Marketplace
Binance has announced that it will soon support Bitcoin ordinals, also known as Bitcoin NFTs, on its NFT marketplace. This will expand Binance’s multichain NFT ecosystem to include the Bitcoin network. Bitcoin ordinals have been on the rise, with over 3 million inscriptions as of May 1, but they remain a controversial topic in the crypto community.
Hong Kong to Release Cryptocurrency Exchange Licensing Guidelines
The Hong Kong Securities Futures Commission (SFC) plans to release guidelines for cryptocurrency exchange licensing next month, in support of trading services to retail investors by June 1. AML/KYC regulatory requirements were key considerations in the consultation process. Some trading platforms have already received licenses, while others have chosen to cease operations.
Bitget Pledges $10 Million for Fetch.ai Ecosystem
Bitget, a cryptocurrency derivatives exchange, has pledged $10 million towards the development of the Fetch.ai ecosystem. Fetch.ai provides infrastructure for autonomous services and features an AI agent network and smart wallet.
Zipmex Requests Moratorium Extension in Singapore
Cryptocurrency exchange Zipmex has requested an extension of its moratorium on debt in Singapore due to liquidity issues. The company plans to use the extra time to reopen withdrawals on its Z Wallet platform.
Winklevoss Twins Fund Gemini Amid Crypto Downturn
Gemini co-founders Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss have reportedly loaned their own money to fund the cryptocurrency exchange during the market downturn, which comes as the exchange faces scrutiny from regulators.
dYdX to Exit Canadian Market
Cryptocurrency derivatives exchange dYdX is set to exit the Canadian market due to regulatory restrictions. The exchange will stop onboarding new Canadian users and move existing users to "close-only mode" over the next seven days, allowing them to only withdraw funds. dYdX is hoping for a change in the regulatory climate to resume services in the country.
Mt. Gox Updates Creditors on Repayment Progress
Mt. Gox cryptocurrency exchange has provided an update on its repayment progress for creditors. The company's rehabilitation trustee, Nobuaki Kobayashi, announced that the deadline for creditors to provide their repayment information has passed, and that repayments will be carried out until October 31, 2023, with the possibility of an extension. The repayment process is expected to take some time due to necessary preparations.
Media Outlets Object to Withholding Identities in FTX Bankruptcy Proceedings
Major media outlets have objected to the withholding of non-US customer identities during FTX's bankruptcy proceedings, citing the public's right to access bankruptcy filings. FTX and its customers have failed to justify the need for such secrecy, according to the media outlets.
Japan's FSA Warns Binance and Others for Operating Without Registration
Japan's Financial Services Agency (FSA) has warned several foreign cryptocurrency exchanges, including Binance, of conducting business in the country without proper registration, violating the nation's fund settlement laws. The FSA has been cracking down on unregistered crypto exchanges since 2020, and this warning signifies that the cryptocurrency industry in Japan and other nations is facing greater regulatory scrutiny.
Bittrex to Wind Down US Operations
Cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex will wind down its US operations due to regulatory and economic challenges. US customers are advised to withdraw their funds by April 30, 2023.