Tony Faccenda

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Tony is a London-based writer with a near-obsessive interest in magic internet money.

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The Week: BitMEX Accidentally Doxes Users, Deribit Suffers Flash Crash

Exchanges captured most of the headlines over the past seven days. In a week of mixed fortunes, BitMEX accidentally exposed email details for the ‘majority’ of its users and Deribit refunded jilted bulls $1.3 million after a flash crash triggered liquidations

The Week: China Embraces Blockchain and Bitcoin Head-Fake Decimates Bears

Looking back on a week in which Bitcoin defied bearish sentiment to pop more than 40% in a single day, China’s president publicly supported the role of blockchain in the country’s future, Polish police arrested the head of Crypto Capital on suspicion of money laundering, Binance continued its global expansion with the introduction of Nigerian Naira pairs and Jack Dorsey answered the question of whether Twitter would be involved in Libra with a resounding “Hell No!”.  

The Week: Bitcoin Hits New Mining Milestone and Binance Cranks up the Leverage

Reflecting on a week in which the 18 millionth bitcoin was mined at block 600,000, Binance upped the stakes by raising leverage on its futures trading platform to a staggering 125X, Telegram delayed the launch of its TON blockchain until April 2019 following US regulatory backlash, BAT-powered Brave browser hits 8 million monthly active users and ‘Satoshi’ was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

The Week: SEC Files Emergency Order Against TON and Libra Down to 22 Members

Looking back on a week when the SEC brought an abrupt halt to Telegram’s planned TON launch, several prominent members of the Libra Association pulled out due to regulatory pressures, Alipay quickly corrected an official announcement suggesting Chinese users could onboard to Binance using the app.

The Week: Coinbase Hikes Trading Fees and Apple Quashes Crypto Rumours

This week saw mixed fortunes for Coinbase. The company attracted attention with several announcements, including the news it will offer 1.25% interest on its USDC stablecoin and the introduction of a new banking agreement for faster deposits and withdrawals for UK customers.

The Week: No STO for NBA Star and Binance Offers Staking Rewards

Another eventful week in the crypto space has seen an NBA star try to tokenize his $34.4 million contract on the Ethereum blockchain, Binance support the UK’s Cybercrime Unit with investigations into a $51 million phishing scam, Bitmain launch a ‘Tinder for Bitcoin mining’ service to match individual miners with pools, Parity admit prioritizing Polkadot development over Ethereum despite a $5 million grant from the Ethereum Foundation, and decentralized storage network Filecoin announce the date for its long-awaited testnet.

The Week: Hashgraph goes live and EA trolls Crypto Twitter

Over the past week, a cunning hacker managed to steal $200,000 worth of EOS by exploiting a smart contract vulnerability in popular gambling app EOSBet, Electronic Arts trolled crypto fans with a mysterious tweet that turned out to be a crafty game promotion, a well-known ICO advisor was arrested in the US on extortion charges, Binance margin borrowing passed $100 million and Ripple dismissed a pending lawsuit by XRP investors, claiming the token isn’t a security.

The Week: Coinbase Backs DeFi and Bitcoin Makes Premier League Debut

Over the past week, Coinbase hinted at the launch of a new platform to capitalize on interest in IEOs and STOs, Binance opened trading on its Binance Futures platform following a successful beta launch, Dapper Labs launched a new blockchain to support CryptoKitties 2.0 and English Premier League side Watford FC announced it’ll be displaying the Bitcoin logo on players’ shirts as part of a sponsorship deal.

The Week: Binance Launches Crypto Lending Service; Outages Disrupt Exchanges Operations

Over the past week, Brazil’s central bank adopted guidelines from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on cryptocurrencies, and leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance launched a lending service letting users “earn crypto while you sleep.” 

The Week: Bakkt Cleared for Launch and yet More ETF Delays

Over the past week, Bakkt announced it will be launching its bitcoin futures platform on September 23 following several delays, Coinbase acquired institutional custody business Xapo for $55 million, the SEC delayed its decision on three Bitcoin ETF proposals until autumn, Binance paid out a bounty to a white hat hacker who hijacked its Binance Jersey Twitter account, and a Florida federal judge called out inconsistencies in Craig Wright’s court statements in the Kleiman vs Wright case. 

The Week: SEC Delays Bitcoin ETF Proposals and Binance Shrugs off Data Breach Speculation

Over the past week, the U.S. SEC delayed Bitcoin ETF proposal it had on the table, Binance CEO CZ labelled reports that the exchange had suffered a hack involving user KYC data as “FUD”, commission-free trading app Robinhood got a thumbs up from UK regulators and Coinbase quietly delisted privacy coin Zcash from its UK platform.

The Week: UK Regulator Offers Crypto Guidance and Jack Dorsey Loves Bitcoin

We take a look at the top stories in the crypto world over the last week.

Justin Sun Postpones $4.6m Lunch and Long Island Blockchain Turns Sour

We take a look at the top crypto stories in the last week.  

The Week: Facebook Faces Congress and Roubini Seeks Revenge

We take a look at the top crypto stories in the last week.

Trump Tweets about Bitcoin and Tether Accidentally Prints $5bn USDT

We take a look at the top stories in crypto over the last week.

The Week: Roubini and Hayes Tangle in Taipei and Binance lists Doge

We take a look at top headlines in the crypto space over the last week.

The Week: Bitcoin Pauses for Breath, Craig Wright Sheds a Tear for the Assets Lost Innocence

In our weekly roundup, we take a look at some of the top crypto stories dominating headlines. 

Charles Hoskinson on Bitcoin Maximalism, Internet trolls and Designing a Cryptocurrency for Global Adoption

There are few people in crypto who can lay claim to having founded three successful ventures in the space. Even fewer can claim to be driving the technical vision of a top project while living on a horse ranch in Boulder, Colorado.  

The Week: Binance Restricts US Users and Facebooks Libra Attracts High-profile Backers

We take a look at some of the top stories dominating crypto headlines in the past week.

Key Takeaways from the CryptoCompare Digital Asset Summit 2019

On Wednesday, 12 June, a crowd of 700 assembled at London’s iconic Old Billingsgate market for the CryptoCompare Digital Asset Summit. Here are the key takeaways.

The Week: The SEC takes on Kik, and More News About Facebooks Globalcoin

This week saw the SEC take on Kik, more news about Facebook’s highly anticipated ‘Globalcoin,” and Justin Sun buy a lunch with Warren Buffett…

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