Apple Users Score Crypto-Friendly Options; Trio Close Venture Equity Rounds

The top daily news from the cryptocurrency and blockchain space:

  • Opera’s crypto-, blockchain-ready browser hits Apple iOS.
  • Venture funding spree continues with trio of equity round closures.
  • Ethereum ERC-20 tokens to be tradable on a world-leading stock exchange by year-end.

At the time of writing, bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH) are trading at $12,630.8 (-0.7%) and $327.5 (-1.1%), respectively. As for the MVIS CryptoCompare Digital Assets 10 Index, it is currently tracking at 5,051.6 (-0.1%).

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Opera’s Crypto-, Blockchain-Ready Browser Hits Apple iOS

Opera, the software technology company behind the popular web browser of the same name, announced its blockchain and cryptocurrency-ready Opera Touch browser is now available for iOS, the mobile operating system created and developed by Apple.

Opera Touch features “crypto wallet integration and Web 3 support,” meaning users can natively interact with blockchain-based applications; eliminating the need for a browser extension such as MetaMask.

Currently, Opera Touch only supports ERC-20 tokens, stablecoins, and non-fungible tokens. Support for other blockchains like Tron (TRX), however, is expected to be enabled by the middle of next year.

Venture Funding Spree Continues as Trio Close Equity Rounds

A total of three projects that, either directly or indirectly, form part of the fast-growing cryptocurrency and blockchain ecosystem, announced successful venture capital rounds.

The first was blockchain data startup dfuse, which raised $3.5 million in an equity round co-led by Multicoin Capital and tech giant Intel’s venture arm, Intel Capital. Commenting on his crypto-fund’s decision to invest in dfuse was Multicoin’s Kyle Samani, who, in a blog post, noted that the EOS-native dfuse will “be launching support for Ethereum in the next few weeks.”

The second was Imgur, one of the world’s leading image hosting platforms, which announced it raised a venture equity round worth $20 million from the XRP-integrated micropayments startup, Coil. “As part of the transaction, Stefan Thomas, Founder & CEO of Coil and former CTO of Ripple Labs, Inc., will be joining Imgur's board of directors,” stated a press release from Coil.

The third was now-former ConsenSys incubatee 3Box, a U.S.-based startup specializing in the decentralized identity space, which closed a Placeholder Ventures-led $2.5 million seed round. Other investors in 3Box included Venrock, CoinFund, Northzone, and ConsenSys.

Ethereum ERC-20 Tokens on Swiss Stock Exchange by Year-End

According to CoinDesk, Swiss security token startup BlockState is planning to “passport” six Ethereum-based ERC-20 tokens to R3’s Corda, a private distributed ledger technology platform.

“Before the end of the year, the tokens will be locked up in a smart contract on ethereum and “mirrored” versions of them will run on Corda,” the crypto media outlet reported, before continuing to report “the passporting will take place on the network R3 is building for the Swiss Digital Exchange (SDX) – part of SIX, Switzerland’s national stock exchange.”

Binance Rolls out Crypto Debit Card in Europe

Leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance has announced the official rollout of its cryptocurrency debit card, the Binance Card, in Europe and the United Kingdom (UK).

According to a press release shared with CryptoGlobe, the Binance Card will initially support four cryptoassets: bitcoin, Binance Coin (BNB), Binance’s stablecoin BUSD, and Swipe’s SXP token. It will allow users to convert and spend their BTC, BNB, SXP, and BUSD holdings at over 60 million merchants throughout the world.

The press release notes that while the majority of cryptocurrency cards are prepaid cards that require users to convert their crypto to fiat currency manually before topping up their cards and using them for transactions, the Binance Card will keep cryptoassets in their native form until a point-of-sale transaction occurs. Only then will it convert the crypto to fiat.

The Binance Card is powered by Swipe, a cryptocurrency debit card issuer Binance acquired earlier this year for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal Binance and Swipe listed each other’s native tokens, with Binance adding Swipe’s SXP token to its trading pairs. Swipe’s cards are issued by Contis Financial Services, a visa Principal Member regulated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority.

Commenting on the rollout, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao noted that the exchange is furthering its mission “of making crypto more accessible to the masses,” and added:

Giving users the ability to convert and spend their crypto directly with merchants around the world, will make the crypto experience more seamless and applicable.

Users will be able to top up their Card Wallet’s directly from their Binance exchange wallet, and choose which cryptoasset they want to spend when making a transaction. Zhao hinted the Binance Card will be available in other regions in the future, and will be adding new features.

Binance users based in the European Economic Area (EEA) will be able to apply for a Binance Card in August, with the UK coming shortly after.

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