Bitcoin ‘Needs More’ PR from People Like Peter Schiff: Binance CEO

Bitcoin (BTC) skeptic and gold bug Peter Schiff is unwittingly advertising the cryptocurrency’s virtues over other investments, says the CEO of exchange Binance. In a tweet on Jan. 25, Changpeng Zhao (known as “CZ” in crypto circles) argued Schiff was failing in sewing distrust of Bitcoin among social media followers and beyond. CZ: We need more “negative voices” “I think Peter is doing great to promote bitcoin. He probably does not realize that given his illogical reasoning, most people will do exactly opposite of what he says,” he wrote. CZ…

Harmony Kicks Off Migration From Ethereum and Binance Chains to Its Own

Holders of the ONE token from the team at Harmony should make plans to swap their ERC-20 (ethereum) or BEP-2 (binance chain) tokens for the coin on Harmony’s blockchain if they want to be able to participate in staking and other network activities.  According to a blog post shared Thursday, Harmon’s token swap is ready to commence, allowing current holders to switch to the company’s native asset. “The native ONE token of Harmony blockchain will serve as the bridge for building an open platform without sacrificing performance, decentralization, community-based governance,…

Binance Invests in Open-Data Framework Provider Numbers Seeking Product Boost

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has made an undisclosed investment in open-data framework provider Numbers. Announced in a blog post on Wednesday, Gin Chao, strategy officer at Malta-based Binance, said Numbers’ protocol will bring developers “easy access” to the exchange’s own blockchain – Binance Chain – and could be used features like hardware wallet security, digital signatures and more. Numbers has developed a protocol that it says makes data “open, transparent and traceable,” with use cases in digital identities or supply chain traceability. It’s also built an open-source mobile app that “fingerprints”…

Binance in Talks to Launch Crypto Trading Joint Venture in Japan

Crypto exchange Binance is eyeing the launch of a new trading platform dedicated for the Japanese market. According to a blog announcement on Thursday, the firm said it is discussing a strategic partnership with Z Corporation and existing Japan-based exchange TaoTao to work together to provide “trading services” in the country. Z Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Z Holdings Corporation, itself a subsidiary of Tokyo-based multinational Softbank (formerly Yahoo Japan). The three firms would harness Binance’s technologies in order to build out the new service, according to the announcement.…

Binance and Huobi Received Over 52% of Total $2.8B Illicit BTC in 2019

Binance and Huobi have together received over 52% of total $2.8 billion illicit Bitcoin (BTC) transfers in 2019, according to a new report. Chainalysis’ findings Over the course of 2019, criminal entities moved a total of $2.8 billion in Bitcoin to cryptocurrency exchanges, according to a Jan. 15 study from Chainalysis. According to the New York-based firm, Binance and Huobi, two of the world’s largest crypto exchanges to date, have received 27.6% and 24.7% of total transfers from criminals in 2019. As such, the two major crypto trading platforms are…

Binance Exchange to Restrict Access to Japan Residents

In a Jan. 15 announcement on Binance’s Japanese support website, the exchange revealed it would restrict access to residents of Japan at an unspecified later date. The restriction is said to be implemented gradually, with details to be revealed later, according to the announcement. Currently, there are no restrictions in place and Japanese users are able to operate the exchange normally.  Binance was previously headquartered in Japan after exiting China. As Cointelegraph reported in March 2018, the exchange moved its operations to Malta following an official warning by Japanese regulators…

Binance to Launch Korean Support Center Following Investment in Local Startup

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has made its first direct investment in a South Korean startup. According to an exclusive report by CoinDesk Korea, Binance has taken a 500 million won ($432,000) stake in BxB, a Korean fintech firm that launched a Korean won stablecoin last year. Alongside the investment, the two firms have inked an agreement that will see BxB support Binance in operating a new support center for local users of Binance.com, the exchange’s international platform. The investment was made, not through the exchange’s incubator arm Binance Labs, but directly…

Bitcoin Breakout Hopes, Telegram Trial, Binance Donation: Hodler’s Digest, Jan. 6–12

Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Bitcoin on the verge of breaking seven-month downtrend It’s been another tumultuous week for the world’s biggest cryptocurrency, which is on the verge of breaking out of a long-running downtrend. Although BTC rallied to $8,400 a few days ago — which is the next resistance…

Binance Coin (BNB) Price Bound To Surge Unless This Support Gives Way

Binance coin price started a downside correction from well above $15.00 against the USDT. BNB price is now approaching a strong buy zone, which is likely to stage another rally. Binance coin price is trading below the $15.00 and $14.80 pivot levels against the USDT. Bitcoin started a major downside correction and declined below $8,000. There is an ascending channel forming with support near $14.00 on the 4-hours chart of the BNB/USDT pair (data source from Binance). The price is likely to start another rally unless there is a close…

Changpeng Zhao Makes Super Bullish Case for Binance Coin

Those who missed the 2019’s Binance Coin (BNB) price rally can still stage profits off the cryptocurrency in 2020, hints its supreme backer Changpeng Zhao. The Binance exchange CEO theorized a potential positive correlation between BNB and its top rival Bitcoin. He noted that the current upside sentiment in the bitcoin market could increase the number of trades on Binance. And traders use BNB to pay for trading fees, it would overall boost the coin’s demand. What happens when $btc goes up? More trading volume. What happens when there is…