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Major Crypto Exchanges Huobi Global and OKEx Launch Support for Tron-Based USDT

Two major crypto exchanges — Singapore-headquartered Huobi Global and Malta-based OKEx — have announced their support for the Tron-based version of stablecoin Tether. The developments were announced in two official announcements, both published on March 21. In early March, blockchain protocol Tron (TRX) and Tether, issuer of stalwart stablecoins USDT and EURT, announced their partnership to issue a TRC-20-based USDT — a term that indicates adherence to a technical token standard supported by the Tron blockchain. The new token is designed to be interoperable with all Tron-based protocols and decentralized…

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Launch of HYBSE Lesotho New Stock Exchange

Lesotho, South Africa, March 20, 2019 – HYBSE Lesotho (PTY) Ltd. (HYBSE) has launched its exchange today, which allows traders to exchange and trade all financial instruments on a distributed ledger technology (DLT). DLT assists in reducing inefficiencies and improve the speed of doing business by providing a single, shared version of events and implementation of standard business functions. The distributed ledger technology (DLT) and HYBSE technologies consolidate brokers, clearing houses, custodian escrows and settlements into one complete package. HYBSE assumes the role of central equity exchange and functions as…

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Alleged Bitcoin Fraudster Alexander Vinnik Appeals for Extradition to Russia

Former operator of now-shuttered crypto exchange BTC-e, Russian national Alexander Vinnik, has appealed with a Greek court for his release or extradition to Russia, local media outlet Kathimerini reported on March 21. Vinnik — who is accused of fraud and laundering as much as $4 billion in Bitcoin (BTC) over the course of six years — has reportedly filed an appeal with Piraeus court for his release or extradition to Russia for humanitarian reasons. Prior to that, Russia’s Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova asked both the United Nations High…

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Prediction Startup Numerai Raises $11 Million in ICO

American prediction market startup and hedge fund Numerai (NMR) has raised $11 million in an initial coin offering (ICO) to launch its project Erasure, Numerai tweeted on March 21. Introduced in late 2016, Numeraire network provides a blockchain and cryptographic token-based ecosystem for incentivizing anonymous data scientists to create predictive models. Based on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain, Numeraire tokens are used in trading market predictions on the startup’s platform. Numerai founder Richard Craib said that the funds from the recent ICO will be mostly spent on hiring engineers for Erasure,…

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Bernie Sanders’ Favorability Is Sliding Among Democratic Voters

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is losing his hold on democratic voters. According to a recent CNN poll, only 46 percent of voters believe the Vermont Senator is a “favorable choice” for president. 45 percent list him as “unfavorable.” A Quinnipiac University poll from last December goes even lower, giving Sanders a favorability rating of only +2 points. So, what happened? A June 2016 CNN poll shows Bernie Sanders boasting 59 percent favorability, higher than the 36 percent of surveyed voters that saw him as an unfavorable choice. What could cause…

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Crypto Markets Descend While Tech Stocks Surge

Thursday, March 21 — Most of the top 20 coins by market capitalization are in the red, showing slight losses on the day, down from one to four percent. Market visualization from Coin360 The leading cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC) is trading at $4,027 at press time, down about one percent over the 24-hour period. BTC has been trading sideways as of early trading hours, following a drop to as low as $4,007 in the middle of the day. Bitcoin 24-hour chart. Source: CoinMarketCap The top altcoin Ethereum (ETH) has seen a…

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Lightning Loop Lets Users Empty Lightning Channels Without Closing Them

Lightning Labs, the development team working to grow the Lightning Network, just released the alpha version of a new protocol called Lightning Loop. Lightning Loop is designed to give users the ability to deposit and withdraw bitcoin from their payment channels (the two-way payment gateways that allow users to send and receive funds to and from each other) without closing these channels entirely. “Lightning channels are like tubes of money: the more you send the more you can receive, and the other way around,” according to a blog post written…

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