Bittrex Launches Over-the-Counter Trading Platform for Bitcoin, Crypto

Major cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex will launch an over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk today, January 14, 2018, by 18:00 UTC. The service will allow investors to trade nearly 200 digital assets currently offered on the Bittrex trading platform. OTC trading is popular with institutional investors who trade in large volumes of cryptocurrencies. This form of crypto trading happens between two parties, and it takes place away from the exchanges. OTC trades are often handled via brokers, who offer high-volume traders a trading desk to execute large trades with a faster settlement and…

Leading Asian Online Retailer Qoo10 to Launch Merchant Fee-free Blockchain-Powered Ecommerce Platform

qoo10.sg A blockchain-based online marketplace built on the Ethereum protocol is set to be launched by ecommerce firm Qoo10 on January 1, 2019, Tech in Asia reports. Known as QuuBe, the blockchain-based marketplace comes with a cryptocurrency of its own dubbed the Q*coin. Currently, Q*coins, which are the only accepted means of payment on QuuBe for shoppers, can be purchased in 7-Eleven stores. Qoo10 does not expect to allow other cryptocurrencies to be used on QuuBe due to their volatility. Per the CEO of Qoo10, Ku Young Bae, the platform…

World’s First Regulated Blockchain Real Estate Crowdsale Platform Launched in Switzerland

blockimmo Tokenized assets are here to stay. The current race is about who can get regulated products to the market first and then who can successfully gain user adoption. While several projects have purported to tokenize real estate assets, blockimmo is the first to do it within the bounds of existing regulations in two jurisdictions. The blockimmo platform launched recently with two test properties, but they intend to have actual real estate listed in the beginning of 2019. The way blockimmo works is a real estate seller lists the property…

$120 Million Raised by Waves Platform as Launch of Private Blockchain Nears

Waves Blockchain network Waves Platform has raised US$120 million in a funding round allowing it to roll out Vostok, a private blockchain platform and system integrator that was developed with public institutions and large enterprises in mind. The fundraising round was led by Dolfin, a financial services group based in London, and mostly involved private investors, according to Bloomberg. The Waves Platform cryptocurrency reacted positively to the news appreciating by close to 50%. Waves has now attained a market capitalization of over US$400 million. Per the founder of Waves Platform,…

Porsche Arranges $170m Loan Using BBVA’s Blockchain Platform

Prestige car-maker Porsche has arranged a loan to back its proposed strategic acquisitions using Spanish-bank BBVA’s ever-developing distributed ledger technology (DLT) platform. The loan, valued at €150 million (the equivalent of nearly $170 million USD) is, says a press release from BBVA: “The first acquisition term loan ever arranged through blockchain technology.” Acquisition term loans are provided for a specific purpose and period. In this case, Porsche Holding Salzburg, a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, is seeking to expand its retail distribution network in Europe and Asia. The pilot also makes…

Major German Stock Exchange to Launch Crypto Trading Platform

Germany’s second-largest stock exchange, Boerse Stuttgart Group, is set to launch a cryptocurrency trading platform in the first half of 2019. The firm announced Wednesday that it has partnered with a local fintech company solarisBank to create an engineering infrastructure for digital assets trading. solarisBank, which operates with a banking license in the country, will also be Boerse’s banking partner for the venture. “With its combination of technology and banking expertise, solarisBank is a great partner for us to offer central services along the value chain for digital assets,” said…

Crypto Trading Platform ErisX Hires Serial Exchange Founder Matt Trudeau

ErisX is beefing up its leadership ahead of the launch of cryptocurrency spot and futures trading early next year. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the digital asset trading platform has hired markets and exchanges veteran Matt Trudeau as chief strategy officer. The news comes a week after ErisX closed a Series B funding round that raised $27.5 million from firms such as Bitmain, ConsenSys, Fidelity Investments, Nasdaq Ventures and Monex Group. Trudeau started his trading career in the early 2000s when the U.S. equities market was going digital and has overseen some 10 global…

Swiss National Postal Service and Telecom Leader to Build Blockchain Platform

Swiss Post and Swisscom will take advantage of their trusted reputation in Switzerland to create a blockchain platform for use by themselves and others that will be based on Hyperledger Fabric2. Swiss Post is publicly owned and the country’s second largest employer. It already uses blockchain technology to record temperature data while transporting pharmaceuticals in the national postal network. It is also running an energy provision and billing pilot for power generating landlords to accurately charge their tenants in collaboration with Energie Wasser Bern. Swisscom is 51% publicly owned and…

BP And Shell’s Blockchain-Based Oil Trading Platform Goes Live

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn CCN is expanding. Are you our next full-time journalist from the West Coast USA? Send us your CV and examples here. A blockchain-based trading platform that could assist oil majors and trading firms to drastically reduce costs is now operational. Known as Vakt, the platform which was created last year by a consortium consisting of Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell and British Petroleum (BP), went live on Wednesday, according to Reuters. Other members of the consortium include global commodity trading firm Gunvor Group, Norwegian energy firm Equinor and energy…

Tencent Games Forms Partnership with Blockchain Esports Platform

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Tencent Games has announced a collaboration with SLIVER.tv, a blockchain esports entertainment platform to create a 24/7 live esports channel that will feature streamers from FaZe Clan, Method, and NRG, in addition to interactive functionality such as prediction games, trivia, and prizes for viewers. Making the announcement on November 19, the game development behemoth, which is behind the popular Ring of Elysium battle royale game, revealed that the channel would be powered by Theta rewards, and users would be able to purchase in-game items and upgrades using…