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Gemini bitcoin exchange upgrades wallet with full support of SegWit
Gemini, the US bitcoin exchange headqaurtered in New York, confirmed today that it has introduced support for Segregated Witness (SegWit) addresses and transaction batching. Current clients and customers have already noticed SegWit addresses which begin with bc1 can now be used for bitcoin deposits and withdrawals. Both of these improvements required end-to-end integration through Gemini's online and offline signing systems. Updates to Gemini's wallet infrastructure that handles bitcoin transactions was performed last month. The upgrades deliver major improvements to customers. This launch of the new wallet infrstructure was the conclusion of a year-long effort to support new cryptocurrencies, improve customer experience, and adopt best practices for network usage.

Elixxir metadata privacy protecting blockchain platform soon to launch beta
Elixxir, a transaction platform running on a full-stack blockchain led by David Chaum, the father of online privacy, has announced the unique privacy-protecting blockchain technology will be launched on a BetaNet supported by node operators on six continents. The Elixxir platform will allow users to communicate without revealing metadata related to their activities'that is, Elixxir will obscure who sends messages, when messages are sent, where they are sent from and who receives them. Metadata recently became a hot topic when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out a Facebook privacy-first vision for social networking, focused on readily available end-to-end encryption with no attention to protecting metadata.

Bitmonex partners with Bittrex to launch crypto exchange in Mongolia
Bitmonex a cryptocurrency exchange founded in August 2018 out of Mongolia, announced today they will now be partnering and leveraging crypto exchange company Bittrex's technology, to offer customers a secure, reliable and advanced trading option. Bitmonex is one of the first in Mongolia to offer crypto trading markets and make it possible to achieve the volume and liquidity necessary for Mongolian citizens to purchase and trade digital assets. The platform will target Mongolia initially, with plans to expand to customers in other Asian countries in the future. By partnering with Bittrex, Bitmonex has access to all cryptocurrencies and digital tokens available on both the Bittrex and Bittrex International platforms, enabling it to offer its customers one of the largest selections of digital assets. Bitmonex will oversee management of the new trading platform, looking after customer operations and compliance, as well as providing customer support, marketing, sales, and customized development.

RIF Labs launches RSK Name Service (RNS) for public usage
RIF Labs, the blockchain infrastructure service company led by RSK Labs's founding team and other top executives, today has officially announced the launch of the RSK Name Service (RNS). RNS is the first implementation of the RIF Directory Protocol and allows users of the Root Infrastructure Framework Open Standard (RIF OS) full access to the service that enables users to easily identify relevant resources such as RSK addresses, public keys, social network handles, among others on the RSK Live Network via readable aliases and domain names. As we're continuing to build out the RIF OS and expanding the capabilities of the underlying RSK Smart Contract Network, we can't lose sight of the number one obstacle to mainstream user adoption: basic usability. When the Internet was first being developed, it was hard to understand the transformative potential it possessed. Without services like DNS, we would still be relying on remembering exact IP addresses to access internet services. Without those basic services, mass adoption would have never been reached.

SIRIN LABS reopens London flagship store for FINNEY blockchain smartphone
SIRIN LABS today announced it has reopened its flagship store in London after rebranding it to fit the concept of FINNEY. This is the first store in the world to sell blockchain smartphones, which will also function as a local community center and meetup for the crypto community and those who would like to learn more about blockchain. FINNEY, a secure blockchain smartphone that runs SIRIN OS, is priced at $999 and will be available for purchase in the flagship store in London starting today. It will also be available today for those who purchased FINNEY on Soon, SIRIN LABS will open its second flagship store in Tokyo, Japan.

Singapore bitcoin exchange BiteBTCs VC fund invests $10M in new data center
BiteBTC, a Singapore bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchange announced today that its BiteBTC Venture Fund has allocated $10 million for the construction of a new distributed infrastructure of data centers to host BiteBTC Exchange servers, including a system of distributed cold storage of crypto assets based on multi-signatures. The updated infrastructure will include data centers in Singapore, Zurich (Switzerland) and Boston (USA). All processed data (trading operations, deposits, orders, etc.) will be mirrored in three data centers in real time to avoid even the minimal threat of data loss. Additionally, it is supposed to reduce the latency in processing orders to 10-15 ms. All data centers are being equipped to meet the latest fire safety requirements and standards for reliable information storage.

Dash 0.13.0 upgrade now on mainnet to build foundation for ?Dash Evolution? #dash_force
Dash, a top cryptocurrency for payments and e-commerce, today has announced the release of the Dash Core v0.13.0 software to serve as the foundation for Dash Evolution, a series of network updates designed to make Dash a more user-friendly blockchain-based payment system The Dash Core team is encouraging all Masternode operators, exchanges, pools, and explorers to update to v0.13.0, as the upgrade will be required in order to continue receiving rewards. The software release focuses on improving consensus methods on the network, and includes the following highlights: This is an exciting upgrade for us as we continue to make progress on the launch of Dash Evolution. Version 0.13.0 will improve numerous key functions within the Dash network, including both InstantSend and PrivateSend, and accommodates new transaction types that lay the groundwork for many future uses of the Dash platform, such as the ability to build applications or attach metadata to transactions.

Fineqia partners with Nivaura for issuance of crypto asset-backed bonds - Testing on Ethereum
Fineqia, a service platform to support security issuances and administration of equity and debt today announced its subsidiary Fineqia Ltd has partnered with Nivaura to use its white-label capital markets platform to perform a fully automated tokenized bond issuance and administration, registered and cleared on a public Ethereum blockchain, to conduct its test for issuing crypto asset-backed bonds. Fineqia Ltd's test is required as part of its acceptance into the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) Sandbox Regulatory Program announced in July 2018. It was amongst 29 companies accepted out of 69 applicants that met the FCA Sandbox eligibility criteria. The test is set to take place in Q1 of 2019, with results also to be obtained in the first quarter.

Bithumb crypto exchange holding company offering $110M worth of equity tokens
It was announced today that the Blockchain Exchange Alliance (BXA), created by Bithumb, the largest crypto exchange in South Korea, with an aim to consolidate the crypto exchange industry through strategic acquisitions will offer equity tokens on BnkToTheFuture, to be made available for non-US investors only. The BXA currently holds 38.7% of the company that owns and operates the Bithumb exchange. Bithumb is the largest exchange globally by trading volume including fiat-to-crypto trading volumes. Bithumb will have a critical role in Blockchain Exchange Alliance and will include multiple affiliated exchanges offering a combined orderbook, shared liquidity and various local fiat-to-crypto pairs.

Alipay powers Pakistan?s first blockchain-based cross-border remittance service
Telenor Microfinance Bank, in partnership with Valyou of Malaysia, today introduced Pakistan's first blockchain-based cross-border remittance service, powered by blockchain technology developed by Alipay, the online payment platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group. The blockchain remittance service is provided by Telenor's Easypaisa and Valyou, a financial technology company that provides remittances to underbanked communities. The plan was unveiled at an event in Islamabad attended by State Bank of Pakistan Governor Tariq Bajwa, marking a major milestone in the country's journey to promote financial inclusion.

Samourai bitcoin wallet enhances interface and fee management options
Samourai Wallet, the enhanced privacy wallet for BTC has announced new updates to start the year for user interface elements and fee management. Wallet update 0.99 is now available via Google Play for existing testers, new testers can also install from Google Play, or build from source on Github. First, the Samourai team has implemented a long-time user requested transaction details screen. This view allows users to gain important information about their transactions without having to leave the wallet. Now, simply tap the transaction from the balance screen to open the transaction details view.

Be the first to try the Kattana cryptocurrency trading terminal
Today, Kepler Technologies, a TaaS company released a public beta version of the Kattana cryptocurrency trading terminal for both Mac and Windows. Crypto traders can get tired of switching between a number of crypto exchanges and wasting time and money on scattered crypto trading tools. With Kattana, users can begin trading on multiple crypto-exchanges from one app which covers the whole workflow of a trader in one place, from market analysis to measuring trading performance. Currently, Kattana supports trading on 3 exchanges: Bittrex, HitBTC, and Binance. The team is currently working to build more connections to the most popular and reliable exchanges.

Blockchain powered VPN project, Mysterium Network, launches mobile app for Android
Mysterium Network, an open source, not-for-profit foundation focused on internet privacy, security, and freedom, has announced the release of the Mysterium VPN app for Android, which is now available on the Google Play store. The app, which was released today and is also available for Windows and macOS, will allow users to participate in the world's first decentralized blockchain VPN. Utilizing advanced cryptography, the protocol is designed as a general purpose VPN for running on embedded interfaces and supercomputers. The app will allow a user to browse through and connect to available node countries in the decentralized network TestNet. Users can also help provide a secure connection to those in need by hosting their own VPN node.

CryptoNinjas: AURA Staking Sneak Peak and How to Earn IDEX Fees
Aurora DAO, the organization behind the popular decentralized exchange IDEX informed that its development team has been hard at work wrapping up the alpha release of the AURA staking software (AuraD). Now, the Aurora/IDEX team has announced that staking will officially go live on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019. Upon launch, users will be able to begin staking AURA (10k minimum) and earn fees collected by the IDEX exchange. The Aurora team will be releasing a more comprehensive overview of the software along with other materials to prepare those interested in the launch. In the meantime, the IDEX team wanted to share a preview of what they have been building behind the scenes, see the video below:

Leading Romanian bitcoin exchange CoinFlux has bank accounts frozen
It was announced today by top Romanian bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchange CoinFlux that the company has had their bank accounts frozen. The CoinFlux team said that due to a recently started, and unexpected investigation, they are in the unpleasant situation of temporarily stopping any digital currency exchanges. With the company bank accounts frozen, the situation is also affecting user CoinFlux wallets. The CoinFlux team is now making all possible efforts, along with their legal advisers, to make sure everyone who had money deposited on CoinFlux gets it back. Furthermore, due to the investigation, access to parts of the platform have also been restricted, thus the company was unable to send the stoppage notice through its usual communication channels: e-mail and website. Expectations are that CoinFlux will gain control back of these functionalities within the next few days.

LXDX, a cryptocurrency trading platform aimed at institutional investors receives backing from Dymon Asia Ventures, a Singapore-based company with $4.9 billion in assets under management
In order to make its cryptocurrency trading and exchange technology services more widely available, startup company LXDX has received backing by Dymon Asia Venture Capital Fund LP, the venture capital arm of Dymon Asia Capital, an alternative investment manager headquartered in Singapore with approximately US$4.9 billion under management. LXDX, in working with Dymon Asia Ventures, is able to broaden its reach and strengthen its technology offerings. LXDX offers full-spectrum technology services for cryptocurrency exchanges, including software that powers both public retail exchanges and private exchanges for institutional block trading.

Metaps and EMURGO launch prepaid Cardano (ADA) card in South Korea
Metaps Plus, a Seoul based mobile fintech subsidiary of Metaps and EMURGO, the commercial development arm of Cardano, a leading third-generation blockchain ecosystem, announced they have finished technical integration of Cardano native asset ADA on the Metaps Plus platform and launch of the world's first cryptocurrency card based on the Cardano (ADA) token. The card enables users to spend their ADA at over 30,000 offline merchants in South Korea including well-known convenience stores such as GS25 and Emart24. Users have the option of selecting a mobile gift card or a physical gift card that works easily with mobile app recharge capabilities.

Fragments rebrands to Ampleforth and introduces non-collateralized stablecoin
Fragments, a decentralized store of value protocol, announced today its rebrand to Ampleforth and introduced a noncollateralized stablecoin called Amples. The protocol's whitepaper proposes a framework for creating a stablecoin that is inflation-proof, sovereign free and capable of storing both near and long-term value. The Ampleforth protocol moves volatility from unit price to unit count and achieves price stability by algorithmically expanding and contracting supply among holders based on demand. Previously, Fragments used a smart contract called the reserve that resembled a central bank and would achieve price stability by making high volume trades.

CryptoNinjas recent coverage on Bidooh's strategy to deliver increase in value of DOOH token
Bidooh, a real-time, real-audience, digital billboard advertising platform, is pleased to announce its strategy to increase the global reach of the DOOH Token following the completion of the Group's Initial Coin Offering (ICO). Bidooh's ICO has received the support of major, global digital exchanges such as OKEx and HADAX, and its DOOH token has successfully secured listings on multiple international exchanges. Pleasingly, the management team plan to protect token prices for all stakeholders and will defer the live listing of the DOOH Token on external exchanges following the completion of the ICO.

OKEx, one of the biggest exchange in the market has PARTICIPATED in Bidooh's tokensale!
Bidooh, a real-time, real-audience, digital billboard advertising platform, today announced that digital asset exchanges OKEx has participated in its Initial Coin Offering (ICO). Bidooh launched an ICO pre-sale of its cryptocurrency, DOOH token, on October, 1st, 2018. Bidooh is a facial analysis, digital billboard software platform on the blockchain, promising to revolutionize the $34.8bn Out-of-Home (OOH) advertising industry through democratization, engagement, and transparency. In addition to its participation in the ICO, OKEx has agreed to use its global reach to promote Bidooh to prospective token purchasers and has endorsed the platform by displaying its own adverts on Bidooh's network of digital screens.

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