Blockstream Announces Atomic Swap Integration for Liquid

On July 1, 2019, Blockstream announced that it has launched a Liquid Swap Tool on its platform. This tool allows users to execute atomic swaps for crypto assets on the Liquid Network, Blockstream’s federated Bitcoin sidechain. Atomic swaps are trustless exchanges of cryptocurrencies between two parties based on a smart contract. The transactions can happen…

Coinbase: Bitcoin Adoption on the Rise in the U.S.

Bitcoin adoption is on the rise in the U.S. as an increasing number of investors are turning to digital assets to add diversity to their investment portfolios, according to new research by Coinbase. For the research, published as “The United States of Crypto,” the leading cryptocurrency exchange pulled data from a combination of public sources,…

G20 Supports FATF Crypto Recommendations

At a conference in Osaka, Japan, on June 28 and 29, 2019, the leaders of the G20 economic bloc formally announced their support of the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) cryptocurrency guidelines as laid out in late June. The FATF is an international regulatory organization with the set task of making formal policy recommendations to…

CipherTrace, Shyft Unveil ID Protecting Solution to FATF Crypto Guidance

A new partnership is creating an anonymous identity scheme to meet regulators and users in the middle when complying with KYC/AML regulations. FATF’s Crypto Guidance The Bitcoin community and friends flipped their sats over the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) latest nonbinding guidance for keeping tabs on cryptocurrency activity (essentially, the report recommends that cryptocurrency…

BitMEX CEO Touts $1 Trillion Yearly Trading Volume

On June 29, 2019, Arthur Hayes, BitMEX’s co-founder and CEO, posted a tweet revealing that the exchange has seen over $1 trillion in trading volume over the past year. In another illustration of BitMEX’s dominance, according to data from market analysis platform Austerity Sucks, the exchange holds 53 percent of the total exchange market share,…