Bitfinex to Complete Platform Upgrade on June 26 4128

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On Wednesday June 26, both Bitfinex and Ethfinex will be offline for up to seven hours as we commence a platform upgrade designed to enhance the stability and scalability of the iFinex matching engine.

The platform upgrade will require taking all iFinex trading platforms offline for the duration of the maintenance period. This means that traders across both Bitfinex and Ethfinex will be unable to trade, view or access their wallets during the update.

We kindly ask all our traders to plan ahead accordingly and make the necessary account adjustments prior to the start of the platform upgrade.

What this means for traders

The June 26th update is designed specifically for us to be able to deliver a more sophisticated trading experience, further separating Bitfinex from the remainder of the digital asset trading space. This includes, amongst other things, laying the foundation for the launch of derivatives trading on Bitfinex.

Traders across both Bitfinex and Ethfinex will not be required to take any actions:

  • All funds will remain safe and unaffected throughout the platform upgrade, and will not be at risk at any point.
  • No orders will be executed during downtime. All open orders will be kept (regardless of price movements) and resume once the platform is back online.
  • Users will not be liquidated during downtime. However, traders should be aware that if the price moves significantly during this time, they are at risk of liquidation as and when the platform is reopened. In line with this, we kindly ask all traders to review their margin requirements and assess the risk of market movement on their open margin positions before entering the maintenance window.

Whilst the platform upgrade is set to take place on June 26th, this date is largely dependent on broader cryptocurrency market conditions and the chance exists that the upgrade will be postponed if market movements are deemed too volatile.

We appreciate that up to seven hours is a significant length of time in digital asset trading, but we ensure our active user base that we have taken every measure to make this upgrade as seamless as possible.

For more information on the day of the upgrade, please refer to the Bitfinex status page and Twitter account for official progress. We will let our users know 5 minutes before the platform re-opens. Trading will start 10 minutes after the platform is accessible again.

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Coinbase: earn DAI while learning about the stablecoin and how it’s generated 6779

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Starting today, Coinbase customers around the world can start earning DAI by watching lessons and completing quizzes about DAI and its features. DAI is the first stablecoin to be made available through Coinbase Earn. Coinbase strives to be a trusted source where customers can educate themselves about new developments in crypto, and we’re excited to offer people a new opportunity to learn about and earn DAI.

According to the DAI whitepaper, DAI is a decentralized stablecoin running on Ethereum and designed with a goal of maintaining a target value of approximately $1 USD. DAI is backed by collateral on the Maker (MKR) platform. The relevant whitepapers explain that MKR and DAI tokens form a paired set of assets in which MKR provides governance, and DAI is a decentralized, collateral-backed stablecoin.

We expect earning to become an increasingly important function in the crypto ecosystem — alongside buying, staking, voting, and mining — especially when paired with education.

If you want to stay informed about future opportunities, please make sure you have verified your ID and opted into getting the latest updates from Coinbase!

You can also check out the newly-launched Coinbase Earn homepage to keep up to date with the latest Earn opportunities. Click here for our Earn FAQ and terms.

Azarus Raises $1.8 Million for Blockchain-based Competitive Gaming Challenge Platform 7149

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Azarus has raised $1.8 million from some well-known investors to build out its blockchain-based “Smart Challenge” platform, which offers gamers the ability to compete for digital assets in both casual and competitive gaming challenges.

The money comes from from Galaxy Digital via its Galaxy EOS VC Fund, Kleiner Perkins, and SVK Crypto, among others. Launched in late 2018, Azarus’s “Smart Challenge” platform motivates players by using in-game applications programing interface (API) data and information pulled from Twitch extensions to measure victory conditions in online games, paying out rewards to the victors and theirs fans alike.

Bing Gordon, a partner at Kleiner Perkins, said in an interview with GamesBeat that retention and engagement are critical in successful online games. The Azarus challenge and reward platform gives players a bigger stake in what is happening in the game.

The “Smart Challenge” platform empowers users to create their own rules and challenges, the terms of which are notarized on the EOSIO blockchain in order to maximize transparency and fairness. (Blockchain is a transparent and secure decentralized ledger that powers innovations such as cryptocurrency or supply chain security).

“I like blockchain and competition, and I like the brand approach as well. I knew [cofounder] Erik [Whiteford] when he was at EA Sports and Madden. He hosted the Madden tournament at the Super Bowl for multiple years. I trust his nose for bringing competition to gamers,” said Gordon. “He has been doing high-level, head-to-head esports since the 1990s.”

Viewers and players earn AZA credits by watching Azarus-enabled amateur and professional esports streams and answering historical or predictive questions based on the broadcasts. AZAs can be redeemed at the Azarus Marketplace in exchange for rare in-game items, in-game currencies, digital assets, and more.

“Azarus’ implementation of blockchain tech and the EOSIO protocol is precisely what we look to invest in from the Galaxy EOS VC Fund: a scalable and consumer-friendly gaming platform that demonstrates the promise of blockchain technology,” said Sam Englebardt, cofounder of Galaxy Digital and the firm’s co-head of principal Investments, in a statement. “We have tremendous confidence in the team’s vision and ability to execute.”

Court Rules Bank Leumi Should Serve Crypto Exchange Bits of Gold 7022

Cryptocurrency exchange Bits of Gold received a huge boost this Monday after the Israeli Supreme Court ruled it could continue using an account with Bank Leumi.

The cryptocurrency exchange had previously been unable to access its account after the bank had restricted access to it, citing regulatory concerns. But after taking its case to the Supreme Court of Israeli, the bank will have to allow the exchange to use its services.

Though Bank Leumi continued to object in principle to the decision, it should mean that Israeli firms doing business in digital assets will be able to connect to local banking services.

“This is an exciting moment for us as a company and for the [cryptocurrency] community in general,” said Bits of Gold CEO Yuval Roash.

“We worked hard to set up a company which met regulatory requirements, in a new industry, and those efforts paid off. I am proud to be a part of this flourishing industry and push it towards the right regulation.”

CEO NZIA Limited: Local startups must be at forefront of utilizing central bank’s digital currency 6975

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NZIA Limited’s Chief Executive Officer Jay Joe was adamant yesterday about the need for Bahamian entrepreneurs and tech startups to be at the forefront of Project Sand Dollar, the Central Bank of The Bahamas’ (CBOB) digital fiat currency project.

NZIA has already started to scope the work required to implement the infrastructure for the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), which is expected to be fully rolled out in Exuma before the end of the year.

Joe said through Project Sand Dollar, NZIA will demonstrate to the world how CBDC can be used to empower true financial inclusion, moving past the conceptual ideology of financial inclusion to practical, on-the-ground implementation.

He said the key to making this sort of financial inclusion a reality for Bahamian communities is through providing and encouraging opportunities for local banks, Bahamian small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs to create new products and solutions around CBDC, that would ultimately help foster widespread adoption and economic growth.

“When we look at typical CBDC projects out there, a lot of companies are trying to position themselves to kind of build the whole kit and caboodle, we’re not about that. Our vision from day one coming into this project was a people-first attitude. What we mean by helping to foster local economic development and growth is, we are about building that infrastructure,” he said during an official signing ceremony at CBOB in which the company was formally engaged.

“We are going to build the back end and we will open up the front end to allow local entrepreneurs, tech startups, whomever to be able to build new products and create new services around CBDC. We feel that this is going to be a key aspect of really making this thing become a real, living, breathing thing that people engage in.”

“If we try to be too greedy in terms of wanting to build everything, we know that it’s not going to succeed and that’s not what we want. We want to open up that front end to allow people to build new services and solutions and we know there is a lot of creativity out there, so we want to foster that.”

Binance and Cred Partner to Bring Decentralized Financial Services and LBA to Binance Chain 7361

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume and developer of proprietary blockchain Binance Chain, and Cred, the leading platform for crypto lending and borrowing, today announced an agreement to work together to spur the decentralization of finance. As part of the agreement, Cred will migrate a portion of its ERC20 LBA tokens to Binance Chain and will become the official lending and borrowing platform for the DeFi ecosystem. As both an investor and partner in Cred, Binance will also look for opportunities to leverage and support Cred’s industry-leading services within the Binance ecosystem.

“We are delighted to be working with Cred to help scale their efforts to more markets and users around the world through the power of the Binance Chain, which has a one-second block time and will ensure transactions and interactions by Cred’s users will be fast, efficient and effortless,” said Ted Lin, Chief Growth Officer of Binance.

Cred is a licensed lender, based in California and has secured over $300 million in lending capital. Cred enables crypto wallet providers, custodians, exchanges and crypto application providers the ability to offer some of the most competitive lending and borrowing rates in the industry. This year, Cred has announced partnerships with several influential organizations and custodians in the crypto community. Cred LBA holders will be able to commit their crypto to a fixed term and have the option to rollover assets for additional periods. Customers receive the best rates when staking Cred’s LBA token. No account minimum is needed and interest is paid out in Stablecoin. The principal is paid back in the crypto amounts that were initially received.

“Binance has been a strong partner and investor from Cred’s inception and we are very happy to support Binance Chain and continue to collaborate with Binance to bring decentralized finance to everyone in a sustainable way,” said Dan Schatt, Co-Founder of Cred. “We look forward to continuing the Cred-Binance partnership.”

Cred is backed by some of the largest investors in crypto and tech including Binance Labs, 500 Startups, Arrington XRP Capital, Blocktower and FBG Capital. Cred is also a founding member of the Universal Protocol Alliance, a board member of the Blockchain Advocacy Coalition.

Dubai Land Department and Mashreq bank sign e-mortgage deal 7165

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Dubai Land Department and UAE lender Mashreq bank unveiled a blockchain-based electronic mortgage system to speed up and strengthen the home loan registration process, as the emirate looks to digitalise its services and encourage greater investment in real estate.

“The development and launch of the new e-mortgage system comes as part of our ongoing efforts to enhance automation applications and systems in our transactions to reduce paper transactions and the number of visits,” said DLD director general Sultan Butti bin Mejren.

Under the licence agreement, Mashreq mortgage holders will be linked up with DLD’s new electronic mortgage registration system following a property sale to ensure all mortgages are properly registered and recorded via the new platform. Mortgages can also be modified through the system, and liquidations and payment defaults logged.

The e-mortgage system is the latest initiative by Dubai government’s real estate department to adopt blockchain, the digital ledger technology, in its administrative processes. Last year, it launched the blockchain-based Real Estate Self Transaction, or “Rest”, system, intended to enable “the complete digital management of real estate transactions, eliminating paper documents and reducing brokerage procedures”, DLD said at the time.

The initiatives are part of the Dubai 10x initiative, which aims to place government entities 10 years ahead of the rest of the world in all sectors, including real estate. It is a key part of the UAE’s plans to advance its digital economy and further diversify from oil.

Following the deal with Mashreq, DLD will seek new bank partners for its e-mortgage system, it said.

“Applying the e-mortgage system requires synergy with leading UAE banks … to spread its benefits to the largest number of investors,” said Majid Saqer Al Marri, chief executive of registration and real estate services at DLD.

“We will continue to seek the best partners to ensure the comfort and happiness of our customers, as well as develop the system and support it with the latest technologies to keep pace with developments in real estate services.”