Bitcoin Futures Exchange Bakkt Announces First Asset Acquisition

New York Stock Exchange–backed startup Bakkt has disclosed plans of acquiring “certain assets” from independent futures commission merchant, Rosenthal Collins Group.

Stablecoin Issuer TrustToken Launches New Feature to Streamline Wallet Management

TrustToken, a platform for creating and issuing asset-backed tokens, has rolled-out a new address management specifically developed for companies using the TrueUSD stablecoin.  

Some Crypto Firms Deem KYC/AML Compliance Unnecessary

Several crypto exchanges consider AML and KYC compliance unnecessary. 51% Attacker Returns $100K in Ethereum Classic has issued a warning underscoring that the ETC network’s hashing power is “still not strong enough,” and is still vulnerable to yet another 51 percent attack.

Japanese FSA Explains Position on Bitcoin ETFs and Derivatives

The Japanese FSA has clarified its stance on Bitcoin ETFs and crypto derivatives.

Scaling Tech Lets Users Sync Bitcoin Straight from Phone

Utreexo, which is based on a concept sought by developers for years, aims to streamline a facet of Bitcoin’s code, resulting eventually in heavy storage requirements.

Tron Founder Addresses Speculations Involving $1 Million Dapp Competition

Tron Accelerator’s previously launched $1 million developer competition for blockchain dapp has recently drawn multiple speculations across social media, accusing the company of misleading participants, prompting Tron founder Justin Sun to address the allegations.   

TenX Co-Founder’s Resignation Sparks Allegations of Inside Trading

It “became clear to us as founders that the only way forward is to mutually part ways, and that means I will be stepping down as the president of TenX,” said Julian Hosp.

Pablo Escobar’s Estate Launches ICO for New Stablecoin

The brother of the late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar has launched an initial coin offering (ICO) for a dollar pegged stablecoin in a bid to impeach U.S. President Donald Trump.

EBA Calls on European Commission to Achieve a Common EU Approach to Crypto

One of the recommendations of the agency is for the European Commission to respond to crypto industry risks like money laundering.

Japanese Financial Watchdog Grants Coincheck License to Resume Operations

The Financial Services Agency, Japan’s financial regulator, has recently announced Coincheck as the country’s 17th fully-registered domestic digital currency trading platform, nearly one year after sustaining one of the largest hacking incidents in the history of the crypto sphere.     

Thailand’s Atomicpay Rolls Out Non-Custodial Crypto Payment Terminal

Atomicpay founder and developer Benz Rif has stated that while digital currency is decentralized, Blockchain payment processors are still centralized.

Malaysian Government: Cryptocurrencies are “Neither Legal nor Illegal”

The Malaysian government is still currently mulling over the legalities of using digital currencies in the nation.

Venezuela Files Complaint Against “Discriminatory” US Sanctions

Venezuela has filed a complaint against the U.S. with the World Trade Organization, citing sanctions against the petro as one of the issues.

Sideshift App Demonstrates BTC to USDT Swap Using Lightning Network

On January 11, the Sideshift app demonstrated a trade between Lightning Network USDT and BTC.