In the Daily: Coins at Kiosks, Micropayment Solutions, Token Launchpad, GPU Inventory  


In this edition of The Daily, we feature a couple of announcements by leading crypto exchanges. Binance starts selling cryptocurrency for cash at newsagent stores in Australia, while Huobi is launching its new token listing platform. In other news, Aeternity and Satoshipay join forces to offer faster crypto micropayments and Nvidia expects to clear mining chip inventory in this quarter.

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Binance to Sell Cryptocurrencies at Newsagents in Australia

Binance, the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange by volume, has announced the launch of Binance Lite Australia, a platform that will allow local residents to buy cryptocurrency at more than 1,300 newsagents across the country. Currently, the new cash-to-crypto service supports only purchases of bitcoin core (BTC) with Australian dollars (AUD) but other digital coins and fiat currency options will be added in the future.

In the Daily: Coins at Kiosks, Micropayment Solutions, Token Launchpad, GPU Inventory

To acquire the crypto, customers will have to place an order online and then deposit the cash at the nearest newspaper kiosk. But before they can do so, they will have to provide their personal details and pass account verification on the website of the platform, Verified users will be able to place their orders and receive the coins within minutes, the exchange promised in a blog post. Binance Lite Australia will charge a 5 percent fee for the service.

Token Launchpad Huobi Prime to Go Live on Tuesday

Digital asset exchange Huobi announced the launch date of its new token listing platform. Huobi Prime will go live next Tuesday, March 26, the company revealed in a tweet this week. The first campaign based on Huobi’s launchpad will be held by a project called TOP Network, which will distribute 1.5 billion TOP tokens among its users in three 30-minute rounds.

In the Daily: Coins at Kiosks, Micropayment Solutions, Token Launchpad, GPU Inventory

According to the announcement, Huobi Prime will allow crypto projects to trade their coins immediately in a model described by the exchange as “direct premium offering.” Tokens issued through the platform, which is an alternative to Binance Launchpad, may be listed in the future on Huobi Global and Hbus in trading pairs with USDT, BTC, ETH, and KRW.

Aeternity Invests in Micropayment Platform Satoshipay

Aeternity, a project developing a blockchain protocol for smart contracts with open code, has acquired a stake in Satoshipay. According to a press release, the deal was sealed during the latest financing round for the micropayment service. Satoshipay will now be able to integrate Aeternity nanopayment solutions and offer its users faster transactions.

Axel Springer SE, one of the largest digital content companies in Europe which runs news outlets such as Upday, Die Welt, Bild, and Business Insider, will be among the first users of the new services offered by Aeternity and Satoshipay. Its users will be able to pay for the content with cryptocurrency via the Satoshipay wallet.

In the Daily: Coins at Kiosks, Micropayment Solutions, Token Launchpad, GPU Inventory

Nvidia to Clear Mining GPU Inventory

Video card manufacturer Nvidia is expecting to soon clear the excess inventory accumulated in anticipation of high demand for cryptocurrency mining equipment. The company believes it will manage to achieve that during Q1 of 2019, according to comments made by its CFO Colette Kress during a meeting with investors in California this past Tuesday, Bloomberg reported. The stockpile of unsold graphics processing components was created when the sales of chips dropped last year following the decline in cryptocurrency prices.

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Report: 87% of Crypto Exchanges May Be Falsifying Volume


At least 87 percent of cryptocurrency exchanges may have falsified their reported trade volumes, a new study claims. According to a review of the top 100 exchanges by analytics company The Tie, most of the trading volume on the world’s largest crypto trading platforms is suspect.

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Suspicious Trading Volumes

“In total we estimated that 87 percent of exchanges’ reported trading volume was potentially suspicious and that 75 percent of exchanges had some form of suspicious activity occurring on them,” the company revealed in a series of tweets on its research findings.

“If each exchange averaged the volume per visit of CoinbasePro, Gemini, Poloniex, Binance, and Kraken, we would expect the real trading volume among the largest 100 exchanges to equal $2.1 billion per day. Currently that number is being reported as $15.9 billion,” added The Tie.

Report: 87% of Crypto Exchanges May Be Falsifying Volume
Trading volumes per exchange vs monthly web visits

Manipulation of trading volume data by exchanges has remained an area of concern within the cryptocurrency market. Several factors can artificially grow volume, making it look like there’s demand for a particular digital asset when interest is actually minimal or non-existent. Investors are often lured to exchanges with inflated volumes as that tends to create an element of trust and an impression of liquidity. However, doubts about the integrity of crypto markets could be preventing some professionals from entering the space and prompting closer regulatory scrutiny.

Inflated Volumes

In its study, The Tie looked at weighted average trading volume per user visit at major crypto exchanges Binance, Coinbase Pro, Poloniex, Gemini and Kraken – averaging $591 – and used similar metrics on other smaller exchanges. The New York-based company indicated that these exchanges were selected on account of their “large usage among institutions, reputation in the market, and because their web viewership appeared consistent with their reported trading volumes.”

It found that about 60 percent of exchanges reported volume that was 10 times higher than expected, at least as far as traffic to their websites was concerned. The practice was most prevalent at Bitmax, ZBG, Coinbene, Lbank and BW, the researchers alleged. Binance, Kraken, Coinbase Pro, and Poloniex had expected volume in line with their reported trading volume.

Report: 87% of Crypto Exchanges May Be Falsifying Volume
Expected real trading volume/Reported trading volume per exchange

While website viewership metrics don’t account for API or mobile app trading, they do provide a good basis of comparison across exchanges to identify suspicious reported volumes, explained The Tie. “Our team set out to determine whether volumes reported on cryptocurrency exchanges were genuine. We started by pulling a list of the top 100 exchanges by traded volume over the last 30 days,” the company said.

It continued: “We then used Similar Web website viewership metrics to calculate the estimated 30 days traffic to each exchange’s website. After doing this, we divided the reported volume for each exchange by the number of monthly website visits to determine the reported volume per visit.”

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