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Binance Will Pay Users $220K To Test Its Bitcoin Futures Platforms

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance is planning to pay users to decide how its new Bitcoin futures trading platform should operate.


Binance: Two Platforms, 100,000 BNB

In a blog post issued on September 2, the exchange said it had created two standalone versions of a futures trading platform, and would select the final option via a user competition.

Running for five days from 3-8 September, Binance traders will vote for their preferred option, with the winners sharing a 100,000 Binance Coin 00 ($219,500) bounty and discount on trading fees. 

“Participants can vote for their favorite Futures platform after experiencing both Futures A and Futures B platforms in action,” the blog post explains. 

“Participants who vote for the eventual winning Binance Futures Platform will receive a 50% trading fee discount for a full month[.]”

Binance will incentivize testing via a simulated trading session involving 100,000 tokens of stablecoin Tether 00

Users must also meet certain other conditions, such as ending the competition period with a balance equal to or more than the original 100,000 USDT allocation. 

First prize in the competition is 1000 BNB ($21,950) .

Bitcoin Futures Trading Universe Takes Shape

Binance has been mulling its own futures offering in recent months, as multiple new operators signal entry onto the market. 

The announcement comes days before Bakkt, the institutional trading platform from New York Stock Exchange owner Intercontinental Exchange, begins accepting deposits for its futures trading product.

Commentators are keenly eyeing the impact of the new players on Bitcoin, as existing futures activity has affected the price of the cryptocurrency in the past.

Just last week, a settlement date for CME Group’s futures sparked worries of a crash, BTC/USD duly falling 8% ahead of the day of reckoning. 

Futures nonetheless remain popular, with both CME and others setting continued volume records in 2019. 

The institutional instrument meanwhile is not the only one on Binance’s radar. As Bitcoinist reported, the exchange debuted margin trading in July, while in August, it announced an analog to Facebook’s unreleased Libra digital currency protocol.

Dubbed ‘Venus,’ little concrete information is currently available on the project, which itself already has multiple competitors internationally. 

Among them is encrypted messaging app Telegram, which plans to release its Gram cryptocurrency in October. According to the latest information, the company’s protocol will be directly compatible with decentralized applications on Ethereum 00.

What do you think about Binance’s futures testing? Let us know in the comments below!


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Why Binance Crypto Lending Could Be a Bad Idea

Not a week goes by without the world’s most dominant crypto exchange launching a new service or incentive. This week has been no different with the announcement of a controversial crypto lending platform. Reaction has been mixed and not all think it is the best thing for the crypto ecosystem.


In its latest move to cement a growing monopoly in the crypto services industry, Binance announced a lending platform which will launch on August 29. The service will allow users to lend out their holdings for fixed periods of time, initially 14 days, and gain a passive income from the interest. It also added that there will be annualized interest rates for certain crypto assets – with its own native token, BNB, unsurprisingly offering the highest interest rate.

Offering Fixed Interest Rates is Unwise

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The crypto community has already reacted to the latest attempt from CZ et al to dominate the industry by hovering up as many customers as it can. Offering fixed interest rates is not so commonplace in the financial industry and could cause problems down the road, especially when one of the proposed interest payment options is in Tether (USDT).

Research director Larry Cermak tweeted exactly that, stating that offering guaranteed rates of return is never a good idea. There were further comparisons of the proposed platform to the Bitconnect lending scam which folded in January 2018. Some of the responses to the announcement were quite vociferous.

“I did not know that @cz_binance is so desperate to try to make us keep his coin … once binance is out from us #BNB will crash so hard that ppl will start starving and they will also ruin his family i think is time to create a blog about all this ponzy scams!”

While it is highly unlikely that Binance is in fact a scam, the new lending scheme does appear to be just another attempt by the company to get people to hodl Binance Coin.

Forget About Basic Crypto Security

Another aspect not overlooked by astute industry observers is the encouragement to keep funds locked up on a centralized exchange that has already suffered a hack this year. Granted, Binance has its SAFU for insurance against such things, but in reality it is just one big digital bank holding all of the keys. And as the old crypto adage goes, ‘Not your keys, not your coins’.

Binance also has ambitions to be the provider of the world’s stablecoins, all built on its own blockchain and protocol of course, to take on Facebook’s Libra. The company seems to have no inhibitions at the moment and is on track to becoming the totally dominant ‘Google of the crypto world’.

In order for cryptocurrencies to fulfill their intended destinies as decentralized money, they need to be released from controlling elements such as centralized exchanges, companies, tokens and lending schemes. Binance’s lending scheme goes completely against the basic rules of crypto security and adds another element of third-party control over user’s funds.

Is crypto lending bad for the industry? Add your thoughts below.


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Binance Issues Statement on ‘False KYC Leak’; CEO Comments

Binance has formally denied that it has lost control of some of its user data as rumors continue to swirl around a possible hack.


Hacker ‘Extorting’ Binance

In a statement issued August 6, the major cryptocurrency exchange said it was investigating the claims, which revolve around a hacker demanding 300 BTC in return for withholding traders’ personal data, including passports. 

The threats, which Binance now acknowledge are genuine, came via a Telegram group which has amassed over 10,000 members. 

In the statement, Binance explained that the alleged data set showed “inconsistencies” compared to genuine user information, such as a lack of an internal watermark. It thus remains unknown as to whether any of the documents are genuine or related to Binance.

“We are still investigating this case for legitimacy and relevancy. After refusing to cooperate and continuing with his extortion, this individual has begun distributing the data to the public and to media outlets,” the statement warns.

“…At the present time, no evidence has been supplied that indicates any KYC images have been obtained from Binance, as these images do not contain the digital watermark imprinted by our system. With that said, our security team is hard at work pursuing all possible leads in an attempt to identify the source of these images.”

CZ Reprimands Users Accidentally Aiding Attacker

On social media, CEO Changpeng Zhao (known as ‘CZ’) requested users not share the address of the Telegram group or spread misinformation based on nonofficial sources.

“Don’t fall into the ‘KYC leak’ FUD. We are investigating, will update shortly,” he tweeted earlier Wednesday. 

Some sources, including CZ, state that the data involved stems from a previous scare in 2018 which involved both Binance and fellow exchange Kraken and the current hype is merely a regurgitation of old news. 

The statement further suggested this was the most likely explanation, noting that at the time, the would-be hacker refused to demonstrate the authenticity of the haul. 

“On initial review of the images made public, they all appear to be dated from February of 2018, at which time Binance had contracted a third-party vendor for KYC verification in order to handle the high volume of requests at that time,” it reads.

“Currently, we are investigating with the third-party vendor for more information.”

Binance has remained broadly free of serious security compromises in its brief history. An exception came earlier this year when a hacker managed to steal user funds worth $41 million. Binance subsequently refunded users from its own pocket.


What do you think about the alleged Binance user data? Let us know in the comments below!


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Binance Debuts Margin Trading As Bitcoin Volatility Hits Markets

Malta-based cryptocurrency exchange giant Binance has formally launched margin trading for most of its users following months of speculation. 


Long-Awaited Bitcoin Trading Feature Goes Live

In a blog post July 11, executives released the platform’s latest product, along with a dedicated guide on how it works. 

Margin trading, while available on several major exchanges to date, incurs a significant risk of funds loss if the trader controlling them is not aware of their technical characteristics.

“Margin trading is the latest development in Binance’s effort to push the industry forward and toward the freedom of money, expanding its trading offerings,” the blog post reads. 

“Margin trading allows traders to borrow funds to increase leverage, providing higher profit potential than traditional trading. However, this also comes with a greater risk, given the current volatility of the cryptocurrency market.”

The unveiling ends a period of several months during which Binance slowly dropped hints it was working on margin trading, followed by evidence of testing.

Risky Bitcoin Business

In June 2019, demand for leveraged financial tools tied to Bitcoin 00 and other cryptocurrencies is higher than ever, as markets return to levels not seen since before the 2018 bear market. 

Huge amounts of capital come and go at the hands of margin traders daily, social media users often noting how sudden movements in the Bitcoin price trigger giant liquidations in a matter of minutes. 

This week, a Bitcoin uptick saw $44 million worth of liquidations on derivatives giant BitMEX in just a single morning.

Margin trading essentially involves borrowing funds to use as collateral while betting on a token’s price moving in a certain direction. Should the bet go wrong, the trader faces liquidation.

Bitcoin Sheds 11 Percent

Binance’s product is now available to everyone with an eligible account; this means that those residing in the US, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Crimea, Canada, Japan, South Korea, and Cuba are currently unable to join in. 

The situation remained the same as Binance rolled out previous new tools such as its expanded decentralized exchange (DEX), while executives admitted that it would be impossible to prevent anyone from using a decentralized structure. 

News of the margin trading meanwhile went some way to stemming losses of Binance’s in-house Binance Coin 00 token, which delivered 24-hour losses of 6 percent.

Following a downturn in the Bitcoin price, altcoin markets have broadly slumped, shedding up to 20 percent overnight as BTC/USD fell by around $1500.

Last month, BNB had reached new all-time highs of close to $40 per coin.


What do you think about Binance’s margin trading launch for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies? Let us know in the comments below!


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Bitcoin Market Grew ‘Independently’ in Q2 2019: Binance Report

Correlation between the Bitcoin market and the altcoin market dipped in the second quarter of 2019, claims Binance.


The Malta-based cryptocurrency exchange pitted Bitcoin against thirty alternative cryptocurrencies to determine whether or not it moved in lockstep with them. The exchange noted that all the known altcoins were tailing the Bitcoin price trend positively in Q2/2019. Nevertheless, the speed at which they followed the leading cryptocurrency experienced a drop, implying that the altcoin market, as a whole, failed to run along with a supercharged Bitcoin price rally.

“Bitcoin (BTC) became less correlated with other crypto assets in Q2 2019 relative to the first three months of 2019,” read Binance. “Correlations declined between Bitcoin and altcoins, with a decrease in the average correlation of -0.11.”

In retrospective, a perfect positive correlation between two assets reflects their 100% probability of moving in the same direction. Conversely, a negative one means that the two would always run in the opposite direction. Assets with a correlation score above 0.5 show positive correlations between the two, while a score below -0.5 exhibits negative associations.

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Bitcoin Dips against Altcoins in Terms of Correlation | Image Credits: Binance Research

Binance noted that Ethereum came closest to Bitcoin with a 0.81 positive correlation in Q2/2019, down from 0.889 of the previous quarter. Similarly, the XRP-to-Bitcoin correlation dropped from 0.875 in Q2/2019 to 0.69 in Q1/2019. The statistics appeared the same across the rest of the cryptocurrencies, including Litecoin, MIOTA, EOS, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin SV, and others.

Flight to Quality

The said dip appeared in line with the Bitcoin’s growing dominance in the cryptocurrency market. The leading cryptocurrency mousetrapped more than 63 percent of the total market valuation, leaving other digital assets with a fractional influence. Binance called it a “flight-to-quality behavior,” a term which indicates investors’ partiality towards what they believe is the most bullish asset. Excerpts from the report:

“The overall market capitalization rose by 139%, whereas altcoin aggregated market capitalization (including stablecoins) increased by “just” 71 percent over the same period. This can likely be attributed to a “flight-to-quality” behavior by crypto investors in an early bull-market state.”

The statistics closely followed the findings of Gabor Gurbacs of VanEck. The digital asset director noted that Bitcoin had left all the blue chips (a basket of top ten cryptocurrencies) and smaller cap coins (another pool of top 100 cryptocurrencies) behind in the previous 12 months in terms of returns, as shown in his tweet below:

Although the Blue Chips (Ticker: MVDA10) recorded a lesser loss compared to the Small Caps (Ticker: MVDASC), a closer look reveals that Bitcoin had more than 33 percent dominance in the former.

Bitcoin Remains the King Cryptocurrency

The Binance report reflected a shift in crypto investors’ mindset. They considered Bitcoin safer than most of the alternatives available inside — and also outside — the cryptocurrency industry.

“The report could help in assessing whether today’s crypto-market environment behaves similarly to historical early stages of bullish environments in traditional financial markets,” Binance concluded.

What do you think about Bitcoin’s YTD performance? Let us know in the comments below.


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Bitcoin Price Will Rally To $100,000: Binance CSO

There is no doubting that the Bitcoin price has been commanding things in crypto markets recently. Even with its current correction of 25%, BTC is still on a roll this year. The king of crypto has done so well that Binance’s Chief Strategy Office thinks it will surge all the way up to $100k.


Bitcoin Price Drops Back To Four Figures

The correction has gathered momentum this week and BTC price made two dips to $9,950 a few hours ago according to Tradingview.com. It is now well below both the 50 and 200 moving averages on the hourly chart and heading towards the 50 on the day chart.

From its high to current prices 00 Bitcoin price has now corrected 25% and looks to drop further. Lower highs and lower lows have confirmed the downtrend in the shorter term and traders will be looking at support levels around those moving averages to start re-accumulating.

The long term picture is still very bullish however and one industry executive thinks $100k Bitcoin price is not too far away. Binance Strategy Officer, Gin Chao, talking to BlockTV said:

“If you look at historical patterns you are probably looking at new highs at least for bitcoin in the $50,000-100,000 range.”

His comments on altcoins are interesting and looking at 2019 performance it would be hard to disagree with him. The majority of altcoins have done very little since their bear market lows in December 2018. A lot of the higher cap coins including XRP, Bitcoin Cash, Cardano, Stellar and Tron are still over 80% down from their all-time highs. Some are even over 90% down still.

Chao added that we are now entering the fourth market cycle for Bitcoin and in previous ones, there was a distinct correlation between the altcoins and BTC. This has not been the case in 2019 when altcoins have been stagnant while Bitcoin has surged.

Altcoin Avalanche

Last month a number of altcoins including XRP, BCH, EOS, Stellar and IOTA actually dumped a fair amount while crypto market capitalization in general increased by 27%. As BTC cools altcoins are freezing over again, many have dumped double digits over the past couple of days as the correction deepens.

Total market capitalization has shrunk by $80 billion since late last week however bitcoin’s share of that remains over 60%. Chao could be on to something as the calls for altseason have so far gone unheard as many of them are still in the depths of their own crypto winters.

Will Bitcoin price rally to $100,000? Add your thoughts in the comments below.


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This IEO Crypto Token is Up 800% After Binance DEX Launch

Crypto figures were urging caution June 1 after the first token to trade on both Binance and Binance DEX saw suspiciously high trade volume.


Harmony Outperforms BNB Crypto Token

Harmony (ONE), which constitutes Binance’s latest initial exchange offering (IEO), saw over $600 million in volume in the 24 hours to press time, according to data from CoinMarketCap.

The token is the first to debut on both Binance’s regular platform and its newly-launched decentralized exchange, Binance DEX.

Executives had generated considerable buzz around the move through a concerted publicity campaign prior to the launch, which included a giveaway to promote ONE among prospective investors.

Analyzing the trade figures, however, veteran crypto social media voices appeared less than impressed.

“It’s up by 800%+ from (the) IEO. Wouldn’t recommend chasing this,” the Twitter account known as Squeeze summarized, noting ONE/USD trading at $0.025.

“I’ve been eyeing this for a while. This has very huge hype. But not gonna buy at this price. Will wait for dips in the coming weeks. If it moons hard, I don’t mind missing this. Plenty of other choices.”

Binance DEX Whirlwind

Harmony was little known before its Binance hook-up, with the launch of the DEX having already sparked major excitement among traders.

As CoinMarketCap confirms, Binance’s decentralized platform saw larger volumes in five hours than its biggest competitor, IDEX, achieved in 24.

“By tomorrow it will have done more volume than all DEX’s combined,” trader and journalist Dan Clarke forecast Saturday.

As Bitcoinist reported, Binance itself has seen a broad turnaround in its recent fortunes since recovering from a $41 million hack at the start of May.

Following a week of downtime, full functionality resumed May 15, with the platform’s in-house token, Binance Coin 00, forming the basis of a separate giveaway to reward users who stayed loyal during the platform’s difficulties.

BNB subsequently outperformed, reaching new all-time highs against the US dollar this week as it passed $35 for the first time.

The token, which can also be used against discounted trading fees on Binance, is now the seventh-largest cryptocurrency by market cap. 24-hour volume at press time was $560 million – still just short of ONE.

Separately, the exchange’s own research this week announced a changing trend in the crypto industry more broadly. After over a year of low appeal, non-crypto lay consumers were finally beginning to pay attention to Bitcoin 00 and altcoins again.

In addition, institutional investor interest was developing much more quickly, analysts said, a phenomenon which itself was contributing to the base of new Binance traders.

What do you think about Binance DEX and Harmony? Let us know in the comments below!


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‘Shocked He Went There:’ Crypto Takes Sides On Binance’s Alleged Bitcoin Reorg Plan

Cryptocurrency’s best-known figures continue to debate exchange Binance’s handling of its $40 million hack amid claims executives planned to undo past Bitcoin transactions. 


Binance CEO Rejects Reorg

In a lengthy debate still playing out on social media, Binance received mixed reviews after CEO Changpang Zhao appeared to suggest there was a plan to conduct a reorganization (‘reorg’) of the Bitcoin blockchain. The step would theoretically allow the transactions involving the bitcoins hackers stole from Binance May 7 to no longer fall under their control.

At the same time, an entire day’s worth of user transactions would become void.

Reorgs to fix erroneous transactions are extremely difficult to do for decentralized blockchains — and, in the case of Bitcoin’s, de facto impossible due to the consensus demands required.

As Bitcoinist previously reported, more centralized blockchains can conduct similar activities more easily. EOS, for example, reversed transactions late last year in an episode which likewise attracted negative attention.

While Zhao subsequently explained that the idea remained hypothetical following discussions and that Binance would not pursue any form of the reorg, some reactions criticized him for mentioning the topic.

Mike Novogratz, the Galaxy Digital CEO and major Bitcoin bull, vented rare comments on the topic after Zhao drew a comparison between his plan and efforts by Ethereum (ETH) developers several years ago.

“I am shocked that (Zhao) even went there. Talk of forking or reorganizing the blockchain is close to heresy,” he wrote on Twitter. “When the (Ethereum) community did it the project was like 5 months old. A baby. Bitcoin now has $100 (billion) market cap and is a legitimate store of wealth.”

Back: Reorg ‘Not Happening’

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin also added a rebuttal, arguing Ethereum’s actions did not constitute a reorg.

“Ethereum did a surgical irregular state change. We never even considered actually rolling back the chain to undo the hack; the collateral damage from that (reverting a day of *everyone’s* transactions) would have been huge and possibly fatal,” he tweeted.

Binance’s back-up fund will cover losses endured by users, while the event appeared to have little impact on buoyant cryptocurrency markets, Bitcoin price shedding $200 but subsequently rebounding.

Mentioning the press handling of the hack as complicating perceptions, veteran cryptographer and Hashcash inventor Adam Back meanwhile took the opportunity to reiterate the difficulty of manipulating the Bitcoin blockchain.

“A Bitcoin reorg is just not happening, and I doubt any Bitcoin industry, miners nor developers considered it either,” he summarized, referencing previous, considerably larger, exchange hacks which came and went without such measures coming to pass.

What do you think about Binance’s remedial measures? Let us know in the comments below!


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Binance CFO Talks About His ‘Exciting’ Journey in Exclusive Interview

It was the last hour of the final day at Paris Blockchain Week Summit. The charismatic Binance CFO Wei Zhao had been speaking back to back. Yet, despite the time and the fact that he must have repeated himself over and over for two solid days, he seemed undeterred. Wearing jeans and a Binance hoodie, he bounded up to meet me, vigorously shaking my hand, clearly enjoying being the man of the moment.


If this were a celebrity party, Binance would be the VIP guest. Changpeng Zhao (CZ)’s creation seems unstoppable. Every project wants to be on Binance, from regular token listings to holding IEOs on the Binance LaunchPad. The Binance Chain has just launched, its native BNB token is climbing in price, and the company has the power to influence the entire community and delist tokens at will.

Binance Won’t Be Leaving Malta Any Time Soon

Minister for Digital Affairs Cedric O later said in a press conference that one of their goals was attracting Binance to France. Yet Zhao confessed to me that he had no idea the French had pushed forward new regulation until now.

With a rather high taxation rate for crypto companies at 30 percent, regulations around ICOs (that no one’s doing anymore) and a lot less flexibility than Malta, it looks unlikely that Binance will move to France anytime soon. Although I wasn’t privy to any backroom chats.

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My interview was with Wei Zhao, the man partially responsible for Binance’s epic growth. “I help companies to scale and to grow,” he tells me. Binance now has over 400 people in 30 countries. That’s “a decent sized organization.”

One thing that I have helped to launch is our fiat to crypto offering. In January, we launched our fiat to crypto, pound to BTC. We’re also doing Singapore. Last year, we launched in Uganda… My approach has been basically to build up our presence in the regulated world and build up more fiat.

Bridging the Traditional Financial World with Crypto

With a background of working in traditional finance, and grooming companies to go public, it’s unsurprising that another major focus of Zhao is institutional investors.

“I worked in Hong Kong, so I’ve been CFO for about four different companies, two of which went public. So, I am quite adept in dealing with bankers, and working with bankers, I am a banker myself. I helped to launch our OTC trading services, Binance off-exchange services. I help bring people from traditional bond traders and that type of trader to cryptocurrency.”

Indeed, the surge in Binance’s OTC trading drove the company’s near $80 million first-quarter profits.

What It’s Like Working at Binance

I ask why he made the leap from traditional finance to crypto. He says he would not have done it for any other company than Binance.

I think we are really different from other companies. Most are just exchanges, but we really fiercely want to make an impact in the world… The journey has been awesome so far and I’m in it for the long haul.

One of the best things about his job? Traveling to different places. “I flew around the world four or five times already,” he laughs.

It does speak to the borderless nature of cryptocurrencies. Yes, it’s a digital business but at the end of the day, it’s still a human business, it’s a very human business. The reason this industry is growing so much is that people in this industry travel so much. Like 10 times more than in any other industry.

There’s nothing like human interaction, face to face human talking about things, that’s how you can really impact change.

Does the Recent Leap in Bitcoin Mean the Bear Market Is Over?

It’s not a decisive “yes” when I ask if the bear market is over. Zhao pauses and leans back in his chair. There’s a short silence before he forms his answer, leading me to believe the opposite may be true. But with the most profitable exchange in crypto, bear market or no, nothing’s stopping Binance. He says:

I think there’s generally a lot more interest across the board despite adverse regulation and other adversities. You see general interest in bitcoin from traditional industries, and the rest of the world is showing interest in projects and I think all of it will contribute to the continued growth of the market. The fact that people are thinking “how is this going to impact my business?” Facebook JPMorgan… it lends credibility to the space.

I ask if companies like JPMorgan and Facebook lending “credibility” is rather ironic, considering how Bitcoin was born. He replies:

You need a push which is driven by guys like Facebook and JPMorgan, that gets people thinking about how that’s going to impact institutions and the market. It lends credibility, mindshare, and shows that our actions are getting noticed, that’s what it takes.

What It’s Like Working with CZ

So, what’s it like working with one of crypto’s biggest personalities? “Awesome, it really is awesome!” he enthuses, “he’s extremely transparent, diligent and extremely honest, he’s also extremely intelligent, and very patient.”

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I ask if he was in complete agreement about the recent delisting of Bitcoin SV, to which he nods his head. Presumably, he’s been fielding questions on the subject all day long and his answer is extremely diplomatic.

“We have a very rigorous delisting process, and we also have a regular quarterly review. This quarter a lot of the comments we’ve written out our rationality… I don’t have any other comments on that.”

Finally then, who does Zhao believe that Satoshi Nakamoto is? Clearly, not Craig Wright.

“I think its a community,” he replies. “It’s like ‘I am Bitcoin’, you know that movie? ‘I am bah, blah blah’? It’s like that with Bitcoin. It’s a community. And we’re surviving… I believe that every day that you survive extends your survival… There is a reason why he or she wants to remain anonymous, because it’s not important, it’s a community.”

What do you think of Zhao’s comments? Let us know your thoughts below!


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Binance CEO: No Profit-Sharing With Users Due To BNB Security Status

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance will not share profits with holders of its in-house token due to regulatory hurdles.


‘You Don’t Want That’

That was the decision from CEO Changpeng Zhao (known as CZ), who shed light on the issue during an informal social media Q&A session on March 4 hosted by UK-based trading platform eToro.

Asked whether the exchange, which has seen phenomenal success in its short lifespan, would recycle its profits back to investors in its Binance Coin (BNB) token, Zhao said the drawbacks outweighed any advantages.

“No, that would make (BNB) a security, and you don’t want that,” he responded to an eToro user on Twitter.

As with Binance more generally, BNB has seen its value soar as the cryptocurrency is used, among other things, to offer discounts to traders on fees.

Currently the eighth-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, BNB has so far avoided the issue of securities regulation in countries such as the US — where the topic has become a major talking point in the face of shifting regulatory stances.

As Bitcoinist reported, an ongoing debate over whether the number-three cryptoasset, Ripple’s XRP, is a security has long enveloped industry commentators.

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Exchanges Dodging Bullets

Zhao’s desire to avoid any exposure to potential securities rules thus speaks to a broader trend among cryptocurrency exchanges to circumvent jumping through unnecessary regulatory hurdles.

Platforms such as Bittrex— like Binance’s expansion to multiple overseas jurisdictions — have, at the same time, sought to segregate the US and non-US traders by offering different tokens on each with an eye to simplifying regulatory obligations and minimizing complications.

BNB, meanwhile, continues to attract attention beyond the question of security status. As Bitcoinist reported, Zhao himself described a report analyzing its value last month as “almost scary” in its thoroughness.

Authored by Kyle Samani of Multicoin Capital, the report concluded the token’s value is underrated. BNB/USD currently trades around $11.50, with the pair’s all-time high in January 2018 reaching just under $25.

What do you think about Binance’s position on profit-sharing? Let us know in the comments below! 


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