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Coinmarketcap to Exclude Cryptocurrency Exchanges from Data Calculation

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Data Accountability & Transparency Alliance (DATA) for exchanges

Introduces Data Accountability & Transparency Alliance (DATA)

Top Cryptocurrency market indicators tracker Coinmarketcap has announced it will remove cryptocurrency exchanges from its data feed if they do not comply to its mandatory request to supply data by the mid of the year. This was made known via a blog post it released in celebrating its 6th Anniversary. In this post, the Price Tracker also announced several major initiatives they have been working on for some months which included amongst others Coinmarketcap Data Accountability & Transparency Alliance (DATA).

The globe saw a remarkable rise in value of cryptocurrency and an explosion in the combined market capitalization running into hundreds of billions of dollars such that there were abnormal prices in some countries of the world (South Korea). Owing to the need to promote greater transparency, accountability from projects in the cryptocurrency space, the initiative will seek to empower users to make more informed decisions and to providing a means for projects to differentiate themselves through enhanced disclosure.

According to Coinmarketcap, the DATA rides on the objective of Reviewing, aligning and enhancing reporting standards across the cryptocurrency industry, Identification of gaps, proposal of strategies and measures to enhance data accountability and transparency.

It is also worth mentioning that in January 2018, CoinmarketCap tweeted they were excluding data from Korea exchanges due to “extreme Divergence in prices from the rest of the world and limited arbitrage” . According to a report by Bitwise, most of the cryptocurrency exchanges report fake volume. The report indicted several of the perceived top exchanges in cryptospace with top exchanges like Binance offering to help resolve this issue

Coinmarketcap went further in addressing the ways DATA will be employed to promote transparency, of which it broke into phases. The first phase which is centered on Exchanges seeks to collect trade and order book data from Exchanges and this will be effective mandatorily as from the 14th of June, 2019. These data will be provided via API and will allow the analysis of liquidity, order book depths, spread etc.

The second phase also focuses on Cryptocurrency Exchanges and will see more in depth data to allow users make more rational financial and non financial decisions. This phase will allow the provision/collection of data on Exchange cold/hot wallets addresses, Proof of Solvency/Reserves/Liabilities. It will also allow users to see live data on market trading pair status as well as Historical trade data. Exchanges which do not provide these data will be excluded from the calculations on Coinmarketcap

The last phase will focus both on exchanges and crypto projects. It is to even provide more data for transparency and accountability. In this phase, Coinmarketcap is adopting a self-reporting policy which will see Cryptocurrency Projects reporting data on themselves to the Crypto Data Tracker. It is expected for projects to report data on industry/sector, blockchain platform (Ethereum, Neo, BitcoinCash etc), Consensus Algorithm (POW, POS dPOS), Team information, User base breakdown (Targeted and Existing) etc.

On cryptocurrency exchanges, coinmarketcap expect exchanges to self provide data/information on Legal & Industry compliance requirements, cybersecurity measures, Account Freezing/Termination policies, KYC Policies, Fee structures etc, through the Coinmarketcap Data Accountability & Transparency Alliance (DATA) initiative

WIth some top cryptocurrency Exchanges such as Binance, Bittrex, Bitfinex, OKEx, Huobi, Liquid, UpBit, IDEX, OceanEX, Gate.io, Kucoin, HitBTC already joined the alliance to lead transparency cause,these data to be collected and displayed for all to see on the Top Crypto financial tracker,will see to increase in transparency and accountability and provide more clarity on some of the absurdities in the space.
Do you want to get listed on CMC? Get to know what DATA is about.

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Binance Acquires Decentralized Application Platform DAppReview

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Binance, a global blockchain ecosystem has acquired decentralising applications platform dAppReview. DappReview is the leading information and analytics platform for decentralized applications.

Binance through the acquisition of DappReview will support DappReview to further develop the dapps ecosystem and foster greater blockchain adoption.

Founded in February 2018, DappReview has become a platform for decentralized applications exploration and guidance with over 300,000 active users monthly spread across 9 dozen countries. Over its short time since inception, it has become the platform of choice for Dapp developers helping them to introduce their dapps to its global userbase.

According to Binance, DappReview will maintain its independence in technical development and operation, and Binance will offer support in non-technical fields including marketing and business development. DappReview will release a new suite of products in Q1 of 2020.

Speaking on the acquisition, Binance CFO Wei Zhou was quoted saying “On-chain applications are still the missing piece for mass blockchain adoption. The DappReview team has shown its commitment to dapps and strong execution in building a leading global dapps platform within a year of establishment. Binance and DappReview share a mutual goal of driving blockchain applications,”

The acquisition is part of Binance’s consistent efforts in building a robust global blockchain ecosystem. This isn’t the first acquisition in recent time. Less than a month ago, Binance in November acquired India based cryptocurrency exchange platform WazirX.

The acquisition of DappReview according to Wei Zhou , “ marks a significant step into the dapps ecosystem, and we will have more exciting developments in the near future.”

The mission of DappReview is to build a vibrant dapps ecosystem and boost mass adoption of blockchain. Apart from dapps analytics services, we also provide full packages of support for dapps developers from fund-raising, product development to marketing and promotion,” said Vincent Niu, Founder and CEO of DappReview.

The acquisition according to DappReview will empower it with more resources to accelerate its business growth while it aims to partner with more blockchain protocols and developers on dapp data integration, and push for the adoption of decentralized applications on a global scale.

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Binance now Allows Customers to Freely Transfer Crypto Between Themselves  

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Leading global cryptocurrency exchange Binance has launched a new feature that allows its customers to easily transfer funds from account to another within the platform.

The feature which doesn’t charge users transaction fees for transfer works by having a customer initiate withdrawal as normally done and inputting the address of the receiving account however, the address must be from the Binance platform.

The transfers are made without having to require any block confirmation thus it ensures quick and seamless movements of crypto assets between user accounts on the platform.

For transactions which requires the use of MEMO, Binance said users are expected to include the correct memo/tag/payment ID else the transferred funds could be lost and it may not be able to recover it. Internal transfers without inputting the MEMO will be rejected.

Since each transfer internally is between customers and there is no block confirmation, Binance disclosed that there will be no TxID instead, what will be displayed to customers will be “Internal Transfer“.

Binance has continued to make the use of its platform easy for its customers by offering various features, upgrades and products. Few weeks ago, it upgraded its Buy Crypto page allowing its customers to easily purchase and cryptocurrencies with just a few clicks using various fiat currencies.

It also acquired an Indian based cryptocurrency exchange with its unique matching engine WazirX which it has integrated into its platform allowing Indians to purchase cryptocurrency on Binance with the Rupee.

According to Binance, the internal transfer function can now also be enabled and disabled via API.

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342,000 ETH transferred to unknown wallet as UpBit gets hacked

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South Korean cryptocurrency exchange UpBit has been hacked with 342,000 ETH transferred to an unknown wallet.

This was confirmed in a statement released by the exchange where the CEO of Upbit Lee Seok-woo apologizes for the inconvenience caused to users.

Speaking on the hack, the statement read “At 1:06 PM on November 27, 2019, 342,000 ETH (approximately 58 billion won) were transferred from the Upbeat Ethereum Hot Wallet to an unknown wallet. Unknown wallet address is 0xa09871AEadF4994Ca12f5c0b6056BBd1d343c029

According to the statement, upon confirmation of the hack, UpBit responded by protecting customer’s assets. This it did by ensuring that owing to the hack that resulted in the transfer of 342,000 ETH to an unknown wallet, the exchange will be covered by UpBit’s funds.

Also, all crypto assets in Hot wallet storage has been transferred to Cold Wallet. Cybercrime in the cryptocurrency exchange business continues to be a threat to the growing adoption of cryptocurrency.

Over the decade bitcoin has been on, various exchanges has been hacked, while some were able to recover from the breach, some weren’t fortunate.

The hack which is worth over $47 million could be related to the negative price action across the cryptocurrency market. Ethereum is currently trade at 1.73% loss.

Owing to the breach to the exchange, deposits and withdrawals will be put on hold and resumption is estimated to commence in two weeks time.

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