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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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Naijapay Launches Enabling Bitcoin and Dash Payments

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Naijacrypto a top indigenous Nigerian exchange has announced the launch of their crypto payment gateway, “Naijapay” to enable businesses to accept crypto payments with easy
conversion to naira.


Nigeria has been a popular crypto hotspot over the years always among the top in ranking of traded bitcoin volumes. This is fueled in part by the huge remittance inflow into the country which was more than the oil revenue of the country in 2018, and the use of crypto for payments.

As more people switch over to using crypto for day to day payments, Naijapay aims to be their top destination.

Naijapay will support Bitcoin and Dash payments at zero transaction fees. It would contain two modes; The “naira mode” would enable businesses to accept crypto but always receive naira.

They do not need to worry about the volatility of the cryptocurrency markets. The “crypto mode” is for those who wish to receive crypto and keep funds in crypto.

The platform has utilities for
users who just wish to accept crypto payments without any complexities as well as utilities for users who wish to integrate payment APIs on their website.

Naijapay is also InstantSend enabled, meaning Dash transactions will be instantly confirmed, and the naira value credited to the receiver.
The Naijapay Platform would also advertise businesses who accept cryptocurrencies, this is in Naijacrypto’s vision to make the Local markets visible to the international community.

Even freelancers can advertise their business to an international community and receive payments easily.


According to Chiagozie Iwu, founder of Naijapay; “Naijapay is set to revolutionize the way Nigerian Businesses and freelance workers receive payments. Gone are the days when payment methods hindered market reach”.

This is a much-needed utility in the Nigerian business space
and also good news to the Nigerian crypto community in their push for more crypto adoption
mechanisms.

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Luno to hire over 200+ people, Plans Global Expansion to reach 1bn people by 2030

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Co-Founder and CEO of leading cryptocurrency exchange, Luno has revealed the firm is looking to hire over 200 personnel. 

This was revealed via a tweet on the 19th of November, 2020. In the twitter post, the CEO, Marcus Swanepoel said Luno was looking at getting 200+ people and anyone who wants to help the firm upgrade the world to a better financial system should keep an eye on its job portal. 

Luno CEO, Marcus Swanepoel

Mr.  Marcus also tweeted about the plan of getting the Luno brand to 1 billion people by the year 2030.

Read also: How a First Time Bitcoin Trader Made 10% Profit in 10 Days on Luno. 

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Kucoin’s Web Traffic Drop by Almost half in October After Hack

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Cryptocurrency exchange Kucoin experienced a drop in its web traffic in the month of October by almost half. The report which was compiled by ICO_Analytics reviewed the web traffic data of 20 top cryptocurrency exchanges for the month.

According to the report, Kucoin experienced web traffic of 1.7 million in the month however, that figure represented a significant reduction in its web traffic when compared with the previous month, September.

The report revealed the exchange experienced a 45% loss in web traffic in the month of October. The likely reason was the attack which occurred on the exchange in late September, which saw the exchange halt significant operations. The hackers were able to withdraw huge some of funds running in hundreds of millions of dollars in several cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Stellar and multiple ERC-20 tokens

Immediately the news of the security breach broke out, industry participants rally round support the thwarting of the hackers plan by freezing stolen cryptocurrency, upgrading contracts to render the some of the stolen funds useless etc. 

With this measures, the CEO of Kucoin Johnny Lyu has revealed the exchange has been able to recover the 84% of the stolen funds and will published the case when it is closed as directed by law enforcement. Johnny Lyu also revealed the exchange has resumed full service for the 176 tokens affected and all others are scheduled to be reopened before September, 22nd.

In a tweet published hours ago, the CEO of Kucoin, said he was glad that the incident was dealth with in an open and transparent manner, always putting users first and it Kucoin looks forward to continue to safeguard users funds and bring more crypto hidden gems to the world as it always does.

Other than Kucoin, the report also revealed Uniswap saw a drop in web traffic of 25%, ZB.com  experienced a 32% drop in web traffic  while Huobi had a one-fifth decline in web traffic in the month of October, 2020.

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