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Digital Currency Group Acquires Cryptocurrency Exchange, Luno

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New York based global firm Digital Currency Group (DCG) announced today it has acquired leading cryptocurrency exchange Luno. DCG as part of the acquisition will be making significant financial commitment to help Luno expand globally and in regions it currently operate in. 

Luno is a leading cryptocurrency exchange based in London, England and with several regional offices located across continents of the world and having up-to 400 employees in its payroll with over five million customers in more than 40 countries. 

Digital Currency Group DCG being an early investors in Luno has also invested in several firms numbering over 160 blockchain firms and these includes Grayscale Investments, Genesis, Coindesk and Foundry etc. 

DCG Founder and CEO Barry Silbert was quoted saying “We are proud to have supported Luno as an early investor, and we recognize a shared commitment to building mission-driven companies that can help transform traditional financial services and improve economic freedom for people all over the world,” ….. ” Luno is a high growth, global business and there is a massive opportunity to expand organically and through acquisitions.”

DCG operates a flexible ownership system in invested firms or subsidiaries by allowing them to operate independent companies, providing them leadership, partnerships  and capital to help the businesses scale. 

CEO and co-founder of Luno Marcus Swanepoel commenting on the acquisition was quoted saying “The past seven years have been an incredibly exciting journey for Luno – helping millions of our customers get access to crypto for the first time,” 

He continued further saying “DCG has been an integral part of the Luno story during all of this time, and we’ve been fully aligned on our vision and culture since day one. Having the full backing of DCG just as we’re experiencing such a pivotal moment of growth in the industry is not just an exciting and important milestone for Luno, but more importantly it will significantly accelerate our ability to reach our goal to help upgrade 1 billion people to a better financial system by 2030.”

According to DCG, the Luno leadership team will remain entirely intact and Swanepoel will lead acquisition efforts in his role as CEO.

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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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