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Nigerians Can Now Buy Ethereum with the Naira as Luno Launches ETH/NGN 

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Nigerians can now buy the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, Ethereum on Luno with the naira, Luno announces on its blog.

The exchange which previously only allowed the purchase of Ethereum with Bitcoin or the Naira through its instant-buy option, can now let its customers to directly purchase Ethereum using the naira as it has launched the ETH/NGN trading pair.

As at today it was launched, transactions according to Luno will be on post-only mode. Tomorrow the 29th of October, 2019 will see users of the exchange having the ability to execute live trades around the pair.

Explaining the meaning of Post-Only orders, Luno said “The post-only orders post to the Exchange’s order book but don’t execute. They sit on the order book to be charged a Maker Fee if they are filled.”

Emphasizing the reason for launching the pair, Luno said, “We’ve added more freedom for you to choose your preferred buy and sell method.”

Just recently, Binance with in partnership with Flutterwave revealed Nigerians will be able to purchase Bitcoin, Binance coin etc on its Binance.com platform with Naira using their debit or credit cards.

According to Luno, Users do not need to convert their naira into bitcoin in order to trade ethereum on the exchange anymore, now it’s as easy as can be with the new pair.

“We’ve made it easier, cheaper and faster for you buy and sell Ethereum.” Luno said.

Luno was founded in 2013, with headquarters in London. It facilitates the purchase and sale of cryptocurrencies and offer the services of receiving cryptocurrencies in local currencies for its customers spread across Africa, Asia and Europe.

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Binance to Perform a Scheduled System Upgrade on the 13th of November. 

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Binance has announced it will be performing a system upgrade tomorrow, the 13th of November.

The upgrade according to the blog post Binance released will commence at 02:00 AM (UTC) and is expected to last for approximately 4-6 hours.

The top leading cryptocurrency exchange warned that deposits and withdrawals will be suspended. Also to be suspended are crypto to crypto trading, spot and margin trading, lending and redemption as well as assets transfer from sub-accounts, margin accounts, futures accounts and fiat wallets during the time of the system upgrade.

Revealing the improvements in the new system upgrade, Binance mentioned

Live subscription and unsubscription to WebSocket streams

Database performance improvements

User Data Streamer performance improvements

After the upgrade, Binance said it would make further announcement and provide its customers with a 30 minutes window to cancel orders, process deposits, withdrawals and use all other account related functions before trading resumes.

Binance recommends that customers with open Futures or Margin positions re-assess their collateral balances prior to the start of the upgrade to mitigate against price fluctuations that may occur during the upgrade period.

According to Binance, the approximated time of the upgrade is not definitive but based on estimate. And as such, it will maintain as usual, regular communication on the progress of the upgrade on its various social media.

Binance has grown incredibly over the two years it was launched and continues to expand at an unprecedented rate. Even as the US market gets tough for players in the exchange business in the industry, Binance launches its US platform.

It spreads to Africa with the partnership with Flutterwave allowing Nigerians to buy bitcoin in its platform as well as its Binance Uganda platform.

According to Binance, the approximated time of the upgrade is not definitive but based on estimate. And as such, it will maintain as usual, regular communication on the progress of the upgrade on its various social media.

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Coinbase, Binance and Bitmex Rank Top in Web Traffic in October

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According to a report published by ICO Analytic, Coinbase, Binance and Bitmex rank the top in web traffic in the month of October, 2019.

The report which featured 20 exchanges reports Coinbase with unique visits in the month of october having 20.5 Million. This figure represents a 0.7% reduction compared to the month of September.

Binance was the second on the list having a 18.2 million unique visits for the month however, this reduced by 3.0% in comparison to the month of September.

Crypto Exchanges web traffic in October, 2019.

Margin trading platform Bitmex had 9.8 million visits with a 14% drop from its September height. This could be influenced by the leak user email addresses scandal it faced.

Fourth on the list of top cryptocurrency exchanges in terms of web traffic was Coinsbit which saw an 83% increase in October from September received a web visit of 5.7 million.

Top losers for last month according to the report were Bithumb which saw a nosedive of almost 50% reduction as it stood at a 44% reduction of web traffic in October as compared to September. 

Bithumb traffic was 4.0 million. Kucoin was the number two loser as it lost 26% traffic in October as compared with September. It received 1.5 million visits.

Both Bitmex and UPBIT was a tie as they both received 14% reduction in their web traffic in October. UPBIT saw  4.1 million users visits.

bIndorax gained 7.8% with a 3.4 million user visits. Bittrex received 3.0 million visits against its 7.7% growth.

HitBTC had the least user visits for October with its stats showing 1.2 million visits at a loss of 5.5%.

Highest gainers in terms of percentage of visits were Consbit, ZB.com and Bitbank which received 83%, 57% and 22% respectively.

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Poloniex Updates Its User Agreement as it spins out of Circle, to Comply with GDPR

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Poloniex informs its customers of update to its User Agreement as it spins out of Circle.

From an email sent to customers of the exchange, Poloniex said the new user agreement will become applicable to the use of the Poloniex service on the 7th of November.

According to Poloniex, the changes to the User Agreement are made to provide customers of the exchange with greater clarity and certainty surrounding their use of the Poloniex services.

And that it’s part of the Poloniex team’s continuous effort to improve the performance of the exchange and to better serve its customers.

Owing to the spin off from Circle, the new firm Polo Digital Assets, Ltd will be in charge of processing customer’s personal information, including acting as the data controller in compliance with General Data Protection Regulation to where it applies.

The new firm Polo Digital Assets, Ltd according to the email, will continue to process customer’s personal information for the purposes for which it was provided or as otherwise set out in its privacy policy.

On the 18th of October, Poloniex announced through a blog post that will be spinning out from Circle to form a new entity that will exclude US customers.

According to the post, Poloniex revealed the new company will have the backing of a major investment group and it will enable it focus on the needs of global crypto traders with new features, assets and services. And for this, it intends spending $100 million for expansion and development.

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Houbi Global Joins Other Exchanges Closing Up Shop in the US

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Houbi Global has joined the list of cryptocurrency exchanges such as Poloniex withdrawing from the United States to other markets.

The announcement was made via a press release on the company’s blog. According to the blog. Houbi global said that according to the laws of the United States as it concerns cryptocurrency, the exchange’s User Agreement prohibits users in the US from using the platform.

Therefore, the accounts of US customers have been gradually disabled so as not to make any more transactions on the platform.

The statement read, “We will freeze all US user accounts from 13 November 2019 (GMT+8) onwards. We are sorry for any inconvenience resulting therefrom.”

All US customers are advised to return all the funds borrowed in the exchange’s margin trading platform and to withdraw all crypto assets balances.

As Houbi Global advises customers to withdraw their assets, it also informed them of its San Francisco based US partner, the Houbi.us exchange platform which was specifically designed for US customers.

The US platform according to Houbi ” is an advanced U.S. digital currency trading platform operated by HBUS Holdco Inc. (“HBUS”), a San Francisco-based company and strategic partner of Huobi Global. HBUS holds itself up to high ethical standards with commitment to U.S. regulatory compliance, and offers a wide variety of tokens for trading, low trading fees, and 24/7 tailored customer support to American customers.”

US Customers can create both individual or corporate accounts, visit www.huobi.us/register for an individual account or www.huobi.us/institutional for a corporate account.

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