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Coinbase is unveiling a suite of new initiatives designed to expand its market share.
The latest update called “Coinbase Bundles,” refers to the pre-packaged collection of five cryptocurrencies available for purchase on Coinbase. The Bundle consists of Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), and Ethereum Classic (ETC).
A bundle of five cryptocurrencies can be purchased for a meager sum of $25. With the current market cap employed in calculating a diversified portfolio of cryptocurrencies available for purchase with a couple of taps, Coinbase will save customers a lot of hassles.
The exchange hopes to introduce the new update to its U.S., E.U, and U.K markets in the coming weeks. At the moment, the digital asset platform has not set a maximum purchase size for a Bundle, but there are daily purchase limits on a per customer basis, at the moment. When a customer buys a bundle, it will be stored on their Coinbase wallet, where it can be purchased, sold, sent or received as an individual asset.
The digital asset platform will also host Information Asset Pages on the top 50 digital currencies on its platform, along with a new section, called “Coinbase Learn,” which will educate first time traders to cryptocurrency. The Vice President and General Manager of Coinbase Consumer Dan Romero stated that the ability of people to understand, explore and choose cryptocurrency would go a long way in determining the possibility of an open financial system coming to reality.
|“We expect that millions of people will make their first cryptocurrency purchase in the coming years. But all too often, getting started can be overwhelming for people learning about crypto for the first time.”|
The Information Asset Pages will provide customers with all information about the top 50 cryptocurrencies based on market cap. Customers can learn about cryptocurrencies that are neither available for purchase nor sale on Coinbase. The page also furnishes its users with information on historical trading data, current market cap and referral links to project websites.
Romero said the new Coinbase Learn section would be exclusively set aside to enlighten newbies on cryptocurrency. It also provides answers to frequently asked questions.
Taking time to acquaint others about cryptocurrency is no mean feat. It is fair to say there is no particular database containing all the fundamental principles responsible for the technology. This new section about to be launched by Coinbase will teach and educate newbies about cryptocurrency. Responses to the frequently asked questions stemmed from customer research and were cross-checked with individuals new to the virtual currency.
Coinbase recently announced an overhaul to their digital asset listing process to make it faster to list more assets that are compliant with local laws on a “jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction” basis. It also added support for ethereum classic and raised the daily buy limits for users to $25,000 and eliminated the sell limit.
Cryptocurrency exchange and wallet service Coinbase has rolled out a new update called “Coinbase Bundles,” which is designed to simplify cryptocurrency trading, according to an announcement published September 27.
Coinbase Bundles is a basket of five cryptocurrencies supported on Coinbase and purchased in proportion to their market capitalization in U.S. dollars. The Bundle consists of Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), and Ethereum Classic (ETC); the smallest Bundle costs $25, £25, or €25.
While Coinbase has not set up a maximum purchase size for a Bundle, the exchange limits daily purchase amounts on a per-customer basis. Once a customer has bought a Bundle, each type of virtual currency will be stored in their Coinbase wallet and can be bought, sold, sent or received as an individual asset.
Coinbase expects to introduce the new product in the U.S., E.U. and U.K. in the coming weeks. Along with the Coinbase Bundle, the exchange will now host informational asset pages about the top 50 digital currencies in terms of market capitalization, in addition to a “Coinbase Learn” section aimed at educating newcomers to cryptocurrency trading.
Recently, Coinbase announced a new process that will allow it to list more digital assets faster. The process refers to cryptocurrencies that are compliant with local law, which means that certain assets listed on the platform may only be available to customers in particular jurisdictions.
Earlier this month, Coinbase revealed it is looking to create a cryptocurrency-based exchange-traded fund (ETF). Coinbase has reportedly been in discussions with the blockchain working group of asset management giant BlackRock. It remains unclear whether the initiative is concluded or still under negotiation.
Coinbase has announced a new procedure for listing assets with the sole purpose of speeding up the process of listing digital assets that meet the exchange’s standards, per a company blog post. The San Francisco-based company, which currently supports bitcoin and popular altcoins such as bitcoin cash, ethereum classic, and litecoin, says it’s getting tougher to list all the asset types they want in a “secure and compliant way” for digital assets that meet the company’s current listing standards.
The solution, according to the post, is to list assets complaint with local law, in a “jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction manner” — which means some assets might be available in some regions and absent in others.
Issuers will go through a simple process for evaluation of their assets before they are listed on the cryptocurrency exchange. It starts with a signup form for issuers to complete, which contains details of the assets, which the company will then evaluate against its digital asset framework. The framework is, however, not set in stone. Coinbase says it will be updated regularly and the form will always convey the version of the framework that the company is using for evaluation at the time.
The new listing process is free for issuers, but things could change in the near future. Coinbase says the volume of submissions will determine whether it imposes an application fee in the future to “defray the legal and operational costs associated with evaluating and listing new assets.”
The firm continued:
|“At our discretion, we may choose to list some assets on the basis of our own evaluation, even in the absence of an application. In other cases, we will attempt to give quick, specific reasons for the approval or rejection of particular assets.”|
Coinbase expects to list more digital assets — faster — with the change in the listing process. The company has also altered how it will conduct listing announcements, and it says new assets will now be announced at or near the time of public launch across Coinbase’s products.
Earlier this year, Coinbase added support for ethereum classic. The digital asset platform also raised the daily buy limits for users to $25,000 and eliminated the sell limit. The exchange also began permitting users to begin trading on the platform immediately following a purchase. Previously, users had to wait for the bank transfer to settle before receiving their funds, a process that could take up to five business days.
Cryptocurrency exchange operator Coinbase has denied that it engages in proprietary trading and that these activities account for a large percentage of the firm’s overall trading volume.
Yesterday an investigation into cryptocurrency exchange policies and operations, published this week by the New York attorney general’s office (OAG), found that proprietary trading, through which an exchange operates a trading desk that trades on its own platform against its customers, is common within the crypto industry.
Per the report:
“The OAG found that significant variation exists in the amount of trading activity attributable to those platform operators. Circle reported that it accounted for less than one percent of the executed volume on its platform Poloniex during the most recent time period reviewed. BitFlyer USA indicated that its own activity accounted for approximately ten percent of the executed volume on its platform. Another, Coinbase, disclosed that almost twenty percent of executed volume on its platform was attributable to its own trading.”
The OAG noted that, though this practice is also common within traditional securities markets, it raises “serious questions about the risks customers face on those platforms,” since it could mislead traders about the exchange’s true liquidity and hinder their ability to execute trades during periods of peak market volatility.
However, writing in a blog post published Wednesday, Mike Lempres, chief policy officer at Coinbase, said that the exchange operator does not engage in proprietary trading and that the volume cited in the OAG report stems from the company executing trades on behalf of its retail brokerage customers.
“Coinbase does not trade for the benefit of the company on a proprietary basis. In order to provide an easy-to-use customer experience, Coinbase Consumer quotes a price and then quickly fills the order from our exchange platform (Coinbase Markets). This takes advantage of the liquidity provided by the entire Coinbase ecosystem.”
When customers use the company’s traditional brokerage platform, now known as Coinbase Consumer, they see a single buy and sell price for each of the assets listed on the platform, rather than a full order-book as they would see on a centralized exchange.
After a customer places an order through the brokerage, the company fills the order from Coinbase Markets, its centralized exchange platform, though this action is hidden from the client, who simply sees the funds enter or leave their personal wallet.
Lempres further clarified that Coinbase neither operates an in-house trading desk nor acts as a market maker, through which a firm places buy and sell orders to increase a trading pair’s liquidity.
He said, “The volume figure stated in the report has been misreported in the media as ‘self-trading,’ which is inaccurate. The figure represents customer-driven volume via Coinbase Consumer. Coinbase does not operate a proprietary trading desk, nor does it undertake market making actions.”
The world of money is revolutionizing in front of our eyes. Cryptocurrency is creating new paradigms for alternative payment systems and decentralized banking. There is no doubt that the user adoption of various cryptocurrencies is rapidly increasing. The cryptocurrency industry has become more fluid as the borders between it and mainstream finance continue to blur. At the same time, regulators are spending long hours at work to regulate the booming circle of crypto-enthusiasts.
It could be one of the prime reasons why Brian Armstrong believes crypto-adoption will increase at an astronomical pace in the next half-decade.
The Coinbase chief executive was responding to a question about cryptocurrency’s international outreach at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, to which he predicted that 1 billion people would eventually be using cryptocurrencies in the next five years.
Armstrong believes a growing number of cryptocurrency companies will contribute to the overall crypto ecosystem growth. These companies, under a regulated environment, will issue their tokens backed by their respective market caps. In a way, these institutionalized digital assets will prove to be an alternative investment system in addition to equities.
“It makes sense that any company out there who has a cap table should have their token,” Armstrong said. “Every open source project, every charity, potentially every fund or these new types of decentralized organizations [and] apps, they’re all going to have their tokens.”
Coinbase, the U.S. company Armstrong heads, is one of the world’s largest bitcoin and altcoin exchanges by trading volume. They have only recently entered the U.K. markets to tap the growing crypto-user base in the country. Previously, it had been working actively in the U.S. and Europe, and it has amassed over 13 million users to date. That makes it 32.5 percent of the overall crypto-users — arguably, anyway.
Armstrong plans to expand Coinbase to more global territories. They have recently announced their plans to open new offices in Africa.
In the long run, Armstrong believes they will function like the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), with “probably” millions of tokens in their portfolio.
“We do feel a substantial subset of these tokens will be securities,” he said. “Our approach has always been to be the most trusted [cryptocurrency exchange] and the easiest to use. So we want to be the legal compliant place where you can start to trade these tokens that are classified as securities.”
A recent study by the U.S. crypto exchange Coinbase has shown that 42 percent of the world’s top 50 universities have at least one class on cryptocurrencies or blockchain. The results of the study were published on Coinbase’s official blog Tuesday, August 28.
The research was jointly conducted by Coinbase and survey company Qriously. Together they interviewed 675 U.S. college students and reviewed courses at 50 international universities.
Of the 172 classes reviewed in the study, 15 percent were offered by economics, finance, law and business departments, while 4 percent were in social science departments.
The study has found out that blockchain- and crypto-related courses are most popular in the U.S. Only five of the 18 universities reviewed that operate outside of the United States offer at least one class on these topics.
Blockchain-related courses enjoy the most popularity at the Stanford and Cornell universities – numbered 10 and 9 respectively. University of Pennsylvania and the National University of Singapore follow with their respective 6 and 5 courses.
Dawn Song, a computer science professor at Berkeley, told Coinbase that her course “Blockchain, Cryptoeconomics, and the Future of Technology, Business and Law” was extremely popular, and that instructors had to turn away more than 200 students because their classroom could only hold 70:
Earlier in August, Cointelegraph reported that the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School had received a $20 million blockchain research grant. Also in early August, Turkey established its first university-level blockchain research center to ensure wide deployment of the technology.
Cryptocurrency exchange giant Coinbase might, as market research firm Bernstein recently said, be on the cusp of assembling an “unassailable” market share in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean that the San Francisco-based firm isn’t struggling to maintain consumer activity during the current downturn.
Citing data from CoinApi, cryptoasset research firm Diar reports that USD-denominated cryptocurrency trading has plunged in 2018, even as large cryptocurrency-to-cryptocurrency exchanges headquartered in other parts of the world have seen stable or even rising volumes.
According to the publication, Coinbase — the most well-known cryptocurrency trading platform in the U.S. — has seen volumes plunge by 83 percent from their all-time high in January. In July, Coinbase processed an estimated $3.9 billion worth of trades, down from a peak of nearly $21 billion. Bitstamp and Kraken, both of whom offer USD trading pairs, have also experienced significant declines, though they have been less-pronounced than those seen on Coinbase.
Binance, the world’s largest order-book cryptocurrency exchange, has also seen a moderate decline in volumes in its BTC, ETH, BCH, and LTC markets (the four cryptocurrencies that have been available on Coinbase throughout 2018), from $17.5 billion in February to a low of $9.4 billion in June. However, Binance volume jumped 21 percent the next month, reaching $11.3 billion in July.
Meanwhile, OKEx, generally the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, attracted a surge in trading volume among these four-large cap coins between June and July, from to $5.7 billion from $2.9 billion. That not only signifies a month-over-month increase of 97 percent but also, Diar reports, represents a new monthly record for OKEx.
That’s particularly notable since volume on Coinbase and Bitstamp decreased between June and July, albeit slightly. Incidentally, neither Coinbase nor Bitstamp supports USD-pegged stablecoin Tether(USDT), while both OKEx and Binance do. Tether, whose solvency and credibility have been the subject of much debate within the cryptocurrency community, has issued hundreds of millions of dollars worth of new tokens over the past few weeks, which could help explain the discrepancy in volume between exchanges that support USDT and those that do not.
Additionally, both Binance and OKEx, are planning to set up shop in Malta after pro-industry regulations go into effect in the self-described “Blockchain Island” later this year. Binance, which heretofore has only offered crypto-to-crypto trading, has also unveiled plans to partner with a Liechtenstein-based company to begin offering its first fiat trading pairs.
Crypto exchange Coinbase recently filed for a patent detailing a new system to enable online users to make Bitcoin payments more securely. The patent, filed on August 14, will allow users to make payments directly from their Bitcoin wallet.
The patent cites the issue of customers being required to compromise on the security of their own private keys, saying:
“Existing systems do not provide a solution for maintaining security over private keys while still allowing the users to checkout on a merchant page and making payments using their wallets.”
The new system will enable users to pay directly in a “key ceremony” which encrypts private user passphrases into a masterkey during checkout to greatly reduce the risk of the keys being stolen. The masterkey serves the function of encrypting private keys and transaction signing, and upon being used the masterkey is deleted.
The system allows for administrators to freeze all processes using what is described as “freeze logic,” presumably in the event that a user reports that they are being hacked or their identity is being assumed.
“At any point in time after the master key is loaded, the system can be frozen. The system can be unfrozen after it has been frozen using keys from the key ceremony. The checkout process can be carried out when the system is frozen and when the system is unfrozen. The payment process can only be carried out when the system is unfrozen.”
The patent also describes an API generation service that will enable the payment system to be used by other websites and services. The API has two parts, one of which will be stored on the Coinbase web service and the other on the user/host server to allow for an extra security measure as transactions are confirmed “only if the API key received from the web server matches the API key stored by the service.” Such a payment system that allows secure Bitcoin payments on multiple websites could stand to be widely adopted throughout the cryptocurrency and e-commerce space.
Coinbase has applied for numerous Bitcoin-related patents in the past, with nine filed in 2015 alone leading to critics accuse the exchange of seeking to create a monopoly on Bitcoin services, which CEO Brian Armstrong denied in a blog post on Medium which stated that the goal was to keep the technology out of the hands of patent trolls who would patent services and hold them for ransom.
In 2016, the exchange filed for a patent to secure Bitcoin private keys, and in a sense, this new system can be seen as a continuation of that which will allow other businesses to use the Coinbase Bitcoin payment portal.
Coinbase, the major US cryptocurrency exchange and wallet provider, has entered the cryptocurrency gift card market, which will allow customers in certain countries to exchange their crypto points for gift cards according to their blog post on July 25.
Coinbase conference through a partnership with a UK-based startup WeGift, that the whole allow cryptocurrency users to pay for goods and services through brands like Google Play, Nike, Uber, Ticketmaster, and Zalando.
Starting immediately, Coinbase customers in Europe and Australia will be able to instantly spend their cryptocurrency balance on e-gift cards making it the first trading platform to offer immediate withdrawals to gift cards.
The service will initially be available to Coinbase users in the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, and Australia with plans to expand the number of retailers and markets within the next 3 months. They also plan to expand to other countries within the year.
God’s Unchained is the first competitive e-sports game on the Ethereum network. The game recently launched with backing from Coinbase, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange and wallet provider.
Currently, the blockchain game has mainly been limited to a few collectibles which can be purchased inside the application where users buy and sell digital assets just like they would baseball cards.
The game has undoubtedly caught the attention of investors, however current data shows that daily active users are still rather low at time of this release.
UPDATE (8/1/2018): Guide To Purchasing Card Packs & Get Started Playing located below.
The development company behind this revolutionary game, Fuel Games, previously launched another popular Ethereum based game by the name of Etherbots . It operated on the Ethereum network as a full on-chain game where every piece of data was created and sent to the Ethereum blockchain.
However, developers of God’s Unchained took a different approach to this game by including a hybrid on-chain and off-chain system. This allows information to be processed in batches and will prevent congesting the Ethereum network as well as provide users with a seamless experience.
The cofounder of the game, Robbie Ferguson explained…
|“The cards are stored on the Ethereum blockchain, however players in God’s unchained will only initiate transactions on the network once they purchase cards or transfer existing ones. All other gameplay elements will run off-chain, which will allow gameplay to be indistinguishable from other games that do not utilize distributed ledger’s. This will permit millions of users to play without any noticeable waiting down of the network.”|
Most notably , Fuel Games secured an investment from Coinbase ventures within its equity round of investing. Ferguson emphasized that having Coinbase involved with the launching of the game was clear validation regarding the efforts of the developers as well as the $50 billion industry of game asset trading on the Ethereum blockchain.
Recently, the entire open source Ethereum development community has been focusing on Sharding and Plasma technologies. These are two-layer to scaling solutions which are expected to increase the capacity of the Ethereum network to over 1 million transactions per second.
However, Ferguson stated that Gods Unchained is not relying on the completion of these two developments in order to settle large amounts of data on the decentralized ecosystem. Fuel Game developers will be building their own unique system to cope with the current landscape of the Ethereum network.
Ferguson also states…
|“The impact of Sharding and Plasma will be an extremely useful development for the Ethereum network in the near future. However, this is not necessary for Gods Unchained to run well. Trading may become a lot easier with these developments, however we’ve already made the necessary choices in order to ensure that gameplay will be seamless, regardless if Ethereum scales or not. Sharding and Plasma should not be rushed and it’s much better for developers and gamers to not rush into releasing these upgrades until they are fully tested.”|
Currently, there isn’t much known about Gods Unchained, however we do know that it will be free to play. There will be a series of game cards which can be won, as well as various rare assets that can be purchased with ether. The value of these digital assets can be changed once a developer decides to release more assets or offer special deals.
There will also be e-sports features to ensure that participants get a full multiplayer experience. Like most other blockchain based games, users will be able to exit the game whenever they like and make back or even generate a positive ROI by selling purchases they make or earn.
Check out the gameplay video here…
Early adopters have a chance to build their card deck right away with their current rebate. Every day, the rebate lowers so take advantage of the early adopter special while you can.
You have a great opportunity to make a return on investment if you invest in the Genesis cards before their official launch.
If RPGs are more your style, check out our review on Ether Online. This solid, turn based MMORPG has been getting a lot of attention within the Ethereum based gaming community.
Like most Ethereum based games, you’ll need to connect to the Metamask extension. This browser extension will allow you to purchase Gods Unchained playing cards. You can download it here for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera browsers.
If you need help installing the extension, check out the video guide located here.
The card packs include five cards. Each pack includes up to one higher level playing card (rare, epic, legendary, shiny legendary) depending on the amount you paid.
Typically Legendary packs are the most powerful, followed by Shiny Legendary, Epic, Rare, and then Common.
Choose the type of packs you want to order and select from 1,6,18,50, or 100. We chose the rare pack to start, but was pleasantly surprised to find that we received 2 higher level cards in our pack of 5.
The Metamask notification will enable you to submit your purchase to the Ethereum blockchain. Just click on the green submit button to continue.
You’ll also notice gwei, which is the ethereum transaction fee, also known as Gas. Typically a few gwei is enough to conduct a fast transaction. You can make adjustments to the gas transactions (faster or slower) on the ETH Gas Station.
Typically the websites will display a notification regarding the transaction wait time, which will usually take a few minutes to complete.
Once the transaction has completed, players will have full control of their playing cards as they are purchased on the ethereum blockchain and are not centrally controlled by a company like other games such as Hearthstone.
Select the top right hand menu in order to open your cards. Next, drag the pack to the center pedestal in order to open it.
You’ll view a few cool animations and sound effects before opening your pack.
Click on each card to reveal them. Your cards will now be entirely viewable. We received 2 shiny legendary cards which were marked by blue arrows next to the name. Three Common cards were received, which are not marked with any particular color next to the name.
Your cards will now be reflected within your inventory. Click on the 5th link in the top left menu to view your cards.
If you’d like to view all the Genesis Set cards inside the game, click here.
Gods Unchained also provides you with an Advanced Gameplay strategy section , which will help you better prepare for battle with other players. I highly recommend you read up on this if you plan on getting started on the right foot.
I doubt most other players will read up on this section before playing, so take advantage of it while you can.
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