• Did an inaccurate story claiming Chinese police raided Binance's Shanghai offices really knock $1,000 off the price of bitcoin? (Mussi Katz, via Flickr)
    Media

    EXCLUSIVE: The Block and Binance were working on a deal. Then a fight broke out.

    A lucrative partnership was lost after a cryptocurrency billionaire called a reporting error malice and demanded that journalists act as cheerleaders

    The Block and Binance were working on a potentially lucrative strategic partnership for more than a month, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told Modern Consensus. Then, on Nov. 21, the crypto news and research site published a story claiming that a police raid forced Binance out of its Shanghai offices. Not only was that wrong—at least about the police raid part—it enraged  cryptocurrency exchange Binance’s billionaire CEO, Changpeng “CZ” Zhao. He promptly jumped on Twitter, telling his 450,000 followers that The Block’s story was a lie. There was no raid, he said, and Binance hasn’t had a Shanghai office for two years. During the four-day Twitter fight that…

  • China's flag and bitcoin
    Asia & Australia,  Cryptocurrencies,  Media

    Binance to The Block: STFU and let us do business in China

    The Block’s Larry Cermak opened a can of worms in explaining how Chinese citizens can use Alipay and WeChat, which ban cryptocurrency transactions

    Did the CEO of Binance, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges, threaten cryptocurrency media site The Block over a trio of tweets detailing how banned peer-to-peer cryptocurrency trading really happens in China?

  • Brooklyn_Nets_Spencer Dinwiddie (Tdorante10 via Wikimedia commons)
    Cryptocurrencies,  Innovators,  Regulation

    Spencer Dinwiddie plans rebound from NBA $13.5 million tokenization rejection

    The Brooklyn Nets star guard plans to meet with the league to argue that selling a cryptocurrency backed by his $34 million contract doesn’t violate NBA rules

    Despite league opposition, Brooklyn Nets star and cryptocurrency enthusiast Spencer Dinwiddie hasn’t given up on plans to tokenize his $34.4 million contract and sell it to investors on the Ethereum blockchain. On September 26, Dinwiddie announced plans to offer tokens worth up to $13.5 million of his three-year contract to investors, trading up-front cash for his per-game payments. His contract is guaranteed, so investors would not lose their money if he is injured. The next day, the NBA told Dinwiddie that the plan violated the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the National Basketball Players Association, which says a player cannot “assign or otherwise transfer” his salary, the New York Times…

  • Trading on margin—what could possibly go wrong? (via Pixabay)
    Cryptocurrencies

    Binance tests lending to margin traders

    The leading cryptocurrency exchange will connect users with capital to investors looking for leverage

    The world’s largest exchange announced on August 26 that customers can earn annualized interest rates of up to 15% by making short-term loans to its margin traders for leveraged investments. Initially limited to one period of 42 hours beginning on August 28, the firm will open up Binance Lending opportunities on a first-come, first served basis. The 14-day fixed interest loans of ethereum classic (ETC), tether (USDt), and binance coin (BNB) are also fairly limited.