In this edition of The Daily we cover a number of cryptocurrency-related business collaborations from around the world. These include Sirin Labs and Simplex, Middle East-focused crypto exchange Cbx, and Heliocor, IPC and ICE Data Services. Additionally covered is an update from the FBI which is conducting an investigation into Bitconnect.
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Sirin Labs Smartphone to Integrate Simplex
Sirin Labs, creators of the cryptocurrency-focused Finney smartphone, have announced a partnership with online payment processing solutions provider Simplex. With the integration of Simplex’s escrow service for fiat-to-crypto transactions, the phone’s users will be able to buy crypto with fiat directly through its wallet application. Founded in 2014, Simplex is headquartered in Israel, with subsidiaries in the U.K., U.S., and Lithuania. The service processes credit card payments for some of the largest crypto exchanges, wallets, and platforms around the world.
“The growing portfolio of our partners and integrations is aimed to assure our community that their crypto experience through FINNEY is constantly evolving,” said Sirin Labs CEO Zvika Landau. “Simplex shares the same vision of bridging the gap between crypto and the mass market. This integration marks that first step in making crypto more accessible to novice users, as well as simplifies trading for our seasoned crypto community.”
Middle East’s Cbx Exchange Partners With Heliocor
Heliocor, a regulation technology company from London, has announced a strategic partnership with Cbx, a global cryptocurrency trading platform based in the Middle East with independent operating teams in UAE, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, and London. The deal is meant to enable enhanced due diligence of both institutional investors and retail investors in the Middle East. Heliocor offers a GDPR compliant cross regulation onboarding application that is now integrated into the Cbx trading platform, allowing the exchange to apply Know your Client (KYC) and Anti Money Laundering (AML) checks on its clients.
Vikas Tripathi, Managing Director of Heliocor, commented: “Several companies from blockchain and cryptocurrency have engaged with us to help them overcome their ever-changing regulation challenges. We believe that cryptocurrency markets will form a key market for our technology, allowing us to apply our deep regulation and compliance knowledge in banking and financial institutions to further engage with the blockchain industry. We are delighted to be working with CBX to provide them with an enhanced due diligence capability and adding confidence to their users as they access the crypto market.”
IPC’s Connexus Cloud to Add ICE Crypto Data Feed
IPC, a provider of networking solutions for the financial markets, has announced it will include cryptocurrency data feed on its cloud platform from ICE Data Services, which is part of Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE). The Connexus Cloud connects 6,400 capital market participants across 750 cities in 60 countries including sell-side and buy-side firms such as inter-dealer brokers, liquidity venues, and clearing/settlement firms. Customers using the ICE Cryptocurrency Data Feed will be able to access real-time and historical data for over 60 digital assets, including BCH and BTC, from more than 30 trading venues.
“The cryptocurrency market continues to make inroads with global investors, who rely on timely and robust pricing data to help with their critical investment decisions,” said Mike Smith, Director Global Exchange Relations Management at IPC. “With the vast ICE Cryptocurrency Data Feed now accessible by Connexus Cloud users, we continue to bring customers the vital information needed in this emerging and growing market.”
FBI Is Looking for Bitconnect Victims
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking potential victims who invested in Bitconnect (BCC). The agency asks anyone who invested in it to voluntarily complete a questionnaire on their website which will be used in the federal assessment of this matter. Based on the answers provided, the FBI may contact respondents for additional information.
The FBI announcement recounts that Bitconnect guaranteed investors up to a 10 percent total return per month, following a tiered investment system based on the sum of an investor’s initial deposit. In December 2017, BCC boasted a market cap of over $2.5 billion but the price crashed in January 2018 after U.S. securities regulators warned investors of the Ponzi-type nature of the scheme. “This led to Bitconnect completely shutting down its exchange for BCC, eliminating the market for the cryptocurrency and stranding investors with near-worthless cryptocurrency,” explains the FBI.
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