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Crypto giant Binance looks to the future with fiat trading and a decentralized exchange

Binance, the one-year-old startup that appeared from nowhere to become the world’s top crypto exchange, is making major moves as it enters the next phase of its business. That includes a plan to offer fiat-to-crypto trading in international markets and the release of a decentralized exchange to complement its current trading site. The company routinely trades more than $1 billion in crypto volumes daily — even in this current bear market — but to date it has only allowed crypto-to-crypto trading. That’s primarily down to the need for regulation in order to offer fiat currency conversation, but that’s set to change. Speaking at a Coindesk event in Singapore last week, CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao revealed plans to launch a slew of local exchanges offering fiat conversation in markets across the world and he provided further details in an interview with TechCrunch. “Right now, we are centralized crypto-to-crypto,” Zhao told us. “We don’t offer fiat gateways and so we rely on others to do that. But through discussions with different regulators across the world, we now have those channels. We want to make it easier for fiat currency to get into the crypto world.” There’s certainly a need for institutional money. Crypto prices are down as much as 55 percent on January’ highs, according to analysis from Bloomberg , so it figures that major players like Binance need the backing of big names and large amounts to reverse the trend. While many in the space say they are happy to see a low price since it drives out less sincere operators, dwindling interest in crypto isn’t ideal for those who get paid by facilitating trades.

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Japan Lands Robots On Asteroid 180 Million Miles Away – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Japan Lands Robots On Asteroid 180 Million Miles Away Ubergizmo Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency has landed a couple of robots on the asteroid Ryugu some 180 million miles from Earth. The cylindrical robots are about 18cm wide and 7cm tall. They made their journey on the Hayabusa2 spacecraft which was ... and more »

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Hulu rolling out an updated web interface designed for watching shows on a computer that shows more options and controls (Chaim Gartenberg/The Verge)

Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge : Hulu rolling out an updated web interface designed for watching shows on a computer that shows more options and controls   —  A new design meant for a mouse  —  Hulu is rolling out an updated web interface today for its users that's based on the updated UI it introduced last year for its live TV service subscribers.

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Microsoft says Skype is coming to Amazon Alexa devices later this year, letting Alexa users make outgoing voice and video calls, accept incoming…

Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet : Microsoft says Skype is coming to Amazon Alexa devices later this year, letting Alexa users make outgoing voice and video calls, accept incoming calls, and more   —  Microsoft and Amazon are working together to bring Skype calling to Alexa-powered devices, which brings into question, again, where Microsoft is going with Cortana.

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Amazon introduces APL, a design language for building Alexa skills for devices with screens, says APL-powered skills coming to Alexa device owners…

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch : Amazon introduces APL, a design language for building Alexa skills for devices with screens, says APL-powered skills coming to Alexa device owners next month   —  Along with the launch of the all-new Echo Show, the Alexa-powered device with a screen, Amazon also introduced a new design language …

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Online ticketing company Eventbrite closes up 59% on its first day of trading after raising $230M in its IPO at a $1.76B valuation (Sara Salinas/CNBC)

Sara Salinas / CNBC : Online ticketing company Eventbrite closes up 59% on its first day of trading after raising $230M in its IPO at a $1.76B valuation   —  - With its first-day gains, Eventbrite's IPO is one of the biggest opening-day pops in recent months.  —  Online ticketing company Eventbrite soared …

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Online ticketing company Eventbrite closes up 59% on its first day of trading after raising $230M in its IPO at a $1.76B valuation (Sara Salinas/CNBC)

Sara Salinas / CNBC : Online ticketing company Eventbrite closes up 59% on its first day of trading after raising $230M in its IPO at a $1.76B valuation   —  - With its first-day gains, Eventbrite's IPO is one of the biggest opening-day pops in recent months.  —  Online ticketing company Eventbrite soared …

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Twitch website is currently not accessible in China and its app has disappeared from the App Store, indicating that Twitch may have been blocked in…

Josh Ye / Abacus : Twitch website is currently not accessible in China and its app has disappeared from the App Store, indicating that Twitch may have been blocked in the country   —  Gaming service's site is inaccessible and its app is no longer on China's iOS App Store  —  Last month, Twitch downloads surged …

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John Bolton says Trump signed off on a new national cyber strategy to guide how the administration handles cyberthreats, offensive and defensive…

Shannon Vavra / Axios : John Bolton says Trump signed off on a new national cyber strategy to guide how the administration handles cyberthreats, offensive and defensive cybersecurity   —  President Trump has signed off on a long-awaited national cyber strategy that aims to guide how the administration handles offensive …

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Alexa Hunches use AI to help Alexa learn from and predict user behavior to offer suggestions and reminders; Amazon expects to roll them out later this…

Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch : Alexa Hunches use AI to help Alexa learn from and predict user behavior to offer suggestions and reminders; Amazon expects to roll them out later this year   —  Amazon's big hardware event isn't all about hardware —although there are plenty of those too.  Amazon also talked about how it's making …

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Amazon adds Alexa Guard to Echo devices enabling them to listen to sounds like breaking glass or smoke alarms and notify users (Jacob Kastrenakes/The…

Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge : Amazon adds Alexa Guard to Echo devices enabling them to listen to sounds like breaking glass or smoke alarms and notify users   —  Amazon is adding a few new features to the Echo that turn it into one of the basic pieces of a smart security system.  Since Echo speakers are always listening …

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