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We’re excited about the launch of this newsletter, Popular Crypto. We’ll get to content in just a second, but before we do, I wanted to mention that a lot has happened here recently at Nomics HQ, particularly around our cryptocurrency API and continued efforts to build the transparent data infrastructure for the mainstream generation of crypto.
In particular, we’re proud of the recent release of . . .
- Transparent volume indicators on our homepage and individual asset pages (see, for example, the Ethereum / ETC page).
- Our exchange transparency ratings (see exchange sorted by rating on our crypto exchange index page).
Stay tuned for more transparent indicators coming soon.
Another announcement we’re excited to make is around the launch of this weekly newsletter, Popular Crypto. Enjoy.
Introducing Popular Crypto
Welcome to the first edition of Popular Crypto, a weekly newsletter about the products making crypto more than an idea.
What does that mean? It means hardware and software wallets innovating and making self-custody viable. It means institutional-grade custody for new types of buyers. It means staking products, loan products, derivatives and more of the financial products that allow markets to grow. It means exchanges expanding how people can engage with markets, and doing so with the data transparency this market needs to actually understand what’s going on.
It is, in short, a crypto product digest. Not about hype and tokens but real products that make the industry more usable and more interesting right now.
Popular Crypto: Issue 0 – Inaugural Edition
In wallets …
- Bank of America is no stranger to speculative blockchain patents, having won 36 with another 31 pending. Their latest application is for a digital wallet security system with multi-tier arrangement – a la a valet key that can open a door but not a trunk.
- Korean messaging giant Kakao has followed up the launch of its own blockchain in June with an announcement of a new wallet called “Klip” to be launched later this year.
- Popular shopping tool Lolli that partners with retailers to give customers bitcoin back on purchases turns one this week.
- Winklevoss-backed Flexa, which allows users to spend bitcoin, ethereum, BCH or a native token on commercial transactions is expanding to Canada.
- Uruguay-based banking service provider Bantotal is partnering with crypto exchange Bitex to enable cross border payments via the Bitcoin blockchain for more than 60 Latin American banks across 40 countries.
- Less immediately relevant news than a portent for the future, Apple Pay’s head recently said at a private event that the company is “watching” cryptocurrency and believe the technology has long-term potential.
- At home mining device Coinmine, a consumer-focused product emphasizing user experience while allowing users to mine a half dozen coins, announced $2.5m in financing.
- Samsung is launching a crypto-focused variant of its popular Galaxy Note 10 dubbed the ‘KlatynPhone’ after a blockchain developed by Korean messaging giant Kakao.
- Another blockchain smart phone, the “Acute Angle” has been released in China with backing from Huobi and a larger Southeast Asia rollout planned for later this year.
- In an industry first, crypto and security token exchange INX plans to use a US IPO to raise up to $130m.
- The massive e-commerce giant Rakuten announced a new exchange for crypto trading, making it one of the largest global companies to offer a new crypto focused product.
- Coinbase among the backers for a new crypto derivatives exchange “Blade” that announced $4.3M in new funding.
- Korean exchange Coinone formally publishes listing criteria – a win for transparency.
In staking, lending, and other financial products…
- Perlin hasn’t launched yet, but is already getting the attention of staking as a service providers like Staked.
- From an updated IPO filing, Silvergate Bank is looking to expand its offerings to offer crypto-collateralized fiat loans at institutional scale.
- A recent report suggests that, despite lots of activity in collateralized crypto lending, not a ton of interest has been paid – less than 2% on $4.7 billion in loans .
- Bakkt physically settled futures are coming in just a few weeks. Will the impact be as big as the hype? We’ll have to see.
It’s not the ETF we’ve hopped for, but VanEck and SolidX are using an unusual exception to offer an ETF-like product that they hope will help provide momentum for a true ETF to be approved by the SEC.
The fake Windows update is a never ending process which can prank your friends when you open it in full screen (F11) on their computer.