TL;DR: Welcome to In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), a fast set of surveilled exchanges, brought by your favorite SEC officer, Linzerd. Coinbase introduces an affiliate program. NASDAQ to offer their surveillance tech to 7 exchanges. A megaleak of more than 25 billion registries is in the open. Telegram updates its software to version 5.3. Vice lays off 10% of its workforce, and Binance now allows the purchase of crypto with credit cards.
NASDAQ Offers Surveillance Tech to 7 Exchanges
NASDAQ, one of the biggest stock markets in the world, is licensing their proprietary surveillance technology to seven exchanges to avoid fraud and keep an eye on such movement in their platforms. However, they have to study the records of these exchanges first to observe if they have the liquidity and means to really use the technology. Seven exchanges have passed this test, with Gemini and SBI the only two mentioned by name.
Coinbase Introduces Affiliate Program
Just like other exchanges before, Coinbase introduced a new affiliate program, rewarding site owners or influencers that bring new people to trade cryptocurrencies on the site. With the referral, every affiliate will be able to earn half of the trading fees of that person, but just for the first three months, not perpetually as some other platforms offer. There is no limit to what affiliates can earn or for the number of peoples referred.
A 25 Billion Record Megaleak of Logins and Passwords
A super uber megaleak of almost 25 billion records is being passed around in some internet circles, in a batch of five files called “Collections.” This cache contains more than 845 gigabytes of data, and it is being considered by some as one of the biggest leaks of this kind. The file is being distributed via torrent, and it is now in possession of more than 130 people, and being downloaded by 1,000 more. Despite these records being part of a bargain bin of subsequent leaks, it is still relevant from a security standpoint.
Telegram Updates its Software to Version 5.3
Telegram, one of the most important instant messaging apps, released one of their biggest updates in two months. The new 5.3 version contains a new improved way of customizing chat backgrounds, offering much more options than there were before for this function. This update is already available for Android users, but iOS users will have to wait to get it due to problems in the Apple App Store.
Vice Laying Off 10% of its Workforce
Canadian digital media and broadcasting company Vice is laying off 250 people (10% of its workforce). This is the consequence of a push for achieving profitability fast amidst investor angst to find a buyer. “Having finalized the 2019 budget, our focus shifts to executing our goals and hitting our marks,” said their CEO Nancy Dubuc in an internal memo announcing the layoffs.
Binance Now Allows Buying Crypto With Credit Cards
Popular crypto exchange Binance made an important breakthrough: they partnered with an Israel-based company called Simplex to allow purchases of crypto with credit cards on their platform. Now, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Ripple can be bought directly with credit cards from the exchange. “Building fiat gateways is what we need now to grow the ecosystem, increase adoption and introduce crypto to more users,” Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao declared.
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