Author Archives: Darren Marchal

Binance gains big as crypto traders flee Indian exchanges to esca

Binance Holdings Ltd.’s billionaire Chief Executive Officer Changpeng Zhao is tightening his grip on India’s market for cryptocurrency trading in the fallout from a major tax change. Downloads of Binance’s app in India jumped to 429,000 in August, the highest this year and almost triple that of runner-up CoinDCX, data from market intelligence firm Sensor…

Indian citizen pleads guilty in 1st ever crypto insider trading c

A 26-year-old Indian citizen has pleaded guilty in the first-ever cryptocurrency insider trading case in the US, in which he along with his brother and their Indian-American friend made ill-gotten profits totalling over a million dollars. Nikhil Wahi, a citizen of India and residing in Seattle, on Monday pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy and…

Cryptoverse: Ether snaps at bitcoin’s heels in race for cry

For years, ether could barely dream of challenging its big brother bitcoin. Now, its ambitions may be becoming more realistic. The second-biggest cryptocurrency is taking market share from bitcoin ahead of an all-important “Merge” software upgrade that could sharply reduce the energy usage of its Ethereum blockchain, should the developers pull it off in coming…

Saudi Arabia’s central bank hires crypto chief to boost dig

Saudi Arabia’s banking regulator recently appointed Mohsen AlZahrani to lead its virtual assets and central bank digital currency program in a sign of the Gulf state’s potential crypto ambitions. Saudi Arabia has until now taken a more cautious approach on virtual assets, with officials raising concerns about their speculative nature. Yet the emergence of the…