Cboe is getting closer to launching ether futures and we’ve covered the report in The Daily. Also, Brave has reported 10 million downloads of the Android version of its privacy-oriented browser, the Russian telecom regulator says it would unban Telegram if the messenger follows court orders, and IOTA Foundation has released its Trinity desktop wallet app in beta.
Report: Cboe to Launch Ether Futures in 2018
The US-based exchange behind the first bitcoin (BTC) futures, Cboe Global Markets, is now getting close to launching futures for ether, Business Insider UK reports quoting knowledgeable sources. The report further details this could happen as early as this year. The outlet notes that the announcement of the new products could create conditions for the wider trading in the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap and possibly open the door for an ETF. Danny Kim, head of growth at the crypto trading firm SFOX commented:
Cboe’s offering will enable crypto traders to take both long and short positions in ether and it’s another step forward to a new accepted asset class. With this, I think the new investment opportunity will take crypto out of the bearish market and reverse to a new bull.
Cboe is now reportedly waiting for a decision from the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) before launching the product. According to people familiar with the matter, Cboe would be basing its futures on the underlying market of Gemini, the NY-headquartered cryptocurrency exchange operated by the Winklevoss brothers. Cboe’s bitcoin futures are also based on its platform. A representative of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) stated in June that SEC didn’t view the trading of ether as a violation of the US securities law.
Brave Browser With 10 Million Android Downloads
The Android version of Brave browser, the open-source web browser boasting enhanced privacy features, has recorded more than 10 million downloads, its publisher announced in a tweet. “Thank you to our users for choosing to browse faster and safer, and for valuing privacy protection!” Brave Software added in its post. According to media reports, the browser has been ranked among the top 10 “Free Communication Apps” on Google Play Store in a couple of dozen markets already.
Thrilled that Brave for @Android now has over 10 million downloads! Thank you to our users for choosing to browse faster and safer, and for valuing privacy protection! https://t.co/ME6ZkOYfLx pic.twitter.com/nBmpMFEcBa
— Brave Software (@brave) August 24, 2018
Brave is a privacy-oriented browser supporting opt-in ads and crypto payments between users and website publishers. To take advantage of the tipping system, which uses Brave’s ethereum-based basic attention token (BAT), users have to enable the payments in the browser. Used by Twitchers and Youtubers, the service may soon be available to Twitter and Reddit users as well. Earlier this month, the company behind it announced plans to introduce support for the two platforms in the fourth quarter of this year.
Roskomnadzor May Consider Unblocking Telegram
Russia’s telecommunications watchdog now says it’s ready to consider lifting the ban on the popular messaging app Telegram in case its operator agrees to follow a court order to provide Russian law enforcement agencies with access to its encrypted messages, RT reported. Roskomnadzor attempted to block the messenger, used by many in the crypto community, after it did not comply with last year’s request to share its decryption keys.
Last week, Roskomnadzor reiterated its position saying the ban may be lifted if Telegram provides assurances it will abide by the court’s decision. The announcement comes after the agency faced difficulties in its attempts to effectively restrict the service in Russia. At the same time, Telegram has not indicated it intends to change its stance on the matter. A lawyer representing the company said the messaging service can only share limited data on individual users, provided a court deems it necessary.
IOTA Announces Beta Version of Trinity Desktop Wallet
The IOTA Foundation has recently announced the release of the Trinity desktop wallet app in beta. The launch comes after an earlier release of the Trinity Mobile wallet which has now been optimized for desktop application. Both versions can be downloaded from links published on the Trinity website. IOTA is open sourcing the code for the two wallets and hopes to work with the developer community to improve them further.
According to a published statement: “Trinity Desktop on Windows is signed with the IOTA Foundation code-signing certificate, which needs to have a positive reputation in order to pass the Smart Screen filter… Since Trinity Desktop has just been released, the Smart Screen will continue to flag the wallet.” Users can manually check the certificate by right-clicking the application icon and opening “Properties”. The information about the “IOTA Stiftung” signature can be found under the “Digital Signatures” tab.
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