Bitfinex denied rumors of the arrest of $ 400 million in a Polish bank. ASIC-miners for Ethereum

On Saturday, April 7,  Bitfinex exchange announced the launch of 12 new trading pairs for tokens created on the Ethereum protocol (ERC20). At the same time, the Hong Kong platform denied the rumors that the allegedly owned 400 million euros were confiscated from a little-known Polish bank.

Traders are now available to trade with the following assets:

  • Aion (AION)
  • IOSToken (IOST)
  • Request Network (REQ)
  • Raiden Network (RDN)
  • Loopring (LRC)
  • BnkToTheFuture Token (BFT)
  • (CFI)
  • Wax (WAX)
  • SingularityNET (AGI)
  • MedicalChain (MTN)
  • Odem (ODEM)
  • Dai (DAI)

Their total capitalization exceeds 1.1 billion dollars. At this stage, trades with these tokens are available in pairs with BTC, ETH and USD. Margin trading and p2p-markets will be introduced gradually as the necessary liquidity accumulates

At the same time, the exchange was forced to react to reports that the police seized an account in the Polish bank Cooperative Bank, which allegedly is connected to Bitfinex.

Representatives of Bitfinex responded to these messages through Reddit, saying that these allegations are incorrect. The exchange also promised to make a separate statement on this issue.


ASIC-miners for Ethereum

Company Bitmain announced the launch of sales of Antminer E3, ASIC-miner for mining crypto currency Ethereum.

The device hashness, “conservatively estimated”, is 180 MH / s, but the company expects that this will be increased in the future. Weight Antminer E3 – 13 kg, power consumption – 800 watts.

The price of the new device is $800. The output of the first batch is expected in the period from July 16 to July 31, 2018. It is noteworthy that the company accepts only Bitcoin Cash and USD for payment.

Unlike the developers of Monero, the Ethereum team rejected the idea of hardforke. According to them, the potential threat from ASIC-miners is not so high as to take any urgent steps at this stage.

“This is not bitcoin, the miners do not have such control, and if they take malicious steps, we will accelerate the development of Casper,” said Vitalik Buterin.

According to the creator of Ethereum, in the case of fork, it will be necessary to change the algorithm, however, it can slow down other developments. For this reason, he is inclined to not take any steps yet.

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