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Coinbase launches institutional custody solution with support for Bitcoin [BTC] and others

Anirudh VK

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Coinbase launches institutional custody solution with support for Bitcoin [BTC] and others
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Coinbase, one of the world’s leading exchanges, has announced that they will be launching an institutional custody solution today, known as Coinbase Custody. They also said that they will be onboarding a “set of world-class clients that includes leading crypto hedge funds, exchanges and ICO teams.”

Their official blog post stated:

“Coinbase Custody’s mission is to make digital currency investment accessible to every eligible financial institution and hedge fund in the world. We’ll achieve this by striving to become the most trusted and easiest-to-use crypto custody service available.”

Coinbase Custody is comprised of Coinbase’s famous cold storage, Electronic Transaction Clearing [ETC] as a broker-dealer, and a client coverage program. ETC is registered with the SEC and is a member of Financial Regulatory Authority. The cold storage system in particular has undergone “rigorous penetration testing” and a cryptographic design review.

The solution offers features such as on-chain segregation of digital assets and offline private keys that are split so as to require a group of geographically distributed agents to use cryptographic hardware to sign transactions.



Coinbase plans to expand their services from the US and Europe to Asia by EOY 2018, as well as adding additional features in the near future. Primarily, they will add support for more assets than their existing line-up of Bitcoin [BTC], Ethereum [ETH], Litecoin [LTC], and Bitcoin Cash [BCH].

They will also add the feature to access funds flexibly through segregated hot wallets and scheduled withdrawals. Interestingly, they also aim to add governance solutions such as proof of stake and distributed governance. They ended their post by stating:

“As crypto continues its maturation as an asset class and more institutions enter the space, Coinbase is committed to delivering products and services that are tailored to their unique needs. Coinbase Custody delivers the trusted storage service that our clients need to fully immerse themselves in the potential that crypto assets provide.”





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Anirudh VK is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. He has a passion for writing and interest towards the future of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. He does not own any cryptocurrencies currently.

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Bitcoin SV [BSV] gets hit with another reorg as multiple blocks get orphaned, including a 128 MB block

Akash Anand

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Bitcoin SV [BSV] gets hit with another reorg as multiple blocks get orphaned, including a 128 MB block
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Bitcoin SV [BSV] and its proponents have been making headlines over the past couple of weeks, either due to developments or because of comments made by its major proponents, Craig Wright, the chief scientist at nChain, and Calvin Ayre.

The network was also hit with several members of the cryptocurrency community alleging that the cryptocurrency itself is a sham without any use cases, as evidenced by its delisting on several popular cryptocurrency exchanges like Binance, Kraken and Shapeshift.

The latest news added salt to BSV’s wounds after it was revealed that the network went through another blockchain reorganization on a 128 MB block. This fact was pointed out by Nikita Zhavoronkov, the lead developer of Blockchair, who had tweeted:

“Whoops! $BSV has experienced yet another reorg, this time 6 (six!) consecutive blocks were orphaned (#578640–578645), this chain included a 128 MB block #578644 🤦‍♂️ The network was basically stuck for 1.5 hours, and this shows that even 6 confirmations are not enough.”

Orphaned blocks are valid blocks which are not part of the main chain. There are ways that they can occur naturally when two miners produce blocks at similar times or they can be a result of an attacker with enough hashing power using it for nefarious activities like reversing transactions.

A major reason why this reorg event made news was that a major 128 MB block was stuck in transaction, something that was not supposed to occur according to the initial claims made by the SV camp. Supporters of the cryptocurrency, however, have stated that despite being slower than promised, the transactions on the block settled faster than that on a Bitcoin Core block.



One supporter of BSV, mboyd1, tweeted:

“Orphaned blocks are a feature, not a bug”

To this tweet, Zyo, another cryptocurrency enthusiast replied:

“yes, but orphaning 6 blocks in a row is not good, that means that 6 confirmations is not safe. It’s a bug because the 100+ MB take way too long to propagate and validate. There is a reason why BCH doesn’t have [yet] 100+ MB blocks.”





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