European Crypto Exchanges Launch P2P Platforms

Two crypto exchanges from announced plans to offer peer-to-peer cryptocurrency trading  
16 February 2018   1182

The first exchange is Latvia-based Hodlhodl which launched in beta-mode its new P2P platform. The second one is Bulgarian Crypto.bg which is developing its own service that may replace the fiat medium with a token.

The Hodlhodl launched a beta version of its new platform designed to accommodate safe and secure peer-to-peer transactions of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. At the moment, users can open accounts and adjust them, and study available functionalities. Contracts are currently disabled but developers hope to complete the order book and launch them within a week.

At first, only BTC and LTC will be traded. The exchange will operate in beta-mode until July 2018 with 0% commission. After that, there will be applied a fee of max 0.6% per trade.
The P2P Bitcoin exchange will introduce contracts that will allow users to control their funds in escrow.

Hodlhodl offers support of native Bech32 Segwit addresses and P2SH-P2WSH Segwit multisig escrow addresses. The exchange services will be decentralized and no KYC or AML procedures will be applied.

The websites are available in English, in future other languages will be added. Also, it will introduce support for Lightning Network micropayments and other cryptocurrencies.

Bulgarian Crypto.bg has also announced that it is working on a P2P platform, after facing multiple issues with the traditional financial system.

This month the exchange announced that it is planning to trade Bitcoin on a new peer-to-peer platform that is currently under development.

The new system will offer the opportunity to trade through Cryptolevs backed by a certain amount of bitcoin “locked” in a public address. Bank transfers will be made on a peer-to-peer basis and banks will not be able to tell if such transactions are bitcoin-related.

US Authorities to Sell $4.3M Worth Seized BTC

As reported, the Bitcoins were seized during different federal investigations
18 October 2018   82

The US Federal Penitentiary and Marshals Service has announced an auction, during which 660 Bitcoins will be sold, previously confiscated by law enforcement agencies. The current market value of the coins put up for sale is about $ 4.3 million, CoinDesk reports.

Bitcoins offered for sale were seized during federal criminal, civil and administrative investigations.

The auction will be held on November 5, and to participate in it, you must register no later than October 31 and make a deposit of $ 200,000.

The trades will be divided into two parts and include the sale of six blocks of 100 BTC and one more block of 60 BTC. Auction participants will not be able to view other people's rates or change their own.

The Office clarified that part of the assets put up for auction includes Bitcoins, which were seized during the recent investigations into the cases of the traders Teresa Tetley and Thomas Mario Costanzo. Teresa Tetley was sentenced in July to a year in prison on charges of trading in cryptocurrency without the necessary license and laundering money obtained from drug trafficking.

The Marshals do not report which part of the bitcoins seized from Tetley and Costanzo is put up for auction, however, it was previously known that 40 BTC were withdrawn from the first, and 80 BTC from the second.

Two previous major auctions for the sale of confiscated bitcoins were held in the United States in January and March of this year. In the first case, 3813 BTC was sold, in the second - 2170 BTC.