Korea’s Biggest Messaging App Kakao to Integrate Crypto Wallet For 44 Million Users

According to fnnews, a mainstream financial media outlet in South Korea, Kakao is integrating crypto for its 44 million local users. Kakao is the biggest internet conglomerate in South Korea that operates KakaoTalk, KakaoPay, KakaoTaxi, KakaoStory, KakaoStock, and many other platforms that have overwhelming dominance in their respective markets. On March 18, fnnews reported that following the integration of a crypto wallet by Samsung in the form of Samsung Blockchain Wallet, Kakao will integrate a crypto wallet into its messaging app to enable casual users to use digital assets on a daily basis. “Following the integration of Blockchain Keystore on

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South Korea’s Top Crypto Exchange Just Launched a Major Product, But is There Real Demand From Institutions?

Bithumb, South Korea’s largest Bitcoin exchange by trading volume, has launched an over-the-counter (OTC) trading platform that will allow deep-pocketed traders to exchange crypto assets off the books. In an official announcement, Bithumb Global Limited, a Hong Kong-based subsidiary of the South Korean exchange, said that it will cater services to institutional clients under the brand name Ortus. Is the Company Seeing Institutional Demand For Crypto? Since late 2017, various reports have claimed that the OTC market is significantly larger than the cryptocurrency exchange market. Last year, TABB Group estimated the OTC market of Bitcoin to be at least two

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Ban Hammer Remains: South Korea’s Financial Services Commission Refuses to Lift ICO Ban

The ban on initial coin offerings in South Korea will stay, the country’s financial regulator has said in a statement. The decision by the South Korean Financial Services Commission (FSC) follows a survey which the regulator commissioned. Among the findings of the survey include the fact that some ICO projects misrepresented themselves. For instance, some had claimed to be fundraising abroad but they went on to involve South Koreans. Dirty Tricks Employed to Evade ICO Ban According to the FSC, the projects did this by registering in Singapore in order to circumvent South Korea’s ICO ban. Some of the evidence

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