“Opera’s In-browser Crypto Wallet To Support Tron Soon”
Opera is working to integrate support for Tron’s TRX and TRC-standard tokens in its browser-based crypto wallet. After the integration of the TRON blockchain is complete, the browser’s over 300 million users worldwide will be able to use the tokens within the browser, Opera said Wednesday. The integration will also allow users to play Tron games and access Tron decentralized applications (dapps) within the browser, without requiring third-party extensions or applications. There are currently over 400 dapps built on the Tron blockchain, the Norwegian browser maker said, citing data from DAppReview.
“Coinbase To Acquire Xapo?”
Regulated U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is in advanced talks to buy custody provider Xapo for about $50 million to boost its custody business, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Xapo’s CEO Wences Cesares is a serial entrepreneur from Argentina known to be one of the biggest champions of bitcoin from its earliest days. Sources cautioned that the deal has yet to close, and requested anonymity due to the confidentiality and fluid nature of the talks. According to sources, Coinbase and Fidelity Digital Assets have been locked in a neck-and-neck race for the prized asset for the past few weeks, with Coinbase ultimately prevailing. If the tentative terms being discussed hold, Coinbase will pay ~$50 million in cash for Xapo, plus a contingent earn-out for remaining with the company. Xapo raised $40 million since its founding in 2012.
“Ripio Launches Exchange in LatAm”
Ripio, one of the longest-running startups in the crypto space and the company behind the popular Ripio Credit Network, has announced the launch of its full Ripio platform in Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico. The platform unifies all of Ripio’s products, letting users learn and trade cryptocurrency in one place — an important step for driving the mass adoption of crypto in Latin America and, through further partnerships, across the world. The brand-new Ripio platform is a single sign-on solution to take users through their entire crypto journey, from initial curiosity about blockchain to more advanced trading.
“IOTA To Help Build Smarter Cities in Texas”
IOTA, one of the fastest growing blockchain foundations on the world, announced that it will sponsor the first inaugural Texas Smart Cities Summit, an event that aims to accelerate smart city efforts in the state of Texas. The company will also hold several events throughout the summit, it said in a statement. The technology that has enabled digital coins has the potential to be implemented in virtually any industry—from supply chains and fashion, to finance and government. Several major corporations have begun experimenting with cryptocurrency, and a handful of local governments have followed suit. Texas is one of those pioneers. A cohort of companies, organizations, and individuals from the state created a consortium aimed at utilizing blockchain. The Austin CityUP was created in order to advance smart city initiatives in the state.