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  • ShapeShift and Tokens as Securities

    Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a US-based financial regulator, has taken the position that a specific type of blockchain ledger entry, the Ethereum-based token known as The DAO Token (defunct since a code exploit was discovered over a year ago), should be considered a security – specifically an investment contract, as contemplated under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933. SEC also emphasized that it may consider other tokens to be securities, based on their specific properties.

    ShapeShift, from its beginning, has been built to be the safest, fastest digital asset exchange on Earth.  We don’t just take consumer protection seriously: we created an entirely new model that doesn’t endanger users in the first place. ShapeShift was the first exchange to build this kind of technology.

    Here is how we are handling this new regulation for customers residing in the United States. 

  • ShapeShift AG Acquires Bitcoin Hardware Wallet Maker, KeepKey

    ShapeShift AG is excited to announce that we have acquired Seattle-based KeepKey, a secure hardware wallet for digital assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.

    With a focus on ease and security, the vertical integration of KeepKey and ShapeShift enables users to safely store assets on a KeepKey device, while trading these assets directly over the ShapeShift API from the device's interface.

  • Overstock.com Accepts Dozens of Digital Assets Through ShapeShift Integration

  • Important Bitcoin Hard Fork Information

    UPDATE: Following a successful fork and sufficient network stability for Bitcoin Cash, we have added the token (BCH) to our list of tradable assets. Visit shapeshift.io to buy or sell BCH.

    In preparation for the proposed Bitcoin Cash (aka BCH) fork set to occur on August 1st, ShapeShift would like to notify our customers regarding our handling of the event.

    On July 31, ShapeShift will temporarily turn off all trading capabilities across the platform (web, mobile, and API). This means it will not be possible to buy or sell digital assets on ShapeShift.  Trading will remain turned off until we feel that a clear outcome of the fork has been determined. READ MORE

  • Notes on ShapeShift Preparing for BIP 91 (Segwit2x) Activation

    The following post outlines the measures ShapeShift is taking once the BIP 91 Activation takes effect, around midnight Saturday (July 22, 2017)/ Sunday (July 23, 2017) morning EDT at earliest. Due to an abundance of caution regarding the activation of BIP 91 on Bitcoin, ShapeShift will temporarily remove all trading capabilities with Bitcoin on our exchange – and within our API offerings – in order to ensure the orphaning of blocks causes no major consensus issues. No deposits or withdrawals will be available at the time that this activation occurs until we feel that a clear outcome has been determined. HOWEVER, ShapeShift will continue to support all non-Bitcoin transactions. Read more to learn all details.

  • ShapeShift 推出PRISM,世界上第一个虚拟币投资平台

    虚拟币的投资者现在可以使用PRISM (棱镜)平台创建自己的虚拟币资产投资组合,使用世界上第一个由瑞士区块链公司ShapeShift AG推出的一个完全基于以太的智能合同资产组合平台。

  • A Note to Our Customers from Erik Voorhees

    ShapeShift has always prioritized customer support; we take it very seriously. Our industry is growing fast, and this means tens of thousands of new people start using this technology every week. ShapeShift, as a leading firm in this ecosystem, needs to help onboard these people into crypto, and help them feel comfortable. That is one of our jobs. Unfortunately, over the past three weeks, we have been unable to keep pace with our support load, and we felt it warrants some explanation.

  • Prism Fee Update

    Last week at Consensus we had the exciting opportunity to reveal Prism

  • Introducing Prism: The world's first trustless portfolio market platform

    When we started building ShapeShift in the Spring of 2014, we made an uncommon assumption at the time: that blockchains and (especially) the tokens built upon them were going to expand out in all directions. We believed this not because the world needs a thousand crypto “currencies” in the narrow sense, but because blockchain technology would enable all manner of new digital experimentation, financial and otherwise. Bitcoin inspired a Crypto-Cambrian Explosion; a transformative species from which entire kingdoms of new technological life arise.

  • ShapeShift 101: How to Reuse Deposit Addresses with ShapeShift Exchange

    Our support team finds that our customers consistently want to know if they can reuse our deposit address in order to do the same sort of transaction over and over again. For example, let's say you have an exchange bot that you want to execute a bitcoin to Litecoin Exchange every Tuesday at 11 am. You would like to have a Bitcoin deposit address that every time bitcoin is sent to it, ShapeShift does an exchange to Ether. The short answer to this question is, yes.