Blockchain startup Circle, which runs one of the world’s largest “over the counter” cryptocurrency trading desks, announced today it acquired crypto exchange Poloniex. The deal will propel Circle into the role as one of the world’s largest financial-services players in cryptocurrencies, Fortune reports. The company’s Circle Trade business handles in excess of $2 billion cryptocurrency transactions per month, while Poloniex’s operates what is considered one of the most active trading exchanges in the world, Fortune notes. Read more here.

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