EU Blockchain Observatory Releases Report on Tokenization, AI and IoT

EU Blockchain Observatory

The European Union Blockchain Observatory and Forum released a report entitled “Tokenization of physical assets and the impact of IoT and AI” on April 10. The report, authored by Dr. Tim Weingärtner, a professor at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences & Arts – School for Information Technology, features the “digital twin” concept, which refers to a digital replica of the physical world. This mirror world would be consist of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, big data, tokens representing physical objects, blockchain as a trusted ledger and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The…

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New York rejects Bittrex Bitlicense application

New York

According to the press, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) decided to reject the BitLicense application from the Bittrex exchange. According to the New York Tax Office’s official report sent to Bittrex CEO Bill Shihare, New York, Bittrex Bitlicense rejects the lack of stock exchange policies and controls against AML, Know Your Customer (KYC), and Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) ). Bittrex ranked 54th in the CoinMarketCap list of digital currency exchanges in terms of adjusted trading volume. The Bittrex case in brief BitLicense is a set…

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EU Launches International Blockchain Association

International Blockchain Association

The European Union has officially launched the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) — with IBM, Accenture and Deutsche Telekom among the 100-plus members to have signed the association’s charter at a ceremony at the European Commission (EC) in Brussels on April 4. INATBA was legally formed last month as an offshoot of the EU’s European Blockchain Partnership, with the explicit aim of “supporting interoperability, developing specifications, promoting standards and regulatory convergence to support the development and exploitation of innovative blockchain technologies.” Launching ceremony Hosted by European Commissioner Mariya…

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IBM Hints at Stablecoin Cross-Border Payments Solution for Financial Institutions

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The head of blockchain solutions for IBM, Jesse Lund, has hinted that bank-targeted stablecoins will be a major forthcoming development for the tech giant’s blockchain-powered cross-border payments solution. Lund made his remarks during an interview on financial news channel Cheddar on March 15. While more details are set to be imminently announced next week, Lund told Cheddar that “market demand” is driving IBM to develop a stablecoin solution for financial institutions. “More than a few banks around the world […] see tremendous business benefit to issue stablecoins in their native…

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Smart Contract Firm Quantstamp Reveals Investment From Financial Giant Nomura

Nomura Japan

United States smart contract security company Quantstamp has announced its expansion to Japan following an investment from local financial giant Nomura Holdings. The news was revealed in a press release from Quantstamp published on March 6. According to the announcement, the U.S. firm has received a “significant investment” from Nomura, which provides investment, financing and related services to individual, institutional and government customers. Venture company Digital Garage, which invests in successful internet startups across the world, reportedly also contributed to the round. Information that the corporate funding round was led…

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Is Rakuten moving toward crypto payments?

Rakuten Pay

The latest version of Japan-based e-commerce giant Rakuten’s mobile pay app may support cryptocurrency payments, according to the company’s 2018 earnings report presentation. The new version of the app, called Rakuten Pay, will be released on March 18th, and will support “all payments solutions embedded into one platform.” Rakuten has been accepting Bitcoin as a payment option through its American portal, Rakuten.com, since March 2015. In January, Rakuten revealed that its cryptocurrency exchange, “Everybody’s Bitcoin,” had been incorporated as part of the company’s new payments subsidiary, Rakuten Payment. The subsidiary,…

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Google Cloud Analyzes Coin Concentration, Adds Six Crypto Datasets

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Google Cloud, a distributed computing service, has added several new cryptocurrencies to its data collections. The service originally introduced Bitcoin data in February 2018, and it followed up on that with the addition of Ethereum data last summer. Now, six more altcoins—Bitcoin Cash, Dash, Dogecoin, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin, and Zcash—have been added to the service. These additions mean that large-scale crypto analysis is more feasible than ever. The aforementioned datasets are now available to the public, but Google Cloud has already done some work with the datasets on its own.…

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Ethereum Extends Impressive Run, up 35% in 1 Week

Ethereum chart

In the past week, Ethereum, the second most valuable cryptocurrency in the global market, has experienced a strong upward movement, recording an additional three percent increase in value on the day. Within seven days, the Ethereum price has increased from $117 to $159, by over 35 percent against the U.S. dollar, making it one of the best performing crypto assets throughout the past two months. Can the Constantinople Fork Effect Continue to Fuel Ethereum? Analysts have attributed the positive price movement of Ethereum to its upcoming Constantinople hard fork. The…

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Coinbase Moves $5 Billion

Coinbase Moves $5 Billion

Major cryptocurrency exchange and wallet Coinbase recently made what it claims is the largest transfer of crypto on record, a company blog post reports Dec. 19. According to the post, 5 percent of all Bitcoin (BTC), 8 percent of all Ethereum (ETH), and 25 percent of all Litecoin (LTC), along with “many other assets” were moved to new cold storage infrastructure in what the firm “believe[s] is the largest crypto migration on record.” Coinbase reports that last week, the firm “completed an on-blockchain migration of approximately $5 Billion (as valued…

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UNICEF Invests in Blockchain Technology for Its Upcoming Humanitarian Projects

Unicef Blockchain

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has announced investing in six blockchain startups. According to UNICEF, the new investments are part of the strategy the agency intends to implement in integrating blockchain in its humanitarian work line. The humanitarian agency already received more than 100 applications from 50 different countries, in response to the shout out it released in Jan. 2018 for young technology startups, while it already has 20 technology firms in its innovation fund, that range from science, machine learning, and virtual reality, to drones. Today,…

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Google hacked to promote Bitcoin scam on Twitter

Google hacked

In the latest in a string of cryptocurrency-related hackings on Twitter, attackers have breached an official Google account to promote a Bitcoin giveaway scam to its over 800,000 followers. The official G Suite Twitter account just blasted the following message to hundreds of thousands of users: Hard Fork has yet to confirm for how long the tweet remained on G Suite’s feed, but it was no less than 11 minutes (as you can notie on the screenshot. (Update 19:52 UTC, November 13: Ernst Mulders, who provided the screenshot above, told…

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Binance crypto exchange launches its analysis wing Binance Research

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The most renowned and world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance is launching its own analysis and research division. Binance is calling this new analysis wing as Binance Research. Moreover, the research division will focus on creating industry grade analysis reports. The crypto exchange launched the platform on November 8, 2018, for industry analysis. The crypto exchange made the announcement through their official Twitter handle. Furthermore, they also announced it on their official blog about this. The crypto exchange is calling the new firm, an analysis division to the…

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Spanish bank BBVA issues $150M loan using Ethereum

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BBVA, the 35 billion euro bank from Spain, has officially issued a loan using the Ethereum blockchain. In a test of their pilot loan program, BBVA teamed up with MUFG and BNP Paribas to lend funds to Spain’s national electric company, Red Electrica. Spanish bank BBVA has officially issued a loan via the Ethereum blockchain. As reported by Finance Magnates, BBVA, Spain’s second-largest bank, is working on a pilot program that will issue loans using Ethereum (ETH). In the recently issued loan, Spain’s national electricity company, Red Electrica, received funding…

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London School of Economics introduces online course on crypto

London School of Economics

The London School of Economics (LSE) will be offering an online course on cryptocurrency investing, starting in August 2018, Financial Times reports Monday, July 9. According to the announcement, the new course dubbed “Cryptocurrency Investment and Disruption,” will help students learn some “practical skills to interact with cryptocurrency exchanges,” including how to use cryptocurrency wallets, as well as “evaluate the analytics” of initial coin offerings (ICOs). The LSE, which is alma mater to 36 “world leaders” and 18 Nobel Prize laureates, claims it is known for its motto to “understand…

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