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March 29, 2018
Securities settlement systems: Delivery versus payment in a distributed ledger environment
This report is the second phase of Project Stella, the joint study on distributed ledger technology (DLT). The report explores how the settlement of two linked obligations, such as the delivery of securities against the payment of cash, could be conceptually designed and operated based on DLT
Major credit card issuers may have banned bitcoin purchases, but it's not cramping the style of college students. According to a recent poll by US-based The Student Loan Report, more than one-fifth, o
A subsidiary of Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford Motors has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a cryptocurrency-fueled technology to power its cars.
Over the next five years, the global securities services industry will face more change than it has over the preceding ten—or even 20—years, as it adapts to dramatic shifts in the structure of markets and incorporates new technologies such as automation and robotics, advanced analytics, and distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) at scale.
Blockchain could thrive in a securities environment, the second phase of research from the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan reveals.
Ethereum users would support adopting a hard fork that renders Ethereum ASIC miners obsolete, a new poll shows.
CDP's on blockchain
What if I told you, that I can lock up my $100k that I have in Ether and get $50k back in DOLLARS. Yes, in actual dollars
To support cloud business, the search giant Google is working on blockchain-related technology, developing its own distributed digital ledger.
As startups developing bitcoin's Lightning Network start pushing the tech forward, some wonder whether it'll be taken over by corporate interests.
Behavioral science has become a hot topic in companies and organizations trying to address the biases that drive day-to-day decisions and actions.
Tether’s latest issuance of 300 mln USDT tokens has brought the cryptocurrency and the lack of an official audit back into the spotlight.
UK central bank partners with payment solutions developers to test Blockchain features for the renewed gross payment system.
The U.S. state of West Virginia is trialing a voting system for absentee military personnel using a mobile app powered by blockchain technology.
The furor kicked up over the alleged Sierra Leone Blockchain election has at least not dampened to technology’s potential
The U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority has warned investors over an unregistered brokerage that appears to be offering crypto-related derivatives.
China is still in the process of developing a state digital currency, the chief of a government-funded blockchain research center has said.
Binance and Bitfinex, two of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the global cryptocurrency market, may completely move out of Asia this year, due to impractical policies.
U.S. Magistrate Lurana Snow has recommended that a preliminary injunction be enforced against four alleged scammers.
The transfer of tokens across two blockchains will be done through atomic swaps. The Ethereum blockchain will be used for liquidity and the Stellar platform for transactions.
The addition of support for ERC 20 tokens will be done across the entire range of digital asset products of Coinbase.
H2 Ventures and KPMG published their Fintech 100 list announcing the world’s leading innovators in the industry.
According to the operator of the world’s fifth-biggest trading platform, the new indexes will give cryptocurrency investors a better understanding of today’s market trends.
Venture capital database CB Insights says 83% of the top fintech unicorns, worth more than $1 billion, are in the payments or lending sectors.
Sometimes a buzzword gets so overhyped that it deserves some light-hearted mockery. That seems to be the case with “blockchain.” While it’s true that not every industry can benefit from a distributed-ledger technology, the trucking industry most certainly can. In fact, a new consortium called the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) is working to apply blockchain to solve some of the most intransigent problems in trucking.
One of ethereum's biggest upgrades isn't quite live, but that doesn't mean it's not inspiring critical thinking about how to boost the network. At least that's the case on ethereum, where developers are beginning to see the scaling solution, which would essentially split the blockchain into parts that would run on different servers, as an opportunity to test fundamental assumptions about one of the world's largest cryptocurrencies.
Two crypto exchanges in Japan are reportedly set to close amid growing regulatory scrutiny from regulators in the wake of a $500 million theft.
Ripple is one of 14 new companies to join the group, which first launched at the end of 2015. To date more than 200 firms have joined. 2018 is set to be a busy year for the Hyperledger consortium. It plans to advance three open-source blockchain platforms to version 1.0 or production status, and also intends to launch an enterprise blockchain tool aimed at speeding up the development of blockchain applications.
A pragmatist’s take on perceived scarcity and artificial demand:
Everyone wants to tokenize everything, and there’s a massive pipeline of token supply that is coming to market. But without any demand for these assets, what is a token actually worth?
Supply Without Demand is a Dangerous Game
Bram Cohen invented torrenting. Now he’s building a cryptocurrency called Chia that doesn’t waste electricity like Bitcoin, and top investors are lining up. Chia has just raised a $3.395 million seed from angel investors and Andreessen Horowitz. It’s avoiding the often-abused ICO process that Chia president Ryan Singer says comes with “a lot of issues with regulatory uncertainty and investor protection.” Instead, it’s working with its general council and the SEC to do a mini-IPO this summer or fall through the JOBS Act’s Regulation A+ equity crowdfunding rule. That could let Chia raise a maximum of $50 million from the public, non-accredited amateur investors included.
Bitcoin's 'proof of work' validation mechanism burns a huge amount of energy, but this novel solution from developer Bram Cohen aims to change that. While it provides essential security for the bitcoin network, there is little doubt that using 'proof of work' as a validation mechanism requires an enormous amount of energy.
It's impossible to secure a distributed data base, but there is a loop hole. Proof of work can secure a database but it requires waste. Mining rewards will be pursued until the value of the resources roughly equals the value of the rewards.
There are massive amounts of unused online storage capacity in the world. It requires no additional power to mine and no need for ASICS (bitcoin mining chips). Flaws in this have previously existed in the past but Proof of Space and Time solves many of these issues.
Even with the latest hiccup in cryptocurrency valuations, I don’t think there’s been a faster-appreciating asset on the planet. Since the beginning of 2017, the aggregate cryptocurrency market cap…
Microsoft launch into Digital Identities:
Microsoft’s cloud identity systems already empower thousands of developers, organizations and billions of people to work, play, and achieve more. And yet there is so much more we can do to empower everyone. We aspire to a world where the billions of people living today with no reliable ID can finally realize the dreams we all share like educating our children, improving our quality of life, or starting a business.
To achieve this vision, we believe it is essential for individuals to own and control all elements of their digital identity. Rather than grant broad consent to countless apps and services, and have their identity data spread across numerous providers, individuals need a secure encrypted digital hub where they can store their identity data and easily control access to it.
Each of us needs a digital identity we own, one which securely and privately stores all elements of our digital identity. This self-owned identity must be easy to use and give us complete control over how our identity data is accessed and used.
Our Identity is more important than our financial assets yet we give it all away
Digital Identity on Blockchain is driven by three concepts:
1. Your Digital Identity is an asset that you control through a private key. You control Digital Identity on Blockchain just like you control cryptocurrencies on Blockchain.
2. Nobody can change that data. Not you, not your government, not some corporation. Data can be appended, but never deleted or changed. Think of this like a private key to your bitcoin that allows you to view your crypto stash but not to magically make the stash bigger. Your biggest asset is safely under your control, but you cannot simply write your own history of yourself.
3. Granular control. You can reveal one part to one company and only that one part. The only person who sees the whole picture is you. For example, only you can see your health records, friends, financial records, political opinions and all the intelligence you gather by combining those data sets.
Introduction to Blockchain: The trust business is little noticed but huge. Startups deploying blockchain technology threaten to disrupt it, and much else besides.
When you invest in cryptocurrency tokens, the primary question you need to ask yourself is this: Why will people want this token down the road? Your investment is based on the idea that the tokens you buy now will be worth more to others in the future. To be reasonably sure of this, you need to know what tokens are and what their utility is.