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March 29, 2018

Joint Study by ECB and Bank of Japan

Joint Study by ECB and Bank of Japan

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

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Your Data is Your Property – Bryan Johnson

Your Data is Your Property – Bryan Johnson

#OwnYourData

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Students Increasingly Using Financial Aid for Purchasing Cryptocurrencies

Students Increasingly Using Financial Aid for Purchasing Cryptocurrencies

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

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Ford Wins Patent for Cryptocurrency-Fueled Vehicle Technology

Ford Wins Patent for Cryptocurrency-Fueled Vehicle Technology

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.

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McKinsey: A calm surface belies transformation in securities services

McKinsey: A calm surface belies transformation in securities services

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.

mckinsey.com
Central Banks Move Forward With Study On Blockchain For Securities Swaps

Central Banks Move Forward With Study On Blockchain For Securities Swaps

Blockchain could thrive in a securities environment, the second phase of research from the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan reveals.

cointelegraph.com
Ethereum Users Support Hard Fork to ‘Brick’ Ethereum ASIC Miners: Poll

Ethereum Users Support Hard Fork to ‘Brick’ Ethereum ASIC Miners: Poll

Ethereum users would support adopting a hard fork that renders Ethereum ASIC miners obsolete, a new poll shows.

ccn.com
Maker Dao: Dai White Paper

Maker Dao: Dai White Paper

CDP's on blockchain

makerdao.com
Decentralized loans on the blockchain – Hacker Noon

Decentralized loans on the blockchain – Hacker Noon

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

hackernoon.com
Google Working on Its Own Blockchain-related Technology

Google Working on Its Own Blockchain-related Technology

To support cloud business, the search giant Google is working on blockchain-related technology, developing its own distributed digital ledger.

coinspeaker.com
Bitcoin's Lightning Network Is Live, But Can It Keep from Going Corporate?

Bitcoin's Lightning Network Is Live, But Can It Keep from Going Corporate?

As startups developing bitcoin's Lightning Network start pushing the tech forward, some wonder whether it'll be taken over by corporate interests.

coindesk.com
Mckinsey - Behavioral science in business: Nudging, debiasing, & managing the irrational

Mckinsey - Behavioral science in business: Nudging, debiasing, & managing the irrational

Behavioral science has become a hot topic in companies and organizations trying to address the biases that drive day-to-day decisions and actions.

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Canceled Audit and Issuance of 300 Mln New Tokens: What’s Going on With Tether?

Canceled Audit and Issuance of 300 Mln New Tokens: What’s Going on With Tether?

Tether’s latest issuance of 300 mln USDT tokens has brought the cryptocurrency and the lack of an official audit back into the spotlight.

cointelegraph.com
Bank of England To Test Blockchain Features For New Payment System

Bank of England To Test Blockchain Features For New Payment System

UK central bank partners with payment solutions developers to test Blockchain features for the renewed gross payment system.

cointelegraph.com
West Virginia Piloting Blockchain Voting App in Senate Election

West Virginia Piloting Blockchain Voting App in Senate Election

The U.S. state of West Virginia is trialing a voting system for absentee military personnel using a mobile app powered by blockchain technology.

coindesk.com
Sierra Leone’s Fake Blockchain Election Hasn’t Damaged the Technology’s Reputation

Sierra Leone’s Fake Blockchain Election Hasn’t Damaged the Technology’s Reputation

The furor kicked up over the alleged Sierra Leone Blockchain election has at least not dampened to technology’s potential

cointelegraph.com
UK Financial Watchdog Warns Over Unregistered Crypto Brokerage - CoinDesk

UK Financial Watchdog Warns Over Unregistered Crypto Brokerage - CoinDesk

The U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority has warned investors over an unregistered brokerage that appears to be offering crypto-related derivatives.

coindesk.com
State Digital Currency Still On Agenda, Says China's Blockchain Lead

State Digital Currency Still On Agenda, Says China's Blockchain Lead

China is still in the process of developing a state digital currency, the chief of a government-funded blockchain research center has said.

coindesk.com
Two Largest Cryptocurrency Exchanges May Move Out of Asia

Two Largest Cryptocurrency Exchanges May Move Out of Asia

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.

ccn.com
Judge Backs FTC Asset Freeze in Crypto Fraud Case

Judge Backs FTC Asset Freeze in Crypto Fraud Case

U.S. Magistrate Lurana Snow has recommended that a preliminary injunction be enforced against four alleged scammers.

coindesk.com
Kik's Kin Token Will Work on Ethereum and Stellar Blockchains – CoinSpeaker

Kik's Kin Token Will Work on Ethereum and Stellar Blockchains – CoinSpeaker

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.

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Coinbase Announces Support for Ethereum-based ERC20 Tokens – CoinSpeaker

Coinbase Announces Support for Ethereum-based ERC20 Tokens – CoinSpeaker

The addition of support for ERC 20 tokens will be done across the entire range of digital asset products of Coinbase.

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H2 Ventures and KPMG’s 2015 'Fintech 100' Companies List Released – CoinSpeaker

H2 Ventures and KPMG’s 2015 'Fintech 100' Companies List Released – CoinSpeaker

H2 Ventures and KPMG published their Fintech 100 list announcing the world’s leading innovators in the industry.

coinspeaker.com
3.28.2018 - Crypto Exchange Upbit to Launch UBCI, Korea’s First Cryptocurrency Index

3.28.2018 - Crypto Exchange Upbit to Launch UBCI, Korea’s First Cryptocurrency Index

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.

coinspeaker.com
'15 of 18 FinTech Unicorns Are In Payments or Lending,' Says CB Insights' Poll – CoinSpeak

'15 of 18 FinTech Unicorns Are In Payments or Lending,' Says CB Insights' Poll – CoinSpeak

Venture capital database CB Insights says 83% of the top fintech unicorns, worth more than $1 billion, are in the payments or lending sectors.

coinspeaker.com
Blockchain will work in trucking — but only if these three things happen

Blockchain will work in trucking — but only if these three things happen

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.

techcrunch.com
Sharding Is Already Ushering in Radical New Ethereum Designs

Sharding Is Already Ushering in Radical New Ethereum Designs

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.

coindesk.com
Report: 2 Japanese Crypto Exchanges to Shut Down

Report: 2 Japanese Crypto Exchanges to Shut Down

Two crypto exchanges in Japan are reportedly set to close amid growing regulatory scrutiny from regulators in the wake of a $500 million theft.

coindesk.com
3.28.2018 - Ripple Joins Hyperledger Blockchain Consortium - CoinDesk

3.28.2018 - Ripple Joins Hyperledger Blockchain Consortium - CoinDesk

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.

coindesk.com
3.24.2018 - Drowning in Tokens – Meltem Demirors – Medium

3.24.2018 - Drowning in Tokens – Meltem Demirors – Medium

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

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3.28.18 - Energy saving Bitcoin rival Chia raises from A16Z, plans mini-IPO (ditching ICO)

3.28.18 - Energy saving Bitcoin rival Chia raises from A16Z, plans mini-IPO (ditching ICO)

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.

techcrunch.com
3.15.2017 - Space & Time: How BitTorrent's Creator is Attacking Bitcoin Waste - CoinDesk

3.15.2017 - Space & Time: How BitTorrent's Creator is Attacking Bitcoin Waste - CoinDesk

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.

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Q1 2018 - Bram Cohen: Proofs of Space and Time (Technical)

Q1 2018 - Bram Cohen: Proofs of Space and Time (Technical)

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.

cyber.stanford.edu
Drink It Up: Coca-Cola Is Using Blockchain to Improve Workers’ Rights

Drink It Up: Coca-Cola Is Using Blockchain to Improve Workers’ Rights

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…

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2.12.2018 - Microsoft on Decentralized Digital Identities and Blockchain

2.12.2018 - Microsoft on Decentralized Digital Identities and Blockchain

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.

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3.28.2018 - Digital Identity is the key to the Blockchain Economy

3.28.2018 - Digital Identity is the key to the Blockchain Economy

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.

medium.com
7.15.2017 - If Blockchains ran the world; Disrupting the trust business

7.15.2017 - If Blockchains ran the world; Disrupting the trust business

Introduction to Blockchain: The trust business is little noticed but huge. Startups deploying blockchain technology threaten to disrupt it, and much else besides.

economist.com
3.26.2018 - Investing in Cryptocurrency: Token Economics and How do they work?

3.26.2018 - Investing in Cryptocurrency: Token Economics and How do they work?

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.

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