Month: June 2019

Bull Bitcoin CEO Pouliot: SegWit Activation Process Showed Value of Running a Node

During the opening panel of this year’s Understanding Bitcoin conference in Malta, some prominent members of the Bitcoin community reflected on the block size limit controversy and the eventual activation of Segregated Witness (SegWit). One of the individuals involved in the conversation was Bull Bitcoin CEO Francis Pouliot, who was working at The Bitcoin Embassy …

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Crypto Lending and Borrowing Platform Celsius Network Acquires BSave

Celsius Network, a cryptocurrency lending and borrowing platform, has acquired BSave for an undisclosed amount, the company said earlier this week. BSave is a platform that provides earning interest income on cryptocurrency. With the acquisition, Celsius Network gains access to its yield generating algorithms originally developed by the company. Celsius Network said it will retain …

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Blockchain-Powered Professional Network Indorse Gets Backing From India’s Top Media Group

Brand Capital, the strategic investment arm of The Times Group, India’s largest media group, will invest up to US$6.5 million in Indorse, a blockchain-powered professional network. The company will make an initial investment of US$2 million as a convertible note at a valuation of US$15 million with the option of a further tranche of US$4.5 …

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Paxful, The White Company Partnership Enables Users To Convert Bitcoins Into Prepaid Debit Cards

Peer-to-peer (P2P) bitcoin marketplace Paxful has partnered with crypto services provider The White Company to give Paxful customers the ability to cash out bitcoins into prepaid cards in multiple currencies, the companies said on Thursday. The new partnership allows Paxful users to exchange their bitcoins into Visa or MasterCard digital prepaid cards in 10 fiat …

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Payment Startup Xfers Teams Up With Zilliqa To Integrate Blockchain, Smart Contracts

Payment company Xfers has partnered with blockchain startup Zilliqa to explore the use of blockchain and smart contracts to bring greater speed, efficiency and transparency to payment solutions for enterprises, the company said on Tuesday. Xfers, a Singapore-based payment processing gateway offering credit card processing and Internet banking transfers, will leverage Zilliqa’s smart contract functionalities …

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Singapore: New Pilot Project Uses Blockchain for Life Insurance Claims

Media company Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), insurance firm NTUC Income (Income), and LumenLab, MetLife’s Asia innovation center, have teamed up to pilot a blockchain platform aimed at automating the life insurance claim process, the companies said on Monday. Using LifeChain, a technology developed by LumenLab, SPH will encrypt and share verification data used for obituary …

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Aurora Chain Joined “Achain Galaxy”

100 Million AOA Will be Used to Develop the Achain GalaxyrnPublic blockchain platforms Achain and Aurora chain made a joint announcement to their respective communities that Aurora chain joined Achain Ecosystem. The cooperation is followed by a 100 million AOA (Aurora chain token) from the Aurora Foundation to invest in tech co-development and community building. …

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Augmented Reality App Aircoins Now Lets You Hunt And Collect Dash Cryptocurrency A La Pokemon Go

Dash Core Group, the US-incorporated company leading the development of the peer-to-peer (P2P) payment platform and cryptocurrency Dash, has partnered with virtual reality (VR) app Aircoins to allow users to hunt, collect and send Dash cryptocurrency in an augmented reality (AR) environment, similarly to the Pokemon Go mobile game, the organization said on Thursday. Commenting …

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Japan’s First Blockchain Game Crypt-Oink Expands To English-Speaking Markets; Partners With CryptoKitties

Crypt-Oink, Japan’s first blockchain game, is expanding its breedable, collectible and tradable racing pigs to English-language markets with an exclusive collaboration with CryptoKitties, the company said on Thursday. Created by Japan-based developer Good Luck 3, Crypt-Oink is a decentralized application (DApp) running on the Ethereum network. The game lets users breed, collect and trade digital …

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Everex Announces Collaboration With Lao Development Bank

Singapore-based blockchain services provider EVX Holdings, Pte. Ltd., operating as Everex, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lao Development Bank (LDB) to develop and implement blockchain technology for cross-border payments and trade finance. At a ceremony attended by senior executives of LDB and Everex, Phoutsala Omdalah, deputy managing director of LDB, said in …

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Beaxy Launches Crypto Trading Platform

After 24 months of development, cryptocurrency startup Beaxy Digital, Ltd. has officially launched its trading platform, which is now live to customers in 43 US states and 185 countries, the company said on Tuesday. The platform currently supports trading pairs for 16 of the top digital assets, and comes with advanced features including TradingView charting …

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Blockchain Platform Zilliqa Launches Smart Contracts

Singapore-based blockchain startup Zilliqa has announced the launch of smart contracts on its blockchain platform, enabling developers to write and deploy smart contracts on the Zilliqa blockchain with its smart contract language, Scilla. “With this launch, … we’ve come to realize our vision of a better smart contract language, one built with greater security guarantees …

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Line Pay and Visa Collaborate on Fintech, Blockchain Solutions

Line Pay Corporation, the payments business of Japanese messaging app Line, has extended its partnership with global payments firm Visa to create new fintech solutions, including blockchain-based products. In particular, the two companies will use blockchain to deliver “new experiences” in the areas of business-to-business (B2B) and cross-border payments, as well as “alternative currency” transactions, …

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Austrian Startup Bitpanda Announces New Crypto Exchange for Professional Traders

Vienna-based startup Bitpanda, formerly Coinimal, has announced that it will be launching a new cryptocurrency exchange, the company said on Wednesday. Dubbed the Bitpanda Global Exchange, the platform will allow experienced traders, professionals and institutions to conduct crypto-to-crypto and fiat-to-crypto trades, and is scheduled to launch in August. Founded in 2014, Bitpanda is a brokerage …

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NEM Ventures Backs Blockchain-Enabled Ridesharing App Mobi

NEM Ventures, the venture capital and investment arm of the NEM blockchain ecosystem, has announced an undisclosed seed funding round in Mobi, a ridesharing app allowing for safe and affordable carpooling that leverages the NEM blockchain, NEM Ventures said on Tuesday. Developed by Australia-based Divi Australia, Mobi is an online platform that facilitates communication and …

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Blockchain Startup Fluree Raises US$4.7M Seed For Data Management Platform

Fluree, a blockchain startup based in North Carolina, has raised US$4.7 million in a seed funding round led by ​4490 Ventures​ with participation from Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund​, reports TechCrunch. Fluree is a data management platform that combines blockchain and graph database technologies to provide a novel way of storing and querying …

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Spark on Consensus 2019: Opportunities and Challenges of Blockchain in China & the U.S.

Since 2015, Consensus ,  the annual gathering of the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology worlds organized by CoinDesk , has attracted academics, policymakers, major companies, developers, founders and investors across the cryptocurrency and blockchain business to explore, collaborate and debate the future of the industry under one roof. As the most influential annual blockchain event in the industry, Consensus …

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