NYSE Operator Announces New Global Digital Assets Platform, Plans Bitcoin Futures Launch

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), the operator of 23 leading global exchanges including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), has announced plans to create a Microsoft cloud-powered "open and regulated, global ecosystem for digital assets," according to a press release published August 3. The operator of NYSE is forming a new company, dubbed "Bakkt," ...
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NEO partners with formal verification company CertiK

NEO recently partnered with CertiK , an American-based formal verification company for smart contracts and blockchain ecosystems. CertiK is comprised of PhD's from Yale and Columbia, as well as engineers who've worked at Google, Facebook, and Freewheel, amongst other Silicon Valley-based companies. Key features of the formal verification company in...
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Big Blockchain: The 50 Largest Public Companies Exploring Blockchain

 There's more than one way to gain exposure to blockchain innovation. Beyond buying over-the-counter products or investing directly in blockchain startups some of the largest public companies in the world are already dabbling in the tech. In fact, a closer look at this year's Forbes Global 2000 list of the largest public companies in the world...
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Northern Trust Opens Doors to Cryptocurrency Hedge Funds As Part Of Pervasive Blockchain Expansion

  Financial services giant Northern Trust has significantly expanded its work with blockchain and cryptocurrencies across multiple divisions. In addition to adding a number of new blockchain features for managing its private equity workflow, the company, which has almost $10.7 trillion in assets under custody and administration, has also quiet...
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Major Swiss Online Bank Posts Soaring Profits After Offering Clients Crypto Investing

  Online banking service provider Swissquote has seen a 44 percent surge in profits in the first half of 2018, an uplift attributed to the "crypto boom" earlier this year, local news outlet Finews reports July 31. In July 2017, the Swiss -based online bank was credited by many with becoming "the first" European online bank to launch Bitcoin (B...
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Argentina to Launch a Blockchain for Public Services

Latin-American governments have, by and large, engaged in a battle against cryptocurrencies since their birth. Argentina has been a relative exception and hub for bitcoin and altcoin development, particularly as locals have seen their potential to overcome exchange controls and high, unstable inflation. Now Argentina will have her own distributed l...
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Fatfish Internet CEO: The Second Wave Rally Is Very Strong, ETF Soon

  The sentiment surrounding this industry is beginning to shift, with many industry leaders and market experts/analysts indicating that they are ready to see another influx of involvement and interest, potentially through an ETF. As reported by Ethereum World News, experts like Tom Lee and Spencer Bogart have stated that the industry's fundame...
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McDonald's Presents Own Coin, But Do Not Expect to Find It On CoinMarketCap

Burger giant McDonald's chooses an unusual way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its iconic Big Mac launching a new currency dubbed McCoin. Anyone will be able to get a brand-new coin by simply buying the burger starting from Aug. 2 (Jim Delligatti's birthday who was the founder of Big Mac). A signature meal The representatives of the biggest fa...
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Binance Partners With Blockchain-Based Startup Libra Credit for Loans Collateralized by BNB

Binance Labs recently partnered with Libra Credit to offer loans collateralized by BNB. The partnership aims to address the "growing global demand for liquidity of crypto assets based on the Ethereum blockchain." ​ Binance Labs, the investment arm of leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance , has recently partnered with Libra Credit to offers its us...
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Alibaba's Ant Financial Shifts to Technology: More Blockchain Coming

Alipay operator Ant Financial, which is currently the most valuable fintech firm in the world, will start to focus on technology solutions rather than finance and payments services, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The Alibaba-affiliated business opted for the shift as China increases its regulatory constraint on Ant's financial s...
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Bitcoin [BTC] can be a ‘potential asset’ for central banks, says Wall Street billionaire Bill Miller

Bill Miller, a billionaire investor, stated that Bitcoin [BTC] is the cryptocurrency which has the most probability of being successful. He also spoke about the strategies for evaluating the value of the cryptocurrency. Miller, who is described as being a "Bitcoin observer", spoke to Bloomberg in an interview earlier this week. He elaborated upon h...
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What Makes Stellar Lumen Unique? The Beginner Guide to XLM

  Stellar has been hailed as the Ripple without drawbacks. More and more crypto enthusiasts are beginning to discover the potential of Stellar Lumens, which is why the currency has experienced tremendous surge in value recently. What is Stellar Lumens (XLM)? Stellar started in 2014 becaue the founders of Ripple, Chris Larsen and Jed McCaleb co...
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Singapore Airlines Launches Blockchain-Based Loyalty Wallet, Co-Developed by Microsoft

  Singapore Airlines (SIA) has launched its own airline loyalty digital wallet that uses blockchain technology, it announced July 24. The software has been co-developed by Microsoft and KPMG Digital Village, according to the press release. The new wallet -- dubbed 'KrisPay' after SIA's 'KrisFlyer' loyalty programme -- converts frequent flyer m...
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UK Remittance Service TransferGo Adds Crypto Trading

  UK-based service TransferGo has reportedly become the world's first remittance operator to offer crypto trading, Bloomberg reported July 27. TransferGo now lets customers buy and sell five major cryptocurrencies –– Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and Litecoin (LTC). According to TransferGo CEO and founder Dau...
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BITCOIN Winklevoss twins’ Bitcoin ETF disapproval doesn’t mean Bitcoin has no value, says SEC

  On 26th July, the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission disapproved a rule change proposed by the Bats BZX Exchange to trade the Winklevoss twins Bitcoin ETF for the second time. On 30th June 2016, the exchange company had filed for a proposed rule change with the States and Exchanges Commission. The proposal for the rule change was rejecte...
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Capital Goods Giant CNH Industrial Partners With IBM on Long-Term Blockchain Upgrade

  One of the world's largest capital goods companies has agreed to a multiyear deal with IBM to implement blockchain technology, a press release confirmed July 26. UK-based CNH Industrial, which owns twelve international brands including Iveco and Case IH, will seek to enhance a range of internal processes as part of "reviewing and optimizing ...
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Crypto Exchange Coincheck’s Owner Monex Reveals Plans to Open US Trading Platform

  Online broker Monex Group, which bought out hacked Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck this spring, plans to launch a U.S .-based trading platform, Cointelegraph Japan reported today, July 27. A summary of data from a financial briefing held Friday confirms plans to establish TradeStation Crypto Inc. as a cryptocurrency-focused subsid...
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Bitwise Files a Different Breed of Cryptocurrency ETF Proposal

  The SEC is currently looking at multiple Bitcoin ETF propositions. The latest submission is filed by Bitwise, as they seek to introduce an exchange-traded fund for cryptocurrency. Known as the HOLD 10 Cryptocurrency Index Fund, it will focus on a market-cap-weighted index of the top 10 currencies, rather than just Bitcoin. Bitwise Tries a Di...
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JPMorgan Files Patent to Use Blockchain to Issue ICO Tokens

Increasing regulatory oversight in the shifting landscape of cryptocurrencies has introduced a new set of security token markets enabling institutions to join the sector. On July 19, 2018, JPMorgan filed a patent to issue asset-backed tokens on a distributed ledger x Distributed Ledger A digital record of transactions that is maintained by a group ...
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Uber, E*Trade Vets to Launch No-Fee Crypto Exchange

  A new cryptocurrency exchange is set to launch with no-fee trading – and it's got some notable backers behind it. Voyager, according to a report from Fortune , is founded by the co-founder of Uber, Oscar Salazar, as well as one of the ride-hailing app's early investors, Philip Eytan. Voyager's CEO is Stephen Ehrlich, the former CEO and found...
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