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- New York-based institutional trading company Genesis has announced its acquisition of Vo1t, an insured digital custody service. Per journalism release, the addition will supplement Genesis’s existing services, incorporating global over- the-counter trading and institutional financing, and it will also allow the company to release its Prime Provider later on this year, which Genesis refers to as “a one-stop-shop for trading, lending, and securing digital assets.”
- The French main bank, Banque de France, stated it has successfully checked a digital euro, its main bank digital currency (CBDC), functional on a blockchain, on Might14 Per the announcement, the bank worked together with Société Générale Forge on this trial, while more trials are coming in the future in cooperation with other players, based on the applications got as part of the call opened in March to test the use of a main bank digital euro in interbank policies.
- Cryptocurrency payments processor CoinPayments has announced a tactical collaboration with global commerce business Shopify, bringing the payments processing platform to all Shopify merchants. According to journalism release, CoinPayments will now be a noticeable payment option for merchants on the commerce business’s platform, making cryptocurrency deals more available while decreasing deal charges. The collaboration also makes it possible for cross-border payments, streamlining the work with numerous payment processors throughout various jurisdictions.
- Following a community approval of essential agreements, UMA Project, a decentralized financing (DeFi) project, produced its first ETHBTC. Per the announcement, this is an artificial token produced on the Ethereum mainnet, collateralized with DAI. It tracks the ETHBTC price ratio – if ETH exceeds BTC the token worth will go up, an if ETH underperforms, the token worth willdecrease
- Payments and cryptocurrency platform Crypto.com (CRO) is calling for partners. Per CEO Kris Marszalek’s tweet, in addition to the official channel’s one, Crypto.com Debit Card White Label Program is calling for jobs, exchanges, and wallets to join, specifying that they can issue debit cards with the partner’s brand name, supply the facilities, and ship in US, Europe, and Asia. The platform has also announced today that it is preparing to roll out the MCO Visa Card program in Canada, following launches in Singapore (2018), the US (2019), and Europe (2020).
- Even after the pandemic-caused lockdown ends, significant crypto exchange Coinbase will allow its employees to work from another location. In an open letter to all workers, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong stated that after the quarantine, the exchange will welcome being ‘remote-first’ – it will provide the option to work in an office or from another location for the large bulk of functions. Per their quotes, in between 20%–60% of the business will work from another location when the limitations of COVID-19 are raised, and if this is a success, the remote population will likely grow naturally.
- The Monex Group‘s CEO Oki Matsumoto has actually participated in a USD 1.8 m financial investment in a blockchain start-up called Toposware, per a news release shared on The Bridge. The Monex Group’s crypto and blockchain portfolio continues to diversify. As purchasing the Coincheck trading platform in 2018, the Japanese securities business has also released an American crypto trade platform for its TradeStation operations and has actually invested in the ErisX crypto exchange. Fellow Toposware financiers consist of Kenji Kasahara, the head of the social networking platform Mixi
- Could 5G help enhance blockchain performance? Per Chinese media outlet Sina, Chinese telecom business that are set to roll out “blockchain + 5G” services are trying to address this concern now. They are seeking to enhance their blockchain offerings, which will likely make use of 5G’s dispersed application procedures, in addition to improved deal speeds and traceability features.
- Numerous Chinese media companies have actually formed what they are calling a “blockchain-powered news department,” reports China Email. The news department consists of a minimum of 12 tv stations, radio channels, regional papers and web- based media outlets based around the nation. The cumulative says it will make use of market 4.0-powered services to disperse traceable and more reputable news stories, audio files and videos that are tape-recorded as blocks on a blockchain network.
- American think tank Worth Technology Foundation released a report supported by US congressman Darren Soto entitled “Potential Uses of Blockchain By The US Department of Defense,” with a number of significant business as factors, consisting of Amazon, IBM, Deloitte, Accenture, CGI Federal, ConsenSys, SIMBA Chain, and Colvin Run Networks The report supplies methods in which cybersecurity efforts might take advantage of dispersed journal technology, the use cases of blockchain and its potential advantages, in addition to the particular use cases that are of interest to the Department.
- Russian bitcoin (BTC) miners are using old, Soviet-era facilities to mine crypto, per Forklog. The media outlet reports that the Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station, when the gem in the USSR’s crown in Eastern Siberia, was offered as an industrial venture in 2018– and now houses some 25,000 mining rigs, which are housed in what was when a close-by aluminum factory. The power station was built throughout the premiership of Nikita Khrushchev in the 1960 s.