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The Blockchain Story

Bits and Bytes : Crypto Weekly, 20-26 May, 2019

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Enterprise Ethereum Alliance releases report on Blockchain in Real Estate

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) has released report about blockchain use cases in Real Estate. The study will help the EEA Technical Specifications Task Force address real estate sector needs in its revision and expansion of the EEA’s Enterprise Ethereum Client Specification. Use cases include Token Securitization, Land Registries, Token-Enabled Marketplaces, Standardized Property Data & Tokenization of Real Estate.

Finledger powers fully digital processing of promissory notes loan

In a pilot transaction, the four credit institutions viz., DekaBank, dwpbank, DZ BANK and Helaba successfully completed the issue of a promissory note loan through blockchain powered platform Finledger. Banks plans to provide this technology to other institutions. The banks aim to establish a market standard for the digital processing of promissory note loans and are providing a cross-institutional platform that enables them to address a wide range of customers.

SEC obtains emergency order halting alleged diamond-related ICO scheme

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has issued an order on SEC’s request for a temporary restraining order and temporary asset freeze against Argyle Coin LLC and its principal Jose Angel Aman. The Court order halts an ongoing $30 M Ponzi scheme targeting more than 300 investors in the U.S. and Canada. The court also appointed Jeffrey D. Schneider as a Receiver over Argyle Coin.


The Crypto Bits

  • Galaxy Digital sells shares in Block.one for $71.2 M, realizing 123% gains.
  • Circle lays off 30 employees, around 10% of total workforce.
  • Engineer at BitGo lost $100,000 in SIM sawpping.
  • Seoul City to power citizens card with blockchain tech.

Tech Dev

  • BN AMRO to launch Forcefield, a blockchain inventory tracking platform.
  • Calastone launches its blockchain Distributed Market Infrastructure (DMI).
  • Firefox Quantum browser now offers protection against cryptomining.
  • Telegram Open Network (TON) to launch in Q3 of 2019.
  • Brave’s Nightly version testing tipping function for Twitter

Business Dev

  • Robinhood launches in New York
  • Rabobank cancels wallet plans.
  • ABN AMRO not to launch custodial BTC wallet due to risk concerns.
  • CULedger, to use R3’s Corda for cross-border payments product
  • Coinme expands to 21 states in US with 2200 coinstar kiosks.
  • Dharma adds support for USD Coin.

Government & Regulatory

  • Montana enacts law recognising Utility token, exempting it from state securities law.
  • Grayscale secures regulatory approval from FINRA for Ethereum Trust retail trading
  • Bank of Russia may consider a Gold –backed Cryptocurrency.
  • US SEC postpones decision on VanEck ETF.
  • FSA, Japan reviewing AML policies of Crypto Exchanges ahead of FATF visit.
  • NYSE Arca files for rule change with SEC - to list ‘shares’ in Investment Trust backed by T-bills & cryptocurrency.
  • Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) partners with Bitfury to promote blockchain education and industry.
  • Russia delayed adoption of crypto regulation as FATF directed it to define various crypto terms.
  • Australian Securities and Investments Commission has issued crypto scam warning against Dartalon Ltd aka GFC Investments.

Collaboration & Partnerships

  • AT&T partners with BitPay for accepting crypto bill payments.
  • Lenzing partners with TextileGenesis to use DLT for its supply chain.
  • Kraken partners with BnkToTheFuture to offer equity to investors to raise around $10.18 M.
  • Voyager Digital, Canada partners with Ledger to use Ledger Vault.
  • Toyota partners with Trende Inc.  & University of Tokyo to test a Blockchain enabled electricity trading system  
  • Avelacom partners with Seed CX to provide data access to investors.

Courts & Prosecutors

  • An IT contractor in Australia charged with misusing govt computers to mine crypto 
  • US District Court, Georgia rules that Rapper T.I. sold unregistered securities in his FLiK ICO.
  • Dutch Police arrested one Barry van Mourik, in fake bitcoin mining operation scam worth $25M.
  • Craig Wright has obtained copyright registration for Bitcoin whitepaper.
  • A court in Israel has ruled that BTC is an asset and not a currency.
  • Dutch Authorities & Europol have taken down crypto Tumblr, Bestmixer.io
  • Bitfinex case - Defendant files for dismissal citing lack of jurisdiction. Judge stays production of documents except relating to personal jurisdiction
  • Binance CEO files case for seeking damages from Sequoia Capital China.
  • SEC Charges Daniel Pacheco for crypto pyramid scheme worth $26 M.

Exchanges

  • Kraken paid salary to 250 people in BTC.
  • Bitfinex launches IEO platform ‘Tokinex’.
  • Coinbase Commerce facilitates acceptance of USD Coin.
  • SprinkleXchange, IPO platform to list its first company in June.
  • SIX to launch stablecoin pegged to Swiss Franc.
  • Coinbase adds support for Stablecoin Dai (DAI).
  • LocalBitcoins.com bars Iranian users.
  • Coinbase & Gemini in talks with FB for GlobalCoin project.

Investment & Acquisitions

  • Unstoppable Domains raises $4 M, in Series A, led by Draper Associates.
  • Proxima Media to invest $100 M in film funding tool Proxicoin.
  • Robinhood plans to raise $200M with valuation of $7-8 B.

 

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