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The Blockchain Story

Bits and Bytes : Crypto Weekly, 22-28 April, 2019

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  • Mon, 29 Apr 2019 00:00:00 AM
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Chainalysis supports Real Time Transaction Monitoring for 10 cryptocurrencies

Chainalysis has added 4 more currencies to its real time transaction monitoring pool – BNB, GUSD, USDT& USDC. 

The Blockchain intelligence firm helps clients monitor the flow of crypto & ability to track suspicious transaction announced expansion of monitoring tools and the scope of its Chainalysis Reactor and Chainalysis KYT (Know Your Transaction) analytics tools.

Societe Generale SFH issued first Covered Bond as a Security Token on a Public Blockchain

Societe Generale SFH, a subsidiary of Societe Generale Group, issues $112 M of covered bonds (OFH) as a security token on the Ethereum Blockchain. OFH Tokens have been rated Aaa / AAA by Moody’s and Fitch and have been fully subscribed by Societe Generale.

Product is developed by Societe Generale and Societe Generale FORGE, an internal start up from company Entrepreneurship programmes.

2 Persons convicted for Illegal Substance business and Money Laundering via crypto

Manhattan Court convicted 2 persons for running a steroid and controlled substance business through a website they controlled called “NextDayGear,” and on the Dark Web.

Defendants manufactured & shipped its products - 10,000 packages across the U.S., earning $2.8 M revenue through crypto & WU, which they laundered & converted to cash.


The Crypto Bits

  • Masayoshi Son, founder of SoftBank Group, lost over $130 M in Bitcoin.
  • Moon to launch web browser extension using Lightning Network for Amazon shoppers
  • A hacker manipulates faulty code and faulty random number generators to uncover private keys – stole 45000 ETH.
  • Brave launches Brave Ads enabling users to earn rewards for advertisement engagement  
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), Japan to use R3 -Marco Polo network for Trade Finance

Patents & Trademarks

  • IBM secures a patent for a ‘mobile data sharing method’ enabled by DLT.
  • Nike files a trademark application for the phrase “Cryptokicks”. 

Exchanges

  • EriX to launch a platform enabling Crypto Spot and Crypto Derivatives trading.
  • Coinbase to close its political Action Committee (PAC)
  • Binance launches DEX & Singapore Exchange.
  • Coinbase closes Chicago office consolidating development of its matching engine at SA.
  • Robinhood seeking Bank License from Regulators

Tests & Releases

  • Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) & PTT Exploration tests blockchain use for cross-border B2B payments.
  • Lightning Labs releases first alpha version of its LN client for main BTC network.
  • Samsung SDS has released ‘Nexledger Universal’ a new version of its Enterprise Blockchain Platform
  • Saudi British Bank (SABB) launches Ripple powered instant cross-border transfer service.
  • Marsh, Canada is rolling out its Proof of Insurance Blockchain platform to US commercial clients
  • NTT Com, Thailand to launch innovation lab focused on Blockchain, AI & IoT

Investment & Acquisitions

  • Unitopia raises $5 M from Shuimu Fenghua Fund, Link Hui Capital, Jun Joint Venture, Digital Chain Capital and Super Brain Fund
  • Artory raises $7.3M in Series A from 2020 Ventures & Hasso Plattner Capital
  • Tangem raises $15 M from SBI Group, Japan. To relocate to Crypto Valley, Zug.
  • Ledger raises $2.9 M from Samsung Group

Research & Surveys

  • Microsoft Security Intelligence Report claims South Korea is facing an increase in Cryptojacking incidents.
  • As per Korea Financial Investors Protection Foundation, 7.4% persons are in crypto, investing avg $6000.
  • As per IDC Report, Blockchain spending in Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) is forecast to hit $2.4 billion by 2022.
  • BitFlyer Study- majority in Europe believes in crypto survival, not clear about utility.

Collaborations & Partnerships

  • HMS Technologies Inc. (HMS) has partnered with Solve.Care
  • Protocol Labs partners with Ethereum Foundation to develop a Verifiable Delay Function
  • BVI partners with LIFElabs.io to provide blockchain-based Financial Transactions and Rapid Cash Response for Emergencies
  • University of Nevada, Reno partners with Filament for Autonomous Vehicle Smart City Project.
  • Longenesis partners with Gil Medical Center, South Korea to create a blockchain enabled Health Data Management Solution.
  • Wirex partners with Stellar- adds support for XLM, plans to launch 26 new stablecoins on stellar network.

Charity

  • “Airdrop Venezuela” campaign using AirTM has registered around 60,000 beneficiaries, raising $272,000 till date.

Appointments

  • Ledger appoints Pascal Gauthier (current President) as CEO.
  • Ripple Labs appoints Yoshitaka Kitao, CEO SBI Holdings as an executive.

Courts & Prosecutors

  • Technion, Israel has filed IPR violation suit against its faculty Prof. Eli Ben-Sasson
  • Santa Clara County Judge has sentenced Joel Ortiz, 21 to 10 years in prison for stealing $7.5 M from around 40 victims by hacking victim’s cell phones.
  • ATB ICO Case – Courts rejects Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss – Howey Test satisfied.
  • Beijing Internet Court has processed 14,904 cases till date- the court employs AI and Blockchain to render judgements.
  • US Attorney, Portland filed indictment against 2 Men for stealing 10.88 BTC via investment schemes.
  • 95% crypto crimes involves Bitcoin, says COO of Chainalysis.

Government & Regulatory

  • Advisor to Putin proposes Digital Currency for Crimea
  • US SEC & CFTC have jointly issued a warning to investors against fraudulent crypto schemes.
  • Bitfury secures EU Regulator Approval for Institutional Bitcoin Mining Fund.
  • MFSA, Malta issues a Guidance note to the public cautioning the risks of crypto assets and related scams.
  • Indian Government mulls Crypto Ban via legislative route.
  • SeedInvest secures approval as Alternative Trading System from FINRA

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