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The Blockchain Story

Bits and Bytes : Crypto Weekly, 27 May - 2 June, 2019

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Brazil’s Lower House constitutes committee to consider crypto Bill

The House of Deputies, Lower House of National Congress has constituted a in- house Committee to study the proposed crypto Bill. The President of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia proposed the creation of a Special Commission to give recommendations/opinion on bill 2303/2015. The said Commission would comprise of 34 members in accordance with Rules of Procedure. 

Liquidator, Grant Thornton releases its report on Cryptopia affairs

David Ian Ruscoe and Malcolm Russell Moore, of Grant Thornton New Zealand have released Liquidators’ First Report on the State of Affairs of Cryptopia Limited. Report estimates a total of $4.22 M is due to creditors. According to Report, DELL New Zealand Limited and Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ) limited are secured creditors with amounts due to be ascertained. Amount due to preferential creditors, unsecured creditors are $0.32 M and $2.439 M respectively. Customer holdings are yet to be ascertained.   


From the Crypto Bits

  • Crypto mixer, Bitcoin Blender shuts down.
  • Bitcoin hits All Time High against Argentine Pesos.
  • Kik launches $5 M crypto Defend Fund for lawsuit against SEC.
  • Sberbank, Russia abandons crypto plans due to Bank of Russia’s negative stance. 

Tech Dev

  • E&Y has released code of Nightfall Ethereum, a private transaction solution for ETH tokens, on GitHub.
  • JPMorgan Chase releases a new privacy feature for Ethereum based blockchains.
  • IOTA Foundation announces protocol upgrade ‘Coordicide’
  • TRON to develop decentralized file system InterPlanetary File System based on BitTorrent.
  • EOSIO Labs releases iOS and Chrome Extension Authenticator Reference Applications.
  • Salesforce launches its Salesforce Blockchain.

TestNet/MainNet

  • Telegram releases test client for its Telegram Open Network.
  • Velocity Ledger Technology launches Testnet
  • The NEO MainNet will be upgraded at 9:00 am on June 3rd, 2019 (GMT).

Courts & Prosecutors

  • Court of Southern District of New York grants recognition to Cryptopia liquidation and protection to its users data stored in US.
  • Southern District of California has sentenced Morgan Rockcoons to 21 months in prison for wire fraud and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. 

Exchanges

  • Taotao, Japan launches its trading service on May 30.
  • Rakuten partners with CipherTrace for Anti-Money Laundering compliance
  • Coinbase adds support for EOS token
  • Binance DEX to geo-block users from 29 Countries including USA from July 1.

Research & Surveys

  • Facebook’s Globalcoin faces demogrpahic challenges, Diar report.
  • Bitcoin used as investment tool and not money, Congressional research service report.
  • Ticker symbol readability correlates to higher returns, says CryptoDatum.io Research
  • During Jan-April, 2019, only 1.3% of total transactions for BTC were merchants transactions, says Chanalysis research.

Investment & Acquisitions

  • Crowdz raises $5.5 M in Series A funding led by Barclays Bank & Bold Capital Partners
  • Standard Tokenization Protocol raises $7 M from Neo Global Capital, BlockVC and AlphaBit

Hiring/Goodbyes

  • Former Goldman Sach’s Breanne Madigan leaves Blockchain.com to join Ripple.
  • Tim Plakas leaves Coinbase to join Galaxy Digital.
  • Asiff Hirji, President & COO of Coinbase has left company.
  • Coinbase appoints Emilie Choi, VP Business, Data & International, as its new COO.

Charity


Collaboration & Partnerships

  • PLMP Fintech, Singapore partners with Govt. of Indonesia to improve logistics sector.
  • Dublin City University collaborates with Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet to offer Masters in Blockchain.
  • State Farm and USAA are working together to test a Blockchain Solution for subrogation process.
  • Tether partners with Block.one to launch USDT on EOS blockchain.
  • Cred partners with Binance Chain, to migrate a portion of its ERC 20 tokens.
  • Fetch.AI partners with Deutsche Telekom’s T-Labs to build autonomous agents for IoT devices.
  • Blockchain Wine Pte. Ltd. partners with E&Y to use OpsChain Solution to build TATTOO e-commerce platform.
  • Mphasis Ltd, partners with Bitfury to create trade finance infrastructure.
  • Central Bank of Iran partners with Areatak to develop national blockchain project for its banking ecosystem
  • Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM have joined TradeLens platform.
  • Dubai Land Department partners with Mashreq Bank to develop a blockchain powered mortgage platform.
  • Deloitte collaborates with The Institute of Banking & three banks in Ireland to develop financial services industry education platform based on blockchain tech.

Business Dev

  • Shinhan Bank, South Korea has launched a Blockchain based lending platform.
  • ConsenSys releases Blockchain and DApp Developer Job Kit
  • Tokenized Group has released Tokenized Protocol to create tokens for real world assets on the Bitcoin SV blockchain.
  • BlockFi adds Gemini Dollar to its Interest Bearing accounts
  • BUX to incorporate ABN AMRO Clearing-backed technology into soon-to-launch investment app, STOCKS.
  • SBI Ripple Asia is set to trial a store settlement service on payments app MoneyTap.
  • Anchorage, Crypto Custody adds insurance coverage.
  • Block.one to launch social media platform ‘Voice’ on EOS blockchain.

Government & Regulatory

  • The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has releasedconsultation paper relating regulation of crypto asset trading platforms.
  • House of Representatives, Japan has passed a bill to amend laws governing Crypto.
  • The Australian Securities and Investments Commission releases warning about OneCoin project.
  • State of Telangana, India to establish India’s first blockchain district.
  • Central Bank of Egypt drafts new banking law to regulate crypto
  • Central Bank of Bahamas announces National Digital Currency by 2020.
  • The Australian Securities and Investment Commission releases ICO guidelines
  • US Copyright Office - Wei Liu, a Chinese citizen living in California, claims copyright to bitcoin’s White Paper.

 

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