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The Blockchain Story

Bits and Bytes : Crypto Weekly, 29 April - 5 May, 2019

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Domino's Pizza Singapore & Malaysia partners with SingularityNET

Domino’s Pizza (Malaysia & Singapore) will be leveraging the AGI ecosystem to drive efficiencies in their supply chain and delivery operations. SingularityNET is offering the Domino’s a way to avoid making a compromise between growth and efficiency by incorporating its unique algorithms in its AGI ecosystem into Domino's operations.

CoinMarketCap (CMC) creates Data Accountability & Transparency Alliance (DATA) with exchanges

Alliance is expected to provide “greater transparency, accountability, and disclosure from projects in the crypto space. CMC will require live trading data and live order book data from exchanges. Any exchange which fails to provide this mandatory data will be excluded from price and adjusted volume calculations on the site. The exchanges have a 45-day grace period to provide the requisite data & changes will come into effect on June 14, 2019.

German Federal Criminal Police has shut down the Wall Street Market, a Darknet marketplace

The online marketplace Wall Street market was the world's second largest dark web market, enabling the trade in drugs, stolen data, fake documents and malicious software. Recently, more than 63000 sales offers were placed and more than 11,50,000 customer accounts and more than 5400 sellers were registered. Three suspects have been arrested and Bitcoin and Monero in 6-digit amounts were seized.


The Crypto Bits

  • An ongoing Denial-of-Service attack on Electrum wallets has infected 152,000 users with $4.6 M stolen till date. 
  • Galaxy Digital has incurred a net loss of $272.7 M in 2018.
  • CoinFlip postpones support  for USDT on its ATMs.
  • Tech Mahindra, India to develop a blockchain based spam call solution.   
  • Singapore Govt led project “OpenCerts” to issue Certificates to students on Ethereum Blockchain.

Releases & Launches

  • AWS has launched Amazon Managed Blockchain, a blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) enabling businesses to develop their own networks using Ethereum & Hyperledger frameworks.
  • NEO 3.0 to be launched as a new blockchain network & users need to swap their existing tokens for new ones.
  • New optimizations in Hyperledger Fabric increases transaction speed 7 times.
  • TrustToken issues TrueCAD, Stablecoin pegged to Canadian Dollar.

Exchanges

  • Binance to launch Margin Trading for Nine Pairs.
  • Coinbase has added support for Dogecoin in Coinbase Wallet.
  • Coinbase Custody announces support for mainnet KIN Token.
  • NASDAQ adds Brave New Coins XRP Liquid Index (XRRLX) to its Nasdaq Global Index Data ServiceSM (GIDS).
  • Liquid, Japan partners with Virtual Currency Partners to expand trading services to US.
  • Bitfinex plans $1 B IEO for its token ‘LEO’

Government & Regulatory

  • Financial Services Commission, South Korea has selected 9 blockchain companies as part of a regulatory sandbox.
  • ITIF has released its recommendations for policymakers regarding regulation of blockchain technology.
  • Energy Regulator, Quebec, has issued new rules for crypto mining ordering Hydro-Quebec to allocate 300 MW, to be distributed through a selection process.
  • US SEC has temporarily suspended trading on ‘Bitcoin Generation’.
  • World Economic Forum ties up with more than 100 private & over 20 governments’ stakeholders to accelerate blockchain deployment across supply chains.
  • State of Washington has passed a bill that recognizes and protects the legal status of electronic records relating to distributed ledgers like blockchain.
  • The Bank of Canada and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have conducted a successful experiment on cross-border and cross-currency payments using central bank digital currencies. 
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report states that Australians lost $6.1 M in 2018 in 674 incidents, a 190 % increase over the $2.1 M in 2017.
  • Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority will act as crypto regulator as the ‘Act on Virtual Currency Service Providers’ entered into force on May 1.
  • FCA, UK accepts 3 blockchain businesses viz., Diro Labs, Fintech Delivery Panel Partners & Nuggets to regulatory sandbox.

Investments & Acquisitions

  • Bakkt has acquired, a Crypto custodian service, Digital Asset Custody Company.
  • Digital Assets Data raises $6 M from Digital Currency Group, Morgan Creek Digital Assets, Galaxy Digital etc.
  • Andreessen Horowitz has raised $2.75 B for two new funds.

Research & Surveys

  • Institutional investors are finding appeal in digital assets and about 22% of them already have exposure to digital assets, says research by Fidelity Investments.
  • 68% Global Millionaires have already invested or plan to invest in Crypto by 2022, says a research by deVere Group.
  • Crypto token sales in 2019 – 1. UAE - $210.5 M (around 25%), 2. Cayman Islands $103.8 M, 3. Singapore- $89.7 M
  • CipherTrace AML Report – 21% increase in cross border crypto transfer in US b/w Q1 2017-Q1 2019, crypto hacks - $356 M for 2019 till date.
  • Gartner, Inc. predicts that, by 2025, 20% of the top 10 global grocers by revenue will be using blockchain for food safety and traceability.
  • ReportLinker predicts that the cryptocurrency mining hardware market will register a CAGR of over 10% by 2023.
  • LONGHASH reports that Coin-mixing as a percentage of total Bitcoin payments have tripled to 4.09% over the past year.
  • DataLight reports that US tops monthly visits of crypto traders to exchanges – 22 M, Japan – 6.1 M, South Korea – 5.7 M.

Collaboration & Partnerships

  • National Digital Asset Exchange, Canada partners with Ledger to use its institution-grade wallet management solution- Ledger Vault.
  • Qtum Partners With Google Cloud to Launch Suite of Developer Tools.
  • CMC Telecom partners with Akamai to provide system administration services for the BCNEX blockchain technology trading floor.
  • TATA Group, India subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover partners with IOTA to reward drivers with crypto for data sharing.
  • Binance partners with Elliptic to enhance its regulatory compliance.
  • BitPay partners with Refundo enabling taxpayers to receive all or a portion of the federal and state tax refunds in BTC.
  • Tencent partners with Waterdrop to launch Blockchain based medical insurance tools.
  • West Ham United partners with Socios.com to launch a fan token ecosystem.
  • State of Tamaulipas, Mexico partners with GrainChain to track grain supply.

Hirings/Goodbyes

  • Former Barclays Executive, Chris Tyrer, has joined Fidelity Digital Assets.
  • Ex JP Morgan Executive, Michael Albanese appointed as CEO of Tradewind.
  • Balaji Srinivasan, CTO, Coinbase is leaving company.

Courts & Prosecutors

  • US Attorney for District of Arizona is seeking to retain Reginald Fowler in custody terming him a flight risk.
  • Craig Wright has served Roger Ver with a libel suit.
  • Investigations in Bitfinex case reveals that firm 'Crypto Capital' served QuadrigaCX also.
  • Vanbex, Canada has filed a suit against former consultant, Kip Warner for defamation and false statements given to the authorities.

 

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