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Civic Partners With Brave to Bring Reusable KYC Verification to Verified Publishers

At Consumer Identity World Tour 2018, identity verification software company Civic announced a partnership with Brave Software, in which verified publishers using Brave’s platform and Ethereum-based Basic Attention Token (BAT) will be able to verify their identities using Civic’s interface....

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Expo Lets Ethereum Haters Short ETH on First Completely Trustless Margin Trading Platform

As the cryptocurrency market matures, a number of exchanges have begun to offer crypto derivatives contracts. To margin trade on these platforms, users are forced to trust their crypto capital on centralized exchange wallets. A new open-source platform leveraging...

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A Deeper Look at Sigma Prime’s Lighthouse: An Open-Source Ethereum 2.0 Client

The world of blockchain innovation is a tide pool of information that has left many cryptocurrency skeptics in the dark, but for decentralized security, a light is coming. Lighthouse: an open-source Ethereum 2.0 client, written in Rusthttps://t.co/qA4wQuHuRh — Vitalik...

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ZenLedger Secures $1.5 Million in Venture Capital for Crypto Tax Software

Seattle-based ZenLedger, which provides tax ledger software for CPAs and cryptocurrency investors, secured a massive, $1.5 million round of venture capital funding from VC firm Vestigo Ventures to further develop its blockchain-based tax accounting software. The $1.5 million investment...

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‘HyperDragons’ Video Game Employs Tenfold Protocol’s Layer-2 Scaling on Ethereum

MixMarvel and Tenfold Protocol have joined forces to apply Tenfold’s layer-2 blockchain scalability solutions to “HyperDragons,” a strategy game built on the Ethereum network, in a move that will allow expanded gameplay and decreased transaction costs. “HyperDragons” Takes Flight...

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Republic Protocol and Wyre to Launch World’s First Decentralized Dark Pool

With rising investor interest, digital assets are making their way into traditional financial markets. Most recently, Republic Protocol and Wyre formed a partnership to provide liquidity for the world’s first decentralized dark pool. Digital Meets Traditional Markets According to...

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Ethereum Co-Founder Anthony Di lorio Launches All-in-One Jaxx Liberty Wallet

The state of advanced cryptocurrency and blockchain applications and devices continues to evolve. Launched Sept. 12, Jaxx Liberty has introduced a comprehensive, multi-platform cryptocurrency wallet that integrates multiple features on a single interface. First All-in-One Crypto Wallet The cryptocurrency wallet...

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Malaysia Explores How It Can Use Blockchain Technology in Its Three Biggest Industries

Malaysia is using its MIGHT task force to explore how it can utilize blockchain technology to help increase transparency and sustainability within its three largest industries. The Malaysian government believes that blockchain technology will not only help boost its...

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Nasdaq’s New Institutional Product for Digital Assets Is Crucial to the Crypto Market

On Sept. 11, Coindesk reported that Nasdaq, the world’s second-largest stock market, has been preparing crypto price analytics tools for institutional investors to facilitate increasing interest toward the market. Bill Dague, Nasdaq’s head of alternative data, said: “Given the...

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South Africa Reserve Bank Wins Award for Blockchain Payments System

After successfully trialing blockchain-based payments for wholesale interbank settlement, South Africa’s central bank has scooped up the award for Best Distributed Ledger Initiative at Central Banking’s “FinTech RegTech Global Awards 2018.” Central Banking, a global research and intelligence watchdog...

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RChain Demonstrates Scalable Blockchain With Audio-On-Chain

Third-generation smart contract platforms are seeking to improve upon the inefficiencies of derivative blockchains. On Sept. 6, RChain showcased its blockchain at internet-scale through an audio-on-chain demonstration. Immersive Audio on Blockchain Third-generation blockchain cooperative RChain provided a glimpse into a...

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Dragonchain to ‘Reimagine’ Blockchain with Launch of Seven New Products

Come Sept. 10, enterprise blockchain ecosystem Dragonchain will raise the curtain on seven of its new, “innovative” products, designed to tackle several of the most critical issues hampering the blockchain industry, at the Blockchain Seattle Conference, according to a press...

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Winklevoss Brothers File Patent Detailing Innovative Cryptocurrency Storage System

The wholly-owned investment fund of Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss has filed a patent describing a secure mechanism for storing digital assets, according to a patent filing published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Winklevoss Attempt Crypto Breakthrough...

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People’s Bank of China to Build Blockchain and Crypto Research Center to Test Digital Currencies

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC), China’s central bank, is expanding its blockchain technology and digital currency research efforts after several successful tests, according to CNStock. China’s Blockchain Push PBoC, the world’s largest bank by total assets, is increasing...

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How LifeID Will Introduce Self-Sovereign Identity to the Globe [INTERVIEW]

Since the internet’s inception, users have given away personal information to websites without realizing that it could be kept in centralized storage and monetized without their consent. Democratizing Identity Layer Solutions Seattle-based LifeID is aiming to disrupt online identity...

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Google Launches Plugin to Make Ethereum Blockchain Analysis an Accessible Venture

Despite its reluctance toward crypto finance and ICO advertisements, Google is not shying away from the technical prowess of blockchain networks. The search giant recently announced its new database tool, which helps explore the Ethereum blockchain. Google Steps into...

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VeChain Partners with Chinese Insurance Firm to Create ‘Collaborative Ecosystem’ Using Thor Blockchain

China’s largest insurance conglomerate by total assets handled, the People’s Insurance Company of China (PICC), has partnered with VeChain, blockchain-based information tracking and governance systems company, with the goal of digitally transforming the insurance industry, according to a press release....

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WorkCoin Aims to Disrupt Global Job Market Through Decentralized Freelancer Network [INTERVIEW]

Taking advantage of blockchain solutions, WorkCoin is a decentralized freelancer marketplace that aims to be fully transparent and frictionless. Fred Krueger, CEO and founder, shared his outlook on the global impact of WorkCoin and the shifting cryptocurrency landscape. This...

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IOTA and Volkswagen Will Launch Blockchain-Enabled Cars in 2019

IoT-driven blockchain platform IOTA announced the upcoming release of real-world integration with vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen. The Digital CarPass, set to be released in 2019, will see performance data tracked via IOTA blockchain technology to ensure vehicle data collection is reliable...

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Popular Messaging App Line Launches Native ‘LINK’ Token

Blockchain integration continues to pervade industries worldwide, including mobile applications. Popular messaging app Line is launching its own LINK token, a cryptocurrency built on the platform’s native LINK Chain. Apps and dApps Collide Line, a social messaging platform, is...

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Japanese Police Adopt Cybersecurity Software to Trace Bitcoin Transactions

After several instances of cryptocurrency-based crime and a stark increase in the use of cryptocurrencies as a money-laundering tool, Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA) revealed it would launch a crypto-tracking software to trace digital currency transactions in the country....

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What is Project Atlas? Justin Sun Reveals Details of New Tokenized BitTorrent Platform on Tron

Tron CEO Justin Sun recently revealed details of Tron’s highly anticipated “secret project” at the Tron Virtual Machine launch Aug. 31, officially announcing Project Atlas. The new project will see the Tron blockchain integrate with the recently acquired BitTorrent...

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BitMEX Reports Bitmain Needs Efficient Management to Reach ‘Legendary’ Status

The research arm of Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange (BitMEX) recently analyzed leaked data about mining giant Bitmain to pinpoint fallacies and other investor accusations toward the mining business. Bitmain a Potential ‘Legend’ BitMEX researchers defined Bitmain, which is valued at...

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Institutional Giant A16Z Leads $102 Million Funding Round in Dfinity ‘World Computer’

Cloud computing giants Amazon Web Services and Salesforce may soon face blockchain-based competition that aims to trifle their dominance with a decentralized, cheaper alternative. Dfinity’s Web 3.0 Push Dfinity, a Switzerland-based blockchain startup, has secured $102 million in funds...

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Stablecoin Project Terra Raises $32 Million to Build the ‘Next Financial Ecosystem’

As the cryptocurrency market gains prominence and retailer demand for a credible “stablecoin” increases, several prominent cryptocurrency businesses have put their money where their mouth is and have invested over $32 million in the Singapore-based stablecoin venture Terra, according...

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Square Inc. Wins Innovative Crypto Patent Amid President Trump’s Accusations Against CEO

San Francisco-based company Square Inc. has won a new patent that will allow merchants to accept all forms of cryptocurrency payment, a victory that could impact mass utilization of digital assets. Increased Processing Speeds Are on the Horizon The...

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PwC Report: Blockchain Technology to Reach $3 Trillion by 2030

PwC, a “Big Four” auditing firm, recently published research that found 84 percent of companies have either a “live” blockchain project or experiment underway. China Primed to Lead Blockchain Innovation The company surveyed over 600 executives from 15 countries–including the...

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OmiseGO Announces Release of OMG Network Repo and Tesuji Plasma Progress

Ethereum-based payment platform OmiseGO announced a major step forward in the quest for DLT scalability, releasing an early alpha of a Plasma-based scaling solution that may potentially increase the transaction capacity of the OMG network. Announced via a Medium post,...

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Securrency Pushing For Global Security Token Adoption [INTERVIEW]

With increasing regulatory scrutiny, cryptocurrency exchanges are preparing for the proliferation of security tokens, and fintech startup Securrency is ahead of the curve in issuing them. John Hensel, COO and co-founder, shared his perspective on the shifting cryptocurrency landscape...

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US Government Grants $800K for Blockchain R&D

With growing adoption, blockchain integration continues to proliferate across nations worldwide. The U.S. government, meanwhile, has invested $800,000 in developing a research-oriented distributed ledger, called Open Science Chain. US Researchers Develop Distributed Ledger The U.S. government has granted $818,433...

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The Case for Stablecoins: A Much-Needed Asset Class or the Worst Crypto Idea?

The case of cryptocurrencies’ global relevance remains a moot point given its wildly volatile nature, an aspect which has spurred a billion dollar crypto-exchange market. However, some entrepreneurs and companies are determined to bring needful price stability to the...

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Announcement: CryptoSlate Launches New Product Database, Featuring Dapps, Wallets, Miners and More

CryptoSlate has revealed its newest website feature–a Product Database containing dApps, crypto wallets, games, mining hardware and more. From a single website, users can now easily access news, coin data, upcoming events and products related to cryptocurrency and blockchain....

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Cointree-Gobbill Partnership Enables Australians to Pay Bills With Cryptocurrency

Through industry-forward applications, cryptocurrency is making its way into public adoption as an everyday medium of exchange. On Aug. 20, fintech startups Cointree and Gobbill confirmed a partnership that will allow Australians to pay their bills with cryptocurrency. Faster...

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Ethereum-based ‘CryptoKitties’ Believes Asian Gamers are the ‘Killer App’

With large sums of money and public attention turned toward blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, the question of the ultimate “killer app,” or an app that immensely drives adoption and creates real-world value, remains. The Chinese Gamble That Paid-Off “CryptoKitties,”...

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Report: Nearly $2.5 Billion Paid Annually to Ethereum Miners, ETH Issuance Woes Continue

Despite waning prices and never-ending scalability debates, the Ethereum protocol continues to rake in massive revenues for network miners, with figures confirming $2.5 billion-a-year payouts. Ethereum Miners Rake in Big Money According to a report on TrustNodes, mining revenue...

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Coinbase Applies for Direct Bitcoin Payments System Patent

Digital asset exchange Coinbase continues to make strides in streamlining user access to cryptocurrency payments and trading, following an application for a direct bitcoin payments system patent, filed Aug. 14. Making Bitcoin Payments More Convenient and Secure San Francisco-based...

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South Korea Invests $4.4 Billion in Blockchain Technology

Despite showing reluctance toward cryptocurrencies, the South Korean government revealed its intention to “nurture” eight growing sectors of the domestic economy–including blockchain technology. Korea’s Blockchain Push On Aug. 13, local news outlet Yonhap reported that South Korea set aside $4.4...

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Vitalik Buterin Goes on ‘Tweet Storm’ About Ethereum’s Casper

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin unleashed a “tweet storm,” Aug. 16, presumably to succinctly explain the Casper protocol to crypto-enthusiasts while dismissing rumors and misconceptions. The 75-tweet-long update from Buterin showcased the developer’s infuriation with commonly propagated rumors as well...

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Cryptocurrency Custodian Services are Wall Street’s Chance at Being Crypto-Relevant

Despite the world’s top banks and financial institutions taking periodic jabs at the cryptocurrency market, a behind-the-scenes look suggests substantial interest. With the rising number of blockchain patents, crypto experiments and cross-border blockchain remittances, cryptocurrencies are an asset class...

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Binance Reveals Pre-Alpha Demo of Decentralized Exchange & Binance Chain Amidst Listing Fee Criticism

Cryptocurrency exchange giant Binance has unveiled a pre-alpha demonstration of its own decentralized exchange in a move that foreshadows the future of the crypto trading ecosystem. First announced in May, the Binance Decentralized Exchange (DEX) is part of a...

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Building Tools to Make the Blockchain Usable for Developers & Businesses

Outside cryptocurrencies, developers have created only a handful of useful applications using the blockchain. For example, industries in artificial intelligence, big data companies and logistics, are still trying to figure out how to use blockchain to bring about improvements...

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Massive Cryptocurrency Botnet Scam Unearthed on Twitter

While fake cryptocurrency accounts on Twitter may pass off as failed tactics to amateur investors, a major security researcher believes the epidemic is an elaborately-planned, carefully-executed cyberattack consisting of thousands of spam accounts. Crypto-Twitter Epidemic: Not Child’s Play According...

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What is Ethereum ERC725? Self-Sovereign Identity Management on the Blockchain

Decentralized applications (dApps) are one of the most promising applications of blockchain technology, holding the potential to completely replace centralized third-party operated platforms. User identity management, however, remains critical to any dApps and is currently managed by “trusted” third...

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Status Releases Sharding Client: One Step Closer Toward 1 Million TX/S on Ethereum

Status, also known as Status.im, released a lightweight Sharding client, called Nimbus, to scale the Ethereum protocol and create a better ecosystem for decentralized applications (dApps) in processing information. First Mobile Client for dApp Applications Since its launch in...

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Answering Vitalik Buterin’s 7 Hard Questions For the Blockchain World Part 7: Fundamentally Flawed Governance

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin put forward a series of open questions to the cryptocurrency community in a recent discussion with Mars Finance International WeChat group, postulating seven issues present within the blockchain ecosystem. Buterin’s “hard questions for any blockchain...

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Answering Vitalik Buterin’s 7 Hard Questions For the Blockchain World Part 6: Proof of Centralization

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin put forward a series of open questions to the cryptocurrency community in a recent discussion with Mars Finance International WeChat group, postulating seven issues present within the blockchain ecosystem. Buterin’s “hard questions for any blockchain...

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Answering Vitalik Buterin’s 7 Hard Questions For the Blockchain World Part 5: Proof of Waste

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin put forward a series of open questions to the cryptocurrency community in a recent discussion with Mars Finance International WeChat group, postulating seven issues present within the blockchain ecosystem. Buterin’s “hard questions for any blockchain...

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Answering Vitalik Buterin’s 7 Hard Questions For the Blockchain World Part 4: DApp Latency

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin put forward a series of open questions to the cryptocurrency community in a recent discussion with Mars Finance International WeChat group, postulating seven issues present within the blockchain ecosystem. Buterin’s “hard questions for any blockchain...

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The Race to the World’s First Crypto Smartphone: HTC and Sirin Labs Go Head to Head

Dedicated hardware has made it possible for crypto holders to securely store digital assets in hack-proof crypto-vaults such as the Ledger device series. As cryptocurrency becomes more widely adopted, tech companies race to integrate secure crypto storage functionality into...

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Answering Vitalik Buterin’s 7 Hard Questions For the Blockchain World Part 3: Hacks, Security, and Theft

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin put forward a series of open questions to the cryptocurrency community in a recent discussion with Mars Finance International WeChat group, postulating seven issues present within the current blockchain ecosystem. Buterin’s “hard questions for any...

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Ethereum Incubator ConsenSys to Power Chinese City via Blockchain

Chinese government officials in the South Eastern province of Xiong’an have engaged the services of Ethereum incubator ConsenSys to help turn their agriculture-intensive economy to a technological powerhouse. Xiong’an’s Blockchain Push As reported by South China Morning Post on July...

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Google Cloud and Digital Asset Launch Blockchain Developer Toolkit

The emergence of blockchain technology equips industries across the board with solutions for inefficient data storage, payment transfer and more. Keeping pace with blockchain’s surging popularity, Google joined with Digital Asset to bring users a developer toolkit for decentralized applications...

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Bank of Canada: Double Spending is “Unrealistic” in Blockchain Technology

A study released in July 2018 by the Bank of Canada (BoC) concludes the dreaded “double spending” attack on public blockchains is an “unrealistic” outcome. Blockchain Technology Scrutinized The research study, titled “Incentive Compatibility on the Blockchain,” examines incentive...

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Ethereum Creator Praises Decentralized Twitter Peepeth, But Not All Users are Happy

Vitalik Buterin, co-creator of Ethereum, praised Peepeth, a decentralized, blockchain-based Twitter-like social media platform. However, not all users are happy with it. The Issue Buterin, who tested Peepeth for the first time on July 21, 2018, complimented the developers...

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Ethereum’s Average Transaction Fees Temporarily Surpassed Bitcoin’s for First Time Ever

For the first time in their inception, Ethereum’s average transaction fees outstripped Bitcoin’s. Ethereum however, has since resumed its place as the more economical blockchain. As reported in a tweet by @JZay, Coin Metrics data revealed the momentary overtaking...

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China: Sixfold Surge in Companies Adding “Blockchain” to Their Name

Imitating the infamous trend of adding “internet” to a company’s name during the dot-com bubble of 1999, China is experiencing a surge in companies registering their businesses with “blockchain” in their names. Adopting “Blockchain” According to the South China Morning...

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Research: Quantum Computers Can Decipher Private Keys of Cryptocurrencies

Immutability and difficult-to-solve algorithms are the main attractions for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin apart from potentially creating a new financial system. However, recent research suggests the underlying technology may not be as resilient as perceived. Quantum Computing Threatens Bitcoin On July...

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Overstock Subsidiary Raises $160 Mln for World’s First Security Token Exchange

In the midst of emerging regulation, cryptocurrency exchanges worldwide seek solutions to meet new securities classifications. The world’s first security token exchange, tZERO confirmed a $160 million investment by GSR Capital. GSR Invests in tZERO’s STO Founded in 2004 by...

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Stanford Students Built 16 Ethereum-Based dApps, Without an ICO

Stanford University students demonstrate how multi-million dollar initial coin offerings (ICOs) are not necessary to create working blockchain-related products and solutions. Stanford Focuses on Active Blockchain Development Since 2017, companies from the traditional finance sector and tech industry have aggressively...

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Stacks.ai Is Using Crypto to Democratize Wealth Management [INTERVIEW]

Despite recent traction in mass adoption, cryptocurrency remains a complex, inaccessible asset for many who are new to the sector. Founded in 2016, Stacks.ai seeks to simplify cryptocurrency investing for the everyday user and democratize wealth management worldwide. Financial Diet...

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IOTA’s TangleID-Driven Digital Citizen Card Deploying This Year

Taiwan’s capital city of Taipei will be rolling out IOTA’s Tangle-powdered blockchain-based digital identification system later this year, according to BiiLabs Co-Founder Jim Huang. The launch of the Digital Citizen Card will see IOTA’s unique Tangle consensus method and...

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Ethereum-based dApp Platform Loom Network Releases SDK and Receives Upbit Listing

Based out of Thailand, Loom Network (LOOM) is an Ethereum-based blockchain platform created for the development of decentralized games and social apps. Loom Network Releases Beta SDK Building the platform on top of the Ethereum blockchain, Loom Network utilizes...

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Comparing the Cross-Chain Communication Protocols of EOS, Cosmos, AION, and Wanchain

Once upon a time, people believed there would only be one blockchain. But one-blockchain maximalism soon proved to be a shortsighted belief. Without forking and new chains, experimentation was extremely limited and led to the creation of hundreds of blockchains adapted...

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IOTA and Volkswagen to Demonstrate Tangle-Driven Proof of Concept at Cebit 2018

The Chief Digital Officer of Volkswagen has announced a collaborative effort between the IoT-focused IOTA blockchain project and vehicle manufacturer, promising the cryptocurrency community a proof of concept that demonstrates the future of distributed ledger technology in the automotive...

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IOHK Redesigns Cardano With Brand Refresh, Releases Updated ADA Roadmap

Academia-driven blockchain project Cardano announced earlier this week a major redesign of its brand and roadmap, incorporating a new aesthetic drawn from organic structures inspired by the creative efforts of the Cardano community. The Cardano brand redesign was catalyzed...

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