Coinbase Announced New Asset Listing Program

In a move to expand its asset offerings, Coinbase has created a new process by which anyone with a token can apply to have it listed on the platform. This news comes weeks after Coinbase said it was exploring the addition of several new assets including Stellar Lumens (XLM), Zcash (ZEC) and Cardano (ADA). At ...

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IBM/MIT Connection Science Issue Report on the Role of Blockchain in Government

On September 24, 2018, MIT Connection Science and IBM issued a 41-page joint report on the results of three roundtable discussions on the role of Blockchain in government. Authored by MIT’s technical director at the MIT Internet Trust Consortium, which is part of MIT Connection Science, Thomas Hardjono, the findings illuminated discussions held by private and public sector leaders on ...

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Circle’s USDC Stablecoin Begins Trading

Boston-based cryptocurrency finance firm Circle has just joined the multitudes of other crypto exchange platforms now issuing and trading their own stablecoins. As of September 26, 2018, dollar-pegged USDC is now trading on Poloniex, the crypto-to-crypto exchange Circle acquired in February 2018, and on Circle Trade, the company’s over-the-counter (OTC) platform. Circle co-founders Sean Neville and Jeremy Allaire spelled out ...

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Overstock.com CEO Acquires Stake in Blockchain Land Registry Startup

Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne has acquired a stake in blockchain startup, Medici Land Governance (MLG). Byrne purchased a 43 percent stake in the blockchain land registry in a private transaction. Blockchain land registries have been getting a lot of traction around the world, as they promise a viable solution to the problem of fragmented paper records and unverifiable claims. Medici ...

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Op Ed: The Adoption Fallacy of Decentralized Applications

It’s no secret that DApps have struggled to achieve adoption; in fact, according to stateofthedapps.com, the most popular DApp currently has just 1,811 daily active users (DAUs). In our opinion, the poor adoption rates of DApps can be attributed to the high adoption costs of using DApps, such as the time required to sign up, monetary cost or the fear ...

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Cryptocurrency That Works Without Internet, mCoin Launches In Africa

London-based ONEm Communications has announced the launch of its mCoin program across Africa. Designed to be a hybrid currency, mCoin is a digital currency that can be transferred over text or through the smartphone app. Africa is a continent with millions of people who have access to mobile phones but little to no internet connectivity. ONEm wants to bring the ...

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Mt. Gox Trustee Confirms He Sold off $230 Million in Cryptocurrency

A man known as “Tokyo Whale,” for the enormous amount of bitcoin he controls, confirms he unloaded another big chunk of it earlier this year. Nobuaki Kobayashi, the trustee of now-defunct Tokyo exchange Mt. Gox, liquidated 24,658 bitcoin and 25,331 bitcoin cash between the creditors’ meeting on March 7, 2018, and the start of civil rehabilitation proceedings on June 22, ...

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Battle of the Privacycoins: Zcash Is Groundbreaking (If You Trust It)

Based on blockchain technology, most cryptocurrencies have an open and public ledger of transactions. While this is required for these system to work, it comes with a significant downside: privacy is often quite limited. Analytics companies and other interested parties — let’s call them “spies” — have ways to analyze the public blockchains and peer-to-peer networks of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, ...

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a16z Puts $15 Million Behind Stablecoin Platform MakerDAO

Stablecoins are becoming big business these days. In a $15 million deal, Andreessen Horowitz’s a16z crypto fund is buying 6 percent of the total MakerDAO maker (MKR) token supply. The investment will give a16z a financial and governance stake in the dai stablecoin. A16z made the announcement today, September 24, 2018. MakerDAO also received $12 million in a round led ...

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Brave Publishers Can Now Have Their Identities Verified with Civic

Civic, a digital identity firm, has collaborated with Brave, the privacy-based browser with a blockchain-based digital advertising platform, to provide identity verification services to Brave’s content creators. Verified content creators on Brave now have the option of verifying their identities using Civic’s identity verification service in order to get paid Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) via their Ethereum wallets. Brave’s blockchain-based ...

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