Consensus Algorithm Tendermint Raises $9 Mln in Series A Investment Round

Blockchain consensus algorithm and peer-to-peer (P2P) networking protocol Tendermint has raised $9 million in a Series A investment round, according to a blog post published on March 14. Tendermint has raised $9 million in the Series A investment round led by cryptocurrency investment company Paradigm, with contribution from Bain Capital and 1confirmation among other investors.…

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Nasdaq-Powered EU Digital Exchange DX Launches Security Token Trading

Estonia-based Nasdaq-powered digital trading platform DX.Exchange is claiming an industry first with its launch of security token trading and security token offering (STO) listings. The development was shared with Cointelegraph in a press release on March 14. As previously reported, DX.Exchange went live in January, with support for various fiat and cryptocurrency trading pairs and…

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Decentralization First: Privacy Coin Monero Cuts Out ASIC Miners to Stay Independent

On March 9, Monero (XMR) network was successfully upgraded via a hard fork. The new code curbed application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC)-powered mining with a new proof-of-work (PoW) algorithm. Additionally, new dynamic block size algorithm and improved privacy — which is considered to be Monero’s key feature — were introduced. Once the ASIC miners were taken…

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Report: Thai SEC Approves Country’s First ICO Portal

Thailand’s securities regulator has approved the first initial coin offering (ICO) portal in the country,  local daily news outlet the Bangkok Post reported on March 12. The Thai Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) board of directors has reportedly authorized the first ICO portal that allows to screen ICOs, perform due diligence, confirm smart contract source…

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Binance-Backed OTC Firm Releases Anti-Money Laundering Compliance-as-a-Service Product

Binance-backed over-the-counter (OTC) desk Koi Trading has partnered with IdentityMind, a platform for online risk management, to develop an Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance-as-a-service product. The development was announced in a press release published on March 12. The parties have reportedly released an AML compliance-as-a-service product dubbed “Koi Compliance,” supporting digital currency and targeting money services…

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US Marshals Service Issues Information Request on Management of Forfeited Crypto Assets

United States federal law enforcement agency, the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), is looking to set up an agent for managing confiscated cryptocurrency, according to public documents released on March 5. The USMS has recently published two draft documents including a Request for Information (RFI) for legal procedures of the management and disposal of forfeited crypto…

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Hodler’s Digest, March 4–10: Top Stories, Price Movements, Quotes and FUD of the Week

Top Stories This Week Research: ‘Free’ Electricity for Students Makes College Campuses Major Crypto Miners According to research from tech conglomerate Cisco, college campuses are the second-largest crypto miners across industry verticals. The researchers investigated crypto mining activities across a variety of industries, finding that university campuses are ranked the second-biggest miners of digital currency…

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Top 5 Crypto Performers Overview: Binance Coin, Litecoin, NEXO, EOS, Stellar, Monero

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. The combined market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies has already…

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US State of Connecticut Introduces Bill to Authorize Smart Contract Use in Commerce

A committee of the Connecticut state legislature has proposed to authorize the use of smart contracts in commerce in the state, according to official documentation introduced on March 7. The Commerce Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly (CGA) has introduced House Bill 7310, suggesting that blockchain-powered smart contracts may be used in commerce conducted or…

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Crypto Skeptic Massachusetts Secretary Creates Fintech Advisory Group

The office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which oversees the state’s securities regulator, has reportedly formed a fintech advisory group, banking trade publication American Banker reports on March 7. The office of Secretary William Gavin has reportedly formed a group comprising representatives from Eastern Bank in Boston, a blockchain firm called Arwen,…

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OKEx Lists Tron on Customer-to-Customer Trading Platform

Malta-based cryptocurrency exchange OKEx has began listing Tron (TRX) on its customer-to-customer (C2C) trading market, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on March 7. OKEx’s decentralized C2C trading platform enables users to trade digital assets directly with each other, much like a peer-to-peer (p2p) model. On the platform, users are able to place…

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Coinbase Bought Neutrino for $13.5 Million, Acquisition Contract Allegedly Shows

Major United States cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase had bought blockchain intelligence startup Neutrino for $13.5 million, according to an acquisition contract reportedly obtained by Bitcoin Magazine on Wednesday, Mar. 6. The legal document, whose authenticity has not been independently verified by Cointelegraph, is dated Feb. 15, and it reportedly provides the exact amount of the two…

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Ripple CEO Says JPM Coin Lacks Interoperability: ‘Just Use the Dollar, I Don’t Get It!’

Ripple (XRP) CEO Brad Garlinghouse says the recently-announced digital asset from United States banking giant JPMorgan Chase lacks the interoperability that would make it a significant innovation. Garlinghouse made his remarks during an interview at the 4th Annual DC Blockchain Summit in Washington D.C. on March 6. As Cointelegraph has reported, JPMorgan Chase announced the…

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New Partnership Allows TrueUSD Traders to Audit The Coin’s Backing Assets

A new partnership between stablecoin TrueUSD (TUSD) and accounting firm Armanino purportedly allows traders to conduct instant audits of the token’s backing. The news was announced by TrueUSD in a blog post on Mar. 5. The dashboard developed by Armanino purportedly enables traders to monitor TrueUSD token balances and collateralized funds. “Armanino connects directly to…

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Coinbase Technology Partner Refutes Alleged Collection, Sale of User Data to Third Parties

London-based blockchain analytics firm Elliptic — which provides technology to major United States crypto exchange Coinbase — has refuted allegations that it collects and sells clients’ user data to third parties for financial gain. In an official statement published on March 4, Elliptic’s CEO and co-founder James Smith stated that the firm has never “enabled…

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