Ex-Fed. Prosecutor Turned Crypto VC Katie Haun: Crypto Is in the ‘Dial-up Days’

Former U.S. federal prosecutor and current cryptocurrency VC executive Kathryn Haun recently took part in a debate on crypto with Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman, posted on YouTube by crypto venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) Nov. 2. The debate, hosted by Mexican tech company KIO Networks and moderated by local business journalist Rodrigo Pacheco,…

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HSBC India Completes Joint Blockchain-Enabled Transaction With India Holding Giant RIL

The Indian subsidiary of major global banking and financial services firm HSBC and India’s holding giant Reliance Industries (RIL) have completed a blockchain-enabled trade finance transaction, Indian business newspaper The Hindu Business Line reports Sunday, Nov. 4. The blockchain-powered letter of credit (LoC) transaction, reportedly the first of its kind in India, involved export by…

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Overstock’s Medici Ventures & Rwanada Government Partner for Blockchain Property Rights Platform

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Advertisement Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Medici Ventures is a wholly owned subsidiary of Overstock, one of the most cryptocurrency friendly businesses in the world, whose CEO has frequently promoted the use of bitcoin and other cryptos. Medici is specifically geared toward blockchain businesses, development, and technology, and on Thursday it signed a second Memorandum of Understanding…

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Precious Ledgers: Why Blockchain Is the Right Fit for Gold and Diamonds

This week, two major news within the precious metals industry broke. First, the world’s largest diamond company, Russia’s Alrosa, joined a blockchain project aimed at increasing transparency. Secondly, the world’s largest bank, JPMorgan, reportedly started to use its blockchain to tokenize gold. Indeed, blockchain has been pioneering both gold and diamond industries — complex ecosystems…

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Cboe’s Head of Equity Options Just Joined a Blockchain Startup

Blockchain startup AlphaPoint has hired a senior executive from Cboe Global Markets, the parent of the Chicago Board of Exchange. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, Kapil Rathi joined AlphaPoint as global head of trading markets,  a newly created position, and will be in charge of the company's trading and exchange business. He was previously Cboe's head of…

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Azerbaijan Targets Utilities, Justice System for Blockchain, Smart Contracts Use

Azerbaijan is planning to use blockchain and smart contracts in the country’s legal system and housing sector, Central Asian-focused Trend News Agency reported Nov. 2. Speaking to the publication, chairman of the Azerbaijani Internet Forum Osman Gunduz noted that plans for smart contract introduction in these areas by the country’s justice ministry had “attracted attention”…

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‘Godfather of ETFs’ Says Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Funds Will be Approved ‘No Time Soon’

Reggie Browne, the so-called “godfather of ETFs,” said that Bitcoin (BTC) Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF) will be certified “no time soon,” Business Insider reported Nov. 1. Browne is a senior managing director and head of ETF trading at financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald. Founded in 1945, Cantor Fitzgerald focuses on institutional equity, fixed income sales, and…

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After Becoming ‘Blockchain Island,’ Malta to Develop Artificial Intelligence Strategy

The Maltese government has announced the formation of a taskforce to develop a national artificial intelligence (AI) strategy, Cointelegraph reports Tuesday, Nov. 1 from the Malta Blockchain Summit. The Junior Minister for Financial services, Digital economy and Innovation, Silvio Schembri announced the launch of the governmental initiative “Malta.ai,” stating that Malta is aiming to become…

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Sia Completes Hard Fork as Bricked Miners Form Rival Blockchain

The distributed cloud storage blockchain network Sia has successfully completed a planned hard fork, changing its consensus rules in a way that prevents some specialized hardware from mining on the network. "All is working normally now," David Vorick, co-founder and CEO of Nebulous, the for-profit company behind the Sia network, told CoinDesk on Thursday. The…

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Updated Morgan Stanley Report Hails Cryptocurrency as ‘New Institutional Investment Class’

Bitcoin and altcoins has been a “new institutional investment class” since 2017, U.S. multinational investment bank and financial services company Morgan Stanley claims in a new report released Oct. 31. The document, titled "Bitcoin Decrypted: A Brief Teach-In and Implications," sees the newly-bullish Morgan Stanley weigh in on the “surprising” developments in cryptocurrency that continue…

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Intel Meets Blockchain: Cloud Computing Platform Releases New Solution For Data Protection

On Nov. 1, 2018, iExec, a decentralized marketplace for computing power based in Lyon, France, released its end-to-end trusted execution environment. The developers of iExec describe the technology as “the first Intel SGX scalable solution for businesses to achieve privacy and security in blockchain-based computing.” What is Intel SGX? Intel SGX, or Software Guard Extensions,…

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CryptoZink to Present at Malta Blockchain Summit

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Mars Blockchain Summit NYC 2018 Successfully Held, Summit Dialogues Explored What’s Next in Blockchain

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Blockchain Software Firm ConsenSys Acquires Asteroid Mining Company

Blockchain software technology firm ConsenSys Inc. has acquired American asteroid mining company Planetary Resources, Inc. through an asset-purchase transaction, according to an announcement published Oct. 31. Founded in 2009 and formerly known as Arkyd Astronautics, Planetary Resources is supposedly engaged in the exploration, extracting and refining of resources from asteroids. The company, which reportedly has…

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Unconfirmed Report: Miner Manufacturer IPO Halts Due to Alleged Illicit Finance Practices

Investigators have reportedly halted the public listing process of cryptocurrency mining machine manufacturer Ebang International on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx), local financial news outlet Sina Finance reported Oct. 14. According to reports, the move was prompted by the firm’s alleged involvement in illicit financial practices. Ebang International operates in the field of Application-Specific…

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