Kik Selects Stellar Over Ethereum for Token Launch

Messenger app maker Kik is quitting ethereum for good as it continues to develop its cryptocurrency, dubbed kin. Launched on ethereum early in the ICO boom, Kik has now announced that it will close kin’s atomic swap with ethereum. Without specifying a date, the Kin Ecosystem Foundation said Wednesday that it would soon release a tool for kin holdings off of ethereum. Kik’s token has had several homes in its short life. The company raised just shy of $100 million in crypto during a September 2017 initial coin offering. By November,…

Major Oil Firms, Banks Partner to Launch Blockchain Platform for Energy Commodity Trading

Major oil companies BP, Shell, and Equinor have united with large banks and trading houses to launch a blockchain-driven platform Vakt for energy commodity trading. The partnership was reported by independent news agency covering energy and commodities markets S&P Global Platts Monday, Nov. 12. Apart from the three oil companies mentioned above, Vakt includes banks ABN Amro, ING, and Societe Generale, along with trading houses Gunvor, Koch Supply & Trading, and Mercuria. The blockchain solution, first announced in November 2017, will enable major industry players to move from “cumbersome” paperwork…

Launch Link Between Perfect Money and Bitcoin

As Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies gain more popularity and usage across the world, the new Exchange.Blue online platform is now making it possible to exchange and trade Bitcoin for Perfect Money in a fast, secure, and easy process. [New York], [New York], November 6, 2018 – Exchange.Blue, an online exchange platform run by a team of young successful entrepreneurs, is proud to announce the unique service that now makes it possible to sell Bitcoin for Perfect Money and exchange Perfect Money for Bitcoin in an easy instantaneous process. This is…

Overstock Rwanada Launch Blockchain Land Rights Platform

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 with the Rwandan Government (specifically the Land Management and Use Authority and Information Society) for the development of a blockchain-based land management and property rights platform. In a nutshell, the blockchain will be used to secure…

Russian State Duma Committee Considers Launch of Central Bank-Issued Stablecoin

The chairman of Russia’s State Duma Committee on Financial Markets has claimed that the entity is considering the launch of state-backed cryptocurrency pegged to the Russian ruble, Russian radio news station Govorit Moskva reported Friday, Nov. 2. Speaking at a press conference on the increase of the household debt load, Chairman Anatoly Aksakov expressed his confidence that the government will back a cryptocurrency, “but it will be a ruble-pegged cryptocurrency.” The deputy clarified that the implied coin will represent a blockchain-powered stablecoin pegged 1:1 to the ruble. Aksakov further described…

Bithumb and seriesOne Partner to Launch U.S. Securities Token Exchange

Aiming to create an SEC and FINRA-compliant U.S. exchange, blockchain-based crowdfunding firm seriesOne and crypto exchange Bithumb have formed a joint venture. According to an announcement made on November 1, 2018, officials behind the venture look to trade security tokens within a “compliant marketplace” and within the context of “other applicable regulatory approvals.” For South Korea-based Bithumb, the venture provides the exchange with new expertise around U.S. regulation. seriesOne, a company created by finance industry veterans in the tech, investment banking, venture capital and compliance sectors, operates a U.S. platform…

Bithumb, SeriesOne to Launch Security Token Exchange in the US

South Korean crypto exchange Bithumb has teamed up with crowdfunding platform seriesOne to launch a complaint security token exchange in the U.S. The joint venture was revealed in a press release from seriesOne shared with CoinDesk on Thursday, which adds that the exchange launch is still subject to regulatory approvals from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). SeriesOne already offers an SEC-regulated platform that supports projects launching initial token offerings,as well as traditional equities and debt offerings. “I believe that our companies will be…

Circle and Coinbase Launch Their Joint Stablecoin USDC

Two of the largest companies in the cryptocurrency space, Circle and Coinbase, have joined forces to establish their own stablecoin, the USDC, or USD Coin. The tech startup companies are calling their joint venture the ‘CENTRE Consortium,’ which has its own website already. Circle and Coinbase: CENTRE Both Circle and Coinbase released their own individual blog posts about the joint venture and the launching of the stablecoin yesterday. The CENTRE Consortium is said to be aimed at “establishing a standard for fiat on the internet and providing a governance framework…

Tencent and Huawei-led Chinese Consortium to Launch Coinless Blockchain

The Financial Blockchain Shenzhen Consortium (FISCO) has announced the launch of FISCO BCOS, a revolutionary coinless blockchain platform designed to meet the regulatory and operational requirements of the financial industry. FISCO, which is one of China’s largest blockchain consortiums has more than 100 members including WeBank, and tech giants Tencent and Huawei.  FISCO BCOS Technical Details Built by a FISCO Taskforce Team that includes Tencent Cloud, WeBank and Shenzhen Securities Communication, BCOS is an open-source platform that combines the functionality of a permissionless blockchain with a coinless framework such as…

Coinbase and Circle Launch USDC Stablecoin With Purported Full Backing in US Dollars

Major U.S. cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has launched the USD Coin stablecoin (USDC), making it the first stablecoin for trade on the platform, Cointelegraph learned at the Money 20/20 conference Oct. 23. The underlying technology behind USDC was developed collaboratively between Coinbase and blockchain-powered payments technology company Circle. Coinbase customers in supported jurisdictions can now purchase, sell, send, and receive USDC at coinbase.com and the exchange’s iOS and Android apps. Coinbase notes in the statement that its U.S.-based customers outside the state of New York are able to buy and sell,…