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Santander Launches First Ever End-to-End Bond on Ethereum Blockchain

Spanish banking giant Santander (NYSE:SAN) has announced today that it has become the first bank to use blockchain to manage a bond issue. The bank reportedly issued $20 million USD worth of bonds on the Ethereum blockchain, where it will remain until the end of its one-year maturity. As part of the transaction, Santander used an ERC-20 token to represent the value of the bond, which it issued on Ethereum’s blockchain network. This ERC-20 token was then bought by one of Santander’s companies, Santander Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB), for the…

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Coinbase Launches New $2 Million USDC Bootstrap Fund

Coinbase, a leading crypto trading platform, has announced a new $2 million USDC fund to further develop decentralized finance (DeFi) projects. Difference Between Bootstrap Fund and Coinbase Ventures The initiative is to be called the USDC Bootstrap Fund and will see $1 million USDC invested in both Compound, a money market protocol, and dYdX, a margin trading protocol and open trading platform for crypto assets. The fund differs from Coinbase Ventures, which invests in startups and takes an equity stake, in that it will add to the protocols’ lending pools…

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Cryptocurrency Exchange Deribit Launches Bulk Derivatives Trading

Ever since cryptocurrencies became one of the world’s best known digital assets, there has been widespread talk about creating derivatives backed by the leading ones. However, it never really came about due to regulatory issues and lack of popular demand. The climate has changed significantly over the past year or so and slowly but steadily, many crypto firms have been able to secure permission from the regulators to offer derivatives to their customers. Deribit is one of the few exchanges that is almost solely engaged in dealing in crypto futures,…

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Deloitte Launches Demonstrational “Blockchain in a Box” Platform

Multinational consultancy firm Deloitte has announced the release of its “Blockchain in a Box” platform that hosts demonstrations and experiments of distributed ledger technology in business applications. Blockchain in a Box Platform According to the company’s press release on August 9, the development of the “Blockchain in a Box” BIAB platform was inspired by customer interest in understanding the potential of distributed ledger technology in real-life circumstances. Business start-ups find it hard communicating to stakeholders about the unique benefits of blockchain and therefore Deloitte will be looking to fill that…

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TRON (TRX) Launches the Sun Network V1.0 Sidechain Scaling Solution

TRON (TRX) has announced the release of the Sun Network V1.0, which is a sidechain scaling solution officially being introduced by the TRON Foundation. Sun Network V1.0 to Offer Unlimited Scaling Capability The Sun Network V1.0 released is expected to enhance and offer unlimited scaling capacity to the platform’s mainnet. This will supposedly ensure dApps are running efficiently with high security while at the same time consuming less energy on TRON. Since the Sun Network V1.0 integrates several scaling projects such as smart contracts, cross-chain communications, dAppChain, and optimized application…

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LedgerX Launches Physically-Settled Bitcoin Futures Contracts

According to CoinDesk, LedgerX has launched the first physically-settled Bitcoin futures contracts in the US. The news comes at a time when Intercontinental Exchange’s Bakkt and TD Ameritrade’s ErisX have struggled to launch amid regulation issues. LedgerX Launches Bitcoin Futures Contracts LedgerX is now the first Bitcoin futures provider in the US that offers physical futures. This means that the customer receives Bitcoin when the contract expires as opposed to fiat dollar as per the more traditional futures contracts out there. The Chicago-based exchanges CME and Cboe have offered “cash-settled futures…

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US Regulator Launches Investigation into Client Trades

The month of July has not been a particularly good one for cryptocurrencies, and if recent reports regarding BitMEX are to be believed, then the upcoming weekend might not be a great one either. Report Details In a sensational report from Bloomberg, it has been revealed that popular crypto exchange BitMEX is apparently being investigated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for allegedly allowing US residents to trade on the platform. Although US residents can trade in cryptocurrencies, the situation with BitMEX is a bit different. US residents are categorically…

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Walmart China Launches Blockchain Platform to Aid with Food Safety Scandals

As with cryptocurrencies, several companies are moving into the blockchain space. The latest, however, is Walmart China, which is the Chinese branch of the US supermarket chain. Here’s what we know. Walmart China Blockchain Platform: What We Know On June 25, Walmart China said it’s launched a blockchain platform that will address food safety concerns. According to the press release, the company will be working with PwC, VeChain, and other blockchain players on the ‘Walmart China Blockchain Traceability Platform.’ While the announcement came out today, the Walmart China blockchain platform…

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OPACITY LAUNCHES CRYPTO FILE STORAGE

HomePress ReleaseOPACITY LAUNCHES CRYPTO FILE STORAGE Opacity focuses on privacy, security, and a familiar user experience. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, June 5, 2019 — Opacity Storage, a cryptographic file storage company, today announced the release of Opacity v1.0. The new product provides anonymous online file storage utilizing a crypto token payment system and a user friendly interface. No personal data such as email, name, or payment information is ever required or stored. The new Opacity 128GB storage plan accepts payment in OPQ tokens for 1 year of storage service with unlimited…

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Even if Facebook Launches GlobalCoin, It’s Going to Struggle: This is Why

While not official, it looks like we’re going to see Facebook’s GlobalCoin sometime soon. And yet, if this rollout does happen, new research has indicated that the Facebook cryptocurrency will struggle to gain traction. Here’s why. Facebook’s GlobalCoin Hits Roadblock The most recent piece of news about Facebook’s GlobalCoin came out last week, on May 24. It was at this time that BBC, a UK broadcasting company, said social media giant Facebook plans to launch its cryptocurrency GlobalCoin next year, even going as far as saying the company plans to conduct…

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