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Can Crypto Exchanges Ever Be Truly Decentralized?

Earlier this week, British-American entrepreneur John McAfee, who is currently living “in exile” due to tax-related charges filed against him by the United States authorities, launched his own decentralized exchange (DEX).  The expressive crypto advocate’s McAfeedex.com is running on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain, and, in McAfee’s own words, it is a “Wild Wild West exchange” that purportedly cannot be seized by regulators. “There is nothing to shut down,” he wrote on Twitter, “Our technology is the smart contracts forever residing on the blockchain.”  According to the businessman, the DEX, currently…

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Oct. 6 – 12 in Review

The German-speaking world has experienced another week full of exciting developments in the crypto industry, with Germany investigating the feasibility of a blockchain-based regional power trading platform, Iota Foundation joining forces with Zühlke to solve engineering problems and the German Central Bank saying that there is no need for a digital euro coin. Here is the past week of crypto and blockchain news in review, as originally reported by Cointelegraph auf Deutsch. Germany promotes research on a regional blockchain power exchange Cointelegraph auf Deutsch reported on Oct. 9, that the…

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Blockchain Firm Ripple Fused xRapid, xVia and xCurrent into RippleNet

Ripple, the blockchain firm behind crypto asset XRP, fused three of its services into features of its RippleNet offering. Industry news outlet CryptoNews reported the change in Ripple’s product offering on Oct. 9. Little more than the names changed Per the report, a company’s spokesperson explained that now, “instead of buying xCurrent or xVia, customers will connect to RippleNet — on-premises or through the cloud — and instead of buying xRapid, clients will use On-Demand Liquidity.” The Ripple representative also said: “Other than the names of the product, very few…

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TZero-Backed Startup Wants to Launch Security Token Market

Boston Security Token Exchange (BSTX), a platform jointly owned by BOX Digital Markets and Overstock’s blockchain arm tZERO, has filed an application with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to approve the launch of a market for publicly traded registered security tokens. In the rule change proposal released by the SEC on Oct. 11, BOX asks the commission to “adopt rules to govern the trading of equity securities on the Exchange” which “would operate a fully automated, price/time priority execution system for the trading of ‘security tokens.’” Establishing…

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PoS Will Make Ethereum More Secure Than Bitcoin, Says Vitalik Buterin

After the proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus algorithm will be implemented in Ethereum’s (ETH) blockchain, it would become more secure and costly to attack than Bitcoin (BTC), co-founder Vitalik Buterin has stated. Buterin has voiced this opinion during Devcon 5, the Ethereum developers conference that took place in Osaka on Oct. 8–11. He specifically noted that — after the transition to PoS — higher cost of a potential attack would make Ethereum the safer network of the two. Some men just want to watch the blockchain burn Buterin started his presentation by…

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Alfa-Bank, Commerzbank Pilot Cross-Border Payments on R3’s Marco Polo

Alfa-Bank and Novolipetsk Steel Company (NLMK), in cooperation with Commerzbank and Vesuvius GmbH, are piloting Russia-Germany cross-border payments on R3’s Marco Polo network. Powered by R3’s Marco Polo Blockchain Global Trade Network On Oct. 11, Alfa-Bank announced that it is launching a foreign trade finance pilot transaction, with the cooperation of NLMK, Commerzbank and Vesuvius GmbH using R3’s Corda-powered Marco Polo Network. In the announcement, Alfa-Bank described itself as Russia’s largest financial institution measured by total assets, total equity, deposit and loan portfolios. The cross-border payment pilot aims to build…

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Major Chinese Bank Updates Blockchain Platform After $50 B Transacted

The China Construction Bank (CCB) officially released the second version of its blockchain trading platform, which reached 360 billion yuan ($50 billion) in cumulative transaction volume. CCB will actively promote blockchain platform On Oct. 9, Xinhua news agency reported that CCB, one of the big four banks in the People’s Republic of China, announced the release of “BCTrade 2.0,” a blockchain trade finance platform that digitizes trade and financial services between a reported 54 domestic and overseas CCB branches and 40 external organizations, including a number of state-owned and foreign…

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How Severe Is Roche Freedman’s Lawsuit Against Tether and Bitfinex?

At the start of October, New York-based legal firm Roche Freedman filed a new class-action lawsuit against stablecoin firm Tether and digital currency exchange Bitfinex. The case accuses the aforementioned entities of manipulating the market by using a host of sophisticated schemes that involved fraud, pump-and-dump schemes, as well as certain money laundering-related ploys. As a result of this legal drama, the USDT/BTC trade pair has witnessed a substantial decline in its market value (around 10% as of press time). USDT/BTC price over the last seven days As per the…

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IBM Launches New Blockchain Supply Chain Product Using Red Hat Tech

Global tech giant IBM has launched a new integrated supply chain product based on IBM’s technologies including Watson AI and IBM Blockchain. Hybrid-cloud integration Called Sterling Supply Chain Suite, the new IBM’s product enables hybrid-cloud support of data integration between manufacturers, retailers and other network participants, purportedly providing greater reliability, transparency and security, the firm announced on Oct. 8. Specifically, the level of integration flexibility provided by the new service enables enterprises to update and improve their supply-chain solutions in accordance with business needs. Red Hat acquisition IBM says the…

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Malaysian Finance Ministry: Cryptocurrency Adoption Remains Low

Malaysia’s finance ministry says both domestic and global adoption rates of cryptocurrencies are low, notwithstanding the significant attention the disruptive sector has garnered. In its Economic Outlook 2020 report released today, the ministry nonetheless noted that several prominent firms in key economic sectors had taken steps toward digital currency adoption, according to a business news report from Bernarama on Oct. 11. Malaysia’s crypto regulatory landscape to date “Although the impact of these projects has yet to be felt more widely, digital assets may well emerge as a part of the…

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