Blockchain 

Crypto Company Offers Decentralized Trading and Analytical Engine That Ranks Crypto

A new digital assets ecosystem is offering decentralized crypto trading to businesses and individuals, delivering wallet-to-wallet transactions and “cutting-edge analytical tools” that enable users to make informed decisions about the cryptocurrencies they hold, buy and sell. Volentix’s “four pillars” will underpin the beginnings of its digital assets ecosystem — one of which is VDEX, or Volentix Decentralized Exchange, its flagship product. The project describes VDEX as a “next generation, extensible and customizable decentralized crypto exchange,” with an emphasis on ensuring that the assets and data of every user remain individual…

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Blockchain 

Company Behind Fortnite Epic Games Partners With Blockchain Gaming Platform The Abyss

Epic Games, the company that developed successful videogame Fortnite, announced that it has partnered with blockchain game distribution platform The Abyss in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 23. The press release notes that the partnership will allow developers on the platform access to the Unreal Developers Network. Epic’s Unreal Engine requires developers to make quarterly payments equivalent to 5% of their returns, once they earned over $3,000. The engine is often employed by so-called triple-A or blockbuster games, and is known for being one of the engines…

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Ethereum 

Blockchain-Powered IPO Platform to List First Company in June

SprinkleXchange, a blockchain-powered initial public offering platform, is preparing to list its first company in June, Bloomberg reported on May 17. According to Alexander Wallin, the bourse’s CEO, it is hoped that up to 1,000 companies will join over the next three to four years. The Ethereum blockchain is used for settlement and clearing, and its users will be able to trade listed companies and cryptocurrencies 24 hours a day. Switzerland’s SIX stock exchange is also planning to launch a blockchain-powered digital exchange, which will be powered by blockchain consortium…

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Blockchain 

Fintech Company Launches Crypto Exchange Platform Integrated Into Social Investing Network

Hamburg-based fintech company Naga has released its new exchange platform, Nagax, after an intensive beta testing period. The developer promises a user-friendly interface and “super-fast execution,” as the system supports more than 10 million transactions per second. The new platform is integrated into the social investing network — also known as Naga Trader. According to the company, it is used by more than half a million traders around the world. Nagax will be connected to the Naga platform through its own cryptocurrency wallet, the Naga Wallet: It supports major crypto,…

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Blockchain 

Thailand’s Largest Commercial Bank and State Oil Company Trial Blockchain Payments

Thailand’s largest commercial bank, Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), and state oil company PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) performed a successful test of blockchain use for cross-border business-to-business payments. The bank recently announced the successful pilot on its website. Per the announcement, the project, which has been ongoing since mid-2018, aims to optimize operational efficiency. The bank claims that earlier this year, it has successfully carried out payments on blockchain within one minute. The post also points out that conventional methods require a wait of one to two…

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Blockchain 

Blockchain Patent Granted to Cybersecurity Company Owned by U.S. Defense Contractor

Documents published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on April 16 reveal that Texas-based cybersecurity company Forcepoint has been awarded a blockchain-related patent. Forcepoint is owned by U.S. defense contractor Raytheon and private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, and Crunchbase estimates its yearly revenue to be $600 million. The system described in the patent appears to be a complex user behavior monitoring and management system. The system would aim to store data about electronically-observable user interactions and then use this data to identify known good, anomalous and…

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Bitcoin 

Chinese Publicly Listed Construction Company Turned Mining Firm Lost Over $23 Million

Chinese publicly listed construction company turned to cryptocurrency mining firm, Huatie HengAn, has reportedly been sold after its value decreased by over 90%. The development was reported by English-language local crypto-focused media 8btc on April 19. The firm has been reportedly sold for around 12 million yuan ($1.8 million), after its value decreased from 170 million Chinese yuan ($25.3 million) in under a year. Per the report, Huatie HengAn started as a subsidiary of the publicly listed parent company Huatie and claims to be mainly engaged in providing cloud computing…

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Bitcoin 

Binance Partners With Blockchain Analytics Company CipherTrace to Enhance AML

The world’s third-top cryptocurrency exchange by adjusted volume, Binance, announced that it has partnered with blockchain analytics company CipherTrace. The partnership was announced in a blog post published on April 11. Per the announcement, the partnership is meant to strengthen the company’s regulatory compliance by enhancing its Anti-Money Laundering (AML) measures. The post claims that CipherTrace also serves regulators, financial institutions and auditors. Cointelegraph reported in March that the Malta Financial Services Authority has appointed the company to monitor activity by crypto businesses in Malta. CEO of CipherTrace Dave Jevans is…

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Bitcoin 

Bithumb Losses Totalled $180 Million in 2018 Bear Market, Company Reports

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb had a net loss of 205 billion won ($180 million) in 2018 due to the Bitcoin (BTC) bear market, local English-language daily news outlet Korea Times reported on April 11. Citing data from the exchange’s operator, BTCKorea.com, the publication revealed Bithumb, South Korea’s largest exchange, endured the extensive losses despite sales growing 17.5% compared to 2017. “In terms of sales, we saw a 17% increase, and we continue to increase overseas investments,” a spokesman added in private comments. Bithumb’s performance falls in line with other…

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Blockchain 

German Blockchain Company Builder NBT Secures $13.5 Million in New Funding Round

Next Big Thing AG (NBT), a German Internet-of-Things (IoT) and blockchain company builder, has secured 12 million euros ($13.5 million) in a new funding round, according to a press release on April 8. NBT announced that the firm has successfully completed its Series A investment round led by global industrial insurance giant HDI Global SE through Hannover Digital Invest, with participation by the FinLab EOS VC Fund, a $100 million joint venture by fintech incubator FinLab AG and blockchain software developer Block.one. According to the press release, HDI Global decided…

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