Blockchain 

TZERO to Tokenize $25M of Luxury Residential Development in UK

Overstock’s blockchain arm tZERO will provide its technology to tokenize River Plaza, a luxury residential development in Manchester, United Kingdom. Following a partnership with U.K.-based real estate investment firm Alliance Investments, tZERO plans to tokenize at least $25 million of River Plaza on the Tezos blockchain, according to a press release on Oct. 30. A 180-unit luxury residential development, River Plaza is the first initiative of Alliance Investments’ real estate tokenization plan to tokenize around $640 million of real estate projects across the U.K. over the next several years. The…

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Blockchain 

Major Latin American Development Bank Pilots Blockchain for Land Registry

The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) is implementing three different blockchain pilot projects to test if blockchain technology is able to solve some of the problems of land titling and registries. On Oct. 28, blockchain startup ChromaWay reported that it is collaborating with IADB on a two-year project in Bolivia, Peru and Paraguay on an initiative called “Distributed Ledger Technology (Blockchain): The Future of Land Titling and Registry.” Chromaway, which has experience in tracking land titles in countries such as Sweden, Canada, India, and Australia, will run the pilots together with…

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Blockchain 

NEO Global Development Announces Pilot Network for Next Year’s NEO3

NEO is launching the NEO3 Preview1 on a pilot testing network today, intending to introduce its developer communities to major updates in NEO3. First NEO3 TestNet On Sept. 17, in a press release shared with Cointelegraph, NEO Global Development (NGD) announced that it is releasing the NEO3 Preview1 build.  Despite the fact that the official release of NEO3 is not until next year, the Preview1 build provides several insights into architectural changes and some major updates. In response to the release, Erik Zhang, NEO Founder, noted that: “Through the NEO3…

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Cryptocurrency 

France Pushes to Block Development of Libra in Europe

France’s Minister of the Economy and Finance has said the country will block the development of Libra in Europe as it threatens “monetary sovereignty.” Bruno Le Maire stated that he had serious concerns about the disruption the planned Facebook-led cryptocurrency could have on governments’ economic power at a meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. “This eventual privatization of money contains risks of abuse of dominant position, risks to sovereignty and risks for consumers and for companies,” said Le Maire on the subject of Libra. Libra would be decentralized like…

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Ethereum 

Blockchain Startup CasperLabs Raises $14.5M for Scaling Development

Blockchain company CasperLabs announced it has raised $14.5 million in a series A funding round led by Terren Piezer, an International financier and chairman of Los Angeles-based investment company, Acuitas Group Holdings. Investment to further develop products and hire additional engineers In a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Sept. 10, the Blockchain protocol research and development company CasperLabs announced the results of the series A funding round led by Terry Piezer, also known as the “Zelig of Wall Street,” through his personal holding company, Acuitas Group Holdings. Other major…

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Ethereum 

Brave Browser Announces Development of Crypto Wallet for ETH and BAT

Blockchain-based web browser Brave has unveiled a cryptocurrency wallet for Ethereum tokens that is currently in development. Incompatible with Brave Rewards Brave discussed their work so far in a blog post on Aug. 27. According to the announcement, the in-browser wallet supports Brave’s native ERC-20 Basic Attention Token (BAT), alongside other Ethereum-based tokens and collectibles and Ether (ETH) itself. Additionally, the wallet supports interaction with decentralized applications — also known as DApps — which reportedly makes Brave a Web3 browser. However, the wallet cannot interact with Brave Rewards. This means…

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Bitcoin 

LTC Founder Charlie Lee Discloses Investment in BTC Development Firm Casa

On Aug. 16, Litecoin (LTC) founder Charlie Lee disclosed in a tweet that he is “an investor in Casa,” a Bitcoin (BTC) personal key security firm. He also noted that he has high hopes for the company: “I have the same feeling about Casa today as I had about Coinbase when I joined in 2013 as the 3rd hire. Casa is making Bitcoin easy to use and that is extremely important for this space. Looking forward to great things!” A notable hire The tweet was posted in response to Casa…

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Blockchain 

Development ‘On the Chain’ to Promote Off-Chain Blockchain Adoption?

In the last decade, blockchain and distributed ledger technology has had an immense impact on a multitude of industries, with 84% of organizations experimenting with the technology, with more than half (52%) of blockchain projects in the research and development phase, according to the PwC Global Blockchain Survey.  The industries making important strides forward with blockchain include financial services, manufacturing, energy and utilities, health care, as well as government sectors, but the potential of the technology is limitless. Ultimately, any business that is looking to simplify the processing method of…

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Blockchain 

Seoul to Release Native City-Wide Crypto as Part of Smart City Development

In a bid to transform into a blockchain smart city, Seoul, South Korea is planning to launch its own digital currency by November 2019. To facilitate engagement in the city’s governance As Australian finance-focused media outlet Finder reported on Aug. 7, the South Korean capital is looking to release a native city-wide digital currency dubbed S-coin, the objective of which will be to encourage citizens to participate in governance, facilitate cooperation between citizens and collect information. People will receive S-coins when using public services or fulfill their citizenship obligations such…

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Ethereum 

Samsung Releases Blockchain and DApp Software Development Kit

South Korean technology behemoth Samsung announced the release of its blockchain and decentralized application (DApp) Software Development Kit (SDK) in a recent post on its website. Per the announcement, the Samsung Blockchain SDK allows for account management and backup, payment and digital signature facilitation, Samsung Keystore and other cold wallet support. The page dedicated to the SDK also explains that it is a superset of all SDKs, including the Samsung Blockchain Keystore SDK. As Cointelegraph reported in February, the new Samsung smartphone, the Galaxy S10, includes storage for private cryptocurrency…

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