Blockchain 

10 Global Enterprises Looking to Issue Their Own Cryptos

The growing popularity of cryptocurrency has led to a revolution in the digital currency industry. Enterprises that were of noncrypto origin now have or plan to have their own crypto product. The 10 years of cryptocurrency’s existence has led to an unprecedented ease of transactions. It has also brought transparency into the e-commerce world. This article discusses 10 of the biggest enterprises in the world, without a cryptocurrency background, that have already created or are in the process of investing resources to develop a digital currency they can call their…

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Ethereum 

Why Wait for Facebook? China Can Issue Its Own ‘Libra’

The CEO of Chinese tech giant Huawei thinks that China can compete with Facebook for market share by issuing its own digital currency. Huawei CEO: ‘Why wait for others to issue it?’ As national news outlet Sina reported quoting a press conference in Italy on July 18, Ren Zhengfei believes China can easily create a digital currency with the same value proposition as Facebook’s Libra. “China can also issue such a currency by itself. Why wait for others to issue it? The power of a country is always stronger than…

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Ethereum 

Brazilian Coffee Farming Cooperative to Issue a Coffee-Backed Token

Brazilian coffee farming cooperative Minasul plans to issue a coffee-backed token, Bloomberg reported on July 11. According to Bloomberg, Minasul’s president Jose Marcos Magalhaes declared at the Global Coffee Forum in Campinas that Minasul intends to launch the token this month. Farmers will reportedly be able to use the coin to buy fertilizer, machinery and other non-farm products — including cars and food — in a digital marketplace. Per the report, farmers will also be able to acquire the token in exchange for current and future coffee beans production: 30%…

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Bitcoin 

US SEC and FINRA Issue Statement on Crypto Custody Issues

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) outlined regulatory compliance issues for cryptocurrency custodians in an announcement on July 8. According to the joint statement, the organizations have yet to discover a set of circumstances in which a crypto custodian could comply with the SEC’s Customer Protection Rule, which is described as follows: “Put simply, the Customer Protection Rule requires broker-dealers to safeguard customer assets and to keep customer assets separate from the firm’s assets, thus increasing the likelihood that customers’ securities…

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Ethereum 

IMF Predicts Central Banks to Issue Digital Currencies

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) believes that central banks may issue digital currencies in the future, according to a report by the IMF on June 27 According to the full paper, the IMF and World Bank conducted a survey on fintech that solicited answers from financial institutions within all member countries, and has based its conclusions in part upon the 96 received responses. According to the paper, several central banks in different countries are considering implementing some form of Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). Uruguay has reportedly launched a CBDC…

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Bitcoin 

Swiss Stock Exchange Asks Central Bank to Issue Stablecoin

Principal Swiss stock exchange SIX asked the country’s central bank to issue a stablecoin, local media SwissInfo reports on June 26 Per the report, the crypto asset would be used to settle payments on its new digital securities trading platform. The exchange reportedly announced during the Crypto Valley Association conference this week that users of its upcoming SDX platform will be able to swap fiat currency for a new stablecoin. The exchange explained that “SDX member banks will be able to settle their trades and other obligations against tokenised CHF…

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Blockchain 

Circle and Coinbase’s Centre Seeks to Form Consortium to Promote, Issue USDC

Stablecoins have become rather frequently discussed in the news and social media over the past few weeks, especially with the news of the release of the Facebook-backed Libra coin. The current wave of stablecoin issuance could be attributed to the lack of liquidity in the cryptocurrency world. But even though the crypto market is now slowly recovering from a long bear trend, the ecosystem of stablecoins continues to expand even further.  One of the most notable events in the stablecoin space was a recent announcement by Circle and Coinbase. After…

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Blockchain 

Canadian University to Issue Blockchain-Based Diplomas to Class of 2019

A Canadian tech institute will issue blockchain-based diplomas to its next graduating class, according to an official press release on June 13. The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) has partnered with blockchain marketplace ODEM (On-Demand Education Marketplace) to provide blockchain-based copies of student diplomas for SAIT’s graduating class of 2019.SAIT’s class of 2019, which is made up of over 4,800 students, will reportedly be able to use blockchain technology to share their official diplomas as needed, circumventing the need for alumni to request official documents from SAIT to send…

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Bitcoin 

Crypto Platform Says It Aims to Solve Bitcoin Scalability Issue

Crypto platform ILCoin says it is developing a “modern alternative to bitcoin” without scalability issues by using “pioneering technology” called command chain protocol (C2P). The protocol of C2P, created by ILCoin, is supposed to solve the main problem of the Bitcoin blockchain — the lack of scalability — by enlarging the block size. The startup says that it has already managed to increase its limit to 25 MB. This enables its users to have a higher transaction amount: Instead of the current maximum for Bitcoin of seven transactions per second,…

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Blockchain 

Singapore Gov’t Leads Project ‘OpenCerts’ to Issue Graduate Certificates on Blockchain

Students from 18 educational institutions in Singapore will receive blockchain-based digital certificates starting in 2019, local tech news agency Tech in Asia reports on May 3. The initiative is a part of a Singapore government-level project called OpenCerts, which was co-developed by the Ministry of Education (MOE), Government Technology Agency (GovTech), as well as national educational movement SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and higher learning institution Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP). Powered by the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain, the OpenCerts open-source platform is expected to provide a reliable way to issue and verify certificates,…

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