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Enigma’s Ethereum-Based Private Smart Contract Testnet Goes Live

The testnet of private smart contract network Enigma has been launched, the developers announced in a Medium post published on June 11. Per the announcement, the test network, dubbed Discovery, allows developers to start developing their decentralized applications (DApps). Furthermore, contracts hosted on the Discovery testnet will reportedly be immediately deployed on the Ethereum (ETH) network once Enigma has been implemented on the mainnet. The newly launched network reportedly enables privacy for general computations, which enables DApp developers to create secure applications, according to the post. The author of the…

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Honda And GM to Research Smart Grid, Electric Car Interoperability With Blockchain Tech

Major automobile manufacturers Honda and General Motors (GM) are jointly conducting research on electric vehicle and smart grid interoperability using blockchain tech, Japanese news outlet Nikkei reported on May 20. As part of the project, Honda and GM will investigate whether electric vehicles can be used to stabilize the supply of energy in smart grids. Specifically, the companies intend to develop data retrieval methods between electric vehicles and smart grids, which will purportedly enable electric vehicles owners to earn fees from storing power in car batteries and exchanging it with…

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Cryptocurrency and Smart Contracts Will For Sure Enter Into Society, Says Senior UK Lawyer

One of the United Kingdom’s most senior lawyers said in a speech on May 2 that cryptocurrency and smart contract use will inevitably begin, but regulations are needed. Addressing the University of Liverpool School of Law and the Northern Chancery Bar Association, Sir Geoffery Vos, Chancellor of the High Court, dedicated time to exploring necessary changes in order for smart contracts and crypto assets to become widespread. “My starting point is to ask why smart contracts have taken so long to become ubiquitous,” he began. Vos continued: “We have been…

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SBI Group Invests $15 Million in ‘Smart Card’ Wallet Manufacturer

‘Smart card’ crypto wallet manufacturer Tangem has received a $15 million investment from major Japanese financial services firm SBI Group, Cointelegraph auf Deutsch reports on April 24. The new investment will purportedly allow Tangem to relocate its headquarters to the ‘Crypto Valley’ of Zug, Switzerland. From Zug, Tangem want to develop new use cases for its physical smart cards that function like the hardware wallet version of banknotes. Each of these smart cards carries a fixed amount of cryptocurrency. The company intends for these smart cards to be used for…

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EY Launches Beta Test Version of Smart Contract Analyzer for Ethereum Blockchain

Big Four auditing firm Ernst & Young (EY) has launched a private beta test version of its new Smart Contract Analyzer tool for the public Ethereum (ETH) blockchain. The news was announced in an EY press release on April 16. The tool is described as a testing and security service that will allow companies and individual investors to assess smart contracts and associated tokens for known security risks. Developed by the EY Blockchain Security Lab in Israel, the tool works for tokens and contracts either prior to their launch or…

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Blockchain Firm Digital Asset Integrates Smart Contract Language With Hyperledger

Blockchain software firm Digital Asset will integrate their smart contract language DAML with Hyperledger Sawtooth, a modular platform for distributed ledgers. Digital Asset announced the development in a blog post on April 16. In the post, Digital Asset revealed that it has begun working with Hyperledger members, Blockchain Technology Partners (BTP), in order to integrate the Digital Asset Modeling Language (DAML) runtime with Hyperledger Sawtooth, which is a modular platform for building, deploying, and running distributed ledgers like blockchains. The company explained that a number of the Hyperledger Sawtooth characteristics…

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Blockchain Firm Digital Asset and ISDA Eye Smart Contract Use in Derivatives Trading

Distributed ledger technology (DLT) provider Digital Asset is collaborating with the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) to develop a new tool that can support the use of smart contracts for derivatives trading. The news was revealed in an ISDA press release on April 9. The two parties’ collaboration focuses on creating interoperable technical solutions that advance standardization. According to the press release, this will allow for greater automation of derivatives trade management via the use of Digital Asset’s proprietary smart contract modelling language. Specifically, they will work together to…

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Smart Cities Offer Promises and Concerns Over Privacy

The promise is great for so-called smart cities, which will deploy a network of interactive sensors to achieve efficiency and innovation. The smart city vision includes driverless cars, renewable energy to aid a city’s power consumption, energy-efficient buildings, and communications systems that work with the location’s infrastructure to avoid waste, among other features.   A report by the International Data Corporation (IDC) indicates that spending on smart city technology is expected to grow to $135 billion by 2021. Despite the promise of a futuristic and more environmentally friendly city, the results…

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Princeton Expertise-Backed Startup Raises $3.7 Mln to Develop Smart Contract Scalability

Offchain Labs, a blockchain startup co-founded by a professor at Princeton University, has raised $3.7 million in a seed round led by crypto hedge fund Pantera Capital, TechCrunch reports on April 3. The new funding round was also supported by Compound VC, Raphael Ouzan of Blocknation, Jake Seid, managing director at Stone Bridge Ventures and others. With the investment, Offchain aims to solve major problems associated with enterprise blockchain implementations by bringing more scalability and privacy. By deploying its own protocol, Arbitrum, Offchain developers intend to bring make smart contracts…

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Smart Dubai Endorses Blockchain Platform From Major Local Telecoms Operator

The blockchain platform built by one of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) two telecoms operators has received an official endorsement from the government as part of the country’s blockchain integration, executives confirmed in a press release on April 3. Du, formerly known officially as Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, created its Blockchain-Platform-as-a-Service (BPaas) to offer cloud-based private blockchain hosting compatible with both Ethereum (ETH) and the Hyperledger Fabric. Now, the platform has received the seal of approval from Smart Dubai, the government organization in charge of transforming state-level services with the…

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