Blockchain 

Bitfinex Announces Support for OKEx Exchange Token

Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex is now listing two tokens from the exchange OKEx: its native utility token OKB and the stablecoin USDK, according to a press release on June 12. Bitfinex will offer trading pairs with the new tokens and other significant fiat and digital currencies like U.S. dollars, bitcoin (BTC), EOS, tether (USDT) and ether (ETH). The native utility token OKB is designed to let OKEx users carry out a variety of functions on the exchange, including settlement of trading fees, the ability to construct a partner exchange, and subscription…

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Blockchain 

Standard Tokenization Protocol Raises $750K in Eight-Second Token Sale

A token sale for Standard Tokenization Protocol (STP) raised $750,000 and sold out within eight seconds, a news release claimed on June 11. The project says it offers an open-source, decentralized standard for the tokenization and issuance of any asset. Following the initial exchange offering (IEO), which was held on Bittrex, STP founder Mike Chen said: “We are excited to move forward with implementing a powerful funding mechanism for other companies that could potentially save billions in funding costs while staying fully compliant in any jurisdiction.” As well as being collected…

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Blockchain 

Republic of San Marino Issues Regulatory Policies on Tokens, Token Offerings

The captains regent of the Republic of San Marino, Nicola Selva and Michele Muratori, have issued a governmental decree on blockchain tech for businesses, according to a recent document. The new decree outlines procedures for registering a blockchain-based organization with the “Istituto per l’Innovazione della Repubblica di San Marino,” or San Marino Innovation Institute.   According to the decree, blockchain-based organizations in the Republic of San Marino, the EU, or any country not classified as “high risk” and also considered relevant to the purview of San Marino legislation, may apply…

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Blockchain 

Think Tank Tells Swiss National Bank to Launch Swiss Franc Token, Embrace DLT

Switzerland’s national bank should work with large industry players to develop a Swiss franc token, according to a report by the Avenir Suisse think tank on June 4. Avenir Suisse is an independent privately funded think tank, with a yearly budget of reportedly 5 million Swiss francs ($5 million). Despite the opportunities that distributed ledger technology (DLT) is creating in the country’s finance industry — especially in trade finance, asset management and capital markets — researchers argue that the debate surrounding digitization is focused too much on the risks. Avenir Suisse’s report claims that…

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Blockchain 

Brazilian State-Owned Bank Funds Documentary via Its Own Ethereum-Based Token

A Brazilian state-owned bank is reportedly funding a documentary film through its own ether-based stablecoin, Cointelegraph Brazil reports on June 3. Brazil’s National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) will finance the production of a documentary in collaboration with local cinema producer Elo Company, whose movie “The Boy and the World” by Alê Abreu was nominated for an Oscar in 2016. According to the report, the funding for the project will be carried out through the national bank’s own cryptocurrency, BNDES token, a Brazilian real (BRL)-backed stablecoin that has…

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Blockchain 

Tezos Is About to Undergo Its First Token Holder Administered Hard Fork

After three months, a governance vote of public smart contract-enabled blockchain tezos (XTZ) started on Feb. 28 has been concluded — as scheduled — three months later, on May 28. Cryptocurrency news outlet Coindesk reported yesterday that the voting process has approved the upgrade — dubbed Athens A — and that the implementation is imminent. Tezos is a so-dubbed “self-amending” proof-of-stake blockchain, which means that it has an integrated upgrade system managed by the votes of coin stakers. The Athens A upgrade is reportedly the first one which passed the…

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Blockchain 

Compliant Token Startup Standard Tokenization Protocol Secures $7 Million in Funding

Compliant tokenization startup Standard Tokenization Protocol (STP) announced that it secured $7 million in funding in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 29. Per the release, STP raised the funds in two separate private funding rounds from multiple venture capitalists by selling its STPT token, with $5 million in the first round and $2 million in the second. The investors cited by the company are Neo Global Capital, BlockVC and AlphaBit. The announcement explains that STP’s service is designed to allow for the compliant and transparent tokenization of…

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Ethereum 

MakerDAO Token Holders Vote on Whether to Lower DAI Stability Fee by 2%

A vote about whether to decrease the so-called stability fee for MakerDAO’s ethereum blockchain-based decentralized stablecoin DAI has started. The vote was announced on the organization’s blog on May 17. If approved, the latest proposal would decrease the stability fee by 2% to 17.5% per year. According to the announcement, the need to decrease the fee was discussed during the MakerDAO governance call that took place on May 16. MakerDAO is looking to change the yearly stability fee in an attempt to improve the token’s peg to the U.S. dollar…

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Ethereum 

Blockchain Infrastructure Firm Blockstream Launches Security Token Platform

Blockchain infrastructure firm Blockstream announced the launch of its security token platform in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 15. Per the announcement, the new Liquid Securities platform is a solution for businesses to issue security tokens on the Liquid Network. Blockstream Chief Security Officer Samson Mow claims that while businesses are willing to issue tokenized securities, platforms such as Ethereum are not the right choice because of their scalability, privacy and reliability limitations. Blockstream claims that its platform is more suitable for such use: “Now, with the…

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Blockchain 

HTC Debuts Smartphone In-Wallet ERC-20 Token Swaps

Consumer electronics giant High Tech Computer (HTC) is rolling out in-wallet cryptocurrency trading for users of its Exodus 1 smartphone, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 14. HTC, which this week announced a low-cost version of its blockchain smartphone would appear around Q3 2019, now allows Zion Vault users to swap between various cryptocurrencies. The feature comes as a result of a partnership with Kyber Network, a dedicated platform for cross-token trading solutions. Swaps involve a selection of Ethereum (ETH)-based ERC-20 tokens, including basic attention token…

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