Ethereum 

Privacy Coin Zcash Community to Develop Wrapped Token for Ethereum

The privacy-focused cryptocurrency Zcash (ZEC) is seeking access to Ethereum’s decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem. Zcash’s shielded addresses on the Ethereum network On Oct. 13, Coindesk reported that the topic of interoperability was the theme of the now concluded Devcon 5 developer conference in Osaka, Japan, where a number of smaller cryptocurrency projects displayed interest in accessing Ethereum’s DeFi ecosystem. Summa co-founder, James Prestwich, told the news outlet: “Connecting to other chains doesn’t seem to be an Ethereum developer’s priority, but other chains seem to want to connect to Ethereum.” Developers…

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Blockchain 

TZero-Backed Startup Wants to Launch Security Token Market

Boston Security Token Exchange (BSTX), a platform jointly owned by BOX Digital Markets and Overstock’s blockchain arm tZERO, has filed an application with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to approve the launch of a market for publicly traded registered security tokens. In the rule change proposal released by the SEC on Oct. 11, BOX asks the commission to “adopt rules to govern the trading of equity securities on the Exchange” which “would operate a fully automated, price/time priority execution system for the trading of ‘security tokens.’” Establishing…

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Blockchain 

FC Bayern Munich Announces Digital Token to Boost Fan Engagement

Germany’s FC Bayern Munich has become the latest football club to announce blockchain-based merchandise for fans. As reported Oct. 11, the club will partner with Stryking Entertainment to produce digital collectibles of its players. Play FC Bayern Munich past vs. present The collectibles will take the form of digital player cards with the likenesses of FC Bayern Munich players, past and present. Stryking is also creating a fantasy-league style challenge for the cards, offering a gameplay aspect to the collectibles. Fans can build virtual squads and play each other with…

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Ethereum 

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance’s Reward Token System Backed by Microsoft, Intel

Microsoft and Intel are backing a new system of reward tokens created by the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA). EEA creates new reward token system The EEA, which sets standards for Ethereum-based blockchain applications in business, shared the developments in a statement with Cointelegraph on Oct. 7. The organization said that it has created a new system of reward tokens that has the support of both software giants. The EEA is a blockchain consortium with over 450 enterprise business members such as Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, Santander, Accenture, ING, Intel and Cisco.…

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Blockchain 

Sacramento Kings Launches Blockchain Token for Its Predictive Gaming App

The Sacramento Kings NBA basketball team is launching a blockchain-powered rewards program within its gaming app. Partnership with Blockparty The Sacramento Kings partnered with New Jersey-based blockchain ticketing platform Blockparty to add blockchain-based rewards to its prediction game Call the Shot, the team officially announced on Oct. 7. According to the announcement, the new program will be available in the upcoming 2019–2020 season. During the season, Blockparty will be tracking Kings fans’ activity while they are betting on Call the Shot and accumulate points in a virtual wallet within each…

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Blockchain 

Leading Japanese Firms Form Security Token Offering Association

Leading Japanese companies are forming a regulatory association for security token offerings (STO). On Sept. 30, the Nikkei Asian Review reported that firms such as SBI Securities, Nomura Securities, Monex Group and Daiwa Securities Group are part of the STO association that will propose a new set of rules and seek approval from the country’s financial watchdog organization, the Financial Services Agency. STO’s are set to become a new way of raising capital in Japan as early as next April when a legal change will make them an option for…

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Blockchain 

SEC Charges Token Sale Platform For Illegal $14M Securities Offering

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sued ICOBox and its founder Nikolay Evdokimov for conducting an illegal securities offering and for acting as unregistered brokers. SEC says ICOBox’s digital tokens are worthless In a press release on Sept. 18, the SEC claimed that ICOBox and Evdokimov sold the firm’s ICO tokens to more than 2,000 investors in an unregistered coin offering in 2017. The SEC goes on to say that the defendants claimed that the tokens would increase in value upon trading and that ICO token holders…

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Ethereum 

Galatasaray Is the Latest Big-Name Football Club to Launch a Fan Token

Turkish Football Club Galatasaray Spor Kulübü plans to launch fan Ethereum-based fan tokens in partnership with blockchain sports fan startup Socios based on sports tokenization platform Chiliz. Socios announces in a press release published on Sept. 16 that as a result of the partnership, The Lions (Aslanlar) — the only Turkish club to have won a major UEFA competition — will release its fan tokens on its platform. A blockchain sports platform Furthermore, the team will also be present on the firm’s blockchain-based, influence and rewards mobile app for football…

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Blockchain 

Warner Music to Build Token on New Blockchain by CryptoKitties Creator

Global media giant Warner Music Group will be creating digital assets using new public blockchain backed by CryptoKitties creator. Warner Music’s to create assets on Flow According to a Forbes report on Sept. 12, Warner Music has joined an $11.2 million investment in CryptoKitties creator Dapper Labs in order to collaborate on the deployment of the company’s new blockchain network called Flow as well as building tokens on top of it. While Warner has reportedly invested less than $1 million in the form of a convertible security, other contributors included…

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Cryptocurrency 

Blockstack Raises $23 Million USD in First Regulated Token Offering

Blockstack has raised $23 million USD in the first-ever token offering approved by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Blocskstack PBC, which is a decentralized computing network aiming to antiquate data breaches and trust violations, first announced the token sale in July, having received SEC approval to raise up to $28 million USD in a Reg A+ compliant offering. The breakdown of the token offering consisted of $15.5 million USD raised through the sale of  74.3 million Stacks tokens through its Reg A+ sale in the US, and an additional…

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