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Creditors of Mt. Gox, the defunct bitcoin exchange, have announced an update to the civil rehabilitation plan agreed upon with the platform, according to a statement published on the group’s website.   The updated terms are said to be in line with the latest court position in the ongoing legal proceedings, including a confirmation that compensation …

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“We have nothing to hide,” says Tory Reiss, VP of corporate development at TrustToken. Like the market’s most popular stablecoin, Tether, TrustToken’s TrueUSD is fiat-collateralized. Under this model, each token (in theory) should be backed 1:1 with a corresponding dollar in a related bank account. This model may not play out in practice as it does in …

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DIRT, a blockchain startup that plans to develop a trusted platform for structured data, has raised $3 million in a seed funding round. The San Francisco-based company said investment firms that participated in the round include General Catalyst, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Pantera Capital and others. In a Medium post, the company, which describes …

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Dala has officially announced a new multi-chain strategy that will include Stellar, the technology behind the seventh largest cryptocurrency (lumens) by market cap. Dala is looking to create the most decentralized financial system available by bring together top blockchains and protocols. It hopes to reach developing markets by establishing a decentralized system that allows users to …

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With an estimated $100 billion value in sunken artifacts in the waters surrounding the Bahamas, deep-sea treasure hunters could soon satiate their thirst for a big bounty through blockchain technology. Using an approach that tokenizes shipwrecked items found on the seafloor, the founders behind blockchain startup PO8 intend to revitalize marine archaeology in the region …

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In May 2018, TokenPay Swiss AG joined with WEG Bank in Germany. The former attained a 9.9 percent stake in the bank, along with the option to purchase as much as 90 percent, pending regulatory approval. On July 10, 2018, that 9.9 percent stake has been transacted to the Litecoin Foundation in exchange for a …

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Augur, a blockchain-based predictions platform, opens to the general public today, on July 9, 2018. The platform becomes the “world’s first” decentralized prediction-market platform. Augur was created by the Forecast Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation whose goal is to build “open-source, public forecasting tools.” Prediction markets — which are a general type of financial market — …

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Ripple is staring down the barrel of yet another securities lawsuit — its third one this year. Filed in the Superior Court of the State of California in San Mateo County, the class action alleges that Ripple and its team illegally sold and promoted XRP, Ripple’s currency, as an unregistered security. The suit’s plaintiff, David …

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On July 3, 2018, Binance suspended all trading and withdrawal services due to “irregular” Syscoin (SYS) trades carried out “from a number of API users.” The exchange has since resumed all activities, according to a blog post. Questions remain, however, as to the root cause of the problem. Binance API While the price of Syscoin …

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Technologist and Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak played contrarian at the NEX technology conference in late June, comparing the hype around blockchain to the fervor he witnessed just before the implosion of the dot-com bubble. Still, Wozniak stood by his unflinching loyalty for Bitcoin, even in the midst of the market’s 2018 downturn. To be …

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Tether Ltd., which issues a stable coin allegedly tied to U.S. dollar reserves, claims it has hired Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan LLP — a law firm co-founded by FBI Director Louis Freeh — to confirm its bank deposits and assure investors that its cryptocurrency is backed by USD. While the law firm did not perform …

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Bancor has announced today it will launch a network of blockchain-based community currencies in Kenya. The new project is expected to combat poverty through the stimulation of local and regional commerce and peer-to-peer collaboration. By using the Bancor Network, disadvantaged communities in Kenya will be able to create digital currencies that can hold one or …

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Asset tokenization platform TrustToken just raised $20 million in a strategic token sale with the help of major venture corporations, including Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). The startup announced Monday that the cash raised in the funding effort, which was also backed by BlockTower Capital and Danhua Capital, will be used to continue developing its platform, which …

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Jeff Garzik first tuned the world into his latest venture in the fall of 2017. The Bloq co-founder unveiled Metronome (MET), a cryptocurrency he founded alongside Matthew Roszak, at the Las Vegas Money 20/20 conference in late October, and the project caught the attention of Bloomberg and Fortune at the time. What makes Metronome interesting …

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According to data from EOS Authority, EOS has finally acquired the minimum votes required for its network to go live. After EOS failed to launch its platform on its projected launch date of June 2, a live-stream vote was called, where users voted “Go” to launch the blockchain network. But while the network got the …

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There is substantial controversy surrounding Tether, a cryptocurrency that claims to be pegged to the U.S. dollar. According to Tether, each Tether token is backed by one U.S. dollar, held in the full reserve of Tether. But the existence of the U.S. dollars pegging Tether has been called into question. Moreover, worries exist that Bitfinex …

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Vancouver-based blockchain and cryptocurrency firm DMG Blockchain Solutions Inc. has announced the official launch of its BitScore web API. The platform is designed to provide cryptocurrency deposit and withdrawal risk-scoring for both anti-money laundering (AML) and anti-fraud compliance. DMG Blockchain Solutions seeks to manage, operate and develop end-to-end solutions for monetizing the blockchain ecosystem, and …

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Venezuela has reportedly offered the Indian government a fantastic deal: a 30 percent discount on crude oil imports. The only condition being that the oil must be purchased through the nation’s newly minted cryptocurrency, the Petro. Venezuelan Crisis   The release of the currency comes as Maduro’s government attempts to address a number of pressing …

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The cryptocurrency project “Ravencoin” published its first white paper on April 3, 2018. Entitled “Ravencoin: A Peer to Peer Electronic System for the Creation and Transfer of Assets,” the document is authored by CoinCPA founder Tron Black and Chainstone Labs founder Bruce Fenton, and seeks to offer information about the coin’s features which, until now, …

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People have a fetish for lists: frequent versus infrequent; business versus personal. There are grocery lists, to-do lists, bucket lists, Oscar nomination lists, top charts, top movies and top restaurants. By utilizing blockchain technology, token-curated registries (TCRs), that is, decentralized lists created with underlying economic incentives, have the potential to increase the accuracy and governance …

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