by Florin Oprea
Ciao Group, Inc. announced the Blockchain Frontier Markets Project. The Company recently announced the launch of its Cryptographic Enterprise Division lead by Henryk Dabrowski coming to Ciao from Alternet Systems, Inc. where he led the development and subsequent sale of Utiba Americas, a mobile financial remittance solution.
Chuan Tian – CoinDesk
An equity exchange headquartered in Beijing is partnering with a group of Chinese crowdfunding and venture capital companies to launch a new blockchain research lab.
William Suberg – The Coin Telegraph
Ethereum Classic has made history becoming the first digital currency research available on Bloomberg Terminals.
PHILIPP SANDNER, Frankfurt School Blockchain Center: Unfortunately, this does not help that much when the developer community is not that strong compared to Ethereum such that progresses on other dimensions are missing.
JP Buntinx – The Merkle
Reports Indicate Kraken’s Trading Engine Can Mess Up During Periods of High Trading Volume.
FAO: Yeah, well, I think I can name a lot of major “classic” stock exchanges in the world that have experienced outages not only in high trading volumes.
Rajesh Bhayani – Business Standard
After banking and financial sector companies, commodity exchanges are looking at using blockchain technology, which became known after the popularity of digital currency Bitcoin.
FAO: India is another rising power in fintech and blockchain. Just take a look at recent foreign investments in these sectors in e.g. here.
Chuan Tian – CoinDesk
A diamond exchange service based in Singapore is partnering with two blockchain startups.
FAO: Looks like not only Indian comexes are looking this way.
William Suberg – The Coin Thelegraph
Coinbase has disabled a wallet used by the action group working to free imprisoned Silk Road creator, Ross Ulbricht.
Michael del Castillo – CoinDesk
When the CEO of Swift wants to learn about blockchain, he does it in style.
US-based bitcoin exchange Coinbase announced today that former federal prosecutor Kathryn Haun has joined the Coinbase, Inc. company Board of Directors.
Blockchain-based banking startup BABB has announced the appointment of blockchain heavyweight Dr. Anish Mohammed, who has joined the team as CTO & CSO to spearhead the launch of the world’s first blockchain-based bank account.
Under the terms of the MoU, the firms will collaborate and finance co-investment opportunities in blockchain companies
Developed to meet the trading needs of a growing professional and retail market, QRYPTOS was designed to make cryptocurrency trading convenient and efficient for everyone from the novice investor to corporate clients.
William Suberg – The Cointelegraph
The world’s first Blockchain-based insurance marketplace, InsureX, is set to launch an ICO in July 2017 in a bid to raise at least 2200 ETH.
PHILIPP SANDNER, Frankfurt School Blockchain Center: As intermediaries, insurance companies should have a deep look concerning the new kind of risk model and the business model deployed here.
Chuan Tian – CoinDesk
XBT Provider, a Swedish bitcoin investment company based in Stockholm, has announced a new partnership with cryptocurrency storage startup Xapo.
Christopher Tozzi – Nasdaq
Compared to Western nations, many areas of Africa lack extensive infrastructure, entrenched financial institutions, a high degree of political stability and/or large pools of capital. In most traditional senses, these challenges constrain opportunities for growth on the continent.
FAO: Have a look at my comments today in our sister publication FinTech Daily News.
Over 100 representatives from banks, market infrastructure firms, trade associations, law firms and academia attended in person, with a further 50 representatives participating remotely. The aim was to drive progress through open innovation and open collaboration.
Paulo Santos – Seeking Alpha
Now, with Bitcoin having previously rallied so much, it’s likely that many “investors” in this “digital currency” were convinced that not only did it serve its purpose as a currency, but it also was actually a pretty good one. However, to be a currency/money, what’s usually asked of a candidate is for it to fulfill three functions: to be a medium of exchange, unit of account, and store of value.
Brian Patrick Eha – American Banker
The San Francisco startup, which began years ago by launching a cryptocurrency but has since turned its attention to business applications for blockchain technology, can easily prove its bona fides in the second camp
Jen Wieczner – Fortune
After both hit all-time highs, Bitcoin and Ethereum prices plummeted as much as 25% Thursday — but many investors were unable to trade for much of the selloff.
FAO: Just a normal market reaction, I would say. What say you?
Camila Russo – Bloomberg
Crypto coins’ gyrations require nerves of steel, but to an increasing number of Venezuelans, they’re the safest currency they can own.
FAO: Clever Venezuelans…
FAO: Florin Adrian Oprea, Editor-in-chief Blockchain Daily News