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Blockchain Daily News

by Florin Oprea

Edition 36, 22.08.2017

Deals, Investments & M&As

Swiss Digital Asset Exchange ShapeShift Buys KeepKey Holder In All-Bitcoin Deal

Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss – Reuters

Swiss digital currency exchange ShapeShift AG has acquired Seattle-based KeepKey Holder, a maker of devices known as digital wallets, in an all-bitcoin deal.

Financial terms were undisclosed.

FAO: Is this deal another “world’s first”? Can you think of similar deal? Send us your thoughts here.

Cryptocurrencies

Hints and Rumors? How Ripple Might Really Enter China’s Market

Noelle Acheson – CoinDesk

When word started circulating last week that Alibaba might be running a Ripple validator node, a key question emerged – could this be the blockchain company’s road into China?

The answer, it seems, is both yes and no. While Ripple denied the rumors, it did confirm that it was looking to break into the Chinese market.

FAO: At the time of writing XRP jumped almost 25% in the last 24h

Exchanges & Trading Venues

Paycase Plans Canadian Bitcoin Exchange Launch By End Of Year

Claire Brownell – Financial Post

Not long ago, Paycase CEO Joseph Weinberg was getting laughed out of boardrooms with his bold predictions about how Bitcoin will change the world.

FAO: “Cryptoverse” expanding in Canada.

Latest Developments & Agreements

Swift’s Cross-Border Blockchain Trial Is Moving Into Its Next Phase

Michael del Castillo – CoinDesk

After months of work, a team of developers at the inter-bank payments platform have completed a proof-of-concept built with the Hyperledger Fabric blockchain. Designed to test whether moving member bank accounts to a distributed ledger could help Swift reconcile in real time, the project is now ready for its next phase.

FAO: More details about Swift’s project can be found here, in a July edition of your bulletin.

Startups, Accelerators & Hubs

The Reality Of Blockchain In Australia, Lots Of Plans But Waiting For Big Hit

Nick Abrahams – AFR

The country is awash with blockchain conferences but the technology itself is still stuck in the “proof of concept” starting blocks. However, there is cause for hope as Australia has a leading position globally with various projects, including the ASX’s CHESS replacement, AgriDigital’s supply chain provenance solution and Webjet’s travel industry blockchain.

FAO: ASX is working with Digital Asset Holdings (DAH) to find a replacer for CHESS. ASX owns 8.5% of DAH.

Analysis

Blockchain Set To Transform Loan Trading And Collateral Markets

Peter Lee – Euromoney

Synaps, a joint venture between Ipreo and Symbiont, used the latter’s smart contact technology in an experiment in the first quarter of the year with a group of 19 banks and asset managers drawn together by Credit Suisse that focused on servicing and settlement in the $1 trillion secondary market for US loans.

PHILIPP SANDNER, Frankfurt School Blockchain Center: Actually, this is a very promising application of blockchain technology! This applies also for developing countries (micro credits).

 

FAO: Florin Adrian Oprea, Editor-in-chief Blockchain Daily News

DNT: Decebal Nicolaie Todarita, Editor Blockchain Daily News