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Blockchain Daily News

by Florin Oprea

Edition #5, 26.05.2017

Cryptocurrencies

Digital Currency Market Cap Crosses $90 Billion(!)

Samburaj Das  – Crypto Coins News

Cryptocurrency Mania Goes Beyond Bitcoin

Lily Katz – Bloomberg

Market value of digital currencies jumps 50% in a week. Ethereum, litecoin, zcash join bitcoin in dramatic rise.

Is The Latest Bitcoin Bubble About To Burst?

Alistair Charlton – IBT

As bitcoin surges towards the $3000 barrier, cryptocurrency experts warn of another crash on the horizon.

FAO: Happy to publish my newsletters in times like these…

Exchanges & Trading Venues

Cash Is King for Euronext and R3, But for Very Different Reasons

John Brazier – Waters Technology

Euronext makes its play for FX through hefty M&A investment, while R3 announces a sizable intake from its own investors.

FAO: Among the R3 investors: SBI Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, HSBC, Intel and Temasek.  We announced the tranche this week – here.

TMX Group Develops Blockchain Prototype for Energy Business

Canada NewsWire via COMTEX

TMX Group To Test Natural Gas Transmission With Blockchain-Based Prototype

Dan Cummings – ETHNews

On May 24, 2017, TMX Group announced the development of a blockchain-based prototype that enables the transfer of natural gas. The project was the result of a partnership between Natural Gas Exchange (NGX), TMX’s wholly-owned subsidiary and a leading North American energy exchange, and Nuco Inc., a digital infrastructure provider.

FAO: TMX joins Nasdaq in experimenting on blockchain.

Vendors

John McAfee Says Bitcoin Boom to Put MGT in the Black

Lily Katz & Esha Dey

Guess who’s jumping on the bitcoin bandwagon?

Bitcoin $3,000? Ex-fugitive Cybersecurity Legend Sees ‘Enormous Momentum’

Barbara Kollmeyer – MarketWatch

BitPeople

Consensus 2017: Even Academics Can’t Keep Pace With Blockchain Change

Amy Castor – CoinDesk

As blockchain startups take off, where will they find their workforce?

Leading Global Blockchain Firm ConsenSys Launches its Academy with a Developer Challenge

PRNewswire

Global blockchain specialist firm ConsenSys, the largest blockchain venture studio on the planet, is announcing the launch of its ConsenSys Academy with the 2017 Challenge, a highly selective and immersive experience.

Latest Developments & Agreements

As Bitcoin Prices Soar, Messaging App Kik Launches Cryptocurrency Payment Service

Anita Balakrishnan -CNBC

Cryptocurrency will be the primary transaction currency on Kik.

Kik’s implementation of cryptocurrency is relatively unusual because most apps use local currencies for payments.

Chat App Kik Takes On Facebook With Developer Ecosystem Built On The Blockchain

Jon Russell – TechCrunch

Kik isn’t just the most used service to venture into ICOs, it is also the highest financially backed company. It has raised over $120 million to date, and its most recent fundraising round in late 2015 valued its business at $1 billion.

ISO Promises to Take Blockchain Technology to the Next Level

Avi Mizrahi – Finance Magnates

The International Organization for Standardization thinks that blockchain promises to revolutionize financial transactions.

FAO: I especially included this story here: beneath the “future”, above “the past”…

Bank of Canada Says Won’t Use Blockchain For Interbank Payment System

Solarina Ho – Reuters

The Bank of Canada said on Thursday that its experiment with blockchain, or distributed ledger technology, showed it is currently not compatible with operating the country’s centralized interbank payment systems.

The Bank’s conclusion, published in a column in The Globe and Mail newspaper, comes after a year-long experiment in partnership with Payments Canada, which is responsible for the country’s clearing and settlement infrastructure, and Canada’s largest banks.

FAO: Meanwhile in Japan…

Blockchain: Protector Of Cryptocurrencies … And Eggplant

Nikkei Asian Review

The ledgers are safeguarding the tracking of veggies, drivers, home keys.

Osaka-based venture Sivira has established a system in which multiple computers can share and record information regarding vegetables produced in Aya, in the southwestern prefecture of Miyazaki. The records are blockchained together against modification, thereby ensuring that consumers get accurate data on the produce they buy.

Other news

People Are Making A Fortune Buying Government-Seized Bitcoins

Joe Ciolli – Business Insider

The old saying goes that one man’s loss is another man’s gain. That has proved true in the bitcoin market.

FAO: Good for them!