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The United Nations’ charity arm for children, UNICEF, is funding research into blockchain tech. Announced Monday, UNICEF is investing $100,000 in six blockchain startups to “solve global challenges using blockchain technology,” ranging from healthcare delivery transparency to managing finances and resources. The investments are part of a broader program which already funds 20 technology startups,
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Philippe Bekhazi is the CEO of XBTO Group, a cryptocurrency trading firm. — The current wave of stablecoin issuances is a result of the current bear market in underlying crypto assets, leading to upwards of 50 stablecoins on offer today. Given an increasing media focus and heightened industry attention, it’s important to take both a
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Advertisement Over the past month, many reports about the materialization of a potential “death spiral” on the Bitcoin network were released, leading investors to be concerned about the short-term trend of the dominant cryptocurrency. According to a security expert and cryptocurrency researcher Andreas Antonopoulos, a death spiral is unlikely to happen in Bitcoin. What is
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Kevin Werbach is a Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the author of “The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust,” from which this article is adapted. _______ In 2015, New York became one of the first jurisdictions in the world to adopt a regulatory
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Kevin Rutter is the research lead at R3. _________ “CBDC, not bitcoin” is the new “blockchain, not bitcoin.” Since 2014, discussions of a publicly accessible digital payment vehicle issued by a central bank have matured significantly. Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) have been the center of many high-level discussions, notably at the Bank for International
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has ordered fund manager CoinAlpha Advisors LLC to pay a $50,000 fine following what it deemed to be an unregistered securities sale. According to the order published Friday, CoinAlpha formed a fund in October 2017 with the goal of investing in digital assets. It reached out to possible investors,
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Members of ethereum’s open-source development team have reached agreement on an activation time for Constantinople, a proposed code change designed to give users the option to update the blockchain with additional features. Speaking at a bi-weekly core developer meeting Friday, the developers assembled agreed on block 7,080,000 on the ethereum blockchain as an activation point
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State-owned Russian bank Sberbank has completed a repurchase agreement, or repo, using blockchain technology. The bank announced Thursday that, with participation from Region Brokerage Company and the country’s National Settlement Depository (NSD), it settled the “world’s first” three-way over-the-counter (OTC) repo using a smart contract. In a repo, securities are sold to an entity, with the
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When trying to predict the future price of bitcoin, it’s impossible to do so without first looking at its past. No matter how it’s examined, the cyclical nature of bitcoin’s price action can’t be ignored especially when considering its notorious “boom and bust” cycles. If the latest plunge below the long-lasting support level of $6,000
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) extended a rule change proposal allowing the nation’s first bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), pushing the decision deadline to next year. In a notice posted online, the securities regulator said it was extending the review period for the ETF to Feb. 27, 2019. The proposal was first submitted by
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Swiss Post, the country’s national postal service, and state-owned telecoms provider Swisscom have united to develop a blockchain platform. The two announced Thursday that they are using Hyperledger Fabric to build their “simple, secure and sustainable” private blockchain infrastructure, intended to be utilized by their own, as well as other companies’, applications. The infrastructure is designed
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Advertisement When Craig Wright formed an alliance with CoinGeek founder Calvin Ayre to launch a hostile takeover of the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network, the two men predicted that their BCH implementation — Bitcoin SV (BSV) — would quickly accrue near universal support among miners due to its allegedly miner-friendly protocol specifications. This support would be
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