Germany Plans Major Digital Token Regulation Effort in 2019

Germany plans to introduce draft regulations allowing blockchain bonds as soon as this summer, local daily business news outlet Handelsblatt reported May 9. Citing Thomas Heilmann, the ruling coalition government’s dedicated blockchain correspondent, the publication revealed the new legislation has already gained mainstream momentum, with a summary paper already in existence. According to Heilmann, it is both necessary and advantageous for…

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Binance CEO Publishes Security Incident Update, Apologizes for Blockchain Re-Org Comment

Changpeng Zhao (CZ), CEO of major crypto exchange Binance, has updated reporters on the exchange’s security revamp and investigation into this week’s $40 million hack in a security incident update shared with Cointelegraph on May 10. The CEO also apologized for having fuelled community concerns by openly discussing the possibility of incentivizing a blockchain re-organization — or transaction…

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Malta Makes Landmark Announcement to Become Blockchain Island

Malta has realized the dream of becoming Blockchain Island with a major announcement by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) along with the Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA). This announcement brings the island to the forefront of blockchain technology and leads the way for acceptance of the digital currency. The first Virtual Financial Assets (VFA)…

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Swiss Post Partners With Blockchain Startup on Temperature Monitoring Shipments Solution

Switzerland’s national postal service Swiss Post has cooperated with blockchain firm Modum to further develop a temperature monitoring solution for shipments. The news was reported by Swiss logistics news site Die Post on May 7. Die Post reports that Swiss Post has cooperated with Modum, a blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) technology firm, as a technology partner to launch…

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Theta Labs’ Video Streaming Network Closes Funding Led By Samsung NEXT and Blockchain.com

Theta Labs, the company behind the Theta Network, has recently closed a new strategic funding round that was led by tech giants such as Samsung NEXT and Blockchain. Other companies that participated in the funding round include Uphonest Capital, Wei Fund, Igen Fusion Capital, and many others. Theta Labs Receives Support From Samsung NEXT and Blockchain One…

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Bank of Thailand’s CBDC Project Prototype Is Being Finalized by R3 and Wipro

Blockchain consortium R3 and global IT leader Wipro Limited have developed a blockchain solution prototype to enable digital currency for interbank settlements in Thailand, according to apress release from May 7. The release states that the solution will be used by the country’s central bank, the Bank of Thailand (BoT), and eight local commercial banks to enable decentralized interbank real-time gross settlement using a wholesale…

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Australian Securities Exchange Debuts Infrastructure Replacement

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has released the first code for its replacement app development tool based on blockchain, the company confirmed in a press release on May 7. The new platform, dubbed the Customer Development Environment (CDE), builds on the exchange’s previous offering, Chess, which will now be retired. The initial features, which hinge on distributed-ledger technology (DLT), began…

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Moscow Student Councils Plan to Pilot Blockchain E-Voting in June

Authorities of Moscow are planning to pilot blockchain-based electronic voting in university student council elections in late June 2019, establishing methods that the city’s mayoral election may be next to apply, Russian news agency TASS reported on May 6. According to the report, the project is set to be tested with the support of the Moscow Department of Information Technology (DIT) and the Moscow City Election Commission…

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Warren Buffett Takes a Moment to Insult Bitcoin at His Berkshire Hathaway’s Annual Meeting

There is not any doubt in the cryptocurrency industry, regarding the way that Warren Buffett feels about Bitcoin, or “rat poison squared,” as he calls it. After the recent annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett practically doubled down on his statements, saying that the cryptocurrency is “a gambling device,” bringing attention to the many scams in…

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