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Digital Currency and Blockchain Weekly Round-Up – February 8th, 2019

Fri, 08 Feb 2019, 11:32 am UTC

US SEC solicits companies for blockchain data
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is seeking sources that can provide blockchain data to support its efforts on ensuring compliance and risk monitoring of digital assets. It said that it is “issuing this sources sought notice as a means of conducting market research to determine the availability and technical capability of large and small businesses to provide blockchain data to support the SEC’s efforts to monitor risk, improve compliance, and inform Commission policy with respect to digital assets.”

Seoul appoints ‘Blockchain Governance Team’ members using ICON’s public blockchain
South Korean blockchain project ICON has announced that the Seoul Metropolitan Government issued mobile letters of appointment to its Blockchain Governance Team using its public blockchain. ICONLOOP, a South Korean blockchain enterprise which provides all technical support for the ICON project, developed mobile letters of appointment for the Blockchain Governance Team.

Bank of Korea’s explores central bank digital currency in new report
Researchers at the Bank of Korea (BoK) have published a study that looks into effects of central bank digital currency (CBDC) issuance on financial stability. The study examined the implications of CBDC for financial stability using a model in which commercial bank deposits compete with the central bank deposits in CBDC account and public could access CBDC via direct deposit at the central bank.

Digital Isle of Man establishes blockchain office and sandbox
Digital Isle of Man, an executive agency of the Department for Enterprise, has announced new initiatives aimed at encouraging blockchain businesses in the country. The agency has established a Blockchain Office and launched an Isle of Man Blockchain Sandbox. The initiatives aim to help blockchain businesses navigate the island’s current and future regulatory landscapes, with expert-led assistance and support.

Tulum municipality signs MOU with Overstock.com’s blockchain subsidiary Medici Land Governance
Medici Land Governance, a blockchain subsidiary of Overstock.com focused on land administration, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the municipality of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico to develop a digital land records platform.

Images of child abuse uploaded to Bitcoin SV blockchain
An incident underscoring the risk of blockchain use for illicit activities has come to the forefront as someone added images of child sexual abuse to the core ledger of Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV), also known as the blockchain, BBC News reported February 06. In an online post dated January 31, payment system Money Button confirmed that the illegal content was added to the blockchain using its service.

Acquistions/Fundraising/Investments

  • Facebook ramps up blockchain division with new hires
  • Kraken acquires London-based Crypto Facilities in nine-figure deal
  • Blockchain startup DOVU seeks to raise £2M in Security Token Offering in April

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Apr 18, 2019 (Thursday)
11:52
Monex Group considers adding cryptocurrencies amid growing competition
10:58
Japan’s FSA to introduce new rules for crypto exchanges’ cold wallets: Report
09:38
Wirecard, Telegram’s TON partner to develop digital financial services and banking platform
09:10
E-Commerce giant Rakuten opens registrations for its cryptocurrency exchange
07:46
Enterprise Ethereum Alliance launches initiative to apply standards to tokenization
06:12
Crypto exchange Coinbase expands crypto-to-crypto support to 11 new countries
05:38
Crypto exchange Gemini adds full support for SegWit
04:11
Israeli shipping giant ZIM joins IBM Maersk blockchain shipping solution “TradeLens”
03:28
Ashton Kutcher’s Thorn looks to blockchain technology to eliminate child sexual abuse content from internet
Apr 17, 2019 (Wednesday)
11:45
Trading Technologies launches connectivity to bitcoin derivatives platform BitMEX
10:47
US SEC and FINRA to discuss digital assets and cybersecurity at National Compliance Outreach Program for Broker-Dealers
09:56
Blockchain smartphone maker Sirin Labs lays off 25% of staff
09:01
USDT launches on TRON Blockchain
07:13
EY launches smart contract testing service for public Ethereum blockchain, announces major upgrades
06:08
MUFG, Sozo Ventures back crypto compliance startup Chainalysis’s Series B round
05:10
eToroX launches cryptocurrency exchange , announces 8 stablecoins
04:25
Hong Kong insurer Blue Cross launches blockchain solution
03:45
South Korean telecom giant KT launches 5G-based blockchain platform 'GiGA Chain'
Apr 16, 2019 (Tuesday)
11:47
French government to invest €4.5B into blockchain technologies
11:03
Accenture and Generali launch blockchain solution for captive employee benefits
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