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Digital Currency and Blockchain Weekly Round-Up – January 18th, 2019

Fri, 18 Jan 2019, 11:41 am UTC

Wyoming advances sandbox bill to foster blockchain and fintech innovation
The Wyoming House Committee on Minerals, Business and Economic Development has unanimously approved the “Financial Technology Sandbox” bill, CoinDesk reported. If passed, the bill will create a program which will allow a person to “make an innovative financial product or service available to consumers during a sandbox period through a waiver of existing statutory and rule requirements, or portions thereof, by the commissioner or secretary.”

Wyoming lawmakers introduce bill to allow issuance of tokenized stock certificates
Wyoming lawmakers have introduced a bill that would allow corporates to issue certificate tokens in place of stock certificates using blockchain technology, CoinDesk reported. On January 16, Republican Jared Olsen, Senator Chris Rothfuss (Democrat), along with six other Republican representatives filed House Bill 0185, titled “Corporate stock-certificate tokens.”

Vermont to launch captive insurance blockchain pilot
The U.S. state of Vermont is going to launch a pilot project that will focus on exploring blockchain potential in the digital recordkeeping practices of the captive insurance industry. On January 9, the Secretary of State's Office and Department of Financial Regulation signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to look into the application of blockchain technology in the digital recordkeeping practices.

Monetary Authority of Singapore seeks to introduce regulation for cryptocurrency exchange services
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is seeking to introduce a regulatory framework for cryptocurrency exchange services. During the second reading of the “Payment Services Bill,” Ong Ye Kung, Minister For Education, on behalf of Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister-In-Charge of the MAS, said that the bill provides a forward-looking and flexible framework for the regulation of payment systems and payment service providers in the country.

Securities Commission Malaysia likely to launch crypto and ICO regulatory framework by Q1 2019
The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) has announced its plans to implement guidelines to regulate the trading of cryptocurrencies and initial coin offering (ICO). The announcement follows the recent statement from the Minister of Finance YB Tuan Lim Guan Eng that the Capital Markets and Services (Prescription of Securities) (Digital Currency and Digital Token) Order 2019 will go into effect on January 15, 2019.

South Korea’s Financial Services Commission to launch fintech sandbox in April
South Korea’s Financial Services Commission (FSC) is planning to launch a financial regulatory sandbox in April 2019. At a recent meeting with fintech entrepreneurs, executives of financial institutions and investors, FSC Chairman Choi JongKu outlined the FSC’s policy priorities for fintech innovation in 2019.

Danish Tax Agency to obtain trading information from three local crypto exchanges
The Danish Tax Agency has announced that it has been authorized by the country’s Tax Council to obtain information on cryptocurrency trading from three local crypto exchanges from 2016 to 2018. This marks the first time that the agency would have access to this information, it said.

New Zealand crypto exchange Cryptopia suffers security breach
Cryptopia, a New Zealand-based cryptocurrency exchange, has suspended its activities following a security breach. In a tweet, the exchange said that it suffered a security breach on January 14 which resulted in “significant losses.”

Funding/Investments/Acquisitions

  • UPS’ venture arm invests in blockchain-based e-commerce startup Inxeption
  • Blockchain startup Chronicled secures $16M in Series A round
  • Crypto project Bakkt announces first ever acquisition deal
  • Crypto startup Totle raises $1M from Arrington XRP, NEO Global Capital, and Goren Holm Ventures
  • ConsenSys, Nordic VC fund and others back blockchain e-money startup Monerium
  • Google, Lenfest and blockchain startup ConsenSys back Automattic’s new publishing project “Newspack by WordPress.com
  • Crypto exchange Coinbase acquires Blockspring

Consortiums/Partnerships

  • Blockchain firm R3 announces Corda Network and new governing foundation
  • Oil majors Chevron and Total join blockchain platform for energy commodity trading ‘Vakt’
  • SEAT joins Spanish blockchain consortium Alastria
  • LG CNS joins Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

Digital Currency and Blockchain Initiatives

  • BitGo simplifies crypto trading for institutional clients via Genesis partnership
  • Crypto exchange Binance enters European markets with new Jersey-based exchange
  • Blockchain startup Bitfury launches music division ‘Bitfury Surround’
  • Swiss investment bank Vontobel launches crypto custody solution
  • Coincheck joins the list of registered cryptocurrency exchanges in Japan
  • NGA Human Resources seeks to bring blockchain technology to HR & payroll processes
  • WWF unveils blockchain-based food provenance platform ‘OpenSC’
  • Dubai telecom company du to develop blockchain solution for patient safety
  • IBM announces blockchain initiatives on mining and metals supply chain and tracking ethically sourced minerals
  • Iberdrola trials blockchain technology for tracking renewable energy
  • Israeli shipping firm ZIM advances blockchain-based Bills of Lading initiative to next phase
  • KB Financial Group, LG team up to develop blockchain and AI-focused projects
  • HSBC settles $250B worth of FX transactions using distributed ledger technology
  • Mongolia's capital city to launch blockchain-based money transfer services via Terra partnership
  • SAP launches blockchain solution to track pharmaceutical drugs

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09:39
Rabobank pumps ‎€80M into venture fund to drive fintech and agtech investments
09:06
Enterprise Ethereum Alliance to launch token task force in 2019
07:21
BitTorrent unveils new payment card for BTT tokens
06:09
Luxembourg lawmakers pass blockchain bill into law
05:11
Canadian crypto exchange Coinsquare acquires StellarX
04:12
JP Morgan reveals key details of Quorum Blockchain-based JPM Coin
03:41
Samsung SDS develops blockchain accelerator technology to enhance transaction processing speed
Feb 14, 2019 (Thursday)
12:11
JP Morgan to trial own cryptocurrency ‘JPM Coin’ for instant client payments: Report
11:04
Intel announces new product to accelerate blockchain deployment
09:47
Huobi Wallet adds support for Japanese and Korean languages
09:11
US CFTC includes cryptocurrencies in 2019 examination priorities
07:24
Nasdaq to launch Brave New Coin Bitcoin and Ethereum indices on February 25
06:07
Italian interbank blockchain project enters pre-production phase
05:14
Enterprise Ethereum Alliance opens regional office in China
04:16
UC Berkeley launches blockchain accelerator for early stage startups
03:39
Former JPMorgan Chase executive joins blockchain startup Vakt as CEO
Feb 13, 2019 (Wednesday)
11:46
New feature to enable Coinbase Wallet users to backup private keys on Google Drive and iCloud
10:52
Hyundai Commercial partners with IBM to create blockchain-based commercial financing platform
09:45
Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange lists ICNQ token on GBX-DAX
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