CoinMarketCap Crypto Assets Now Feature Flipside Letter Grades

Blockchain analytics startup Flipside Crypto is bringing crypto asset letter grades to a slew of online publishers. The Fundamental Crypto Asset Score (FCAS) metric – which evaluates factors such as developer activity and a broad set of transaction data – was recently added to CoinMarketCap, along with publishers such as MarketWatch, TheStreet and Stocktwits. The […]

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Crypto Investment App Donut Raises $1.8 Million in Seed Funding

Cryptocurrency investment app provider Donut has raised $1.8 million in a seed funding round. The Germany-based startup told CoinDesk on Thursday that the round was led by early-stage venture capital firm Redalpine. Other investors included technology venture funds EarlyBlock and Entrepreneur First, AngelList’s Philipp Moehring and Andy Chung, N26 bank board member Marcus Mosen, and […]

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SEC’s Valerie Szczepanik at SXSW: Crypto ‘Spring’ Is Going to Come

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Valerie Szczepanik is optimistic that regulation will ultimately boost the cryptocurrency market. “I do think if we hope to smell the crypto spring in the air, it will take people walking with the regulators,” Szczepanik, the SEC’s senior advisor for digital assets, told a crowd Friday at SXSW in […]

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Ethereum’s ProgPoW Mining Change to Be Considered for Istanbul Upgrade

The code designed to enact ethereum’s next system-wide upgrade, Istanbul, may feature the inclusion of a controversial mining algorithm said to allow for broader participation in its network. Discussed Tuesday during a meeting of project managers working on the world’s second-largest blockchain, Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP) 1057, also known as Progressive Proof-of-Work (ProgPoW), has been long debated. […]

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IBM Scores Deal With US Credit Union Group to Use Hyperledger Blockchain

CU Ledger, a consortium of U.S. credit unions that’s been experimenting with a range of private blockchains, has added one more to the list: IBM’s Hyperledger Fabric solution. The consortium will use IBM’s tech to create “an immutable audit trail that can be used to create new business models and transform existing business processes for credit […]

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Venezuelan Economist: Cryptocurrency Is ‘Good’ Money, Bolivars Are Not

The adoption of cryptocurrencies in Venezuela, first due to hyperinflation and later due to dollarization, could come to play a role in the country’s economic rebuilding. At least that’s according to Venezuela’s most outspoken economist on the subject of cryptocurrencies, professor Aaron Olmos, who dissected the reasons for his country’s current dependency on the US […]

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JP Morgan’s Stablecoin: A Feat of Engineering or Marketing?

Ben Jessel is head of enterprise blockchain at Kadena, a next-generation blockchain company offering both public and private blockchain solutions.  –––––––––– The world of blockchain and banking was set alight last month by the announcement that JP Morgan has created its own stablecoin. It was a rare move that has simultaneously excited the banking and enterprise […]

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NEM Foundation Charts Path Forward After $8 Million Rescue, Major Cutbacks

The NEM Foundation is mapping out its survival plans in real time after obtaining a funding injection of roughly $8 million last month and laying off most of its staff. The request to release 210 million XEM (the native token of the NEM blockchain) from reserves was approved by key members of the community on […]

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Swiss Stock Exchange SIX Will Tokenize Equity on R3’s Corda Blockchain

SIX Group, the Swiss stock exchange operator, has picked R3’s Corda Enterprise platform as the underlying blockchain for the digital asset trading, settlement, and custody service it is building. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, SIX chose Corda Enterprise after spending a good deal of time kicking the tires of various distributed ledger technology (DLT) stacks, for […]

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