Deutsche Börse’s Xetra Exchange Lists First Blockchain Firm

Xetra, a Deutsche Börse-operated trading venue for financial assets such as stocks, bonds and funds, has just listed its first blockchain company. As reported by DGAP.de on Monday, shares in the firm, Advanced Blockchain AG, will be tradeable on Xetra from today. The news comes after the same company launched on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in January. Berlin-based Advanced Blockchain AG develops distributed ledger technology (DLT) software for businesses, according to DGAP. Along with its subsidiary nakamo.to GmbH, the firm has built a project called peaq, which sets out to provide…

Blockchain Association Takes Over Kik’s ‘Defend Crypto’ Crowdfunding Effort

Canada-based social media company Kik is relinquishing control of its legal defense crowdfunding campaign to the Blockchain Association in an effort to broaden the initiative’s reach. Kik and the Blockchain Association announced Friday that the D.C.-based lobbyist group would be taking over “Defend Crypto,” the crowdfunding initiative that Kik previously launched to raise funds for its ongoing battle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. While Kik will retain the $5 million it initially contributed to the fund, all of the other donations – some $1.9 million – will be set aside…

Kakao’s Klaytn Blockchain Has Gone Live With Support From Major Firms

The Klaytn blockchain from the fold of South Korean messaging app giant Kakao has just gone live. Kakao’s blockchain arm Ground X announced the mainnet launch Thursday in an emailed press release, saying that Klaytn aimed to bring about mass adoption of blockchain services and to “substantiate the value and utility of blockchain technology.” The firm touts the network as having a speedy response time on the level of legacy web services, based on the feedback from the partners via a public testnet trial announced last October. Stability has been verified with different security…

Facebook Seeks Wallet Engineers as Blockchain Job Openings Top 30

Facebook is looking to hire more than 30 professionals to ramp up its blockchain work, including the Libra cryptocurrency. The social media giant’s career website now lists 31 job openings requiring some blockchain expertise. Six of them are for Calibra, Facebook’s wallet app for Libra. These are all jobs for data scientists and engineers, who will analyze how users interact with Calibra and other Facebook services. “The wallet will be the delivery vehicle for many financial services starting with personal payments, but expanding to online and offline commerce and eventually…

Multicoin, Intel Capital Invest $3.5 Million in Startup Demystifying Blockchain Data

Blockchain data startup dfuse has just closed its first official round of equity funding. Led by Multicoin Capital and Intel Capital (a division of Intel Corporation), the seed funding saw the Montreal-based firm raise $3.5 million for its line of products geared towards demystifying blockchain data. According to a press release provided to CoinDesk on Wednesday, other notable backers of the round included the VC funds Diagram Ventures, BoxOne Ventures, Panache Ventures and White Star Capital. Founded in 2018, dfuse builds application programming interfaces (APIs) that overlay smart-contract-enabled blockchain platforms…

Tim Draper Is Bullish On Argentina’s Blockchain Tech Potential

In a talk at the Bitcoin2019 conference, Draper revealed his perspective on the implications of his bet with Argentina’s current president which he made this year as reported by national media. He made the bet during a visit to Argentina, where he met with the Argentinian leader and talked about the benefits of cryptocurrency, encouraging him to legalize Bitcoin. The conversation covered the devaluation of the Argentinian peso and quickly escalated to a wager: if Bitcoin gets to be more valuable that the peso by 2023, Argentina’s leader would declare…

Every Rent Contract to Be Registered on the Blockchain

The Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat, has announced that the island nation’s upcoming rent law reforms will require all tenancy contracts to be registered on the blockchain. According to Malta Today, Muscat stated: “Every rent contract in Malta will be registered. The system we will be using to register the contracts is blockchain – distributed ledger technology.” Blockchain Technology Will Make Rent Contracts Tamper-Proof According to Muscat, this will protect the tenancy agreements from being tampered with. Muscat also hinted that the island nation of slightly under half a…

A Blockchain System for Azerbaijan’s Digital Economy

Azerbaijan has been a hotbed for a series of ambitious fintech-related announcements over the past several months, as the nation’s authorities were apparently moving to implement a series of innovative technological solutions in banking and e-government systems. Repeated statements by government representatives suggested that at least part of the program relied on blockchain infrastructure. Most recently, as Cointelegraph reported, the chairman of Azerbaijan’s State Customs Committee revealed plans to implement blockchain technology to build an online-accessible cargo transportation database. Earlier in May, a high-ranking official for the Central Bank of…

Microsoft and Ethereum Foundation Swell the Hyperledger Ranks Amid Growing Cross-Industry Blockchain Collaboration

United States tech giant Microsoft and the Ethereum Foundation are among the latest companies to join the ranks of the Hyperledger greenhouse hosted by the Linux Foundation. Many notable names in the tech and wider business fields today are developing enterprise-grade solutions based on the expanding set of tools built on Hyperledger. These institutional blockchain projects cut across both financial and nonfinancial distributed ledger technology (DLT) utilization. Presently, there are pilot projects geared toward identification systems, supply chain management (SCM) and provenance, to mention a few. On the whole, members…

Crypto and Blockchain in Charity

The technology that underpins cryptocurrencies has been gradually entering the charity sector, purportedly providing more transparency and trust to the industry — especially given a decrease in people’s trust in charity organizations, where the public is increasingly concerned about how charities spend raised money. Governments and blockchain projects embrace charity space Governments around the world have been showing increasing interest in blockchain deployment and digital currency adoption for philanthropy, although few of them have implemented clear regulations toward the new type of currency at the legislative level. Recently, the British…