Crypto Exchange Poloniex Adds Support for USDT on Tron Blockchain

Major cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex will support Tether’s stablecoin USDT coin on the Tron (TRX) blockchain, according to an announcement published on April 19. United States-based digital currency exchange Poloniex has added support for deposits and withdrawals of USDT on the Tron network. The development will reportedly support Tether on both chains —  USDT issued on the Omni protocol and the Tron network. Poloniex said in the announcement that its decision to support the new chain is reasoned by expanded flexibility it provides to the USDT platform. In order to support…

Bitcoin SV Experiences Blockchain Reorganizations, Possibly Due to Unwieldy Block Size

The Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) blockchain is struggling with its large block size following a series of block re-organizations, cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX tweeted on April 19. In the post, BitMEX reveals that on April 18 its BSV node “experienced 2 block re-organizations. First a 3 block re-organisation, followed by a 6 block re-organisation.” BitMEX provided a diagram in the post: Bitcoin SV block reorganization. Source: BitMEX Blockchain re-organization is a situation when two miners discover a block simultaneously in a blockchain which causes a temporary forking in the network, with…

FPT Corporation and SBI Holdings Invest $3 Million in Vietnamese Blockchain Project

Technology company FPT Corporation and financial services firm SBI Holdings Inc have jointly invested $3 million in Vietnamese blockchain startup Utop, local English language daily news outlet Viet Nam News reported on April 19. FPT Corporation and SBI Holdings Inc have reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to invest $3 million in joint venture Utop, a technology startup based on FPT’s enterprise blockchain platform dubbed akaChain. Utop is designed to gain and redeem loyalty points at merchants within the same network. The project will purportedly enable small businesses registered on…

Blockchain Platform Believes It Is the ‘Golden Ticket’ for Saving the Live Events Industry

A new blockchain-based platform says it has bold plans to transform the events industry — eliminating middlemen to reduce costs for organizers, promoters, entertainers, suppliers and consumers alike. Evedo argues that the sector’s scalability has been dramatically affected by a “lack of innovation” in the way events are organized. A multitude of platforms are often used to bring concerts and conferences to life, causing unnecessary delays and sometimes resulting in costly mistakes. In addition, the startup says the industry is riddled with middlemen who often charge large fees but “do…

Volkswagen to Track Minerals Supply Chains Using IBM Blockchain

Volkswagen Group has announced it will use blockchain tech to track its mineral supply chains. The German automaker said Thursday that, in order to “responsibly source” minerals such as cobalt (used in lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles), it has joined an open industry collaboration, which also includes Ford as a member. Currently, miners and consumer brands rely on third-party audits and “laborious” manual processes to comply with widely accepted industry standards for sourcing their minerals, VW said. Using blockchain technology to track supply chains will help the firm meet responsible…

Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange Appoints New CEO

Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX) has appointed in-house Head of Business Development Kurt Looyens, as its new CEO. Looyens formerly held the position of Country Executive at ABN AMRO Bank in Spain, and he will be taking over from Nick Cowan, as the latter transitions into his role as CEO of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX) Group. The move is one that is coming at a crucial time for the regulated token sale platform and digital asset exchange, as its digital asset platform is on the verge of listing new tokens.…

Aragon Vote Aims to Restrict Ethereum App from Funding Polkadot Blockchain

Two weeks from now, token-holders for the Aragon application will put the efficacy of its on-chain governance model to the test. The Aragon project, launched in 2016, is envisioned as a way to offer users the tools to build decentralized organizations that are secured cryptographically and run natively on top of the ethereum blockchain. But starting as early as February of this year, the core developers behind Aragon have expressed interest in launching a version of the app on the Polkadot blockchain network. At the time it was announced, Luis…

Overstock’s Blockchain Subsidiary Misses Target for $100 Million Capital Injection

TZERO, the blockchain subsidiary of retail giant Overstock, has missed its mid-April goal for a $100 million fund raise from Chinese investment firm GSR Capital and Singaporean private equity firm Makara Capital. The firm announced the development in a shareholder letter on April 18. In the letter, Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne noted that while the diligence processes for both firms were going smoothly, “the parties will not have a definitive deal in place by the mid-April target.” Byrne added: “tZERO plans to continue facilitating Makara’s diligence, but is not under…

Volkswagen Joins IBM-Backed Blockchain Platform for Cobalt Supply Chains

Volkswagen is joining a blockchain-powered scheme to ensure the cobalt used in lithium-ion batteries for its electric vehicles is responsibly sourced. The carmaker announced its involvement in a news release on April 18. The German-headquartered company hopes the technology, built on the IBM Blockchain Platform, will “increase efficiency, sustainability and transparency in global mineral supply chains.” In smartphones to cars, cobalt has become a crucial component for consumer products, but according to an IBM blog, two-thirds of global production comes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where an estimated…

Fintech Firm Hopes to Overhaul Microwork Industry With Platform Built on Blockchain

An established mobile fintech platform with more than 5 million users across 200 countries is launching a decentralized ecommerce ecosystem designed to help anyone with a smartphone make a living, thereby democratizing wealth distribution. Vodi X is the partner company of Vodi, a company that offers its customers the ability to instantly top up prepaid mobile plans worldwide, to buy or send digital gift cards from over hundreds of brands, as well as to make international calls, texts and conduct video conferences. The team says they are seeking to overhaul…