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Public Statement Aims to Define Legal Status of Crypto Assets in the UK

The United Kingdom Jurisdiction Taskforce of the Lawtech Delivery Panel published a statement concerning the status of cryptocurrencies, distributed ledger technology (DLT) and smart contracts under English and Welsh private law. U.K. entrepreneur network Tech Nation announced the paper’s publication on Nov. 18. The document attempts to address the legal uncertainties of cryptocurrency and recognizes crypto assets as tradeable property and smart contracts as enforceable agreements under local law. The importance of regulating blockchain Lawtech …

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Blockchain May Kill Off the City of London and NHS

According to a senior advisor at consultancy firm McKinsey, John Straw, blockchain could make the City of London irrelevant in the near future.  He made the claim at a Computing.co.uk Live Event on Oct. 24. Straw added that this could result in a breakdown of the United Kingdom’s tax system, and ultimately the demise of the country’s National Health Service.  The straw that breaks the camel’s back Straw sees a huge potential for disruption if …

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CipherTrace Expands Monitoring Platform to 700 Tokens

United States-based blockchain security firm CipherTrace has expanded its crypto intelligence platform to 700 tokens. Tracing hundreds of ERC-20 tokens With the expanded platform launched on Oct. 15, CipherTrace now allows clients to trace more than 87% of the transactional volume of the top 100 cryptos such as Ether (ETH), Tether (USDT), Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Litecoin (LTC), the firm said in a press release. CipherTrace’s increased monitoring support also includes the capability of tracing …

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Unwrapping the Ocean Plastic Conundrum Via Blockchain

In September, Cointelegraph reported on a Dutch company said to have created the world’s first collection of recycled fabrics made from ocean plastics and whose provenance can be traced via blockchain.The premise is that socially minded consumers want assurance that they are really wearing recycled materials fished out from oceans and coastal areas.  The firm, Waste2Wear, deserves applause, but it is unlikely to make a dent in the world’s plastic problem.  The problem is volume. …

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Ethereum’s Gas-Guzzling Suspected Ponzi FairWin Funds at Risk

The biggest Ethereum contract in the industry, dubbed FairWin, is allegedly putting user funds at risk and continues to guzzle a major amount of gas on the network. Multiple crypto social media users have been analyzing what they believe to be the fastest-growing Ponzi scheme on Ethereum. On Sept. 27, blockchain developer Philippe Castonguay warned: “The http://FairWin.me Ponzi Scheme contains critical vulnerabilities that put all funds at risk. Spread knowledge (especially in Asia) Users need …

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WATCH: How Blockchain Oracles Could Take Chainlink to New Highs

Chainlink CEO Sergey Nazarov says there’s one big thing holding back corporate adoption of blockchain technology: reliable oracle services that connect blockchain systems to real-world events, and vice versa. In his mind, making blockchain-based contracts pegged to real-world events – in a reliable and secure manner – is the next “leap forward” that will launch the industry to new heights. At CoinDesk’s Invest: Asia conference, Nazarov sat down with reporter Christine Kim to talk about …

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Queensland’s Real Estate Institute to Launch Blockchain Tenancy Platform

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) teamed up with local tech startup Igloo to launch a blockchain-based tenancy agreement platform by the end of 2019. As news outlet ZDNet reported on Sept. 15, REIQ general manager Josh Callaghan stated that the new platform will use smart contracts to create “a simple and secure transaction for each tenancy agreement to leverage the benefits of the technology as an irrefutable source of truth,” adding: “All parties …

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Alfa-Bank Launches Bank-as-a-Service Platform on Waves Blockchain

Alfa-Bank and X5 Retail Group partnered to launch a blockchain liquidity management service in Russia. According to a press release published by the bank on Sept. 12, the service — dubbed Distributed Treasury and Cash Management (DTCM) — enables Alfa-Bank’s corporate clients to manage their payments, loan and deposit products, as well as liquidity pool inside the holding. A bank created for the user The service is described as a “bridge to the Bank-as-a-Service (BaaS) …

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Tezos Foundation Issues Batch of Grants to Smart Contract, Explorer Projects

The Tezos Foundation has issued grants to projects submitted in response to its latest request for proposals. Per a Sept. 10 announcement, the foundation has released 14 new grants to projects targeting the advancement of the Tezos project. Recipient projects prioritized developments such as applications built using Tezos smart contracts, Tezos block explorers, tools for smart contract development, Tezos-focused training resources and marketing initiatives that improve awareness of the ecosystem. Range of recipient projects that …

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Telegram’s TON Blockchain to Be Compatible with Ethereum DApps

Telegram Open Network’s (TON) blockchain will allow developers to port their Ethereum (ETH) smart contracts. As industry news outlet CoinDesk reported on Aug. 30, software startup TON Labs managed by Telegram’s token offering investors is building a Solidity compiler for its blockchain. This programming language is primarily used to develop smart contracts in the Ethereum network. Assembly might be required Per the report, the tool would allow developers to port their Ethereum smart contracts over …

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