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Binance Falls From Top 10 in CryptoCompare’s New Crypto Exchange Rankings

London-based crypto data provider CryptoCompare has updated its crypto Exchange Benchmark, removing Binance cryptocurrency exchange from the list of the top 10 exchanges. Binance, the second biggest crypto exchange by daily trade volume to date, is not included in the CryptoCompare’s list as the rankings do not rely on aggregate volume data in its analysis, the firm said in a press release to Cointelegraph on Nov. 19. In order, the top 10 crypto exchanges in …

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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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Unilever, O2 and Sky Join Blockchain Pilot for Digital Ad Transparency

Unilever, O2 and Sky are among the latest big firms to sign on to Jicwebs’ blockchain pilot program designed to improve trust and transparency in digital advertising. The news was revealed in a Nov. 12 report from United Kingdom-based industry magazine Campaign. Industry involvement Jicwebs — an acronym for the U.K. digital ad trading standards body, the Joint Industry Committee for Web Standards — first announced its blockchain pilot initiative in May 2019.  It counts …

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TZERO to Tokenize $25M of Luxury Residential Development in UK

Overstock’s blockchain arm tZERO will provide its technology to tokenize River Plaza, a luxury residential development in Manchester, United Kingdom. Following a partnership with U.K.-based real estate investment firm Alliance Investments, tZERO plans to tokenize at least $25 million of River Plaza on the Tezos blockchain, according to a press release on Oct. 30. A 180-unit luxury residential development, River Plaza is the first initiative of Alliance Investments’ real estate tokenization plan to tokenize around …

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We Need Centralized Entities to Support Crypto

Zeeshan Feroz, United Kingdom CEO of Coinbase, has argued that we need centralized entities like central banks and Facebook to support the crypto ecosystem. In an interview with CNBC published on Oct. 24, Feroz said he saw two ways for cryptocurrency to go mainstream: central bank digital currency (CBDC) issuance and Facebook’s Libra. Central banks will catalyze adoption better than Silicon Valley As distinct from cryptocurrencies, a CBDC is a digital currency issued by a …

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UK-Based Digital Exchange to Use R3’s Corda for Post-Trade Processes

Archax, a London-based digital securities exchange, will use blockchain software firm R3’s Corda technology to manage post-trade activities. On Oct. 18, Archax announced in a press release that its post-trade processes will now run on distributed ledger technology. Archax will use a private version of Corda Enterprise within its own ecosystem. Graham Rodford, CEO of Archax, said that current post-trade processes in traditional financial markets involve many intermediaries, making them highly inefficient. Rodford said that …

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Decentralized Communication Startup New Vector Raises $8.5M

London-based decentralized communication startup New Vector has raised $8.5 million to drive adoption for Matrix, a major alternative messaging protocol. Slack rival Riot.IM The Matrix protocol, which enables secure communication via end-to-end encrypted messaging applications such as Riot.IM, an alternative to WhatsApp, Telegram or Slack, will continue scaling and growing its network with the newly raised funds, New Vector announced on Oct. 10. Investors of the New Vector’s Series A funding round included London-based European …

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Wallet Provider Blockchain.com Sees a String of Exec Departures: Report

United Kingdom-based cryptocurrency data and wallet provider Blockchain.com has come under the spotlight after a string of exits by company employees. Citing sources familiar with the matter, an article published by The Information on Oct. 2 claims that Blockchain’s longest-serving senior executives — COO Liana Douillet Guzmán and Chris Lavery, executive vice president of finance — are both expected to leave. Their departures, if accurately reported, would be just the latest in a steady stream …

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Ending US Dollar Dominance for Crypto Makes No Sense

Ex-United States Federal Reserve official Simon Potter stated that the plan to end the U.S. dollar’s dominance by replacing it with a digital currency makes no sense. Central banks unlikely to coordinate around virtual currency Last month, Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney suggested ending the U.S. dollar’s dominance by replacing it with a digital currency, such as Facebook’s planned stablecoin, Libra. The Bank of England chief said that he considers this to …

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European Space Agency Awards €60K for Blockchain Satellite Wallet

The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded a 60,000 euro ($66,400) grant for blockchain startup SpaceChain to commercially develop its satellite-powered, multi-sig wallet. According to an announcement published on Sept. 18, the new grant comes via ESA’s “kick-start activities” fund. SpaceChain’s project, if successful, also stands poised to secure additional funding in the future from ESA’s Business Applications and Space Solutions. Multi-sig security in orbit Since 2017, SpaceChain has been working to build an open-source, …

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