Bitcoin Blockchain Costs Approx. $7 Million a Day to Stay Secure

It takes an average of $7 million every day to secure the Bitcoin blockchain network, according to Messari. The cryptocurrency data portal published a new screener this Monday which outlined the revenues paid to miners for top proof-of-work coins. The Screener based its figures on new issuance and transaction fees, eventually finding that Bitcoin produced the maximum output among all the PoW assets, issuing $7.392 million worth of bitcoin tokens every 24 hours and distributing over $115,000 in mining fees. Source: Messari In contrast, Ethereum’s daily issuance rate was almost…

Blockchain Financial Plumbing Is Still Years Away, Says LSE Spinoff Exactpro

The Takeaway: Several major blockchain projects aim to streamline post-trade processing for securities. The new systems are still prototypes and need rigorous testing before safely connecting to live infrastructure. A former unit of the London Stock Exchange, QA specialist Exactpro, estimates that DLT post-trade systems may still be two years away from such testing. The upshot for big post-trade blockchains is the potential for further delays. If blockchain is supposed to be the new plumbing for the world’s financial markets, then think of Exactpro as the home inspector who checks the…

Duke University Collaborates for Blockchain Lab, Education Program

Duke University is teaming up with blockchain startup Citizens Reserve on an educational initiative aimed to develop students’ interest in blockchain technology. Citizens Reserve, a firm led by a team of former Deloitte blockchain employees, told CoinDesk Friday that it will jointly create a new incubation lab on Duke campus for students to work on real blockchain projects and host blockchain-focused events. The company will also support the university in putting together a curriculum on blockchain technology, as well as in connecting students with blockchain experts and helping them find…

UPS Targets B2B Sales With New Blockchain E-Commerce Platform

U.S.-based shipping giant UPS has announced a new blockchain integration aimed to bring business-to-business (B2B) sales into the digital age. Announced yesterday, UPS has inked a deal with e-commerce company Inxeption to develop a platform to facilitate business-to-business sales, one supported by blockchain technology. The platform, called Inxeption Zippy, will work as an online catalog for businesses, according to the UPS news page. UPS said that the integration of services is aimed to draw more B2B merchants into e-commerce, claiming that slow adoption of online selling resources directly impacts businesses that…

Blockchain Art Registry Acquires Database With Info From 4K Auction Houses

The blockchain-based art registry startup Artory has acquired auction house database Auction Club, according to a tweet from Artory on March 21. Auction Club is a subscription-only database containing sales information from more than 4,000 international auction houses. According to industry media outlet The Art Newspaper, the move is set to make Auction Club’s sales data — reportedly gathered from around 250 businesses in 40 countries — public for the first time. The data will be available in Artory’s registry beginning in May, the report states. Artory’s CEO, Nanne Dekking…

Visa Is Avidly Fishing For A Crypto Blockchain Dev Hero

Visa Inc. is seeking a full-time technical product manager in Palo Alto, California. In a job posting to SmartRecruiters, the global card giant said it is looking for someone who is “passionate about the intersection of payments and cryptocurrency,” and “deeply familiar with permissionless blockchain technology.” With the additional job requirement of “a close network of experts in the fast moving cryptocurrency and fintech ecosystem,” it looks like the ancient 20th Century fintech company is serious about poaching a top blockchain pro from the crypto industry. Visa Is Getting Into…

IBM Crypto Chief Calls Company the “Leader” in Blockchain Technology

IBM’s Jesse Lund, who heads the blockchain division, claims IBM is the leader in blockchain technology. In a recent interview, Lund stated: What IBM’s been doing as the leader in blockchain technology for the last three years is adding security and confidence to the system. IBM And Stellar Partnership Challenge xRapid Lund talks about IBM’s cross-border payments solution, which in part uses Stellar Lumens for settlement, and how one of the oldest technology companies in the world plans to revolutionize the remittance market. The solutions developed are challenging Ripple’s xRapid…

Swiss Federal Council Initiates Blockchain Law Consultation Period

The Swiss Federal Council has started its consultation period on the adaptation of federal law for blockchain development, according to an official press release published on March 22. By initiating the consultation, the Federal Council intends to improve legal certainty over blockchain applications in order to build a basis for regulatory framework for the industry in Switzerland, particularly in the financial sector. According to the document, the Federal Council’s consultation will last until the end of June 2019. In mid-December 2018, the Swiss Federal Council adopted a report on the…

Blockchain in Biometrics Could be Used in Travel Security, US Customs Rep Says

Using blockchain for biometric tracking would be the technology’s killer app in the travel security sector, according to a representative from the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. The news was reported by travel industry media outlet Skift on March 21. Sikina Hasham, program manager at the CBP, made her remarks during a panel at the JetBlue Technology Ventures Blockchain in Travel Summit in New York City on Wednesday. In response to a question from panel moderator David Post — managing director of IBM Blockchain Ventures — Hasham…

Facebook Seeks Counsel to Forge Blockchain Partnerships for New Products

Facebook’s blockchain recruitment drive continues, as the social network looks to hire a lead commercial counsel for its initiatives with the technology. A new job posting at the company’s career page says the position will be responsible for “drafting and negotiating a wide variety of contracts related our blockchain initiatives, including partnerships needed to launch new products and expand such products internationally.” Another part of the job is advising clients on legal risks, business strategies and other business issues. The commercial counsel will also structure Facebook’s relationships with key partners and…