Block.One to Launch Social Media Platform Ahead of Schedule

Voice, the social media platform by EOS creator Block.One, announced that it will launch on July 4. According to a Tweet posted by Voice Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Salah Zalatimo on June 6, the social media platform will be available to readers on U.S. Independence Day, with only registered users able to publish content or engage online.  “We had been building towards a big reveal this fall,” said Zalatimo, “but, we simply can’t wait any longer. We need to take social back from big tech NOW.” The platform had been…

Startup to Launch Blockchain-Based Investment Platform for Music Royalties

Luxembourg-based startup ANote Music will launch a blockchain-based platform that allows its users to invest in music royalties on July 28. In an announcement on June 4, CEO and co-founder at ANote Music Marzio Schena said that the platform aims to “bridge the gap between the music industry and capital markets.” The platform reportedly helps artists, record labels, publishers, and songwriters become financially independent by allowing them to access funding through royalty sales. After investing, users receive a share of rights and can trade them with others on the platform…

Samson Mow’s Infinite Fleet Game 2020 Launch Backed by Major Players

Prominent Bitcoin figures are working together to ensure the alpha release of Pixelmatic’s Infinite Fleet space adventure game is launched by the end of 2020. Infinite Fleet, under the leadership of Blockstream Chief Strategy Officer and Pixelmatic Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Samson Mow, is being backed by major crypto players like Litecoin (LTC) founder Charlie Lee, WhalePanda, “the father of cryptocurrency” Adam Back, former Bitfinex Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) Phil Potter, Max Keiser, and others. Some of them will even have their likenesses used for characters in the game. In-game…

Matic’s Price Crumbles 20% Amid Mainnet Launch

Decentralized application (DApp) platform Matic Network (MATIC) has successfully launched its mainnet following two and a half years of development. A June 1 blog post published by Matic notes that mainnet will be deployed over a series of phases to “ensure that the mainnet deployment and validator onboarding is achieved as smoothly as possible.” “More impantly, it ensures that right from day 1 that DApps are able to deploy their products successfully on Matic,” the post adds. MATIC crashes 20% in two days Despite Matic Network launching the first phase…

Bitmain Debuts New T19 Bitcoin Miner After S17’s Troubled Launch

World-leading mining hardware producer Bitmain launched its new Antminer T19 Bitcoin Mining application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). According to a June 1 announcement, Bitmain’s new Antminer T19 features a SHA256 hash rate of 84 terahash/second with a 3% error margin and a power efficiency of 37.5 joules/terahash with a 5% error margin.  The new ASIC model will be sold on the producer’s official website starting today and shipments will start between June 21 and 30. The chips used in the new device are the same as those featured in the Antminer…

Historic SpaceX Launch Visible in Ethereum-Based VR World

The first launch of a space vehicle built in and launched from the United States in almost a decade wasn’t just viewable on NASA’s YouTube channel — users of the Ethereum-based virtual reality world Decentraland got front row seats. Decentraland said in a May 30 tweet that the recent SpaceX launch would be available live in its VR world. Users were able to watch the event in the environment’s virtual auditorium as Elon Musk sent two humans into orbit in the first private, manned spacecraft launch in history. Screenshot of…

Emin Gün Sirer’s AVA Labs to Distribute 2M Tokens Ahead of Full Launch

AVA Labs, a blockchain protocol founded by Cornell’s Emin Gün Sirer, is planning to distribute 2 million tokens in its final testnet before the project’s full launch in summer. The so-called “Denali Testnet” will serve as the final stage of the AVA network testing before AVA’s mainnet launch. The new testnet will allow each validator to earn up to 2,000 AVA network’s native tokens, AVA Labs announced on May 29. AVA Labs tokens are not yet listed on any cryptocurrency exchange and are not available for public purchase, a spokesperson…

China’s TON Community to Launch Their Own Blockchain Network

Telegram’s terminated blockchain project, Telegram Open Network, or TON, keeps spawning new community-led TON networks.  While there are at least two global TON-based initiatives so far, namely Free TON and NewTON, the Chinese TON Community has opted to launch their own TON network. In a May 29 blog post, the Chinese TON Community voiced its intention to launch a separate TON-based network. The new effort comes in response to Telegram CEO Pavel Durov officially shutting down the firm’s involvement in the project, the post notes. Blockchain testnet is a first…

Electroneum to Launch Electricity Top-Ups Across Africa

The blockchain-based digital payment project, Electroneum, will be launching an in-app electricity top-up feature across four African countries — Nigeria, Senegal, Mali and The Gambia. The electricity top-up feature will allow ETN app users to top-up their electricity meters directly from the app by paying in ETN tokens.  The ETN mobile application previously added support for airtime and data top-ups across 140 countries worldwide. While Electroneum is trying to expand its territory with its various projects and in-app features, many of its users don’t find the growth as exciting —…

Russia’s Central Bank to Launch Blockchain-Powered Digital Mortgage Platform

The Central Bank of Russia is reportedly developing a digital mortgage platform powered by a domestically developed blockchain called Masterchain, local state-owned news agency Ria reported on May 28. According to Olga Skorobogatova, first deputy governor at the central bank, Masterchain has recently started to support digital mortgages, which forms a foundation for the upcoming platform.  The financial institution has already submitted the proposal for its digital mortgage project to the government and the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (Rosreestr). Masterchain is reportedly the first blockchain platform…