CryptoKitties Developers Launch Playground for Developers

On March 5, CryptoKitties creator Dapper Labs announced the launch of Flow Playground — an interactive interface that lets developers experiment with developing applications on the company’s Flow blockchain. Developers are able to write and run smart contracts, and will be able to explore Dapper Labs “new resource-oriented programming language” Cadence. The language is designed to simplify programming tokenized assets and includes features from Swift and Rust. Flow Playground also lets users create non-fungible tokens, mint fungible tokens, and build a marketplace. Flow blockchain built to alleviate “pain of implementing…

EY, Microsoft and ConsenSys Launch Enterprise Platform on Ethereum Mainnet

Global taxation and transaction advisory firm EY have announced the launch of their open-source Baseline protocol.  Baseline comprises a smart contract and tokenization platform built for enterprises on top of the Ethereum blockchain. Baseline was founded by EY in partnership with Microsoft and ConsenSys, and was developed in collaboration with many companies operating in the cryptocurrency sector, including Chainlink, MakerDAO, Unibright and AMD. The platform’s code has been made available to select entities by invitation and will see a public release before April.  Baseline features zero-knowledge proofs and off-chain storage…

Chicago Startup Fintank Aims to Launch a Crypto Self-Regulatory Organization

Chicago-based fintech startup FinTank aims to launch a national self-regulatory organization, or SRO, in the United States. Headed up by former Chicago Board Options Exchange, or CBOE, trader David Carman and partner George Vukotich, FinTank’s SRO “will help regulate the global crypto industry,” Carman told Cointelegraph. As much of the crypto world looks toward the U.S. regulatory scene, such an SRO could impact the crypto industry worldwide. Regulation is unclear in the crypto space, even after 10 years Although regulations from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, and…

Death Stranding’s PC Launch Is June 2 – But That’s Not Even the Best Part

Death Stranding launches on PC on June 2. The release features a cross-promotion with Half-Life. The PC version includes a slew of pre-order bonuses. Kojima Productions and publisher 505 Games announced today that the PC version of Death Stranding releases on June 2. This comes after multiple teases in recent weeks for an upcoming announcement. The erstwhile PlayStation 4 exclusive will be available simultaneously in digital format on both Steam and the Epic Games Store. A physical retail version will also be available, but details remain scarce as of writing.…

Grammy-Nominated Artist Akon to Launch Cryptocurrency on Stellar

Multi platinum-selling recording artist Akon has chosen to build his Akoin cryptocurrency ecosystem on top of the Stellar blockchain. Akoin co-founder and president Jon Karas said they chose to launch the project on Stellar due to sharing similar values. “Akoin selected Stellar’s distributed, hybrid blockchain due to a shared vision for creating global financial inclusion, particularly in areas such as Africa,” he explained in a Feb. 28 announcement. Part of Stellar’s mission is to help bank the unbanked and Akoin’s spokesperson highlighted the fact Stellar was already working with businesses…

CryptoKitties Creator and UFC to Launch Tokenized MMA Tamagotchis

Dapper Labs, the company behind CryptoKitties, has announced a partnership with leading mixed martial arts promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). According to a press release on Feb. 25, the partnership will see the development of “a new digital experience” for UFC fans, including opportunities to own, maintain, and trade UFC-branded collectibles on Dapper Labs’ Flow platform. Dapper Labs to launch Flow this year Flow is Dapper Labs’ forthcoming blockchain project, which the firm describes as a developer-friendly platform for building blockchain apps, games and digital assets. The company will launch…

$257 Million ICO Project Filecoin Has New Launch Schedule, Gemini Custody Solution

After facing multiple delays, Filecoin (FIL) is now looking toward a mainnet launch in Q3 2020 — which will be supported by a Gemini exchange custody solution. Filecoin will send ICO participants their FIL coins on Gemini’s custody platform after the project’s expected Q3 launch, Gemini said in a Feb. 25 announcement. A file storage solution The Filecoin project is a decentralized storage system based in the cloud. Its InterPlanetary File System, or IPFS, requires FIL coins as payment to miners in exchange for storage space. “Filecoin believes this decentralized…

Insolvent Exchange FCoin Had Bitcoin Outflow Problems Just Two Months After Launch: Report

Cryptocurrency exchange FCoin, which revealed its insolvency this week, may have already been leaking bitcoin as early as July 2018 – just two months after its debut. On-chain analysis and security startup PeckShield released a report on Friday, suggesting FCoin’s bitcoin (BTC) wallets had a significant outflow of nearly 10,000 BTC between July 19 and Aug. 31, 2018 – a time that coincided with the occurrence of the fatal “data error” that FCoin founder Zhang Jian mentioned in his tell-all post on Feb. 17. While announcing that FCoin was insolvent, the…

Brazil’s Central Bank to Launch Near-Instant Payments as a Response to Cryptocurrencies

A new payments system is coming to Brazil later this year promising almost instant transfers. Called PIX, the project from the country’s central bank will provide 24/7 payments in up to 10 seconds via mobile apps, internet banking and ATMs, according to reports from Reuters and local crypto news site Livecoins on Wednesday. Slated for launch on Nov. 10, 2020, PIX is aimed to speed up and reduce the costs of fiat transfers between individuals and businesses. At a launch event for the planned system on Wednesday, Central Bank of…

Dubai Gov’t to Launch KYC Blockchain Consortium in Q1 2020

One of the financial hubs of the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is continuing to expand blockchain-driven developments. The Department of Economic Development (DED) of Dubai has established a Know Your Customer (KYC) blockchain consortium with six major banks. Dubbed “KYC Blockchain Consortium,” the new blockchain-powered regulatory platform is designed to accelerate processes like exchange of digital customer data and documents while ensuring security. The project also intends to bring a unified platform of KYC efforts among existing and future ecosystem members like qualified financial institutions and licensing…