Public Mint Launches, Announces 200 Banks Are On Board

Public Mint launched its ‘fiat-native’ public blockchain on July 1 following two years of development. The platform comprises a blockchain for the tokenization of fiat currencies that are held in the accounts of insured and regulated fiat custodians — essentially comprising a stablecoin backed by a network of banks. Public Mint claims to have already partnered with a network of more than 200 banks to hold the funds backing its fiat token network. Their site does not provide further details on banking partners, although Hyperledger and IBM Digital Asset Labs…

Incognito Blockchain Launches DeFi Privacy for Kyber

Privacy blockchain Incognito has released Kyber Privacy (pKyber), a privacy feature for decentralized finance within the Kyber Network for users from both parties to trade anonymously. First announced on April 24, Incognito’s open-source technology enables anonymity for smart contract-based protocols, making it possible for any Ethereum-based decentralized app to integrate pKyber. Making DeFi private The company claims that the DeFi environment is increasingly facing privacy concerns from seasoned crypto users and traditional investors looking to explore “a new economy.” Within the integration, Incognito will offer users the option to hide…

Blockchain Prediction Platform Augur Launches V2 on July 28

Blockchain-powered event betting company Augur says that users of its REP cryptocurrency need to migrate their tokens once a new version of the platform is available starting July 28. According to an announcement posted to the platform’s website on June 29, Augur v2 will launch on the Ethereum (ETH) mainnet at the end of next month. This means that REP token holders need to manually migrate their coins to the new version, REPv2. Augur stated that current tokens will be renamed “REPv1” to lessen any confusion. ‘Use it or lose…

Bitfinex Launches Open-Source Crypto-Powered Streaming Protocol

Veteran cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex has announced an open-source peer-to-peer data streaming platform that will allow users to share media across a decentralized network. The code for Bitfinex’s “Dazaar” protocol has been uploaded to GitHub, describing a decentralized network in which distributed node operators store the information shared among users. In an announcement, Bitfinex states that the platform’s creation was motivated by the increasing reliance on centralized platforms such as search engines, social media, and messaging apps to facilitate the sharing of data and media. Bitfinex open-sources P2P streaming protocol Bitfinex…

Anchorage Launches Support for DeFi Token KEEP

Cryptocurrency custodian Anchorage is continuing to expand its focus on decentralized finance (DeFi), announcing support for custody of Keep Network’s token. The KEEP token powers tBTC, a trustless and open-source protocol allowing the creation of Ethereum tokens that represent Bitcoin (BTC) which are used for accessing based DeFi protocols.  The protocol also facilitates the autonomous containerization of users’ private data when engaging with public chains, bolstering the privacy enjoyed by DeFi users. Anchorage expands support for DeFi assets Speaking to Cointelegraph, Anchorage co-founder and president, Diogo Monica, emphasized the need…

Big Four Auditing Firm KPMG Launches a Crypto Management Suite

Big four auditing firm KPMG launched a cryptocurrency management suite with analytic features. According to a June 22 announcement, the new KPMG Chain Fusion suite is meant to allow financial technology companies to more easily offer crypto asset services on an institutional scale. The news follows a KPMG report which suggested that institutional custody services are of the utmost importance. Ensuring compliance for crypto businesses Crypto assets function very differently compared to traditional assets when it comes to technology infrastructure, operational mechanics, and inherent risks. Those differences translate to challenges…

Crypto Exchange ByBit Launches a Fiat Gateway Supporting Over 20 Currencies

Cryptocurrency exchange ByBit now lets its users exchange over 20 fiat currencies for cryptocurrency. According to an announcement shared with Cointelegraph on June 22, ByBit users can trade their U.S. dollars, Australian dollars, Canadian dollars, euros, Singapore dollars, British pounds sterling and many others for crypto of their choice. ByBit CEO Ben Zhou said that it was two partnerships that came together to make it possible: “Thanks to our payment partners Banxa and XanPool, Bybit users can now frictionlessly purchase crypto with credit or debit card.” At the same time,…

Delta Exchange Launches Options Trading for Binance Coin and Link

Cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform Delta Exchange has today launched options trading for two major altcoins, Binance Coin (BNB) and Chainlink’s LINK. In an announcement on June 19, the exchange indicated it would be following the launch of its options for BNB and LINK with similar contracts for Tezos (XTZ), Atomic Coin (ATOM), XRP and Litecoin (LTC). Delta’s CEO Pankaj Balani told Cointelegraph that BNB and LINK are two of the most active coins on the exchange and that the launch of the new contracts was in response to “a lot…

Bank of Thailand Launches Digital Currency Pilot Project

The Bank of Thailand announced that it plans to develop a prototype to test real-life business use cases of its central bank digital currency (CBDC). The bank said in its official statement that before it launches the CBDC payment system for all businesses, it plans to test it with large-scale enterprises.  They have partnered with the largest cement and building material provider in Thailand, Siam Cement Group (SCG), and Thailand-based fintech firm Digital Ventures Company Limited to pilot test their payment prototype system. The project is scheduled to start in…

PieDAO Launches USD++ to Reduce Risks With ‘Unstable-Coins’

PieDAO has launched USD++, a hedged basket of USD-denominated Ethereum (ETH)-based stablecoins. The decentralized organization is aiming to reduce the risks associated with holding stablecoins over the longer term and using decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols. PieDAO USD++ contains four stablecoins which have been weighted in such a way as to  minimize price volatility for holders. Weightings are determined according to which stable tokens have the strongest peg, largest market, and greatest trust from the community. At present the USD++ basket comprises 47.22% USD Coin (USDC), 28.58% TrueUSD (TUSD), 20.42% Dai…