Singapore’s Blockchain Payments Platform Ready for Commercial Launch

Singapore authorities announced today that their blockchain payments project, Project Ubin, is complete and ready for commercial launch.  The Monetary Authority of Singapore, or MAS, first undertook Project Ubin in 2017 with plans to first develop a digitized Singapore dollar (SGD). The next steps involved exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technology to build a system for the clearing and settlement of payments and securities using digital SGD. For the final phase of the project, MAS worked in collaboration with the Singapore-based investment company Temasek and the American investment bank JPMorgan. …

Coinbase CEO Defends Licensing of Analytics Platform to Gov’t Agencies

Coinbase defended the licensing of its analytics software saying if people really wanted privacy, privacy coins were around. Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong took to Twitter to talk about Coinbase Analytics and the company’s practice of licensing out the platform, explaining why crypto exchanges must have some sort of analytics software to comply with banking regulations. “Exchanges that maintain connections into the existing financial system (i.e. ability to connect your bank account, do wires, etc so you can convert fiat to crypto) need to follow AML laws, and this often includes…

Blockchain Platform Targets Change in Agriculture & Fishing Industries

Release, a blockchain-powered social commerce platform, has announced on July 12 that its platform is ready to transform the agriculture and fishing industry. The agriculture and fishery industries have a huge potential to scale at a global level if issues such as logistical efficiency and price fairness can be solved. Release has reportedly developed a social commerce architecture that will help in transforming the global agriculture and fisheries logistics. It explained that: “Sellers will be able to decide on the spot prices of freshly picked vegetables, fruits, fishes, shellfishes, etc.…

Tech Mahindra Employs IBM Blockchain in New Platform to Combat Digital Piracy

Tech Mahindra, the IT subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Mahindra Group, has launched a new blockchain-based digital contracts and rights platform for the media and entertainment industry. Developed using IBM’s blockchain platform, which leverages the open-source Hyperledger Fabric protocol, the system aims to help producers and content creators efficiently track their revenue, royalty payments and digital rights. Dubbed the “Blockchain Based Contracts and Rights Management System” (bCRMS), Tech Mahindra has pitched the platform as a key tool for preventing digital piracy. In a statement on July 9, Tech Mahindra’s blockchain and…

DeFi Lending Platform Enables No-Collateral Loans With New Feature

The Aave lending protocol recently launched a new feature called Credit Delegation. This feature allows users to provide peer-to-peer loans with no formal collateral requirements. Stani Kulechov, the CEO of Aave, explained via Twitter how the system will work. The Credit Delegation feature relies on peers to enter into agreements between each other that allow borrowers to use the lender’s credit line freely. The two parties must enter into a formal legal agreement that would define terms such as repayment schedule, interest and other necessary conditions. Through an integration with…

Gibraltar Watchdog Grants License to Belarusian Crypto Platform

The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission, or GFSC, issued a new distributed ledger technology license to the Belarus-based cryptocurrency platform, Currency.com, on July 6. According to the announcement, the platform will be allowed to use DLT to store or transmit value belonging to others in connection with the provision of dealer and custody services thanks to the license granted by the GFSC. Jonathan Squires, CEO of Currency.com, gave some insight into the company’s intentions for the license: “Our operations in Gibraltar are part of our commitment to expanding across the globe,…

Blockchain Travel Platform Lost 90% of Booking Volumes Due to COVID-19

The global travel industry ground to a standstill after governments worldwide announced strict lockdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  At the Unitize virtual blockchain conference on July 6, Juan Otero, the co-founder and CEO of the Binance-backed online crypto travel agency Travala, said that the platform experienced a steep drop in booking volumes. Otero stated that till February, Travala was seeing exponential growth with a consistent rise in booking volumes. But as the coronavirus pandemic reached crisis levels, the firm saw an 80–90% drop in total bookings within a…

EOSIO-Based Social Media Platform Voice Briefly Goes Live Ahead of Schedule

Voice, a blockchain-based social media project developed by EOS creator Block.One, briefly went live one day before its scheduled launch. Based on the open source EOSIO protocol, Voice aims to use Blockchain technology to create a trusted social experience, free from bots and fake accounts. Revealed in June 2019, the project uses biometric authentication technology to verify every account, limiting accounts to one-per-person and promising to protect user data. Voice briefly shows multiple posts Voice’s main page temporarily displayed several posts from different accounts which featured multiple likes and comments.…

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…

China Gets Its First Blockchain-Based Public Resource Bidding Platform

China’s Yun­nan province city of Kun­ming has completed the development and internal testing of the country’s first completely blockchain-based public resource bidding platform. Public resource bidding is a method utilized by governments to allocate large resources to private and public sector companies that promise to complete a particular project. Dubbed “Kun­y­il­ian,” the bidding plat­form utilizes Tencent’s blockchain-as-a-service system and intends to solve the challenges faced by the current public resource bidding process. It is expected to help authenticate the credibility of central entities involved in the bidding process and expedite…