Decentralized Exchange Bancor Officially Launches Upgraded V2 Platform

The Bancor project has launched a heavily upgraded version of its decentralized exchange, promising to solve what it calls “DeFi’s dirty little secret.” According to a blog post released on Friday, the contracts have been deployed to mainnet in a beta launch mode. Each pool will have its liquidity capped to $1 million until a “pool manager” permanently removes the limitation when it is confirmed safe. As Cointelegraph previously reported, the exchange mitigates the issue of impermanent loss, where liquidity providers could lose some of their money as prices for…

Russian Interest in Paxful’s P2P Platform Surges 350%

Data from Bitcoin (BTC) marketplace Paxful shows a huge surge of interest in cryptocurrency peer-to-peer trading in Russia, with 350% growth on a year-over-year (YoY) basis. According to the study, from the period of May 2019 to May 2020, Paxful is now seeing an average monthly trading volume of $4M in Russia. The company says that this number “exceeds expectations,” together with the YoY usage increase figures. The last three-months saw a 42% increase, with May recording the best monthly performance amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus is one of…

Fan Token Platform Socios Secures Key Regulatory License

Socios.com, a blockchain startup aiming to tokenize the sports industry, has secured a major regulatory license allowing it to issue its own payments and loyalty card. Issued by the Estonian Financial Intelligence Unit, or FIU, the new license has been granted to the new Estonia-based entity called Socios Entertainment OU. Announcing the news on July 30, Socios’ partner project Chiliz.net noted that the FIU is the responsible authority for licensing crypto-related firms in the country. Socios’ prepaid fiat-crypto card is “due in the very near future” The new license allows…

Theta Partners With Korean Gaming Platform to Reward Its 3M Users

The crypto-powered Esports streaming platform Theta has partnered with South Korean social gaming platform Ludena Protocol to reward its gamers for viewing or streaming content. The partnership will see Theta protocol integrated into GameTalkTalk, Ludena’s first decentralized application (DApp) — allowing the gaming-centric social platform’s more than three million users to access Theta’s streaming services through the platform. Ludena’s users will be rewarded for engagement in the form of Theta’s TFUEL token. Theta TV to integrate GameTalkTalk The agreement will see an exclusive GameTalkTalk channel added to Theta’s streaming platform,…

Dubai Debuts Nationwide Data Platform Powered by Blockchain

This platform is set to become a nationwide system for exchanging verified customer data. Dubai’s Department of Economic Development, or DED, and state-run bank Emirates NBD are rolling out their so-called UAE KYC Blockchain Platform. 120 local firms already signed up for the platform with Emirates NBD First revealed in February 2020, the new blockchain platform is designed to unlock digital customer onboarding, instant bank account functions, and verified KYC data sharing between licensing authorities and financial institutions. Announcing the news on July 28, the DED and Emirates NBD said…

Dutch Regulator Approves Tokenized Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform

Max Crowdfund, a blockchain-powered real estate crowdfunding platform connecting property developers and investors, has received approval from the Financial Markets Authority in the Netherlands. With approval from the AFM, Max Property Group — the platform’s parent company — will commence the platform’s roll-out in partnership with distributed ledger technology provider Jelurida. Investors pay a one-time fee equal to 0.1% of their investment, in addition to monthly administration fees of 0.1%. The fees will be used to purchase and burn MPG’s security tokens. Max Crowdfund attracts 70,000 users pre-launch The platform…

Self-Service Platform Issues Security Tokens Backed by Real-World Assets

Tokenizer is a new self-service platform launching July 29 which provides a fully compliant blockchain issuance solution for asset-backed security tokens. This will allow businesses and individuals to tokenize their assets with zero technical or coding skills, which can then be used for raising funds and traded on the Tokenizer exchange. Tokenize to realize the value of assets The tokenization of real-world assets has long been lauded as one of the killer applications of blockchain technology. However, before now this has usually required either a dedicated coding team or the…

Tokenization Holds the Key to Sustainable Platform Business Model Growth

Platform business models have become all but the de facto business model for the digital economy. This dependence means that unsustainable practices of platform business models impact the overall sustainability of the digital economy. Regarding the generation of network effects, platform business model owners would be well-advised to consider blockchain-based tokenization. Platforms generate value by creating marketplaces where participants can easily transact. By digitally matching supply with demand, platform business models provide a scalable base for new value propositions, novel revenue models or a means to build on the assets…

BTC.top Launches ‘Joint Mining’ Platform, Pitching It as a Cloud Mining Killer

China-based mining pool Btc.top wants to upgrade the concept of cloud mining, which allows users to mine crypto remotely by buying a certain amount of hash power from a third-party, with what it calls “joint mining.” Announced on July 25, the company’s new “joint mining” subsidiary B.top aims to reduce the risks associated with “popular cloud mining products” by offering more flexibility. Specifically, B.top claims to charge service and maintenance fees to its users only after they have reached the break-even point, meaning that its customers start to share profits…

tZERO Platform Sees 1,500% Growth, Lists ASPEN Token

Leading security token exchange tZERO has partnered with Aspen Digital Inc. to enable trade for Aspen’s digital security. The ‘ASPEN’ token, previously dubbed ‘Aspen Coin’, represents $18 million worth of indirect ownership in the St. Regis Aspen Resort — a five-star, 179-room hotel situated in Colorado. ASPEN’s listing on tZERO comes as the popularity of real estate tokens continues to show steady growth. RealT hosts 17 real estate token offerings Aspen Digital’s August 2018 token sale was widely considered to be the first real estate security token offering, with the…