Oil and Gas Giant Pilots New Blockchain Platform From Modex

Modex announces the launch of its new platform for simplified blockchain deployment and can count major oil and gas firm Dietsmann among its first clients. Blockchain startup Modex announced the launch of its blockchain-based database platform for simplified blockchain deployment, which will be piloted by Dietsmann, a major oil and gas firm. Simplifying blockchain adoption  On Sept. 19, Modex announced the release of its latest product, the Modex Blockchain Database platform (Modex BCDB) which simplifies the way companies can deploy blockchain technology projects. According to the announcement, Modex BCDB enables…

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Bakkt’s Much-Anticipated Bitcoin Futures Trading Platform Goes Live

Bakkt’s CFTC-approved, physically settled trading platform for Bitcoin futures goes live after over a year of anticipation. Bakkt’s physically settled Bitcoin (BTC) futures trading is now live for trading on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). New option for traders As of 8 PM EST on Sept. 22 (00:00 UTC Sept. 23), Bakkt’s much-anticipated BTC futures trading has launched. The platform is the first of its kind to receive approval from United States regulators and is a product of ICE, the operator of the New York Stock Exchange.   While news of Bakkt’s…

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Kraken and Coinbase Among the Cleanest Crypto Exchanges: BTI Report

The Blockchain Transparency Institute finds that Kraken and Coinbase are among the cleanest cryptocurrency exchanges in the industry. The Blockchain Transparency Institute (BTI) has released its latest market surveillance report which states that Kraken and Coinbase are among the cleanest cryptocurrency exchanges in the industry. BTI cleans wash trading from exchanges’ volumes On Sept. 19, the Blockchain Transparency Institute published its 5th market surveillance report that verifies reporting of cryptocurrency exchange volumes. The BTI has been publishing reports since August 2018, and through its proprietary algorithm, BTI cleans all wash…

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Hours Before Bakkt: Top-20 Cryptos See Major Losses, but Bitcoin Is Up

Bitcoin is the only top-20 coin seeing some gains ahead of the upcoming launch of Bakkt’s physically delivered BTC futures. Sunday, Sept. 22 — crypto markets are seeing a wave of red amid the approaching launch of Bakkt’s physically delivered Bitcoin (BTC) futures on Monday. Bitcoin is the only cryptocurrency out of the top 20 that is attempting to gain momentum today, while the rest are seeing major losses, with some dropping over 7% in the 24 hours prior to press time. Market visualization. Source: Coin360 Bitcoin has continued to…

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Facebook Buys Chatbot Startup Servicefriend to Integrate Into Calibra

Social media giant Facebook acquires chatbot startup Servicefriends to integrate into the customer service of Facebook’s digital wallet, Calibra. Facebook has acquired the artificial intelligence-based chat-bot startup Servicefriend for customer service for Calibra, the digital wallet for Facebook’s planned Libra cryptocurrency. AI chatbots for Calibra’s customer service A Sept. 19 article by Israeli business newspaper the Marker reported that Facebook has acquired startup Servicefriends in order to build a messaging bot for customer service for Calibra. Announcing Libra and Calibra, Facebook said that it wanted to reach unbanked consumers and…

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Altcoins Soar, Zuckerberg Turns on Charm, North Korea’s Coin: Hodler’s Digest, Sept. 16–22

Altcoins enjoy an explosive bull run as Bitcoin falters, Zuckerberg wines and dines with US politicians, and North Korea begins developing its own cryptocurrency. Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Altcoins continue explosive bull run while Bitcoin stalls Not too long ago, Bitcoin (BTC) diehards were warning that altcoins are dead.…

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Crypto News From the German-Speaking World: Sept. 16–22 in Review

Cointelegraph releases its weekly review for major crypto and blockchain events in the German-speaking world. The German-speaking world saw a number of crypto and blockchain events this week, with the German Federal Government releasing its blockchain strategy and local companies and associations launching new industry initiatives. Here is the past week of German crypto and blockchain news in review, as originally reported by Cointelegraph and Cointelegraph auf Deutsch. New DLT public offering is approved by Liechtenstein On Sept. 16, German crypto investment startup Neufund rolled out its blockchain-based public offering…

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Do Crypto Payment Restrictions Undermine Blockchain’s Core Values?

Crypto users are still at the mercy of the controls and processes of exchanges, wallets and payment services. The power of cryptocurrency payment service providers is under the spotlight after a $100,000 donation to an Amazon rainforest charity was blocked last month. American cryptocurrency payment service provider BitPay reportedly blocked a Bitcoin payment from charity organization Amazon Watch because it had failed the internal processes of the payment platform. It is understood that the charity’s pay limit was set below $100,000 before BitPay advised its staff to change it. The…

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Discovering Bitcoin Part 7: The Missing Pieces

This is the seventh and final installment of bitcoiner Giacomo Zucco’s series “Discovering Bitcoin: A Brief Overview From Cavemen to the Lightning Network.” Read the Introduction to his series, Discovering Bitcoin Part 1: About Time, Discovering Bitcoin Part 2: About People, Discovering Bitcoin Part 3: Introducing Money, Discovering Bitcoin Part 4: A Wrong Turn (New Plan Needed)!, Discovering Bitcoin Part 5: Digital Scarcity and Discovering Bitcoin Part 6: Digital Contracts. As we conclude our “Discovering Bitcoin” series, we will build on the use of digital signatures and of the CoinJoin…

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What Google’s Quantum Breakthrough Means for Blockchain Cryptography

We’ve been warned for years that a quantum computing breakthrough is just around the corner. When that day comes, we’re told, it could render existing encryption standards obsolete, threatening the security of every major blockchain. It seems that day has finally arrived, with Google achieving “quantum supremacy.” Impressive as the feat is, however, it doesn’t signal game over for crypto networks – and least not yet. Also read: How Merge Mining and Anchored Blockchain Projects Capitalize on Bitcoin’s Security Model They Actually Did It, the Absolute Madmen On Friday, the…

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