CME Group Partners to Launch Ether Reference Rate Index

Derivatives exchange operator CME Group is launching an ether reference rate and a real-time ether-dollar index in partnership with UK-based digital asset trading service Crypto Facilities. The operator noted Monday that it would provide “a daily benchmark price in U.S. dollars” every 24 hours, as well as the real-time price “based on transactions and order book activity” from cryptocurrency exchanges Kraken and Bitstamp, according to a press release. The rates are already available online on both the CME Group and Crypto Facilities websites, and will be provided to the CME…

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New York Plans Blockchain Center to Stake Claim as Industry Hub

It’s Blockchain Week in the Big Apple, but if city leaders have their way, New York will become more than just a nice place for the industry to visit.  Announced Monday, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is launching several initiatives to put the city on the map as a blockchain technology hub. Foremost among them is a plan to open a “Blockchain Center” that will both promote public awareness of the technology and facilitate conversations among industry stakeholders. A key topic of the center’s conversations will be…

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Bitcoin Risks Drop Toward $8K After 3-Week Low

Bitcoin (BTC) is on the back foot having hit three-week lows over the weekend and now risks deeper losses below $8,200, the technical charts indicate. The cryptocurrency fell to $8,204 on Bitfinex on Saturday – the lowest level since April 19 – and was last seen changing hands at $8,365, down around 16 percent from the recent high of $9,990. Note, the bears failed to cut through the support at $8,207 (the 50 percent Fibonacci retracement of the rally from the April 1 low to the May 5 high) in…

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Legal Framework For Cryptocurrencies Comes Into Force

A regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies has come into effect by royal decree in Thailand, the Bangkok Post reported Sunday, May 13.  The 100-section law, published yesterday in the country’s Royal Gazette, defines cryptocurrencies as “digital assets and digital tokens,” and brings them under the regulatory jurisdiction of the Thai Security Exchange Commission (SEC). The Bangkok Post quotes Thai Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong as saying that the new measures are not intended to prohibit cryptocurrencies or Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). The Finance Minister’s position reiterates that of the country’s SEC, which…

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Scandinavian Start-Up To Track World’s Shipping Containers Through Blockchain

A start-up led by seasoned professionals in the shipping industry is creating a Blockchain-driven platform which, for the first time, will provide a real-time registry of the world’s 27 million containers. Blockshipping says its solution – which is called the Global Shared Container Platform (GSCP for short) – has what it takes to address staggering inefficiencies in the marketplace, bringing significant savings for businesses throughout the supply chain and dramatically reducing the industry’s toll on the environment. Despite being a “hugely valuable” sector, Blockshipping says the industry has been plagued…

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South Korea’s Top Financial Watchdog Joins Probe Into Cryptocurrency Exchanges

South Korea’s top financial regulator the Financial Services Commission (FSC) joined the ongoing probe into local cryptocurrency exchanges Sunday, May 13. The FSC will now be taking part in the anti money laundering investigation, hitherto led by the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS), in order to help expand its scope, news outlet Korea Times reports. Commenting on the agency’s move, Vice Chairman of the FSC Kim Yong-beom has urged regulators worldwide to coordinate their regulatory policies on cryptocurrencies. Following a request from the FSS, the FSC will now check bank accounts…

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From Facebook To NYSE, Mainstream Thinks Of Adoption

Top Stories This Week Owner Of New York Stock Exchange Mulls Over Addition Of Crypto Trading The New York Times reported this week that the NYSE might be giving its customers the option to buy and hold Bitcoin, an assertion backed up by documents, emails, and anonymous sources that confirm these future crypto traders contracts. Improvement Code Casper For Ethereum Network Released A new version of Casper, a code upgrade for the Ethereum network that aims to improve the economic consensus protocol, was released this week on Github. The Casper…

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Electronics Giant LG Launches Own Blockchain Service ‘Monachain’

LG CNS, a subsidiary of South Korean LG Corporation that supplies information technology services, has recently launched its own blockchain-powered service, local Yonhap News Agency reports Sunday, May 13. LG CNS’ own blockchain platform “Monachain” has been designed to enable blockchain-based logistics in the fields of finance, manufacturing and communication, according to Yonhap. One of the main deployments of Monachain provides a digital authentication system, as well as a digital currency, and a digital supply chain management tool. As the local source reports, Monachain enables a new type of identification,…

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Centralized Companies Into Decentralized Ecosystem

Bitcoin, and the idea of digital cash, has taken hold of the banking sector as banks and financial institutions start to experiment internally with blockchains and cryptocurrencies in order to be at the forefront of these technologies. This, coupled with the fact that government organisations and even global leadership bodies such as the G20 are looking to regulate cryptocurrencies, again give more legitimacy and longevity to the industry. The latest wave of adoption is now coming from corporations who, traditionally have come to be successful thanks to their centralized domination…

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U.S. Mutual Fund VP Says Blockchain Will Help ‘Drive This Next Industrial Revolution’

Steve Chiavarone, a VP at financial services company Federated Investors, made bullish comments on blockchain technology as an “economic growth driver” in an interview on CNBC Friday, May 11. Responding to whether blockchain will be a driver of economic growth, Chiavarone noted the potential for automatization and increased efficiency blockchain offers, saying: “When you think about it from an enterprise perspective, it has the ability to replace reconciliation, which is expensive and requires back-office and time and paperwork with more instantaneous verification […] that will allow cost to be cut…

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