By CCN Markets: Blockchain.com Head of Growth Haider Rafique believes that Facebook’s Libra project will be a boon to cryptocurrency as a whole, for numerous reasons. As Head of Growth at Blockchain, adoption is the executive’s primary drive, and he believes Facebook’s crypto entry will have a positive impact. The growth expert laid out his case for Facebook’s potentially positive impact on cryptocurrency in an exclusive interview with CCN. He also revealed Libra’s “unspoken advantage” as it seeks to make its blockbuster entry into the crypto industry. Crypto Exec Haider Rafique: People Still Trust Facebook Despite Scandals For starters, despite
By CCN Markets: French video game giant Ubisoft has announced an effort to develop blockchain gaming through Ethereum. In a report published June 11 by French news outlet Les Échos, Ubisoft is already months into the development of blockchain products using Ethereum. The company is looking to monetize and improve upon their existing implementation of in-game items and other unlockables. However, it’s becoming clear that Ubisoft views Ethereum and the potential of blockchain as leverage over its competitor Epic Games–creator of the global phenomenon that is Fortnite. Since launching in 2017, Fortnite has amassed 250 million active users and brings
By CCN Markets: Blockchain company Hedera took an ad out in this morning’s Wall Street Journal thanking Facebook for flattering them with their copycat governance model. The ad reads: “Thank you Facebook Libra. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Facebook: Stealing Logos and Governance Models Since 2018 The move brings to mind Apple’s 1981 Wall Street Journal jab at IBM: It then features a classic Facebook “thumbs-up” like symbol. Hedera is a company built on the Hashgraph distributed ledger technology – the relationship is similar to Charles Hoskinson’s IOHK and Cardano. Interested readers can sign up for a testnet
By CCN Markets: A lot has already been said about Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency and its ambition to disrupt the finance world. But what about the blockchain technology that powers it? Blockchain experts have poured over the technical documents and played with the Libra protocol testnet. Suffice to say, they’re not convinced about Libra’s claims. “A disaster in slow motion” Bitcoin developer Tamas Blummer offered the most damning assessment of the Libra protocol. He said Facebook is abusing its position to muscle into the blockchain world. “Trying to buy leadership in a cutting edge technology is very expensive and likely futile.
By CCN Markets: Bitcoin educator and promotor Andreas M. Antonopoulos published a new video today in which he pointed out that Facebook’s Libra project doesn’t amount to a “real” blockchain. Is Facebook's Libra a real blockchain? No. Will it compete against #Bitcoin and truly open, public blockchains? Never. #LibreNotLibrahttps://t.co/MQkpPUuedE — Andreas M. Antonopoulos (@aantonop) June 18, 2019 The professional speaker has spoken at length in the past about the oppressive nature of KYC and “blacklisting” bitcoins. Facebook’s Coin Is Just Another Token Fungibility is an issue at the heart of cryptocurrency – if some coins are good, but others are
By CCN Markets: Stamp collecting just entered the 21st century, as the Austrian Post Office unveiled its limited edition ‘crypto stamp’ collectibles, powered by the Ethereum blockchain. Send Your Stamp, Keep A Collectible Crypto Stamp A limited 150,000 unit run of five different stamps – black, red, blue, yellow, black – allows the owner to use a physical stamp, but then save its image in their wallet. According to a Reddit user, the distribution is as follows: 1,500 red stamps; yellow, 10,000; blue, 20,000; green, 40,000; black, 78,500. The stamps retail for 6.90 Euro, meaning the entire project will bring
By CCN Markets: Canada’s largest chain of pharmacies announced a big partnership at the World Cannabis Congress on Monday. Shoppers Drug Mart will be working with TruTrace Technologies (until recently known as BlockStrain) to bring blockchain-based verification to the medicinal marijuana market. If successful, it could help power cannabis stocks higher as more doctors become comfortable with prescribing the drug. For interested investors, TruTrace’s stock trades as symbol “TTT” on the Canadian stock exchange. Shoppers Drug Mart operates roughly 1,300 pharmacies in Canada and already sells various products containing marijuana. It hopes to make doctors and patients feel more secure.
Contentos (COS) announced to join Binance Chain! New dApp “COS.tv” will also go live this week. “We warmly welcome Contentos community as part of our initiative to assist Binance Chain to reach mass adoption by the general public.” – CZ (Changpeng Zhao), CEO of Binance As a public blockchain project with a mass of believers in the Asia Pacific market, Contentos has, in the first half of 2019, gradually demonstrated the strength of a cutting-edge project in the public blockchain technology R&D and progress of building global ecology. In the future, Contentos will support the transactions and interactions of over
ArcBlock, a leading blockchain application platform, and ecosystem has released the DApps Workshop, an easy to use developer tool that gives developers, businesses and product managers an easy way to build prototypes and POCs to validate different DApp and decentralized identity scenarios. Before writing a single line of code, developers can simulate an application that includes different authentication standards, use of a mobile wallet to log in or easily build transaction models to simulate different transfer scenarios that help validate a specific use case. With this launch, the new DApps Workshop solves a very important problem for blockchain developers –
A blockchain-powered platform built by IBM and Maersk and designed to facilitate international trade is to launch in Russia.
The venture capital arm of the U.S. National Association of Realtors has invested an undisclosed amount in blockchain real estate startup Propy.
Matic Network (MATIC), a blockchain scalability platform which provides instant transactions powered by PoS side chains, unveiled over the weekend that it will be sponsoring the first-ever Blockchain Stage at E3 this year. Matic will be sponsoring the first ever Blockchain Stage at this year’s @e3 and @dgasummit in #LosAngeles. Matic COO @sandeepnailwal and CPO […]
There are a number of blockchain projects affirming they have a system of on-chain governance that works. But is that true?
Budweiser’s parent company, Anheuser-Busch InBev, is doubling down on its interest in using blockchain tech to assist unbanked workers.
Former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles is dipping his feet back into the crypto industry as he wants to help Japan become a powerhouse within the blockchain economy. The former CEO of the now-defunct exchange told the media on June 5 about his new venture called Tristan Technologies.
Supermarket chain Carrefour has reportedly attributed a recent increase in sales to its use of blockchain tracking for food products.
Blackstone-owned IT firm Mphasis has partnered with blockchain tech firm Bitfury to automate and tokenize trade finance processes.
Crypto entrepreneur and investor Ben Davenport is joining Blockchain Capital as a venture partner.
Ethereum development studio ConsenSys has launched a blockchain “job kit” to guide developers wishing to enter the growing blockchain space.
Animoca Brands (ASX:AB1) subsidiary Pixowl, which is developing a decentralized blockchain gaming platform called The Sandbox, recently completed a $ 2.5 million fundraising round led by Hashed, a Korean blockchain accelerator and investment fund. According to the announcement, Animoca and Pixowl plan to develop a metaverse similar to Enjin (ENJ) where virtual worlds and games will […]