$5 Trln FX Settlement Giant CLS to Launch Blockchain-Based Netting Service ‘Within Days’

Forex exchange (FX) settlement giant CLS will launch its IBM blockchain-powered netting service within “a matter of days,” according to Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) Alan Manquard. The CSO made the announcement at the IBM Think Tank conference in London Nov. 14, as reported by tech news source Computer Business Review (CBR). CLS Group, which reportedly settles on average $5 trillion in payment instructions daily, is a U.S. FX settlement service supplier with high-profile members that include Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Barclays, and Citigroup. A netting service entails offsetting and determining the…

Two Chains No More: Kik Selects Stellar Over Ethereum for Crypto Token Launch

Messenger app maker Kik is quitting ethereum for good as it continues to develop its cryptocurrency, dubbed kin. Launched on ethereum early in the ICO boom, Kik has now announced that it will close kin’s atomic swap with ethereum. Without specifying a date, the Kin Ecosystem Foundation said Wednesday that it would soon release a tool for kin holdings off of ethereum. Kik’s token has had several homes in its short life. The company raised just shy of $100 million in crypto during a September 2017 initial coin offering. By November,…

Electronics Giant Bosch Partners with IOTA to Launch New Device for IoT Data Collection

Engineering and electronics manufacturer Bosch has partnered with IOTA, integrating its new data collection Internet of Things (IoT) device with the decentralized IOTA Data Marketplace, according to a tweet from Bosch Nov. 12. The IOTA Marketplace is a decentralized data marketplace where parties can buy or sell access to active data streams, using MAM (Masked Authenticated Messaging). According to a post on Bosch’s blog, MAM is a second-layer data communication protocol that allows for data to be shared peer-to-peer securely via an encrypted channel. Data subscribers can in this way…

Major Oil Firms, Banks Partner to Launch Blockchain Platform for Energy Commodity Trading

Major oil companies BP, Shell, and Equinor have united with large banks and trading houses to launch a blockchain-driven platform Vakt for energy commodity trading. The partnership was reported by independent news agency covering energy and commodities markets S&P Global Platts Monday, Nov. 12. Apart from the three oil companies mentioned above, Vakt includes banks ABN Amro, ING, and Societe Generale, along with trading houses Gunvor, Koch Supply & Trading, and Mercuria. The blockchain solution, first announced in November 2017, will enable major industry players to move from “cumbersome” paperwork…

ConsenSys’ Kaleido, Amazon Web Services Launch ‘Blockchain Marketplace’ for Enterprises

ConsenSys’ blockchain startup Kaleido and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have launched a full-stack platform that helps enterprises implement blockchain solutions, according to a press release published Nov. 8. The platform, dubbed Kaleido Marketplace, reportedly “eliminates 80 percent of the custom code” needed to build a given blockchain project by providing an array of full-stack tools and protocols that are “plug-and-play,” spanning needs from back-end development to front-end app user interfaces. According to the press release, Marketplace clients can access native integrations with AWS cloud, as well as swiftly implement solutions…

Canadian Bank Set to Launch Uncheckable ‘Deposit Box’ for Cryptocurrency

A subsidiary of Canadian financial institution VersaBank confirmed it had finished beta testing of a “digital vault” for storing cryptocurrency in a press release Nov. 8. VersaVault, which announced its so-called “digital safety deposit box” in February, is aiming to attract crypto exchanges and funds as clients for the new tool. The product provides cryptocurrency storage on servers dotted throughout the world, the deposit box element lying in the fact the bank itself can neither brute force the digital ‘boxes’ nor know their contents. “While many are considering ideas and…

Nine Leading Shipping Operators Launch Global Business Network Based on Blockchain

Nine major terminal operators and shipping companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch an open digital platform based on distributed ledger technology (DLT), The Maritime Executive, a major industry source for maritime and marine news, reported Nov. 6. The MoU, aimed at forming a consortium to develop a shipping industry blockchain alliance dubbed the Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN), has been signed by the world’s leading shipping operators during the China International Import Expo in Shanghai on Nov. 6. The article notes that the software solution for…

IBM and Seagate Launch Blockchain-Based System to Fight Counterfeit Hard Drives

IBM and data storage firm Seagate have announced a joint initiative to fight counterfeit hard drives using blockchain technology, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph Nov. 8. The project will reportedly use IBM’s Blockchain Platform to help manufacturers, integrators, and business partners better authenticate the provenance of hard disk drives. IBM and Seagate’s solution will work by updating the IBM Blockchain Platform on the IBM Cloud with product authentication data based on Seagate’s security solution Seagate Secure Electronic ID (eID), the latter of which creates a unique identifier…

Bitcoin Cash Launch Retrospective – The Coinbase Blog

Launch of BCH Trading We announced our decision to support BCH trading on December 19, 2017. The following outlines the timeline of events that occurred: December 19, 2017 4:06 pm PST: We announced that GDAX would enable support for BCH trading on three new books: BCH-USD, BCH-EUR and BCH-BTC. In accordance with our Trading Rules these books opened in ‘post-only’ mode. This mode allows orders to be placed but not filled — establishing liquidity, encouraging price discovery, and mitigating the risk of a volatile market opening. 5:15 pm PST: We announced our…

Developers Launch BDIP: A Bitcoin Cash Proposal Process for Decentralized Apps

Over the last few months, the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) developers who created the Yenom wallet have been developing a lot of BCH applications and tools. On Nov. 3, the Yenom developer Shun Usami revealed a new proposition model for decentralized application development proposals called the Bitcoin Dapps Improvement Proposal (BDIP) standard. Also read: New Bitcoin Cash Stress Test Sees 700,000 Transactions in One Day Decentralized Application Proposals for Bitcoin Cash Since the introduction of re-enabled opcodes last May, Bitcoin Cash developers have been steadily working on applications like Memo.cash, Bitdb, and…