Thai Stock Exchange Plans to Launch a Token Trading Platform

The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) is looking to capitalize on investor interest in cryptos by offering a new digital assets exchange. According to a report from Bangkok Post on Thursday, the SET is planning to apply for a license from the country’s Ministry of Finance to operate the platform. The move comes as the exchange looks to capture the growing investor demand for cryptos, Pattera Dilokrungthirapop, vice-chairwoman of the SET board of governors, said in the report. The stock exchange will work to have a sound technical system in…

BitTorrent’s Tron-Based BTT Token Integration Will Launch by Summer

BitTorrent’s system dubbed BitTorrent Speed, which will integrate the Tron-based BTT token into the popular µTorrent Windows client, will launch by summer. The company has confirmed this in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Jan. 19. BitTorrent Speed will issue cryptocurrency token rewards to users that serve content to others via the µTorrent network. The client’s users — which number more than 100 million, according to BitTorrent — will also be able to pay for faster downloads with the same tokens. The company also announced that to all accounts…

Bitfury Enters Music Industry With Blockchain-Based Open Source Platform Launch

Blockchain and Bitcoin mining manufacturer Bitfury announced the launch of a dedicated venture to open source the music industry in a blog post on Jan. 16. The spin-off, dubbed Bitfury Surround, aims to tackle the complex and often unfairly proportioned flows of revenue between artists, fans and middlemen using blockchain technology. The post explains, “The Surround platform will enable the entire music entertainment industry to streamline operations through secure transfer of copyright assets, streamlined connectivity as well as better monitoring and management systems. Surround marks Bitfury’s ongoing expansion into various…

Devs Behind Marshall Islands’ National Crypto Confirm Plans to Launch This Year

A national cryptocurrency for the Marshall Islands is still being actively developed, despite previous disagreements among government officials on the subject, a blog post from the team behind the coin revealed Jan. 10. In the recent post, the team behind the coin — dubbed Sovereign (SOV) — revealed that it had made “significant progress in finding partners, investors, and developers” to realize the project. As the post states, the team is aiming to launch SOV in 2019. The team behind the state-backed crypto includes former Secretary General of the Bank…

Gauging Community Expectations and Developer Readiness as Ethereum’s Constantinople Launch Date Approaches

The next attempt to implement the Ethereum (ETH) hard fork is expected to come in the interval from Jan. 14 to Jan. 18 — or according to Afri Schoedon, the release manager for the Parity Ethereum client, Jan. 16. At that point, the 7,080,000 block will be extracted, and the Constantinople upgrade will be activated. all-core-devs call: constantinople upgrade for ethereum mainnet activation suggested for 16th of january 2019, block number to be confirmed on black friday in a fortnight — Afri 🌩️ Jan 16 (@5chdn) November 9, 2018 To…

Vermont State Agencies Launch Blockchain Pilot Program for Captive Insurance Industry

Two agencies in the state government of Vermont in the United States have jointly launched a blockchain pilot program for captive insurance, according to an official announcement published on Jan. 11. The Secretary of State Jim Condos and Department of Financial Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak have signed an agreement to join forces to explore blockchain technology and the benefits of its deployment in maintaining records in the captive insurance field. Captive insurance is an alternative form of self-insurance where a parent group creates a licensed insurance company for itself. The…

CoinFLEX Beats Intercontinental Exchange and ErisX to Launch First Physically-Delivered Bitcoin Futures

According to a January 6, 2019, report from Bloomberg, CoinFLEX, an offshoot of CoinFloor, has launched the first physically-delivered Bitcoin futures, beating out heavyweights like ErisX and Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). CoinFlex has announced that it will begin offering physical Bitcoin futures to investors in Asia as from February 2019. This adds an interesting twist to the Bitcoin futures race as Intercontinental Exchange, founded by the owners of the New York Stock Exchange as well as ErisX, had previously been thought to be front-runners in the race. The Origins of CoinFLEX…

UK Crypto Exchange Coinfloor to Launch Trading of Physically Delivered Bitcoin Futures

CoinfloorEX, a unit of the United Kingdom cryptocurrency exchange Coinfloor, has been reorganized to offer trading of physical Bitcoin futures on the Asian market. The CEO of the company has revealed this in an interview with Bloomberg on Monday, Jan. 7. The rebranded CoinFLEX — short for Coin Futures and Lending Exchange — is reportedly owned by a consortium that includes Roger Ver, an early Bitcoin (BTC) entrepreneur and the supporter of the most recent controversial Bitcoin Cash (BCH) hard fork. The consortium behind CoinFLEX also includes another early BTC…

BitTorrent will launch a Tron based cryptocurrency to enable faster downloads via uTorrent

Peer-to-peer file sharing platform BitTorrent will launch its own cryptocurrency with the aim of creating an economy around networking, bandwidth and storage. Crypto tokens, dubbed BitTorrent (BTT), will be added to the company’s widely-used Windows client uTorrent, and an update will give users the option to earn and trade these tokens for faster download speeds. The platform’s indulgence in blockchain technology follows its acquisition by Tron, a project which aims to establish a decentralised internet, and serves as a prospective rival to similar peer-to-peer ledger-based crypto networks such as Ethereum and Blockchain. “BitTorrent…

Nasdaq-Powered Exchange to Launch EU-Regulated Tokenized Stock Trading

Estonian digital trading platform DX Exchange will begin offering tokenized stocks on the Ethereum blockchain next week, the company confirmed in a press release Jan. 3. DX, which will reportedly be the first exchange to offer such trading in a fully regulated environment in the European Union, will use Nasdaq’s Financial Information exchange (FIX) protocol to deliver the product. According to the company’s press release, cryptocurrency users will be able to purchase tokens that will be backed by stocks in various major companies, including Google, Facebook and Amazon. The shares…