Tron Launches Djed, a Platform That Looks Suspiciously Like MakerDAO

On March 28, Tron (TRX) founder Justin Sun tweeted to announce the release of Djed, a system for collateralized loans he described as “something new.” The platform was immediately criticized as many see it as a plagiarized version of MakerDAO (MKR). Sun teased the launch on Jan. 16 when Sun let his fans choose the name of a planned decentralized stablecoin that was initially to be backed by TRX and BitTorrent Token (BTT). Self-described TRX whale and Tron fan Mike McCarthy was the one who proposed the name Djed, just…

Algorand Launches Blockchain-Based Global Coronavirus Survey

Proof-of-stake cryptocurrency platform Algorand has created a global survey intended to compile an open database on the spread, status, and symptoms of the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 27, the company tweeted that its ‘IReportCovid’ survey app will contribute to a global data repository that updates in real-time to inform about pandemic relief efforts. Algorand launches survey to build global coronavirus database In a blog post, Algorand states the initiative seeks to address the lack of real-time data about the pandemic coming from individuals in the community. Survey responses are publicly…

World Health Organization Launches Blockchain Platform to Fight COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) has partnered on March 28 with major blockchain and tech companies to launch a distributed ledger technology (DLT)-based platform for sharing data concerning the coronavirus pandemic.  The platform, MiPasa, is built on top of Hyperledger Fabric and seeks to enable “early detection of COVID-19 carriers and infection hotspots. MiPasa has been launched in partnership with technology company IBM, computer firm Oracle, enterprise blockchain platform Hacera and IT corporation Microsoft. WHO launches blockchain-based platform to fight COVID-19  The platform purports to facilitate “fully private information sharing…

Blockchain-Fueled Entertainment Platform Ficto Launches Premium Interactive Streaming Network

Sharing is caring! Ficto, a subscription-based fast fiction streaming service that offers interactive shows produced exclusively for mobile without a paywall, has launched its mobile app, available on both iOS and Android. The platform uses blockchain-based smart contracts for payment. ~ advertisement ~   Featuring a full slate of premium programming cultivated from both A-list Hollywood and emerging talent, Ficto offers shows and series ranging from original dramas and licensed film adaptations to comedies, docuseries, talk shows, game shows, news, and more. Ficto fairly compensates the producers of all content on the…

KuCoin’s Futures Platform KuMEX Launches USDT Perpetual Contracts

KuMEX, the Bitcoin futures platform developed by KuCoin, today announced that USDT Perpetual Contracts will be officially available on the exchange at around 18:00 on March 30, 2020 (UTC+8) and deposit of USDT has already been enabled. Unlike the Bitcoin (BTC) Perpetual Contracts on KuMEX, all profits, losses and account balances will be denominated in USDT. To better manage trading risks, the BTC/USDT Spot Index used by KuMEX is the volume-weighted average price of BTC/USDT across six exchanges including Binance, OKEx, Huobi and KuCoin. Also, the trading volume weight will…

Michael Terpin’s BitAngels Launches Virtual Events to Connect Blockchain Community Amidst Global Coronavirus Pandemic

Michael Terpin‘s global network of cryptocurrency investors is helping to grow the blockchain ecosystem through community events is kicking off BitAngels Virtual Events. During the pandemic, this network of cryptocurrency and blockchain participants will now remain connected and engaged in a virtual online environment, as the Coronavirus pandemic prevents in-person gatherings. ~ advertisement ~ Currently, the global community of BitAngels members already has 15 city chapters in multiple countries. “In the best interest of BitAngels chapters worldwide, we’re putting in-person meetings on hiatus and returning to our roots as a…

Michael Terpin’s BitAngels Launches Virtual Events to Connect Blockchain Community Amidst Global Coronavirus Pandemic

Michael Terpin‘s global network of cryptocurrency investors is helping to grow the blockchain ecosystem through community events is kicking off BitAngels Virtual Events. During the pandemic, this network of cryptocurrency and blockchain participants will now remain connected and engaged in a virtual online environment, as the Coronavirus pandemic prevents in-person gatherings. Currently, the global community of BitAngels members already has 15 city chapters in multiple countries. “In the best interest of BitAngels chapters worldwide, we’re putting in-person meetings on hiatus and returning to our roots as a virtual network founded…

Pioneering Crypto Bank Launches CHF-Backed Stablecoin

Pioneering Swiss crypto bank Sygnum unveiled a stablecoin pegged to the Swiss franc on March 20. Sygnum’s ‘DCHF’ “settlement token” is backed 1:1 by funds held with the Swiss National Bank. According to local media outlet Swissinfo, DCHF is under consideration for support from the forthcoming SDX digital assets trading platform from SIX Group — of which Sygnum is a member. Swiss crypto bank announces CHF-pegged “settlement token” The crypto bank aims to target institutional clients with its stablecoin, emphasizing that the coin enables fast and frictionless settlements alongside novel…

Cartesi Launches Linux Infrastructure For Developing Blockchain DApps

Sharing is caring! Cartesi, who claim they are the first DApp infrastructure that runs an operating system (OS) on top of blockchains, is launching their product as the simultaneously close their first round of funding. ~ advertisement ~ The company’s layer-2 solution is allegedly the first of its kind to bridge the gap between a Linux runtime environment and blockchain, giving developers the opportunity to create DApps using a vast array of mainstream software stacks. “We are excited to be launching the first-ever Linux infrastructure that runs on top of…

Fintech Giant Revolut Launches in the US, Initially Without Crypto Support

United Kingdom-born digital banking app Revolut is launching today, March 24, in the United States — but investors will have to wait for its crypto trading functionality to be up and running. Revolut’s rollout in the U.S. follows a major partnership with Visa back in October, which paved the way for the fintech’s global expansion to 24 new markets, including North America. That same month, it expanded its partnership with Mastercard to further support its U.S. offering. The neobank and smartphone app is already firmly established in Europe — with…