US Needs ‘More Nuanced’ Cryptocurrency Regulations: Academic Paper

United States’ cryptocurrency regulations are creating a problematic image for the country as an innovator and it needs a “more nuanced approach.”  Two university professors have made this claim in an article Friday, Dec. 7, referring to a paper originally published Nov. 16. Discussing the current regulatory setup governing cryptocurrency, Carol Goforth of Oxford University and Arkansas School of Law’s Clayton N. Little blamed the “overlapping” authority of various regulators as hindering progress. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and…

Four International Banks Complete Commercial Paper Transaction on R3’s Corda Platform

A group of international banks in partnership with enterprise blockchain software firm R3 have completed a live commercial paper transaction based on blockchain platform Corda, Finextra reported Dec. 6. The transaction was implemented on the Corda-based Euro Debt Solution application developed by R3, with German banking and financial services company Commerzbank, French corporate and investment bank Natixis, and Dutch financial services firm Rabobank as the participant. In the course of transaction, Natixis reportedly issued 100,000 euro ($113,722) notional, while Rabobank acted as the incestor and ING as both dealer and…

Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange Issues Thought Paper on Crypto and Blockchain

The Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) has issued a thought paper on cryptocurrency and blockchain infrastructure for issuing digital assets, reports the Emirati government news agency WAM Nov. 6.                                 The document was reportedly issued in collaboration with the Central Securities Depositories and under the auspices of the International Securities Service Association, ISSA. In publishing the paper, the ADX seeks to identify the necessary technical and operational criteria for issuing digital assets and supporting financial institutions in offering crypto assets. According to ADX CEO Rashed Al Blooshi, the exchange “continues…

It’s the 10th Anniversary of the Bitcoin White Paper. Have You Read It Yet?

On October 31, 2018, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Bitcoin’s white paper, the seminal literature of Satoshi Nakamoto’s creation and the new cryptographic field he introduced with the blockchain. Since its release, the white paper has become a must-read for crypto enthusiasts, be they fledglings or veterans, investors or coders. Part technical primer, economic treatise and constitution, our community has canonized the document as something of a blockchain bible, one that has done its fair share of proselytizing followers over the years. Following the white paper’s release, Bitcoin’s genesis…

Venezuela’s Petro White Paper ‘Blatantly’ Copied Dash, Ethereum Developer Says

Venezuelan state-owned cryptocurrency Petro has apparently plagiarized parts of its white paper from the GitHub repository of Dash. Core developer of Ethereum Joey Zhou pointed this out in a tweet posted Tuesday, Oct. 2. Zhou has tweeted that Petro, which has just been officially launched by president Nicolas Maduro, is “a blatant Dash clone.” To illustrate this, he posted a link to the Venezuelan coin’s white paper, which had an exact copy of an image from Dash’s repository on Github. An image from Dash’s repository on Github, added to p.…

How to Set up a Bitcoin Paper Wallet

This article is a step-by-step how-to guide for creating bitcoin paper wallets. It walks through choosing a paper wallet generator, securing the computer environment to use it on, configuring and printing the wallets, cleaning up before and afterward to thwart hackers, and physically securing the wallets. Also read: 160 Crypto Exchanges Seek to Enter Japanese Market, Regulator Reveals Why Use a Paper Wallet A paper wallet is a piece of paper containing both the private and public keys to a single bitcoin address. Paper wallets are a cheap and secure way…

Chinese Tech Giant Baidu Releases ‘Super Chain’ White Paper

Chinese search engine and web services company Baidu has released the Baidu Blockchain White Paper V1.0 on Wednesday, September 26, which describes the development of a “Super Chain” network system. Baidu Blockchain Lab released the blockchain white paper focused on “the independent development of the ‘Super Chain’ network system.” The paper introduces the idea of commercializing the Baidu cloud blockchain blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) platform in addition to six applications based on the Super Chain; Totem, Degree Universe, Baidu Association, Treasure Chest, Encyclopedia Online, and Hubert. According to the white paper, Baidu’s…

Insurance Giant Ping An Releases ‘White Paper on Smart Cities,’ Advocates for Blockchain

China’s Ping An Insurance, one of the world’s largest insurance company groups, has released a “White Paper on Smart Cities,” advocating for blockchain tech, AI, big data, and cloud computing, People’s Daily reports August 22. Ping An Insurance, a Chinese conglomerate with operations in insurance, banking, and financial services, was ranked the third most valuable global financial services company in the world as of May 2018. According to People’s Daily, the company released its “White Paper on Smart Cities” on August 21. The reported goal is to “help the government…