Hyperledger Gains Microsoft and Ethereum Foundation Among Raft of New Members

Microsoft, Salesforce and the Ethereum Foundation are among the major new companies joining enterprise blockchain platform Hyperledger. The company’s executive director, Brian Behlendorf, confirmed the news to Cointelegraph ahead of a public unveiling at the ongoing Synchronize Europe conference in London on June 18. Part of a monthly update on new members of Hyperledger, Behlendorf said June’s rollout included the Ethereum Foundation as a non-profit member, while supply chain standards body GS1 is also now on board. Hosted by the Linux Foundation, Hyperledger already counts IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Boerse…

70% of Crypto Exchanges Have Complied With CoinMarketCap’s Transparency Initiative

Crypto data provider CoinMarketCap says most listed exchanges have complied with its transparency-boosting mandatory data requests. The news marks the end of the first phase of the site’s Data Accountability & Transparency Alliance (DATA) initiative, which pushes for stricter disclosures, which include live trading and order book data. More accurate, timely and unbiased information will enable site users to draw more informed conclusions from CoinMarketCap data, the firm said in a statement. “The new and detailed criteria for listings will provide clear and concrete guidelines for everyone looking to be listed on CoinMarketCap,”…

Microsoft, Salesforce Join Hyperledger Enterprise Blockchain Consortium

Two of the world’s largest top-10 enterprise software companies by revenue have joined the Hyperledger blockchain consortium. Microsoft and Salesforce are among the eight new members announced by Hyperledger Tuesday. The recruits also include Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel), a Russian metal company; Gloscad, a Polish tech company developing solutions for the agriculture industry; and Milligan Partners, a U.S.-based consulting firm focused on tech solutions for supply-chain management. As members, these companies will pay dues based on their size to Hyperledger, an umbrella project for various business blockchains run by the Linux…

Accenture to Sign Blockchain ID Deal With Canada, Netherlands and Aviation Players

Global accounting giant Accenture will sign a formal deal with Canada, the Netherlands and other parties to use blockchain in identifying travelers. The company’s managing director of capital markets, David Treat, confirmed the move at the Synchronize Europe conference in London on June 18, attended by a Cointelegraph correspondent. Part of its expanding activities in the blockchain sector, Accenture will team up with the Canadian and Dutch governments, as well as Air France-KLM, Air Canada and several airports under a new agreement. Treat will personally ratify the deal, called “Known…

Bitcoin Price Unfazed By Unveiling of Facebook’s Libra Crypto

View The unveiling of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency has failed to put a strong bid under BTC. The cryptocurrency may be vulnerable to a “sell the fact” pullback, too. The 4-hour chart indicates scope for a drop to $8,800. A break lower would expose key average located at $8,500. On the higher side, a high-volume above the crucial Fibonacci retracement level of $9,442 is needed to strengthen the case for a rise to $10,000. Bitcoin (BTC) is struggling to gather upside traction following Facebook’s official announcement of its Libra cryptocurrency project. At 09:00 UTC…

Digital Asset Partners With Amazon AWS Aurora on Smart Contract Language Interoperability

Blockchain software firm Digital Asset has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Aurora to make its open-source smart contract language Digital Asset Modeling Language (DAML) more interoperable. The partnership was revealed in a press release acquired by a Cointelegraph correspondent at the IMN Synchronize Europe Conference in London on June 18. The partnership will enable multi-platform DAML support for various blockchain networks, notably including Hyperledger Fabric and blockchain consortium R3’s Corda, both specifically cited in the press release. Introduced in April 2016, DAML is an expressive language designed for financial…

Facebook Releases Cryptocurrency White Paper for Libra Currency

Social media giant Facebook has released the white paper for its long-awaited cryptocurrency and blockchain-based financial infrastructure project today, June 18. According to the paper, Facebook’s global stablecoin, dubbed “libra,” will operate on the native and scalable Libra blockchain, and be backed by a reserve of assets ostensibly “designed to give it intrinsic value” and mitigate volatility fluctuations.   These assets consist of a basket of bank deposits and short-term government securities that will be held in the Libra Reserve for every Libra that is issued. The new cryptocurrency will…

Samsung SDS Tackles Blockchain Adoption Concerns With New Services

The IT subsidiary of South Korean tech giant Samsung is launching three new products aimed at addressing clients worries about blockchain, the company confirmed in a press release on June 18. Following what it describes as trouble implementing the technology, Samsung SDS said its new offerings will address core areas of concern among its client base. “When companies apply blockchain technology to their business, they have concerns on  Converging services across various industries, connecting different blockchain technologies […] easy application and expansion of blockchain in timely manner,” the release states.…

Bitcoin Trend Overwhelmingly Bullish: Dips In BTC Remain Supported

Bitcoin price traded to yet another 2019 high near $9,470 and corrected lower against the US Dollar. The price is trading nicely above the $9,200, $9,150 and $9,000 support levels. There is a key breakout pattern forming with support near $9,220 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The pair could correct towards the $9,150 or $9,000 support before it starts a fresh rally. Bitcoin price is showing a lot of bullish signs above $9,000 against the US Dollar. BTC currently traded towards $9,500 and…