BlockShow Launches Crypto Fundraising Campaign for Notre Dame Reconstruction

BlockShow, an international blockchain event powered by Cointelegraph, has started a campaign to raise cryptocurrency for the Notre Dame cathedral reconstruction. The news was announced on BlockShow’s official Twitter account on April 16. In the tweet, the team behind BlockShow revealed that it has initiated a fundraising campaign for the Notre Dame reconstruction following the devastating fire that engulfed the cathedral yesterday, April 15. The BlockShow team posted two digital currency wallet addresses where everyone interested can transfer donations in both bitcoin (BTC) and ethereum (ETH), as well as a…

EToro Blockchain Division Launches Crypto Exchange for Pro Traders, Issues 8 Stablecoins

The blockchain division of global social trading platform eToro has launched a cryptocurrency exchange for pro traders, a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Tuesday, April 16, states. EToroX claims to be a secure a secure and fully regulated trading venue. As for now, the platform offers 37 trading pairs, with the ability to convert six cryptocurrencies to fiat, such as the dollar, euro and Swiss franc. The exchange currently allows users to trade bitcoin (BTC), ethereum (ETH), ripple (XRP), dash (DASH), bitcoin cash (BCH) and litecoin (LTC). According to…

South Korea’s Telecom Giant KT Launches DLT-Powered 5G Brand to Prevent Hacks

KT Corporation, South Korea’s largest telecom firm, has launched its blockchain-powered fifth-generation (5G) network brand, local news agency The Korea Times reports on April 16. Called “GiGA Chain,” the brand intends to boost the security of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices and to protect them from cyberattacks, the report says. As a part of the new brand, KT developed GiGA Stealth technology that prevents hacking attacks by hiding the IP addresses of the connected devices. According to the report, the blockchain-enabled tech makes IP addresses virtually invisible to hackers. Lee Dong-myeon, president…

CoinMarketCap Launches Crypto Data Apps With Added Features

Cryptocurrency data provider CoinMarketCap has launched its first Android app and revamped its Apple iOS product. Notably, the apps offer features not yet available on CoinMarketCap’s website, including portfolio tracking, candlestick charts and side-by-side cryptocurrency comparisons, as well as price alerts and user accounts, the data provider announced Tuesday. “We believe that our users will like the new style and the features we’ve added to these apps, and we’ll continue to update the app regularly based on the feedback we receive,” said CoinMarketCap’s global head of marketing, Carylyne Chan. Users…

eToro Launches Full Crypto Exchange and 8 Custom Stablecoins

Social investing platform eToro has launched a cryptocurrency exchange along with eight branded stablecoins. The new platform will be managed by its blockchain subsidiary, eToroX, which is regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission, the firm announced Tuesday. Trading in six cryptocurrencies will be offered at launch: bitcoin (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), ether (ETH), XRP, litecoin (LTC) and dash. Also available will be 37 crypto-to-fiat pairs, for example BTC/USD and XRP/GBP. The firm is additionally issuing eToro-branded tokens pegged to eight fiat currencies, including the eToro United States dollar (USDEX), eToro…

EU Launches International Blockchain Association, Bringing Crypto One Step Closer to Mainstream Adoption

The European Union has officially launched the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) — with IBM, Accenture and Deutsche Telekom among the 100-plus members to have signed the association’s charter at a ceremony at the European Commission (EC) in Brussels on April 4. INATBA was legally formed last month as an offshoot of the EU’s European Blockchain Partnership, with the explicit aim of “supporting interoperability, developing specifications, promoting standards and regulatory convergence to support the development and exploitation of innovative blockchain technologies.” Commissioner Mariya Gabriel (in the center), the INATBA board…

Cryptocurrency Lending Firm Dharma Launches Its Service to the Public

San Francisco-based cryptocurrency lending firm Dharma Labs announced that it has launched its service to the public in a Medium post published on April 8. As Cointelegraph reported in February, Dharma Labs has previously raised $7 million from big name investors, including Coinbase Ventures. Per the launch announcement, users can interact with the service with any wallet, and only Ethereum (ETH) and the decentralized stablecoin (DAI) are supported for the time being. The service is also reportedly non-custodial, and the users remain in control of the private keys granting access…

Gibraltar Stock Exchange Launches Listings of Blockchain-Based Securities

The Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX) is launching listings of blockchain-powered securities on its practical listing venue GSX Global Market, the firm announced on April 9. Today, the GSX starts listing a number of new products known as digital, smart or tokenized securities such as corporate bonds, convertible bonds, asset-backed securities, derivative securities, open-ended funds and closed-ended funds, the announcement says. By applying distributed ledger technology (DLT), the GSX intends to enable greater liquidity pools and facilitate democratizing the capital markets, the firm noted in the press release. In contrast to…

Private Bank Kleinwort Hambros Launches Blockchain Exchange-Traded Note

Private bank Kleinwort Hambros launched an exchange-traded note (ETN) made up of blockchain-related companies, financial news outlet Finextra reported on April 8. Kleinwort Hambros is owned by Societe Generale, acting as their private wealth management division in the United Kingdom. Societe Generale itself is a multinational investment bank headquartered in Paris, with total assets of around 1.3 trillion euros ($1.4 trillion) in 2018. Per the report, the new derivative is available for a minimum investment of £1,000 (equivalent to about $1,300) and has been listed in Luxemburg. The stocks reportedly…

Russian Social Media Giant VK Launches ‘Mineable’ VK Coin

Russian social media giant Vkontakte (VK) has launched an internal currency, VK Coin, that can be “mined,” local state-owned media outlet Tass reported on April 1. The move follows recent reports this week that VK was launching a bespoke cryptocurrency. The official information provided on VK Coin, however, does not indicate that the coin is based on blockchain technology. It does, however, encourage users to “mine” the coin via VK’s services. The service works via a mobile app clicker game that lets users earn the internal currency, send it to…