Ripple-Backed Crypto Wallet BRD Launches Blockchain Toolbox for Enterprise Apps

Mobile wallet provider BRD is making something of a pivot, launching a suite of tools aimed to allow blockchain developers to more easily build apps for enterprises. Called Blockset, the new offering – announced Friday – is described as a blockchain data integration platform with a suite of tools aimed to allow coders to create “enterprise-grade” blockchain applications. These bring the ability to automatically pull in on-chain data via an API and, BRD says, conduct transactions in “near real-time” on multiple blockchains. Nodes can be hosted “out of the box,”…

Gemini Launches Firm to Insure Its Own Crypto Custody Branch for $200M

The Winklevoss’ Gemini Exchange has launched an insurance company to cover up to $200 million for Gemini Custody — reportedly the largest amount for any crypto custody service in the world. Head of risk at Gemini Yusuf Hussain shared the news with Cointelegraph on Jan. 16. The captive insurance company is called Nakamoto, Ltd. and will secure Gemini’s custody business for up to $200 million.  Aiding Nakamoto, Ltd.’s launch were major traditional insurance brokers Aon and Marsh. Gemini’s custodial clients will also reportedly be able to purchase additional insurance from…

JPMorgan Spinoff Kadena Launches Public Blockchain, Integrates Wallet to Cosmos Network

Crypto startup Kadena’s public blockchain launched Wednesday, adding interoperable smart contract support between the public chain and its private chain counterparts.  The Brooklyn-based offshoot of JPMorgan’s blockchain center announced that the launch marks another step in its effort to develop scalable, secure proof-of-work alternatives to the current leading cryptocurrencies: ethereum and bitcoin. As part of its efforts in interoperability, Kadena is also integrating its wallet Chainweaver with the Cosmos Network, allowing different blockchains to interact. The integration process is expected to be complete by March.  Using Kadena, individuals or businesses…

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Launches Testing Ground for Blockchain Interoperability

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), the standards group where finance and other industries explore private versions of ethereum technology, has launched a testing ground to bring about certified, branded and harmonized business uses by the end of 2020. The EEA TestNet will operate as a pre-certification sandbox, where forks of ethereum can be standardized according to certain specifications set out previously by the EEA, which will make them interoperate with each other. There are now hundreds of companies working on enterprise versions of ethereum, plus an entirely new cohort of…

Binance.US Launches New App on iOS and Android

On January 9th, digital asset marketplace Binance.US unveiled a mobile app for iOS and Android users. Early user response? After successful beta testing on both iOS and Android versions in December, users can now trade over 25 digital currencies in real-time. “Binancians” can track and analyze market movements, as well as trade within ACH limits up to $30k, make wire transfers, and make debit card payments. Existing customers in 37 eligible states can seamlessly access their accounts. New users get a $15 signup bonus and 30 days of free trading.…

Wasabi Wallet Launches #BitcoinIsSafe Campaign to Counter Erroneous Antivirus Detections

Recently, Wasabi Wallet users have reported multiple instances in which antivirus programs identify both Wasabi and the newly integrated Bitcoin Core as “system infections.” More specifically, the computer security algorithms for Avira, Bitdefender, Kaspersky and F-Secure (and many other antivirus softwares) confuse full Bitcoin nodes with unwanted cryptocurrency mining programs that run in computer backgrounds and steal processing power (a type of malicious attack whose popularity peaked during the 2017 bull market). In response to this phenomenon, Wasabi Wallet developers have started a social media campaign — distinguished by the…

Off-Blocks Launches US Government-Tested Digital Signature Service in Beta

Digital signature platform Off-Blocks is bringing its government-tested document verification tools to the public. The company launched its digital identity mobile app beta Monday, according to CEO Colin Campbell, offering to the public some of the Factom blockchain-powered anti-forgery mechanisms the companies have been building for the U.S.’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since November. The full platform is expected to go live in the coming weeks. Off-Blocks’ public service seeks to infuse trust across digital file sharing. People and companies have an inherent need to authenticate any number of documents,…

Major South Korean Crypto Exchange Bithumb Launches R&D Center

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb has established its own research and development (R&D) center. According to an announcement on Jan. 6, the initiative makes Bithumb the first company with a blockchain and cryptocurrency research center in South Korea. Bithumb expressed high hopes for the research center’s impact on the company: “Bithumb will become a leading company in the blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystem by strengthening its own R&D capabilities.” The center’s purpose The new R&D center is going to employ around 30 people and will start its activities this month. Bithumb’s…

Huobi Indonesia Launches Trading Between Indonesian Rupiah and Tether

Cryptocurrency exchange Huobi is launching a fiat gateway in Indonesia to enable fiat-to-crypto trading between the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) and Tether (USDT). In a Dec. 27 press release, the Huobi Group announced that the launch of the new fiat-currency gateway will make it possible for Indonesian investors to utilize the IDR to trade more than 250 cryptocurrencies available on its Indonesian subsidiary, Huobi Indonesia. Senior director of Huobi Cloud David Chen commented: “The new fiat gateway is part of Huobi’s global expansion strategy and reflects our ongoing commitment to working…

Privacy-Focused Zcoin Launches Funding Project Similar to Monero CCS

Privacy-focused cryptocurrency Zcoin (XZC) has launched a new crowdfunding system similar to one by another major privacy coin, Monero (XMR). In a Dec. 26 blog post, Zcoin announced the launch of the Zcoin Crowdfunding System (ZCS), a new platform that is designed to serve as shift from direct funding from block rewards to a donation model. ZCS to help Zcoin to further decentralize the project and fund additional initiatives The new ZCS system will help further decentralize the project in line with the company’s vision of a privacy-focused cryptocurrency, Zcoin’s…