NBA’s Kings Continue Reign Over Crypto-Fan Collab with Live Auction Platform

Though their market is small, their reach is mighty. The National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Sacramento Kings are at it again and will tip off a live auction for gear with a blockchain-based app.  On Jan. 15, the team announced its new live auction platform with blockchain development firm ConsenSys. Starting tonight, fans can bid live on in-game sports gear. The platform reportedly authenticates auction items, patching problems that have long bedeviled gear-hungry fans.  How it works Fans anywhere can bid on game-worn gear with the new Kings + Golden 1…

Student Wins Satoshi Nakamoto Scholarship to Build Media-Focused Platform

Bitcoin SV (BSV)-promoting Bitcoin Association has awarded a PhD student at Cambridge University with its Satoshi Nakamoto Scholarship, designed to support the development of blockchain applications. Per a Jan. 9 press release, Robin Kohze, a second-year human genomics PhD student at Cambridge University, became the first to receive the scholarship following a series of blockchain competitions within the Bitcoin SV Hackathon last fall. With his project dubbed, Hive, Kohze took second place. The scholarship is set to allow further development of Hive into a fully operational platform. Challenging the media…

US SEC Seeks $16 Million Penalty from Token Sales Platform Operator

The United States Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) is seeking a default judgement against token sale platform ICOBox and its founder Nikolay Evdokimov. Documents filed with the Central District Court of California on Jan. 9 order the defendants to pay over $16 million in disgorgement to the agency within 14 days of the judgement’s entry.  In a complaint filed on Sept. 18, 2019, the SEC had sued ICOBox and Evdokimov for operating an unregistered securities offering of roughly $14.6 million worth of digital assets in 2017, and operating as an unregistered…

Oman’s Largest Port Joins IBM’s Blockchain Shipping Platform TradeLens

On Jan. 8 the Times of Oman reported that the Port of Salalah joined TradeLens, the blockchain-based supply chain platform launched in 2018 by shipping giant Maersk and IBM.  An IBM spokesperson told Cointelegraph the addition of the Port of Salalah puts TradeLens at more than 90 ports and terminals, with over 150 participants in total on the platform.  According to the Times, The Port of Salalah is Oman’s largest port, handling a record number of 4 million shipping containers per year. The port reportedly joins TradeLens as part of…

Oman’s Largest Port Joins Blockchain Shipping Platform TradeLens

The largest port in the Middle Eastern nation of Oman has signed up to TradeLens – a blockchain supply chain platform founded by IBM and Maersk. The Port of Salalah recently became a member of the shipping data project as part of its digital transformation efforts, according to a report in the Times of Oman on Wednesday. The platform enables companies along the shipping supply chain to share data on cargoes in real time over its permissioned blockchain, ultimately aiming to bring improved transparency and efficiency to international trade. According…

Ant Financial Aims to Launch Its Enterprise Blockchain Platform This Month

Ant Financial, the financial affiliate of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is reportedly launching its enterprise-focused “Ant Blockchain Open Alliance” platform this month. Local news agency Bihai123 reported on Jan. 8 that Ant Financial Group vice president Jiang Guofei, who is also president of Ant’s smart technology business group, revealed that the network has been live in beta as of Nov. 2019, and will imminently be launched as a fully operational chain. Interfacing with small-scale enterprises The vice president alleges that the Ant Blockchain will be the first open alliance chain…

Android Platform Now Home to Coinbase Pro Trading App

Coinbase has expanded compatibility for its trading platform, Coinbase Pro.  The Coinbase Pro mobile app is now available on Android’s operating system, Coinbase said in a Jan. 7 blog announcement. The exchange unveiled its Pro app for iPhone (iOS) users in October 2019.  Coinbase Pro on Android touts updates to the already-available iOS app version, including crypto and fiat currency (USD, CAD, etc.) deposit and withdrawal capabilities, as well as additional security features, the blog post said. Coinbase has also updated its Pro iOS app to include these capabilities. Controversy…

Blockchain Platform EOS Raised $4 Billion and Has Dropped Over 30% Since

In the period between June 2017 and 2018, Block.one raised $4 billion via the sales of its native cryptocurrency, EOS. More than a year later, the token associated with the Cayman Islands-based startup has lost over 30 percent of its value due to massive price declines and a lack of authentic users. The EOS-to-dollar exchange rate currently sits at approx $2.79 after peaking at $23.02 in April 2018. Like in the case of every other cryptocurrency, EOS too became a victim of massive dumping that occurred during the 2018’s so-called…

DAO Platform Aragon Begins Recruiting Jurors for Tokenized ‘Court’

Aragon has started the process for recruiting human jurors as the governance protocol prepares to launch its decentralized court system. As of 16:00 UTC Tuesday, community members will be able to exchange the project’s ANT tokens for newly minted Aragon Network Juror (ANJ) tokens that will be used for staking on its dispute resolution platform. The pre-activation window, open until the launch of Aragon Court on Feb. 10, will select the first class of jurors to adjudicate on cases brought before the court. Aragon provides the framework and tools needed…