UK Blockchain Startup Raises $3.9M With Equity Tokens Via LSE’s Turquoise Test Platform

This article has been corrected to reflect that the money raised was in collaboration with the Turquoise platform in a test environment, and not on the LSE’s Turquoise platform itself. United Kingdom-based blockchain startup 2030.io has raised $3.9 million in collaboration with a platform owned by the London Stock Exchange (LSE), according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on April 15. Known as Twenty Thirty or 20|30, the startup has reportedly secured 3 million British pounds (GBP) by selling tokenized shares and settling them in a test environment on…

Algorand Expands Testnet Platform to Public Ahead of June Mainnet Release

Digital currency and transaction platform Algorand has released its public testnet to gather feedback on its product, the company confirmed in a press release on April 16. Algorand, the brainchild of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Silvio Micali, seeks to build an app development platform for enterprises. The project previously obtained $66 million in funding, releasing the testnet to a limited group of participants prior to the public rollout. Among them was Top Network, a decentralized cloud communication service which subsequently formed a partnership with Algorand to develop its…

BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes Reveals Plans to Open Crypto Options Platform

Arthur Hayes, co-founder and CEO of major crypto derivatives exchange BitMEX, has revealed that the firm is hoping to open a cryptocurrency options platform in the medium term. Hayes made his remarks during an interview on the Venture Coinist podcast on April 12. Hayes — a former equities trader for Citigroup — indicated a rough timeline for the prospective launch, stating that: “We hope to possibly have our own options platform in maybe 12 to 18 months.” Hayes hinted at aspirations to innovate options listing, saying “we have somebody working…

Blockchain-Powered Job Marketplace Platform to Migrate 700K User Profiles to Eos

Blockchain-powered freelancers marketplace Moonlighting is set to migrate its 700,000 user accounts to Eos (EOS) developer Block.one’s Eos.io protocol. The development was announced in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on April 11. Moonlighting’s move comes as part of a new strategic partnership with Block.one’s venture capital fund Eos VC Fund and fintech incubator and VC fund FinLab AG. A joint venture between the two funds, FinLab Eos VC Fund, led a $5 million investment round to back Moonlighting’s move to the Eos blockchain and grow its user base, Coindesk…

Top-Subscribed YouTuber PewDiePie Partners With Blockchain Livestreaming Platform

PewDiePie, the personality behind the most-subscribed channel on YouTube, will start streaming on blockchain video platform DLive as of April 14, the firm announced in a press release on April 9. DLive, a blockchain-powered broadcasting app that includes a rewards system for content creators, will be “the exclusive livestreaming platform” for famous Swedish YouTuber Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, the press release notes. Based on decentralized blockchain protocol Lino, DLive claims to allow both content makers and viewers to earn rewards for their participation in content creation and consumption…

South Korea State Defense Arm DAPA to Build Blockchain Platform for Military Acquisition

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) plans to improve the reliability of data in the arms industry by using blockchain, the agency announced in a press release on April 10. The state arms procurement agency says it is seeking to use a blockchain platform to enable the secure sharing of data about military acquisition projects between relevant governmental organizations and to eliminate data forgery. According to the press release, the new initiative will involve such organizations as the Agency for Defense Development and the Defense Agency for Technology and…

YouTube’s Biggest Star PewDiePie Swaps Stream to Blockchain Video Platform

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Fintech Platform Expands by Offering Wallets and Exchange Tools for ‘Crypto Spring’

A fintech company says it has reached several milestones that help crypto enthusiasts capitalize on the current bull market, as it complements its crypto lending service with wallets, blockchain integration and crypto-fiat conversions. YouHodler offers cash loans of up to $30,000 to consumers who are willing to use their cryptocurrency as collateral. As previously reported by Cointelegraph, this gives people the chance to unlock liquidity and access funds without selling their assets. The platform says suggestions from its community are instrumental in its ambition to unveil new features — and…

BitGo Provides Custody and Wallets to Digital Asset Trading Platform LGO Markets

Blockchain security firm and wallet service BitGo has provided a newly launched digital asset trading platform, LGO Markets, with its custody and multi-signature wallets, according to a press release published Tuesday, April 9. LGO Markets, which is focused on institutional investors, will offer BitGo services for hedge funds, family offices and asset managers that are working with BitGo. Moreover, the clients of LGO Markets will be able to store their digital assets in BitGo Trust Company, regulated by the Division of Banking in the United States state of South Dakota.…

Gibraltar Stock Exchange Subsidiary Partners With Tokenization Platform

Hashstac, a subsidiary of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange Group (GSX Group), has partnered with Singapore-based technology company STO Global-X to facilitate the issuance of tokens. The development was announced by the Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX) on April 5. GSX Group’s subsidiary Hashtacs Inc. and STO Global-X will jointly launch an integrated Tokenized Securities Exchange product that will purportedly allow stock exchanges and other qualified financial institutions to tokenize assets and boost trading, clearing and settling of digital securities. “The collaboration aims to integrate STO Global-X’s tokenization platform and exchange technology…