Samsung to Seek Collaboration With Platform Firms on Blockchain Innovation and 6G

The vice chairman of South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung says the firm will seek to collaborate with platform companies on the development of blockchain, artificial intelligence and sixth-generation mobile networks. The news was reported by Bloomberg on June 16. The vice chairman, Jay Y. Lee — who reportedly serves as the firm’s de facto leader — held discussions with Samsung executives to discuss the potential collaborations last week, according to a company statement cited by Bloomberg. A platform company is an initial acquisition by a private equity firm for…

Binance to Stop Serving US Traders Following Announcement of US-Dedicated Platform

Major crypto exchange Binance announced today, June 14, that it has updated its terms of use, which notably includes a restriction of services to United States-based individual and corporate traders. The restriction follows yesterday’s news that the company is launching a separate, fully regulated fiat-to-crypto platform for the U.S. market. Today’s announcement provides a timeline for the new terms to come into effect, specifying that: “After 90 days, effective on 2019/09/12 [12th September 2019], users who are not in accordance with Binance’s Terms of Use will continue to have access…

John McAfee’s New Crypto Trading Platform ‘Magic’ Goes Live

Noted cybersecurity expert and eccentric crypto fan John McAfee has just launched a cryptocurrency trading platform. Dubbed “Magic,” the site is touted as allowing users to “trade cryptocurrencies on multiple exchanges within a single dashboard, automatically and manually.” Notably, the exchange appears to be non-custodial, with users’ crypto holdings remaining on eight other exchange platforms. When a trade is executed, funds are transferred from those accounts to compete the transaction. To set this up, users will need to plug in APIs from their other exchanges. Two “portals” are on offer,…

IBM, Maersk’s Blockchain Platform TradeLens Is Shipping to Russia

A blockchain-powered platform built by IBM and Maersk and designed to facilitate international trade is to launch in Russia. According to a June 6 news release from Maersk, the Danish shipping and logistics giant, agreement has been reached with Russian authorities for the TradeLens platform to operate in the country, starting with a pilot project alongside the country’s primary container gateway, the port of St. Petersburg. TradeLens allows container logistics industry participants to have a shared view of shipping transaction data, with member firms acting as nodes to support the blockchain system. With the…

Local Banks to Soon Introduce Unique Blockchain Platform

The vice president of Brazil’s biggest bank, Bradesco, revealed that major local banks will introduce a unique blockchain platform on June 12, Cointelegraph Brazil reports on June 11. Bradesco VP Mauricio Minas has delivered a speech devoted to the role of blockchain in the global financial system, speaking at major Latin American banking and fintech event CIAB Febraban on June 11. The Bradesco VP unveiled the plans of local banking institutions to soon adopt an unnamed blockchain-powered solution, adding that a number of Brazilian banks have been developing applications using…

Beaxy Launches Crypto Trading Platform Despite Hack Last Month

Beaxy has announced the launch of its cryptocurrency trading platform on June 11 in a press release shared with Cointelegraph. In the release, the company said it was now live in 43 United States states and 185 countries. According to Beaxy, an exclusive partnership with OneMarketData delivers trading capabilities across nine order types, with transaction speeds of 225,000 per second per trading pair. The launch follows two years of development, and the platform says it has more than 60,000 pre-registered users. Separately, in May, Beaxy CEO Artak Hamazaspyan had uploaded a statement…

Crypto Platform Says It Aims to Solve Bitcoin Scalability Issue

Crypto platform ILCoin says it is developing a “modern alternative to bitcoin” without scalability issues by using “pioneering technology” called command chain protocol (C2P). The protocol of C2P, created by ILCoin, is supposed to solve the main problem of the Bitcoin blockchain — the lack of scalability — by enlarging the block size. The startup says that it has already managed to increase its limit to 25 MB. This enables its users to have a higher transaction amount: Instead of the current maximum for Bitcoin of seven transactions per second,…

XRP Bulls Firm But Down 9.9%, Ripple Can Be A Micropayment Platform

XRP is down 9.9 percent Recent findings could embolden the “XRP Army’s” repeated calls for the adoption of their crypto.  CoinGate is confirming that XRP is suitable for micropayments. Their latest research reveals that more people are procuring services and settling using XRP. However, that did not spur demand, as XRP is struggling against unyielding sell-side pressure. Ripple Price Analysis Fundamentals Seven years later and Ripple is much more than a platform. From what information is publicly available, XRP is increasingly serving the crypto economy as a medium of exchange.…

Russian Region Yugra to Launch Blockchain-Enabled Tourism Platform

The Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug – Yugra,  a federal subject of Russia, will launch a blockchain-enabled tourism platform, major state-owned media outlet Tass reported on June 7. Per the report, during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum this week, the general director of the region’s development fund, Roman Genkel, signed an agreement with Alexander Borodich, the CEO of blockchain startup Universa, to launch the platform. According to a blog post from Universa on June 7, the system will enable tracking public spending and investment to ensure transparency. The company claims: “Tagging…

Medici Ventures Leads Funding Round for Blockchain-Based E-Voting Platform

Medici Ventures, the blockchain-based subsidiary of Overstock.com, has led a $7 million funding round for a blockchain-based voting platform, according to a press release on June 6. The blockchain-based voting platform, Voatz, is reportedly designed to allow citizens to participate in official elections and similar events via mobile devices, such as smartphones or tablet computers. The platform is reportedly based on blockchain tech, encryption, and biometrics, and purports to provide better convenience, security, and auditability for voters and vote collectors. Voatz says that the proceeds of their $7 million Series…