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‘Japan’s Amazon’ Now Accepts Cryptocurrency Payments

Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten has announced they will now support cryptocurrency payments as part of their Rakuten Pay mobile app.

U.S. SEC Begins Review of Bitwise, NYSE Arca Bitcoin ETF Proposal

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced they have begun their review of the bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) proposal filed by Bitwise Asset Management and NYSE Arca.

Luxembourg’s Blockchain Securities Bill Passes 58-2

Luxembourg has announced a new bill offering a legal framework for blockchain securities has passed through both the country’s Chamber of Deputies and the parliament with a 58-2 vote.

Baidu Launches dApp Blockchain Platform

The largest search engine in China, Baidu, has announced a new blockchain to deploy decentralized apps (commonly referred to as dApps).

Barclays, Ripple Back $1.7 Million Round for Remittance Firm SendFriend

Remittance service SendFriend announced it has raised $1.7M in total capital to better enable overseas Filipino workers a secure way to transfer U.S. dollars to Philippine Pisos at the lowest rate available.

Ripple Announces Latest XRP Ledger Release For Increased Censorship Resistance

Ripple has announced the release of XRP Ledger (rippled) version 1.2.0 which introduces the MultisignReserve Amendment, reducing the reserve requirement associated with signer lists for Multisign.

Reality Shares Bitcoin ETF Withdrawn After SEC Request

Blockforce Capital’s Reality Shares ETF Trust has announced they will be withdrawing their exchange-traded fund proposal for bitcoin futures.

Nasdaq to Bring Bitcoin, Ethereum Indices on Feb. 25

Nasdaq has announced they have partnered with blockchain data and research company Brave New Coin and plan to add indices for bitcoin and ethereum later this month.

Oracle Accelerates Adoption of Enterprise Blockchain Worldwide

Businesses around the world have already reaped the benefits of blockchain applications built on Oracle Blockchain Platform.

State of California Tackles Drought with Blockchain, IoT

The Freshwater Trust (TFT), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to protect and restore freshwater ecosystems, is...

ICE’s Bakkt Crypto Platform Finalizes First Acquisition

Bakkt, Intercontinental Exchange’s bitcoin (BTC) futures trading platform, has announced the acquisition of assets in...

New Study Shows Lightning Network Beats Apple Pay in Merchant Onboarding

Bitcoin's Lightning Network clocked in just seconds slower than the top performing digital payment solutions on the market, including Apple Pay, however, is “days faster” for onboarding new merchants, according to research by JP Thor.

SEC Commissioner: Bitcoin ETF is Inevitable

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Commissioner Robert J Jackson Jr is optimistic that a "fund based on bitcoin" will eventually be approved, according a recent interview with Congressional Quarterly.

Iran Launches Gold-Backed Cryptocurrency

Iran has partnered with blockchain startup Kuknos and has launched a gold-backed cryptocurrency called “PayMon,” according to the Financial Tribune.

Facebook Acquires First Blockchain Company, Chainspace.io

Facebook has acquired their first blockchain startup and will bring four of the five researchers behind smart contract development platform, Chainspace to join Facebook’s blockchain team.

CoinPayments Adds Support For BitTorrent Token (BTT)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gU6Jfz2jOHA Torrent client BitTorrent has announced their BitTorrent Token (BTT) is now supported by CoinPayments’ cryptocurrency...

Four-Day Blockchain Cruise Brings John McAfee, Industry Leaders Aboard

After three successful editions, the 2019 Blockchain Cruise by CoinsBank will be held for the fourth time between June 9th and 13th.

Overstock’s Medici Announces Local Blockchain Land Registry in Mexico

Overstock.com, Inc.announced its blockchain-meets-property rights subsidiary, Medici Land Governance has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the municipality of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico to develop a digital land records platform.

Saudi Arabia, UAE to Create Common Cryptocurrency

The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) and the Central Bank of the UAE have announced a partnership to launch a new blockchain-based digital currency called Aber to facilitated financial settlements between both nations.

CoinGate Enables Native XRP Payment Option for Merchants

Blockchain payment processing firm CoinGate has announced the addition of the XRP blockchain to its payment options for merchants, according to an official tweet.

Binance Enables Debit and Credit Card Payments

Binance, the leading crypto-to-crypto exchange, today announced a partnership with leading payment processing company Simplex, enabling users to buy cryptocurrencies with their credit cards directly on Binance.com.

BitLicense Granted to Third Bitcoin ATM Operator

A third bitcoin ATM operator BitLicense was awarded to Cottonwood Vending LLC, joining less than 20 cryptocurrency businesses to receive regulatory approval within the Empire State.

Blockchain Start-up To Produce Physical Banknotes for the Marshall Islands’ Digital Currency Legal Tender

Tangem, the producer of blockchain smart card wallets, announced it will issue the physical banknotes of the sovereign (SOV) - the world's first decentralized digital national currency.

BitTorrent Token Sells Out in First 20 Minutes on Binance Launchpad

A public sale of BitTorrent Tokens (BTT) sold out in the first 20 minutes.

Blockstream, ICE Partner to Launch New ‘Crypto Feed V3’

The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) has announced a new partnership with Blockstream, launching a new Cryptocurrency Data Feed product.