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Elizabeth Zyluk
Wall Street continues moving into supporting the digital asset class with $3MM in seed funding to Soldius Labs, a machine learning and AI powered trade surveillance platform for digital assets. Founded by former Goldman Sachs fintech engineers, the company aims to provide a more modern system for surveillance of crypto assets trading due to the...
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Beta app, Tippin, has enabled a Google Chrome extension specifically for Twitter. It allows users to send Bitcoin via the Lightning Network almost as instantaneously as ‘liking’ a Tweet. Once installed, a lightning bolt appears next to the “comment”, “retweet”, “like” and “message” functions.  After the lightning bolt has been clicked, a QR code pops...
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In its latest indication of support for the burgeoning cryptocurrency industry, NASDAQ has announced it will be adding indices for bitcoin and ethereum. The New York based stock exchange has announced a partnership with New Zealand’s Brave New Coin, a blockchain data and research firm to offer a Bitcoin Liquid Index (BLX) and an Ethereum...
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Blockchain tracking and research firm Chainalysis has secured a series B fundraise of $30 million USD led by renowned venture capital firm Accel. Accel will be adding Phillipe Botteri to the Chainalysis board as a director.  Botteri previously led Accel’s investments into: Docusign, Peopledoc and QuBit.  He also works with Fivrr and Crowdstrike on behalf...
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Credit Suisse Asset Management has completed a cross border trade trial with Portugal’s Banco Best and have “successfully processed live end-to-end fund transactions” utilizing distributed ledger technology. According to the Fundsquare blog, the parties partnered with FundsDLT, KPMG and software provider InTech for the trial.  Banco Best developed its own API and custom applications.  Fundsquare...
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Canadian financial services group, Canaccord Genuity, has released a report indicating bitcoin has become significantly more decentralized over the last five years. In Canaccord’s 2019 February report measuring bitcoin’s hashrate distribution, it was published that five mining pools currently control 10-20% of the hashrate with no single group controlling more than 20%.  Contrasted to 2014...
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In a bill passed January 31, 2019, the US state of Wyoming has given direction to recognizing and defining all forms of cryptocurrency. Digital assets will now fall into one of three classifications: (a) digital consumer assets, (b) digital securities, and (c) virtual currencies. Virtual currency is defined as: intangible personal property and shall be...
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Satoshi’s vision was to protect the public interest by replacing the current financial system with a distributed and transparent economic model. Regulating cryptocurrency is required to be one of the main pillars for the success of this vision. As early Canadian cryptocurrency users, NDAX’s aim from day one was to be transparent in protecting our...
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In an attempt to restructure their affairs, beleaguered cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX has filed for protection under Canada’s Companies Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) to address their ongoing financial issues.   The CCAA is federal legislation which allows insolvent corporations owing in excess of $5MM a chance to restructure their business and financial affairs. Ongoing issues surrounding fiat deposits and...
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Financial services giant Fidelity is set to open its bitcoin custody service by the end of March 2019. According to Bloomberg, bitcoin custody will be the first available service to investors with ether storage following.  This move follows up on their October announcement of offering products for large investors such as hedge funds, family offices...
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