February 22

“ENS and Unstoppable Domains are confronting the hierarchical nature of the internet stack and the Domain Name System (DNS) by building out a peer-to-peer (P2P) internet alternative. Meanwhile, UniLogin provides a portal to Web 3.0 projects such as ENS.

Using the ethereum blockchain, this new crop of startups is helping developers get decentralized websites onto the internet without the approval of DNS authorities.

As an ethereum smart contract, Millegan said .eth domains are dependent on the ethereum network and not web hosting partners.

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“Ren leverages a native virtual machine – RenVM – to unlock cross-chain DeFi interoperability for trustless asset exchange. We bring assets like Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, ZCash to DeFi – effectively expanding liquidity through an intuitive cross-chain user-experience.

With Ren, anyone can send real Bitcoin to an Ethereum-based contract. Best of all, trading is 1:1 – without any staking or wrapping.

Right now, the code is finished and undergoing a rigorous audit. I expect us to be live sometime between the end of Q1 to early Q2.”

“This is the first new member of the organization since its formation four months ago.

Shopify said in its blog post it intends to “work collectively” to build a payment network that works “everywhere.”

As a multinational commerce platform with over one million businesses in approximately 175 countries, Shopify, Inc., brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Libra project.”

Binance is neither licensed to operate, nor is it regulated in Malta, the country’s chief financial watchdog has said.

The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) issued a statement Friday denying it has ever regulated Binance or that the exchange has ever had leave to operate in the island nation’s fledgling cryptocurrency industry.

CEO Changpeng Zhao tweeted that ‘this is old news & has always been the case.’ It isn’t clear if Binance still has an office in Malta.”

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If the Swiss central bank doesn’t release its own coin by the end of 2020, SIX will launch its own Swiss franc stablecoin.Then you have a stablecoin but this is the problem: you have a counterparty risk involved.’

Instead, Moser wants the central bank to launch and issue its own digital currency. ‘That’s the exciting approach that we are working on.'”

“Over the past month, Bernie Sanders’ early primary strength has amassed him a commanding lead in Democratic Nomination markets. He’s currently trading in the mid-50s on PredictIt, up over 30c/share on second-place Bloomberg.

In the event of a contested convention, Bernie’s probability of winning would likely fall, as party insiders can tip the scales in favor of a more establishment nominee. If a clear-cut winner has not emerged after March 17, none of the crowded cast of candidates are incentivized to abandon the contest.”

“The catalyst this time is called Taproot/Schnorr, a years-in-the-making privacy and scaling upgrade that’s seen exciting progress recently.

There are two main options for enacting a soft fork. BIP 9 ensures the miners are prepared in advance of a soft fork, to make sure a change smoothly ripples throughout the network. A common objection to this approach is that it gives miners too much power.

Alternatively, there’s BIP 8, also known as the user-activated soft fork (UASF), which activates regardless of whether miners signal they are ready or not. Depending on execution, this approach could cause other problems.

Developing bitcoin is not a race. If we have to, waiting 42 months ensures we’re not setting a negative precedent that we’ll come to regret as bitcoin continues to grow.”

“The Tron (TRX) community was beside itself on Wednesday, Feb. 19 after founder Justin Sun’s address was shown to have voted in two Tron Foundation apps as a Super Representative (SR).

Super Representatives are responsible for overseeing block production on Tron’s blockchain. As such, they receive a sizable portion of the coin rewards from each block. In plain terms, this means that Tron’s community rules were bypassed, arguably to further enrich its own foundation.

Binance remains the top Tron SR, controlling 53% of the network.

The group provides a secure way for telecom customers to make digital payments directly with their carriers using blockchain technology. Using the Cross-Carrier Payment System (CCPS), a blockchain network developed by TBCASoft, transactions can be paid directly in the user’s currency through their mobile carrier. 

[We] will be one of the first carriers to launch the cross-border payment service and commercialize it in the Taiwan market. The service can help travelers reduce foreign transaction fees and enjoy the benefits of mobile cashless payments.”

“Reginald Fowler, an alleged operator behind payment processor Crypto Capital, was charged with wire fraud Friday, on top of existing charges of bank fraud, operation of an unlicensed money transmission business and conspiracy.

QuadrigaCX and Bitfinex are two of the exchanges which apparently used Crypto Capital to process user funds.