March 12

“Synthetix announced plans for trading in binary options in the third quarter of this year. For its second quarter, Synthetix is supporting new assets like “equities and exchange-traded funds.” The exchange is also planning to offer leveraged trading on tokens.

We expect to support 5x and 10x BTC tokens both long and short soon after we launch fiat leverage tokens. Following the rollout of BTC we will expand the offering to other large cap crypto tokens.”

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“A Russian government agency has requested contractor bids to find ways to block censorship-resistant internet technologies, like mesh networks.

The list of such technologies in the document includes mesh networks, internet of things (IoT) protocols and protocols allowing anonymous browsing, including Invisible Internet Project (I2P), The Onion Router (TOR), Freenet, Zeronet, anoNet – and one blockchain, the Telegram Open Network (TON).

Such technologies are “used to build anonymous Darknet networks,” according to the agency. Bitcoin (BTC) isn’t mentioned, nor any other cryptocurrencies.

“Bank of America said Wednesday in a report the Federal Reserve, led by Chair Jerome Powell, might move as soon as next week to announce monetary-stimulus measures similar to those used in the financial crisis over a decade ago. In a matter of months in 2008, from August to December, the Fed’s balance sheet doubled in size to more than $2 trillion.

Digital Assets Data’s Alfred drew a contrast between breadth of official responses in traditional markets and the absence of any changes in the computer-based protocol governing the decentralized blockchain network that bitcoin runs on.”

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“In its 184-page action plan released March 2, U.K.’s post-Brexit trade broker said it will “seek to deliver” favorable digital trade terms for small to midsize businesses, including those in blockchain. 

An entire chapter of the negotiating objectives deal with “digital trade” including data protection, an open internet and cross-border data flows, among other issues.

The U.K. seeks to ‘future-proof the agreement in anticipation of rapid technological developments.‘”

Chinese regulators hope to leverage distributed technology to digitize financial data and information and share it instantly and securely. 

A Chongqing-based cross-border commerce firm had used the platform to complete a surgical mask-related transaction. 

Another local tech company successfully received $153 million in loans from China Construction Bank through the same platform during the epidemic.”

Alibaba has registered a blockchain-based system patent in Brazil.

Regarding the financial solution, the patent covers real estate services, credit card payment systems, invoice processing and the strengthening of security to process transactions.

Foreign currency transfer services; foreign currency exchange; currency trading; currency broker; financial transactions through blockchain.

The solution highlights within the patent’s filing that they will have a particular focus on the real estate market. The report does not specify whether the initiative will be implemented.”

“On March 10, computer researcher Daniel Gruss uploaded a video to YouTube describing how the proof-of-concept attack, dubbed a “Load Value Injection [LVI],” can be used to steal sensitive data from Intel SGXs — including encrypted keys for cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets.

The attack is significant as SGX processors are designed to provide secure storage within a computer’s memory, even when in the presence of a malicious operating system.”

“Chainlink has partnered with Hdac Technology, a blockchain startup founded by Dae Sun Chung, CEO of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer, Hyundai.

By partnering with Hdac, Chainlink intends to integrate its oracle middleware solution with Hdac’s decentralized applications to securely access off-chain data.”