Hyperledger Rolls Out Suite of Blockchain Tools for Interoperability

Hyperledger has introduced a set of tools dubbed “Hyperledger Aries” aimed at interoperability of different types of blockchain-based data. The company announced the development in a blog post on May 14. Hyperledger Aries is a set of tools that purportedly enables the exchange of blockchain-based data, supports peer-to-peer (P2P) messaging and facilitates interactions between different blockchains and other distributed ledger technologies. Per the post, Hyperledger rolled out the project in order to provide code for P2P interaction and advance interoperability, among other objectives. The product includes a blockchain interface layer,…

US SEC Delays Decision on Bitwise Bitcoin ETF, Seeks Public Comment

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has again delayed its decision on cryptocurrency index fund provider Bitwise Asset Management’s bitcoin (BTC) exchange traded fund (ETF). The development was revealed in a filing published by the SEC on May 14. In the recent filing, the SEC revealed that it has delayed its decision on whether to approve or disapprove Bitwise’s ETF, and also requested for a public comment from interested parties. The Commission thus asks interested persons to “provide written submissions of their views, data, and arguments with respect…

Blockchain, Crypto Will Have a Role in US Tech Independence

Technology needs to be a national issue for the United States, with digital currencies and blockchain to be recognized within that goal, according to Ripples’ Director of Regulatory Relations Ryan Zagone, at the Consensus 2019 conference on May 14. Zagone stated that technology needs to be a national security issue for the U.S. to ensure that the country is the leader and is not reliant on foreign innovators: “There is a broad discussion in Washington around 5G being dominated by foreign firms and the U.S. being reliant on foreign technology…

Some Major Coins Still Making Gains, Others Trade Sideways as Oil Reports Mixed Signals

Tuesday, May 14 —  Yesterday’s rally in cryptocurrency markets has slowed, with the top 20 coins by market capitalization reporting mixed signals, according to Coin360. Market visualization from Coin360 After breaking the $8,000 threshold yesterday, the leading cryptocurrency bitcoin (BTC) has been holding its ground, having gained 2.85% over the past 24 hours and is trading at $8,004 at press time. As reported earlier today, the bitcoin mining hashrate is becoming more distributed among mining pools. “While the distribution of hash power is certainly better geared against coordinated attacks, the…

Three French Banks Join R3 Corda Blockchain-Based Loans Platform

British financial software firm Finastra has signed three global banks on its R3 Corda blockchain-based syndicated loans platform, the firm officially announced on May 14. France-based banking institutions BNP Paribas, Natixis, and Societe Generale have officially joined Finastra’s syndicated lending platform Fusion LenderComm, following previous pilots back in 2017. Based on blockchain consortium R3’s open source blockchain platform Corda Enterprise, Finastra’s Fusion LenderComm reportedly enables banks to instantly share credit agreements, accrual balances and position data to lenders. Cécile Bartenieff, Chief Operating Officer of Global Banking and Investor Solutions at…

Bank of France is Closely Watching Stablecoin Developments, Says Governor

The Bank of France has taken an interest in stablecoins, as indicated by the bank’s governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau in a Bloomberg report on May 14 . Villeroy has said that the bank is “observing with great interest” growing networks that allow members to exchange stablecoins for tokenized securities, goods, and services. He makes a point to distinguish stablecoins from cryptocurrency tokens at large, however, saying that stablecoins “are quite different from speculative assets like bitcoins, and more promising.” Villeroy has been an outspoken critic of bitcoin in particular,…

Facebook Hires Two of Coinbase’s Former Compliance Managers

Facebook hired two Coinbase veterans to work in compliance this month, and at least one of them is involved with the social media giant’s blockchain effort. Jeff Cartwright left Coinbase in March after nearly five years at the U.S. cryptocurrency exchange in various compliance roles. He joined Facebook as a policy and compliance manager this month, according to his LinkedIn profile. The profile does not address how involved he will be in Facebook’s blockchain projects, which include a secretive plan to create a price-stable cryptocurrency. Reached by CoinDesk Monday evening,…

Coinbase Expands Service to 50 More Countries, Launches USDC Support in 85 Jurisdictions

United States crypto exchange and wallet service Coinbase has expanded USD Coin (USDC) trading to customers in 85 countries, the firm announced in a blog post on May 14. Along with the USDC announcement, Coinbase also announced a major global expansion, adding 50 more jurisdictions to its coverage, including such countries as Brazil, South Africa and Taiwan, among others. Starting from today, Coinbase serves customers in 103 countries in total, the exchange wrote, adding that the move will help accelerate the global adoption of crypto trading. USD Coin is the first stablecoin…

Technology Is ‘Basically Good Enough’ to Ramp Up Production Blockchains

A Pfizer executive has challenged existing theories about slow rates of blockchain adoption — telling the Consensus conference on May 14 that the technology is “basically good enough to have more production blockchains than we have today.” Ken Nessel, senior director of business technology at the pharmaceutical giant, made his comments during the second day of the conference in New York City. He joined AstraZeneca’s Kate Gofman for an event called From Bench to Bedside: Blockchains and the Future of Clinical Research. When asked for an honest assessment about what is holding…