Iran government reportedly bans local blockchain association

The Ministry of Interior of the Islamic Republic of Iran has blocked the activities of the Iran Blockchain Community (IBC), but the association claims they still haven’t received direct notice. The Social Affairs Organization of the Ministry required reports on IBC’s financial performance and dealings with cryptocurrency exchanges via a notice posted in local newspaper Hamshahri Online last week, according to local sources. Over the weekend, the ministry blocked the association’s activities, but IBC spokesperson Sepehr Mohammadi, who is also the CEO of one of two crypto exchanges listed as…

$71B in crypto has reportedly passed through ‘blockchain island’ Malta since 2017

Malta’s strategy to become a global enclave for digital assets appears to be working, though lax regulatory oversight has raised concerns over money laundering and other financial crime.  Roughly $71 billion, or 60 billion euros, worth of cryptocurrencies have passed through Malta since the tiny Mediterranean state first adopted its “blockchain island” strategy in 2017, the Times of Malta reported Sunday. Although Malta has upgraded its crypto-focused regulations in recent years, financial watchdogs are concerned about whether the nation’s anti-money laundering regime has been robust enough. The Financial Action Task…

How smart regulation can improve the future of blockchain

With extreme positions on both sides, some would have us believe that decentralized technology and regulation are mutually exclusive. As pervasive as that narrative has become, a more evolved view is that both decentralization and regulation are inevitable, so the best results will flow with regulators and innovators coming together. But what will that cooperation look like? At the Stellar Development Foundation, our view is that regulators and innovators will (and should) influence each other, and that means both sides should be prepared to compromise. Let’s start with some honest…

Canada’s Hive Blockchain Technologies approved for Nasdaq listing

While the SEC continues to slow-roll the listing of a Bitcoin ETF, traders on legacy exchanges eager to get some exposure to crypto will soon have another outlet.  In an announcement on Friday, Canada’s Hive Blockchain Technologies revealed that it has received approval to list shares on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Hive currently trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker HIVE.V, and focuses on both Bitcoin and Ethereum mining. HIVE is excited to announce today that it has received approval to list its common shares on the Nasdaq…

Bitcoin Miner Hive Blockchain Heads to Nasdaq

Share this article Another crypto mining company lands a Nasdaq listing.  Hive Blockchain to List on Nasdaq  Hive Blockchain is heading to Nasdaq, the firm announced Thursday.  HIVE is excited to announce today that it has received approval to list its common shares on the Nasdaq Capital Markets Exchange, where it will begin trading soon. HIVE will also retain its listing on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX.V). pic.twitter.com/6XyEFfSCL4 — H I V E (@HiveBlockchain) June 17, 2021 The Canadian company has been granted approval to list its common shares on…

How the NFT market leveraged blockchain tech for explosive growth

It’s fun to talk about nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, because they are the perfect example of how the impact of blockchain technology in people’s lives goes way beyond the financial market. As we could see in hundreds of headlines in the past few months, they have gripped the world’s attention because they are a new manner of interacting with culture, music, sports and the media. This article will clarify what NFTs are, how they work, how the NFT boom started, and why blockchain technology has made it possible for NFTs…

We’re “on the cusp of” a blockchain and NFT-enabled metaverse

One of the most powerful men in tech thinks that the metaverse — a term for a series of interlinked, persistent virtual worlds with self-contained economies — is just around the corner.  One of the most exciting use cases for blockchain and NFTs, enthusiasts inspired by Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash have long been hoping for a VR/AR world with a crypto-powered internal market. Now, however, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang thinks the technology to make it happen is on our doorstep. Speaking at the virtual Computex conference, Huang said that he…

IBM opens Hyperledger Fabric source code to drive enterprise blockchain adoption

The global blockchain technology market size is projected to reach $72 billion in the next five years. In order to ensure this growth, however, blockchain solution providers must continue to advance and innovate.  For example, public enterprise blockchain use has become an ongoing trend this year as companies like ConsenSys aim to drive adoption for open, permissionless networks. On the flip side, it’s important to point out that private blockchains are still being leveraged by enterprises and will continue to be utilized as innovation continues. Advancing open, permissioned blockchain networks Most…

Google reversing crypto ads ban a testament to blockchain market maturity?

The term “unpredictable” has almost become synonymous with the crypto industry at this point, as was on full display recently when technology juggernaut Google decided to un-ban digital asset exchanges from using its advertisement services after a lengthy period of almost three years.  In this regard, a policy update blog released by the firm stated that come Aug. 3, it will once again allow crypto exchange and wallet operators to advertise “those products and services that are certified by Google.” In terms of the requirements that exchanges looking to advertise…

UNICEF Is Investing in Several Blockchain Startups

Key Takeaways UNICEF has announced funding for seven blockchain startups. Those startups cater toward “unbanked” communities—that is, areas with little access to traditional financial services. The startups will collectively receive over $500,000, paid out in fiat currency and Ethereum (ETH). Share this article UNICEF, the charity arm of the United Nations, has announced that it is funding seven blockchain startups. UNICEF Invests in Seven Startups UNICEF will invest in Grassroots Economics, Rahat, BX Smart Labs, Leaf Global, Xcapit, Kotani Pay, and Somish Blockchain Labs. Together, the firms will receive more…