‘Smart Dubai’ Initiative Receives a Boost as DAG Platform Comes On Board

A DAG blockchain platform that can operate as the IT infrastructure for smart cities has announced a partnership with the private office of Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum — paving the way for an operational presence in Dubai. The Fantom Foundation says its protocol is designed to operate as the information technology infrastructure for smart cities that will make the lives of people living in urban areas easier — enhancing everything from health care and education to traffic management and environmental sustainability. Recently, the Unites Arab Emirates unveiled its “Smart…

Crypto Prediction Market and Derivatives Platform Veil Is Closing

Veil, the crypto-focused prediction market and derivatives platform, is closing its doors. Launched in January, the Veil web interface allowed users to place bets on Augur prediction markets, offering an instant settlement API to pay out on clear outcomes. The startup’s co-founder, Paul Fletcher-Hill, wrote in a Medium post: “We believe that cryptocurrencies and the decentralized web will have profound effects on our future. But today the community of users is small, and we think there are higher impact products and services we can build for the immediate future.” The…

Binance Launches Platform ‘2.0’ as Margin Trading Goes Live

The top crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance, has launched version 2.0 of its platform – a move that officially adds margin trading for its customers. The firm revealed that margin trading was on the way in late May, and said that the service would feature up to 20x leverage soon after. In an announcement Thursday, Binance indicated that leverage (the amount that can be borrowed against a user’s crypto collateral) is just 3x, however. “Your Margin Wallet balance determines the amount of funds you can borrow, following a fixed…

Russian Smelting Giant Nornickel to Launch Digital Trading Platform by End of 2019

Russian mining and smelting giant Nornickel is planning to roll out a digital platform for metals trading by the end of 2019, local news outlet TASS reported on July 9. The vice-president of Nornickel, Andrey Bugrov told TASS that “the preparation process was quite lengthy, but nevertheless, we plan to bring this product [digitization of metal trading] to the market by the end of 2019 and begin trading our tokens.” Bugrov also said that the token trading program could be worth nearly $1 billion, but that is rather a target…

Korea’s LG Launches Blockchain Supply Chain Platform For School Lunches

LG CNS, a subsidiary of South Korean multinational conglomerate LG Corp., will apply blockchain to foster supply chain transparency for school cafeteria lunches. The news was reported by business technology site ZDNet on July 9. The new system — created in collaboration with local IT service provider SayIT — will be based on LG’s proprietary blockchain platform, “Monachain,” which first launched in May 2018.  In cooperation with regional governments, the system will be implemented for foods served at national school cafeterias and will provide transparent information and supply chain history…

Chinese Central Bank’s Blockchain Trade Platform Processed $4.36B

The  blockchain trade finance solution of the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) processed over 30 billion yen ($4.36 billion) in foreign exchange transactions, local finance news outlet SINA reports on July 8. Per the report, the platform is supported at 483 branches of 28 banks in Shenzhen and is currently operating normally. Still, due to an allegedly uneven adoption of financial technology, the business volume is still proportionately small. PBoC representatives explained in the report that blockchain technology avoids the slow paper trail between multiple receiving departments that is typical…

New Platform Says It Enables Regular and Advanced Users to Create Their Own Crypto Fund

Crypto funds act as a “basket” of different digital assets and can offer a variety of benefits over purchasing individual coins, such as ease of management and the relative safety that comes with diversification. Fortunately, creating and maintaining your own fund just became a lot easier, the platform notes.  The team behind the Iconomi platform says it wants to offer a way for all users — regular and advanced — to easily get involved in cryptocurrency funds, without the complications that often come with traditional offerings like exchange-traded funds (ETFs),…

Crypto Platform Unveils 4-Step Plan to Tackle Pain Points in Trading

An aggregated liquidity platform says it has identified four key directions for the future of crypto that will address the current points of pain in blockchain trading. BitCloud says it aims to deliver a “closed loop ecosystem” that fully embraces fiat trading as an integral part of the new digital economy. Unlike other platforms that struggle to support such channels in a compliant, regulated way, the company says it is determined to deliver fiat trading capabilities that give Visa and Mastercard owners as much freedom as consumers who have fully…