The weekend has arrived or is almost here, depending on your location. But there still are people angry in India, lawsuits in New Jersey, and momentum building for a miner pay cut in ethereum land.
Blockchain personal finance platform Wirex will soon begin to allow users to exchange bitcoin for Japanese yen.
Wirex offers a hybrid banking platform as well as pre-paid virtual and plastic cards which can be topped up with conventional currencies and cryptocurrencies.
The U.K. government is mulling whether to expand a public benefits pilot program that uses blockchain to securely deliver funds.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) started the pilot program last summer. London-based FinTech firm GovCoin Systems Ltd.
Banking group Emirates National Bank of Dubai (NBD) has teamed with the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates on a blockchain project intended to combat bank check fraud.
“We are currently working with the central bank of the UAE to add the blockchain security feature to our paper checks so we can prove that the technology is fit for purpose at production volumes,” said Emirates NBD CFO Ali Sajwani.
Ledger, a bitcoin hardware wallet provider, has raised $7 million in Series A funding.
The round was led by MAIF Avenir. Wicklow Capital, GDTRE, Libertus Capital, Digital Currency Group, The Whittemore Collection, Kima Ventures, BHB Network and Nicolas Pinto participated in the funding round.
Bitcoin will be recognized in Japan as a legal form of payment starting April 1.
After months of contentious debate among lawmakers, bitcoin exchanges will now be characterized as payment instruments and fall under the purview of the country’s anti-money laundering rules.
Blockchain application platform Lisk has partnered with design agency Taikonauten to rebrand its ecosystem in the hopes of generating more user adoption.
The Berlin-based Taikonauten will overhaul Lisk’s corporate design, developing a new logo and media kit. In addition,
Digital asset management platform ICONOMI has initiated a repayment program that aims to increase the stake every participant has in the company.
The company’s repayment program will purchase ICN tokens from exchanges using returns made via its actively managed performance array and destroy them on a weekly basis.