‘The Business Blockchain’ Author Predicts Year-End Prices of Top Cryptos – CCN.com

On Wednesday, the author of the book “The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology,” William Mougayar, took to Twitter to share his fearless forecast on the possible year-end prices of top cryptos. The crypto tokens that made Mr. Mougayar’s list include bitcoin, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, and Binance Coin among others. Strong end of the year predictions from William Mougayar. | Source: Twitter What immediately caught our attention is the author’s predictions on the top two cryptos. Mr. Mougayar believes that bitcoin will print a new…

Hedera Hashgraph, Touted as High-Speed Blockchain Alternative, Now Live

Hedera Hashgraph has launched its long-awaited public network, backed by some of the world’s largest corporations and promising faster transactions and greater capacity to scale than any blockchain to date. Since December 2018, the network had been available in a testing environment to a small group of corporations and developers. As of 00:00 UTC Tuesday, anyone can open an account or build a decentralized app (dapp) on the hashgraph, which is similar to a blockchain but uses a different mechanism to achieve consensus about the state of the ledger. With…

IBM Official Elected Chair of Hyperledger Blockchain Tech Board

The Hyperledger technical steering committee (TSC) has elected another IBM official as its chair amid controversy over the tech giant’s increased representation on the panel. Arnaud Le Hors, a senior technical staff member for blockchain and web open technologies at IBM, succeeds Dan Middelton, a principal engineer with Intel, according to an email sent to the TSC mailing list Wednesday.  “I’m happy to have the chair role in good hands,” Middelton wrote to the list. A year ago Middelton replaced Christopher Ferris, CTO of open technology at IBM, who had…

Liquid Reveals Blockchain Wallet Holding GRAM Tokens

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Liquid has revealed that proceeds from its resale of GRAM tokens are being held in escrow in a digital wallet. GRAM tokens, the eagerly awaited cryptocurrency by Telegram, were initially available through two highly secretive and selective ICOs carried out in February and March of 2018. A secondary market for these tokens sprung up and saw resale markups of up to 400%. Telegram is yet to officially confirm any details of the Telegram Open Network (TON), its proposed blockchain, but one of the clauses in the ICO…

Telegram to Release TON Blockchain Code on September 1

Telegram will release the code required to run a Telegram Open Network (TON) node on September 1, according to individuals close to the project. The news was confirmed by two individuals familiar with the project, an investor and an affiliate with TON labs. There has been a high level of secrecy around the project, and some analysts have previously raised concerns regarding the lack of activity from Telegram on advancing its proposed blockchain. Francois Pouliot, a prominent crypto analyst, said, “Is the real use-case of blockchain technology the elaboration of…

Swiss Regulator Grants First-Ever Banking Licenses to 2 Blockchain Firms

By CCN Markets: Blockchain projects around the world have been seeking approval, or for that matter, concrete guidance, from regulators such as FINMA for the last several years. FINMA, the Swiss financial regulatory watchdog, has approved two requests for banking licenses. The two licenses were issued to blockchain businesses. These regulatory strides are not likely to directly impact other jurisdictions but more so will impact how regulation is formed everywhere else. Only time will tell how these regulations impact innovation. What a great day for Switzerland as a #Blockchain and…

English Champions Manchester City Unveils Official ‘Blockchain Gaming Partner’ – CCN Markets

By CCN Markets: UK football club Manchester City announced a blockchain gaming partnership with South Korean sports service developer, Superbloke. The alliance is another example of the ongoing mainstreaming of blockchain, the technology underpinning bitcoin. Online gaming is mainstreaming blockchain Superbloke will incorporate Man City players into its “FC Superstars” online soccer game. The game allows users can build a digital team by trading and training Manchester City digital player cards using real-life football match stats. Manchester City signed a blockchain gaming partnership with South Korean sports service developer, Superbloke.…

Andrew Yang’s Blockchain Voting Scheme Is Unbelievably Dumb

Andrew Yang wants to mandate blockchain-secured smartphone voting. That’s an unbelievably dumb idea from the 2020 presidential candidate. | Source: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / AFP By CCN Markets: Andrew Yang wants your vote. And if he gets it, he promises that when you vote for him again in 2024, you’ll do it on a smartphone. And that the vote will be recorded on a blockchain. According to the 2020 presidential hopeful’s website, Yang believes that his “Modernize Voting” policy will increase voter participation and reduce “tampering” and “hacking.”…

IBM, Tata Become First Big Techs to Back Hedera Blockchain

IBM and Indian telecom company Tata Communications have joined the governance council of Hedera Hashgraph, a blockchain-like public network for enterprises. Now, eight of the 39 available spots for governing council members are filled, the network announced Monday. “Our goal is to create the most decentralized governing body of any of the major public platforms,” Mance Harmon, CEO of Hedera, told Coindesk. “We’re covering multiple industries … and we’re wanting global coverage.” Hedera claims its flavor of distributed ledger technology (DLT), which works differently than blockchains, can facilitate micropayments and…

New Jersey Signs Blockchain Task Force Program Into Law

Blockchain implementation research is coming to New Jersey. Governor Phil Murphy signed bill S2297, the Blockchain Initiative Task Force, into law Friday. The task force is commissioned with studying potential use-cases for blockchain technology on the state and local level. The bill specifically points out medical records, land records, banking, and property auctions as potential applications. First drafted in March 2018, the bill passed the New Jersey Senate with one nay and the assembly unanimously. Consisting of 14 appointed members, the task force has 180 days to file a study…