Blockchain could become a part of the US military’s strategic weaponry

One often hears blockchain in the same breath as security and supply chains. This week, a winning entry to a competition organized by the United States Department of Defense cast both these aspects in a new light. To keep pace with the ever-more technologized battlelines of contemporary warfare, the DoD continues to explore ways to innovate the manufacturing process and supply chain for weaponry and infrastructure in use by the Air Force and avy.  The Advanced Manufacturing Olympics, held virtually this year on Oct. 20–23, sought to recruit traditional DoD contractors,…

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Fidelity Investments’ Digital Asset Custody Services Arm Expands to Asia

Fidelity Digital Asset Services has revealed the company is expanding into Asia and plans to help high-net-worth investors and family offices in the region with custodial crypto products. Fidelity is working with the Singaporean startup Stack Funds, a fully-insured custody operation servicing traditional financial institutions. Fidelity Investments Inc., is an American multinational financial services corporation that operates a subsidiary called Fidelity Digital Asset Services (FDAS). As of June 2020, the Boston-based Fidelity is one of the largest asset managers worldwide with $3.3 trillion in assets under management (AUM). Back in…

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Here’s why Ethereum bulls don’t care about Friday’s $40M ETH options expiry

In the last few days Bitcoin (BTC) price rallied within a hair of the $14,000 level and Ether (ETH) followed with a similarly strong performance but the altcoin failed to hold above the $400 physiological support.  Bitcoin and Ethereum year-to-date performance. Source: Digital Assets Data Although Ether price is below $400, data show traders are not worried about Friday’s options expiry. Investor optimism has been kept intact despite the recent decentralized finance (DeFi) lackluster performances. $80 million worth of Ether options are set to expire this Friday, but there has…

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Chinese city seeks to power urban governance and more using blockchain tech

Authorities in Chengdu, China plan to adopt blockchain for several use cases throughout the city, including urban governance, cross-border trade, smart manufacturing, and agriculture. During the 2020 Chengdu Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fair, the city’s first International Blockchain Industry Expo, Lu Tiecheng, secretary of the Party Group of the Chengdu New Economy Committee, released the “Chengdu Blockchain Application Scenario Supply Action Plan.” According to a local media outlet, Red Star News, this plan will allow blockchain adoption applications to be submitted by contributors in a variety of fields such as…

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Microstrategy CEO Personally Owns $240 Million in Bitcoin — Company’s BTC Profit Eclipses Other Earnings

Following a $425 million bitcoin purchase by his billion-dollar company, Microstrategy CEO Michael Saylor reveals that he personally owns about $240 million in bitcoin. Meanwhile, his company’s bitcoin gains have outperformed the company’s other earnings. Microstrategy and Its CEO Are Both Bitcoin Hodlers The CEO of the billion-dollar company Microstrategy, Michael Saylor, has revealed his own bitcoin holdings. His company, Microstrategy, recently bought $425 million in bitcoin as its primary Treasury reserve asset. Saylor, who has been outspoken about bitcoin ever since his company decided to make the cryptocurrency its…

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Maker community scrambles to fix long-standing vulnerability to flash loans

The MakerDAO (MKR) community is urgently implementing measures to prevent voting manipulation through flash loans. This was precipitated by what is likely the first instance of the feature being used to influence a DeFi governance vote on Oct. 26. According to a post published by community member LongForWisdom, someone used a flash loan to force a governance proposal through. BProtocol, a service that lets users pool liquidity to join in Maker debt auctions, came forward as the culprit. The proposal would have whitelisted the project to access Maker’s price oracle,…

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Trump or Biden? Bitcoin wins regardless of US election — Barry Silbert

Whether it is a Democratic sweep led by Joe Biden or a Donald Trump reelection, Bitcoin (BTC) would likely thrive. Industry executives, including DCG and Grayscale CEO Barry Silbert, say both a Trump or a Biden win would buoy BTC. The optimistic stance of industry execs despite the glaring election risk comes after Grayscale’s Bitcoin study. Trump wins = brrr Biden wins = brrr Either way, bitcoin wins — Barry Silbert (@BarrySilbert) October 28, 2020 Grayscale, a major cryptocurrency investment firm with $7.6 billion in net assets under management, released…

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Kraken CEO: ‘Defi Scams’ Must Take Their Losses as Way to ‘Enlightenment’

Jesse Powell, chief executive officer of the world’s fourth-largest crypto exchange Kraken, has criticized decentralized finance (defi) projects, accusing them of being “scams” that enter the market too quickly, unprepared. In a charged Oct. 26 tweet, Powell said the “scams” should not expect crypto exchanges to bail them out once things go wrong. Preferring to let the defi projects fail in order that they get “enlightened”, he thundered: I will not accept your attempt at externalizing the cost of your hasty, reckless rollout. Invest in audits, insurance and please DYOR.…

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Bitcoin Price Hits Highs Around World – Bitcoin Magazine

This article also appeared in our Down The Rabbit Hole newsletter. If you want our news and analysis straight to your inbox, make sure you subscribe now! One bitcoin will always be worth 1 bitcoin, but its price relative to fiat currencies is an important indicator of how much people around the world value the opportunity to opt out of their legacy systems and begin transacting and storing value in a permissionless alternative. As the price of BTC rises relative to dollars, yen or rubles, it’s clear that the people living…

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DeFi needs more fixed-rate lending protocols: Messari researcher

DeFi lending protocols have attracted billions of dollars in liquidity provision by offering huge returns, however the sector badly needs more fixed rate lending options according to one researcher. A number of protocols, including Yield Protocol, UMA Protocol, and Mainframe are already venturing into fixed rate lending and borrowing markets for crypto collateral. According to Messari researcher Jack Purdy fixed rates provide certainty for lenders and borrowers looking to accurately forecast their costs and returns on capital. Referring to yield curves, which plot interest rates against varying maturity dates, he…

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