Chainlink Rises 15% Amid China’s Blockchain Network Launch

Chainlink (LINK) reached an all-time high of $5.60, appreciating 15% on the day. This comes amid the news that China’s Blockchain Service Network, or BSN, launched this past weekend. LINK price over the past 12 months. Source: Nomics. The BSN recently integrated Chainlink’s price oracles into its ecosystem. The founding members of the BSN consortium were local tech leviathans like the China Mobile Communication Corporation and China Union Pay. Its stated goal is to advance blockchain technology in China.  135 nodes go live in China A source familiar with BSN’s…

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Blockchain-Enabled ‘Neon District’ RPG Will Launch on Matic Network

The much-delayed blockchain role-playing game Neon District will be launching on Ethereum layer-two scaling solution Matic, according to a recent announcement.  Neon District developer, Blockade Games will also move several of its community games onto the network. Could we finally be entering the Neon District? Neon District has been coming “soon” since October 2019, when its imminent launch was delayed by six months.  Set in a dystopian future, the game centres around rebels fighting an authoritarian government. Players level up their characters by completing missions, and acquire equipment in the…

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Mining Company Ebang’s Stock Listed on Nasdaq Down 11%, Firm Plans to Launch Offshore Exchange

The bitcoin ASIC mining rig manufacturer, Ebang International Holdings, was recently listed on Nasdaq last Friday on June 26. Ebang is now the second mining rig manufacturer to have a U.S. initial public offering (IPO) by selling company shares. Since the initial sale on opening day, Ebang’s Nasdaq-listed “EBON” is down 11.5%. So far, the Nasdaq shares dubbed “EBON” haven’t changed too much in price and since the IPO launch. This week Ebang also revealed it is launching an offshore crypto exchange later this year. The firm Ebang International Holdings…

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Cardano’s ‘Shelley’ Mainnet to Launch Soon

Cardano (ADA) is upgrading from “Byron” over to “Shelley”. According to an announcement from the project: “We’ve been successfully running node v 1.14.2 on the Shelley public testnet for over a week now. And we can confirm that we’ll deploy the new node to the Cardano mainnet… today, 30th June as per the first date in the rollout plan.” Shelley offers greater decentralization and lays the groundwork for Goguen, which will introduce smart contracts. The Shelley version of Daedalus wallet has been released as well. This story is currently developing.…

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Kyber Network Sets Date for Launch of Katalyst Protocol Upgrade

On-chain liquidity protocol Kyber announced on June 29 that a major upgrade of Katalyst protocol will go live on July 7, 2020. The upgrade includes changes to the Kyber Network Crystal (KNC) token model to attract more participants to the development of the protocol. According to the announcement, Katalyst aims to reduce friction in liquidity contributions, introduce rebates for high-performing reserves, and allow decentralized apps to integrate with the Kyber network by adding a custom spread. Participating in governance Among the features included in the upgrade is the launch of…

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Latest Eth 2.0 Testnet on Track for June Launch

The latest Ethereum 2.0 testnet iteration, Altona, is scheduled to release on Monday, June 29. As discussed in the Eth 2.0 developers call on June 25, the new testnet is “basically ready to go” and is only being delayed to ensure all developers are on hand during the launch. Afri Schoedon, a developer who coordinated all previous testnet launches, explained that a minimum number of deposits was reached to jumpstart Altona.  Irregularities in some deposits created “a situation where […] we technically had a genesis event,” Schoedon said. The developers…

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Civic to Launch Vaccination-Proofing Tool on Apple & Google App Stores

Civic Technologies, a San Francisco-based innovator in digital identity solutions, announced on June 16 that its Civic Wallet is now available in the App Store and Google Play.  Civic Wallet has also formed a partnership with Circle Medical, a San Francisco hospital. Together, they will act as a Covid-19 vaccination-proofing tool for Circle Medical’s employees.  Five hundred Circle Medical employees will be able to test for Covid-19 at a Circle Medical testing site located in the San Francisco Bay Area. They state that new locations will be added in the…

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Binance to Launch UK Trading Platform for Institutional and Retail Investors

Leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance will be expanding to the United Kingdom with a regulated crypto trading platform for both institutional and retail investors.  With this platform, Binance aims to tap the institutional investment market and meet the rising demand for digital asset investments in this sphere.  Binance is reportedly reviewing 65 digital assets that it plans to list on the exchange at launch. Investors will be able to trade these assets directly against pounds and euros, Reuters reported. Being a regulated exchange, Binance’s trading platform will function under the supervision…

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Spacex Bitcoin Scam Features BTC Giveaway, Elon Musk, and NASA Launch

A Spacex bitcoin scam has frequently appeared on Youtube, claiming to give away BTC. Its promo video features the recent Spacex launch with two NASA astronauts and an interview with Spacex and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The scammers claim that anyone sending bitcoin to them will be “airdropped” twice the amount sent. Spacex Bitcoin Scam: Elon Musk’s BTC Giveaway A bitcoin scam claiming that Spacex and its CEO, Elon Musk, are giving away bitcoin has been growing more common. Videos advertising that Spacex and Musk are giving away 5,000 BTC…

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Ethereum 2.0 Charges Ahead With New ‘Onyx’ Testnet Launch

Blockchain firm Prysmatic Labs announced the launch of a new test network for the Ethereum 2.0 blockchain. According to a June 10 announcement, Prysmatic Labs is launching the Onyx Ethereum 2.0 testnet — which represents an improvement over the previous Topaz testnet. The last step before launching mainnet Per the announcement, the Onyx testnet is the last update before the launch of the first Ethereum 2.0 mainnet. Furthermore, this network will support multiple client software distributions. Onyx improves the network message handling, complies with the latest Ethereum 2.0 specifications. Prysmatic…

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