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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Microsoft ION Launches Beta On Bitcoin Mainnet – Bitcoin Magazine

ION, a Microsoft-led decentralized identity system built on top of Bitcoin, has officially been moved to beta on Bitcoin’s mainnet today. The news was shared in a release by Casa, a Bitcoin self-custody provider and project collaborator. First announced in May 2019, the Layer 2 network features its own node structure and is being built as an open-source project. As described to Bitcoin Magazine then, the overarching vision for ION is to furnish users with a decentralized identifier (DID) that could replace the need for usernames. “This DID, like a…

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Baseline Integrates Microsoft and Google Spreadsheets Using Ethereum Mainnet

The Baseline Protocol has launched integrations for Google Sheets and Microsoft Dynamics 365. The new function allows for the maintenance of verifiably consistent records using a spreadsheet in conjunction with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. Baseline published a proof-of-concept on June 7 demonstrating the “baselining” of spreadsheet data to verify that multiple independent private databases hold the same records.  The Baseline Protocol was launched in March and was developed through collaboration between Microsoft, EY, and ConsenSys. The concept used baselining to verify that the records held by separate entities’…

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Matic’s Price Crumbles 20% Amid Mainnet Launch

Decentralized application (DApp) platform Matic Network (MATIC) has successfully launched its mainnet following two and a half years of development. A June 1 blog post published by Matic notes that mainnet will be deployed over a series of phases to “ensure that the mainnet deployment and validator onboarding is achieved as smoothly as possible.” “More impantly, it ensures that right from day 1 that DApps are able to deploy their products successfully on Matic,” the post adds. MATIC crashes 20% in two days Despite Matic Network launching the first phase…

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EY, Microsoft and ConsenSys Launch Enterprise Platform on Ethereum Mainnet

Global taxation and transaction advisory firm EY have announced the launch of their open-source Baseline protocol.  Baseline comprises a smart contract and tokenization platform built for enterprises on top of the Ethereum blockchain. Baseline was founded by EY in partnership with Microsoft and ConsenSys, and was developed in collaboration with many companies operating in the cryptocurrency sector, including Chainlink, MakerDAO, Unibright and AMD. The platform’s code has been made available to select entities by invitation and will see a public release before April.  Baseline features zero-knowledge proofs and off-chain storage…

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