TRON Reaches One Million User Addresses in Six Months Since Launch

Blockchain protocol TRON (TRX) has passed one million user accounts, data revealed Dec. 23, as executives continue their criticism of rival Ethereum (ETH). Statistics from the TRON blockchain uploaded to social media by Misha Lederman, cofounder of the cryptocurrency’s spin-off project IAmDecentralized.org, confirmed that the network now features over one million addresses. TRON, which launched its mainnet earlier this year, seeks to become the go-to ecosystem for developers seeking to create decentralized applications (DApps). Known for publicly chiding Ethereum, which constitutes TRON’s main rival, CEO Justin Sun this week predicted…

Launch of Bakkt Bitcoin Futures Market May Get Postponed Again

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, is likely to delay the launch of Bakkt, its bitcoin futures trading and custody platform, a second time, CoinDesk has learned. The company last set Jan. 24 as the launch date. However, ICE has yet to receive the necessary approvals from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and at the pace the agency has been moving, it is unlikely that approvals will be secured in time to hit that target. To be clear: That does not mean the…

Leading Asian Online Retailer Qoo10 to Launch Merchant Fee-free Blockchain-Powered Ecommerce Platform

qoo10.sg A blockchain-based online marketplace built on the Ethereum protocol is set to be launched by ecommerce firm Qoo10 on January 1, 2019, Tech in Asia reports. Known as QuuBe, the blockchain-based marketplace comes with a cryptocurrency of its own dubbed the Q*coin. Currently, Q*coins, which are the only accepted means of payment on QuuBe for shoppers, can be purchased in 7-Eleven stores. Qoo10 does not expect to allow other cryptocurrencies to be used on QuuBe due to their volatility. Per the CEO of Qoo10, Ku Young Bae, the platform…

Blockchain Journalism Project Civil to Launch in February Despite Token Sale Flop

Blockchain media startup Civil will launch in February, despite the fact their CVL token sale failed earlier this year, according to the company’s blog post published Dec. 19. Civil is a blockchain-based platform for journalism that focuses on building a new media ecosystem with its native CVL token, which will purportedly help participants attain financial sustainability and improve trust in journalism. In today’s post, the company announced it will launch in early February, despite the fact the CVL token sale targeting an $8 million minimum did not succeed earlier this…

$120 Million Raised by Waves Platform as Launch of Private Blockchain Nears

Waves Blockchain network Waves Platform has raised US$120 million in a funding round allowing it to roll out Vostok, a private blockchain platform and system integrator that was developed with public institutions and large enterprises in mind. The fundraising round was led by Dolfin, a financial services group based in London, and mostly involved private investors, according to Bloomberg. The Waves Platform cryptocurrency reacted positively to the news appreciating by close to 50%. Waves has now attained a market capitalization of over US$400 million. Per the founder of Waves Platform,…

Major German Stock Exchange to Launch Crypto Trading Platform

Germany’s second-largest stock exchange, Boerse Stuttgart Group, is set to launch a cryptocurrency trading platform in the first half of 2019. The firm announced Wednesday that it has partnered with a local fintech company solarisBank to create an engineering infrastructure for digital assets trading. solarisBank, which operates with a banking license in the country, will also be Boerse’s banking partner for the venture. “With its combination of technology and banking expertise, solarisBank is a great partner for us to offer central services along the value chain for digital assets,” said…

US SEC Delays BTC ETF Decision Again, While Nasdaq Confirms 2019 BTC Futures Launch

Coming every Sunday, the Hodler’s Digest will help you to track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions, and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week US SEC Delays Bitcoin ETF Decisions, Changes Deadline to Late February The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has again postponed its decision regarding approval for a Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) this week. According to a document released by the SEC,…

Binance Blockchain | Binance to Launch the Binance Chain

If it wasn’t enough for Binance to be the biggest crypto exchange by trading volume in the world, such is its popularity that it will now launch its own blockchain. Dubbed the ‘Binance Chain’ (give that genius a can of coke), the new blockchain is due to arrive in the “coming months” according to a Tweet today. The Binance Blockchain The Tweet gave a little more detail. It said the following: “Binance is pushing for blockchain adoption and doing many things to help advancement of the industry. E.g. we will have the…

Huawei Cloud Announces Global Launch of its Blockchain Services

CCN is expanding. Are you our next full-time journalist from the West Coast USA? Send us your CV and examples here. Huawei Cloud, the cloud services arm of Huawei Global, has announced the launch of its Blockchain Service (BCS), according to an official press release. The BCS was launched for commercial use in China earlier this year, and it is now available to a global audience on Huawei Cloud’s international website. The service allows global entrepreneurs and developers to create, deploy and manage blockchain applications on Huawei Cloud, at a…

Nasdaq to Launch Bitcoin Futures Market, Not Worried by Crypto Winter

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn CCN is expanding. Are you our next full-time journalist from the West Coast USA? Send us your CV and examples here. The world’s second largest stock exchange Nasdaq is planning to introduce a Bitcoin futures market within the first quarter of 2019. Sources told Bloomberg that Nasdaq has been cooperating with the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to receive regulatory approval to operate as a compliant cryptocurrency futures market operator. The report read: “Nasdaq has been working to satisfy the concerns of the U.S.’s main swaps…