Daily 10: Lightning Network Boltz Up; EU Blockchain Body Launches

April 5, 2019

The crypto and blockchain space is as active as ever as we round out the first week of April. To help you stay on top of it all, I’ve listed 10 things you should know from the past day’s event. Enjoy!

[1] Binance – via its CEO Changpeng Zhao speaking at Deconomy – revealed it’s launching a new fiat-to-crypto exchange in Singapore later this month. Zhao also shared that April will see Binance DEX, which entered public testing on February 20th, launch on mainnet!

[2] Following months of development work and testing, the alpha version of Boltz – a trust-minimized, account-free exchange built on top of the lightning network – was announced today. Boltz is using so-called Submarine Swaps to exchange coins from a lightning channel to the chain, and vice versa.

[3] BlitzPredict (XBPreleased the alpha testnet version of the BlitzPredict Exchange: a peer-to-peer betting exchange built on Ethereum utilising each of the Augur (REP) and 0x (ZRX) protocols. The team is preparing to launch on mainnet ahead of Augur’s v2 release.

[4] O(1) Labs – the entity behind Coda Protocol and snarky – announced the closing of a $15M Series A fundraising round. Investors include AccompliceCoinbase VenturesParadigm, and General Catalyst.

[5] The International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) officially launched on Wednesday. The body, which is an initiative of the European Commission, comprises just over 100 firms and organizations upon launch, including ConsenSys, the Cardano FoundationIBM (Belgium)Ripple Labs, and Fujitsu.

[6] Trusted Key Solutions, a startup providing consumers and organizations with a blockchain-based decentralized identity solution, received an undisclosed amount of funding from Okta Ventures, a $50M investment fund just launched by identity management firm Okta.

[7] CoinAlpha’s Hummingbot – an open-source software client allowing market makers to create and customize automated, algorithmic trading bots – went live today! The project has been awarded a grant through 0x’s Ecosystem Acceleration Program (EAP), also.

[8] MakerOS, an end-to-end management platform for design, prototype, and production workflow planning to integrate EOSIO blockchain, announced the completion of an SVK Crypto-led $2M Series A round.

[9] As part of the Deconomy conference in Seoul, Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin and NYU professor Nouriel Roubini – a renowned crypto sceptic – partook in an on-stage debate on the merits of digital assets.

[10] One of Canada’s most established crypto exchanges, Coinsquare, announced it will be launching eCAD, a stablecoin pegged to the Canadian dollar.

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