February 28, 2019
There was plenty happening in the world of crypto on Wednesday. Below, I’ve put together a list of the 10 announcements I considered the most important for you to know about. Enjoy!
 Decentraland (MANA) announced it is collaborating with HTC to integrate its Zion Vault wallet with the world’s first blockchain-native smartphone, EXODUS 1. The deal is rather similar to that which was announced yesterday between Samsung and Enjin (ENJ) vis-a-vis the soon-to-be-released Galaxy S10.
 The 8x team unveiled their new payroll solution. Three core use cases are highlighted: [i] regular payments for employees being paid in DAI/ETH regularly, [ii] batched payments for multiple, infrequent payments to parties (e.g., contractors), and [iii] vesting payroll to facilitate the reimbursement of tokens to employees or investors.
 Waltonchain (WTC) revealed they recently signed an MoU with ARVI, one of Spain’s largest fishing industry associations. The MoU is centred around technical support for IoT devices and system installation.
 According to CNBC, SoFi – a millennials-focused loan platform – has partnered with top-tier cryptocurrency exchange, Coinbase. Launching in 2Q19, the partnership will allow SoFi users to track, price, and buy various cryptos.
 Blockchain-focused investment firm Inveniam Capital Partners (ICP) announced its plans to tokenized $260M worth of real estate. The first property is a $65.5M office building in downtown Miami, FL. The undertaking has been made possible by ICP calling upon the services of Securrency, Vertalo, BitGo, and itBit.
 San Francisco-based crypto custodian Aegis closed a $4M Series A on Tuesday, according to The Block. The fundraising round was led by Hong Kong-based Fosun Group They also announced “a major deal with a subsidiary (ELICONN) of Taiwanese electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn.”
 The IOTA Foundation announced the hiring of Felix Krupar as Regulatory Affairs Specialist and Martyn Janes as Software Engineer (Industry Streams). Felix is a fully qualified lawyer admitted to the German Bar with a focus on IT- and privacy-based law. As for Martyn, he is “a seasoned developer with more than 25 years of experience,” and holds a Master’s degree in Interactive Computing System Design (Human Computer Interaction).
 Curv, a New York-based startup using cryptography to secure the digital economy, raised $6.5M in a fundraising round led by cybersecurity group Team8 and crypto giant Digital Currency Group (DCG). The team is aiming to replace the current storage method (i.e., dividing the digital “private key” among multiple trusted individuals) with a system that relies on mathematics and cloud computing, that is, by deploying multi-party computation (MPC).
 According to Pulse, Korea’s largest blockchain firm ICONLOOP – the founder of ICON (ICX) – is “out to join the mainstream market by going public on Kosdaq market next year” by holding both an ICO and IPO. Citing an “investment banking industry source,” the article reveals ICONLOOP recently selected Mirae Asset Daewoo as its IPO lead manager. Expect ICONLOOP to come out and verify this article’s accuracy in the coming days.
 0x (ZRX) announced its 0x Instant product is now integrated with leading Ethereum block explorer, Etherscan. Instant is a free and flexible way to offer simple crypto purchasing in any app or website. On ZRX, the Binance crypto exchange announced the addition of ZRX/BNB and ZRX/USDT trading pairs.
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