Daily 10: U.S. Investment Banking Giant Expands Blockchain Project; New DeFi Project Launches

April 24, 2019

Back from a crypto-free Easter break and want to know what’s been happening in the space? My 21-part thread covering the news from the crypto and blockchain ecosystem over (roughly) the past day should get you back up to speed. Can’t be bothered reading it all? Then keep scrolling for my 10 most noteworthy inclusions. You’re welcome!

[1] Set announced that, following several weeks in beta, Strategy Enabled Tokens are live on TokenSets. For the first time ever, anyone can acquire a single token to automate asset management strategies for crypto. What’s more, Set is the first to use the new Multi-Collateral Dai oracles in production.

[2] The ICON Foundation announced the P-Rep TestNet will open on April 30. Per the announcement, the Foundation believes “that TestNet will allow P-Rep candidates to check the technical status of the nodes and simulate activities to ensure [the] long-term stable operation of ICON Network” moving forward.

[3] ThunderCore (TT) announced the ThunderCore Ambassador Program – what they describe as a “critical part of [their] ecosystem which includes Developers, Users, and general supporters.” The heavily-backed project is seeking three ambassadors per listed location (Sydney being one!)

[4] IoTeX (IOTX) recognized a significant milestone today, launching the alpha version of the IoTeX Mainnet; delivering a “state-of-the-art Root Chain on which new Layer 2 chains, tokens, dApps, and businesses will be launched,” according to a blog post.

[5] The Financial Times reported Sunday that John Hunter (Head of Global Clearing, JPMorgan) said the Quorum blockchain-based Interbank Information Network (IIN) – which now has 220 banks signed up – is fast developing and that the bank is “looking at the ability to do more at the point of settlement.” Also reported was that JPMorgan is setting up a testing sandbox that would allow fintech startups to use the IIN and ultimately develop and launch applications based on its features.

[6] Along with a new website and developer portalKyber Network (KNC) released the first version of the Kyber protocol paper. In it, the authors formalise Kyber as a liquidity protocol that can be implemented on any smart contract-enabled blockchain to power on-chain token swaps.

[7] Artory, a blockchain-based art registry, officially closed its $7.3M Series A round. Private investing firm 2020 Ventures, which has previously backed Spotify and Postmates, participated in the raise.

[8] The Elevated Returns-backed, Thai-based brokerage company Seamico Securities Digital received its Thai ICO portal license; allowing it to issue real estate security tokens. This news is particularly beneficial for Tezos (XTZ) and Securitize, who announced with Seamico in February they would tokenise $1B worth of real estate on the Tezos public blockchain.

[9] “After thousands of hours of hard work and effort from many different people,” SKALE Labs today published a blog post announcing their team has decided to “open the GitHub repos for the SKALE Network and launch the NODE foundation.” The Liechtenstein-domiciled NODE foundation has been apportioned SKL tokens vesting over a 7-year period.

[10] Huobi Global,Poloniex, OKEx, and Kraken announced the listing of Cosmos (ATOM), which occurred shortly after block 500,000 was mined and cosmoshub-1 upgraded to cosmoshub-2.

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