Hong Kong Official Touts Blockchain for China

A senior official for the government of Hong Kong has said blockchain could bolster China’s ongoing efforts to significantly expand its trade capabilities. According to Chinese news service Caixin, James Lau, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, touted the technology during a...
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The SAFT Is a Symptom of Regulatory Uncertainty

Jerry Brito is the executive director of Coin Center, a non-profit research and advocacy center focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency technologies. In his first monthly column for CoinDesk, Brito argues that the SAFT framework, despite its limitations, is a reasonable path forward...
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Brazil

The Central Bank of Brazil is building with just about every blockchain it can get its hands on. In a new interview about its plans for the nascent technology, members of the central bank’s blockchain team revealed they are resuming work with R3’s Corda distributed...
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Mastercard Patent Filings Detail Blockchain

New patent filings from Mastercard show how the credit card giant is looking at blockchain as a possible means for easing payment settlement times. In a patent application released last week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the company describes a blockchain-based database capable...
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2x or No 2x, That Was the Question

SegWit2x was supposed to be a SegWit derivative that doubled the amount of data a block could hold from 1MB to 2MB. The SegWit2x plan came into being at the 2017 Consensus conference in New York. At this event, 58 Bitcoin-related companies signed an agreement...
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