Ethereum Scaling Tech Monoplasma Wants to Let Dapps Broadcast Crypto

news Blockchain data platform Streamr has officially released a new open-source ethereum scaling technology called Monoplasma. Inspired by a pre-existing scaling solution called plasma, Monoplasma is different in that it focuses specifically on “one-to-many payments” in which users would need to “repeatedly distribute value to a large and dynamic set of ethereum addresses,” explained Henri Pihkala, CEO…

Decentralized Finance Emerges as Banner Topic at Ethereum Denver Conference

news “We always needs to ask, ‘Who are we building for?’” Kicking off the annual ethereum hackathon ETHDenver, Aave CEO Stani Kulechov shared an opening address on on “leaping decentralized finance [into the] mainstream.” Aave is a Swiss-based blockchain technology company that officially launched in September of last year. Acting as the parent company to ETHLend…

Coinbase Just Paid a $30K Bounty for the Discovery of Critical Bug

news San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange desk Coinbase has just forked out a $30,000 bounty to the finder of a critical bug in its systems. As reported by The Next Web, the bounty is the latest to be posted on vulnerability coordination and bug bounty platform HackerOne. Previously a large number of smaller bounties, mostly in the…

Pharma Giant Trials IBM Blockchain in Bid to Improve Clinical Trials

news A Germany-based pharmaceutical multinational is set to trial IBM blockchain in Canada in a bid to raise the quality of clinical trials. Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) announced Tuesday that it has partnered with IBM “to improve trust, transparency, patient safety and patient empowerment in clinical trials” using the tech giant’s blockchain platform. The firm said…

NYSE Parent ICE Anticipates Over $20 Million Spend on Bakkt This Year

news Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, estimates it will spend more than $20 million this year in building Bakkt, its bitcoin futures trading and custody platform. In an earnings call for Q4, 2018, on Feb. 7, Scott Hill, ICE’s chief financial officer, said the firm’s investment in Bakkt…

High School Team Places Third in Barclays Blockchain Challenge Event

news If understanding how distributed ledger tech works inside banks is complex, finding ways to make different varieties of enterprise blockchains talk to each other is a doozy of a challenge. And yet, that’s exactly what a team of high school students – soon to sit their A-Level exams in computer science – has done.…

Latest Lightning Code Release Trolls With a ‘Block Size’ Increase

news The latest code version for the lightning network – often trumpeted as the future of bitcoin payments – includes a “block size increase.” One of the most active lightning implementations, LND, pushed out its newest “minor” release, version 0.5.2, of its beta code on Wednesday. Though it includes several changes from many contributors, mostly with the…