The Alonzo White testnet brings NFTs and various De-Fi use cases one step closer for Cardano.

IOHK, the blockchain development team behind Cardano, announced on July 15 that the project’s Alonzo test net had officially transitioned from Blue to White, bringing with it the ecosystem’s long anticipated expansion to functional smart contracts.

While the previous testnet, known as Alonzo Blue, did offer some smart contract features, these were only available to a limited number of insiders. Yesterday’s upgrade will allow about 500 validators, stake pool operators, and developers to test these features going forward.

Alonzo White is set to run…


Pontem founder Boris Povod said the partnership was aimed at improving Polkadot’s current node infrastructure, with Pinknode providing “reliable and secure API endpoints.”

The decentralized application aiming to connect Facebook’s Diem blockchain with public networks is partnering with node infrastructure provider Pinknode.

In a Friday announcement, the Pontem Network said it would be working with Pinknode to provide node infrastructure through the Polkadot ecosystem. The network is aimed at allowing developers to use a Polkadot parachain as a testing ground for their ideas before submitting them to the Diem blockchain.

According to Pontem founder Boris Povod, the partnership will help…


Bill Hinman could be called to testify on his 2018 comments regarding Ethereum’s security status.

San-Francisco-based fintech firm Ripple has notched up another small victory in its ongoing battle with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Netburn has denied the SEC’s motion to suppress the deposition of the former director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, William Hinman, in a ruling in New York on Thursday.

In June 2018, Hinman said in a speech that based on his understanding of the Ethereum network and its decentralized structure, the “current offers and sales of…


The arrival of interoperable solutions will be an opportunity for a positive shift in the public’s perception of blockchain.

Crypto and blockchain enthusiasts take pride in belonging to a community that is working on the future of financial systems. Yet, the community is innately fragmented thanks to multiple blockchains working independently of each other. The dream of mass adoption of blockchain and decentralized finance faces a major hurdle: a lack of interoperability.

Meanwhile, decentralized applications (DApps) — the fruits of decentralization — are being held up. DApp developers face difficulties while transacting between different blockchain networks, and the reason behind…


Wrapped Ethereum is now available on Tezos.

The cryptocurrency space just became a little bit more interconnected after developers created a cross-chain bridge between the Ethereum and Tezos blockchains. Following the launch of the Wrap Protocol, created by Bender Labs, Ethereum-based ERC-20 and ERC-721 tokens can be made Tezos-compatible, allowing Ether (ETH) holders to interact with the Tezos ecosystem.

Token wrapping has become a common way of connecting the users of disparate blockchain platforms and is perhaps best exemplified by Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC), which is an ERC-20 version of Bitcoin (BTC) running on Ethereum.

The Wrap Protocol wraps Ethereum-based tokens…


“The fundamental goal of this collaboration is to enable granular control over data and to reduce the reliance on centralized systems that take advantage of data,” said Humayun Sheikh, CEO of Fetch.ai.

Artificial intelligence research lab Fetch.ai has partnered with blockchain network Iota to enable a “controlled data sharing environment” for connected devices, setting the stage for a broad leap in Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities.

The partnership, which was announced Wednesday, will allow sectors such as mobility, supply chain logistics, finance, healthcare, energy and others to utilize automated data sharing across IoT networks. …


Wyoming is further solidifying its position as the most crypto-friendly state in North America.

The crypto-friendly state of Wyoming has approved the first legally recognized decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) in the United States.

The American CryptoFed DAO received notice from the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office on Tuesday recognizing it as a legal entity, according to a Sunday announcement.

Marian Orr, CEO of the American CryptoFed DAO, stated:

“Wyoming is the leading digital assets jurisdiction in the USA, and now with this DAO law, Wyoming is arguably the top blockchain jurisdiction in the world. …


Airtm is aiming to solve a myriad of financial challenges in Latin America tied to last-mile remittance, affordability and equitable access to the global banking system.

Airtm, a Mexico City-based digital wallet and exchange operator, has received $15 million in funding from the Stellar Development Foundation, or SDF, as it seeks to expand financial services and cryptocurrency adoption in Latin America.

The investment, which is the largest SDF has ever made as part of its Enterprise Fund, will enable Airtm to integrate with Stellar in the coming year. …


The NFT marketplace plans to integrate Ripple’s XRP Ledger blockchain.

An oversubscribed funding round has netted the Mintable nonfungible token (NFT) minting platform and marketplace a cool $13 million.

The Series A funding round for the Singapore-based startup included some big name participants including Ripple, mobile and blockchain gaming developer Animoca Brands, and Metapurse, the world’s largest NFT investment fund.

Ripple put out an announcement stating that Mintable plans to integrate the firm’s own blockchain, XRP Ledger (XRPL) which it says is already carbon neutrale and is “ideally suited to deliver a seamless experience for NFTs”.

“Its environmentally friendly attributes…


HSBC plans to improve the KYC process for local investors and corporate clients by leveraging blockchain technology.

Global banking giant HSBC has announced that it has been successfully onboarded to the regional Know-Your-Customer (KYC)-focused private blockchain backed by Dubai’s government.

HSBC is the first overseas, and fourth founding member, to go live on the “UAE KYC Blockchain Platform,” which was developed by the Dubai-based Department of Economic Development, dubbed “Dubai Economy.”

The UAE KYC Blockchain Platform is a national ecosystem for the exchange of verified know-your-customer data between licensing authorities and financial institutions in the United Arab Emirates.

According to…

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