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Microsoft Releases Cloud-Based Azure Blockchain Development Kit

U.S.-based tech giant Microsoft has launched a serverless blockchain-powered development kit for consortium environments. American software corporation Microsoft has released a serverless blockchain-powered Azure development kit, according to an announcement published Nov. 15. The new product dubbed the “Azure Blockchain Development Kit” purportedly improves the capabilities of Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain Workbench. It contains features like off-chain identity and data, monitoring, and messaging application programming interfaces (API) in a format that can be used to develop blockchain-based apps. Per the blog post, the initial release will focus on three core objectives, such as “connecting interfaces, integrating data and systems, and deploying smart contracts and blockchain networks.” The product will purportedly enable individuals, organizations, and devices to connect to a blockchain via user interfaces. Microsoft says that the development kit includes SMS and voice interfaces, ..

Mauritius Financial Commission Releases Draft Regulation for Crypto Custodian Services

Mauritius’s financial commission has released draft regulations for crypto custodian services, requiring the maintenance of at least $14,000 in unimpaired capital. The Financial Services Commission (FSC) of the Republic of Mauritius has released a draft regulatory framework for crypto custodian services, according to an official document posted on Nov. 5. According to the announcement, the island country aims to establish regulation for custodian services for digital assets in order to enable users of crypto custodian services to have a due level of safety. According to the draft regulation, the FSC will issue a custodian service license that will allow an entity to operate as a holder of digital assets as well as to function as safe keeper of the assets. In order to acquire the license, the holder will be required to comply with anti-money-laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism-financing (CFT) laws, as well as the country’s Financial Intelligence and Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2002..

Blockchain Startup BlockVentures Releases Security Token Listing Platform Securities.io

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China: Bitcoin Mining Behemoth Bitmain Releases New 7nm Antminer Hardware

Bitcoin ( mining behemoth Bitmain has officially released two new 7nm (nanometer) “Antminer” crypto mining machines, designed to mine with the SHA256 algorithm. Bitcoin (BTC) mining giant Bitmain has officially released two new 7nm (nanometer) “Antminer” crypto mining machines, according to an official tweet posted Nov. 5. Bitmain indicated in September that it would be equipping its new Antminer models with next-generation Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) chips. ASIC chips are geared to compute optimally for a specific hashing algorithm and, as Bitmain’s tweet confirms, these latest “acceleration” chips use an SHA256 algorithm, which is based on 7nm Finfet semiconductor manufacturing technology. Today’s tweet from the company reads: “We are officially announcing the release of our new 7nm miners which possess industry-leading hash rates designed to mine with the SHA256 algorithm. Two models will be offered, the Antminer S15 and T15. Available for purchase on 11/8 [Nov. ..

BitMEX Releases Fork Monitoring Tool in Run-Up to Bitcoin Cash Hard...

Bitcoin Cash’s upcoming hard fork will form an initial focus for BitMEX’s new ForkMonitor, with the “focus” thereafter shifting to Bitcoin. The research arm of major Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency derivatives platform BitMEX announced it had launched a network monitoring tool for Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) in a blog post Nov. 5. BitMEX described the new resource, ForkMonitor.info, as “useful for monitoring the situation during network upgrades (softforks or hardforks), as well as being potentially useful in helping to detect unintentional consensus bugs.” ForkMonitor is connected to “several” nodes on both the Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash networks. BitMEX’s release is explicitly times to coincide with an upcoming hard fork of Bitcoin Cash, scheduled for Nov. 15. Today’s blog post notes, however, that the focus is temporary, stating “[a]fter the Bitcoin Cash hardfork is complete, the website’s intention is to move some of the focus over to Bitcoin.” The platform has rarely held b..

Intel Meets Blockchain: Cloud Computing Platform Releases New Solution For Data...

sponsored The company says it released a new way to leverage Intel SGX enclaves to run DApps at the highest level of security. On Nov. 1, 2018, iExec, a decentralized marketplace for computing power based in Lyon, France, released its end-to-end trusted execution environment. The developers of iExec describe the technology as “the first Intel SGX scalable solution for businesses to achieve privacy and security in blockchain-based computing.” What is Intel SGX?Intel SGX, or Software Guard Extensions, is a popular architecture extension, introduced in 2015. It was designed to increase the security of application code and its data. As described on Intel’s website, Intel SGX makes protection possible through the use of “enclaves”, which are isolated regions of memory built into the CPU. These regions protect data from processes running at any privileged level, including the operating system. According to the iExec Medium blog, enclaves are paradigm-shifting tools in the world of cloud co..

Ethereum Enterprise Alliance Releases New Specifications

The EEA, a blockchain standard-building organization, has released a new set of specifications to provide standards for developers. The Ethereum Enterprise Alliance (EEA) has released a new set of specifications in an effort to provide standards for developers using private iterations of the Ethereum Blockchain, according to statements shared with Cointelegraph. At DevCon4 today in Prague, the EEA announced the release of its Enterprise Ethereum Client Specification V2 and Off-Chain Trusted Compute Specification V0.5. The former is a development of common standards, which aims to ensure that Ethereum developers will write code that “[motivates] enterprise customers to select EEA specification-based solutions over proprietary offerings.” The Client Specification V2 will essentially offer a label of sorts, which means a product underwent third party testing in order to be sold as EEA-compliant. The latter spec release is a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) that can move t..

Oracle Releases Suite of Blockchain-Based Software for Supply Chain Managemen

Software development giant Oracle has revealed a new suite of blockchain apps for supply chain management. Software development company Oracle Corp. has released a suite of blockchain-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications based on its Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service, according to an announcement published Oct. 23. The new product is purportedly designed to improve traceability and transparency throughout supply chains. Oracle is an American corporation founded in 1977, and currently is one of the largest vendors in the business software market. With total revenues of $39.8 billion in 2018, Oracle is the second largest software development company according to the Global 2000 2018 Forbes list. The new product called Oracle Blockchain Applications Cloud includes four apps: Intelligent Track and Trace, Lot Lineage and Provenance, Intelligent Cold Chain, and Warranty and Usage Tracking. Like many blockchain-based supply chain management tools, Oracle Blockchain Applications clai..

Ethereum Foundation Releases Fourth Wave of Grants

The Ethereum Foundation has announced its fourth wave of grants, awarded to startups that develop the ecosystem. The Ethereum Foundation has announced the fourth wave of grants awarded to 20 different persons and entities working on the Ethereum blockchain, it revealed in a press release Oct. 15. According to the release, the total amount of awards is over $3 million. The biggest grants worth $500,000 were given to Prysmatic Labs and Status. Both companies are working to develop the Ethereum 2.0 ecosystem first announced by co-founder Vitalik Buterin in November 2017. Grant recipients were divided by the manner in which they contributed to the development of the network, such as scalability, usability, and security. Adult entertainment platform SpankChain received a $420,000 grant for working on the open-source software developer kit (SDK) for a non-custodial payment channel hub. Other large grants went to Prototypal and Finality Labs for front-end state channel research and the devel..

Publicly-Listed Game Developer Releases First-Ever Blockchain Game, CryptantCrab; Pre-Sale Begins On...

Advertisement This is a sponsored story. CCN urges readers to conduct their own research with due diligence into the company, product or service mentioned in the content below. Smartphones have made video games more engaging than ever. iCandy Interactive, an Australian listed mobile games developer, has recognized this exciting and expanding market. For its latest offering, iCandy Interactive has employed blockchain technology to create CryptantCrab. Based on the hobby of raising pets, the game allows players to use artistically designed crabs they can collect, mutate, do battle, and trade with. Each CryptantCrab is exclusive to registered gamers and cannot be tampered with. In fact, these digital crabs will bear distinctive markings and body parts, with more than a million possible combinations available. In terms of gameplay, players can mutate their crabs and pit them against each other in the battle-zone. All victories and gains are recorded with the crab on the blockchain. Eth..
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