Blockchain.com to Integrate Polkadot Tokens Into Its Wallet

Blockchain.com will integrate Polkadot tokens into its wallet following a new partnership in order to drive more decentralization. Luxembourg-based crypto data supplier and crypto wallet Blockchain.com has partnered with blockchain interoperability protocol Polkadot. Driving decentralization  On Aug. 20, Blockchain.com announced it will integrate its Blockchain Wallet with the Polkadot Network in order to drive the adoption and decentralization of Polkadot tokens (DOTs). Once the integration is complete, users of Blockchain.com will be able to store, send and receive DOTs, as well as to vote on proposed amendments to the network…

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US Treasury Targets Crypto Addresses of Alleged Narcotics Traffickers

The U.S. Department of Treasury has sanctioned three alleged narcotics operators and their crypto addresses. The United States Department of the Treasury has added multiple cryptocurrency addresses to its Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, also known as the Kingpin Act. These addresses, and the individuals associated with them, have been deemed to be associated with foreign narcotics operators. The Treasury updated its SDN list on Aug. 21. The three alleged narcotic operators associated with these addresses are Chinese citizens Xiaobing Yan, Fujing Zheng…

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Nonprofit Launches Blockchain Platform for Credit History in Sierra Leone

Nonprofit organization Kiva along with the government of Sierra Leone have launched a country-wide blockchain solution for credit history. San Francisco-based nonprofit Kiva, a company that crowdfunds loans for financial inclusion, has launched a blockchain platform for credit history with the government of Sierra Leone. According to a Reuters report on Aug. 21, Kiva and President of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio jointly launched the blockchain initiative in the country’s capital.  The platform will use biometric data collected by the government, such as fingerprints, in order to access the credit…

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Binance to Launch US Platform Soon, Helped by a Little-Known Partner

Binance is seeking to navigate U.S. crypto regulations in partnership with little-known firm BAM Trading Services… Binance is expected to launch its upcoming exchange platform in the United States by the end of the year, with the company’s executive estimating that the platform will launch within “a month or two.” In the interview, Changpeng Zhao (aka CZ), the CEO of Binance, predicted the launch despite acknowledging that many things are still “in flux” regarding the platform’s planned operations in the U.S.  CZ noted that the U.S. has historically enacted “very…

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Casa Releases Node Monitor Service to Improve Bitcoin Network Health

Casa, a Bitcoin node provider, has unveiled a node monitor and incentives program for users to check the health of their nodes. Casa, a crypto firm that provides a private key management service and Bitcoin node machine, has unveiled a node monitor and accompanying rewards program to promote Bitcoin network health. Casa announced the new projects in an official blog post on Aug. 21. Per the announcement, the node monitor — called Node Heartbeats — relies on establishing a brief connection between Casa’s server and an online, synced and Tor-activated…

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Cryptojacking Code Found in Eleven Open Libraries, Thousands Infected

11 open-source code libraries written in Ruby contained cryptojacking code and were downloaded thousands of times. A Cryptojacking code was found in 11 open-source code libraries written in Ruby, which have been downloaded thousands of times. Industry news outlet Decrypt reported on Aug. 21 that cryptojacking code has been added to 11 open-source Ruby libraries distributed on the RubyGems platform. Per the report, the infected libraries were downloaded over three and a half thousand times. Hackers reportedly downloaded the software, infected it with malware, and subsequently re-posted it on RubyGems. …

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Kraken Crypto Exchange to Add Support for BAT and WAVES

American cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has announced support for the Basic Attention Token and Waves starting on Aug. 22. American cryptocurrency exchange Kraken will add support for Basic Attention Token (BAT) and Waves (WAVES).  According to an announcement on Aug. 21, the exchange’s users will be able to deposit and withdraw the aforementioned coins starting tomorrow, Aug. 22, as well as trade with both assets. Kraken will roll out trading pairs between BAT and WAVES and Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH), as well as with  fiat currencies such as the euro…

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Taipei-Based Crypto Firm Maicoin Seeks Membership in Libra Association

Taiwanese digital currency trading platform Maicoin has entered talks with social media giant Facebook regarding its possible membership in the Libra Association. Taiwanese crypto exchange Maicoin is in talks with Facebook about becoming a member of the Libra Association. As local media outlet the Taipei Times reported on Aug. 21, Maicoin wants to join the nonprofit responsible for developing the social network’s long-awaited stablecoin. The company is specifically looking to operate a node on the blockchain-based network, which would validate and record transactions on the shared ledger. Participation in Libra…

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