Hyperledger Announces New ‘Cryptography Library’ for DLT Development

The Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee has approved the Ursa project, a modular cryptography software library, according to an official announcement Dec. 4. According to the statement, as Hyperledger has matured, projects “have started to find a need for sophisticated cryptographic implementations.” The post describes Ursa as a shift from having each project implementing its own …

US Treasury Official Calls on Crypto Industry Players to Combat Illicit Use of Crypto

The U.S. Department of the Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker urged crypto industry players and regulators to prevent the illicit use of cryptocurrencies in a speech Dec. 3. Speaking at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference on Dec. 3, Mandelker addressed the issue of mitigating risks related to emerging technologies, including …

Crypto Exchange ErisX Raises $27.5 Million From Fidelity, Nasdaq Ventures and Others

Crypto exchange ErisX has raised $27.5 million from Fidelity Investments and Nasdaq Ventures, among other investors, Reuters reports Dec. 4 Nasdaq is the world’s second largest stock exchange, while U.S. investment firm Fidelity administers over $7.2 trillion in client assets. According to Reuters, ErisX will offer both on spot trading in Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) …

Network of Self-Service Kiosks Will Allow Public to Pay Bills and Make Purchases in Crypto

A blockchain-based company has unveiled plans to roll out a global network of self-service kiosks — enabling millions of unbanked people around the world to pay bills, make purchases and access other financial services. KIBIS says a plethora of services are available through its kiosks. Consumers can pay for gas, water and electricity, book airline …

Newly Formed US Healthcare Alliance to Trial Blockchain for Improved Data Quality

Major U.S. healthcare companies have formed an alliance to trial blockchain solutions in order to improve data quality and reduce costs, U.S. weekly news outlet Modern Healthcare reports Monday, Dec. 3. The Synaptic Health Alliance group consists of Humana, Multiplan, UnitedHealth Group’s Optum, UnitedHealthcare, Quest Diagnostics, and has recently been joined by Ascension — the …

Top Coins Are Shaky, But Bitcoin Still Holds $4,000 Mark

Sunday, Dec. 2: the top 20 cryptocurrencies are mostly in the red, according to data from Coin360, after a modest recovery yesterday, Dec. 1. Despite the mild losses, Bitcoin (BTC) is still holding just above the $4,000 mark. Market visualization from Coin360 According to data by CoinMarketCap, Bitcoin is in the red, steadily descending below …

Amazon Presents Its Quasi-Blockchain Solution, Platform for Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric

On Nov. 28, e-commerce giant Amazon announced two blockchain-related products: Amazon Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB) and Amazon Managed Blockchain. The company hence marked its further expansion into the field of blockchain technology, which started with blockchain-related patents and collaborations that Amazon has seemingly chose over working with cryptocurrencies, per se. So what are those new …