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Thailand’s National Stock Exchange Launches Blockchain Crowdfunding Platform



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The Stock Exchange of Thailand (Set) has formally introduced a blockchain-run crowdfunding platform for startups in the place.

Dubbed Reside, the new crowdfunding market from the Established is developed on a blockchain that allows startups and small enterprises to access funding from undertaking cash money and institutional buyers specifically by using peer-to-peer buying and selling.

In accordance to an announcement by the Established, eight corporations from both of those public and personal sectors have joined the platform at launch with a even further 50 companies established to be part of the blockchain-run funding platform.

The start sees the culmination of a system that began in March 2017 when the Established unveiled its intention to function a market around a blockchain that will have no limits on investing units. The current equipment for small firms and startups restricts investing in board heaps, or units of 100. At the time, an Set official explained in excess of 600 businesses had registered with the stock exchange operator, expressing an curiosity to spend in startups by way of blockchain technological know-how.

As CCN noted at the time, the marked pivot to undertake a blockchain marketplace follows a mandate by Thailand’s deputy minister Somkid Jatusripitak urging the Set to build a new bourse for domestic startups to obtain financing. Established demands do not allow for startups to listing on the nationwide stock exchange because they are new firms.

“LiVE” platform has been made with the use of blockchain technologies as an infrastructure for participating organizations to grow and get linked with long run alliances,” an excerpt from the announcement read.

To be part of the blockchain platform, firms will will need to be registered in Thailand and can qualify as an institutional trader, a undertaking funds investor, a company enterprise capital trader, or a precise investor with an once-a-year earnings of around THB 4 million ($125,000), or blended belongings worth more than THB 50 million ($1.5 million).

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Miners and Node Operates on World’s Second-Largest Blockchain, Ethereum, Advised to Act or Risk Getting Stuck on Incompatible Chain



Ethereum’s system-wide upgrade Istanbul is set to go live.

New rules governing the world’s second-largest blockchain are expected to go into effect on Saturday, December 7, 2019, with the exact date subject to change due to variable block times and timezones.

The Istanbul upgrade will roll out backwards-incompatible code changes to the $19-billion blockchain network. Changes include price adjustments, interoperability between Ethereum and Zcash, adjusted gas prices for certain operations and allowing contracts to introduce more functions.

To account for the variable block time, nodes should be upgraded before Sunday, December 1st. As for any nodes that are not upgraded, they’ll be abandoned on the old chain where the previous rules continue to exist.

According to the announcement,

“If you are using an Ethereum client that is not updated to the latest version (listed above), your client will sync to the pre-fork blockchain once the upgrade occurs. You will be stuck on an incompatible chain following the old rules and you will be unable to send ether or operate on the post-upgrade Ethereum network.”

If you’re not a node operator but you hold the cryptocurrency or use the blockchain, you likely don’t need to do anything – unless you’re given instructions by a third party service acting on your behalf.

“If you use an exchange (such as Coinbase, Kraken, or Binance), a web wallet service (such as Metamask, MyCrypto, or MyEtherWallet), a mobile wallet service (such as Coinbase Wallet,, or Trust Wallet), or a hardware wallet (such as Ledger, Trezor, or KeepKey) you do not need to do anything unless you are informed to take additional steps by your exchange or wallet service.”

Istanbul is a step in the roadmap toward Ethereum 2.0, the major network upgrade that will shift its current proof-of-work consensus algorithm to proof-of-stake.

Ethereum co-creator Vitalik Buterin says that developers have been doing great work on phase two research and development. On Tuesday they released the latest look into the progress to date.

“[The] proposal makes ETH more enshrined. It provides an ‘operating system’ which gives the protocol the ability for shards, execution environments, validator accounts, and block producers to pass ETH between each other across shards with a one block latency. This results in a simpler fee market or gas market and removes some of the centralization concerns around the older fee market proposals.” 

You can check out the full announcement on the Istanbul upgrade here and the update on Ethereum 2.0 here.

Source: dailyhodl

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China’s idea of blockchain may oppose the idea of decentralization



Over the past few weeks, China has been grabbing more and more attention from the crypto-community, especially since Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, openly embraced blockchain technology. Dovey Wan, Founding Partner at Primitive Ventures, recently featured on an edition of the Unchained podcast to discuss the same, and answer why China is pushing the adoption of digital Yuan and taking steps to replace fiat currency.

China has been at the forefront of innovations for quite a while now. On being asked about the reason behind China wanting to set global standards for blockchain, Wan answered,

“In order to enhance China’s leadership position, Xi Jinping wanted to make the global standards for blockchain. Yet this idea is opposite to the idea of blockchain, of being decentralized.”

Many have speculated that China is taking these steps to position itself as the new world leader. With respect to this speculation, Wan added,

“China’s government needs to further figure out what must be the next big thing like infrastructural level thing to further invest upon[…] to get China onto a leadership position before other countries.”

On the topic of blockchain moving up on the priority list of China’s expansion plans, Wan responded,

“500 different enterprise blockchain projects are taking shape in China. China wanted the central bank to manage the currency, along with offering complete anonymity to the consumers that will be similar to service offered by private firms.”

Wan also claimed that following the launch of the digital yuan, users will get to directly interact with commercial banks. However, China isn’t the only country to accelerate its efforts in the field of blockchain. In fact, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Switzerland have already joined the blockchain space.

Source: cryptonewsz

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Sberbank Patents Blockchain Repo Solution in a Purported First for Russia Banks



Russia’s largest bank, the state-owned Sberbank, has pioneered a blockchain solution for repurchase agreements — also known as repo.

According to a Sberbank announcement on Nov. 19, the bank has been awarded a patent for the solution, which uses smart contract technology to automate repo transactions between parties.

Repo markets

Repurchase agreements are widely used in wholesale funding markets and serve as a vehicle for banks and non-banks to access liquidity via short-term funding agreements that are collateralized by underlying securities. 

In a repo transaction, a bank (or other entity) buys a security and pays for the purchase by immediately reselling it for a period — from just one night to as long as three months — with a commitment to repurchase it at an agreed price. 

Repos are thus highly elastic instruments to meet the funding and liquidity needs of different financial institutions and play a central role in the global banking system.

Reducing counterparty risk 

According to Sberbank’s announcement, the bank is ostensibly the first in Russia to have patented a repo deals solution with a blockchain-based execution system. 

Using the solution, the counterparties in a repo deal sign a smart contract using e-signatures via a distributed ledger; the contract is initially used to automate the transfer of funds and securities between parties. 

Sberbank’s solution includes a mechanism to monitor the market price of the collateralized security in question throughout the course of the repo’s term (or maturity). Based on this data, the contract then makes mutual payments to the parties to settle the deal automatically.

Sberbank notes that its solution covers the repo lifecycle end-to-end, which it claims eliminates counterparty risk and, in doing so, could translate into more affordable financing.

A blockchain-not-Bitcoin institution

Sberbank has actively pursued blockchain development in various aspects of its business but has stopped short of offering cryptocurrency-related services.

In May 2019, Cointelegraph reported that the bank had halted its potential cryptocurrency trading plans because the Central Bank of Russia is still largely opposed to the adoption of the crypto space. At the time, Sberbank vice president Andrey Shemetov said that the bank is waiting for decisive cryptocurrency legislation to be adopted before moving ahead with more serious plans. 

In June, Sberbank CEO Herman Gref confirmed the bank’s choice not to develop cryptocurrency-related offerings, noting the institution was focused on developing blockchain solutions for financial services.


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