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Binance Labs Introduces Us To The ‘First Batch’ Of (Final) Blockchain Projects

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The popular blockchain incubator Binance Labs, which is a venture wing of the largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance, has recently released its first “batch” of blockchain projects that were part of its Incubation Program, as a crypto press release submitted by its team noted.

As an initiative that is in the focus of today’s crypto news, Binance Labs is a project that seeks to help early-stage blockchain and digital assets projects as well as entrepreneurs through direct investments as well as technical assistance. The Binance Labs Incubation Program is an onsite program launched back in August 2018 with $1 billion in funding.

After initiating a tour that had over 500 applicants, Binance Labs selected only eight projects, each of which received $500,000 in seed funding and an access to necessary resources and mentors. As the 10-week program finalized, seven projects were chosen and signed on users while three of them managed to get paying customers.

The eight projects selected by Binance Labs include the hardware wallet SafePal, fictionless logins for decentralized apps (DApps) Torus, Internet security project Nym, and market prediction startup Deaux.

As Ella Zhang who is the Head of Binance Labs explained in an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session on Reddit in June, decentralization is “the core value of Bitcoin and blockchain,” adding that the incubator had launched a number of initiatives in this direction.

 

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Ripple And MoneyGram Join Forces: $50M Investment On The Way

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The latest cryptocurrency news show a new partnership on the horizon - between Ripple and MoneyGram - which seems to be a strategic collaboration that makes the most of blockchain based payments. The two firms have agreed to become partners in the cross-border payments and foreign exchange settlements with digital assets. As the official announcement shows, MoneyGram will be able to get up to $50 million dollars from Ripple in exchange for equity in the firm. Both Ripple and MoneyGram have agreed to use each other's products. The press release shared by many best cryptocurrency news sites shows that MoneyGram will use Ripple's xRapid liquidity product which allows money to be sent in one currency and instantly settled in the destination currency. Using the XRP token for such transfers, xRapid is a technology that can settle such transactions faster and better than with standard fiat currencies or other cryptocurrencies. As the CEO of MoneyGram Alex Holmes noted when announcing the Ripple and MoneyGram partnership:
“Through Ripple’s xRapid product, we will have the ability to instantly settle funds from U.S. dollars to destination currencies on a 24/7 basis, which has the potential to revolutionize our operations and dramatically streamline our global liquidity management.”
As the website shows, MoneyGram is the second largest payments firm in the world. The coming altcoin news and its partnership with Ripple will also help the blockchain firm to gain presence in more than 200 countries (where MoneyGram actively operates). Much of the company's business lies in the remittances market, which value is estimated at around $600 billion. The CEO of Ripple, Brad Garlinghouse, also shared his excitement about the new Ripple and MoneyGram partnership, stating:
“This strategic partnership will enable MoneyGram to greatly improve its operations and enable millions of people around the world to benefit from its improved efficiency. This is a huge milestone in helping to transform cross-border payments and I look forward to a long-term, very strategic partnership between our companies."
Payment processing and sending money globally through the blockchain are definitely something that can be improved with this new partnership. By joining Ripple's growing and global network, financial institutions can process their customers' payments anywhere in the world instantly, reliably as well as cost-effectively.
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Europol Aims To Improve Blockchain And Crypto Knowledge

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Europol gathered a group of more than 300 private and public law enforcement officials and experts in order to better understand blockchain and crypto technology and in the latest cryptocurrency news we read more about the plan. According to a press release the blockchain and crypto technology has indeed presented many opportunities to criminals especially in the online sector. As a result, the law enforcement sector needs to catch up with the technology and innovations of online criminals. They learned the ways of how blockchain works and aim to increase the growth of cottage industry of companies that see blockchain data and get useful information such as finding the missing funds. Elementus is one of these companies which works with private-sector operations and often tries to locate the thefts and where the funds go missing from decentralized exchanges. Gathering evidence is a key activity for these agencies which requires a traditional method of police work which many studies show became unattractive. The officials who gathered along with Europol talked about many computer security topics and crypto and blockchain were just a part of it. Among the explored issues, DOS attacks and phishing scams were discussed. The officials went over the use of multiple crypto exchanges and wallets including LocalBitcoins which removed online trading a while ago. The move boosted the alternative platform of Roger Ver local.bitcoin.com which still enables people to meet in person and to buy and sell cryptocurrency. LocalBitcoins’ in person trading was one of the main sources of crypto busts over the years. What is very important is that there is still no discussion about banning crypto as the only way to deal with it. Law enforcement understands the best how futile the nature of banning cryptocurrency is compared to the drug war. The officials discussed how the blockchain technology can be used in the world:
 “Participants reflected on the legitimate use of blockchain technologies, including the use of cryptocurrencies for trading and investment activities, payment method and as a store of value.”
As noted in the coming altcoin news, blockchain technology spiked the interest in business leaders and governments around the world. There will be a part of every business in the future consisted of blockchain since already some major companies such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft are all into the technology.
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Bitmain Sues Three Former Employees Who Founded Rival Mining Pool

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Bitmain sues three ex-employees who founded the rival mining pool Pooling and now the company demands $4 million in damages. The latest cryptocurrency news will talk some more about their history. Bitmain alleged that Poolin’s co-founders violated their non-compete agreements and founded the rival mining pool but according to the former employees, Bitmain failed to pay them as agreed. The crypto mining giant is now in a legal battle with the seventh-largest pool in the world. The three Poolin co-founders say that they are no longer bound to the agreement since Bitmain was the one that first broke it by not paying their compensation on time. Bitmain makes most of the money from selling mining equipment according to the reports but it also operates mining pools which offered the miners the ability to split rewards. The service accounted for $43.2 million of the company’s revenues in the Q1 of 2018 compared to the $2.7 billion of the hardware sale in the same timeframe. The three co-founders filed lawsuits against Bitmain and so now the mining giant Bitmain sues in return claiming that they caused major losses to the company by going to a competing pool. Bitmain asked the court to keep the non-compete agreement in action and not to set free the three Poolin executives. The dispute went unnoticed in the public but there was video footage recently where you can hear the two sides making their respective cases. The Poolin executives left Bitmain somewhere in the middle of 2017 since Bitmain wouldn’t pay them. Under the non-compete agreement, Bitmain should have paid monthly compensation to one of the founders of about $2,780 and in return, he shouldn’t have had operated another mining pool.  After their departure, Pan, Zhu, and Li launched Poolin as a mining pool for multiple cryptocurrencies in 2017 in November and in July 2018 they mined the first bitcoin block. As reported in the coming altcoin news, Poolin became one of the largest bitcoin mining pools since it has the third biggest operation by the hash rate in the world right after BTC.com and AntPool. Miners that are connected to Poolin managed to mine about 26,825 bitcoins.
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IBM And Stellar Partnership In Jeopardy Amid Exec Disruption

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The IBM and Stellar partnership has been featured on many altcoin news sites and was praised as something that the crypto world needs. However, a series of disruptions have apparently put this partnership in jeopardy, the latest news show. As a company that is always pro technology, IBM (International Business Machines) has been pioneering the adoption of blockchain and cryptocurrency in the Fortune 500 arena for some time now. In order to strengthen its presence, the American firm has teamed up with some of the biggest companies and showed them how its technology can be used to benefit their bottom line - and society as a whole. The IBM and Stellar partnership was one of the examples of further innovation in the crypto and blockchain spaces. However, it all changed when a recent exclusive from a crypto-friendly news site known for its "scoops" and interviews showed that IBM has just lost its chief technology officer - Stanley Yong. Yong acted as the company's lead for its central bank digital currencies (CBOC) initiative. As reports in the coming altcoin news show, he was integral to the "Big Blue's" ventures in the blockchain space. Now that he is gone (along with his connections), the IBM and Stellar partnership is in clear jeopardy. Most importantly, no one knows why Yong left or where he is headed next. However, the latest cryptocurrency news show that IBM is concerned  - as well as many other involved parties. https://twitter.com/arrington/status/1140297606431510529 Aside from Yong, the IBM and Stellar partnership is also concerned by the news (from weeks ago) that Jesse Lund, the Global Head of IBM Blockchain who made a $1,000,000 Bitcoin price prediction, suddenly departed the firm. Both Lund and IBM gave very immaterial and confusing statements, with the former stating that he had left “but am still optimistic about payments innovation using Blockchain.” With all of this in mind, the IBM and Stellar partnership is definitely in jeopardy. Anonymous news sources show that there is no one to laud the projects and lead the company and partnership in the right directions.  Still, the good news is that IBM is unlikely to shutter its blockchain division because of the executive departures.
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