# BLOCKCHAIN

Star Wars NFTs to Be Released by QANplatform on May 4th

QANplatform shares the details of its upcoming Star Wars-themed release. To memorialize the legendary franchise, the team mints a series of digital collectibles QANplatform, a one-of-a-kind hybrid quantum-resistant blockchain, tokenizes the legendary characters from the Star Wars franchise in its new series of non-fungible tokens. May the fourth be with NFTs Global Star Wars Day (May 4th) has […]

40% intend to use crypto for payments in the next year: Mastercard survey

Millennials are big on crypto with 77% wanting to learn more. A survey by credit card giant Mastercard has revealed that four in ten people plan to use cryptocurrency for payments within the next year. The survey, published on May 4 and titled ‘Consumer Appetite for Digital Payments Takes Off’, polled more than 15,500 people […]

Regulating Blockchain

The first 100 days of the Biden administration has coincided with a watershed period in the evolution of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. The price of Bitcoin has risen dramatically during that period, triggering increased interest in cryptocurrencies, including among traditional financial services firms. In addition, developments such as the explosion of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and […]

Mastercard adds 6 startups to accelerator, including blockchain payments provider

The “fintech innovators” will receive direct support from Mastercard as they bring their products and services to market. Mastercard Start Path, an accelerator program for fintech startups, has welcomed six new companies innovating in the fields of software-as-a-service, transactions and blockchain-based payments.  Asante Financial Services, Cledara, Jifti, Moeda Seeds, SpendDebt and Tippy were selected for […]

Viet Nam sees untapped potential for blockchain and AI development

There remains untapped potential for blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) development in Viet Nam, experts told a recent talkshow in Ha Noi. Adam Christopher Chaplin – CEO of Defi For You, said that this was a golden time to promote research, development and application of blockchain technology in Viet Nam. As a cryptocurrency expert and […]

Sber could issue blockchain-based digital currency as early as this year

Sber, the state-controlled financial and tech giant, could issue its own digital financial asset, ‘Sbercoin,’ as early as this year. The registration of an in-house blockchain platform, developed for this purpose, is pending final approvals from the regulator. Sber’s blockchain platform will be made available not only to the bank, but also to other companies […]

Will Ethereum overtake Bitcoin in 2021? Here’s what you need to know

Over the last few years, Bitcoin, the golden child of the cryptosphere, has seen wide popularity and acceptance as a store of value, while Ether – the native cryptocurrency of the Ethereum blockchain – has held steady in second place. But with a majority of the top Decentralized Finance (DeFi) protocols, dApps (decentralized applications), and […]

Citi and IADB complete cross-border payment pilot with blockchain tech

IADB disbursed tokenized funds to a recipient in the Dominican Republic using the LACChain blockchain network. Banking giant Citigroup has successfully completed a proof-of-concept for blockchain-based cross-border payments in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank, or IADB. According to a Thursday announcement, Citigroup’s Citi Innovation Labs and the IADB enabled several disbursements from the United […]

The 5 Most Highly Anticipated Blockchain Mainnets in 2021

In years to come, the early days of 2021 will be remembered for the success of Bitcoin and Ethereum, and for the institutional FOMO that propelled their native assets to fresh all-time highs. Less than a year after the Covid-19 pandemic first made headlines, the market is breaking new ground as billionaires expand their balance […]

China’s SWIFT joint venture shows Beijing eyeing global digital currency use, to internationalize RMB

A joint venture between the world’s largest electronic payment messaging system and the department responsible for China’s proposed central bank digital currency is being viewed as a sign that Beijing is exploring the global use of its planned sovereign digital currency and aiding its desire to internationalize the RMB, reported the South China Morning Post. […]

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