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Stellar Receives Certificate of Sharia Law Compliance

The Shariyah Review Bureau, a leading international Sharia advisory agency licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain, has granted the Stellar protocol a certificate of compliance with Sharia (Islamic) banking laws.  The Stellar protocol and its native token XLM emerged as a non-profit alternative to Ripple and its associated XRP token in early 2014.

Ex-Goldman Sachs Software Engineer Wants to Send $300 Million in Bitcoin to Venezuela

Jonathan Wheeler, a former software engineer at Goldman Sachs, quit his job at the prominent investment bank to focus on a humanitarian economic effort—using Bitcoin to help Venezuela fight hyperinflation.

BlackRock and Northern Trust Express Interest in Blockchain

BlackRock, the largest asset manager in the world with $6.3 trillion in AUM, is reportedly evaluating the crypto-space, according to CEO Larry Fink, who told Reuters that the firm has assembled a working group focused on blockchain technology and digital assets such as Bitcoin.

Decentralized Exchanges

The primary innovation of cryptocurrency is the existence of a form of digital money that exists independent of any centralized operator.  Despite the fact that this decentralization is the main selling-point of these assets and the underlying technology, many still choose to store their digital assets on centralized exchange platforms and wallet providers such as Coinbase.

Litecoin Foundation Acquires Stake in WEB Bank

Litecoin creator and Managing Director of the Litecoin Foundation Charlie Lee announced on Twitter Tuesday that the Litecoin Foundation has acquired a 9.9% stake in the German financial institution WEG Bank AG.  The equity was received from TokenPay, a strategic partner of the Litecoin Foundation, who transferred their shares in exchange for technical assistance with various blockchain projects from the Litecoin Foundation.

Payments Giant MasterCard Applies for Public Blockchain Patent

Payment solutions giant MasterCard has filed a patent application for a public blockchain to verify credit card transactions. The patent was entitled “Method and System for Instantaneous Payment Using Recorded Guarantees.”

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