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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.

Changing the Legal Paradigm: Should Attorneys Learn to Code?

 

Implementing Blockchain in the Public Sector

Governments’ interest in blockchain stems from the technology’s ability to improve security, transparency, efficiency, and speed in government services and processes. Generally, government agencies use inefficient, centralized systems that do not provide transparency. Even though many governments value agency interoperability, system infrastructure is often siloed and isolated from the others, making it time-consuming and expensive to share information and transact assets between the different parts of the government network. The current inefficiencies in government systems make government services and operations prone to error, cyber attacks, information manipulation, and corruption. Governments across the world are realizing that blockchain technology can be a practical solution to many of these problems.

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.

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