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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.

Digital Asset Custody:  A Hurdle to Wall Street and Main Street Investors

Cryptocurrencies were designed to be a secure storage of value, one that gave the holder sole autonomy over their funds. This lead to speculation that cryptocurrencies might topple the financial system and return sovereignty over money to the people by eliminating the need for a trusted third party such as a bank in the exchange and storage of value.

Goldman Sachs to open a Bitcoin Derivatives Trading Operation

The finance giant Goldman Sachs has announced that the investment bank will begin using its own funds to trade a variety of derivatives contracts tied to the price of Bitcoin with the bank’s large institutional clients. Goldman Sachs has historically maintained a more open mind to cryptocurrency than most of its competitors. Back in January, the investment bank issued a nine-page report to some of its clients entitled “Bitcoin is Money.”

Reaching Consensus: How Decentralized Networks Make Decisions

Consensus algorithms are the means by which individual nodes in a distributed system come to an agreement regarding which data to validate as accurate and which to disregard.  In the case of cryptocurrency, this takes the form of deciding which transactions to honor and which to decline. These algorithms make it very difficult and expensive for someone to attempt to attack the system.

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