South Korean Biotech Firm to Use Blockchain for Genomic Big Data Ecosystem

Public South Korean biotech enterprise Macrogen, the country’s leading gene sequencing service provider, is developing a genomic big data blockchain-based platform together with local tech firm Bigster, according to an August 6 press release. The new partnership will leverage blockchain tech to create a medical big data ecosystem that would allow for both the secure …

Money or Assets? How World Governments Define Cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrencies — what are they? Money? Commodities? Securities? Utility tokens? Or something else? Few national governments seem to be in any kind of agreement on this question, and for now, at least, their divisions have given such currencies as Bitcoin and Ethereum a floating, indeterminate status on the global stage. As a result, cryptocurrencies lack …

Bank of Thailand Allows Banks to Open Subsidiaries for Crypto Dealings

The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has recently allowed local banks to set up subsidiaries for dealing with cryptocurrencies, local Thai source Blognone reported August 3. According to a regulatory announcement published by the BoT on August 1, Thai banks can now issue digital tokens, provide crypto brokerage services, run crypto-related businesses, and invest in cryptocurrencies …

Counterparties Could Foot the Bill For $416 Mln BTC Futures Trade Shortfall on OKEx

Crypto exchange OKEx has issued an official statement today, August 3, in response to its forced liquidation of a colossal misfired Bitcoin (BTC) futures trade worth a notional $416 million that was initiated by an unidentified problem trader earlier this week. OKEx, currently the world’s second largest exchange by traded value, has said that its …

In an Apparent First, High Times to Accept Crypto in Its Initial Public Offering

Cannabis culture media organization High Times Holding Corp. will accept cryptocurrencies in its Initial Public Offering (IPO), High Times reports Aug. 2. In doing so, it will reportedly be the “first traditional stock offering ever to accept investments” in cryptocurrencies. The “preeminent source for cannabis information since 1974” will accept Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) …

University IT Research Institute Partners to Form Blockchain Research Center

The Research Institute of Information Technology (RIIT) of Tsinghua University (THU) has partnered with a subsidiary of China’s institutional financial firm to establish a blockchain research center, according to an Aug. 1 press release. The RIIT has signed an agreement with Sheng Ying Xin Management Consulting Co., Ltd., a contractually controlled and managed company of …