This is a daily round up of important blockchain and crypto news between March 22, 2019 and March 23, 2019 . The focus is on important news around developments in the blockchain space, on exchanges and crypto projects.
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1. Western Union Partners With Thunes for Stellar-based Cross-border Payments
The cryptocurrency plans of Western Union are being executed in full swing. After partnering with Ripple the global remittance giant has now decided to join forces with cross-border payments network Thunes to facilitate Stellar-based global transfers. Read more
2. UPS Targets B2B Sales With New Blockchain E-Commerce Platform
U.S.-based shipping giant UPS has announced a new blockchain integration aimed to bring business-to-business (B2B) sales into the digital age. Announced yesterday, UPS has inked a deal with e-commerce company Inxeption to develop a platform to facilitate business-to-business sales, one supported by blockchain technology. The platform, called Inxeption Zippy, will work as an online catalog for businesses. Read more
3. Duke University Collaborates for Blockchain Lab, Education Program
Duke University is teaming up with blockchain startup Citizens Reserve on an educational initiative aimed to develop students’ interest in blockchain technology. Citizens Reserve, a firm led by a team of former Deloitte blockchain employees will jointly create a new incubation lab on Duke campus for students to work on real blockchain projects and host blockchain-focused events. Read more
4. Bank for International Settlements Exec Advises Against Central Bank Digital Currencies
Per the report, Carstens explained that a CBDC could facilitate a bank run, enabling people to move their funds from commercial banks to central bank accounts faster, thus destabilizing the system. Another issue that Carstens said arises with CBDC use, according to Bloomberg, is the different impact of interest rates on the public’s demand for money. Read more
5. Metamask Browser Extension Default Settings Broadcast ETH Addresses to Visited Websites
Metamask is a browser extension featured in the Brave browser — compatible with Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera — that enables its users to interact with Ethereum-based decentralized applications (DApps). According to the aforementioned GitHub issue, Metamask broadcasts its users’ ETH address to all the websites visited in its default settings, with the post specifying that the ETH addresses are shown in data objects contained in message broadcasts as opposed to window objects. Read more
6. India: Police Arrest Four More Suspects in Alleged $14 Million Crypto Scam
Law enforcement in Mumbai, India have arrested four more suspects allegedly involved in a cryptocurrency scam that amassed an estimated 1 billion rupees (over $14 million).Per the report, the police arrested Ashok Goyal Jaipuria, Asif Malpani, Baljit Singh Saini and Pradeep Arora from Delhi. Several of Goyal’s bank accounts have been reportedly frozen as well, since he is allegedly the head of the scheme. Read more
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