Greetings, friends! In today’s digest – Iconloop launches ‘ICON Development Network’ on Amazon web services marketplace, Hong Kong’s 2nd largest terminal operator adopts blockchain to document logistics data, Nasdaq plans to launch bitcoin futures contracts by early 2019, Bulgarian authorities arrest three suspects over alleged crypto theft worth $5 million and Vitalik Buterin about misapplication of blockchain.
ICONLOOP Launches ‘ICON Development Network’ on Amazon Web Services Marketplace
ICONLOOP has launched the ‘ICON Development Network’, which will allow developers to easily run a private instance of the ICON Blockchain Network through AWS. The main purpose is to provide a means to improve understanding, accessibility, and convenience when building on the ICON Network.
The collaboration with AWS is part of efforts aiming to help developers building blockchain projects more easily, and ICONLOOP will keep engaging in actions to enhance the convenience of the development environment.
Hong Kong’s 2nd largest terminal operator adopts blockchain to document logistics data
Modern Terminals, the second largest container terminal operator in Hong Kong, has joined the TradeLens project, a blockchain-enabled technological solution developed by Maersk and IBM.
The potential from offering a neutral, open digital platform for safe and easy ways of exchanging information is huge, and all players across the supply chain stand to benefit.
Nasdaq plans to launch bitcoin futures contracts by early 2019
Nasdaq has been working to satisfy the concerns of the U.S.’s main swaps regulator, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), before launching the contracts. The New York exchange operator, which was first reported to be eyeing Bitcoin futures last year, wants to allow trading in the first quarter of 2019.
Perhaps with VanEck providing the pricing data for the Nasdaq futures, we might see the SEC inclined to consider the pending ETF sponsored by the same firm.
Bulgarian authorities arrest three suspects over alleged crypto theft worth $5 million
Three individuals from Bulgaria were arrested over the suspected theft of nearly $5 million in crypto like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Police were able to seize nearly $3 million worth of cryptocurrencies, the computers the suspects used to commit the cyber theft, as well as additional evidence including notebooks the suspects used to keep track of the real and fake names they were using as part of their scheme.
The investigation also led prosecutors to believe that the scam was highly advanced, using “innovating methods and specialized software for the theft.”
Ethereum’s Buterin: misapplication of blockchain tech Leads to ‘wasted time’
The Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin said that there are a number of companies that try to establish higher standards by using blockchain technology, he does not think the technology is applicable in every industry.
Sometimes it is for marketing hype. Sometimes it is just people who are genuinely excited about blockchains and want the thing they are personally excited about and their job to align more with each other, which is a totally legitimate, human thing to want to do.
Thank you for attention! See you in the next digests.