The Digital Asset Review
AUGUST 6, 2019

"Alternative internet browser Brave has officially launched tipping following a beta phase, according to a company blog post. Tweeters can tip content using Brave’s Basic Attention Token (BAT).

Created by the co-founder of both Mozilla and Firefox, Brendan Eich, Brave began as a dedicated ad-blocking browser. In May 2017, the company conducted an initial coin offering of 1 billion BAT with a further 500 million BAT held by the firm, according to Messari Crypto."

"Money talks when it comes to US politics. For years, much of the power over political campaigns and issues has been concentrated in the hands of wealthy people who give thousands of dollars to the campaigns of their favorite candidates.

Recently that's been changing. Smaller campaign donations from a broader swath of the electorate have been playing a larger role, thanks to new online fund-raising tools."

"The business idea by Vertalo is simple as many genius ideas. In traditional investment, there is a register called cap table, it has all owners of large corporations, down to the tiniest bits. Maintenance of cap tables is manual and cumbersome. A blockchain based cap table is a savior to many large corporations.

Dave Hendricks, CEO Vertalo, offers exactly this, a cap table on blockchain.

Read what he told to Digital Asset Live Editor-in-Chief: "

"In a recent Convergence Forum in Singapore on July 30, 2019, held by the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) Commissioner Hester Peirce of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) expressed interest in building a “non-exclusive safe harbour” for the offer and sale of certain tokens, which would permit issuers to offer tokens under an alternative regime with robust requirements.

To address cross-border regulatory concerns, Peirce stated:

'Regulators have had to follow the lead of the markets and work with their foreign counterparts. But international communication and internationalization of markets need not lead to the internationalization of our regulations. Absent an explicit decision by citizens of a jurisdiction to cede their regulatory authority to an international organization, a jurisdiction should determine what rules work best for its investors and markets.'"

"On July 31 Walmart applied for a patent for a “digital currency,” tied to fiat, facilitated by the blockchain. In other words, a stablecoin.

The stablecoin would offer customers savings on purchases and would provide a way for the retailer’s lower-income customer base to gain access to financial services. These accounts would be “fee-free” or “fee-minimal,” and could even earn interest, claims Walmart."

"Two of the new roles — the future director of product management for cryptocurrency/wallets and future VP of product management for blockchain/crypto — will lead a team focused on developing blockchain-based solutions that include wallets, the job listings reveal.

While neither ad discloses full details of the planned products’ scope, they do indicate that the new hires will be asked to identify solutions and concepts 'that have strategic fit and value to Mastercard’s customers and partners.'"

"Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has just acquired a firm offering a way for institutional investors such as hedge funds and asset managers to better manage their portfolios.

The exchange announced Tuesday that it has bought Interchange, an accounting, reconciliation and reporting service provider that it says offers an “institutional-grade” service."

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