Blockchain Ireland Week 2024 – Save the Date!
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Bringing together an international cast of authoritative and innovative voices of the blockchain, crypto and Web3 worlds, in a blend of key notes, discussion panels and breakouts, the event will once again provide a forum for learning, sharing, and discussion. Addressing themes around maturing and stabilising influences from developments in stablecoins, central bank digital currencies, […]

Forbes’ famed “Under 30” list data to be listed on Ethereum
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Forbes has announced that the latest iteration of its revered “Under 30” series will be etched onto the Ethereum blockchain for the first time, reports Cryptonews. The narratives of the exceptional individuals featured in the list will be permanently recorded on the blockchain, marking a significant foray into the intersection of traditional media and web3. […]

What is sharding for blockchains?
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The Block’s editor in chief, Tim Copeland has written a good explainer on the technique of sharding in blockchains, explain that it is used to enhance the scalability of blockchain networks in multiple ways. The premise of sharding, explains Copeland, is to split up information across multiple shards, potentially increasing storage capacity. This can be […]

Layer-2 network to launch a decentralised sequencer pool
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In their quest for scalability and cost-effectiveness, many layer-2 networks adopt a centralised approach to on-chain transaction processing, introducing a single point of failure vulnerability. The Metis blockchain, however, has pioneered a distributed sequencer pool to improve security and decentralisation, reports Cointelegraph. The Ethereum blockchain introduced smart contracts to automate certain events on the network, […]

Start-Ups event: Blockchain, Sustainability, and Climate-Finance
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Date and Time: Wed, 29 Nov 18:30-20:30 Location: Dogpatch Labs, Custom House Quay Dublin 1 During this after-work event, we will explore how blockchain can revolutionize the way we address climate change and create sustainable financial solutions. Our guest speakers will share their passion and approaches to harnessing blockchain technology for sustainability and climate-finance. Connect […]

BlockW event: Immersive Technologies: Ireland as an International Hub
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Join BlockW, in partnership with KPMG, on 29 November to discuss Immersive Technologies and how Ireland can be a front runner in this field. Date and time: Wednesday, November 29 · 8 – 9:30am GMT Location: 2 Harbourmaster Pl, KPMG Platform X 2 Harbourmaster Place D01 X5P3 IFSC, Dublin Attendees can register for in person […]

NFT sales volume upward trend to continue, industry execs say
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Sonia Shaw, executive, CoinW, has said the recent uptick in NFT sales shows a “broader and more profound interest” extending beyond art, reports Cointelegraph. In the weeks leading up to November, nonfungible token (NFT) data showed a consistent upward leap in weekly sales. While the volume is still far from its peak in 2021, executives […]

Singapore introduces new pilots to test asset tokenisation
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The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has introduced five additional industry pilots to Project Guardian to test various use cases around asset tokenisation, reports Cointelegraph. Project Guardian is a collaborative initiative led by Singapore’s central bank that seeks to develop new financial infrastructure using decentralised finance (DeFi) elements. The latest initiatives are aimed at developing […]

Standard Chartered investment arm launches tokenisation platform
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SC Ventures, the fintech investment and venture arm of banking group Standard Chartered, has announced a new tokenisation platform, Libeara, reports Coindesk. The platform will enable the creation of a tokenised Singapore dollar government bond fund for accredited investors, according to the announcement. Libeara has also partnered with FundBridge Capital, an organisation for fund managers […]

Preparing business for a Web3 world
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A new generation of the internet based on blockchains, decentralised networks, and digital assets promises to put the user in control of their data and their interactions, breaking the monopolies of the current big players. Web3 has the potential to make online spaces more trustworthy, empowering users to be part of the new opportunities. The Web3 […]

UK outlines stablecoin inclusion in real economy
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A report by the Financial Times has described UK proposals that would see stablecoins brought into the real economy as valid payment options for good and services. The proposals from the Bank of England (BoE) and Financial Conduct Authority include BoE taking responsibility for direct supervision of the entities behind the stablecoins. The proposals also […]

Preparing for a Web3 world
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The next iteration of internet technologies is emerging where there is communal control by users on decentralised infrastructure, providing, said one expert, “privacy for the individual, transparency for the system.” Collectively called Web3, these decentralised platforms and applications are being built on blockchains, employing elements of decentralised finance, leveraging tokens and digital currencies. To prepare […]