ErisX, a major crypto spot exchange launching in the second half of 2019 pending U.S. regulatory approval, has signed three executives from Barclays, Youtube, and the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) as executives; the exchange, a retake on traditional futures market Eris Exchange, wants to become a fully compliant exchange and clearinghouse for digital assets; Fidelity Investments, TD Ameritrade, and Nasdaq Ventures are major investors in ErisX - Link
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Nasdaq is adding the Bitcoin Liquid Fund and Ethereum Liquid Fund to its list of 40,000 indexes; the two indexes are provided by Brave New Coin and list the most liquid prices available on the market. The indexes will be added by the end of the month - Link
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The Beam development team has announced plans to build a Lighting Network (LN) on top of the Beam state; the LN is a secondary layer application that allows for quick, cheap, and secure payments off-chain. Beam is working with Grin developers on the project - Link
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The fifth largest bank in the world, Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), is launching a blockchain payment system in conjunction with the U.S.'s Akamai; dubbed the 'Global Open Network,' the system is expected to launch H1 2020 - Link
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Coinbase Wallet has added encrypted private key sharing with Google Drive and iCloud compatible with desktop and Apple or Android mobile phones; now, users can store encrypted copies of recovery phases on personal cloud accounts to both safeguard funds and provide relative accessibility - Link
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Blockchain scanning and investigator Chainanalysis raised $30M in a series B fundraising round, bringing the total to $48M from their previous round last April; over 100 financial firms use the firm's services which saw a fourfold increase in revenue in 2018; the funds are expected to go towards a new facility in the UK and product development - Link
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