Ripple has partnered with ten more universities including Duke, Georgetown, Cornell, National University of Singapore, and the University of Sao Paulo under their University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI); UBRI gives funding for research, conferences, scholarships, and development of curriculum of crypto-related studies; the initiative launched in June 2018 with 17 universities and a $50M fund - 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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