India’s Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT) published a road map for the banking sectors adoption of blockchain; the road map argued for regulation to allow for mass adoption as well as gave groundwork for how financial institutions will interact over decentralized platforms; Indian authorities have had mixed stances on crypto going from a country-wide ban to plans to launch a Rupee-pegged coin - Link

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Blockchain company Bitfury has announced a new open source platform "SurroundTM" to be launched on the Bitcoin blockchain, Reuters reports; the platform is tasked with sharing copyright and intellectual property information quicker for increased monetization and security; Bitfury is now valued at over $1B following recent funding round - Link

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Cryptocurrency mining rig manufacturer Sapphire announced the launch of the RX 570 16GB HDMI Blockchain Graphics Card designed for privacy coin Grin; Sapphire's RX 570 is "one of the few solutions" to Grin's Cuckatoo 31+ proof-of-work algorithm for efficiently mining the cryptocurrency to date; Grin launched last week after two years of development and has cypherpunks intrigued due to its Mimblewimble technology paired with GPU mining - Link

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Overstock says its blockchain-based capital trading platform tZERO will soon go live; the SEC-registered platform will initially support tZERO crypto assets only, but plans to offer support for security tokens from other firms; Overstock launched its tZERO ICO pre-sale last year, with tokens recently released to investors - Link
Update: Overstock.com has moved CTO Joel Wright to COO of Medici Ventures, the companies blockchain venture fund ahead of token launch; Wright replaces Steve Hopkins, who now leads Medici's tZERO, a security trading token platform launching this week; this leadership shuffle all takes place within CEO Patrick Byrne actively looking to sell Overstock.com to raise funds for Medici investments - Link0 Comments

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Blockchain startup Nebulas has launched its testnet, becoming the first blockchain with on-chain incentive for developer contribution; Nebula is running the Developer Incentive Protocol (DIP) on the NOVA blockchain with NAS as the underlying token; the developers gain a bigger share of the preallocation 2500 NAS the more their application gains adoption; similar smart contracts, like Gitcoin, run on the Ethereum blockchain - Link

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