Vancouver-based DMG Blockchain Solutions has announced it has started developing its blockchain platform to provide 'traceability' for Cannabis; the company is using a permissioned blockchain on Hyperledger, oppose to a public blockchain (Ethereum), to preserve the privacy of its users; this comes after Canada has fully legalized cannabis for adults - Link

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According to a new report, only 16% of cryptocurrencies are decentralized; based on an analysis of over 200 crypto assets, using more than 30 attributes and covering a range of economic, legal and technological features; 55% categorized as centralized and the rest as semi-decentralized  - Link Majority of Crypto Assets Are Actually Centralized, New Research Finds

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Monero will test, new transaction processing technology, 'Bulletproofs' on Thursday 18th; Bulletproofs solves the 'blockchain bloat' that is caused by anonymity tech like Ring CT & Zero-Knowledge proofs by reducing the average Monero transaction size by 80% (from ~13.5kb to ~2.5kb), which makes it easier to mine and faster to go through; this also makes the Monero blockchain less compromised to miner attacks or centralization - Link
Update: Monero development team has released v 0.13.0 "Beryllium Bullet" as planned; according to a Reddit post 71% of the network nodes have updated; this comes after developers issued warnings to the community that the update is mandatory the continued function of the Monero nodes - Link

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A new privacy paper, Fragmented Transaction Protocol, surfaced in the "bitcoin wizards" chat channel using MimbleWimble author pseudonym; this is the second time a paper has been submitted anonymously on the channel, following MimbleWimble; mathematician Andrew Poelstra's first reaction is that it's not a very good proposal as it "breaks" some of the privacy aspects of MimbleWimble; he also doubts the two papers are written by the same author - Link

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Blockchain analytics company Chainalysis has rolled-out a global compliance solution partnership with Binance; the solution aims to ensure that Binance exchanges comply with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) laws; Chainalysis thinks exchanges working with them will make it easier for cryptocurrency firms to establish partnerships with legacy banks, however, on forums and social media, many crypto proponents voiced their displeasure at the announcement - Link

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