Zack Gall, EOS Network Foundation: On forking to a new protocol

EOS Network

Zack Gall, VP of communications at EOS Network Foundation, spoke with The Block ahead of EOS's upcoming talks at Blockchain Expo Europe on 20-21 September.

The Block: What is the EOS Network Foundation’s current core focus?Zack Gall: We serve as the hub and shepherd of the EOS Network, coordinating both financial and non-financial forms of support to encourage the growth and development of the EOS Network, through its constituent projects, entities, and creators. It’s a...

‘Most of crypto is going to go away’ says JPMorgan blockchain lead

Trash

JPMorgan head of blockchain and digital assets, Umar Farooq, has stated that the majority of crypto assets on the market today are “junk” and that it will take time for real crypto use cases to emerge.

During a panel at the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Green Shoots Seminar on 30 August, Farooq also said that regulation in the digital asset space was not keeping up with the industry’s advances.

In his view, this is holding bacl many traditional finance...

Chris Dixon, a16z, says crypto can shift power away from Big Tech

Web3 network

After raising a record-breaking $4.5 billion (£3.8bn) for its latest crypto fund earlier this year, Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has said it sees the ongoing market downturn as an investment opportunity.

Chris Dixon, the founder of a16z’s crypto arm, believes cryptocurrency has the ability to disrupt the power imbalance between consumers and big tech companies like Meta and Twitter.

In an interview on FT's Tech Tonic podcast, Dixon said that power on the internet...

Samsung was the most active investor in blockchain this year

Samsung

Market intelligence platform Blockdata has identified Samsung as the most active investor in blockchain over the past year.

The Korean tech giant participated in thirteen funding rounds from September 2021 to June 2022 for companies including Bored Apes Yacht Club developer Yuga Labs, Axie Infinity owner Sky Mavis, and blockchain gaming company Animoca Brands.

Most of the corportation’s investments came from Samsung Next, the innovation arm of Samsung Electronics that...

Ripple: Most financial institutions plan to use crypto within three years

A report by Ripple suggests that most financial institutions plan to start using crypto within the next three years.

Despite the bear market, financial institutions remain interested in the cryptocurrency space. Just this week, $10 trillion asset manager BlackRock launched a spot Bitcoin trust while saying that it’s also exploring “permissioned blockchains, stablecoins, cryptoassets, and tokenization.”

While BlackRock is exploring the potential financial benefits...

Compass Mining announces expansion plans weeks after lay-offs

Mining

Texas-based Bitcoin mining company Compass Mining has revealed expansion plans for one of its data centres through a hosting partnership with Compute North.

The 75 megawatt expansion comes two weeks after Compass Mining laid-off 15% of its staff and implemented salary cuts for its top executives in response to bearish market conditions.

It also follows the resignation of key executives including CEO Whit Gibbs and chief finance officer Jodie Fisher in late June, as well...

Digital dollar would destroy commercial banking sector, Wall Street warns

US banking lobbyists have argued against the Federal Reserve – the country’s central bank – developing and introducing a central bank digital currency (CBDC).

Having released a report on the potential of the “digital dollar” in January, the Fed invited and received thousands of comments from individuals and organisations alike.

Chief amongst these were profound criticisms and warnings from Wall Street and national banking groups.

The Washington-based...

Standard Chartered buys into metaverse with The Sandbox partnership

Sandbox

Global banking giant Standard Chartered is following other major competitors journeying into the metaverse by partnering with decentralised gaming platform The Sandbox.

The company’s Hong Kong subsidiary (SCBHK) bought space in The Sandbox’s Mega City district, an area announced in January alongside a number of Hong Kong partners from various sectors.

Led by SC Ventures, Standard Chartered’s innovation, fintech investment and ventures arm, the partnership will seek...

BlockApps raises £31m to expand traceability enterprise platform

Blockchain

BlockApps has raised $41 million (£31.4m) in funding for the expansion of its blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) platform, STRATO.

STRATO is an Ethereum-compatible blockchain solution that helps enterprises bring more transparency and traceability to their operations.

The oversubscribed funding round was led by Liberty City Ventures, with participation from new investors Morgan Creek Digital, Eidetic Ventures, and Givic. Combined with a prior $9 million (£6.9m) financing...

Axie Infinity network loses £468m in largest ever DeFi hack

$30 million Ether theft

Axie Infinity, one of the biggest success stories in the world of blockchain-based gaming, has become the victim of the largest decentralised finance (DeFi) hack in history.

The Pokémon-style NFT battler saw $615 million (£468m) stolen from its Ronin Network – the Ethereum sidechain created to run the game’s transactions – on March 23.

It took a user being unable to withdraw 5,000 ether (£12m) on March 29 for Ronin to realise that 173,600 ether (£448m) and 25.5...