Jesse Lund discusses who the customers of World Wire are (“market makers who provide the pay in and pay out locations”) and gives a preview of an upcoming announcement to be made at Money20/20 Asia.
TWG interviews BlockEQ co-founder Jon Lister, who discusses their upcoming anchor plans.
SDF engineer Tomer Weller writes that increased network activity has made it difficult to get transactions into ledgers lately. “About a quarter of ledgers are maxing out at 50 transactions” (the current ledger limit set by the validators in the network). Many of these failed transactions are sets of path payment operations intent on arbitraging price differences in the network’s order books. He also discusses CAP5’s upcoming “dutch auction” fee payments and a general sentiment that the minimum fee should increase.
OrbitLens of Stellar.Expert has released a tool for exporting a Stellar account’s transactions in a BitcoinTax-compatible format for tax reporting purposes.
Germany’s securities regulator BaFin has approved Bitbond to issue a security token offering (STO) called the Bitbond Token (BB1) on the Stellar network. The raise will fund Bitbond’s business financing products, and token holders will receive 4% annual interest plus a variable coupon based on profits. The token will be tradable on the Stellar DEX after the sale.
Jesse Lund of IBM, Tammy Camp of Stronghold, Jed McCaleb of SDF, and Michael Warner of the Federal Reserve Bank spoke yesterday on a panel at IBM Think 2019. Warner of the Fed asked the panelists how to design a digital currency for the United States, and the panelists estimated when they would expect to see CBDCs issued (1-3 years).
Canada’s biggest crypto exchange Coinsquare has acquired StellarX. The acquisition from Interstellar by Coinsquare was driven by a need for “a home with regulatory experience”. Coinsquare has quickly become a Stellar powerhouse, having already acquired Stellar wallet BlockEQ. On the roadmap: a StellarX mobile app, new fiat tethers, and securities tokens.
Jesse Lund of IBM talks CBDCs with Pompliano and predicts that a retail CBDC will be issued in the next 1-2 years by a central bank that is not one of the big 5, but pegs its currency to one of the big 5 currencies.
Celsius has added lumens, allowing you to earn 3% interest on lumen deposits.
Jem Mawson of the Stellar Scala SDK has released 0rora - a Stellar payment manager. It’s a “self-hosted solution for easily making, scheduling, editing and responding to Stellar payments.”
In CAP-0018 (an alternative to CAP-0016’s cosigned assets), Jonathan Jove suggests a new approach to giving asset issuers more control over their assets. This CAP would add a new flag to trustlines that “offers a level of authorization intermediate between unauthorized and fully authorized.” This new flag would allow an issuer to maintain control over who can send and receive payments using their asset while at the same time allow asset holders to maintain offers.
Stronghold has opened up their anchored USD stablecoin to retail customers and released an updated DEX UI. On their DEX UI, they will differentiate themselves by only listing certain assets that meet specific criteria.
Europe’s largest digital publishing house Axel Springer (Business Insider, Bild, Die Welt and Upday) is piloting the SatoshiPay wallet to power Stellar-based micropayments for content.
McCaleb pens an update about SDF lumen sales, inflation, Starlight, and SDF's general plans.
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Stellarport now supports Trezor hardware devices, allowing you to send payments and trade on the Stellar DEX with your Trezor. Stellarport plans to open source their Trezor integration work so other developers can add Trezor support.
Because Stellar is intended to be securities-friendly, some asset issuers need additional levels of control over their assets beyond authorizing asset holders. Some issuers are spinning up solutions that require them to be co-signers on asset holders’ accounts (see SEP-0008), preventing holders from maintaining full custody of other, unregulated assets. “Cosigned Assets” is a draft CAP by David Mazières that attempts to address this issue by requiring cosigning of transactions that involve a “cosigner authorized” asset without requiring the asset issuer to also be a cosigner on the holder’s account.
Rehive - a provider of fintech solutions built on Stellar - describes the benefits of tokenizing vouchers and gift cards on Stellar, including:
Smartlands announced an upcoming wallet that will allow for holding and trading securities on Stellar in a compliant way.
According Diar, “0.02% of circulating Stellar Lumens have ended up in a trust launched by institutional-geared cryptocurrency firm Grayscale.”
Keybase has expanded from cryptocommunication into cryptocurrency by incorporating Stellar into their suite of apps (no official announcement yet). They now provide:
Download the updated apps and try it out. Keybase supports federation, so your Stellar address can be represented by your Keybase username*keybase.io.