In a livestream on Periscope, Changpeng Zhao, CEO of the crypto exchange Binance, said that the exchange will launch its own blockchain in the next week or two. The forthcoming blockchain, Binance Chain, will be used to power Binance's decentralized exchange. Zhao said that binance coin will be migrated off of Ethereum and will no longer be ERC-20 compliant. He also said Binance Chain will be similar to NEO and Ripple in that it will operate with a small number of large nodes.
Ahead of announcing an official strategy for leveraging blockchain technology more widely, the German government has opened a process for receiving recommendations around the technology from local companies and industry groups. Germany is Europe's largest economy and Berlin is home to numerous blockchain startups. The solicited recommendations could lead to official legislative action in the near future.
ICOs emerged quickly as a popular model for crypto startups to raise funds, exposure and customer interest. But the world of ICOs took a nasty turn in 2018, with many projects that used the model unable to deliver on their promises to investors or turning out to be downright phony.
The group of technologists behind the NBA's Sacramento Kings mines ether at the Golden 1 Center arena where the basketball team plays. The team said that it uses profits from the mining operation to provide funding for the local community and it invites local students to see the rigs. The team also claims that the arena is the first sporting venue to accept bitcoin.