Zilliqa Passes ‘Milestone’ With Addition of Smart Contracts to Its Blockchain
“Next-generation” cryptocurrency Zilliqa has announced the launch of smart contracts on its platform.
Kadena Releases Updated Smart Contract Language for ‘Hybrid Blockchains’
“Pact 3.0 generally makes available the features that makes hybrid blockchains a reality. … We now have the smart contract language for hybrid blockchains.”
Connecticut Lawmakers Seek to Legalize Blockchain Smart Contracts
The U.S. state of Connecticut could soon legalize the use of blockchain smart contracts in business.
Interview with Prof. Alex Norta: Building Smart Contracts Before it was Cool
Alex Norta is an Associate Professor at TalTech University School of Information Technologies: Department of Software Sciences. He has been in academia for nearly 20 years. Blockchain and smart contracts have been his focus for quite a while now. Alex has worked with some of the biggest blockchain projects in the past few years such as NEO, Qtum, Datawallet, Agrello and many more.
Ethereum Foundation Funds Columbia, Yale Researchers’ Work on Smart Contract Language
The Ethereum Foundation has awarded a grant to researchers at Columbia and Yale universities for the compilation of a new smart contract programming language into the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). The development was announced in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on March 6.
Stanford Researchers Develop Privacy Mechanism for Ethereum Smart Contract
Researchers from the Stanford University and Visa Research have developed a privacy mechanism for Ethereum (ETH) smart contracts. A paper describing the mechanism was published on Stanford University’s Applied Cryptography Group website on Feb. 20.
Vitalik Buterin Dismisses Rumors New Constantinople Feature Allows Attack Vector
Ethereum (ETH) co-founder Vitalik Buterin and other core devs have dismissed allegations that a new smart contract creation feature set to be released in the forthcoming Constantinople hard fork will have negative security implications. The discussion was held during a Ethereum core developer call on Feb. 15.
Smart Contracts Don’t Necessarily Disrupt Traditional Contract Law, Expert Argues
Blockchain-based smart contracts indubitably fall subject to private international law, a legal expert has argued in a post published to Oxford University’s Business Law Blog today, Jan. 23.
Ontology (ONT) will Develop 'Private' Smart Contracts
Ontology, a “high-performance public multi-chain project’ and “distributed trust” collaboration platform, has announced that it will be working with TEEX, a decentralized computing platform, to enhance “on-chain data privacy” and security.
Russia’s Sberbank Uses Smart Contract to Settle Three-Way Repo Deal
State-owned Russian bank Sberbank has completed a repurchase agreement, or repo, using blockchain technology.
Blockchain Smart Contracts Subject to Financial Laws, Says CFTC Primer
One of the top U.S. financial regulators, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), has released its second guide to understanding smart contracts, with a reminder that the technology is covered under financial rules.
Tim Draper Stands by His Bitcoin Price Prediction of $250K in 2022
Venture capital investor Tim Draper reaffirmed his prediction that the Bitcoin (BTC) price will reach $250,000 by 2022, during a panel discussion at the Web Summit summit conference Nov. 6
Payments Startup Wyre Acquires Bitcoin Smart Contract Developer
Crypto payments startup Wyre has acquired 100 percent of Hedgy, a venture-backed bitcoin smart contract development firm, for an undisclosed sum.
Propy Executes Blockchain Property Deal in California
California blockchain startup Propy announced on Monday it executed its first blockchain property in California. According to Propy, the Bitcoin-to-Bitcoin sale of 10 acres of land in Southern California was processed through the Propy’s Transaction Platform and every step of the deal was executed through Ethereum smart contracts. Propy claims this to be the first fully-recorded blockchain transaction in California.
UK Begins Research on Law Reform for Use of Blockchain Smart Contracts
The U.K. Law Commission, an independent agency set up by the U.K. parliament to propose legal reform actions, is starting a research project on law reform to bring clarity in the current system for using blockchain-based smart contracts.
'Secret Contracts' Developer Engima Launches Test Blockchain
A built-from-scratch blockchain aiming to enable private contracts between users has officially entered testing.
MIT Tests Smart Contract-Powered Bitcoin Lightning Network
An MIT test is providing a rare glimpse of how bitcoin might truly work at scale.
Dutch Ministry Develops National Blockchain Research Agenda
Rob van Gijzel, ambassador of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition, presented a national blockchain research agenda, commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, on May 8. The Ministry created a designated unit, ‘TopTeam ICT,’ tasked with researching the further development of blockchain across technology, legal issues, economic impact and ethics.