Blockstream Releases Full Node Access, Wallet, Block Explorer for Liquid

Blockstream has released a full node and wallet client for its newly released Liquid, along with a fresh-out-the-box block explorer to monitor transactions and other data on the sidechain. With a mission to establish “an inter-exchange settlement network,” Liquid was launched last month. The platform is a sidechain built out of Bitcoin’s mainnet that allows its users to swap bitcoin 1:1 for a token on Liquid’s sidechain (L-BTC). “Liquid is mostly for traders to move assets between exchanges or store in trading wallets ready to quickly deposit to exchanges.  The…

Mauritius Financial Commission Releases Draft Regulation for Crypto Custodian Services

The Financial Services Commission (FSC) of the Republic of Mauritius has released a draft regulatory framework for crypto custodian services, according to an official document posted on Nov. 5. According to the announcement, the island country aims to establish regulation for custodian services for digital assets in order to enable users of crypto custodian services to have a due level of safety. According to the draft regulation, the FSC will issue a custodian service license that will allow an entity to operate as a holder of digital assets as well…

Bitcoin Mining Behemoth Bitmain Releases New 7nm Antminer Hardware

Bitcoin (BTC) mining giant Bitmain has officially released two new 7nm (nanometer)  “Antminer” crypto mining machines, according to an official tweet posted Nov. 5. Bitmain indicated in September that it would be equipping its new Antminer models with next-generation Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) chips. ASIC chips are geared to compute optimally for a specific hashing algorithm and, as Bitmain’s tweet confirms, these latest “acceleration” chips use an SHA256 algorithm, which is based on 7nm Finfet semiconductor manufacturing technology. Today’s tweet from the company reads: “We are officially announcing the release…