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Matthew Willemsen @mwill_crypto
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0/ A busy #crypto/#blockchain space to kick off the week! Below, I've covered 16 events that took place over the past 24 hours or so.

Now that should keep you in the know!
1/ 📢 @EthereumCF-, @Zilliqa-backed @SwingbyProtocol, a cross-chain lending protocol for issuing an ERC20 BTC token, shared its MVP and whitepaper!

Creates a 1:1 soft-peg b/w #bitcoin [ $BTC ] and the BTC token *while keeping the custodian decentralized*.…
2/ 🗾 @HelloICONworld [ $ICX ] entered into a strategic partnership with top Japanese #blockchain company, @LayerXcom.

Will co-host hackathons, demo days, and conferences to increase the adoption of SCORE, ICON’s smart contract implementation environment.…
3/ 💅 @0xProject [ $ZRX ] is evolving its brand! Per an announcement authored by director of design Chris Kalani, 0x Project will henceforth be known as 0x. Top job by @BakkenBaeck on their three-month-long redesign!

Read all about it here:…
4/ 🙋🏻‍♂️ #Blockchain startup @Algorand hired Pablo Azar as their chief economist!

Joins after a 10-year stint at @MIT, where he worked on cryptography and macroeconomics. He'll now work to guide #Algorand's economic policies.
5/ 🛰️ Leading #blockchain development company @Blockstream revealed that its Blockstream Satellite service now supports the Asia-Pacific region!

Also announced the launch of its Satellite API (available in January). Click through to learn more!…
6/ 🔛 Institutional-grade #crypto brokerage @TagomiSystems is now live and executing client trades!

The N.Y.-based, @FoundersFund- and @DCGco-backed #startup specializes in best-execution, so as to limit slippage and market impact.…
7/ 🎂 @MakerDAO's Dai #stablecoin turned one year old today!

Has enabled the MakerDAO system to now be home to over 1,600,000 locked-up $ETH (~1.55% of ether's circulating supply). Can't wait to check in once more for the 2nd birthday!
8/ 🎄 Major #crypto exchange @Coinbase unveiled a feature called Convert, allowing customers to convert one #cryptocurrency into another.

Available at launch: #bitcoin [ $BTC ], #ether [ $ETH ], ether classic [ $ETC ], #litecoin [ $LTC ], #0x [ $ZRX ] and #bitcoincash [ $BCH ].
9/ 🗣️ @TwoBitIdiot (CEO & Co-Founder, @MessariCrypto) appeared on @Business to debate the bull vs. bear case for #bitcoin (and #cryptocurrency more broadly).

The panel explored what 2019 may hold for the #crypto space. Interesting viewing!
10/ 🦘 @BTCcomau have launched their Bitcoin platform and product suite!

Their flagship product, a #crypto debit card, lets Aussies spend #bitcoin [ $BTC ] and #ether [ $ETH ] via Eftpos, whilst still being able to draw cash from ATMs as per usual. Quite a nifty solution indeed!
11/ 🎉 @AERGO_io [ $AERGO ] has been listed on its first global #crypto exchange thanks to @KuCoinCom!

AERGO is the permissionless inception of Blocko's permissioned #blockchain-based OS, Coinstack.
12/ 🌊 Staying with major listing news, the @HuobiGlobal #crypto exchange announced the launch of a $WAVES/USDT trading pair!

The native token of @WavesPlatform was already trading on #Huobi in its #bitcoin [ $BTC ] and #ether [ $ETH ] markets.…
13/ 🗞️ Top-tier #crypto newsletter @DiarNewsletter has published its final issue of 2018.

We've got data-driven insights on institutional #bitcoin trading volume, @Bitwala's partnership with @solarisBank, recent SEC #crypto-related actions, and more!…
14/ 🤑 @ReganBozman (Business Ops, @CoinList) shared an interview with @Felix2Feng (Founder, @SetProtocol) where they explored the process behind Set's $2M seed round from early-2018.

Great insights from an aspect of the #crypto space rarely discussed!…
15/ 📽️ Tom Heavey (Founder, @CryptoGurus1) uploaded a near-hour-long interview with @Ragtschaa (CEO & Co-Founder, @OwnMarket [ $CHX ]).

Given that Own represents Tom's first #investment in six months, I considered this interview essential viewing!
16/ ✍️ Closing with a similarly #STO-focused piece, @John1Wu (CEO, Digital Assets - @SharesPost) detailed the various perks of issuing a security token (vs. a traditional security), before summarizing commonly used fundraising exemptions in the U.S.

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