The Segregated Witness (SegWit) soft fork has activated on the Bitcoin network.
As of block height 481,824, found at 1:57 UTC by BTCC, all SegWit ready nodes started enforcing the new SegWit consensus rules. As Bitcoin’s biggest protocol upgrade to date, this introduces a whole new data structure, which changes the appearance of Bitcoin blocks for upgraded nodes — though non-upgraded nodes should continue to function as normal.
One of the dreams of bringing multiple distributed ledger projects together under a single roof at Hyperledger is that we would find ways to collaborate, learn, and grow to the benefit of all projects involved. To this end, an initial proof-of-concept integration between the Hyperledger Sawtooth and Hyperledger Burrow projects was recently completed. As a result of this integration, “simple” EVM smart contracts can now be deployed to Hyperledger Sawtooth using the “Seth” (Sawtooth Ethereum) Transaction Family.
A group of banks led by Credit Suisse is eyeing the launch of a commercial platform for blockchain-based syndicated loans, according to reports.
Speaking to finance magazine EuroMoney, Emmanuel Aidoo, who leads Credit Suisse's blockchain efforts, said that syndicated loan trial – which began last fall – is moving ahead.
The group of US lawmakers called the Congressional Blockchain Caucus has partnered with several institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to study how to establish security standards for the use of Blockchain technology in the country.