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A large telecommunication company in Austria begins to work with crypto currencies 
20.08.19
One of the largest telecommunications companies in Austria begins to accept payments in cryptocurrencies. Enterprise A1 is already testing cryptocurrency payments at multiple points of sale. Initially, the company intends to implement support for Dash, Ethereum, Litecoin, Stellar and XRP. As part of the pilot program, Alipay and WeChat Pay will also be added to existing payment methods by the end of August. “Cash is a model that has stopped its development. During the pilot operations at A1 branches, we will test the level of demand and adoption of digital currency in Austria”, — said Markus Schreiber, Head of A1 Business Promotion. At the first stage, cryptocurrency transactions are available in seven service ...
Chinese traders show increased interest in stablecoin Tether 
05.06.19
The Chinese cryptocurrency exchanges are responsible for 60% of the global transaction volume of stablecoin Tether on the blockchain. These are the results of research company Diar. So, according to experts, since the beginning of this year, trading platforms from China have received more than $ 10 billion in USDT. Last year, this value amounted to $ 16 billion. For comparison, the volume of incoming Tether transactions on the blockchain associated with American exchanges from the beginning of the year was $ 450 million, which is 3% of the total. At the same time, only two exchanges - Binance and Bitfinex - account for about 31% of the total. In previous years, their share was about 47%. Diar also argues that a large UDST on ...
Apple will add CryptoKit tools in iOS 13 
05.06.19
Apple is preparing to announce the CryptoKit toolkit for "secure and efficient cryptographic operations." CryptoKit will be available to users in the iOS 13 operating system. The company's employees will tell about the capabilities of the new tools on June 5 during the presentation “Cryptography and Your Applications” at the WWDC 2019 event that takes place these days. CryptoKit will allow developers to perform basic cryptographic operations, including hashing and key generation. This, in turn, will help automate the execution of tasks aimed at improving application security without the need to access low-level interfaces. As follows from the publication on the Apple site, CryptoKit supports the and of / ...
In the blockchain Binance Chain, a stablecoin, tied to the British pound, is launched. 
03.06.19
Binance, one of the world's leading cryptocurrency exchanges, has launched the first stablecoin on the base of its own blockchain, Binance Chain. Previously, the company allowed the possibility of creating such a tool. The asset was named BGBP — Binance GBP Stable Coin. The cost of the course is tied to the price of the British pound. Initially, Twitter @CryptosBatman drew attention to the emergence of a new asset. Information about the launch of BGBP on Twitter confirmed the head of Binance Changpeng Zhao. He wrote that for only 200 pounds. Responding to a question from a user about when “BGBP goes to the Moon,” Zhao reasonably discovered that this is a stablecoin. ...
Start-up Stably launches the first USD-stablecoin on the Binance Chain blockchain
03.06.19
Following its own Binance GBP Stable Coin, also launched on June 3, the first USD-stablecoin appears inside Binance Chain. It is emitted by a startup Stably. Token received name USDS.B. This is a token of its own standard Binance BEP2 and a variation of USD linked stablecoin USDS, which Stably launched at the end of last year. “I believe that Binance Chain attracts projects with its safety, speed and ease of operation. Binance Chain users retain control of their private keys and assets and can trade from a Binance DEX wallet”, — commented today's announcement by Binance CEO Changpen Zhao. Stably released and immediately moved to storage and froze 90 billion USDS.B. This was done to enable the conversion ...
Telegram introduced a simplified version of the TON test network client
31.05.19
Telegram released the test client of the Telegram Open Network in one of the sections of the site ton.org. According to the Readme file, the submitted client is a “pre-release version” of the final product. The release of the final or most current version of Telegram does not implement, the document says. Instead, the site contains a “simplified stable version containing only the necessary files for compiling the Lite client”. The archive also contains the TON blockchain library. The test client allows users to create simple smart contracts for TON wallets and run them by connecting to a dedicated server. In addition, users can audit existing smart contracts, transfer messages to them and perform other the ...
Tether launches USDT's stablecoin on the EOS blockchain 
31.05.19
Tether's stableblock issuer will issue a USDT token on the EOS blockchain, Paolo Ardoino, technical director of Bitfinex, said. According to Ardoino, his company was motivated by the desire to realize native support for USDT on the eosfinex exchange. “One of the main reasons is that we need USDT at eosfinex. Since this is a decentralized exchange, we need Tether-EOS so that we can offer EOS / USDT and “cryptocurrency-stablecoin” pairs. We thought it would be nice to give people the opportunity to work with Tether-EOS even before the full launch of eosfinex, ”he explained. Currently, USDT is based on Omni, Ethereum and TRON protocols. According to Ardoino, the implementation of crosschain compatibility ...
Nizhny Novgorod region will be the first to introduce the blockchain to the state administration
29.05.19
Within the framework of the “City N” civil voting project, residents of Nizhny Novgorod will be able to cooperate with their city, contributing to its development. The information was confirmed by the governor of the region Gleb Nikitin, who presented the blockchain project at the TsIPR-2019 conference. The project is based on the Vostok platform - a project of the Russian blockchain pioneers of the Waves Platform. Earlier, the government of Nizhny Novgorod has already announced plans to sign a cooperation agreement with the blockchain project Vostok at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum in June. Users of the application will be able to distribute their own taxes between different categories of expenses: education, and ...
BitTorrent intends to launch the largest decentralized file storage system 
28.05.19
So said on the eve of Justin Sun - the founder of the blockchain project TRON and the owner of the developer of the peer-to-peer data exchange protocol BitTorrent. In his Twitter, he wrote about the work on: “the next generation decentralized file storage system”. According to Sana, BitTorrent File System or BTFS will become: “the largest decentralized peer-to-peer file storage system.” It is expected that the number of BitTorrent user nodes in the BTFS system will be about 100 million, TRON full nodes - more than 1,000, and super representative representatives (SR) nodes - 27. Also, TronGrid cloud nodes will be present in the system. Other technical details of the announced project are currently unknown. ...
In the Altai Territory, an organizer of a Bitcoin pyramid from Kazakhstan was arrested. 
28.05.19
In the Altai Territory, employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia detained a citizen of Kazakhstan suspected of creating a cryptocurrency pyramid. The man was also advertised on the international wanted list. It is reported by Kommersant with reference to the official representative of the Ministry of Interior Irina Volk. The detainee, whose name was not disclosed, attracted large sums of money, promising to trusting investors high profits from cryptocurrency. In general, law enforcement officers reported at least 300 cases in which depositors handed over their money to the fraudster. One of the victims invested about 13.9 million tenge. In early 2019, the attacker fled from Kazakhstan to Russia and was wanted ...
The first Belarusian cryptocurrency exchange opened registration for 150 thousand users
28.05.19
Currency.com cryptocurrency exchange operates on the basis of the Belarusian High-Tech Park. The country's first platform for trading digital assets comes out of the beta version and opens registration for new users. One of the founders of the site, Said Gutseriev, told Forbes magazine. According to him, for the first four months of operation, the stock exchange of tokenized financial assets showed “aggressive growth” and gained popularity among traders. On the waiting list for registration now there are about 150 thousand people. «Approximately 60-70% of the exchange turnover falls on the CIS countries. And all the rest is Europe. Users from Asia are beginning to come slowly», —Gutseriyev noted ...
Bitcoin climbed three lines in China's new cryptocurrency ranking 
27.05.19
The Information Technology Industry Development Center of China has published the latest version of the rating of 35 cryptocurrency projects. The ministry evaluated digital coins for two months. EOS remains in first place on the list, followed by Tron and Ethereum. Tron was included in the rating in February, immediately starting in second place. Bitcoin now ranks 12th versus 15th in the March issue. "The results show that the three largest platforms of decentralized applications in the world - EOS, Tron and Ethereum - remain in the first three positions, dialing 148.5, 144.1 and 136.6," — writes CIID. As before, all projects were evaluated on the basis of the parameters of the basic technology, practical and ...
Amazon patented a cryptographic system on the Proof-of-Work mechanism
20.05.19
Amazon Corporation this week received a patent for the use of various methods for creating cryptographic systems based on the Proof-of-Work mechanism, similar to those used in blockchains of cryptocurrencies. Initially, the application was issued by the company in 2016. It describes the principle of generating the Merlka tree in the process of solving PoW-tasks, which can then be used to verify data transmitted between computers and in peer-to-peer networks to confirm the reliability of the blocks. According to the application, the proposed solution may be useful in preventing DoS and DDoS attacks that computer networks are often subjected to. “Requesting valid evidence of the work done can weaken such attacks, since their ...
Facebook has registered a company in Switzerland for the likely development of stablecoin.
20.05.19
The largest social network has registered a new fintech company in Switzerland. The company is focused on work in the areas of blockchain, electronic payments, data analysis and investment. This can serve as another confirmation of the company's plans to launch its own stablecoin. The division is called Libra Networks and is owned by Facebook Global Holdings. Its registration was carried out on May 2 to provide financial and technological services, as well as the development of associated hardware and software solutions. Facebook stablecoin is supposed to share the name with a newly registered company: Libra. Last week, US senators prepared an open letter for Facebook, in which they asked the company to share information the ...
The share of stablecoin in the volume of trading for the year increased by almost 2 times 
17.05.19
The research division of the Binance exchange has prepared a report entitled “The Evolution of Stablecoins”. The document is devoted to the development and prospects of this tool. Thus, the popularity of stablecoins in cryptocurrency trading continues to grow steadily. If a year ago they accounted for 35.78% of the total trading volume of the exchange, now it is more than 60%. Accordingly, the pairs quoted for Bitcoin and Ethereum lost some of the volumes. This, however, did not happen with BNB pairs, whose share also increased over the period, according to Binance. Partly observable dynamics can be explained by the launch of new trading pairs based on stablecoins. In April 2019, the BTC / USDT pair turned out to ...
eBay has denied rumors about adding cryptocurrency payments 
15.05.19
The eBay trading platform has denied that it can start accepting cryptocurrencies as one of the payment methods. A company spokesman said that cryptocurrencies are not accepted as a form of payment on the platform and are not part of the eBay payment strategy. An eBay employee gave additional explanations regarding banner ads from the Consensus 2019 conference. He confirmed their authenticity and explained the meaning: «This announcement applies to the whole variety of goods related to virtual currencies that are presented on our platform, for example, mining equipment. We cannot say anything more about this. If something changes in the future, we will, of course, inform everyone. I know a lot of people who really like to ...
Coinbase expanded the list of users, Kazakhstan entered 50 new countries 
15.05.19
Coinbase, a leading US stock exchange, and one of the world's leading crypto platforms, has become available in 50 more countries. Representatives of the platform announced the launch of trading on the basis of the USD Coin (USDC) issued with her participation of the Steabcocoin in the new regions. Thus, the company began to provide services in 103 countries. At the same time, in 85 jurisdictions, access to USDC is open. In the list of new users were 4 CIS countries: Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Also among the novice countries - Mongolia, Turkey, Taiwan, Brazil and others. In a statement, representatives of the exchange noted that today there are over 300 million USDC in circulation. Management believes be ...
The first regulated crypto exchange may appear in the UAE 
14.05.19
Dubai BitOasis Crypto Exchange has received preliminary approval from the local financial institution. The regulator accepted the site as the first regulated custodial and trading platform for digital assets in the Middle East. Approval of the Fiscal Oversight Service means that BitOasis meets the requirements for obtaining a license. This document will be the final step towards the launch of the relevant services. The exchange claims that it has been working with regulators in the region of its presence since 2018 and places particular emphasis on the UAE. “This approval is an important achievement for our company, which is striving to become the first licensed and regulated exchange and custodian of crypto assets in ...
Korean IT-corporation Kakao will launch its blockchain platform in June
14.05.19
This is reported by the Cointelegraph, citing information from the conference of Consensus 2019. It announced its intention to create its own blockchain with the support of related services Kakao in March last year. In October, the release of the test version of Klaytn. The platform is focused on working with decentralized applications and is supposed to help increase the popularity of technology in South Korea - Kakao has a significant market share in the areas of messaging, video games, content delivery, financial and mobile services. At the end of last year, it was reported that Kakao is working with ten internal and foreign partners on testing a new ecosystem. In March, Kakao conducted another round of fundraising, which her ...
Evidence has been published of the possible preparation of eBay for the integration of crypto-payments.
13.05.19
One of the world's largest eBay online trading sites can add support for virtual currencies. This is the message from the advertising banner for the Consensus 2019 crypto conference that starts today in New York. EBay is sponsoring the conference along with Deloitte, IBM, Microsoft, Citi, AWS and other companies. Photos of the banner hit the network before the official start of the event. “Virtual currencies. This will come true on eBay, ”reads the inscription on one side of the banner. “Reach 179 million active buyers of the largest marketplace in the world,” on the other. Evidence of the possibility of adding support for Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies on such a large platform has traditionally an ...
Bitcoin miners earned $ 580,000 per day on transaction fees 
13.05.19
In general, the miners of the first cryptocurrency earned on commissions 8 times more than in all other digital assets combined. These are the data of the digital rating rating OnChainFx analytical company Messari.io of 10 May. So, Ethereum miners received $ 68,000 from commissions, or 88% less bitcoin miners. The next Litecoin asset is $ 1,100. The aggregate amount of commissions paid by Lisk, Bitcoin Cash, Monero, Dash, XRP, Dogecoin and Ethereum Classic users was less than $ 1,500. As analysts say, as the size of the rewards for commission blocks decreases, they will become an important incentive for attracting miners to the network, performing an important function to ensure the safety of the bitcoin blockchain. Many other to ...
PepsiCo appreciated the advantages of using Zilliqa blockchain in marketing
06.05.19
PepsiCo Corporation was satisfied with the blockchain technology tests. With the help of smart contracts in a distributed registry, she managed to increase the effectiveness of marketing operations by 28%. Testing of the Proton project was conducted in March in the Asia-Pacific region and was aimed at the so-called “visible impressions”. One of the campaigns included the use of smart contracts, the second - no. PepsiCo collaborated with Mindshare, which also attracted Zilliqa Research, Rubicon Project, MediaMath and Integral Ad Science to participate in the project. The group has been working together for almost a whole year. According to Mindshare, smart contracts were launched on the Zilliqa blockchain and made ...
Microsoft and JPMorgan integrate their own projects into the blockchain
03.05.19
Microsoft Technology Corporation and financial holding JPMorgan announced the start of cooperation aimed at integrating the blockchain initiatives they are developing. Quorum Blockchain, which JPMorgan has been working on for four years, will be the first distributed registry available to Azure Blockchain users. As part of the transaction, Microsoft will provide engineering support, advice, and support in bringing the platform to market. Mark Russinovich, technical director of the cloud services division of Microsoft, stated that "the choice of Quorum was natural, since it is based on the popular Ethereum protocol." He also noted that Microsoft’s corporate customers will be able to conduct “confidential ...
Stablecoin Facebook will form the basis of a full-scale payment network
03.05.19
This is stated by The Wall Street Journal, reporting also the internal name of the company's blockchain initiative, Project Libra. According to media reports, the platform will use stablecoin, secured by fiat currencies. Facebook attracts financial companies that can support the project. In addition, the company expects to launch a full-scale payment system, and not just a tool for making money transfers. According to the media, Facebook is already negotiating with the payment networks Visa and Mastercard. As well as processing services such as First Data, and e-commerce giants. The purpose of the negotiations is to convince companies to support the launch of the project. As previously assumed, the social network may try to $ ...
Central banks of Canada and Singapore tested cross-border calculations using the blockchain
02.05.19
The Bank of Canada and the Monetary Authority of Singapore reported on the successful completion of the first-of-its-kind cross-border settlement test between two central banks using the blockchain and digital currencies. Singaporeans noted the great potential of blockchain to increase efficiency and reduce the risk of international payments. Testing involved their own blockchain projects of each of the banks - the Canadian Jasper and the Singapore Ubin. The platforms are based on the Corda networks from R3 and Quorum from JPMorgan respectively. Two networks were able to connect using the technology of hashed synchronized contracts. This made it possible to carry out the calculation in the format “payment against payment” ...
HTC will release a new generation of blockchain smartphones
30.04.19
Taiwanese electronics manufacturer HTC has announced the release of the second generation blockchain smartphone. It is expected that this will happen at the end of 2019. The company said that EXODUS 1 sales met expectations - the device was in demand not only among ordinary users, but also among start-ups engaged in crypto-trading. The new model is designed to expand the use of blockchain technologies to areas such as messaging, social networks and searching for information on the Internet. The NTS also noted that communication applications will run through peer-to-peer connections, and not through cloud or centralized servers, as it was before. Recall, the first blockchain smartphone was introduced in October last and ...
Finland begins to regulate the crypto industry in accordance with the new law
29.04.19
The Ministry of Finance of Finland announced the approval by the President of the country of the law “On suppliers of virtual currencies”. Separately, the Financial Supervision Authority - Fin-FSA - stated: “The Law on Providers of Virtual Currencies” comes into force on May 1. In accordance with the law, Fin-FSA will take over the functions of registering and controlling suppliers of virtual currencies. ” As explained in Fin-FSA, registration is required for “virtual currency exchange services”, “custodial purse providers” and “virtual currency issuers”. Such companies must comply with a number of requirements, for example, adhere to certain practices for protecting be ...
Indian authorities have resumed discussions on a bill to ban cryptocurrencies
29.04.19
With reference to, we quote: “anonymous government sources familiar with the details,” a local edition of the Economic Times reports that the Indian authorities have resumed work on a total ban on cryptocurrency in the country. According to their information, several departments, including the Ministry of Economy, the Central Administration for Direct Taxes, the Central Administration for Indirect Taxes and Customs, and the Office of Education and Investor Protection, supported the idea of ​​banning the production and exchange of cryptocurrencies in India. The bill under the heading "On the prohibition of cryptocurrency and the regulation of official digital currencies", allegedly, was transferred to is ...
Samsung invested € 2.6 million in hardware crypto wallets manufacturer Ledger 
26.04.19
At the same time, the capitalization of Ledger was close to $ 290 million. A company representative confirmed that their company received support from Samsung, but refused to disclose details. Also in the company there were personnel shifts. New CEO Ledger was Pascal Gautier - he previously served as president of the company. The former head of Ledger, Eric Larchevek, took over as chairman of the board. In a conversation with the media, Larchevek confirmed the fact of receiving investments from Samsung, but also refused to go into details. "We will always need hardware wallets, but will accompany the crypto revolution, which is accessible to all of personal independence, smartphones, which will be assigned a central he wrote ...
Societe Generale issues € 100 million bonds in Ethereum public blockchain 
24.04.19
French banking corporation Societe Generale Group issued bonds in the form of security tokens, using the public Ethereum blockchain. A division of the company used an OFH token to issue secured bonds for 100 million euros. According to the investor services of the rating agency Moody’s, Societe Generale turned out to be the “sole investor” of the financial instrument and did not involve any third-party participants in its purchase. A bond is issued for a five-year term with a 12-month grace period. The security presented by a token gives its holder the same rights as that issued in traditional form. Moody’s argues that the use of the blockchain can have a positive effect on the rating of a financial in due ...
Samsung may release its own cryptocurrency based on the fork of the blockchain Ethereum 
24.04.19
The South Korean corporation Samsung Electronics, presumably, is developing a blockchain that can be used to release its own cryptocurrency. It is reported by CoinDesk Korea, citing sources familiar with the situation. It is expected that the basis of the Samsung blockchain will be the Ethereum code base. According to the source, at present the project is at the stage of internal testing and in the future can be transformed into a public blockchain. He also admitted that the cryptocurrency released by Samsung would be circulated on publicly accessible trading platforms. “We expect Samsung Coin to enter the market, but the direction of the project has not yet been determined,” said a source in the Samsung introduced a ...
This year, South Korean investors have invested 64% more in the crypto market 
23.04.19
According to the Korean Fund for the Protection of Portfolio Investors, the average amount of investment in cryptocurrency of local retail investors is approximately $ 6,100. This is 64% more than last year. Investors' involvement in the cryptocurrency space was 7.4% versus 6.4% last year. These results were obtained on the basis of a survey of investors aged 25 to 64 years. The most active crypto investors in South Korea belong to the group of 40 to 60 years. Compared with the previous year, the size of their positions has grown by about 2 times. The survey organizers link the recovery in the South Korean market with the expectations of citizens who expect to earn on the growth of cryptocurrency after a period of Fund also that ...
JPMorgan expands banking blockchain payment system capabilities 
23.04.19
Investment bank JPMorgan Chase plans to expand the capabilities of the current project on the blockchain in order to beat competitors TransferWise and Ripple. Interbank Information Network JPMorgan works with 220 banks worldwide. The system allows you to quickly identify errors in payments and violations of regulatory requirements. Without the use of blockchain, many banks in the payment chain solve similar problems for weeks. The network was created in 2017 in collaboration with the Australian ANZ Bank and the Royal Bank of Canada. On the eve of the head of global clearing, JPMorgan noted the rapid development of IIN and the bank’s intention to "do more at the settlement stage." According to him, JPMorgan has the ...
Tennis star Serena Williams invested in Coinbase 
22.04.19
American professional tennis player and four-time Olympic champion Serena Williams revealed the details of the investment made through Serena Ventures. Among them was the largest US cryptocurrency company Coinbase. Since 2014, Serena Ventures has invested in more than 30 companies, and the aggregate market capitalization of these enterprises exceeds $ 12 billion. Recall last fall, Coinbase managed to close a round of financing for the E Series at $ 300 million, which led the hedge fund Tiger Global Management. Investors were also Y Combinator Continuity, Wellington Management, Andreessen Horowitz, Polychain and other companies. Then the investment estimate of Coinbase reached $ 8 billion. It is worth adding that the the ...
US presidential candidate promised to streamline cryptographic regulation 
19.04.19
US presidential candidate in the 2020 elections, Andrew Young, has prepared a statement on the regulation of the market of crypto assets. He intends to create affordable leadership in the digital asset world so that business and individuals can invest in this area and develop it without fear of regulatory changes. The statement states that: it is time for the federal government to create clear guidelines on how digital asset / cryptocurrency markets will be regulated. So that investments can be made on the basis of all necessary information. Young also describes his next steps if he is chosen by the President of the United States: “As president, I will stand up for legislation that provides clarity in the / digital We ...
Tether launches USDT on Tron blockchain 
17.04.19
The top ten USDT were released on the Tron blockchain. The head of the blockchain platform, Justin Sun, called this on Twitter “a huge achievement for Tron,” and invited the exchanges and wallets to support the initiative. 18 cryptocurrency services agreed to add support for USDT-TRON. Including stock exchanges: Bitfinex, OKEx, Gate.io, Huobi, and also owned by the last wallet Huobi Wallet. “USDT without high commissions for miners and with super-fast transactions is much better than USDT on the Omni protocol,” commented Huobi Wallet. In a manner peculiar to him, San announced his intention to reward the early holders of USDT-TRON 20 million USDT within 100 days. The awards will be distributed in the ...
The IMF and the World Bank have released a "training coin" to study the blockchain 
16.04.19
Two of the world's largest financial institutions have joined forces to study distributed registries. They created the so-called "educational coin" or "quasi-cryptocurrency" on their own blockchain with limited access, writes Finance Magnates. The emitted asset has no cash value and is not a “real cryptocurrency”. With its help, the IMF and the World Bank expect to understand the principles of operation of the blockchain technology and explore the areas of use of cryptocurrencies. The cryptocurrency of the two international financial organizations has its own application. It allows you to create and store research notes, articles, videos and presentations. The coins of the training network will ...
Insurance companies in France were allowed to invest in cryptocurrencies
16.04.19
The new law “On an action plan to stimulate growth and transformation of enterprises” was adopted by French parliamentarians. It will allow local insurance companies to invest in cryptocurrencies and tokens without restrictions on the amount of the contribution. Insurers will be able to invest in cryptocurrencies through specialized professional funds. Also for the first time in the history of France, insurance companies will be able to offer consumers products based on cryptocurrency. “This was not the primary goal of the law, but insurers can actually offer cryptocurrency-based products. They will be able to do this through specialized funds, ”said Joel Giraud, a member of the National Assembly. New ...
According to Vedomosti, closed testing of the Telegram blockchain has started 
12.04.19
A limited number of teams of professionals received from Telegram access to the test version of the TON blockchain. This is what Vedomosti reports with reference to the statements of the leaders of two companies participating in the testing. Commands that have access to the TON testnet can already set up a network node. According to sources, it’s still premature to talk about concrete results. They refused to disclose other details. Another interviewee said that "testing will allow you to study the properties and network readiness, which transactions and at what speed it will be able to conduct." Alexander Filatov, Managing Director of the developer tools company TON.labs, chose not to comment on TON possibility a ...
Belarusian blockchainers proposed a new voting format for Eurovision 
12.04.19
Alexander Lobzen, a member of the Council of the Belarusian Blockchain Association, invited the Eurovision Director to conduct an open voting of the contest using the blockchain. Our colleagues from the Belarusian Blockchain Association proposed to change the platform for voting in the Eurovision-2019 contest. According to the member of the Council of the Association, Alexander Lozbenya, the judging of Eurovision should be as transparent as possible. Such conditions can provide a blockchain platform. With this proposal, Alexander addressed the competition director, John Ola Sand. Increased attention to Eurovision is due not only to the entertainment of the competition, but also to disputes around its results. The introduction of ...
Coinbase launches Visa debit card for UK residents 
11.04.19
American Stock Exchange Coinbase introduced its own debit card. It is released in the Visa system through the PaySafe payment service. With its help, clients from the UK, we quote: “they will be able to pay with a cryptocurrency as easily as with the money in the account in the bank”. Coinbase Card is linked to user accounts on the exchange. This allows you to use Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and other cryptocurrencies for calculations. The card is suitable for paying for purchases in stores, as well as for withdrawing cash from ATMs. When the user works with the card, Coinbase will instantly convert the cryptocurrency to Fiat. You can order a card through a special application for Android and iOS. With it, customers a ...
25 million online wallets created with Blockchain.info
11.04.19
In the middle of last year, over 25 million online wallets were registered with Blockchain.com (formerly Blockchain.info). It was a record mark, reaffirming the right of the leader of the service. In this article we will briefly examine the possibilities of the wallet, and we will hold a small retrospective of its creation.Service launched in August 2011. It was the first such service in the then very young and undeveloped market. Two years later, the company was already bought out - ZeroBlock LLC, the developer of a mobile application for working with Bitcoin, became the new owner. In the same year, Blockchain.info became the most visited site on the subject of crypto. His record is more than 118 million views and 3 million unique per the ...
Residents of the Philippines will be able to receive Western Union transfers using the blockchain
10.04.19
Philippine blockchain-startup Coins.ph announced the start of cooperation with the payment corporation Western Union. The fruit of their collaboration is the soon-expected transfer service within Western Union through a crypto-wallet startup. Over 5 million WU users in the Philippines will be able to receive domestic and international transfers. The money will be transferred using Western Union infrastructure, to digital wallets served by a startup. The service offers fast and convenient access to money transfers in urban and remote regions. “A lot of Filipinos work abroad and regularly send money home. They always need additional payment options, ”explained the head of Coins.ph, the advantages of emergency users need ...
In the summer of the country, the G20 will discuss countering the anonymity of cryptocurrency 
10.04.19
G20 countries will gather June 8-9 in Japan. They will discuss ways of international crisis management aimed at countering money laundering. So reports Cointelegraph, citing local media. According to the publication, heads of central banks and finance ministers of participating countries will arrive at the meeting. Together, they will have to create a legal framework to counter money laundering and terrorist financing through cryptocurrency. Probably, the final version of the new rules will be adopted in the same place. The main objective of the new regulatory measures will be the fight against the anonymity of cryptocurrency payments. So, the G20 intends to demand more serious measures to identify the users of digital assets. to ...
China Planning Agency recommends banning Bitcoin mining 
09.04.19
The state agency responsible for macroeconomic planning plans to ban China's cryptocurrency mining. Along with the limitation of digital gold mining, the agency has published a list of industrial activities recommended for a ban. Earlier this week, the National Development and Reform Commission of China began to collect comments on the updated version of the list of industries that, in the opinion of the Chinese leadership, require support, limitation or elimination. In its new version, mining cryptocurrency has been added to more than 450 undesirable activities. Listed industries violate current law requirements, are unsafe, consume resources or pollute the environment. According to the ministry, industrial mining also of or ...
Facebook can raise up to $ 1 billion to secure its stablecoin 
09.04.19
The author of the first Bitcoin book “Digital Gold” and the journalist of The New York Times Nathaniel Popper reported this on the eve. He said that Facebook is looking for venture investors who are ready to finance its stablecoin for up to $ 1 billion. The journalist refers to sources familiar with the situation. According to Popper, attracting investors from outside will allow Facebook to position its project as “more decentralized and less controlled by the company”. He noted that the stablecoin of the first social network can use, we quote: “one of the main attractive features of the blockchain”. "One of those with whom I had the opportunity to talk, said that Facebook is negotiating a ...
In the first quarter of the year, $ 1.6 billion went through applications of the Tron network
08.04.19
The number of application users has exceeded 432 thousand people. Most of the decentralized applications of Tron - 64% - turned out to be associated with online gambling. In March of this year, applications on the Tron blockchain installed a new maximum for the volume of operations. For one day on March 15, transactions for $ 102 million went through them. For EOS, this indicator was $ 16 million, and for Ethereum - $ 4 million.The share of blockchain casinos in the Tron network for the first quarter of the year is 27%. Another 36% are recognized as “high-risk” gambling. On the Ethereum network, applications from both categories account for 37%.Although in March the Tron Foundation released an official appeal to the developers ...
Bosch introduced the refrigerator on the blockchain with energy control 
08.04.19
The home appliance supplier Bosch has developed a new refrigerator with Austrian energy company Wien Energie. Distributed registry technology at the heart of the smart refrigerator system will allow consumers to monitor and control power consumption. The novelty of home appliances is demonstrated at the ANON summit in Vienna. As it is written in the press release: the device is a sample of technology from the not very distant future, in which people can “safely and transparently” control energy consumption. The device is controlled by the application. Over time, it will allow users to become “active participants” in the energy market. Smart contracts are used to switch between different sources of each consumed ...
VIP-hotel and car dealership network in Europe will start accepting Bitcoin and Ethereum
01.04.19
Visitors to the five-star Dolder hotel in Zurich and customers of the Kessel automotive chain in Italy and Zug, Switzerland, will be able to pay for services and goods in Bitcoin and Ethereum. Acceptance of payments in cryptocurrency will begin in May.Crypto payments will be accepted through the Inapay mobile application developed by Inacta blockchain-startup with the support of the Swiss financial platform Bity. Payment will be made at the current exchange rate of the Swiss franc.In addition, Dolder and Kessel are committed to comply with the requirements of the regulator to prevent money laundering. ...
BitTorrent will launch streaming service with blockchain support
01.04.19
The developer of the popular Torrent-client BitTorrent, who came under the leadership of the Tron blockchain project and conducted the placement of their tokens on the Binance Launchpad platform in January, announced the opening of early access to the BitTorrent Live streaming service.According to the description, BitTorrent Live will be another streaming platform with a standard set of features that allows live broadcasts. Initially, users will be given the opportunity to search for interests and interact with the organizers of the broadcasts they like. Over time, the blockchain will be integrated into the platform in order to increase privacy and payments made via the BTT token will be implemented.The global launch of BitTorrent Live be ...
Sponsored by Yahoo! Japanese crypto exchange Taotao will start in May
26.03.19
The Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Taotao, 40% of which belongs to a division of Yahoo! Japan will start trading in a limited number of cryptocurrency pairs in May. Initially, users will have access to Bitcoin and Ethereum trading, as well as the ability to open margin positions on Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash and XRP.For the first time, Yahoo! Japan on entering the cryptocurrency business became known in March 2018. Then the company announced that it would buy a share in the exchange through its division of YJFX. According to sources, this transaction could cost IT corporations about 2 billion yen ($ 19 million). Taotao was previously licensed by Japanese regulators to service cryptocurrency trading.Recently, information appeared about the of ...
Switzerland's largest online retailer began accepting cryptocurrencies
19.03.19
The company Digitec Galaxus announced the beginning of the reception of cryptocurrency. This is the largest Swiss online retailer. The company's trading portal now accepts Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin SV, Ethereum, XRP, Binance Coin, Litecoin, Tron, NEO and OmiseGO to pay for purchases in excess of $ 200.The new payment method was implemented in conjunction with the Swiss processing service Datatrans and the Danish crypto startup Coinify. The client is given 15 minutes to pay for the purchase - at this time the exchange rate of the cryptocurrency in relation to Fiat does not change. Commission for using the service is 1.5%.At the same time, Digitec Galaxus added a section of hardware crypto wallets to its website and prepared a guide ...
The largest supplier of electronic components began to accept crypto payments
19.03.19
Avnet, one of the world's largest suppliers of electronic components on the Fortune 500 list, began accepting cryptocurrency payments through the BitPay processing service.The company ranks 128 on the Fortune 500 list of the largest US corporations. Avnet will pay Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash for its products and services, and BitPay will deal with the confirmation and processing of transactions.According to Avnet, cryptocurrency payments can reduce the time, cost and complexity associated with bringing products to the market. The company also reported that during the first month of using the service, several multimillion crypto transactions were received.“To pay using Bitcoin is not only easier and faster than using credit cards and ...
The largest South Korean messenger can realize support for cryptocurrency
18.03.19
The material with such a statement was published by the local portal fnnews. Journalists reported that South Korea’s largest Internet conglomerate, Kakao Corp, could provide access to its 44 million user base of cryptocurrencies. The group of companies owns the most popular Korean services KakaoTalk, KakaoPay, KakaoTaxi, KakaoStory and KakaoStock.Last week it became known that Kakao raised $ 90 million to further develop its blockchain platform Klatyn and plans to raise another $ 90 during the next round.According to the industry, KakaoTalk will be used as a cryptocurrency wallet. It will allow you to interact with various applications on the blockchain, send, receive and store cryptocurrency. Users who want to manage their assets to ...
Visa is looking for a manager for its new crypto division
18.03.19
The American payment corporation Visa forms a team whose work will be in one way or another connected with cryptocurrencies. This is evidenced by the vacancy posted by the company on the site smartrecruiters.com. In it, Visa offers potential candidates to try out as a technical product manager within the framework of the VISA Crypto Team.“As the Visa crypto team product manager, the employee will be responsible for implementing the Visa strategy in the cryptocurrency ecosystem,” the publication says.The candidate requirements include deep knowledge of blockchains with limited access, connections with experts in the cryptocurrency and fintech space, and an understanding of how digital assets can change existing payment candidate ...
Ripple will launch a fund for $ 100 million to introduce the blockchain into the gaming industry
13.03.19
The Ripple ecosystem for Xpring developers and the gaming industry-oriented Forte blockchain platform announced the creation of a $ 100 million joint fund to support game developers.The initiative will help spread the blockchain in the gaming industry through attracting players and creating new opportunities for monetization. Ripple will provide a funding fund, and Forte will manage the project.The Forte technology solution will include the Interledger protocol, the Codius platform for working with smart contracts and the ability to make calculations using XRP cryptocurrency.“Blockchain technology can improve game development and help developers build a more successful gaming economy.” Many developers, however, find it to work ...
IBM-based crypto-custodial service to be launched in March
13.03.19
New York investment company Shuttle Holdings will launch a beta version of the custodial service for digital assets based on a private cloud and IBM encryption technologies by the end of the month.The participating companies will not store the tokens themselves, but will provide the tools for this to their customers. They can be banks, brokers, other custodians of assets, funds, family capital management units, and high-income investors.IBM showed a solution that will be involved in the Shuttle Holdings service at the Think 2019 conference in February.IBM's latest initiatives indicate that the company wants to join the formation of infrastructure for storing digital assets after it has developed blockchain with limited access and using ...
CBR will limit investments by unqualified crypto investors
12.03.19
The Central Bank intends to limit the possibility of buying cryptocurrency assets by unqualified investors within a certain amount. So writes RBC with reference to the draft instructions of the Central Bank to the draft law on digital financial assets.The maximum amount of investment will be set separately. According to Anatoly Aksakov, head of the State Duma Committee on Financial Market, this threshold can be determined in accordance with the crowdfunding bill. Its provisions provide for a maximum limit for such investors at 600,000 rubles per year.The amount of investments of an individual investor will be determined by the following features: the amount of money transferred as payment; total value of digital assets that are exchanged; ...
The owner of the skyscraper "Burj Khalifa" intends to hold ICO
12.03.19
Investment company Emaar Properties, whose assets include the tallest structure in the world, intends to develop its own cryptocurrency token.On Monday, the company announced a plan to create an “Emaar community token” that targets its customers and partners. It is expected that the launch of the tool will take place before the end of 2019, and one of the goals of the initiative is to conduct the initial placement of coins.As part of the project, Emaar has entered into an agreement with a Swiss crypto startup Lykke AG, which will help it release the token standard ERC20 on the Ethereum blockchain. According to the press release, after the development, Emaar will use its new token in the loyalty system and referral will be able ...
Chinese miners are actively buying used equipment and preparing for summer
05.03.19
Bitcoin miners from the Celestial Empire rely on the fact that by the summer, hydroelectric power plants will have significant reserves. They are counting on extremely low tariffs and buying used cryptocurrency mining equipment.Thus, the most favorable tariffs are expected in the provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan in the south-west of the country. According to the operator of six farms Hashage, in the summer the price per kilowatt / hour should be about 0.25 yuan - a little more than three US cents. Most interest is shown by entrepreneurs from the provinces of Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang - there the price per kilowatt / hour is 0.35 yuan - a little more than five US cents.Head of Hashage Xiong Cheng said: individual miners and major players a ...
The State Duma of the Russian Federation approved the draft article of the Civil Code on tokens
05.03.19
The draft law “On Amendments to the Civil Code of the Russian Federation” has been amended. Now the article “Digital rights”, which establishes the basic concepts of “digital law” - the legal equivalent of the term “token” - also recognizes transactions concluded remotely as valid. Including by filling out an electronic form or by sending SMS. The package of bills will come into force on October 1, 2019.Revision of the second reading introduces certainty in the use of smart contracts. According to the document, such transactions can be carried out "automatically using the information system."“We understand the smart contract not as a separate transaction, but as a condition of ...
Tether will begin to issue stablecoin USDT on Tron blockchain
04.03.19
So announced the developers of the blockchain protocol Tron and the issuer of stablecoin Tether. The result of their collaboration is the early launch of the USDT token in the Tron network. Note: Tether does not move to the Tron network, but expands its capabilities by providing Tron users with a stable coin, maintaining their previous positions. Token launch should take place in the second quarter of the year.Tether announced a global update of its own project and launch in a new protocol on its website. According to the developers stablecoin, Tether was originally conceived as a tool that does not depend on a particular blockchain. Therefore, in order to achieve mass distribution, after the release of the token on the Bitcoin blockchain ...
Starbucks and Bakkt implement support for Bitcoin payments in 2019
04.03.19
Starbucks chain of coffee shops intends to give its customers the opportunity to pay Bitcoins by the end of the year. The idea will be possible thanks to the cooperation with the crypto-platform Bakkt developed by the operator of the New York Stock Exchange. So states the publication of The Block, citing sources familiar with the situation.Initially, Bitcoin can only be paid by Starbucks customers in the United States. To do this, they will be invited to use the software Bakkt, which will instantly convert cryptocurrency into Fiat. Digital assets will not appear in the statements of Starbucks, but this is a serious sign of faith in Bakkt and the first step of the coffee house chain in the world of cryptocurrencies. The coffee giant is in a ...
The collapse of the cryptocurrency market as the Fed's stress test script
01.03.19
The Federal Reserve may include a digital asset market crash scenario as one of the risks that will be considered in conducting stress test tests. The Board of Governors of the Fed noted: the collapse of the Bitcoin market can be taken into account as one of the "clearly expressed" market risks.The ministry believes that the example of cryptocurrency should be considered as an “extreme shock”. Such situations also include such hypothetical scenarios as a war with North Korea and large losses caused by malicious actions of traders.The Board of Governors explained that it makes the control stress tests “quite dynamic”, including various extreme scenarios. Such risks are taken into account from the moment of ...
In the network Ethereum launched update Constantinople
01.03.19
The large-scale update was successfully activated on the network of the second largest cryptocurrency Ethereum on the block 7 280 000. According to the Ethernodes portal, only 19.9% ​​of the users of the Geth clients and 32.6% of Parity installed the software version compatible with Constantinople. Overall readiness for hard fork was 22.1%.It is expected that the block time will return to 15 seconds, after rising to 20 seconds as a result of the activation of the bomb complexity. Along with the update, the block reward decreased from 3 ETH to 2 ETH, however, the issue of cryptocurrency relative to the last weeks, when miners could not receive the maximum rewards due to the increased complexity, increased.Update passed without incident. ...
Cryptocurrencies included in the article of Criminal Code of the Russian Federation about money laundering
28.02.19
Now the cashing of cryptocurrencies falls under the norms of the article of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation on money laundering. So explained the plenum of the Supreme Court of Russia on Tuesday, February 26, reports TASS. The decision of July 7, 2015 was amended to clarify the provisions of the legislation on judicial practice in cases of money laundering.Russia is a member of the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering. The judge of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Alexander Chervotkin, said: “There is an urgent need for all FATF member countries to take coordinated measures to prevent the use of virtual assets for criminal purposes.”Chervotkin also stressed that Russian court practice already ...
Samsung Galaxy S10 Crypto Wallet will support BTC, ETH, ENJ and COSM
28.02.19
So on the eve said The Verge portal, citing "anonymous Korean insiders." The Samsung Galaxy S10 will probably have native support for Enjin Coin cryptocurrency. Also, the smartphone will come with a cold storage wallet Bitcoin, Ethereum and Cosmo Coin.As expected, the Galaxy S10 "out of the box" will be able to interact with a limited number of decentralized applications. The Verge states: "The main decentralized Samsung application is Cosmee, which allows you to earn Cosmo tokens for reviews of cosmetic products."In addition, the Galaxy S10 will provide for the possibility of contactless payment of cryptocurrency. How this function will be implemented at the technical level is not reported.Commenting on the ...
Facebook negotiates with the stock exchanges about listing its stablecoin
28.02.19
The largest social network is working on creating its own cryptocurrency. Facebook uses it to send instant transfers to WhatsApp. Insider Information disclosed The New York Times, citing five anonymous sources. The publication notes a high level of secrecy of the project.Now the Facebook project has reached the stage at which the social network is in talks with cryptocurrency exchanges regarding the sale of Facebook Coin. This statement was published by The New York Times. According to sources, employees of Facebook told the exchanges that they expect to launch their product in the first half of the year.In December 2018, Bloomberg wrote that Facebook will develop a steakblokin, focused on WhatsApp users. The New York Times in today's ...
Coinhive stops working due to economic inexpediency
28.02.19
On March 8, Coinhive, the popular browser hidden miner, stops working. In the official blog of the project, developers admitted that the project is no longer profitable. Recall: Coinhive allowed website owners to embed a hidden miner to extract Monero cryptocurrency. Mining took place with the help of visitors' computing power.The developers wrote in a blog post: “Some of you might have been waiting for this, some might be surprised. Decision is made. We will stop the service on March 8, 2019. Over the past 18 months, we have been actively working on this project, but, speaking frankly, it is no longer economically feasible. ”As reasons for their decision, they point to the last hard fork of Monero, which led to a drop in a ...
Bakkt platform introduced new Bitcoin futures details
21.02.19
Cryptocurrency platform operator New York Stock Exchange Bakkt has published new details of its bitcoin-futures product. Previously it was assumed that the new service was supposed to start on January 24th. The newly submitted information does not fundamentally change anything, but the community may be interested in the details of the design of contracts.Thus, the product of bitcoin futures on the ICE platform is called “Bakkt BTC (USD) Daily Future”. Each contract will cost 1 BTC and be calculated on the basis of the price in US dollars with two decimal places. The minimum price fluctuation recorded is $ 2.50 per bitcoin. For large transactions from 10 BTC, the possibility of determining the price with an accuracy of $ 0.01 is ...
Robinhood and LibertyX received a cryptocurrency license from the New York regulator
21.02.19
In the legal field of the state of New York, two new, licensed cryptocurrency companies have appeared. BitLicense - the right to legitimate activities in the blockchain services market - received the Robinhood and LibertyX.Robinhood is a popular application for trading securities and cryptocurrencies. Now, with its help, New Yorkers will be able to trade seven cryptocurrencies. Including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin. Also, the developer of Robinhood has received a license for money transfer services.The second owner of BitLicense became LibertyX. Now he is the only licensed company in New York that allows you to buy cryptocurrency using debit cards through ordinary ATMs. The company installed its first Bitcoin terminal in ...
The authorities in Britain will be engaged in the regulation of security-tokens and stablecoins
20.02.19
This is the newly designated plan of the FCA - the main market regulator of the country. The ministry published a document dividing crypto tokens into three categories: “exchange” tokens, security - securities, and utility - electronic money, including stablecoins.The regulator considered the possibility of applying to them the existing rules that apply to investments, financial instruments and electronic money, respectively, adjusted for "crypto". Thus, according to the Office, cryptocurrency carries risks for consumers and investors. Their clear classification will help companies in this industry to conduct their business within the legal field, and consumers - to know what protection they can expect.FCA has three a ...
ABN Amro's 500 customers are testing a cryptocurrency storage service
20.02.19
ABN Amro, a privately owned Dutch bank, launched a set of digital asset storage services. He became the first among financial institutions in the country to provide such services. According to the official statement of the company, 500 clients have already connected to the Wallie service - the so-called cryptocurrency storage infrastructure.According to representatives of ABN Amro, the infrastructure provides secure storage of private keys for users' cryptographs. Wallie also provides collateral for up to € 6,000 worth of funds.The service works in the same interface that is used for daily banking operations.On the eve, we also reported that ING - a financial conglomerate from the Netherlands - agreed with the American fintech R3 ...
The new flagship Samsung Galaxy S10 will receive a pre-installed cryptocurrency wallet
20.02.19
This is reported in the network photos of the upcoming flagship smartphone Samsung Galaxy S10. The upcoming phone will be issued with a cryptocurrency wallet and a special option “Samsung Blockchain KeyStore”. Her explanation reads: “Protect and manage your private keys in the blockchain.”Galaxy S10 can work with multiple digital currencies. This function assumes the presence of the Supported Cryptocurrency tab. So far, only Ethereum is displayed in the list of available assets. The user is prompted to import an existing wallet or create a new one through the Samsung Blockchain KeyStore.The Galaxy S lineup attracts millions of users. Therefore, adding a crypto-wallet to it can be an important step for mass of the be ...
VTB patented multiemit payment blockchain system
20.02.19
The Russian VTB Bank received a patent for the creation of multi-issuance settlement and payment systems on the blockchain for an unlimited number of participants. Among such services, including: fast payment systems, cross-border payments and loyalty programs. The system will be able to use individuals and legal entities and other banks.The developers of the future system declare: blockchain at its core will reduce costs and improve the efficiency of business processes. The digital settlement service, a tool for p2p transfers on the blockchain, became the prototype for the use of technology in the bank.“A distributed registry ensures that information on balances in customer accounts and mutual requirements of banks, which are used ...
Blockchain is twice as often used for the security of the Internet of Things
19.02.19
Distributed registry is increasingly used to ensure the security of data, services and devices on the Internet of things. Gemalto's survey says: despite legal uncertainty and lack of regulation, the use of blockchain in IoT distribution will increase from 9% to 19% in 2018.Gemalto surveyed 950 technology and business professionals worldwide. 23% of respondents consider the blockchain as the “ideal” solution for ensuring the security of IoT devices. 91% of companies do not use blockchain, allows for the possibility of its integration.Obviously, they collect and store data. However, when working with the blockchain, they need clear guidance. Accordingly, they must exert pressure on the authorities in order to induce them to a ...
Regulation is the key to the security of cryptocurrency investors
19.02.19
So said the Fortune twins Cameron and Tyler Winkloss - owners of the Gemini site and popular opinion leaders in the crypto community. An interview about the future of the market and the role of Bitcoin as a crypto-gold standard took place just a week after the ambiguous advertising campaign of the Gemini exchange in New York, held under the slogan “Crypt need rules.”Companies operating with Bitcoin and digital assets should apply sound regulation that would not inhibit innovation. People believe in the dream of cryptocurrency, but they do not know how to interact with them without burning through. This thesis was proposed by the twins.Then we are talking about stablecoins - tied one to one to the dollar of digital money. They a ...
Adena Friedman: cryptocurrencies deserve a future in economics
19.02.19
So said the head of the US Stock Exchange Nasdaq, one of three similar sites in the country. In a publication on LinkedIn, she stated, we quote: “cryptocurrencies deserve to be given an opportunity to find a reliable future in our economy.” The post on the social network appeared on the eve of Adena's speech at the World Economic Forum.Friedman believes that cryptocurrencies demonstrate the genius of the invention and the ideological potential. She notes the attitude to breakthrough inventions in society - the classic path from the first followers who were interested in cryptography and economics, then to the hype, marked by the entry of new participants into the market, and the “dose of reality” that they all a ...
Dutch bank ING uses blockchain platform Corda
19.02.19
A financial conglomerate from the Netherlands - a group of bankers, insurers and trust managers - agreed with the American fintech company R3 developer. ING has signed a five-year licensing contract for the use of the R3 top-end development - the Corda Enterprise blockchain platform.Under the terms of the contract, the Dutch will receive an unlimited number of licenses to use the Corda platform. Due to this, bankers use its technology and distributed applications CorDapp for international operations. CorDapp applications cover various areas of financial services - trade support, identification, insurance, and more.ING's top managers considered cooperation with R3, quoting: “a huge achievement on the way to integrating bank into a ...
Two-thirds of the Korean crypto exchanges failed an audit of the authorities
24.01.19
Only one third of the South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges were able to pass a security audit conducted by the authorities of the country. These are the results of the audit of the Ministry of Science and ICT, the Korea Internet & Security Agency and the Ministry of Economy and Finance. These departments checked 21 cryptocurrency exchanges from September to December 2018 in accordance with 85 criteria.Only seven trading platforms passed the test of reliability and security. These include Upbit, Bithumb, Gopax, Korbit, Coinone, Hanbitco and Huobi Korea. These sites received a positive conclusion of the regulators.The remaining 14 trading platforms, we quote: "vulnerable to hacker attacks at any time due to weak security So stated ...
China will begin to regulate blockchain companies in February
24.01.19
This was stated by the Cyberspace Administration of China in a document published yesterday. The Office also disclosed the details of the bill, designed to determine the regulation of the blockchain industry. Guidelines for existing blockchain companies will enter into force on February 15.The Office recognizes that distributed registry technology has important and useful properties. For example, protection against falsification of data. Such decisions can have a positive impact on national welfare and improve the life of society. At the same time, the agency notes that a lot of risks are also associated with the confidentiality of data exchange in the blockchain.To solve this problem, the regulator proposes to oblige blockchain companies ...
Swiss bank "Falcon" opened a cryptocurrency transfer service
24.01.19
Individual and institutional clients of a private Swiss bank will be able to convert and receive supported cryptocurrencies using separate wallets, as well as convert digital currencies into fiat currency. At the first stage, the service supports only four cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum and Litecoin. The bank also includes digital currencies in its portfolio and tax reporting.Moreover, the bank offers a cryptocurrency storage service. The bank has passed third-party audition and it meets the anti-money laundering and customer identification requirements.Recall: Falcon began working with cryptocurrency in 2017. At that time the bank received permission from the Swiss Financial Market Supervision Department.  ...
UAE and Saudi Arabia plan to create a joint cryptocurrency
24.01.19
The states announced plans to create the joint cryptocurrency in the framework of strengthening the strategic bilateral partnership. Digital currency will be introduced to facilitate cross-border payments. It can be used by central and commercial banks.The digital asset will be launched next year. At the initial stage only central banks and commercial banks of both countries will be able to use the cryptocurrency. In addition, the authorities of the UAE and Saudi Arabia plan to study blockchain technology using the example of their cryptocurrency development. Moreover, it will allow the governments of both countries to conduct an assessment of risks in the field of cybersecurity and analyze the impact of cryptocurrency on financial ...
Blockchain Could Bring $1.1 Trillion in New Global Trade, Says WEF
13.09.18
A new report from the World Economic Forum has high hopes for blockchain with revenue growth predicted to be over $1 trillion in world trade.The white paper published in June examines supply chain management and the enormous role that blockchain will play in the near future, particularly with SMEs (small or medium-sized businesses). The Asian Development Bank estimates that there is a $1.5 trillion trade gap/trade deficit which is projected to increase to $2.4 trillion by 2025. The gap is largely due to smaller businesses having insufficient access to credit, particularly affecting businesses in East Asia and the Pacific.Suppliers require importers to pay for goods in advance, and the trade gap of $1.5 trillion refers to the by a ...