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World wants to re-open.  

Few states in the US have already lifted the shelter-in place on selective businesses. Florida opened some beaches for people to walk (not to sun-bathe) while the health experts are warning about opening up too soon.

While the news channels are full blast on COVID-19, the blockchain and crypto space are marching on with their road map.  

Zoom integrates crypto payments to help small businesses and entrepreneurs

Zoom integrates cryptocurrency“Zoom SmartSessions allow instructors, therapists and any service provider to socially distribute and manage registration, payments, and access to their services offered via Zoom,” thanks to the 2key SmartSessions app integrated into Zoom. SmartSessions will integrate smart contracts seamlessly into Zoom sessions so that only those who have paid for the session are able to join. Although the payment is in crypto, users can purchase the crypto with the credit card directly. Due to the paywall the recent Zoom video bombing will not be an issue for those setting up a payment to enter, according to Zoom. 

Dole to implement blockchain on all Dole divisions by 2025

“Implement blockchain product-tagging technology and/or advanced traceability solutions in all Dole divisions by 2025,” read Dole’s Sustainability report. The report further claims that blockchain helps cut the average time in investigating food safety investigations. “Dole has teamed up with Walmart, IBM and other partners to demonstrate the potential for blockchain – a technology that has been used by financial institutions for years – to bring about a step change in food safety,” report said.

Bitcon mining chip producer, Ebang, files for an IPO

how to mine bitcoinEbang International Holdings Inc., has filed an IPO application. Company hopes to raise $100 Million through the IPO. The application states that the company will use proceeds to “strive to expand into the upstream and downstream markets of the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry value chain to diversify our offerings and achieve a more stable financial performance. We intend to start with the cryptocurrency mining and farming business and explore applying blockchain technology into non-cryptocurrency industries, such as the financial services and healthcare industries. We believe our extensive experience in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry positions us well in our future endeavors.”  Company has reported net losses of $11.8 Million in 2018 and $41.1 Million in 2019, respectively.

Renaissance Technologies, $75B hedge fund, gets OK for bitcoin futures

The Medallion Funds, operated by Renaissance Technologies has got the approval to conduct Bitcoin Futures transactions. The form filed with the SEC shows reads “The Medallion Funds are permitted to enter into bitcoin futures transactions, which Renaissance will limit to cash-settled futures contracts traded on the CME.” The Medallion Funds has been the talk of the town with their massive ROI performance. It is interesting that the same fund is now entering the Bitcoin Futures market.

Chinese Digital Yuan pilot list includes McDonald’s, Subway and Starbucks

starbucks bitcoinChina is moving forward with its pilot of Chinese Digital Yuan. They have released an initial list of 19 companies to participate – including – Starbucks, McDonald’s, Subway etc.,  The race for digital currency has been heating up between the US and China although the US seems to have some catching up to do.  The US has recently hinted that they will introduce digital dollars to distribute the stimulus payouts.

Vertalo and tZero tokenize $300 Million Real Estate on Tezos Blockchain

Advantage Blockchain partners with Vertalo to tokenize a $300 Million using tZero platform using Tezos blockchain.   The parties involved in this transaction include Advantage Blockchain, Prime Trust, tZERO ATS, and Vertalo, in addition to Tezos blockchain technology. Vertalo stated that “by partnering with Advantage, Vertalo will lay the groundwork for commercial real estate’s tokenization and technology infrastructure.” This combination of Real Estate & Blockchain could open a $228 Trillion Real Estate market to benefit from blockchain to reduce costs and create more reliable and instantly verifiable real estate contracts.

Bundle aims to be Venmo of South Africa, a Binance spinoff

Binance spinoff, Bundle, is looking to become Venmo of South Africa to bridge the traditional economy with the Bitcoin economy. Forbes reportedThe new app lets users send, receive and spend bitcoin, ether, and Nigerian naira with little more than the recipient’s phone number. Unlike Square though, Bundle will also let users spend Binance coin (BNB), the exchange’s native cryptocurrency, which has been doled out to loyal and active traders using its crypto exchange. In the near future they’ll be able to spend and (more importantly) save Binance U.S. dollars (BUSD), stablecoins backed by U.S. dollars and regulated in the United States.”

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Decentralized Search Engine Presearch Tackles Misinformation and Fake News with Time-Stamped Search Results

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Presearch is the first search engine to integrate WordProof’s timestamping, helping people verify and trust online information

Midland, Ontario, Canada — Presearch, a community-powered search engine that protects privacy and delivers more neutral, unbiased results, today announced it will label time-stamped pages in search results, a key component in combating the spread of misinformation online. Presearch is the first search engine in the world to integrate WordProof’s universal blockchain-based timestamping ecosystem, which shows when information was last edited or updated and helps to verify the source, improving trust and transparency on the internet. WordProof time stamping will be added to search results on Presearch.

“We’re very excited to work with WordProof to facilitate more transparent, informative search results on Presearch,” said Colin Pape, founder of Presearch. “By providing tools like WordProof to searchers, we are furthering our mission to empower people with search choice and quality results, while rejecting the bias and manipulation that is all too common online.”

Confidence in the internet is rapidly declining due to fraud, fake news, and privacy concerns. Research shows that 86 percent of people believe they’ve been exposed to fake news. Google accounts for 92 percent of all searches worldwide; search engines act as a gateway to online information, and too often, they act as filters that deliver search results based on biases and algorithms that do not serve people’s best interests. With 2 million registered users, Presearch offers an alternative to Big Tech with a decentralized, node-powered platform that represents the interests of the community and uses blockchain technology to align all stakeholders across a single unit of value, the Presearch PRE Token.

“WordProof is using blockchain technology to create a global standard that helps people verify the origin of the content they find online,” said Sebastiaan van der Lans, Founder of WordProof. “We are proud that WordProof and Presearch are leading by example, proving it’s possible for search engines to create a more trusted web.”

WordProof brings verifiable trust to digital publishing and commerce. Presearch and WordProof have aligned to bring trust to the internet through transparent, unbiased, and verifiable search results; while making it a priority to educate consumers on identifying misinformation as they share their progress in completing the full integration.

WordProof’s Timestamp Ecosystem enables consumers and search engines to verify the source of content, as well as see when content has been changed or updated. Last year, the company received €1 million from the European Commission as the winner of its ‘Blockchains for Social Good’ contest, and a grant from Block.one to scale its service.

About Presearch

Presearch is building a sustainable decentralized search platform that represents the interests of the community, will be open source and transparent, and uses blockchain technology to align all stakeholders across a single unit of value, the Presearch PRE Token. With more than 2 million registered users and 1.3 million searches per day, Presearch is one of the world’s most popular blockchain projects.

About WordProof

WordProof was founded in 2019 and won Europe’s Blockchains for Social Good contest in 2020. The Dutch startup is on a mission to restore trust in the internet. Fraud and fake news make the Internet unreliable. WordProof’s Timestamp Ecosystem now enables consumers and search engines to verify the source of the content. WordProof is advised by Joost de Valk, founder of the world’s most popular WordPress plugin, Yoast SEO.

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EmiSwap Combines Best of Gaming and DeFi: NFT Farming on DEX

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Designed to provide high rewards for liquidity providers, EmiSwap will launch gamified NFT farming in Q3 2021

Dubai, UAE — May 5, 2021 — EmiSwap (https://emiswap.com), the first community-governed decentralized exchange (DEX) to provide high rewards for liquidity providers (LPs), today announced their plans to launch gamified NFT farming mechanics on its DEX protocol in Q3 2021. EmiSwap’s NFT farming will feature a new approach to liquidity mining by rewarding users with Ordinary, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, Legendary, or Mythic NFT cards depending on how long and how many assets they stake. Liquidity providers can vest for longer periods to receive significantly larger mining benefits compared to other protocols in the sector.

Despite recent price drops, NonFungible.com reported the average price of NFTs increased significantly during the first quarter of 2021 with over $2 billion spent on NFTs alone. Unlike the traditional NFTs that mainly consist of arts and collectibles, EmiSwap’s NFTs feature the best combination of gaming and DeFi by gamifying NFT farming. EmiSwap’s Magic Card NFTs can be used to maximize earnings, sold on marketplaces, and appropriated as gaming pieces in competitions like Card Wars, a game launching in Q4 2021 inspired by the famous card games Magic: The Gathering and HearthStone. Each Magic Card will provide different rewards including, ESW token bonuses, farm-speeding powers, rare collectibles for Card Wars, and more.

EmiSwap is currently distributing limited-edition NFTs to liquidity providers as an added benefit of their loyalty program. At this stage, NFT items can only be obtained if you supply liquidity and pass Total Value Locked (TVL) milestones that increase in increments of $100,000. The final milestone is $100 million TVL. The campaign consists of 1,000 milestones to serve as a reminder of the ancient Chinese proverb, “A journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step”.

Last week, EmiSwap announced the successful completion of the Seed round with over $1.4 million raised. The DAO-governed protocol is currently in the private investment round to provide further opportunity for investors who couldn’t participate in the overbooked Seed round. The private round will conclude at the end of May 2021 with the launch of multiple launchpad listings.

EmiSwap is the first project of the EmiDAO alliance and its members who are actively involved in managing and supporting the EmiSwap DEX. The EmiDAO alliance includes Alpha Sigma Capital, DigiFinex Exchange, Bitmart Exchange, Emirex Exchange, HollaEx Exchange, IDCM, and Everest Group.

For more information please visit EmiSwap’s website and Medium.

About EmiSwap

EmiSwap (https://emiswap.com) is the first community-governed decentralized exchange (DEX) that provides high rewards for liquidity providers (LPs) and offers 100% compensation for Ethereum’s transaction fees in $ESW governance tokens. EmiSwap is a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) in which $ESW token holders vote to govern the developments of the platform. Participants will be rewarded daily based on their trade volume and will have exclusive opportunities to collect EmiSwap’s limited edition NFT cards. EmiSwap is the first project in the EmiDAO alliance which includes Alpha Sigma Capital, DigiFinex Exchange, Bitmart Exchange, Emirex Exchange, HollaEx Exchange, IDCM Exchange, and Everest Group.

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EQIFI and Sheesha Finance Partner to Increase DeFi Accessibility and Global Banking

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The partnership will set new standards for decentralized finance, offering single uniform platform services for lending, borrowing, and investing

United Arab Emirates — May 3, 2021 — EQIFI (https://eqifi.com) a decentralized protocol for pooled lending, borrowing, and investing for ERC-20 tokens, today announced a partnership with Sheesha Finance (https://sheesha.finance), the first comprehensive DeFi solution for investors to easily access a variety of projects while solving issues surrounding locked crypto assets. With a shared goal of democratizing financial products, the partnership will improve investor accessibility to various projects in Ethereum’s thriving DeFi ecosystem.

Despite the exponential growth of DeFi and billions of dollars transacted daily, the user experience and contribution process can be complex and overwhelming for investors looking for extensive exposure. EQIFI is powered by EQIBank and users may apply for EQIBank bank accounts, loans, custody, debit and credit cards, OTC, and wealth management, while Sheesha Finance makes DeFi more accessible to mainstream investors by creating easily convertible assets that can be used to gain exposure to new and existing projects in the space.

“The partnership with Sheesha Finance is a new step in solidifying EQIFI as a major player in the DeFi space,” said Jason Blick, Chairman of EQIFI (DeFi) Limited. “Since our launch earlier this month, we’ve seen unprecedented demand. Our team has been tirelessly working around the clock, answering emails and taking calls. Not only are we massively oversubscribed, but we have a considerable waiting list above our hard cap.”

“We are thrilled to partner with DeFi leader, EQIFI, to provide global accessibility to financial products and services,” said Saeed Hareb Al Darmaki, founder of Sheesha Finance. “Our roadmap includes partnering with the strongest projects to grow the DeFi ecosystem with integrity and transparency and we have found a strategic partner in EQIFI, who also supports that vision.”

“As DeFi projects and products mature, we hope to grow our partnership closer,” said Brad Yasar, EQIFI CEO. “Sheesha Finance is increasing accessibility to new DeFi projects with its unique model. This vision aligns well with EQIFI’s goals and we are excited about this partnership.”

Exploding onto the DeFi scene in recent weeks, EQIFI is the first DeFi protocol for ETH, ERC-20 tokens and select fiat currencies, to partner with a fully licensed and regulated digital bank – EQIBank. By harnessing the power of blockchain technology and EQIBank’s network spanning 180 countries and territories, EQIFI is positioned to become an industry world leader, helping to democratize financial products previously only available to the privileged few.

Sheesha Finance is dedicated to bringing full transparency and integrity to DeFi. Sheesha ensures its ecosystem participants can fully benefit by maximizing their exposure to various DeFi projects and rewards. Sheesha Finance is the first DeFi mutual fund that rewards investors of any size, from small to large ticket holders, with unlimited DeFi tokens from a diversified portfolio of projects.

To learn more visit the EQIFI Telegram channel or Sheesha Finance Telegram channel.

About EQIFI Limited

EQIFI (https://eqifi.com/) is a decentralized protocol for pooled lending, borrowing, and investing for ETH, ERC-20 tokens including wBTC, Stablecoins, and select fiat currencies. It will provide a single uniform platform for DeFi products with access* to bank accounts, custody, debit and credit cards, OTC, and wealth management. EQIFI’s infrastructure is optimized for real-time digital interactions, placing the project at the forefront of embracing today’s ever-demanding culture that wishes to embrace the evolution of digital technologies.

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