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What an explosive week in blockchain and crypto space.  

401(k) comes to Bitcoin, Digital Dollar whitepaper, Tagomi’s acquisition by Coinbase, VeChain’s partnership with Bayer, Samsung’s partnership with Gemini, and lots more to cover, it is quite difficult to decide where to begin.

Before we proceed, we hope that you all are doing well and keeping safe.

Coinbase to acquire institutional crypto brokerage, Tagomi

coinbase best exchangeIn a blog post, Coinbase has confirmed that it is acquiring Tagomi, an institutional grade crypto brokerage.  The acquisition is pending customary closing formalities and regulatory approvals. “We’re proud to build the foundation for the next wave of crypto investors by bringing onboard the first electronic prime brokerage in crypto. Even in a time of uncertainty, we view now more than ever as the time to push forward our mission of building the crypto-economy. We recognize that the journey is only just beginning, but we’re excited to be builders, and we welcome Tagomi to our mission,” the announcement according to Coinbase blog said.

Samsung’s crypto wallet to integrate Gemini crypto exchange trades 

Gemini Exchange for cryptocurrencySamsung is marching on its quest to become the blockchain smartphone of choice. Gemini crypto exchange has announced this partnership.  The announcement reads “Gemini is partnering with Samsung Blockchain to power the Samsung Blockchain Wallet. This integration allows Samsung Blockchain Wallet users to connect to the Gemini Mobile App to buy, sell, and trade crypto. Gemini is helping bring crypto to the fingertips of Samsung Blockchain Wallet users in the United States and Canada.”  The feature will be available on the Samsung Galaxy models. 

Adani Ports digitizes supply chain using IBM blockchain

IBM STOCKIndia’s biggest private port operator has signed up with TradeLens, a blockchain-based digital container logistics platform which was developed by Maersk and IBM. “The TradeLens partnership will enable greater ease of doing business across the supply chain by replacing manual, time consuming administrative process with digital procedures powered by blockchain technology,” the news read.  The project is expected to result in millions of dollars in cost savings while helping reduce the delays by reducing the lead time.

Iran to develop national strategy for crypto mining

Bitcoin miningAccording to google translated news, Iran President Hassan Rouhani has asked the Central Bank of Iran to create a national strategy on crypto mining.  The translated news indicates that “at the 137th session of the government’s Economic Coordination Headquarters was held on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Hojjatoleslam Hassan Rouhani, the Ministries of Energy, Communications and Information Technology, as well as the Central Bank, were tasked with following up on the issue of digital currency mining and related framework.”

VeChain partners with Bayer China

Vechain updatesBayer China has partnered with VeChain to increase clinical trial traceability in drugs.  VeChain was selected under the 2019 Bayer China G4A Partnerships Program. The VCBeat revealed that the “challenge was to find a solution that can help improve data transparency, effectiveness, and traceability of drug management in clinical research. Blockchain technology’s high security, traceability, and unchangeable features coincide with such demands. Therefore, this cooperation was finally reached by a blockchain technology company, VeChain.”   

Brave takes a stab at Zoom by introducing Unlimited Videos from within browser

You can now conduct end-to-end encrypted video calls through Brave browser.  No extra software or subscriptions required.  Brave announced the Unlimited Videos from browser feature via Twitter.

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Our Nightly version for North America now features Brave Together, our private and unlimited video calling service based on open source @jitsinews. Click on the widget & start connecting with friends/colleagues. Feedback welcome at https://t.co/SWLpcAKZDq for this trial version. pic.twitter.com/UPFE13Z0xB

You can check out the Video Calling here: https://together.brave.com/

Samsung elevates data protection with new Security Chip solution

samsung galaxySamsung is not only increasing its footprint in the blockchain wallets space, it is also upgrading the data protection features on its devices. Samsung announced that “The new security solution is a state-of-the-art component that offers higher assurance levels than its predecessor’s CC EAL 5+ with an industry-leading CC EAL 6+ certified-hardware secure element, S3FV9RR, and powerful security software. CC EAL 6+ is utilized in applications that demand the most stringent security requirements in the market such as flagship smartphones, e-passports and hardware wallets for cryptocurrency.

India OK with Crypto trading

Indian government’s response to a Right to Information (RTI) petition confirmed that crypto trading is OK in India. Harish BV, Co-Founder of UnoCoin, filed for an RTI and has posted the response on this twitter post.  The RTI response clarified that there are no prohibitions from RBI on banks providing services to crypto exchanges and crypto traders. 

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An RTI was filed by @bvharish Co-founder of Unocoin.Question: Does RBI prohibited any banks from providing the bank accounts to crypto exchanges or crypto traders ?Answer from RBI: As on date no such prohibition exist.Great, now you can show this RTI to your bank. 🚀🚀 pic.twitter.com/n5iqGCSQtd

Facebook Libra rebrands as Novi

Facebook is jumping through the hoops to bring its Libra project to life.  The latest effort involves a makeover to the name of the company, Calibra, that is tasked with launching its cryptocurrency LibraCalibra will now be called Novi. A post on Facebook’s official page, authored by David Markus, announced “the new name and brand for the digital wallet that will help people send and hold Libra digital currencies.”  The announcement also alludes to the KYC and customer support aspects which indicates that the project might launch sooner than we thought.  “All Novi customers will be verified using government-issued ID, and fraud protections will be built in throughout the app. And, whenever you need it, you’ll have 24/7 access to our chat-based support and customer care team.”

401(k) comes to Bitcoin

Listen up millennials – you now have the option to invest in bitcoin through your 401(k).  BitWage announced that with the help of strategic partnership between Leading Retirement Solutions, Kingdom Trust and Gemini, people will be able to invest in Bitcoin through their 401(k).  The blog post revealed that “What this means is that companies can offer employees the ability to invest traditional/pre-tax and roth/post-tax 401k dollars into Bitcoin.”

Digital Dollar Project releases Whitepaper

The Digital Dollar project continues to push through. A whitepaper has been released by the Digital Dollar Foundation.  The whitepaper describes that “the Project seeks to advance the public interest by future-proofing the dollar for consumers and institutions across both domestic and global economies. Given the US dollar‘s status as the world’s primary reserve currency and exploration of CBDC by other national governments and stakeholder organizations, the Digital Dollar Project sees piloting a US digital dollar across a range of use cases as a critical and prudent initiative for the United States to begin now. “

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A rather slow week in the crypto space.  

Bitcoin on track to $100,000 by 2025

A Bloomberg report titled “Bitcoin Trend, Adding Zeroes” predicts that $100,000 by 2025 is on track.  “Bitcoin could continue doing what it has for most of its nascent existence, appreciating in price on the back of increasing adoption, but at a slower pace as we see it. The first-born crypto has had a tendency to add zeros to its price from around $10 in 2011. It took about four years to go from $1,000 to $10,000 in 2017, so doubling that time frame for maturation could get the price toward $100,000 in about five more years. Or the new technology could fail, but our demand indicators are positive. With the exception of stable coins, the rest of the crypto market is subject to excess supply and competition,” report read.

Another company joins the $100 Million Bitcoin club

Stone Ridge created a subsidiary called New York Digital Investment Group (NYDIG) to act as the custodian of its own customers bitcoin.  The move was prompted by the growing demand from customers who were willingly investing 1% to 5% of their portfolio in Bitcoin.  Forbes reported that “Stone Ridge Holdings Group revealed NYDIG is acting as custodian of 10,000 of the parent company’s bitcoin, valued at $115 million at today’s price.” “The two largest funds currently managed by NYDIG are the $190 million Institutional Bitcoin Fund LP, disclosed in regulatory documents in June and the $140 million Bitcoin Yield Enhancement Fund LP disclosed in May,” the article revealed.

Coinbase lost 5% of its workforce, got over 1000 requests from FBI

coinbase best exchangeAbout 5% of the workforce left Coinbase due to its ‘no politics at work’ stance. At the same time, it has allegedly received more than 1000 requests from agencies, mainly FBI, regarding crypto transactions. While these news are unrelated – Reddit and other social media channels are flaring up with anarchists rhetoric calling crypto users to move away from the capitalists Coinbase. We are indifferent on the matter.

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On ramps are being built to pave the world’s businesses to the blockchain. Latest in this trajectory is EY, one of the world’s big 4 accounting firms, who has built a solution to onboard businesses onto blockchain.

EY launches Ethereum Solution ONP

OpsChain Network Procurement (ONP) which is expected to help convert the procurement contracts into digital smart contracts and automate volume discounts/rebates has been launched by Ernst & Young (EY) on Ethereum Blockchain. EY is one of the Big 4 accounting firms in the world that has been eyeing to be at the forefront of blockchain technology and this ONP is a great addition to its forte. “EY OpsChain Network Procurement supports network-level business processes by moving those business processes outside of any single ERP system and into a shared blockchain-based smart contract. It builds upon EY experience with other procurement activities, such as software royalty calculations, where shifting to blockchain-based contracts has compressed cycle times by more than 90% and cut costs by 40%,” according to the press release.

KuCoin hack hauls $130 Million, creates a stir re: decentralization

KuCoin got hacked during the week for 100s of millions of dollars.  However, according to the KuCoin CEO Johnny Lyu substantial part of those stolen funds have been recovered. Over $200 Million in stolen funds have been recovered. While many crypto maximalists were furious at the fact that KuCoin and the projects supporting KuCoin were able to freeze the funds in the suspected accounts, some argued that the key tenet of blockchain and cryptocurrencies is the ability to be not shut down by an external force. Say what may – this recovery of funds has been welcomed by those who use KuCoin. In a clear twist of the plot, KuCoin was able to turn these things around and instill confidence in the exchange. The latest in this hack thriller is that KuCoin claims to have located the hackers and are now working with the authorities to take the legal action.

The man who called banking system a scam buys his first Bitcoin

The UK politician whose speech against the banking scam has been referred to by crypto communities, Godfrey Bloom,  has tweeted that he made his first purchase of Bitcoin. 

 

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This week people are reminded why Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are needed.  An expose by Buzzfeed reviewed the FinCEN files to show that major financial institutions have been assisting and facilitating illicit affairs to earn their fees.

$2 Trillion scandal shows why we need blockchain now

Standard Chartered, HSBC, Bank of America and many of the world’s biggest financial institutions have been secretly mining money in the form of fees for the world’s most dangerous individuals and entities.  “A huge trove of secret government documents reveals for the first time how the giants of Western banking move trillions of dollars in suspicious transactions, enriching themselves and their shareholders while facilitating the work of terrorists, kleptocrats, and drug kingpins,” reports Buzzfeed which ran an expose on the whole matter.  This reminds us one more time that the number one choice of criminals is not bitcoin or cryptocurrency which remain quite traceable.  Criminals use cash and also major bank accounts in broad daylight for their illicit affairs.

OCC issues clarification for banks regarding stablecoins

Office of Comptroller of the Currency issued clarification about banks holding cryptocurrencies, specifically, stablecoins.  Essentially, OCC gave greenlight for banks to hold stablecoins as long as they have 1:1 reserve.  “A bank providing services in support of a stablecoin project must comply with all applicable laws and regulations and ensure that it has instituted appropriate controls and conducted sufficient due diligence commensurate with the risks associated with maintaining a relationship with a stablecoin issuer. The due diligence process should facilitate an understanding of the risks of cryptocurrency and include a review for compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including those related to the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering,” OCC letter clarified.

Cryptos are part of Visa’s future strategy

Digital assets and blockchain technology are going to be important parts of Visa’s future,” was the conclusion of an exclusive Forbes interview with Terry Angelos, SVP global head of fintech at Visa and Cuy Sheffield, senior director, head of crypto at Visa. “We are seeing significant interest in demand from crypto companies that want to work with Visa and connect their clients to our network of 60-plus million merchants,” Terry mentioned during the interview. Visa expects to be part of broader cryptocurrency adoption and also work closely with the world’s major banks in the CBDC adoption.

EU announces plan to regulate cryptocurrencies

European Commission is working on introducing a framework to regulate cryptocurrencies.  It could potentially take a year or more for these regulations to come out.  Investor protection and enabling innovation will be cornerstones of these proposed plans.  The new plan will mean that crypto-asset companies authorized by one of the 27 EU countries will be able to provide its services across all the other member states, according to the CNBC.

Gemini is expanding into United Kingdom

Winklevoss brothers brainchild, Gemini, is expanding into the UK as it received the electronic money license from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).  This move will allow residents of the UK to buy bitcoin using a debit card on the Gemini platform.  According to the article in Bloomberg, Gemini is looking to expand into Singapore next.  

Fun Fact: Norway, Blackrock and Vanguard hold Bitcoin, indirectly

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund, which owns 1.5% of MicroStrategy, effectively owns roughly 577 bitcoins. Blackrock and Vanguard also own shares in Microstrategy which in turn makes them indirect holders of Bitcoin. Source: Forbes.

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