Samsung adds ETH and BTC support on the upcoming smartphone

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This feature will be available to Samsung users in the US, Canada, South Korea, UK and Germany, among other countries. In 2019, Samsung had released Blockchain Keystore and effectively turned their phones into a cryptocurrency hardware wallet. Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone vendors, has officially confirmed that its new line of smartphones will be offering support for cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and Ethereum. Describing the features of the upcoming Galaxy S20, Samsung stated that the new generation will include the firm’s proprietary app, which allows users to store private keys for…

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Cardano (ADA) makes major changes to its node with crucial update

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Blockchain platform Cardano have announced the release of a major update to its architecture. The update is made up of the Cardano Node and also includes Cardano Explorer Backend with Web API. According to an extensive post, Cardano communications director Tim Harrison highlighted the features of the upgrade. Cardano have been working on the upgrade for the past 18 months and it is expected to be a pre-cursor for upcoming releases of Shelley and Goguen. The updates are expected to make it easier for third-party developers and enterprise adoption. Changes…

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Avril Group to use blockchain to track eggs

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French agribusiness Avril Group became the latest to team up with IBM Blockchain to apply blockchain technology to trace its “Matines Eggs” range from the farms to the consumers. The tracking will be done through Cloud network IBM Food Trust solution, which is based on Blockchain Hyperledger technology. Avril Group is the French market leader in the vegetable oil and protein industry, as well as the owner of the leading fresh egg and oil brands, Matines and Lesieur, among others. It has operations in 22 countries. The hens that lay…

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Bitcoin (BTC) surpasses 500,000,000 transactions

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According to data provided by on-chain research firm Glassnode, Bitcoin (BTC) has just reached a major milestone by recording more than 500 mln transactions. The fact that Bitcoin has added more than 100 mln transactions since April 2019 flies in the face of crypto critics who keep parroting that no one uses it. Rapid transaction growth Bitcoin reached its highest number of confirmed daily transactions on Apr. 23, 2019. More than 439,000 of them were recorded on the Bitcoin network on that day. In the past 24 hours, BTC logged…

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Coinbase exchange is set to surpass 1 million Bitcoin (BTC) held in cold storage

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Unlike the trading volume that is an easy-to-fake metrics, as the widely circulated Bitwise report from last year found that 95% of reported volume on unregulated exchanges is “fake,” cold storage data provides a better picture. This data comes from analysis of on-chain transfers and though not all cold wallet addresses can likely be identified with accuracy, these numbers are quite difficult to fake. Coinbase Beats Every Exchange Now, as per the data provided by Chain.info, Coinbase is leading among the exchanges with the largest amount of Bitcoin in their…

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It’s never been harder to mine Bitcoin

Bitcoin hash rate (1-day moving average) versus price Source Glassnode

The mean hash rate of the Bitcoin (BTC) network has hit new all-time highs to mark the cryptocurrency’s latest technical achievement, fresh data suggests. Compiled by monitoring resource Glassnode, a new analysis of Bitcoin’s historical hash rate shows that on Jan. 7, the mean value reached 119 quintillion hashes per second — its best ever at the time. Consensus on BTC hash rate record Hash rate refers to the amount of computing power miners are using to validate the Bitcoin blockchain. The more power, the more notionally secure the blockchain…

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BitFury partners with UN

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Blockchain development firm Bitfury is set to partner with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on a project to conserve and increase Kazakhstan’s forestland. As the Astana Times reported on Jan. 14, the project aims to help the country to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 15% over the coming decade to meet its commitments in the 2016 Paris Agreement. Offsetting Bifury’s carbon footprint Bitfury and the UNDP are poised to sign an agreement later this month with the Kazakh Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources to create a…

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Nike to Tokenize Footwear on Ethereum Blockchain Network

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Nike intends to use the Ethereum blockchain network to generate a unique digital asset for limited edition shoes. It got a patent to tokenize footwear on the Ethereum blockchain network. Nike is responsible for the design, development, marketing, and sale of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories, and services for athletes. The Company’s operating segments include North America, Europe, Japan, China, and Emerging Markets. Its brand portfolio includes NIKE, Jordan, Hurley, and Converse brands. Nike to Use Ethereum Blockchain Network (ERC 721 Token) Nike intended to generate unique IDs and create ERC…

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CCB Launches A Blockchain-Based Small Business Financing Platform

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One of China’s largest financial institutions, China’s Construction Bank (CCB) launched its blockchain based re-factoring platform. The announcement, released on December 10th by local news outlet, Sina Finance App, further points out the bank aims to boost efficiency and reduce risks pinned to the factoring business. China’s state Owned Bank Launches Blockchain-Based platform Factoring is a popular channel that mid and small-sized businesses use to raise capital by selling their invoices at a discount to another firm. China’s state owned CCB, the world’s second largest bank in assets owned, launched…

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Denmark’s Tax Authority Sends Warning Letters to 20,000 Crypto Owners

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The tax authority of Denmark has reportedly sent out warning letters to 20,000 crypto owners asking them to amend their tax returns, pay taxes on crypto gains, or face penalties. The tax agency is demanding a full breakdown of their crypto transactions; it recently obtained information on these traders from three local crypto exchanges. Warning Letters to Crypto Investors Danish Skattestyrelsen, the tax authority of Denmark, has reportedly sent out warning letters to 20,000 cryptocurrency owners. Swedish crypto tax startup Koinly posted a copy of the letter on its website…

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Dubai developer launches crypto payment option for home buyers

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Ellington Properties says it has chosen Bitcoin Suisse as its preferred crypto brokerage provider Dubai-based developer Ellington Properties has chosen Bitcoin Suisse (BTCS) as its preferred crypto brokerage provider, adding to the payment options for its base of international customers. Designed to enhance customer satisfaction, Ellington Properties said customers can now purchase homes in central locations in Dubai using bitcoin with the transaction process to be facilitated by Bitcoin Suisse. BTCS has helped shape the crypto and blockchain ecosystem in Switzerland, the developer said in a statement. Paula Wehbeh, head…

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Binance partners with TravelbyBit to launch crypto-backed Travel Rewards Card

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Global travel meets mainstream crypto adoption in this latest venture from Binance and TravelbyBit, the company behind Brisbane Airport’s transformation into the world’s first cryptocurrency-ready airport. Travel booking platform, TravelbyBit, and leading global cryptocurrency exchange and blockchain ecosystem, Binance, have joined forces to create a cryptocurrency-backed travel rewards card to facilitate crypto payments on major travel websites. Starting today, users can pre-register for the TravelbyBit Travel Card at https://travelbybit.com/card-launch/. The new TravelbyBit travel rewards card will function as a traditional prepaid debit card with additional access to exclusive travel discounts…

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89% of Chinese Blockchain Firms Have Tried to Issue Crypto

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89% of China’s blockchain firms have allegedly tried to create their own cryptocurrency, according to a senior exec at a local blockchain association. According to the state-run CCTV on Nov. 21, Yedong Zhu, the president of the Beijing Blockchain Technology Application Association (BBAA), revealed that the vast majority of blockchain industry in China is focused on tokens, not blockchain. In addition to Zhu’s remarks, the report by CCTV covered a new study led by the People’s Bank of China (PBoC). Co-authored by five local financial and technology authorities, the “Bluebook…

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Italian banks successfully test data reconciliation via blockchain

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The Italian Banking Association (ABI) successfully processed the reconciliation data of an entire year of local banking activity on a blockchain platform. The association announced the successful test of the Spunta Project’s system in a press release published on Oct. 12. The successful test of the framework has been first announced by Italian media at the end of September though with little details. Platform viability has been demonstrated Now ABI reveals that the test has seen 200 million data entries being processed by the blockchain banking reconciliation system, effectively simulating…

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BMW, General Motors, Ford to start testing blockchain payments in cars

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Five major automakers — BMW, General Motors, Ford, Renault and Honda — will start testing a blockchain car identification and payment system next month in the United States. Automakers envision self-paying cars, digital IDs Nikkei Asian Review reported on Oct. 14 that the partnership aims to test the vehicle ID system developed under the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative. As part of the project, cars are assigned digital IDs linked to ownership, service history and a wallet allowing the vehicle to automatically pay fees without specialized hardware. The alliance reportedly envisions…

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