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Cryptocurrency And Blockchain News Update 20th January 2020

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Ethereum 2.0 Around The Corner?

The world’s most famous Altcoin, Ethereum continues to develop the next stage of its evolution with the sharding-enabled Ethereum 2.0, a group of developers will focus on the existing chain to maintain its operability during the transition. Dubbed Ethereum 1.x, the project’s goal is to maintain Ethereum’s (ETH) usability while the Serenity upgrade is being worked on.  

Swiss Crypto Bank Raises $95 Million In Funding Round

Seba, which is a relatively new Swiss-based digital asset bank holding regulatory licensing, looks to attempt a secondary capital raise to garner over $95 million in additional funds. During the raise, Seba aims to secure 100 million Swiss francs, which is about $96 million, “from new investors, including financial institutions, family offices and individuals,”.

EU AML Regulations May Be Bad For Blockchain

On The 10 Of Jan this year,  the European Union’s 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD), was officially signed into law. The legislation will give sweeping powers to compliance organizations and law authorities. Aside from tracking dirty money to offshore paradises, the law brings about a series of restrictive demands on crypto companies in a way never seen before. 

What Will Blockchain Do For Oklahoma?

Mr. Nathan Dahm who is a senator from the great state of Oklahoma wrote a new bill for his state which looks to build a state-backed innovative financial institution around blockchain technology, establishing a new classification of institutions. He said speaking about the legislation: “I’ve always been interested in cryptos since bitcoin first came out but once I heard what Wyoming (especially Rep Tyler Lindholm) was doing I decided to pursue something in Oklahoma,”

Grayscale – $600 Million Dollar Rise In Institutional Investment

Grayscale — which is one of the most well-known institutional investment firms in the crypto space — has revealed that institutional investment into crypto went sky-high in 2019., Grayscale recorded inflows of more than $600 million in 2019, which is more than the inflows from 2013 through 2018 combined. It is perhaps surprising that Grayscale has seen record crypto investment levels, especially if you consider that nine out of 10 of its products have seen losses in 2019.

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3 Big Blockchain Firms Working Together On A DeFi Product That Pays Passive Income

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3 Big Blockchain Firms Working Together On A DeFi Product That Pays Passive Income
3 Big Blockchain Firms Working Together On A DeFi Product That Pays Passive Income

In a special announcement made at the Unitize conference on July 6,  Cosmos, Polkadot, and Terra revealed a new DeFi savings product called Anchor that aims to offer dependable interest rates on stablecoins deposits. The companies involved in the creation of Anchor plan to launch it across their respective blockchains at the end of Q3 this year and scale across to other PoS blockchains in the future. Do Kwon, founder and CEO of Terra, explained in a prepared statement:

“While DeFi staples such as Maker and Compound have been revolutionary in creating fully decentralized crypto money markets, the volatility of their interest rates makes them unsuitable to be used as a household savings product. DeFi mass adoption needs the creation of a fully decentralized savings account that offers dependable APR.”

Anchor’s smart contracts receive stablecoin deposits and use a portion of them to acquire staking positions on compatible Proof of Stake blockchains. Users will receive their passive income from these staking rewards. The initial governance for this platform will come from the Interchain Asset Association (IAA), a newly formed organization that sees Zaki Manian of Cosmos, Jack Platts of the Web3 Foundation, and Do Kwon of Terraform Labs collectively steering the ship.

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Telegram Is Set To Shut Down The TON Testnet By August 2020

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Telegram Is Set To Shut Down The TON Testnet By August 2020
Telegram Is Set To Shut Down The TON Testnet By August 2020

Although Telegram has terminated its blockchain project, Telegram Open Network (TON), in May 2020, the TON test net has been apparently running for almost one year. In a July 6 update, the official TON development group on Telegram announced that it would be discontinuing its support of the test network for TON. Remaining TON validators will be turned off by August 1. In the post, the TON official recommended network participants save all their relevant data and stop their testing processes. Despite the testnet being set to shut down less than a month from now, network participants will still be able to continue their experimentation after the testnet is terminated. In order to do that, users can install their own testnet validators, described in greater detail in three different how-to documents containing guidelines for the Full Node, the Validator, and Test Grams.

Telegram launched the TON testnet for explorer and node software on Sept. 6, 2019. In anticipation of its scheduled Oct. 31 launch last year, the company released an alpha version of an iOS wallet to work with its native token, the Gram. But Telegram’s TON plans were never fully realized, as the United States Securities and Exchange Commission suddenly deemed Telegram’s $1.7 billion ICO illegal in mid-October. After a long-running legal battle with U.S. regulators, Telegram agreed to shut down its TON project, as well as return $1.2 billion to investors in line with a court-approved final settlement. As officially announced by Telegram CEO Pavel Durov, the firm had already reimbursed more than $1.2 billion by June 25.

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Brock Pierce Enters The 2020 US Presidential Race

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Brock Pierce Enters The 2020 US Presidential Race
Brock Pierce Enters The 2020 US Presidential Race

Brock Pierce, entrepreneur, crypto venture capitalist, and child star, has announced his USA Presidential run on Twitter July 5. His tweet stated: “

“I, Brock Pierce, am running for President of the United States of America.”

Pierce’s campaign site states that he is a pioneer digital currency and has raised more than $5 billion for the companies he has founded. Pierce is the Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and co-founder of EOS Alliance, Block.one, Blockchain Capital, Tether, and Mastercoin (first ICO). His website, sparse on details, does not say if he is seeking a nomination in a political party or if he is running as an Independent.

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