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Cryptocurrency And Blockchain News Update 29th February 2020

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Is Brave Browser The Best On The Market?

A privacy expert who compared some of the most popular browsers on the market reached a clear conclusion: Brave beats their competition. Trinity College Dublin’s chair of computer systems, Dr. Douglas Leigth, authored a study comparing Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge and Yandex in terms of how much personal data they share with backend servers. Brave’s default configuration was by far the best of the bunch

Libra Association Adds A New Partner

Tagomi, which is a crypto prime broker headquartered in New York, will join the Libra Association, the governing body for the Facebook-led stablecoin. Tagomi was founded by Jennifer Campbell in 2018, a former associate at Union Square Ventures. Tagomi will become the Libra Association’s 22nd member. Members of the association are expected to contribute at least $10 million to the Libra Reserve, which holds the assets that back the cryptocurrency.

Is The Binance CEO The Richest Man In Blockchain?

While China now has more billionaires than the United States and India combined, Binance CEO might have more money than any crypto person, a new report says. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao has overtaken a co-founder of cryptocurrency mining giant Bitmain in the latest Hurun Global Rich List, an annual ranking of the world’s biggest billionaires published Chinese media Hurun Report. Issued on Feb. 26, the new Hurun Report’s list of 2,816 global billionaires includes six individuals who made their fortune from blockchain and crypto industry.

ETH Powered Blockchain Game Has Digital Collectables

F1 Delta Time, the Ethereum-powered blockchain game has begun to sell in-game item crates. Players are now able to purchase a collection of cars, parts, drivers and racing gear with the ERC-721 non-fungible tokens (NFT), according to F1 Delta Time official announcement from Feb. 25. The sale will run through March 9, with 6,500 total crates up for grabs with prices set to increase from the current levels after March 3. NFT’s are a form of a digital collectible that are not interchangeable since they carry unique qualities and vary in their level of rarity

FBI Says $144 Million In BTC Stolen Through Ransomware

A recent presentation from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, shows ransomware hackers have stolen massive amounts of Bitcoin (BTC) since 2013. Between October 2013 and November 2019, victims paid roughly $144 million in BTC to ransomware hackers, FBI supervisor Joel DeCapua indicated at a Feb. 24 RSA Conference. 

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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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