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Cryptocurrency And Blockchain News Update 6th January 2020

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Burger King Venezuela Takes Bitcoin Payments

Bitcoin (BTC) has come to Burger King in Venezuela as a new partnership opens up cryptocurrency payments with the fast-food chain. A single Burger King branch in the Sambil area of Caracas now accepts Bitcoin, along with altcoins Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Binance Coin (BNB) and Dash (DASH), as well as stablecoin Tether (USDT).

Blockchain Making Strides In The Energy Industry

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in Ireland has presented a framework for the forward selling of renewable energy in the form of nonfungible blockchain tokens. The working paper mentions the use of smart contracts for real-time offsetting of the token holders’ energy consumption, for effective management of energy in a distributed framework. The paper mainly investigates the forward selling of electricity between energy generators and consumers in a cyber-physical network.

Coinbase CEO Chimes In On Future Crypto Apodters

The next wave of people coming into the world of cryptocurrency won’t care about the asset class, this according to Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong.  “The next 100M people who get exposure to cryptocurrency will not come from them caring about cryptocurrency, but because they are trying to play some game, use a decentralized social network, or earn a living, and using cryptocurrency is the only way to use that particular application.”

IMF Says Cryptocurrency Can Help People In The Philippines

A technical assistance report published by the International Monetary Fund has said that the IMF has urged, the central bank of the Philippines, to collect and study data from cryptocurrency exchanges. The report identifies the island country, with a population of 105 million, as a potentially important crypto market and suggests that the BSP should focus on cross-border flows using cryptocurrencies

China May Make It Easier To Start Blockchain Projects

The National Intellectual Property Administration (NIPA) in China continues to work on the guidelines for blockchain patent applications, which are set to become effective as of Feb. 1. At the end of December 2019, the government agency announced the revised guidelines to patent applications for new emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, big data, and business rules and methods.

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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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