The European Union recently published a report where couple of recommendations were made on how to improve the development of the blockchain technology including scalability and interoperability standards. For that reason, we take a closer look of the report in our blockchain news below.
The report was published on March 6th by the European Union Blockchain Observatory and Forum dubbed ‘’Scalability, Interoperability and Sustainability of Blockchains.’’ The report initially prepared by blockchain tech company ConsenSys on behalf of the EU blockchain department. The report gives us a broad insight into the current and potential future of the blockchain technology in Europe including the input of multiple sources and stakeholders.
According to the authors, standards for digital identities and interoperability among blockchains is recommended so that ‘’we can expect that over time it will become easier and easier for disparate blockchains to work together and to expect that this will be of benefit for the whole ecosystem.’’ The report also continues to point out the much-needed support for basic research and implementation of related projects:
“Currently the EU is active in supporting blockchain research in a number of ways, from the EU Blockchain Observatory & Forum […] to the allocation of up to EUR 340 million [$382 million] to support blockchain projects through 2020 under the Horizon 2020 programme. While these are laudable, the EU should not rest on its laurels. Both the U.S. and China have expressed strong support for blockchain research, with the former even going so far as to include it as part of its USD 700 billion defence budget.”
Further, the report urges policy makers and giant industry players to cooperate and improve the development of blockchain technology but also its governance. It also goes on to say that the European Union has a wait-and-see approach in order to provide projects with some time to learn and experiment before the standards are implemented.
The authors of the report suggest that the governments around the world could interact with blockchain technology as identity providers so they can be ready to expect new models and possibilities. The report makes clear that the tension between General Data Protection Regulation and the legal status of crypto assets and smart contracts should be quickly resolved.
Blockchain For Timepieces: World’s Oldest Watch Manufacturer Gets Involved
“Blockchain certification serves to avoid paper authentication, which can easily be forged,” the company said in a press release.As the latest cryptocurrency news show, Vacheron Constantin will use blockchain tech to integrate additional information in the certificate - as well as a complete history of the product and manufacturer. The blockchain for timepieces initiative will apparently help and fight counterfeiters while guaranteeing authenticity of the watches as well as protecting the customers from purchasing fake ones.
“[Blockchain] makes it possible to create a forgery-proof digital certificate of authenticity, which follows the watch throughout its life, even if that involves several changes of owner. A unique number is thus assigned to a unique object, making the two inseparable and securing data relating to the property, value, nature and authenticity of the timepiece," the company said in an official statement.Vacheron Constantin is however not the first big manufacturer interested in blockchain for as a technology and featured in the coming altcoin news. Earlier this year, the major global fiber producer Lenzing announced that it will implement blockchain and bring more transparency to its fiber supply chain, launching a traceabilit platform in 2020 as the company reports showed.
"Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin will begin using Blockchain immediately with timepieces in its Les Collectionneurs program. Now each of the vintage watches, which have been patiently tracked down by the maison’s heritage specialists and restored to perfect working order before being sold at special events at their boutiques, will be sold with a paper certificate of authenticity along with an incorruptible digital certificate," the news concluded
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“Currently, you can invest in seven cryptocurrencies on Robinhood Crypto: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin SV, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin, and Dogecoin. You can also track price movements and news for those and 10 additional cryptocurrencies.”Crypto enthusiast has avoided going to New York because the state has a very stringent regulations system for the crypto sector. For some, BitLicense is a classic move of regulation-before-innovation which is a law that creates an unnecessary burden for small startups by making them go through expensive procedures. For example, there is a $5,000 fee to NYDFs with no approval guarantee as well as the $45,000 worth of legal paperwork as it was revealed by one of the BitLicense applicants Coinsettler Jaron Lukasiewicz in 2015. Costs like these have influenced many New York startups to find a place with a friendlier crypto climate such as California or even European countries such as Switzerland. At the same time, crypto startups that managed to build a financial foundation for themselves, now are trying to find a comfortable place while entering New York. As mentioned in the altcoin news previously, Robinhood is the 10th company in a period of four years that received a BitLicense. According to the vice president of product Josh Elman, this decision to go into Wall Street is ‘’a crucial next step.’’:
“We’ve introduced millions of people to equity investing on Robinhood, and want to do the same for everyone interested in crypto.”The Fintech startup now has six million users around the US and by entering New York Robinhood plans to add a few million more. Their networth reached $5.6 billion after the last funding round that closed in March 2018. In the meantime, Robinhood managed to raise about $539 million capital so far.
Samsung Pay Gets Ready For Crypto Integration: Report
“Samsung Electronics appears to be moving to integrate cryptocurrencies to Samsung Pay, which accounts for 80 percent of the South Korean simple payment market. The company has recently transferred the blockchain task force (TF) of the mobile business division to the service business division.’’Previously in 2018, the Korea Herald reported that Samsung Pay made a 58 percent increase in its users base. The industry tracker WiseApp found that the platform was mostly used as a financial application in late 2018 where more than 10.4 million users got their hands on it. In 2017, the platform had about 6.6 million users which make an incredible step forward for Samsung. The 10 million users represent the 20 percent of the entire South Korean population and the platform has also thousands of users around the world that use the application because of its technology called magnetic secure transmission. This technology enables users to transact at a conventional point of sale terminals. Now, the strategy of Samsung Pay is to make sure that a niche market is secured and will expand its user base even further. Samsung already integrated a crypto wallet-the Samsung Blockchain Wallet back in February along with its Samsung S10 device which allows users to send, receive and hold cryptocurrencies in the built-in wallet. The South Korean altcoin news outlet Donga noted:
‘’Samsung Pay has recently extended the transaction period for overseas users and integrated an international payment processing service, aggressively targeting the global financial services market.’’With reports suggesting that the tech giant is considering the possibility of launching a blockchain network, it is expected that Samsung will continue to march forward to target the rapidly growing sector. Under the leadership of the current vice president of the business division Kim Yong-Jae, the blockchain task force at Samsung has started new other crypto projects.
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