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Monex Group Considers Adding Crypto To Its Retail Client Offerings

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Monex Group Inc., who is actually the owner of the CoinCheck Japanese crypto exchange, is thinking about adding crypto to its retail client offerings. The goal is to become more competitive on the brokerage market and we read more about it in our coming altcoin news.

According to reports, Monex Group acquired Coincheck a year ago in April right after the exchange was hacked and lost nearly $532 million in the same year.

Going back to 1999 when Monex Group was founded, the company was one of the most popular online brokerages. However, since then, the company was run over by rivals such as SBI Holdings, Rakuten and Mastui. The brokerage unit of the company considers adding digital currencies for retail clients offerings by collaborating with Coincheck.

Monex Group Securities Inc.’s president Yuko Seimei believes that this strategy is crucial for the further success of the company:

 “We’ve fallen a little behind — we can’t deny that. If we keep doing things the way we have, we may not be able to close the gap.”

Japanese investors seem to have a lot of enthusiasm for cryptocurrencies despite the increasing competition. The Japanese Yen is now accounting for 45% of national fiat currencies trader for Bitcoin according to statistics.

As previously reported in the latest cryptocurrency news, Monex Group got Coincheck under its wing and took multiple measures to improve the protection of the company and to develop its trading systems. The company also tried to reimburse those who were affected by the hack of the exchange.

Last year in November, Coincheck resumed trading and obtained an operating license from the Financial Services Agency in Japan in December 2018. The financial report of Monex Group shows that in the third quarter for 2019 fiscal year Coincheck halved its losses as compared to the preceding quarter. This month, Monex announced a few changes to its management organization by hiring three Coincheck executive directors to enhance the cooperation between the companies.

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Beacon Chain Contracts: The New Way To Deploy ETH-Based dApps

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There has been a major redesign in the core infrastructure behind Ethereum 2.0, bringing beacon chain contracts as a new way to deploy dApps in the ecosystem. The altcoin news recently showed a new proposal directly submitted by the founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, which suggests a radical modification of the blockchain's role in a new iteration. The new proposal shows the iteration based on proof-of-stake consensus. As one co-lead at a non-profit organization called Prysmatic Labs named Raul Jordan stated:
“The idea here is that basically on the beacon chain, you’re going to be able to deploy these little worlds that summarize how a blockchain works, how a state transition works, [and] how a smart contract works."
This puts beacon chain contracts in the focus of the latest cryptocurrency news. According to Jordan (who is part of one of the leading teams building software that supports scalable and energy-efficient version of the second largest blockchain in the world), the proposed beacon chain design by Buterin “makes it a lot easier for application developers, people building on [ethereum],” and thus helps in leveraging the new network without having to re-learn the parameters of an entirely new blockchain platform. A lot of application developers praise the news for the beacon chain contracts because of the amazing features. However, many aspects are still highly subject to change and further research. However, Buterin's latest proposal suggest interesting new dynamics to simplify how decentralized applications (dApps) are deployed on the estimated $26 billion network. As many other altcoin news sites report, the beacon chain is a central blockchain that coordinates with hundreds of other Ethereum blockchains called "shards" in the envisioned Ethereum 2.0 network.
“Instead of having one giant machine run transactions one at a time…we can split it up across tons of machines across the world and run them in parallel,” Jordan explained.
Even though originally the beacon chain was to act strictly as the coordinator, Buterin has proposed that the beacon chain could serve an additional function - and store specialized smart contracts called beacon chain contracts. The titles were everywhere, reported by many best cryptocurrency news sites.
“These contracts are not analogous to regular smart contracts you would deploy for your application on ethereum 1.0,” writes Will Villanueva, a researcher for the Ethereum venture capital studio Consensys. “Those would live within the shard chains. In contrast, beacon chain contracts will represent execution environments or transaction frameworks as a whole.”
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NFL Players Demand To Get Paid In Bitcoin

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NFL players join the Bitcoin revolution and demand to get paid in bitcoin. In today’s altcoin news we read more about the true bond between the American Football stars and the number one cryptocurrency. It all started when an LA Chargers Offensive Tackle Russell Okung tweeted: Pay me in Bitcoin.’’ Since his tweet, more of the NFL players tweeted back. 15 minutes after the initial post, he wrote:
 “How dope would it be to see an ESPN headline with an athlete being paid in $BTC?”
The crypto community answered right away and told Okung all the information and tools that he needs to continue on the crypto journey together. The player was happy to answer the community and even asked:
 “How could something so wrong make me feel so right? I’m part of the revolution. Long $BTC, short the bankers.’’
In the meantime, Anthony Pompliano also posted that the NFL Quarterback Matt Barkley was among the NFL players that also wanted to get paid in bitcoin but he didn’t succeed to get his dream come true. Again, the crypto community on Twitter praised him and offered him advice on how to fight for what he really wants. Trezor, the popular crypto wallet producer even offered to get him and his team-mates free hardware wallets to which Barkley replied he was ‘’all about @Ledger.’’ The most surprising thing was that he replied to the suggestion that he already has some ‘’skin in the game’’ and that he started mining bitcoin some time ago. Okung on the other hand, as reported in the latest cryptocurrency news tweeted that many of the NFL players are asking him about bitcoin. however, the thing goes past the dream of the player to get his paycheck in Bitcoin. He is the vice president of the NFL Players Association which ‘’assures proper recognition and representation of players’ interests.’’ It is expected from him as a person with a say in the organization to fight for the players who want to get paid in Bitcoin. With services like Bitwage available, the dream could become a reality for those who want another option in their career.
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Robinhood Mobile Trading App Valued At $7 Billion: Report

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Robinhood mobile trading app, the favorite among crypto users, closed it recent funding round where about $5.6 billion was attached. In the latest cryptocurrency news today, we see how the platform managed to create a multi-billion dollar business in less than seven years. Robinhood built a zero-fee stock brokerage and trading app with a very inviting user interface and managed to build its empire. The company’s valuation increased after the latest $200 million funding round from its financial backers. The funding round could result in the company reaching a valuation as high as $10 billion. The last year’s funding round brought the company a valuation of $5.6 billion. The stock trading app has an amazing track record of growing its user base and successfully managing to monetize its services. According to Nasdaq’s reports, Robinhood Markets Inc. made a &billion revenue back in 2017 and the company is expected to make $47 billion annually by 2020. This is possibly the fastest growing broker of all time. In 2018, the investment app surpassed its rivals and doubled its user base to 4 million. As the best cryptocurrency news sites explained, Robinhood mobile trading app has zero commission fees which are surprising how the company manages to make such crazy amounts of money. The profits, however, come from three main sources: selling orders to high-volume exchanges that are seeking more liquidity profits from interest rates earned by lending money and by the Robinhood Gold subscriptions that charge a $10 to $200 a month. Selling orders to high-frequency exchanges is a tried practice that has proven to attract criticism for lack of transparency. Nevertheless, Robinhood is extremely popular with millennials. The zero-fee policy is a major selling point for this target group. The app’s friendly interface is also one of the reasons for its huge popularity. There’s no doubt that the Robinhood mobile trading app selection of crypto investments is also very attractive to the millennials and daytraders. A survey shows that 43 percent of millennials trust crypto exchanges more than they do stock ones.  The co-founder of Robinhood stated:
‘’Crypto has certainly added to our growth. In the next couple of years I think you’ll see Robinhood looking like a full-service consumer finance company.’’
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Blockchain For Timepieces: World’s Oldest Watch Manufacturer Gets Involved

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The world's oldest watch manufacturer coming from Switzerland, Vacheron Constantin, is apparently interested in blockchain for timepieces - and about to start using the blockchain technology to track its watches. The news went viral in the altcoin news section after they were shared by the lifestyle magazine Robb Report on May 24. Originally founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is known as the world's oldest watch manufacturer. Now that the brand is interested in blockchain for timepieces, it also plans to issue a paper and a digital certificate to each of its vintage watches, putting the technology to actual work.
“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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