Crypto.com Lists Binance Launchpad Tokens 11361

Crypto.com, the pioneering payments and cryptocurrency platform, announced today that it has listed 4 Binance Launchpad Tokens to its Wallet & Card App, including Matic Network’s MATIC, Celer Network’s CELR, Fetch.AI’s FET, and Harmony’s ONE.

These 4 tokens join a growing list of 31 cryptocurrencies and stablecoins on the Crypto.com platform, such as bitcoin (BTC), ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), XRP, TrueUSD (TUSD), PAXOS (PAX), and its own MCO and CRO Tokens.

Matic Network provides scalable, secure and instant Ethereum transactions using Plasma side chains and a Proof-of-Stake network. It aims to solve the problems faced by the blockchain ecosystem through building a decentralized platform using an adapted version of Plasma framework, which provides for fast and low cost transactions with finality on a mainchain.

Celer Network is an Internet-scale, trust-free, and privacy-preserving platform where users can quickly build, operate, and use highly scalable dApps. It is a networked system running on top of existing and future blockchains. It provides unprecedented performance and flexibility through innovation in off-chain scaling techniques and incentive-aligned cryptoeconomics.

Fetch.AI is a decentralised digital representation of the real world in which autonomous software agents perform useful economic work. They can perform tasks, such as delivering data or providing services, and are rewarded with a digital currency for their efforts — the Fetch.AI Token (FET).

Harmony is a fast and secure blockchain with key innovations in state sharding and peer-to-peer networking. Its sharding uses secure proof-of-stake and decentralized randomness, and its networking achieves optimal cross-shared routing and fast block propagation.

With MATIC, CELR, FET, and ONE added to the Crypto.com Wallet & Card App, users can now purchase these tokens at true cost with no fees – credit card and bank transfer both supported. As Crypto.com also offers the MCO Visa Card, this adds additional utility to the newly listed tokens as users can easily convert cryptocurrencies into fiat currencies and spend at over 40m merchants globally.

About Binance Launchpad
Binance Launchpad is an exclusive token launch platform of Binance that helps transformative blockchain startups raise funds to develop products that wants to drive cryptocurrency adoption. For more information, please visit: launchpad.binance.com.

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Nestlé on propagating digital thinking & pioneering the use of blockchains 27811

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AS COMPANIES embrace technology and add digital to their DNA, they realize that the sky is the limit. Of course, digital thinking skills are critical, and that’s what sets organizations such as Nestlé apart from its competitors.

The company has been working on the Chain of Origin project — an effort to bring more transparency into the supply chain — which has just been shortlisted for an award in the ‘Operating Model Mastery‘ category at the IDC Digital Transformation Awards.

Ahead of the award ceremony, Tech Wire Asia caught up with Nestlé Digital Technology Manager Armin Nehzat to learn how the company propagates digital thinking and its success pioneering the use of blockchains in the Chain of Origin project.

“The company, on a global level, has seen the need to develop in a digital way. We launched a global program called DAT (Digital Acceleration Team) where members of the brand teams are exposed to digital projects.

“Members of the DAT also have the ability to go on missions to other Nestlé offices in order to propagate digital thinking and complete briefs based on brand & consumer problems and needs, usually on smaller budgets and condensed timelines.

For the Chain of Origin project, the company took a similar approach and started with an initial proof of concept that did not require an investment. That helped the team present the business case and secure funding for development.

According to Nehzat, the Chain of Origin project has been a tad more challenging than most others.

“It has been testing how quickly we can move as an organization to completely review how we do business. From sourcing products at the micro lot level, all the way through to tracking products individually to the end consumers.

In order to succeed, the company adopted a “start-up” mindset approach, deploying small teams with the ability to solve problems on the go.

However, Nehzat plans on taking the learnings from this project and transferring them to things that the organization pursues in the future.

“While we are starting the transformation on a small scale with a new brand, we are looking to see how this could scale to other product offers. So I guess it’s more of a long term journey rather than a short term bet.”

Cryptocurrency futures exchange CoinFlex targets Asia traders with physical delivery of bitcoin contracts 27629

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New cryptocurrency futures exchange CoinFlex, which claims to be the world’s first exchange that offers physical delivery for bitcoin futures contracts, wants to ramp up business from Asian retail investors who want to avoid falling victim to price manipulation that it says is rampant in cash-settlement contracts.

Mark Lamb, Hong Kong-based chief executive of the company, said contracts that physically deliver bitcoin and other tokens at settlement will benefit traders, who can be certain the spot and futures prices have not been manipulated and that they closely track the spot bitcoin price. This is because cash-settlement contracts, whose price is often calculated using a formula based on the spot bitcoin prices of other exchanges, can be easily manipulated.

“Professional and retail traders alike are affected by price manipulation in the cash settled futures market. In physical delivered contracts, anyone long at expiry receives the underlying bitcoin. There are no formulas involved,” Lamb said.

He did not comment when asked if CoinFlex was offering services to Hong Kong-based customers. The city’s Securities and Futures Commission proposed a regulatory framework on cryptocurrency exchanges in November 2018, and has said it was unlikely to grant licences to exchanges that offered the trading of futures and derivative contracts.

Lamb said he had seen an increase in attempts to manipulate prices over the past few months, by traders who moved the underlying spot prices that go into the formula in their favour, as they took advantage of the thinner trading volume of the cryptocurrency spot market compared with that of futures. Currently, the trading volume of bitcoin futures is 1.5 times that of spot.

Altcoins: ETC, IOTA, ADA, TRX and XLM 25505

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ETC/USD

Ethereum Classic (ETC) was the best performer of the past seven days by a huge margin. A bulk of its rally can be attributed to the forthcoming Atlantis hard fork, scheduled for next month, which aims to address security concerns of the community. ETC Labs announced that London-based token investment group North Block Capital has joined its Studio program. Both entities will work together to create comprehensive token sale initiatives for North Block Capital investments, clients and partners. The companies will also endeavor to expand to Asian markets. After the sharp rally, can the momentum continue or will profit-booking drag prices down? Let’s analyze its chart.

ETC/USD

After trading in a small range for the past five weeks, the ETC/USD pair made a decisive move this week. It has broken out of both moving averages, which is a positive sign. If bulls can sustain the momentum, a rally to $10 is probable. $10 is likely to act as a stiff resistance because the price had turned down from it on two previous occasions. A breakout of this resistance will start a new uptrend that can carry the price to $15 and above it to $20.

Conversely, if the pair turns down from $10, it might extend its stay inside the wide range. The longer the consolidation, the stronger and more reliable will be the eventual breakout from it. Traders can buy on dips to $6.50 next week and keep a stop loss of $5. If the support at $5 breaks down, the pair can drop to the bottom of the range at $3.40.

IOTA/USD

MIOTA (IOTA) was the second-best performer of the past seven days. EDAG announced that it will showcase its EDAG CityBot multifunctional robotic vehicle, which uses IOTA’s machine-to-machine payments. A new parking app developed by trive.me also utilizes IOTA’s Tangle. Is this a good time to buy?

IOTA/USD

The IOTA/USD pair is trading inside a wide range of $0.244553 and $0.541. One of the reliable strategies to trade a range-bound market is to buy on a rebound from support and sell closer to resistance. The bears attempted to break below $0.244553 last week, but did not find sellers at lower levels. This week, the sharp bounce suggests that buyers are keen to defend the support. Therefore, traders can buy above $0.28 and keep a stop loss of $0.20. The first target objective is $0.38 and above it $0.541.

If bulls fail to build on the bounce, bears will make another attempt to break below the yearly low of $0.207622. It this support cracks, the next target on the downside is $0.14.

ADA/USD

Cardano (ADA) is attempting to make its way back into the top-10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. Has it turned positive? Let’s analyze its chart.

ADA/USD

After failing to scale above the overhead resistance zone of $0.10–$0.11151 in late June, the ADA/USD pair has corrected close to the support at $0.035778. If this support breaks down, a retest of the yearly low at $0.0282710 is possible. With the price trading below both moving averages, the advantage is with he bears.

Still, as the price is close to the support of the range, traders can attempt to buy on a strong bounce off $0.035778. The stop loss can be kept below the yearly low of $0.028. There is a minor resistance at $0.0580828 and above it at the moving averages. A breakout of moving averages can propel the price to $0.10.

Our bullish view will be negated if the price turns down from the moving averages and plunges below the yearly low.

TRX/USD

The number of Tron (TRX) DApps has continued to rise, reaching 561, according to DAppReview. Both transaction time and transaction volume also increased by 30% over the previous week. Is the cryptocurrency ready for a reversal? Let’s find out.

TRX/USD

The failure of bulls to propel the TRX/USD pair above the overhead resistance of $0.04 in late June attracted sharp selling. Though the price has broken below the strong support at $0.01774, the bears have not been able to capitalize on the breakdown. This shows a lack of sellers at lower levels. The pair is currently finding support near $0.016. However, as long as the price remains below the downtrend line, there is a risk of a fall to the yearly low at $0.01124.

Conversely, a breakout and close (UTC time) above the downtrend line on a weekly basis will be the first signal that buyers are back in action. The recovery will face resistance at the moving averages and above it at $0.03. As the rebound from the support is weak, we suggest traders wait for the price to break out and sustain above the downtrend line before attempting long positions.

XLM/USD

Stellar (XLM) rounded up the top five with a flat performance in the past seven days. Can it build on its gains or will it decline again? Let’s analyze its chart.

XLM/USD

The XLM/USD pair has been making new yearly lows in the past two weeks. This shows that the trend is down. Both moving averages are sloping down and the RSI is in the negative zone, which suggests that bears have the upper hand. However, the downtrend has not picked up momentum after breaking down of the strong support at $0.072545. This shows that investors do not want to part with their holdings at these levels.

Nevertheless, the absence of a strong bounce indicates a lack of urgency among bulls to buy at the current levels. Though there might be a short-term bounce, investors should avoid it. We will wait for the price to sustain above $0.072545 for more than a week before proposing a trade in it.

Market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange.

The Changing World of Payments 19897

Payments

The payments industry is evolving at pace. In Digital Payment Services we are helping to shape those changes, allowing us to transform our services and deliver the best for our users. Often when we talk about payments, people automatically think of CPS, our Central Payment System, however our payments estate is much more extensive and complex than that. That means any new changes will be felt across our payments ecosystem that provides services for our 20 million customers.

Design thinking

The way the industry is changing has not only influenced our design thinking, but has also challenged our understanding of the needs and demands the next 5-10 years could bring, as well as the known challenges and pain points.

A key principle of design thinking is to challenge our mind-set and put the users and their experiences front and centre. Before shaping the future, we need to consider the influencers and disruptors that could have direct and indirect implications. Some of the disruptors we’re watching are Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies. Other important influencers include socio-economic changes, such as an aging population increasing demand on our services. We’re also looking at the introduction of open banking, which is aiming to create more competition in the payments industry by opening up and standardising banking data.

An important conclusion of our design thinking is that although we must change and develop new services, we need to protect the core services that our users rely on.

Changing trends

Some of the trends that we’ll be watching as we transform our payment services include:

  • New Payments Architecture – this will introduce the biggest set of changes to the way UK payment schemes process payments in years. Forecasted to start implementation in 2021, a common payment message standard will be introduced, the existing schemes will be consolidated and new overlay services, such as Request to Pay and Confirmation of Payee, will be available.
  • Open Banking – this is now starting to reshape financial services at pace, enabling new business models and products.
  • Distributed Ledger Technologies – we are starting to see the first full production implementations, such as Santander’s One Pay FX. The benefits include reducing time, cost and failure rate associated with making transactions whilst data is stored on a secure immutable ledger.

I’m keen for us to consider how we can harness the payment innovations coming out of these trends and how we can influence the New Payment Architecture to help shape future of payments across government.

Successes so far

Payments are core to our service and are critical to help people live better lives.

We’ve already achieved a lot: we’ve insourced some services, migrated the hosting of our core payments system from external suppliers to on premises hosting and now manage and evolve our payments systems within the department. We have delivered some fairly significant change: introduced a new Faster Payment solution allowing for near real-time payments. And we have migrated our banking services to the new Government Banking Services.

As we move our Payment Services forward they need to be efficient, modern, fast, scalable, flexible, innovative and available 24/7. To do this we’re building a team of incredible people and skills. But most importantly, we’re continuing to ensure our customers receive their payments on time.

S. Korean Financial Regulator Planning to Directly Regulate Cryptocurrency Exchanges 19904

The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) under the Financial Services Commission (FSC) has disclosed a plan to directly regulate cryptocurrency exchanges and bring them into the regulatory system. Currently, the FIU indirectly controls cryptocurrency exchanges through administrative guidance to banks.

An FIU official said on Aug. 6 that the government will enhance the transparency of cryptocurrency transactions by introducing a “cryptocurrency exchange licensing system” recommended by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Lee Tae-hoon, head of administration and planning at the FIU, said, “If an amendment to the Act on Reporting and Use of Certain Financial Transaction Information, which reflects the FATF’s international standards for cryptocurrencies, passes the National Assembly, it will be possible to prevent money laundering through cryptocurrencies.”

Lee was speaking at a public hearing on the enactment of a law to improve transparency in virtual asset trading held at the National Assembly Member’s Office building.

“If the amendment is approved by lawmakers, we can raise the effectiveness of regulations by shifting from the current indirect regulation through commercial banks to direct regulation,” Lee said.

In this regard, crypto exchanges and legal circles pointed out that the regulations on banks’ issuance of real-name accounts to cryptocurrency exchanges need to be specified first to ensure that cryptocurrency exchanges have the same level of real-name authentication and anti-money laundering systems as that of traditional financial companies.

tZERO Awarded Patent For Technology Enabling Traditional Trading Systems To Be Anchored Into Public Blockchains 19863

tZERO, the global leader in blockchain innovation for capital markets, announced today it was awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the Time Ordered Merkle Epoch (TOME) methodology. TOME is a base-layer technology that uses digital signatures to record and verify time-series data such as trades, executions and settlements. This technology enables low-latency systems, including traditional matching engines or private blockchain ledgers, to be anchored into immutable public blockchain ledgers.

The TOME system will allow tZERO to record incoming trades quickly and efficiently in a time-series, producing a hash at any time interval, which can be anchored on a public blockchain. With the technology behind this patent, tZERO is able to verify the existence of previous trades and simultaneously produce an auditable and immutable record of those transactions. This system provides valuable functionality to exchanges and trading venues required to report trade activity, as well as to regulators for audit purposes.

tZERO CEO Saum Noursalehi said, “This technology, which is synergistic with the patent that we announced earlier this year, has many use-cases in our ecosystem. It can be used in our suite of products, as well as licensed to companies across various industries that are seeking to maintain a tamper-proof and auditable record of time-series-based data. Today’s announcement showcases our technological leadership in blockchain innovation and underscores the strength of tZERO’s intellectual property and its growing portfolio of strategic assets.”

In conjunction with the patent tZERO was granted in January 2019, TOME can be utilized to link the settlement of tokenized blockchain-based securities on a public blockchain with legacy trading systems. Additionally, it can record and anchor the execution venue’s transactional data and the resulting on-chain settlement data into public blockchain ledgers. For example, off-chain trade data and on-chain settlement data occurring on an Ethereum mainnet can be combined and anchored into the Bitcoin blockchain for added resiliency, security and transparency.