Banning cryptocurrencies in India not the solution: Nasscom 17627

India

Banning cryptocurrencies in India is not the solution as this would inhibit new applications and solutions from being deployed and would discourage tech startups, the IT industry’s apex body Nasscom said on Tuesday.

An inter-ministerial committee headed by Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg last week submitted the report and the draft bill on banning of cryptocurrencies and regulating official currency in the country.

“Nasscom believes that the recent proposal of the inter-ministerial committee of the government to ban all cryptocurrencies barring those that are backed by the government, is not the most constructive measure.

Instead, the government should work towards developing a risk-based framework to regulate and monitor cryptocurrencies and tokens,” it said in a statement.

A ban would handicap India from participating in new use cases that cryptocurrencies and tokens offer.

The panel in its draft report had said that for private cryptocurrencies, given the risks associated with them and volatility in their prices, “the group has recommended banning them and imposing fines and penalties for carrying on of any activity connected with them in India”.

According to Nasscom, cryptocurrency-based businesses can be tested in the regulatory sandboxes being launched by the financial sector regulators across the country.

“We should work towards creating a regulatory framework that will constantly monitor and prevent illegal activities. Regulating would allow the law enforcement agencies to be better equipped to understand these new technologies, enable them to gather intelligence on criminal developments and take enforcement actions,” said the IT industry’s apex body.

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Walmart Canada and DLT Labs™ launch world’s largest full production blockchain solution for industrial application 18691

Walmart Canada and DLT Labs™ today announce the launch of Walmart Canada’s blockchain-based freight and payment network, the world’s largest full production blockchain solution for any industrial application. The new system uses distributed ledger technology to track deliveries, verify transactions, and automate payments and reconciliation among Walmart Canada and its carriers which deliver inventory to over 400 retail stores across Canada annually. All Walmart Canada’s third-party carriers are scheduled to be live by February 1, 2020. The solution is accessible using a web portal and an easy to use mobile application.

Walmart Canada partnered with DLT Labs™ to automate freight and payment data using DLT’s leading supply chain platform DL Asset Track™. The new blockchain-based freight and payment network manages, integrates and synchronizes all the supply chain and logistics data in real time, aggregating the data between Walmart Canada and its fleet of third-party trucks on a shared ledger. The solution also automates the myriad necessary calculations enabling real-time invoicing, payments and settlement. At the same time, it seamlessly integrates with each company’s legacy systems, so organizations can continue to follow their existing processes without retraining or a new investment in technology. This innovation arose from Walmart Canada’s continued focus on reducing costs to ensure the lowest everyday prices for Canadian consumers.

John Bayliss, senior vice-president, logistics and supply chain, Walmart Canada, says, “Walmart Canada is dedicated to efficiency across our business, including most importantly in our supply chain and logistics management. Our carrier partners move over 500,000 loads of inventory nationally, which creates an extraordinary volume of transaction data. This new dynamic and interactive blockchain technology platform is creating complete transparency between Walmart Canada and all of our carrier partners.” Bayliss adds, “Blockchain is enabling a material advance in our smart transportation network, with expedited payments, extensive cost savings and other benefits among our supply chain. Moreover, this degree of improved efficiency represents a powerful platform for us to continue to reduce our environmental footprint and continue our leadership in environmental sustainability.”

Loudon Owen, CEO of DLT Labs™, says, “Walmart is a global leader in innovation, with a relentless focus on improving people’s lives, and DLT Labs™ is delighted to partner with such an extraordinary organization to bring the world’s first and largest blockchain solution for industry into production. This proves the high value of blockchain and sets the stage to revolutionize supply chain management and logistics, due to its ability to enable secure information sharing, manage trust and reduce waste in multi-partner operational processes.” Owen adds, “Just as the Roman’s concept, ‘dictum meum pactum’ (meaning ‘my word is my bond’) was fundamental to building trade, this product creates a secure digital handshake using blockchain to renew trust and efficiency in global trade.”

Bison Transport was the carrier partner in the pilot of this new blockchain-based freight and payment network. According to Rod Hendrickson, VP Finance, Bison Transport, “Great partners find innovative ways to create business solutions that benefit both parties. The blockchain initiative we worked on with Walmart and DLT Labs is just that – a mutually beneficial solution that works well for Bison Transport and Walmart Canada.  This project is a new paradigm that will greatly improve workflows, reduce paperwork, and make the business we do with Walmart more efficient.”

Walmart Canada’s distribution centres are hubs of activity, with more than 4,500 associates and drivers moving thousands of items daily from sites located in CalgaryMississauga and Cornwall to stores from coast to coast across Canada. Walmart Canada operates 8.75 million square feet of distribution center and moves more than 853 million cases of merchandise annually. These goods are transported by a combination of 3rd party fleet as well as Walmart Canada’s own fleet of 180 tractors, 2,000 trailers and more than 350 drivers. Each third-party trailer tracks approximately 200 data points per shipment. Automating this data collection and management using blockchain results in a significant cost-saving.

Walmart Canada is committed to ongoing leadership in developing smart transportation networks, having already established more efficient techniques for loading, routing, driving, and energy efficient improvements with truck manufacturers. Interconnecting the data between Walmart Canada and its carrier partners provides a platform to materially improve operations, delivery coordination and routing efficiency, waste and cost reduction, and automated payment reconciliation and processing.

StockCharts.com Introduces Cryptocurrency Data and Advanced Charting for Digital Assets 20657

StockCharts.com has announced the addition of cryptocurrency data to its award-winning financial charting platform and full suite of investment analysis tools. The initial slate of data includes 15 prominent cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, XRP, Bitcoin Cash, Monero and many more, with others expected to be added in the near future.

“The advanced charting tools are the heart and soul of StockCharts, but data is the lifeblood,” said Chip Anderson, founder and President of StockCharts.com. “Our data coverage is an ever-expanding puzzle, and the addition of crypto is the latest piece. We’ve watched this market carefully over the past few years, and the time is right to bring this growing new asset class to StockCharts. I’m excited to help our users chart and analyze the crypto world like never before with this new data now on the site.”

Cryptocurrency data launched on the StockCharts.com website during the week of Nov. 4 and is now available for charting analysis to both free users and paid members. All cryptocurrency data is updated in real time, 24/7.

“We’re absolutely thrilled about the addition of crypto data to StockCharts.com,” said Grayson Roze, StockCharts.com VP of Operations. “We’re always looking for ways to deliver more value to the investment routines of our users, and supporting the crypto markets as we now do is a wonderful next step in that mission. Adding this data is a great boost to our product on its own, but in concert with the ongoing rollout of our new Advanced Charting Platform, the excitement has only just begun.”

StockCharts.com users will be able to track cryptos with advanced technical charts, run custom technical scans for all cryptocurrencies and set automatic alerts for coins that they follow most closely.

The launch slate of cryptocurrencies on StockCharts.com includes:

  • Bitcoin ($BTCUSD)
  • Ethereum ($ETHUSD)
  • XRP ($XRPUSD)
  • Bitcoin Cash ($BCHUSD)
  • Tether ($USDTUSD)
  • Litecoin ($LTCUSD)
  • EOS ($EOSUSD)
  • Binance Coin ($BNBUSD)
  • Chainlin ($LINKUSD)
  • Bitcoin SV ($BSVUSD)
  • TRON ($TRXUSD)
  • Stellar ($XLMUSD)
  • Cardano ($ADAUSD)
  • Monero ($XMRUSD)
  • IOTA ($MIOTAUSD)

A complete, real-time summary of all cryptocurrencies currently available on StockCharts can be found at StockCharts.com/crypto.

About StockCharts

StockCharts.com is the web’s leading technical analysis and financial charting platform for online retail investors. Founded in 1999 by early Microsoft developer Chip Anderson, the company has been an industry leader in the financial technology space for nearly two decades, providing innovative, award-winning charting and analysis tools to a global audience.

By using technology to help investors visualize financial data, StockCharts.com allows users to better analyze the markets, monitor and manage their portfolios, find promising new stocks and funds to buy and, ultimately, make smart, well-timed investment decisions. With over 1.5 million active monthly users and counting around the world, the company serves an ever-growing, ever-changing array of active traders and investors.

Bahrain to Fast-track Setup Process for Global Startups 23284

Bahrain

The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) – the investment promotion agency for the Kingdom of Bahrain in partnership with Web Summit – announced today a fast-track setup process for startups globally looking to take advantage of the business environment and startup ecosystem in Bahrain. The initiative will also enable startups to access the broader MENA region markets with the hyper-connected Kingdom of Bahrain as their launchpad.

The announcement was made prior to the leading annual technology conference Web Summit 2019, which will be attended by a high-level delegation from Team Bahrain to include; the EDB, Tamkeem (Bahrain Labour Fund), Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bahraini startups and accelerators. International startups and related entities interested in learning more about Bahrain startup ecosystem, and the benefits Bahrain has to offer, are encouraged to visit the Bahrain EDB stand – no. E359, pavilion 3 – where a team will be on hand for the duration of the summit (November 5 – 7) to answer any questions.

The fast-track setup process is a free service offered through a dedicated concierge, and includes:

  • A fast-tracked entry process which will cover residency, visa requirements and business registration
  • Guidance from Bahrain’s incubators and accelerators, as well as access to their networks and programmes that will provide businesses with the connections they need to grow and expand
  • Access to grants and financial support

The initiative will allow businesses and startups to benefit from the full ecosystem in Bahrain, which boasts operating costs up to 40% lower than its neighbours, one of the region’s most highly skilled local workforces and some of the most advanced soft infrastructure in MENA. Sitting at the nexus of the Middle East, the Kingdom offers a convenient springboard into the wider region opportunity, including its largest market, Saudi Arabia.

Commenting on this announcement, Ms. Pakiza Abdulrahman, Manager of Business Development – Startups at Bahrain EDB said:

“International startups can benefit hugely from the entrepreneurial support structure in Bahrain – offering access to capital, talent and new markets. With a hassle-free approach to setting up businesses in Bahrain, there is no better base to scale across the growing $1.5 trillion Gulf market.”

Michael Cunningham, Senior Vice President of Partnerships at the Web Summit said:

“We’re glad to see startup initiatives like that of the Bahrain Economic Development Board. It will be great that startups present at this year’s Web Summit will be able to benefit from their efforts.”

In recent years, Bahrain has expended considerable resources diversifying away from a previous focus on hydrocarbons. It now enjoys a burgeoning and increasingly dynamic digital economy; a maturing tech community; and a rapidly growing FinTech ecosystem. The Kingdom’s pioneering, agile and flexible regulatory framework allows it to regulate emerging technologies – such as open banking and cryptocurrencies – in a way other jurisdictions simply cannot. Thanks to this, Bahrain has earned a reputation as the region’s de facto test-bed for cutting edge technologies.

Malta MFSA Warning – Bitcoin Future 22617

The Malta Financial Services Authority (“MFSA”) has become aware of an entity by the name of Bitcoin Future. This entity appears to present the same deceitful characteristics as another entity, Bitcoin Revolution, against which the MFSA has already issued public warnings on 25 January 2019 and on 29 August 2019.

Such entities have been constantly resurfacing on the internet as adverts, and are operating under various names. These fake adverts claim to provide a “Way to build your life better” and a “Unique opportunity for Maltese”, and are currently operating through the following internet addresses: https://bit.ly/2IS0YeT and https://bit.ly/2IOE7ks.

Bitcoin Future is promoting itself by means of fake news articles which misuse images of local personalities and images of local government institutions. The fake articles are advertised on various social media platforms and falsely claim to be linked to these individuals

Bitcoin Future is NOT a Maltese registered Company, NEITHER is the entity operating under the transitory provision in terms of Article 62 of the Virtual Financial Assets Act (Cap 590 of the Laws of Malta) NOR is it authorised to provide any financial services in or from Malta.

Furthermore, information available to the MFSA suggests that Bitcoin Future is likely to be an international “get-rich-quick” cryptocurrency scam. The public should therefore refrain from undertaking any business or transactions with the entity operating under the abovementioned names.

The MFSA strongly advises investors and consumers of financial services that prior to making any investment or entering into any financial services transaction they should make sure that the entity with whom the investment or transaction is being made is authorised to provide such services by the MFSA or another financial services regulatory authority as applicable.

A list of entities licensed by the MFSA can be viewed on the official website of the MFSA at https://www.mfsa.mt/financial-services-register/ .

For more information on cryptocurrency scams please refer to the Scam Detection Guidelines issued by the MFSA at https://www.mfsa.mt/consumers/scams-warnings/typical-scams/. If you are a victim of a cryptocurrency scam or any other type of financial scam or think you might be dealing with an unauthorised entity, first of all stop all transactions with the company and contact the Authority at https://www.mfsa.mt/about-us/contact/ as soon as a suspicion arises.

OKEx Announces 14 Partnerships to Expand Adoption of Its Native Token OKB 25026

OKEx

OKEx, the world-leading cryptocurrency exchange, has announced partnerships with 14 service providers, covering lifestyle, decentralized finance, and cybersecurity, to promote the adoption of OKB, the global utility token of the exchange.

Travelling, gaming, and mobile surfing comprise an essential part of the everyday life of many people nowadays. Now, with OKB, its users can easily book hotel stays, top up mobile, or gear up gaming experience via a range of lifestyle partners.

  1. Litex — Top up your mobile & fuel card with OKB
    LITEX, the largest commercialized layer2 ecology worldwide, is able to realize off-chain transaction and cross-chain communication to solve the main technical pain points of blockchain. It supports over 100,000 TPS off-chain with zero transaction fees.
  2. Tripio — Book your stay at 450,000+ hotels worldwide with OKB
    Tripio is the world’s first decentralized travel booking marketplace based on blockchain. It leverages blockchain technology to connect global customers to over 450,000 hotels worldwide with authentic reviews, accurate room status updates, and lower fees.
  3. TrueChain — Shop at hundreds of merchants with OKB
    TrueChain has partnered with OKB to push the adoption of the token in hundreds of physical stores by leveraging the resources from projects in Korea, ThailandVietnam, etc. TrueChain is the world’s first public chain that implemented the PoW + PBFT hybrid consensus. It offers DApp and financial transaction services with high performance and security.
  4. QLC Chain — Redeem mobile communication services with OKB
    QLC Chain has enabled its users to redeem and top up its blockchain-driven mobile services with OKB. QLC Chain is the next-generation public chain for Network-as-a-Service (NaaS, enabling everyone to operate and benefit from network services.
  5. Lucia — Rent a room from a trustworthy community with OKB
    Lucia is a blockchain-based rental platform that aims to create a trustworthy, mutually beneficial community. The platform leverage blockchain tech and smart contract to build a rental community based on trust.
  6. BitTorrent — Upgrade to fast, ad-free file transfer service with OKB
    BitTorrent is a popular application for transferring files around the internet. With it, you can download movies, TV shows, games, and more to your favorite devices. Now you can subscribe for BitTorrent service with OKB for a high-speed, ad-free downloading experience.
  7. FishChain — Up your game with OKB
    FishChain is a virtual asset trading platform built-in gameplay, as well as a blockchain game built into the exchange. FishChain extends the mature collection and form game to the blockchain, providing safer, faster, more transparent and traceable virtual asset services to 50 million players worldwide. There are many fun game-plays in FishChain, mining, trading, fishing, breeding, fighting, mixing, gene combination and so on.

Nexo Cuts Borrowing Rates to 5.9% APR After Securing Cost-Efficient Institutional Financing 23395

Nexo, the leading crypto lending institution, is pleased to announce that having secured long-term cost-efficient financing, it has significantly lowered the rates on its signature Instant Crypto Credit Lines to the benefit of its customers, effectively offering one of the lowest APRs (Annual Percentage Rates) in the blockchain space:

  • The APR on Nexo’s Instant Crypto Credit Lines now starts at only 5.9% with no hidden fees, no minimum repayment requirements and no credit checks which ensures maximum flexibility for clients to borrow against their crypto assets in 40+ fiat currencies across more than 200 jurisdictions.
  • Unlike most lenders in the blockchain space that charge up to 4% in origination fees and 5-13% in liquidation fees, Nexo conducts business without any additional charges as an extension of its #ZeroFees initiative
  • The rate cut is the result of the company’s ongoing effort to bring down its funding costs by utilizing Nexo’s extensive network of financial partners and access to institutional liquidity.
  • The lowered interest rates for Nexo’s Instant Crypto Credit Lines mean а larger volume of business which in turn ensures ever-growing dividend payments for NEXO Token Holders.
  • Regardless of the reduction of borrowing rates, the interest on Nexo’s ‘Earn Interest’ product remains 8%, meaning clients will continue to benefit from the current high-yield interest on their idle assets.
  • Nexo always strives to further improve rates for its user base, currently surpassing 300,000 people worldwide, and offering credit lines with a minimum amount of $500 and up to $2 million, is one of the many milestones along the road to make decentralized financial services even more inclusive.

As the tokenization of the world progresses further, the improved interest rates guarantee that Nexo’s cutting-edge products are utilized by an even wider audience across the globe. One of the early examples is the world’s first crypto-backed mortgage issued by Nexo to Brock Pierce for the purchase of a second home, all the while retaining ownership of his Bitcoin – a concept that now finds wide-spread adoption in the blockchain community.

Building on top of the success with its products with cryptocurrencies and stablecoins, Nexo is now beginning to offer the same efficient mechanism of financing for tokenized gold, making gold-backed borrowing accessible for as little as $500, something that was previously reserved for the ultra-wealthy.