nChain Leads Investment Round in Extreme-scale Data Firm GeoSpock 9341

nChain, a world-leading provider of enterprise-grade public blockchain solutions, today announces a lead investment in GeoSpock, the Cambridge-based pioneer of world-scale data analysis and integration. nChain co-leads the $5.4M Series A investment round with Cambridge Innovation Capital (CIC) and includes investments from leading technology investors in Asia, including Global Brain and NTT DOCOMO. nChain is strategically aligned with the other investors in foreseeing the immense future growth of GeoSpock. This transformational round will underpin GeoSpock’s further international expansion and set the stage for unprecedented opportunity to develop novel blockchain applications for national and world-scale datasets.

Speaking on the investment, nChain CEO David Washburn remarked: “Like any other resource, data must be mined and then further refined to unlock its full value. GeoSpock is the leading platform in the market able to capture, organise and analyse the extreme-scale datasets of smart cities, smart nations, life-scale IoT and connected transportation systems. Where blockchain is the ideal technology to capitalise on that data, GeoSpock becomes the catalyst for unparalleled access to real-world, real-time data analytics at scale. With this investment, we aim to fuel GeoSpock’s continued growth and create new realities for our clients to utilise blockchain technology to its fullest potential.”

Richard Baker, CEO of GeoSpock, echoed Washburn’s enthusiasm, saying: “Our expansion to Singapore and Tokyo last year proved the platform’s ability to perform any-scale data analysis and provide tangible value for our clients and investors. As our technological world continues to grow, so too must our abilities to benefit from the data opportunities it creates. Truly understanding the order and magnitude of our ambition, nChain is an ideal strategic investor. They are the clear leaders in enterprise-grade blockchain solutions, and we hope that our technology will enable them to develop unforeseen, world-scale applications for blockchain.”

GeoSpock has seen rapid growth from its office in Singapore, a nation whose focus on smart urban development and embracing new technology has created fertile ground. Their technology has far-reaching applications across industries, exemplified by their partnership with the Baltic Exchange, in which they pioneered the use of maritime data to monitor emissions. From its headquarters in Cambridge, GeoSpock is set to expand their success globally, and with the proximity to nChain’s London team, the seeds for meaningful collaboration have certainly been sown.

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Sino-Global to Acquire Majority of Blockchain Infrastructure Developer in $5 Million Stock Transaction 4186

Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SINO) (“Sino-Global,” the “Company” or “We”) today announced it has agreed to acquire a 60% ownership of blockchain infrastructure developer Super Node LLC in an all stock transaction valued at $5 million. The transaction is subject to the satisfaction of warranties and representations under the purchase agreement.

Based in Wilmington, Delaware, Super Node LLC is a privately held, blockchain infrastructure software developer and service provider. It operates multiple CyberMiles nodes and develops decentralized applications on the CyberMiles network, a powerful, high-performance CyberMiles public chain.

Mr. Lei Cao, Chief Executive Officer of Sino-Global, commented, “The addition of Super Node further strengthens our capabilities and accelerates the buildout of our business as we pursue major opportunities in the rapidly growing cryptocurrency market and digital economy.  We are particularly excited to be partnering with Super Node’s proven team of developers, which will open additional opportunities to us in NFTs (non-fungible tokens), which have rapidly surged in popularity, market value, and breadth of digital products created.”

About Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SINO)

Founded in the United States in 2001, Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. has been diversifying into the fast growing cryptocurrency and NFT (non-fungible tokens) markets, while continuing to support and grow its core shipping, chartering, logistics and related services business. Headquartered in New York, Sino-Global has offices in Los Angeles, Mainland China, AustraliaCanada and Hong Kong. Additional information about Sino-Global can be found on the Company’s corporate website at www.sino-global.net.

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CryptoUniverse: We get profit when you get profit 4071

CryptoUniverse

We could not wait to present you the first part of the huge transformation. CryptoUniverse is always trying to reach the highest level of transparency, so you can feel every hash/second is running near you, but without any noise, heat or space taken from your home.

Let’s start the introduction from the main one. Meet the new balance management system. Collected experience and vision allowed us to make the step forward. From now, every account will have its own balances for different purposes in our ecosystem that you can easily manage as you want from the new page called “Balances”. This unique feature comes with a reworked electricity payment system. We made it as similar to your usual life routine as possible. All assets are still pre-paid, but you can fully control it within the new balance designed for electricity that is simply called “Electricity account”. There you will find not only the amount required to pay, but also real numbers of electricity in kilowatts consumed by any of your assets.

CryptoUniverse wants you to have access to as many instruments as possible.That is why we added the opportunity to make flexible and fixed savings not only in BTC, but in LTC too.  It grew by 500% in the last 6 months, so we all see again what results diversification can give. Beneficial and safe storage of your assets is one of our priorities.

New miners and contracts push your frontiers too. From now, the fee of our service is calculated in percents and is related to your mining income. It shows that we are interested in making mining as profitable for you as possible.

New instruments complicate user experience for some of us, so we thought it would be great to outweigh it by a significantly improved dashboard. Recent update includes a reworked “Dashboard” page and a new “Assets” page that can be used for managing and monitoring your assets in several clicks. There are dozens of other minor improvements, but we offer the intrigue to find it by yourself.

Our team worked a lot to make these changes possible, so we are pleased to hear any feedback on your experience with dashboard in social media or in support. To make your acquaintance more intense, use promo code GETPROFIT21. It provides you with a discount on our recent miners and contracts.

This is just the beginning, so keep an eye on it. Thank you for being with us.

About CryptoUniverse

CryptoUniverse.io is a multifunctional service created on 14 February, 2017. It gives users an opportunity to purchase or rent calculating power and equipment on its infrastructure. Company is based in Europe with headquarters in the United Kingdom and Estonia that guarantees operation within the European Union law and safety of users’ assets.

In Russia the company and its technical partners operate several clusters of modern data centers with an overall area of 38 000 square meters and more than 120 MW of overall power. It makes the services of CryptoUniverse.io high-quality and uninterrupted.

Main idea of the project is a simple and available opportunity to enter cryptocurrency mining by purchasing or renting calculating power. The service is also interesting for experienced miners because well-established logistics gives them an access to top-notch equipment that is already installed, tuned and ready to function in data centers of the company. Transparent operation and flexible offers to make clients experience comfortable are the main values of CryptoUniverse.

CryptoUniverse team is full of highly qualified professionals who polished all the processes, made service easy and convenient. 24/7 support extends boundaries for users who are not familiar with blockchain technology.    

CryptoUniverse. You buy, we pay.

Nifty’s Announces 1st NFT-Focused Social Media Platform For Creators, Collectors And Curators With Backing Of Major Investors 4824

Nifty’s, Inc. today announced the close of a pre-seed round supporting the rapid development of the first NFT-focused social media platform that brings together premium publishers, brands and creators with collectors, curators and fans. The innovative platform will allow members to create, collect, discover, and curate the most important digital art and other collectables from across the scattered NFT universe. Nifty’s is led by co-founder and CEO Jeff Marsilio, former SVP of new media at the NBA, where he led the league’s digital licensing business and was instrumental in numerous landmark fan engagement experiences, including the league’s social media partnerships, virtual reality game broadcasts and the NFT phenomenon NBA Top Shot.

“Our vision for Nifty’s is to enable anyone with a passion for digital collectibles to be a part of a vibrant community and engage in an exciting new art scene filled with galleries and personal interactions that are unconstrained by the limitations of physical location,” said Jeff Marsilio, CEO and co-founder of Nifty’s. “We are proud to have several of the most influential investors in technology share our vision.”

Nifty’s has secured financial backing in a pre-seed round from high-profile technology and blockchain investors including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Joseph Lubin, founder and CEO of ConsenSys and co-founder of Ethereum, and the secretive DeFi investor and NFT “whale” known solely as 0xb1. Institutional investors participating in the round are Draper Dragon, Polychain, Tally Capital, Liberty City Ventures, and Future Positive which is led by Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter and Medium, and Fred Blackford, co-founder of Swing Technologies.

“Nifty’s provides exactly what the digital collectibles space needs next as it evolves into much more than a creative marketplace – namely community and social engagement,” said Mark Cuban, serial entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks. “As an NBA team owner I saw how Jeff leveraged technology to dramatically increase fan engagement on a global basis, and am thrilled to be involved in building this community at the center of the NFT ecosystem.”

The capital infusion has permitted the company to acquire the technology stack of DeFi and NFT viral hit MEME Protocol. MEME co-founders Jordan Lyall, Chris Your, and Eric Tesenair will join Nifty’s as co-founders. Mr. Lyall, serving as CPO, was previously DeFi product lead at ConsenSys, and Messrs. Your and Tesenair, formerly lead developers at Dragonchain, will become VP of design and VP of engineering respectively. The trio join two more co-founders, COO Jeremy Drane who was CCO at Lukka and was previously a founding member of PwC’s blockchain practice, and CGO John Scianna, the former head of growth at QTUM. The team has also made its first hire, Shanon Kelley as VP of partnerships. Ms. Kelley was formerly CRO of NTWRK and head of experiential at VICE Media, where she was also the founder and publisher of Broadly.

The Nifty’s platform, which will officially launch later this spring, will eliminate technological and economic barriers to enable anyone to access, share and enjoy digital collectibles while connecting directly with creators and other community members. The platform will establish a central home for the collectible content of publishers, brands, creators, and collectors, and the communities that will emerge around them. Leveraging MEME Protocol’s technology, Nifty’s will provide creators with a premium, powerful, flexible and safe platform to launch their NFTs.

“We are excited to utilize the robust technology that has made MEME Protocol such a success – with advanced NFT creators and enthusiasts – to offer the new Nifty’s community sophisticated content and experiences that simultaneously make the space more accessible and inclusive,” said Jordan Lyall, CPO and co-founder of Nifty’s. “It is important to Chris, Eric and me that our MEME community knows we will remain involved, and that what we have built together will continue to be their space for innovation and fun.”

Future FinTech Enters into Cooperation Relationship with Shenzhen SOSOB Technology to Provide Market Information 5364

Future FinTech Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FTFT) (“hereinafter referred to as Future FinTech”, “FTFT” or “the Company”), a leading blockchain e-commerce company and a service provider for financial technology, today announced that on March 17, 2021 the Company signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement (the “Agreement”) with major shareholders of Shenzhen SOSOB Technology Co., Ltd. (“Shenzhen SOSOB”) to form a joint venture titled FTFT Capital (Dubai) Limited (“FTFT Capital Dubai”), an entity formed to provide services and solutions in the global digital currency business.

Pursuant to the Agreement, the Company will make a cash contribution of $5.5 million for 55% ownership of FTFT Capital Dubai, and the shareholders of Shenzhen SOSOB will contribute 80% of their equity interest in Shenzhen SOSOB to FTFT Capital Dubai; Shenzhen SOSOB assets include intellectual property rights, an online platform that provides global digital currency market information and its members and online traffic, valued in aggregate at $4.5 million for 45% ownership of FTFT Capital Dubai. Under the planned structure, FTFT Capital Dubai will become a 55% owned subsidiary of the Company and Shenzhen SOSOB will become an 80% owned subsidiary of FTFT Capital Dubai. It is also planned that FTFT Capital Dubai will set up an investment fund for the investment and management of encrypted financial assets for institutional and high net worth investors. FTFT Capital Dubai will be based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Shanchun Huang, Chief Executive Officer of Future FinTech, said, “We are excited to jointly create a new enterprise that will serve the digital currency markets. Our objective is to build a company of significant value by creating new content and capturing market share through the application of blockchain technology in financial service markets including digital wallet safety management, blockchain code auditing and operations, and maintenance services. We believe that SOSOB’s digital currency market data information service, analysis capabilities, diversified financial services and multilingual services will serve as a catalyst to introduce new advisory services for blockchain-based financial asset products.”

Mr. Xiong Li, Chairman of Shenzhen SOSOB Technology Co., Ltd., said, “SOSOB currently provides high value-add services to the digital currency markets by being the world’s largest digital currency market information and data service platform of real-time asset and price information for global users. Based on our blockchain aggregation service platform, it collects real-time, comprehensive and reliable blockchain asset and digital currency market information and price data to provide a one-stop market data service for global users. SOSOB now has more than 30 proprietary technologies. We collect data from more than 300 global digital currency trading platforms and cover more than 1,000 digital currencies. With our independently developed data analysis engine, we process more than 200 million datum per day. SOSOB currently has more than 560,000 registered members and over 520,000 members who have installed our mobile App so they can have access anywhere at any time. In addition, our mobile app daily activity number totals more than 84,000 members, our daily website page view (PV) totals more than 500,000 views, and our daily unique visitor (UV) number, which only counts the first visit with a unique IP address, and which does not record again in the same day, totals more than 160,000 visitors.”

Mr. Li continued, “We will continue to maintain and improve the strategic position of our global blockchain financial services and one-stop platform for data, market information and analytics service for digital currency markets. Through our cooperative relationship with Future FinTech, we intend to use blockchain technology to further expand the platform ecology of the digital currency market and to promote its expansion in cooperation with other industry parties to build a stable and sustainable digital currency service platform.”

NFT Mania: For the 1st time, a GRAMMY – Winner sells an NFT music album as a solo artist 5076

NFT marketplace Rarible has announced that the awaited Al Walser NFT album drop will be launched on their auction site on March 18th at 12 EST. Auction participants will get a rare chance to own a true and scarce NFT by one of the music business’ biggest unicorns.

Scarcity and story is what drives NFT prices. The artist from the world’s smallest double landlocked microstate Liechtenstein embodies those elements unlike any other artist. Even President Obama follows him on Twitter. Al Walser is in its truest form a unicorn, and NFT collectors know they’ll be buying into a rare opportunity of scarcity and historical fascination with a promising secondary market.

Even within the tiny state, sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria with a population of less than 40,000, Walser also stands out as being its very first biracial citizen son.

Star producer Diplo, when asked by the AP, says: “I love everything about him!” On Instagram, posing next to Walser, Diplo writes: “With the legend al walser”

In 2012, Al Walser was responsible for what many call the ‘independent Big Bang’ of what later made him the GRAMMY®’s biggest underdog. It caused ripples throughout the entire music industry. Deadmau5 about Al Walser: “Everybody cares apparently. It’s like all the big news man. I hope he wins.” Star producer Calvin Harris tweeted: “Good luck Al you deserve it mate.”

Today, Walser is more active than ever. His production work won him a Grammy in 2020. His 2 hour Christmas TV Special, a 2021 EMMY® contender, was one of the most seen Holiday Specials released in 2020.

The album artwork is beautifully unusual, depicting Walser stepping out of a coffin. Al Walser: “This album means a lot to me, it’s a direct result of what happened after that pivotal cultural moment years ago. It’s no surprise it has a very raw and modern Rock’N’Roll edge all throughout.” The album will also include one unreleased song.

Walser’s appearance at the GRAMMY®s in an Apollo space suite became legendary. EDM DJ Kaskade shared it with his fans on social media, responding to media: “The Space Suite was a good touch!” It became one of the most publicized pictures taken at the red carpet. That original flag will also go to the highest bidder, along with the album.

Masha Vyazemsky, Head of Communications at Rarible: We’re excited to be exploring the use cases for NFTs in music, and to support fantastic artists such as Al Walser among the pioneers in the space.

Auction bidding for the Al Walser NFT drop will start, March 17th on Rarible and OpenSea. with Rarible as the primary marketplace. The auction will run for 1 week.

Free TON Open Network Evolves as the Next Generation of Blockchain 5541

According to Radiance Team (independent blockchain developers) the future of blockchain is already here, with the launch of a brand new platform and native currency that aims to address some of the biggest challenges in applying digital cryptocurrency to real world scenarios. Prioritizing user-friendliness, TON – the next generation of blockchain – will offer high speed transactions thanks to dynamic sharding.

Transactions using the TON Crystal eradicate many of the problems of using cryptocurrency for everyday payments, such as extended transaction times and hefty fees. Currently, Bitcoin and Ethereum can process around 7 and 15 transactions per second (TPS) respectively, while TON is capable of processing millions of TPS, making it faster than VISA and MasterCard. TON users will be able to make transactions for less than $0.01 in fees, and pay less than $0.05 per coin exchange transaction (swaps).

Initially created by the Durov Brothers – Nickolay and Pavel – back in 2017, the original Telegram Open Network (TON) faced challenges last year when the US Securities and Exchange Commission made it impossible for the brothers to continue the development of the platform; a move that affected more than 400 million users. However, in May 2020, an online community of developers from across the digital currency industry came together to create a new, decentralized version – Free TON – to bring the innovative TON blockchain to life.

Now supported and powered exclusively by Free TON community, all TON Crystal cryptocurrencies on the TON blockchain are owned by the community itself, without an ICO or token pre-sales. TON Crystals are distributed via contests as rewards for the useful actions of community members, and perhaps most importantly, Free TON platform will continue to be supported by fully decentralized autonomous organizations.

Many experts believe that decentralization is key to creating a strong blockchain future, shifting control away from a single decision maker and towards a distributed network; in this case, Free TON community. Decentralization stands to bring numerous advantages to the blockchain, including improved reliability of the entire network and reduced risks of centralized control over the blockchain. For users, it means that cryptocurrency coins can be transferred directly from person to person, without the need for a ‘middleman’. It becomes as easy as sending an email.

Free TON was launched in May 2020, and the community has big plans for ongoing growth and development this year. It has been announced that Decentralized Finances (DeFi) products will be introduced to Free TON during this month. One of the developers, Radiance Team, in collaboration with Extraton Wallet is preparing the Decentralized Exchange (DEX) to beta launch in Quarter 2, 2021.