Ethereum Based CryptoKitties Raises $12M From Top Investors 67

CryptoKitties, the ‘world’s most successful blockchain game’, announced it has raised $12 million in funding led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) and Union Square Ventures (USV).

CryptoKitties Raises $12M From Horowitz, Union Square

A blockchain-based game where users collect and breed digital cats was able to raise $12 million from a number of angel investors, including Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), Union Square Ventures (USV), Fred Ehrsam (Coinbase co-founder), Naval Ravikant (AngelList founder), and Mark Pincus (Zynga founder).

A huge success on the Ethereum network, the blockchain-based virtual game is breaking away from its parent company, Canada-based Axiom Zen, and being spun off as a separate venture.

The company’s vision, best described as “the future is meow”, is an unlimited world of play, built by everyone who chooses to be a part of it.

Where ownership is real, and the things you create and discover, you can keep forever. Where games can be entire economies, unlocking mutual incentives for players and builders to extend the gaming experience.

A wide number of ‘fat cats’ are onboarding the spin-off. CryptoKitties is also taking the money and support from angel investors and seed funds such: as Bill Tai (kitesurfing VC and Board Member of BitFury); William Mougayar (Founder of Token Summit); Avichal Garg (Expert at Y Combinator); CAA Ventures; Digital Currency Group; Version One; Rising Tide Fund; YesVC (a new fund started by Caterina Fake; co-founder of Flickr); Jyri Engstrom;  and Hex Capital.

The game allows users to fully own unique CryptoKitties, built on ERC-721 tokens, which cannot be replicated, taken away, or destroyed. Each one carries unique number and a 256-bit distinct genome with DNA that can be passed to offspring.

It is one of the first blockchain-based games in the world, in an attempt to deploy the technology for recreational and leisurely purposes. The growing popularity of the game was able to congest the Ethereum network in December 2017, as it reached an all-time high in transactions.

As of December 2017, Etherscan, an ethereum analytics platform, reported a sixfold increase in pending transactions on Ethereum since CryptoKitties was released the week before. 

Axiom Zen will continually release a new CryptoKitty every 15 minutes until November 2018. The rest of supply is determined by breeding of crypto-kitties. Based on their limited genomes, there is a limit of 4 billion total cats that can be bred. Users are able to put them up for sale for a price set in ETH. The priciest CryptoKitty ever sold was valued at 246.9255 ETH.

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KuCoin Doubles Down on Its Commitment to Compliance and Security with Chainalysis Partnership 4157

KuCoin, an IDG-backed crypto exchange, today announced that it has partnered with Chainalysis, the blockchain analysis company, further deepening its commitment to compliance and security and jointly promoting compliance-first business practices in the crypto industry. KuCoin will use Chainalysis KYT (Know-Your-Transaction) software to detect and prevent money laundering and illicit activity in real-time and Chainalysis Reactor to conduct further investigations into suspicious activity.

In addition to leveraging Chainalysis KYT for compliance, KuCoin has also built its own fraud monitoring system to identify early warnings of abnormal behavior to protect the security of users’ digital assets.

“We teamed up with Chainalysis to create a safe and compliant trading environment. Through KuCoin’s efforts, the crypto world will combat illegal activities, such as laundering money and financing terrorism,” KuCoin Global CEO Johnny Lyu said. “Although KuCoin has already deployed in this aspect, we hope to further strengthen our technical expansion into compliance with our cooperation with Chainalysis. Not only does it provide infrastructure to the blockchain ecosystem, but it also meets regulatory compliance requirements across different countries and regions.”

“Chainalysis is thrilled to partner with exchanges like KuCoin that prioritize compliance and the safety of its users,” said Jason Bonds, Chief Revenue Officer, Chainalysis. “Our relationship with KuCoin is also an example of our continued commitment to working with leading exchanges in the Asia Pacific region, an important hub of cryptocurrency activity.”

Founded in September 2017, KuCoin has grown into one of the most popular crypto exchanges. Now, KuCoin offers financial services including fiat-to-crypto, crypto-to-crypto, futures, staking, borrowing, token launch and more to its 5 million users across 207 countries and regions around the world.

Chainalysis serves as a strategic partner to financial institutions, governments, and cryptocurrency businesses like KuCoin around the world, providing expertise on sophisticated cryptocurrency crime and money laundering tactics, techniques, and procedures. Chainalysis KYT (Know Your Transaction) enables compliance teams to monitor large volumes of cryptocurrency activity and identify high risk transactions on a continuous basis by applying global AML standards to each transaction across all users within an organization’s user base. Chainalysis Reactor, the company’s cryptocurrency investigation software, helps identify and stop bad actors using cryptocurrencies for illicit activities such as fraud, extortion, and money laundering.

OK Group Launches OK Recruit, A Blockchain Talent Development Scheme 4295

OK Group, the world’s leading blockchain enterprise, announced the launch of the blockchain talent recruitment and training plan, called OK Recruit, which is expected to create hundreds of job opportunities in the blockchain industry, including positions on research, development and applications. OK Group will also train more than 1,000 blockchain elites within 3 years through partnerships with major universities and scientific research institutions in China.

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread globally, many technology companies have been severely affected and even started to lay off employees. Given that, it’s unusual for companies to conduct such large-scale recruitment at this moment, which also implied a strong development momentum of the blockchain industry.

According to the announcement, OK Recruit consists of three parts, including recruitment, training and recommendation. In terms of talent recruitment, OK Group will offer hundreds of positions, among which, the main ones are in the blockchain research and application field, such as Blockchain Development Engineer, Senior Java Engineer (Blockchain), and Senior iOS Development Engineer. Others positions like marketing and operations are also open for applications as well.

In addition, OK Group will set up a special fund for blockchain personnel training, to encourage potential talent to join in blockchain industry. At the same time, OK Group will continue to strengthen cooperation with local universities and scientific research institutions to promote the construction of talent echelon.

As one of the earliest blockchain companies established in China, OK Group has been committed to promoting the research, development, and commercial adoption of blockchain technology, and is always standing at the forefront of talent development and training programs.

In recent years, OK Group has established a number of blockchain technology research institutions, among which, the Blockchain Business School has been promoting the spread of blockchain knowledge and talents through the development of courses and special lectures. Besides, OK Group also established a blockchain engineering institute focusing on the research and development of underlying technologies and public chains.

About OK Group
OK Group focuses on the R&D and application of blockchain technology. The company provides blockchain services and applications, including stablecoin, blockchain explorer, blockchain big data, blockchain asset custodian services, and blockchain training institutions. OK Group owns LEAP Holdings Group Limited (1499.HK), a listed company in Hong Kong.

Klaytn Partners with Chainlink 4207

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Klaytn, the public blockchain project of Korea’s Internet giant Kakao, today announced a partnership with Chainlink, the market-leading decentralized oracle. Chainlink is a decentralized open-source oracle network that gives smart contracts secure and reliable access to data providers, web APIs, IoT devices, payment systems, etc. By integrating the Chainlink network, Klaytn’s smart contracts can connect with resources outside the blockchain, enabling the creation of applications that are connected with real-world data and systems. Such connections can be utilized across a variety of markets including decentralized finance, non-fungible tokens, and more.

“Chainlink can provide Klaytn with a secure oracle framework for building blockchain applications that interoperate with traditional infrastructure, increasing our capacity to develop more advanced products across a more diverse set of markets,” said Sangmin Seo, the Head of Platform Group at Ground X, heading the development of Klaytn.

“We look forward to providing the Klaytn ecosystem with secure and reliable oracles to enable the development of next-generation decentralized applications,” said Sergey Nazarov, the Co-Founder of Chainlink. “Klaytn can accelerate towards its goal of blockchain mass adoption with the addition of real-world connectivity made possible by Chainlink oracles.”

Klaytn is a global public blockchain platform developed by Ground X, the blockchain affiliate of the leading South Korean Internet company, Kakao. Klaytn is a service-centric blockchain platform providing an intuitive development environment and a friendly end-user experience. It is built upon solid reliability and significant stability with substantial service development for mass adoption. The platform allows real world applications of large scale to be produced right away so that our end-users can make full use of services without much expertise in blockchain or cryptocurrency.

Digital Assets: Concept and Approaches to Regulating Them 3937

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The development of the field of information technologies contributed to the emergence of digital assets. This term is defined differently therefore causing the misrepresentation of information and terminological confusion. That is why we first need to sort out the existing definitions and identify the difference.

In the wide sense, a digital asset is any electronic resource that has value, in particular, images, files, videos, accounts, etc. The term “cryptocurrency” that emerged with the development of blockchain is often used to define digital assets.

So what is a digital asset? According to the definition formed while researching the essence of the term “digital asset” in the economic and legal aspects, it is “an information resource derivative of the right to a value and circulating in the distributed ledger in the form of a unique identifier”. The concept contains the following components:

· Economic characterized by having a unique identifier in the financial field;
· Legal that characterizes an asset as “derivative of the right” in the legal field;
· Information, which is represented by an information resource of a distributed ledger;
· Value that characterizes the “value” of a digital asset in the field of tangible and intangible benefits.

It is incorrect to equate the terms “digital asset” and “cryptocurrency”. Let’s look at the unique features that differentiate digital assets from cryptocurrencies:
· Cryptocurrencies are limited in terms of supply, whereas digital assets can, in theory, be created infinitely (Buntinx, 2017);
· Cryptocurrencies are characterized by complete decentralization (Arianova T., 2018);
· Cryptocurrencies are not backed by real assets, whereas digital assets contain property rights;
· Cryptocurrencies are limited in the areas of their application, whereas digital assets are not.
· Essentially, a digital asset is a digital copy of a real asset. That is why the ownership of a digital asset is confirmed and can always be checked by the property right to it recorded in the blockchain.
· A digital asset functions based on a protocol and has the mechanisms for restoring access and guaranteeing the security of a real asset.

The main issue is the absence of clear criteria for classifying a token as a digital asset. Because of that, some states have developed special tests to determine the features of digital assets. For example, the Howey Test, Maltese Financial Instrument Test, Guidelines of the Swiss regulatory body (FINMA) for evaluating ICOs (Initial Coin Offering), the Digital Asset Test from Simcord and others.

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The Howey Test is used within the legal system of the USA and is now being applied in the field of ICOs. The test analyzes the main characteristics of a token for correspondence to the features of securities. The Howey Test defines a transaction as an investment contract if “an individual invests money in a joint venture and must wait for profit exclusively from the actions of a promoter or a third party”. Thus, if the United States Securities Commission defines an asset as a security, the profit from which depends exclusively on a third party, the token falls under regulation of the Commission as a security.

The financial regulator of Malta also developed a test that defines the features of a digital asset. First, the test determines whether an asset is a virtual one (or a utility token). Such token does not have its own value and can’t exist outside of its blockchain platform or be exchanged for other assets. If it is already circulating on an exchange, a second stage of analysis takes place ¾ determining the correspondence of the financial asset’s definition to the European legislation.

In the FINMA Guidelines, tokens are classified as a) payment tokens; b) utility tokens; c) asset tokens.

The Digital Asset Test from Simcord is the most relevant one that accounts for all aspects and allows determining the level of correspondence of a blockchain token to the features of a digital asset. The methodology of the test includes a questionnaire that tests the features of a blockchain token in accordance with specific criteria, as well as a mathematical formalization of the process.

Therefore, the ambiguity of the concept of a digital asset causes the need to develop the tools and criteria to test the correspondence of a resource to the category of a digital asset. The methodology of the Digital Asset Test allows establishing the level of correspondence of a blockchain token to the features of a digital asset in the most effective way.

A recent survey by CHILDLY finds that 66% support digital asset taxation as it becomes the norm 4148

In the midst of continuously arising questions and confusion surrounding digital assets taxation, a recent survey polled over 5,750 users worldwide by CHILDLY’s Dove Wallet has found that 66 % of all respondents were in support of it. In particular, nearly half of the respondents expressed a strong support view, considered it as an obligation & duty.

On the contrary, 20% of survey participants have dissented with their disapproval. Among those dissents, 11% of respondents expressed their strong opposition to digital asset taxation, insisting that a completely new & different framework & tax rules are needed. 9% also showed the opposing opinion with concern that taxing digital assets is premature and too early with very little or no understanding.

While taxation rules in many countries are taking shape rapidly, some of the survey results from countries such as Korea, now drawing up its tax proposal, also showed still remaining discontented feelings about digital assets taxation interestingly. According to the survey, more than 53% of users from Korea expressed a dissenting opinion.

Overall, such a high approval rating for digital asset taxation can be interpreted as a reflection of expectations for full-fledged regulation & legalization, which means a bigger digital assets market with the inflow of financial opportunities.

“Although many countries have already begun its taxation on digital assets, voices of those asking for the more judicious approach to applying tax rules should be heard at all levels,” said Euntai Kim, CEO of Childly.

Visiongain Launches Report Examining the Potential in the $3bn Aviation Blockchain Market 3942

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• Skybuys
• Avinoc Ltd
• 14bis Supply Tracking
• Moog

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Aviation Blockchain forecasts and analysis from 2020-2030
• Vertical including Commercial and military
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• Application including cargo and baggage tracking, passenger identity management, flight and crew data management, frequent flyers program, smart contracts, supply chain management, aircraft maintenance
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• North America forecast 2019-2029
• Asia Pacific forecast 2019-2029
• Europe forecast 2019-2029
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