Gregory Maxwell Departs Blockstream to Focus on BTC’s Protocol Work 95

The world of Bitcoin always has some interesting developments to keep an eye on. Some of those developments take months to come to light, though. The departure of Gregory Maxwell from Blockstream, for example, was known back in November 2017. For some reason, the information was only made public last night through an email. This sudden departure causes a lot of uproar in the world of cryptocurrency. How all of this affects the future of Bitcoin, remains to be seen.

Many cryptocurrency enthusiasts do not like Blockstream one bit. Nor do they appreciate the public faces of this company, including Gregory Maxwell. These individuals are trying to either strengthen or destroy Bitcoin, depending on whom you ask the question to. The departure of Maxwell from Blockstream will bring a lot of joy to the people who had hoped for such a development. The big question is why this only become public knowledge two months after the facts. We do know Blockstream quickly took their staff page offline in light of this recent disclosure.

Gregory Maxwell Leaves the Blockstream Stage

According to Gregory Maxwell, he wants to focus on different Bitcoin ventures. More specifically, developing cryptographic privacy and security technology related to the world’s leading cryptocurrency. It is evident this agenda is not part of Blockstream’s plan, hence a departure is more than warranted. So far, this particular company has not built up any major trust between themselves and the cryptocurrency community. Even though Bitcoin has grown a lot, many people gladly blame Blockstream for any wrongdoings and odd decisions.

It is quite interesting to read the email sent by Gregory Maxwell. In the message, he claims how no contributions from Blockstream would be “no problem for Bitcoin”. A rather interesting statement that will certainly spark more debates in the coming weeks. It is evident there are a lot of companies and developers contributing code to this project. However, it is unclear who is “steering” the direction exactly. It should be a decentralized consensus decision, but many people doubt that is the case. Either way, Blockstream is not going anywhere, but Maxwell is no longer affiliated with them moving forward.

What this means for the future of Bitcoin, remains to be seen. Graphics Maxwell will focus on bringing new technologies to Bitcoin. Unsurprisingly, he is looking at the only fungible cryptocurrency in the world to borrow some ideas. With a focus on Bulletproofs, CT, and other privacy tools, the inspiration clearly comes from Monero. Additionally, he wants to help mature Bitcoin as a subject matter for academic researchers. An interesting decision, but Bitcoin can only come out stronger because of it.

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ExCore’s sale is LIVE 6381

ExCore

ExCore Sales and Impressive Staking

ExCore is a new and rapidly growing cryptocurrency that stands to eliminate inflation. Because there is a finite supply and no new tokens will ever be released, your investment in ExCore will never significantly drop from controllable causes. Right now, ExCore is in the middle of their private sale, but will release their public sale and staking platform next week on October 21. ExCore is a company that all keen investors should keep an eye on.

Private Sale

Today (October 14), ExCore launched their private sale to their whitelisted members. The sale is ongoing and takes place on Bounce, a secure medium used for crypto transactions in presales. It currently is about 25% full, and will go on until 10/17 or until the hard cap of $100,000 is reached.

You can participate via this link: https://bounce.finance/join/swap/3669 and this PASSWORD: excore2020

There are guides in ExCores telegram groups (Link can be found at bottom of this page) that explain in detail how to use the bounce platform.

Public sale

On October 21, the public presale will launch with a hard cap of $800,000 worth of ETH. Everyone will be able to participate in this sale as long as they have a metamask wallet. The minimum requirement for this sale will be 1 ETH, but keep in mind there will be gas fees, so you will need to have some extra in your account.

Staking

On the same day as the public presale, ExCores staking platform will also launch. Their staking platform offers an impressive 550% APY that will come from fees from every transaction on the ExCore network. To stake your tokens, there will be a 1% fee to stake your tokens as well as a 1.5% fee to unstake them, but staking for even just one day will be enough to cover these fees.

Summary

Not only does ExCore make for a great investment with their anti-inflation protocol, but if you also stake your ExCore you will be looking at some very nice returns. ExCore is without a doubt one of the best crypto investment options of 2020 and the sooner you get in, the better rates you will be able to buy at. The ExCore team is currently marketing everywhere they possibly can, so once the word gets out it will no longer be possible to buy tokens at this discounted price.

ExCore Links:

Here, you can find a few very helpful links, but most importantly the link to Github. This verifies the integrity of ExCore through our open source code (that anyone can see!).

Github: https://github.com/ExCoreFinance

Website: https://www.exvault.finance/

Telegram: https://t.me/excorevault

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ExCoreVault

Medium: https://medium.com/@excorefinance

Contract address: 0x87D3646B101977de0D2D58dfC5A70e84767A1909

Staking contract address: 0x28Ea47E0ff753AE99eE5241f468817Db6C476d

Technology and Insurance Giants are Among the Newest Members of MOBI 6056

The largest and most progressive companies in mobility continue to join MOBI, the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative. The new community members join major automakers, smart city leaders, tech companies, startups, and other mobility stakeholders working together to accelerate the development and adoption of blockchain-based standards for the mobility ecosystem. These standards will be the foundation for a protocol-agnostic permissioned network that will enable all stakeholders to exchange, share, and monetize mobility and transit data.

“We are thrilled that AWS, Hitachi America, Ltd., Reply, USAA, and other mobility thought leaders see value in this technology, this community, and this vision,” said MOBI Co-founder and COO Tram Vo. “MOBI’s rapid growth is a testament to both the level of industry interest in blockchain technology and the recognition that companies of any size can benefit by collaborating to accelerate adoption.”

Companies seek to use blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) to improve efficiencies and facilitate new services for valued clients and customers across the globe.

“AWS is delighted to join MOBI to work with its partners, sponsors, and affiliate members to help establish industry standards for smart mobility blockchain adoption,” said Bill Foy, Director of Automotive at Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Many of our automotive customers are working to apply blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to address mobility, supply chain, finance, and electric vehicle to grid opportunities. By participating in MOBI, AWS can help customers apply these new standards to make transportation greener, more efficient, and more affordable through collaboration with the community.”

Verifiable vehicle journeys are critical to building a trusted, intelligent, and shared mobility ecosystem. MOBI members across the mobility value chain are working together to create interoperable, scalable solutions that reimagine the business models of the future.

“The mobility industry is experiencing significant changes as connected vehicles, autonomous cars, Industry 4.0, and IoT impact the landscape. By teaming up with MOBI, we believe that the deployment of this blockchain initiative will help to create mobility ecosystems for driving innovation and enhance our core technologies to contribute in social, environmental, and economic values for our customers,” said Dr. Harsha Badarinarayan, Vice President, R&D of Hitachi America, Ltd.

The convergence of multiple rapidly maturing technologies such as AI, IoT, 5G, and blockchain, permits anything to have a secure identity, be intelligent, and securely transact with other things. New sensors, chip sets, and electronics are being developed by the industry to facilitate connected vehicle communication with other vehicles and infrastructure (CV2X). Together, these capabilities will define the future of mobility in the Smart City.

“Blockchain technology is now mainstream alongside IoT, Cloud and AI in defining the future of our world,” said Reply CEO Tatiana Rizzante. “In MOBI we have seen the opportunity to work with forward thinking companies, governments, and NGOs in making mobility services more efficient, greener, safer and building a more transparent and trustworthy ecosystem for our customers and the entire automotive industry.”

Truterra, LLC And Nori Launch Partnership To Address Major Challenges To Farmer Participation In Carbon Markets 5802

Truterra, LLC, the sustainability business and subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of America’s largest farmer-owned cooperatives, today announced a new pilot project with Nori, a company using blockchain technology to create a new voluntary carbon removal marketplace. The pilot focuses on addressing a key infrastructure challenge holding back the development of an ecosystem services marketplace at scale: the ability to easily translate existing farm data that capture the carbon removal impact of on-farm conservation practices into potential carbon credits that could offer a new viable revenue stream for farmers.

Through the pilot, Truterra is syncing up its best-in-class technology, the Truterra™ Insights Engine, which farmers are already using to generate customized stewardship and profitability data and insights for each field and acre, with Nori’s carbon marketplace. Growers will be able to use the data they’ve already entered into the Truterra™ Insights Engine and other sources of farm data to submit to Nori, at no cost to them, to see the potential value of carbon credits they could generate as a result of the soil health-building practices they have implemented on their farms. Currently, farmers can be paid up to $15 per tonne of carbon sequestered in the soil on Nori’s marketplace.

The pilot will make it easier for growers to understand what they have to gain in a carbon market and to use that information to make decisions about their stewardship practices. Under the pilot, farmers will retain full ownership of their data – as they do at all times as part of the Truterra™ Insights Engine– and Nori can provide guidance on how much data to use to qualify for carbon credits.

“As a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc., which is a farmer-owned company, Truterra is focused on developing new ways for our farmers to derive value both from their data and from the stewardship practices they have made the choice to implement on their farms,” said Amanda Neely, Senior Manager, Technology and Innovation, Truterra. “There’s a lot of excitement and, frankly, some big promises out there about carbon markets and the potential for farmers to derive revenue from them. But private sector markets are still in their early stages and there are still many challenges to address before they can scale and become mainstream. This partnership is designed to identify and address those challenges, and deliver real results and value for the planet and for our farmers, building on the improved profitability and better return-on-investment that farmers in the Truterra network may see as a result of implementing certain conservation practices.”

“This is an amazing opportunity to scale with a partner whose goals are aligned with supporting farmer’s needs and transitioning to more regenerative supply chains,” said Christophe Jospe, Nori co-founder and Chief Development Officer. “Through this effort, we’ll help reward farmers for storing carbon, find ways to more efficiently use farm-level operating data and new soil health monitoring and measurement techniques, and build upon the learnings of our pilot to ensure that the Nori program works for the farmer first.”

Truterra and Nori are working with a handful of farmers and ag retailers in the Truterra network to develop the pilot during this growing season, which will continue into the 2021-2022 growing season. The partners will continue to add new ag retailer and farmer participants in the coming months.

The pilot partners will apply lessons learned to make carbon markets more accessible to Truterra’s network and, ultimately, all of agriculture. Participating in the pilot will also give farmers and ag retailers in the Truterra network an opportunity to directly impact how farmers can be rewarded for good stewardship practices as carbon and ecosystem services markets become more mainstream.

Korea Begins to Establish the Virtual Asset Business Law 6362

“The National Assembly Seminar for the Virtual Asset Business Law” was held in the Federation of Korean Industries hall with major commercial banks and members of the National Assembly. They insisted that “the virtual asset business law” is necessary for a huge transformation to digital economy in the post-COVID-19 era and for the development of financial industries. The National Assembly began to work on establishing “virtual asset business law”, following the amendment to the Act on Reporting and Using Specified Financial Transaction Information for regulating money laundering of virtual assets, according to Delio.

The seminar was hosted by Rep. Kim Byeong-wook, the secretary of the National Policy Committee and a lawmaker from the Democratic Party (DP), and Delio, the virtual asset lending company. It was sponsored by Delio’s DeFi project DUCATO.

Kim Tae-nyeon, floor leader of the ruling DP, delivered a congratulatory message to the seminar, saying, “The Democratic Party of Korea and the government are rolling out the Korean New Deal, a national development plan that will transform Korea into a leading nation.” He added, “Building an AI government utilizing blockchain is one of the main pillars of the Korean New Deal.” In addition, Rep. Youn Kwan-suk, the chairman of the National Policy Committee, mentioned that the National Assembly is carefully thinking about how to revise the overall laws for digital finance innovation and that the work on the virtual asset should be done swiftly with lots of social discussions, from defining the industry and the implementing ordinances of the Act on Reporting and Using Specified Financial Transaction Information, in order to promote the industry and protect investors.

Rep. Kim Byeong-wook said in the opening speech that the National Assembly should consider how to establish the law and system for the development of the virtual asset and related industries and for investor protection. He emphasized that the virtual asset has the widest possibilities in the post-COVID-19 era and the related law and system should be established to define the virtual asset as an industry.

Lee Hae-bung, the deputy director of the Financial Supervisory Service, explained major issues of the Act on Reporting and Using Specified Financial Transaction Information which passed the National Assembly last year. He highlighted that the amendment does not allow the virtual asset to enter the institutionalized system. He said that Korea should establish the virtual asset law to clarify a boundary between finance and virtual asset like the U.S. and the U.K.

The commercial banks admitted that they look forward to the legislation of the law on the virtual asset. Jang Hyeon-gi, head of Shinhan Bank’s Digital R&D Center, spoke that a bank can play its role in the area of DeFi with a converged model of blockchain and financial service, adding that Shinhan Bank has already been preparing various services based on blockchain like Virtual Asset Wallet, Custody, Payment, etc. Jo Jin-seok, head of KB Kookmin Bank’s IT Innovation Center, predicted that as all the assets that exist around the world would be digitized quickly, in compliance with this trend, banks would release the “digital asset” management platform. Especially, since the amendment passed the National Assembly last year, Korean banks have a great deal of interest in the custody industry, the virtual asset entrust business.

The virtual asset companies backed up the legislation of the virtual asset business law. Han Seong-hee, the director of Bithumb, pointed out that it is urgent to make the law on the virtual asset and insisted that the virtual asset companies and commercial banks should co-work on a business to earn the trust of the virtual asset and to make the market vitalized. Jung Sang-ho, the CEO of Delio, the virtual asset lending service company, said, “Korean government has never admitted the virtual asset as an industry.” As a voice of the industry, he addressed that it is urgent to create effective laws because the virtual asset has been established in the financial industry by the drastic growth of financial services like lending and deposit using the virtual asset.

Koo Tae-eon, the attorney who’s in charge of the legal revision, said, “First, the regulation that allows the virtual asset should become clear by revising the financial laws. Also, the virtual asset that is not a financial product among various virtual assets should be dealt with outside the regulation.”

Prof. In Ho from Korea University and Prof. Ha Tae-hyeong from the University of Suwon participated in this seminar as academic representatives. Several virtual asset companies joined the seminar to talk about the necessity of the virtual asset business law and related tasks, including Bithumb, Hashed, an investment company, Peertec, a blockchain financial technology company, and Delio, a company specializing in DeFi.

Except for the virtual asset companies, major commercial banks that are traditional financial institutions in Korea and the representatives of the National Assembly agreed to legislation on the virtual asset business law. It is expected that Korea will speed up to establish the laws related to the virtual asset.

nChain Leads Investment Round in Extreme-scale Data Firm GeoSpock 5945

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.

AirNet Entered into Equity Purchase Framework Agreement with BitGeek Information Technology Co., Ltd. 6509

AirNet Technology Inc., formerly known as AirMedia Group Inc. (“AirNet” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: ANTE), an in-flight solution provider on connectivity, entertainment, and digital multimedia in China, today announced that it has entered into an equity purchase framework agreement (the “Agreement”) with BitGeek Information Technology Co., Ltd. (“BitGeek”) and BitGeek’s shareholders, independent third parties of the Company, to purchase 100% of the equity interests in BitGeek with an issuance of ordinary shares of the Company to BitGeek’s shareholders. Details pertaining to the purchase will be further discussed and stipulated in a binding agreement among the parties after completion of the valuation of BitGeek.

Mr. Herman Guo, the Chairman and CEO of the Company, commented “The acquisition of the equity interest in BitGeek will align the Company with the swift advancements of the blockchain technology as well as equipment specifically designed and applications tailored specifically for cloud computing and supercomputing. Combined with the its industrial acumens, the new alignment shall expand and broaden the Company’s ability to provide blockchain empowered solutions to its existing and potential clients.”

There is no assurance that a binding agreement will be entered into by the parties as contemplated under the Agreement on commercially reasonable terms, or at all. Shareholders and investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this press release.

About BitGeek Information Technology Co., Ltd.

BitGeek is a vanguard in providing blockchain empowered infrastructures and technologies. Devoted to cloud computing and supercomputing as well as R&D in blockchain technology, BitGeek provides supercomputing facilities, equipment specifically designed for supercomputing, and technical and maintenance services for supercomputing facilities.

About AirNet Technology Inc.

Incorporated in 2007 and headquartered in Beijing, China, AirNet provides in-flight solutions to connectivity, entertainment and digital multimedia in China. Collaborating with its partners, AirNet empowers Chinese airlines with seamlessly immersive Internet connections through a network of satellites and land-based beacons, provides airline travelers with interactive entertainment and a coverage of breaking news, and furnishes corporate clients with advertisements tailored to the perceptions of the travelers.