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- The Chinese communist party has published a new book about digital currencies designed to educate party members on the finer details of blockchain-powered finance. The book, per media outlet Chainnews, has been issued by the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China, the higher education body that trains officials for the nation’s Communist Party. The new book, part of a series about industry 4.0 technology is titled “Talking to Top Cadres about Digital Currencies,” features a section about Bitcoin (BTC) and follows on from a previous digital currency-related title. The country is reportedly testing its forthcoming digital yuan at a number of locations across the country, with some experts now claiming the token will be compatible with third-party payment apps.
- THETA.tv, the esports video platform powered by Theta (THETA) blockchain, might be featured as one of the content providers available in the Samsung Daily platform, pre-installed in every flagship Galaxy S20 phone shipped in the US. According to the announcement, it will also be upgraded to all existing Galaxy S10, S9, and Note 10, Note 9 devices, reaching a total global installed base of more than 75 million devices.
- Tokensoft, a technology platform for enterprises, asset managers and financial institutions, has tokenized its equity after using the blockchain to distribute the investments to investors that participated in its USD 4 million Series Seed round. The press release says that Tokensoft investors received a digital representation of their SAFE-governed investment on the blockchain in their investment accounts. This digital representation has been developed using the ERC-1404 standard and uses the Ethereum blockchain for compliance and accounting automation. The investment round started in July 2018 and was co-led by Base10 and e.ventures with participation from Coinbase Ventures.
- Chinese police have busted a group of “fake Huobi” over-the-counter (OTC) website operators, reports Jinse. The media outlet says that police in the Guangdong Province have arrested 12 suspects they believe infiltrated WeChat crypto groups, posing as Huobi exchange officials in November last year, tricking scores of victims into investing in their bogus platform.
- Uniswap V2, the second iteration of Uniswap, a protocol for automated token exchange on Ethereum (ETH), has been deployed to the Ethereum mainnet, containing a number of improvements, such as ERC20 / ERC20 pairs, price oracles, and flash swaps. The announcement says that developers can begin building on Uniswap V2 immediately, while the team also released a liquidity migration portal to simplify and hasten the process of withdrawing liquidity from Uniswap V1 and depositing it into Uniswap V2.
- The Ukrainian government has unveiled its draft cryptocurrency and digital currency legislation, per an official release. The draft bill is the brainchild of the Ministry of Digital Transformation and contains legal definitions of terms such as stablecoins, a fact that could provide stablecoin operators with a legal framework to operate in. However, critics have taken to Twitter to point out what it claims are fatal flaws in the draft legislation, including a wallet registration proposal that one user claimed would render “all [unregistered] crypto wallets in the country illegal.”
- At least a dozen supercomputers across Europe suffered cyber-attacks with hackers trying to take control of them, forcing them to shut down, reports BBC. Archer supercomputer at the University of Edinburgh was one of those affected by a security exploitation of an Secure Shell (SSH) connection used to log in to the system remotely, which disabled access to the supercomputer on 11 May. Other supercomputers were attacked in the days that followed in Germany, Switzerland, and reportedly Barcelona.
- Travala.com, a blockchain-based accommodation booking platform, has announced its strategic merger with a cryptocurrency-friendly flight booking portal TravelbyBit, backed by crypto exchange Binance. The announcement states that, as the first step of the merger, the companies will cross-market one another’s travel offerings, while at a later date, the two companies will fully integrate and create a large online travel agency with over 2 million hotels and 600 airlines around the world.
- The Libra Association, a member organization behind Facebook’s Libra token, has appointed Robert Werner as its General Counsel. Per the announcement, Werner was the founder and CEO of GRH Consulting; he held leadership positions in HSBC, Goldman Sachs, and Merrill Lynch, and he served as the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Senior Counsel to the Under Secretary of the Treasury, Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, and Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement and Intelligence in the Office of the General Counsel.
- Harmony (ONE), an open blockchain for decentralized applications has upgraded its mainnet to support staking, stating that stakers can expect to earn annual yields ranging from 45% to 15% in the first year. According to the press release, this is the first blockchain to combine sharding and proof-of-stake.
- Jared Tate, founder of DigiByte (DGB), ranked 39th by market capitalization, stated that he is not selling his DGB holdings and that he still holds 99% of all his crypto in DGB ” and always will.” Last Friday, Tate announced that he will step back from his role in DigiByte, saying that it doesn’t mean he’s “leaving” [it] forever,” after which the coin’s price dropped 12% in a day and 31% in a week.
- Russian crypto scammers are having a field day with bogus coronavirus-related projects, per RBC, making reference to a RIA Novosti report. The media outlet claims that Russian bank Sberbank is aware of a number of these scams, which include bogus links for testing kits and protective face masks, as well as legit-looking VAT refund platforms. A number of sites use interfaces that are based on above-board websites, but at the crucial payment stage, redirect users to scam sites that attempt to dupe users into sending their hard-earned cryptocurrencies to fraudsters’ wallets.
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