High Ethereum Fees Push Tether to Its Eighth Blockchain, OMG Network

Tether has adopted Ethereum scaling solution OMG Network amid record demand for settlement space on the “world computer.” “The integration [between Tether and OMG Network] will result in a reduction of confirmation times delivering faster payments while fees will be reduced without compromising on-chain security,” Tether Inc. said in a blog Wednesday. OMG Network can handle thousands of transactions at a third of the cost of Ethereum as a Layer 2 solution for Ethereum that batches transactions before settlement, OMG Network CEO Vansa Chatikavanij said in a statement. Tether –…

Crypto VC Firm Assesses the ‘State of Blockchain Governance’

Everyone in crypto has been talking about decentralized finance (DeFi) since bankless lending started to boom in June. But, looked at another way, it’s really a governance boom. Into this environment has stepped Greenfield One, an early-stage venture capital firm that just published a comprehensive new resource on the topic of blockchain governance. Take, for example, COMP. DeFi has been hot ever since Compound started distributing its COMP governance token on June 15. COMP didn’t introduce new features to the product, it just gave users a means to voice how…

Blockchain Could Help Content Generation Industry Be More Profitable

Chinese content generation platform TikTok, a video-sharing app that has been called the fastest-growing social networking service in history, has been in the spotlight since early 2019 and now surpasses 800 million users. Despite the fact that the app’s data security breaches are raising controversy worldwide, more and more young people are using it as the go-to social media for the new generation, with a reported 69% of TikTok’s global audience being between the ages of 16 and 24. Despite its overwhelming success and rapidly growing user base, the truth…

Blockchain Is Part of Australia’s Cyber Security Solution, Say Experts

A cyber security and blockchain forum with leading Australian experts and government officials has identified blockchain technology as a direct response to an increase in cyber attacks targeting the integrity of systems through manipulating data. Recently appointed Blockchain Australia CEO Steve Vallas held a panel discussion on July 30 regarding blockchain’s use-case in cyber security with experts from various fields being part of the 300+ attendees.  The panel consisted of National Blockchain Lead Chloe White from the Department of Industry and Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg, CEO of cyber security firm…

Blockchain Is Key to Future ‘Hyperconnected Economy,’ Say Researchers

According to a report by market research firm HFS Research, blockchain technology will play a decisive role in establishing the future “hyperconnected economy.” A report excerpt recently released by HFS for Big Four auditing EY suggests that “we are hurtling toward a hyperconnected economy, and blockchain will provide the way to make it happen.” Blockchain facilitates large-scale collaboration The report explains that entire ecosystems are being developed across the services offered by different organizations. The researchers claim that “no single organization owns the entire customer experience, and competitors and peers…

Dubai Debuts Nationwide Data Platform Powered by Blockchain

This platform is set to become a nationwide system for exchanging verified customer data. Dubai’s Department of Economic Development, or DED, and state-run bank Emirates NBD are rolling out their so-called UAE KYC Blockchain Platform. 120 local firms already signed up for the platform with Emirates NBD First revealed in February 2020, the new blockchain platform is designed to unlock digital customer onboarding, instant bank account functions, and verified KYC data sharing between licensing authorities and financial institutions. Announcing the news on July 28, the DED and Emirates NBD said…

Dollars on Blockchain ‘Better Than Central Bank Monopoly on the Payments System’

Brian Brooks, the Acting Comptroller of the Currency and former head of Coinbase’s legal department, put forward blockchain as better than the United States’ current bank-dependent payments system. Decentralization for future payments On July 29, Brooks spoke with Aaron Klein of the Brookings Institution, a major U.S. think tank. In answer to hypothetical platforms for a future five-year term as Comptroller — Brooks is, at this point, in a liminal state as acting comptroller — Brooks emphasized decentralization: “I’m a believer in decentralization. At the end of the day, I…

Mainframe’s Latest Blockchain Protocol Acquisition to Enable DeFi Bond System

Blockchain firm Mainframe has acquired Sablier, an Ethereum-based protocol for real-time finance. Mainframe plans to integrate Sablier’s money streaming technology into a fixed-rate lending protocol and create tokenized debt markets akin to digital bonds. Crypto loans with lower collateralization Per the announcement, “cryptocurrency loans can create a healthy cycle of speculation, spending and monetary circulation.” Still, borrowers reportedly have low exposure in the current overcollateralized systems: “Crypto-backed loans often require collateralization rations of 150% or higher, and borrowers don’t fully actualize their spending power. With Mainframe’s novel Guarantor Pools providing…

Huawei Files for a Storage-Related Blockchain Patent

Chinese tech giant Huawei recently applied for a new patent related to blockchain technology which deals with storage methods and devices. Huawei holds a number of other relevant patents, covering topics like Blockchain-based settlement methods. According to the Chinese corporate database, Tianyancha, the smartphone manufacturer filed for a “blockchain ledger storage and device,” patent on January 17, 2019. The application announcement date at the time was set for July 14. The government of the Nanshan District of Shenzhen previously announced a partnership with Huawei to boost the adoption of blockchain,…

Blockchain Can Help Find a Cure for COVID-19

The blockchain community is playing a significant role in helping to develop pharmaceutical drugs to combat COVID-19, as blockchain can bring immense computational power to confirm transactions, and generate new coins, according to Brandon Mintz, CEO of crypto ATM network, Bitcoin Depot. In an interview with Cointelegraph, Mintz highlighted that the biggest benefit blockchain brings to the table is “the security aspect of things,” adding that such an adoption is also helpful for contactless payments and online purchases with crypto as online sales continue to skyrocket. Crypto community efforts to…