Bitcoin Cash Use in Commerce Sees Significant Decrease 4637

A review of payments received by the world’s 17 largest crypto exchanges has shown that Bitcoin Cash (BCH) use in commerce has decreased, according to blockchain analytics firm Chainanalysis, Bloomberg reported August 20.

A group of analysts from Chainanalysis found that BCH payments dropped to $3.7 million in May from $10.5 million in March, while the volume of Bitcoin (BTC) payments was estimated $60 million in May, down from a high of $412 million in September. Kim Grauer, senior economist at Chainalysis, said in a phone interview with Bloomberg:

“There are fewer users of Bitcoin Cash, fewer holders.”

This year, the BCH price decreased by 75 percent, while BTC dropped by about 55 percent. Grauer sees “concentrated ownership” as the reason for the low BCH adoption rate, where almost 56 percent of the cryptocurrency is controlled by 67 wallets that are not located on exchanges.

Between 10,000 and 100,000 BCH are held by two wallets. Grauer said it is possible that “the wealthiest holders are the ones sending a lot of the traffic to merchant services.”

BCH appeared a year ago after a hard fork from the BTC blockchain. While the launch of BCH caused controversy in the community, BTC.com vice president of business operations, Alejandro de la Torre told Cointelegraph about the importance of the fork:

“The ability to make forks while keeping the community aligned was a great achievement. By providing much greater bandwidth per block by first increasing to 8 MB and then again to 32 MB. This additional room is more than what is needed right now, but BCH seems to be looking ahead and getting ready to process high volumes of traffic. The greater block size also enables BCH to store more information in each transaction, giving the blockchain space to write smart contracts on-chain at low costs.”

According to data from Coinmarketcap, even with the recent decline BCH is still the fourth largest cryptocurrency, with a market capitalization over $9 billion. At press time, BCH is down almost 9 percent and is trading around $522.

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EMURGO Partners with Online Travel Agency Travala.com to Drive the Adoption of Cardano’s ADA 3383

EMURGO, a global blockchain solutions provider & a founding entity of the Cardano protocol, announces its partnership with Online Travel Agency (OTA) Travala.com – the world’s leading blockchain-based travel booking platform trusted by customers worldwide. This partnership will enable travelers to easily book hotels & travel accommodations worldwide using Cardano’s native cryptocurrency ADA on Travala.com’s online platform. As the official travel partner of EMURGO, Cardano ADA users will also receive 10% cashback for all hotel bookings made with ADA until July 31.

This partnership will be an additional, substantial step forward with regards to EMURGO’s mission to drive the adoption of ADA, as economies reopen and travel restrictions are lifted. This will further provide value to the core ADA community, as well as the larger cryptocurrency communities.

Through Travala.com’s existing partnership with digital travel company Booking.com to integrate accommodations listings, Travala.com currently offers 2,000,000+ bookable properties across 90,000 worldwide destinations in 230 countries and territories, at competitive prices up to 40% cheaper than mainstream travel booking platforms.

Travala.com users are able to seamlessly pay for their travel bookings with Cardano ADA in addition to 28 other accepted cryptocurrencies and traditional online payments.

“As global travel begins to gradually resume, EMURGO is excited to partner with Travala.com to bring functional utility to Cardano ADA users. Being able to book flights, hotels, and other travel accommodations with ADA at over 2 million properties in 90,000 international destinations demonstrates EMURGO’s focus to drive real-world Cardano adoption,” said EMURGO CEO Ken Kodama.

“We’re extremely excited to partner with an industry titan to boost ADA adoption. Travel is the ideal venue for mass adoption of cryptocurrencies and as we all start to travel again, Travala.com will continue to provide a frictionless travel booking experience to anyone, anywhere,” said Juan Otero, Travala.com CEO.

According to recent data provided by Travala.com, 60% of all bookings on the platform in the last twelve months have been paid in cryptocurrencies. Over the past six weeks, there have been more than 20% week-over-week growth in total bookings, pointing towards a gradual recovery in the travel industry from the global COVID-19 pandemic. The most booked travel destinations with cryptocurrency payments to date have been the U.S., Thailand, and Australia.

KPMG LLP Launches KPMG Chain Fusion To Help Manage Crypto And Traditional Assets Over Public And Private Blockchain Networks 7105

KPMG LLP has launched KPMG Chain Fusion, a patent pending suite of advanced analytics capabilities, built on leading cryptoasset data & technology products to streamline the ability for financial services companies and fintechs to offer cryptoasset services on an institutional scale.

KPMG Chain Fusion helps clients address complex, foundational problems facing organizations competing in the institutional cryptoasset market. The technology infrastructure, operational mechanics and inherent risks are fundamentally different than traditional systems supporting financial services companies and fintechs. These differences present significant challenges to accurately and completely aggregate data from different technology environments in order to meet internal and external expectations, including expectations for customer account management, anti-money laundering (AML) and security.

At its core, KPMG Chain Fusion leverages a structured data model to combine data originating from blockchain infrastructure and traditional systems in support of analytics for business, risk and compliance objectives.

KPMG Chain Fusion was designed to help clients address considerations from regulators across the globe focusing on the integrity of control environments to support business objectives for accurate financial reporting and technology objectives for security, availability and processing integrity across both traditional and blockchain systems.

“Regulators and auditors expect fully implemented controls and processes within and across a cryptoasset business – whether they are cryptoasset or traditional systems or anything in between.  If you are a blockchain or digital asset based business, you will have separate systems for everything,” said Sam Wyner, director and co-lead of KPMG Cryptoasset Services team.

The capabilities and accelerators are designed to help address these considerations by supporting companies to achieve seamless and trusted adoption of core crypto business capabilities, enabled by leading technology products for data, custody and infrastructure.  The core also enables organizations to overcome challenges including: cryptographic proof of assets under custody, deployment and integration of core custody capabilities such as multi-party computational cryptoasset wallets, and transaction monitoring for AML.

“There is a fundamental difference in technologies required to integrate– whether it be a permission or permissionless blockchain or a traditional front, middle and back office system,” said Wyner.

With KPMG Chain Fusion, KPMG has built capabilities to integrate and enable these systems.

Many financial services institutions and fintechs are already offering cryptoasset services. At the same time, there is an increased adoption of traditional businesses offering cryptoasset capabilities and services for assets on both public, permissionless and permissioned blockchains.

“Leading cryptoasset technology solutions can address process and control requirements within their own systems, but the greater challenge is making sure systems can work together, with all the right processes and controls in place between those systems,” Wyner explains.

“KPMG Chain Fusion addresses those challenges by bringing these systems together with the required processes and controls under one roof.”

Authenticiti Secures Additional Funding to Transform B2B Supply Chains with Blockchain 9443

Authenticiti, a blockchain-enabled supply chain platform, announces it has secured additional funding from leading technology investors. The round was led by Gravity Ranch, with participation from Holt Ventures, SRI International, and existing investor Scopus Ventures. Authenticiti platform is the single-source-of-verifiable-truth for supply chain management, connecting data from siloed systems in real-time. As supply chains struggle to adapt during uncertainty, companies need to optimize existing fragmented supply chain infrastructures.

“With applications deployed for specific needs, most supply chain infrastructures today are a labyrinth of data, tools, and processes,” said Andrew Yang, CEO and Co-founder of Authenticiti. “This complex environment is riddled with manual steps and spreadsheets. We provide a solution to effectively connect and manage next-generation supply chains.”

Unlike most legacy supply chain solutions, Authenticiti is an overlay that works without replacing existing infrastructures. The advantage of this approach, the users gain visibility and control, regardless of their backend ERP, logistics, or accounting system. With blockchain, manufacturers gain a real-time ledger of trusted transactions and can run operations with greater accuracy and risk management. “There is a need for a seamless overlay that connects supply chain vendors and legacy systems in a codeless, easy way that builds trust without ripping out existing systems. And that’s exactly what the Authenticiti team has built,” said Eran Gilad, Managing Partner at Scopus Ventures.

Authenticiti platform is packaged in a lightweight container, allowing quick deployment to any IT environment. It also leverages key sharding encryption combined with blockchain infrastructure for highly secure and federated data sharing.

“There are enormous amounts of redundancy and cross-checking in supply chains today. Authenticiti’s platform comes at a time when there is an opportunity to reset supply chain systems that have relied on outdated processes,” said Meg Paulus, Partner at HOLT Ventures, the venture capital arm of HOLT CAT, the largest Caterpillar heavy equipment and engine dealer in the USA. Michael Downing, Founding Partner at Gravity Ranch Venture Fund explains, “We invested in Authenticiti because a blockchain-enabled supply chain will securely automate and streamline key operations, as it synchronizes data efficiently to save millions in operating costs, and this perfectly aligns with our investment model that fuels change.”

Founded in 2016, Authenticiti has helped companies across different industries such as aerospace, manufacturing, mining and insurance, with operational advancements and millions in savings annually. The company is headquartered in San Francisco with an engineering office in Toronto, Canada. https://Authenticiti.io/

Crypto Trader News Partners With Blockman Capital to Provide Expert Trading Analysis 9635

Crypto Trader News, a leading blockchain and cryptocurrency news site, is proud to announce a strategic partnership with the prestigious UK-based cryptocurrency trading firm, Blockman Capital. Thanks to this agreement, CTN will begin publishing market analysis and in-depth reports created by Blockman Capital’s team of expert analysts and traders.

Blockman Capital, based in Cornwall, England, provides a managed portfolio service to investors wanting to incorporate cryptocurrency trading into their investment portfolios. Founded in 2006, the firm currently manages over 300 portfolios with over £2 million traded each month. In 2019 Blockman Capital earned a 47.3% ROI on average for its clients.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide our readers with the expertise of Blockman Capital’s trading experts,” explained Dennis Lewis, CEO and Publisher of Crypto Trader News. “A deep understanding of the cryptocurrency markets is truly essential for anyone hoping to profit in such a volatile market. Stuart Pritchard and his team at Blockman Capital combine this understanding with over 30 years of trading experience. We believe this will be an amazing resource for our readers.”

According to Pritchard, “We founded Blockman Capital on the idea of bringing proven trading and analysis skills from the traditional equities and forex markets to the new high paced cryptocurrency markets. This partnership with Crypto Trader News allows us to now showcase on a global scale the fruits of all the hard work we’ve put in over the last four years.”

Through this partnership, Crypto Trader News and Blockman Capital will provide readers with weekly market analysis livestreams, monthly in-depth reports and breaking analysis related to the Bitcoin, Ethereum and Altcoin markets.

First Scalable Enterprise Solutions Leveraging the Value of Public Blockchain 10486

In early 2019, the business standards company BSI partnered up exclusively with Trace Labs, the core developers of OriginTrail, to deliver blockchain-enabled solutions. With such solutions, the British Standards Institution (BSI) seeks to enhance its global assurance, certification, and supply chain services by ensuring the integrity of digital records. In collaboration with Trace Labs, BSI is now launching a series of blockchain-based solutions catering to both organizations and individuals aiming to build resilience in their supply chains, a need becoming even more apparent in light of the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

Solutions described in the recently released BSI white paper – titled “Instruments of Trust: BSI’s Blockchain-Based Solutions” – enable a secure and trusted way of verifying the authenticity of claimed personal credentials as well as company and product certifications. BSI has also introduced the SCAN Trusted Factory Blockchain Program designed for US importers to ensure the authenticity of a factory’s certification and factory credentials.

False assertions are prevalent in society leaving people uncertain of whom and what to trust. Counterfeit products and false claims are far too commonplace and perpetually flood the market. Examples include counterfeit drugs/fentanyl-laced prescriptions, false or misleading food labels, and the range of credentials provided to others as part of our daily lives – passports, qualifications and so on. Challenges remain within legacy trust systems, as businesses and consumers demand an immutable source of truth and verification.

“In today’s global, interconnected economy, there is a growing trust deficit felt by businesses and consumers,” said, Dan Purtell, BSI Group Innovation Director

To help combat false claims, BSI partnered with Trace Labs in early 2019 and has since used technology based on the OriginTrail Decentralized Network (ODN) in three pilot projects. This allowed BSI to provide a suite of solutions that serve as instruments of trust for its clients, enhancing the resilience of its brands. Using DLT technology as a single source of truth, they aim to provide clients with the ability to demonstrate to their customers the authenticity of their claims, be it certifications, product authenticity, or traceability. BSI and Trace Labs are continuing to develop new solutions beyond the three pilot projects.

iTrustCapital Releases New Revolutionary Physical Gold Product on IRA Platform Utilizing Kitco Metals 13259

iTrustCapital, an investment platform for alternative assets in retirement accounts, today launched a new service that utilizes Kitco Metals and Tradewinds Markets Vaultchain™ Gold to deliver a revolutionary new product for precious metals investors. In 2020, we find ourselves in times of unprecedented economic uncertainty. As world governments print ever-growing amounts of money, millions of Americans seek ways to protect their wealth in a system stressing itself to the limits. Even though investors have billions of capital in Gold ETFs like GLD, many others distrust these traditional financial offerings. They want the added security of knowing the gold exists and is tied to an account in their name.

iTrust’s service gives clients the ability to buy and sell physical gold 24/7. Clients place trades through iTrust’s interface and executed through precious metals leader Kitco. The client’s ownership is ledgered on the Tradewinds blockchain with Vaultchain® Technology and securely stored at the Royal Canadian Mint. The assets are 100% backed with physical metals and deliverable upon request through iTrust’s service.

This modern solution solves a significant problem. Physical ownership of precious metals typically carries substantial costs over spot price – especially when custodied for an IRA. The nuts and bolts of transport, storage, and order execution contribute to expenses, at times exceeding 30% of the value of an order.

“I’ve been involved in the gold IRA space for more than a decade. iTrust’s solution to investing in physical gold in IRAs is by far the best option for investors,” said Blake Skadron, Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer at iTrustCapital. “Clients get all the benefits of owning gold and avoid the pitfalls of other IRA models such as paying high markups, dealing with commission sales reps, or suffering from inferior liquidity when it’s time to sell.”