Nordea Wins Danish Court Battle to Ban Staff Trading in Bitcoin 53459

Nordea Bank is free to prevent its employees from investing in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in their own time, a Danish court ruled.

The risks associated with cryptocurrencies justify the restriction, according to a verdict published on the Copenhagen-based court’s website late Monday. Denmark’s union for financial industry employees had filed suit against Nordea, saying the ban interfered with employees’ personal lives.

In a January 2018 memo, Nordea told staff that “the risks were too high” because the cryptocurrency market isn’t regulated and had been linked to criminal activity, including money laundering. Employees might damage the reputations of Nordea and its customers, the bank said.

The restriction didn’t cover financial instruments tied to cryptocurrencies that Nordea had sold to clients; nor did it apply to any cryptocurrencies that employees might have owned before the ban.

“We filed suit because of the principle that everyone obviously has a private life and the right to act as a private individual,” Kent Petersen, the union’s chairman, said in a statement. “It was important for us and our members to establish what rights managers have. In this case, it was more far-reaching than what we find to be appropriate.”

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Core Scientific and Bitmain Partner to Bring Bitmain’s “Ant Training Academy” to North America 4909

Core Scientific, the leading US blockchain hosting provider, and Bitmain, the industry-leading fabless manufacturer of computing chips, today announced the launch of the new Dalton, GA based Ant Training Academy (ATA) location, the first outside China. The new location was created to allow more North American based participants access to the same highly regarded training and certification services of the China based Academy, without having to travel outside North America. Courses are expected to begin in fall 2020.

Core Scientific is a leader in Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain technologies, delivering best-in-class infrastructure and software solutions. In an increasingly distributed and connected world, Core Scientific believes AI and blockchain are changing the way information is processed, shared and stored across a range of industries.

Created by Bitmain in 2017, the ATA curriculum is based on years of knowledge dissemination and technology inheritance and accumulation. It is the sole training institution and certification authority officially certified by Antminer. ATA’s Maintenance Training Course is designed to educate maintenance personnel on how to install, operate, and repair mining equipment.

“We are very excited to partner with Bitmain to bring the world class Bitmain Ant Training Academy to North America” said Jeff Taylor, Chief Information Officer, Core Scientific. “Combining the proven ATA curriculum with accredited instructors from Core Scientific, where the white glove approach and strong operational excellence is part of our DNA, ensures attendees will walk away with the mission critical skills they need to operate at the highest level and secure the long term viability of their equipment.”

“As part of Bitmain’s commitment to providing continuous support and development for its global customers, we have partnered with Core Scientific, a company well-known for their professional work in the industry. We are confident that through this cooperation, customers will have better access to high-level professional training and certification from ATA to enhance the process of maintaining miners on a global scale”, said Nathaniel Yu, International Marketing Manager, Bitmain.

About Bitmain
Founded in 2013, Bitmain transforms computing by building industry-defining technology in cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence (AI). Bitmain leads the industry in the production of integrated circuits for cryptocurrency mining, as well as mining hardware under the Antminer brand. The company also operates the largest cryptocurrency mining pools worldwide-Antpool.com and BTC.com. Bitmain technology supports a wide range of blockchain platforms and startups.

About Core Scientific
With a team that has a multi-year blockchain success story, Core Scientific provides custom hosting solutions at scale. Core Scientific is pioneering new innovations and best practices in the AI and Blockchain landscape. To learn more, visit www.corescientific.com.

LG Joins Hedera Governing Council to Accelerate Innovation and Adoption of Public DLT Globally 4717

LG Electronics Inc. and Hedera Hashgraph, an enterprise-grade distributed ledger platform, today announced that LG has joined the Hedera Governing Council. The Council, designed to enable the most decentralized governance model for a public ledger, will comprise up to 39 global organizations from a diverse array of industries and geographies.

LG is the Council’s 14th member, joining Boeing, Deutsche Telekom, DLA Piper, FIS (WorldPay), Google, IBM, Magalu, Nomura, Swirlds, Swisscom Blockchain, Tata Communications, University College London (UCL), and Wipro. As the sole home appliance manufacturer to join the Hedera Governing Council, LG will work with Hedera and other members of the Council to identify ways that distributed ledger technology can benefit consumers and supply chain partners by enabling seamless transactions.

All members of the Hedera Governing Council will run a node on the Hedera Hashgraph public network and are responsible for approving Hedera’s roadmap and updates to the platform’s codebase. Members ensure the Council’s decentralization and diversity.

Mance Harmon, CEO and co-founder of Hedera Hashgraph, said, “We are thrilled to welcome industry leader LG to the Hedera Governing Council. For many years, LG has been visionary in their approach to adopting new technology in the name of improving the lives of customers and partners worldwide. We look forward to collaborating with LG and their ecosystem to explore the many potential ways that distributed ledger technology can similarly be applied to benefit their customer base.”

“Distributed ledger technology holds the potential to improve customer value and allow enterprises across many sectors to offer new services that take advantage of the trust, security, and speed that it provides,” said Cho Taeg-il, senior vice president of LG Electronics. “We look forward to being a part of the Hedera Governing Council and opportunities where we can collaborate with other leading organizations across a wide range of industries to further develop the application of distributed ledger technology to benefit businesses and consumers alike.”

Mechanical Technology Incorporated Announces Closing of Previously Announced GigaWatt Acquisition 7596

Mechanical Technology, Incorporated (“MTI”), a publicly traded company (OTC Pink: MKTY) headquartered in Albany, New York, announced today that EcoChain, Inc. (“EcoChain”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of MTI, has closed its acquisition of the intellectual property of Giga Watt, Inc. (“GigaWatt”) and certain other property and rights of GigaWatt associated with GigaWatt’s operation of a crypto-mining operation located in Washington State.

The acquisition was approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Washington and was consummated by EcoChain on May 20, 2020. As previously announced by MTI, EcoChain purchased the subject GigaWatt assets for cash consideration of $200,000 and will be assuming certain contractual obligations of GigaWatt related to existing leases and utility power supply. EcoChain intends to sell certain acquired equipment that is determined to be excess in nature so as to reduce EcoChain’s overall transaction costs. EcoChain expects that the newly acquired assets will form the cornerstone of EcoChain’s new pilot cryptocurrency mining operation.

About EcoChain
EcoChain, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of MTI, is developing a pilot cryptocurrency mining facility powered by renewable energy to integrate with the bitcoin blockchain network.

About MTI
MTI is engaged in the design, manufacture, and sale of test and measurement instruments and systems through its subsidiary MTI Instruments, Inc. MTI Instrument’s products use a comprehensive array of technologies to solve complex, real world applications in numerous industries including manufacturing, electronics, semiconductor, solar, commercial and military aviation, automotive and data storage.

Harmony Launches Staking, Becomes the First Sharded Proof-of-Stake Blockchain to go Live 8735

Harmony upgraded its mainnet to support staking, becoming the first blockchain to successfully combine sharding and proof-of-stake. Launch partners include Binance, Huobi and BitMax as well as professional validators such as Blockdaemon, Stake.fish and Figment Networks. Stakers on Harmony can expect to earn annual yields ranging from 45% to 15% in the first year.

Background

In 2018, the combination of proof-of-stake and sharding emerged as a leading solution for blockchain scaling. Projects like Ethereum 2.0, Near Protocol and Harmony adopted this approach for its promise to increase transaction throughput and reduce cost, while preserving decentralization.

Theoretical promise quickly gave way to the daunting technical complexity of building such a system. Fast forward to 2020 and no project has yet been able to crack the nut of sharding and proof-of-stake. That is until Harmony announced it had successfully upgraded its 4-shard network to support staking.

Impact

Being first is one thing, but the real question is does this blockchain architecture deliver on promises? And here Harmony’s making remarkable progress. Transactions on Harmony settle in 8 seconds, a welcome change for those accustomed to waiting minutes for Ethereum transactions to finalize. Costs are significantly cheaper as well. A transaction on Harmony will set you back only $0.000·001.

Sharding allows Harmony to achieve these results without sacrificing decentralization. Harmony’s network consists of over 320 public nodes and Harmony plans to increase that number to 1000 and beyond by the end of the year. By contrast chains like EOS and Libra scale at the cost of decentralization by limiting their networks to 21 and 27 nodes respectively.

Proof-of-stake blockchains have been criticized for “rich get richer” economics, in which the largest stakers earn the most. Harmony’s novel staking mechanism called “Effective Proof of Stake” counters this problem by capping the rewards of large stakers and boosting the rewards of smaller ones.

Future

Now that the core protocol work is complete, Harmony will shift focus to solving a potentially harder challenge: adoption. Harmony’s EVM compatibility makes it easy for developers in the Ethereum ecosystem to test out the new network. In addition to the protocol’s features, a comprehensive set of developer grants are planned to encourage developers to take the leap.

“Now that we’re equipped with a battle-tested base layer, we will shift gears to pursue adoption with the same nonstop execution that enabled us to launch the first sharded PoS blockchain,” said Harmony CEO, Stephen Tse. “Our scalability, speed and cost will enable use cases and user experiences that no other blockchain before us could.”

Harmony’s roadmap for 2020 includes reducing settlement times below 8 seconds, transitioning to community governance, and pursuing several promising application areas including cross-border finance and branded digital collectables.

Partners

Among Harmony’s launch supporters are numerous professional validators and exchanges. Blockdaemon, Stake.fish, Staked.us, Wetez, Sesame Seed, Everstake and InfStones are among 16 staking partners who are also top validators on Tezos, Cosmos, EOS and TRON. Binance, BitMax and Kucoin will support Harmony staking on their platforms.

About Harmony

Harmony is a fast and open blockchain for decentralized applications. Its protocol has achieved secure and random state sharding. Harmony’s Mainnet supports thousands of nodes in multiple shards, producing blocks in a few seconds with instant finality. The network’s staking mechanism reduces centralization while supporting stake delegation, reward compounding and double-sign slashing. Harmony aims to build an open network of nodes operated and governed by a large community.

The Power of Blockchain and Cloud Storage for Documents 8626

Cloud Storage

MJC & Associates, Inc. of Sugar Land, Texas, introduces a digital service company and the launch of its new technology platform, SAFEBOX-IMMUTABLE BLOCKCHAIN DOCUMENT PROTECTION℠, that uses the Ethereum blockchain network and cloud storage for managing and securing your valuable documents.

SAFEBOX℠ provides a solution for signing agents, escrow companies, legal, medical professionals, and other professionals that need to store confidential documents in perpetuity! All this can be done with just a few clicks.

“We have been working on this project for so long and we are very excited for its final launch,” said Robert Coleman-Foster, CEO of MJC & Associates, Inc., parent company of SAFEBOX℠. “Our product is easy to use and is particularly designed for individuals and organizations dealing with critically important and valuable documents requiring safeguarding, even forever.”

To get the best value out of using this service, SAFEBOX℠ is offering three different membership plans perfect for all levels of users:

  • Free – allows users to view their documents on the network. The users can only access the network so they can see materials that are shared with them.
  • Basic – designed for users who want to experience the security of blockchain and cloud computing for managing their documents. This plan allows you to upload, view as well as share a limited number of documents on the system.
  • Premium–built for professionals who deal with a high volume of paperwork and want the security of a reliable scalable global system that can assure their documents will remain immutable.

About – MJC & Associates, Inc. is based in Sugar Land, Texas and comprised of many brands like SAFEBOX, Integrity Signers, Assured Auto Signers and Integrity Litigation Support Services, Home Security and Personal Health Services. They believe in giving back to the society and have proved so with their nonprofit entities, the MJCA CARES Foundation and Mighty Men of Valor Ministries.

MJC & Associates, Inc’s constant effort in creating products for the betterment of the society has lead it to develop SAFEBOX.  SAFEBOX is newly founded technology platform of MJC & Associates, Inc. that makes use of the cloud storage and blockchain technology to expedite the work related to documents and record keeping. SAFEBOX’s client base consists of signing agents, attorneys, medical professionals, title companies, automobile dealers.

AXA Ventures Leads $5 Million Investment in Next-generation Cybersecurity Startup Hub Security 11973

Hub Security, a startup that offers military-grade cybersecurity solutions for fintech, cloud, blockchain and data storage, announced today it has closed a $5 million Series A funding round led by AXA Ventures, with participation from Jerusalem-based OurCrowd.

The company said the investment will be used to strengthen Hub Security’s team, expand their technology and offer enhanced products to fintech companies, focusing on enabling access to credit, corporate banking solutions, cross-border payments and providing ultra-secure banking solutions.

Hub Security offers a solution to growing security concerns related to cloud and enterprise organizations that are raising alarm bells across industries struggling to combat rising levels of cyberthreats and attacks. There is consensus among security experts of the need for military-grade security solutions that can address the threat of data theft and exploitation –– especially in the era of COVID-19.

“We believe this round of funding is crucial to helping us continue our mission of providing military-grade level cybersecurity solutions to top cloud, finance, and digital asset management providers,” said Eyal Moshe, Hub Security’s CEO.

“Hub Security’s end-to-end approach to the development and delivery of its hardware and software components ensures the highest level of security throughout the entire product lifecycle –– something that’s critical now more than ever in the era of COVID-19. We don’t take for granted the trust we’ve seen from investors, especially in the current financial climate.”

As a growing number of industries turn to cloud and data storage solutions, there is an increasing demand for cybersecurity solutions that can combat emerging threats.

Hub Security boasts an expanding portfolio of fintech, cloud, and insurance clientele. In February 2020, the company announced its strategic partnership with Seagate® Technology as part of its new LyveTM Labs. The initiative was launched in order to provide methods for safe and secure data management solutions, both on and off the cloud.

“Hub Security’s miniHSM is the first of its kind to offer a pocket-sized HSM solution, which provides an ultra-secure HSM-to-HSM communication layer built uniquely for cloud, banking, healthcare, and government enterprises with scalable, air-tight security that can support any cloud-based or digital asset,” said Eyal Moshe, Hub Security’s CEO.

HUB Security utilizes military-grade cybersecurity tactics for its HSM architecture that is designed for FIPS140-2 Level 4 protection (In advanced stage process) –– the highest protection level available for mobile cryptographic security solutions on the market to date.

HUB Security’s combination of hardware and software solutions include ultra-secure internal signing and authorization flows with a multi-signature vault, hardware firewall and an AI-learning system designed to anticipate unique cyberattacks.

“On our FPGA-based HSM, we have an innovative approach,” CEO Eyal Moshe said. “This is in sharp contrast to HSMs relying on legacy architecture , where you have to connect your source via PCIe — and depend on the operating system to deliver the data to your application. HUB Security approach gives very high bandwidth, as well as low latency.”

“I was actively looking for a ‘software-defined HSM’ platform company in Israel for the past 12 months and I was very pleased when I met Hub Security and learned about their unique offering. We agreed very quickly to partner and invest,” said Moshe Raines, Partner at OurCrowd and Labs/02 managing partner.