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Jaguar and IOTA Join Hands. The company also owns Land Rover, both models will use Smart Wallet capabilities that will allow drivers to be rewarded with the new IOTA just for sharing data.
Imagine earning cryptocurrency rewards just for driving your car. It was only a matter of time before crypto hit the auto industry, and it looks like British car company Jaguar is making the first move. The company also owns Land Rover, which means that both models will be privy to what it's calling new smart wallet capabilities that will allow drivers to be rewarded with the new IOTA cryptocurrency just for sharing data. IOTA is a cryptocurrency based on the Internet of Things and initiated by software and computer giant IBM. All future models will come with the smart wallet software downloaded into their systems. To earn the cryptocurrency, drivers must report useful information such as where others can expect potholes and traffic jams. They can also share navigational tips, such as shortcuts or where police authorities tend to hang out most (hey, nobody wants a ticket).

Japan, one of the most crypto-advanced countries, having legalized crypto as a means of payment in 2017, is preparing to share its experience with G20 finance ministers and governors.
Japan is preparing to share its experience regarding cryptocurrency regulation with finance ministers and central bank governors from other G20 countries at the upcoming summit which it will host in June. According to local media, Japanese regulators have a solution for crypto regulation to offer the G20 countries. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Postpones Crypto Case at Government's Request Japan is often known as one of the most crypto-advanced countries, having legalized cryptocurrency as a means of payment in April 2017. According to local news outlet Sankeibiz, Japanese regulators have created a handbook that each [G20] country can use for regulations, such as measures to prevent the outflow of virtual currency.

Coinbase Pro adds Augur (REP) to its crypto offering. Once sufficient liquidity is established, REP/USD, REP/EUR, REP/BTC (all Coinbase-supported regions excluding NY) will begin trading.
Well it's a dream for project to get their coins listed on prominent exchanges like Coinbase. And this seems to be coming true for EOS, Augur and Maker teams as these coins would soon find themselves trading on the world leading crypt exchange Coinbase. Pro. EOS, Augur and Maker not to be rolled out in all jurisdictions. According to the latest announcement made by Coinbase on its official medium channel, the exchange plans to list EOS (EOS), Augur (REP), and Maker (MKR) on its Pro platform. The announcement further states that trading of EOS and REP will soon be available in all jurisdictions supported by Coinbase Pro, with the exception of New York State. MKR will be available in all Coinbase Pro-supported jurisdictions outside the US. Additional regions may be added for each asset at a later date.

BMW uses the VeChain Public Blockchain for dApp ?VerifyCar?. Vehicle owners can use the collaboration of BMW and VeChain to transfer important information such as mileage or service and repair history verified and validated via the blockchain.
In AutomotiveIT Magazine, which among other things reports on IT trends in the automotive industry, a very interesting article was published in the latest issue for all fans of blockchain technology and especially for the community of the crypto-currency VeChain. According to the report, which is based on forecasts by Simon-Kucher & Partners, the market volume for the blockchain in the auto industry is expected to reach 104 billion euros by 2030. Part of this will fall on the category of dApps, so-called distributed applications. Not only smartphones and computers collect data, but also cars store more and more information and process it further. But on the used car market, there is a big problem: manipulated mileage.

Ripple Enters One of Largest Remittances Market, Saudi British Bank (SABB) Joins Ripplenet to Offer Instant Payment
Ripples push to become a global value transfer solution has recorded a significant boost with news that the Saudi British Bank (SABB) has joined the Ripplenet under an ongoing Saudi central bank pilot program. The program which began in 2018 aims to examine the feasibility of blockchain technology as a reliable solution for cross-border payments and remittances. Based in Riyadh, SABB is a prominent Saudi bank with a significant minority shareholding owned by HSBC Holdings PLC. Though the bank itself is yet to issue an official statement confirming the partnership with Ripple, a statement credited to Ghada Al Jarbou, SABB Head of Global Liquidity and Cash Management on January 22 appears to confirm that the Ripplenet integration went live at the end of December 2018.

QtumX Successfully Handles Over 10k TPS in Benchmark Tests, Beating Other Projects Such As TRX, XRP, XLM, EOS and NANO
The team at QtumX, an Enterprise blockchain solution developed by Qtum, announced on January 22 that they had successfully passed the 10k TPS barrier in stress tests. The team mentioned that in addition to achieving this critical amount of processed transactions, it should also be noted that the blockchain implemented efficient management of resources, avoiding the generation of empty blocks when there are no transactions between peers: Generated blocks and transactions are shown as follows. You can see that there are five blocks containing more than 10,000 transactions: height 1461, 1459, 1445, 1439, and 1433. This proves QtumX is able to handle more than 10,000 TPS. When there is no transaction, QtumX stops producing new blocks which saves storage and network resources.

eToro, the global, multi-asset, investment platform with over ten million registered users, has today added ZCash (ZEC) to its product range.
? ZEC becomes the 14th crypto asset available on eToro's platform eToro, the global, multi-asset, investment platform with over ten million registered users, has today added ZCash (ZEC) to its product range. This brings the total number of cryptoassets available on eToro to 14. ZCash is a decentralised payments network, designed to offer users greater privacy options. Often referred to as a competitor to Bitcoin, Zcash was developed in 2016, and counts Johns Hopkins University's cryptographer Matthew D. Green amongst its founders. ZCash transactions can be transparent?, in which case the network operates much like Bitcoin, or they can be shielded?, meaning sender, recipient and payment values are not published on a public blockchain. This structure allows for payment audits to be completed, but only at the user's discretion.

Dutch bank ABN AMRO has unveiled cryptocurrency storage facilities which will see its clients able to deposit Bitcoin (BTC) alongside fiat currency.
Dutch bank ABN AMRO has unveiled cryptocurrency storage facilities which will see its clients able to deposit Bitcoin (BTC) alongside fiat currency. In what appears to be a marked change of stance on the sector, officials confirmed a trial was underway with 500 account holders on social media January 22. According to marketing literature uploaded to Twitter, ABN AMRO aims to offer Bitcoin storage in the same online banking environment customers use for their day-to-day activities through a product called Wallie. The move sees ABN first to provide direct Bitcoin tools out of the major Dutch banks, beating off competition from Rabobank, which had announced a similar project, Rabobit, in February last year.

BitMEX Denies Report of US, Québecois Account Closures and Correlated Volume Decline
BitMEX says there are major inaccuracies in a recent report that alleged the exchange was closing U.S. and Québec residents accounts. Major crypto derivatives trading platform BitMEX says there are major inaccuracies in a recent media report that alleged the exchange was closing United States and Québec residents accounts due to a regulatory crackdown. Cointelegraph Japan reported the news on Jan. 16, following comments from a BitMEX representative. In detailed comments to CT Japan, BitMEX claimed there were as many as six major mistakes in the report, which was published on Jan. 15 by Hong Kong-based English-language newspaper South China Morning Post (SCMP).

Kraken CEO Warns: Don?t Keep More Coins Than Needed on Exchanges
Binance and Kraken CEOs weighed in on industry best practices for storing cryptocurrency in the wake of Cryptopia getting hacked. The question remains, which means of storage has the least risk exposure For Binance CEO, Changpeng CZ? Zhao, users have three options; self-storage, on exchanges, or using decentralized exchanges (DEX). Yesterday, CZ commented on coin security in reaction to a hack of Cryptopia, weighing the pros and cons of the three options. Store coins yourself. You fight hackers yourself, and guard from losing wallet yourself. Computer breaks, USBs gets lost. Store on an exchange. Only use the most reputable, proven secure, exchanges.

SIRIN LABS today announced it has reopened its flagship store in London after rebranding it to fit the concept of FINNEY. This is the first store in the world to sell blockchain smartphones
SIRIN LABS today announced it has reopened its flagship store in London after rebranding it to fit the concept of FINNEY. This is the first store in the world to sell blockchain smartphones, which... SIRIN LABS reopens London flagship store for FINNEY blockchain smartphone

Ardor (ARDR) | Blockchain as a Service. Ardor offers a main chain that handles blockchain security and decentralization. It provides customizable child chains that come ready to use, out of the box, for various business applications.
Ardor is the latest in the growing field of contenders for blockchain as a service (BaaS) providers. It provides the blockchain infrastructure for businesses and institutions to leverage the strengths of blockchain technology without having to invest in developing custom blockchain solutions. Instead, Ardor offers a main chain that handles blockchain security and decentralization. It provides customizable child chains that come ready to use, out of the box, for various business applications. The developers of Ardor are the same company behind the open source Nxt project. Ardor goes beyond Nxt to solve critical issues of blockchain bloat, scalability, and customization. 

Blockchain Jobs Now Command Higher Salaries, Bitcoin Transaction Rates Hit The Highest In Almost A Year
?This analysis is an adaptation from the work of Mati Greenspan, Senior Market Analyst at eToro Rising jobs and salaries are always a healthy sign for an emerging industry and the same seems to be happening for blockchain. A recent report released by Janco and eJobDescription.com shows that the salaries for blockchain developers are up with the average annual pay rising by more than $4,000 over the past 6 months for developers that hold jobs in the top bracket. Not just the salaries, even the jobs for distributed ledger technology are seen rising during the same period. The median annual salary for a blockchain developer is now $132,000, with experienced workers command a much higher pay of around $176,000 a year when they move to new organizations, according to Janco Associates, a management consulting firm that conducts regular salary surveys and updates its report biannually.

Bittrex Launches Over-the-Counter Trading Platform for Bitcoin, Crypto
Major cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex will launch an over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk today, January 14, 2018, by 18:00 UTC. The service will allow investors to trade nearly 200 digital assets currently offered on the Bittrex trading platform. OTC trading is popular with institutional investors who trade in large volumes of cryptocurrencies. This form of crypto trading happens between two parties, and it takes place away from the exchanges. OTC trades are often handled via brokers, who offer high-volume traders a trading desk to execute large trades with a faster settlement and lower fees. Bittrex will offer users guaranteed pricing for large block trades starting at $250,000 or more.

The Latin AmericanP2P crypto markets have a seen a significant spike heading into 2019, with the Colombian, Peruvian, and Venezuelan Localbitcoins markets posting record volume when measuring in both fiat and BTC.
The Latin American peer-to-peer (P2P) cryptocurrency markets have a seen a significant spike heading into 2019, with the Colombian, Peruvian, and Venezuelan Localbitcoins markets posting record volume when measuring in both fiat and BTC. The Argentinian, Dominican, and Mexican markets also posted record volume for P2P trade in recent weeks. Also Read: 9 Cryptocurrency Firms Sue Washington State Utility Over 50 Percent Rate Hike Despite a steady decline in global Localbitcoins volume during recent weeks when measuring in fiat currency, several Latin America P2P markets consistently posted record trade activity heading into the new year.

Tron [TRX]?s Justin Sun debunks accusations concerning TRC10 BitTorrent token [BTT]
Tron [TRX], the ninth biggest cryptocurrency by market cap, managed to grasp the attention of the entire cryptocurrency space as the Former Chief Strategy Officer, Simon Morris remarked that Tron's network does not have the capacity to process the transactions taking place on BitTorrent, in an interview with Breaker Magazine. He also remarked that Justin Sun, the CEO and Founder of Tron Foundation, does not have a single tech bone in his body and that he would not technically understand anything. This news led to the majority members in the community questioning Tron's move on tokenizing BitTorrent and whether Tron is indeed the right platform for the token. This news also had an adverse effect on Tron's price, a major blow for the cryptocurrency as it was pictured with a surge of over 50% prior to the fall.

IOTA Proof of Work: Remote Vs Local explained. The purpose of PoW is to prevent spam. IOTA is secured by a heavily distributed form of CCurl PoW where devices create signed transactions and compute a PoW in a distributed fashion.
A proof of work is a piece of data which is difficult (costly, time-consuming) to produce but easy for others to verify and which satisfies certain requirements. The purpose of Proof of Work is to prevent spam. IOTA ledger is secured by a heavily distributed form of CCurl Proof of Work. The IoT devices create signed transactions and compute a Proof of Work in a distributed fashion. Without going in-depth of an IOTA transaction mechanics, we will see how a transaction is created to understand where PoW comes into play. To create a transaction: First, we construct a transaction bundle. The bundle groups together all the individual transactions which relate to a single intent of value transfer. The constructed bundle is signed with your private keys.

Consumers Can Verify Wine Quality on the Blockchain With VeChain Tech, which announced the official adoption of My Story by three leading Italian wineries.
Singapore-based VeChain, a platform for decentralized business applications tracking products and information, announced the official adoption of My Story by three leading Italian wineries. My Story is VeChain's DApp collaboration with DNV-GL, the leading global provider of product assurance and certification. The off-the-shelf blockchain-based, digital assurance solution for the food and beverage industry provides independent physical audits, [] The post Consumers Can Verify Wine Quality on the Blockchain With VeChain Tech appeared first on The Daily Hodl.

TRX Margin Trading Available On HK Exchange
OKEx is a cryptocurrency exchange based in Hong Kong which has just this week opened up margin trading for both TRON and Bitcoin Cash. In two tweets posted by the exchange earlier this week on 8th January, the Hong Kong-based firm announced the news for both digital currencies along with a blog post. TRON (TRX) margin trading is now available.https://t.co/EIh75wPsVJ#OKExAnnouncement pic.twitter.com/CY2HnJ3uLP Bitcoin Cash (BCH) margin trading is now available.https://t.co/r4ottET261#OKExAnnouncement pic.twitter.com/efGPqaRE2b This month has seen a significant price surge for TRON this month after an announcement that the BitTorrent token (BTT) would be launched on Binance Launchpad. The file-sharing platform was purchased by the TRON Foundation last year.

The Russian parliament revealed on January 9 through a press release that the digital economy will be the topmost priority during the upcoming session, which will give Russia a headstart into the cryptocurrency ecosystem.
The Russian parliament revealed on January 9 through a press release that the digital economy will be the topmost priority during the upcoming session, which will give Russia a headstart into the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Vyacheslav Volodin, chairman of the lower chamber, outlined the bills being considered for the same in the opening spring session. The members have considered legislature on digital financial assets, digital rights and crowdfunding, reported CoinGeek. Volodin requested the members to consider this for the good of the country and to make it a top priority. Volodin said: Creating a favorable legal framework for the development of the digital economy should in many respects provide us with an advantageous position in competition among other countries.

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