Consensus 2019 – What happened?
As the biggest week in blockchain draws to a close, we look at some of the notable announcements to come out of Consensus this year.
SEC commissioner gives insight on current regulation
Hester Peirce, SEC commissioner, was speaking at Consensus on Monday and revealed her disappointment with the state of crypto regulation, but expressed optimism for the future. She feels that the crypto community needs to educate the SEC and push them in the direction of useful regulation. Peirce also revealed that she believes the time has been right for a Bitcoin ETF for over a year now.
Bakkt reveals timeline for futures contracts
Bakkt futures contracts for bitcoin is expected to launch in July. Recent updates from Bakkt describe the user testing phase for Bitcoin futures, which involve their own custody solutions. This has been anxiously awaited from Bakkt since it was announced by ICE (Intercontinental Exchange), as it plans to be one of the major methods for institutional investors to acquire cryptocurrencies.
Major Deloitte project built on Ethereum will be released by the end of the year
Despite reports that Deloitte is completely moving away from Ethereum in favor of VeChain, Antonio Senatore, global CTO of Deloitte’s blockchain wing, confirmed that “Deloitte believes strongly in multi-platform development, and 50% of our projects are built on Ethereum,” and also confirmed a major Deloitte project built on Ethereum will be released by the end of the year.
Crypto used at major retailers
An initiative was announced that will reportedly allow big-name retailers, most notably Crate and Barrel, Nordstrom, and the Amazon-owned Whole Foods, to accept bitcoin and three other coins. The initiative comes from Flexa, a payments start-up, and Gemini, the well-known digital currency exchange.
Microsoft Identity Division
Microsoft announced plans to build a decentralized identity (DID) network, called ION (Identity Overlay Network), on the Bitcoin blockchain. According to Daniel Buchner, Program Manager for Microsoft’s Identity Division:
ION is a public, permission-less, open network anyone can use to create DIDs and manage their Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) state. ION is designed to deliver the scale required for a world of DIDs, while inheriting and preserving the attributes of decentralization present in the Bitcoin blockchain.
NEO provides multiple updates
NEO announced another $100m in funding and NEO 3.0, which will “provide optimal infrastructure for mass adoption. The changes of NEO 3.0 include architecture refinement, native support for layer2, optimization of consensus, new functionality eg. Oracle, NeoFS, NeoID and lastly, security improvement." After these positive announcements, the NEO price rose 15%.
TRON founder makes BitTorrent announcement
Justin Sun took to Twitter this past Monday to announce that BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file sharing protocol that he bought in 2018, will launch on TRON in Q2.
Samsung wallet integration
Samsung will release a budget smartphone that will have blockchain and cryptocurrency features, including wallet functions for ether (ETH), bitcoin (BTC) and two other tokens.
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