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Central Bank of China Releases Whitepaper on Blockchain

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The research paper was written by the People’s Bank of China Research Bureau director, Xu Zhong, and its analyst Zou Chuanwei.

A new research paper on “What can a blockchain do and not do” has been released by China’s central bank experts. The authors have warned of a bubble in any financing and investments associated with blockchain-connected cryptocurrencies. This included activities in respect of the initial coin offering (ICO). The research paper has called for the strengthening of supervision of the emerging sector so that financial risks could be curbed. This is not new as the government has expressed this in the past as well and the new paper is a reiteration of the same.

 

Violation of Regulations

The research paper was written by the People’s Bank of China’s Research Bureau director, Xu Zhong, and its analyst Zou Chuanwei. The two believes that there could not only be speculation and market manipulation but also sees violations of laws and regulations. They see these becoming a common feature particularly when it comes to public offering transactions. Though the paper claimed to represent ‘academic opinion,’ it is believed widely that the central bank is reiterating its position on blockchain-associated digital coins including bitcoin.

The paper focused on different applications of distributed ledger technology (DLT) and offered an economic analysis of projects based on it and called for a realistic view of the technology’s application. The researchers have said, “Firstly, don’t exaggerate the function of the blockchain. Some industry practices in recent years have proven that some blockchain applications are not feasible.” They are obviously referring to the financial sector specifically to drive their point of view. They also believe that there is no disruptive impact from any technological innovation on the financial system currently. This included blockchain.

 

Lack of Intrinsic Value

Another key factor pointed out by the two authors was the lack of intrinsic value of cryptocurrencies. They believe that there is no credible sovereign banking and thinks that digital coins could not replace legal fiat currencies. The anonymous nature would only make it tough to executive KYC and anti-money laundering practices. While not indicating the acceptable DLT use in China, the authors think that decentralization of the nation’s commercial bill market offers enough potential for blockchain apps.

Though China has been strict on anything about digital currencies and ICOs, it has taken a favorable stand on DLT. For instance, the country’s 13th Five-Year Plan includes blockchain for the period between 2016 and 2020. Similarly, its president, Xi Jinping, termed DLT as “part of the technological revolution.”

 

China Against Cryptos

China has repeatedly been stating its stance against the emerging asset class and even banned ICOs in totality in September 2017. The government has declared ICO as an illegal form of fundraising and ordered the closure of domestic cryptocurrency exchange platforms, which offered crypto-associated facilities. As a result, China-based big digital coin exchanges have moved to neighboring countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan and continue their services to even domestic investors.

At the same time, some operators acted as market-makers in over-the-counter trading since it was not banned openly. The regulators have been warning against cryptocurrencies and even resorted to cracking down on those trying to use different or alternative names to circumvent the ban.

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Forbes releases top 50 blockchain companies list

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Forbes has released top 50 blockchain companies using blockchain technology list and these are almost all household names of the world's largest companies.

Forbes has released a new top 50 blockchain companies using blockchain technology list and these are almost all household names of the world’s largest companies. In fact, they are all billion dollar plus companies such as Amazon, Citi Group, Foxconn, Comcast and a whole host of others and unsurprisingly the bulk majority of these companies are using Ethereum.

 

Although, outside of Ethereum which is, of course, the number 1 blockchain for these companies, we do see others like Hyperledger and Quorum for example, although much rarer on the list in terms of mentions are blockchains such as Stellar Lumens or Cardano. Blockchains such as TRON, EOS, NEM, and others are not mentioned in the list of top 50 companies.

 

Companies choosing Ethereum according to Forbes:

Big businesses really like what Ethereum is doing. Ethereum has also worked very hard to make these relationships happen over the last few years and those relationships are now paying dividends big time.

 

All the top 10 companies are located in China or the United States.

The Top 10 (Forbes List):

10. Ping An Insurance Company: China

9. Bank of China: China

8. Apple: United States

7. Wells Fargo & Company: United States

6. Bank of America: United States

5. Agricultural Bank of China: China

4. Berkshire Hathaway Inc: United States

3. JPMorgan Chase & Co: United States

2. China Construction Bank Corporation: China

1. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China: China

 

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JPMorgan expanding itself into the blockchain and crypto space

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JPMorgan Chase has been posting a lot of job opportunities in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry on Indeed.com, the job listing portal.

JPMorgan Chase, the American multinational investment bank and financial services company has been posting a lot of job opportunities in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry on Indeed.com, a job listing site. According to the data from Indeed.com, the overall job openings for the cryptocurrency industry also seems to be on a rise.

 

JPMorgan Entering the Cryptocurrency Space:

Though the CEO of JPMorgan, Jamie Dimon has always been a strong opponent of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, his company has been interestingly expanding its operations in the field of blockchain and cryptocurrency.

 

Last month, JPMorgan launched its own cryptocurrency known as the JPM Coin, which will serve the bank’s precious customers in order to make transactions between them more swift and steady.

 

Back in 2018, JPMorgan had launched a blockchain powered platform known as Quorum which might be seen quite homogeneous to bitcoin and ethereum, however, it is almost fully centralized in nature.

 

Large companies entering the Blockchain Space:

In recent times, a lot of huge companies worldwide have been entering into the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. According to a recent publication by the Forbes, large organizations such as IBM, Deloitte, Cisco, Microsoft, Consensus, and others have been curiously hiring employees that are experts in the field of blockchain technology.

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Adoption: Courts in France adopt blockchain technology

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The NCC or National Council of Clerks of France have finally tested a blockchain technology-based solution for the courts of the country.

The NCC or National Council of Clerks of France recently made an announcement that they have finally tested a blockchain technology-based solution for the courts and are now prepared to launch it throughout France. The National Council of Clerks is a representation of the clerks of the corporate and commercial registry in around a hundred thirty-hour workplaces in France. The workplaces depend upon one another for sharing important data.

 

The goal of NCC France

The NCC is determined to streamline and position the latest information technology that capitulates something that is known as ‘the single version of the truth’. The data tracks an organization’s growth, dissolution, change of location etc. The sharing of data amongst each other was earlier a big challenge for the NCC.

 

The project based on blockchain technology had an aim of rapid cycle times and precision of information. In the pilot phase of the project, the National Council of Clerks in France was able to lessen the timing of registry operation involving a lot of days to just one day.

 

According to the president of France National Council of Clerks, Sophie Jonval, the project based on blockchain technology is an outcome of the partnership with IBM. IBM who is already an expert in blockchain technology and cryptography has been serving as a technological partner.

 

According to the NCC, the project shall be rolled out in the 1st half of 2019 and the project shall ensure a transparent and improved dynamics of the interactions between the clerks.

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