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Today, the Assemblée Nationale (the French parliament’s lower house) is initiating a debate about a legal project introduced last June by the Minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, which contains some relevant changes for the French regulatory framework with regard to crypto assets and ICOs, together with many proposals aimed at sustaining the development of “liberated companies that are better funded, more innovative and fairer.”

This innovation, stimulated by the Plan d’Action pour la Croissance et la Transformation des Entreprises (PACTE – Action Plan for Business Growth and Transformation) would be an important step drawing France closer to the digital revolution revolving around blockchain and overcoming  the gap which presently separates France from the small club of countries that have created a favorable environment for investment in fintech and blockchain industry.

In fact, France was never an early-starter in this field: For instance, the projects financed by ICOs promoted by companies based in France currently make up only a fraction of the ones which chose to set their headquarters in Switzerland or in tiny countries such as Singapore or Gibraltar (this last one is an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom).

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Article 26 of the new legal scheme, if approved by parliament, will modify the Financial and Monetary Code, introducing a definition for entities such as tokens (described in the law as “immaterial items, representing in digital form one or more rights, which could be issued, compiled, kept and transferred through a digital shared instrument, allowing to identify — directly or indirectly — its owner”) and ICO (“a public offer for tokens subscription, in whatever form”).

Besides, the modified code will offer to the émetteurs de jetons (literally, the tokens’ issuing entities — it’s very likely that the French administration will prefer this label rather than ICOs) the possibility of requiring a sort of ‘visa’ issued by the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF, Financial Market Authority, the French regulator), certifying a set of requirements concerning transparency and diligence with regard to investors.

To obtain the AMF’s ‘license’ — which is, by the way, a voluntary process, not a legal requirement — a company proposing an ICO should produce a promotional document (aka a white paper) presenting contents that are “exact, clear, not misleading, which allow to understand the risks involved in the offer.” Besides checking the presale communication, the AMF would monitor the means which are to be implemented to guarantee the security and the transparency of the token issuing event and would monitor information about the results of the ICO and the creation of a secondary market for the tokens. The French press already disclosed some rumors about an amendment proposed by three MPs to extend the certification system to all the business activities dealing with crypto digital assets (“actifs numériques”) — i.e., exchanges, consultancies and intermediaries.

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OKEx lists FLOW, the crypto behind NBA Top Shot NFTs

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OKEx, a world-leading cryptocurrency spot and derivatives exchange, is thrilled to announce the listing of FLOW, the native asset of the Flow blockchain. Flow is a decentralized blockchain platform created for gaming and non-fungible token use cases. It’s already home to an NFT making mainstream headlines — NBA Top Shot. OKEx is one of the first exchanges in the world to offer FLOW trading, which launches today with three trading pairs.

Developed by Dapper Labs — the team behind another wildly successful digital collectibles DApp, CryptoKitties — the Flow blockchain provides the foundation for a new generation of digital assets, games, and dApps, including NBA Top Shot.

Officially licensed by the National Basketball Association, NBA Top shot is currently pushing NFTs to mainstream adoption, already reaching more than $45 million in sales over the past 24 hours alone. Just last week, one blockchain-based collectible “Moment” — 13-second video of star player Zion Williamson — sold for a massive $100,000.

Spot trading of FLOW against USDT will go live at 5:00 pm UTC today, Feb. 23, with trading against ETH and BTC opening one hour later. Deposits of FLOW were available from 3:00 am UTC today, and withdrawals will open at 10:00 am UTC on Feb 24, 2021.

Flow is a blockchain protocol designed to scale in order to support DApps with mainstream demand. Smart contracts on Flow are written in the widely-used Cadence programming language and power applications that can reportedly serve billions of people.

Developed and tested in collaboration with several top-name global partners, including the NBA, Samsung and Warner Music Group, Flow is now open for anyone to develop decentralization applications. Flow lets developers build new crypto-powered businesses, creating new unique digital assets that can be traded on open markets.

Commenting on today’s listing of FLOW, OKEx CEO Jay Hao stated:

“It’s extremely exciting to see so much innovation in the NFT field and real progress being made to allow decentralized applications to scale to accommodate mainstream use. We are also proud to add that as one of the first exchanges to offer FLOW trading, we continue to strive to ensure a rewarding and enjoyable experience for our users.

Flow is already proving to be a fast and secure platform for developers to create a whole host of games, digital assets, and consumer applications on, and will undoubtedly play a large role in taking NFTs – and crypto – to the mainstream, as we’re already seeing with NBA Top Shot.”

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ShapeShift Publishes Report on Cosmos, Polkadot and NEAR Decentralized Protocols

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ShapeShift, an international, non-custodial cryptocurrency leader, announced the availability of a new, in-depth report titled “New Frontiers: A Deep Dive Analysis of the Cosmos, Polkadot, and Near Protocols.” The analysis reviews three emerging “smart contract blockchains” (or, blockchains that can run a wide variety of decentralized applications).

While blockchains like Bitcoin and Ethereum have grown in mindshare, adoption and sophistication, lesser-known blockchains are proliferating. This series will provide blockchain, cryptocurrency and Web 3.0 development enthusiasts with an in-depth review of the opportunity and state of evolution of the three emerging platforms. The report is the first of a series called “New Frontiers”; subsequent reports issued later this year will review additional smart contract blockchains and explore related topics.

“New Frontiers: A Deep Dive Analysis of the Cosmos, Polkadot, and Near Protocols” provides readers with an assessment of each protocol’s:

  • Architecture (high-level review)
  • Interoperability
  • Governance
  • Ecosystem
  • Token Distribution

“The world of smart contract platforms is buzzing with new entrants—all of which strive to offer the properties of being trust-minimized, censorship-resistant, immutable, permissionless and transparent. These are the qualities that have propelled Ethereum to success,” said Kent Barton, head of Research and Development at ShapeShift and author of the series. “Enthusiasts may want to get involved with these newer blockchains early; but it’s difficult to know which new projects have a strong foundation before they have earned a critical mass of developers, users and projects. This series of reports, while not investment advice, will offer analysis and one view of their potential.”

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Boost Your Business with Crypto and Finance Advertising

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CoinAD.media – Crypto Advertising Network. Advertise your project on more than 200+ blockchain and crypto related websites. Audience 100% Crypto! Create your ads using our advertising platform and generate top quality leads to your websites from our enormous publisher network. You can control the target audience by configuring filters based on GEO, time, display devices.

At CoinAd Media we are confident that you are tired of spending a lot of money on advertising, increasing auction bids on Google Ads and other similar advertising services. And given the fact that it is impossible to advertise cryptocurrency services in Google Ads, we recommend that you turn to CoinAd Media for a service. Now CoinAd Media is collaborating with 200+ blockchain and crypto related websites. We offer CPC and CPM at the lowest prices on the market.

CPC – $0.10 per click.
CPM – $0.30 per 1000 impressions.

At CoinAd Media we do not have an auction for advertising bids. All banners of our advertisers are shown in turn, from the first banner to the last. Every advertiser of any budget can be sure to get the most impressions available throughout the day.

You can set minimum ad prices and get maximum clicks or impressions. At CoinAd Media you don’t have to chase the escalating auction price like you do with Google Ads and other similar ad services. Set a minimum price and get the maximum income.

Since we do not have an auction, it is very profitable for advertisers to purchase discount packages that are available in our marketplace. We have a large number of discount packages at different prices.

For example, you can buy the Small Banner Discount Package: CPC $0.08 and/or CPM $0.20.

You can buy the Business Banner Discount Package: CPC $0.06 and/or CPM $0.16.

Or buy the new and the most popular for today Big Discount Package 2021CPC $0.02 and/or CPM $0.08. This package will be enough for you at least 5 – 8 months of non-stop advertising campaign.

Immediately after purchasing a discount package, we will set a minimum price threshold for you and you can launch your advertising campaign at the price of your discount package.

We have many different discount including the News Distribution to Crypto Websites packages. Visit our marketplace and choose any advertising package that suits you and get advertising services at the lowest price on the market. Millions of users interested in cryptocurrency will see your ad.

The marketplace of CoinAd Media accepts payments in EUR, USD, BTC, ETH, LTC, XRP, USDT, USDC, BNB, PAX, LINK as well as any Bank or Credit Cards.

Save your money with the CoinAd Media Marketplace, get convenient and good advertising service with one click in your browser or mobile phone. We’ll take care of the rest.

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Integrated Ventures Receives $375,000 Equity Investment And Another Shipment Of WhatsMiners

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Integrated Ventures, Inc is pleased to disclose that BHP Capital NY, Inc has completed its second funding round, as part of $3,000,000 Equity Investment, in the amount of $375,000, by purchasing 375 Preferred Class C Shares. Steve Rubakh, CEO of Integrated Ventures, adds the following:

“On 01/28/2021, the Company has issued 8K with details, regarding $3,000,000 Equity Investment by BP Capital NY, Inc. As of 02/05/2021, the total amount funded under this agreement is $1,125,000 million.

“The Company is pleased to confirm the latest shipment of WhatsMiners has arrived and being installed in our NY location. It must be noted, that due to (1) Chinese New Year, (2) low availability of mining equipment for sale and (3) high demand, INTV is committed to executing smart purchases and will only commit to the value priced deals. Thus, on 02/07/21, the Company purchased 26 WhatsMiners, priced at $55,450 (shipping and customs included).

“During the next weeks, INTV plans to announce more details on (1) mining equipment purchases from Canaan (BTC) and PandaMiner (ETH) and on (2) expanded deal with PetaWatt Holdings, including information on purchases of “MiniPods”: 20 ft mobile, 300kw, turn-key and fully build out with smart PDUS, modular mining containers, to be installed at Carthage, NY.”

About: Integrated Ventures, Inc is Technology Portfolio Holdings Company with focus on Hosting, Development Of Blockchain Applications and Cryptocurrency Mining.

For more details, please visit the Company’s website: www.integratedventuresinc.com.

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QUICKOM Releases Unrivaled End-to-End Encryption Meeting Platform for Enterprises

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QUICKOM by Beowulf, the global leader for decentralized cloud communications, today announced the release of the groundbreaking end-to-end encryption solution for enterprise communications. Built upon a reimagined and reengineered architecture, this QUICKOM release provides enterprise customers with an unrivaled end-to-end encrypted video conference suite, which allows them to host meetings on their own servers or data centers.

With this security offering, QUICKOM is committed to helping organizations – especially highly-targeted critical industries with strict regulatory compliance including finance, healthcare and governmental agencies – fight the rising threats of eavesdropping and attempts to steal sensitive meetings data, which have been rife throughout the global pandemic.

The platform gives enterprise customers the ease and scalability with the complete control, security and privacy of a self-hosted solution on their own servers or data centers. Corporate employees will enjoy the capability to communicate and collaborate with up to 1,000 participants on a single video meetings call, while also being able to collaborate, organize schedules, share files and much more, knowing their meetings data will be secured and protected from external cyber threats.

“It is incredibly important for us to create a product that is truly end-to-end to protect the user’s private communications. Our policy is very simple: your communication data should be confidential, and it should be protected by your organization with no chance of being eavesdropped by the service providers. Companies that exploit user data and violate their privacy policies will surely be on the wrong side of history, and we’re contributing our part to providing an alternative to these practices,” Beowulf CEO Dr. William H. Nguyen said.

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Blockchain Banking Platform Quantocoin Announces IEO and Utility Token Listing on Exchanges

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Quantocoin is a blockchain bank that will offer all the benefits of a traditional bank but without any of the drawbacks. The company is launching its native Utility token on leading exchange LAToken, after the final round of its IEO is complete. The QTCT token sale is staggered over 3 rounds, with the first round now extended until the 7th of February, and the last round finishing on March 30th, 2021.

Quantocoin is a blockchain bank focused on offering a solution to mainstream banking problems, whilst still offering all of the benefits associated with traditional banks. The Quantocoin blockchain banking platform and mobile app are set to launch in Q2 2021. Both will utilize blockchain smart contracts to do away with slow transaction times and high processing fees but still provide traditional offerings such as fraud security, and new technologies like Bio-ID verification.

A Blockchain Bank Of The Future

Quantocoin will offer faster transaction times, less administration requirements and a lower cost than traditional banks. Quantocoin is also focused on security and has streamlined traditional AML and compliance procedures using fast, secure and more affordable blockchain technology.

In striving to blend all of the best aspects of traditional banking with the benefits of blockchain, QTC will offer a broad range of features. Quantocoin will provide great banking features such as Insurance protection, Credit, Payment Deferral, Remittances, and Unlimited international transfers, all of which will greatly benefit global businesses.

Individuals and blockchain enthusiasts will benefit equally though, with evolved features like spending cashback, (up to 30%) Crypto and fiat currency exchange and advanced asset management. Users will be able to receive funds, send money, make payments and even trade, all with cryptocurrency and fiat. The platform will also offer reward and loyalty programs to benefit loyal users.

The Quantocoin mission is to become the bank of the future, by offering the security, stability and other options offered by traditional banks but without the delays, paperwork and high costs. Quantocoin will be integrated into the Quantopay platform in Q2, 2021.

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Blockchain Wave will be in Antalya in April

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The wave of international blockchain innovation is coming to the shores of the Mediterranean. In April this spring, Antalya is the place to be for Crypto enthusiasts, Crypto investors, IT specialists and trailblazers in the field of Blockchain IT technology and Cryptocurrencies. Come to Rixos Downtown for networking and recreation!
The organizers are German agency Lead Volume and Turkish blockchain-platform Centex, experienced online-market players.

Blockchain Wave at Rixos Downtown Antalya is a lounge style conference for 1,000 participants with a themed networking after-party on the Mediterranean coast. Listen to speakers from different regions of the world in a relaxed environment. At the exhibition, guests can find new partners and hold discussions in the comfortable networking lounges. Later on, Blockchain Wave participants will go to a themed after-party show, where you have the chance of getting to know partners and clients better in an informal party atmosphere. The mystery theme of the show is to be announced a month before the event.

  • 14  speakers from Europe, Asia and the CIS
  • 2 panel discussions
  • 8 hours of useful content
  • 30  promo stands at exhibition
  • 3 networking lounges with drinks and snacks
  • 1 unique costumed after-party show!

The main goal – the organization of a meeting place on the Mediterrenean coast where IT, blockchain and crypto currency specialists and influencers can to network and relax at. Antalya is an ideal location, with convenient international connections allowing guests from Europe and Asia to come together to negotiate partnerships, socialise and enjoy luxurious resort facilities and warm climate. logistics for the meetings, negotiations and leisure of guests from Europe and Asia. Here, the leaders of innovative projects can share their international experience, establish new business connections and enjoy their leisure time, before celebrating their deals at the impressive after-party.

For whom:
Blockchain start-ups, crypto funds, investors, crypto exchanges and wallets, traders, miners, developers and visionaries.

Topics include:

  • Crypto trading in 2021
  • Investing in blockchain projects in current conditions
  • New trends: DeFi, crowdfunding and tokensale-Mining in 2021
  • The legal aspect of crypto-currency regulation in different countries.
  • Decentralised solutions for the modern world-Blockchain and crypto-trading training schemes.

You are welcome!

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Mercuryo, Major Payment Processing Platform, Announces Expansion of Its Services to the US

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Mercuryo.io, via a partnership with Zero Hash, begins providing access to its digital asset payment services for businesses and individuals in the United States. Mercuryo offers seamless fiat-to-crypto payment gateway solutions to corporate and consumer clients. Since its launch, Mercuryo has been serving over 600,000 users and 180 crypto projects and prominent enterprises, becoming a leading digital asset payment gateway provider in Europe.

Mercuryo features two flagship solutions: a digital asset wallet and a widget service. While the wallet provides access to seamless crypto-to-fiat and fiat-to-crypto transactions, businesses can integrate the widget directly into their apps or websites. With just a few clicks customers can purchase digital assets in their local currencies via Visa and Mastercard cards. The widget also supports Apple Pay and Google Pay services, so clients can buy crypto this way too.

“We are excited about entering the US market. We are observing an interest from this region – 41% of payments on our platform are made in US dollars. Our vision is to build a financial infrastructure that provides customers worldwide with easy and fast access to cryptocurrencies,” says Petr Kozyakov, Mercuryo’s CBDO and co-founder.

Mercuryo’s partner firm is a registered Money Service Business under the oversight of FinCEN and a licensed Money Transmitter in over 40 US states, allowing the company to offer regulated payments solutions for all its customers across the country.

“We are pleased that Mercuryo is leveraging the Zero Hash compliance and technology infrastructure to service US customers. We empower innovators such as Mercuryo who are building Finance 2.0 by providing a turnkey and totally customizable solution for transactions in a regulated ecosystem,” Edward Woodford, Zero Hash’s CEO, stated.

To kickstart the expansion, Mercuryo closed a €2.5m seed funding led by the international venture capital fund Target Global.

The company’s ecosystem has achieved significant growth last year. Its turnover went up 50 times, reaching $75.5M in Q4 2020. The number of employees has also doubled.

About Mercuryo.io

Founded in 2018, Mercuryo.io is a global cross-border payments network that allows businesses to send and receive transactions for products and services using cryptocurrencies. The firm operates a leading digital asset payment gateway in Europe and has partnerships with over 150 market makers.

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Kaizen Finance Launches Staking to Foster the Widespread Adoption of DeFi

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Kaizen Finance, a decentralized finance platform with cross-blockchain interoperable protocol, announces the launch of Kaizen staking.

Kaizen staking is based on Kaizen protocol, a new generation DeFi protocol, which addresses major impediments to accessing DeFi services such as impermanent loss, hidden fees and high transaction costs which prevent DeFi from being inclusive of millions of users.

To promote DeFi adoption, Kaizen Finance currently offers up to 80% APY for major stablecoins like USDT, BUSD, USDC and DAI with a minimal lockup period of 6 months within its staking service. Kaizen Finance does not charge users any fees for staking their income.

Kaizen protocol is an automated liquidity protocol, which provides three main advantages:

  • Low commissions
  • Utilization of Oracle-Governed pools
  • Easy-to-use tools for broader usage

Kaizen protocol in combination with intuitive design of the platform, allows users to easily navigate DeFi services and enables the platform to provide users opportunities to earn some of the highest guaranteed returns on the market for holding stablecoin assets. Precise price oracle system, which takes into account the external market feeds is another distinctive feature that sets Kaizen Finance apart from conventional DeFi platforms.

Kaizen staking operates on the basis of stablecoin to provide asset security. The value of stablecoins is pegged to USD, providing minimal risks of volatility and reducing risks of losing asset value. Kaizen staking leverages the full security potential of decentralized finance, therefore the rewards are generated and transferred automatically and no entity can meddle with them.

Kaizen Finance launched the Kaizen swapping service earlier this year introducing the ability to swap USDT and ETH for tokens of pioneering products and services.

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Huobi Charity Receives Formal Status as a Registered Charity in Gibraltar

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Huobi Charity Limited (“Huobi Charity”), a philanthropic arm and blockchain-based charity platform of Huobi Group, today announced that it has obtained approval from the Board of Charity Commissioner for Gibraltar (“the Board”) to operate as a registered and fully regulated charitable organization. As a formally recognized charity, Huobi Charity will be able to accept fiat and digital asset contributions from different entities and conduct various philanthropic activities to help create a better future globally.

Huobi Charity was intentionally formed with a broad scope to benefit the global society through a wide variety of initiatives. The firm aims to prevent or alleviate poverty; advance education; promote health and longevity; nurture communities; advance art, culture, heritage or science; further environmental protections; and provide relief to persons in need, including those with disabilities, ill health, economic hardship, etc.

“As a global charity that’s helping shape the new digital economy, we believe it is our responsibility to ensure we’re building toward a fair and equitable future for all while also preserving the culture and values that define who we are as a society,” said Ciara Sun, Vice President of Global Markets and head of social impact initiatives at Huobi Group. “By receiving formal status as a registered charity in Gibraltar, we’ll be able to collaborate with other internationally-renowned charities and have a much bigger impact on the lives of people all across the globe.”

As a registered charity, Huobi Charity will operate in full transparency under the supervision of the Board, a regulatory body governed by the Charities Act of Gibraltar. All activities of the firm such as fundraising and donations will comply with regulatory requirements established by the Board. Huobi Charity will disclose transactions and provide the Board with regular reports on the activities of the firm, undergoing annual audits to prove the legitimacy of its funding sources. By opting to operate as a registered charity, Huobi is providing donors with full visibility into its charitable activities and fund management, further building on the trust that the Huobi brand is already known for.

Huobi Charity expands on Huobi’s existing social responsibility initiatives aimed at enriching the lives of people globally through blockchain technology and digital assets. Last year during the initial COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, Huobi Group committed $1.4 million USD to source and donate hundreds of thousands of medical masks, protective suits, oximeters, and other medical supplies to over 135 hospitals and community healthcare centers in affected areas. Huobi Group also donated $50,000 USD in HT to the Indonesia-China Association of Economic, Social and Cultural Cooperation for the purchase and distribution of medical supplies to Indonesian hospitals.

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