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Globally compliant decentralized capital market AllianceBlock and identity data intelligence specialist GBG have announced a strategic agreement, which seeks to facilitate KYC in decentralized finance (DeFi).

According to the announcement, the identity verification solutions of GBG will be integrated into AllianceBlock’s decentralized protocol. Initially, GBG will create signed, anonymous, and reusable verification reports.

AllianceBlock will then store these reports on-chain. The company will also offer these reports to clients and network participants. It will do this via its Trustless Know Your Customer/Anti-Money Laundering (KYC/AML) and identity verification product.

One-time KYC

The companies highlighted a specific use case for this innovation. For example, blockchain users would only have to undergo KYC verification once. Thereafter, they would be able to demonstrate their KYC compliance with other service providers, without having to share personal information.

Customers outside of blockchain and cryptocurrencies could also use the solution in more traditional instances when KYC is required.

Matthijs de Vries, CTO and co-founder of AllianceBlock, emphasized the convenience this solution poses for users. They would no longer “have to go through the same KYC check for each institution, creating a larger data footprint which must be managed in a compliant manner with legislation like GDPR,” he said.

He hopes that by leveraging GBG’s identity data intelligence software, the AllianceBlock Trustless KYC/AML and Identity Verification product “will be used by both traditional legacy institutions and DeFi firms as a more efficient alternative to current KYC processes”.

Integrating DeFi

A stated goal of AllianceBlock is to further integrate the worlds of traditional finance and DeFi. “As we know, at present, the two still exist in silo to a large extent and we want to change that,” said CEO and co-founder of AllianceBlock Rachid Ajaja.

AllianceBlock is uniquely positioned to be able to carry out this lofty ambition. Besides leading software and blockchain developers, the company also consists of former investment bankers. These include former employees from the likes of JPMorgan, Barclays, BNP Paribas, and Goldman Sachs.

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ZenGo Wallet Review: Multi Crypto Wallet Solution

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One of the pain points in cryptocurrencies is getting people to understand how to properly set up and use wallets. Now a lot of that pain is removed by the ZenGo wallet, which is the first keyless, non-custodial crypto wallet that gives users excellent security for their funds without sacrificing convenience.

It’s a win-win situation that also comes with a large slate of added features that makes using cryptocurrencies nearly mainstream.

👉 Enter this code to claim your reward: ZENFJO6W

The ZenGo wallet is available for all iOS devices from the iPhone 6 onwards, and for most Android devices, so it is basically available for nearly anyone who owns a mobile device.

ZenGo Overview

Zengo Brings Keyless Crypto. Image via ZenGo

It has support for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and most of the major cryptocurrencies. Not only that, but users can buy and sell cryptocurrencies right within the app.

Keep reading to learn about the multiparty computation that forms the base of security for the ZenGo, as well as all the other features, both working and planned.

The ZenGo Team

The ZenGo team is made up of nearly 20 talented and devoted professionals, all of whom are focused on creating a wallet that makes cryptocurrency storage and usage as safe and easy as possible.

The team is led by the three founding members of ZenGo – Ouriel Ohayon, Tal Be’ery, and Omer Schlomovits.

ZenGo Team

The founding members of the ZenGo wallet. Image via ZenGo.com

Ouriel Ohayon is the CEO of ZenGo and a serial entrepreneur. Prior to the founding of ZenGo he was also a co-founder of ISAI Gestion, an early stage angel fund, and AppsFire which is a native advertising network and technology for mobile.

Tal Be’ery is the VP of research and development and prior to that he was the head of security for the firm. He also works as a journalist and writes a bi-weekly column on computer and network security. Prior to co-founding ZenGo Tal worked as a cyber-security consultant.

Omer Schlomovits is the VP of research for ZenGo. He also runs ZenGo X, which is the research community attached to ZenGo, with over 500 members. He also co-founded MPC-Alliance, a consortium of 50+ companies collaborating to advance MPC technology.

Currently he serves as a board-member and head of the technical committee. Prior to that he co-founded Zero-Knowledge TLV, a 750+ members applied cryptography community in Israel. This community is now part of ZK-Global.

Multiparty Computation & Threshold Signatures

The thing with most crypto wallets is that they make the user choose between asset control and convenience.

You can either maintain full control over your assets (non-custodial wallets), but suffer inconveniences in the setup and use of the wallet, or you can enjoy greater convenience in the usage of the wallet, but need to give up control over your digital assets (custodial wallets).

However ZenGo is using multiparty computation and threshold signatures to give users both convenience and control. Users are able to enjoy high levels of security and convenience in a non-custodial wallet.

It does this by replacing the typical private key used in the creation of most wallets with a pair of independently created secret shares. One of these is stored on the users device, while the other is securely stored on the ZenGo servers.

In order to complete a transaction both parts need to interact. That means ZenGo never has access to your funds, but you also get the same convenience of a custodial wallet.

ZenGo Backup

The ZenGo wallet improves on security and backup. Image via ZenGo.com

When you sign up for ZenGo and create a wallet for the first time (which only takes 19 seconds, by the way), the wallet app scans your face and stores that scan as an encrypted 3D biometric face map so it can be used in the future if you ever lose the device your wallet is on, or if you inadvertently delete the wallet from your device.

That’s so much easier than writing down a list of 20 words and then storing them in case you need to restore your wallet.

Note that with this system there’s no single point of failure, ensuring that if something happens to one of the secret shares your crypto remains protected and safe.

Plus these security measures are implemented in a simple, user-friendly wallet interface that is a pleasure to use. Signing up is straight-forward and amazingly quick, with no need for additional documents. Sending and receiving crypto is easy, as is buying and selling crypto right from the wallet.

ZenGo Chill Storage

Now I know some of you are thinking to yourselves that this all sounds great, but what happens if the ZenGo servers are inaccessible, or go permanently offline.

The team at ZenGo thought of that as well and created Chill Storage as a solution. With this solution even if ZenGo fails and the company ceases operations, you’ll still be able to access your crypto easily.

ZenGo Recovery Mode

There’s always a way to recover your crypto with ZenGo. Image via Zengo.com

Chill storage is the guaranteed recovery process created by the ZenGo team. With it they have created a master encryption key and a master decryption key. The master decryption key has been placed in escrow, and a law office has been named as trustee of the escrow.

The trustee is responsible for monitoring ZenGo to verify the company and its servers are still operational. If they ever find that the ZenGo servers are non-operational they can request the decryption key from the escrow company. This is the start of Recovery Mode.

The trustee will then post the decryption key to a dedicated GitHub account. This process is run by humans with multiple safeguards and checks to avoid wrong signals.

ZenGo, the mobile app installed by our customers, constantly monitors this repository and if a valid key is released, it enters recovery mode.

ZenGo Account Recovery

Always recover your account, even if ZenGo ceases to exist as a company. Image via Zengo.com

Upon entering recovery mode, the app is able to decrypt the Server Key and recreate the private keys for all the associated coins and addresses.

These private keys can then be loaded to other wallets. That way, users are free to move their funds without relying upon ZenGo servers.

ZenGo Savings

One of the nice additional features included in the ZenGo wallet is the Savings feature. Savings is in its own separate tab in the wallet and it allows you to earn yield by lending or staking certain cryptocurrencies.

Currently the wallet has support for earning yield by lending Bitcoin through the Nexo platform, or by providing Compound to a liquidity pool. In addition, the wallet also supports U.S. dollar Tether (USDT), Dai (DAI), and U.S. dollar Coin (USDC).

The documentation included in the wallet indicates that 0x and Basic Attention Token are also supported for savings, but we did not see these options in the Savings area of the wallet during our test.

When contacting support they confirmed that you will see the available savings options in the wallet, but didn’t elaborate so I can only assume that the available options change and the documentation hasn’t been updated, or the available options may be based on your geographical location.

ZenGo Savings

Don’t just hold your crypto, earn interest on it too. Image via Zengo.com

The ZenGo wallet also supports staking Tezos (XTZ) tokens, which means users are able to act as validators to help secure the Tezos network and will receive a return of roughly 5.5% on their staked XTZ. It should be noted that when staking XTZ the first rewards are not received for 33 days.

It’s been indicated that the wallet will also add support for staking Ethereum in the future, but as of May 2021 we are still waiting for that functionality to be added.

Perhaps with the recent $20 million in funding received by the project they will be able to add support for Ethereum staking.

ZenGo Trading

ZenGo introduced crypto trading directly from the wallet in June 2020, however it still isn’t available globally. For example, U.S. users will not be able to trade using the wallet, even though the Trade button is still present in the wallet.

But for those who have access to trading from within the wallet it is brilliant. Just a few taps and you are able to exchange a variety of cryptocurrencies without needing to leave the wallet and navigate the confusing landscape of a crypto exchange.

ZenGo allows for trading in any of the assets supported by the wallet, and uses its integration with Fox.Exchange to make the trades work.

ZenGo Swap

Crypto trading right within the wallet. Image via Zengo.com

The great thing is you can make instant trades using your wallet without going through the sometimes complicated process involved in signing up with an exchange.

ZenGo doesn’t require any KYC documents. Plus there’s no need to transfer your assets around to make a trade, or worry about trusting your private keys to the exchange.

Buy and Sell in ZenGo

Another benefit of using ZenGo as your wallet is the ability to easily buy and sell crypto right from within the wallet.

Currently buying crypto is supported globally (188 countries), however selling is only supported for the EU and U.K. The team says support for selling crypto in the U.S. will be added soon.

ZenGo Buy Sell

Buy and sell cryptocurrency right from the wallet. Image via Zengo.com

Buying cryptocurrencies is powered by Moonpay and Coinmama, and can be done using a number of fiat currencies and seven different payment methods:

  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Apple Pay (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Bank transfer (SEPA and Swift)
  • Debit card (Maestro)
  • Google Pay (Mastercard)
  • Samsung Pay (Mastercard)
  • GBP instant bank transfers

There are fees associated with buying and selling crypto through the wallet, and the fee structure differs based on the service used and the payment method. In general the fees are of four different types.

Network fee: Paid to the blockchain network operators. This fee changes over time based on network conditions and is not paid to ZenGo. Note that network fees for ERC20 tokens are paid in ETH.

Processing fee: Paid to the operators of the buying, selling, and trading services. This is a % of the total transaction amount and varies by operator and asset.

Spread: Paid to the operators of the buying, selling, and trading services. This is the difference (usually a few %) between the spot market price and the order price, and is used to cover volatility risk.

Local currency conversion fee: Paid to the operators of the service when you buy cryptocurrency in a local currency other than USD/CAD/AUD/EUR/GBP.

You can see the full fee structure here.

ZenGo Crypto Debit Card

ZenGo announced at the end of November 2020 that they will be releasing a crypto debit card on the Visa network that will allow wallet holders to spend their cryptocurrencies easily anywhere Visa is accepted.

The card is expected to launch first in the U.S. and will then expand to other regions globally.

ZenGo Card

It’s not the first crypto Visa card, but ZenGo promises it will be the best. Image via Zengo.com

ZenGo is all about making cryptocurrency easier for people to use, and this card is just one more step in that direction. Obviously people are very used to paying with credit cards, and if they have a card that makes it just as easy to spend their crypto holdings it should increase adoption greatly.

The cards are expected to be shipped sometime in 2021 and right now you can be put on a waiting list to receive one either from within the wallet itself, or on this webpage.

Free Bitcoin from ZenGo

ZenGo is currently offering $10 in Bitcoin when you make your first deposit into the wallet. To collect your BTC simply follow these five steps:

  1. Download ZenGo using this link;
  2. On the email screen, tap on “Tap here to enter your code” and use the code ZENX0B4G,  then tap Apply;
  3. Make sure you see “Referral code applied” and continue signing up with your email;
  4. Tap on Buyin the app;
  5. Make a purchase of $200 or more.

The BTC will be credited to your account within a few days.

ZenGo Earn

Earn BTC by depositing and referring others to the wallet. Image via Zengo.com

Want to earn even more Bitcoin? Then refer your friends, family, and followers to the ZenGo wallet. You’ll get 50% of the commissions every single time they buy cryptocurrency using the ZenGo wallet. For life. Welcome to passive crypto income.

Conclusion

All things considered ZenGo appears to be an excellent wallet, particularly if you’re looking for all the functionality it offers.

You can hold a large number of cryptocurrencies in the same wallet, trade them with each other (depending on your jurisdiction), and enjoy the security offered by a non-custodial wallet.

We also were impressed with the recovery features of the wallet. That includes both the user recovery via biometric facial recognition, and the server side recovery should the ZenGo servers ever go down permanently.

We also felt that ZenGo has an excellent user interface. It’s uncluttered, and quite intuitive. Ease of use is one of the overriding missions of ZenGo and they certainly hit that right with their UX.

You could do much worse when choosing a wallet, but we don’t think you could do much better than the ZenGo. And when you consider the $20 million in funding they’ve recently received it makes sense to think that even more improvements are on the horizon.

Featured Image via Shutterstock

Disclaimer: These are the writer’s opinions and should not be considered investment advice. Readers should do their own research.

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ZenGo Wallet Review: Multi Crypto Wallet Solution

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One of the pain points in cryptocurrencies is getting people to understand how to properly set up and use wallets. Now a lot of that pain is removed by the ZenGo wallet, which is the first keyless, non-custodial crypto wallet that gives users excellent security for their funds without sacrificing convenience.

It’s a win-win situation that also comes with a large slate of added features that makes using cryptocurrencies nearly mainstream.

👉 Enter this code to claim your reward: ZENFJO6W

The ZenGo wallet is available for all iOS devices from the iPhone 6 onwards, and for most Android devices, so it is basically available for nearly anyone who owns a mobile device.

ZenGo Overview

Zengo Brings Keyless Crypto. Image via ZenGo

It has support for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and most of the major cryptocurrencies. Not only that, but users can buy and sell cryptocurrencies right within the app.

Keep reading to learn about the multiparty computation that forms the base of security for the ZenGo, as well as all the other features, both working and planned.

The ZenGo Team

The ZenGo team is made up of nearly 20 talented and devoted professionals, all of whom are focused on creating a wallet that makes cryptocurrency storage and usage as safe and easy as possible.

The team is led by the three founding members of ZenGo – Ouriel Ohayon, Tal Be’ery, and Omer Schlomovits.

ZenGo Team

The founding members of the ZenGo wallet. Image via ZenGo.com

Ouriel Ohayon is the CEO of ZenGo and a serial entrepreneur. Prior to the founding of ZenGo he was also a co-founder of ISAI Gestion, an early stage angel fund, and AppsFire which is a native advertising network and technology for mobile.

Tal Be’ery is the VP of research and development and prior to that he was the head of security for the firm. He also works as a journalist and writes a bi-weekly column on computer and network security. Prior to co-founding ZenGo Tal worked as a cyber-security consultant.

Omer Schlomovits is the VP of research for ZenGo. He also runs ZenGo X, which is the research community attached to ZenGo, with over 500 members. He also co-founded MPC-Alliance, a consortium of 50+ companies collaborating to advance MPC technology.

Currently he serves as a board-member and head of the technical committee. Prior to that he co-founded Zero-Knowledge TLV, a 750+ members applied cryptography community in Israel. This community is now part of ZK-Global.

Multiparty Computation & Threshold Signatures

The thing with most crypto wallets is that they make the user choose between asset control and convenience.

You can either maintain full control over your assets (non-custodial wallets), but suffer inconveniences in the setup and use of the wallet, or you can enjoy greater convenience in the usage of the wallet, but need to give up control over your digital assets (custodial wallets).

However ZenGo is using multiparty computation and threshold signatures to give users both convenience and control. Users are able to enjoy high levels of security and convenience in a non-custodial wallet.

It does this by replacing the typical private key used in the creation of most wallets with a pair of independently created secret shares. One of these is stored on the users device, while the other is securely stored on the ZenGo servers.

In order to complete a transaction both parts need to interact. That means ZenGo never has access to your funds, but you also get the same convenience of a custodial wallet.

ZenGo Backup

The ZenGo wallet improves on security and backup. Image via ZenGo.com

When you sign up for ZenGo and create a wallet for the first time (which only takes 19 seconds, by the way), the wallet app scans your face and stores that scan as an encrypted 3D biometric face map so it can be used in the future if you ever lose the device your wallet is on, or if you inadvertently delete the wallet from your device.

That’s so much easier than writing down a list of 20 words and then storing them in case you need to restore your wallet.

Note that with this system there’s no single point of failure, ensuring that if something happens to one of the secret shares your crypto remains protected and safe.

Plus these security measures are implemented in a simple, user-friendly wallet interface that is a pleasure to use. Signing up is straight-forward and amazingly quick, with no need for additional documents. Sending and receiving crypto is easy, as is buying and selling crypto right from the wallet.

ZenGo Chill Storage

Now I know some of you are thinking to yourselves that this all sounds great, but what happens if the ZenGo servers are inaccessible, or go permanently offline.

The team at ZenGo thought of that as well and created Chill Storage as a solution. With this solution even if ZenGo fails and the company ceases operations, you’ll still be able to access your crypto easily.

ZenGo Recovery Mode

There’s always a way to recover your crypto with ZenGo. Image via Zengo.com

Chill storage is the guaranteed recovery process created by the ZenGo team. With it they have created a master encryption key and a master decryption key. The master decryption key has been placed in escrow, and a law office has been named as trustee of the escrow.

The trustee is responsible for monitoring ZenGo to verify the company and its servers are still operational. If they ever find that the ZenGo servers are non-operational they can request the decryption key from the escrow company. This is the start of Recovery Mode.

The trustee will then post the decryption key to a dedicated GitHub account. This process is run by humans with multiple safeguards and checks to avoid wrong signals.

ZenGo, the mobile app installed by our customers, constantly monitors this repository and if a valid key is released, it enters recovery mode.

ZenGo Account Recovery

Always recover your account, even if ZenGo ceases to exist as a company. Image via Zengo.com

Upon entering recovery mode, the app is able to decrypt the Server Key and recreate the private keys for all the associated coins and addresses.

These private keys can then be loaded to other wallets. That way, users are free to move their funds without relying upon ZenGo servers.

ZenGo Savings

One of the nice additional features included in the ZenGo wallet is the Savings feature. Savings is in its own separate tab in the wallet and it allows you to earn yield by lending or staking certain cryptocurrencies.

Currently the wallet has support for earning yield by lending Bitcoin through the Nexo platform, or by providing Compound to a liquidity pool. In addition, the wallet also supports U.S. dollar Tether (USDT), Dai (DAI), and U.S. dollar Coin (USDC).

The documentation included in the wallet indicates that 0x and Basic Attention Token are also supported for savings, but we did not see these options in the Savings area of the wallet during our test.

When contacting support they confirmed that you will see the available savings options in the wallet, but didn’t elaborate so I can only assume that the available options change and the documentation hasn’t been updated, or the available options may be based on your geographical location.

ZenGo Savings

Don’t just hold your crypto, earn interest on it too. Image via Zengo.com

The ZenGo wallet also supports staking Tezos (XTZ) tokens, which means users are able to act as validators to help secure the Tezos network and will receive a return of roughly 5.5% on their staked XTZ. It should be noted that when staking XTZ the first rewards are not received for 33 days.

It’s been indicated that the wallet will also add support for staking Ethereum in the future, but as of May 2021 we are still waiting for that functionality to be added.

Perhaps with the recent $20 million in funding received by the project they will be able to add support for Ethereum staking.

ZenGo Trading

ZenGo introduced crypto trading directly from the wallet in June 2020, however it still isn’t available globally. For example, U.S. users will not be able to trade using the wallet, even though the Trade button is still present in the wallet.

But for those who have access to trading from within the wallet it is brilliant. Just a few taps and you are able to exchange a variety of cryptocurrencies without needing to leave the wallet and navigate the confusing landscape of a crypto exchange.

ZenGo allows for trading in any of the assets supported by the wallet, and uses its integration with Fox.Exchange to make the trades work.

ZenGo Swap

Crypto trading right within the wallet. Image via Zengo.com

The great thing is you can make instant trades using your wallet without going through the sometimes complicated process involved in signing up with an exchange.

ZenGo doesn’t require any KYC documents. Plus there’s no need to transfer your assets around to make a trade, or worry about trusting your private keys to the exchange.

Buy and Sell in ZenGo

Another benefit of using ZenGo as your wallet is the ability to easily buy and sell crypto right from within the wallet.

Currently buying crypto is supported globally (188 countries), however selling is only supported for the EU and U.K. The team says support for selling crypto in the U.S. will be added soon.

ZenGo Buy Sell

Buy and sell cryptocurrency right from the wallet. Image via Zengo.com

Buying cryptocurrencies is powered by Moonpay and Coinmama, and can be done using a number of fiat currencies and seven different payment methods:

  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Apple Pay (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Bank transfer (SEPA and Swift)
  • Debit card (Maestro)
  • Google Pay (Mastercard)
  • Samsung Pay (Mastercard)
  • GBP instant bank transfers

There are fees associated with buying and selling crypto through the wallet, and the fee structure differs based on the service used and the payment method. In general the fees are of four different types.

Network fee: Paid to the blockchain network operators. This fee changes over time based on network conditions and is not paid to ZenGo. Note that network fees for ERC20 tokens are paid in ETH.

Processing fee: Paid to the operators of the buying, selling, and trading services. This is a % of the total transaction amount and varies by operator and asset.

Spread: Paid to the operators of the buying, selling, and trading services. This is the difference (usually a few %) between the spot market price and the order price, and is used to cover volatility risk.

Local currency conversion fee: Paid to the operators of the service when you buy cryptocurrency in a local currency other than USD/CAD/AUD/EUR/GBP.

You can see the full fee structure here.

ZenGo Crypto Debit Card

ZenGo announced at the end of November 2020 that they will be releasing a crypto debit card on the Visa network that will allow wallet holders to spend their cryptocurrencies easily anywhere Visa is accepted.

The card is expected to launch first in the U.S. and will then expand to other regions globally.

ZenGo Card

It’s not the first crypto Visa card, but ZenGo promises it will be the best. Image via Zengo.com

ZenGo is all about making cryptocurrency easier for people to use, and this card is just one more step in that direction. Obviously people are very used to paying with credit cards, and if they have a card that makes it just as easy to spend their crypto holdings it should increase adoption greatly.

The cards are expected to be shipped sometime in 2021 and right now you can be put on a waiting list to receive one either from within the wallet itself, or on this webpage.

Free Bitcoin from ZenGo

ZenGo is currently offering $10 in Bitcoin when you make your first deposit into the wallet. To collect your BTC simply follow these five steps:

  1. Download ZenGo using this link;
  2. On the email screen, tap on “Tap here to enter your code” and use the code ZENX0B4G,  then tap Apply;
  3. Make sure you see “Referral code applied” and continue signing up with your email;
  4. Tap on Buyin the app;
  5. Make a purchase of $200 or more.

The BTC will be credited to your account within a few days.

ZenGo Earn

Earn BTC by depositing and referring others to the wallet. Image via Zengo.com

Want to earn even more Bitcoin? Then refer your friends, family, and followers to the ZenGo wallet. You’ll get 50% of the commissions every single time they buy cryptocurrency using the ZenGo wallet. For life. Welcome to passive crypto income.

Conclusion

All things considered ZenGo appears to be an excellent wallet, particularly if you’re looking for all the functionality it offers.

You can hold a large number of cryptocurrencies in the same wallet, trade them with each other (depending on your jurisdiction), and enjoy the security offered by a non-custodial wallet.

We also were impressed with the recovery features of the wallet. That includes both the user recovery via biometric facial recognition, and the server side recovery should the ZenGo servers ever go down permanently.

We also felt that ZenGo has an excellent user interface. It’s uncluttered, and quite intuitive. Ease of use is one of the overriding missions of ZenGo and they certainly hit that right with their UX.

You could do much worse when choosing a wallet, but we don’t think you could do much better than the ZenGo. And when you consider the $20 million in funding they’ve recently received it makes sense to think that even more improvements are on the horizon.

Featured Image via Shutterstock

Disclaimer: These are the writer’s opinions and should not be considered investment advice. Readers should do their own research.

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Source: https://www.coinbureau.com/review/zengo/

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Facebook Diem Association to Move from Switzerland to US

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Facebook’s stablecoin entity, the Diem Association, is relocating from Switzerland to the US, buoyed by the evolving regulatory landscape of the country.

The Diem Association, the entity handling Facebook’s stablecoin project, has announced a partnership with its subsidiary Diem Networks U.S. and Silvergate Capital Corporation. As a result of the partnership, Silvergate Bank will become the exclusive issuer of the Diem USD stablecoin, and the Diem Association will also move to the U.S. from Switzerland.

The Diem Association is building Facebook’s much-critiqued basket of stablecoins that both the crypto industry and incumbent authorities and institutions are skeptical of. The association runs a permissioned blockchain-based payments system, which allows real-time transfer of the stablecoins. The press release notes that the partnership is an important early step for a Diem USD pilot program.

Stuart Levey, chief executive officer of Diem, said of the partnership,

“Silvergate is a leader in financial innovation and an ideal partner for Diem as we move forward with a blockchain-based payment system that protects consumers and enhances the integrity of the financial system…We look forward to working with Silvergate to realize this shared vision.”

The move from Switzerland to the United States is consistent with “Diem’s initial strategic focus” on the U.S. and is reflective of the changing regulatory environment in the country. A consequence of this is that Diem will withdraw its application for a payments license system from Swiss authorities.

Facebook’s Diem comes out of the shadows

For a long time, the Diem project had gone quiet, and not much was known about how it was developing. The project received a great deal of criticism when it was first announced, and soon after received even more from government figures across the world. It is now preparing for its first pilot.

The fear was that Facebook would be gaining too much control, to the point where it could threaten currency sovereignty. The backlash meant that the company had to redesign its system, which it duly did, besides rebranding it to Diem from Libra.

Diem has 26 members that include merchants, payment service providers, social impact partners, and other entities. It lost a few prominent members when the whole effort began receiving criticism, but it has since steadily moved on.

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BIC’s Video News Show: Shiba Inu (SHIB)

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In this episode of the BeInCrypto video news show, host Jessica Walker will address Shiba Inu, which has been stealing the spotlight from dogecoin (DOGE). We’ll look at details about its launch, its prospective ecosystem, and recent price movements.

Is Shiba Inu Coin Really a Dogecoin Killer, or is There More to It?

Shiba stealing the spotlight

Dogecoin has now become so big that the world needed a “Dogecoin killer”! The Shiba Inu coin has taken the crypto world by storm in the last several days. Despite Elon Musk announcing a dogecoin mission to the moon on SNL, this other meme coin has stolen the spotlight.

Shiba Inu is up almost 1,500% in the past week, after being listed on Binance and Crypto.com. Everyone seems to think it’s dogecoin 2.0. But could this coin carve out a place for itself among the heavyweights in the crypto world? 

Vitalik owns half

Perhaps the most curious fact about the SHIB coin is that half is owned by Ethereum (ETH) leader Vitalik Buterin. He has nothing to do with the creation of the coin. But he received 50% as a gift from the creators when the coin was launched. This could quite possibly be the biggest gift in human history, as it currently stands at $8.2 billion.

This type of offering is known as an initial DEX Offering where founders release their token via a decentralized exchange. Some tokens launched under Ethereum’s ERC-20 standard, have been known to send Buterin a certain amount of their coin. This is done partially out of respect for his vision but also as a publicity tactic.

Shiba ecosystem

The other 50% of Shiba Inu is on the decentralized Uniswap network and was released through an initial DEX Offering.  It can also be used on ShibaSwap, the project’s decentralized exchange. Here, users can stake their tokens for interest via staking rewards. Shibaswap also has plans to Integrate NFTs into its platform after launch.

All-in-all, there will be three different tokens native to Shiba Inu’s platform. First, Shiba Inu, then LEASH, which supports the staking function. Finally, BONES will act as a governance token.

ShibaSwap was expected to launch at the end of April, but currently there’s no fixed date. But with over 260,000 holders, we’re pretty sure the developers will be working overtime to get things going.

Technical analysis

At the time of recording, we can see that the price is testing a support level but the uptrend is definitely intact. If it keeps going the price could be headed higher to test the record high we saw yesterday, after the coin was added to Binance.

The Shiba Coin and its soon-to-be decentralized exchange, have definitely attracted attention. And as we’ve seen with other cryptocurrencies, community enthusiasm and numbers play a key part in the rise and fall of the project. 

Should ShibaSwap launch while the attention is at its peak, and function as promised, we could see another DeFi player emerge rapidly and push for a place in the top projects by market cap. At the time of the recording, Shiba Inu is in 14th place on Coinmarketcap and has passed the $10 billion threshold.

This rapid growth has of course been seen before and price volatility is expected in the short term. But if its unique selling point of being a cryptocurrency run 100% by its community does materialize, then we could be witnessing the start of something special.

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Nick is a data scientist who teaches economics and communication in Budapest, Hungary, where he received a BA in Political Science and Economics and an MSc in Business Analytics from CEU. He has been writing about cryptocurrency and blockchain technology since 2018, and is intrigued by its potential economic and political usage. He can best be described as an optimistic center-left skeptic.

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