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Ethereum Foundation Grants Over $2m to Finance Ethereum 2.0

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The Ethereum Foundation has unveiled a Foundation led and Co-funded grant aimed at financing the development of Serenity, Ethereum 2.0.

According to the blog post, the Ethereum Foundation has in previous times granted substantial awards to leading client development teams that are currently tasked with delivering long-standing multi-clients testnets as the launch of Phase 0 approaches.

Receiving the grants are Harmony that got an award of $189,000 for the development of the Beacon Chain. Next is Prysmatic that is development a full featured sharding client for Ethereum 2.0 that can process transactions faster than ever before. Prysmatic was awarded a grant of $725,000 for the development of the Prysm Client.

Receiving $485,000 for the development of the Lighthouse client is Sigma Prime. Sigma Prime specializes in blockchain technology and information security. The award was funded by Ethereum Foundation and ConsenSys.

Status received for the Nimbus Client the sum of $500,000 while another $150,000 was co-funded by Ethereum Foundation and Protocol Labs for the Status Networking Protocol development.

The sum of $184,000 was funded by both ConsenSys and the Ethereum Foundation for the Whiteblock project. The project is to continue the Ethereum 2.0 testnet and interoperability support.

For research and development purpose, Dmitry Khovratovic was awarded $10,000 to produce an expert report about the security of some parts of the first phase of Ethereum 2.0

Chainsafe received $217,500 for Lodestar light-client and JavaScript development.

Ethereum Foundation also revealed that bounties are open for further research and development efforts to help the future of the Ethereum platform. According to the Ethereum Foundation, it is offering 5 ETH bounties (or 1000 DAI, whichever is larger) for any recommendations for substantive changes that make it into the Phase 0 ETH 2.0 specifications prior to the ETH 2.0 genesis. These include changes for the state transition function, fork choice rule, or deposit contract.

Ethereum being the first smart contract platform has been a great boost and accelerated growth in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry.  As the increasing volume impacted the network, it put a strain on it since it has been using the Proof of Work POW Consensus.

The challenges it has faced using POW and the drive to be the world biggest decentralized application platform necessitated the migration to POW. The transition of Ethereum Network to Ethereum 2.0 is expected to take place in January, 2020.

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CEO of MTN Group Speaks Out on MTNCOIN, Calls it Fake.

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The CEO of MTN Group, Rob Shuter has spoken out on the document circulating the internet showing the Telecom giant, MTN Group to launch a utility token – MTNCOIN.

The CEO calls the document and unsolicited proposal and the Telecom firm will not consider it.

The document which was dated 29th of October, 2019 and titled “MTN COIN – Building Africa’s Universal Financial Services & Rewards Ecosystem” proposes a crypto token that will be used as a universal digital settlement currency for all financial.

In a statement published by MTN Group, it said it wishes to distance itself from the document as well as the services and offerings mentioned in the document as they are not provided by the firm.

According to the statement, MTN said the document was an unsolicited proposal submitted by an entity called Eureka Africa and it wasn’t adopted.

However, the Telecom giant affirmed its continual engagement and collaboration with various vendors, and if necessary it said, use official MTN channels to communicate such partnerships.

The document proposes the launch of a Stellar blockchain based cryptocurrency, MTNCOIN that will serve as a universal digital settlement currency for all financial users cases for all parties.

According to the document, It also intends solidifying and expanding MTN’s position as Africa’s leading communication services provider by staying at the forefront of digital transformation; capitalize on the Global Financial Technology revolution and lead the disruption of the traditional financial and insurance sector in the continent to protect current and create new revenue streams.

The Telecom giant has requested publishers to refrain from sharing the document or its contents on any public platforms.

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Telecom firm, MTN Could launch a token MTNCOIN on the Stellar Blockchain to become Universal Digital Settlement Currency

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A document showing Telecommunication firm MTN is set to launch a token –MTNCOIN on the Stellar Blockchain has been making waves on the internet since it was released.

The document which was dated October 29th 2019 and titled “MTN COIN – Building Africa’s Universal Financial Services & Rewards Ecosystem” posits that the African Financial sector is ripe for disruption.

It measured the financial flow of money through Mobile Money and Remittance. MTN through the plans to lead the disruption of Africa’s financial services industry to redefine financial inclusion.

This it intends to achieve by launching MTNCOIN as a universal digital settlement currency for all financial users cases for all parties. It also intends solidifying and expanding MTN’s position as Africa’s leading communication services provider by staying at the forefront of digital transformation.

It also wants to capitalize on the Global Financial Technology revolution and lead the disruption of the traditional financial and insurance sector in the continent to protect current and create new revenue streams.

MTN will to create a pan-african open platform and ecosystem and set the standards for trusted, direct, low-cost and instant financial transactions, bringing together various players in the financial industry such as banks, insurances, Fintechs, Retailers and major technology providers to drive interoperability and convergence.

The digital currency, MTNCOIN according to the document will be created and issued on the Stellar Blockchain Network.

It will serve as universal exchange currency, highly scalable, secure bridging currency across the African continent supported by the established MTN treasury functions.

It will serve data and airtime redemption assurance which according to the document will reduce counterpart risk as token holders.

The token will be a utility token controlled by MTN and it shall feature fast, no-cost remittance, automatic loyalty program benefits with ecommerce embedded shopping advantages.

The document compares MTNCOIN in superiority to other forms of payment such as MTN Money and M-Pesa. The coin will have a digital wallet, allow P2p transfer, cross border payments, bank integration, adoption by third party apps etc. MTNCOIN based on the document stands out from both MTN Money and M-Pesa.

The choice of choosing Stellar according to the document which compared it to the Bitcoin, Ripple and Ethereum Blockchain networks, was that Stellar is a platform that connects banks, payments systems and people, it allows fast, cross-border transactions between any pair of currencies. It is much cheaper and faster than bitcoin because of its unique consensus protocol etc.

CryptoTVPlus through one of its representative has reached out to MTN Nigeria for comment on the document as at press time but haven’t given response. Updates will be published as it comes.

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Brad Garlinghouse,CEO of Ripple Predicts the death of Most Cryptocurrencies 

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The CEO of Ripple, Brad Garlinghouse has predicted the death of the majority of all the cryptocurrencies in existence. According to him, they will likely go to zero.

This prediction was made via a live interview with Bloomberg where he said very few number of cryptocurrency projects will survive and grow significantly as they are concerned with actually solving real life problems.

Others will likely fail because they can not support or solve real life problems. According to Brad, “Anytime there is a new market, there are a lot of people that run into that market and try to show that they can solve a problem, they can deliver a customer need.”

With more than 3,000 cryptocurrency that trade on a daily basis, he said, very few of them will actually be able to meet customers needs, and the majority of them will probably go to zero.

The same prediction made by Brad Garlinghouse has been made by others before most especially during the ICO boom days that say
w thousands of cryptocurrency project launched offering various “moon shot” products and services.

Max Keiser had also predicted the death of majority of altcoins according his twitter post in August, which reason “#Bitcoin dominance 68.2% — heading to 80% — as alts die in favor of BTC. The 2014-2017 era of alts and hard forks is dead. Don’t be the last to rotate out of alts into BTC.”

The growth in cryptocurrencies is caused by the hype around the crypto ecosystem, Garlinghouse said

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Electroneum to Launch ETN Powered Freelance Platform, Welcomes Beta Testers. 

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Electroneum is set to launch its own blockchain powered freelance platform AnyTasks.com and it is calling for Beta testers to test the platform.

In an email sent to users, Electroneum said it has been talking about and building the platform for a long time.

AnyTasks.com according to the email signed by the CEO, Richard Ells, is the Electreoneum powered freelance economy platform for the world’s unbanked.

It is different from other freelance platform to ever exist as buyers pay with a credit card and sellers get remittance automatically in ETN.
Electroneum calls on experienced persons in the freelance economy to join its Beta Testing Group and according to it, will help place final touches on the platform before public release.

The decision to join the Beta Testing Group according to ETN “will be helping to shape the futures of MILLIONS of people around the world, whose lives will be positively impacted by this launch.”

Explaining why AnyTasks was built? It was quoted saying

Increasingly, more of us around the world are selling online, be it on eBay, Fiverr, Etsy, or the like. In excess of $200 Billion is spent each year within the freelance economy, providing many with the ability to earn their own living. Yet, without access to a bank account, this remains an impossibility for hundreds of MILLIONS of people across the world.

We’re changing that! People in emerging markets can earn as little as $3 per day on average. Imagine if we could give these people access to an online marketplace, where they could sell a single digital task for more than their average daily wage. AnyTasks will provide people that opportunity.”

Additionally, a learning platform TaskSchool will be launching in the first quarter of 2020. TaskSchool will enable users to learn simple skills they can sell via their smartphones through the AnyTasks platform.

We’re changing the world, and we’d really appreciate you taking a little of your valuable time to be part of shaping it, Electronuem concluded.

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