Bitcoin adoption is taking a steep rise as France National Assembly Members voted for insurance companies in the country to invest in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in life insurance contracts.
Previously, the investments into specialized professional funds (SPFs) had excluded cryptocurrencies. But the recent changes made to Article 21 and Article 26 open the door for SPFs to invest in Bitcoin and other blockchain-backed assets. Deputies overhauled the Insurance Code through the Pact Act, with Article 21 opening a door for life insurance contracts to invest in (SPFs) specialised professional funds. Article 26 gives the SPFs the ability to invest in blockchain-backed assets.
According to Emilien Bernard-Alzias, Attorney, Simmons & Simmons: “With these two provisions, it is written in black and white that SPFs can invest in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.”
Joel Giraud, an Assembly member, while speaking to the local news outlet, Les Echos, about the matter made it known that: “This was not the primary goal of Pact, but insurers will actually be able to offer products based on crypto-assets. They will be able to do so through specialized funds.”
Pertinently, the decision of getting Bitcoin and blockchain-based assets involved in life insurance policies in France wasn’t a day’s work. It is worthy to note that policymakers and companies worked together for over 12 months to make the rule change happen. And it could be assumed that the changes made to Article 21 and 26 allowing SPFs to invest in cryptocurrencies may trigger other jurisdictions to seek policy changes to allow the entrance of Bitcoin and blockchain-based assets.
The adoption of bitcoin and other blockchain-backed assets to be accepted by insurance companies was agreed upon by almost a unanimous votes of 147 Assembly Members voting in favour and 50 votes against. This vote represents that only a third of the 577 seats comprising the Assembly.
The report had it that Bruno Le Maire, the Economy Minister, was happy with the results. In the wake of his happiness, he said that he’s “very happy with the adoption of the law PACT! The vote is wide, thank you to the majority for your total support and for all the work that has been done. We are determined to continue transforming our economy.”
Since there are no minimum or maximum limits a life insurance policy can invest in virtual currencies, this then allows those with life insurance policies to increase the value of the policies when Bitcoin rises in value.
Bitcoin Cash Support Added to HTC Flagship Smartphone, the Exodus 1
The Exodus 1 which is an Android powered mobile phone is the first native web 3.0 mobile devices with architecture that secures crypto assets. The device has an easy to use digital wallet, Zion Vault whose software interfaces with the device’s hardware security.
The wallet allows users to store and make transactions using the bitcoin cash cryptocurrency without having to be exposed to remote system penetration.
According to Bitcoin.com, the partnership will see HTC pre-loading the firm’s popular wallet app on the device. In turn, Bitcoin.com will offer for sale the Exodus 1 Flagship device and other lower device from the manufacturer on the Bitcoin.com online store. The lower priced device Exodus 1s will also feature same native bitcoin cash support which the flagship users are to enjoy.
Speaking on the partnership, Bitcoin.com CEO Stefan Rust said “There are so many synergies between Bitcoin.com and HTC. We are very excited to be on this incredible journey together.”
Roger Ver, the Executive Chairman contributed saying “Bitcoin.com’s partnership with HTC will enable Bitcoin Cash to be used as peer to peer electronic cash for the millions of HTC smartphone users around the world.”
Based on the news reporting arm of bitcoin.com, HTC sees great promise in cryptocurrency and that is the reason why it has added support for bitcoin cash.
The Taiwanese firm’s Decentralized Chief Officer Phil Chen speaking on the importance of the partnership between both organizations said “Smartphones are everywhere and have proliferated across the planet. It’s very important for the adoption of crypto that it is easy to store and use, no matter which cryptocurrency is preferred by people. So the fact that BCH, one of the biggest cryptocurrencies, is now easy to use on our smartphone is very important for us. Together, HTC and Bitcoin.com are helping to bring crypto to the masses.”
He went further saying HTC believes in user ownership of, control of their data and cryptocurrency presents the best opportunity to start the journey into owning personal data. Understanding the fear of users owning and controlling access to their data, Phil Chen believes this will significant impact the business models and revenues of these ‘powerful firms’.
HTC believes the smartphone will be the tool which will allow users manage, access, store their digital assets.
Bitcoin.com revealed that future plans of the partnership includes offering discounts when paying for goods in BCH as well as sales of the Exodus phones on store.bitcoin.com
Businesses Can Now Accept Ether as BitPay Add Support for Ethereum
Largest global blockchain payment processor Bitpay has announced customers will soon be able to safely, securely and compliantly accept Ethereum for purchases without the need for any further integration.
It also revealed that wallet users will be able to store and use the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap in their wallet and BitPay Prepaid Visa Cards holders can top up debit cards.
BitPay formerly supports Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash and has now added Ethereum to its list of supported digital assets on its payment processing platform.
Accesses to foreign exchange in some jurisdiction is a challenge to businesses and with the advent of bitcoin, businesses can easily and effortlessly receive payments from all over the world from users with the three supported cryptocurrencies.
BitPay speaking on the achievement was quoted saying “It is exciting to see BitPay leading the way in integrating Ethereum into global payment systems,” said Vitalik Buterin, founder and creator of Ethereum. “This truly opens up a new world of possibilities for the Ethereum ecosystem, and together we can continue to be a leading innovator for real world use cases for cryptocurrencies.”
BitPay offers stable coin settlement with Circle CENTRE USDC, Gemini Dollar (GUSD), and the PAX as well as in 12 currencies and direct deposits in 37 countries.
According to BitPay, it calculates prices displayed on invoices in 150 countries and can settle in over 200 countries. It further said that, for merchants who desire to be settled by bank transfer, the transfer is initiated the next day and cryptocurrency is settled the next day.
BitPay was founded in 2011 as the pioneer bitcoin and blockchain payment with large number of merchants already using its payment processor such as Microsoft, Newegg, Dish Networks etc. It enables users to manage digital assets with the BitPay walllets and turn digital assets into dollars with the BitPay Visa Card.
Blockchain-enabled SIM to be Launched by China Telecoms Corporation
China telecom corporation limited CHA, has made public its serious considerations in developing a blockchain-enabled 5G sim card according to a Chinese website, Sina News.
The leading arm of the Chinese telecom research had released the white paper which outlined key moves to be implemented on the sidelines of China International Smart Industry Fair recently. The paper had also pointed out some details of how this sim card would support ERC-20 tokens and Ethereum, also stating that it would have compatibility with almost any type of phone. Explicit details on plans to turn a smartphone into a decentralised node were also highlighted
This news has also come as a good one for those who intend to buy and sell Cryptos using their mobile phones. The telecom of China has its eyes on the 5G which is the major prize for the corporation
According to the whitepaper, blockchain has emerged as the only technology that presents users with the opportunity of securing their fragile data, hence the issue of the huge flow of data this advancement will come with will not be an issue, even with the advent of IoT enabled devices
China telecom is of the opinion that it can perform better as it attacks the low quay of current blockchain phones such as Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and HTC’s Exodus One which it accused of playing the market by incorporating specific blockchain instead of going for higher technical standards.
Coinbase Reports an Increase In The Level of Activity in Blockchain Activities Into Universities
According to recent research carried out by a major cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinbase, it was discovered that about 56% of the top 50 Universities in the world had one of more cryptocurrency and Blockchain classes offered.
An indication of growth in interest for blockchain
This research carried out by Coinbase was published in an official blog post which also used rankings from the US news as well as world report for the listing of top 50 universities. The findings also took into account both students offering undergraduate and graduate courses.
It was discovered that twice the number of students, when compared to last year, were beginning to take courses in blockchain and Cryptocurrency.
Apart from having a doubled interest amongst the top universities of the world in taking classes on blockchain and Cryptocurrencies, the study also reflected that these students had already gone as far as creating student-run clubs related to crypto.
There was a 42% increase in the offerings related to this field.
The report also revealed that nearly 70 percent of crypto and blockchain classes are in departments that are outside computer science, including law, the humanities, and economics. A Cornell alumnus said:
“We’ve had so many professors reach out to learn more about blockchain and see how it applies to their field. It’s really cool to be part of a community where there’s so much engagement.”
The African continent not being left out of this action
Meanwhile, the African continent is not left behind as countries such as Nigeria have shown an increased level in activities that are blockchain and cryptocurrency inclined, considering the fact that there has been a series of events both past and future that have been organised by bodies such as Cryptotvplus to increase the level of awareness amongst university students.
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