JPMorgan Chase has announced that it is testing a new privacy protocol called as zero-knowledge proofs to allow private transactions efficiently. The protocol that has been built by AZTEC, a London blockchain startup, is aimed at allowing efficient encryption of blockchain data at lesser costs. As stated, JPMorgan’s Quorum team is testing AZTEC with an intent to industrialize zero-knowledge proofs for Quorum.
Samsung has announced crypto partners for its newly launched Galaxy S10 series. The smartphones will feature various crypto and blockchain related features, such as wallet functions for Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin (BTC), COSMEE token (COSM), and Enjin’s token (ENJ). COSMEE is a blockchain-powered mobile beauty decentralized app with which users can earn and spend COSM tokens. And, Enjin is another cryptocurrency wallet that can be used to send and receive ERC-20 tokens and ERC-1155 crypto game assets.
Google has announced the launch of Blockchain ETL software that enables open source developers extract, transform and load various decentralized applications. The ETL software is designed to allow users load transaction datasets and metadata for eight cryptocurrencies which includes Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin, zcash, Dogecoin and Dash.
ConsenSys has listed out 16 Blockchain games which use Non-Fungible Tokens on Ethereum that allow gamers play and make money. The blockchain-powered games allow players to buy, sell, trade or exchange these tokens on Ethereum Blockchain, where the NFTs are defined as ERC-721 tokens. The 16 blockchain games were further divided to be placed four different categories.
Wordpress has announced the launch of Newspack, a new publishing platform with blockchain features. The product is funded by Google and Consensys, an Ethereum development platform. According to Consensys, Newspack users will be able to use blockchain-based features offered through its Civil Media platform.
Washoe County in Nevada has confirmed the issuance of blockchain-based marriage certificates to its citizens. About 950 couples have already received Ethereum blockchain powered marriage certificates via their smartphones and computers since the initiation of the program. However, the county has clarified that wedding licenses are not available online and can be obtained in person from the County Clerk’s office.
LockTrip, a European travel company, has disclosed its plans to introduce a blockchain-based travel platform with an intent to reduce booking costs of hotels. As per sources, the company has already partnered with 100,000 hotels and 1,500 vacation rentals. It is further planning to expand its business by adding 300,000 more hotels and 900 airlines by the end of January 2019.
ING Group, a Dutch multinational banking services provider, has stated its assertive move towards implementing blockchain across various industries such as energy, crude oil, soybeans, metals and mining in 2019. The firm has shown its interest in Vakt, a blockchain platform developed for trade and commodity finance industry. It is also exploring possibilities of using blockchain in supply chain traceability for metals and mining.
Lite.IM, a crypto wallet, has added support for Bitcoin along with other cryptocurrencies such as Litecoin, Ethereum, and its native token, ZTX. Now users can send and receive Bitcoins via Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and SMS with the help of chatbots. The chatbot will help in making crypto transactions and checking balance in the wallets.
Blockchain Cuties, a decentralized crypto collectible game, has announced its release on the TRON blockchain platform. As claimed, the TRON version will be available with newer features and allow players to represent their Cuties in the battlefield more efficiently with higher transaction speeds as compared to the earlier platforms.