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November 01,2022

Immutable X Powering GameStops NFT Marketplace

Immutable X, a Layer 2 Ethereum scaling protocol, is now officially powering GameStops NFT marketplace as the initiative has gone live. In March of this year, Immutable was valued at $2.5 billion.

The video game store industry is declining, but it is poised to become a major player in the NFT gaming sector, competing with crypto based gaming NFT platforms such as Fractal, among others.

Furthermore, the marketplace shall reportedly include assets for Immutable X games like Gods Unchained, Guild of Guardians, and Illuvium, as well as various other Web3 games. Also, by utilizing Immutable Xs Ethereum scaling, all transactions would not have any fees and will additionally provide carbon-neutral minting.

Other strategic Web3 moves by GameStop this year include a collaboration with the cryptocurrency exchange FTX US last month in order to provide users with access to FTXs digital asset marketplace.

October 30,2022

New Smart Contract Monitoring System Launched By Fantom In Collaboration With Debaub

Fantom is among the most rapidly growing Layer 1 blockchain platforms. Recently, it launched Watchdog, a continuous smart auditing system. Decentralized applications built on Fantom will therefore reportedly benefit from automatic audits by the Watchdog system, thanks to a collaboration with leading blockchain security firm Debaub.

The release of Watchdog will not only improve the security of dApps on Fantom, but it will additionally improve the overall quality as well as performance of apps native to Fantom.

Why does this matter?

Security flaws in smart contracts are becoming increasingly common. According to FBI research, approximately $1.3 billion in crypto was stolen in the first quarter of 2022, with 97% of the theft occurring within the DeFi ecosystem. While third party smart contract auditing firms are essential for projects to discover these vulnerabilities, a combination of factors, such as high costs and lengthy wait times, frequently discourage startups and emerging projects from conducting an audit.

With that in mind, Watchdog will provide a powerful automated tool which continuously monitors smart contracts to offer projects with an alternative auditing system that is reliable, affordable, and most importantly consistent.

With Watchdog, Fantom is hence striving to bring a new level of security and protection to the ecosystem, said Michael Kong, CEO of Fantom Foundation. He further indicated that developers need access to smart contract auditing tools that are affordable, efficient, and trustworthy. Watchdog does exactly that, he added, and it will thus set a new security standard going forward.

What comes next?

Using automated, continuous auditing systems like Watchdog to supplement costly third party audits allows projects to effortlessly analyze selected smart contracts. In addition, any issues with dApps analyzed on the Fantom Network are investigated by a human auditor.

Moreover, the Watchdog auditing system will reportedly provide various benefits such as round the clock analysis for more than 80 different types of exploits, periodic updates as well as improvements with new attack vectors which correspond to the gradual emergence of new research, versatile updates with the latest network data and smart contracts of selected projects, professional examination for warnings at a larger scale, addressing specific issues far more effectively, and immediately contacting the relevant project team as soon as a vulnerability has been discovered.

As the crypto and blockchain industry continues to grow, we can expect more security measures to be steadily deployed over many fields in DeFi such as smart contracts, NFTs, the metaverse, and blockchain itself.

October 29,2022

Metaverse Based Schooling

To encourage local students, particularly those who live far away from school, the Japanese city of Toda has reportedly implemented a new metaverse based schooling service.

However, students must obtain permission from their respective school principals to attend metaverse schooling and will be supervised at all times.

The city chose this new schooling service that enables students to explore the campus and study in virtual classrooms primarily because of both the mainstream attention being given to the metaverse concept these days and the potential that it has for the education industry.

Furthermore, whereas various attempts to boost school attendance continue to be difficult in the country, Japanese officials are betting on metaverse based education to help students connect with those around them.

Todas education center director, Sugimori Masayuki, hopes to see metaverse students grow up and eventually become an integral part of Japans technologically advanced society. To that end, the city of Fukuoka recently announced a partnership with Astar Japan Labs as it strives to become Japans Web3 hub.

October 27,2022

Google Cloud Announces launch Of Node-hosting Service For Web3 Developers

Google Cloud has announced the launch of its own node-hosting service for Web3 developers. The service, which is being called the Blockchain Node Engine, shall reportedly enable developers to depend on Google Cloud to deploy a new node, thereby making the entire process quicker, easier, and more secure.

Furthermore, not only will the Google Cloud Blockchain Node Engine be fully managed, but it would also successfully track the nodes for developers and deal with any potential issues which may arise.

According to James Tromans, who leads Google Cloud Platforms Web3 product, the Blockchain Node Engine will address two main challenges, namely the time it takes to launch a node, and the process of maintenance.

The Blockchain Node Engine therefore alleviates many known issues while also granting developers complete autonomy over where their nodes shall be deployed. The most popular blockchain, Ethereum, will thus be the first to be supported by the new initiative.

October 25,2022

Twitter Developing Crypto Wallet

As part of an ongoing trend for social media platforms which also include both Instagram and Facebook, Twitter has announced that it is developing a new wallet prototype which will reportedly allow users to deposit and withdraw cryptocurrencies.

Last September, the social media giant introduced a feature that enabled users to tip content creators with Bitcoin (BTC). In mid-February, Ethereum users gained access to Twitter-native crypto tipping as well.

Earlier in 2022, the company also permitted users to display their NFTs as profile pictures. To that end, the new inclusion of crypto wallets could transform Twitter into a full-fledged Web3 platform, however it is still too early to make that claim.

October 23,2022

Interpol Unveils Metaverse Designed For Police Training And Communication

Interpol has unveiled the first metaverse designed specifically for law enforcement communication. The aptly named Interpol Metaverse has reportedly already been developed, allowing police officers all over the world to communicate with each other and participate in immersive training courses in forensic investigation along with various other policing capabilities.

The Interpol Metaverse also allows visitors to take virtual tours of a replica of the Interpol General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France.

The new initiative is a key component of the global policing organization's efforts to adapt as crime moves online. Counterfeiting, data theft, ransomware, hacks, money laundering, financial fraud, phishing, and online harassment are all potential crimes in the metaverse which must be addressed.

Interpols Executive Director of Technology and Innovation, Madan Oberoi, stated that by identifying these risks early on, the team can work with stakeholders to design the appropriate governance frameworks and cut off future criminal markets before they form. Only by having these discussions, Madan continued, will Interpol be able to develop an effective response to these new types of criminal activities.

October 23,2022

TRM Labs And Binance Custody Partner Up To Improve Institutional Compliance

TRM Labs, which is widely considered to be among the industry leaders in blockchain analytics and intelligence technology, has reportedly onboarded risk management tools for Binance Custody. The institutional-grade digital asset custody solution can now ensure risk management and regulatory compliance for client holdings via TRMs full-service platform thanks to the new integration.

TRMs comprehensive suite of tools for meeting AML and CFT regulatory requirements and managing risks like sanctions, stolen funds, and terrorist financing includes real-time transaction monitoring, wallet screening, forensics, and VASP due diligence.

Why does this matter?

Amid mounting institutional interest in digital assets, security concerns and issues related to custodial services continue to be a significant barrier in terms of broader institutional participation. Binance Custody, which launched in December 2021 to address such concerns, provides reliable security and integrated access to deep institutional liquidity venues through audited, insured, and compliant technology solutions.

Moreover, since its inception, the company has obtained ISO 27001 and ISO 27701 certifications along with SOC 2 Type 1 attestation, and is presently focusing its efforts on obtaining SOC 2 Type 2 attestation as well. This is important because as the crypto and blockchain sector continues to become increasingly popular, Binance would ideally want to maintain its position as the largest crypto exchange in the world which means that it must implement the best security measures to safeguard users at all times.

The top priority as an institutional custodian is to hence offer safe and compliant services which clients can regularly depend on, said Athena Yu, EVP of Binance Custody. Athena further stated that by using TRMs compliance and risk management solutions, Binance Custodys suite of custody solutions will be significantly enhanced which will allow clients to participate in this burgeoning digital economy in a safe and risk free manner.

What is next for Binance?

The aforementioned integration is the newest in a series of steps taken by Binance Custody to reduce its exposure to financial crime risk, especially after the recent hack. TRM is used by Binance Custody to monitor high-risk wallets and to oversee as well as examine fraudulent behavior. TRMs asset coverage, risk assessment, and forensics technology therefore equips institutions to handle regulatory and reputational risk associated with digital assets like cryptocurrencies.

As digital assets become more widely adopted, it is critical that institutions have the appropriate compliance measures put in place especially when selecting partners like custody service providers, said TRM CEO and Co-Founder, Esteban Castao. The CEO also claimed that by implementing TRMs compliance and risk mitigation tools, Binance Custody reaffirms its commitment to providing innovative services that prioritize safety and trust above all else.

October 20,2022

South Africa Decrees Cryptocurrency Assets Financial Products

South Africas financial markets regulator has officially decreed cryptocurrency assets to be financial products, laying the legal groundwork for cryptocurrencies to be regulated going forward.

The FSCA (Financial Sector Conduct Authority) recently stated that while cryptocurrencies are not issued by a central bank, they can however be traded, transferred, or utilized for payments. These assets were recognized by the FSCA as a digital representation of value on distributed ledgers.

Governments and regulatory bodies around the world have steadily increased their scrutiny of the digital asset class, a pattern which has accelerated since the monumental collapse of the Terra-LUNA stablecoin project earlier on in the year as well as the ongoing bear market.

October 18,2022

Mastercard Charges Forward With Crypto Immersion

Mastercard wants to bring crypto to the mainstream by making it easier for banks to participate in the burgeoning industry. The payments giant therefore intends to announce a program which will assist financial institutions in offering cryptocurrency trading capabilities.

Mastercard will thus serve as a bridge between PayPal and Paxos. According to the company, Mastercard and Paxos shall manage regulatory compliance and security, which are two of the main reasons banks typically avoid the asset class to begin with.

Despite the infamous volatility associated with crypto, Mastercards Chief Digital Officer, Jorn Lambert, stated that there is still significant demand for the asset, however it is also worth mentioning that about 60% of respondents want to test the waters a bit first before getting fully involved.

Lambert further indicated that numerous consumers have expressed a passing interest in crypto, but would feel more comofortable if those services were provided by familiar financial institutions instead of relatively unknown entities.

Both Mastercard and Visa have been making waves in the crypto space. Mastercard has already collaborated with Coinbase on NFTs and Bakkt to enable banks and merchants in its network to provide cryptocurrency-related services. Visa recently announced that it has over 70 crypto collaborations and has partnered with FTX to provide crypto debit cards in 40 countries.

October 16,2022

Samsung Announces Knox Matrix To Help Improve Security Measures Via Blockchain Technology

Samsung has been implementing new technologies into their systems and services for the longest time, with the company announcing the creation of their own metaverse earlier on in the year. Most recently, the company unveiled Knox Matrix, a new security system that connects all user devices in a private blockchain.

The primary goal is to improve the security of a multi-device environment. Basically, if a solitary device has been compromised, the others instantly disconnect it from the network, thereby significantly enhancing security for both the users and the entire network itself.

Important details

The Knox Matrix shall reportedly function as a private blockchain system for the users, enhancing safety measures via multi-layered mutual monitoring of all connected devices. In this way, the new feature would then share credentials between the linked devices and safeguard sensitive information between them. Once again, the overall objective is to prevent any and all unauthorized access in addition to making the login process simpler and more convenient.

The utilization of the private blockchain concept to incorporate multi-layered mutual surveillance is anticipated to provide a local, dispersed method of maintaining safety. The Knox Matrix was introduced at the Samsung Developer Conference and while the new systems inner workings have yet to be revealed, there is no denying that Samsung has been among South Koreas most active corporations within the blockchain sector.

Samsung continues to gain ground

Between September 2021 and mid 2022, Samsung made investments in 13 different companies including but not limited to Animoca Brands, Sky Mavis, and Yuga Labs. What may be more impressive is that, according to Blockdata, Samsung was among 40 companies which invested approximately $6 billion in blockchain startups during this time period.

Furthermore, the majority of the tech titans investment efforts are likely to have been carried out through Samsung Next, which is an innovation group that works within Samsung Electronics and is entirely focused on AI, blockchain, the metaverse, and other related emerging technologies. Lastly, it was reported that Samsung Securities, the companys investment division, plans to launch its very own crypto platform in early 2023. Given the companys track record, it does not look like the tech behemoth is going to stop investing in these new startups and technologies anytime soon.

October 15,2022

India Police Look To Polygon For Infrastructure Efficiency Improvements

The Firozabad Police Department in India has announced its intention to utilize the Polygon blockchain to register complaints in order to speed up the resolution process regarding public complaints, inqueries and other related matters.

As such, the system shall reportedly use the OxPolygon modular blockchain, with the department citing benefits such as a tamper-proof system which will not interfere with logged complaints, according to a statement issued by the department on October 10th.

Polygon Co-Founder Sandeep Nailwal asserted that the new system will certainly help uncover cases of corruption. The system, according to the Indian national, will be critical in dealing with sensitive cases such as domestic abuse and sexual assault which often go undocumented in the country.

It should be noted that Polygon has received countless use cases in administration across India and its influencing is steadily growing worldwide. The Maharastra government, for example, officially confirmed the use of the Polygon blockchain to issue credible caste certificates and Disney had even selected Polygon for its 2022 Accelerator Program earlier on in the year.

October 12,2022

Google Announces Partnership With Coinbase To Integrate Crypto Payments.

Google has announced a new partnership with Coinbase that will enable a select number of customers to pay for cloud services through digital currencies like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH). The new feature will reportedly be available early next year.

The tech behemoth also intends to investigate the use of Coinbase Prime, a custodial service for trading and storing various cryptocurrencies. Moreover, crypto addresses are also now searchable on Google. Coinbase also announced that it shall migrate some of its data-related applications Amazon Web Services to Google Cloud.

According to Amit Zavery, Vice President, Platform Head, and General Manager at Google Cloud, crypto payments will initially be accepted only a select group of clients who are already active in Web3 through the Coinbase Commerce integration. Amit also stated that the service will be made available to more of its customers in the future.

Lastly, although the specifics of the deal are unknown, Coinbase will reportedly take a portion of the transactions it facilitates, like it does with other Coinbase Commerce agreements.