Friday News Roundup

Friday News Roundup

 Top News from Tuesday to This Week

Reports from China show that Bitmain cut its AI team from 360 employees to 100. From a geographical distribution, the AI ??teams in Chengdu, Wuhan, Shanghai, and Shenzhen are “dead”. http://bit.ly/2t4ADFS

Chinese crypto users lost a massive $20k per capita in scams last year. http://bit.ly/2ThF37b

China’s capital flight through cryptocurrencies trading stands at $11.4 billion in 2019, according to security firm Peckshield. http://bit.ly/2TciqRd

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao: Vietnam is the Next Big Market,  Binance will host the annual Binance Blockchain Week in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam on Feb 29-Mar 4, 2020.

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  Exchange News
 

Singapore COSS exchange unexpectedly locks down $2 million of users funds for up to a month. http://bit.ly/2N8lTfU

Binance Europe’s head of operations has left the exchange to go to Crypto.com. http://bit.ly/36DibT7

South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb is set to invest 10 billion won (~$8.6 million) in Busan city’s “regulation-free” zone for blockchain development.  http://bit.ly/2FvCy99

Binance Research: Ethereum’s growth gist in 2019 has been DeFi. http://bit.ly/35IjFKV

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Investments

Thailand-based blockchain financial platform Lightnet completed a US $ 31.2 million Series A financing led by UOB Venture. Other investors include HashKey Capital, Hanwha Investment, Seven Bank, Uni-Presiedent, Signum Capital, Du Capital. Google translate

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Coins

Voice, the social media app developed by Block.one, has recruited Forbes’ global chief digital officer Salah Zalatimo as CEO. http://bit.ly/37URuKc

Nervos Network has set up a $30 million public grant fund to sponsor external developers building on its blockchain infrastructure. http://bit.ly/2QDJYxx

Ripple partners with Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) to create cross border payment app. http://bit.ly/36FREon

Ethereum, Tron, EOS racked up $23 billion in dapp volume in 2019. http://bit.ly/2QVOypG

Bitmain cancels operation partnership for its Texas mining farm. http://bit.ly/2TamAsV

Japanese SBI Holdings, GMO Internet set to mine Bitcoin at 300MW facility in Texas. https://bloom.bg/2FzsImM

One of North Korea’s top hacker groups, Lazarus, is focusing on the Telegram app to snatch people’s bitcoin. http://bit.ly/2TdzZ3w

EOS-based Horseman GO game promises ‘autonomous’ economy. http://bit.ly/2NbToxO

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Baidu is launching the public beta version of its blockchain service for businesses. http://bit.ly/2T86HTN

Samsung Electronics’ blockchain smartphones, such as Galaxy S10, are set to feature Elrond project’s gaming app – “Battle of Elrond.” http://bit.ly/2R8weJU

Chinese fintech firm Ant Financial announced a launch date for an enterprise blockchain that experts believe could pave the way to mass adoption of the technology. http://bit.ly/36BM7PC

European Ubisoft launches lab for blockchain and social entertainment startups. http://bit.ly/2QEPv6R

??Regulations
 

Five Crypto Exchanges are Expected to Enter Regulatory Sandbox in Hong Kong: http://bit.ly/2uAuRwa

China’s nationwide blockchain network, the Blockchain-based Ser­vice Net­work (BSN), will launch in April 2020, six months after it was rolled out for testing. http://bit.ly/35Eum0T

China’s central bank says it has completed ‘top-level’ design of digital currency. Google translate

Bank Accounts are Banned to Facilitate Cryptocurrency Trade, An Official From China’s Regulator Says. http://bit.ly/2s7ZvvU

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