Blockchain Business News 22-28 February
Tired of collecting the same old baseball cards? It’s time to switch to basketball!
NBA provides basketball fans with a new kind of collectables: the Top Shot Moments.
With the Top Shot Moments, fans can collect and own the NBA’s greatest highlights.
Top Shot Moments are video clips of basketball plays with animations.
These clips are licensed by the NBA and minted on the blockchain in limited supply.
Each Moment has a nonfungible token (NFT), which is unique to that specific Moment. The NFT proves the authenticity of the traded Moment, and without the need to send physical memorabilia, the transfer is very quick.
NBA Top Shot Moments is the harbinger of a new era in fandom. In just over a week, sales increased by 100%, jumping to over $200 million.
The NBA Top Shot Moments experience was created by Dapper Labs, a consumer-focused blockchain developer.
Crypto.com is a pioneering payment and cryptocurrency platform. Founded in 2016 with the goal of promoting the widespread adoption of cryptocurrencies, Crypto.com already has over 5 million users.
In what the company has called the largest token burn in history, 70 billion CRO will be burned as an important step to fully decentralizing the Chain network.
It will also support the company’s launch of its CRO Chain Mainnet on March 25. The burn will increase the circulating supply of CRO from the current 24% to over 80%.
We’re looking forward to joining all ecosystem partner projects and all contributors in building the world’s best infrastructure for Payments, DeFi and NFTs.
In 2019, the global Automotive Blockchain Market was approximately $300 Million.
The latest study reports that the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 30% and is anticipated to reach around $2 billion by 2026.
Top market players are Ripple Labs Inc., Ethereum, Bigchaindb, Carblock, Consensys, Shiftmobility, IBM, Context Labs, Cube, Accenture and others.
What is the application of blockchain technology in the automotive market?
Blockchain technology in the automotive sector can be used to store and update information related to vehicle spare parts.
This helps the car manufacturer, service providers, and customers to track the origin of the part avoiding the selection of counterfeited products.
American Gods is a fantasy drama series based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name. The show, now in its third season, is very popular, having won several prestigious TV awards to date.
Last week, Fremantle, the show’s producer, announced that they would roll out American Gods digital collectables, i.e. NFTs, in collaboration with Curio, a platform that allows fans to own, share or trade digital items in a manner akin to physical trading cards or collectables.
A spokesperson for Fremantle said the digital collectables are a new way for the show’s fans to “share and interact in a deeper and more meaningful way with the content and characters they love.”
J.P. Morgan is one of the global leaders in financial services. S&P Global ranked JPMorgan Chase as the largest bank in the United States and the 5th largest bank in the world by total assets.
Recently, J.P. Morgan has been increasing its commitment and interest in digital currency and blockchain. The bank established a business unit solely focused on blockchain development, called Onyx, in October. Liink is J.P. Morgan’s peer-to-peer blockchain-based data network, operating under Onyx.
Using Liink helps lower transaction costs and reduce the time taken to resolve cross-border payments-related inquiries from up to a fortnight to a few hours.
About 100 banks are live on the network now with State Bank of India being the latest to join Liink.
A research report from Bank of America found that 21% of banks they cover have incorporated blockchain technology into their businesses in some form.
Modulus is a US-based developer of ultra-high-performance trading and surveillance technology that powers global equities, derivatives, and digital asset exchanges.
Last week, the company announced that it released a Blockchain-as-a-Service offering.
What is Blockchain-as-a-Service?
Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) is a type of blockchain service offering that allows business customers to use cloud-based solutions to develop, host and adopt their own blockchain applications, smart contracts and other relevant functions on the blockchain.
The BaaS market is on the rise.
According to the latest reports, the global blockchain-as-a-service market size is set to reach $24.94 billion by 2027, exhibiting an impressive CAGR of 39.5% during the forecast period.
Huawei, Baidu, Oracle, IBM, Alibaba are among the key companies operating in the BaaS market.
Modulus’ BaaS offering is blending a mix of image recognition and other types of bio-inspired AI together with blockchain technology.
“Our solution can verify that a distinct event happened at an exact time, by a specific person in a particular location. It really is next-generation verification in every sense of the concept,” explained Richard Gardner, CEO of Modulus.
Quote of the week
PayPal had these goals of creating a new currency. We failed at that, and we just created a new payment system. I think Bitcoin has succeeded on the level of a new currency, but the payment system is somewhat lacking. It’s very hard to use, and that’s the big challenge on the Bitcoin side.
Peter Thiel, Co-Founder of PayPal (source)
Join the Conversation
We’d love to hear what you have to say.
Are you a crypto trader? This platform can help you!
Are you a crypto trader?
Do you need help with tax calculations and portfolio tracking?
This platform can assist you.
Blockpit is a web and mobile app that offers tax documentation and portfolio management for cryptocurrencies.
We are Blockpit – Making crypto easy for everyone.
The company facilitates tax filing for crypto traders, tax consultants, banks and authorities, thus providing a simple, certified solution for individuals and businesses alike.
Blockpit by numbers
- Founded in 2017 by Florian Wimmer, Mathias Maier, Gerd Karlhuber, Patric Stadlbauer and Gert Weidinger;
- 15 team members;
- Over 2000 users;
- 300.000 trades;
- December 2018 – Blockpit issues the first token under the Austrian law that entitles investors to revenue participation right.
Our goal is to be the first company to set a European standard for tax returns on cryptocurrencies.
CEO Florian Wimmer
- Always one step ahead;
- Communication is the key to success;
- Lifelong learning;
- Focus on the user.
Benefits of using Blockpit
- Save money;
- Save time filing taxes on Bitcoin & co.
Blockpit – We’re looking to innovate in sustainable ways.
With Blockpit you can:
- Document trades;
- Create tax reports to keep track of your portfolio;
- Import trades from your exchanges and wallets;
- Create proof of origin for larger sums so that you can deposit your profits with banks;
- Track your data almost in real-time at any time;
- Calculate profits or losses;
Blockpit – We have solved one of the biggest pain points in cryptocurrency: filing taxes.
Winner of the Best Austrian Blockchain Startup Award
In October 2018, Blockpit won the Austrian Best Blockchain Startup Award at the Central European Startup Awards.
Join the Conversation
We’d love to hear what you have to say.
IBM Created the World’s Smallest Computer
IBM is set to be making history as it has announced the designing of the world’s smallest computer ever. The computer is 1mm x 1mm, smaller than a grain of fancy salt and will cost less than ten cents to manufacture. It will also pack “several hundred thousand transistors,” according to the company. These will allow it to “monitor, analyze, communicate, and even act on data.”
This computer will be a data source for blockchain applications. It’s intended to help track the shipment of goods and detect theft, fraud, and non-compliance. It can also do basic AI tasks, such as sorting the data it’s given. – Mashable
And, according to IBM, this is only the beginning. “Within the next five years, cryptographic anchors — such as ink dots or tiny computers smaller than a grain of salt — will be embedded in everyday objects and devices,” says IBM head of research Arvind Krishna.