The NEO Foundation introduces the NEO3 features like file storage and digital identity but the demand remains questionable. In our latest NEO news, we take a closer look at the report.
In an open letter to the community members, the NEO foundation introduces new features while reflecting on the past four years of activity and plans for the future as NEO3 which is the third iteration of the smart contract enabled blockchain will support file storage and digital or decentralized identity features. The 22nd largest crypto by market cap, enjoyed a strong year after the successful launch of the cross-chain interoperability product in collaboration with Switcheo and Ontology.
Sep 2020, a remarkable month for the #Neo ecosystem with:
🦩The launch of @FlamingoFinance;
🚀 Preparing for #Neo3 Preview4, the final preview version before TestNet;
🧩 Continuous improvement and Neo3 migration of Infrastructure and tools.https://t.co/8tjabwXzII
— Neo Smart Economy (@Neo_Blockchain) October 16, 2020
The self-styled smart economy platform’s entry into the summer Defi craze had similar success as the joint Binance and NEO effort Flamingo Finance hit over $1.5 billion TVL in their mint rush yield farming vault product. In spite of the success with interoperability and Defi, the foundation’s letter turned to future developments and even teased upcoming features that will take NEO3 in a surprising direction like file storage and decentralized ID features named NEOID and NEOFS.
The market demonstrated a mixed appetite for file storage on the blockchain as Filecoin, whose FIL token went live on October 15, rallied violently to 118% before the strong dump of nearly 80% from all-time highs. The digital identity blockchain products saw strong adoption while the ID on the blockchain presents a clear use case but no project broke the mainstream yet. Despite not being in vogue, the foundation wrote that they hope these features will lead to even bigger adoption in the crypto space:
“Together with vast new features and enhancements in system security and performance, Neo3 will surely become the ideal next-gen internet infrastructure for mass adoption.”
Of course to many more projects, contributors, and partners, we have a big THANK YOU for you. and we look forward to another amazing year working with all of you.
— Neo Smart Economy (@Neo_Blockchain) October 17, 2020
In our previous NEO news, we talked about Despite the massive losses, the TD Sequential index presented a buying signal on the daily charts. If the 100-day exponential moving average continues to hold, the cryptocurrency has a shot of increasing to $18.5 or even higher. While most cryptocurrencies continued suffering from the September Effect, NEO flashed buy signals that could allow it to regain the lost control. The cryptocurrency endured a huge correction period after making a new yearly high but since then, the token dropped by more than 40%. It went from trading at $26 to a low of $15.9.
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Huobi Beefs Up Venture Arm With Former DragonFly Partner Leading DeFi Investments
“When I left DragonFly earlier this year, Huobi was also ramping up its internationalization efforts and its corporate investment practice,” Pack told CoinDesk in an interview. “I thought Huobi has the potential to be one of the most impactful companies in crypto. When I was approached by my old friends there to help them, I thought it was a no-brainer.”
Pack’s new role at Huobi will largely focus on expanding Huobi’s stakes in DeFi projects in Western countries, after Huobi’s newly launched venture investment arm began pouring money into DeFi projects in Asia. He told CoinDesk he and Huobi are willing to spend up to “tens of millions of dollars” funds to support new DeFi projects.
In his previous role at DragonFly, Pack was an early-stage investor of many significant crypto projects including DeFi protocols MakerDAO and Compound Finance. He left the crypto investment firm in April, citing “a difference in vision on the direction of the firm,” though he stayed on as a part-time venture partner.
Huobi, along with other centralized crypto exchange giants, is rushing to reposition itself as an integral part of the exploding DeFi sector. Those semi-decentralized, blockchain-based lending and trading platforms have accumulated more than $10 billion in total value locked, most of which has occurred since the start of the second half of 2020.
Unlike Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volumes, which has built a public decentralized blockchain to help support DeFi projects, the company behind the Huobi exchange has been focused more on incubating DeFi projects by funding, research and leveraging its established user base.
“Today there are two things: ‘CeFi’ [centralized finance] and ‘DeFi,’ in crypto parlance,” Pack said. “In the next 10 years, I think they will merge … and you will see companies that have wallets – Huobi already has a large wallet – do decentralized exchanges and decentralized versions of everything they offer. And you will see decentralized finance grow and mirror many of the aspects of centralized finance exchanges as well.”
“Huobi is one of the largest entities so it is in a perfect position to help this merging happen,” he added.
While current DeFi projects are still mostly centered around lending protocols and stablecoins, Pack said the particular type of DeFi projects he will initially look at are those that build synthetic assets on blockchains.
“The most interesting thing next that we are going to see are things in particular like synthetic assets, the ability to make a derivative or a synthetic version of anything: a stock, a bond, an entire fixed income space,” Pack said, “and then more products that support security, like insurance products, that makes it more trustworthy to enter into DeFi.”
Pack went quiet after he left Dragonfly Capital earlier this year. According to Pack, Huobi’s strong presence in Asia is also part of the reason why he decided to join.
“The most users and the most business model information and infrastructures are in Asia,” he said. “And yet, by far, the most interesting technology and the new frontier things are happening in the West. And I’ve always tried to be a bridge between those two areas.”
Ripple Move to UK or Singapore Possible After Garlinghouse Praises Both Regulatory Authorities
Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse pays tribute to the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, as well as the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
In a tweet, Garlinghouse spoke highly of the way each regulatory authority oversees their respective territories. Going further, Garlinghouse said it’s no wonder that both the UK and Singapore have burgeoning crypto industries.
1/ UK’s FCA and Singapore’s MAS have been leaders for years in providing clarity on using/trading assets – no surprise that both countries have traditional FIs leaning into using this technology. DBS’ (pre)announcement today is a prime example. (1/2) https://t.co/xB3dUUG9sV
— Brad Garlinghouse (@bgarlinghouse) October 27, 2020
Ripple To Leave The U.S.?
The comments come as a follow on from Ripple’s threat to leave the U.S. over the lack of regulatory clarity.
News of this first gained widespread attention at the start of October, when Ripple CTO Chris Larsen voiced his increasing frustrations over the U.S.’s hostile stance towards the crypto industry.
Much of this frustration comes from, what Larsen perceives as, a regulatory body that favors Bitcoin and Ethereum. But, more than that, he said the upshot to all of this sees the U.S. far behind China in the “tech cold war“.
“Instead of pivoting to encourage U.S. innovation to keep up, they’ve done the opposite. They gave Bitcoin and Ethereum a pass, proof-of-work systems that benefit China, weirdly. But everything else is still in limbo, or worse, kind of regulated through enforcement.”
As a result, some observers have slammed Ripple over their threat to leave the U.S. But Garlinghouse was quick to defend the firm by deflecting blame on the Securities and Exchange Commission.
He then went on to say that “fleeing” the U.S. is not something he wants to do. However, given the state of the U.S. crypto landscape, he is forced to consider setting up elsewhere.
“Some have suggested Ripple is “fleeing” the US, let me unequivocally say this is absolutely not the case. We’re a proud US-based company, and would like to stay here but a lack of regulatory clarity and level playing field is forcing us to evaluate other jurisdictions.“
Fractured And Inconsistent Crypto Framework
To illustrate his point, Garlinghouse spoke about the lack of a single national crypto framework in the U.S.
“The lack of a single national regulatory framework is putting US innovation and US companies at a significant disadvantage. All we’re asking for is a level playing field – if we need to move to another country to get that, then that’s the path we will have to take.“
He added that eight different US regulatory bodies each hold a different view on the legal standing of crypto. And without a unified approach, conducting crypto business in the U.S. is a guessing game.
However, last week’s DOJ report lists 8 separate US reg bodies each with a different view: crypto is property, crypto is a commodity, crypto is a virtual currency, crypto is a security, etc. Regulation shouldn’t be a guessing game. https://t.co/B18ZIVodZC (3/5)
— Brad Garlinghouse (@bgarlinghouse) October 12, 2020
As well as the UK and Singapore, rumors have surfaced that Ripple is also considering Switzerland and Japan as possible destinations for a relocation.
XRP is currently trading in an ascending channel; breaking the $0.2550 level could see the start of a strong rally. Today, the price of XRP is down 3% to $0.2458.
Source: XRPUSDT on Tradingview.com
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