Similar to Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency, A new patent filing suggests that United States retail giant Walmart may be developing its own U.S. dollar-backed digital currency. Walmart filed patent for Digital Currency via Blockchain.
Patent filing number 20190236564, “System and Method for Digital Currency via Blockchain,” was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Aug. 1. The document outlines a method for:
“Generating one digital currency unit by tying the one digital currency unit to a regular currency; storing information of the one digital currency unit into a block of a blockchain; buying or paying the one digital currency unit.”
Walmart continues to outline that the proposed digital currency project can provide a zero – or low-fee place for users to store wealth, one that can easily be redeemed and converted to store cash at selected retailers or partners. Such accounts could even be interest-bearing, the filing adds.
Early on in the filing, Walmart proposes that the launch of its digital currency could provide low-income households, for whom banking is costly, with “an alternative way to handle wealth at an institution that can supply the majority of their day-to-day financial and product needs.”
“The digital currency may act as a pre-approved biometric credit. A person is the ‘credit card’ to their own digital value bank.”
This would allow customers to buy products or services for themselves and for others — using the platform to hire a technician for repairs, an associate or a designated shopper for a given amount of time.
Bitcoin is one of the most preferred investment options in the world, Bitcoin was intended as currency, rather than an investment tool. As per a new survey by Grayscale Investments, about 36% of the investors in the United States are willing to invest in BTC. That means, despite all the controversies surrounding it, BTC has a potential of over 21 million new investors alone from the US.
The report states “Investors are constantly looking for new ways to diversify their portfolios as traditional assets and markets have begun to move more closely in sync with one another. Increasingly, savvy investors recognize that bitcoin and other digital currencies may have unique investment characteristics that provide diversification far beyond the basic 60% stock/40% bond portfolio allocation.”
At a time when regulators across the globe, including the US President Donald Trump, are criticizing crypto and calling for stricter regulations, the report brings new hope for the US industry stakeholders.
This is a very good news for bitcoin traders and crypto investors! Tech Retailer Newegg Expands Bitcoin Payments to Another 73 Nations.
They made an announcement this Wednesday regarding their expansion of Bitcoin payment. They stated it will accept bitcoin in 73 additional of its country-specific stores. The news means that the cryptocurrency can be used to pay for purchases in nearly all of its 80 served nations.
They have started acception Bitcoin in 2014, soon after expanding the option to Canada.
Anthony Chow, Newegg President Global Sales said, “Five years ago, we were one of the first major online shopping destinations to accept Bitcoin, and our early-adopter customers were quick to embrace this new payment option.”
The bitcoin payments are made possible through Newegg’s partnership with blockchain payments provider BitPay.
Sonny Singh, chief commercial officer at BitPay, said in the announcement:
“Bitcoin allows users to send and receive money just as easy as sending an email, opening up opportunities for businesses and consumers globally as a secure, low-cost transactional option for the merchants. Newegg was among the first companies to see this opportunity and has continued to expand its Bitcoin acceptance to nearly all of its customers around the world.”
Union minister Anurag Singh Thakur, told the upper house of Indian parliament, Holding or trading cryptocurrencies like bitcoin is not banned in India.
The Minister of State to Ministry of Finance said, issues and concerns relating to Crypto currency is still under radar and investigation of a government-appointed inter ministerial committee.
He stressed that the Reserve Bank of India and the Ministry of Finance had issued a string of circulars and notices regarding the use of bitcoin and other similar coins.
As of now it’s cleared that Bitcoin is not banned in India! only a final report from the committee could shed more light on the final status of such nascent asset class.
“Presently, there is no separate law for dealing with issues relating to cryptocurrencies,” wrore Thakur in his response. “Hence, all concerned Departments and law enforcement agencies, such as RBI, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax authorities, etc. take action as per the relevant existing laws.”
Thakur went on stating “It is difficult to state a specific timeline to come up with clear recommendations. The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs is examining all issues, including the pros and cons of the introduction of an official digital currency in India. No decision on licensing and authorising any entity or company to operate such schemes or deal with Bitcoins or any virtual currency has been made as yet.”
Bitcoin price saw a gain after the comment of Donald Trump as bitcoin traders and investors bet that Trump’s acknowledgment of bitcoin will bring greater awareness of crypto and could push prices up.
In the crypto world, they took Trump’s tweets as an endorsement of bitcoin and the underlying blockchain technology.
“Achievement unlocked! I dreamt about a sitting U.S. president needing to respond to growing cryptocurrency usage years ago,” Coinbase chief executive Brian Armstrong tweeted. “‘First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.’ We just made it to step three y’all.“
Mati Greenspan, senior market analyst at eToro wrote in a note to clients, “Even though Donald says he’s not a fan of bitcoin, the fact that he’s mentioning it at all is hugely bullish for the entire crypto market.”
Andrew Yang, has previously praised bitcoin’s underlying technology, saying: “The blockchain has a wealth of potential. [It] could make many things more secure transparent and efficient.”
Now Trump has made bitcoin a valid issue, there’s nothing stopping these and others in the race to the White House making bitcoin and crypto a bigger part of their campaigns.
Starting today The blockchain ready Opera Touch browser for iOS is available for download. This follows Opera’s addition of Crypto Wallet support on Android and PC, that means Opera is now Web 3 ready across all major platforms.
“I am happy to let you know that the award-winning Opera Touch browser for iOS now features crypto wallet integration and Web 3 support. This completes our efforts to offer Web 3-ready browsers with built-in Crypto Wallet on Android, Windows, Mac, Linux and now iOS. Opera Touch for iOS lets you seamlessly interact with the next generation of Web 3 applications on the Ethereum blockchain.”
Opera has won couple of awards the Red Dot Design Award and Gold IF Design Award. Opera Touch is an innovative web browser which is used by millions.
Opera supports all ERC-20 tokens, stablecoins and non-fungible tokens (NFT). Ethereum is a popular and quickly growing protocol that allows people to make transactions and enables developers to create decentralized apps (dApps) which provide practical use for this technology.
Opera Touch for iOS with Crypto Wallet, like the Opera browser for Android, supports the Ethereum Web3 API, making interacting with dApps seamless, without the need for browser extensions.
On June 21, Russian news service Interfax reported, A representative of the Russian Ministry of Finance (MinFin) says the ministry is considering allowing cryptocurrency trading.
The Deputy Minister of Finance Alexei Moiseyev told journalists on Friday that, cryptocurrency trading may be allowed in the coming bill on the circulation of cryptocurrencies in the Russian Federation.
In May of last year, A bill prohibiting the use of crypto assets as a means of payment in the Russian Federation was passed.
Anatoly Aksakov, head of the Duma Financial Market Committee, called the pending decision a compromise and pointed out that the Financial Action Task Force recommended that Russia adopt a bill regulating the circulation of cryptocurrencies by the end of this year.
Also this week, news broke that the head of the Bank of Russia said that while they are exploring the possibility of launching a central bank digital currency (CBDC), it is not planned for the near future.