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Akamai and MUFG Announce Joint Venture for Blockchain-Based Online Payment Network

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Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the intelligent edge platform for securing and delivering digital experiences, and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (NYSE: MUFG), one of the world’s leading financial groups, today announced an expansion of their relationship through the establishment of a joint venture, the Global Open Network, Inc. (GO-NET) and their plans to offer a new blockchain-based online payment network enabling next-generation transaction security, scale and responsiveness.

GO-NET is the result of more than three years of close collaboration between Akamai and MUFG.  Both Akamai and MUFG will be investors in GO-NET, which is expected to make the new payment network available in Japan during the first half of 2020. GO-NET aims to provide a comprehensive set of services, including support for existing payment processing functions, pay-per-use, micropayments and other developing IoT-enabled payment transactions.

Critical to the joint venture will be Akamai’s innovative Blockchain as a Service solution, which will leverage its globally distributed Intelligent  Edge Platform to power the online payment network. Akamai’s Blockchain solution is proven to be capable of processing more than one million transactions per second at under two-second latency per transaction, which is orders of magnitude faster than existing solutions. In addition, transactions executed on the platform will be secured and accelerated by Akamai’s market-leading cloud security and performance offerings, which positions it extremely well as a robust enterprise platform for real-time transactions at scale. MUFG, as one of the world’s leading global financial groups with a long history and excellent reputation for trust, will provide extensive know-how of financial services and expertise in business development to bring sustainable growth and success to the joint venture.

“This joint venture with MUFG sets the stage for a new blockchain-based online payment system that can better serve customers’ and partners’ payment processing needs,” said Dr. Tom Leighton, CEO and co-founder of Akamai. “The collaboration between MUFG and Akamai over the last three years has demonstrated what is possible when industry leaders join forces to solve a challenging problem. Akamai and MUFG are committed to delivering innovative solutions at a level of security, scale and responsiveness never before achieved.”

“Financial services need to embrace digital innovation to meet greater demands for security, capacity and efficiencies, and to serve evolving market and consumer needs,” said Hironori Kamezawa, Group CDTO of MUFG and CEO of GO-NET. “MUFG has high expectations for our joint venture with Akamai. Our goal is to enable rapid innovation in digital payment services, leveraging a transformative platform, with built-in security, hyper-scale and efficiencies. GO-NET aims to expand the payment network business to a global scale, and enhance the services to support diverse payment ideas in the upcoming IoT era.”

Throughout their collaboration, Akamai and MUFG have drawn upon their experience as leaders in their respective industries. Akamai has leveraged its decades of experience in developing and deploying distributed systems at global scale, along with market-leading performance and security services, in building the Blockchain as a Service technology. MUFG has leveraged its vast presence and expertise in providing financial services at a global scale. The new payment network is expected to offer differentiated services with improved scalability, reliability, performance and security.

 

SOURCE Akamai Technologies, Inc.

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NetCents Technology Eliminates Blockchain Transaction Delays With Zero Confirmation and Risk Analysis

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NetCents Technology Inc. (“NetCents” or the “Company“) (CSE: NC) (Frankfurt: 26N), is pleased to announce that it has released its Zero Confirmation and Risk Analysis technology that guarantees cryptocurrency transactions before they are confirmed on the blockchain.

“The delay in transaction approval is the biggest hurdle for card present, retail merchant and partner adoption. As it is right now, there is a delay for all cryptocurrency transactions, opening a window for transactions to timeout, fraud, and double spending,” stated Clayton Moore, CEO of NetCents Technology. “The launch of this technology lines up with our POS and terminal integration and rollout. Being integrated with companies like Oracle and PAX, who alone has over 26 million terminals, the delay at the point of sale was something that we knew we needed to eliminate to instill confidence for retail merchants to begin accepting cryptocurrency and avoid transaction delays for the consumer.”

In addition, the Company will be licensing this technology to cryptocurrency payment processors, retailers, and any business that is looking to validate a transaction before the transaction is confirmed on the blockchain. There are currently over 287,000 blockchain transactions per day that this technology can be applied to. With the wait time currently being the biggest hurdle for retail adoption, this technology eliminates that hurdle which the Company anticipates will further drive merchant and transaction growth.

The NetCents Zero Confirmation and Risk Analysis technology facilitates near-instant, risk-mitigated commerce, guaranteeing the cryptocurrency transaction before it is confirmed by miners on the blockchain. The technology provides a score for each transaction, guaranteeing the transaction against double spend, expiration, and other fraud. If the transaction passes the NetCents scoring algorithm, the transaction is approved with 0 confirmations. At launch, the Company will be using this technology for all Bitcoin transactions and will be rolling out for Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash transactions within the next 6-weeks.

This platform enhancement reduces the wait time at point of sale transactions which the Company has seen take up to 30 minutes. With Zero Confirmation and Risk Analysis, NetCents is now able to deliver near real-time confirmation for 98% of all Bitcoin transactions.

 

SOURCE NetCents Technology Inc.

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OKEx Revisited Bangkok After Launch of Thai Baht Trading

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OKEx, a Malta-based world-leading digital asset exchange, has made a stop-over to Bangkok to bring industry leaders together to exchange ideas on blockchain technology. In view of the fast-growing digital asset community in Thailand, OKEx has launched the C2C (customer-to-customer) fiat-to-token trading service for Thai Baht (THB) on its platform, filling the high demand in the global markets, and at the same time, fulfilling its role of a trailblazer in driving blockchain adoption globally.

OKEx experienced a full-bloomed blockchain mindXchange

Throughout the “mindXchange” session, industry talents Nattapon Nimakul, Tech Lead of Katinrun & CTO of Kulap, Jake Choi, Chief Marketing Officer of Fantom Foundation, Sivanus Yamdee (Go), CEO and Co-founder of Coin Asset Exchange and Jirayut Srupsrisopa, CEO of Bitkub have discussed the importance of raising awareness of blockchain in the community, and shared insight on the latest regulatory development in the Thai digital asset space and how to accelerate the ecosystem.

OKEx Launches Thai Baht (THB) C2C Trading

OKEx launched Thai Baht (THB) on its C2C trading platform, currently supporting the BTC, USDT, ETH, and LTC trading pairs. Users can complete KYC verification to be eligible to buy/sell digital assets with Thai Baht.

For more details, please visit OKEx website.

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Cryption SMS Are Proving Crypto Isn’t Such a Volatile Market

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Cryption SMS, the UK’s largest cryptocurrency trading platform, expects to rake in between £100 million and £500 million in net profit during 2019. CEO Olga Zinovsky revealed this bullish target during an interview with Bloomberg, highlighting the whirlwind pace at which the exchange has grown since July 2017, when the then-US-based platform opened for business after raising a modest $15 million through an angel investment scheme.

As CNN reported, Cryption SMS’s user base more than quadrupled during the first half of last year, from 200 thousand in January to nearly one million in early June. Now, Cryption SMS has more than 1 million registered traders, and the company’s breakneck rate of expansion makes it likely that the platform will continue to onboard new users at a steady pace.

Last month, Cryption launched a cryptocurrency exchange in Uganda, and this platform became the first under the company’s banner to offer fiat trading pairs. The firm has also announced plans to offer trading against the euro in some jurisdictions, a development made possible through its budding relationship with regulators in the island nation of Malta.

Cryptocurrency looks like its here to stay with many countries now looking at adding regulatatory measures as more and more people invest in this emerging blockchain technology

CONTACT: Timothy Harrington, +44-078790-11540, timothyjamesharrington@outlook.com

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