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Cardano launches EVM side chain alpha

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Cardano launches EVM side chain alpha Oluwapelumi Adejumo · 39 seconds ago · 2 min read

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Developers will now be able to build Solidity-based applications on Cardano using the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) sidechain.

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Updated: June 14, 2022 at 11:43 am

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Input-Output Hong Kong (IOHK), the parent company for the Cardano blockchain, announced the launch of an Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) sidechain alpha on June 12 and added that the sidechain is currently available on the testnet.

The launch means it will now be possible for developers to build Solidity-based applications on Cardano.

We’re releasing the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) sidechain alpha! (Now on testnet.)

Build your Solidity-based applications on #Cardano – a decentralized, permissionless, sustainable blockchain.

The future is interoperable. pic.twitter.com/sCK9XIuFll

— Input Output (@InputOutputHK) June 12, 2022

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The announcement comes less than two months after the firm published a blog post titled, “Interoperability is key to blockchain growth,” where it discussed some of its side chains, including the permissionless EVM sidechain.

Part of the blog post reads: 

This sidechain will allow developers to write Solidity smart contracts on Cardano, create EVM compatible DApps, and ERC20-compatible tokens (and in time, their own sidechains) while gaining many of the benefits of Cardano. That means users will benefit from far lower fees and faster settlement times on a more environmentally sustainable blockchain.

According to the blog post, the sidechain will have full compatibility with Ethereum tools and upgrades. Ouroboros Byzantine Fault Tolerance consensus protocol, compatibility with web3 wallets, and Cardano main chain security. 

Meanwhile, it also tweeted a video about the EVM sidechain a few days ago, explaining how developers can get access to the EVM sidechain.

Cardano’s drive for development continues

The number of interoperability upgrades on Cardano has significantly increased. Mikomedia, a sidechain protocol, launched on the network in March.

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The Cardano-based protocol allows developers to create EVM-compatible smart contracts that are executable on Mikomedia C1.

It is also planning to create side chains that will support interoperability with other networks like Solana.

Additionally, in April, Wanchain announced a noncustodial and bidirectional cross-chain bridge for Cardano. Wanchain currently has bridges connecting to over 15 L1 and L2 networks. 

Interoperability appears to be a significant focus for Cardano as it continues with its development drive. The network is set for its highly anticipated Vasil hard fork by the end of June.

IOHK also revealed that developers are now building more than 1000 applications on the Cardano blockchain.

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Cardano’s ADA is one of the few digital assets bucking the general market decline. According to CryptoSlate data, the token has seen its value increase by over 13% within the last 24 hours to $0.5043.

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Bentley Motors gears up to drop its Genesis NFT collection on Polygon

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Bentley Motors gears up to drop its Genesis NFT collection on Polygon Jinia Shawdagor · 2 hours ago · 1 min read

Bentley believes NFTs can help transform the luxury automotive space just like they disrupted the art industry.

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Updated: June 24, 2022 at 7:02 am

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British luxury car manufacturer Bentley Motors Limited is dipping its toes into the Web3 ecosystem with the launch of a non-fungible token (NFT) collection on Ethereum scaling platform Polygon, the company announced today.

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Today we announce our first venture into the NFT marketplace with a one-time NFT drop on the carbon-neutral @0xPolygon network, scheduled for September 2022 and limited to just 208 pieces. Discover more: https://t.co/hWnrz69L4g pic.twitter.com/ppSqq5MRAS

— Bentley Motors (@BentleyMotors) June 22, 2022

According to the announcement, the one-time NFT collection is set to drop in September 2022 and will feature 208 pieces only. The number of NFTs is symbolic in that it represents the highest speed of Bentley’s fastest Grand Tourer – the Continental GT Speed. 208 also represents the total number of the 1952 R-Type Continental.

Building a greener future

Bentley Design will be in charge of creating the NFT collection. Collectors that purchase the NFTs will get unique access and rewards from Bentley. The car manufacturer did not disclose the NFTs’ price tag.

However, Bentley promised to direct the sale’s proceeds towards supporting students interested in engineering, design, and manufacturing. Additionally, the company plans to use the funds to support organizations that push for sustainability, especially in the transportation industry.

The car manufacturer chose to drop its NFT collection on Polygon because the network is carbon neutral. Per the announcement, the Bentley NFTs will be eco-friendly, helping the company build on its commitment to achieving end-to-end carbon neutrality by 2030.

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NFTs continue catching on among vehicle manufacturers

Through today’s announcement, Bentley has become the second automobile company to enter the NFT market. Hyundai came first after collaborating with NFT project Meta Kongz in April. This partnership is part of Hyundai’s Metamobility, the company’s concept of the metaverse.

Hyundai and Meta Kongz marked the partnership by launching 30 limited edition Hyundai x Meta Kongz NFTs.

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Conservative MP Matt Hancock advocates for “attractive” tax and regulatory regimes in the U.K.

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Conservative MP Matt Hancock advocates for “attractive” tax and regulatory regimes in the U.K. Abdulrasaq Ariwoola · 7 hours ago · 2 min read

The Conservative MP Matt Hancock stated that the UK needs to be more liberal in its approach to crypto regulation. Looking to “Regulate for growth,”.

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Updated: June 24, 2022 at 4:59 am

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Conservative MP and crypto advocate Matt Hancock in a keynote speech delivered at Crypto A.M.’s 4th anniversary on June 22 called for a crypto-friendly tax and regulatory regime. Despite the extreme downturn in the market, the MP argued that the UK should be liberal in its approach to crypto regulation.

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He stated that the UK needs to introduce an “attractive” tax system and regulatory regime to become a “jurisdiction of choice for crypto.” The tax and regulatory regime, he said, needed to be dealt with quickly.

He argued that a stable and attractive tax regime gives space for growth rather than stifling it. Also, he stated that achieving this requires a proactive attitude and “that a smaller part of something is worth more than a larger share of nothing.”

The conservative MP further urged that the UK should not walk around crypto on eggshells. Rather than be concerned about failure, “regulate for growth, for high-quality,” he said.

Crypto Matt Hancock

The former health secretary is a long-term advocate of crypto adoption in the UK and has continued to be despite the extreme market downturn.

Speaking on the recent crypto crash, he said:

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“The underlying technology is so powerful. Just because the Dotcom bubble crashed in 2001, we didn’t discredit the internet as a technology.”

He compared the restricted adoption of crypto to the struggles of the internet in the 1990s. He stated that crypto would need to break similar barriers and prejudice.

The MP has also canvassed for the adoption of crypto as an enabler of growth. Stating “Britain succeeds when it embraces new technology,”. Cryptocurrency could “make financial systems more transparent and reduce crime.”

However, the MP publicly mentioned that he does not hold any crypto-asset because “he wants to be able to talk freely about it.”

Likewise, Rishi Sunak, the chancellor of the exchequer in April outlined a plan to make the UK “a global cryptoasset hub.” The plan also included legislating on the use of stablecoins and for the Royal Mint to create an NFT.

Continued crypto restriction in the UK

The FCA on the other hand has doubled down on its effort to regulate crypto use in the UK. The regular has repeatedly warned against the risk of crypto investments, especially as the market has declined this year.

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However, the FCA held its first CryptoSprint in May which many termed as the regulator exploring the crypto ecosystem. In a statement released on its website, it stated that the CryptoSprint explored issues facing the crypto world and how the FCA can support and balance innovation with standards that protect consumers.”

Also, the U.K. recently made a turnaround on its proposed KYC rule for users transacting with unhosted or private wallets.

However, Matt Hancock is as critical of the restricted regulations as he is a cryptocurrency advocate. Mentioning “I hate the patronising idea of regulators telling people what they can and can’t do with their money,”.

On that note, he also remarked his opinions on the role of a regulator:

“The job of the regulators is to make sure there is high-quality information and that the market functions effectively. What remit does the state have to tell them what they can and can’t invest in? I think that’s incredibly patronizing,”

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Ripple opened a crypto hub in Toronto, Canada, with intentions to employ 50 programmers

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Ripple opened a crypto hub in Toronto, Canada, with intentions to employ 50 programmers Anthony Clarke · 10 hours ago · 2 min read

Ripple has built a new office in Toronto, Canada, that will act as an engineering hub to drive crypto innovation. This new location is part of the company’s global expansion.

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Updated: June 24, 2022 at 3:01 am

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Ripple Labs have opened a new office in Toronto, Canada with the intention of creating an engineering hub to drive crypto innovation by recruiting top engineering talent in the area. This will be Ripple’s first office in Canada as they continue to expand across North America.

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The company behind the XRP (XRP) cryptocurrency made this announcement on Wednesday. According to the announcement, Ripple initially plans to hire 50 engineers with the aim of expanding its office to include hundreds of blockchain engineers, from data scientists and machine learning scientists to product managers. 

“Crypto and blockchain present an incredible opportunity for engineers to tackle difficult problems, with the potential for these solutions to impact the movement of value around the world,” says Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple.

As blockchain technology becomes more mainstream, Ripple plans to take advantage of this by hiring top tech talent and expanding its presence across the globe. CEO Brad Garlinghouse continued to say:

 “Nearly every financial institution is coming up with its crypto strategy to take advantage of this technology that will underpin our future global financial systems. Crypto is one of the most thrilling industries to work in, so it’s no surprise that talent is leaving tech incumbents and traditional finance to enter this space. We are continuing to scale and invest in our business by expanding our presence globally with our first office in Toronto.” 

Ripple already has a University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) in the region and they’re working with universities and colleges such as the University of Waterloo and Toronto Metropolitan University.

Ripple plans to expand across the globe and has already launched offices in Miami Florida, and Dublin, Ireland last year. Earlier this year, Ripple and FTX were on the lookout for acquisitions to drive their growth. The firm also announced an NFT incubation program in March.

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