American Express to use a blockchain database

American Express to patent aspects of a rewards program that might include a blockchain database
27 October 2017   1720

A patent application filed by American Express Travel Related Services Co. Inc. was recently published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. As detailed in the application, the company may use a blockchain database as part of a consumer rewards program.

A patent application by American Express Travel Related Services Co. Inc.
A patent application by American Express Travel Related Services Co. Inc. 

Thus, the innovation revolves around gathering customer data analytics, such as spending trends, which Amex will use to offer incentivized rewards. According to the patent, certain account holders would be eligible for "value added offers" which may involve "virtual currency."

As for the use of a blockchain system, the document implies that the databases that would be utilized to deliver this system might be blockchain-backed.

The blockchain structure may include a distributed database that maintains a growing list of data records. The blockchain may provide enhanced security because each block may hold individual transactions and the results of any blockchain executables. Each block may contain a timestamp and a link to a previous block. Blocks may be linked because each block may include the hash of the prior block in the blockchain. The linked blocks form a chain, with only one successor block allowed to link to one other predecessor block.
 

A patent application
by American Express Travel Related Services Co. Inc.

This move by Amex might be yet another strong signal that major corporations are actively seeking to integrate the technology into their infrastructures for providing goods and services.

Users Suspected RusGas of Scam

Reddit users have already accused RusGas of exit scam, since its behavior is much like  recent scam project Oyster Protocol
07 December 2018   95

The RusGas cryptocurrency project (RGS) demonstrates disturbing signs and releases new tokens in excess of the pre-set emission limit, Cryptovest reports. With an aggregate capitalization of $ 117, RGS trading volume for the last few days is $ 35,000. Events unfold against the backdrop of promises made by the project organizers about the upcoming restart.

Most of the RGS trade is focused on the Crex24 exchange, which has a daily  of $ 700,000. RusGas had a daily volume of several million dollars in its best days, which already then caused questions about the authenticity of this value.

According to CoinMarketCap, RGS emissions are limited to 10 billion tokens, but Etherscan indicates that currently 298 addresses contain 860 billion RGS. The rapid growth of emissions was recorded in recent days and hours. The largest wallet contains 99% of all tokens, which is probably the crex24 wallet. The developers themselves explain these movements to the next restart.

Reddit users have already accused RusGas of exit scam, since its behavior is much like  recent scam project Oyster Protocol(PRL), when the additional issue feature was used in a smart contract.

The likelihood of such an outcome is a characteristic feature of projects based on the Ethereum protocol, which allows additional emission of tokens through a smart contract at the discretion of its owner, not to mention other vulnerabilities that cost investors a lot of money.

RusGas is based on the idea of ​​using tokens and blockchains to optimize the Russian gas industry. Despite the dubiousness of the project’s mission, the data on the network indicates that in April of this year he managed to raise $ 2.2 million for ICO.