China to Use Blockchain to Replace Paper Checks

The project was created to prevent fraudulent transactions with checks in the Chinese market
06 June 2018   2120

The Central Bank of China has developed a blockchain platform that digitizes payment checks from local companies. This is reported by Coindesk.

The project, which took about a year to develop, was created to prevent fraudulent transactions with checks in the Chinese market.

As the deputy head of the People's Bank of China laboratory for studying digital currencies Di Gang said, the new blockchain-platform uses the algorithm of the "practical Byzantine paradigm of fault tolerance" (PBFT) and is able to tokenize checks, while all transactions are controlled by smart contracts.

Once the smart contract rules are set in the blockchain, any participant cannot alter the system easily. Even for code updates, regulators will have full access to the record, which increases regulatory efficiency and reduces the cost by removing a manual cross-checking process for transactions.
 

Di Gang

Deputy head of the digital currency research lab, People's Bank of China

According to him, the main advantage of the technology lies in the fact that the Central Bank will have full access to all records on the check.

Casa to Launch Lightning Node Mobile App Called Sats

Casa to Launch Sats App With Lightning Network Support
04 July 2019   933

Casa startup, specializing in the creation of secure storage systems for private keys, introduced a mobile bitcoin application Sats App, which makes it easy to manage Lightning-node.

Sats App is positioned as a non-custodial bitcoin wallet "with unique functions." According to Casa CEO Jeremy Welch, the SatsBack reward program will soon be launched, under which users will receive small amounts in BTC. For example, for connecting an application and a Casa Node device to each other, the user will receive 20,000 Satoshi.

Features are focused on increasing adoption of bitcoin and lightning nodes. You will be able to earn bitcoin if you don’t have a Casa node, but you will be able to earn bitcoin faster if you have a node.
 

Jeremy Welch 

CEO, Casa

He also added that the application, available for iOS and Android, is “secure, private and connects via Tor”.

According to CoinDesk, the startup earlier raised $ 3.5 million from Castle Island Ventures, Boost VC and Compound, and several other investors. Currently, a startup staff of 25 people serves users from 60 countries.