Chinese Baidu Launches New CryptoKitties-like Service

Baidu, considered China's Google, has launched a new CryptoKitties-like service as part of its wider work with blockchain
05 February 2018   312

China's search engine giant Baidu has launched a new CryptoKitties-like service called Leci Gou. The service is based on the digital adoption and trade of puppies, the transactions for which are recorded on a blockchain. It is not yet clear whether Baidu is using a public network or its own internal one.

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The service proposes various digital puppies with different designs and prices, with each ranked by their scarcity. Baidu users are able to adopt one crypto-dog and receive 1000 points for free on the marketplace, which can be further used to trade with other owners.

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The website details that the service was developed by Baidu's in-house blockchain team, which is also a member of the Linux Foundation-led Hyperledger consortium.

Baidu also said the project is available for public use but is still being tested and further developed.

The Baidu project is similar to CryptoKitties, the ethereum-based digital pet initiative, that went viral late last year and led to a deluge of transactions on that public network amid swelling interest. It also sparked a range of copycat projects hoping to piggyback on the CryptoKitties craze.

UCLA Blockchain Crypto Conference to be Held in LA

The UCLA Conference will be held on February 17-18 of 2018, gathering together the most experienced and exciting thinkers
17 February 2018   174

UCLA's Blockchain Lab and Far from LA are holding the Blockchain Cryptocurrency Conference, gathering together the most experienced and exciting thinkers across SoCal, in order to foster both economic and educational progress. The conference will concern cybersecurity, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain.

The UCLA Conference will be held on February 17-18 of 2018.

Location: The University of California, Humanities Building, 415 Portola Plaza, UCLA 90095, Los Angeles

The headline speakers will include Kathleen Breitman, the co-founder of Tezos; Sandra Ro from UWIN Lab; David Moss from EOS; Jeremy Rubin, the Bitcoin core developer, and many more.

The agenda of the conference is as follows: the future of blockchain keynote, bringing humanity to the blockchain, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, blockchain's influence on the development of art and culture, blockchain in the music industry, government adoption of blockchain around the world, and more.