Samsung May Issue Own ETH-Based Token

Anonymous also said that the company could introduce the blockchain into Samsung Pay app
24 April 2019   638

The South Korean technology giant Samsung is developing its own blockchain, on the basis of which it wants to release a cryptocurrency. About this CoinDesk reported sources familiar with the situation.

According to available information, the basis of Samsung's own network will be based on the Ethereum code base. While the project is at the stage of internal testing, but in the long term the blockchain may become public, and the Samsung Coin coin can be traded on the exchanges.

[...] I think it will be hybrid – that is, a combination of public and private blockchains. We expect Samsung Coin to come out in the market, but the direction has not yet been decided.
 

CoinDesk Korea's Source

Anonymous also said that the company could introduce the blockchain into Samsung Pay app, but this decision has not yet been finalized. 

Recently, Samsung is increasingly interested in the world of digital currencies. So, earlier the company introduced a new Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone with support for cryptocurrency, and also invested in a Bitcoin wallet without a secret key.

Great Chinese Firewall to Block ETH Explorer

Looks like it's the first time that a blockchain observer (etherscan. io in this case) has become a target for Internet censorship in China
04 December 2019   97

The Great Chinese Firewall, used by the authorities to regulate access to foreign sites, blocked etherscan.io, one of the most popular services for viewing the statistics of the Ethereum network.

According to CoinDesk, as of early December, the portal is not accessible from IP addresses in mainland China. According to the service greatfire.org, blocking has been carried out at least since October 30.

Presumably this is the first time that a blockchain observer has become a target for Internet censorship in China.

This is another instance of friction between the decentralized and immutable technology of blockchain and the tightly controlled, centralized government of China. We should expect additional problems like these in the future as blockchain is integrated further into the Chinese economy and daily life.
 

Matthew Graham

CEO, Sino Global Capital

In his opinion, we should expect similar problems in the future, since the blockchain is increasingly being integrated into the Chinese economy.

It is not known exactly what caused etherscan.io to become blocked.

Last year, it was reported that users encoded censored articles in an Ethereum transaction and shared the hashes of these transactions in the WeChat messenger using etherscan.io.

Some have used this feature to post sensitive messages without the need to worry about the message being blocked or removed, or their identity being exposed. Anyone with a blockchain explorer like Etherscan can view these messages, so it is not surprising that this website has come in the crosshairs of internet censors.
 

Matthew Graham

CEO, Sino Global Capital

The founder of etherscan.io, Matthew Tan, confirmed that the site in China has been blocked "for the past three months." He could not name the exact date and reason for what happened.