Skip to main content Foundation Launches Office in Taiwan to Introduce Blockchain Apps Foundation recently announced the launch of its Taiwan hub, upholding its commitment to deliver and share local innovation and increase local access for blockchain adoption. The Taiwan hub aims to solve real world problems by establishing its presence in the country.

The Foundation is looking to gradually introduce blockchain technology to Taiwan’s financial and healthcare industries. The first application for adoption is Catapult, NEM’s 2.0 Version, a public chain that is inter-operable and shareable among different clusters of distributed ledger.

“After NEM has set up its Taiwan hub, we will assist more enterprises in adopting blockchain technology. We will channel our efforts towards blockchain education and talent development by looking for opportunities to collaborate with universities and enterprises in setting up incubation centers,” said NEM Taiwan Head Flora Fang.

The Segwit2x fork has been successfully launched on December 28th

On December 28th, one of the main hard forks took place in Bitcoin history, Segwit2X, which revealed acute problems in the work of crypto-exchanges, wallets, and decentralization in general. Why ordinary users are left with less and less choice and how to solve this problem?

Recall that after the announcement of the Segwit2X project, the price of B2X futures increased 3-fold, and the day before the fork, the price for them rose by another 75%. Right after the start, the most powerful support for Segwit2X was provided by the miners. The aggregate capacity of friendly mining pools accounted for more than 300 Th/s. All these facts point to the importance of BITCOIN Segwit2X for the crypto-community! At the moment, futures of this fork are already traded on many exchanges, such as HitBTC, YoBIT, Exrates and are also available in wallets – Freewallet, Zumminer, and others.

This unanimous support for ordinary users is due to the technologies that B2X offers. It is able to get rid of high commissions for transactions and low speed of the Bitcoin network itself. Furthermore, Bitcoin is no longer decentralized, since the main production capacities are concentrated in the hands of several pools.

And how it feels to live in a world without freedom of choice, where everything is predetermined in advance? Everyone agrees, that such state of events is terrible. And it’s terrible that the crypto-world with its idea of decentralization and independence from official structures is becoming more centralized. Some cryptocurrency exchanges and electronic wallets try to impose their ideology on users, deciding whether to list a coin or not, as well as whether to accrue B2X to their users! At the same time, this ideology is dictated by nothing other than the number of zeros. Thus, companies deprive their clients of the right to choose and monopolize the market. And this will never have good consequences in the long run.

Understanding that they became the hostages of the situation, users initiated the creation of a petition at to support the fork of BITCOIN Segwit2X, which was already signed by more than 50 thousand people. And one of the users even left a meaningful comment: “The entire decentralized community needs Segwit2X. If we do not decide to be a fork or not, then there is no decentralized community”. Their support was especially valuable to the project team, which from the very first day faced unprecedented pressure and threats on their way since someone thought that BITCOIN Segwit2X has an impact on the Bitcoin rate.

Despite all these obstacles, the fork of BITCOIN – Segwit2X was successfully launched, thereby proving that the freedom of choice in the modern crypto-market is more urgent than ever!

More information about the project can be found on the official website and in social networks:

Bitcoin Diamond Establishes Itself as New Currency

Hard forks can give birth to new cryptocurrencies and two new Blockchains. It depends then on the community surrounding these chains and the markets as to which one would become more ‘dominant.’ After a hard fork in usual cases holders of the original coin, also end up having the new coin. Bitcoin has had a number of hardforks this year, which include Segwit, SegWit2x, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold and the latest being Bitcoin Diamond. While the changes brought in by SegWit allowed Bitcoin to continue on as the currency as it was, Cash, Gold and Diamond have created new currencies. Cryptocurrency forks like the ones that happened in Bitcoin usually require support from coin miners. In case of Bitcoin Diamond, for example, the fork occurred at block 495866 and was made possible by minders Team EVEY and Team 007.

The motivations for creating forks can be different and can range from ideological to implementing ‘reforms.’

Giving birth to a new coin

Bitcoin Diamond (BCD) has now its own chain and even a foundation that will support research and development related objectives. The currency has taken on a divergent road from its parent. The Bitcoin Diamond Foundation has already begun efforts to build a community around the new crypto. In a major development they have secured the help of Co-founder of BTCC, Linke Yang, who will act as an advisor. Yang’s help will help BCD gain ground in China. BCD Foundation informs Cointelegraph that they have already got community teams in place in China, Italy and Korea, while those in North America and Australia are being established. There are plans afoot to bring on board other experts to help conduct R&D activities. Bitcoin Diamond will have a total of 210 mln coins, which is ten times the number Bitcoin has, out of which 170 mln will be available for the markets and the rest would be utilized as a ‘rewards pool’ for the purposes of tributes and mining.

Important developments in BCD universe

After BCD came into being, it has already found some support in the form of exchanges. 33 exchanges have agreed to list the new coin. Some of which are Binance, OKEX, Huobi.Pro and Bit-Z. has even announced futures trading of Bitcoin Diamond. Wallets that are supporting BCD include BitGo, Bitpie, Coldlar and ATOKEN. On a technical front mainnet code upgradation has been completed and so has the mining algorithm. Mining pool interface and GPU miner development is currently in progress. BCD will be supporting both AMD and Nvidia based GPU mining.

Aims and objectives

The BCD team wants to add new features and improve the speed of transactions.  In case of Bitcoin (BTC), the transactions have been taking longer than before since BTC is only limited to one transaction every three seconds and has a blocksize of only one megabyte. In case of BCD the block size has been increased to eight MB. This means that BCD transactions can be conducted five times faster than BTC transactions. BCD will also have a lower transaction fee, as the amount of BCD is significantly greater than BTC, the initial cost of participation for users would be reduced. By adding features such as transaction privacy, BCD will be taking a significant step away from BTC. At the moment BTC transactions are visible to everyone, BCD will encrypt this information. Users of BCD will be able to hold, send and receive coins to each other without having to worry about prying eyes.

A fork in the road

Forks are just like the physical forks in a road. When they occur, there can be instances that two currencies set on completely different paths. In case of Bitcoin Diamond, the new currency is now already shaping its future. However, when it comes to adoption, it would be their efforts centering around community building that would assume significance. It may be easy to launch a new currency, but that is only half the work done. Getting people to use the currency would need the implementation of features and attributes that are demanded by the mass markets.