Thailand has been very supportive of the development and application of blockchain technology in recent years. Its Energy Ministry is now launching fresh research to ascertain the use of blockchain technology in its palm oil sector.
On April 24, The governor of Kentucky endorsed a six-member Blockchain Technology Working Group charged with the responsibility of examining the applicability of blockchain technology for safeguarding the various utility sectors including electricity, water, telecom, and more.
The Agricultural Bank of China (ABC), one of China’s state-owned banks released something which appeared to be the beta version of the anticipated Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) after a screenshot of the app was widely circulated on WeChat, the country’s equivalence of Facebook.
On April 10, HTC disclosed a plan to support its flagship blockchain phone, EXODUS 1s, with a Monero mining feature. This signifies a start of mobile mining, which holds a promise to bring power costs down and make cryptocurrency mining more decentralized.
The SEC recently responded to Wilshire Phoenix’s Application for the approval of a proposed rule change to launch a Bitcoin ETF. SEC rejected the citing insufficiently weak strategies for combating major common financial crimes such as Market manipulation and Money laundering.
The US SEC has finally revealed it’s long awaited position on the bid filed by Wilshire Phoenix for a Bitcoin ETF. Wilshire Phoenix filed its application for a Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund in mid 2019, but SEC only responded to it recently. The financial regulator cited fraud concerns as the major reason for rejecting the ETF application.