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R3 adds Qatar’s Commercial Bank to Corda ecosystem for developing blockchain applications, solutions

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Commercial Bank became the first bank in Qatar to join enterprise software firm R3’s Corda ecosystem. This collaboration will help the bank in developing innovative applications and solutions on the Corda network.

Corda Network is an ecosystem where corporations can transact privately using Corda applications, and since Corda is currency agnostic, corporations are free to use a digital asset of their choice. However, Corda currently supports only XRP.

Robin Marshall, the Chief Information Technology officer of Commercial Bank, said,

“We already know that blockchain technology has the potential to make transactions between banks frictionless and secure, but there are potentially other, huge benefits of this technology that we are not even aware of.”

Marshall also added that the bank collaborated with R3 to discover other benefits of blockchain technology and simultaneously improve customer experience, reduce friction between parties, and drastically cut down fees.

David Rutter, the CEO of R3, stated,

“Welcoming Commercial Bank as a partner is a great opportunity to fresh perspectives. We look forward to sharing expertise and input with Commercial Bank in future projects as we continue to explore the potential of the Corda platform…

We look forward to sharing expertise and input with Commercial Bank in future projects as we continue to explore the potential of the Corda platform.”

R3 is working with over 300 partners from across the world by providing them with faster, secure, and reliable payment methods using Corda applications on the Corda Network. Moreover, Corda Foundation was founded recently and is independent of R3. It will work towards encouraging the wider adoption of the Corda Network.

According to their official website, Corda partnered with almost 250+ organizations worldwide, including companies like Amazon Web Services [AWS], Citibank, HSBC, Huawei, Infosys, Capgemini, and Intel.

@ralf66557696, a Twitter user, commented,“However, now that R3 has begun integrations with SWIFT, in the short term, banks will prefer to settle Corda payments in fiat currency, and not XRP.”

Another Twitter user, @XRP_OWL, replied,“True but they will have the option to settle with xrp…it will be faster and cheaper. Word spreads fast, what do you think will happen once one or two banks settle with xrp and see true utility? Hint …Dominos”

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Germany’s central bank chief is not alarmed by Facebook Libra

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  • Germany’s central bank chief, Jens Weidmann, believes that Libra must answer all the questions before they go ahead.
  • He feels that if Libra delivers on its purposes, then it can be “attractive to consumers.” 

The president of Germany’s central bank and European Central Bank policymaker, Jens Weidmann has stated that he is in favor of Facebook’s Libra. As per Reuters, Weidmann said at a G7 meeting:

“There’s no reason to be alarmed but there’s reason to be vigilant.”

Weidmann also said that Facebook should only go ahead with Libra after answering all the questions posed to them. Facebook’s blockchain lead, David Marcus, recently revealed to U.S. senators and congressional representatives, that Libra will go ahead only after it has satisfactorily addressed all regulatory and ethical concerns. Weidmann also believes that if Libra delivers on all its promises, then  it can be “attractive to consumers.”

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Someone Is Trying to Trademark ‘Samsung Coin.’ It’s Not Samsung

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Someone in South Korea appears to be trying to take advantage of Samsung’s blockchain efforts by nabbing the “Samsung Coin” trademark.

According to filings with the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), an application to register the trademark in both English and Korean was submitted on July 10 by an individual called Kim Nam-jin.

The filing was made under categories related to computer programs, such as “downloadable electronic money computer program,” “electronic money card,” “electronic encryption device,” and “IC card with electronic money function.”

However, when contacted, a Samsung representative told CoinDesk that the tech giant was not behind the application.

“We don’t work this way,” they said.

While the trademark application does not specifically state whether it’s related to blockchain or cryptocurrency, the filing follows CoinDesk’s previous report that Samsung is developing its own blockchain using ethereum tech, and may eventually issue its own cryptocurrency, possibly called “Samsung Coin.”

In a possible clue as to their motivation for the filing, the same individual has previously tried to lodge trademarks relating to cryptocurrency work by other major technology companies.

The KIPO database shows that Kim Nam-jin also filed an application on July 10 seeking to trademark “ThinQ Wallet.”

However, on July 2, LG Electronics, also based in South Korea, filed trademark applications both in South Korea and in the U.S. for “ThinQ Wallet.”

Based on the LG application details, the wallet would provide a variety of mobile services including “software platform for blockchain” and “mobile electronic wallet for cryptocurrency.”

The “Samsung Coin” filing was initially covered by a few news sources that incorrectly indicated Samsung is applying for the trademark.

CoinDesk Korea’s Shinjae Yoo assisted with reporting.

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WATCH: A FinTech Lawyer Breaks Down Libra’s Legality

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Joel Telpner, Chair of Fintech and Blockchain Practice Group at Sullivan & Worcester LLP, isn’t surprised that Facebook is getting a grilling on Capitol Hill. In fact, he’s pleased.

“These are attacks on Facebook itself that really has nothing to do with crypto has nothing to with Libra it’s just Facebook being bad boys you know [they’re] concerned about [their] privacy policies,” he said.

His point, quite simply, is that any scrutiny of crypto in DC is vital.

“Parts of the hearing so far where they’ve actually been able to get into conversations about Libra and about crypto have been interesting because on that side of it you’ve seen some Senators that have been skeptical,” he said. “But overall it’s kind of it’s been encouraging to hear some of the senators talking about ‘Hey, this is a good thing.’”

Telpner joined CoinDesk editor Pete Rizzo in a wide-ranging conversation about the legality of Libra and, in the end, what Facebook and the Government will have to do to come to terms with the future of crypto.

You can read our complete Libra coverage here and watch our CoinDesk LIVE interviews here.

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