February 12  – February 18, 2020 | Visa’s Crypto Head Talks Bitcoin, Microsoft’s Decentralized IDs, and More

North iQ Weekly Newsletter is curated to provide insights on digital asset industry developments, market announcements, and performance analysis.

Visa’s Head of Crypto Sees a Bright Future for Bitcoin

Bitcoinist | February 17, 2020

Cuy Sheffield, the Head of Crypto at Visa, believes that bitcoin “sats” (satoshis) could become the native unit of account on the internet for purchases less than one cent. He suggests that micropayments for removing ads, tipping influencers, and joining private messaging groups could be a prevailing use case for bitcoin over fiat currencies.

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Microsoft’s Pursuit of Decentralized Identification is an Open-Source Bet on Bitcoin

Bitcoin Magazine | February 18, 2020

Microsoft’s ION, a project aimed to decentralize identifications, is a second layer network similar to Bitcoin’s Lightning Network. The software is expected to be completely open-source and plans to use the Bitcoin Blockchain due to security and decentralization reasons.

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Samsung is Quietly Becoming a Major Blockchain and Crypto Player

Forbes | February 18, 2020

The latest flagship mobile phones from Samsung could help spread the mass-adoption of cryptocurrencies through integrated crypto wallets and other technologies. “We created a secure processor dedicated to protecting your PIN, password, pattern, and Blockchain Private Key,” said Samsung in an announcement.

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Vitalik Buterin Discusses Ethereum 2.0 and DeFi at ETHDenver

The Block | February 16, 2020

Speaking about Ethereum 2.0, Buterin remained optimistic about an upcoming launch date, suggesting that he “definitely thinks ETH2.0 has been preceding quite quickly and regularly in the last few months.” On decentralized finance (DeFi), Buterin suggested that the “simplest” products will get the most users, such as “stablecoins, synthetic assets, decentralized exchanges”.

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Canadians can now Buy, Sell and Trade QCAD – a Digital Canadian Dollar

Decrypt | February 14, 2020

The Canadian crypto exchange Bitvo has announced that its customers can now buy, sell and trade QCAD, the first ever “Canadian dollar-backed stablecoin.” The QCAD digital Canadian dollar is built on the Ethereum blockchain using the ERC-20 standard.

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Mr. Pye has managed private client portfolios with Landry Investment Management and various other investment dealers. Prior to this Mr. Pye was Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of Argentum Management and Research Corporation, a company dedicated to managing and distributing quantitative investment portfolios including the first long-short mutual fund in Canada.

He was also Senior Vice-President and National Sales Manager of Fidelity Investments Canada and an integral part of the team that saw assets rise from $80 million to over $7.5 billion in assets under management during his tenure. He also held various positions with Guardian Trust Company, which listed the first Gold, Silver and Platinum Certificates on the Montreal Exchange.

Mr. Pye obtained a Masters in Business Administration from Concordia University.