The Steem News @ 18 February 2020 - a little more news from @andrarchy on the Tron / Steemit Inc partnership


There has been a little more information today about the Tron / Steemit Inc partnership from another interview with Head of Communications @andrarchy.

Also in this edition there is news and updates about Steem-Engine becoming registered as a Money Transmitter, Splinterlands heading to NFT.NYC, OpenSeed, and IBT Survival Island.

And there are more additions to the Diary Dates section as well as regular updates on the Steem Foundation and the Steem Proposal System, and another Featured Contest.

1. The Tron / Steem Partnership

The Steemit Inc team are still in discussions with @justinsunsteemit and Tron so no formal announcements from Steemit Inc yet, however Head of Communications Andrew Levine @andrarchy was on The Steeming Pile show with @johnspalding, @pennsif and @sgt-dan today.

During the discussions on the show Andrew added a few further points of information...

  • TRON has around 500 employees
  • The Steemit Inc team are working together with Justin Sun and his team to develop a roadmap for the partnership between the two companies. Justin has said the process will be a collaborative effort and no hard decisions have yet been made.
  • What some people imagine Justin Sun is saying isn't really possible - because of the technical differences between the two chains it would not be possible to absorb Steem into the Tron blockchain.
  • By connecting Steem and Tron through cross-chain atomic swaps we would get the best of both worlds...

Andrew also confirmed that the free account creations on Steem are now happening in often as little as 10 minutes, but commonly around 2 hours.

Watch the full video on @threespeak...

In the second half of the show @andrarchy talked about the OpenSeed project he is involved in and the forthcoming release of the OpenLink cross platform messaging system.

The number of community posts about the Tron / Steem partnership is beginning to subside a little now, but there were still some of interest including...

And there were a few more articles in the crypto press...

And in other news...

2. Steem-Engine now registered as a Money Transmitter

@aggroed has announced that Steem-Engine has successfully registered with FINCEN to become a money transmitter...

In the legal code of the United States, a money transmitter or money transfer service is a business entity that provides money transfer services or payment instruments. Money Transmitters in the US are part of a larger group of entities called money service businesses or MSBs.

This means that...

Steem-Engine can accept USD for payment for crypto and NFTs. This allows us a number of options. We can facilitate you buying off the market with USD. We can have our own dollar backed stable coin that trades on steem-engine similar in purpose to tether. We can offer trading pairs that are between the stable currency that's redeemable in dollars and any listed token or pegged token that lives on the exchange. We can legally launch convertible virtual currencies....

3. Splinterlands heading to NFT.NYC

@yabapmatt and @aggroed will be representing Splinterlands at NFT 'the leading Non-Fungible Token Event' in New York on 20 February...

4. OpenSeed Development Update

Developer @bflanagin has given an update on development progress on the OpenSeed project...

4. IBT Survival Island - Test Demo2 complete

Test Demo2 of the @ibt-survival game has been completed, and the team is now working on Test-Demo3...

Steem Proposal System update

The Steem Proposal System (SPS) today has a daily funding budget available of approximately 2597 SBD.

There are now 8 proposals receiving funding from the SPS - @yabapmatt (Steem Keychain), @netuoso (Vessel Desktop Wallet), @anyx (API infrastructure), @thecryptodrive (Power Down reduction), @thecryptodrive again (SBD Potato Top Up), @thecryptodrive (anti - Power Down reduction), @steemonboarding (Steem Onboarding) and @howo (SMT testing).

These successful proposals are currently receiving a total of 797 SBD per day from the SPS...

One of the organisers of this summer's BLOCK Party @enginewitty has posted a reminder about the SPS proposal looking for funding to support people wanting to go to the event...

Steem Foundation update

The Steem Alliance Community Foundation @steemalliance have released the minutes of their last two meetings attended by @shadowspub, @phage93, @alexvan, @guiltyparties, @transisto, @aggroed and @inthenow...

Their next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 19 February 2020.

The Steem Foundation is holding a Marketing Forum to discuss its new website...

Community Watch

@juliakponsford has been making the Alien Art Community ready on the Steempeak beta site...

Steempeak has made a post introducing the 'Community Cross Posting' feature for the new beta communities version that is now available for use...

Contest of the Day

Portrait Contest

Take a portrait photograph. STEEM to be won. Organised by @portraitcontest and @jasonrussell...

For a list of all the current contests on Steem check out this new list from @pennsif...

If you know of any current contests missing from the list leave a comment for @pennsif or message him on Discord @Pennsif#9921.

Dates for your Diary...

For a full list of Steem Meetups and Events...

Wednesday 19 February - Steem Philippines Weekly Meetup

Meetings every Wednesday in Davao City organised by @chrisrice and @steem-ph...

Sunday 23 February - Steem Foundation Marketing Forum

Hosted by @shadowspub and @aggroed in the Ramble Discord Channel...

Tuesday 25 February - The Steeming Pile, Vimm.TV

@johnspalding's live streamed open broadcast 'The Steeming Pile' is back, with new co-host @pennsif...

The recording of the last edition of 'The Steeming Pile' is now available...

Thursday 27 February - Adelaide Monthly Steem Meetup

Organised by @mattclarke, 6pm local time at The Jade Monkey, Flinders Street, Central Business District, Adelaide.

Friday 6 March - SoCal Steem Meetup

For Steemians in Southern California. Organised by @socalsteemit at Taco Surf...

Saturday 25 April - SteemCampUK #3

Organised by @shanibeer and @lloyddavis in Leicester...

Friday 15 - Sunday 17 May - DTube Forum 2020

Organised by @hauptmann, @artakush, @greencross, @sergiomendes and @tibfox in Hamburg, Germany...

Saturday 20 June - Steem Canna Fest 2

Organised by @canna-curate in Portland, Oregon...

Tuesday 23 June - Sunday 28 June - The BLOCK Party, USA

The second annual BLOCK Party being organised by @enginewitty, @bluefinstudios and @dreemsteem. It has now been confirmed that the event will take place in Olcott, NY...

@bluefinstudios is also organising a Steem Summit at The BLOCK Party...

Friday 26 June - Sunday 28 June - JAHMFest2020, Jamaica

Organised by @donald.porter and the @ReggaeSteem team...

KEY DATA [ from CoinMarketCap & @arcange ]

Steem price US$ 0.237 19 Feb '20 6.11am UTC
CoinMarketCap Ranking #75 19 Feb '20 6.11am UTC
FCAS Score 754 / A 19 Feb '20 6.11am UTC
SBD price US$ 0.912 19 Feb '20 6.11am UTC
No. of Whales 37 17 Feb '20
No. of Orcas 366 17 Feb '20
No. of Dolphins 2228 17 Feb '20
No. of Minnows 9300 17 Feb '20
Alexa rank ( #14,580 19 Feb '20 3.52am UTC
Unique visitors ( 222,276 / day 19 Feb '20 3.52am UTC
Page views ( 511,235 / day 19 Feb '20 3.52am UTC

Follow @penguinpablo & @steem-data for more statistics.

This is #262 (18 Feb '20) of this daily news service.

[ graphics by @pennsif ]


Tron has 500 employees, told Andrarcyh, but we still don't know how many employees steemit have.

Or is it just me clueless?


It is 9 at the moment I believe - they have recently added an extra software engineer (Iain Maitland), and before that Jack Burk (Director, Advertising Sales)....


Thanks man. I don't have enough time to check.


Great information. Thanks for sharing. But on this:

TRON has around 500 employees

Are we seeing the 500 employees added to Steemit employees being paid with steem soon?

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