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Blockchain in Banking Summit in Zurich: Leading Bankers and Experts to Discuss Topical Trends and Future Evolutions of Blockchain in Banking Sector

CoinSpeaker Blockchain in Banking Summit in Zurich: Leading Bankers and Experts to Discuss Topical Trends and Future Evolutions of Blockchain in Banking Sector In the New Emerging Economy, where business and technology are Wired To Each Other Through The Digital Economy, Blockchain Creates A Whole New Paradigm In The Ecosystem. With The Use Of Blockchain Technology, Transactions Will Be Much Faster, Secure And Far Less Expensive Compared To The Centralized Database Systems. Why Blockchain in Banking? Blockchain technology has created waves around the world by bringing transparency and massively reducing costs in many industries. In order to stay competitive, more and more banks are adopting Blockchain technology which will allow them to further improve the transaction velocity, reduce fraud risks and boost their business growth by offering holistic payment solutions. Regulators and central authorities are also aiming to harness Blockchain to future-proof payment systems and encourage banks to modernise their legacy payments infrastructures for an efficient, secure and more transparent banking service. The current business landscape sees banks caught between an uncertain world economy and growing costs of regulatory compliance. They face pressure to reduce costs and increase operational efficiency. There is also a threat of disintermediation by financial technology (fintech) firms, which are looking to provide some of the same services as banks but at lower costs. Compared with conventional database technologies and centralised systems, blockchain execution can be relatively cheap and require considerably less IT investment to maintain. What are the Key Drivers of Blockchain Technology? Customer’s need for overlay services - To meet the customer’s growing demand for immediacy of retail payments Customers expect to pay for and receive their purchases as fast as possible. Suppliers, on the other hand, wish to have the certainty to be paid as soon as they release their goods and services Need for banks to remain competitive - Blockchain technology will help banks to not just stay competitive by improving the transaction velocity, reducing fraud risks in the transaction processing but also boost its business growth by offering holistic payment solutions spanning the value chain in order to differentiate from Non-Bank Players. Regulators need for encouraging competition and digitalization - Regulators and central authorities top agenda is to promote fair competition, Anti-Money Laundering, customer protection, and improving clearing & settlement mechanisms and digitalization of the economy. About BB Summit BB Summit is Europe’s only dedicated Blockchain conference for the Banking sector. It features upto 20 leading speakers and subject matter experts with latest case studies, key trends, regulations and implementation guidelines. It’s expected to gather about 120+ delegates from leading Banks, Standard bodies, Associations, Regulators, selected FinTechs from Europe who are driving this technology wave. Speakers at the Previous Year’s Show Montse Guardia Guell | Director of Digital Services - Digital Transformation |Banco Sabadell Francisco Maroto Castro | Head of Blockchain Strategy in the Customer Solutions Area| BBVA Nicole Sandler| VP Fintech and Regtech - EMEA Legal Lead | Barclays Stephen Moran | Head of Research & Development | Bank of Ireland Michael Spitz | Co Head of Blockchain Lab | Commerzbank Anna Mialet Rigau | Innovation & Business Transformation | CaixaBank Alberto Gómez Toribio | Blockchain & Tokenomics Specialist | Bankia David Alonso Pérez | Project Manager | Cecabank Fernando Lardies | Network Banking Head | Banco Santander Roberto Garcia |Head of Blockchain & emerging technologies |Banco Santander Group Marco Bosma |SVP Fintech & Innovation |Rabobank Sorin Cristescu Blockchain| Competence Centre Leader | European Commission Roberto Fernández Hergueta |Board Member| Alastria Blockchain Mañu Noain Ignacio | Head of International Business Development | We.trade Sergey Lukashkin |Digital transformation project management director | VTB Bank Marco Carmona | Senior Solution Architect | Protegrity Mat Travizano | CEO | Wibson Grzegorz Leńkowski |Director of Instant Payments Business Line | KIR Bernat Aguadé Estivill |Associate professor and consultant | Blockchain Institute & Technologies Stephane Savanah | Information Technology Consultant |Independent Consultancy Previous Sponsors The first annual show was supported by Wibson and Protegrity as keynote sponsors. What Did the Speakers Talk About? In 2018, the conference gathered leading banking professionals and top experts from within Europe working in Blockchain sphere. Speakers addressed the most important segments of the Blockchain, DLT, how it will revitalize Trade Finance, Trade reconciliation, Find synergies and build networks among banks and explore consortium possibilities and discussed many topical trends of the industry including

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BitStarz Named Players’ Choice Casino at AskGamblers Awards!

Monday, January 21st, 2019 - The players have spoken and once again it’s BitStarz Casino that has walked away with the prize everyone is talking about. We’re officially the winners of the Players’ Choice award at the highly regarded AskGamblers Awards. With another award to add to our growing collection - we only have our players to thank, as they’ve turned out in big numbers to vote for us! AskGamblers is, has, and always will be one of the most well-respected casino review sites in the world. Giving players the low-down on thousands of online casinos, only the cream of the crop makes it to the awards stage each year. Beating more than 1,300 other online casinos to the title, BitStarz has been able to get its hands on one of the most truly coveted awards in the industry - the Players’ Choice award. BitStarz isn’t your ordinary online casino, which is exactly why our players have backed us since day one. Our philosophy is very simple. We’re combining the personal and quality service of a small establishment, with the game selection, prizes, free spins and bonuses of the largest operators out there. The games, bonuses, and big-time playing incentives don’t fall short in creating the most exciting casino experience around. Making sure our players can enjoy it all without fuss, our customer service is making waves throughout the industry. Players can access support through live chat and email 24/7, as there’s always somebody around to lend you a helping hand. Pushing us over the top, we’re also smashing records with our 10-minute cash outs. We’re always going the extra mile, but we would never have won this award without our players. We want to send our thanks to everyone that voted, as we couldn’t be happier to be winners at the AskGamblers Awards two years in a row. Trust us when we say that BitStarz won’t be taking its foot off the pedal just because it’s put another award in the trophy cabinet - we’ll want to make it a hat-trick of awards next year! www.bitstarz.eu For more information about our latest award win, along with everything else BitStarz has to offer, please contact Srdjan Kapor at srdjan.kapor@bitstarz.com. Press contact: Srdjan Kapor Marketing Manager srdjan.kapor@bitstarz.com www.bitstarz.eu The post BitStarz Named Players’ Choice Casino at AskGamblers Awards! appeared first on ZyCrypto.

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3 Blockchain Conferences You Don’t Want to Miss in 2019

Blockchain conferences are an excellent mechanism to meet, greet, learn and perhaps, most importantly - network. Whether you are a crypto-startup looking to attract new waves of investment, an innovative developer hoping to showcase your talent to the masses or just looking to meet like-minded individuals that share the same ethos as your product or brand, blockchain conferences can facilitate these goals with ease. While 2018 was a massive hit for blockchain conferences worldwide, 2019 looks set to continue the trend. Here we explore three of the most notable conferences lined up for 2019 that we think you should consider attending. Japan Blockchain Conference (JCB) Yokohama Round 2019 - 30-31 January 2019 What better place to start than one of the most crypto-friendly nations around? Not only did Japan become the first country in the world to regulate Bitcoin in the very same way that it does its domestic financial service industry, but the Japanese Yen now accounts for more Bitcoin trading volume than any other currency, at a remarkable 47% of the market. Moreover, with more than 200,000 Japanese stores now accepting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a means to purchase goods and services in-person, the Asian-powerhouse are taking real-world adoption to the next level. As such, the Japan Blockchain Conference is set to be one of the most notable to date. Hosted by the Global Blockchain Association, Japan Blockchain Conference facilitate a range of leading Japanese companies that are looking to enter the space, and the presence of multiple high-profile speakers will ensure that the event is a must-see opportunity. This includes the likes of Charles Hoskinson from Cardano - a project that is well regarded in the blockchain community for utilizing the expertize of leading academics, with the aim of ensuring the long-term sustainability of the cryptocurrency eco-system. Joining Hoskinson is Ken Kodama of Japanese-based Emurgo, John McAfee, and bitcoin believer and VC investor Tim Draper. Consensus 2019 13-15 May 2019 - New York Coindesk - who are often seen as the leading hub for cryptocurrency and blockchain technology news and developments are set to launch the 5th edition of their Consensus Conference. Being held at the Sheraton New York Times Square and New York Hilton Midtown, Consensus will play host to a range of industry professionals from the within the blockchain space. This will include delegates from investment firms, academic institutions, exciting startups, and policy groups. Across three days of networking, it is believed that the Coindesk Consensus will facilitate the attendance of more than 8,800 people. While Coindesk are still keeping tight-lipped on their line-up if their 2018 edition is anything to go by, it looks set to be another heavyweight event. The Coindesk Consensus has grown exponentially since its inception in 2015, which saw just 400 attendees. Since then, the event has attracted significant year-on-year growth, with 2019 being no exception. 4th annual DC Blockchain Summit 6-7 March 2019 - Washington The DC Blockchain Summit is now in its 4th edition, with the event set to re-open its doors on 6-7th March 2019. In what the conference labels as ‘Advocating for the future of blockchain’ the main concept behind the DC Blockchain Summit is to bridge the gap between the crypto-world, with that of the policy community. Such discussions are paramount if Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are to gain global adoption. Without the collaboration and support of policymakers, real-world adoption will be hindered. As such, the DC Blockchain Summit is the “Ground zero for many of these discussions.” To illustrate the seriousness of such a conference, there is set to be a range of speakers from within the political community. This includes the likes of U.S. Republicans Tom Emmer, Bill Foster, and David Schweikert, who collectively make up the Congressional Blockchain Caucus. On top of this, there will also be an in-flux of representatives from the Chamber of Digital Commerce, such as Amy Davine Kim, Paul Brigner, and Perianne Boring, who all hold senior roles at the organization. Outside of the regulatory community, Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of leading cryptocurrency Ripple, will also be making an appearance. Blockchain conferences all around In conclusion, while the likes of the Japan Blockchain Conference, Consensus Coindesk and DC Blockchain Summit made our list of the three most unmissable conferences in 2019; others missed out by only a smidgen. Whether it’s from a regulatory, policy, technological, investment, development or all-around cryptocurrency perspective, 2019 looks set to be the year for blockchain conferences. From Japan to the U.S, Malta, Singapore, Australia, Russia and many, many other locations hosting notable events this year, which conference will you be attending? The post 3 Blockchain Conferences You Don’t Want to Miss in 2019 appeared first on CryptoPotato.

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BitcoinNews.com Ethereum Market Analysis 20th January 2019

Throughout the week, Ether price traded in the 10% range. After a sharp growth which gave hope for a continuation of the trend, movement consolidation began and the same sharp fall was observed. If we analyze the marginal positions of buyers and sellers, the impression is that buyers were more confident throughout the consolidation except for today. Margin positions of buyers weren’t visible and a harsh position closure happened when the price began to fall sharply. In general, it looks like an attempt to build a trend. Sellers have a completely different situation. With any sharp upward movement of sellers, positions sharply closed. Only today, after yesterday’s attempt by buyers to continue the growth that ended with the test of USD 132, sellers tried to break through the price range of USD 115-120, as detailed in the previous analysis. Sellers created a flawed breakthrough in order to beat buyers from marginal positions. However, we could not observe this breakdown in other exchanges, so we will not take it into account in the analysis. As far as the consolidation has not been broken yet and formed over the price zone of USD 115-120, there is a high probability that buyers will be able to keep the price and continue to grow from the price range of USD 115-120. On 3D timeframe, it is clear that buyers are interested in this price zone and the fall is suspended. However, if the fall of BTC continues, then there is a possible scenario of the continuation of the fall for ETH to USD 100-103 too. In this price zone, there is the basis of the “double bottom” figure which was formed before the growth on 17 December 2018. If buyers can keep this price zone, it will be a good signal for buyers to confidently continue to grow. Also, in this price zone, sellers will adjust growth from 17 December 17 to 78.6%. To maintain growth after the first impulse on 17 December, this is an allowable correction. If we disassemble the correction in detail, namely the wave Y which consists of waves a, b, c, then at a price of USD 103, the wave c = 0.618 * a: Therefore, at the moment, there are two scenarios for us which differ only at the end point of the fall. The main target of growth after the correction is USD 250. Temporary stop is USD 160 and USD 200. The former is a critical point for our scenario. We will closely monitor how buyers are approaching this price to understand how high the chances are to continue to grow. Hence, we are waiting for the completion of correction and active actions by buyers in the form of large volumes and aggressive candles! Follow BitcoinNews.com on Twitter: @bitcoinnewscom Telegram Alerts from BitcoinNews.com: https://t.me/bconews Want to advertise or get published on BitcoinNews.com? - View our Media Kit PDF here. Image Courtesy: Bitcoin News The post BitcoinNews.com Ethereum Market Analysis 20th January 2019 appeared first on BitcoinNews.com.

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PR: trade.io Turns up the Heat With Massive Airdrop - Attractive Trading Competition

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release. CALLING ALL TRADERS! Think you’re good at trading... Well, it’s time to put your skills to the test. Hong Kong - Cryptocurrency exchange, trade.io, continues to make waves in the crypto space as it is set to launch a series of exciting trading competitions to add to their line-up of innovative products and services. In conjunction with the competition, trade.io has partnered with KRATOS to launch a massive airdrop to entice the entire crypto community! More details can be found on our Medium page. To kick off their first competition with a bang, trade.io is offering 1 million KTOS tokens (worth 130,000 USD!) where traders need to trade as many KTOS as they can to have a chance to win a first prize of 200,000 KTOS, or one of 99 more prizes! The tenacious team behind the trade.io name is encouraging their community to challenge friends and other TIOnauts. trade.io’s Chief Operations Officer, Roy Gutshall, shared his excitement on the KTOS competition & airdrop: “We’re thrilled to be launching the trading competition as it adds diversity to our already innovative portfolio of key services and brings value to our TIOnauts who have been eagerly anticipating our next move. “It has been a pleasure to work with KRATOS during their ICO and we are excited to see the evolution of their project with the listing of KTOS on the trade.io Exchange. We believe this generous airdrop and attractive trading competition, will help further promote the adoption of both trade.io and KRATOS platforms. We thank KRATOS for their continued support and opportunity to share in their continued success.” To have a chance of winning your share of 1 million KTOS tokens, here’s what you need to know... How to enter: ● Users must sign up to the trade.io Exchange by 22nd January. Anyone signed up to trade.io Exchange is eligible to participate in the competition. ● On Wednesday 23rd January, users will be airdropped 75 KTOS tokens to their account. ● KTOS will also be listed on this day, so users can purchase more tokens to compete with to increase their chances of winning! ● The competition will take place for a total of 10 days, from 22nd January - 1st February. What’s next? Start trading KTOS! The winner of the competition will be the person with the highest amount of KTOS tokens traded against any of its pairs. The total prize fund is worth over 130,000 USD (1 million KTOS tokens). In addition... All accounts participating in the trade.io Liquidity Pool will share 1 million KTOS tokens proportionally. Ranking of prizes 1st prize: 200,000 KTOS 2nd & 3rd prize: 70,000 4-10: 35,000 11-20: 20,000 21-50: 5,000 51-80: 1,500 81-100: 1,000 The leaderboard for the competition can be found here: https://competitions.trade.io/kratos?utm_source=BTC&utm_medium=paid&utm_campaign=kratos and will be updated once per day at 12pm GMT. About KRATOS KRATOS is a blockchain-based platform that is accessible 24/7 for the commodities trading industry, and acts as a single source of truth. Smart contracts between the trading parties allow for more efficient, accurate and simpler processes leading to lower overhead costs and time delays. TIOnauts - hold onto your hats! Well, what are you waiting for?! Be sure to sign up to the trade.io Exchange if you haven’t already and get ready to compete! The launch of trade.io’s exclusive competition is just the first of many and the latest to their line-up of exciting products & services. Lots more trading competitions & prizes will be announced soon. To get in touch or for any questions contact support@trade.io Supporting Link https://competitions.trade.io/kratos?utm_source=BTC&utm_medium=paid&utm_campaign=kratos This is a paid press release. Readers should do their own due diligence before taking any actions related to the promoted company or any of its affiliates or services. Bitcoin.com is not responsible, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any content, goods or services mentioned in the press release. The post PR: trade.io Turns up the Heat With Massive Airdrop - Attractive Trading Competition appeared first on Bitcoin News.

11 hours ago

Bitcoin Giant Bitfury Enters Music Industry with Its New Blockchain-Based Platform

CoinSpeaker Bitcoin Giant Bitfury Enters Music Industry with Its New Blockchain-Based Platform Games, shopping, healthcare, and other spheres of our life have already adopted blockchain, but the music industry is something new. Some companies attempted to make waves there, but the most significant initiative has been introduced by a major player in the blockchain world. BitFury, the largest private Bitcoin Blockchain infrastructure provider and transaction processing company, has announced it will enter the notoriously opaque music industry to decentralize it. The company is planning to launch Bitfury Surround, a music entertainment division that will create an open-source music platform secured by the bitcoin blockchain. Breaking news today in @Reuters by @gcdreyfuss: We have officially launched Bitfury Surround, our music entertainment division that will design #blockchain solutions to streamline operations throughout the music industry! Read more: https://t.co/bVpkcHSTw4 pic.twitter.com/emd55bia38 — The Bitfury Group (@BitfuryGroup) January 16, 2019 The open-source platform, named SurroundTM, is secured by blockchain. Addressing the challenges in the music industry, the platform will help artists and other rightsholders. The platform’s aim is to streamline the secure transfer of copyright assets including better monitoring and management systems. With such a view, SurroundTM will allow sharing and monetizing intellectual property and provide transparent management functions and trusted data. Stefan Schulz, CEO of SurroundTM and a 20-year music and entertainment industry veteran, said: “There is a very strong momentum for an open entertainment-related blockchain where market participants themselves would be participating in the market venue, not only from a transactional value point of view.” Schulz further said: “The Surround ecosystem will foster transparency and trust, save administrative costs and improve a secure and transparent flow of content from artists to consumers on the blockchain, making efficiency gains available to all market participants fairly.” According to Bitfury, SurroundTM will lead the way in promoting innovation within the music industry. The Bitfury Surround business division will be based in Europe, with operations in Amsterdam and Berlin. Other offices are set for Los Angeles, Tokyo, Seoul, and Moscow. As Bitfury’s CEO stated, the platform won’t launch “for some time.” Schulz said: “The actual platform is being put together and developed as we speak. Several parts have already been in place.” The Bitfury Group to Become the Largest Mining Company BitFury is one of the largest crypto mining companies. Founded in 2011, the company is now based in London. It sells gear used to mine cryptocurrencies and develops blockchain technology for clients including the Ukrainian government. Late last year, the Bitfury Group raised $80 million in a round of private financing. Among the investors were such companies as Macquarie Capital, Asian financier Dentsu, European companies Armat Group and Jabre & Lian Group, and the merchant bank founded by billionaire and ex-Goldman Sachs Group Inc. partner Mike Novogratz. Such success of funding pushed Bitfury’s valuation to USD 1 billion. Moreover, the round allowed BitFury to be among the top five manufacturers in the crypto mining hardware market, along with AMD, Bitmain, Canaan, and Baikal Miner. Bitcoin Giant Bitfury Enters Music Industry with Its New Blockchain-Based Platform

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8 Crypto Debit Cards You Can Use Around the World Right Now

Cryptocurrencies are gradually becoming a viable payment option across a range of markets and jurisdictions. If there is a tool that significantly expands the usability of digital coins in a world still dominated by traditional payment systems, it’s the crypto debit card. A growing number of reliable platforms offer the fintech product to bitcoin enthusiasts. Also read: Crypto Cards Are Legal in Russia, According to the Finance Ministry Established Crypto Card Providers in the U.S. Bitpay, which processed over $1 billion in payments during a bearish 2018, offers users in all U.S. states a convenient way to spend their cryptocurrencies online and in store. Its prepaid Visa card is tied to a cryptocurrency wallet that supports instant conversion from bitcoin core (BTC) and bitcoin cash (BCH) to U.S. dollars and local fiat currencies outside the country. Bitpay’s crypto card is available to U.S. residents only. To apply, it is necessary to provide a home address, a valid government-issued ID and social security number. There’s a fee of $9.95 that covers the cost of issuing and a dormancy fee of $5 a month following a 90-day period of inactivity. A currency conversion fee of 3 percent is applied each time the card is used outside the U.S. Withdrawing cash at an ATM costs $2 in the United States and $3 abroad. Shift, another card available in the U.S., allows users to connect to their Coinbase accounts. The Visa card has no maintenance fee but a 3 percent commission is charged on international transactions. ATM withdrawals cost $2.50 in the United States and $3.50 in other jurisdictions. The card itself is $20. Shift supports BTC only and offers fee-free conversion from bitcoin core to U.S. dollars. Major Crypto Debit Cards Available in Europe Wirex is the first choice for many Europeans. The U.K.-based startup offers both virtual and physical Visa debit cards, and the plastic version comes with chip and PIN. They are currently available to residents of the European Economic Area (EEA), where Iban support was introduced for all EUR accounts. However, the company plans to offer its services in North American and Asian markets as well. Users can load the card with bitcoin core (BTC), ethereum (ETH), ripple (XRP), litecoin (LTC), and waves, the latter having been added recently. Card holders can spend three leading fiat currencies - euros, U.S. dollars and British pounds. Wirex users pay a $1.50 card management fee each month. ATM withdrawals within Europe cost $2.50, and $3.50 elsewhere. In-store purchases are rewarded with 0.5 percent crypto cashback in BTC. Revolut, another British company, offers up to 1 percent cashback in cryptocurrency for payments made with its Revolut Metal card. For less than $16 a month, the digital bank’s premium service provides clients with access to five major coins - BTC, BCH, ETH, XRP, and LTC - and the ability to pay in over 150 fiat currencies. The contactless card, which can be used anywhere Mastercard is accepted, comes with fee-free ATM withdrawals up to €600 per month (~$680). Cryptopay issues another card in both virtual and physical form. The latter has a chip and costs $15. The contactless card is currently issued only in Russia, where it has a 1 percent loading fee and a monthly service fee of 65 Russian rubles, less than a dollar. Cryptopay is planning to bring its cards to Singapore. The payment provider supports BTC, ETH, LTC, and XRP. A fee of $2.50 is applied to withdrawals from teller machines and each exchange transaction is charged a 3 percent commission. Some Newcomers in the Market A number of payment providers and fintech startups have launched new cryptocurrency debits cards in the past few months. These platforms are trying to attract the attention of crypto users around the world and prove themselves as alternatives to the well-established products on the market. Fuzex is cryptocurrency payment card project that last summer chose bitcoin cash (BCH) as its base cryptocurrency. It also supports ETH and the platform’s own token, FXT. Fuzex cards are currently issued to residents of Europe and the APAC region. The physical card is NFC payment enabled. It comes with an EMV chip and a barcode display. Crypto.com, a Hong Kong-headquartered company formerly known as Monaco, announced in October it’s starting to ship its MCO Visa cards to customers in Singapore. The prepaid cards are linked to a mobile wallet that allows holders to buy, sell, store, send, and track digital coins such as BTC, ETH, Binance’s BNB token, the platform’s own MCO tokens as well as major fiat currencies. Aximetria offers a debit card linked to a cryptocurrency wallet which became available to Russian citizens since last year. In November, the Switzerland-based startup told news.Bitcoin.com its platform supports BTC and ETH which can be used for online and offline payments via instant conversion to fiat. The company is partnering with the cryptocurrency exchange Cex.io. The card can be or

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South America: Crypto and Blockchain News Roundup 12th to 18th January 2019

South America Welcome to another weekly blockchain news roundup from around the world. Here we present to you all the latest Bitcoin news continent by continent and country by country. Brazil Brazil Is One of the Top Countries With Users Affected by Malicious Apps on the Google Play Store: A global cybersecurity giant, Trend Micro, has recently made a worrying discovery as it exposed a computer spyware called ANDROIDOS_MOBSTSPY that hides itself as an Android application and steals personal information from users of the Apps available for download on the Google Play Store. Although this is not a malicious crypto mining scam like before, the app was found phishing for information and reportedly affected wallet services and accounts installed on the phone. The attack impacted people from 196 different countries, with Brazil ranking at the sixth place in terms of the most downloads. Some of the apps affected by the problem include Flappy Birr Dog, FlashLight, HZPermis Pro Arabe, Win7imulator, Win7Launcher, and Flappy Bird. Brazilian Fintech Picks Ripple Over Swift for International Payments: The Brazilian fintech Remessa Online has decided to switch from the traditional Swift banking network to a much cheaper blockchain-based Ripple solution. Ripple has recently been making waves after being adopted by international banks and financial institutions. The network has grown to over 200+ partner banks around the globe. This move will cut down the cost of sending money from $40 per transaction to approx $1.6 with no extra fee while allowing transactions to 20+ countries, which comes as a massive relief for the frequent dealers. Brazilian Exchanges Announce That They Will Support Hard Fork in Ethereum: Almost all major Brazilian exchanges including Bitcoin Market, Bitcoin Trade, Braziliex, Foxbit, 3xBit, and Stratum CoinBr have announced their support for the hard fork on the Ethereum network and the new implementations of Constantinople. They have already started the preparations to accommodate the changes. Although there has been a delay in the execution of hard fork, originally scheduled to take place on January 16th due to some security vulnerabilities, the Brazilian companies have still decided to add additional security measures such as suspension of withdrawals and deposits or added layers of confirmations to ensure seamless adoption when it eventually occurs. Brazilian Association Awaits Cade’s Response to the Closure of Exchange Accounts: At the closing of the year 2018, the Brazilian Association of Cryptoactive and Blockchain (ABCB) reported a staggering growth of their membership from 2 members just eight months ago to a total of 37 associated companies. But, any similar success in 2019 hinges on the final decision of CADE (Administrative Council for Economic Defense) on the termination of exchanges’ current accounts by large banks. The alleged malpractice was reported to CADE on ABCB’s request last September, and cryptocurrency exchange hopes that the monetary authority will follow suit of similar organizations in Korea and Chile and rule in their favor. Exclusive: Federal Revenue Intends to Launch Digital CNPJ With Blockchain in Brazil: The Brazilian Federal Revenue Service (RFB) has announced the expansion of its research and development in the field of blockchain and has decided this year to launch a digital CNPJ, on blockchain along with bCPF. RFB’s also elaborated that they don’t want to develop a set of products for the market but want to make the cryptocurrency activities for the stakeholders easier and more centralized. The services are expected to be initiated in the first quarter of 2019, although there is no fixed date given. Venezuela Venezuelan President Multiplies the Value of El Petro Cryptocurrency by Ten: President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has announced an increase of 10x in the country’s new national cryptocurrency, el Petro, to 36,000 Sovereign Bolivars while raising the minimum wage by 18,000 sovereign bolivars. Given the hyperinflation veering towards 2,000,000% in the country, the step will hope to alleviate the crisis by increasing the minimum wage by 300%. Venezuela is looking to break the shackles of US sanctions via el petro cryptocurrency, and despite its volatility, many Venezuelans welcome and prefer Petro over the now increasingly valueless bank notes. Venezuelan Government Giving Discounts for Property Bought With Petro: In a bid to increase the usage of their newly launched cryptocurrency Petro, Ildemaro Villarroel - Venezuela’s minister for Habitat and Housing, announced that they are offering 10% discount on all properties bought with Petro under the government’s Great Housing Mission scheme. Although currently, only 15 local construction companies are using the state-backed digital currency, Villarroel insisted that they are working with private companies to provide low-cost housing, with a goal of building 3 million+ houses, while using Petro for all conc

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Following The Successful Completion of Tron’s Accelerator Program, Tron now has 142 DApps On the Network

Tron’s Justin Sun has taken to his Twitter handle, as usual, to announce another milestone in the company’s journey. This time, he announced that Tron now has a total of 142 dapps. The increase is as a result of a 25% rise in the number of dapps on the platform with a weekly growth of 20%. According to the Tron weekly dapps report on Medium, Tron now has a total of 1.42 million accounts on its platform and the daily transaction has reached 300 million. This increase in the number of dapps is mainly due to the Tron Accelerator Program which ended today with 113 projects sharing the $1 million prize out of 1000 contestants. The program was meant to encourage developers to build dapps on the Tron network and in the process compete for a $1 million prize. This has caused controversy among developers as some accused Tron of not paying out the full prize and breaking rules guiding the competition as well as violating the concept of merit in selecting projects. Among the new dapps added to the network is a game called Epic Dragons that is making waves on the network. The game according to the medium update is on top of the chart daily active users (DAU), making it a promising game that may take the lead soon enough. Tron has been on top of its game since last year and is starting the year with the same energy. Apart from the dapps aspect, Tron is also doing well in the market. So far, it has been a top gainer among the top ten cryptocurrencies. The TRX token has been on top since last year and with the increase in the number of accounts and transaction volume, this is likely to greatly increase. The cryptocurrency industry has been predicted to see a boom in 2019 and Tron may be one of the projects that will champion that boom. Although at the moment cryptocurrencies are in a dip especially the top ten coins, Tron will surge fast as it has always done. Ethereum, Tron’s competitor is also a strong gainer recently and might be a formidable rival for Tron this year. With the upcoming Constantinople upgrade, ETH may also go a lot higher as the upgrade is likely to attract many more users which will increase adoption and the value of the token. The post Following The Successful Completion of Tron’s Accelerator Program, Tron now has 142 DApps On the Network appeared first on ZyCrypto.

3 days ago

Following The Successful Completion of Tron Accelerator Program, Tron now has 142 DApps

Tron’s Justin Sun has taken to his Twitter handle, as usual, to announce another milestone in the company’s journey. This time, he announced that Tron now has a total of 142 dapps. The increase us as a result of a 25% rise in the number of dapps on the platform with a weekly growth of 20%. According to Tron weekly dapps report on Medium, Tron now has a total of 1.42 million accounts on its platform and the daily transaction has reached 300 million. This increase in the number of dapps is mainly due to the Tron Accelerator Program which ended today with 113 projects sharing the $1 million prize out of 1000 contestants. The program was meant to encourage developers to build dapps on the Tron network and in the process compete for a $1 million prize. This has caused a controversy among developers as some of the accused Tron of not paying out the full prize and breaking rules guiding the competition as well as violating the concept of merit in selecting projects. Among the new dapps added to the network is a game called Epic Dragons that is making waves on the network. The game according to the medium update is on top of the chart daily active users (DAU), making it a promising game that may take the lead soon enough. Tron has been on top of its game since last year and is starting the year with the same energy. Apart from the dapps aspect, Tron is also doing well in the market. So far, it has been a top gainer among the top ten cryptocurrencies. The TRX token has been on top since last year and with the increase in the number of accounts and transaction volume, this is likely to greatly increase. The cryptocurrency industry has been predicted to see a boom in 2019 and Tron may be one of the projects that will champion that boom. Although at the moment cryptocurrencies are are in a dip especially the top ten, Tron will surge fast as it has always done. Ethereum, Tron’s competitor is also a strong gainer recently and may be a formidable rival for Tron this year. With the coming Constantinople upgrade, ETH may also go a lot higher as the upgrade is likely to attract many more users which will increase adoption and the value of the token. The post Following The Successful Completion of Tron Accelerator Program, Tron now has 142 DApps appeared first on ZyCrypto.

3 days ago

Following Successful Completion of Tron Accelerator Program, Tron now has 142 DApps

Tron’s Justin Sun has taken to his Twitter handle, as usual, to announce another milestone in the company’s journey. This time, he announced that Tron now has a total of 142 dapps. The increase us as a result of a 25% rise in the number of dapps on the platform with a weekly growth of 20%. According to Tron weekly dapps report on Medium, Tron now has a total of 1.42 million accounts on its platform and the daily transaction has reached 300 million. This increase in the number of dapps is mainly due to the Tron Accelerator Program which ended today with 113 projects sharing the $1 million prize out of 1000 contestants. The program was meant to encourage developers to build dapps on the Tron network and in the process compete for a $1 million prize. This has caused a controversy among developers as some of the accused Tron of not paying out the full prize and breaking rules guiding the competition as well as violating the concept of merit in selecting projects. Among the new dapps added to the network is a game called Epic Dragons that is making waves on the network. The game according to the medium update is on top of the chart daily active users (DAU), making it a promising game that may take the lead soon enough. Tron has been on top of its game since last year and is starting the year with the same energy. Apart from the dapps aspect, Tron is also doing well in the market. So far, it has been a top gainer among the top ten cryptocurrencies. The TRX token has been on top since last year and with the increase in the number of accounts and transaction volume, this is likely to greatly increase. The cryptocurrency industry has been predicted to see a boom in 2019 and Tron may be one of the projects that will champion that boom. Although at the moment cryptocurrencies are are in a dip especially the top ten, Tron will surge fast as it has always done. Ethereum, Tron’s competitor is also a strong gainer recently and may be a formidable rival for Tron this year. With the coming Constantinople upgrade, ETH may also go a lot higher as the upgrade is likely to attract many more users which will increase adoption and the value of the token. The post Following Successful Completion of Tron Accelerator Program, Tron now has 142 DApps appeared first on ZyCrypto.

3 days ago

Waves Labs Restarts as Sponsor for Promising Devs and Startups, Setting up 1-mln WAVES Fund

Waves Labs will assist promising startups wishing to develop Waves-based projects out of 1-mln WAVES fund

3 days ago

Binance DEX e BNB queimados, confira as novidades

Por: Livecoins A exchange Binance continua em 2019 a aumentar a sua adoção, facilitando acesso a investidores e melhorando o ecossistema de seu token Binance Coin (BNB). Essa operação, conforme fala de seu CEO recente, não demitiu nenhum funcionário com o período bear de 2018, mas também não andou fazendo contratações, e isso se deve ao fato do ânimo em lançar dois novos produtos: Binance Chain e Binance DEX. As exchanges descentralizadas foram uma das pautas do mercado no ano de 2018, e a inovação da Binance está sendo pensada para evoluir ainda mais este setor e dar mais agilidade nos trades descentralizados. Quanto ao token da operação, o top 20 do mercado Binance Coin (BNB), houve no último dia uma grande queima de tokens, um procedimento que de acordo com a exchange segue o que já era de conhecimento pela comunidade. Para realizar a queima dos tokens foi criada uma transação de 1.623.818 BNB, que foram enviados a um contrato com a função de queima dos tokens, ou seja, eles deixaram de existir e o Max Supply agora é menor. Isso faz com que o preço passe a ser incentivado, visto que há menos quantidade disponível no mercado. O CEO Changpeng Zhao comentou sobre o caso dizendo que “Para a sexta iteração da queima da Binance Coin, nós da Binance estamos queimando 1.623.818 BNB. Esta queima recente corresponde ao período entre 1º de outubro e 31 de dezembro de 2018. Este valor é bastante próximo do total de 1.643.986 BNB que nós previamente queimamos em nossa quinta queima de BNB“. Nos últimos dias mais pares de negociação foram ativados, como em relação a Waves com novas stablecoins, e também a criptomoeda Link na mesma linha de novos pares. Além disso, uma boa novidade para a comunidade Tron está para chegar, pois o Token do BitTorrent será comercializado na Binance LaunchPad a partir do próximo dia 28 de janeiro, que será negociado nos pares BNB e TRX. A notícia foi ao ar neste dia 17 de janeiro. A Binance é a maior em volume do mundo todo, segundo dados do CoinMarketCap, e foi em 2018 uma das operações com a maior média de visita, junto com a Bittrex e Coinbase, segundo dados do DataLight. No fim de 2018, para pontuar mais ainda o destaque da plataforma de compra e venda de criptoativos, a Binance foi considerada a mais confiável do mundo. Mesmo assim, não podemos deixar de refletir que exchange não é wallet. O artigo Binance DEX e BNB queimados, confira as novidades apareceu primeiro em Livecoins.

3 days ago

Roger Ver faces Major Backlash for Shaming New Traders who Purchase BTC over BCH

Cryptocurrency investor and top Bitcoin Cash proponent Roger Ver is causing a stir in the cryptocurrency Twitter community for his most recent tweet that has left BTC traders highly triggered and outraged. Ver who had frequently made the front page of tabloids alongside his well-known rival Craig Wright, back in November when the BCH hashing war was ongoing seems to have now fully dropped BTC as he waves the BCH flag to welcome new cryptocurrency investors and traders alike. However, things went over the top for Ver when he compared the big bull to BCH and pointed that traders who opt in for Bitcoin are being fooled. His tweet read ; “If you are buying BTC in 2019 because you think it is Bitcoin, you are being fooled. You actually are looking for BCH, the peer to peer electronic cash system for online payments.” Laying emphasis on his points, Ver attached a screenshot showing the Bitcoin white paper written by Satoshi Nakamoto, while strictly highlighting statements that elaborate on Nakamoto’s intent of Bitcoin “as an online peer to peer version of an electronic cash”. If you are buying BTC in 2019 because you think it is Bitcoin, you are being fooled. You actually are looking for BCH, the peer to peer electronic cash system for online payments.https://t.co/0hydvO2A6f pic.twitter.com/C5Q1g0wop1 — Roger Ver (@rogerkver) January 17, 2019 Twitter users have immediately welcomed Ver’s post with mockery and strict dismissal, pointing out that the “downfall” of BCH is forcing Ver to develop yet another strategy intended to garner more traders to the BCH market. Some users can be quoted saying “How does it feel knowing that the ship you’re fully invested in is already taking on water and beyond saving?”. Another user said “dude give it up! U and Jihan screwed us all more than we know! Just give us back bitcoin.com and we act like this never happened” While BTC users have always shown themselves to be diehard fans, these comments are reflective of more truths than bias as BCH has indeed lost its momentum since the BCH November hard fork. Despite the fact that BCH is trading higher than BCHSV, its rival coin, traders have noted that the coin has declined by 96% against the USD and 91% against BTC, making it highly difficult for the once promising coin to make the much-needed comeback. The post Roger Ver faces Major Backlash for Shaming New Traders who Purchase BTC over BCH appeared first on ZyCrypto.

3 days ago

@Jaygold100 Hello. You $WAVES or $WCT assets must be kept wi...

@Jaygold100 Hello. You $WAVES or $WCT assets must be kept within any type of your Waves account: Desktop Client, On… https://t.co/6xUOjgu0rU

4 days ago

@DCLcoins @DigiKahvi this sounds excellent👌although technica...

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4 days ago

Grin Price Drops by 95% as its Mining Rate Increases by 150%

Grin launched its mainnet on January 15 and since then the privacy coin has garnered a lot of attention. The network’s mining power skyrocketed by 150% as reports of deep-pocketed investors lining up to mine Grin made waves in crypto-media. Data from TheBlockCrypto shows that Grin’s hashing power is equal to 88,200 GTX 1070 Ti 8GH graphics cards. This means that Grin’s network is running at about 2.65 Terahash/second if the average rate is 30 Megahash/second per card. Interestingly, Grin's price has not fared as well since launching and the price fell from .072 BTC to .003 BTC which is about a 95% drop over 2 days. The explosive growth in Grin’s mining power appears to be driven venture capitalists, institutional crypto investors, and miners who think the privacy coin could be the next Bitcoin. (RS)

4 days ago

Electroneum Price Stabilizes as Community Hopes for a $50bn Market Cap

Altcoin traders try to keep an eye on as many markets as possible. Cryptocurrency is about much more than just XRP, Bitcoin, and Ethereum. Electroneum is a successful project to date, even though its current price and market cap may tell a different story. Even so, the market is showing signs of a minor recovery following a few rough months. Electroneum Price Seeks Stability The year 2018 and early 2019 have been rather terrible for all cryptocurrencies, tokens, and digital assets. No market has sustained any real uptrend, although very few of them actually found any stability either. It now appears Electroneum is trying to do exactly that, and the efforts are seemingly paying off already. Over the past 24 hours, there hasn’t been any real Electronium price change. Although there is a 1.29% gain in ETN/BTC to bring the value back to 170 Satoshi, there is also a minor 0.35% drop in USD value. To date, one ETN is priced at $0.00618, with a potential push to $0.0065 on the horizon. Its overall trading volume, however, has dropped significantly. Under $150,000 in trades is not acceptable for any market in the market cap top 100. On social media, there is always a buzzing Electroneum community. More specifically, there is a fair bit of speculation regarding potential new partners for this project throughout 2019. While nothing has been confirmed at this point, most supporters believe it will be none other than Samsung. Other contenders include Vodafone UK and Virgin in Africa. For a mobile-oriented cryptocurrency, finding mobile partners will be an ongoing process. Who do you think @electeoneum will partner with this year (2019) .. @pahini2 @J5AliveUniverse @cechv2 @CryptoRichYT @Crypto4thepeeps @sasha35625 — chris_t (@manxcat74) January 12, 2019 It would appear some ETN supporters also expect this altcoin to be added to the upcoming Bakkt exchange in the not-so-distant future. That might be wishful thinking, although Electroneum’s KYC/AML compliance is certainly a factor to take into account. Additionally, they are making waves in the mobile industry, which seems to improve its overall market appeal on a growing scale. Even so, there are still a lot of unknown factors regarding Bakkt. @Bakkt what are your thoughts on adding #ETN #Electroneum the first KYC/AML coin it there with almost 3m users!They are #Gsma #MWC member and an advisor. -instant payment (patent pending-Gig economy site-Deals with Huge Mobile operators-Mobile miner-2 secret projects (mwc) — CryptoLady (@CryptoLadi) January 15, 2019 When it comes to price speculation, Electroneum members are never shy to put some bold predictions forward in this regard. Next to Moon remains confident ETN will hit $6 at some point in the future, although that would require a 100,000% increase in value. Although that is not necessarily impossible, it would also put its market cap at $50bn, which would be rather spectacular to behold. Come on @electroneum, you can definitely knock out the coins on you, but first change your price above $ 6, surely there will be many who will be fun for you #ETN $ETN https://t.co/5KttCJRPJq — Next to moon (@adc_vb) January 15, 2019 Based on the current Electroneum market circumstances, it would appear such a jump remains very unlikely. The first order of business remains finding some stability, after which traders and speculators can look toward the future. Until that happens, however, this status quo may very well remain in place for quite some time to come. It also shows how reliant Electroneum is on Bitcoin’s momentum prior to noting any gains of its own. Disclaimer: This is not trading or investment advice. The above article is for entertainment and education purposes only. Please do your own research before purchasing or investing into any cryptocurrency. Log in to use Ginger Limited mode this attacking to be added to the upcoming Bakkt exchange × Image(s): Shutterstock.com The post Electroneum Price Stabilizes as Community Hopes for a $50bn Market Cap appeared first on NullTX.

5 days ago

@CryptoThinker_ @sasha35625 Waves doesn't hold any forks. In...

@CryptoThinker_ @sasha35625 Waves doesn't hold any forks. Indeed, there's a project which claims to be a fork but m… https://t.co/aYicI5eFy7

6 days ago

Does IBM's New Commercially Available Quantum Computer Pose a Threat to Bitcoin?

IBM recently made waves when it announced the release of the world’s very first commercially available quantum computer known as the Q System One, which has many in the crypto space wondering if it poses a threat to Bitcoin. When the question was posed to the wider crypto community, legendary cypherpunk and cryptographer Adam Back responded by explaining that, “The Q System One is “super weak” even compared to a 1972-era computer. Furthermore, there are quantum resistance solutions currently in Bitcoin’s development roadmap, although they may be decades away from it even being relevant. (JF)

10 days ago

Waves Secures a Partnership with Wirex

Waves has literally been making waves in the media lately. In December 2018 the blockchain startup received $120 million in private funding and today Waves announced that its WAVES token will be offered on Wirex Platform. Wirex allows users to easily convert and spend crypto in the same fashion as fiat currencies and the partnership will allow Wirex to increase its liquidity and it will also be easier for users to obtain WAVES token without needing to visit a traditional crypto exchange. At the time of writing WAVES is up 0.81% and the price is $2.67. (RS)

10 days ago

Wirex Adds WAVES to its Platform

CoinSpeaker Wirex Adds WAVES to its Platform The WAVES token holds a unique place in the cryptocurrency spectrum because its underlying utility addresses some critical hurdles that hinder the mainstream adoption of blockchain technology, such as scaling, interoperability and security. Sasha Ivanov, CEO and Founder of Waves Platform, says, “We see Waves as the bridge that will facilitate the transition from web 2.0 to web 3.0. The goal of our team is to put tools in place that will allow both enterprise and individuals to easily implement their own blockchains, while improving the UX of DApps and blockchain infrastructure.” Like Wirex, the Waves Platform was purpose-built, and since its launch in 2016, Waves has become one of the fastest, most secure and user-friendly public blockchain platforms available. In terms of its underlying protocol Waves is closer to Ethereum than Bitcoin. Ethereum is used to develop various DApps, but it can be expensive due to its Smart Contract language complexity and Gas fees that can grow dramatically over time. Waves Smart Contracts are simplified - they are a plug-and-play solution with fixed fees. Another improvement is the Waves-NG protocol with throughput of up to 1000 TX/s. Pavel Matveev, CEO and Co-founder of Wirex, comments, “While the Waves Platform is a bridge between the web and blockchain, we are a bridge between traditional and digital currencies. Together we solve many pain points in the industry. Our platform provides extra liquidity for cryptocurrencies and gives investors the ability to convert and spend their crypto instantly with our Wirex Visa card. Investors who buy WAVES through our platform will know they are with a safe, agile, cost-effective service. In addition, our existing users will have another strong and popular token to add to their portfolios.” The Waves Platform also has benefits for miners. Individuals who want to mine WAVES tokens don’t have to run a node themselves; rather, they can lease their wallet balance to someone who does. It basically offers built-in mining pool functionality that gives users even more flexibility. Dmitry Lazarichev, CEO and Co-founder of Wirex, says, “With our aim to collaborate with the best companies to produce innovative solutions in the crypto space, we recognised Waves as a highly professional and cutting-edge project and look forward to growing the relationship.” About Wirex Wirex is a UK based, FCA-registered international digital money payment platform that forged new rules in the digital money arena. They are a payment platform that offers five cryptocurrency wallets - BTC, ETH, XRP, LTC and WAVES, as well as traditional currencies. They gave the world their first ever Wirex Visa card that lets users convert and spend cryptocurrency instantly - from USD to Bitcoin, from XRP to Sterling. Wirex also launched Cryptoback - the world’s first Bitcoin rewards programme. It pays users 0.5% of their transactions back in Bitcoin, every time they tap, swipe or use their card at a point of sale. Now Wirex has over 2 million customers in 130 countries. About Waves Waves is a global blockchain platform launched in 2016. Waves’ mission is to build a blockchain ecosystem that allows users to address a wide range of real-world problems. The Waves team is creating a blockchain infrastructure with easy-to-use tools for individuals, developers and businesses. In April, 2017, Waves successfully launched its DEX (decentralised exchange), a fast and safe tool for trading the most popular cryptocurrencies. In late 2017 Waves-NG protocol was activated, enabling unprecedented throughput of up to 1,000 tx/s, whilst reducing transaction confirmation times to just seconds. In September, 2018, Smart Accounts became available on the Waves Platform as the first stage of Waves Turing complete Smart Contracts launch. Wirex Adds WAVES to its Platform

11 days ago

BTC Wallets Take One Small Step For Lightning, One Giant Leap for Bitcoin

New user-friendly Bitcoin Lightning wallets such as Bluewallet are ushering in the future of payments. Users can now send and receive Bitcoin Lightning payments right to/from your mobile device, the ramifications of which could be revolutionary for the future of online payments. Bitcoin Lightning Wallets Are Setting the Bar Following the first review of Bluewallet by Bitcoinist less than a week ago, the wallet app now supports generating invoices and thus, receiving Lightning Network (LN) payments right to your mobile device. Meanwhile, Wallet of Satoshi is another recently-launched ‘mum-friendly’ mobile app targeted at the Australian market that already supports similar functionality. There are a few more newly-released LN wallets making waves, though Bluewallet and Wallet of Satoshi are the easiest to get started with due to their simplicity. Australians can use Wallet of Satoshi to send BTC via Lightning Network to pay bills and buy products at participating merchants in Australia, which includes Brisbane Airport and online services such as Tippin. @walletofsatoshi works beautifully with @tippin_me #bitcoin #LightningNetwork pic.twitter.com/VpjF1NtYy5 — jordoDev (@jordoDev) January 5, 2019 Together, these two ‘grandma-friendly’ wallets are making it easy to send and receive payments. What’s more is that these transactions can be as small as a fraction of a cent, the implications of which can be nothing less of revolutionary. Here’s why... Online Micro-Transactions Becoming Viable Remember ChangeTip? Founded in 2013, it enabled Bitcoin users to send micropayments across various social media websites. Unfortunately, the service apparently wasn’t economically viable. Friction due to on-chain transaction fees and confirmation wait times made the user-experience rather inconvenient, particularly for sending small amounts. Ultimately, the service was shut down in 2016 after it was acquired by Airbnb. But now, the aforementioned wallets may be able to resurrect this concept as transactions are now instant at almost zero-cost with LN payments. Tippin is one such promising application for online micro-payments similar to ChangeTip but harnessing LN payments for a better experience. Meanwhile, another similar service is already being used on Reddit. The LN tipbot lets anyone tip on the platform using text commands. Admittedly, the function is still in its infancy but the arrival of bidirectional and easy-to-use Bitcoin LN wallets now lets you collect these tips right to your mobile device in seconds. For example, receiving a tip will look something like this: Ten thousand satoshis equal to about 40 cents. So if you’d like to receive these funds to your Bluewallet, for example, simply click ‘withdraw’ to take you to the next screen: Replace the “put_invoice_here” with your invoice number that you can generate in your Lightning wallet by clicking ‘Receive.’ Specify the amount you’d like to withdraw: 10,000 satoshis (though this can be any amount under 10K) and write a short description for yourself. Click ‘Create’ to generate the invoice. It will look like this: Copy and paste that invoice address to replace the “put_invoice_here” in the message box and Send the message to the Reddit Ln tipbot. The invoice is paid within 10-15 seconds and the Bluewallet invoice then shows the following message: The satoshi balance in your LN wallet will now reflect the received amount. The entire process is quick and takes about a few seconds once you get the hang of it. What’s more, the fee is “unfairly cheap.” In fact, I can’t even tell you what it was as there are only two zeros displayed after the decimal - so I assume it’s a tiny fraction of a cent. The process also worked flawlessly with an even smaller amount of 10 satoshis (or 0.0003831 cents). Bitcoin Can Now Scale Beyond Visa The arrival of this new generation of mobile wallets gives a glimpse into the future of online payments. Admittedly, some issues still remain like the inability to withdraw satoshis from the LN wallet to your on-chain BTC wallet, a feature that will be introduced in Bluewallet soon. In the meantime, the Lightning Network is growing rapidly and now boasts over 5,000 nodes with over $2 million USD in capacity. This second layer developing on top of Bitcoin is poised to become the future of quick and cheap online payments while potentially making altcoins, designed for faster and cheaper transactions, in particular, obsolete. Prior to LN, Bitcoin could handle roughly seven transactions per second (tps), which critics argued would prevent it from competing with the likes of VISA that can process up to 45,000 tps. But Bitcoin’s LN promises to not only handle millions of transaction per second but also enables sending fractions of a penny (and even a fraction of a satoshi, something that’s not possible on-chain) to anyone in the world. This should certainly bolster Bitcoin adoption moving forward. But the ramifications of this technolog

11 days ago

Investors Ride WAVES To Nearly Double Returns

While the broader crypto market continues to trade sideways, the value of the Waves token has ballooned by 85% in the last 30 days. Incidentally, that’s about the same amount of time that passed since Crypto Briefing’s Waves Digital Asset Report, pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of the blockchain project. Apparently, someone on the Waves team was listening. Since that report was published, Waves Founder and CEO Sasha Ivanov has been busy engaging with the community, replying directly to comments and selling it just a little bit. Ivanov has also provided a clear direction for the future of the project, one that was needed after an admittedly “difficult but interesting year.” In the future, investors can expect a new token, an airdrop and most likely a public token sale. Source: CryptoCompare Ivanov recently unveiled the Vostok System Token (VST), which is a cryptocurrency for a private chain dedicated to large businesses and public institutions. He also announced an airdrop for Waves token holders, the date for which has yet to be revealed. 3% of the total supply of VST tokens has been earmarked for airdrops to Waves holders. The Waves CEO is tilting his hand further about the plans for VST, including a likely token sale of its own. The VST offering will only accept the Waves coin as payment, and Ivanov expects it to “pave the way for future token sales for the whole industry.” With a very high probability there's going to be a public token sale for #Vostok as well. With 100% probability in will be conducted using $waves only. There's going to be a couple nice features too, that should pave the way for future token sales for the whole industry. — Sasha Ivanov (@sasha35625) January 8, 2019 That’s a bold statement, considering token sales have once again become unchartered territory in the U.S. Moscow-based Waves operates a decentralized exchange, and it is taking token creation to a different level with its Ride language. Doing for token sales what Ethereum did for ICOs, however, is a tall order. Redefining Tokens On Waves While Ethereum uses the Solidity language for smart contracts, Waves’ contracts are written in Ride, which, it says “avoids the ambiguities that have led to a number of high-profile exploits of Ethereum smart contracts.” Waves recently launched smart assets on their mainnet, paving the way for smart tokens to make their debut on the platform. Smart tokens add a new element to crypto: in the Ride language, it’s possible to make a token that can only trade on a certain day of the week, or that automatically freezes if the price becomes too volatile. Teachers could even make a token tied to students’ performance levels. Ivanov also alluded to a stablecoin on Waves that could debut as soon as March. The project has since distributed 500 WAVES to community members who submitted smart token ideas, some of which will be realized. Next up, Waves is looking to disrupt decentralized app (dApp) development with an upgrade to Ride. This project is taking on the future with a confidence like they’ve been there already. Even Justin Sun couldn’t argue with a dApp that can time travel. The author is invested in digital assets, but none mentioned in this article. Join the conversation on Telegram and Twitter! The post Investors Ride WAVES To Nearly Double Returns appeared first on Crypto Briefing.

11 days ago

XRP reaches Australia as FlashFX adopts Ripple’s cryptocurrency

In a move that has given a boost to the cryptocurrency market, Flash FX, a payment transfer platform, has announced the launch of its latest cross border payment solution using XRP that is targeted to improve the concept of foreign exchange in Australia. Nicolas Steiger, the Chief Executive Officer of FlashFX stated that: “We are excited to be part of the evolution in international payments processing. It’s about time that consumers and businesses saw a meaningful change in how money is sent across borders. The service provides an alternative for Australians who want to send a payment faster and cheaper than banks currently provide.” FlashFX has always worked with the mantra of making cross border payments simple and effective, at the same time sharing Ripple’s vision of the Internet of Value. The company has also said that transmitting money and assets from one country to another should not be a tedious task but rather one that should be as simple as sending a text message. The Ripple partner is also the first Australian digital asset business to obtain the Australian Financial Services License [AFSL] provided by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission [ASIC]. The XRP transactions have also been proven to be successful after assessments on the Bithomp’s platform as well as on xrpscan. XRP’s adoption by other platforms has made waves in the cryptocurrency market with recent news that Bitvolo Trustless Crypto Payment Gateway has added a plugin that enables writers to receive payments in crypto. The plugin is tasked to support XRP along with IOTA, Stellar [XLM] and Nano. Ripple and XRP’s push to mainstream adoption has been supported by multiple proponents in the cryptospace, with the recent example being a famous Japanese lawmaker stating the cryptocurrencies would develop explosively in the future. He had said: “The latest cryptographic asset-related technology has come so far. If we do not get involved in such advanced fields, Japan will be lagging... saying “Japan’s technology is amazing” and Japan celebrating cash settlements is going to be left in the world more and more...” The post XRP reaches Australia as FlashFX adopts Ripple’s cryptocurrency appeared first on AMBCrypto.

12 days ago

Bakkt Futures by ICE is Now Supported by World’s 23rd Richest Man Li Ka-Shing

TL;DR Li Ka-Shing, the 23rd richest man in the world, and founder of Horizons Ventures has publically pledged his support to the soon-to-launch Bakkt Exchange. Ka-Shing is now one of the exchanges most influential supporters, and the investment in Bakkt is his company’s third investment in the blockchain-based startup. Bakkt has recently completed its series A funding round, raising over $180 million thanks to companies in and out of crypto space. The Bakkt futures exchange launch has been one of the most anticipated events of 2018. As it is usually the case with big and important projects, the launch got delayed, and after was scheduled for January 24, Bakkt announced on another delay with no scheduled date and they have yet to receive approval from the US regulators. In the meantime anticipating for the launch date, the Bakkt project got a new supporter to join the team. The 23rd richest man in the world, Hong Kong’s billionaire Li Ka-Shing decided to support the exchange as well. Bakkt is already making massive waves in the world, as a funding round ended up being a tremendous success. Their announcement states that the exchange, backed by ICE (Intercontinental Exchange), managed to raise over $182.5 million. The exchange already attracted some of the largest corporations’ attention, and some of them even joined in the fundraising. Some of the most noteworthy participants include ICE itself, M12, CMT Digital, Alan Howard, Pantera Capital, Goldfinch Partners, Eagle Seven, Protocol Ventures, Galaxy Digital, Boston Consulting Group, PayU, and Horizons Ventures, owned by billionaire Li Ka-Shing. Li Ka-Shing. Photo by Reuters So far, Horizon Ventures invested in blockchain-based startups twice, making the Bakkt investment their third. The first two include a BitPay investment in 2013, as well as Blockstream investment in 2016. The company specializes in supporting both early-stage and late-stage startups, and their addition to the list of Bakkt supporters is bound to affect the future exchange’s reputation. Bakkt support continues to grow Bakkt plans to start offering physically delivered crypto futures contracts with institutional-grade custody arrangements, which is considered by many to be one of one of the first significant steps that crypto will make in 2019 on their way of going mainstream. The contracts will be in ICE’s care, which is currently without real competitors, as CBOE and CME seemingly do not plan to leave the comfort of fiat currency. Another result that the exchange hopes to achieve is attracting more institutional investors to the crypto space, which is also expected to enable the next step in crypto evolution and development. Some of the potential results include the reduction of high volatility, which cryptocurrencies are known for, getting accepted by more businesses, and inspiring new projects. It is also noteworthy that Bakkt has a lot of influential supporters, including Microsoft and Starbucks, meaning that their supporters already include influential firms that have no apparent connection to the crypto world. The post Bakkt Futures by ICE is Now Supported by World’s 23rd Richest Man Li Ka-Shing appeared first on CryptoPotato.

13 days ago

@staressogo70 @crypto__curious Hello. Assets tab in Waves Cl...

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16 days ago

Crypto Daily: Amidst High Hopes Bakkt Begins The Year With Good and Bad News

“This analysis is an adaptation from the work of Mati Greenspan, Senior Market Analyst at eToro Key Highlights US Shutdown may push Bakkt launch Bakkt delayed start may push Bitcoin ETF approval further ahead Wall Street backs Bakkt as the venture raises USD 182.5 million Bakkt brings in happiness and sadness together Well, the world enters the new year with a belief of prolonged US Government shutdown with regards to funding the border wall. The geopolitical event has bought a bearish tone to a lot of international financial markets and its waves have negatively touched crypto markets as well- not just in terms of price but fundamentally as well. A lot of people on the street have a belief that this shutdown will delay the much-awaited launch of Bakkt- InterContinental exchanges crypto venture. While the exchange launch has already seen a delay once, from December 12, 2018, to January 24, 2018, this time the delay comes without a due date. And if Bakkt’ launch gets delayed, it would further jeopardize the approval of any Bitcoin backed ETF further prolonging the wait for individuals and institutions. On one side Bakkt’s delay brings in concern, while on the other side the optimism shoots in with good news, again thanks to Bakkt. While the delay in launch is unwarranted, there is surety that Bakkt will be launched, especially after the recent news of Bakkt raising capital. Over the last weekend of 2018, Bakkt announced an extremely successful funding round of $182.5 million that has come from various Wall Street institutions and should ensure a smooth launch of the new service. Investors in Bakkt now include prominent Wall Street names such as Boston Consulting Group, Galaxy Digital, Goldfinch Partners, ICE, M12 (Microsoft’s VC fund), Pantera Capital and Protocol Ventures. This news not only gives confidence in Bakkt, but also provides proof that it’s not just the crypto street but even Wall Street is eagerly waiting for its launch. The post Crypto Daily: Amidst High Hopes Bakkt Begins The Year With Good and Bad News appeared first on Coingape.

17 days ago

BitTorrent (BTT) Token Unveiled, Will Launch Exclusively on Binance Launchpad

BitTorrent Inc. is all set to create waves in the world of content creation and distribution. The leading platform in peer-to-peer products and protocols announced yesterday that it is launching a crypto token. This is another step towards its vision of a decentralized internet. The token, dubbed BitTorrent (BTT) will be made available exclusively on Binance Launchpad, becoming one of the first two tokens to launch on the platform. A Token Built on Tron Blockchain The BitTorrent (BTT) token will be issued by the BitTorrent Foundation which was established in Singapore. BitTorrent users can exchange BTT tokens to improve network speed, making downloads faster. Justin Sun, founder of Tron and BitTorrent CEO said: “In one giant leap, the BitTorrent client can introduce blockchain to hundreds of millions of users around the world and empower a new generation of content creators with the tools to distribute their content directly to others on the web.” The BTT token is built with TRC-10 compatibility, but it will only be available to non-US residents and on Binance’s token launch platform, Binance Launchpad. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao noted that BitTorrent is a decentralized project with an already significant user base that is adding a new token economy. The token will first be implemented into the uTorrent Classic client for Windows, which is the most popular BitTorrent application. It will also be 100% compatible with other clients that support the BitTorrent Protocol, and users will even get a chance to opt out if they wish. More info on the project will be available during the Nitron Summit which is to be held in San Francisco in two weeks. Changing the Internet Twitter user and business analyst Mr. Gordon commented on the BTT token, saying: “In Summary - This can change the way we use the Internet, permanently.” He highlighted some of the most important parts of the BitTorrent token’s whitepaper, including the fact that existing Tron holders will receive BTT tokens as well. A total of 990 billion BTT tokens will be available along with a simplified BTT wallet so that non-crypto users are able to use it. I have now finished my analysis of the BitTorrent token on the TRON blockchain. I have attached a list of highlights to this tweet for people who don’t want to read the whitepaper.. In Summary - This can change the way we use the Internet, permanently.#TRX#BTT pic.twitter.com/QJkhadbKT9 — Mr Gordon (@MrGordon_Ldn_UK) January 3, 2019 BitTorrent (BTT) Token Unveiled, Will Launch Exclusively on Binance Launchpad was originally found on Cryptocurrency News | Blockchain News | Bitcoin News | blokt.com.

17 days ago

Ten Years Later, a Reflection on Bitcoin’s Genesis and Satoshi’s Timing

October 31, 2008, and January 3, 2009.The two dates have cemented themselves with Promethean significance into Bitcoin’s lore. On October 31, Satoshi Nakamoto published the Bitcoin white paper, a constitution of sorts for his revolutionary monetary system and its intrinsic currency.On January 3, this constitution came alive with Bitcoin Block #0. Also known as the network’s genesis block, this cornerstone would provide the foundation for an ecosystem that would challenge our perception of how money is valued and managed in a digital age.Ten years later, we celebrate the birth of the Bitcoin network much like we might a nation. If the white paper is a declaration of monetary independence, then the genesis block is our independence day and the founding of a new system. By bootstrapping the network, Satoshi broke ground on a completely novel form of money: decentralized, algorithmically based and completely peer-to-peer digital cash for a digital age.For what the genesis block actually is, there’s little to tell. The first block on the network, it includes a single transaction: the 50 BTC block reward sent to Satoshi for mining it (which, along with his other mining rewards, he still hasn’t touched). It has all the trimmings of a regular block; besides being the first, there’s little distinguishing it from the rest, save the unique data it houses.With the January 3 Launch, Satoshi’s Intentions Are ClearRather than focus on what the genesis block is, today is a day to reflect on what the genesis block represents.The genesis block, by all rights, is emblematic of monetary sovereignty. It’s the digital embodiment of Satoshi’s monetary philosophy, a rejection of the centralized policies of the fiat system in favor of the decentralized processes of a cryptographically secured and mathematically verifiable digital system. Satoshi believed the old mode was failing, so he built a new one without all of the controls and hazards that can lead to the debasement of fiat currencies with reckless printing practices.His intent is covertly coded into the genesis block, though the meaning of this message is clear. Embedded in the hexadecimal code on the genesis block’s coinbase, the message, after being decoded, reads as follows: “The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks.”The message is a direct allusion to the headline for The Times the day Bitcoin launched. As the article details, Alistair Darling, the U.K.’s Chancellor of the Exchequer at the time, was debating a second bailout for U.K. banks. This capital infusion would come nearly a year after the government flushed the same banks in an attempt to ballast credit flow and stanch impending economic downturn, something the United States did for its own banks in October of 2008.The rest is obviously history.2009 would begin with the climactic unraveling of the global economy. Fractional reserve lending, bad debt and a mortgage crisis would send the world’s economic dominoes toppling after each other in the worst international crisis since the Great Depression some 80 years earlier.That the genesis block was founded on the same day as news of an imminent bank bailout is certainly symbolic. Satoshi’s early writings show that he was well versed in central banking monetary policy and the alleged hazards of a fiat-based economy. He saw the central banking practices that led to the 2008-2009 financial crisis, the conjoined nature of federal governments and national/private banks, as a hazard for both client trust and currency valuation.“The root problem with conventional currency is all the trust that’s required to make it work. The central bank must be trusted not to debase the currency, but the history of fiat currencies is full of breaches of that trust. Banks must be trusted to hold our money and transfer it electronically, but they lend it out in waves of credit bubbles with barely a fraction in reserve. We have to trust them with our privacy, trust them not to let identity thieves drain our accounts,” he writes in a February 2009 forum post.This post came a little over a month after Satoshi bootstrapped the network, but he discussed implications of his creation in relation to modern banking practices before the Bitcoin blockchain went live.On the day he released the white paper, Satoshi sent his work to the Cryptography Mailing List. His work was feverishly engaged by a handful of recipients, including then Google engineer and later Bitcoin developer Mike Hearn.In the thread, interspersed between constructive criticism of Bitcoin’s potential design flaws, recipients compare notes and observations on legacy banking practices. Of course, they also philosophize on how Bitcoin fits into the larger picture, with one commenter, James A. Donald, positing that decentralized issuance could protect the economy from overbearing governments — though he also cautions that the power and influence of these governments should not be dismissed.“If a small numbe

17 days ago

It's Day 11 of the #12DaysOfCrypto! Today we're featuring $W...

It's Day 11 of the #12DaysOfCrypto! Today we're featuring $WAVES. Waves is a blockchain platform that features fia… https://t.co/2Wuv7NfgWV

17 days ago

@AndatamaAbe Greetings. All external transfers within the Wa...

@AndatamaAbe Greetings. All external transfers within the Waves ecosystem always go through a payment gateway which… https://t.co/AULbIet9Aj

18 days ago

Founder of Adamant Capital Calls Ethereum a "Science Experiment"

Tuur Demeester, the founder of Adamant Capital, recently caused some waves in the crypto sphere when he referred to Ethereum (ETH) as “at best a science experiment” and stated that its current valuation of $14 billion is too high. He went on to warn that ETH neither safe nor scalable and is merely an “immature experimental tech.” According to Demeester, Ethereum’s ‘blue chip’ status is what really gives it its current value and that this “colors perception of uninformed newcomers.” (JF)

23 days ago

Blockchain Project Waves Launches Explorer 2.0

In a medium post, blockchain project Waves has announced the launch of Explorer 2.0. Per the post, the newly released Explorer 2.0 will better the lives of its users. The Waves team alleges that this Explorer 2.0 has been optimized for mobile phones and is compatible with the platform's unified design concept. The new features in Explorer 2.0 are a more friendly user interface, improved performance, and advanced network settings allowing the switching between TestNet and Mainnet. This launch follows the raising of $120 M by the platform to assist in the establishment of a private blockchain network for large companies and governments. (KE)

23 days ago

Bitcoin Artist Makes a BTC Sculpture to Explain ‘Why Bitcoin Matters’

An artist by the name Simon Moratz has made a Bitcoin sculpture to commemorate its financial and technological innovation. Each aspect of the artwork outlines a significant quality of the leading digital currency. Dubbed ‘Why Bitcoin Matters,’ Simon created the art piece from wood and stone and it is currently on sale for an undisclosed price. According to Simon, he made the main body from wood to show decentralization, and the circle surrounding the BTC logo represents the global nature of the Bitcoin network. The ‘B’ has flowing waves, which depict ‘the free flow of money.’ (VK)

24 days ago

Sasha Ivanov, founder and CEO of the Russian-based global pu...

Sasha Ivanov, founder and CEO of the Russian-based global public blockhain platform (Waves) released the results o… https://t.co/lJjYeLuuVC

25 days ago

Waves Releases Updated Block Explorer App Optimized for Mobile

The blockchain platform Waves today announced that they had released the Waves Explorer 2.0. According to their announcement, the new explorer allows easy switching between mainnet and testnet. Besides, there is a useful tool that enables users to configure the explorer for their custom network. The Waves also removed unnecessary API calls and utilized new libraries, which notably improved the loading times for pages and components. (RL)

a month ago

@veliu_z Hello Zaki. One seed-phrase will generate one Waves...

@veliu_z Hello Zaki. One seed-phrase will generate one Waves account. In case your balance is zero, then you got ac… https://t.co/fLRrH7ib1s

a month ago

Waves Rolls Out a Blockchain-based Christmas Game

Waves, the firm behind the WAVES token, has partnered with Tradisys to launch a Christmas-themed game that showcases the application of Waves’ smart contracts in gaming. Per the announcement, the game is a random award generator where participants choose presents under a tree. Each gift will either be WAVES tokens or a toy that the firm would donate to the Children’s Hospice. This game is the first game from the Waves platform, and it is available from today to January 8. As at the time of writing, 5:00 AM UTC, WAVES is trading at $3.42 with a market capitalization of $342.4 million. (KE)

a month ago

We're launching #blockchain-based #Waves #Christmas game! It...

We're launching #blockchain-based #Waves #Christmas game! It's an excellent showcase of how Waves #smartcontracts a… https://t.co/OBZ9NRHFy7

a month ago

Ethereum (ETH) Gains 20% as the Holiday Cryptocurrency Rally Continues

Ethereum has gained 20% over the past 24 hours as the holiday crypto rally extends into the weekend. As at the time of writing, 6:05 AM UTC, ETH is trading at $129.4 with a market valuation of $13.5 billion, which has surged by approximately 50% since the beginning of the week. ETH is also leading the AltDex 100 Index (Alt 100). Other top gainers are WAVES, BNT, HOT, and STEEM, which have gained more than 15% today. BTC's value has also increased by 4.61% to trade at $4,052 with a market cap of $70.7 billion. (KE)

a month ago

Bitcoin Declines Below $3,900, Altcoins Follow Suit

Today, most coins have recorded moderate losses, with the flagship crypto struggling to stay around $3900 level. Over the past 24 hours, Bitcoin has lost approximately 5% to trade at $3879 while XRP has lost more than 5% to trade at $0.353. Ethereum, on the other hand, is trading at $112 after losing over 3% on the day. The most significant losses were recorded by BSV and BCH, which are down by 10% and 8% respectively. Waves is the only coin defying the trend; it has gained 3% over the past 24 hours. Currently, the total market cap has declined to $127.5B from $137.5B recorded on 20 December. (KE)

a month ago

Bitcoin Outdoes Itself; Moves Beyond $4,000

At press time, bitcoin has pushed beyond the $4,000 mark for the first time in two weeks. What has started out as an ongoing “slump ride,” the asset has seemingly found enough strength to challenge present resistance levels and fight back against the ever-present bears. Bitcoin has been performing poorly for about a month. Trouble began in early November when the currency fell from the $6,000 range - where it had been all summer and autumn - down to the high $5,000s, likely in anticipation of the upcoming bitcoin cash hard fork that occurred prior to Thanksgiving week. From there, the currency fell into the $4,000 range, and then $3,000 once the fork occurred. Bitcoin Is Gaining Some Ground Bitcoin cash pitted several industry leaders, i.e. Craig Wright and Roger Ver, against one another. Though it has forked in the past, none of those events led to the controversy enthusiasts witnessed this time around. The atmosphere in the crypto space has been one of confusion and skepticism, partially leading to further drops in bitcoin’s price. Several analysts saw the asset falling to $1,500 or less before signs of recovery would potentially appear. Just last week, the father of crypto fell to approximately $3,175, its lowest position in approximately 15 months. However, with this sudden (and meteoric) rise in such a short amount of time, the currency appears to be challenging the barricades that have placed themselves in its path. The big question is whether it can keep this momentum going, or if things will crash and burn further. Interestingly, these good price waves are also affecting bitcoin cash. The currency fell to the low $300s following the controversial fork, but the descent didn’t quite stop there. Eventually, it had made its way below the $150 and $100 marks. At the time of writing, however, the currency has managed to retain its position as a leading asset and is now testing the $150 resistance level against the U.S. dollar. It is also being reported that percentage gains for bitcoin cash are higher than those of major competitor’s like Ethereum and Ripple. In the past, we have seen similar December rallies for bitcoin and its crypto cousins. Last year, for instance, is when the currency reached its all-time high of nearly $20,000. For the most part, it’s still in a relatively low position, but figures like Charles Hayter - chief executive of Crypto Compare - suggest that now is the time to get back in and buy. Could this mark the beginning of a very positive 2019? Should You be Buying Bitcoin Again? Speaking with CNBC, Hayter explained: “The maxim of buy when there’s blood on the streets could be influencing some to gain exposure at this nadir prior to the new year.” Will bitcoin continue to press forward? Post your comments below. Image courtesy of Shuttershock The post Bitcoin Outdoes Itself; Moves Beyond $4,000 appeared first on Live Bitcoin News.

a month ago

Inside Information Leaked? Waves Surged Over 30% Before Announcing On $120M Funding Round

Waves, a public blockchain network that assists companies to develop their own tokens, recently raised a staggering $120 million in private funding, which was led by London-based financial services group Dolfin. The funding is being used to “private version of its Vostok system for corporations and governments.” Raising a $120m incredible in any market conditions, but in a bear market, it seems to be something unprecedented in the crypto space. Waves. Source: Coinmarketcap.com Waves token initially launched through an ICO that raised $16 million on May 1, 2016. Since then, Waves market value had skyrocketed to $1.7 billion in December 2017 and crashed to $383 million recently. Waves Founder, Russian Engineer Sasha Ivanov, has stated that Waves is much less focused on cryptocurrencies, and more focused on the application and use cases of blockchain technology: “The cryptocurrency rush is over now, while the idea of using a decentralized network to store data and cut costs is still relevant,” Waves token price reacted very positively to the news, skyrocketing by over 70% over the past three days. Some Suggests Information Was Leaked Though not everyone is convinced the price surge is purely legitimate, some see that the price hike may have been a result of inside information. A discussion on Twitter about how much evidence one could find for a price rally ahead of the actual announcement. With no argue, Waves gained already over 30% before releasing the news. A short story of insider trading. 🤷‍♂️ $WAVES pic.twitter.com/EA2DKK8yT7 — Collin Crypto (@CollinCrypto) December 20, 2018 Regardless of the reason, Waves has just positioned itself as a promising token for 2019. If they’re able to validate their model well enough to raise $120m at the peak of the crypto bear market, we should all be excited to see what the can pull off in a bull market. The post Inside Information Leaked? Waves Surged Over 30% Before Announcing On $120M Funding Round appeared first on CryptoPotato.

a month ago

@dominictasc63 Hello, Vostok is based on Waves technology an...

@dominictasc63 Hello, Vostok is based on Waves technology and aimed to serve corporate organisations. Waves and Vos… https://t.co/rszobc9GwX

a month ago

Ripple CEO names four exchanges that would help track xRapid volume

In the recent Ask Me Anything session of Ripple, CEO Brad Garlinghouse answered several questions that met the interests of the XRP community. Here, the CEO was also asked about the volume levels of xRapid and what can be expected in the future. To this, Garlinghouse briefed the community on the contracts that have been signed by xRapid with a number of players. He began by stating that the company announced three production contracts of the customers already using xRapid. One of the customers were mentioned to be Catalyst, which is an aggregator of 1,400 bank credit unions. About two months ago, the news of Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit Union came out wherein the group was looking into the technology of Ripple. Here, they had said: “We’re making waves with @Ripple! See how #blockchain may provide #CreditUnions with faster cross-border payments at much lower costs.” In reference to this, Garlinghouse propagated that by using xRapid, the banks would be able to source liquidity into the Mexican pesos. Regarding the signals that would hint xRapid’s activity, the Ripple executive shared that the company has publicly shared four different digital asset exchanges with xRapid: Bitstamp, Bittrex, Coins.ph and Bitso. Garlinghouse also reminded the community that it is still the early days in the progress of Ripple and XRP. He added that bringing significant changes to how banking and financial institutions manage their liquidity is going to be a marathon. Furthermore, in that marathon, Ripple is way ahead of the competition, opined the CEO. He rested his case by stating that he is thrilled for the journey wherein the community has a long way to go. He also advised that exchanges are a great platform to look for signals of xRapid volume and activity. In his words: “I’m thrilled by the same token, we have a long way to go. And if people want to look for signals, those are exchanges you can look at. We certainly will partner with other exchanges and I expect some of those will announce publicly.” The post Ripple CEO names four exchanges that would help track xRapid volume appeared first on AMBCrypto.

a month ago

XRP, Tron [TRX] soar by 4.7% and 7% respectively after Bitcoin [BTC] crosses $4,000

The cryptocurrency market turned red for a short while earlier today, December 20, after which it regained its staircase momentum to climb further up on the price graph. Here, the two popular top-10 altcoins, XRP and Tron [TRX], also showed zest when the former hiked by 4.72% while the latter jumped up by 7.12%. At the time of writing, TRX was trading at an appreciated price of $0.0172, with a market cap of $1.14 billion. The trade volume in the past 24-hour was recorded to be over $158 million. TRX 1-day chart | Source: CoinMarketCap At the beginning of the 24-hour cycle, Tron started its journey in the market by trading at $0.0162, where its market cap was calculated to be $1.08 billion. However, the price began to spike with its first upturn at $0.0169. The second upturn led the TRX market straight up to $0.0175, with a market cap of $1.16 billion. This figure also formed the pinnacle of the day for the token. Furthermore, TRX also had a major fall across the day, where the coin hit a low of $0.0154 with a market cap of $1.02 billion. XRP 1-day chart | Source: CoinMarketCap In the case of XRP, the token has been making waves on the price graph by showing high volatility in its nature. At the start of the day, XRP was trading at a bullish price of $0.36, with a market cap of $15 billion. However, this was not the most bullish the token performed today. The price took a hike to reach its peak of the day by trading at $0.39. Here, its market cap was recorded to be $16 billion. Despite this, a downturn threw the coin back to the ground that made for the bottom of the day at $0.34, with a market cap as low as $14.1 billion. At present, XRP has reclaimed its victory in the bullish marathon by returning to $0.38 and regaining its place at $15.7 billion. The post XRP, Tron [TRX] soar by 4.7% and 7% respectively after Bitcoin [BTC] crosses $4,000 appeared first on AMBCrypto.

a month ago

Watch our #Waves Community Annual Meetup LIVE video stream! ...

Watch our #Waves Community Annual Meetup LIVE video stream! Sasha Ivanov and Waves Team are talking about all the l… https://t.co/5YqUz4Rvi4

a month ago

Daily Berminal Brief: Waves Raises $120 Million, And Binance Launches Charity Fund For Maltese Youth

The State of The Market - December 20, 2018 BTC: $4,097.43 (+5.94%) XRP: $0.381221 (+0.73%) ETH: $110.53 (+4.57%) The market continues its bull run, as Bitcoin went past $4,000. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) has also surged significantly, as it is up by 37% in the last 24 hours. In fact, BCH has doubled its value in the last 3 days. Meanwhile, Bitcoin Cash SV (BSV) is up by 12% to reach $100. Ethereum is trading at around $100, while Ripple is fast approaching $0.4. In other news, Canadian cryptocurrency exchange Coinsquare has simultaneously launched in 25 countries in the European Union. Founded in 2014, Coinsquare claims to have over 100,000 customers and is also "Canada's most secure digital currency trading platform," with a "95% cold storage policy on all digital currency." Also, Nucleus Vision, a blockchain company, has announced the release of nCash Pay, a new crypto-based payment solution for traders. Per the announcement, Nucleus Vision's nCash token powers this system. nCash Pay would allow merchants to accept payments using nCash and the traders can also incorporate the payment system into any existing e-commerce platform through an API. 1) Waves Platform has raised $120 million in a recent funding round, and this will allow the blockchain network to launch its Vostok private blockchain platform and system integrator that was developed for large enterprises and public institutions. Waves cryptocurrency rallied nearly 50 percent on the news and the company now boasts a market capitalization over $400 million. Waves Platform founder, Sasha Ivanov said even though "the cryptocurrency rush is over now" the market still requires decentralized networks to store data and cut costs. Ivanov believes that private blockchains are currently filling a niche unattended by public blockchains as they provide better data protection. 2) Binance Charity Foundation (BCF), cryptocurrency exchange Binance's charity arm is set to help the Maltese Youth. It has launched a new fundraising channel on its blockchain-powered donation platform to support terminally ill patients and disadvantaged children in Malta and Gozo. Called the "2018 L-Istrina Campaign," it will contribute towards the Malta Community Chest Fund (MCCFF). Binance and TRON have each committed to donating $100,000 in cryptocurrency to the fund. 3) IOST(Internet of Services) announced that their Testnet v2.0 Everest is launching today. As per their announcement, Everest 2.0 is highly analogous and includes all of the essential functions of Mainnet v1.0. Everest 2.0 has already begun utilization by third-party developers and running dapps. According to earlier reports, IOST has introduced its heavyweight Developer Bounty Program to incentivize global developers to develop and run dapps on its platform. (VS)

a month ago

Waves Annual Meetup starts in 3 hours! #Waves & #Vostok ...

Waves Annual Meetup starts in 3 hours! #Waves & #Vostok CEO Sasha Ivanov and the team will be speaking about the la… https://t.co/fOp77uihRc

a month ago

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