High potential ICO's with quality teams + founders active on Reddit
The weekly ICO thread has been difficult to follow due to the volume of projects. (There are more ICO's in November than any month and a ton of low quality projects have introduced noise) I often hear "Nobody gets returns on ICO's any more" and "ICO's won't pop unless they hit their cap". I generally agree with these points, but a number of projects currently still show excellent ROI (even when compared to ETH). I did a deep analysis of a ton of similarities between successful projects that have shown a good ROI. Projects I analyzed included: adToken, TenX, Metal, FunFair, district0x, Kyber, 0x, OmiseGo, etc. And some recent projects that have shown ROI (Chainlink, Requent Network, etc)
The three most consistent traits I found were:
1) Team: Really high quality teams & advisors
2) Communication: Founders who actively communicating with the community (Most were active on Reddit and posted Weekly updates. This drives more long term holders)
3) Traction: Active partnerships with the community (This helps raise awareness to people who backed other projects), Customers, Product built
Team Credentials: CEO Founded YouNow and made #1 iPhone app, CTO's built a number of applications, Team all comes from history of successful startups
Advisors: Jake Brukhman (CoinFund), Marco Santori (Cooley), Nick Tomaino (1Confirmation), Manuel Araoz (CTO Open Zeppelin, Decentraland)
Project Overview: A Decentralized Ecosystem of Video Applications. PROPS is a new cryptocurrency that grants access to features, content and status across media apps that share a currency and identity layer, and whose users benefit from the PROPS rewards pool.
Team Credentials: CEO is an Attorney, worked for WeTrust and District0x. CMO writes for CoinTelegraph. CTO served as an engineer for Reuters.
Advisors: A number of advisors experienced in entrepreneurship and tech
Project Overview: Decentralized bounty hunting network. Platform enabling anyone to manage bounty programs, and bounty hunters to receive payment for completing bounty tasks.
Partnerships: Three confirmed clients.
Community Activity: Very active on reddit, Bounty0x, Active consistent updates for ~5 months
Token Sale: November 20th
Hitting the hard cap: This actually doesn't seem to correlate to a "pop" as much as you'd intuitively think. District0x is performing very well, for example, and only raised 20% of their $50m cap. Same goes for many of the other projects showing a good ROI. Market Conditions: Alts have been on a bumpy ride, but plenty still show a ROI, even recent ones. You just have to pick the ones you think will get funds backing them. Institutional funds are aggressively ramping up. Good projects that get large backers still raise plenty: Grid+ ($32m), Raiden ($33m), Enjin ($22m), WAX ($42M), QASH ($106m), Cosma ($95m), Ripio ($37m), Ignis ($21m), Polkadot ($145m), BLOCKv ($21m)
There was a post about Binance teaming up with Chainalysis where I commented my concerns but the post didn't get enough traction. So I want to share some concerns and instigate some discussion around the topic.
Chainalysis is a company that leases investigation software to companies and governments to track and identify the users of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. I can understand the positives to something like this which may be useful for tracking criminals and ensuring compliance. However, where do we draw the line? For a lot of people this goes against the fundamental principles of cryptocurrency. I'm not saying this company or their software shouldn't exist, but I don't think we should support them or anything like them unless their software was to be used for research purposes to improve the sector. The software or act itself isn't bad per se rather the intention and circumstances around them are perturbing. I have grave concerns that powerful groups and individuals - whether government, law enforcement or corporations can contract companies like Chainalysis to punish individuals even for legal activities.
Not to mention a lot of these companies are interconnected and invested in each other, which isn't a negative itself - but may raise red flags. E.g. Digital Currency Group is invested in Chainalysis, and also has financial positions in Blockstream, Bitpay, Bitso, Bitwala, Brave, Circle, Civic, Coinbase, CoinDesk, CoinJar, Decent, Kraken, Ledger, Luno, Parity, Purse, Ripio, Ripple, ShapeShift, ZCash etc. Funders Club which invests in DCG, which invests in Chainalysis is also invested in Coinbase, Slack, Chainalysis, Gitlab, KickPay and dozens and dozens more. Techstars is also partnered with Target, IBM, Amazon Alexa, Ford, Barclays, Bosch and many other big companies. I know this is a relatively emerging space, and it's not uncommon for start-up accelerators, VC and Angel Funds, and Investment companies to be few in number and willing to shell out the big bucks. However I do hope the trend reverses while crypto furthers into mainstream view and is adopted more regularly which will pave the way for great competition for funding seed rounds or even more distributed crowd-funding outcomes. In a world where everyone and everything is connected, surely this is not what we had in mind?
"“It was a bright day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”"
Chainalysis has services for governments to "Leverage pattern recognition, machine learning and open source references to identify suspicious activity across billions of cryptocurrency transactions." and imagine if authoritarian governments use it to track legitimate uses. Or a country where crypto is illegal, the government can use Chainalysis (who could partner with exchanges) to track who is using it and punish them. I hope they don't work with governments like China, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Syria, North Korea, Myanmar, Indonesia, Syria, Chad etc where either using Bitcoin is illegal or they're authoritarian, corrupt regimes. Most of the above aren't even sanctioned by OFAC. Imagine the Chinese government using this on their citizens given their corruption, random kidnappings and threats. Even the former Chief of Interpol wasn't safe. Or the Egypt Government sentencing an activist for 2 years for merely publishing a critical post on social media. Or activists getting charged with "contact with foreign entities with the aim of undermining the country’s stability and social fabric” for campaigning in Saudi Arabia.
IRS - The New Spooks?
The IRS also has a contract with Chainalysis to identify users and link them to transactions. Here's a letter from a Chainalysis Co-Founder sent to the IRS, saying they have information on 25% of all Bitcoin addresses, and that was in, or before August 2017.
Transactions in Bitcoin are made with pseudonyms, which need to be tied to real world identities in order to gain insights about the parties involved in a transaction and their purpose. Our tool has information on 25 per cent of all Bitcoin addresses, which account for approximately 50 per cent of all the Bitcoin activity. We additionally have over 4 million tags on Bitcoin addresses that we have scraped from web forums and leaked data sources including dark market forums and Mt Gox deposit and withdrawal information.
Source: Fortune It's scary how they use the word "need" and how much info they have "tagged." Here's a document showing the contract between Chainalysis and the IRS. The contract began during November 2015, where the first invoice amounted to $13,188 for a 12 month license to use Chainalysis' Reactor Investigator software. What do you think? Are my fears valid? Will this be used against us in the future?
Why I think the Argentinean Bitcoin revolution is imminent.
Today there was a record exchange of ARS (Argentinean Peso) to USD of 42 million USD. The value of ARS has been falling rapidly over the past few weeks (from 12/1 to 14/1). This trend is likely to continue because the economy is in a downtrend. The government will start to crack down on USD sales, which will make people look for alternative ways to keep their savings. There is enough infrastructure in place (about 8000 stores around the country) where you can easily buy Bitcoin. Once the availability of USD becomes more restricted, exchange agents will start to offer BTC, and once BTC becomes more popular, people will flock to it. Bank runs and economic collapses are frequent in Argentina. It has happened fairly regularly, roughly every 10 years over the past 4 decades. This crisis is a couple of years overdue. Disclaimer: this is only my opinion. I am not an expert or economist, just a simple Argentinean observer that reads the news and perceives the public's sentiment.
So I created a Crypto Index Fund of 35 Cryptos and I'm holding for 1 Year - A Case Study
I’ve decided to document my journey with an experiment in crypto investing that involves creating a Crypto Index Fund of sorts. With a nod and hat tip to Brett McLain (http://blog.mclain.ca/31-crypto-currencies-week-1/) who was the inspiration for this experiment, as he enters week 14 of his own. Where my experiment differs is in the number of cryptos selected, as well as the style of selection. Brett went with the Top 30 (actually he used 31 in the end) by Market Cap. For my experiment, I shall be selecting 35 cryptos that I’ve hand selected. First, let’s get the rules set. The Rules
$10 of each, exactly. So coins like Bitcoin that are worth considerably more than $10, will be piece bought.
All bought on same day. Price paid is whatever price they were going for that day.
Weekly update, with analysis of how things are going.
Similar to the other $10 in x cryptos experiments, only this is my 35 specially chosen cryptos, not the top 35 by market cap.
Mix of established coins, along with some very new projects and hedges against other projects (for example, BTC & BCH).
All cryptos were bought on Tuesday 21st November.
No more buying after the first day.
No rebalancing or selling.
Holding for 1 year.
Why Am I Doing This Experiment? Primarily, this is a thought experiment for me. It’s also a method that I hope proves whether a diversified portfolio is more effective in the long run than holding a single (or few) cryptos. I have longterm holds in a numbers of coins over a long period of time. This small-scale thought experiment is separate to that. And why do I think an “crypto index fund” is such a good idea? This: https://imgur.com/aIxx3zu That’s a picture of the whole crypto market cap over the last year. It’s rising constantly (especially in the last few months), and is only set to grow more (and more rapidly). So an index fund that tracks a large segment of the market should be a really good thing. My profit will rise as the overall crypto market cap rises. That’s what this experiment is all about. And if it isn’t a good thing, we will see. The Cryptos Here are the cryptocurrencies I selected (listed by price):
A lot of research and thought went into selecting these 35. I don’t want to get into too much detail about why I chose individual cryptos (although that might come later). First, I will answer the two most macro of questions first:
This is pretty simple. I wanted a large enough amount that would justify an “index fund” without being unwieldy. As this isn’t a traditional index fund, it would be ridiculously complex to buy 100s of cryptos individually and then be able to store them somewhere. I think 35 is a good number that allows for diversification and balance, without being too complex and unwieldly.
Why these cryptos?
Whether all of these 35 cryptos will turn out to be successful (and I define success as giving me at least a 1.5x ROI in a year), will be an interesting part of the experiment. I chose these 35 for specific reasons individually and I made sure to choose a number of project types - straight up currencies, platforms, dApps, protocols, etc. In this index fund, there will be small total supply coins, large total supply coins, large market cap coins, small market cap coins, old projects, new projects and everything in between. But all of them are good projects, I believe. Time will tell and I invite questions and discussion about the cryptos themselves in the comments. Based on their Market Cap rankings, I put the 35 cryptos into a number of types that I’ll explain a bit here:
The Big Boys
The Second Tier
The cryptos in The Big Boys section are pretty obvious. The established and time-tested players like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Dash fit here. In the Second Tier we have the potential future stars. Cryptos like NEO, OmiseGO and Lisk fit comfortably here. Whilst The Emerging Upstarts are filled with newer projects that are super solid, for example: Walton Chain, PowerLedger and Chainlink. By selecting older and newer projects in this “crypto index fund” I’m hoping to leverage both money coming into the established/known cryptos, as well as potentially making bigger market cap jumps with some of the new projects that have far to run. Potential Issues With the Experiment Some obvious issues with my method became apparent pretty quickly:
Firstly, certain cryptos will naturally have an advantage (at least early on), if they were down that day compared to their usual average.
Some coins were near all-time-highs, which will naturally skew the experiment a little and make it a little harder for them to succeed…at least in the early stages of the experiment. For example, Bitcoin happened to be very near its ATH when I bought it for the experiment. NEO and AdEx were also very near their tops.
The natural volatility of Bitcoin meant that I wasn’t able to hit exactly on $10 for each, and some of the values are therefore a little off-kilter because of that. I did the best I could.
Due to the relatively small amounts involved, I probably won’t be taking these off the exchanges I bought them on (transaction fees). Leaving on exchanges isn’t ideal (for obvious reasons), but this experiment is more about the thought experiment for me. My large holdings are in cold storage.
I built an app that ranks coins based on the growth of their communities (X-Post /r/CryptoCurrency)
Hi /crypto_general, I wanted to share a personal project that I figured some of you guys might be interested in. I have noticed in the 9 months (the most meme and stress filled of my life) of closely following the crypto markets, that one of the biggest factors in determining the future success of a coin, coming after only its technology, is the community surrounding it (see /NEO). This isn't always the best thing because fundamentals and the technology sometimes get ignored but its a fact of the market right now.
A community that can dispel all the FUD surrounding its coin, explain to the lay man the value and use case of the coin, or hype upcoming news without going overboard ( don’t see /NEO ;) ) is incredibly valuable to adding to the confidence of potential buyers. This is what inspired me to make Coinmunity.
Coinmunity is an app where you can easily stay on top of which coins are currently experiencing the most growth in their communities (reddit and twitter) and how it relates to their prices over time. In crypto, where hype plays such a huge role in the price, buying the rumor and selling the news is super important (even tho its so damn hard to ignore the FOMO). Coinmunity aggregates all the top posts from each coin’s subreddit so you can keep track of which coins have big upcoming events and learn more about coins you may not have heard of before - all in one place. You can download the iOS app here!
As of right now here are the top 20 coin communties of the day ordered by combined subreddit and twitter growth (Hopefully there will be a few you haven't researched yet):
If you would like to see some screenshots, here's an album.. Anyways, I hope this is ok to post here and that it can help some people pursue their dream of becoming an astronaut. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them. Thanks! p.s. dont do it!... hodl!!
edit: Features that will be added next:
Track your personal cryptocurrency investment portfolio
Receive real time price updates from multiple exchanges
Set Price alerts for buy order and sell orders
Add multiple worldwide currencies
edit #2: For those android users, I will connect the database to a web app ASAP while I am working on getting an android version up and running. If you would like to be notified about when this is complete either follow https://twitter.com/coinmunityapp or shoot me an email at [email protected]
Guide on How to Buy Vertcoin (VTC) – For various countries!
Note: This is a community effort! The methods listed are provided by our members. If your country is missing, feel free to leave a comment and add it in. Thank you! :D Hello fellow Vertans! We've had quite a few requests/questions on how to buy Vertcoin so this post is a compilation of ways to buy Vertcoin in various countries! Feel free to contribute for your country. I will add it to the list below as per your write up :) Please note that there may be more than one way to buy VTC aside from the one listed below. Please join us on our Discord if you would like to chat and discuss more about this (or anything else really! :D) In summary, the idea is to first exchange Fiat to any crypto that has fiat pairing available (eg. BTC / LTC), then move those over to an exchange (List of exchanges - https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/vertcoin/#markets) that offers VTC for trading.
Legend: [Platform/Exchanges] (Currency involved)
Argentina - [Ripio] (ARS to BTC) > [Bittrex] (BTC to VTC)
Brazil - [MercadoBitcoin] (BRL to LTC) > [Bittrex] (LTC to BTC) > [Bittrex] (BTC to VTC)
Canada - [Coinbase] (LTC) > [Bittrex] (LTC to BTC) > [Bittrex] (BTC to VTC) or [Coinbase] (LTC) > Shapeshift.io (LTC to VTC)
Caribbean - [CEX.io] (LTC) > [Shapeshift] (LTC to VTC)
EU - [LiteBit] (EUR to VTC)
EU, Netherlands - [LiteBit, iDeal] (EUR to VTC)
EU - [BL3P] (LTC) > [Bittrex] (LTC to BTC to VTC)
HK- [AnxPro] (HKD to BTC) > [Bittrex] (BTC to VTC)
Malaysia – [Luno/Localbitcoins] (MYR to BTC) > [Bittrex] (BTC to VTC)
Poland - [Bitmaszyna.pl] (PLN to LTC) > Shapeshift.io (LTC to VTC)
Romania - [Coinflux] (RON to LTC) > [Litebit.eu] (LTC to VTC)
Russia/Ukraine - [Yobit ] (RUB to BTC) > [Yobit] (BTC to VTC)
US – [Coinbase/GDAX/Gemini] (USD to LTC) > [Bittrex] (LTC to BTC) > [Bittrex] (BTC to VTC)
Happy buying, and happy hodl-ing! :) NOTE (4 Jan 2018): Currently Bittrex does not accept New Sign-ups. Alternatives = Poloniex (Or any other decent exchanges offering VTC . Check the list of exchanges above and do some quick reading to learn more! :) )
Cryptocurrencies plunge for the week with Bitcoin still below USD$6,550, forecasters project 54% per annum growth in the Cryptocurrency ATM industry over 5 years and Coinbase explores launching a Bitcoin ETF with BlackRock
Developments in Financial Services
Apex Clearing, a digital financial clearing and execution company, announced Wednesday of plans to launch a new cryptocurrency brokerage subsidiary. As a result, Apex’s clients, who are primarily wealth management and financial advisory firms, will have access to investment opportunities in cryptocurrencies. Initially in its brokerage service, Apex will include Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, and Ethereum before expanding to other coins.
The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has announced a six-month delay in the rollout of a specialized blockchain to facilitate equity transactions. ASX has been working to implement the blockchain since December 2017 and had plans to launch in late 2020. However, with the six-month setback, ASX will not launch the blockchain until March or April of 2021. ASX cited plans to devote more time to user development and testing in explaining its decision to delay the blockchain’s launch.
Abra, the cryptocurrency wallet startup, is now permitting deposits to come from European bank accounts. Users in Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) can now transfer Euros (or other national currencies) directly into Abra.
The ASX is delaying the roll-out of a blockchain settlement system until 2021. After receiving 41 written submissions form various stakeholders in the process (clearing & settlement, payment providers, market operators, etc), ASX management decided it makes sense to delay implementation and extend the development testing period.
Bittrex announced it is partnering with Cryptrofacil to launch a cryptocurrency trading exchange for Latin America. The new exchange will be based out of Uruguay.
Coinbase announced Thursday of plans to roll out new crypto trading pairs for the British pound. David Farmer, general manager of Coinbase Pro, said in a blog that Coinbase Pro will begin offering trading services for the pound against Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum Classic, and Litecoin. Coinbase Pro already offers trading services for the pound against bitcoin.
Crypto.com is launching its first cryptocurrency debit card in Singapore. The company raised USD$25mm this past June in its an ICO. Crypto.com will be partnering with payment provider Visa to deliver its debit card.
Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, the largest bank in China, has announced it will focus on investing in “intelligent banking” and the deployment of new financial technologies. The goal of the bank is to introduce “smart banking” to the financial ecosystem in China.
ResearchandMarkets.com forecasts that the crypto ATM industry will grow to USD$114.5mm by CY2023 and implies a per annum growth rate of ~54.7%. The company suggests the majority of the growth will come from two-way ATMs which let customer change digital currency into fiat and vice-versa. Furthermore, the reported by ResearchandMarkets.com posits that that the majority of the crypto ATMs will be based in North America. At the moment, crypto ATM industry is forecasted to be ~USD$16.3mm.
Robinhood, the mobile zero-fee investment app, revealed Thursday that the firm is actively looking for a CFO while citing ‘definite’ plans for the firm to go public. Robinhood CEO Baiju Bhatt expanded, saying, “it’s definitely on the horizon, not in the immediate term, but that’s something we are thinking about.”
After making a controversial move to hold themselves to know-your-customer (KYC) regulations, ShapeShift exchange is facing criticism from users across the crypto industry. In explaining their decision, CEO Erik Voorhees explained that the idea of requiring customers to hand over private information is something the exchange has struggled with for a long time, but they believe this is the best decision to help the firm navigate the regulatory environment.
Breugel, a Belgium-based think tank, argues that the EU should create a single standard for regulating cryptocurrencies for the Euro-bloc. The group believes there should be common regulations for crypto exchanges and ICOs.
Global crypto wallet Abra will begin enabling the direct purchase and sale of cryptocurrencies with European bank accounts, the company announced Tuesday in a press release. Users will now be able to transfer euros and other national currencies into their wallet, which can then be used to purchase any of 28 cryptocurrencies offered by the crypto wallet.
The Iranian government has accepted the mining of cryptocurrencies as a formal industry. The Supreme Cyberspace Council is now focusing on developing a framework for regulation of the crypto mining industry.
Members of the European Parliament met Tuesday to review a proposal of regulatory framework that would surround initial coin offerings (ICO). If passed, the proposal would cap token sales of an ICO at EUR 8 million and hold offerings to know-your-customeanti-money-laundering regulations. The framework would allow projects to raise funds in any of the 28 EU member nations.
The Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said Tuesday that it plans to release trading rules for cryptocurrency exchanges to follow, according to local news outlets. The Philippines has been an early mover in crypto regulation, having already published regulatory framework for initial coin offerings and requiring actual registration of crypto exchanges.
A high-ranking official of Ukraine's Finance Ministry, Sergey Verlanov, explained in an interview that Ukrainians are expected to pay the regular 19.5% income tax on profits from crypto related activities. Verlanov went on to add that while cryptocurrencies have no official legal status in Ukraine, they are common items deemed intangible assets.
An order issued by Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoev on Sunday states that Uzbekistan will no longer charge tax on cryptocurrency related income and that licensed cryptocurrency exchanges will not be held to the country’s securities and exchanges regulations. This announcement comes as Uzbekistan is attempting to attract cryptocurrency related businesses to the country.
Andreas Antonopoulos, Bitcoin evangelist, believes Bitcoin ETFs will be negative for Bitcoin long-term as it will let investor speculate about its price more easily. Antonopoulos believes a Bitcoin ETF will permit market makers to manipulate Bitcoin markets and that individual investors would move away from playing an important part in the decision-making process of the cryptocurrency ecosystem (since they would inevitably shy away from the responsibilities of owning Bitcoin key).
Bill Barhydt, CEIO of cryptocurrency payment startup Abra, during an interview on CNBC’s Coin Rush, suggests the SEC is rejecting Bitcoin ETFs because the applicants don’t “fit the mold of who the SEC is used to approving.” Barhydty suggests a trusted financial organization has better probability of getting a Bitcoin ETF approved than a startup.
Bitcoin Depot has launched 20 crypto ATMS in California to bring its total global installed base to 160. The company expects to reach 200 installed ATMs globally by year-end. With an install rate of 7 ATM/months, Bitcoin Depot may not reach its management goal of 1,000 installed Bitcoin ATMs by CY2020.
Bitcoin’s market capitalization is back to 55% of total digital currency market capitalization, the highest level since December 2017.
Bitmain’s AntPool has activated AsicBoost, a controversial method of mining Bitcoin more efficiently. AsicBoost exploits a previously known weakness in Bitcoin’s proof-of-work algorithm that allows for faster mining. Bitmain notably holds a patent in China for a system that exploits the Bitcoin network’s weakness in order to increase mining productivity.
Bitfi, previously advertised as an unhackable Bitcoin wallet, has withdrawn its claim that it is not hackable after cybersecurity researchers were able to discover serious security flaws in Bitfi’s technology.
Bittrex has decided to delist Bitcoin Gold following failure by the cryptocurrency to pay Bittrex the monthly listing fee of USD$262,907.
Blockchain identity startup Civic has decided to use 333 million of its 1 billion supply of CVC token (~USD$43mm) to pay for the costs of identity checks of users on its platform as well as stress-testing the protocol.
Blockstream VP Warren Togami warned investors on Tuesday of a possible ‘51 percent’ attack on Bitcoin Cash’s blockchain. With a hashrate below 8% of Bitcoin’s , Togami warned that a ‘51 percent attack’ could render the cryptocurrency useless. In his rantings on Twitter, Togami cited Bitcoin Cash’s similarity to Feathercoin, a cryptocurrency who’s ‘51 percent’ attack left the coin obsolete.
Cannabis publication, High Times, reported Wednesday that they would be accepting cryptocurrency for its ongoing initial public offering (IPO). High Times initially announced that it would accept bitcoin and Ethereum in the beginning of August; however, it rolled back on its announcement citing regulation issues. Despite the rollback, it appears that bitcoin has remained a payment option in the publication’s IPO.
Cryptocurrencies underwent a harsh selloff Wednesday morning with the top 100 coins losing $12 billion of market cap in just one hour. Most notably, Bitcoin’s price dipped below the $7,000 level and Ethereum lost more than 11% in the last 24 hours. CNBC crypto analyst Ran NeuNer cited that a possible reasoning for this price move could be a large sell-off of digital assets from a crypto wallet that may be associated with the infamous Silk Road.
Google is rolling out an update to its Big Data service that will help investors “visualize” the Ethereum blockchain. The platform, BigQuery, will permit users to visualize behavior and clustering on the Ethereum blockchain.
IBM announced today of a partnership with Hu-manity.co to develop a ‘health data application that utilizes blockchain technology. This is not the first time the tech giant has partnered on a blockchain related projects, announcing partnerships earlier in the year with SecureKey and Sovrin.
According to iPR Daily, Alibaba and IBM have filed the largest number of blockchain-related patents to date. Alibaba has filed for 90 different blockchain-related patents while IBM has filed 89. Mastercard is 3rd on the list at 80.
Japanese city Tsukuba has officially become the first Japanese city to test a voting system that leverages blockchain technology. The blockchain voting system allows citizens to vote on different social contribution project proposals, such as the construction of a cheap sporting facility and the creation of a new cancer diagnostics center.
A malware that targets Bitcoin ATMs is on sale in underground markets for approximately US$25,000 according to Trend Micro. The malware exploits a service vulnerability and utilizes Near-Field Communication or pre-written cards that are provided to the buyers of the malware.
The Mega Chrome extension for the Chrome internet browser has been compromised. Hackers can now steal a user’s Monero as well as sensitive information according to chatrooms on Reddit and posts on Twitter.
The People’s Bank of China announced Tuesday that it has officially launched the testing phase of its blockchain trade finance platform, according to the Shanghai Securities News. The new blockchain aims to provide an “open financial and trade ecosystem based on the Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau Bay are.” The new blockchain should help banks conduct business authenticity audits, slash business costs, and improve efficiencies while helping regulators monitor various financial activities and improve interdepartmental information sharing.
Ripio, an Argentinian startup that ICO’d last year, has launched its full service, offering microloans to some 200,000 bitcoin wallet users in Argentina. Ripio’s blockchain connects lenders with borrowers from across the globe by leveraging Ethereum smart contracts. Ripio said its microloans can be issued for as much as US$730 and its average loan size is around $146.
Rising RAM costs are making the costs of EOS dapps cost prohibitive for developers. RAM, according to analysis by CoinDesk.com, has to be bought at market prices using EOS, with trades taking place on the Bancor algorithm. Each EOS dapp user takes 4 kilobytes of RAM to onboard for developers. According to the current RAM price, that's around $3.12 per user.
The South Korean government continues to make a push to invest and trial blockchain technologies in the public sector. According to CoinDesk.com, The Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) is looking to increasing the number of blockchain starter projects in the public sector from 6 to 12 by CY2019.
Southeast Asia’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Coins, reported that it tripled its user count over the last fiscal year, going from 1.5 million users to over 5 million users. Coins is located in the Philippines and has grown by aggressively targeting foreign markets, specifically Malaysia and Thailand.
A survey by YouGov Omnibus finds that half of American Millennials are interested in using cryptocurrencies. The survey covered 1,202 persons and according to the results, 79% of the respondents knew of at least one cryptocurrency and 71% knew of Bitcoin.
Wal-Mart plans to begin testing the effectiveness of automated delivery drones based on blockchain protocol. The blockchain technology is meant to replace the elements of the delivery process that is dependent on “trust”.
While testifying in front of a US Congressional committee Wednesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the social media giant believes blockchain may be a potential solution to the lack of trust between social media companies and their users. Dorsey cited that a decentralized blockchain would help to establish digital trust between the company and users, and that a blockchain may help to solve problems introduced in social media within the last two years.
The Winklevoss twins have won a patent for a cold storage method of protecting crypto keys that involves air-gapped computers, geographically remote vaults, plastic cards, and papyrus. The patent, awarded on Tuesday, was awarded to the brothers’ firm, Winklevoss IP, LLC by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Wyre, a crypto payments startup, has acquired Hedgy, a venture capitalist backed bitcoin smart contract development firm. Wyre hopes to leverage the acquisition of Hedgy in order to wider their crypt financial ecosystem, specifically by offering more financial instruments, such as forwards, swaps, and more.
The New York Agreement (NYA) was the official start of the SegWit2X project. It was signed by some 50 companies and individuals. Some of those dropped off along the way. Six of them signed the "surrrender" message to the development list. What about the other people and companies in the orginal list? Did they know/support the cancellation? What is their position now? In particular, what about Barry Silbert and the Digital Currency Group, who seemed to be the locomotive of that train? National Enquirer mind wants to know... The NYA signatories as of 2017-05-25:
1Hash (China) Abra (United States) ANX (Hong Kong) Bitangel.com /Chandler Guo (China) BitClub Network (Hong Kong) Bitcoin.com (St. Kitts & Nevis) - Roger Ver's site, promised to support BCH on 2017-11-09. Bitex (Argentina) bitFlyer (Japan) Bitfury (United States) Bitmain (China) - Jihan Wu's company, signed "quit" message 2017-11-08. BitPay (United States) - CEO Stephen Pair asked S2X to give up on 2017-??-??. BitPesa (Kenya) BitOasis (United Arab Emirates) Bitso (Mexico) Bitwala (Germany) Bixin.com (China) Blockchain (UK) Bloq (United States) - Jeff Garzik's company, signed "quit" message 2017-11-08. btc.com (China) BTCC (China) BTC.TOP (China) BTER.com (China) Circle (United States) Civic (United States) Coinbase (United States) Coins.ph (Phillipines) CryptoFacilities (UK) Decentral (Canada) Digital Currency Group (United States) F2Pool (China) - withdrew from NYA on 2017-??-??. Filament (United States) Gavin Andresen (United States) Genesis Global Trading (United States) Genesis Mining (Hong Kong) GoCoin (Isle of Man) Grayscale Investments (United States) Guy Corem (Israel) Jaxx (Canada) - withdrew from NYA on 2017-??-??. Korbit (South Korea) Luno (Singapore) MONI (Finland) Netki (United States) OB1 (United States) Purse (United States) Ripio (Argentina) Safello (Sweden) SFOX (United States) ShapeShift (Switzerland) - Eric Vorhees company, signed "quit" message 2017-11-08. surBTC (Chile) - Added BCH trading on 2017-11-13 or so. Unocoin (India) Vaultoro (Germany) Veem (United States) ViaBTC (China) Wayniloans (Argentina) Xapo (United States) - Wences Casares's company, signed "quit" message 2017-11-08. Yours (United States) - Ryan X. Charles, Switched to Bitcoin Cash on 2017-??-??
What we know so far about Anonymous Bitcoin (BTCA)
Since the televised announcement on CNBC Africa's Crypto Trader show (28 April 2018: Youtube Crypto Trader), Anonymous Bitcoin has developed a large following. But there is still mis-information circulating. What is known, and what are we yet to discover about this project? The team is listed on the website as: JAKE GREENBAUM Founder SAM ABBASSI Dev Team Lead CHRISTOPHER ARGUELLO Dev Team Lead DR. ELI M. BLATT Advisor STIAN ROENNING Media Production Lead STEVEN NERAYOFF Advisor PANAMA CRYPTO Advisor ADRIAN ACOSTA ESQ. Crypto Compliance LESTER RODRIGUEZ ESQ. Crypto ComplianceMARC RAPPAPORT ESQ. Crypto Compliance SEBASTIAN BENAVIDES J.D Translation Specialist SHAURYA MALWA Advisor - Fintech It has been noted that the addition of Steven Nerayoff to the team gives this project undeniable legitimacy. As the Anonymous websites points out: Steven is infamous for his innovative work as the legal architect of Ethereum's record setting token sale. This framework continues to be the basic structure used throughout the world. Today, he is instrumental in defining the industry standards. As the founder of Alchemist, he specializes in blockchain project development and investment. Steven is a blockchain pioneer with his involvement in top projects including: Ethereum, Lisk, Bancor, tZERO, ZenCash, ZCash, Ripio, Aion and Storm. So who is Jake Greenbaum, the Founder? His LinkedIn profile shows that he has an education in Law: St. Thomas University School of Law, and Indiana University Bloomington. He has articles published at Bitcoinist.net and at BTCMANAGER. Redditors are also familiar with Jake's regular posts on the theCryptoKingdom subreddit where he analyses the crypto space and provides his insights. In addition Jake has two popular Discord channels (The Crypto Kingdom boasts over 4k subscribers), where he has established a diverse community of learned (and also some, lets shall we say, colorful) critics and admirers alike. Far from being a king living a distant life, Jake is known for being hard-working (publishling at a prolific rate), approachable (often answering questions directed at him), generous (giving his community ownership of the 'kingdom' through active participation, and running competitions paying actual ETH for involvement), fair-minded (reluctant to ban, or have his moderators do so), open to constructive criticism (even inviting it), and giving freely and often of his knowledge and insights. Jake's team is also showing that they share some of his qualities. The anonymous discord has multiple examples of where community ideas are being taken on board by the developers, notably the change to the website presentation. When is Anonymous Bitcoin going to be available, and how? The fork will be of BTC and ZCL, giving holders of these coins a 1:1 ratio of the new coin. The snapshot will take place on September 10, 2018. Jakes own announcement of the plan can be found here on btcmanager .com "a big forking announcement". Some initial details, such as the use of zkSNARKs, and equihash algorithm can be found in the article and are discussed in the CNBC interview. Masternodes? Masternodes is one detail the community eagerly awaits to hear more about, and here is one clue we can find on the Anonymous Discord from Sam Abbassi himself: Amf- a lot of people have been asking about required amount to have their own masternode. When do you think they will find out Sam A- more than likely end of this week. we like the idea of giving early adopters an advantage but also would like to lower the barrier to entry down the line for other people who'd like to become a masternode. Isnt BTCA used already? Anonymous Bitcoin currently uses BTCA, as does BitAir, but a tweet from the project invites members of the community to have their say on the final form. Is this something to do with...? To clear up any confusion, this project has nothing to do with the BTCP fork, or the XPM fork. ZCL is open-source, and there is no ZCL involvement from any of the factions. What is yet to be announced : Whitepaper Roadmap Exchange support Masternode, wallet, and other finer details
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