Tron and Binance Coin Make Big Gains Ahead of the BitTorrent Token Sale

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Tron and Binance Coin Make Big Gains Ahead of the BitTorrent Token Sale
This launch follows the platform’s announcement earlier this month about its launch of new blockchain projects.
As they said from the company, as a part of their continued support for transformative crypto and blockchain projects worldwide, Binance Launchpad will be helping BitTorrent to launch BTT, not only by providing a launch platform but also by offering a full advisory service.
Binance Research, the institutional-grade research division of Binance for blockchain projects, has now a new research report on BTT.
Many internet users today are familiar with the BitTorrent peer-to-peer protocol invented by Bram Cohen that powers the torrent clients used around the world. The addition of the BTT token extends the familiar protocol to create a token-based economy for networking, bandwidth, and storage resources on the existing Bittorrent network, thus providing a way for network participants to capture the value of sharing bandwidth and storage.
Users of torrent clients are familiar with challenges such as slow downloads and files that become unavailable over time. By creating incentives for users to share, the token will enable faster download speeds and better swarm longevity for the entire network.
The token sale for BTT is being conducted in advance of BitTorrent’s plan to launch BitTorrent Speed, a new solution that connects and rewards users with BTT for sharing files in a peer-to-peer network, this summer.
TRON-Based Tokens Making the Top 10 Crypto
Tron, a decentralized app platform looking to rival Ethereum, has leaped higher over the last 24 hours, adding more than 10% and making the top 10 cryptocurrency worth more than $2 billion in total for the first time since August.

According to @CoinMarketCap, #TRON ranked 7th, the price of #TRX is $0.02990, market value reached $1.993B which exceeded that of #LTC and #XLM. Go #TRON. $TRX pic.twitter.com/V6gloK32bS
— Justin Sun (@justinsuntron) January 27, 2019

The Tron price has now passed both Litecoin and Stellar after a strong few months to take the seventh spot in the rankings of world’s biggest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, according to CoinMarketCap, which tracks most major digital tokens.
The sale will begin at 3 pm (UTC) and will take place in two sessions where investors can invest with either TRX or BNB. The two sessions will occur in this format:
TRX Session – 35,640,000,000 BTT (60% of the public sale)
BNB Session – 23,760,000,000 BTT (40% of the public sale)
As Justin Sun indicates in the tweet below, the BitTorrent Token (BTT) goes on sale on January 28th on Binance Launchpad:

BitTorrent $BTT will be exclusively available on #BinanceLaunchpad on Jan. 28th, 2019 at 7 AM PST! 👉 $TRX session https://t.co/3c1SSfFuDv 👉 $BNB session https://t.co/rrp2F3kbCC pic.twitter.com/lJ7t0I58xa
— Justin Sun (@justinsuntron) January 17, 2019

In both cases, there is a limit of $20,000 that any single investor can make with either token. The minimum amount, however, is 100,000 BTT and a single BTT token is worth about $0.000177. While the sale is supposed to last till February 3rd, it could be terminated early if the hard cap is reached before then. Once tokens are paid for, they will be distributed within 15 days and there will be an additional BTT token airdrop on February 11, 2019.
Here is what the TRON developers’ documentation has to say about the two types of token that operate on the TRON platform:
“TRC-10 is a technical token standard supported by TRON blockchain natively, without the TRON Virtual Machine (TVM). TRC-20 is a technical standard used for smart contracts on the TRON blockchain for implementing tokens with the TRON Virtual Machine (TVM). It is fully compatible to ERC-20.”
What is a BitTorrent Protocol?
BitTorrent is “a communication protocol for peer-to-peer file sharing (P2P) which is used to distribute data and electronic files over the Internet.” Sending or receiving files is done via a BitTorrent client, i.e. a program that implements this protocol, that is running on an internet-connected computer.
Designed in 2001 by American computer programmer Bram Cohen, the BitTorrent protocol can be used to reduce the server and network impact of distributing large files.
Rather than downloading a file from a single source server, the BitTorrent protocol allows users to join a ‘swarm’ of hosts to upload to/download from each other simultaneously. Using the BitTorrent protocol, several basic computers, such as home computers, can replace large servers while efficiently distributing files to many recipients.
Tron and Binance Coin Make Big Gains Ahead of the BitTorrent Token Sale

Facebook Q4 2018 Earnings: Should You Buy FB Stock Ahead?

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Facebook Q4 2018 Earnings: Should You Buy FB Stock Ahead?
Facebook’s top line continues to show tremendous growth. Analysts think that once its revenue got to a certain level that its growth would plateau. That moment has yet to arrive. Implied 26% revenue growth this quarter follows 33% growth in Q3. Operating income only grew 13% Y/Y as operating income margin fell to 42% from 50% in the year-earlier period.
Facebook has increased investments in infrastructure, safety, and security in reaction to regulatory pressures.
Facebook stock plummeted in July 2018 after it had climbed back following its Cambridge Analytica scandal. Stories and worries have continued since last spring. But Facebook is not alone in some of the backlash it has delt with regarding its outsized control over the spread of information, with the likes of Google and Twitter facing similar challenges.
With that said, most investors likely ran away from FB stock because it committed billions of dollars to clean up and safeguard its platform, which it said will likely cause its operating margin to fall into the “mid-30s on a percentage basis” over a more than two-year period. FB’s operating margin sunk to 42% last quarter down from 50% in the third quarter of 2017.
Monthly active users (“MAUs”) are already slowing. More than 2.6 billion people use Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger each month, up from 2.5 billion in Q2 2018. This is a big selling point to advertisers; they can reach over 2 billion people with one advertising campaign. The question is, “How do you value that pool of users?”
Number of daily active users (DAUs) were 1.495 billion, up 127 million year over year and 24 million sequentially, and represented 66% of MAUs. Asia-Pacific was Facebook’s fastest growing market in the quarter, driven by growth in India, Indonesia and the Philippines. Asia-Pacific DAUs increased 85 million year over year and 15 million sequentially to 561 million.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fourth-quarter DAUs Asia and MAUs Asia is pegged at 582 million and 953 million, respectively.
Facebook also stated that more than 2.6 billion people use its “Family” of services, which includes Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, on a monthly basis. Additionally, more than 2 billion people use at least one of its services daily, on an average.
Analysts Forecast Average Annual Earnings Growth of 18%
If it’s to believe Nasdaq’s analysts, Facebook now faces a couple tough hurdles. Advertisers have yet to flee the company and its massive audience, but there is fear that if Facebook continues to make headlines regarding user privacy that traffic will start to drop significantly, and advertisers will start to sever ties with the social media leader. However, at least for now, earnings continue to rise. And analysts forecast average annual earnings growth of 18% for the next five years.
Given the company’s history of posting big earnings surprises the forecast could be greatly understating what the future actually holds for the company. Facebook is also losing the teen audience with other platforms like Instagram and Snapchat gaining in relevance.
Bull cases for Facebook’s stock typically include some degree of confidence that Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger develop into valuable revenue streams. Earlier this month, analysts were saying that it could be more important, down the line, than the company’s newsfeed.
As heard through the Q3 earnings call, this forecast had been reinforced for Q4. Reasons cited for this poorer outlook includes the slower monetization of product services and in certain geographies, impact of data privacy initiatives on pricing growth and displacement of ad opportunities from focusing on growth of new products. Some of these new products mentioned includes the likes of the IGTV and Facebook Watch.
Zuckerberg: “People Assume We Do Things We Don’t Do”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave the interview for the Wall Street Journal, defending his company saying that there were “misreported” claims that the social network sells user data.
He claims that the lack of a price tag on Facebook’s service has become an area of “complexity” when it comes to trying to understand its business model.
“In an ordinary transaction, you pay a company for a product or service they provide. Here you get our services for free — and we work separately with advertisers to show you relevant ads. This model can feel opaque, and we’re all distrustful of systems we don’t understand,” he added.
Facebook Q4 2018 Earnings: Should You Buy FB Stock Ahead?

Bitcoin Trading Platform LocalBitcoins Hacked with Thousands of Dollars Stolen

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Bitcoin Trading Platform LocalBitcoins Hacked with Thousands of Dollars Stolen
Though crypto platforms do their best to ensure the highest security of funds of their clients, due to the nature of the modern technologies the threat still exists. Hackers always try to detect the weak points in platforms’ protection and use them in their interests staying unnoticed.
This time sad new have come from peer-to-peer trading service LocalBitcoins.
Phishing Attack
According to the information revealed, this popular peer-to-peer trading site has suffered from a significant attack and theft. The administration of the site detected that a hacker or a hacker group had gained access to a range of user accounts.
Having detected a security vulnerability in the LocalBitcoins forum, the attacker managed to redirect some LocalBitcoins site users to a purposely created fake login page which helped the hacker to steal their usernames and passwords. Such a scheme is rather common for a phishing attack.
Though this unknown third-party feature initially let the attacker’s plan be successfully fulfilled, it hasn’t affected the KYC database of LocalBitcoins.
The exact number of users who have become victims of this attack is not disclosed yet, nevertheless, it is known that at list six users have suffered from the hack.
Details of the Attack
It was a Reddit user who was the first to warn others about the issue:
“When visiting the localbitcoins forum […] users are prompted to log into their account, as if they have been logged out. This only seems to happen if you are already logged in. This is is [SIC] a PHISHING SITE and 2FA codes are being used to empty customer accounts. Withdrawals have since been suspended by LocalBitcoins.”
If the address of the hacker (of the group of attackers) was identified correctly by one of the users who claimed to be a victim of the attack, a total of 7.95205862 BTC has been sent to this address in five different transactions. It means that about $28,000 has been stolen so far.
When the administrators of LocalBitcoins detected the issue, they managed to react rather quickly and lock down outgoing transactions in order to investigate the case. But given the fact that LocalBitcoins has reopened outgoing transactions, it can be concluded that the threat has been eliminated and the site can be used absolutely safely.
“Your LocalBitcoins accounts are currently safe to log in and use – we encourage you to enable Two-factor authentication, if you have not yet. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this might have caused”, wrote the company in its official statement.
Other Crypto Criminal Cases
Unfortunately, it’s far not the first case when fraudsters tried to earn money in the crypto sphere in a completely illegal way.
Among other egregious cases that took place not so long ago, we can mention the situation in Sweden where some fraudsters were offering people a possibility to buy e-kronas, the national digital currency that does not exist. In general, the idea of launching the national crypto in the country had been discussed earlier but the final decision had not been taken, so somebody used this situation to make money.
Another case that has happened this year already is the issue on the Ethereum Classic (ETC) blockchain. As CoinSpeaker has reported, during a deep chain reorganization approximately $500,000 worth of Ethereum Classic was spent more than once.
Crypto exchanges are quite often affected by hackers. One the recent examples is crypto exchange MapleChange based in Canada. This attack has resulted in the loss of the whole consumer-owned funds.
All these cases prove that each crypto investor should bear in mind the risks that he or she may face investing significant funds into the crypto industry.
Bitcoin Trading Platform LocalBitcoins Hacked with Thousands of Dollars Stolen

Ripple Price Analysis: XRP Targets Fresh Lows Below $0.2880

Ripple price failed to stay above the main $0.3085 support and declined heavily against the US dollar.
There are two major bearish trend lines formed with resistance near $0.3180 on the 4-hours chart of the XRP/USD pair (data source from Poloniex).
The pair remains at a risk of more losses as long as it is trading below the $0.3200 pivot level.

Ripple price failed to gain strength and declined heavily below $0.3140 against the US Dollar. XRP may continue to move down and it could even break the $0.2880 swing low.
Ripple Price Analysis
In the last analysis, we discussed that ripple price remains at a risk of significant losses below $0.3140 against the US Dollar. The XRP/USD pair failed to gain strength above the $0.3200 resistance and the 55 simple moving average (4-hours). Bitcoin, Ethereum, EOS, TRX and bitcoin cash gained bearish momentum, dragging XRP below $0.3100. The price even broke the $0.3060 support level to enter a bearish zone. During the decline, the price even cleared the 61.8% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $0.2880 low to $0.3297 high.
It opened the doors for more gains below $0.3000 and 55 simple moving average (4-hours). At the outset, the price is testing the 76.4% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $0.2880 low to $0.3297 high. If it breaks the $0.2975 level, it could decline towards the $0.2880 swing low. More importantly, there is a risk of more losses below the $0.2880 low. The next stop could be $$0.2720 or the 1.236 Fib extension level of the last wave from the $0.2880 low to $0.3297 high. On the upside, the first resistance is near the $0.3060 level. Moreover, there are two major bearish trend lines formed with resistance near $0.3180 on the 4-hours chart of the XRP/USD pair.

Looking at the chart, ripple price is clearly at a risk of more losses unless buyers manage to surpass the $0.3200 pivot level.
Technical indicators
4-hours MACD – The MACD for XRP/USD is placed heavily in the bearish zone.
4-hours RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for XRP/USD is currently well below the 20 level.
Key Support Level – $0.2880
Key Resistance Level – $0.3200
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JPMorgan Claims Bitcoin is No Longer Profitable to Mine

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JPMorgan Claims Bitcoin is No Longer Profitable to Mine
Some time ago, it could seem that almost everyone went crazy about crypto mining. People were actively building their private farms investing quite impressive sums in powerful equipment but it could really bear fruit.
But is there any sense to enter the sphere of Bitcoin mining now? According to analysts from JPMorgan Chase & Co., the American multinational investment bank and financial services company, it is not feasible at all.
After having conducted a throughout research, the experts found out that the production-weighted cost to create one Bitcoin in the fourth quarter was approximately $4,060 worldwide.
It means that if at the moment Bitcoin (BTC) is trading at $3,473.70 per coin, you will spend more to generate one Bitcoin than you will get as a reward. So, looking at the current price, we can see that Bitcoin mining is not a very good idea for the majority of people living on the Earth.
Low-cost Mining in China
But there is a clear group of miners who still have a chance to win in this situation. In China to generate one Bitcoin you will need to pay practically twice less. The estimated sum is around $2,400 per one unit.
Expenses on electricity are one of the biggest for miners as their the high-powered computer needs a lot of power to process data blocks to earn Bitcoin. Given the prices for electricity worldwide, it is rather clear why the costs for mining are so high.
Nevertheless, direct power purchasing agreements with electricity generators who are trying to sell excess power generation help Chinese miners to reduce their expenses.
“The drop in Bitcoin prices from around $6,500 throughout much of October to below $4,000 now has increasingly pushed margins further and further negative for just about every region except low-cost Chinese miners,” explained JPMorgan analysts led by Natasha Kaneva.
Future of Mining
It is expected that if the situation remains the same, a great number of miners will be forced to quit the game. But it is still only a potential variant. According to JPMorgan, production shares of miners that are based in the Czech Republic, U.S. and Iceland have been expanding over the past year or even a little bit more.
But if the number of miners decreases, the production costs will fall. For example, if only Chinese miners remain, it will cost less than $1,260 to get one Bitcoin.
No Real Value
Moreover, analysts have stated that Bitcoin, as well as other cryptocurrencies, have no real value.
In general, JP Morgan Chase doesn’t have a very optimistic opinion on the future of crypto. According to the company’s analysts, cryptocurrencies will have a chance to succeed acting as money only if a majority of the people lose their faith in traditional financial concepts including banking and the value of gold.
JPMorgan Claims Bitcoin is No Longer Profitable to Mine

Kik is Getting Ready for the Legal Battle with the SEC

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Kik is Getting Ready for the Legal Battle with the SEC
Initial coin offerings (ICOs) have become widely spread, but not all are positive about this new form of funding. Regulators of the U.S. are continuously taking measures against ICOs. Jay Clayton, a commissioner at the U.S.’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), stated earlier that ICOs are not exempt from the financial legislature. According to Clayton, ICOs are extremely risky and connected with fraud and manipulation.
Jay Clayton said:
“I believe every ICO I’ve seen is a security.”
He goes by the 1934 Securities Exchange Act which states:
“The term ‘‘security’’ means any note, stock, treasury stock, security future, security-based swap, bond, debenture, certificate of interest or participation in any profit-sharing agreement… but shall not include currency or any note, draft, bill of exchange, or banker’s acceptance which has a maturity at the time of issuance.”
ICOs have become the reason of disagreement between SEC and Canada-based social media giant Kik that is planning to take the SEC to court over a potential enforcement action against 2017 KIN token offering.
In 2017, Kik raised nearly $100M for its new Kin token to be used by messenger’s 15 million users as the primary transaction currency. More than 10,000 people from 117 countries contributed to this token distribution event. $42M out of total $98.8M was raised in the first 48 hours of sale.
According to Kik CEO Ted Livingston, a few days after their token sale had started, the SEC began taking enforcement action over the ICO. On Medium, Livingston wrote:

“Since then, our conversations slowly ramped up — first with more questions, then with subpoenas over the winter, and then formal testimony in Washington over the summer. This process culminated with them issuing us a Wells Notice on November 16, 2018. This notice outlines why the SEC thinks there has been a securities infraction.
On December 7, 2018, we submitted our Wells Response. This response outlines the many reasons why we think there has not been an infraction.”

Further, he said:

“The next step is for the SEC staff to take these two documents and decide if they want to make a recommendation to the four SEC commissioners to authorize a case against us.”

Livingston also told the Wall Street Journal about the company’s upcoming legal battle with the Washington D.C. regulatory giant. The company believes that its rebuttal may set a precedent for the entire crypto industry. Kik’s lawyers said:
“Bringing the proposed enforcement action against Kik and the foundation would amount to doubling down on a deeply flawed regulatory and enforcement approach.”
The Kik Interactive’s official Wells Response states:
“[T]he Staff’s proposed enforcement action against Kik and the Kin Foundation will likewise fail any rigorous analysis of whether offers and sales of Kin amounted to offers or sales of a “security” within the scope of Section 5 of the ’33 Act. Kin was designed, marketed, and offered as a currency to be used as a medium of exchange within a new digital economy.”
If the judge determines that Kik’s ICO wasn’t a securities offering, the company will be safe from hefty fines and other stringent measures. Moreover, it will also aid dozens of other projects struggling under the SEC’s iron fist. Kik said:
“This situation is not unique to Kik. There are dozens of projects at a similar point with the SEC. We all believe that this industry needs regulation, but we also believe that this is not the way to get it.”
The company itself believes that Kin is “one cryptocurrency that truly is a currency”. Supported by over 30 apps live in the Google Play and iOS App Stores, Kin is used by hundreds of thousands of people.
Kik is Getting Ready for the Legal Battle with the SEC

Bitcoin Price Analysis: BTC/USD Trends of January 28–February 03, 2019

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: BTC/USD Trends of January 28–February 03, 2019
Key Highlights:

Bitcoin price broke out of the ranging movement;
the Bulls lost the momentum on the 4-Hour chart;
there is a probability for further declination of BTC price.

BTC/USD Long-term Trend: Ranging
Resistance levels: $3,679, $4,237, $4,692
Support levels: $3,247, $2,765, $1,956
BTC/USD continues in a ranging phase on the long-term outlook. The strong bearish daily candle that broke down and closed below the $3,679 price level on January 20, followed by another bearish candle turned to doji candle prevented Bitcoin price to find support at the previous low of $3,247 and the coin continues consolidating around the $3,679 price level. The bears’ pressure was weak and the bulls also had low momentum and the coin could not rally.
The BTC price remains under the 21-day EMA and 50-day EMA is still above the 21-day EMA implies that the cryptos is bearish but ranging on a spot in the BTC market. The Relative Strength period 14 is below 40 levels with its signal lines pointing down connotes sell signal.
Another strong bearish daily candle is emerging is an indication that Bitcoin price will still decline. Should the bearish pressure increases, the BTC price will find its previous low of $3,247 and in case the bulls defend the previous low level and the BTC price bounces the bulls may take over the market.
BTC/USD Medium-term Trend: Bearish
BTC/USD maintains a bearish trend on the medium-term outlook. On January 26 the bulls gathered momentum and pushed the BTC price to break up the $3,679 price level, not quite long the bulls lost the momentum and the bears took over the market, broke down the dynamic support and resistance and returned Bitcoin price back to declination level towards $3,247 demand level.
The Relative Strength Index is at 20 levels with its signal line pointing down connotes sell signal. BTC price is moving farther away from the two EMAs but still trading below the 21-day EMA and 50-day EMA with the two EMAs bending to the south as a sign of increased bears’ pressure.
Bitcoin Price Analysis: BTC/USD Trends of January 28–February 03, 2019

Nasdaq Finally Gives a Green Light to Cryptocurrency

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Nasdaq Finally Gives a Green Light to Cryptocurrency
Having led the rounds of the founding of the 2015 startup Symbiont, Nasdaq is joined by Raptor Group, Galaxy Digital, and Citi Ventures
Being the Anchor partner Nasdaq is expected to benefit from developing applications on Assembly, the enterprise blockchain solution on the smart contract platform. A recent report stated that Assembly provides its participants with an opportunity to enter the digital market by providing a superior infrastructure on which they can build the future of financial markets.
Gary Offner, Head of Nasdaq Ventures says its investments “help build our future market infrastructure used by more than 100 marketplaces around the world.”
He said:
“We are committed to discovering and investing in innovative technologies to help build our future market infrastructure used by more than 100 marketplaces around the world. Our investment will also include the integration of Symbiont’s enterprise blockchain and smart contract platform into the Nasdaq Financial Framework. We are pleased to support this important, growing area for creating unique institutional applications of blockchain technology.”

We are excited to welcome @SymbiontIO, a market-leading platform for institutional applications of #blockchain technology, to @Nasdaq Ventures. https://t.co/heqfd0JVcy
— Nasdaq Tech (@NasdaqTech) January 23, 2019

Nasdaq’s support for Symbiont shows Wall Street’s enthusiasm for the technology behind Bitcoin, which hasn’t completely cooled with the collapse in cryptocurrencies.
Nasdaq Ventures, an initiative of the exchange operator focused on investments in financial technology, is the lead investor in Symbiont’s series B funding round, according to a company statement on Wednesday. Other investors include Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd. and Raptor Group Holdings, an investment company backed by Jim Pallotta’s family office.
Smith said in an interview:
“We are entering a much more realistic phase where people look at this technology and think seriously about where it makes sense to apply it and where it doesn’t. We are leaving the peak of the hype cycle and entering the trough of disillusionment, especially for people who inappropriately applied this technology hoping it would become a panacea for solving all their problems.”
The company’s CEO Adena Friedman also spoke her mind stating that the firm might create a crypto exchange further down the road. It would become a reality if given the right regulatory framework. However, it might take some time. Meanwhile, the company moves forward and will launch trading with bitcoin futures during Q1 this year.
ESG Finally Gets the Deserved Acceptance
Friedman wrote:
“We expect that investments and investment strategies focused on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals will continue to take hold across the global markets this year. The focus among investors and corporations on ESG is reaching a healthy and important state of maturity in Europe, but it is still just beginning its rise across North America, and is shooting some early sprouts of interest in Asia.
According to research from State Street Global Advisors more than two-thirds (68 percent) of institutional asset managers report that the integration of ESG has significantly improved their returns.”
She also added that it’s been more than a decade since Bitcoin took the world by storm. With several thousand competing cryptocurrencies vying for investor attention, the world of “crypto” has gone through the first phase of the classic invention lifecycle, marked by early pioneers, followed by hype, followed by proliferation of newcomers and then a dose of reality.
She suggested two of possible outcomes:
1) Either the innovation finds practical utility followed by years of steady and sustainable commercial progress and integration into the economic fabric (e.g., the Internet); or
2) The invention fails to achieve broad adoption and its commercial applications as medium of exchange are limited (e.g., the Segway).
Be it as it may it’s good to know that Symbiont has even developed a partnership with Vanguard, a frequent critic of cryptocurrencies, to provide a new approach to updating the data that fuels index funds. While several of its past partnerships have not worked out, Symbiont has forged ahead and has built exciting new opportunities for itself.
Symbiont may be the platform that many proponents of regulated tokenization are waiting for, and with hope, it will be able to change the landscape for the better. If Vanguard and Nasdaq like what the platform can offer, we may be closer to blockchain-based settlement and tokenization systems than most think.
Just for reminder, In December Nasdaq Ventures joined Fidelity in a $27.5 million round of funding for cryptocurrency exchange ErisX. The funding split was not revealed and though Nasdaq headlined the investment it does not appear to be lead funder. The Symbiont partnership could possibly be Nasdaq’s biggest financial commitment to the nascent cryptocurrency and blockchain sector yet.
Nasdaq Finally Gives a Green Light to Cryptocurrency

Best Guide to Blockchain Conferences

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Best Guide to Blockchain Conferences
If you’re anything like the rest of the world, you can flip on the TV, check your favorite online site or drop in on a conversation in the break lounge at the office and hear avid discussions on anything and everything related to Blockchain. What once began as a currency option that seemed uncertain at best and often volatile at the worst, a lot of people in the financial world were once unsure about taking the plunge into crypto and Blockchain.
However, it’s become fairly certain that it’s all here to stay, as it has become a leading currency in many areas of the world, and thousands of online retailers and other e-commerce sites are accepting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as forms of payment.
So, if you ever had any hesitation, it’s officially time to look towards the future and settle on a good Blockchain conference to attend. But if you’re still a little undecided, let’s take a few minutes and look at some of the other benefits that you can expect from attending a large Blockchain event.
Speakers
The main reason that attendees typically select a particular Blockchain event is for the expert speakers. Most large conferences will have at least a handful of well-known panelists who will share their processes and experience with you on a multitude of Blockchain-related topics, as well as up-and-coming industry influencers or advisors who can share fresh aspects or exciting new ideas.
Be sure that you see a good mix of speakers represented, including those from large companies and respected organizations, along with new faces from rising startups. It’s a great idea to soak in all of this knowledge, and then apply the tactics that will work best for your individual needs.
Exhibitors
While you may first be attracted to a particular conference by its renowned industry speakers, you’ll also want to know that it will offer exhibitor space. Many attendees attend an event specifically to look for new technology, applications and products that will be helpful to them in their businesses. Additionally, if you offer a product, it’s a great way to learn how to best present what you’re offering to the public, and maybe even sign up as a vendor for the next big event.
Connections
Sometimes, attending a large Blockchain event is all about the connections that you can make. You’ll have ample time to mingle with other like-minded professionals in the crypto industry, perhaps even making deals or discovering that you can work together on an upcoming project. You’ll want to file away any connections that you make. Just because you may not be useful to one another right away, it doesn’t mean that you may find that person to be beneficial a few months down the road.
Venue
A good portion of the best Blockchain events are held throughout Asia, probably due in part to the fact that it seems to be the center of the Blockchain universe. Be sure that the event will be held at a reputable venue, as this will be your home for a few days. Plus, keep in mind that just because you’re on a business trip, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get in a little relaxation or even some sightseeing.
Add-ons
All large conferences will offer a little more than the main event. This means that there will be additional openings to connect with other professionals, but perhaps in more laid-back settings. You can expect conference dinners, parties and even smaller lectures that you can opt to participate in during the event. If there’s an after-party, take this fun opportunity to get to know more of the conference attendees, where you can easily learn what you may have in common or how your cooperation could be mutually beneficial.
Packages
While most Blockchain conferences will offer single or multi-day tickets, they will also typically offer packages that will include additional options, such as the add-ons or even meals. If you are trying to stick to a budget but want to experience as much of the conference as possible, packages can actually save you a lot of money. Be sure to make a list of what you hope to experience from the conference, and then discover the most economical way to book your spot.
Now that you know what to look for when deciding on which Blockchain conference to book, check out the upcoming events for 2019. You’re sure to find a conference that will offer a myriad of fun events, exciting experiences and new opportunities.
Best Guide to Blockchain Conferences

eToro adds ZCash

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eToro adds ZCash
eToro, the global, multi-asset, investment platform with over ten million registered users, has today added ZCash (ZEC) to its product range. This brings the total number of cryptoassets available on eToro to 14.
ZCash is a decentralised payments network, designed to offer users greater privacy options. Often referred to as a competitor to Bitcoin, Zcash was developed in 2016, and counts Johns Hopkins University’s cryptographer Matthew D. Green amongst its founders.
ZCash transactions can be ‘transparent’, in which case the network operates much like Bitcoin, or they can be ‘shielded’, meaning sender, recipient and payment values are not published on a public blockchain. This structure allows for payment audits to be completed, but only at the user’s discretion.
As investors increasingly seek to diversify their crypto holdings, ZEC joins Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, XRP, Litecoin, Ethereum Classic, Dash, Stellar, NEO, EOS, Cardano, IOTA, and BNB on the eToro platform.
ZEC will also be added to eToro’s CryptoPortfolio, which enables investors to diversify across all available cryptoassets (weighted by market cap).
Yoni Assia, Co-founder and CEO at eToro commented:
“The way in which we transfer money from person to person, or company to company is constantly evolving. It is not surprising that others have taken on some of the core ideas behind Bitcoin and developed new payment networks with additional features – in the case of Zcash – privacy. We are excited to offer ZEC to eToro investors as they seek to diversify their cryptoasset holdings.”
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eToro is a multi-asset platform which offers both investing in stocks and cryptoassets, as well as trading CFDs.
CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 65% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
Cryptoassets are volatile instruments which can fluctuate widely in a very short timeframe and therefore are not appropriate for all investors. Other than via CFDs, trading cryptoassets is unregulated and therefore is not supervised by any EU regulatory framework. Your capital is at risk.
eToro adds ZCash