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What Does Mark Zuckerberg Have To Say About Cryptocurrencies?

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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has uncovered his intentions to study decentralized technology, particularly cryptographic forms of money, as part of his promise to ‘fix’ Facebook in 2018.

On his Facebook page, Zuckerberg posted a message with the details of his ‘own challenge’ – like a resolution – for the new year, joined by a promise to study technologies “like encryption and digital money.”

“My personal challenge for 2018 is concentrating on settling these critical issues,” Zuckerberg composed, alluding to people’s rights being impeded by the government and different concerns expedited by media, government, and technologies. “One of the fascinating questions in technology at the moment is about centralization versus decentralization,” the billionaire added, uncovering his own particular motivations to get into technology was its capability to “be a decentralizing power that puts more power in peoples’ hand,” especially after the introduction of internet in the 90s.

“But, today, many individuals have lost confidence in that promise,” Zuckerberg included, indicating a centralized control of information and technology a relatively smaller but elite group of huge tech organizations, Facebook included, and governments who routinely participate in surveillance.

Mark promised to pledge his time and endeavors into understanding decentralized technologies, or ‘counter-trends’ to the worries stated previously.

He wrote:

“There are critical counter-trends to this – like encryption and digital currency — that take control from incorporated frameworks and put it back into individuals’ hands. However, they accompany the risk of being harder to control. I’m intrigued to go further and think about the positive and negative parts of these advancements, and how best to utilize them in our administrations.”

Zuckerberg is the latest mainstream figure to public commend decentralized blockchain advancements and it remains to be seen how he intends to ‘fix’ Facebook, the world’s greatest social platform with an estimated 2 billion users, by adopting p2p, decentralized technologies.

 

Story credit: ccn.com

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SEC Uncovers A Case Of Fraudulent ICO

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No doubt cryptocurrencies have become notoriously volatile as various governments and financial organisations are imposing restrictions regarding the sale and purchase of fraudulent ico. On the other hand it is also a fact that continuous boom in the cryptocurrency market is the main reason behind the birth of some alarming situations regarding its investment and fundraising options. With an increase in the popularity of Initial coin offering and cryptocurrencies, many top social networking websites have recently banned advertisements related to all sorts of activities related to this specific market. Recently Facebook, Google and Twitter are on the top of the list among the sites which have prohibited ads related to cryptocurrencies. Not only that but the US Securities and Exchange Commission has also issued a strict warning according to which celebrities can no more endorse ICOs without proper announcement. Even a country like India has officially announced that Bitcoin is no more than an illegal tender within its borders.

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some massive frauds and illegal activities related to the digital tokens have also become a reason for such restrictions. One of such recent fraudulent activities was reported by the US security exchange commission against two co-founders of a supposed financial services start-up for organizing a deceptive initial coin offering.

Who Was Behind That ICO Fraud?

The names of the two founders are Sohrab Sharma and Robert Farkas who are behind that ICO fraud. They were running of a cryptocurrency firm by the name of Centra Tech which was also authenticated by champion boxer Floyd Mayweather. The US Securities and Exchange Commission charged the founders of Centra Tech for organizing a fraudulent initial coin offering. All that information was made public in a press release dated April 2.

 

Sohrab Sharma and Robert Farkas, were arrested and charged for raising 32 million dollars in an unregistered investment with the help of so called “CTR Token”. Farkas was fully prepared to leave the country, but was arrested moments before he could board his flight.

How Was This ICO Fraud Discovered?

According to the statement issued by US Securities and Exchange Commission, Sohrab Sharma and Robert Farkas offered a number of financial products on behalf of their company Centra Tech which also included a debit card backed by Visa and MasterCard. It was being claimed by Centra Tech that with the help of this debit card users could instantly convert cryptocurrencies into US dollars and other legal tokens. In fact it was all based on a fraud as no such agreement existed between Centra Tech and Visa or Mastercard.

 

Centra Tech was also alleged for creating fictional resumes and biographies in order to promote its fraudulent company. The company also hired celebrities like champion boxer Floyd Mayweather to promote their initial coin offering.

 

According to a warning issued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission in November last year, the ICOs which involved celebrities could be illegal.

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Cryptocurrency Market is Stabilizing as Bitcoin Records 4.5% Gain

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Bitcoin’s price has rebounded to $11,997 with a 4.9% gain after falling to $10,000 recently and is now affecting the whole market with its momentum.

Bitcoin Once Again Hits its All-Time-High:

The daily trading volume of the cryptocurrency market including the top-cryptocurrency (bitcoin) has been comparatively strong over the past 24-hours. The daily trading volume of the top-cryptocurrency remained strong across all major cryptocurrency exchanges including; Bithumb, Binance and UpBit, which demonstrates signs of another recovery towards $13,000, as many experts have highlighted it.

The daily trading volume of bitcoin has hit a monthly high in South Korea, as around about 80,000 bitcoins were traded within a single day. South Korea’s largest mainstream media outlet “HanKyoReh” reported, that for the first time since January, the demand for bitcoin is rapidly growing.

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Multiple investors have started to invest in the bitcoin market out of the fear of missing out, as the top-cryptocurrency has continued its rising momentum throughout the past few days. Another South Korea’s mainstream media outlet “Chosun” highlighted that bitcoin has built flexibility just within a month, as a lot of investors have started to enter the cryptocurrency market once again.

According to Chosun, strong cryptocurrency (bitcoin) remains above $10,000 mark even though it has been through many adverse issues, criticisms, and huge corrections. At this time, the crypto-market is seeing similar prices as it has seen only two months back, preceding to bitcoin’s enormous bull run that permitted the top-cryptocurrency to achieve its all-time high at $19,000.

CEO of venture capital firm Pantera Capital, Dan Morehead said last week, that the price of bitcoin would be expected to surge by the following week after it recovers from the bear market. He highlighted that most bear markets have a tendency to last 71-days and from now, bitcoin would be in a perfect position to see an upsurge in its price in the coming week.

He added, the past doesn’t predict the future, however, it looks like this is the right correction. It had been on a 71-day bear market so, it looks like within few weeks, everything will go back to normal.

Ethereum:

Other major cryptocurrencies (including Ethereum) with ICO tokens have been following the trend of bitcoin for the past 2 weeks, however, it just dropped to $945 on February 20th. Just few cryptocurrencies have been able to exceed the gains of the top-cryptocurrency bitcoin, and most cryptocurrencies have recorded declines in their worth. Ethereum has declined by 2% against Bitcoin. However, it is also essential to perceive that Ethereum is only down by 0.52% over the past 24 hours.

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Areas That May Require Your Attention in the Crypto-World

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The point of using a digital currency is that it’s completely decentralized and disconnected from any government control. Yet, some exchanges completely defeat the purpose of digital currency by placing it into third-party systems. It is essential to understand that we no longer have to give up our control over our assets and shouldn’t be dependent on governments to protect them.

This is a review of “Tim Swanson’s” – “Eight Things Cryptocurrency Enthusiasts Probably Won’t Tell You.” Read on to know more.

Here are eight areas that require your attention:

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1. Bitfinex

A Hong Kong-based digital currency exchange that is known to be hacked several times in the past. A little over a year ago, $65 million dollars’ worth of bitcoins were stolen from the exchange. Till now, Bitfinex has failed to provide evidence as to how they were hacked or where those funds led to. Users were fooled by the potential for returns but in turn faced a major loss as their accounts were left empty.

2. Ransomware, Ponzi’s, Zero-fee and AML-less exchanges

A report from Xinhua was released last month that read:

China’s two biggest bitcoin exchanges, Huobi and OKCoin, collectively invested around 1 billion yuan ($150 million) of idle client funds into “wealth-management products.”

In simple words, these exchanges were functioning while charging zero-fees by using customer deposits to invest in other financial products without the customer’s knowledge. According to insiders and reporters that many exchanges in China carried out similar practices. Also, exchanges in developing countries lacking AML and KYC measures majorly benefit from scams and thefts.

3. Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)

Many investors are chasing quick profits instead of utility. Recently, many firms are aiming towards scamming practices due to which several other legitimate ICOs are suffering. Several ICO boot camps in China were set up with past experience in pyramid schemes, this leads to not just single fraud incidents but very frequent ones as well.

4. VC-backed entities

5. The decline of Maximalism

6. Market caps

We have very little idea of what is really happening with Bitcoin transactions or any cryptocurrency for that matter.  Market cap is based mainly on a company’s assets and future cash flows but with cryptocurrencies, it is completely misleading. Especially, when random meaningless coins sell a small segment of their total supply then, claim a huge market cap.

7. Buy-side analysts and con media

Many big-name media companies practice a biased reporting which mainly focus on the benefits of coins but not equally shed light on the potential risks as well. They cover basically everything and anything regarding market caps, statistics and basic buy/own cryptocurrencies articles. But what if these major companies are funding other odd companies side by side?

The point is, that if these firms want to be taken seriously, they might as well take on the best practices so they support long-term capital inflows.

 

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U.S. ICO Token Trading: 12-Month Freeze Is Just Going to Begin

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A statement was released by the chief legal and risk officer at Coinbase, Mike Lempres, which shows how the market is setting up for the US crypto innovators as regulatory improbability and months of vicious market growth seems to be coming to a head at last.

Confirmation By SEC

A rumour has been confirmed by SEC last week that it’s has started to investigate startups and companies related to ICOs (initial coin offerings). Entrepreneurs are conceding on the idea that new cryptocurrencies have initiated, however, U.S. companies that are still trying to issue tokens as securities might not have an easier time reaching buyers. Last week, at the MIT Bitcoin Expo, the issue was presented in a panel that hit a sour note on the ICO token trading.

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End of Utility Tokens

Well, the chaos in the market shouldn’t be really surprising. The SEC’s order to shut down ICO called “Munchee,” was a huge shock for the market, as it landed like a bomb, back in December. For a while, it seemed like the companies there started to think that if utility tokens couldn’t be sold to the public, they could still be given away. But at the same time, this is a violation of SEC there. It was reported that the rule requires buyers to be accredited investors, which means they have a networth of at least $1 million or must’ve earned $200,000 for the last two years.

There’ve been many contributors in the market that never believed how unregistered tokens could work under the laws of SEC. But on the other hand, it’s quite hard to figure out how a product that creates a tokenized VPN operates if those tokens are securities.

Trading and Liquidity

In the US, the final issue for ICO project is liquidity, no matter even if an exchange goes live. However, the problem is that there’s no integrated place to trade tokens that are registered with the SEC. Even though it’s been highlighted by many founders, but still, this doesn’t mean that trading is not possible, however, it’s not simple at the same time.

According to the CEO and co-founder of Templum, Chris Pallotta, there’s a chance that he might open a platform in few months, but with maximum security tokens, as he stated;

“I think the timing will work out pretty nicely.”

At the same time, that’s also pretentious that there are no extra holdups, and if there’s anything shown by the ICO space, then that might be a big if.  So in short, it’s going to take some time for tokens to get created within such time, no matter even if the Templum goes live soon.

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