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Within the past 24 hours, the price of most of the cryptocurrencies has declined significantly in the global market.

Possible Aspects:

Ripple has once again dropped below the $49 billion region and has achieved a monthly low at $1.28. For many bitcoin investors, $10,000 mark was a psychological threshold, but the $1 mark of Ripple is also considered as a significant threshold that has led the price of Ripple to upsurge by 33-fold within few weeks. The market valuation of Ripple could possibly decrease further if the price of XRP or Ripple couldn’t withstand itself above $1. Also, Bitcoin struggles to maintain the gains that it recorded on January 25, although it has shown a 3% decrease in the price and is currently trading at $11,153.

Ripple has a huge following in the South Korean market and the extensive day by day exchanging volumes of XRP on UpBit and Bithumb, two of the country’s major cryptocurrency money exchanging platforms, it is almost impossible that the market valuation of Ripple would fall beneath $40 billion.

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Currently, the market cap of Ripple is not as much as half of Ethereum’s. Also, it is not expected that the market cap of Ripple would fall below the current levels unless something unexpected happens within a short period of time.

Ethereum’s native cryptocurrency Ether (with EOS) has recorded the lowest losses from the major cryptocurrencies, demonstrating a minor 2% decrease in market valuation.

The tenth most important and valuable cryptocurrency in the market NEM has experienced a startling 16% decrease in its price. The unexpected drop in the value of NEM was said to be set off by a possible security breach which occurred on a leading Japanese cryptocurrency exchange, CoinCheck.

Local Japanese media released reports on January 26, that all Japanese yen withdrawal and cash outs have been disabled by CoinCheck due to suspicious transactions. Also, some unverified reports as well claimed that $500 million worth of NEM was withdrawn from CoinCheck and it’s still unclear whether it was a group of users or a hacker that stole NEM from the exchange.

The cryptocurrency community is eagerly predicting an official statement from CoinCheck, however, it has not been confirmed yet if the exchange was hacked or not.

An abrupt flow of $500 million from a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange could have caused the market to fall. Many investors have suggested that another reason could be the closing of bitcoin upcoming contracts on CME Group, and institutional investors selling huge amounts of bitcoin to deliberately bring down the currency’s price to cash out short contracts.

Shorting of bitcoin and whales selling the digital currency to cash out short contracts could have persuasively contributed to the decrease in the market cap of bitcoin, and because bitcoin is considered as the reserve currency of the market, it looks clear that the rest of the cryptocurrency market fell with it as well.

Trend:

US-based residents are looking for tax returns and South Korean investors are anticipating the January 31 cryptocurrency exchange recommencement date; the global cryptocurrency market would probably improve instantly within the month February.

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Burger King Launches Own Cryptocurrency In Russia – WhopperCoin

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Burger King has taken the world by a storm as they launched their all new cryptocurrency “WhopperCoin” in Russia.

Reportedly, with each purchase of their signature Whopper sandwich, customers can now get WhopperCoin tokens through a digital wallet. The token is based upon the Waves blockchain.  It allows users to trade, transfer and issue tokens, on an integrated peer-to-peer exchange.

Customers can transfer and trade their coins online or simply use them to purchase food from BK. Although, the actual exchange rate for such transactions has not been revealed yet.

Just a year ago, Bitcoin users were threatened with being thrown in jail if they were ever caught using cryptocurrencies but that was soon to change. It is pleasing to know that the Russian Government has relaxed its grudge on cryptocurrencies.

The Burger King chain is set to launch an app for the digital tokens in both the Apple Store and Google Play in the coming future.

 

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Samsung Electronics Considers Blockchain For Tracking Its Global Shipments

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Samsung, which is best known for manufacturing electronics is taking blockchain platform in its consideration to track the shipments of its immense global supply chain network. According to this Samsung global news, it is considering an extensive implementation of a blockchain ledger platform so that it can track its shipments, globally.

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Song Kwang-woo, who is the blockchain chief at the IT subsidiary of the Samsung, Samsung SDS, unveiled it while speaking to Bloomberg that a blockchain system could cut the shipping costs by 20%. Conspicuously, Kwang-woo also ensured that SDS is currently working on the development of blockchain platform for Samsung Electronics.

Involvement in Blockchain Technology

SDS has demonstrated its involvement in the implementation of blockchain technology for the shipping industry, effectively finishing a 7-month trial-project to track and record shipping logistics of both imports and exports in the vast shipping industry of Korea by the end of the year, 2017.

Related to the blockchain and supply chain collaboration, Kwang-woo also added:

“It will have an enormous impact on the supply chains of manufacturing industries. The blockchain is a core platform to fuel our digital transformation.”

SDS introduced a blockchain pilot for a shipping industry of Korea, in May 2017, so that it could keep an eye on the imports and exports of cargo shipments in real-time by leading an association, which included:

  • Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries
  • Hyundai Merchant Marine
  • IBM, which is considered as a technology giant.
  • Korea Customs Service

 

Also known as a member of the EEA (Enterprise Ethereum Alliance), Samsung SDS successfully accomplished its first pilot-run of a shipment that perceived the whole procedure of a shipment, as well as delivery and booking, from Korea to China. As it’s also mentioned above, SDS settled its trial by the end of 2017 that eventually intended to handle all exports and imports in Korea via blockchain.

The metropolitan government of the capital city of South Korea, Seoul, chose Samsung SDS in November 2017, to develop a roadmap and organize blockchain technology to the whole administration of the city, as a method to advance transparency and boost citizen expediency. The government of Seoul has formally announced its purpose that by 2022, it would utilize blockchain technology across the whole municipal administration.

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REPORT: South Korea Is Considering to Reverse Ban on ICOs

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According to the latest report, in the coming months, ban on the ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) by South Korea could be eased. In September, it was reported that the Financial Services Commission of the country had moved to ban the blockchain funding model. However, the latest report by the “Korea Times” claims that there’s a chance that the ban may get lifted, especially for token sales.

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From an anonymous source, it’s stated;

“The financial authorities have been talking to the country’s tax agency, justice ministry, and other relevant government offices about a plan to allow ICOs in Korea when certain conditions are met.”

Even with the local ban, a lot of cryptocurrency users in South Korea are still contributing to international ICOs. The official at the FSC (Financial Service Commission), that manages and supervises the cryptocurrency trading rules, Kang Young-soo, has denied to give any statement on ICOs and just said that third-party-view is being considered by FSC.

Moreover, Young-soo has also confirmed that the government is also looking forward to make a whole lot better infrastructure for regulating the trades of cryptocurrency and also to advance blockchain technologies. On the other hand, international cryptocurrency market is presenting new challenges for lawmakers as well.

At this time, there’s a ban on the overseas residents from trading cryptocurrency in South Korea. The main purpose of this ban is to curb money laundering and other cross-border crimes that might be possible. Meanwhile, it’s been reported that the officials of South Korea are having a word with counterparts in China and Japan, in order to discover regulatory collaboration, which at the same time, also means that any final regimes could be settled with those countries.

Right now, the biggest problem that the government is facing with cryptocurrencies is its inability to efficiently control taxes from cities that hold the currency. Though, countries like Japan have shown a way of managing it, by taking each ICO on a case by case method, while other countries like China have chosen a total ban. China is showing no sign of willingness to ease this ban on the ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings), as this is the country’s own ban, which was revealed in early September to South Korea’s announcement. When a ban on ICO was announced by South Korea, it was really discouraging, as this country is best known for accepting and implementing the latest technologies.

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PayPal vs Bitcoin: Why has PayPal Filed a Patent?

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On 5th March, it’s been reported that a patent has been filed by PayPal in order to speed up cryptocurrency transactions by eradicating the confirmation period of payments. However, it’s been claimed by many Bitcoin experts that this is already possible through the current technologies in the cryptocurrency industry.

Basically, the main purpose of PayPal patent is to improve the whole procedure of settling cryptocurrency payments between both buyers and traders on retail or e-commerce platforms. To avert each transaction from being broadcasted to the public Blockchain, users’ secondary wallets will let the unique private keys of both buyers and sellers to be transferred privately.

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The PayPal patent read;

“In order to be sure that the Bitcoin transaction will ultimately result in a transfer of Bitcoins to the payee, the payee must wait until the mining process confirms the transaction before transferring goods and/or services to the payer. In many transaction situations, a 10-minute wait time will be too long for payers and/or payees, and those payers and/or payees will instead choose to perform the transaction using traditional payment methods rather than virtual currency. Issues like this have slowed the adoption of virtual currencies despite their advantages.”

What’s Peter Todd’s Response?

According to a Bitcoin developer, Peter Todd, PayPal is attempting to patent a technology that is already present in the cryptocurrency industry. In 2016, Opendime was created by a former Bitcoin marketplace “Coinkite”, and is a hardware Bitcoin wallet with multi-signature bank-grade security. It lets users transfer Bitcoin with inner private keys, allowing them to utilize Bitcoin like fiat money, such as the US dollar.   However, compared to Ledger and Trezor, Opendime structurally differs from other hardware wallets as it cannot be reused. Opendime is basically a USB stick as it can only be used once and has to be destroyed to use the funds that are stored inside, which allows it to be used as cash.

PayPal’s technology encourages its users to transfer the whole wallet or private key linked with a predefined amount of a cryptocurrency and the procedure of transferring bitcoin payments through Opendime, which is just like PayPal.

The patent explains:

“The systems and methods of the present disclosure practically eliminate the amount of time the payee must wait to be sure they will receive a virtual currency payment in a virtual currency transaction by transferring to the payee private keys that are included in virtual currency wallets that are associated with predefined amounts of virtual currency that equal a payment amount identified in the virtual currency transaction.”

Is It Really Possible for PayPal’s Technology to Improve Cryptocurrency Payments?

PayPal’s technology could let the cryptocurrency payments to be processed between both buyers and traders quickly by eradicating hefty transaction fees only if it’s executed at large commercial scale.

Yeogieottae, which is a major hotel booking platform in South Korea has recently partnered with the country’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Bithumb, to allow cryptocurrency payments. Even in Japan, the biggest sellers have started to accept Bitcoin payments for a while.

However, on the other hand, a problem could occur while transferring private keys if the settlement occurs in a centralized manner. PayPal patent clearly explained that for carrying out the process of settling payment, it could depend on a payment service provider device as it could lead to a centralized system, managing the transfer of private keys.

Owen Williams revealed the findings of GDPR last week, which disclosed that PayPal shared complex financial information of its consumers with over 600 entities. The centralization of cryptocurrency payments and private keys could direct to susceptibilities and data selling if this technology by PayPal’s can exploit non-custodial wallets and allow both users and traders to endure in full control of their private keys during the whole process.

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Trial Of Zuckerberg – A Watershed Moment For Facebook

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Early this year, Facebook cryptocurrency news turned really bad when Facebook started to ban all sorts of cryptocurrency advertisements. Soon Google and Twitter followed Facebook and also did the same thing. No doubt it was a disheartening step for the crypto industry, moreover it was not the way how Facebook routinely works. All these restrictions were an effort to prevent scams and protect its users from crypto based frauds, according to Facebook. On the other hand Facebook was itself not following the rules and regulations which could fulfill the ethical requirements.

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We all know that Facebook has a long list of power abuse, even its platform is infested with alot of suspicious industries including abusive and misleading political articles and porn  stories of all sorts. Even, Facebook has been declared an unsafe place for our younger generation according to many critics, in that scenario, Mr. Zuckerberg is in no position to dictate others about what is ethically best for its users. Recently Facebook has been involved in the interference of Russian elections and the ultimate Cambridge Analytica scandal, according to which it leaked the confidential data of its users without their permission. Due to this irresponsible behaviour, Zuckerberg had to give testimony to Congress. This was not an ordinary testimony and was comprised of a set of strict questions by various Congressmen and the answers delivered by the founder of Facebook. For your interest we have summed up this conversation in the form of following brief article.

The Social Responsibility of Facebook

First of all the recent public blunders of Facebook were brought under discussion, the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the controversy around Russian trolls’ attempts to manipulate the US domestic political discussion being on the top of the list.

In short the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal involves the collection of personally identifiable information of up to 87 million Facebook users. The Cambridge Analytica started work on it in 2014 and from that time began collecting the set of informations. Facebook helped in all that procedure and provided the data of its users to the Cambridge Analytica. The scandal played a significant role in the incitement of public discussions on ethical standards of Facebook.

Response of Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg apologized for his irresponsible and non professional attitude which gave rise to the situation with Cambridge Analytica, calling it a “breach of trust.” He also assured the Congressmen to make all the necessary changes in Facebook policy to prevent similar mishaps in the future.

 

Mark Zuckerberg also admitted that it was his personal mistake that he didn’t do enough to prevent the data breach and no other person from his organization was involved in it.

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