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Today we’ll be reviewing Xcoins, which is a new peer-to-peer lending platform that was launched recently.

Xcoins Review

Buying bitcoins is risky business for everyone, especially due to the possibility of a chargeback. However, Xcoin claims to have found a way around this, since they loan you bitcoins instead of selling them to you. Here’s how it works:

Visit the site and select to “loan” some bitcoins. You’ll be asked to verify your ID and requested to deposit the USD equivalent of how much you’d like to borrow + credit card/ PayPal processing fees + a fixed amount that will be acting as the interest rate on the loan.

Fortunately, there is no ongoing interest on the loan since it is just a one-time payment. Usually, these fees go up to more than 20%.

Selling (or lending) Bitcoins on Xcoins

Xcoins even gives the option to lend bitcoins. You can decide how much you wish to loan in USD and deposit that amount in your Xcoins account. The system automatically matches you with suitable buyers and they will deposit money directly to your PayPal account.

Xcoins Review

In this scenario, you are lending .5 BTC. You would make 15% profit and Xcoins would make 10% profit.

Xcoins put the risk of the transaction on the lender that wants to make money from the premium. There is currently a 15% premium on the bitcoin lending as seen above. So as long as you get a fraudulent customer for less than 15% of the time, you’d end up with a profit.

Xcoins claims that they thoroughly screen all the people that want to buy bitcoins, to reduce the amount of fraud. Also, new users can only withdraw a limited amount of bitcoin and the limit only increases after the user develops a good reputation over time.

What are the benefits?

The main benefit for any seller is obviously to earn around 15% interest when selling bitcoin on the platform.

For the buyer, the advantage is that you don’t need to wire money to an exchange. You can get bitcoin instantly through PayPal or credit card by just paying a slightly higher premium.

What are the risks?

Once you turn over your bitcoins to the buyer, they can choose to challenge the PayPal transaction and unfortunate to the seller, PayPal almost always sides with the buyer. So, the buyer would end up with both the money and bitcoins and you’d be left with nothing else than remorse. This is why you get paid a premium.

 

Conclusion – Will I be using Xcoins?

Being a buyer: Xcoins still seems a little unstable to be used for large purchases since it is very new. Although, if the only way you can acquire bitcoins is through PayPal and you’re willing to pay the price, this might be a substitute to VirWox.

Being a seller: No one would want to risk being flagged by PayPal, thus I wouldn’t recommend this to others as well. However, if you want to try it out, go ahead and please share your experience with us right here in the comments section. We’d love to hear all about it!

In case you’re looking for other platforms where you can purchase Bitcoins, be sure to check out Wirex, VirWox, LocalBitcoins, Cryptonit and Paxful.

 

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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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Intel Blockchain Technology: Can Blockchain Technology Overpower Next Generation Media Rights?

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Intel is a multinational corporation and technology company, which is considered as a giant tech, and the company is finally joining the rising list of initiative firms that perceive blockchain tech as a way to reinterpret digital rights management.

Intel’s Patent 

On 8th March, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office released a patent application. In that patent, a method was described by the Silicon Valley tech company to use blockchain for downloading the rights to digital images. Intel’s patent proceeds to referenced videos and various other types of content, apart from images and offers a more inclusive rights system with further extra characters.

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Let’s take an example! Intel’s system allows its users to uphold everything in progress, which includes unstructured bits like; literature with many editors. This would be the only way in which content can be solely altered according to the copyright policy settings.However, Intel is somehow far away from pursuing the idea all alone.

On the other hand, in addition to the exertion of blockchain industry, such as Berklee’s Open Music Initiative companies, including two of the Chinese companies, in order to make headlines for the same ideas in recent weeks are;

  • ZhongAn
  • WENN Digital

Patent’s Statement

In the patent application it is stated as;

“Blockchain technology is used to document and verify attributes of digital content that are relevant to copyright protection. Such attributes may include, for instance, an identifier for the author of the content, a timestamp to indicate when the content was created, and a measurement that can subsequently be used to detect copying or modification of the content.”

As it is already defined, multiple types of software are being used by this proposed platform to evaluate copyright policy settings automatically for every image, it doesn’t matter if the picture has been taken from external sources. After that, a unique identity is formed for both the original content and altered versions (if there are any). The patent has labelled these two identities as shadow-images.

The company also filed a patent, back in 2016, for blockchain-powered software in order to benefit research DNA, genetic sequencing, particularly. The patent is updated as well which makes Intel to go on a hunt to secure its intellectual conceptions, which are related to the industry.

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Bitcoin Price Predictions — Who Should You Believe?

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Many believe that the leading cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, is the future of money while others think it’s just a scam. Supporters of Bitcoin claim that the price of the digital currency will touch the sky while sceptics believe that all cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin will end up “worthless.”
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But what should you consider when it comes to Bitcoin price predictions?

Tim Draper’s Views

Tim Draper is one of the most notable investors in Bitcoin and Bitcoin startups. According to the recent statement of Draper, he believes that the price of Bitcoin will hit $250,000 in 2022. Draper’s Bitcoin price prediction in 2014 was correct, as he believed that it would hit the $10,000 mark by 2017.

You can find a list of financial professionals who called Bitcoin a scam and claimed that it doesn’t have any worth. In simple words, a massive percentage of Bitcoin sceptics are those individuals who have a financial incentive to see the leading cryptocurrency [Bitcoin] fail.

Stefan Hofrichter — Bitcoin Prediction

Stefan Hofrichter, head of global economics and strategy at Allianz Global Advisor has recently said:

“[Bitcoin’s] intrinsic value must be zero.”

It must be noted that Allianz Global Advisers is one of the biggest investment houses in the world and doesn’t offer any crypto investments to its customers. The demand for cryptocurrency investments is growing day by day, though Allianz Global Advisers still needs to validate why it doesn’t offer any products in this area. There’s a clear encouragement for Hofrichter as well as his research team to settle that ‘bitcoin is an asset bubble’ – not a smart investment. Therefore, just like the price prediction of Draper, Hofrichter’s view on the Bitcoin’s future value has to be taken as with scepticism.

Impact of Politics on Bitcoin Price

The recent comments of Donald Trump on Twitter are monitored by traders, globally – and they can affect the stock and currency market. Last month, Amazon’s stock declined over 8% in three sessions – after the president of America, Donald Trump tweeted about Kim Jong-un.

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What does Tom Lee have to Say about Bitcoin’s Future?

When we talk about Bitcoin future prediction, in actual fact, no one has any idea about the future price of Bitcoin. Nothing can answer what will be the price of Bitcoin in future. It’s only time that will tell us at what level the price Bitcoin will trade in 3-10 years. The Managing Partner and Head of Research at Fundstrat Global Advisors, Tom Lee, has been predicting the Bitcoin price for quite a few years. According to his prediction, the price of Bitcoin will hit $91,000 by March 2020.

Back in October, Tom Lee told Business Insider in an interview:

“I think this next generation of young people views bitcoin as their store of value. And if it captures 5 percent of the gold market, it’s worth at least $25,000 per unit.”

The founder of Standpoint Research, Ronnie Moas, has predicted that Bitcoin price will hit $28,000 in 2018. He believes that the price of Bitcoin will ultimately upsurge to $300,000 – $400,000. Moas price prediction for Bitcoin is based on the limited supply of Bitcoin — facing unlimited demand.

Moas said:

“I don’t know how much gold there is in the ground, but I know how much bitcoin there is, and in two years there will be 300 million people in the world trying to get their hands on a few million Bitcoin. This mind-boggling supply and demand imbalance is what is going to drive the price higher.”

There’s no doubt, anyone can contend that Fundstrat Global Partners benefits from the outspoken views of Lee on cryptocurrency estimations. Though the failure and the success of his company don’t depend on the ‘future performance’ of cryptos including Bitcoin — same goes for Ronnie Moas and his company.

When it comes to price prediction of Bitcoin, the best people that you should listen to are independent analysts. Their price targets are not only based on the exhaustive analysis but their main incentive is to be right with their predictions because that is exactly what they are getting paid for.

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Warning issued by Philippines SEC to Crypto Investment Platform

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Like regulators in a number of countries, the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been increasing its concern over cryptocurrency related investments. It has recently warned a cryptocurrency investment platform because it offered unregistered securities. The firm known as Onecash Trading, recruits’ cryptocurrency traders as their affiliate members and promises to reward them in local currency, whenever they recruit new members of the same scheme for Onecash Trading.

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According to that SEC alert, the firm Onecash Trading has been promising potential investors returns of 200 percent interest over eight weeks. Though its registered headquarter is not known. Onecash claims its global coverage of services across 73 different countries. In a statement issued by SEC, it was said that the firm is offering unregistered securities to investors in the Philippines.

SEC thereby warned the public that such investment schemes are not secure whether they offer traditional currency use of money or cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin, dash, monero or any other such digital currency. It was also stated that all such transactions are considered as securities subject to the regulatory authority of the SEC.

It was further stated that any person involved with promoting, selling and recruiting investment services for Onecash, no matter if he is a salesman, dealer or agent, the person will face prosecution and serious penalties up to 5 million pesos ($270,000) or imprisonment of up to 21 years.

Suggestions for Online Traders

The SEC has also shown its concerns that many online trading platforms appear to investors as SEC-registered and regulated companies or firms while in fact they are not. In the same way, many of these firms sometimes call themselves as exchanges, giving the pseudo impression that they are being regulated by national securities exchange. To cancel any chance of further fraud in this regard the SEC has devised a pack of rules in the light of which online traders should ask the following questions before they decide to trade digital assets:

  • Is your firm registered as a national securities exchange?
  • Can any information be found in FINRA’s BrokerCheck about any individuals operating your firm?
  • How do you ensure safety of your users’ trading and personal information?
  • What kind of measures you take against cybersecurity threats?
  • What kind of other services are provided by your firm?
  • How does your firm select assets for its digital trading?
  • Who can trade on the platform?
  • What is the trading criteria for your platform?
  • How do you set prices for your platform?
  • Are all the users treated equally or not?
  • Is your firm registered with the SEC for all the above-mentioned services?

The SEC hopes that the above measures would cancel any chance of fatal fraud in the online cryptocurrency related investments.

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The Truth Behind Whether TOR Browser is Completely Anonymous or Not

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 People have entirely assumed that Tor is a fully secure and anonymous alternative to surf the world wide web. But, has anyone ever tried to find out if all this is actually true or how anonymous it really is?

Much to our surprise, TOR is not entirely concealed because it also has a collection of risks and limitations one should pay attention to before using it. In this post, we’ve outlined the most common ways to monitor Tor’s internet traffic and track their origin.


Applications such as JavaScript, Plug-ins, and others are bound to leak your IP address:

If the main reason of your TOR usage is anonymity then you should steer away from JavaScript as it can allow external malicious websites to phish your IP address, while you’re watching a video or even using add-ons like Adobe reader and Adobe Flash.

Although JavaScript is disabled by default in the security settings of Tor’s browser bundle. You are advised to avoid turning on these options if your main priority is to anonymously browse the internet. Along with JavaScript and Plug-ins, BitTorrent is also an application that can leak your real IP address, so it is preferred to not use any such applications with Tor’s browser.

 

Exit Node Sniffing:

Due to Tor’s programming, it’s almost impossible to track the location of internet traffic. To further enhance the privacy, web activity is directed through randomly chosen relay nodes across the network, right before leaving the network to the web page. A majority of Tor’s traffic exits the Tor network.

Example: When you are entering Google via Tor, even if the traffic is directed through many Tor relay nodes it still has to exit the Tor network and connect to Google servers.

The place where the traffic exits the Tor network, also known as the exit Tor node. This can be monitored.

When it comes to using encrypted HTTPS sites like Gmail, they’re okay even though the exit node will be aware that you are accessing your Gmail account. Remember, whenever you are browsing an unencrypted site using Tor all your messages, pages visited and searches are monitored by the exit node.

It is your choice to turn your Tor node into an exit node although, this has its legal liabilities.

 

The Risk of Running an Exit Node:

As mentioned before, running an exit Tor node can lead to risks later on.  If you happen to be using Tor for illegal activities and the traffic exits out through your exit node, it’ll be tracked back to your IP address and it won’t be long until the cops are banging on your door.

 

It is advised when using Tor’s browser, to stay away from unencrypted websites whenever sending or receiving sensitive information because your traffic can be monitored. It’s not just law enforcement officers you should be worried about but, malicious predators as well that are looking to get a hold of your personal data.

 

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