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On Friday, Yahoo Japan confirmed that it has acquired a minority stake in a cryptocurrency exchange of Japan. According to Reuters, a subsidiary of Yahoo Japan, Z Corporation, has purchased a 40% stake in the Japanese crypto Exchange, “BitArg Exchange Tokyo,” which has the worth of almost $18.6 -$27 million. The exchange will be set to launch in the month of September, 2018.

Rumours of Acquisition

The rumours of the acquisition first came out in March; however, at that time they showed that the investment will be made by Yahoo Japan through YJFX, which is its forex transaction platform, and not through Z Corporation.

In a statement, Yahoo Japan said:

“By utilizing the service operation and security expertise of the Yahoo group, we support the operation of exchanges operated by BitArgo Exchange Tokyo.” Yahoo Japan also added that the exchange intends to offer services for customers that are secure and easy to use.

Monex Group

Japan is considered as an industry hub as it has above three million domestic crypto-traders. The news of Yahoo Japan’s investment showed up just after days when the financial regulator of the country ordered crypto exchanges; FSHO and Eternal Link, to stop operations due to inadequate KYC procedures. Similarly, another prominent acquisition happened this month – Monex Group announced that it struck a deal to acquire Coincheck exchange, as it went through a major hack at the beginning of this year.

After the Yahoo crypto news, Monex, which is known as a major Japanese online brokerage has confirmed its acquisition of Coincheck and was undeterred even with Coincheck getting lots of criticism for negligent-security procedures the whole year that led it to the mugging of $530 million of NEM tokens from its wallet.

Even with interruptions, SB, which is a Japanese banking giant is set to launch its own cryptocurrency exchange after firming up the security measures when the FSA is considering to ramp up its scrutiny of exchanges after the theft of Coincheck. Also, Messaging giant Line, that has a market cap of more than $9 billion and has almost 600 million registered users as well as 200 million monthly active users, has also filed an application with FSA in order to launch its own cryptocurrency exchange in Japan.

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Longfin Stock Value Drops Below 30% After SEC Announces Investigation

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After the US SEC (Securities and Exchanges Commission) announced that it’s starting an investigation, the stock value of Longfin (fintech firm) has dropped below 30%.

According to a report, on 2nd April, Longfin divulged the investigation in a public 10-K filing to the Securities and Exchanges Commission. Longfin is among the NASDAQ-listed fintech companies and its market cap shot-up above 1,000 percent in last December, within only 2-days.

Investigation By SEC

On 5th March, Longfin was informed by the Division of Enforcement of SEC that they will be investigating transactions in the company’s shares and also demanded the documents related to its IPO and acquisition of Ziddu.com. Ziddu.com is a firm that focuses on smart contracts and micro-lending via blockchain technology.

In the 10-K filing, Longfin showed that its aim is to cooperate with the SEC investigations. The document says:

“We are in the process of responding to this document request and will cooperate with the SEC in connection with its investigation. While the SEC is trying to determine whether there have been any violations of the federal securities laws, the investigation does not mean that the SEC has concluded that anyone has violated the law.”

What does Venkat Meenavalli have to say about it?

CEO of Longfin, Venkat Meenavalli also acknowledged this gigantic spike in stock value last December, as he stated:

“This market cap is not justified. I valued my IPO pricing at $5.” He also added:

“We are a profitable company… We have nothing to do with this euphoric mania.”

The stock value plunged really quick after an adverse tweet was posted by a well-known short-seller, Andrew Left’s Citron Research and news that the FTSE Russell was considering to eradicate Longfin from its benchmark Russell indexes due to inadequate free-floating shares.

As for the negative view of Citron, Meenavalli said:

“We are going to take legal action after we file the 10-K” and added, “The company is a profitable company, making revenue.”

Also, at the beginning of this year, the SEC reported that it’s going to start an investigation on companies that are using public enthusiasm and blockchain technology to deploy their stock prices.

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Circle Plans to Make $60 Million Expansion in China

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We share content, information, messages and routine life on the internet. Money should also work in the same way as for transfer of information. Secure, worldwide, free, open without any central authority and most importantly, transfer of money with fun. In that case, we have an option chinese circle on vision, that we should be able to exchange values.

The main vision is to connect the world’s largest currency zones. That is why a foundation for this purpose has been established in US and UK. The foundation will transact Euro, Dollar, Pound, and other large currencies to blockchain technology.

Customers in the UK, US, and soon in Europe can soon perform these transactions. They will be able to do transactions in a secure and freeway through Circle’s social payment app.

With the rising of this technology, Circle is going to introduce this technology to its Chinese customers.

The Circle has launched a company in China manufacturing, raising $60 Million from Chinese investors. The company is keen on expanding into world’s second largest economy. Chinese firms including Baidu, CICC Alpha, Everbright Investment, IDG Capital Partners, and Beijing-based tech investment have reportedly made the latest funds.

Allaire says, “We’re not aiming to compete with the domestic market as that would be a suicide mission given the strength of local players like Alipay and WeChat, but we can connect Chinese consumers with the euro zone and dollar markets”.

Strategy in Financing:

IDG Capital Partner, the prolific Beijing-based VC led the $60Million strategic finance.

Along with IDG, Breyer Capital and General Catalyst Partners, we have brought on a powerful syndicate of major strategic partners in China, including Baidu, CICC ALPHA, China Everbright Limited, Wanxiang, and CreditEase.

These strategic partners make it sure that they will create an open, global, and free model of social payments. That will be enabled for the consumer in China, US, UK, and also in Europe.

Circle’s China Unit:

Circle’s China unit works as the local incorporate company. Allaire says,” Circle’s China unit has not launched any product. Whereas, there are already many pending deals with banking partner and legal license to operate.”

In payment process, Circle allows payments to countries in which this technology has not launched yet. Whereas, payments have transferred in Bitcoin within few minutes via blockchain network. Once the process of payment completes, the Bitcoin transfers to the currency. Circle’s aim is to connect China trading consumers with new global means of payments.

People’s Bank of China wants to launch its own digital currency. Basically, they want to decrease the cost of traditional paper money and boost policymakers. That is why they are in support of digital revolutions like Bitcoin.

Allaire finished with: “The company now adds the support for euro-denominated payments in Spain as the first step of a broader euro rollout.”

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Kakao Denies ICO Rumour While Confirming Blockchain Platform Establishment

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Kakao was established in 2014 and is a South Korean internet company. Kakao is basically internet giant in South Korea and recently rumours had been circulating about Kakao’s ICO plans. However, it’s been confirmed by Kakao that it is going to set up new blockchain, revoking the rumours of any planned ICO (Initial Coin Offering).

Kakao’s Blockchain-Powered Platform

On Tuesday, a press conference was held, in which the largest messenger app of South Korea, Kakao Talk’s operator said, that a new division has been launched by the company to develop a blockchain platform for the completion within a year. The South Korean news agency, Yonhap reported, that its new product will be accessible to the public as an institute for application developers.

Views of Kakao’s CEO

According to the CEO of Kakao, Joh Su-Yong and Yeo Min-soo – while mentioning Ground X, they said that the company is also planning to assimilate the upcoming services related to blockchain technology along with the current internet offerings of Kakaos.

Joh stated at a news conference:

“Now at Kakao 3.0, we will continue to explore our growth potential by seamlessly integrating services among Kakao companies and actively building a presence in the global market.”

On the other hand, this news confirms a report which was published earlier this month that a blockchain unit has been launched by Kakaos. Another rumour has been shot-down today, which is also mentioned in the report above that Kakao is considering its own cryptocurrency under the name of “Kakao Coin”, which will be issued through an ICO outside of the country, South Korea, where they are prohibited.

ICO Rumour

On ZDNet, Joh denied all the plans related to ICOs, either inside South Korea or through a foreign strategy to avoid regulation in the country that banned the fundraising method based on tokens, back in September 2017. Earlier, Kakao was involved with the establishment of Upbit (South Korean cryptocurrency exchange), when its messaging services got merged with the trading platform.

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LitePay Launch: Litecoin Price Has Seen 30% Upsurge!

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The price of Litecoin has seen a 30% upsurge on Wednesday after the news that Litepay (a payment processor for cryptocurrency) has been set to launch on 26th February. This rally elevated BTC/LTC to its all-time-highs in almost three years and allowed LTC to surpass the $200 marks.

Litecoin Price Surge:

The price of Litecoin at this very moment is valued at $232 with the market cap of $12.8 billion, that lifts it up to number fifth in the rankings.

Apart from the preceding pumps, the trading volume of LTC is consistently distributed in the major exchanges, all around the world. OKEx is the largest global bitcoin/cryptocurrency exchange, whereas GDAX is on the 2nd number.

Tuesday’s rally was a straight response to the announcement that the payment processing company (Litepay) that was formed after the Bitpay industry, is scheduled to be launched on 26th February. This announcement was silently made by the company on Twitter on Monday, however, the word seems to have roamed slowly. They announced that they started is because people asked Bitpay to accept LTC and they wouldn’t, so they had to take the challenge.

According to the company’s website (based on San Francisco), LitePay will be offering many of the features similar to BitPay. Especially, it will be providing businesses with the proficiency to accept LTC payments that are settled up in fiat currency. Moreover, it is also going to release Litecoin debit cards, through which its users can fund with LTC and can use it at almost any retailer.

Since Litecoin price surge, Litcoin has been promoting itself as a “payment-focused cryptocurrency”, the formation of LitePay’s infrastructure will significantly aid its efficacy for this use case. But, then there’s another theory, that Litecoin’s strong pivot could be linked to the announcement, that a developer’s group will be diverging the main Litecoin blockchain on 19th February, for creating Litecoin Cash.

Chief executive and co-founder of San Francisco based cryptocurrency exchange, – Jesse Powell, shared some words of wisdom for investors. Although securities regulators are trying to find different ways of protecting investors from the sham activity, Powell put the whole burden on the investors. But at the same time, he also highlighted that combined market cap of all cryptocurrencies would hit $1 trillion in the coming time. He thinks that consumers have to look out for themselves and into the basics of coins, and do not have depend on any specific exchange to protect them from the market’s instability.

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Will Sam Ling Beat Warren Buffett With Cryptocurrency?

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Chinese entrepreneur Sam Ling and his partner spent 2.35 million US Dollars in 2015, on a bid on a private lunch with one of the richest man in the world. This richest man was no other than Warren Buffett, whom Sam Ling still considers his idol. The main purpose of such a costly and unusual lunch was that they were hoping to get some real time advice from the legendary investor in terms of their cryptocurrency index project which could lead to nourish their future investment plans in the same direction. Even today, the 31-year-old Sam Ling still uses the photo of that memorable buffett as his phone’s wallpaper to pay a debut to the legendary Warren Buffet however, his present day intentions are quiet thrilling as now he has a motto of beating his hero on the sticky grounds of cryptocurrency.

In Spite of such “Deadly” intentions, Sam Ling, now founder and CEO of Supwin Financial Services Group exclaimed in his interview with CNBC that Buffett is still his idol, he has been pursuing and studying his investment strategies for so many years just as a loyal fan of his without any ill intentions.

 

In fact that loyalty of Sam King did not stop him from betting even something bigger than his last bet on Buffett. According to Sam’s opinion the world’s third-richest person Warren Buffett will come to a bad ending due to cryptocurrency index fund.

What Did Sam Learn From Warren Buffett?

Many people have asked that question from Sam Ling which also seems to be a key to his present day success. The answer of Sam to that question is very simple, If there’s anything really learned from Buffett, it was just an appreciation for index funds. Ling, however, innovated that outlook to his own concept of digital currency kingdom.

 

The term cryptocurrency index may be new for some our readers as it is not commonly used. The fact is that most of the cryptocurrencies i.e; bitcoin are too much unstable to become a trusted mode of investment, and that’s why investors like Sam Ling have started to launch cryptocurrency indexes of their own in order to bring their crypto investments to a relatively safer mode. It has been noted that over the past few months, Sam Ling’s cryptocurrency index has a lower decline rate as compared to the bitcoin. That ratio pertains to the corrections, on the other hand outperformed bitcoin by 50 to 80 percent during upsurges.

Further Progress By Ling

Ling has not stopped yet, he has finalized his plans to launch the “BB Index”, which is an advanced form of that kind of index and will consist of a family of 26 cryptocurrency indexes. These indexes would be further grouped by market capitalization according to their categories and strategy. These indexes would range from a “Blockchain Top 7 Index”  to a “Blockchain Top 50 ex top 20 Token Index”.

 

The major difference between these two kinds of Blockchains is that the “Blockchain Top 7 Index” covers the largest cryptocurrencies while “Blockchain Top 50 ex top 20 Token Index” is used to represent mid-cap assets. All these indexes are updated every three minutes on the company’s official website according to Sam Ling.

A Summary Of Buffet’s Conversation With Ling

Later Sam Ling shared a summary of his conversation with Buffet. He related that Buffett discussed a lot of core issues with him and his friend during that precious lunch, but in the end, he just gave them a piece of advice that they should focus on what they were doing and were already successful at. Ling further recalled the conversation which took place ten years ago in which Buffett made it clear that he believed in the craze of cryptocurrencies which will not come an end and will keep on increasing with the passage of time.

 

When asked what were his thoughts about the fate of cryptocurrencies, Ling exclaimed that in his opinion cryptocurrencies would meet a very bad ending and those who are investing in it including his idol Buffet, they would have to pay for their overconfidence.

 

On the other hand Ling also stated that he was quiet confident that the BB Index devised by him would even beat traditional crypto investor including Buffett. He further stated that Warren Buffett just won a 10-years bet stating that an index fund would outperform a collection of hedge funds over that time. Now, Ling has a bet that his cryptocurrency index will outperform Buffett’s portfolio over the same period of time.

 

According to a correspondent of CNBC when they reached out to Warren Buffett’s office in order to know his views in this regard, they could not receive any satisfactory response.

 

We are waiting for your worthy opinion in the comments section below.

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