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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.

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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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Warning Against Investing in Bitcoin – Federal Reserve Official says “Don’t do it!”

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Since 2017, Raphael Bostic is leading the Atlanta branch of the Fed. On Tuesday, a message was delivered by him at the Hope Global Forums annual meeting, promoting entrepreneurship and financial annexation. The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta conveyed his opinion on Bitcoin investment and other cryptocurrencies by only using three words, “Don’t do it!”

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Bloomberg Report

According to a Bloomberg report, Bostic further said:

“They are speculative markets. They are not currency. If you have money you really need, do not put it in these markets.’’

Bostic is the first one from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, who has issued these bearish remarks on cryptocurrency. Back in December, cryptocurrencies were compared to “Beanie Babies” by Neel Kashkari, who is the president of Minneapolis Federal Reserve.

He said:

“I think of it a little bit like Beanie Babies. If they were jumping in price by 1,000 times, or $10,000 each, what would we make of Beanie Babies being priced where they are?”

Following the statement, he added that he believes the “underlying [blockchain] technology is…more interesting” than the top-cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. Kashkari, also claimed that people who are investing in cryptocurrency are on a great risk and said that they are “swimming with all the sharks in the world because of all the anonymity.”

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York – Report

Recently, a report was released by The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which shed a little bit positive light on cryptocurrencies, as he kept arguing that they cryptos may be able to enable dubious payments, however, these payments are not really necessary in most advanced economies.

According to the report:

“Cryptocurrencies arguably solve the problem of making payments in a trustless environment, but it is not obvious that this is a problem that needs solving, at least in the United States and other advanced economies.”

Janet Yellen, who is the former Fed Chair, said in her final press conference that the top-cryptocurrency, Bitcoin is a very speculative asset and has a very little role in the payments system. Meanwhile, the present Fed Chair, Jerome Powell said that in the past, he had nothing against the Bitcoin and added, that the organization isn’t conflicted or supportive of substitute currencies.

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CEO Of Alibaba’s Affiliate “Ant Financial Services Group” Is Ruling Out ICO Fundraising

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Ant Financial Services Group was formerly known as Alipay and is an affiliate company of the Chinese Alibaba Group. Since Ant Financial Services Group is an operator of AliPay, a perilous stance has been taken by it over ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings).

CEO of Ant Financial, Eric Jing spoke during the speech, which was held on 24th March at the annual China Development Forum in Beijing and according to him, most of the existing blockchain fervour comes from speculation about the main perception of the blockchain.

Jing also advised that there are numerous projects behind the ICOs (Initial
Coin Offerings) which can offer nothing but a destitute white paper. Jing seemed to exclude the possibility of his company holding an ICO.

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Eric Jing Views

According to Eric Jing:

“The current phase is like the internet bubble period in the 1990s.” While saying that, he added:

“Ant Financial has drawn a clear line with ICOs.”

The local media source “The Paper” reported that the CEO, Eric Jing further described that, despite the fact he has his full confidence in blockchain’s ability as a trust mechanism for the upcoming digitalized society, the bubble at this time is probably going to burst within the next two or three years and only after that, the industry will be capable of seeing real blockchain applications coming into place.

Eric Jing’s Role in Alibaba Group

Alibaba Group is a famous internet entrepreneur in the country, China and Jing is a long-time veteran of this Group as he has helped a lot in growing the AliPay business, along with its operator, Ant Financial and now it seems like he’s ruling out the ICO fundraising.

Last year, the latter firm made headlines for its obstructed attempt to buy MoneyGram, which is a U.S. payment service. Even with the criticism of ICOs, Alibaba did its best to make a move into the blockchain space as it took great interest in the technological development.

As it was earlier reported, a blockchain-powered platform has been already developed by Ant Financial for charity donations. Moreover, China’s State Intellectual Property disclosed a data and according to that, around 50 patents related to the blockchain have been filed by Alibaba Group, which are currently pending for approval.

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Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s new CEO has plans for Bitcoin

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Most commonly known for running the traveling site Expedia, Dara Khosrowshahi has just accepted the CEO job for Uber.

Khosrowshahi made a bold move when Expedia had announced that it will accept bitcoin as means of payment back in 2014. Back then the currency was still quite new and not many institutions were willing to invest in it.

Now, it’s very intriguing to think how Khosrowshahi is going to experiment with the world’s best cryptocurrency and the largest ride-sharing platform. Travis Kalanick, the founder and former CEO of Uber never gave in to the ideas of having Uber accept bitcoin but, this could change under Khosrowshahi’s charge. With the increase in interest shown by major companies, one can only imagine how far Uber would go if it joins forces with the cryptocurrency.

Nonetheless, we have only well wishes for Dara Khosrowshahi as he takes on this new challenge. No doubt, he’s got the potential to take the ride-sharing platform to places.

 

News Credits: fortune.com

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How to Assess Basic Principles Of An Initial Coin Offering

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A person who is not accustomed or used to the terminologies of crypto industry, it is difficult to conceive the idea of initial coin offering or why the tokens are generated and how to assess an initial Coin offering. For a cryptogeek it is quite simple, for him an ICO is a tool that is used to trade future crypto coins which are exchanged for cryptocurrencies having instant or liquid value. This definition may be simple for a person who deals in all sorts of cryptocurrencies and has undergone various ICOs but when talking about a layman who has no sound knowledge of crypto, it may get complicated.

How to assess an initial coin offering

For your ease of understanding we have devised a simple example from everyday life which will be quiet helpful for you if you want to understand the basic principle of initial coin offering.

Example From Everyday life

Imagine you want to start a business of your own, you have selected the appropriate location for it, and you’ve also planned the interior and exterior design with the sort of items you are going to sale.

 

But, There’s one most important thing remaining …..

 

Without a handsome amount you cannot initiate your business, You must rent or purchase the place you have chosen, stock it with the items you want to sale and also hire some staff to tackle it the way you have devised in your mind.

 

Let us assume that you are an innovative person and you don’t want to get a loan from any one, you just want to initiate your own sum. For that purpose you produce your own branded product with some specific name say for example “BIT”. But you only generate it in a limited quantity of 1,000 pieces. Let us call each piece a currency, and customer won’t be able to buy that currency until they acquire them using special tokens that you’ll release gradually over the specific period of time following your business launch date.

 

If demand for BIT is high enough and if you succeed in making your buyers believe that its demand will continue to grow, that will automatically push up the price of the tokens generated in the future. These tokens would obviously sell for large sums and as a result you’ll raise enough money to launch your business.

 

You can make it further simple to say that first you offered shares for a company which you have not yet launched but you had developed a significant trust so public bought that share for the sake of investment. That was an Initial Public Offering from your side.

How To Apply The Same Principle To ICO?

The principle elaborated in the above example, is also behind an ICO. The same way you offered the public initial shares of your company, an ICO gives public the right to buy a product which exists in a limited quantity. The company offering that product has an option to sell its rights for a higher price.

 

The beauty of the above process and the thing which differentiates it from the prior IPO example is that it is supported by blockchain technology. This technology guarantees the authenticity of the tokens offered. In short ICO is a whole new way for businesses to raise money. According to the latest ICO news update, it has already been used to generate approximately 2 billion dollars.

How is ICO Risky?

Well, we have full trust on the blockchain technology but we have no issue in admitting that it can too be risky as compared to the Initial Public Offering. Let us see how?

 

First of all the most satisfactory thing about the IPOs is that they are well regulated. Companies which make such offers are lawfully bound to reveal all sorts of information about themselves before they make it fully public. It allows investors to make fair-minded estimations about their value. The main thing is that people making these investments have full knowledge about the Pros and Cons.

 

On the other hand people who invest in an ICO have comparatively less knowledge of what they are investing in and what will be the nature of their return. But it can be easy for you if you follow the following principles devised by our crypto experts:

Factors You Must Examine

  • Is the admin panel team of that company experienced?
  • Does the product offered by the company have a good market? If the product isn’t a hot item, there’s is no use to invest in it.
  • You must have proper knowledge of the blockchain technology which is underpinning the sale. How many tokens have been distributed uptill now and what is their security level.
  • The legal and regulatory stuff surrounding the company is safe or not?
  • What are the terms and conditions outlined in the white paper and do they look fair?

 

We hope that after following these rules and regulations it will be easy for you to make a smart decision in terms of ICO investment, still we are waiting for your suggestions and criticism in the comments section below.

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ICO News – Louisiana City Plans to Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency

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According to the Acadia Advocate, the mayor of Lafayette, Louisiana has offered the city to create its own cryptocurrency in order to raise money for public finance, taking a prompt from Berkeley, California. The proposal was made by the mayor-president of Lafayette, Joel Robideaux, at Heymann Center, during his annual address as he called the city a ‘technology hub’ that will advance the government services and diversify the local economy. Currently, the city is in extreme economic straits and the government is planning for the additional taxes.

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Public Finance

Joel Robideaux sees cryptocurrency as a mean to public finance work; also, it allows citizens to contribute in the financing. For him, cryptocurrencies are an alternative for financing public infrastructure. Robideaux said, he was distinguishing that the domain of finance, banking and payment systems has changed persistently, and almost every industry will be soon disrupted. Robideaux dropped the idea of cryptocurrency being promoted by worldwide libertarians in quest of undetectable and unregulated digital currency transactions.

Robideaux didn’t give any detail about how his suggestion for cryptocurrency application to municipal finance will operate, and how he will be encouraging investors to support his idea. Whereas, Berkeley is considering to promote its cryptocurrency with municipal-ties and is looking forward to offer cryptocurrency-enabled “microbonds” in order to support reasonable housing projects.

What does Robideaux see?

According to Joel Robideaux, an ICO will fund a living-lab of blockchain developers, however, he didn’t clarify what the lab would exactly consist of and where it would be sited. He added, the city must diversify its economy to deal with the unemployment which was resulted after the oil crash (2014). Robideaux said the cultural economy of the city is already in existence and will turn out to be the alleviating force in its budget; however, the budget is still in a crisis mode as the over-all fund has been reduced.

Even as the cryptocurrency project of Berkeley is in the developmental phase, councilors in Berkeley have joined with Jesse Arreguin (the mayor) along with “Neighborly,” which is a tech-startup with software engineering support from UC Blockchain Laboratory of Berkeley and its aim is to offer an ICO that would encourage transactions inside the local area.

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