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Fans’ Section

Google Bitcoin Ban: New Policy On Cryptocurrency Is ‘Heavy-Handed’ And ‘Unethical’, Say Experts

Anthony Cuthbertson – Independent

Google’s decision to ban all bitcoin and cryptocurrency adverts on its platforms is ill-thought-out and potentially even unethical, according to industry experts. The new policy, which comes into effect this month, follows similar bans from Facebook and Twitter.

DNT: Google announced the ban in March, details here, Fans’ Section.

FAO: The “cryptoverse” managed to survive all these bans, and it will survive one more. If you look even more deeper into this you might even say that it actually got better, without all the (social) media hype attracting all newbies. This universe is growing (check the next article in this section, and the next section too), is improving, is maturing. The plethora of reports from finance and tech giants regarding their plans and projects in the crypto space, the new products and services addressing institutional investors, all these represent the strong proof that we’re on the right path…

ICOs Have Already Topped 2017’s Record Pace

Olga Kharif – Bloomberg (subscription)

So much for the backlash against ICOs. Sales of digital tokens by technology companies this year have already surpassed the record amount raised in all of 2017 even as government officials from China to the U.S. clamp down on offerings and incidents of fraud continue.

Deals & Investments

Blockchain Start-Up block.one Raises More Than $4bn

Nicole Bullock – Financial Times (subscription)

EOS Moves Major Amounts Of Ether To Bitfinex, Sparking Market Concerns

Bitcoinist

Ethereum’s public blockchain has provided definitive evidence that EOS recently sent 200,000 ether (ETH) to Bitfinex. This leaves the EOS crowdsale’s smart contract with just over $1 million worth of ETH.

FAO: Last week we said “all eyes on EOS” – and it seems this was actually happening. Everybody was watching these ETH moves. What’s next?

Microsoft Will Acquire Coding Site GitHub

Dina Bass, Eric Newcomer & Mark Bergen – Bloomberg (subscription)

Microsoft is planning to acquire coding site GitHub, according to people familiar with the matter. For Microsoft, acquiring GitHub would be both a return to the company’s earliest roots and a sharp turnaround from where it was a decade ago.

FAO: Story of the day! This will certainly mean a lot for the future of the crypto space too…

Singapore Start-Up Secures $12.3 Billion In Assets For Blockchain Platform

Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss – Reuters

Fusion, a Singapore-based crypto-finance start-up, has secured $12.3 billion in financial assets from three strategic partners that have committed to lock in those funds with the organization’s public blockchain platform, FUSION founder DJ Qian told Reuters.

Headphone Maker Monster To Raise Up To $300m In Coin Offering

Reuters Staff – Reuters

Headphone maker Monster Products said it is planning to raise up to $300m in an ICO. Monster Products will offer up to 300m of its “Monster money tokens” for the offering, the company said in a regulatory filing.

DNT: The company is also offering 75 million shares of its common stock, we learned from the story.

Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Startup Paxos Raises $65m

Anna Irrera – Reuters

Blockchain-Powered Trust Paxos Raises $65m From Investors

Ana Alexandre – Cointelegraph

Paxos, an American fintech startup, has attracted $65 mln from investors, including venture capital firms RRE Ventures and Liberty City Ventures, and private equity executive Jay Jordan, Reuters reported.

Crypto Wallet That Attracted $35 Billion Wins IDG Backing

Yuji Nakamura – Bloomberg (subscription)

Take ImToken., a Chinese startup that developed one of the first cryptocurrency wallet apps to support the Ethereum blockchain. The free software has attracted 4 million users, who’ve used it to stash $35 billion of crypto assets over the past year, more than at big-name competitors including Coinbase.

Binance Launches $1 Billion Fund To Support Startups

Osato Avan-Nomayo – Bitcoinist

Binance, a cryptocurrency exchange behemoth, is set to launch a $1 billion fund for cryptocurrency and blockchain technology startups. Ella Zhang, Head of Binance Labs, announced the establishment of the fund during an online meetup session on May 31, 2018.

Huobi Partners On $93 Million China-South Korea Blockchain Fund

Daniel Palmer – CoinDesk

Hot on the heels of its recently announced cryptocurrency ETF offering, Huobi has revealed a new partnership that will see it launch an investment fund dedicated to blockchain startups in China and South Korea.

FAO: I apologize if the above reports have caused you dizziness. Just a thought – if you take a look at today’s numbers in the Deals section (the above reports) and compare them to the numbers we have in today’s Deals section of FinTech Daily News you can easily see where this is going…

Exchanges & Trading Venues

SBI Launches Japan’s First Bank-Backed Crypto Exchange

Wolfie Zhao – CoinDesk

SBI Holdings announced that its in-house cryptocurrency exchange is now live, after a months-long delay due to security concerns. Called VCTRADE, the service is currently only open for users who have pre-registered with the platform in October 2017, the company said in the announcement and expects it to be available for a wider public in July of this year.

FAO: A simple example of how a crypto regulation framework in a country has been decisive for the local market’s transformation and development. This is history in the making and Japan is writing it.

Goldman-Backed Crypto Exchange Rattles Users With Terms Change

Camila Russo – Bloomberg (subscription)

Poloniex suspended trading and withdrawals until clients upload new documentation required to verify accounts, spurring concern among some users that they won’t be able to recover their funds.

FAO: This was quite a hassle for both the exchange and its users.

Bittrex Gets Bank Agreement To Help You Buy Bitcoin With Dollars

Lily Katz – Bloomberg (subscription)

Bittrex a Seattle-based cryptocurrency exchange that lets users swap nearly 200 different digital coins, said it forged banking agreements that will allow some customers to trade in USD.

Pundi X Readies Indonesian Crypto-Payment Business

Georgina Lee – SCMP

Pundi X, a start-up that is looking to build an offline cryptocurrency sales network, has begun deploying its payment point-of-sales (POS) devices in Indonesia, betting that the central bank will renounce their current opposition against cryptocurrencies in as soon as three years.

Cryptocurrencies

Vitalik Buterin: Sharding & Plasma Could Scale Ethereum By 10,000x

Georgi Georgiev – Bitcoinist

Vitalik Buterin has shed some light on the subjects of Sharding and Plasma while essentially suggesting that Ethereum’s network will ultimately be capable of supporting tens of thousands of transactions per second.

Estonia Scales Down Plan To Create National Cryptocurrency

Ott Ummelas – Bloomberg (subscription)

Estonia scaled down its plan to create a national cryptocurrency after it drew criticism from Mario Draghi and local banking authorities. The Baltic country dropped plans to peg these digital tokens to the euro or offer them to all citizens, Siim Sikkut, an official in charge of the country’s IT strategy, said.

FAO: Time for another update of our list of countries that have already issued national cryptocurrencies or have plans in this direction:

  • have already issued their own: Ecuador, Tunisia, Senegal, Venezuela
  • in plan/under development: China, Russia, Singapore, Japan, Israel, Dubai, Sweden, Iran, Turkey, Marshall Islands, Cambodia

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How Bitcoin & Cryptocurrencies Went From Wall Street To The High Streets Of Southeast Asia

Coco Liu – SCMP

In Southeast Asia, digital currencies are becoming increasingly popular for another reason: they are helping businesses tackle everyday problems.

Vendors

Bitcoin Company Blockchain Hits 25m Crypto Wallets

Daniel Roberts – Yahoo Finance

Blockchain, the company, which is the world’s No. 1 provider of free wallet software for storing cryptocurrency, hit a significant milestone: 25m customer wallets.

Blockchain Shows Leveraged Loans A Path To The 21st Century

Katie Linsell – Bloomberg (subscription)

Credit markets were given a reminder this week of how quickly liquidity can evaporate as even the most highly-traded securities proved difficult to shift in the turmoil sparked by Italy’s political crisis.

BitPeople

Matt Huang Leaving Sequoia Capital To Start Crypto Fund With Fred Ehrsam

Yuliya Chernova – The Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Sequoia Capital Partner Matt Huang will leave the firm to start a new cryptocurrency fund with Fred Ehrsam, co-founder of Coinbase, according to people familiar with the matter.

Sequoia will continue to invest in blockchain-related technologies and is making a substantial commitment to Messrs. Huang and Ehrsam’s new fund, a person familiar with the firm’s plans said.

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Latest Developments & Agreements

Amazon Joins List Of Blockchain-As-A-Service Providers

Lucas Mearian – Computerworld

Amazon Web Services has joined the list of blockchain-as-a-service providers that already includes IBM, HP, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP.

FAO: We have a good article via Wall Street Journal in today’s FinTech Daily News too…you might want to check it.

Regulation

Spain Introduces Innovation-Aimed Crypto Regulation, But Political Unrest Might Cause A Setback

Stephen O’Neal – Cointelegraph

The Spanish Congress unanimously supported draft legislation that would favorably regulate blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies in the country. While the move marks pro-crypto tendencies among local politicians, there are complications that the reform might stumble upon, namely EU compliance laws and the very recent overthrow of prime minister Mariano Rajoy.

Events

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Analysis

In the World of Cryptocurrency, Even Good Projects Can Go Bad

Nathaniel Popper – The New York Times

While scams proliferated in the unregulated world of virtual currencies over the last year, Envion, a company in Switzerland seemed to be among the more legitimate outfits creating its own cryptocurrency.

Future FinTech Jumps, Then Falls After Touting Blockchain Ties

Lily Katz – Bloomberg (subscription)

Future FinTech Group rebranding efforts during this past winter’s Bitcoin craze appear to be losing their juice.

Polymath Network Readies For Security Tokenization Demand

Donovan Jones – Seeking Alpha

Polymath Network is preparing its security token platform with updated features for the summer. The firm enables users to create a customized security token for sale to prospective investors.

Other news

Internet Giant Baidu Unveils Energy-Efficient ‘Super Chain’ Blockchain Protocol

William Suberg – Cointelegraph

Chinese internet giant Baidu has announced the next step in its blockchain integration in the form of a protocol aimed at reducing mining energy consumption, according to a report by China News Weekly (Ed.note – link in Chinese). Dubbed ‘Super Chain,’ chief scientist at Baidu’s blockchain division Xiao Wei revealed the protocol at a local conference over the weekend.

Romanian Education Ministry’s website mines cryptocurrency

Irina Marica – Romania Insider

The website of the Romanian Ministry of Education, edu.ro, uses the resources of the computers from which it is being accessed to mine cryptocurrency, local Hotnews.ro reported (Ed.note – link in Romanian).

FAO: Would somebody give them a call…

Opinion

Brian Kelly: Ripple Needs More Utility For XRP Prices To Increase

Osato Avan-Nomayo – Bitcoinist

Brian Kelly, the CEO of cryptocurrency trading firm BKCM, believes that investors are missing the bigger picture when it comes to Ripple. Kelly outlined the potential utility for both the Ripple Ledger and XRP.

 

 

FAO: Florin Adrian Oprea, Editor-in-chief FinTech Daily News

DNT: Decebal Nicolaie Todarita, Editor FinTech Daily News