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Olga Kharif – Bloomberg (subscription)
Beware of the EOS whales.The top 10 holders of the digital tokens from the largest ICO ever own nearly 50% of the coins, according to tracking service Etherscan. Block.one, the private company behind the project that completed the more than $4 billion offering last week, is the biggest holder, with 10% of the total. The names of the other large holders are anonymous and could be individuals or even exchanges.
Camila Russo – Bloomberg (subscription)
Ella Zhang is in charge of investing $1 billion in blockchain-related businesses, yet her view on the market isn’t too rosy.
“We’d like the bubble to break,” said Zhang, who joined cryptocurrency trading platform Binance to lead its venture incubator Binance Labs less than two months ago. “We still see a lot of hype in the market, valuations are high and unreasonable. We really think if the bubble bursts, it’s a good thing for the industry.”
Kate Rooney – CNBC
Searches for the term “bitcoin” have dropped more than 75% since the beginning of this year, according to research from Google Trends.”Bitcoin needs a new narrative in order to reestablish global attention,” says Nicholas Colas, co-founder of DataTrek Research.The digital currency’s price has dropped by roughly 50% this year.
Tom Metcalf – Bloomberg (subscription)
Vibhuti Sharma – Reuters
Microsoft said it would buy privately held coding website GitHub for $7.5 billion in an all-stock deal to beef up its cloud computing business and challenge market leader Amazon. The deal is a big bet on Azure, the company’s fast-growing cloud business, as it will be able to lure more code developers who use GitHub and drive more business to Microsoft.
Indeed, a big challenge for Amazon.
Stan Higgins – Cointelegraph
Marie Huillet – Cointelegraph
Coinbase has revealed its plans to enter the Japanese crypto market, Cointelegraph Japan reported (Ed. note – link in Japanese) Coinbase intends to apply for a license with the country’s financial regulator, the Financial Services Agency “within the year,” a process that has been mandatory for all crypto exchanges operating within the country since the amendment of Japan’s Payment Services Act in April 2017.
Wolfie Zhao – CoinDesk
OKEx has rolled out a cryptocurrency exchange-traded fund.The new offering, though branded as OK06 Exchange-Traded Tracker according to an announcement, effectively represents a basket of crypto assets, the shares of which can be traded as a whole to lower transaction costs and diversify risk.
Wilma Woo – Bitcoinist
HitBTC is pushing ahead with plans to establish a Japanese subsidiary after banning accounts allegedly linked with the country.HitBTC announced ia the company’s official blog that it was already “actively hiring for the local office” with the intent to “expedite the launch of the Japanese operations in Q3 2018.”
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Molly Jane Zuckerman – Cointelegraph
The Indonesian Trade Ministry’s Futures Exchange Supervisory Board has signed a decree to make cryptocurrency a commodity legally tradable on a stock exchange. According to Dharma Yoga, head of Bappebti market supervision and development bureau, the Future Exchange Supervisory Board decided to allow crypto to trade as a commodity as a result of a four month study into cryptocurrencies.
DNT: Still, Indonesia is in the Team “Against” in our Crypto-Teams BDN Global Outlook (last updated here), because the country’s central bank, Bank Indonesia, does not recognize cryptocurrencies as payment instruments. At the beginning of the year, Bank Indonesia took a firm stance against cryptocurrencies and issued a warning to the citizens regarding owning, selling or trading cryptos (details here – Cryptocurrencies section). On the other hand, we’ve noticed in our yesterday’s edition that start up Pundi X is betting that the central bank will renounce their current opposition against cryptocurrencies in as soon as three years.
Connor Blenkinsop – Cointelegraph
Ubcoin Market is developing a platform which eliminates fiat money from the process of acquiring and spending cryptocurrency – with a peer-to-peer marketplace where physical goods can be bought and sold in an instant. Ubcoin Market has the ambition of becoming “the world’s first truly efficient alternative to crypto exchanges” – harnessing the familiarity of marketplaces, such as eBay and Amazon, while removing the technical and legal hurdles associated with using and investing in cryptocurrencies.
William Suberg – Cointelegraph
Mastercard has “built a Blockchain that can run the whole” of its network, its vice chair Ann Cairns claimed during the ongoing Money20/20 conference. Ann Cairns said the company had deliberately opted to develop a blockchain integration “at scale” while stating the need to identify “real use cases.”“You just don’t replace existing technology with blockchain because you may not create a better user experience,” she explained.
Yuliya Chernova – The Wall Street Journal (subscription)
The exodus of partners and investors from venture capital firms into cryptocurrency investing has taken a new turn, as Sequoia Capital partner Matt Huang has become the latest finance industry heavyweight to make his exit. Wall Street Journal sources indicate that he is set to start a new cryptocurrency investment fund alongside Coinbase co-founder Fred Ehrsam.
Stan Higgins – CoinDesk
Court records show that distributed ledger startup Ripple is being represented by two former SEC officials – including its onetime chairwoman, Mary Jo White – in an ongoing civil matter.
Molly Jane Zuckerman – Cointelegraph
John McAfee, founder of McAfee Antivirus Software and now prominent crypto enthusiast, announced his bid to run for US president in 2020 as a way to serve the crypto community, according to his Twitter account.
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Helen Partz – Cointelegraph
Risk management giant LexisNexis has partnered with crypto exchange Blockbid to increase the exchanges security measures Blockbid reports on its Medium account. Blockbid is reportedly one of the first trading platforms to voluntarily observe global anti-money laundering measures by partnering with LexisNexis and ThreatMetrix security technology firms.
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Evelyn Cheng – CNBC
Several analysts expect blockchain will first prove its value in supply chain management, where Cisco and IBM are both working on applying the technology.Still, industry experts project on average tht the technology will take 5.9 years to gain widespread adoption, according to a Cowen survey.
Jamie Powell – FT Alphaville (subscription)
You’d be forgiven for thinking that all has gone a quiet on the crypto front. Since December’s giddy highs, Bitcoin and Ether, the leading lights of the cryptocurrency revolution, have shed more than half their respective values as the world tries to figure out, well, what the point of it all is. (And not just in an existential sense).
Eric Ervin – Forbes
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Helen Partz – Cointelegraph
Bitcoin has recently “died” for the 300th time, according to 99Bitcoins Bitcoin obituary list. The cryptocurrency faced its “most recent death” in the latest “obituary” provided by Forbes.
Bitcoin celebrates its 300th death anniversary following an article from Forbes. The article claims that Bitcoin’s “Achilles Heel” is the huge amount of electricity required by crypto mining operations.
DNT: According to the story, at the time of the latest “death” BTC was trading at $7,312. In December, when Bitcoin died it’s 200th death, the BTC price hit the $11,000 mark. According to 99Bitcoins stats, the major cryptocurrency “died” 62 times this year.
Kate Rooney – CNBC
Cryptocurrency and payments start-up Ripple is shelling out millions to some top schools to encourage adoption of blockchain technology.The company will give $50 million to 17 universities including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MIT and the University of Pennsylvania.The donation is in dollars and not the cryptocurrency.
Will Mathis – Bloomberg (subscription)
Short seller Jim Chanos, who predicted the fall of Enron Corp., has developed a view of Bitcoin: It would fail in a crisis.
“For those who believe that you need to own digital currency as a store of value in the worst-case scenario, that’s exactly the case in which a digital currency will work the least,” he said. “The last thing I’d want to own is Bitcoin if the grid goes down.”
Michael J Casey – CoinDesk
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