Swissbloc Capital是什么 | 金色百科

Swissbloc Capital :简称SBC,是面向旅游业的区块链技术解决方案,它开发了自己的代币,称为全球旅行代币(GTX),有助于捕获和监控共享分类帐数据存储库。

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SBC在旅行社及其供应商(如航空公司,酒店,汽车租赁公司等)之间提供独特的区块链支付结算解决方案。SBC还为许多分布式账本技术提供咨询,开发和托管服务等。

SBC生态系统不仅会创建、跟踪并提供涉及代理商、供应商和消费者的旅行交易所需的确定性。事实上,生态系统将包括所有生态系统参与者的内部评级。

那么,Swissbloc Capital解决方案到底是什么?它是在线旅行社和批发商的专有结算系统,它将改变结算流程,使其更加高效和经济高效。利用区块链和五十年的团队经验,他们将努力彻底改变我们今天在航空、酒店和旅行支付行业中讨论的功能差距。

此外,Swissbloc平台还将提供奖励计划,为经常出差的旅行者和特色供应商提供独特的机会,以获得批准的供应商购买所有获得GTX代币的奖励。

它的工作方式如此,代理商在使用Swissbloc平台预订旅行时,将输入他们独特的奖励计划信息以及旅行者信息,他们将能够立即获得奖励,就这么简单。

Swissbloc数字钱包将成为购买和销售GTX代币的工具。首先,它可以在2018年第四季度的GTX代币销售期间购买。随着2019年初企业客户关注的移动钱包的增强,Swissbloc团队专注于创建一个开放、不可改变的旅行生态系统,可以获得代币和以当前法定货币和美元替代品的成本的一小部分进行交易。

ConsenSys Spinoff Truffle Integrates With Goldmans Sachs-Supported Blockchain: Report

Truffle is integrating with AxCore, a proprietary blockchain jointly created by Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan-supported Axoni, Forbes reported on April 29.

The ConsenSys spinoff, which makes tools that are widely used by Ethereum developers, has reportedly raised $3 million as it aims to expand into enterprise-grade solutions.

According to the Forbes report, Truffle plans to use the investment to complete a suite of blockchain development tools designed to appeal to enterprise clients.

An estimated 60% of Truffle’s current revenue comes from liaising with startups, larger corporations and governments that want to use its services.  The company’s executives believe the capital will enable it to explore “other revenue-generating opportunities.” Truffle’s founder and CEO, Tim Coulter, told Forbes:

“Enterprise adoption is finally happening because the maturity of our space is finally advancing to a level where enterprises can capitalize.”

Coulter added that the U.S.-based company plans to grow beyond the Ethereum ecosystem and “go where the large, important projects are.”

As reported by Cointelegraph last year, Axoni raised $32 million in a funding round led by Goldman Sachs amid plans to process transactions for the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation’s Trade Information Warehouse by using distributed ledger technology. DTCC held an active test phase of the technology in November 2018.

Cointelegraph has contacted Truffle for comment but has yet to receive a response as of press time.

Coinbase Custody Now Supports Mainnet KIN Tokens

Coinbase Custody announced immediate support for the mainnet iteration of the KIN token today, April 30, 2019.  

As Cointelegraph previously reported, KIN is a cryptocurrency created by Canadian organization Kik Interactive of Kik Messenger fame. The token was originally developed on the Ethereum and Stellar networks and now operates on its own blockchain (a fork of Stellar).

“KIN holders can now benefit from Coinbase Custody’s industry-leading offline storage platform and insurance coverage,” they say.

Coinbase Custody is a custodial service provided by San-Francisco-based platform  Coinbase. Coinbase Custody was first announced on Nov. 16, 2017 and launched on July 2, 2018. As we previously covered, its main goal has been to provide robust security of crypto assets, which according to Coinbase has been institutional investors’ “‘number one’ concern.”

In 2019, Coinbase Custody has continued to expand its capabilities. Coinbase Custody has become directly integrated with the Coinbase over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk, with the intention of speeding up the process of a user accessing offline funds. Coinbase Custody has also begun to move into staking, which Proof-of-Stake (PoS) cryptocurrency networks use to incentivize user activity.

Ethereum’s Recent Decline in Hashrate ‘Not Surprising’: Cyber Threat Expert Explains

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Ethereum’s Recent Decline in Hashrate ‘Not Surprising’: Cyber Threat Expert Explains

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Anthony Sassano, a “cyber threat detection expert” and active contributor to the Ethereum project, observed recently that the ETH price “double bottomed” at around $80 on December 15th 2018.

Sassano, an experienced cybersecurity professional and co-founder of EthHub, a Melbourne, Australia-based organization that focuses on “open source, community-driven Ethereum research,” revealed via Twitter some important Ethereum metrics since mid-December 2018:

Key Ethereum Metrics Since Mid-December 2018

As pointed out by Sassano in his detailed Twitter thread, the number of active Ethereum addresses “actually bottomed at ~177k on Feb 16th 2019.” Moreover, the 24-hour transaction count on the Ethereum blockchain “bottomed at 438k on Feb 16th 2019 as well,” Sassano revealed.

The online security researcher further noted: “Curiously, Feb 16th-23rd 2019 is when the price of ETH increased from $120-$160.”

Ethereum’s Network Usage Has Remained At Or Above 60% “Since Nov 2017”

According to Sassano’s assessment, Ethereum’s “network usage tends to fluctuate wildly due to a variety of conditions and depends on what kind of activity is happening on the network on that day (ICO, big price movements, airdrop etc).” Given that multiple different factors may determine the level of activity on Ethereum’s blockchain, Sassano mentioned that the smart contract platform’s “network usage has not dipped below 60% since Nov 2017.”

Why Ethereum’s Recent Hashrate Decline Is “Not Surprising”

Sassano continued: “The overall hashrate decline is not surprising given the fact that rewards were reduced by ~31% as part of the latest issuance reduction. Plus, investing in mining on Ethereum is a short-term game given the switch to proof-of-stake (PoS) and eventual sunsetting of the Eth1.0 chain.”

Commenting on the Ethereum community’s decision to experiment with programmatic proof-of-work (ProgPoW), Sassano remarked:

I’m also curious to see what happens to the hashrate if ProgPoW is merged into the next network upgrade (Istanbul). I’m personally not expecting a huge drop off & we may see it level out due to GPU miners coming back online. This also depends on the price of ETH, of course.

Amazon Web Services Launches Managed Blockchain Service

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing platform subsidiary of retail giant Amazon, has made its Amazon Managed Blockchain (AMB) generally available, according to an announcement on April 30.

The product will purportedly allow customers to set up blockchain networks within their organizations, and uses the Ethereum and Hyperledger open source frameworks. Notably, Amazon states that AMB can scale to support thousands to millions of transactions.

Amazon states that the blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) will allow businesses to develop their own networks more quickly and at a lower cost, as it eliminates the need to “to provision hardware, install software, create and manage certificates for access control, and configure network settings.” Rahul Pathak, General Manager, Amazon Managed Blockchain at AWS said:

“Amazon Managed Blockchain takes care of provisioning nodes, setting up the network, managing certificates and security, and scaling the network.”

According to AWS’ announcement, major firms that have implemented AMB include United States communications giant AT&T, the Nestlé global food and beverage company and Singapore Exchange Limited.

AWS initially announced AMB in November of last year along with the Amazon Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB). QLDB is a ledger database designed to provide transparent, immutable, and cryptographically verifiable log of transactions, which is overseen by a central authority.

Is Binance’s Changpeng Zhao the ‘Zuckerberg’ of Crypto?

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Is Binance’s Changpeng Zhao the ‘Zuckerberg’ of Crypto?


Believable parallels have been drawn between Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook on podcast #74 of Coin Talk hosted by Aaron Lammer & Jay Caspian Kang, titled “When Trolls Get Rekt.”


The podcast was later covered by Forbes contributor Billy Bamrough who covers cryptocurrency-related content for the publication.

In his article, Bamrough shared several parallels between blockchain and social media companies and their leadership. For instance, before Facebook, there was Myspace; a platform that reportedly “struggled to grow beyond its original interests.”

“Then came along Facebook,” wrote Bamrough. “Building a userbase of 2.3 billion people worldwide and successfully integrating itself and social networks into aspects of life that seemed entirely unnecessary as little as 10 years ago.”

Bamrough then gave a summation of how the social media and blockchain landscapes have converged in terms of their key challenges:

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency developers are now faced with a similar challenge to that of Myspace—how to grow beyond the niche uses that currently exist to something more that can be used by people around the world for things that we find hard to imagine today.

Zuckerberg’s and Zhao’s parallels

Personal parallels were also drawn between Zuckerberg and Zhao — such as their unconventional business styles and humble caricatures described as “alternative company leaders.”

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Zuckerberg was reportedly known for wearing jeans and t-shirts instead of suits “thumbing his nose at many of the traditional chief executive tropes” writes Bambrough.

While Changpeng Zhao, CEO of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, is described as the real-life version of ‘Zuckerberg’ in the film The Social Network, which depicts the creation of Facebook.

He was play acting a cool guy that doesn’t care about anything, seemed to be just rolling with the punches but is totally in control. CZ is like the real version of that in crypto.

CZ’s and Zuckerberg’s shared charity and humility

There also appears to be a deeply empathetic human side to both CEOs. CZ went as a far as putting down his own blockchain a peg in a series of tweets covered by Bitcoinist stating that

Ethereum can can do much more than BNB in features. Let’s grow together.

Binance also has its own charitable organization. Through donations from the Binance community, the organization donates during time of disasters and has started an initiative to feed the hungry titled “Binance Lunch for Children.” At the time of writing, this initiative, in particular, had raised 8.7227 BTC or USD $45972 to feed hungry children in countries such as “Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.”

While the “Chan Zuckerberg Initative” on Facebook’s side is a limited liability company with an investment of “up to 1 billion in Facebook shares in each of the next three years.” The initiative aims to “advance human potential and promote equality in areas such as health, education, scientific research, and energy.”

Is CZ similar to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg? Share your thoughts below!


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Despite Crypto Winter, US Bitcoin Awareness, Knowledge, and Perception Increased “Dramatically” Since 2017

Research suggests that Bitcoin is more fully understood and accepted today across US society than it was at the height of the bull market of 2017. According to a recent study, young adults are way ahead of other demographics with regards awareness, familiarity, perception, and likelihood to buy Bitcoin in the future.

Blockchain Capital recently asked 2,029 randomly selected American adults a series of questions relating to Bitcoin. The survey was a follow up to a similar one conducted in October 2017, when prices were rising and overall market sentiment was entirely different.

US Public Becoming Increasingly Knowledgeable About Bitcoin

The test was divided into various categories. First, the participants were asked if they had even heard of Bitcoin. A massive 89 percent answered that they had. This was up from 77 percent in October 2017. This is hardly surprising given that the spectacular crash of late 2017/early 2018 was covered by just about ever mainstream media outlet on the planet.

Next, the participants’ familiarity with Bitcoin was gauged. They were given the question: How familiar are you with Bitcoin? along with a series of responses: “never heard of it”, “heard of but not familiar”, “somewhat familiar”, “very familiar”, and “I own/have owned Bitcoin”.

The percentage of people that are “at least somewhat familiar” with Bitcoin rose by nearly half — from 30 percent in October 2017 to 43% in April 2019.

Amongst those aged 18 to 34, 60 percent described themselves as at least ‘somewhat familiar’ with Bitcoin — up from 42 percent in October 2017. An equally large increase was observed in the age group 45-54. Previously, just 25 percent were at least familiar with Bitcoin. Now that figure is 43 percent.

The percentages of those familiar with the cryptocurrency really diminish in older generations but still show an increase over those from 2017. Of  those aged 55 to 64, 32 percent were at least familiar with it. This was up from 22 percent in 2017. Meanwhile, just 20 percent of those over 65 claimed to be knowledgeable about the decentralised payment tech, up from the 15 percent observed in the previous study.

Next, the participants were asked how much they agreed that Bitcoin is a positive financial and technological innovation. Again, there was a significant increase in those answering favourably here too. In 2017, 34 percent of those asked agreed or strongly agreed with the statement. This rose by 9 percent in the recent survey to 43 percent.

Younger respondents were much more likely to view Bitcoin positively. Of those aged between 18 and 34, a massive 59 percent said that they though Bitcoin was a positive innovation versus 48 percent in the previous survey.

The figures relating to the likelihood that Bitcoin will be widely used in the future show similar tendencies too. A third of US adults now believe that the digital asset will be in common use in the next 10 years. This is a five percent increase to the figure observed in the previous study.

Raising this overall average once again is the younger generation. A massive 48 percent of those aged between 18 and 34 agree that Bitcoin will be widely used within the next decade.

The findings also indicate that 27 percent of people are considering buying Bitcoin in the next five years. Despite the bear market, this figure is up from just 19 percent in 2017.

The write up of the report, summarised by Spencer Bogart, concludes by inquiring about people’s store-of-value preferences. The respondents were asked which asset they would like to own $1,000 of between Bitcoin and a traditional investment:

  • Over one in five people said they would prefer the cryptocurrency to government bonds.
  • Bitcoin was preferable to stocks for 17 percent of those asked.
  • Fourteen percent of respondents would prefer Bitcoin to real estate.
  • Just 12 percent said they would rather have digital gold over physical gold.

Again, the figures for the youngest age group in the sample reflect a much greater acceptance of Bitcoin than the rest of the US public. Almost one in three prefers Bitcoin to government bonds, more than one in four prefers Bitcoin to stocks, just under one in four would rather own Bitcoin than real-estate, and over one in five would favour the crypto over gold.

Younger Generations Championing Crypto Revolution

The figures show that the younger generations are much more knowledgeable of, familiar with, and accepting of Bitcoin. This is summed up by Bogart himself when he states:

“Ultimately, Bitcoin is a demographic mega-trend: Younger demographics are leading in terms of Bitcoin awareness, familiarity, perception, conviction, propensity to purchase, and ownership rates.”

As a purely digital currency, it figures that the first to get to grips with the concept would be those that have grown up in a purely digital world. In that vein, crypto investment fund Adamant Capital’s CEO Michiel Lescrauwaet neatly summed up why digital cash might be alluring for millennials earlier today in response to the research detailed above:

 

Related Reading: Global Bitcoin Acceptance Up More than 702% Since 2013

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Bitfinex危机中发币推IEO,拟融资10亿美元,或有这四点缘由


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4月30日凌晨,Primitive Ventures 创始合伙人、前丹华资本董事总经理Dovey Wan在Twitter发布消息,表示获知Bitfinex将发售平台币并将进行IEO,并透露其融资目标为10亿USDT。Dovey Wan随后又发布多条推文跟进此事,并表示已有两个独立信源证实了该消息。其中一条指向Bitfinex股东赵东,他在朋友圈表示:“BFX大概率要发IEO,据说已经有土豪预约了3亿美元额度”。随后赵东在微博再次证实了Bitfinex确实有发币计划,但细节未定。

截至发稿,火星财经APP(ID:hxcj24h)跟踪的Bitfinex交易所公告及其Twitter并没有任何对此事的回应。而火星财经APP(ID:hxcj24h)回溯Bitfinex及其CTO Paolo Ardoino的Twitter,也没有发现任何将要发售平台币及IEO的蛛丝马迹。综合目前所获消息,及根据赵东的两次发言中“大概率要发IEO”、“的确有发币计划,但细节未定”判断,Bitfinex极可能在近期刚刚决定发售平台币及进行IEO,很可能是在Bitfinex和Tether及其母公司iFinexInc.被纽约州检方指控挪用价值8.51亿美元USDT之后。



Bitfinex交易所涉嫌两次挪用Tether资金,以解决流动性问题

4月24日,Tether更改比特币网络Omni Layer的USDT发行密钥;北京时间4月24日-25日凌晨,Tether先后增发Omni、ERC20、TRC20三个版本的USDT,总增发4.2亿枚USDT,其中Omni增发3亿枚。这次增发是近期USDT增发量最大的一次,且将USDT市值推到接近历史最高点的28.3亿美元。

美国当地时间4月25日下午,距这次巨量增发仅12个小时,纽约州检方就将Tether及其母公司iFinex Inc.以及Bitfinex告上了法庭。火星财经APP(ID:hxcj24h)追踪报道,从长达23页的起诉书中发现,纽约检方从2018年下半年就已经开始对Tether及Bitfinex进行调查,在调查过程中发现Bitfinex及Tether可能涉嫌多项违规,包括无照经营、重大事项未予披露、资金管理不善、关联交易等,但核心焦点在于Tether借给Bitfinex的9亿美元贷款(其中7亿已经完成交易)可能存在巨大的利益冲突,或令持有USDT的投资者蒙受巨大损失。

根据纽约州检方起诉书,这笔9亿美元贷款发生的罪魁祸首应当是Bitfinex的支付处理商Crypto Capital。Crypto Capital声称有8.51亿美元Bitfinex所属的巨款被葡萄牙、美国、波兰政府扣押,此事最终造成Bitfinex内部恐慌。

2019年2月21日,Bitfinex和Tether的律师曾向纽约州检方表示,“为了弥补8.51亿美元(Crypto Capital声称被扣押的)损失,Bitfinex和Tether正在考虑促成一项交易,允许Bitfinex根据需要提取Tether的现金储备”。代理律师表示,Tether或将从USDT准备金中提取6~7亿美元,以循环贷款信用贷款的形式借给Bitfinex。

3月29日,代理律师寄给纽约州检方的邮件中表示相关交易已经于3月27日完成,并且又透露出一笔于2018年11月发生的、未经披露的6.25亿美元资金转移(从Tether向Bitfinex),以解决Bitfinex的流动性问题,据纽约检方描述,这两项巨额资金变动都没有向公众披露。

简单来说,根据纽约州检方起诉书中记录的交流内容,支付处理商Crypto Capital持有的Bitfinex的8.51亿美元被扣押(目前没有官方证明),以致Bitfinex向Tether发起9亿美元贷款,并已经从Tether的USDT储备金中提取了7亿美元;而此前在2018年11月,也发生过一次从Tether到Bitfinex,金额为6.25亿美元的资金转移。火星财经APP(ID:hxcj24h)推测两次大额资金转移都被用来解决Bitfinex的流动性问题。



Tether、Bitfinex团队重合,合作伙伴高管存疑

Tether和Bitfinex团队重合其实已经不是秘密了,此前就有路透社透露Tether和Bitfinex共同的CEO,但在本次诉讼中,纽约州检方在起诉书中详述了三者之间的关系:双方的签字代表同时也是DigFinex(疑似笔误,遗漏了iFinex)、Tether、Bitfinex的董事和股东。而为双方借贷行为做担保的DigFinex,其所有者和实际运营者也是同时是Tether和Bitfinex的所有者和运营者。这也就不难理解Tether和Bitfinex之间资金交换的轻而易举。

其实在Tether、Bitfinex高管重合之外,Bitfinex外部合作伙伴也被疑存在重合情况。去年Bitfinex的银行合作伙伴Noble Bank破产事件后,The Block分析师Larry Cermak表示Bitfinex已经将银行储备转移到Global Trading Solutions,LLC持有的汇丰银行账户中。而根据另一篇报道,Crypto Capital的总裁IVAN MANUEL MOLINA LEE曾是Global TradeSolutions AG的总裁,而Global Trade Solutions AG与Bitfinex的银行业务服务商Global Trading Solutions有惊人的相似之处。但目前仍无法确定IVAN MANUEL MOLINA LEE与Global TradingSolutions之间的关系,即无法确定Bitfinex支付提供商与其美元银行业务合作伙伴之间的关系。

无论此事的元凶是谁,背后还隐藏着什么暗流,但经过银行业务合作伙伴的变动,及多次从Tether大额贷款、转移资金,Bitfinex或真在经历着流动性问题,通俗地说就是缺钱。但最新曝光的Bitfinex发币却使人人一头雾水,USDT与Bitfinex的关系已是人人心知肚明的,Bitfinex如此急切的试图用新发平台币的方式筹资?还是想用新发币与Tether USD撇清关系?

对Bitfinex此时发售平台币和IEO的四大思考

此前LinkVC林嘉鹏在接受火星撞上499采访时阐述了一个观点,从博弈论角度来讨论交易所、项目方、用户三者在IEO中如何取得均衡点,他表示IEO实际上就是项目方、交易所出钱出力,让利给散户投资人,在项目吸引到足够多的流量和关注度之后,交易所和项目方自然也能从中分到更多好处。

根据这个理论,火星财经APP(ID:hxcj24h)推测,作为全球头部交易所的Bitfinex,以及USDT发行方Tether来做IEO定会与币安Launchpad一样轰动,那么就有一个问题,项目方获益是项目币价的提高,那Bitfinex的获益在哪里呢?因为USDT是稳定币,波动极小,以IEO的方式获得的升值空间极小,所以如果Bitfinex要将IEO利益最大化,就必须要推出一款可以大幅获益的产品,那一定就是Bitfinex平台币。

所以火星财经APP(ID:hxcj24h)推测,Bitfinex如果想做到利益最大化,确实需要将其平台币与IEO“捆绑销售”。如果Bitfinex在当前负面缠身的背景下仅发售平台币,那平台币价格在舆论及现状面前将出现很高的风险,但如果同时放出IEO的消息,在“IEO将使用平台币发售”的心理预期下,Bitfinex平台币很可能在发售时就出现非常大的涨幅。

但我们推测,Bitfinex的IEO很可能使用平台币+USDT双币种出售的模式。在这种模式下,Bitfinex既可以从IEO中获得较高利润,又可以名正言顺的借项目方之手回购USDT。而Dovey Wan也在Twitter中表示,如果Bitfinex IEO接受USDT,那将有效的较少USDT的流通供应量,从而弥补它的储备金漏洞。

除此之外,IEO从2019年初就已经开始流行,但是Bitfinex并没有在那段时间参与进来,反而在IEO热度正在消退的时候行动,Bitfinex的这种行为很难不联想到受纽约州检方起诉事件。同时,Bitfinex受到纽约州检方起诉后,当日即有17250枚BTC、63.33万枚ETH,约合1.85亿美元自Bitfinex冷钱包中转出,交易所资金流通性问题没有解决的当口,又出现新的流失,Bitfinex急需引入新的资金和用户,激活交易所流量。火星财经APP(ID:hxcj24h)推测,在被起诉之后,Bitfinex或许已经很难再从Tether的储备金中提取资金,于是需要另一条路来弥补漏洞,这就是发售平台币和IEO。

简单总结我们推测Bitfinex此时将要进行平台币发售及IEO的目的:

1. 通过平台币、IEO引入新资金和用户,激活交易所流量;


2. 可能是提取Tether储备金断路后弥补漏洞的新路径;


3. 平台币与IEO“捆绑销售”,以期获得更高收益;


4. 同时通过项目方之手回购USDT,减少流通供应量。

Bitfinex、Tether的危机不仅仅是资金能解决的

但是,就如Dovey Wan在Twitter中所表达的,Bitfinex发售平台币并进行IEO的行为并不是可持续性的。即便Bitfinex能在短时间内解决资金问题,并将贷款自Tether的7亿美元还清,Tether的储备金支撑问题依然悬在头上。并且连续的负面事件后,Bitfinex及Tether的信誉已经遭到不可挽回的伤害,这是金钱无法弥补的。

其实Bitfinex目前最需要解决的,是证明Crypto Capital声称被冻结的8.51亿美元真实存在,被冻结的原因,以及是否能够解冻。当然,判断能否解冻的关键还是要分析这笔资金被冻结的原因。

其次,在起诉书中,纽约州检方至少提及了4处Bitfinex存在应予未予披露的重大事项,包括合作的支付处理商的信息,8.5亿美元资金损失的信息,与Tether达成的9亿美元循环信用贷款可能涉及利益冲突的信息,及6.25亿美元资金转移的信息,如何向公众回应这些实锤式Bitfinex应该真诚思考的。

再次,Bitfinex与Tether的团队也应该就起诉书中提到的高管团队重合的问题给出答复,既是交易所又是“银行”的运营模式只会带来更多的质疑。

最后,就之前来说,我们可能永远也不会知道Tether到底有多少真实的美元支撑,预计Bitfinex很难将其真实数据公开于众。但是在一次次的负面事件之后,Bitfinex或许将面临迫不得已公开所有数据的一天,但那时USDT或已霸主地位不保。

时至今日,摆在Bitfinex面前的选项已经不多,已经没有所谓的最优解决方案,Bitfinex的操作空间已经非常有限,这次危机爆发后,Bitfinex甚至出现了用户退出式买入BTC,即在无法通过USD退出时,买入“硬通币”BTC,借此离开Bitfinex交易所。自此之后,Bitfinex信任危机加剧,Tether江湖地位不保,Bitfinex、Tether的危机从来都不是仅靠资金就能解决的,若此次事件还不能警醒Bitfinex进行符合大众利益的行动,那真将无力回天。

Threats on Voat, Censorship-Free Reddit, Heat Up

Threats on Voat, Censorship-Free Reddit, Heat Up

Justin Chastain, CEO of Voat, a censorship-free Reddit, said that American authorities contacted him regarding death threats posted by users on the platform. Following this, the CEO requested users to “chill on the ‘threats,’” reported Motherboard on April 26, 2019.

The Voat Community Responds

Chastain took to Voat to notify users that a U.S. agency contacted him, that he didn’t name, to warn him against the increasing content that crosses the limits to making threats. On a lighter note, he said, “We are better than this.”

He said that the platform stands for free speech, but they also need to cooperate with law enforcement and not operate outside the law. The CEO also told users that if any content is in the gray area, they might remove it upon request.

Unsurprisingly, the community didn’t take that message well. The first comment following Chastain’s request insinuated the annihilation of the Jewish people.

“The Voat user cited a 1969 First Amendment Supreme Court case involving a Ku Klux Klan leader who gave a televised speech targeting certain races, arguing that the court ruled a threat needs to be specific to be illegal. The user then gave an example of a specific call for violence against a specific synagogue on a specific day.”

The comment, as reported by Motherboard, was still up at the time of writing.

A License to Hate Mongers?

While creators who envision the concept of imparting censorship-free platforms to people for practicing free speech might not have the same ideology in the back of their mind, but they often end up fueling the fire that burns within hate mongers.

In October 2018, the Pittsburgh Synagogue shootings that caused the death of 11 people and left six injured was done by a user of Gab, another censorship-free version of Twitter, who was behind several anti-Semitic messages shared on the site.

Though the crypto community stands for censorship-free everything as far as it can be afforded, these incidents leave many questioning human instincts and whether imparting absolute freedom does more bad than good.

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Ripple Surges After Nasdaq Adds XRP Liquidity Index, Will Growing Adoption Propel It Higher?

Over the past several months many cryptocurrencies have incurred relatively large gains that have put a significant amount of distance between their current prices and their 2018 lows. But much to the chagrin of investors, Ripple (XRP) has not been one of these cryptos, as it has remained relatively stable around the $0.30 region.

Today, however, Ripple has gained some upwards momentum after news broke regarding XRP’s Liquidity Index being added to the Nasdaq Global Index Data Service, joining Bitcoin and Ethereum, which were both added previously.

Ripple (XRP) Sees Growing Adoption Despite Lackluster Price Action

Although many investors directly equate positive price action with growing fundamental strength, the two are not inextricably linked, as often times cryptocurrencies incur massive price movements – both upwards and downwards – regardless of fundamental, news-based developments.

XRP, whose future largely hinges on whether or not banks begin taking to it to facilitate payments, has been floating slightly above its 2018 lows that were set in the mid-$0.20 region in late-December, and many investors are beginning to lose faith in it as it continues to face downwards pressure despite the improving market conditions.

Despite this, in the past week the embattled cryptocurrency has incurred a few positive developments that may ultimately help it climb out of its rut.

Today it was announced that Nasdaq would be adding Brave New Coin’s XRP Liquidity Index to its Global Index Data Service, which was developed by BNC with a goal of meeting the “marketplace requirement for a single, reliable and fair USD price for XRP — based on live real-world trading activity.”

In addition to this, it was also recently announced that Saudi British Bank (SAAB) – which is a subsidiary of banking giant HSBC – has officially launched its first Ripple-based payment system, although it remains unclear as to whether or not they will be utilizing xCurrent or the XRP-based xRapid.

Majed Najm, SAAB’s deputy managing director or corporate and institutional banking, spoke about their decision to use a Ripple-based payment system, saying:

“This step is part of the Bank’s ongoing efforts to provide the best banking services to customers, make use of the latest technology and global banking products available, and create methods and means to save time and effort for our customers.”

Could Growing Adoption Push XRP Higher? 

At the time of writing, XRP is trading up 4.2% at its current price of $0.306, up from its daily lows of $0.29.

Over a one-month period, however, XRP is still down significantly from its highs of $0.37 that were set earlier this month.

This recent price surge may be technically significant for XRP, as it recently hit a price level below $0.30 that many analysts deemed to be a “do or die” price level for the cryptocurrency.

Peter Brandt, a popular analyst on Twitter, explained this in a recent tweet, saying its “do or die time for the $XRP bag holders.”

As the week continues on and XRP’s price action continues to unfold, it will likely grow increasingly clear as to whether or not growing fundamental strength will be enough to hold it above $0.30 and to propel it higher.

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