World's First Insured Bitcoin Storage Service Launches in

World's first bitcoin storage vault opens in London - A “deep cold storage” service for bitcoins underwritten by Lloyds of London and offering protection from hackers and accidental loss has launched in the UK.

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World's first bitcoin storage vault opens in London - A “deep cold storage” service for bitcoins underwritten by Lloyds of London and offering protection from hackers and accidental loss has launched in the UK

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World’s first insured bitcoin storage service has launched in the UK, with insurance underwritten by Lloyd’s of London

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Full Option Koinpro

In today's world of heavily nascent and volatile cryptocurrency, one point or factor stands out. That is exchanges. Cryptocurrency exchanges are sites(whether physical or virtual) where cryptocurrencies are traded for each other or traditional fiat currencies like Euro, Pound Sterling or US Dollar. They may be divided by many criteria, chief of which may be Modus Operandi or Central Control. The Degree of Control suggests a central control of exchange management and resources. There are Centralized, Decentralized and Hybrid exchanges. Now we can narrow down to Centralized Exchanges. These are where transactions are monitored and controlled by the owners of the exchange. Transactions can be made only through mechanisms provided and approved by the central body. Also there is no access to private keys by traders. Examples include Koinpro, Binance, Kucoin, Bittrex etc.
About Koinpro This is a Smart Bitcoin Futures Exchange. KoinPro, your new fangled crypto exchange, that goes beyond crypto and boasts of multiple futures contracts, with its own unique features and benefits. Bitcoin Futures, Contracts for Difference are complex instruments. Trading these financial products carries a high level of risk since leverage can work both to your advantage and disadvantage. There are a lot of exchanges, both crypto and fiat(mainstream and otherwise) trading tools like CFD, oil, futures etc; but not one of them Integrates CFDs like Koinpro. Its a no-brainer choice, since going for KoinPro’s unique double-UP contract, customers can simply enter into a predefined order position that will automatically terminate when the position either gains or loses 100% of its value, or when the contract expires — whichever comes first. insurance coverage is provided as a courtesy to BitGo Prime, which is a sole counterparty Prices derived from a wide range of Tier 1 institutions such as exchanges and professional market makers Trading on a fully non-disclosed basis Fully integrated with BitGo Portfolio & Tax. At KoinPro, we take the safety and security of our clients extremely seriously. To help make KoinPro one of the safest places to trade, we store our customer funds in cold storage wallets provided by BitGo—the world leader in secure digital asset storage. BitGo custody includes a $100 million insurance plan underwritten by Lloyd’s of London—one of the UK’s largest insurance markets.
This insurance coverage is provided as a courtesy to KoinPro users and hence comes at no additional cost. This insurance coverage protects digital assets held by BitGo, Inc. or BitGo Trust Company in the event of;
Third-party hacks or theft of private keys Insider theft by employees of private keys Physical loss or damage of private keys
BitGo has delivered institution-grade security for digital assets since 2013, and features state-of-the-art cold storage technology, which includes a bank-grade Class III vault and stringent controls designed to practically eliminate the risk of loss. Full details about the BitGo custody and insurance protection can be found here.
https://koinpro.com/
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More about KOIN PRO

More about KOIN PRO
KOIN PRO is an trade of exchange derivatives for everyone who is gaining momentum. The platform was created with the aim that any user, even with minimal knowledge, could understand its subtleties. The developers have made it simple and easy to use. KOIN PRO will launch a service token (KOI), which will be used to encourage users of the platform for active participation in various events, contests and campaigns conducted by the platform. The KOI token will provide its owners with countless opportunities in the BUY BACK program.
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In addition, KoinPro offers you innumerable possibilities. Everyone gets the opportunity to trade stocks, bitcoins and various foreign currencies. You will begin to work on a fast, secure and highly reliable platform. Guaranteed customer safety, which is considered an important task. Planning to create KoinPro as the safest and most reliable platform, the funds of users who have made investments are securely placed in the Cold Storage Wallet, a service was offered by the world-renowned and world leader in the field of security and storage of Digital data. BitGo Custodian has developed an insurance plan of $ 100 million, signed by Llodyds of London. It is the largest insurance company in the UK.
If you want to join the platform now, first get acquainted with the official platform information:
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KOINPRO considers user safety a priority

KOINPRO considers user safety a priority
The platform offers us wide opportunities for using the platform. You as a user can trade various stocks, various foreign currencies and bitcoins. You will start working on a fast, secure and completely reliable platform.
Customer safety here will be considered a top priority. Developers strived to make KoinPro one of the most reliable trading platforms and safe for the user. Your customer funds will be stored in the Cold Storage Wallet. This service is world famous and is a world leader in the field of security and storage of digital assets.
Your assets are under guaranteed security, as BitGo Custodian has an insurance plan worth more than $ 100 million, which was signed by Llodyds of London. It is the largest old company in the UK. KoinPro is responsible for your insurance coverage, so users will not incur additional costs. Insurance coverage will protect all digital assets under BitGo Inc. This is a standard security service of the Bank for its customers around the world, which will help to eliminate the risk of loss of funds.
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ADVANTAGES OF THE PLATFORM

  1. REGISTRATION BONUS: platform users receive an instant registration bonus in which they can easily exchange.
  2. KYC IS NOT REQUIRED: unlike some platforms that force their users to pass the mandatory KYC, which is seen as a conflict with decentralization. The KoinPro platform does not oblige users to go through any KYC. Users only need to register and conduct their trading activities. 3.50% CASHBACK: Cashback is offered to users on trading commissions. Users take this rare opportunity on the KoinPro platform.
If you want to join the platform now, first get acquainted with the official platform information:
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[Weekly Report] Stable Progress During the Epidemic

[Weekly Report] Stable Progress During the Epidemic
Recently, the global economy has experienced severe fluctuations due to the new crown epidemic, and major capital markets have declined in varying degrees, but these have no impact on the promotion of cooperation between LivesOne and BSV. After the Exchange LVTC for BSV event ended, more members of the BSV community began to pay attention to LivesOne and agreed with our concept, laying the foundation for the deeper and broader cooperation between LivesOne and BSV.
LivesOne chooses BSV as the cooperation in many public chains because it agrees with the concept and development prospect of BSV chain.
The existence of BSV chain is for a more secure and more binding and monitoring blockchain application. In this network, all violations will be recorded and tracked, which is more appropriate to the development of social economy.
BSV is currently developing and expanding rapidly. Last December, it held the China Conference in Beijing, this February it held the UK conference in London, and this September or October it is expected to hold the US Conference in New York. Every meeting will attract many entities to participate in the ecological construction of BSV. BSV finally eliminates all doubts about the feasibility of the public chain and proves the possibility of building large-scale enterprise applications on the bitcoin blockchain.
EHR data migrate to BSV Chain

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At the BSV London conference held in February 2020, EHR data as a subsidiary of the National Health Coalition (NHC) announced that it is working with nChain to plan to use the BSV network to cope with the crisis of narcotic drugs, migrate all NHC data on the blockchain, use the BSV chain for healthcare record industry to create a single book, and efforts to achieve the digital medical data.
This will benefit the entire global healthcare system, enable the formation of global electronic healthcare records and facilitate data sharing across the healthcare industry. At the same time, it will help reduce black market drug sales, and efforts to prevent "doctor shopping". By putting all patient data into one system, doctors and the whole healthcare industry can get information directly from the same single point, and patients can decide who access to their own medical data, providing greater control and transparency from pharmaceutical companies to end users. This facilitates information sharing may ultimately reduce drug use rates and illegal drug sales. Blockchain can share patient data with multiple parties on the premise of ensuring patient privacy, which can completely solve one of the biggest pain points in the medical industry.

Seafood data migrate to BSV Chain

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At the BSV conference in London, the blockchain supply management company UNISOT announced that it has officially launched SeafoodChain. UNISOT CEO Stephan Nilsson said that the solution will track the origin of seafood "from sea to plate" and will cover UNISOT ’s entire supply chain from ocean to land. It will bring all the entities in the seafood industry and provide greater transparency and credibility in the seafood industry's operations. This makes operations more efficient and helps companies reduce costs, making them more conducive to positive business growth.
BSV recognizes that Bitcoin is transparent and regulated. The EHR and SeafoodChain projects clearly show the true value of the blockchain. BSV provides all businesses with the winning ingredients to strengthen their activities with a data solution that reduces fraud and streamlines operations. This cooperation shows the value of blockchain for correct data management and storage. We would like to see more industries and organizations make the same decisions as them, adopting blockchain in their daily operations.
At present, the global financial market is struggling. In such an environment, there will be a good future only by doing a good job in ecological construction. We continue to work hard !

Symbiosism Economy Foundation
Mar.18th, 2020
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CEX.io delisting Dash

At the last Dash conference in London, the CEX.io CEO was on stage proudly proclaiming the new listing of Dash. Days before the next Dash conference, CEX.io is announcing to delist Dash again. I just received this announcement email:
"We’ll soon be delisting ZEC and DASH coins from CEX.​IO. As of September 15, trading will no longer be available for these coins, so we encourage you to finish all trades and close all your positions in ZEC and DASH before that date. On September 15, all outstanding orders will automatically be cancelled and you won’t be able to place new orders.
You can store ZEC and DASH coins on CEX.​IO for free through December 31, 2019. Starting January 1, 2020, a storage fee will be applied to ZEC and DASH funds kept on CEX.​IO accounts."
On their Telegram Channel, they clarified:
"CEX.IO periodically updates listing policies, taking into account global regulatory and compliance developments, with an eye towards providing the best possible service while protecting our users.
Recently, in response to regulatory developments in multiple jurisdictions, we’ve made a decision to delist several instruments, including ZEC and DASH."
On some user's inquiry what regulatory risk, they clarified:
"We are a regulated exchange and operate in multiple jurisdictions. The delisting decision reflects our assessment of risks these coins may pose for maintenance and progress of licensing process, partnerships, and various other aspects of business.
Considering the forthcoming implementation of the Fifth AML Directive and the underlying requirements imposed on virtual currency exchanges in the UK, it was decided to reassess the company’s risk appetite to privacy-enhanced cryptocurrencies. For now, there is no available instruments for tracing and monitoring privacy-enhanced coins on the market.
However, we are following all developments on the market, and once suitable and effective instrument to mitigate those risks will be offered, we definitely will reassess our approach."
I thought the regulatory risk of Dash's Private Send was addressed by the Core Team? There was a long section in the recent quarterly call on how Private Send is like Bitcoin's coin mixing and to demonstrate the point, Private Send transactions were run on the Bitcoin blockchain. And in a recent blog post, Ryan T wrote: "Through a process of education, we have been effective in explaining the technology and convincing regulators that accepting Dash poses no incremental risk compared to Bitcoin." Doesn't seem that effective, after all. Has the team tried to work through these issues with CEX.io? If so, why couldn't their concerns be allayed?
What does this mean for a potential Coinbase listing and other exchanges?
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Is Karatbit and Karatbars a scam?

On Tuesday 16th July, just a few weeks ago I was invited to attend a Karatbit, Karatbars/Karatbank presentation. The presentation was touting everything including a blockchain mobile phone. Someone had approached me over the weekend to investigate an investment, they had made with Karatbit/Karatbars. I attended the presentation with some research which, to be honest, was not that favourable to the company but nevertheless still went with an open mind.
KaratBank, a Singapore-based financial organization, has propelled another digital currency that it claims is bound to real physical gold. Is this a progressive thought – or a trick?
KaratBank, an organization located in Singapore, has quite recently declared the dispatch of KaratBank Coins (KBC), another digital currency it said is attached to gold. Be that as it may, not just the cost of gold, as different monetary forms — to real bits of gold: they're embedded in plastic cards or banknotes. In any event, that is the way it appears upon first sight.
KaratBank is a sister company of KaratBars International, located in Germany. KaratBars really sells gold in exceptionally small quantities (like 0.1g to 1g bullions), inserted into plastic cards (Karatbars) or money like notes (CashGold). The notes are famously overpriced: back when 1 gram of gold was $40, the 1g CashGold note cost $65.
As per KaratBank whitepaper, 10,000 KBC can be traded for 0.1g CashGold notes.
The initial coin offering kicked off earlier this year and proceeded until March 21, with the ICO starting March 22 (1 KBC = $0.05), Coin Telegraph reports.
Be that as it may, KaratBars International as an organization is emphatically connected with scams. A basic search for KaratBars on Google returns three connections with the word "scam" in them on the first page. KaratBars was prohibited in Canada in 2014 over an Autorité des marchés agents (AMF) with a Scam warning.
The Canadian government found that KaratBars executes some kind of multi-layered marketing (MLM), or "pyramid" scheme organisation that urged individuals to get new recruits and profit from their sales, promising a return of $15,000 to $136,000 every month.
In any case, Is KaratBank is a different story? All things considered, yes and no. Upon a more intensive look at the organization's whitepaper, one finds the following:
"United States of America citizens, residents (tax or otherwise) or green card holders, as well as residents of Canada, the People's Republic of China or the Republic of Singapore, are not qualified to partake in the KaratBank ICO."
As indicated by the Behind MLM site, the explanation behind this may lie in the way that those nations have actualized strict regulation on ICOs, and KaratBank does not have any desire to have anything to do with them.
"ICOs are not unlawful in the US or Canada. In the US, however, ICOs are ordinarily viewed as securities and require registration with the [Securities and Exchange Commission]," the site reads. "Singapore hasn't prohibited ICOs however it is one of the nations KaratBars International works in through the shell companies KaratPay and KaratBars Singapore. Singapore regulators closing those organizations down would cripple KaratBars International. The board most likely figure it's best not to take any risks."
To work lawfully in any purview, KaratBars International would need to register itself with the proper securities regulator in that jurisdiction, which the organization appears to need to abstain from, raising doubts.
From one's point of view what is disheartening is that blockchain is a great new technology and companies like this seem to mix their existing business with cryptocurrencies. Knowing full well that the general public does not really understand cryptocurrencies, let alone blockchain or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). As a blockchain consultant, one feels obligated to pose some questions anyone thinking of getting involved should be asking.
At the presentation, I heard the presenters say “ Karatbars is giving its members the opportunity to buy gold in small quantities. They also encourage you to save in gold instead of paper money. This can easily be done by buying as little as 0.1 gram of gold or 1 gram - 2.5 gram or 5 grams.”
They said members can keep their gold in Karatbars' vault or ask them to send it to you. Cash gold is the most popular form of buying gold as the gold is embedded in a banknote. 24kt gold 99.9% pure makes it easier for anyone to accumulate wealth.
Karatbars is also involved in cryptocurrency and got their own coins, namely KBC and KCB coins. I'm going to get very deep into this, but the main thing to remember is that they say, “these coins are increasing in value and that it is backed by gold”. whereas and another Cryptocurrency is backed by nothing.
As a self-proclaimed proponent of blockchain and a graduate of Digital Forensics, I feel obligated to say a few words about this presentation on Karatbit or at least as a conscious citizen of this global world of technology users. Blockchain is a magnificent emerging technology that can be harnessed to do so many things. But most importantly it is a technology that provides one single source of truth. If groups are using this single source of truth technology to spread untruths, someone concerned must come out to say something. Blockchain is a technology that can put everyone on an even playing field but it seems very few understand it. The individuals with even the fleeting basic understanding can influence the general public perception of cryptocurrencies. This leads me to ask a great quote from a book called Richest Man in Babylon …. “if you want advice on investing in expensive jewels, why would you go to a butcher?”
The following is what the masses are being manipulated to attach their hopes and dreams. It is that “a further drop in the value of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has recently left investors nursing heavy losses. Many proponents are holding out for a new breakout “if their digital assets can go mainstream.”
The most important part of that statement is “if their digital assets can go mainstream”. This made me ask some questions about Karatbit and this is what I came up with.
Something is fishy!! Can someone clarify the following?
Claim 1: Gold mine worth $900 million provides security.
Can’t find any official source as proof.
Reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyKQIckXyIU
Claim 2: Backed by a gold mine in Africa
Can’t find any official source as proof.
Reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5Q3ZvR4b04
Claim 3: Audit report by MM Revisors for a gold mine in Madagascar
Can’t find proof that MM Revisors exists. Not sure if this report was published by Karatbars Int (can’t find it on their official website), but this is being circulated by some investors as if it were.
Reference: https://karatbars-me.webnode.es/\_files/200000070-01d6002d18/audit.pdf
Claim 4: Karatcoin Bank is a fully licensed crypto bank and is situated in Miami
Can’t find proof that they are registered as a licensed financial institute in Miami, Florida.
Can’t find Karatcoin Bank as a registered corporation, but found Karat Coin Corp.
Reference: http://search.sunbiz.org/Inquiry/CorporationSearch/SearchResults?inquiryType=EntityName&searchNameOrder=KARATBANK&searchTerm=Karatbank
Reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXip2Fizz5U&t=152s
Claim 5: Not a pyramid scheme
Karatbit describes this as an affiliate program but clearly is a pyramid scheme at best, see links below;
Canada: https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/karatbars-quebec-activities-covered-by-prohibition-orders-514201571.html
Namibia: https://economist.com.na/43874/extra/karatbars-international-is-a-scamsays-central-bank/
Netherlands: https://www.afm.nl/en/nieuws/2014/mei/waarschuwing-karatbars
Claim 6: 100KBC = 1g of Gold at $40 per gram (1 KBC = $0.40) (guaranteed)
Total supply = 12,000,000,000 KBC (can’t find figures of circulating, so using supply instead)
Total gold needed to cover buy back of all coins:
12,000,000,000 / 100 = 120 000 000g = 120 tons (South Africa as a whole produced 139.9 tons of Gold in 2017).
Total money needed to buy back all the coins:
120 000 000g x $40 = $4.8 Billion
Can’t find proof that they have 120 tons of gold in storage (or backed up by the mines as claimed) or that they are at least worth $4.8 Billion to buy the gold?
Taking a more conservative approach:
According to icobench.com, they raised $100 000 000 with their ICO from 60% of the total supply.
Let’s assume the 60% of 12,000,000,000 is in circulation. This equals to 7,200,000,000 KBC.
Total gold needed for the buyback of 7,200,000,000 KBC:
7,200,000,000 / 100 = 72 000 000g = 72 tons
Total money needed to buy back all coins:
72 000 000g x $40 = $2.88 Billion
Loss for buying back the KBC that were sold during the ICO:
$100,000,000 - $2,880,000,000 = - $2,780,000,000
A potential loss of $2,78 Billion!!! Or am I taking crazy pills?
Reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgeHjhlMfn0
Reference: https://icobench.com/ico/karatgold-coin
Claim 7: This Forbes.com article gives credibility to the KBC coin
This article was written by a Contributor.
Reference: https://www.forbes.com/sites/joresablount/2019/05/31/10-blockchain-companies-to-watch-in-2019/#308b507e543f
There is no traditional editing of contributors’ copy, at least not prior to publishing. If a story gets hot or makes the homepage, a producer will “check it more carefully,” DVorkin said.
Reference: https://www.poynter.org/reporting-editing/2012/what-the-forbes-model-of-contributed-content-means-for-journalism/
“Blogging for Forbes requires being what is commonly referred to as a "self-starter."
So far, nobody has said, "Um, you can't do that," or, "Oh, my God, no!"
Reference: https://www.forbes.com/sites/susannahbreslin/2011/04/06/how-to-become-a-forbes-blogge#231bb9972862
“Warning over 'scammers paradise' as watchdog reveals victims lost £27m to bitcoin, cryptocurrency and forex frauds last year”
• Some 1,850 cases were reported to Action Fraud, a 250% increase on 2017-18
• Victims lost an average of £14,600 - with fewer than 1 in 20 getting money back
• Investors are often initially told they've made a profit
• They are then encouraged to put in more money - at which point the fraudsters run off with their cash
Potential victims have been warned over bogus online 'get rich quick' schemes as it emerged people lost more than £27million to cryptocurrency and foreign exchange scams last year.
Fraudsters promise high returns to those who invest, according to Action Fraud and the Financial Conduct Authority.
Victims lost an average of £14,600 in 2018-19 and stand little chance of getting their money back.
Reports of cryptocurrency and forex investment scams increased by nearly 250 per cent in 2017-18, from 530 to nearly 1,850.
The scams work by criminals promoting get-rich-quick online trading platforms through social media. Posts often use fake celebrity endorsements and images of luxury items like expensive watches and cars.
Beat the scammers:
These then link to professional-looking websites where consumers are persuaded to invest.
Often investors are led to believe their first investment has successfully returned a profit, and are then enticed to invest more money or introduce friends in return for greater profits.
But the returns stop, the customer account is closed, and the scammer disappears with no further contact.
'Anyone handing over their hard-earned cash should make sure they understand what they're getting into, they've checked it's a legitimate investment, and not rely on hype and excitement from friends or social media.
'Investing isn't a get-rich-quick scheme - and anything that uses fear of missing out or requires you to invest before thinking is best to be avoided.'
Those considering an investment to check the following for tips on how to avoid investment fraud at www.fca.org.uk/scamsmart.
Scammers can be very convincing so always do your own research into any firm you are considering investing with, to make sure that they are the real deal.
'It's vital that people carry out the necessary checks to ensure that an investment they're considering is legitimate.
UK consumers are being increasingly targeted by crypto asset-related investment scams.
Certain crypto assets, like Bitcoin and Ether (also known as cryptocurrencies), are not regulated in the UK. This means that buying, selling or transferring these crypto-assets falls outside FCA remit. The same is true for the operation of a cryptocurrency exchange.
However, some types of crypto-asset products may be or may involve regulated investments depending on their nature and how they are structured. For example, firms that sell regulated investments with an underlying crypto asset element may need to be authorised by the FCA to do so.
In recent months, the FCA claims it has received an increasing number of reports about crypto-asset investment scams. Some of them may involve regulated activities, others don’t, but all use similar tactics.
How crypto-asset investment scams work
Cryptoasset fraudsters tend to advertise on social media – often using the images of celebrities or well-known individuals to promote cryptocurrency investments. In this case, laughably they said KaratBit was endorsed by Barak Obama’s sister. Who is she and what does she know about cryptocurrencies and blockchain? The ads then link to professional-looking websites. Consumers are then persuaded to make investments with the firm using cryptocurrencies or traditional currencies.
The firms operating the scams are usually based outside the UK but will claim to have a UK presence, often a prestigious City of London address.
Scam firms can manipulate software to distort prices and investment returns. They may scam people into buying the non-existent crypto asset. They are also known to suddenly close consumers’ online accounts and refuse to transfer the funds to them or ask for more money before the funds can be transferred.
Action Fraud has also issued a warning on cryptocurrency scams.
How to protect yourself
Be wary of adverts online and on social media promising high returns on investments in a crypto asset or crypto asset-related products.
Most firms advertising and selling investments in crypto-assets are not authorised by the FCA. This means that if you invest in certain crypto assets you will not have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service or the Financial Services Compensation Scheme if things go wrong.
The FCA doesn’t regulate crypto assets like Bitcoin or Ether which are vastly the most recognized cryptocurrencies, let alone KBC, they do regulate certain crypto-asset derivatives (such as futures contracts, CFDs and options), as well as those crypto assets I would consider securities. A firm must be authorised by FCA to advertise or sell these products in the UK – check FCA Register to make sure the firm is authorised. You can also check the FCA Warning List of firms to avoid.
You should do further research on the product you are considering and the firm you are considering investing with. Check with Companies House to see if the firm is registered as a UK company and for directors' names. To see if others have posted any concerns, search online for the firm's name, directors' names and the product you are considering.
If you’ve already decided you want to invest in gold, this might not be a bad company to side with. But if you’re just looking for an opportunity to earn a sustainable income and become financially independent, there are better options out there.
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Weekly Update: Launch of BOMBX, Parachute + BOMBX partnership, Crypto Lifestyle Interview, AXPR on Binance Dex... – 12 Jul - 18 Jul'19

Weekly Update: Launch of BOMBX, Parachute + BOMBX partnership, Crypto Lifestyle Interview, AXPR on Binance Dex... – 12 Jul - 18 Jul'19
Hiya folks! This was one of the most eventful weeks in recent Parachute history. Strap onto your seatbelts. Here we go!

Cap announced the start of a new journey with BOMB’s latest venture, BOMBX (more on that later). In short, new groups will get to explore ParJar, new tokens will be added and a ton of new communities will get to experience Parachute in all its glory. Plus, ParJar will add the Binance chain to its list of supported chains. BEP2 tokens, here we come! Cap’s interview with The Crypto Lifestyle was this week as well. Have a look! PAR got listed on MetaMorphPro through a Twitter vote. This week we added a new token to ParJar: SNTR (Silent Notary). Read more about the project here. Don’t forget Cap’s reminder: when you join a new partner project channel, read up on them, join to learn about the project, be a part of their community. We want ParJar to be used as a tool for that community. Hence, try not to tip other coins/tokens there (including PAR).
Derjenige is a master of woodwork. Check out how he makes PAR coasters
Ian hosted an art trivia in the Tiproom. 50k PAR given away. Noice! In the Big Chili Race, Jason is still ahead of the competition at 47 cm. Just 3 more centimeters to win 400k PAR. If you’ve been meaning to use the Parachute sticker set on Telegram but couldn’t find it, click here. Cryptonoob has been hard at work designing UX concepts for the Parachute app. This week, he interviewed Parachuters to gauge user sentiment. Chris announced the start of a British Open Pick ‘Em Tournament with a prize pot of 100k PAR. Say what! Jason’s flash game for 65k PAR to find the “weirdest product for sale on the internet” saw some super wacky items being posted. Evan, Alexis and CF picked the craziest ones. Pika, Nilzinho, Richi and Airdrop won honourable mentions. Lmao! Roberto was kind enough to translate the ParJar guide to Spanish.
Big Chili Race participants. L to R: Abhijoy (8th), Tony (2nd), Jason (1st), Richi (5th)
BOMB announced the launch of an exploratory incubator on the Binance Chain called BOMBX. As Zachary explained during the livestream of the launch, while BOMB signifies destruction, BOMBX signifies creation. All BOMB token holders will receive BOMBX tokens (XIO) in 1:25 ratio. Find out more from Dash’s article linked above. Check this tweet thread for the TLDR. If you plan to watch the full announcement video, check out the index to skip to the sections of your interest. This infographic should help explain the incubator ecosystem being planned. There was also a giveaway for the top lessons shared by entrepreneurs from the BOMB community. As announced in the last update, BOMB was listed on Hotbit this week. Benjamin’s latest report on tokenomics got published. And as promised, the token statistics dashboard went live this week. Opacity is also one of the partners of BOMBX. As the explained in their article, Opacity will be the preferred storage provider for startups incubated by BOMBX. Opacity’s whitepaper is also now available with an Opacity storage handle for downloading and reading.
BOMBX Partners
This week’s Parachute + Uptrennd brainstorm session focused on Technical Analysis. Uptrennd founder Jeff sat down with Enjin CTO Witek Radomski to talk about the Efinity scaling solution, ERC-1155 marketplace and other topics. Membership on Uptrennd has been growing steadily. This called for a celebratory giveaway with egamers.io. Plus, Idex listing of 1UP is expected next week. Another public voting for a free detailed review of a project by the Uptrennd team started this week. aXpire’s AXPR token was listed on Binance Dex. Woot woot! Like last week, the weekly aXpire burn event was for 20k AXPR. Reasons for the double burn to be released in next update. There’s also a new dashboard to track all the token burns now. Checked out Clinton’s cool aXpire mug yet? Do it! And finally, catch up on the weekly updates at aXpire and the crypto space from this video. 2gether won the second prize on Pitch Day at the Barcelona Trading Conference. Congratulations!
AXPR Burn dashboard (as on 28-Jul-19)
Fantom appointed their consultant Bariq Sekandari as Director of BD and Listings this week. Bariq has been the driving force behind the deluge of FTM listings on exchanges in the last few weeks. The project also entered into a partnership with The Private Office of Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum and SEED Group to join hands in the Dubai smart city project. This news was covered by The Merkle, Coin Spectator and The Daily Chain. In this week’s technical article, the Sfxdx team writes about ChainWitness consensus algorithm. If you’ve missed the July updates of Fantom, fret not. CMO Michael Chen has covered it all in this post. Fantom also joined the Government Blockchain Association (GBA) this week along with several key figures from Fantom being added to the GBA Consultant Directory. Core dev Andre Cronje will be speaking at CFN Network’s “Future of Blockchain and Bitcoin” event at London in September. Click here for deets. The infogif contest winner was declared. THORChain announced a partnership with Fantom to allow BEP2 token swaps at market rates. Benjamin Cowen’s first FTM deep dive was released. Neat! Plus, Chico Crypto, That Martini Guy, Crypto Zombie and Bloxlive featured the project in their videos this week.
Fantom sets up its footing in Dubai
Hydro and its molecule solution got featured in World Blockchain Forum’s latest Medium article. Hydro announced the start of its article contest and winner of the video contest. Click here and here for the latest updates on all the moving parts of Hydro. Switch and SwitchDex were covered by BitcoinNews, The Merkle, Coinspeaker, NullTx, Incrypts, Altcoin Sara and Cryptopedic. ESH got listed on AltMarkets with a BTC pairing. Ahead of the start to the SMS Beta Testing phase, Birdchain announced social media competition. 50k BIRD up for grabs! Marketeers, have a read of their article on the efficacy of Pay-per-click campaigns. The latest Bounty0x bi-weekly update is available here. We have covered most of the news items in past updates. Catch up on District0x news from the weekly update post. All the pending questions from last week’s ETHOS AMA were answered this week in another AMA with founder Shingo and Voyager CMO Steve Capone. Following a system maintenance, Update 2.0 for the Universal Wallet went out this week. Upgrades include faster transactions, fee improvement and listing of BCH. Remember Horizon State’s nomination to the Wellington Gold Awards? They have started introducing the nominees recently and featured Horizon State this week. The project also got nominated for a Blockies Award by Blockchain Australia. Woot! And last but definitely not the least, Horizon State is now conducting a vote for The Opportunities Party in New Zealand. Check it out here.
Cap’s beer haul from the Parachute Beer Exchange. Courtesy: Thane
And with that, it’s a wrap for this week at Parachute and partners. See you soon with another weekly update. Ciao!
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Express VPN Review - Why I use it daily

ExpressVPN: Ranked #1 out of 100 VPNs that we tested ExpressVPN is one of the most popular VPN services on the market, but is it really the “#1 trusted leader in VPN” as it claims to be?
We put ExpressVPN through rigorous testing and in this review we’ll tell you if it’s honestly the top VPN of 2019, and we’ll answer common questions like:
Is ExpressVPN really that fast? Is it legit and safe to use? Does ExpressVPN unblock Netflix? Does ExpressVPN allow torrenting? How much does ExpressVPN cost? But before we jump in, here’s a quick overview of ExpressVPN’s pros and cons:
Pros Cons Exceptionally fast same-country speeds Works with Netflix, BBC iPlayer & more Safe, fast & unrestricted torrenting/P2P Strong logging policy & no IP, DNS, WebRTC leaks User-friendly apps for PC, Mac, iOS, & Android Great server network across 94 countries More expensive than some rivals Fire Stick TV app needs updating Works with
Netflix, BBC iPlayer, HBO, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Sky, SlingTV, Torrenting, Kodi
Available on
Windows Mac Ios Android Linux Price from
$6.67/mo
That’s just a few highlights of what’s to come.
Keep reading to see if ExpressVPN is the right VPN for you, starting with how fast it is.
Speed & Reliability One of the fastest VPNs we've tested
ExpressVPN is one of the fastest VPN services we’ve tested – it’s extremely quick and responsive.
ExpressVPN is also remarkably reliable and consistent, whether you’re connecting to a local server, or one on the other side of the world. It’s speed is also very impressive in high censorship countries like China, where most other VPN services struggle to even connect.
Use the table below to see how ExpressVPN speeds fare against its top-scoring rivals in 11 locations around the world.
Select server location ExpressVPN NordVPN IPVanish DOWNLOAD AVERAGE 52.10 Mbps 69.67 Mbps 44.83 Mbps UPLOAD AVERAGE 23.84 Mbps 27.86 Mbps 27.70 Mbps PING AVERAGE 141 ms 135 ms 131 ms Here are the average speeds you can expect from ExpressVPN from a handful popular regions.
Europe Asia USA Australia DOWNLOAD AVERAGE 125 Mbps 47 Mbps 151 Mbps 129 Mbps UPLOAD AVERAGE 101 Mbps 34 Mbps 135 Mbps 113 Mbps PING AVERAGE 73 ms 3 ms 4 ms 2 ms Averages are calculated from our test results over the last 4 weeks. To read about our speed testing methodologies, please read How We Test VPN Speed.
Speed results from our physical location in London (100Mbps fibre optic connection) to a London test server.
Before using ExpressVPN:
DOWNLOAD Mbps 95.71
UPLOAD Mbps 98.71
PING ms 3
When connected to ExpressVPN:
DOWNLOAD Mbps 85
UPLOAD Mbps 91.22
PING ms 8
Download speed without ExpressVPN: 95.71Mbps
Download speed with ExpressVPN: 85.00Mbps
Our download speed loss when ExpressVPN is running: 11%
On top of fast download and upload speeds, ExpressVPN’s low latency and low ping times make it a good VPN for gaming, not as good as other VPN services but a strong gaming contender nonetheless.
From our location in the UK, we tested average speeds connecting out to various locations worldwide while connected to ExpressVPN:
USA: 77Mbps (download) & 40Mbps (upload) Germany: 79Mbps (download) & 66Mbps (upload) Singapore: 73Mbps (download) & 22Mbps (upload) Australia: 59Mbps (download) & 1Mbps (upload) Server Locations 3,000+ servers across 160 locations
Globe with a blue flag 94 Countries Image of a city landscape 160 Cities Image of a pink marker 3,000+ IP Addresses See all Server Locations ExpressVPN operates more than 3,000 VPN servers across the world, spread evenly over every continent (excluding Antarctica).
No matter where you’re located you should have no trouble finding an ExpressVPN server near you.
3,000 servers is one of the widest ranges of servers we’ve seen from any VPN service, and the ExpressVPN website even lists which VPN security protocols are available in each location (either country or city).
ExpressVPN provides city-level servers in a number of locations, too:
US UK Australia Brazil India Singapore Netherlands Germany France Italy Spain ExpressVPN’s 27 different city-level locations in the US and in four in Australia are some of the highest totals we’ve seen.
Streaming & Torrenting Instantly unlocks Netflix, BBC iPlayer and torrenting
ExpressVPN easily unlocks Netflix through almost all of its US-based VPN servers (apart from New York), even if it doesn’t offer servers dedicated to streaming like some of the other top-tier VPN services like CyberGhost.
ExpressVPN’s Isle of Man and Jersey servers work well with UK Netflix, while most UK servers will unlock BBC iPlayer (although customer support informed us it will only work if you’re located outside of the UK).
ExpressVPN is also a popular choice with viewers of a whole range of other big streaming services. Plenty of subscribers enjoy using ExpressVPN with:
Amazon Prime Video Hulu HBO Sling TV Sky Now TV PlayStation Vue The following ExpressVPN servers worked for unlocking Netflix:
USA (New Jersey, Washington DC, San Francisco) Canada (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver) UK (Isle of Man, Jersey) Torrenting Torrenting and any type of P2P traffic is allowed on all ExpressVPN servers, resulting in less congestion and faster speeds as a bonus.
ExpressVPN registered fast speeds both downloading and uploading, which is fundamental for a good torrenting and P2P experience. ExpressVPN also works for those looking to stream via Kodi or similar media player apps.
Privacy and security-wise, ExpressVPN’s kill switch works extremely well (should your VPN connection drop at any point) and when we tested ExpressVPN for IP or DNS leaks, we found zero. What’s more, ExpressVPN doesn’t keep any activity logs. You can read more about all of this below.
Bypassing Censorship Works in China, UAE and more
ExpressVPN works in China, bypassing Chinese censorship with ease, largely thanks to the company devoting significant resources into outsmarting the censors. That is why ExpressVPN is our best VPN for China.
If you have protocol selection switched to Automatic, ExpressVPN’s proprietary obfuscation security protocols are activated, which are very effective in beating aggressive state-level censors.
These obfuscation protocols ensure that its VPN apps easily beat even the most aggressive of blocks in countries like Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Platforms & Devices Works with all popular devices
Apps Windows Logo Windows Mac Logo Mac iOS Logo iOS Android Logo Android Linux Logo Linux Router Logo Router ExpressVPN supports just about any operating system or device out there – Microsoft Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android – with installation instructions given for each one.
Where ExpressVPN doesn’t have a native dedicated VPN app, you have access to a walkthrough on the ExpressVPN website to show you how to set up a workaround.
Games Consoles & Streaming Devices AppleTV Logo AppleTV Amazon Fire TV Logo Amazon Fire TV Chromecast Logo Chromecast Nintendo Logo Nintendo PlayStation Logo PlayStation Roku Logo Roku Xbox Logo Xbox ExpressVPN is one of the best VPN services for Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, although it is not our number one choice.
Why is not our top pick?
Well, ExpressVPN may have been one of the first VPN providers to roll out a Fire TV Stick app, and it works fine, but it’s grown to look out-dated and lacks some of the features that we’ve enjoyed in more recent Fire TV Stick VPN apps.
If you own a Fire TV Stick and want to use a VPN app with it, take a look at our top VPN picks for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.
If you want to run ExpressVPN on other streaming devices or games consoles, you’ll need to install ExpressVPN at router level, or you can piggyback off of the VPN connection from another device, like your PC or Mac.
Browser Extensions Chrome Logo Chrome Firefox Logo Firefox Safari Logo Safari ExpressVPN provides full VPN browser extensions for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.
Most of the VPN browser add-ons we see from other VPN providers are proxies pretending to be full VPNs, but ExpressVPN’s extensions are the real deal.
You can choose your server location from within the browser extension, which is a really neat solution.
Thanks to a recent update you can now use ExpressVPN on five different devices at once, too.
Encryption & Security Leader in security, with strong extras like a VPN kill switch & obfuscation protocols
Protocol IKEv2/IPSec
L2TP/IPSec
OpenVPN (TCP/UDP)
PPTP
SSTP
Encryption AES-256
Security DNS Leak Blocking
First-party DNS
IPV6 Leak Blocking
VPN Kill Switch
WebRTC Leak Blocking
Advanced features Split Tunneling
Please see our VPN Glossary if these terms confuse you and would like to learn more.
ExpressVPN is a legitimate and extremely secure VPN service, with a multitude of standards and VPN protocols in place to keep your browsing data private and secure.
If you leave the VPN protocol setting on Automatic then the ExpressVPN app will determine what is the best security protocol to use – a handy feature that’s not all that common.
AES-256 encryption is widely regarded as near-unbreakable; OpenVPN, our favorite VPN protocol, is one of many available; and ExpressVPN also has the always-essential VPN kill switch, ensuring you stay protected in the event of your connection dropping.
Split tunneling is yet another powerful feature that’s not all that common among VPN services. It allows you to protect your web traffic while keeping access to connected devices on your network, like your printer or Smart TV.
We found ExpressVPN to be fully protected from any IP or DNS leaks, too. You can count on ExpressVPN to successfully hide your real IP address.
ExpressVPN recently launched its TrustedServer feature, a proprietary technology that removes the need for local storage such as hard disks or solid state drives. Once again, ExpressVPN is leading the pack when it comes to security and privacy.
Logging Policy Close to truly no-logs and away from 14-Eyes
ExpressVPN doesn’t collect any personally identifiable activity logs. Here’s all the information collected by ExpressVPN’s VPN servers:
Dates when connected to the VPN service Choice of VPN server location Total amount of data transferred per day That’s it. ExpressVPN maintains that this is the minimum amount of information required to be collected in order to keep the performance of its servers as strong as possible.
The most important thing of all is that this data cannot be used to identify you, or what you do. All that’s possible to reveal is that you have used ExpressVPN’s service at some point. This is totally anonymous, and about as close to zero-logs as you can get.
A recent report by the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) questioned ExpressVPN in greater detail and concluded that its servers were both “extremely difficult to compromise” and “limited in the amount of data that could be revealed” in the event that they were.
ExpressVPN’s logging policy was put to the test in December 2017 when one of ExpressVPN’s Turkish VPN servers was seized and inspected by Turkish authorities investigating the assassination of Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov. The investigators could not find any customer connection logs.
Jurisdiction ExpressVPN was founded in 2009 and is operated by Express VPN International Ltd., which is based in the British Virgin Islands and far outside of the intrusive 14-eyes surveillance alliance.
That’s an excellent choice of location for a privacy-minded VPN company, as the British Virgin Islands has full sovereignty over its own data regulations.
Foreign governments can still make demands for information, but ExpressVPN makes it clear that it will never share data with them and, crucially, that it doesn’t have any personally identifiable information to share in the first place.
In case you’re still wondering, you’re safe with ExpressVPN.
Ease of Use Hassle-free setup and easy to get started
How to Install & Set Up ExpressVPN Screenshot of the ExpressVPN installation wizard This is the screen you'll see after you've downloaded your chosen software from the ExpressVPN website.
Screenshot of the ExpressVPN download success screen When the installation is complete, you'll receive a prompt to start the ExpressVPN app.
Screenshot of the activation code box in the ExpressVPN app Before you can start using the app, you'll need to enter the activation code provided in your welcome email.
Screenshot of the main screen of ExpressVPN's desktop app The main view of the ExpressVPN screen - just click connect to fire up your new VPN.
Screenshot of ExpressVPN while connected The on/off button turns green when you're connected, and clearly displays your chosen server location.
Screenshot of ExpressVPN's list of server locations Your favorite server locations display here in a separate window.
Screenshot of ExpressVPN's protocol choices in the desktop app Choose your protocol here - we really like the helpful contextual information provided
ExpressVPN is so easy to use that it’s hard to go wrong – not just with the main desktop client, but also with its many device-specific apps and browser extensions.
The ExpressVPN home screen is simply a big on/off button and a list of VPN servers, but if you want to customize things you can also find advanced settings behind a separate menu.
Even ExpressVPN’s advanced options are explained in plain and easily-understood language, so you’ll never be making changes without knowing exactly what you’re doing.
Browser Extensions
ExpressVPN’s browser extensions are available for Chrome, Firefox and Safari. They give you full protection that fully masks your web activity without you having to leave your browser window.
Customer Support Responsive and friendly live chat
24/7 Live chat support Email Online Resources ExpressVPN’s helpful 24/7 live chat means if you ever have a problem, you’ll be back up and running as quickly as possible.
ExpressVPN really is one of the most customer-focused VPN services we’ve reviewed, and the ExpressVPN support team makes sure to keep you happy before and well after you’ve become their customer.
You can also reach out to ExpressVPN’s customer support via email, with equally responsive, helpful and enthusiastic responses.
Pricing & Deals A little expensive, but well worth it
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Get 3 months free with ExpressVPN's 12-month plan
TestedEnds in 2 days Get CodeED Terms ExpressVPN Pricing Plan ExpressVPN provides the same features on all its price plans, so the only decision to make is how much you want to pay upfront and how much your subscription costs you per month.
The longer you subscribe to ExpressVPN for, the cheaper the monthly cost: a single month of ExpressVPN costs $12.95 (which is more costly than other 1-month plans offered by its rivals), but there’s a 49% reduction to $6.67 for a 15-month plan, which is great value for the best VPN service around.
Monthly
US$12.95/mo
Billed $12.95 every month 6 Months
US$9.99/mo
Billed $59.95 every 6 months Save 23% 15 Months
US$6.67/mo
Billed $99.95 first 15 months and 12 months thereafter Save 49% All plans have 30-day money-back guarantee
Payment & Refund Options Credit Card PayPal Bitcoin AliPay UnionPay You’re entitled to a 30-day money-back guarantee when you first sign up to ExpressVPN. We found that they grant refunds quickly and with no questions asked, after we made a simple request to customer service.
ExpressVPN doesn’t have a true free trial in place, but take a look at our guide on how you can make the most of the 30-day refund guarantee.
There’s also a ‘Refer a Friend’ program which earns you a 30-day free ExpressVPN subscription for both you and the friend you convince to sign up – plus there’s no limit to the number of friends you can refer.
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An Eventful Year: Over 75 days of NEO Meetups, Workshops and Hackathons in 2018

NEO has been very busy this year. In addition to the core development progress, we’ve seen a level of community building/outreach that no other project in blockchain can seem to match. I thought it would be cool to look back on all the events and hackathons that NEO hosted or supported over the course of this year.
It should be noted that I am not including any large-scale blockchain conferences (other than the NEO DevCon), no matter how notable. Any project leader can show up to an event and hold a few interviews, or offer a few sound bites in a speech. This is a post about the NEO team’s tangible efforts to finance and encourage decentralized community development by hosting dedicated NEO workshops and meetups around the world. To this end, I have attempted (no promises, this was a lot of data to go through) to omit all events without direct support/representatives from the NEO core team (sorry Dylan, I’ll buy you a beer at DevCon!)
I think this is a huge indicator as to the motives of the core NEO team and is something far too few people know about. There is still this ridiculous notion floating around that NEO is reliant on the Chinese government to succeed, despite the massive global community that has been built to support the platform’s long-term success.
Two things to note before the list. Firstly, a lot of these events would not have been possible without the hard work of various NEO dApp project/dev community leaders and other community members. By no means do I wish to undermine their contributions by giving full credit to the NEO core. A lot of people pitched in to make these things happen.
Secondly, I’d also like to give a huge shout out to NEO News Today for its consistent and excellent coverage of all news within the NEO ecosystem. This list would not have been possible without it. For those of you who do not know, I started writing for NNT in July and joined as an editor in October. I feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to work with such a kind and talented group of individuals. I have much to learn from each of them.
Without further ado, here’s the list.
January
8th: NEO Meetup in Dublin, Ireland
10th: NEO Developer Meetup in London, UK
11th: NEO Developer Workshop in Hamburg, Germany
12th: Blockchain Mania #6 in Hamburg, Germany
13th: NEO Community Meetup in Amsterdam, Netherlands
13th: NEO Programming Day in Shanghai, China
20th: NEO Smart Economy Meetup in Vienna, Austria
30th-31st: NEO DevCon 2018
February
10th-11th: NEO Community Meetup in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan
23rd-25th: NEO at START Hack 2018 in St. Gallen, Switzerland
24th-25th: NEO at HackCU IV 2018 in Boulder, Colorado
March
3rd: NEO APAC Tour in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
5th: NEO APAC Tour Meetup & Workshop in Tokyo, Japan
8th: NEO Developer Workshop in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
9th: NEO Developer Workshop in Cambridge, UK
11th: NEO APAC Tour in Taipei, Taiwan
12th: NEO APAC Tour in Melbourne, Australia
16th: NEO Sydney Meetup in Sydney, Australia
16th: NEO Seoul Workshop & Meetup in Seoul, South Korea
April
12th: NEO Meetup & Dev Workshop in Tokyo, Japan
13th-15th: NEO x QRC Global Hackathon in Tokyo, Japan
14th-15th: NEO Conference and Hackathon in Amsterdam, Netherlands
17th: NEO Europe Tour in Lisbon, Portugal
19th: NEO Smart Economy Blockchain Meetup in San Fransisco, US
20th: NEO Europe Tour in Madrid, Spain
22nd: NEO Europe Tour in Paris, France
24th: NEO Europe Tour in Vienna, Austria
26th: NEO Europe Tour in Zurich, Switzerland
May
7th: NEO Community Meetup in Santiago, Chile
12th: NEO Community Meetup in Rio de Janerio, Brazil
14th: NEO and Niobium in Sao Paulo, Brazil
June
6th: NEO Python Workshop in Tel Aviv, Israel
9th: NEO Blockchain Challenge in Shenzhen, China
14th: NEO Smart Contract Workshop in Rotterdam, Netherlands
17th: NEO Blockchain Challenge in London, UK
20th: NEO Workshop in Geneva, Switzerland
23rd: Weekly NEO Hackathons in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan
July
1st: Yahoo! NEO Blockchain Meetup and Workshop in Osaka, Japan
20th: NEO Blockchain Creator Competition in Shanghai, China
August
10th: NEO Blockchain Introduction Class in Shanghai, China
24th: NEO Blockchain Advanced Class in Shanghai, China
24th-26th: NEO Blockchain Challenge in Tokyo, Japan
September
3rd & 5th: Smart Economy Meetup & Blockchain Summit in Montevideo, Uruguay
5th: NEO Meetup in Cyberjaya, Malaysia
9th: NEO Blockchain Open Class in Shanghai, China
19th: NEO Consensus Week Meetup in Singapore
22nd-23rd: NEO Blockchain Challenge in Chengdu, China
October
2nd: NEO Blockchain Meetup in Helsinki, Finland
20th: NEO Blockchain Open Course in Shanghai, China
20th-21st: NEO Blockchain Hackathon in Rotterdam and Delft, Netherlands
23rd: NEO Meetup and Workshop in St. Petersburg, Russia
26th: NEO Meetup and Workshop in Berlin, Germany
27th-28th: NEO Camp Hackathon in Berlin, Germany
November
3rd-4th: NEO Blockchain Hackathon in Zurich, Switzerland
10th: NEXT/NEOFANS Meetup in Hangzhou, China
23rd-25th: Hack Junction NEO DAO Voting in Espoo, Finland
30th: NEO Blockchain Meetup in St. Petersburg, Russia
December
8th-9th: NEO SPCC Hackathon in St. Petersburg, Russia
That’s over 75 days of NEO events this year (and I definitely missed some). Not bad eh. Of course, this is only a list of events. We’ve also seen solid progress on the core infrastructure, the formation of multiple new dev communities, and various impressive projects joining the network.
This is the reality of what progress towards decentralization looks like. The NEO community outreach has gone far above and beyond what any other blockchain project has achieved (to my knowledge). Sure, there’s value to a pile of partnerships, but do not mistake those partnerships for realistic progression towards the future of blockchain. The goal of blockchain is to put power back into the hands of the people and to hand off control of these platforms to their respective communities. It seems no project is prioritizing this on the same level as NEO.
At this point, it feels like it wouldn’t particularly matter what happens in China. The NEO team and broader community have spent vast amounts of time and resources educating developers about NEO. Progress on this platform is not tied to the core team. That is the heart of decentralization, and it is why NEO will not be easily stopped.
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Life in 2050 – Bitcoin dominates a climate neutral world, but we paid a price...

Today is 12 March 2050. Today is my birthday. I’m now 67 years old. My alarm clock goes off at 06:30. With a groan I wake up, and reluctantly kick away the warm, heavy bed sheets. I put my feet in the cold slippers below the bed, and shuffle to the kitchen, yawning. I pour myself a cup of hot surrogate chicory coffee. The cool morning makes me shiver, it looks like winters are getting colder each year. We heat up the house as little as possible. We're too greedy to enjoy comfort.

The bitter taste of the chicory makes me grimace, as it does every morning. Sitting at the table, I enjoy the first rays of sunshine that fall on my weather-beaten face. Our house comes alive with noises: on the upper floors I hear laughter and kids running around. My two sons descend from the stairs. The oldest checks the status of our solar panels on one of our computers. My youngest son looks at another screen, to check the status of our farmbots.

Musing about how things used to be, I look at my sons. When I see them, my heart fills up with pride, but also with compassion. They’ll never know the comfortable life that I led up to my 36 years. Yes, the world is climate neutral now, but we paid a price for it.

The big change started in 2019, with two unfortunate events that happened together: the Brexit, and the impeachment of Donald Trump. But the first seeds of the destruction of our society had been sown a lot earlier, in 2009.

Brexit happened on 29 March 2019, and gave cause for great political tensions within the UK. The classical parties where torn apart or became irrelevant. After a series of chaotic elections and re-elections, the extreme right-wing party Norsefire came to power. The country went into a dark and deep recession, but this gave Norsefire only more power and control over the citizen’s daily life.

In October 2019 came the other scandal: Donald Trump, the president of the United States, had already been executing for 3 years secret orders from his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. Apparently Putin had been blackmailing him with a “golden shower” movie, in which Trump played a not very presidential role. The impeachment procedure was concluded in less than 24 hours after the start of the scandal. The next day came the well-known effect: a Wall Street crash of epic proportions.

The fall of the Dow Jones also made the stock markets in Europe, London and Japan tremble and shake. In London the bank Barclays went bankrupt. Millions of UK citizens suddenly couldn’t reach the pounds on their savings accounts anymore. However complicated the explanation given by economists was, the simple fact remained: the money was gone. Of course, bloody riots ensued. Politicians were slaughtered in horrible ways. A bitter-comical news item I remember from those times, is the story of David Cameron asking political asylum in Cuba, where he was on vacation. (The demand was denied and he was deported to the UK).

In the midst of these turbulent times, a monster reared its head from the darkest depths of the internet. Bitcoin.

In their fearful search for certainty, the British converted their remaining Pounds in Bitcoin. Soon their entire society ran on a black circuit of Bitcoin. The British Pound wasn’t worth a penny anymore. The value of Bitcoin however, rose to unseen heights. And that did not pass unnoticed in the rest of the world.

To save the paralyzed economies of Europe and the United States, the policy makers only saw one cure: inject massive amounts of money in the economy. However, this only drove the value of the Dollar and Euro downwards, and the good savers finally followed the panic investors, into the ever-growing mighty tentacles of Bitcoin. The network had by then been declared illegal, but this had no effect.

Life in a society with a deflating currency is strange, if you look at it with eyes of 2019. First of all, you will try to avoid spending money as much as possible. Why buy a coffee today, if you can buy two tomorrow? This reasoning caused a global shrinkage of the economy. Investments where postponed. Vital items, such as fruit, vegetables, bread, medicines, rose in price. Superfluous items remain unsold. Factories producing those closed. Hundreds of millions of people lost their job. And for the first time in centuries, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere diminished.

A second effect of this unregulated currency is that nobody payed taxes anymore. The government became poor.

This made our society evolve to an ultra-liberal society. The right of strongest, richest or luckiest ruled. National and international laws where of no significance anymore. Citizens organized themselves via the internet, and local groups took over the tasks of the failing government. Carrying arms is now taken for granted. Justice is no longer done in a court of law, but in online forums, where the majority votes for the verdict and the punishment.

Together with the failure of the government, came the failure of the energy grid. People switched over to local production, and storage of energy. First with diesel generators, but soon with solar panels and batteries. Even though the price of oil was extremely low because of the global recession, still people preferred to buy solar panels. They pay back their value, whereas the value of a gallon of diesel – once it’s burned – is gone forever.

The discussion on nuclear power, which had been very actual only years before, became a joke. How could a failing government ever find the necessary funds to build new nuclear plants?

In the meantime I have, as most people, retrained myself to farmer. It’s not a heavy job, robots do most of the work. But it’s also no luxurious. We mainly eat bread, vegetables and fruit. We only eat meat once a year. The slaughtering of the sheep is always a festive occasion.

I have accepted this existence now, and can also see the pretty side of it. There are no more superpowers, waging war. They simply do not have the money to buy bombs. The gap between rich and poor is closing, albeit very slowly. A poor man must simply save harder and spend less than a rich man. Since the money is gaining in value, this strategy works, although it will take many generations.

My son’s generation was too young to see the decline of our society as something abnormal. They are optimistic and strong, and look for creative solutions to the problems of these times. Health care is extremely expensive. Insurances no longer exist. If you’re seriously ill, you’ve got bad luck.

It’s especially the millennials, people who are born around the year 2000, that are unhappy in today's society. They remember a youth full of opportunities and dreams, that have all vanished now. Weekend trips to Barcelona or New York are a distant dream today.

I often discuss with my wife if things could have been different. She thinks: yes, if the Brexit and Trump-scandals hadn’t happened. I see things differently. The seeds of the decline had been sown long before. The fall of our society was inevitable.

I wake up from my reveries, and join my sons. We’re going to check our farmbots. Each armed with a rifle, we get on our bikes. I put in the headphones of an mp3-player, a small luxury I permit myself. A song from a long time ago, the Rolling Stones.
“You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find… You get what you need.”
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Daily analysis of cryptocurrencies 20190902(Market index 28 — Fear state)

Daily analysis of cryptocurrencies 20190902(Market index 28 — Fear state)

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Craig Wright asked the lawsuit to be postponed for 14 days and questioned the judge’s decision to hand over nearly 500,000 bitcoins According to the court documents filed on August 30, Craig Wright initiated a motion to extend the ongoing lawsuit for 14 days and challenged the presiding judge Bruce Reinhart’s previous ruling. The document also shows that Wright’s team needs more time and staff to prepare, as Hurricane Dorian is expected to land in Florida in the coming weeks. A recent document claimed that Wright “does not recognize” that magistrate Reinhart has the right to issue an order determined in the ruling, and his legal counsel needs sufficient time to challenge him. According to previous news, in the court documents released on August 27, District Judge Bruce Reinhart confirmed that Craig Wright had to give Kleiman 50% of the 1.1 million bitcoins he claimed to be jointly mined with Kleiman between 2009 and 2011, while Craig Wright is required to compensate Kleiman for intellectual property fees associated with Bitcoin software. In addition, Craig Wright was asked to pay the attorney’s fees and the costs associated with the bill. Also The court also found that Craig Wright had dishonestly debated, perjury and acknowledged false evidence during the motion.
Argentine central bank restricts buying dollars, or stimulates local bitcoin demand According to a report by Bloomberg on September 1, the Central Bank of Argentina imposed restrictions on the purchase of the US dollar to reinvigorate its falling French currency, the Argentine peso. According to a statement issued by the central bank on Sunday, the monthly purchase of dollars by Argentine individuals will be limited to less than $10,000, and any amount exceeding the limit will require special permission. In addition, exporters must settle their foreign exchange earnings in the local market within 5 days. No company is allowed to accumulate dollars. The central bank said that these measures are aimed at “maintaining exchange rate stability and protecting depositors.” In recent years, Argentina has shown a strong interest in Bitcoin, and as the uncertainty surrounding economic growth intensifies, Bitcoin trading volume has accelerated. Last month, the country’s cryptocurrency exchanges showed a premium. Some speculate that the demand for bitcoin, an uncontrollable cross-border asset, should increase further. A large amount of data shows that the amount of Argentine pesos that Argentines traded on the peer-to-peer cryptocurrency platform increased last week, and this trend is likely to continue if the situation in the country is similar to Venezuela.
The blockchain project received funding from the Scottish government to monitor gluten-free oats using blockchain technology The Scottish government-backed Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) project allocated £94,66 to a blockchain project to support the development of a digital ledger system to monitor gluten-free oatmeal. Through this network, manufacturers can provide traceability and source, and fundamentally improve the supply chain.

Encrypted project calendar(September 02, 2019)

AE/Aeternity: The third phase of Aeternity token (AE) main network migration will end on September 2nd. PLPillar: The Pillar (PLR) Pillar community will participate in a creative strategy seminar hosted by experiencehaus in London, UK on September 2nd. LA/LAToken: The LAToken (LA) LATOKEN community will host an investor reception in London, England on September 2nd.

Encrypted project calendar(September 03, 2019)

WAN/Wanchain: Wanwei Chain Wanchain (WAN) will be launched on September 3rd based on POS mechanism mining function

Encrypted project calendar(September 04, 2019)

BCH/Bitcoin Cash: The City Conference will be held in North Queensland, Australia from September 4th to 5th, 2019. BETHEBethereum: Bethereum will conduct a user airdrop token plan on September 4th

Encrypted project calendar(September 05, 2019)

CS/Credits: Credits (cs) began to map some of the main network tokens on September 5th. ENG/Enigma: The Enigma(ENG)Enigma community will host a gathering and seminar in Boston on September 5. BTC/Bitcoin: Blockchain Africa conference organizers will host the first cryptocurrency festival in South Africa on September 5. AGI/SingularityNET: SingularityNET (AGI) SingularityNET community Ben Goertzel will attend the Asia Innovation Summit on September 5th and will deliver a speech.

Encrypted project calendar(September 06, 2019)

BTC/Bitcoin: Bakkt official Twitter said that Bakkt Warehouse will begin to provide Bitcoin secure storage services to customers on September 6. VEX/Vexanium: The Vexanium (VEX) DApps competition will end on September 6th with a total of 1.1 million VEX awards, the first of which will receive 350,000 VEX.

Encrypted project calendar(September 12, 2019)

BNB/Binance Coin: Coin Security will stop providing services to US users on Binance.com on September 12th BCN/Bytecoin: Bytecoin (BCN) will release Copper v3.6.0 on September 12th

Encrypted project calendar(September 13, 2019)

ETC/Ethereum Classic: ETC or will perform Atlantis hard fork on September 13th

Encrypted project calendar(September 14, 2019)

BTC/Bitcoin: The European Union will launch its name, Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2), which will take effect on September 14. The new law includes banks implementing “strong customer certification”. In addition, according to previous news, PSD2 can obtain some of the functions of the banking industry, providing new payment solutions for encryption products.

Encrypted project calendar(September 15, 2019)

TRX/TRON: Wave field TRON launches side chain plan Sun Network network three-phase release WAN/Wanchain: Wanchain (WAN) will hold a 3Q community conference call in mid-September

Encrypted project calendar(September 16, 2019)

LINK/ChainLink: Chainlink (LINK) Oracle will host the Oracle Code One conference from September 16th to September 19th, at which it will announce the launch of 50 startups with Chainlink. MANA/Decentraland: The Decentraland (MANA) community will host the SDK hackathon on September 16.

Encrypted project calendar(September 20, 2019)

NULS / NULS: The NULS 2.0 Beta hackathon will be held from September 20th to September 21st, 2019.
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BTC continued to go up from yesterday to today, reaching a maximum of nearly $9,900. In the past 24 hours, the net inflow of BTC funds was close to $650 million, which was significantly increased compared with the previous cycle. Recently, BTC continued to rebound slightly, the daily line to see the details touched the yellow line triangle area on the lower track, the overall volume can continue to shrink, bull strength is not strong. The day is concerned about whether BTC can continue to move up and break through the resistance area of $9800–10000. Breakthrough failures are likely to be retreated again, with support below focusing on the vicinity of $9,500. In terms of operation, close to $9,850 above can be considered for moderate position reduction. If no position temporarily then there is no need to act rashly.
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Daily analysis of cryptocurrencies 20190901(Market index 24 — Extreme Fear state)

Daily analysis of cryptocurrencies 20190901(Market index 24 — Extreme Fear state)

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Coinbase may have to transfer all European accounts if the Brexit agreement cannot be reached If the Brexit agreement cannot be reached, Coinbase, one of the largest encrypted exchanges in the United States, may have to transfer all European accounts to another authorized entity within the EU. Currently, Coinbase operates an e-money institution called CB Payments in the UK, which is licensed by the Financial Market Conduct Authority (FCA). CB handles digital currency payment transactions from the European Economic Area (EEA). In an email to European customers, Coinbase warned that they might have to close CB Payment Ltd if they did not reach the Brexit agreement. The company also guarantees that the Coinbase services used by these accounts will not be affected during the transfer. The email also mentioned that the time of the transfer has not yet been determined, but if there is a need for a transfer, they will notify the user in a timely manner.
Project submission code ranking week list: Istanbul hard forks soon, Ethereum code changes frequently According to Coingecko data, as of September 1, Chainlink (LINK) code submissions jumped to the top in the past four weeks. Last week, Holo topped the list with a slight disadvantage, while Lisk (LSK) remained in second place. Then the fourth to tenth names are: aelf (ELF), Bitcoin (BTC), Aeternity (AE), 0x (ZRX), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Maker (MKR), Status (SNT). The actual change in the code this week has not changed significantly from the previous two weeks. According to the data, perhaps due to the hard fork of Istanbul, Ether Square (ETH) code submission and replacement is very frequent in the past two weeks. In the past four weeks, Ethereum (ETH) added 301,396 lines of code and 4559 code removed to lead other development teams, ranking first. The developer of the 0x (ZRX) protocol is still eager to add 128,750 lines of code and 31,382 lines of code to delete the second. The Monroe coin, which ranked second in the last week’s change, is no longer on the list this week. The first two digits of the code submissions, Chainlink (LINK) and Lisk (LSK), are equally valuable and quality, and ranked third and fourth in the code change rankings this week. Holo (HOT) didn’t even have the top 10.
Facebook’s Libra Might Fill Bitcoin’s Void As A Payment Network, Suggests Arba’s CEO In a recent What Bitcoin Did podcast, Bill Barhydt, CEO and founder of cryptocurrency wallet and exchange, Abra, shared his views on Libra. Bill Barhydt began the segment by pointing out that Facebook still has a large user base despite being known for its privacy-related issues. He detailed how an average consumer lacked an understanding of the importance of privacy. Perception of an average consumer on privacy completely shifts after being hacked, he added. Barhydt further detailed how Facebook might have considered using Bitcoin and then came to the conclusion that Bitcoin is “not optimized correctly” to be a payment network but is optimized to be “digital cash.” He added, “I think there’s a huge belief in the Bitcoin model, but I also think there was a recognition that given the problems, the explicit problems they’re trying to solve, there was no way that Bitcoin was going to work for them for this.”

Encrypted project calendar(September 01, 2019)

XLM/Stellar: Stellar (XLM) will conduct equity awards in binance on September 1st MHC/MetaHash: MetaHash (MHC) will close all ICO accounts as of September 1 and will permanently close all ICO accounts. All MHCs will need to be transferred to MetaGate Wallet by this date. DGD/DigixDAO: The DigixDAO (DGD) DGXHUB community representative program will be open for application on September 1.

Encrypted project calendar(September 02, 2019)

AE/Aeternity: The third phase of Aeternity token (AE) main network migration will end on September 2nd. PLPillar: The Pillar (PLR) Pillar community will participate in a creative strategy seminar hosted by experiencehaus in London, UK on September 2nd. LA/LAToken: The LAToken (LA) LATOKEN community will host an investor reception in London, England on September 2nd.

Encrypted project calendar(September 03, 2019)

WAN/Wanchain: Wanwei Chain Wanchain (WAN) will be launched on September 3rd based on POS mechanism mining function

Encrypted project calendar(September 04, 2019)

BCH/Bitcoin Cash: The City Conference will be held in North Queensland, Australia from September 4th to 5th, 2019. BETHEBethereum: Bethereum will conduct a user airdrop token plan on September 4th

Encrypted project calendar(September 05, 2019)

CS/Credits: Credits (cs) began to map some of the main network tokens on September 5th. ENG/Enigma: The Enigma(ENG)Enigma community will host a gathering and seminar in Boston on September 5. BTC/Bitcoin: Blockchain Africa conference organizers will host the first cryptocurrency festival in South Africa on September 5. AGI/SingularityNET: SingularityNET (AGI) SingularityNET community Ben Goertzel will attend the Asia Innovation Summit on September 5th and will deliver a speech.

Encrypted project calendar(September 06, 2019)

BTC/Bitcoin: Bakkt official Twitter said that Bakkt Warehouse will begin to provide Bitcoin secure storage services to customers on September 6. VEX/Vexanium: The Vexanium (VEX) DApps competition will end on September 6th with a total of 1.1 million VEX awards, the first of which will receive 350,000 VEX.

Encrypted project calendar(September 20, 2019)

NULS / NULS: The NULS 2.0 Beta hackathon will be held from September 20th to September 21st, 2019.

In the last weekly forecast, we discussed the possibilities of a downward move below $10,000 in bitcoin price against the US Dollar. The BTC/USD pair did move down and broke the key $10,000 and $9,800 support levels. Moreover, there was a close below the $10,000 pivot and the 100 simple moving average (4-hours). Finally, there was a break below the $9,800 and $9,500 supports as well.
A new monthly low was formed near $9,300 and the price is currently consolidating losses. It is testing the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the $10,717 high to $9,308 low. However, there are many hurdles on the upside near the $9,800 and $9,900 levels. Additionally, there is a major bearish trend line forming with resistance near $9,980 on the 4-hours chart of the BTC/USD pair.
Moreover, the 50% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the $10,717 high to $9,308 low is also near the $10,010 level. Therefore, upsides are likely to remain capped near the $9,800 and $10,000 levels. Above the trend line, the 100 SMA is waiting near the $10,150 level. The 61.8% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the $10,717 high to $9,308 low is also waiting near the $10,170 level.
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Daily analysis of cryptocurrencies 20190831(Market index 20 - Extreme Fear state)

Daily analysis of cryptocurrencies 20190831(Market index 20 - Extreme Fear state)

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Bitcoin’s Google search fever is declining, but Reddit Bitcoin subscribers continue to soar Although Bitcoin’s search interest on Google is only a fraction of the end of 2017 (10%), it has been stagnating in the same area for most of the summer, but the subscribers to Bitcoin on Reddit are still Continuous growth. This sub-block now has about 1.125 million users. The bear market does not seem to be a serious blow to Bitcoin interest on Reddit. The popularity of the Bitcoin sub-section continues to skyrocket. It has increased by about 500,000 users since January 2018. The surge in new members in July and August is a positive sign for this already large Reddit community. Currently, this subsection has approximately 1,115 comments and 158 posts per day. The growth of Bitcoin subscribers indicates that the core group of long-term holders is growing. Those who subscribe to sub-sections tend to be more serious about the long-term prospects of Bitcoin, so they are more “informed” about the development of Bitcoin.
Indian Economic Times: Indian government considers using blockchain and other technologies to improve e-government The Economic Times issued a statement saying that representatives from state governments discussed how an e-government theme meeting was held earlier this month at Shillong, Shijiazhuang, Meghalaya. Better e-government. The article said that as the Modi government strives to achieve the goal of improving e-government for citizens, blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, drones, cloud computing and other emerging technologies are on the agenda of the Modi government.
Japan Financial Services Agency: will strengthen the grasp and analysis of the crypto-asset market trends and strengthen cooperation with international regulatory authorities On August 28th, the Japan Financial Services Agency announced the theme document of the “Practice and Future Policy of Financial Administration to the Present Year”. On the issue of exchange registration and supervision, the Japan Financial Services Agency said it will strengthen the grasp and analysis of the market trend of encrypted assets, and cooperate with relevant departments, independent regulatory agencies, overseas authorities, etc. to implement safety supervision. With regard to the issue of exchange registration review, it is important to ensure predictability and conduct appropriate and effective reviews. For unregistered traders, they will respond promptly and effectively, such as grasping the actual sales situation and issuing a warning letter, and will cooperate with relevant agencies to remind users. In terms of international cooperation, in view of the fact that cryptographic assets are easy to implement cross-border transactions through the Internet, cooperation with overseas authorities will be strengthened through sharing of experiences and play a leading role in international collaboration. Specifically, a second round table on encrypted assets will be held to cooperate with overseas authorities.

Encrypted project calendar(August 31, 2019)

ADX/AdEx: ADEX (ADX) will release the Validator Stack version 2.0 in August DADI/DADI: DADI will release the network CLI on August 31, with Stargates to support network services; and release Self Onboarding on the same day to allow the network to be more open. MITH/Mithril: The Mithril (MITH) team decided to implement the first MITH token destruction program on August 31. COS/Contentos: Contentos test network v0.5 “Jupiter” will be launched on August 31, this is the last version of the test before the main online line, alternate release. NOAH/Noah Coin: Noah Coin (NOAH) exchanges the held tokens at BTCNext, ending on August 31st.

Encrypted project calendar(September 01, 2019)

XLM/Stellar: Stellar (XLM) will conduct equity awards in binance on September 1st MHC/MetaHash: MetaHash (MHC) will close all ICO accounts as of September 1 and will permanently close all ICO accounts. All MHCs will need to be transferred to MetaGate Wallet by this date. DGD/DigixDAO: The DigixDAO (DGD) DGXHUB community representative program will be open for application on September 1.

Encrypted project calendar(September 02, 2019)

AE/Aeternity: The third phase of Aeternity token (AE) main network migration will end on September 2nd. PLPillar: The Pillar (PLR) Pillar community will participate in a creative strategy seminar hosted by experiencehaus in London, UK on September 2nd. LA/LAToken: The LAToken (LA) LATOKEN community will host an investor reception in London, England on September 2nd.

Encrypted project calendar(September 03, 2019)

WAN/Wanchain: Wanwei Chain Wanchain (WAN) will be launched on September 3rd based on POS mechanism mining function

Encrypted project calendar(September 04, 2019)

BCH/Bitcoin Cash: The City Conference will be held in North Queensland, Australia from September 4th to 5th, 2019. BETHEBethereum: Bethereum will conduct a user airdrop token plan on September 4th

Encrypted project calendar(September 05, 2019)

CS/Credits: Credits (cs) began to map some of the main network tokens on September 5th. ENG/Enigma: The Enigma(ENG)Enigma community will host a gathering and seminar in Boston on September 5. BTC/Bitcoin: Blockchain Africa conference organizers will host the first cryptocurrency festival in South Africa on September 5. AGI/SingularityNET: SingularityNET (AGI) SingularityNET community Ben Goertzel will attend the Asia Innovation Summit on September 5th and will deliver a speech.

Encrypted project calendar(September 06, 2019)

BTC/Bitcoin: Bakkt official Twitter said that Bakkt Warehouse will begin to provide Bitcoin secure storage services to customers on September 6. VEX/Vexanium: The Vexanium (VEX) DApps competition will end on September 6th with a total of 1.1 million VEX awards, the first of which will receive 350,000 VEX.

Encrypted project calendar(September 20, 2019)

NULS / NULS: The NULS 2.0 Beta hackathon will be held from September 20th to September 21st, 2019.


Bitcoin is trading at lows, so here is an educational chart with an explanation! Well, there’s no assurance in the Crypto market, but the main reason we are tracking a bullish triangle om Bitcoin is that it’s already retraced for 38,2%, which is the most commont retracement for wave 4 and also because of three waves of decline in the first leg. Some ALT coins hit new lows, some of them retraced for 61,8–78,6%, so it can be a perfect time for a reversal. But, we are not sure if there can be something even worse and there’s a chance that BTC loses its dominance for a while in case if we see a deeper flat correction.
However, at this stage it’s important to be patient. So, technically speaking, in case if we see a bounce in the Crypto market now at the beginning of September, then we may start considering a bullish triangle. But, if BTC/USD remains bearish and breaks below 9000 key support level, then be aware of a deeper flat correction that can send the price into 8000–7000 support area.
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Daily analysis of cryptocurrencies 20190830(Market index 24 — Extreme Fear state)

Daily analysis of cryptocurrencies 20190830(Market index 24 — Extreme Fear state)

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[UN official: Cryptocurrency makes policing child slavery more difficult] A top United Nations official says cryptocurrencies have made it significantly more difficult to fight child slavery, cyber crime, terror financing and money laundering, according to a report by news website ABC on August 29. Neil Walsh, chief of the Cybercrime and AML section of UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime, noted that the anonymous attribute of cryptocurrencies provide a new layer of secrecy to favor these criminals.
[Indian black money special investigation team: the government does not need to supervise the cryptocurrency, the single choice is the only choice] The Indian Black Money Special Investigation Group (SIT) informed the government that criminal gang networks are increasingly relying on cryptocurrencies for money laundering and drug smuggling. It also believes that it is not necessary to supervise cryptocurrencies, because it takes years and inefficiencies to deal with such cases, and a one-size-fits-all approach seems to be the only option. Although the country does not fully ban cryptocurrency transactions, the government has instructed all relevant agencies and law enforcement agencies such as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the Law Enforcement Agency (ED) and the income tax department to take action in accordance with existing laws. In the absence of a globally acceptable solution, the government is handling this matter with caution. SIT does not support regulation because it takes a long time to prosecute violations in the country: “We have many laws or regulations that need to be strictly enforced. But experience shows that many law or regulatory enforcement agencies cannot enforce them. Even if they try to enforce them, As a result, many litigations remain pending for many years. In order to avoid this, there is no choice but to declare it an illegal transaction. Those dealing with cryptocurrencies should be punished without any further evidence.”
[Terrorist organizations are using social media platforms such as Telegram to raise money through cryptocurrencies] According to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a non-profit research institute, terrorist organizations in areas such as Islam and Hamas are using social media platforms, including Telegram, to raise funds through cryptocurrencies. MEMRI warned that this problem will only be more serious when Telegram launches its own blockchain TON and local cryptocurrency Gram.

Encrypted project calendar(August 30, 2019)

XDCE/XinFin Network: 2019 TraceFinancial webinar will be held on August 30th WAX/WAX Token: WAX TokenSwap (WAX) to August 30, ERC-20 WAX Token token converted to WAX Token Cutoff UGAS/Ultrain: Ultrain community news, after the main network mapping starts on August 7, all UGAS holders must complete the registration of the Ultrain main wallet account by August 30th.

Encrypted project calendar(August 31, 2019)

ADX/AdEx: ADEX (ADX) will release the Validator Stack version 2.0 in August DADI/DADI: DADI will release the network CLI on August 31, with Stargates to support network services; and release Self Onboarding on the same day to allow the network to be more open. MITH/Mithril: The Mithril (MITH) team decided to implement the first MITH token destruction program on August 31. COS/Contentos: Contentos test network v0.5 “Jupiter” will be launched on August 31, this is the last version of the test before the main online line, alternate release. NOAH/Noah Coin: Noah Coin (NOAH) exchanges the held tokens at BTCNext, ending on August 31st.

Encrypted project calendar(September 01, 2019)

XLM/Stellar: Stellar (XLM) will conduct equity awards in binance on September 1st MHC/MetaHash: MetaHash (MHC) will close all ICO accounts as of September 1 and will permanently close all ICO accounts. All MHCs will need to be transferred to MetaGate Wallet by this date. DGD/DigixDAO: The DigixDAO (DGD) DGXHUB community representative program will be open for application on September 1.

Encrypted project calendar(September 02, 2019)

AE/Aeternity: The third phase of Aeternity token (AE) main network migration will end on September 2nd. PLPillar: The Pillar (PLR) Pillar community will participate in a creative strategy seminar hosted by experiencehaus in London, UK on September 2nd. LA/LAToken: The LAToken (LA) LATOKEN community will host an investor reception in London, England on September 2nd.

Encrypted project calendar(September 03, 2019)

WAN/Wanchain: Wanwei Chain Wanchain (WAN) will be launched on September 3rd based on POS mechanism mining function

Encrypted project calendar(September 04, 2019)

BCH/Bitcoin Cash: The City Conference will be held in North Queensland, Australia from September 4th to 5th, 2019. BETHEBethereum: Bethereum will conduct a user airdrop token plan on September 4th

Encrypted project calendar(September 05, 2019)

CS/Credits: Credits (cs) began to map some of the main network tokens on September 5th. ENG/Enigma: The Enigma(ENG)Enigma community will host a gathering and seminar in Boston on September 5. BTC/Bitcoin: Blockchain Africa conference organizers will host the first cryptocurrency festival in South Africa on September 5. AGI/SingularityNET: SingularityNET (AGI) SingularityNET community Ben Goertzel will attend the Asia Innovation Summit on September 5th and will deliver a speech.

Encrypted project calendar(September 06, 2019)

BTC/Bitcoin: Bakkt official Twitter said that Bakkt Warehouse will begin to provide Bitcoin secure storage services to customers on September 6. VEX/Vexanium: The Vexanium (VEX) DApps competition will end on September 6th with a total of 1.1 million VEX awards, the first of which will receive 350,000 VEX.

Encrypted project calendar(September 20, 2019)

NULS / NULS: The NULS 2.0 Beta hackathon will be held from September 20th to September 21st, 2019.


BTC continued its downward trend from yesterday to today, slightly rebounded after falling below $9,400, and is currently hovering around $9,500. In the past 24 hours, the net inflows of BTC funds exceeded US$150 million, which increased significantly compared with the previous cycle. After falling below the $9,800 support area yesterday, BTC continued to fall below $9,500. Yesterday, the rally stopped near $9350, but the rally was obviously insufficient in scope and quantity. The bulls’strength was weak. The opening of the Daily Brin Channel was downward, and there was still the possibility of further declines in the follow-up. Operational aspects, temporary patience, there are short positions above can continue to hold or partial stop earnings, near $9100 can consider gradual admission.
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MeWe: A trip report

Among the more frequently mentioned G+ alternatives at the Google+ Mass Migration community, and others, is MeWe with over 250 mentions. The site bills itself as "The Next-Gen Social Network" and the "anti-Facebook": "No Ads, No Political Bias, No Spyware. NO BS. It is headed by professed Libertarian CEO Mark Weinstein.
As the site reveals no public user-generated content to non-members, it's necessary to create an account in order to get a full impression. I thought I'd provide an overview based on recent explorations.
This report leads of with background on the company, though readers may find the report and analysis of specific groups on the site of interest.

Leadership

Founder & CEO Mark Weinstein.
Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Jonathan Wolfe (no longer with company).
Weinstein previously founded SuperFamily and SuperFriends, "at the turn of the millennium". Weinstein's MeWe biography lists articles published by The Mirror (UK), Huffington Post, USA Today, InfoSecurity Magazine, Dark Reading, and the Nation. His media appearances include MarketWatch, PBS, Fox News, and CNN. He's also the author of several personal-success books.
His Crunchbase bio is a repeat of the MeWe content.

Advisory Board

Ownership & Investment

MeWe is the dba of Sgrouples, a private for-profit early-stage venture company based in Los Angeles, though with a Mountain View HQ and mailing address, 11-50 employees, with $10m in funding over five rounds, and a $20m valuation as of 2016.
Sgrouples, Inc., dba MeWe Trust & Safety - Legal Policy c/o Fenwick West 801 California Street Mountain View, CA 94041
Crunchbase Profile.
Founded: 2012 (source)
Secured $1.2M in seed funding in 2014.
2016 valuation: $20m (source]
Backers:
Despite the business address, the company claims to be based in Los Angeles County, California and is described by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a Culver City, CA, company.

Business

Policy

In an August 6, 2018 Twitter post, Weinstein promotes MeWe writing:
Do you have friends still on Facebook? Share this link with them about Facebook wanting their banking information - tell them to move to MeWe now! No Ads. No Spyware. No Political Agenda. No Bias Algorithms. No Shadow Banning. No Facial Recognition.
MeWe provide several policy-related links on the site:
Highlights of these follow.

Privacy

The privacy policy addresses:

Terms of Service

The ToS addresses:
Effective: November 6, 2018.

FAQ

The FAQ addresses:

Values

This emphasises that people are social cratures and private people by right. The service offers the power of self expression under an umbrella of safety. It notes that our innermost thoughts require privacy.
Under "We aspire...":
MeWe is here to empower and enrich your world. We challenge the status quo by making privacy, respect, and safety the foundations of an innovatively designed, easy-to-use social experience.
Totalling 182 words.

Privacy Bill of Rights

A ten-item statement of principles (possibly inspired by another document, it might appear):
  1. You own your personal information & content. It is explicitly not ours.
  2. You will never receive a targeted advertisement or 3rd party content based on what you do or say online. We think that's creepy.
  3. You see every post in timeline order from your friends, family & groups. We do not manipulate, filter, or change the order of your content or what you see.
  4. Permissions & privacy are your rights. You control them.
  5. You control who can access your content.
  6. You control what, if anything, others can see in member searches.
  7. Your privacy means we do not share your personal information with anyone.
  8. Your emojis are for you and your friends. We do not monitor or mine your data.
  9. Your face is your business. We do not use facial recognition technology.
  10. You have the right to delete your account and take your content with you at any time.

Press

There are a few mentions of MeWe in the press, some listed on the company's website, others via web search.

Self-reported articles

The following articles are linked directly from MeWe's Press page:
The page also lists a "Privacy Revolution Required Reading" list of 20 articles all addressing Facebook privacy gaffes in the mainstream press (Wired, TechCrunch, Fortune, Gizmodo, The Guardian, etc.).
There are further self-reported mentions in several of the company's PR releases over the years.

Other mentions

A DuckDuckGo search produces several other press mentions, including:

Technology

This section is a basic rundown of the user-visible site technology.

Mobile Web

The site is not natively accessible from a mobile Web browser as it is overlayed with a promotion for the mobile application instead. Selecting "Desktop View" in most mobile browsers should allow browser-based access.

Mobile App

There are both Android and iOS apps for MeWe. I've used neither of these, though the App store entries note:
Crunchbase cites 209,220 mobile downloads over the past 30 days (via Apptopia), an 80.78% monthly growth rate, from Google Play.

Desktop Web

Either selecting "View Desktop" or navigating with a Desktop browser to https://www.mewe.com your are presented with a registration screen, with the "About", "Privacy Bill of Rights", "MeWe Challenge", and a language selector across the top of the page. Information requested are first and last name, phone or email, and a password. Pseudonymous identities are permitted, though this isn't noted on the login screen. Returning members can use the "Member Log In" button.
The uMatrix Firefox extension reveals no third-party content: all page elements are served from mewe.com, img.mewe.com, cdn.mewe.com, or ws.mewe.com. (In subsequent browsing, you may find third-party plugins from, for example, YouTube, for videos, or Giphy, for animated GIFs.)
The web front-end is nginx. The site uses SSL v3, issued by DigiCert Inc. to Sgrouples, Inc.

Onboarding

The onboarding experience is stark. There is no default content presented. A set of unidentified icons spans the top of the screen, these turn out to be Home, Chats, Groups, Pages, and Events. New users have to, somehow, find groups or people to connect with, and there's little guidance as to how to do this.

Interface

Generally there is a three panel view, with left- and right-hand sidebars of largely navigational or status information, and a central panel with main content. There are also pop-up elements for chats, an omnipresent feature of the site.
Controls display labels on some devices and/or resolutions. Controls do not provide tooltips for navigational aid.

Features

Among the touted features of MeWe are:

Community

A key aspect of any social network is its community. Some of the available or ascertained information on this follows.

Size

Weinstein claims a "million+ following inside MeWe.com" on Twitter.
The largest visible groups appear to have a maximum of around 15,000 members , for "Awesome gifs". "Clean Comedy" rates 13,350, and the largest open political groups, 11,000+ members.
This compares to Google+ which has a staggering, though Android-registrations-inflated 3.3 billion profiles, and 7.9 million communities, though the largest of these come in at under 10 million members. It's likely that MeWe's membership is on the whole more more active than Google+'s, where generally-visible posting activity was limited to just over 9% of all profiles, and the active user base was well under 1% of the total nominal population.

Active Users

MeWe do not publish active users (e.g., MUA / monthly active users) statistics.

Groups

MeWe is principally a group-oriented discussion site -- interactions take place either between individuals or within group contexts. Virtually all discovery is group-oriented. The selection and dynamics of groups on the site will likely strongly affect user experience, so exploring the available groups and their characteristics is of interest.
"MeWe has over 60,000 open groups" according to its FAQ.
The Open groups -- visible to any registered MeWe user, though not to the general public Web -- are browsable, though sections and topics must be expanded to view the contents: an overview isn't immediately accessible. We provide a taste here.
A selection of ten featured topics spans the top of the browser. As I view these, they are:
Specific groups may appear in multiple categories.
The top Groups within these topics have, variously, 15,482, 7,738, 15,482 (dupe), 7,745, 8,223, 8,220, 1,713, 9,527, 2,716, and 1,516 members. Listings scroll at length -- the Music topic has 234 Groups, ranging in size from 5 to 5,738 members, with a median of 59, mean of 311.4, and a 90%ile of 743.5.
Below this is a grid of topics, 122 in all, ranging from Activism to Wellness, and including among them. A selected sample of these topics, with top groups listed members in (parens), follows:
To be clear: whilst I've not included every topic, I've sampled a majority of them above, and listed not an arbitrary selection, but the top few Groups under each topic.

Google+ Groups

The Google Plus expats group seems the most active of these by far.

Political Groups

It's curious that MeWe make a specific point in their FAQ that:
At MeWe we have absolutely no political agenda and we have a very straightforward Terms of Service. MeWe is for all law-abiding people everywhere in the world, regardless of political, ethnic, religious, sexual, and other preferences.
There are 403 political groups on MeWe. I won't list them all here, but the first 100 or so give a pretty clear idea of flavour. Again, membership is in (parentheses). Note that half the total political Groups memberships are in the first 21 groups listed here, the first 6 are 25% of the total.
  1. Donald J. Trump 2016 - Present (11486)
  2. The Conservative's Hangout (8345)
  3. Qanon Follow The White Rabbit (5600)
  4. Drain The Swamp (4978)
  5. Libertarians (4528)
  6. United We Stand Trump2020 (4216)
  7. The Right To Self Defense (3757)
  8. Alternative Media (3711)
  9. Hardcore Conservative Patriots for Trump (3192)
  10. Bastket Of Deplorables4Trump! (3032)
  11. Return of the Republic (2509)
  12. Infowars Chat Room Unofficial (2159)
  13. Donald Trump Our President 2017-2025 (2033)
  14. Berners for Progress (1963)
  15. Sean Hannity Fans (1901)
  16. The American Conservative (1839)
  17. I Am The NRA (1704)
  18. Tucker Carlson Fox News (1645)
  19. We Love Donald Trump (1611)
  20. MAGA - Make America Great Again (1512)
  21. Q (1396)
  22. ClashDaily.com (1384)
  23. news from the front (1337)
  24. Basket of Deplorables (1317)
  25. Payton's Park Bench (1283)
  26. Convention of States (1282)
  27. Britons For Brexit (1186)
  28. MoJo 5.0 Radio (1180)
  29. MeWe Free Press (1119)
  30. The Constitutionally Elite (1110)
  31. Libertarian (1097)
  32. WOMEN FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP (1032)
  33. AMERICANS AGAINST ISIS and OTHER ENEMIES (943)
  34. #WalkAway Campaign (894)
  35. ALEX JONES (877)
  36. The Lion Is Awake ! (854)
  37. We Support Donald Trump! (810)
  38. The Stratosphere Lounge (789)
  39. TRUMP-USA-HANDS OFF OUR PRESIDENT (767)
  40. Official Tea Party USA (749)
  41. Mojo50 Jackholes (739)
  42. Yes Scotland (697)
  43. "WE THE DEPLORABLE" - MOVE ON SNOWFLAKE! (688)
  44. Judge Jeanine Pirro Fans (671)
  45. Anarcho-Capitalism (658)
  46. Ted Cruz for President (650)
  47. No Lapdog Media (647)
  48. Q Chatter (647)
  49. Daily Brexit (636)
  50. Tucker Carlson Fox News (601)
  51. The Trumps Storm Group (600)
  52. QAnon-Patriots WWG1WGA (598)
  53. 100% American (569)
  54. Ladies For Donald Trump (566)
  55. Deep State (560)
  56. In the Name of Liberty (557)
  57. Material Planet (555)
  58. WikiUnderground (555)
  59. Trump NRA Free Speech Patriots on MeWe Gab.ai etc (546)
  60. Magna Carta Group (520)
  61. Constitutional Conservatives (506)
  62. Question Everything (503)
  63. Conspiracy Research (500)
  64. Bill O'Reilly Fans (481)
  65. Conservative Misfit's (479)
  66. Canadian politics (478)
  67. Anarchism (464)
  68. HARDCORE DEPLORABLES (454)
  69. Deplorable (450)
  70. Tampa Bay Trump Club (445)
  71. UK Politics (430)
  72. Bongino Fan Page (429)
  73. Radical Conservatives (429)
  74. RESIST THE RESISTANCE (419)
  75. The Deplorables (409)
  76. America's Freedom Fighters (401)
  77. Politically Incorrect & Proud (399)
  78. CONSERVATIVES FOR AMERICA ! (385)
  79. Political satire (383)
  80. RISE OF THE RIGHT (371)
  81. UK Sovereignty,Independence,Democracy -Everlasting (366)
  82. The Patriots Voting Coalition (359)
  83. End The Insanity (349)
  84. Coming American Civil War! (345)
  85. Constitutional Conservatives (343)
  86. United Nations Watch (342)
  87. A Revival Of The Critical Thinking Union (337)
  88. The New Libertarian (335)
  89. Libertarian Party (official ) (333)
  90. DDS United (Duterte Die-hard Supporters) (332)
  91. American Conservative Veterans (331)
  92. Anarchism/Agorism/Voluntaryism (328)
  93. America Needs Donald Trump (326)
  94. The UKIP Debating Society (321)
  95. Coalition For Trump (310)
  96. Egalitarianism (306)
  97. FRIENDS THAT LIKE JILL STEIN AND THE GREEN PARTY (292)
  98. 2nd Amendment (287)
  99. Never Forget #SethRich (286)
  100. Green Party Supporters 2020 (283)
It seems there is relatively little representation from the left wing, or even the centre, of the political spectrum. A case-insensitive match for "liberal" turns up:
Mainstream political parties are little represented, though again, the balance seems skewed searching on "(democrat|republic|gop)":
The terms "left" and "right" provide a few matches, not all strictly political-axis aligned:
Socialism and Communism also warrant a few mentions:
And there are some references to green, laboulabor parties:

Conclusion

Whilst there may not be a political agenda, there does appear to be at least a slight political bias to the site. And a distinctive skew on many other topical subjects.
Those seeking new homes online may wish to take this into account.

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