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Bitcoin: Globitex group company granted Electronic Money Institution (EMI) licence by EU regulator

23rd November, 2017, Gibraltar – Globitex, the new bitcoin exchange co-founded by early bitcoin adopter and former Executive Director and a Founding Board Member of the Bitcoin Foundation Jon Matonis, marks a significant milestone in its journey to make bitcoin a truly global currency of settlement. Globitex Holding (Latvia) group company NexPay UAB has been granted an e-money license (EMI) by the Bank of Lithuania to carry out payment services and e-money issuance in the EU. This opens a series of doors for Globitex exchange, enabling it to take an important step closer to its goal of dramatically increasing bitcoin trading volumes in order to facilitate its use right across the spectrum of commodity and money markets. Current operating entity of the Globitex bitcoin exchange is a UK-based Globitex group company.

Bitcoin: currency of global settlement

Whilst bitcoin is currently making new highs, there is still the fundamental economic issue that order-book depth and liquidity cannot support very large trades. Although bitcoin offers enormous advantages for international settlement due to its speed and low cost compared to legacy money transfer services, it cannot yet serve as a currency of international trade settlement across the world’s financial markets.

Globitex Chairman and Founding Director of Bitcoin Foundation, Jon Matonis, stated:

‘I look forward to this evolution of digital currency trading platforms that ensure futures contracts with a physical delivery component. Strong connection to the spot markets, including contract limits and physical delivery that is linked to provisioned commodities, will serve as the market standard for price integrity.’

The aim of Globitex is to facilitate entry into the bitcoin market for a new generation of customers, both retail and institutional-level traders, enabling the increase in value and stability that will allow commodities like crude oil, gold, coffee and other financial instruments to be priced directly in bitcoin.

SEPA payments

Acquisition of the EMI licence brings with it the possibility of integrating with the SEPA euro payments system directly through the Central Bank of Lithuania. This will enable NexPay to clear euro payments directly, without the involvement of commercial banks, and to issue IBAN accounts to Globitex clients just like banks issue accounts to clients. This is a huge step forward in terms of accessibility.

The regulatory green light for the EMI licence is a leap forward in the development of the bitcoin and broader cryptocurrency industry. This sets a new level of legitimacy for cryptocurrency overall, moving towards widespread adoption.

Crucially, the newly-issued EMI licence is fully ‘passportable’ to all other EU member states, allowing NexPay to provide clients with payment services and e-money issuance across all 28 countries.

Liza Aizupiete, Managing Director of Globitex, reflects:

‘Globitex is looking to set new cryptocurrency trading standards not only technologically, or by commodities-linked product offering, but especially in Globitex’s legal setup, ensuring safe passage to the digital age.’

GBX token sale

Globitex group is holding a token sale to fund the scaling of its existing exchange infrastructure into a commodities spot and derivatives exchange for bitcoin. The GBX utility token will be issued on the Ethereum blockchain. GBX will be used to pay trading fees and reward exchange users and liquidity providers.

The GBX token will be sold for the equivalent of EUR 0.10 in Bitcoin (XBT), Ether (ETH) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH), with significant discounts for early participants.

DoubleSpend: Billionaire Investor Mike Novagratz Says $10K BTC & $500 ETH By Year’s End

DoubleSpend: Billionaire Investor Mike Novagratz Says $10K BTC & $500 ETH By Year’s End

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Hyundai “goes crypto”: President Dae-Sun Chung announces plans for the company’s first token generation event

Zug, Switzerland, November, 2017—  HyundaiPay in cooperation with Hdac Technology AG, the multinational corporation based in Switzerland, announces today its plans to hold a TGE (Token Generation Event), aiming to bring blockchain technology to IoT payment platforms and secure transactions amongst connected devices. Hdac Technology and Hyundai, specifically HyundaiPay are always looking for new and innovative technology to incorporate into their products, and the joint TGE will protect IoT devices and their users from hacks, privacy invasion, and external threats, especially for payments and transactions. Hdac technology and Hyundai Pay will hold a TGE for the HDAC token on November 27th. The TGE will run on the Hdac blockchain, a separate entity apart from Bitcoin and Ethereum, which is maintained by the Hdac Technology group.

The Internet-of-Things (IoT) is making a visible and immediate impact on the tech industry these days, and will be worth $270 billion by 2020. Connected devices, homes, and vehicles can already be found in advanced countries, and as anyone with experience in the industry knows, the complexity of ensuring safe financial transactions, is close to impossible. Consider the security challenges involved in safely making an online payment on your phone in a public place. The vulnerability of security breaches is very high between connected devices. There is high-security risk for office buildings, large convention centers, or even a connection home that is transferring data constantly throughout the day.

A network of economies and payment platforms in the IoT have to integrate blockchain into their system in order to offer integrity and confidentially to their users, and to revoke the mystery behind this futuristic solution for security failures. Integration of blockchain technology will solve various issues in terms of security in IoT:

Interconnected security risks: IoT devices are all connected, if one node on this network becomes compromised, this puts the whole fabric at risk.

Different security protocols and requirements of each device: These differences make integration slow and difficult at times.

Many points of failure exist, which makes monitoring a wide network of IoT devices at best difficult, at worst impossible.

Developments in blockchain technology enable greater transparency and trust, especially regarding payments, and can help secure all those self-driving cars, smart home devices, and even your FitBit that have flooded the industry in recent years.

The goal of Hyundai BS&C and Hdac Technology’s TGE is to support the continuing development of the Hdac blockchain, as blockchain technology has the ability to greatly enhance the security of the IoT. Hdac, which runs separately from the Ethereum and Bitcoin protocols, is based on hybrid blockchain technology, which offers a wider range of capabilities to ensure reliable connection and secured processing between devices. Hyundai will work to apply this pioneering platform to hardware payments applications and to enhance both their security and reliability.

Blockchain technology is the only way to achieve the level of security that Hdac technology and HyundaiPay aim to achieve. The Hdac blockchain addresses security issues by providing immutable information on top of smart contracts. It makes the automated security and transparency principles application over the platform, in a possible way that was previously impossible to guarantee.

“We are thrilled to hold a TGE in order to bring security and transparency to IoT devices,” said  Dae-Sun Chung, Founder of Hdac Technology AG, “With more IoT devices hitting the market daily, our lives become more connected. Although there are many benefits to this, we open ourselves to great security risks. Blockchain technology, and special the Hdac blockchain, is the best way to leverage trust, transparency, and security on IoT.”

Security Announcement for the LEND Token Sale – Over 7 000 KYC-Whitelist Applications

Over 7000 KYC-Whitelist Applications and More Coming – Security on Focus

ETHLend LEND token sale starts on 25th of November 2017 at 12 PM GMT. The whole ETHLend team has done plenty of work before the big day for the last 6 months. We are happy to announce that we have received a total of over 7 000 applications for the KYC-whitelist (and new applications are coming in). All contributors must go through the process to be able to participate. The whitelisting process is still going on and we have accepted over 4200 applications, some are still being processed.

For security reasons, you can only participate by using Eidoo Wallet. By using Eidoo you do not need to send Ethereum to a specific address. Instead you can contribute by clicking. See this video on how to contribute: 

There will be a staff person from Eidoo on our Telegram to answer Eidoo related questions. Otherwise, you can ask Eidoo related question in their Telegram: https://t.me/joinchat/F4ox3EO_ubynqlzakd6lKw.

On 25 September before the token sale starts, your participation code will be available on your dashboard at https://ethlend.io/login. TEST THE LOGIN today/tomorrow to make sure you have the access to the dashboard.

Pick the participation code from the dashboard on 25th of September.

If any issues, contact hi@ethlend.io

WARNING! We do not ask you to send Ethereum to any other address! Do not send such Ethereum even if the email comes from hi@ethlend.io. Emails can be spoofed. Use only Eidoo wallet. If you encounter any suspicious activities, please refer to our Telegram at https://t.me/ETHLend

https://ethlend.io is the only website we have. Do not trust any other website, avoid phishing from other websites. Use only Eidoo wallet to participate. Do not send Ethereum to addresses. With Eidoo you do not need to send to any address, you participate by clicking in the App.

If you have any issues contact us first on Telegram. We are there 24/7.

Do not trust private messages on Telegram, verify on https://t.me/ETHLend whether someone of us has sent you a private message. Do not trust anyone!

On 25th September there will be lot of contributions, don’t panic (Ethereum network might be under high traffic). If you shop exactly at 12 PM GMT, you should make it.

Participate to our token sale on this Saturday by enrolling to our KYC-whitelist here.

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Experty announces Proof of Care

Zug, Switzerland, November 22, 2017 – Today, Experty announced they are implementing Proof-of-Care during their pre contribution phase. Experty decided to use the concept developed by their advisor Richard Ma of Quantstamp. Richard Ma, CEO of Quantstamp, noticed there was a glaring problem with ICO’s token distribution. He developed the concept of proof of care to help alleviate some of these issues. Proof of Care ensures that those who truly care about the project get higher priority in the token allocation, along with a bonus for those that qualify. Proof of caring solves the distribution issue that many ICOs experience. Often times, whales scoop up tokens the moment the ICO begins, leaving nothing for smaller participants. This causes a disparity in the token distribution, and defeats decentralization.

Experty believes that tokens should be distributed fairly, evenly, and to those that will actually use them. This prevents large market dumps of tokens post ICO, and gives tokens to people who are loyal to the product. And want it for its real utility. Experty has made it their mission to bring their platform to the mainstream.

Kamil Przeorski, CEO of Experty said “Experty is a practical application designed for widespread use. Transactions on the network are done in EXY tokens, which means users must own EXY tokens. Even and fair distribution, especially to those that will be using the application is essential to our success.”

The proof of care concept allows the community to be involved in the project and receive valuable feedback from the supporters. It allows allows ICO’s to reward its loyal supporters.

Scam Alert: USI-Tech and Laser Online

Scam Alert: USI-Tech and Laser Online

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VR Technologies launches global VR platform for integration of developers, consumers and business, announces tokes sale

Moscow, November 22, 2017           
 
VR Technologies (VRT) today announced the launch of its decentralized global platform for virtual reality, which will bring together developers, consumers, and investors in VR sector all across the globe. With VRT platform, content creators, media buyers, developers, storage and service providers, and advertisers are equipped with a comprehensive set of tools, enabling them to generate, test and distribute content and ideas, as well as engage in all forms of collaboration.
The project is set to capture a significant share of the VR technology market, which is estimated to increase tenfold in coming three years, totaling $150 bln by year 2020. More importantly, not only VR market will be growing rapidly, but its structure is expected to shift from today’s dominance of hardware to content and software solutions amassing. VRT sees opportunities to address those issues, currently withholding development of small and medium size players in the segment, which are high capital expenditures and lack of module solutions and standardized infrastructure.
 
In essence, VR Technologies aims to establish a global, unified and easy-to-access ecosystem that could serve as bedrock for VR adherents from all over the world. Key elements of the new VRT platform are:
  • VRT marketplace, where content and services can be bought, sold, or rented. Content creators will be able to use customized price models, including free distribution, freemium and one-off subscriptions, as well as donations, crowdfunding and auctions;
  • blockchain and smart contracts, to be responsible for the paying mechanism and securing intellectual property rights;
  • application programming interface and software development kit for content creators;
  • IPFS-based decentralized storage for all of the platform’s content;
  • emulator, where developers will be able to test their content for comparability with various VR devices and applications.
The platform will operate based on blockchain technology, and as a result it will enjoy all benefits or decentralization. VRT will have high level of transparency and openness to all marketplace participants, and the blockchain solution will facilitate a fair distribution of funds between content creators and content markets, thus making the end product more affordable for consumers. Avoiding third parties and commercial intermediaries will result in higher margins for all producers, stimulating further migration of the VR community into the VRT universe. VRT ecosystem employs Solidity and Ethereum blockchain, hence providing bullet proof reliability of all operations.
 
VRT team has already announced details of its public crowdsale. The sale is to begin on February 20 and to end on March 20, 2018. The company anticipates it will raise up to US$16 mln in the token offering (which is the hard cap), with 30% of the proceeds to be used for creation and promotion of the platform, 25% to be spent on creation of SDK and upgrading technology, 18% and 15% to be allocated for content creation and marketing activity, respectively.
 
A total of 100,000,000 project’s tokens will be generated ahead of the offering. The tokens will be sold at a price of 0.002 ETH per unit, or approximately $0.71 at the current ETH exchange rate, which translates into c. 24,000,000 tokens required for the fundraising. Amount sold to investors will represent 75% of the total amount in circulation. As such, it is expected that a total of c. 32,500,000 tokens will be put into circulation. The remaining tokens will be eliminated upon the conclusion of the crowdsale. The team will be granted with 15% of the total tokens in circulation, which will be subject to two year lock up period; 5% of the tokens will be used to set up VRT Fund vehicle; 3% will go to Bancor organization; and 2% will be distributed as a community reward.
 
Konstantin Negachev, CEO of VR Technologies, said: “We are pleased to announce commission of VRT project. Our team has been on the front line of VR sector development since early 2015, and has witnessed all stages of adoption of this technology, from early rise through unreasonable expectations to temporary disappointment. It is our strong believe that as of today, VR solutions have potential to become a part of every person’s day-to-day life, including communication, education, industrial applications, and, most obviously, games and entertainment. VRT has ambition to become one of the cornerstones of this newly born universe.”
 
As a part of the project, VR Technologies has developed its own concept of local VR parks with one outlet which will be opened in Moscow in December and four more openings coming on a franchise basis. Furthermore, the company has signed a partnership agreement to expand the network to Europe with 30 targeted locations to be constructed over the next 18 months. VR parks will represent an essential part of the project: (a) providing framework for developers’ dry runs, tests and simulations, (b) serving as nodes for the decentralized network and (c) supporting circulation of project’s internal token.
 
“Our token is designed as a multi-purpose utility token which provides its holder with a solid set of opportunities, franchise payment being the most important of them. Our network of franchisees is expected to expand globally, and demand from franchise users will drive the price for the token upwards,” VRT CIO Dmitry Livshin added.

Sharpe Announces a Cooperation Partnership with ETHLend

November 20th 2018, London — Sharpe Capital and ETHLend are delighted to announce their exciting new cooperation partnership. The Sharpe-ETHLend partnership was finalized following a meeting at Web Summit 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. The newly established relationship provides ETHLend with privileged early access to the Global Sentiment Index data-feed during its Alpha and Beta developmental stages, delivering real time insights into how the market perceives individual blockchain assets. Sharpe and ETHLend will work together to refine the product and optimize it for further commercialisation. This partnership is a key proof of the value of one of Sharpe Capital’s core products and future revenue streams — Sharpe is working to ensure the Global Sentiment Index becomes the world’s leading source for market sentiment data.

Through collecting real human insights and combining them with cutting edge machine learning, Sharpe can far surpass the traditional approach to sentiment analysis derived from often highly unreliable analysis of social media feeds and news sources. By joining forces with ETHLend, Sharpe Capital is able to tailor the Global Sentiment Index to an increasingly diverse audience, and help to reduce risks associated with blockchain-driven lending.

Sharpe Capital is a FinTech organization developing a platform to crowd-source market sentiment on global equities and blockchain assets, paying service fees in Ether to users in return for their insight. Supplemented with cutting edge, machine learning-driven linguistic analysis and quantitative trading strategies developed in collaboration with leading academic partners at University of California, Berkeley and the University of Oxford, Sharpe Capital aims to deliver best-in-class data-feeds for use by investors.

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Sharpe Capital, Dr. Butler, described the newly announced advisory partnership: “By joining forces with ETHLend, Sharpe Capital is able to tailor the Global Sentiment Index to an increasingly diverse audience, and help to reduce risks associated with blockchain-driven lending.

ETHLend has been available on Ethereum main network since May 2017, providing a global lending market where loan conditions are agreed between borrowers and lenders, and parties can participate on both sides. ETHLend is a transparent, borderless and decentralized market and erasing interest rate differences between countries by providing competition on a global scale. ETHLend solves key issues regarding collaterals, decentralized credit rating and exchange volatility risks with fiat pegging option.

Through partnership with Sharpe Capital, ETHLend lenders will now access to the leading source of decentralized and crowdsourced asset sentiment, allowing lenders to assess collateral risk on loan request using real-time data from the Global Sentiment Index before choosing to fund a loan — Jordan Gustave, Chief Operating Officer of ETHLend

Going beyond simple metrics of price and implied volatility, the Global Sentiment Index will let users know precisely how the market perceives an asset’s viability over timeframes from one week to one quarter. Following the Sharpe Platform launch on 11th December, ETHLend will have access to the Global Sentiment Index as it is collaboratively developed and refined during the Alpha and Beta stages of the product.

Participate to our token sale on this Saturday by enrolling to our KYC-whitelist here.

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Fundraising Platform ICO HeadStart Launches Kickstarter for Pre-ICO Companies

AMSTERDAM, November, 2017— ICO HeadStartannounces today its ICO for the MOAT token on December 8. ICO HeadStart is a fundraising platform, which curates the most promising ICOs, which have been thoroughly screened, selected and certified with the ICO HeadStart Seal of Approval. Basically instead of you having to do your due diligence, the platform does it for you! ICO HeadStart’s unparalleled ecosystem allows them to provide their community with 100% profit sharing. ICOs are surging right now and it’s tough to figure out which ones to trust and which are a complete scam. ICO HeadStart has figured out a way to solve the dilemma by thoroughly pre-screening the projects that they list, so they community knows that their money is well invested.

The platform operates with the help of compliance officers who have dedicated themselves to selecting, screening and certifying ICO projects, before they are allowed to join the platform. Through this intense course of action, ICO HeadStart offers its community access to only the best ICO proposals, while also providing the highest level of risk management in the ecosystem. The ICO HeadStart Seal of Approval is the key standard, essentially symbolizing the best and most promising ICOs on the market. The platform subjects themselves to the strictest requirements and screening procedures.

ICO Headstart’s unique profit sharing model contributes to a massive value increase of the MOAT token, therefore maximizing profits of the entire community.  In total, 80% of the profits made on the exchange and through contracts with the project creators on the ICO HeadStart platform, will be used to buy back MOAT from token holders. By doing so, the company contributes to a massive increase of the value of MOAT and thus returns their profits to the community. ICO Headstart plans to use the remaining 20% of MOAT tokens for newly listed projects on the platform, therefore giving them a head start in the funding process.

ICO HeadStart not only has a unique profit sharing model, but also a distinct process for deciding which projects become funded. The combined knowledge, insights and wisdom of the platform’s large community of backers vote together to determine which ICO projects will be successfully funded. A crowd of this magnitude always knows better than single individuals. ICO HeadStart creates the capital and the execution structure,  and then democratizes that access to everyone in the community.

Once the community has determined that a specific project warrants funding, the funds gathered will be held in escrow. Based on the amount of funding needed, the project campaign roadmap and most importantly, the ICO Head Start Scorecard Analysis, ICO HeadStart will work to draw up an escrow contract for each individually listed ICO on the platform. ICO HeadStart plans to use smart contracts, in order to create the safest and most transparent mechanism on the market. These smart contracts are a perfect match for the decentralization of the ICO HeadStart platform.

“We are thrilled to officially announce the ICO of the MOAT Token,” said Nawid Habib, Founder of ICO HeadStart, “ICO HeadStart works to streamline and add much needed transparency to the ICO process. We aim to develop the first platform of its kind which successfully screens ICO proposals, certifying them with the ICO HeadStart Seal of Approval and then listing them on our platform. We strongly believe that the ICO HeadStart platform will empower the blockchain community.”

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ICO HeadStart is the first fundraising platform where backers and project creators pay 0% fee without any additional costs. The platform lists only the best and most promising ICOs which are thoroughly screened, selected and certified with the ICO HeadStart Seal of Approval. ICO HeadStart’s unparalleled ecosystem allows us to provide our community with 100% profit sharing.