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Akon Launches Akoin to Be ‘Savior of Africa’

· June 21, 2018 · 12:00 am

US singer-songwriter Akon has become the latest celebrity to launch a cryptocurrency — as he proclaims his belief the underlying technology “could be the savior of Africa.”


Akoin ‘Will Be Center Of Transactional Life’

Originally reported by Page Six, Akon — who is originally from Senegal — revealed at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity that he wants to use Akoin as part of a giant 2000-acre development called Akon Crypto City. Akon stated:

I think that blockchain and crypto could be the savior for Africa in many ways because it brings the power back to the people and brings the security back into the currency system and also allows the people to utilize it in ways where they can advance themselves and not allow government to do those things that are keeping them down.

Akon is currently heavily involved in humanitarian projects, having set up Lighting Africa — a project to bring solar power to Africa — in 2014.

The star appears to have built a presence, with the president of Senegal donating the 2000 acres needed for the Crypto City — which describes itself as “a first of its kind 100% crypto-based city with Akoin at the center of transactional life.”

That’s A Rap

Akon is not the only well-known personality to have ventured into the world of cryptocurrency.

Wu-Tang Clan member Ol’ Dirty Bastard became indirectly linked with the industry after his son launched a coin, while rapper 50 Cent made headlines earlier this year after claiming he “forgot” about $8 million in Bitcoin holdings — only to deny the claims to a judge weeks later. DJ Khaled was also involved with CTR Token, which was deemed a fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Akon, meanwhile, appears to be adopting a somewhat hands-off approach to the technical reality of creating and launching an altcoin, stating:

I come with the concepts and let the geeks figure it out.

What do you think about Akon’s cryptocurrency plans? Let us know in the comments section below! 


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Such Currency, Much #Fail: Dogecoin Transactions 300% Higher Than Bitcoin Cash

· June 18, 2018 · 10:00 pm

Dogecoin (DOGE) processes three times as many transactions as Bitcoin Cash (BCH) per day, data shows this month — as Bitcoin’s (BTC) hash rate expands to an all-time high. 


Unlikely Success?

Figures reproduced on Twitter by social media commentator Armin van Bitcoin confirm the curious rise of DOGE, which has seen renewed attention this year after its surprise use in a chain swap project with Ethereum.

As of June 15, the Dogecoin network’s daily transaction numbers outran Bitcoin Cash by a ratio of three to one. Against BCH’s 12,700 transactions, Dogecoin saw 38,400.

DOGE currently trades at under $0.002, having lost around half its value since April, when prices reached their most recent peak of $0.0056. The altcoin’s highest-ever price continues to be $0.017 from January, while holders continue waiting for a previously-promised hard fork later in the year.

Bitcoin Hashrate Hits All-Time High

The latest performance continues a trend which has captured cryptocurrency industry attention in 2018 — Bitcoin Cash having lost out to Bitcoin’s Lightning Network in April when its node count surpassed the number of available BCH nodes for processing transactions. Lightning had begun its mainnet existence at the beginning of the year, while BCH had debuted in August 2017.

At the same time, despite downward market pressure deflating prices, Bitcoin continues to exhibit increasingly strong fundamental network statistics.

Running data from Blockchain.info reveals the Bitcoin network hash rate reached its highest level in history earlier in June, capping an upward trend which continues to rise.

As Bitcoinist reported Monday, naysayers calling the beginning of the end for Bitcoin continue to be confined to traditional banking circles, while warnings of further price slides do not reflect sentiment beyond that of trading circles. 

What do you think about Dogecoin’s transaction numbers and Bitcoin’s hash rate? Let us know in the comments section below! 


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Bitcoins Seized From Bankrupt BitGrail by Italian Authorities

· June 15, 2018 · 9:00 pm

Authorities in Italy have seized bitcoins from the company wallets of controversial exchange BitGrail as part of standard pre-bankruptcy proceedings. BitGrail was hacked in February 2018, with $170 million dollars’ worth of Nano stolen — which subsequently lead to a major price crash for the coin.


BitGrail’s blog was updated today, June 15, 2018, with the following announcement:

On June 5, 2018, pursuant to the Tribunal of Florence orders, the Bitcoins contained in the company’s wallets were seized and brought under control of the judicial authorities pending further Court decisions in the prebankruptcy proceeding.

A news update on the website in May declared BitGrail would reopen on May 2, 2018, but was closely followed by an announcement stating the Italian court of Florence had issued a deed “requesting the immediate closure of BitGrail” and that BitGrail would comply.

Hack vs. Insolvency

BitGrail’s problems came to light in February 2018 when it reported 17 million Nano (previously RaiBlocks) — equivalent, at the time, to $170 million dollars — stolen in a hack. At the same time, reports surfaced that the exchange could be insolvent and may have been for a number of months.

Nano refused to fork its blockchain in response to the hack stating:

We now have sufficient reason to believe that Firano has been misleading the Nano Core Team and the community regarding the solvency of the BitGrail exchange for a significant period of time.

BitGrail stuck with its hacking claim, later posting on its blog that, though it wasn’t responsible, it would “meet its users half-way” by offering a settlement agreement and repayment plan for victims of the purported Nano hack.

As the news of the hack and the potential insolvency of BitGrail broke, Nano’s price began to fall — eventually crashing from $30 USD to $2.50 USD. Many investors had been encouraged to use the BitGrail platform as one of only two exchanges listing the coin until it was added to the popular exchange Binance.

BitGrail was prevented from reopening on May 2, 2018, by a court order initiated by BonelliErede — the firm assisting the 3000+ investors who became victims of the BitGrail/Nano hack.

Nano Is Moving Forward

BitGrail and Nano have argued publicly and legally over the cause of the hack and the insolvency issue. The Nano Foundation concluded in April that there was a bug in the exchange software at BitGrail.

Nano is moving on. Colin LeMahieu, Lead Developer, said in May:

While the BitGrail situation is extremely unfortunate, it has not impeded the project. We allocated significant resources towards both determining what exactly happened, as well as investigating legal options, but as far as protocol development and overall project milestones are concerned, we have continued to move forward.

Were you affected by the BitGrail hack? Tell us your story in the comments below! 


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Bitcoin Cash Still Missing 13% of Its Nodes 2 Weeks After Hard Fork

· May 28, 2018 · 8:00 pm

Two weeks after its hard fork, 13% of Bitcoin Cash nodes are still running old software which is incompatible with the rest of its network, data reveals.


Theories Emerge Over Rogue BCH Nodes

As shown by Coin Dance and uploaded to social media by cryptocurrency commentator Ben Verret Sunday, Bitcoin Cash has so far failed to gain full support for its new fork, which split off from the main chain May 15.

The statistics present fresh controversy around Bitcoin Cash for certain cryptocurrency users, commentators this week also picking up on how Bitcoin (BTC) has outperformed the altcoin for the past week on network cost, and now has lower transaction fees.

When it came into being in August 2017, Bitcoin Cash proponents stated one of its essential features was to provide cheaper transactions than Bitcoin.

Debating with Verret, however, others suggested the 87% incorporated all nodes still being maintained, claiming the nodes not following the majority consensus were de facto dormant.

“If they would have any economic value they would continue mining unforked chain,” one response reads.

A Tellingly Quiet Disagreement?

Meanwhile, a similar report on the lack of consensus in Bitcoin Cash post-fork focused on the lack of publicity it received.

Bitcoin core developer Kalle Alm noted that 16-17% of nodes were not following the new chain May 16, adding “everyone would explode” if a similar phenomenon occurred on the Bitcoin network, whose nodes are running at 100 percent with the consensus rules.

“You can tell BCH is not bitcoin by looking at how not everyone is losing their shit all over the place,” he wrote.

Imagine if 20% of BTC nodes failed consensus? Everyone would explode. And there would be forks as miners are not just one dude running a farm.

BitcoinVPC creator grubles had gone further, describing the hard fork as “an epic screw up for a network marketed as a store of value and a medium of exchange.”

What do you think about Bitcoin Cash nodes’ inability to form consensus? Let us know in the comments section below!


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John McAfee Says the Cryptocurrency Bull Rally is Near

· May 22, 2018 · 9:00 pm

John McAfee believes the march of the cryptocurrency bulls is at hand. The renowned tech activist and internet security expert has added his voice to the growing crypto institutional investment narrative.


Prices Will Go Through the Roof

In a tweet on Monday, McAfee urged traders to gear up for the next crypto price rally. He based his assertions on the influx of cash from institutional investors trooping into the market.

He also said that with the money flowing into cryptocurrencies, prices of the top ten coins will increase dramatically. McAfee also believes that other altcoins will experience growth as investors diversify their cryptocurrency trading portfolios.

When challenged on Twitter as to the veracity of his claims, McAfee gave no basis for his declaration. Instead, the controversial crypto proponent told responders to “use their heads,” “check recent news on institutional investors,” and “apply reason.” Safe to say, this is another one of McAfee’s bold assertions, much like his famous 2017 prediction that “Bitcoin will be 500k in the year 2020.”

The Emerging Trend of Institutional Cryptocurrency Investment

While McAfee did not provide any backing for his claims, there is some merit to his position regarding the flurry of institutional interest in cryptos that have made the news in recent times. A few days ago, Coinbase launched four new products targeted at institutional cryptocurrency investors. Goldman Sachs is also making plans to open Bitcoin trading to large investors as well.

Bitcoin

The overarching consensus is that the crypto market is maturing after a parabolic growth spurt in 2017 which saw prices hit record highs. Since the start of 2018, the market has declined in value, dropping 50 percent of its market cap in February. According to an April survey conducted by Fundstrat, 82 percent of institutional investor believe Bitcoin bottomed out when it fell below $6,000 in April.

The entry of hedge funds into the crypto market should increase the perceived level of legitimacy of cryptocurrencies. One important part of the emerging trend of institutional investment in digital currency is the establishment of trusted custodial services. In the past few months, there has been some progress on this front with a significant announcement by Nomura during the recently concluded Consensus conference in New York.

Do you agree with John McAfee’s assertions of an impending crypto price boom? Which altcoins do you think will dominate the market? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.


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Wall Street Cryptocurrency Trading is Imminent, Former J.P. Morgan Exec Says

· May 20, 2018 · 7:00 pm

The cryptocurrency market continues to be a trending topic in the world of finance. However, the question remains; when will Wall Street banks begin crypto trading? The day is closer than we think, according to a former J.P. Morgan executive.


Big Banks to Start Trading Cryptocurrency Soon

Amber Baldet, formerly of J.P Morgan believes that the big banks will soon start trading cryptocurrency. She made this declaration during an interview with CNBC. According to her, such a move is even closer than many people think. This revelation holds a fair bit of weight given that it is coming from someone with insider knowledge of Wall Street.

Baldet used to head J.P Morgan’s blockchain division before leaving the bank in April. Goldman Sachs, another prominent Wall Street has already announced plans to establish a bitcoin trading service. When launched, it will be the first ever Wall Street crypto trading platform.

Amber Baldet

Baldet, however, identified some critical issues standing in the way of broader crypto adoption by big banks. Lack of regulatory clarity and problems concerning custodial services are among the main challenges preventing a greater institutional presence in the market. The major banks have no secure crypto custody framework at the moment. This lack of trusted safeguards for cryptocurrencies might soon be a thing of the past, however. Both Nomura and Coinbase announced last week that they were launching crypto custodial solutions.

Search Engine for the Blockchain Ecosystem

Baldet also spoke about her new venture since leaving Wall Street. The former J.P. Morgan executive unveiled Clovyr at the recently concluded Consensus conference in New York. Clovyr is designed to be an app store for blockchain DApps. Commenting on the project, Baldet said:

There’s no way to discover what’s out there right now; there’s no Google for finding applications. The ability to discover apps is helpful, but the ability to build them is also encompassed in there.

Thus, Clovyr is more than a blockchain search engine; it is also a platform that allows developers to create useful DApps. Baldet has a lot of experience with developing blockchain solutions. She was an essential member of the team that created J.P. Morgan’s legacy blockchain project, Quorum.

Will the entry of the likes of J.P Morgan and Goldman Sachs be a good thing for the crypto market? Please share your views in the comment section below.


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US Securities and Exchange Commission Launches ‘HoweyCoins’ ICO

· May 17, 2018 · 8:00 pm

In a surprising turn of events, the US Securities and Exchange Commission has launched its own initial coin offering dubbed HoweyCoins.


‘A Hot Investment Opportunity’

Anyone looking for a hot new initial coin offering (ICO) should look no further than the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s brand new token sale for HoweyCoins. States the regulatory authority in an official press release:

If you’ve ever been tempted to buy into a hot investment opportunity linked with luxury travel, the Securities and Exchange Commission has a deal for you.

Check out the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy’s mock initial coin offering (ICO) website that touts an all too good to be true investment opportunity. But please don’t expect the SEC to fly you anywhere exotic—because the offer isn’t real.

Unsurprisingly, the SEC isn’t actually launching its own token sale. Rather, the independent agency of the United States federal government has set up a mock website in order to educate investors about the perils of investing in fraudulent ICOs.

Clicking “Buy Coins Now” on HoweyCoins.com — a tongue-in-cheek reference to a landmark US Supreme Court decision in 1946 — will not actually sell you coins, but rather offer tools and advice from the SEC and other financial regulators.

The website has reportedly been set up to protect regular investors, and “features several of the enticements that are common to fraudulent offerings, including a white paper with a complex yet vague explanation of the investment opportunity, promises of guaranteed returns, and a countdown clock that shows time is quickly running out on the deal of a lifetime.”

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy’s Chief Counsel, Owen Donley — aka HoweyCoins’ Josh Hinze — explains:

Fraudsters can quickly build an attractive website and load it up with convoluted jargon to lure investors into phony deals. But fraudulent sites also often have red flags that can be dead giveaways if you know what to look for.

Likewise, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton states:

The rapid growth of the ‘ICO’ market, and its widespread promotion as a new investment opportunity, has provided fertile ground for bad actors to take advantage of our Main Street investors. We embrace new technologies, but we also want investors to see what fraud looks like, so we built this educational site with many of the classic warning signs of fraud. Distributed ledger technology can add efficiency to the capital raising process, but promoters and issuers need to make sure they follow the securities laws. I encourage investors to do their diligence and ask questions.

HoweyCoins.com does indeed look a lot like the vast majority of websites offering ICOs and may be interpreted as a clever and funny way to educate investors against fraudulent schemes — as opposed to simply providing bullet points on a government website.

What do you think of the SEC’s new mock ICO? Do you think this is a positive move in the education of investors against fraudulent ICOs and bad actors in the cryptocurrency space? Be sure to let us know in the comments below! 


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Blockchain Technology to Combat Dodgy Ticket Resales

· May 6, 2018 · 6:00 pm

Secondary ticketing in the UK is a billion-dollar problem, one that Aventus hopes to solve with blockchain technology.


Whether it’s your favorite football match or your music idol’s concert, front-row tickets are probably what you’re after. However, if they happen to be sold out by the time you can afford them, you might be tempted to purchase these tickets from unscrupulous secondary parties.

Prepare to be met with counterfeit tickets and sky-high prices. According to The Guardian, secondary tickets for shows for big artists, such as Adele, can fetch up to $12,000. Preventing these so-called ticket touts seems to be a decades-old issue, but something that blockchain technology could solve.

Blockchain to the Rescue

Annika Monari and Alan Vey, who are the founders of Aventus, will have the opportunity to test this theory at the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia. Their blockchain-based program will be used for more than 10,000 tickets to fan events in the US and Europe.

By using blockchain technology, the records for each ticket will be immutable and therefore protected against counterfeiting. Essentially, each ticket will be linked to its owner, which will combat fraud.

By doing this, Monari and Vey, who both have degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Particle Physics, have said that Aventus will “virtually eliminate ticketing fraud and the scourge of unregulated touting”.

A New Solution for an Old Problem

A New Solution for an Old Problem

The Aventus founders discussed their excitement at working towards a solution for this problem:

“It has been an amazing journey. We used to sit in this common room having coffees and worrying about our coursework. But now, hopefully, we will be the people who can solve the problems in the ticketing industry. That would feel incredible and be such a huge achievement for us.”

The platform’s ICO in September last year sold out in just seven minutes, raising a total of just over $35 million.

Positive Impact

Professor Mike Waterson from Warwick University acted as a technical advisor to Monari and Vey. He had this to say:

“It has a lot of potential. Thinking through the market from a fresh perspective is very useful. If they get genuine buy-in from a wide enough range of people then it is going to have a big impact on the market.”

Expanding Blockchain-based Solutions

Waterson also conducted a government report into the secondary ticket industry, including ticket sales for Premier League games. This is also an issue that Aventus hopes to help with. The platform will be working with another blockchain-based platform, Blocside, for the FIFA World Cup initiative, but hope to expand their offerings to Premier League football clubs soon.

Ticket fraud is quite a lucrative industry in the UK, with an annual value of about $1.3 billion. Bernie Dillon, an entertainment industry expert, discussed how Aventus could make a difference:

“Anyone who has ever attended, hosted, or produced a live entertainment event has been affected by counterfeit tickets or extortionate resale prices. Aventus brings a refreshing solution that could end fraudulent activity and ticket touting once and for all.”

Do you think that blockchain technology is the answer to the ticketing industry’s biggest problem? Let us know in the comments below!


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3 Altcoins to Outperform Bitcoin For The Week of May 5

· May 5, 2018 · 5:00 pm

To title this week dramatic in the cryptocurrency space would be an understatement. BTC has seen a price surge with renewed interest from big names like Goldman Sachs while altcoins have major events on the horizon. This is a very exciting period for altcoins like BTC, ZCL, ENJ, and DGB.


What a Week It Has Been, What a Week It Will Be 

The cryptocurrency markets have finally broken out of a multi-month bear slump in brute force. BTC is up more than 50% from recent lows with altcoins trading significantly higher. With positive momentum in the cryptocurrency markets, teams from across the world are announcing major cryptocurrency projects, deadlines are being hit, and milestones are being reached.

Bitcoin price

The bearish markets in the past week have begun to seem increasingly bullish with a major forking announcement from ZClassic; a security break-through for DigiByte, and the Unite world tour for Enjin.

BTC- Goldman Sachs Futures Trading and Possible Trading Desk

The most important name in cryptocurrency trading at $9,952 per coin with a market cap of $170 billion is Bitcoin. This week has been exciting and the near future should also be exuberant as Bitcoin bulls have retaken the reigns and it once again is pressing the $10,000 mark. BTC was trading as low as $6,000 during this recent bear raid and looks to have built significant momentum heading into May.

There are a few main reasons BTC has once again accelerated forward in value: renewed interest from the world’s wealthiest via OTC (over the counter deals) and trading platforms/operations opening up to institutional investors such as Goldman Sachs.

So Long, All-Time Highs? Goldman Sachs Says Crypto Peaks Have Been And Gone

Goldman Sachs announced earlier this week they would begin futures trading of BTC and also were considering a trading desk. This was confirmed on Thursday, May 3, 2018, with the likely pursuit of similar operations by other Wall Street Banks. As more money pours into the cryptocurrency space BTC will obviously be the first big winner with institutional money likely trickling off to other altcoins as well.

A recent announcement by the Anonymous Bitcoin team revealed that BTC and ZCL will both be receiving a forked coin on September 10, 2018. Allowing those that enjoy the BTC bull run to have a nice ‘dividend’ at the end of summer.

ZCL – A Real Forking Announcement (FUD, Upcoming Announcements)

ZClassic (ZCL) is trading at $21.50 with a market cap of $83.6 million. This past week a new dev team announced on CNBC they would be forking ZCL with BTC, creating Anonymous Bitcoin. This was the first televised fork announcement by a major broadcaster like CNBC. The technology behind Anonymous Bitcoin WILL include zkSNARKs anonymity features plus masternode staking ability.

ZCL – A Big Forking Announcement (Anonymous Bitcoin)

This would allow individuals to be incentivized to hold their Anonymous Bitcoin vs actively trade it. This fork was officially announced April 28, 2018. ZCL quickly rose to over $40 before conflicting news was announced by prior ZCL dev teams regarding the inauthenticity of the fork.

The Anonymous Bitcoin team has defended their position and remained completely transparent regarding their methods for forking ZCL while being present and doing interviews at the last two cryptocurrency conventions in Miami and Los Angeles.

The Anonymous Bitcoin lead developer, Sam Abbassi, proudly has a speaking engagement coming up at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). The Founder of the project, Jake Greenbaum, will be going to Consensus to continue to network, interview, and share the philosophy behind why forks create better technology at little to no cost to the crypto community. The Anonymous Bitcoin team is not hiding behind the veil of a fork but instead attempting to create a new cryptocurrency with a vibrant community behind it.

In the months leading up to ZCL’s prior fork, ZCL was trading as high as $220 per coin with a market cap of almost $700 million. Currently, ZCL is trading under $22 with new advisors to be announced in the near future, the executive summary to be released in the next week, and the white paper to be released by June 1st. At a bare minimum, the next few weeks will be exciting to watch the charts of ZCL.

Enjin Unite Tokyo: May 7-9; Unite Beijing May 11-13 

Enjin (“ENJ”) is currently on the “conference tour” at Unity events. For those that are not big gamers or developers “Unity” may not be a familiar term. Unity is a cross-platform game engine that is used to develop video games for all consoles and mobile devices. The unity platform now includes over 15 platforms and hosts major conferences regarding gaming, app development, and technology all over the world.

This week is important for ENJ because they are speaking and having booths at Unity’s event in Tokyo and next week’s event in Beijing. ENJ is attempting to integrate its currency into multiple gaming platforms and where better to demonstrate their capabilities than at Unite Tokyo and Unite Beijing?

ENJ currently is trading at $.17 with a market cap of $127 million. If ENJ’s presentations and exposure in Asia is viewed positively this numbers should trend upward. As an altcoin ENJ is well suited to enter the gaming market as they are already partnered with Unity for “True in Game Ownership of Digital Assets.” Having a partner like Unity while being on their conference tour should provide ENJ the perfect amount of momentum to build their user base and continue to excel as a cryptocurrency. 

DigiByte (DGB) – Blockchain Based Open Authentication Protocol Service May 11

One of the biggest concerns of individuals actively participating in the cryptocurrency space is the possibility of being hacked. Managing a handful of passwords that conceal what could amount to thousands of dollars is a frightening prospect. May 11, 2018, maybe a revolutionary day for passwords and that irritating 2FA authentication.

A highly secure, DigiByte blockchain-base open authentication protocol service is claiming it can be used to replace usernames, passwords, and even 2FA. If this is correct this will relieve much of the irritation associated with logging into an exchange or accessing a wallet. However, if a hack occurs their entire platform could come crumbling down.

DGB is trading at $0.048 with a market cap of $492 million. DGB was trading over $0.12 January 7, 2018. With one of their biggest developments to date being released May 11, this should be a very exciting week for DGB. The price of DGB will gauge the market’s reaction. DGB’s focus is their security, “by putting security first, our decisions help make sure that transactions, mining, and the blockchain distribution are as decentralized as possible.

DGB blocks occur on the network every 15 seconds making DGB the fastest UTXO blockchain in the world.” DGB has focused on security and speed and this week releases their authentication protocol that very well may revolutionize how passwords and usernames are used as a means of verification.

Bulls Retaking the Reigns 

This has been an exciting week for many as their portfolios have risen nicely and major projects have started back up in the crypto space. Summer should be a period where enthusiasm is rebuilt and the BTC train begins to build major momentum again. With such excitement on the horizon, it is important to look at coins this week like BTC, ZCL, DGB, and ENJ.

[Full disclosure: Jakethecryptoking has a stake in and is the founder of Anonymous Bitcoin. To get in contact directly with the Crypto King, you can on Twitter (@JbtheCryptoKing) or Reddit (ICO updates and Daily Reports)]

Do you agree with this week’s picks? Share your thoughts below.


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Ripple Slapped with Class Action Lawsuit from Disgruntled Investor

· May 4, 2018 · 6:00 pm

A San Diego-based law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against Ripple accusing the crypto firm of violating both state and federal securities law. The suit alleges that Ripple investors have incurred losses due to company’s sale of XRP tokens. There continues to be an ongoing debate as to whether XRP tokens are securities.


Details of the Ripple Lawsuit

Taylor-Copeland law is the name of the law firm handling the case. According to a scanned copy of the case filing, the Plaintiff is one Ryan Coffey. The suit lists four charges against the Defendants; Ripple Labs Inc., XRP II LLC, and Bradley Garlinghouse, the CEO of Ripple Labs.

The four charges allege that the Defendants have profited off the public by running a “never-ending coin offering.” The lawsuit also claims that XRP tokens “have all the hallmarks of a security” and calls for investors who have lost money to Ripple to join the class action.

In the summary brief as part of the lawsuit, the Defendants are accused of creating tokens “out of thin air.” Unlike Bitcoin and Ethereum, the total XRP supply was pre-mined at the inception of the token in 2013. The suit accuses the Defendants of using inflated metrics to deceive investors into thinking XRP tokens constitute a viable investment.

Ripple is also charged with knowingly offering a tokenized security to the public while not being registered by the SEC. Meanwhile, the case made by Taylor-Copeland also states that Ripple’s earnings come solely from the sale of the XRP tokens, which cost nothing to create. The lawsuit goes even further to claim that Defendants tried to bribe both Coinbase and Gemini, two major U.S.-based crypto exchange platforms.

The Plaintiff in the case, Ryan Coffey, purchased 650 XRP at $2.60 totaling at $1,690. Coffey reportedly bought the coins on January 6, 2018. Less than a fortnight later, Coffey sold the tokens for $1,105 incurring a loss of $551. A recent Weiss Ratings report described Ripple as a passable short-term investment vehicle that isn’t recommended as a long-term asset.

Despite being a cryptocurrency, Ripple is, in fact, a centralized enterprise, which makes it more vulnerable to regulatory clampdowns. Without any change to the Ripple economic model, investors who purchase the company’s tokens for the “long hodl” might end up incurring losses. XRP tokens are not shares. Thus, their profitability is based on their non-mandatory adoption by the banking sector.

The Ripple (XRP) Security Debate

The Ripple lawsuit has a sense of irony to it, given the case between the company and the R3 blockchain consortium. Furthermore, the case underscores the debate of whether XRP is a security or not.  The chief strategist for the company, Cory Johnson, recently declared that Ripple is not a security.

However, reports emanating from the SEC indicate that the Commission views the crypto as a security. Gary Gensler, ex-CFTC Chairman also recently identified the crypto as a “noncompliant security.” This characterization was due to the centralized distribution model employed by the company.

Whether there are any legal merits to the case against Ripple is left for the courts to decide. Preliminary reactions on online cryptocurrency forums indicate that many crypto followers believe the suit to be a frivolous one. Some have even poked fun at the Plaintiff for initiating a legal process that could cost thousands of dollars over a $551 loss.

Where do you stand on the lawsuit? Also, are XRP tokens securities? Let us know in the comment section below.


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