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‘Facebook Coin’ Will Be More Like Bitcoin Than Starbucks Rewards, Says Analyst

Speculations about the purpose of Facebook’s planned digital coin are getting wilder. Ignoring key features like independence and decentralization, one analyst predicts that ‘Facebook Coin’ would look more like Bitcoin or Ethereum than your Starbucks reward points.


Facebook Coin Might Encourage Viewing Ads

With growing interest, many are trying to envision Facebook’s planned ‘FaceCoin.’ Lacking specifics from Facebook, speculations abound about everything from the coin’s name to what it will be used for.

Under the code name “Project Libra,” tech journalists say, Facebook, Telegram, and Signal are devising their own digital token, which would allow their billions of users to exchange money across the Internet, through their payment systems.

Others argue that Facebook’s coin will be more like one of the major cryptocurrencies. In effect, one analyst, Lisa Ellis, a MoffettNathanson partner, predicts:

The Facebook (FB) coin (Facecoin, perhaps?) would actually look more like one of the large public cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Ethereum and less like the internal-payment or loyalty systems that companies like Starbucks(SBUX) use.

She adds that FBCoin will likely be a more-public coin that’s governed by an independent board such as Ethereum and its foundation.

Except That It Won’t…

But regardless of the type and number of predictions put forward, one thing is sure. Facebook’s digital coin won’t be anything like Bitcoin.

It will be issued, developed and controlled by a centralized authority. Its ledger will not be immutable, and access will likely require your Facebook account.

The social media giant has not explicitly denied or acknowledged any of these speculations too. The latest statement on the subject from the company was issued to Barron’s on May 10, 2019,

[Facebook is] exploring ways to leverage the power of blockchain technology. This new small team is exploring many different applications. We don’t have anything further to share.

Visa, Mastercard Would Welcome a ‘FaceCoin’

But while Ellis didn’t mention any specifics, Ellis believes Facebook’s coin probably will end up being a tool to encourage users to watch ads.

This is something Brave has been attempting with its browser and native BAT token though some haven’t been impressed and are working on a more bitcoin-friendly version.

Meanwhile, Ellis had also earlier warned clients that cryptocurrencies could pose an existential threat to Visa, Mastercard, and Paypal. In contrast, she argues that Facebook’s coin would actually benefit these payment giants. Ellis wrote,

If Facebook(FB) launches an open digital wallet and checkout button, the company will need to collaborate with Visa and Mastercard(MA) to enable a variety of card-based funding methods in its wallet (similar to Apple Pay, PayPal(PYPL), or Google Pay).

So how will it be like Bitcoin again?

Will Facebook’s digital currency be anything like Bitcoin? Let us know in the comments below!


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Use Bitcoin! Customers Condemn PayPal After It ‘Bans’ The Hacker News

Cybersecurity news resource The Hacker News (THN) has become the latest PayPal user to have its accounts frozen without warning, the company has claimed.


‘At Least One Valid Reason’

In a series of tweets December 28, officials reported that funds from “all” its corporate accounts with the money transmitter were no longer accessible.  

“(PayPal) has permanently banned all of our accounts without mentioning any reason and hold wallet funds wrongly for 180 days. Upon asking, (PayPal Support) also refused to share any details,” they wrote.

Describing the situation as “frustrating,” THN also accused PayPal of failing to provide “at least one valid reason” for its actions.

PayPal has often instigated funds blocking against corporate clients, including those involved in the cryptocurrency industry, without explanation.

As Bitcoinist has reported, such blocks are part of the service’s terms of use, which include the caveat that users can be frozen out of their accounts without the company being required to explain why.

Bitcoin Doesn’t Care

Almost immediately after THN made the news public, Twitter commentators pointed it in the direction of Bitcoin as an alternative.

The event comes amid a progressively changing mood to centralized payment providers among tech circles.

The same day, TIME Magazine had published a pro-Bitcoin article focusing on its use as a circumventive method, specifically highlighting PayPal’s Venmo as an example of middlemen who “can potentially censor, surveil, and profit” from customers.

The backlash has extended beyond PayPal in recent months. In August and on several occasions since, crowdfunding platform Patreon blocked high-profile users and gave dubious reasons for doing so.

Open source alternatives have also targeted centralization within cryptocurrency, such as BTCPay rapidly taking custom away from industry names such as BitPay and Coinbase, which have both faced controversies of their own.

At press time, no further information had come from PayPal over the THN stunt.

What do you think about PayPal allegedly blocking The Hacker News? Let us know in the comments below!


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3 Cryptocurrencies Decoupling From Bitcoin into 2019 (PAL, TRX, WAVES)

2018 was underwhelming compared to 2017. The bear market went into full swing and most cryptocurrencies lost over eighty percent. Bitcoin has begun decoupling from many cryptocurrencies including those having some of the biggest developments of 2018. WAVES, TRX, and PAL are three cryptocurrencies that have persevered through the bear market. These three projects exceeded expectations and even demonstrated an important decoupling from BTC.


Cryptocurrencies PAL, WAVES, and TRX Decouple

Even during the bear market, there were major events in many cryptocurrency projects. PAL, TRON, and WAVES all had major developments as many cryptocurrency projects were imploding.

TRX (Tron) which as of December 31, 2017, was not in the Top 15 cryptocurrencies had a very important year regarding development. The TRX team burned 1 billion tokens and launched their mainnet in May. The mainnet was further developed the following month with the release of Odyssey 2.0.

Odyssey 2.0 is intended to be a public blockchain that supports decentralized applications. TRX also announced a $100 million gaming fund to increase the development and use of TRX in games. These developments during the height of the bear market speak volumes about TRON’s team and their dedication. Their founder Justin Sun is an outspoken, well-educated, blockchain advocate who has been a great leader for the TRX project.

WAVES (Waves) has been the most notable cryptocurrency regarding decoupling from BTC. Bitcoin price 00 has struggled the prior few months having corrected over forty percent this month alone. WAVES is the self-proclaimed fastest blockchain platform with real-world solutions for trading on a decentralized exchange (DEX) and running smart contracts.

Instead of correcting with the majority of the market following BTC lower, WAVES has actually increased from $1.45 November 14, to $2.35 per coin as of December 14. What is more impressive is not the dollar value increase, but WAVES going from 25250 Satoshis to 72138 Satoshis during that same period. Increasing almost two hundred percent against Bitcoin even though BTC fell almost fifty percent.

PAL (PAL Network) would be considered the cryptocurrency “moonshot” on this list due to their tiny market cap. WAVES is ranked #22 with TRX being ranked #9 by market capitalization. PAL’s market cap at just under $2 million is less than 1/100th of WAVES and 1/400th of TRX’s. The multiple aspects that make PAL noteworthy.

They were selected from over 60 entrants to be a part of the PayPal Incubator. Their mainnet launch was moved up to the end of December, three months ahead of schedule. PAL partnered with major projects such as NEM, QTUM, DGX, and MEDX. Their CEO and Founder Val Ji-hsuan Yapwas was featured in Forbes Asia 30 under 30. Having under a $2 million market cap was interesting, but beating deadlines by months with a top tier CEO is noteworthy.

The cryptocurrency markets were miserable to watch if you were long on blockchain projects, ICOs, and BTC in 2018. Those who were shorting the market enjoyed a nice ride but all tides turn eventually. As 2019 approaches projects that disregarded market conditions and continued to persevere should be one’s HODL focus.

PAL (PAL Network) 

With a market cap under $2 million and impressive volume, PAL seems fairly intriguing at 00. Earlier this year the PAL team was selected among three others to be a part of the PayPal Incubator Singapore. This prestigious award and notoriety by PayPal demonstrate PAL’s long-term connections in the Asia region. PayPal was impressed enough to place them in their incubator program, but why?

PAL’s CEO and Founder, Val Ji-Hsuan Yapwas was awarded Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 award. This award by Forbes further compliments the notoriety provided to this cryptocurrency by PayPal. It seems the technology and notoriety behind PAL is primarily in Asia, even as their blockchain model tends to focus on the United States. Both Forbes and PayPal have taken an interest into PAL and their Founder/CEO.

Beating deadlines in a bear market means the team is very committed. Originally PAL’s mainnet was scheduled to go live in quarter one of 2019. This date has been moved up to the end of December. If history repeats, cryptocurrencies have a tendency to trend North in value as their mainnet approaches. Releasing PAL’s mainnet months early demonstrates the team’s confidence in their platform.

Partnerships create utility and project awareness in the blockchain space. PAL not surprisingly has partnered with many major key projects. The most notable ones include NEM, QTUM, DGX, and MEDX. The importance of PAL’s partnerships will be determined following their mainnet launch depending on the partners’ utilization of the PAL network.

With notable partners, an exceptionally important Founder and CEO, a team dedicated to beating deadlines, an early mainnet release, being selected by PayPal and Forbes, and having a market cap under $2 million makes PAL a noteworthy acquisition target for 2019.

TRX (TRON)

TRX recently re-entered the Top 10 Cryptocurrencies by market cap with some impressive bear market news. TRX Company recently announced a $100 million gaming fund. Providing this much financial support to develop dApps on your Odyssey 2.0 blockchain demonstrates your company’s commitment to the platform. This amount of financial support will clearly drive adoption and development on the platform. It is very surprising that TRX is able to commit this amount of money during the height of the bear market. It seems they are poised for dApp development in 2019 and possibly major adoption.

Justin sun

In May, Tron launched their mainnet. Odyssey 2.0 went live in June as TRX burned 1 billion tokens. These 1 billion tokens were valued at $50 million at the time of the token burn.  The most important developments for TRX this entire year was the combination of the mainnet and Odyssey 2.0. TRX stayed true to their roadmap even with the markets providing difficult conditions to stay positive about.

The CEO of TRX Company, Justin Sun, is a very impressive figure in the cryptocurrency space. He is the founder of TRX and has led his community and project on a well-planned journey thus far. Recently he stated he would “rescue” ETH and EOS developers from their failing platform. This is likely part of what he had in mind when they announced a $100 million development fund.

With a very progressive and active founder combined with a team that has met and exceeded deadlines all year, TRX is worth keeping an eye on.

With a market cap in excess of $800 million, TRX has the highest market cap on this list. Their price per cryptocurrency currently is 00. However, with an $800 million market cap comes very impressive technological developments. Their TPS (transactions per second) are far greater than Ethereum’s at 2000 TPS.

WAVES

The most noteworthy aspects about WAVES the past month has been their decoupling from BTC’s price movement. It has been commonplace for the majority of cryptocurrencies to trend north or south with BTC. However, more recent projects have become more independent of Bitcoin price movement. WAVES has been one of the market leaders in this decoupling.

The price of each WAVES cryptocurrency has increased from $1.45 to 00 the prior thirty days. The Satoshi increase is even more exciting haven gone from 25,250 Satoshis to 72,138 satoshis during that same period. The price of BTC and the majority of altcoins in the cryptocurrency market collapsed the prior month. However, WAVES trended upwards in dollar value and more importantly, BTC value.

WAVES is both a decentralized exchange and smart contracts platform. They pride themselves on their speed but what intrigues me most is their multifaceted platform. Many cryptocurrencies are created for a sole purpose. The WAVES platform has developed into something far more than just a decentralized exchange or just a smart contracts platform. Being multifaceted as a cryptocurrency has allowed WAVES to trend north while the majority of smart contract platforms have underperformed BTC as it went south in recent weeks.

Why Waves is the Best Option for Airdrops

WAVES has a market cap of $252 million and is poised for a strong 2019 following their decoupling from BTC the prior few months. Being multifaceted, WAVES can pivot when one business (ICOs) are undergoing regulatory changes to focus on their DEX. WAVES has a market cap that is over one hundred times larger than PAL’s as their platforms are much more developed.

Looking to 2019

Cryptocurrency bear markets have a tendency to last one to two years. The bull markets have statistically lasted under 3 months. This means the bear market is not necessarily over. However, the cryptocurrency markets as a whole have generally pumped as the halving approaches and passes. The BTC halving is under 540 days away.

The markets may not turn bullish tomorrow, this week, or even this year. However, it is very likely when the public least expects it, that they turn the most bullish.

The cryptocurrencies that focused on BUIDLing during this bear market period will likely be the ones to continue to exist and thrive through the next bull-run.

[Disclaimer: This views expressed in this article do not reflect the views of Bitcoinist and should not be taken as financial advice.]

To read the Crypto King’s prior articles or to get in contact directly with him, you can on Twitter (@JbtheCryptoKing) or Reddit. The King is the founder of ANON and actively trades cryptocurrencies.


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Bitcoin Fulfilling the Original Purpose of PayPal

· December 3, 2017 · 3:00 am

PayPal tried and failed in its stated mission to create a “new world currency,” but Bitcoin is stepping up and fulfilling PayPal’s original vision.


It’s a long road to travel for a new means of commerce to gain traction and eventual acceptance. Bitcoin has finally reached such a stage as the digital currency has soared in value over the last year. While digital currencies are all the rage, there have been notable attempts at creating a new economic ecosystem in the past, and the most successful of these is PayPal. What is interesting, and pointed out by VentureBeat, is that Bitcoin is actually accomplishing the original purpose of PayPal, which was to create a “new world currency.”

Picking Up the Standard from PayPal

When PayPal was first started, it was not intended to just be an online wallet, but rather an entirely new economic ecosystem. David Sacks was the original COO of PayPal, and he talked with CNBC about how Bitcoin is now fulfilling the original mission of PayPal. He states:

But bitcoin is fulfilling PayPal’s original vision to create “the new world currency.” We actually had T-shirts printed in 1999 with that mission statement.

A payment is just a credit to one account and a debit to another. That’s a database entry. We believed that, if we could get enough people to participate, money would never need to leave the system. PayPal could become the database of money.

Sacks then added:

But cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are now fulfilling that original vision. They are doing it in a decentralized way (with a decentralized database called the blockchain) whereas PayPal tried to do it in a centralized way.

David Sacks goes on to argue that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are actually “real” despite being virtual assets. He points out that software is real and that the US dollar remained real even though it stopped being backed by gold. He rightfully points out that any currency is actually an agreed-upon confidence amongst a trading ecosystem.

Early Bumps in the Road

The Bitcoin comparison to PayPal is also apt in that both entities had some early troubles. PayPal exploded in popularity, which caused massive slowdowns on the network and the influx of fraudsters looking to cash in by doing credit card chargebacks and such. Then eBay bought PayPal and essentially changed its original mission to becoming instead a digital wallet for online merchants.

Bitcoin has had its share of troubles when it first started. It took some time for acceptance to grow, and fraud has always been a boogeyman lurking in the shadows. Bitcoin was hit with a massive blow early on as the Mt. Gox exchange, which was handling a full 70% of all Bitcoin traffic, shut down after crooks managed to pilfer 850,000 bitcoins.

Still, Bitcoin persevered and has become widely accepted. All of the Big Four accounting firms are heavily involved in cryptocurrency, and many of the global financial giants are jumping on board as well. While PayPal was never able to deliver on its initial promise of creating a new world currency, Bitcoin has picked up the gauntlet and is making that dream a reality.

Do you think Bitcoin is accomplishing what PayPal originally intended to do? Let us know in the comments below.


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