Vilnius, 16 February 2018: Health and wellness app Lympo¹ has raised US$5.5 million in its pre-sale, which is a strong indication of significant demand for the company’s ICO, which opens today.
The Lympo platform is gaining significant support from the health and fitness sector as well as the Blockchain community.
Lympo has signed a raft of strategic partnerships in recent weeks, including an arrangement with Blockchain payment systems company Pundi X, which allows buyers to purchase products directly with their Lympo tokens (LYM).
Lympo CEO and founder Ada Jonuse said
Lympo’s partnership with Pundi X give us access to point-of-sales technology. Cryptocurrency users will be able to shop online and at stores or gyms through a system, similar to PayPass.
The Lympo token sale starts on February 17 and will be processed through Eidoo’s ICO engine, after the companies formed a partnership earlier this week.
Through the Eidoo app, users will be able to purchase LYM tokens and receive LYM airdrops in the future.
Ms. Jonuse said:
Joining forces with Eidoo allows Lympo to reach more than 150,000 users, promoting our token sale effectively. The Eidoo wallet also gives purchasers the best user experience for managing their Lympo tokens.
Lympo is a Blockchain app that allows users to track their fitness and mindfulness activities and goals through smartphones and wearables. Users are rewarded with LYM for meeting milestones, which they can redeem on health products and services.
To promote the app, Lympo has been actively forming partnerships with elite sportspeople, including current World Champion discus thrower, Andrius Gudžius – named as a Lympo ambassador this week.
Lympo also recently invited fitness trainer and crypto millionaire Jordan Travers to become an ambassador and appointed poker player, politician and philanthropist Antanas Guoga (aka Tony G) as head of its Blockchain for Sports Foundation.
The Sports Foundation backs sporting events and initiatives to promote healthy living. Lympo users can put their tokens into the Sports Foundation, actively giving back to the fitness community.
Lympo is also creating awareness by sponsoring major sporting events, such as the world’s first ever Blockchain Marathon to be held in Lithuania in September.
All of the 15,000 marathon runners involved in the event will be given LYM tokens for participating.
Ms. Jonuse said:Lympo is working hard at building a strong group of famous athletes, sporting leaders and crypto users to help drive the success of the app. We are disrupting the fitness market by allowing people to connect with health industries directly through the use of cryptocurrency.
The Lympo token sale begins on February 17. More information can be found at
ABOUT THE LYMPO APP
Lympo is a health and wellness ecosystem, with a wallet that rewards users with Lympo tokens (LYM) for sharing and achieving their health goals. It is part of a Lympo ecosystem for health and wellness data sharing including all industry players: personal trainers, gyms, sports and wellness businesses and health insurances.
By tracking health-related data on smartphones and wearables, Lympo aims to build healthy lifestyles and grow the Lympo community. Tokens earned can be used to pay for fitness, wellness and other health-enhancing products and services.
When users sign up to the system, they will be able to aggregate and later monetize their health and sports data, allowing them to interact with health insurances, sports and wellness businesses and employers who want to encourage their staff to remain healthy.
ABOUT LYMPO BLOCKCHAIN FOR SPORTS FOUNDATION
The aim of the Lympo Blockchain for Sports Foundation is to support sporting events and initiatives around the world while promoting the Lympo app and encouraging healthy lifestyles.
Some of the Lympo tokens will be reserved for the Sports Foundation, which will be overseen by a board made up of famous athletes, Lympo partners, and leaders in sports communities from various countries.
Lympo token holders owning a considerable amount of tokens will be invited to vote on funding proposals.
ABOUT PUNDI X
Pundi X provides a point-of-sales system for retailers, allowing anyone who has cryptocurrencies to buy products through the Pundi X system. It is currently being rolled out across 12 countries.
Eidoo provides an ICO engine to cryptocurrency companies to sell their tokens through a mobile app that is both Android and IOS friendly. The app allows for a transparent, safe and quick token sales process.
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Jihan Wu Loses Control of Bitmain as IPO Documents Indicate Profit Figures Were Hyped
Bitmain has dominated ASIC manufacturing since it was founded in 2013. One man has been at the forefront of this domination, leading the company into the giant that it is today; Jihan Wu. However, it may not be so for much longer, with a Chinese publication revealing that a recent reshuffle has demoted the renowned crypto campaigner to the role of a supervisor from his previously held Director role in the board.
The news come after the Financial Times unearthed the fact that the figures reported for the profitability of the firm had almost been doubled in earlier reports by the firm. Documents circulated during the funding rounds and those submitted during filing for IPO show contrasting figures, with Bitmain failing to give an explanation for the difference.
Wrong Time For Cracks As IPO Looms
According to the report by Sanyan Blockchain, Wu is no longer able to influence corporate decisions at the Beijing-based ASIC manufacturer. The publication reported today, November 13, that the firm had undertaken a reshuffle recently and lots of positions had been redistributed. One of these was Wu’s who was allegedly demoted from Director to a supervisor, the report stated citing an unnamed source.
The report quoted Tian Yangang, a lawyer representing the privately-held firm, who reportedly stated to local media that after being relegated to a supervisor, Wu’s voting rights had been revoked. Wu therefore has less influence on the corporate decisions and on the direction the firm takes going forward. This is despite being the co-founder of the multibillion-dollar firm and the second-largest individual shareholder of Bitmain at 20.25 percent. The other co-founder, Micree Zhan, is the largest shareholder at 36 percent.
The report comes after another one by The Financial Times revealed that Bitmain’s profitability figures had been scaled down for its IPO listing compared to its funding rounds. During the $400 million funding round in April, the firm had indicated that the 2017 profits stood at $1.25 billion. In yet another funding round four months later in August, the figure was amended to $1.1 billion. However, in its IPO filing one month later in September, Bitmain revised the figure again to $701.4 million, almost half the original figure.
After FT reached out to Bitmain to inquire on the discrepancies, the firm stated:
Please refer to our IPO prospectus for appropriate figures.
The other involved parties, the auditor KPMG and the bank leading the IPO, China International Capital Corp. declined to comment on the figures.
Bitmain has filed to list at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, aiming to raise $500 million at a valuation of $18 billion. This valuation has risen incredibly in just the past one year, buoyed by the increasing popularity of cryptocurrencies.
In September last year, Bitmain was reported to be valued at $1 billion during a funding round led by Sequoia Capital. It then went up astronomically to $14 billion mid this year, and is now valued at $18 billion, at least according to the IPO prospectus. According to some of the early investors in the firm, it’s expected to be valued at $40 billion within three years.
Bitcoin Cash’s ‘Mining War’ Escalates as Blockchain Hard Fork Approaches
The global network of computer operators who today help power the bitcoin cash cryptocurrency are beginning to signal that they may take differing paths ahead of a technical update scheduled for Thursday.
Data from Coin Dance indicates that bitcoin cash mining pools, collectives of individuals and companies providing computer power to the cryptocurrency, the world’s fourth most valuable, are indicating they will run a version of the software called Bitcoin SV, an alternative to the Bitcoin ABC software most widely used by the network today.
In fact, early signs suggest Bitcoin SV may control some 76.39 percent of the network’s current mining power.
While it’s too early to tell if this many computers will actually update their software, causing the bitcoin cash network to split, the strong rhetoric employed by those backing the upstart Bitcoin SV software, including Craig Wright, the Australian cryptographer who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, suggests this is a possibility.
Wright in particular has vowed to destroy the ABC network, going so far as to threaten ABC proponents on Twitter.
Amidst this dialogue, SV’s hash power advantage is up from 73.62 percent just a day ago. In particular, CoinGeek, the platform owned by Wright supporter Calvin Ayre, jumped from controlling about 30.6 percent of the overall hash power to 41 percent.
In contrast, okminer and Mempool both lost a significant portion of the hash power, falling from 7.64 percent and 6.25 percent respectively to 3.47 percent each.
Meanwhile, mining pools supporting the Bitcoin ABC implementation spearheaded by Roger Ver have made gains of their own. In particular,, Antpool and now control 8.33, 4.86 and 6.25 percent of the total hash power respectively. Antpool and are controlled by bitcoin cash supporter and hardware giant Bitmain.
As of yesterday, both of Bitmain’s pools only controlled 2.78 percent of the power each, while Ver’s website had 6.25 percent.
While several mining pools have firmly declared support for one party or another, a number have yet to publicly express which network they might help secure. The most prominent of these is ViaBTC, which controlled 7.64 percent of the network total yesterday, though its relative power dropped to 2.08 percent by 14:00 UTC Tuesday.
Another pool, Northern Bitcoin, likewise has yet to commit to a particular implementation, though chief technology officer Moritz Jäger told Forbes that his pool switched from bitcoin to bitcoin cash to be among “the decision makers on the upcoming fork.”
Still, while Bitcoin SV seems to have a clear advantage in hash power, traders seem more confident about Bitcoin ABC.
BCHABC, a trading pair being offered in advance at some exchange, is still trading at a higher price than markets for SV, though its lead has shrunk slightly. At press time, pre-fork trading of the token hovered around $391 (priced in the USDC stablecoin), down from $415 just 24 hours ago.
In contrast, BCHSV’s price surged 22 percent in that time period to reach $136.
According to TradingView, BCHABC may also be seeing less interest in terms of volume, with only876,258 USDC being traded over the past 24 hours, up from 818,375 yesterday.
BCHSV, on the other hand, saw 969,715 USDC in volume over that period, though this fell from more than 1.2 million USDC traded previously.
Cryptocurrency Mining Farms In China Shut Down For ‘Strict’ Tax Inspections
Cryptocurrency mining operations in the Chinese provinces of Xinjiang and Guizhou were suspended so the government could conduct “very strict” tax inspections and real-name registration checks.
Power to the mining farms was shut off on November 5, sources told local daily Cong News. As a result, the mines lost about 1 million yuan (or roughly $143,700) a day during the period of “rectification.”
“Joint enforcement actions examined the mine’s tax information, funds, and customer information,” Cong News reported. “It is understood that the tax inspection of the mine is very strict.”
Mining Farms Required To Sign Pledge
The tax inspection is now complete, but it’s unclear if power to the mining farms has been restored yet.
“It is understood that the mines, including business licenses, state-of-the-art power supply procedures, and employee Social Security, are officially complete,” Cong News noted.
The mining farms were required to sign an agreement promising that their mining data centers will implement “higher standards for the company’s business real-name system,” as mandated by China’s Public Security Department.
The farms also agreed to not provide services to any customers that do not comply with these rules.
Did the Shutdown Affect Bitmain?
It’s unclear how this shutdown affected Bitmain, which recently deployed 90,000 S9 Antminer rigs to the coal-rich region of Xinjiang ahead of the Bitcoin Cash hard fork, which is scheduled for November 15.
Bitmain — the world’s most valuable cryptocurrency company — is making moves to maintain its market dominance amid reports that its smaller rival Bitfury is considering an initial public offering in Amsterdam or London as early as 2019.
The move would make Bitfury the first major crypto IPO listed in Europe, as CCN has reported. The Amsterdam-based blockchain startup could seek a valuation of $3 billion to $5 billion.
In September 2018, Bitmain filed for an initial public offering in Hong Kong, with a potential valuation of up to $3 billion. Bitmain — which is valued at $10 billion — is on track to post $10 billion in revenue by the end of 2018.
$700 Million Bitcoin Mining Farm Being Built
Meanwhile, crypto mining firm Coinmint plans to invest up to $700 million to build the world’s largest bitcoin mining center in Upstate New York, with a 435-megawatt capacity.
Coinmint has already invested $50 million so far to convert a 1,300-acre Alcoa aluminum smelting plant in Massena, New York.
— VTOS FOUNDATION (@VTOSFOUNDATION) June 7, 2018
The new crypto mining farm is projected to create an estimated 150 new jobs, and is expected to be fully operational by June 2019.
The old Alcoa plant shuttered in 2014, but Coinmint signed a 10-year lease on the property, signaling its confidence that despite bitcoin’s recent slump, it believes cryptocurrencies are here to stay.
“As long as bitcoin networks exist, we anticipate mining to be profitable,” said Coinmint CTO Prieur Leary.