- “Ripple attorneys will have their hands full explaining the statements of Ripple executives,” claims Larry Cermak
Larry Cermak, economy/law analyst and author at theblockcrypto.com, launched an interesting Twitter thread today regarding Ripple, XRP, and the currency’s status as a security.
He first went and determined what actually constitutes a security. The question “Has the promoter raised an amount of funds in excess of what may be needed to establish a functional network?” is one that needs to be answered to determine if the token is a security, according to SEC member Hinman.
Citing this as the burning question hanging above XRP’s head, Cermak dove deep into the statements of Ripple’s top dogs and discovered some worrying trends.
Besides acknowledging that Ripple management said multiple times how XRP Ledger is already functional and decentralized, he noted that Ripple Labs still remains in possession of 55 billion XRP which they intend to sell to generate further revenue. Chris Larsen and David Schwartz gave the “best” quotes describing Ripple’s intention to use their stash of XRP to profit in the future, citing Schwartz and his “After all, the reason we’re doing this is to increase demand for XRP to increase the value we can extract from our stash of XRP” as the most damning piece of evidence that XRP is in fact a security. Cermak concluded his Twitter thread with the following:
“As demonstrated by their own comments, Ripple is clearly incentivized to increase the value of XRP and therefore XRP holders’ investments. The long controversy will likely be decided in federal court down the line. In any case, Ripple’s attorneys will have their hands full in explaining the historical and recent statements of Ripple executives with respect to XRP and Ripple’s relationship to the cryptocurrency.”
You can read the full thread, along with an article that goes deeper into the quotes and issues mentioned, here.
- HTC Exodus phone starts shipping
HTC recently announced they’ll be moving into the cryptocurrency waters with their new mobile phone, HTC Exodus (marked as HTC Exodus 1). This blockchain-powered phone lets its owners trade cryptocurrencies, pay for various services with crypto and run dApps on it.
The phone was envisioned and designed by Phil Chen, HTC’s “Decentralized Chief Officer,” a developer who previously worked on the HTC Vive VR headset. This first generation of Exodus immediately impresses with its features:
- Display: 6-inch IPS LCD display, 1440×3120 resolution
- Durability: IP68 dustproof and waterproof
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- OS: Android 8.1
- Storage and Memory: 6GB RAM, 128GB internal storage (non-expandable)
- Battery: 3500 mAh battery, USB type-C charging, support for fast charging
- Camera: 16-MP and 12-MP main camera, dual 8-MP selfie camera
- Connectivity: 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
One of the flagship applications that’ll be pre-installed on the phone is called the Zion wallet. This wallet has a security system detached from the Android software (also called the “TrustZone Secure Enclave”) and lets its owners utilize the so-called Social Key Recovery function in case something happens to their phone. Every Exodus device will serve as a node, and every user will own their identity and their data pushing for a more decentralized system.
Zion will support Bitcoin and Ethereum, as well as Litecoin and several popular ERC-20 tokens on its launch day. Interestingly enough, Exodus can only be purchased using cryptocurrency.
Exodus 1 can currently be purchased for the price of 0.15 BTC/4.78 ETH/19.84 LTC (amounts to just above 500 USD). This device will target developed markets as Chen and HTC plan to release a more affordable phone for underbanked people from poorer countries of the world.
- Binance lists Republic Protocol (REN)
Popular Chinese/Maltese exchange Binance has added Republic Protocol to its trading platform.
Trading for REN/BTC and REN/BNB pairs has been enabled on 6/12/2018, 10:00 AM (UTC). As a part of the listing process, Republic Protocol donated 28,000 BNB to Binance’s Blockchain Charity Foundation.
Republic Protocol operates as an open-source decentralized dark pool exchange. This means that individuals can trade in any size of volume without having details of their transactions revealed. The project looks to focus on larger orders, thus being more suitable to institutional investors.
It facilitates cross-chain atomic trades on a hidden order book over the Ethereum and Bitcoin networks. Miners within the protocol run equation solving nodes to earn REN tokens and match orders without revealing the underlying trade until execution.
As such, the Republic Protocol system is capable of executing large block orders for ERC20, Ethereum and Bitcoin pairs; the orders are executed with minimal price slippage and maximum protection from front-running.
“Republic Protocol delivers mathematically-proven security and privacy until execution to dark pools, providing a system for investors and traders to exchange significant amounts of cryptographic assets,”Binance explains.
- Factom to be used by a Chinese online video performance verification company
Factom has been one of the hottest cryptocurrencies on the market lately, managing to appreciate from $4 to $16 in the past month or so. This 300% growth has surprised many but some investors knew that this currency has a couple of aces up its sleeve.
With Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation and Draper Associates supporting it, Factom’s latest rise isn’t exactly that surprising. Their latest partnership from China will likely contribute to added growth in the future.
Yooya is a Chinese company that manages business-to-business online video networks; it manages and tracks video content on over 45 Chinese online video distribution platforms, including Alibaba’s Youku, Baidu’s iQiyi, and Tencent Video.
Yoouya will use the Harmony platform to deliver both public and private blockchain-based online video content experiences to its customers.
Interestingly enough, FastForward owns a stake in both of these companies as they have a 2.06% equity interest in Factom and a 15% one in Yooya.
On.Live Is Pleased to Announce That ONL Token Holders Can Now Use Bitgo’s Industry-Leading Wallet and Custodial Offerings
BitGo is the market leader in digital asset financial services providing security, compliance, custodial, liquidity solutions for institutional investors. BitGo is the world’s largest processor of on-chain bitcoin transactions, processing 15% of global Bitcoin transactions and $15 billion per month across all cryptocurrencies.
In 2018, BitGo introduced BitGo Custody and launched BitGo Trust Company, the first qualified custodian purpose-built for storing digital assets. BitGo Business Wallets and BitGo Custody are used by hundreds of clients around the world including the largest cryptocurrency exchanges.
Since its inception in 2013, BitGo has been focused on the institutional market and that makes working together a natural fit, as we want to extend the accessibility of ONL tokens for institutional and enterprise clients.
On.Live is a distributed live video broadcast network project, build to fill the niche in payed live and on demand services delivery in the Internet. The platform offers one of the kind, innovative, no subscription business model, beneficial for all parties involved in On.Live marketplace.
With live streaming on the rise, and lack of other comparably flexible solutions on the market, On.Live is natural choice for access and delivery of live streamed services for individuals, small and big businesses. On.Live is aiming at becoming market leader and platform of choice for everyone who realizes the huge potential in live streaming, and what profits it may bring in his own economic activities.
We believe that BitGo’s support will elevate On.Live’s business potential, contribute to growth of the platform itself and positively affect the security of ONL.
10,000 Retail Shops in France Will Sell Bitcoin, XRP, Ethereum, Litecoin and Dash, Powered by Payments Giant Ingenico: Report
Bitcoin, XRP, Ethereum, Litecoin and Dash are reportedly expanding to 10,000 points of sale throughout France.
Digycode first rolled out its crypto coupons last year. The startup says it’s now expanding to over 10,000 shops through a collaboration with Paris-based payments giant Ingenico, according to local news outlet Cryptonaute. The leading payments firm reported $2.8 billion in revenue in 2017.
“‘The deployment of Digycode is the result of a partnership between Digital Service and Ingenico, and tobacconists equipped with a Devlyx cash registerare, therefore eligible to sell our product for their customers, commented Christopher Villegas, CEO of Digital Service.”
The crypto startup will offer prepaid recharge coupons that can be purchased in three available increments – 20, 50, or 200 euro – by visiting any of the supported locations. Once a customer redeems the coupon on Digycode’s website by using a secret code, the euro is converted into crypto.The company says crypto balances will appear in the user’s crypto wallet as soon as the transaction is confirmed.
Tobacco shops are selling crypto despite regulatory uncertainty.
France’s tobacco federation was granted permission to sell crypto from the French Prudential Supervision and Resolution Authority, according to a report from the French radio network Europe 1.
But France’s central bank is singing a different tune, saying it has not approved retail sales of cryptocurrency. In addition, the Financial Markets Authority, which regulates the country’s stock market, has issued a statement saying no company is licensed to sell crypto in stores.
Crypto-Friendly Wyoming Becomes First US State to Give Bitcoin, XRP, Ethereum, Litecoin, EOS and Altcoin Owners Complete Property Rights
The Wyomng Senate passed SF125 on Thursday. The “Digital Assets” bill will now become law, granting cryptocurrency holders property rights for direct ownership of digital assets. Wyoming is the first state in the US to pass a clear regulatory framework for Bitcoin, XRP, Ethereum, Litecoin, EOS and other altcoins, setting the stage for cryptocurrency investors, entrepreneurs and crypto-related businesses to flourish in the state.
The bill allows people to hold cryptocurrency without the need for an intermediary to own digital assets, and clears the way for banks to offer custodial services for cryptocurrencies.
According to the act, digital assets are considered intangible personal property.
“AN ACT relating to property; classifying digital assets within existing laws; specifying that digital assets are property within the Uniform Commercial Code; authorizing security interests in digital assets; establishing an opt-in framework for banks to provide custodial services for digital asset property as directed custodians; specifying standards and procedures for custodial services under this act; clarifying the jurisdiction of Wyoming courts relating to digital assets; specifying applicability; authorizing the promulgation of rules; and providing for an effective date.”
The bill is expected to come into effect on July 1. It also supports the advancement of tokenized securities.
Caitlin Long, co-founder of the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition, expects the new legislation to attract blockchain companies and talent, making Wyoming a frontrunner in the space with a clear regulatory framework designed to foster innovation and spur adoption of Bitcoin, altcoins, blockchain-based businesses, trading platforms and crypto custodial services.