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Robinhood warns in IPO filing that revenues could be affected by DOGE popularity

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  • Despite a $70 million fine for misleading investors, Robinhood is pushing ahead with its IPO plans.
  • In its S-1 filings, the company revealed that its revenue was tied to DOGE’s popularity.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Robinhood has recorded astronomical growth. With people stuck at home, there has been a heightened appetite for trading seeing the popularity of platforms such as Robinhood, one of the leading platforms offering commission-free trades of stocks, cryptocurrencies and exchange-traded funds via a mobile app skyrocket. The growth has driven Robinhood to file for an IPO. But according to the financial reports disclosed by the company earlier this week, a lot of its success is tied to Dogecoin. As such, the company has warned that if the meme coins popularity waned, it would hurt its revenues.

In the first quarter, DOGE was one of the most popular cryptocurrencies after some positive mentions by Elon Musk both in public appearances and through social media. In May, the token reached a peak of $0.73. Financial reports from Robinhood reveal that during this time, Dogecoin accounted for 34 percent of its cryptocurrency transaction-based revenue. This is 30 percent more than the previous quarter.

The S-1 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission highlighted that a substantial portion of the recent revenue growth was attributed to the Dogecoin transactions. Further adding;

If demand for transactions in Dogecoin declines and is not replaced by new demand for other cryptocurrencies available for trading on our platform, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected,

In recent months, DOGE has lost more than 70 percent of its value from its high. In addition, Elon Musk’s influence on prices has faded in recent weeks.

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In total, the company revealed that cryptocurrency transactions accounted for up to 17 percent of Robinhood’s total revenue in the first quarter, or $87.6 million, this was a significant increase from $4.2 million in the previous year.

Robinhood fined $70M for misleading customers

Despite its popularity among retail investors, the platform has come under fire for some irregular operations. In the crypto world, the platform is notorious for halting operations due to technical difficulties during drastic price movements. This has in the past prevented users from selling or buying at critical levels. Although the company always promised to improve the platform to handle the higher volume, little seemed to change.

Earlier in the week, the US’s Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) slapped a $70 million fine on the company for “widespread and significant harm” to customers by offering false information. This is the second year in a row where the company has been fined after the Securities and Exchange Commission fined it with a $65 million fine for misleading stock market customers last year.

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Such hefty fines and runnings with regulators are likely to further affect the company’s share prices once it’s public.

 

 

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Crypto Newcomer Explodes After Abrupt Altcoin Listing on Binance

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A small-cap altcoin is shooting into the stratosphere after earning support from the global crypto exchange Binance.

The governance token Tranchess (CHESS) officially began trading today.

News of the coin’s listing triggered a 185% rise in the price of the asset – from $2.77 to $7.91. Its value has since settled to $5.09 at time of publishing.

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CHESS is listed in Binance’s Innovation Zone, a dedicated trading area where users can buy and sell newer tokens that are likely to have higher volatility and pose a higher risk to traders.

According to Binance Research,

“Tranchess is a yield-enhancing asset tracker with varied risk-return solutions on Binance Smart Chain (BSC), which consists of 3 tranche tokens (QUEEN, BISHOP, and ROOK) and its governance token CHESS. 

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The platform offers various features including a DEX (Tranchess Swap), money markets (Primary Market), staking, and network governance.”

Tranchess recently raised $1.5 million from Binance Labs, Three Arrows Capital, and other crypto venture firms.

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Binance proposes a real-time token burning mechanism to boost BNB value

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  • Binance has proposed the BEP-95 aimed to burn a percentage of transaction fees as a deflationary measure.
  • BEP-95 will occur alongside the quarterly token burn and well after the 100 million token supply is achieved.

Binance Smart Chain (BSC) is taking further steps to incorporate an additional deflationary mechanism to increase token valuation. As announced today, Binance (BNB) is introducing a new Binance Evolution Protocol (BEP) known as BEP-95. The BEP stands out from the network’s occasional token burns since it introduced a real-time burning mechanism.

According to Binance, a fixed portion of gas fees collected by validators in each block will be sent to the burn address. The ratio initially set at 10 percent, is adjustable according to changes proposed by the Binance community. BSC validators get to vote on community proposals, where voting power is based on staked BNB.

For a proposal to be reviewed by the validators, it has to receive a minimum deposit of 2,000 BNB (mainnet). All BNB is returned to holders after the finalization of the voting process. A proposal that wins is that which gathers 50 percent of the total voting power on the mainnet. Binance notes that voted-upon parameters are implemented immediately.

Details of Binance BEP-95 token burning mechanism

BEP-95 became relevant as it speeds up the BNB token burn, and makes the network increasingly decentralized. The BNB supply cap is about 168 million tokens and Binance intends to burn until 100 million tokens remain in circulation. This will take about 5-8 years to complete, according to Binance. The network’s most recent quarterly burn wiped out over 1 million tokens, worth about $639 million, from circulation.

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However, the latest update from its blog now says the BEP-95 burn “will continue functioning” even after the above target is attained. With the burn, Binance expects the intrinsic value of the BNB token to increase in tandem with demand. The network notes that validators and delegators may receive fewer tokens from staking, but the “fiat-denominated value of their rewards may increase.” Moreover, BNB has multiple use cases that benefit all holders of the token.

Currently, BEP-95 is in the draft stage and the network is yet to give a specific date for its implementation.

Several blockchains use the crypto-burning mechanism to create token scarcity and a subsequent increase in token value. Ethereum, for instance, uses the EIP-1559 for this purpose. 

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BNB price action

BNB, the fourth-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, was trading at $494 at press time, according to our data. The token has gained 0.8 percent in the day, and 4.8 percent week-over-week. Similar to other digital assets, BNB has rallied fueled by the Bitcoin-led gains. Crypto investor and YouTuber Lark Davis expects “good things” for the BNB price following its launch of a $1B growth fund.

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Google warns crypto investors of Youtube scams amidst high hacking

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  • Google warn crypto investors to be weary of Youtbe scams.
  • Google says hackers impersonate crypto influencers to run scams on YouTube.
  • YouTube, a hotbed for crypto scams.

Google’s Threat Analysis Group has warned crypto investors to beware of cryptocurrency scams on Youtube as phishing and impersonation on the video-sharing platform surges.

The Google group noted that a group of hackers is taking over Youtube, rebranding popular Youtube channels of well-known crypto or tech companies. “The channel name, profile picture, and content are all replaced with cryptocurrency branding to impersonate large tech or cryptocurrency exchange firms,” the group said, adding that hackers would live stream videos promising crypto giveaways in exchange for “initial contributions.”

According to the Google group, if these hackers don’t rebrand, they sell pages to the highest bidder depending on how many subscribers the channel has. They note that fake Youtube pages sell anywhere from $3 to $4,000.

The Google group notes that a group of hackers recruited in a Russian-speaking forum are actors behind the campaign.

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Crypto investors should be warned as YouTube remains a hotbed for crypto scams

The video-sharing platform so many times has been used as a tool to dupe unsuspecting crypto investors. In December, American crypto exchange Gemini exposed two fake YouTube channels that were pretending to be from the exchange.

“These scam accounts are not our company. We have reported these accounts to YouTube,” Gemini tweeted.

Funny enough, it was not the first time Gemini was being impersonated on Youtube.

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Crypto scams have been well perpetrated on the platform that the video giants ban crypto content on its platform. Authorities in the UK also warned young crypto investors with campaigns on Youtube and TikTok against being victims of crypto scams.

The cycle of crypto scams across all platforms is one that may never end. As much as crypto exists, crypto scams would remain a thing. The rise in crypto scams recently has been attributed to the surge in price and adoption of cryptos globally. It is safe to say that with crypto prices going up and more people, corporate organizations adopting cryptos, more scammers will be threatening the burgeoning space.

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