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Private Blockchains are Doomed to Fail, Says Abra CEO
Bill Barhydt, the CEO of Abra; a Bitcoin wallet and investment app, believes that private enterprise blockchains will fail miserably. The Abra chief described JPM Coin, the cryptocurrency recently debuted by JPMorgan as utter rubbish. This according to an interview with Fortune, February 25, 2019. Speaking during an episode of Balancing the Ledger, on Fortune, Barhydt delivered a visceral assessment of private blockchains. According to the Abra chief, these enterprise blockchains being created by organizations have little or no value. During the interview, Barhydt likened the hype around private blockchains to a similar situation during the dot-com era when public Internet solutions like Extranet were all the rage.

Octogenarian in Line to Grab and Pass the Bitcoin Lightning Network Torch
The Bitcoin Lightning Network Torch experiment is an influential movement that was launched on January 19, 2019, by a Bitcoin enthusiast whose twitter handle is Hodlonaut. Those joining the experiment transfer a small amount of BTC using the Lightning Network to supposed trustworthy community members via an email chain letter. Individuals receiving and passing the torch are invited via Twitter to become the next torchbearer. Each time the torch is moved to a new person, the new person adds 10,000 Satoshis before they send 110,000 Sats to the next person. The movement, which operates as a technological and social experiment, has been created to test the trustworthiness of the individuals and the Bitcoin Lightning Network.  

Japan Could Soon Realise the Crypto-ETF Dream
Japan is reportedly gathering information about the amount of interest there is among institutional investors for a cryptocurrency ETF which has the potential to lead to the approval of cryptocurrency-based ETFs in Asia's second-largest economy. Ths according to a report from Irish Tech News, February 18, 2019. Cryptocurrency exchange-traded funds (ETFs) may acquire a legal status soon if recent reports are to be believed. According to the report, , the Asian country is taking significant steps to provide legal standing for crypto ETFs.  The Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA), the nation's financial regulator, has revealed that it is investigating how much public interest there is for this type of investment product. According to an unnamed source, it appears the number of institutional investors interested in a cryptocurrency ETF is significant enough to warrant a second look from the FSA.

Study Reveals Bitcoin Fees Can Be Cheaper Depending on the Timezone
Diar, a crypto firm focusing on data resource analyzing digital currency and assets, reported in its February 11, 2019, issue that Bitcoin fees depend heavily on the time zones in which users are living. According to Diar's latest issue, the startup took a look into data analyzed in January 2019 to find out how Bitcoin fees have different costs at different parts of the day. The analysis firm found that to perform a Bitcoin transaction around 1 PM UTC a user would have to spend a substantially higher fee than another user who would perform the same transaction at night. Additionally, users making transactions at 1 PM UTC, may have their transaction complete a lot faster but they will also have to spend a lot more.

American Wholesaler H&M Distributors Now Accepts Crypto
Thanks to a new partnership with Chimpion, respected lampholder wholesaler H&M Distributors will accept major cryptocurrencies, and hopes to pass on these savings to its network of retailers. The announcement was made on February 8, 2019. One of the ways that cryptocurrency investors and advocates have managed to maintain their enthusiasm, despite the fact that the cryptocurrency markets are clearly bearish, are through the new announcements and partnerships that many blockchain startups and cryptocurrency projects are making. In addition, there are more companies that are now announcing that they are accepting cryptocurrency than ever. One of those companies is none other than H&M Distributors.

Morgan Creek Digital Makes History with First-Ever Pension Fund Investment in Bitcoin
Morgan Creek Digital has attracted investments from two pension funds for their new venture capital fund, marking the first of its kind in the crypto industry, reported February 12, 2019. Pension funds are one of the most heavily pursued classes of investors. This is because a single pension fund usually has accounts of hundreds, if not thousands, of people and any investment they take on is exposed to this large number of people. Now, the crypto community has attracted its first ever pension fund investment. This was done by Morgan Creek Digital who secured two pension fund investments as reported Bloomberg on February 12, 2019.

Platform Launched in Belarus to Allow Users Buy Buy Traditional Assets such as Gold, Oil, Shares of companies using Bitcoin
Advertise with Us Jobs at BTCManager BITCOIN PRICE: 3,591.28     HIGH: 3,669.00     LOW: 3,565.79 At BlockchaInvest, international blockchain companies and crypto projects looking to raise capital meet local investors and fund managers in a Don't miss out on the latest news Get BTCMANAGER delivered right to your inbox January 16, 2019 13:00 by Ogwu Osaemezu Emmanuel VP Capital and Larnabel Ventures, two information technology-focused venture firms in crypto-friendly Belarus have launched a platform that makes it possible for users to buy tokenized traditional assets such as gold, oil, shares of companies and more, using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, reported Reuters on January 15, 2019.  

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Earn Crypto Part 8: Hosting Images for Bitcoin
Advertise with Us Jobs at BTCManager BITCOIN PRICE: 3,581.98     HIGH: 3,687.02     LOW: 3,534.68 At BlockchaInvest, international blockchain companies and crypto projects looking to raise capital meet local investors and fund managers in a Don't miss out on the latest news Get BTCMANAGER delivered right to your inbox January 15, 2019 11:00 by Alexander Lielacher In BTCManager's series titled Earn Crypto, readers are being introduced to a wide range of platforms, applications, and ways that they can earn bitcoin and other digital currencies as a member of the cryptocurrency community. In this article, readers will be introduced to two platforms: Supload and File.Army. These two services enable users to earn cryptocurrency by sharing images online.

All you Need to Know about the Upcoming Ethereum Constantinople Hard Fork
Advertise with Us Jobs at BTCManager BITCOIN PRICE: 3,634.31     HIGH: 3,714.00     LOW: 3,510.61 At BlockchaInvest, international blockchain companies and crypto projects looking to raise capital meet local investors and fund managers in a Don't miss out on the latest news Get BTCMANAGER delivered right to your inbox January 15, 2019 4:00 by Aisshwarya Tiwari 2019 could set in motion the recovery phase for the smart contracts platform Ethereum, as it looks to undergo its highly-anticipated Constantinople hard fork on January 16, 2019. The fork will occur at block height 7,080,000. Ether (ETH), the cryptocurrency that powers the smart contracts development platform Ethereum had quite an eventful 2018. The digital token established its ATH value of $1,389 on January 14, 2018. This was at a time when ether was the fuel for the majority of the initial coin offerings (ICOs).

Drug Lord Launches Escobar Cryptocurrency to Impeach Trump
Advertise with Us Jobs at BTCManager BITCOIN PRICE: 3,677.29     HIGH: 3,714.00     LOW: 3,510.61 At BlockchaInvest, international blockchain companies and crypto projects looking to raise capital meet local investors and fund managers in a Don't miss out on the latest news Get BTCMANAGER delivered right to your inbox January 14, 2019 23:00 by Ogwu Osaemezu Emmanuel According to an Asia Times report on January 14, 2018, Roberto Escobar, the brother of Pablo Escobar, the late Columbian drug lord is running a fundraising cryptocurrency campaign to impeach the current president of the United States, Donald Trump, and remove him from office.

Wyoming Goes the Malta Way: Blockchain Tokens Defined as Personal Property According to New Wyoming Bill
Advertise with Us Jobs at BTCManager BITCOIN PRICE: 3,667.05     HIGH: 3,714.00     LOW: 3,510.61 At BlockchaInvest, international blockchain companies and crypto projects looking to raise capital meet local investors and fund managers in a? Don't miss out on the latest news Get BTCMANAGER delivered right to your inbox January 14, 2019 19:00 by Tokoni Uti On January 11, 2019, the Wyoming State Legislature passed two bills relating to cryptocurrency. The first, bill 62, defined blockchain tokens as personal property and the second, bill 57, facilitates the creation of a sandbox to encourage the growth of fintech firms.

A Proof of Proof Startup Is Building Their Entire Blockchain with Bitcoins 80 Bytes of Data as Foundation
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After reports of Nicehash controlling around 70% of DASH Nethashrate, the 51% attack is once again a real Threat
Advertise with Us Jobs at BTCManager BITCOIN PRICE: 3,645.25     HIGH: 3,677.84     LOW: 3,581.61 At BlockchaInvest, international blockchain companies and crypto projects looking to raise capital meet local investors and fund managers in a Don't miss out on the latest news Get BTCMANAGER delivered right to your inbox January 11, 2019 12:22 by Nuno Menezes Nicehash owns about 70% of DASH mining network according to a Reddit user (Jan 10), and the news is already causing a wave of concerns within the community It looks like someone currently controls over 51% of DASHs hashrate over Nicehash mining pools; a recent Reddit post accusing Nicehash of being a threat to Proof of Work (PoW) cryptocurrencies is raising concerns around the dreaded topic of 51% attacks.

Challenges Surround GMO Internet?s Cryptocurrency Mining Business - BTCMANAGER
Advertise with Us Jobs at BTCManager BITCOIN PRICE: 3,629.69     HIGH: 3,812.36     LOW: 3,503.44 At BlockchaInvest, international blockchain companies and crypto projects looking to raise capital meet local investors and fund managers in a Don't miss out on the latest news Get BTCMANAGER delivered right to your inbox January 11, 2019 7:00 by Priyeshu Garg The cryptocurrency mining business report from GMO Internet released on January 8, 2019, indicates a slight surge in the number of bitcoins mined, but a decrease in profits because of the plummeting price of bitcoin. GMO revealed it didn't mine Bitcoin Cash in December and will discontinue publishing mining business report from January 2019.

'Crypto Dusting' Attack Sends Illegally Obtained Bitcoin to Random Cryptocurrency Wallets
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Keplerk Plans to Sell Bitcoin in 6500 Stores by February 2018
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70 percent of surveyed Central Banks Accepted that they are Fidgeting with the idea of Central Bank Digital Currencies in some capacity
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Alternative Investment Firm Regal Assets Expands Crypto Reach to Canada
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