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Brave and BAT enter "phase two" of the ad platform development cycle
Anybody that's been involved with a cryptocurrency long enough, has heard about the privacy-protecting, speed-enhancing browser Brave and its proprietary token BAT. Leveraging the knowledge of their founder, the creator of JavaScript and co-founder of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, Brave has been steadily clawing through the market share of other popular browsers since it's initial release in 2016. Now, they have entered a new phase of their development plan, as announced on the 8th of March on the official Brave website. This latest update activates regular ads for the development version of the browser. It's still not a full release, but this is a major step in the right direction.

Twitter CEO Purchases Trezor Wallet Using Bitcoin Via CashApp
Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO recently purchased his first crypto hardware wallet using Bitcoin to complete the transaction. In a Tweet posted by Dorsey on Thursday the Twitter head honcho stated:  Just bought a @Trezor hardware wallet with Bitcoin through @CashApp. As per the tweet, Dorsey utilised his company's CashApp to buy his Trezor wallet using Bitcoin to complete the purchase which further strengthens his previous sentiments about becoming a devoted patron of Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency community. The Twitter CEO has been making waves in the crypto community lately. Most recently, he appeared on the Joe Rogan podcast where he discussed Bitcoin and cryptocurrency and said he believes that Bitcoin is to become the internet's native currency all the while promoting Square's CashApp.

Fidelity Says Hard Fork Could Delay Their Support Of Ethereum
Fidelity Digital Assets (FDAS) has announced it will take its time with regards to adding support for the Ethereum blockchain, according to the executive in charge. Fidelity's digital asset trading and custody branch, which went live earlier this quarter, has created an internal framework for the evaluation of cryptocurrencies which could be added in the future, as per a statement from FDAS president Tom Jessop. Despite Jessop previously stating that the FDAS might look to add other ethereum and other cryptocurrencies, he said in a statement on Tuesday that the process to do so is not as clean cut as most think.

French Regulator Seeks To Ban Anonymous Crypto Coins
Head of the French Committee and the French National Assembly Eric Woerth recently proposed a ban on all anonymous cryptocurrencies. Woerth expressed his opinion in a recent report on crypto assets and blockchain technology. An excerpt from his statement reads as follows: It would also have been appropriate to propose a ban on the dissemination and trade in [cryptocurrencies built] to ensure complete anonymity by preventing any identification procedure by design. [] This is the case for a certain number of [cryptocurrencies] (Monero, PIVX, DeepOnion, Zcash?) whose purpose is to bypass any possibility of identifying the holders. To date, regulation has not gone that far.

What are Altcoins and how did they emerge?
In 2009, after the success of Bitcoin, alternative cryptocurrencies, referred to as Altcoins, were released. Bitcoin is known to have protocol limitations and features, which Altcoins are able to solve. Altcoin was coined by combining the words alt and coin?, whereby, the alt is an abbreviation for the word alternative. The coin component refers to currency. Altcoins, an alternative cryptocurrency, is extremely varied, often cheaper and more efficient than Bitcoin. A focus on Bitcoin weaknesses has resulted in immense competition. Altcoins, such as Litecoin (LTC) and Fastcoin (FST), have blockchain updates with an upper bound of a minute, making them faster than Bitcoin. Litecoin is considered to be Bitcoins most serious competitor.

Starbucks To Accept Bitcoin As Payment Facilitated By Bakkt
New details have been announced about Starbucks partnership with the US cryptocurrency platform Bakkt which suggest that the coffee conglomerate will indeed start accepting Bitcoin (BTC) as payment after an equity deal. Starbucks, which became a founding partner with Bakkt after it was revealed to the world in August 2018, will support the crypto platform's software to allow customers the luxury of making purchases with Bitcoin. However, it was reported that no actual cryptocurrency will be processed by Starbucks as the digital asset will instantly be converted to fiat currency. Despite being in the final of pre-release stages, Bakkt's goal is to become a key player for investors seeking to gain exposure to digital assets. Also in Bakkt's plans for 2019 are the issuance of Bitcoin futures contracts which will be delivered physically, with a scheduled rollout pegged for late 2019 depending on approval from regulatory bodies.

US Startup Unveils Crypto Wallet Chip For Smartphones
A U.S-based startup called VaultTel unveiled a hardware crypto wallet which is designed to fit into a mobile phone SIM card slot according to a press release from the company which was released on the 6th of March. The technology combines a mobile app with a hardware chip and has been dubbed the VaultTel Card. This crypto storage solution will be sold in the U.S from today and will immediately expand to countries in the EU via the UK VaultTel subsidiary. The wallet uses biometric technology for authentication as well as a military-grade encryption standard AEX 512 according to the press release.

Bitcoin Enthusiasts Have Been Deleting Coinbase Accounts In Protest of Neutrino Acquisition
Things are not looking great for Coinbase. In a recent move that sparked a wave of outcries, cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase acquired Neutrino back in February. This move formed part of the exchange's efforts to offer more diverse crypto assets across borders. However many users are livid with Coinbase's decision to acquire the firm because of the executive suite's past work with the startup Hacking Team, who sold spyware to several governments who are known for human rights crimes. Since then, the #DeleteCoinbase hashtag has been echoed across crypto Twitter with many bitcoin users closing their accounts in protest of the controversial acquisition.

Swiss Stock Exchange Launches Ethereum-backed ETP
The largest stock exchange in Switzerland, the SIX Swiss Exchange recently launched an Ethereum-backed exchange-traded product or ETP. The news was announced on the 5th March on the company's website. This comes a mere week after SIX announced the launch of its Bitcoin-backed ETP. Currently, it stands that both ETP's will carry a management fee of 2.5%. The ETPs which will trade under the tickers AETH and ABTC are both sponsored by crypto startup Amun AG. The Swiss stock exchange's Ethereum ETP was first announced back in November 2018, with SIX announcing that it plans to list five cryptocurrency-based ETP's which includes Bitcoin (BTC), Ripple (XRP), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC) and of course Ethereum (ETH).

EY Claims That They Will Make it Easier To Calculate Crypto Taxes With A New Tool
EY a Big Four consulting firm recently launched a new tool which will help cryptocurrency users with their tax and accounting calculations. Announced by the firm on Monday, the software solution dubbed EY Crypto-Asset Accounting and Tax (CAAT) was designed to help U.S customers prepare their Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax returns related to crypto assets. CAAT's software can easily source information from virtually all major exchanges, according to the firm by collating data from a myriad of sources as well as automating the production of various dashboards and reports and ultimately tax returns too.

How to use market cap, volume supply and circulating supply to analyze a cryptocurrency
If you want to know how to analyze and evaluate a cryptocurrency based on these factors, you likely are looking to get started investing in the sector. Here is a quick run of what you need to know: To start with, though these are great factors to use in developing an investment strategy, they should definitely not be the only ones used when choosing what is the best cryptocurrency to invest in. However, they are a good start and we will attempt to cover them and a few other keys to look for. The market cap of a coin is the total value of all coins in circulation and is one metric used to determine value. The general way the market cap is calculated is the last traded price, or the average traded price of a coin, multiplied by its total circulating coin supply. For example, in the case of Bitcoin, when a Bitcoin is traded at $10,000, we multiply that by its total circulating supply, 16.4 million coins, to generate an approximate market cap of $164 billion USD. This doesn't, however, take into consideration on-chain trades or direct person-to-person transactions.

Beginner's Crypto Guide - How to Buy Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum with Coinbase | CoinBeat
How do you buy Bitcoin How do you buy Litecoin How do you buy Ethereum I've decided to create a video series with the most basic steps possible about getting involved and buying cryptocurrency. This is the first video: How to Set Up a Coinbase Account and Buy Bitcoin Using Coinbase. Enjoy! CoinBeat is a community-driven, content and media platform providing news of industry innovations and projects to the Blockchain community. Our intention is to create partnerships with leaders and projects to distribute a variety of transparent, high-quality content to those who wish to learn and engage. An agency at the core, now providing the public with quality content and steering the ship towards an engagement-driven arena that connects leaders and projects to the public through a plethora of media and content.

Could Japan Become The First Crypto Market To See Mass Merchant Adoption?
The largest e-commerce entity in Japan, Rakuten is expected to become the country's first major e-commerce company to integrate cryptocurrency payments onto its platform which will give millions of customers the means to buy products using digital currencies. The Japanese crypto market is in the perfect position to foster in the merchant adoption of cryptocurrencies thanks to the increased efforts of companies such as the likes of Rakuten and retailers such as Bic Camera who have in the past tested the implementation of digital assets in the past year. In an official corporate statement published on the 18th of January, Rakuten announced that they are going through company restructure which will include the creation Rakuten Payment, a subsidiary of the entity.

General Motors Teams Up With Blockchain Startup To Combat Identity Fraud
The financing arm of General Motors, General Motors Financial, announced on Monday that it will be teaming up with Spring Labs, a blockchain startup to search for a solution to identity verification. Spring Labs, which boasts the likes of former Trump economic advisor Gary Cohn on their board of advisors, stated that GM is exploring an acquisition of a stake as well as other use cases. Notably, a GM Financial spokesperson declined to comment on the possibility of the of GM or the subsidiary becoming a shareholder of Spring Labs. We are actively exploring the development of auto finance and GM specific use cases, in addition to the identity verification products being developed.

One Of The Philippine?s Largest Banks Recently Launched Crypto ATMs
As per a local publication, Union Bank of the Philippines which stands as one of the largest commercial banks in the country recently launched the nation's first cryptocurrency ATM. In an official statement, Union Bank said that the aim of the ATM is to provide local users with an easy solution to convert crypto funds to fiat and of course vice versa. Developed and distributed by Union Bank, the crypto ATM is a two-way machine, allowing consumers to purchase as well as sell digital assets. In the bank's continued quest to cater to the evolving needs and tastes of customers, including clients who use virtual currency, the ATM will provide these clients an alternative channel to convert their pesos to virtual currency and vice versa.

Ripple Teams Up With 10 Universities To Launch Blockchain Research Initiative
Another day and another research initiative formed in the name of blockchain technology. This time Ripple has announced a partnership with 10 new top universities for a blockchain research program. Announced on Thursday, Ripple stated that the  University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) was formed with the goal of helping the growth of the blockchain tech ecosystem. Teaming up for this project are Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Morgan State, Kansas, Michigan and Northeastern universities in the United States as well as the National University of Singapore and the University of Sao Paulo internationally.

Binance Users Now Able To Pay For Crypto With Credit Cards
The world's largest cryptocurrency exchange by adjusted trading volume, Binance has just announced an easier way for users to purchase digital currencies. Binance announced on Thursday that they have entered into a partnership with an Israeli-based payments processing firm known as Simplex to integrate purchase with both Visa and MasterCard credit cards. Upon launch, the exchange will support credit card sales for Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) Litecoin (LTC) as well as XRP. These coins can then be traded against around 151 additional tokens on the exchange's platform. Changpeng Zhao, CEO of Binance stated:

Switzerland?s Top Stock Exchange To Roll Out Blockchain Platform
SIX, the top stock exchange in the crypto-savvy country of Switzerland has revealed their plans to create a blockchain platform which promises to speed up trading later this year. Reported on February 6th by Reuters, Romeo Lacher, a SIX chairman stated that the new upcoming SIX Digital Exchange (SDX) would work alongside their existing SIX stock exchange. As of today, trades on the platform can take many steps to complete which can result in days passing. However, should a distributed ledger system be implemented as is planned, it will shave off at least two of the lengthy stages as well as reduce the lifecycle of all trades to mere fractions of a second.

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