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A Major Philippine Bank Just Launched Crypto ATMs and it May Fuel Mass Adoption
As per local outlets, Union Bank in the Philippines, a top bank in the Philippines, are the first to start using crypto ATMs. An official statement from the bank related that the goal for the ATMs is to provide local users a better, faster, more efficient, cheaper and easier way to exchange between fiat and crypto. These are two way machines, giving the users the ability to buy and sell cryptocurrencies. 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, UnionBank said.

Nasdaq makes major move towards crypto Market
Nasdaq showed quite an astonishing move several days back, leading the B round funding for Symbiont startup, which granted Symbiont 20 million dollars, at the same time representing a major move of Nasdaq towards the cryptocurrency market. Gary Offner, Head of Nasdaq Ventures talked about the case, stating that Nasdaq is interested in investing and finding new and innovative technologies, while it's also been said that Nasdaq will benefit from decentralized applications being developed through Assembly. Moreover, Galaxy Digital, Raptor Group and City Ventures joined Nasdaq in supporting the innovative technology that blockchain and cryptocurrency represent.

Litecoin (LTC) Available on Huobi DM
In one of the latest press releases, Huobi Derivative Market announced the addition of a new cryptocurrency, this time adding Litecoin (LTC). According to the official release, Litecoin became available for contract trading on January 25th, while Huobi Derivative Market announced their plan on adding more digital assets to the list of existing cryptocurrencies in 2019. In the meanwhile, despite the rough time LTC had during the most of 2018, we can see the crypto rebounding to push Stellar Lumens (XLM) down the list as Litecoin became the 7th largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. Livio Wang, the CEO of Huobi Global, said in an official announcement regarding the latest listing of Litecoin that Huobi have seen an increased demand for LTC from their users, which is the reason why they decided to add Litecoin to their list of cryptos being traded through contracts.

Companies using, accepting or testing XRP (INFOGRAPHIC)
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Ripple Announces Scoring the 200-customer Milestone: 350% Increase in Payments
Cross-border payment sector is a multi-trillion-dollar industry, and simultaneously the main focus of Ripple company and their operations. Ever since Ripple first appeared with their cryptocurrency XRP back in 2015, the company presented Ripple remittance payment system by offering cross-border products, like xCurrent and xRapid, powered by blockchain. Ripple's decentralization was often questioned, together with the case of the company owning 60% of existing XRP which was commonly mistaken for Ripple even though Garlinghouse insists that XRP would continue to exist even in case the company, Ripple, wouldn't be operating.

Cardano (ADA) Recording Increased Media Attention in Japan
Cardano (ADA) must be one of the most influential blockchain-based projects in the market, led by the team of scientists and maintained by three different development teams, Emurgo, IOHK, and Cardano, each focusing on the general progress and development of the project. Cardano is also aiming at becoming a third-generation cryptocurrency, which means that ADA will have to obtain scalability, interoperability, and sustainability, while the team is already working on solutions that are set to bring interoperability on a highly scalable network. In the meanwhile, the general plan of Cardano foundation is to bring ADA to adoption as the project is developing, and media attention, of course, can do good more than harm.

TRON?s Justin Sun Announces BitTorrent Token (BTT) as Officially Launched
?The world's largest blockchain-based application, powered by people, as described on the official BitTorrent (BTT) website, is officially operating. As announced by Justin Sun back in August when Project Atlas was revealed with the focus on the previously acquired BitTorrent where Sun soon (no puns intended) became the CEO of the company. Without changing the general policy of the way this data sharing peer-to-peer platform is operating, Sun introduced backward compatible operations, which means that BTT tokens can be used on the platform by users interested in getting faster bandwidth for downloads, while other users will still be able to use the well-known version of BitTorrent software for sharing files.

NEO Supports the Development of AI-Blockchain Virtual Girlfriend
NEO is said to be one of the cryptocurrencies dealing with Dapps and smart contracts that are popularly called Ethereum Killers, while the network is also focused on the blockchain-based game development.  Back at the beginning of September, NEO Game Development Competition came up with the result of the contest, while the competition started on May 1st, 2018 with submissions closing in August where game developers were competing for NEO blockchain integration.  Alongside the founder of NEO project, Erik Zhang, other judges deciding on the main prizes for NEO Game Development Competition were Yongxin Liu, the founder of NEL and Wayne Zhu, the co-founder of NGC.

First ERC20 to BITCOIN Atomic Swap on the lightning Network
The first atomic swap between a non-native ERC-20 token and Bitcoin (BTC) took place on the Lightning network during a TenX Summit a week ago on December 7th. The team, later on, went with publishing their own report regarding the first demo of the mentioned atomic swap, releasing the details on the demo via Medium post, to intercept the gossip factory as team describes FOMO-ers and FUD-ers. The fact that this is the first time in the history of the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry that the Lightning Network allowed for a live demo of an ERC-20 to Bitcoin atomic swap, makes this event even more significant.

Crypto Throw Back on 2018
As we are unwrapping presents beside the Christmas tree, we are looking forward to another upcoming year, so we decided to unwrap the most memorable stories and events in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space. Here are the top stories from January to December by which 2018 will most certainly be remembered.    January started off with a major bull run, perhaps representing the most memorable positive moment for cryptocurrencies in 2018. While Bitcoin (BTC) made it to is record rice already back in December 2017, the majority of digital assets went on a massive surge in January, introducing a year that was supposed to be THE year for cryptocurrencies and blockchain.

Is Financial Giant Warren Buffett Changing His Opinion on Cryptocurrency Investments?
When asked whether he would invest in cryptocurrencies, one of the most successful American businessmen and the second wealthiest man in the world with over 75-billion-dollar net worth, Warren Buffett shared a rather negative attitude towards the cryptocurrency market. Previously, Warren Buffett stated that cryptocurrency is nothing but a bubble waiting to pop, also describing Bitcoin as rat poison. Buffett explained the motive behind avoiding cryptocurrency market, adding that he would never invest a dime in any of over 2,000 different cryptos available in the market, saying that Bitcoin doesn't actually have a real value, stating that the asset is worthless.

XRP Wealth Distribution (Infographic)
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