Study: ICO Market Doubled Since Last Year Shows Increased Institutional Investment

Study: ICO Market Doubled Since Last Year, Shows Increased Institutional Investment

The Initial Coin Offering (ICO) market has more than doubled in a year

according to ICORating’s ICO market report for the the second quarter of 2018, published August 8. ICORating is an independent rating agency that conducts independent analytical research evaluating ICOs and the ICO market. According to the report, ICOs in 2018 have already raised over $11 billion in investments, a figure which it purports is ten times larger than the sum of investments from ICOs in Q1-2 2017. ICORating reports that in Q2 2018, 827 projects raised over $8 billion in funding, compared to $3.3 billion in Q1 2018, representing a 151 percent increase overall. The report notes:

“Funds raised by EOS project account for most of this increase, they have collected $4,197,956,135 for a year-long ICO.” Per ICORating, Europe has become a leader, launching 46 percent of all projects, while North America is leading in investment, collecting 64.67 percent of attracted funding. The reports adds: “Asia-based projects showed an increase in funds raised (+20%), but a decrease in the number of projects launched (–40%).” Institutional capital in ICO markets has increased, while the report notes a “continued decline in the number of retail investors.” According to the study, this results in an environment in which project requirements increase, while the amount of funds raised during ICOs increasingly becomes dependent on “how well projects cooperate with investment funds.”

The top 10 industries by funds raised were led by financial services, blockchain infrastructure, and banking and payments, which collectively represent over $1 billion in raised assets. Financial services led all other industries both in the amount of funds attracted, and the number of projects. In July, analysts associated with the Crypto Finance Conference revealed that the “most favorable” countries for ICOs were the U.S., Switzerland, and Singapore. Researchers based the rankings on publicly available data of the top 100 ICOs by country in terms of funds raised and ranked them by number of projects launched.

Article Produced By
Max Yakubowski

Max Yakubowski has a Ph.D. in Linguistics and Anthropology, with a focus in innovative technology and its cultural and social influence. He joins Cointelegraph after working as a freelance copywriter and blogger.

https://cointelegraph.com/news/study-ico-market-doubled-since-last-year-shows-increased-institutional-investment

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3 Crypto Airdrops in Q3 2018 You Should Know About

3 Crypto Airdrops in Q3 2018 You Should Know About

As the general public’s interest in cryptocurrency has waned

since the beginning of 2018, there’s been a considerable amount of work put into blockchain technology across the board. New coins are being released into a bear market while the most enthusiastic “cryptoheads” are scouring the web for new blockchain projects and explosive ROIs. An increasingly popular method for marketing new cryptocurrencies is what’s known as an airdrop. While it’s a great way for investors to make “free” money, not all airdrops are created equally. We’ve pulled a few out of the fog offering the best reward-to-effort ratios. It’s worth noting the projects listed below were not evaluated as long-term holds. If you’re looking for ways to get into the consolidating crypto-sphere without sacrificing chunks of your paycheck, then airdrops are your friend.

                                                       FXPay (FXP)

                                                               

                                                                      What is FXPay?

FXPay is setting out to upgrade current Forex systems with blockchain technology, creating cheaper and faster transactions for banks, liquidity providers, brokers, and traders. For those who don’t know, Forex is shorthand term for the Foreign Exchange, which is a marketplace for trading international currencies. It’s similar to cryptocurrency in the sense that it’s electronically decentralized and deals directly with trading currencies. The Forex market is massive, seeing US$5.4 trillion in daily transactions. In comparison, the crypto market sees less than US$5 billion each day. When such a massive industry is forced to deal with a variety of international institutions and individual traders, there’s bound to be inadequacies built into the process.

There are 3 main issues outlined in the FXPay whitepaper that the Forex market currently faces. First on the list is “the fees incurred by the trader, broker, and liquidity provider when withdrawing and depositing funds.” Second, there’s a lack of consistency regarding said fees, and it stems from a “lack of standardization” in the Forex space overall. Lastly, the process of exchanging currencies is complex and can last multiple days in this space. By introducing blockchain technology to the Forex market, FXPay will offer traders and brokers low, stable fees with near-instant transaction times. This in-turn will increase profit margins and decrease costs, causing more money to enter the market with a lower barrier to entry.

How to Participate

To participate, you’ll need to create an account with Telegram. Next, you’ll complete the entire process by interacting with the FXPay Telegram Bot. The bot is easy to work with and you can check your balance as you go. The tasks are listed within the interactive chat and you can always get human help in the community channel.

Completing the entire task list means you’ll earn 31 FXP, which has an estimated value of $50. FXP is an ERC-20 token, so make sure your ETH wallet is ERC-20 compatible. After entering your ETH address in the Telegram bot, you’ll want to add the FXP token to your wallet. For that, you’ll need the following information:

                                                                   BigBang Token (BBT)

 

                                                           

                                                              What is BigBang Token?

BigBang Token is the utility token that will be used for the loyalty program in the Bing Bang Platform. BingBang has created an entire ecosystem in the online casino and eSports industry, which is estimated to reach a volume of almost US$52 billion by the end of 2018. Since the advent of internet gaming, the market has seen tremendous growth while sustaining its fair share of growing pains.

The online gambling industry is currently facing limited transparency and regulation. This leaves little insight into gamer’s behaviour, which stifles the encouragement of positive standards and reported abuse. Since companies are often forced to outsource necessary infrastructure to countries with more lenient gambling laws, the result is a scattered and stigmatized industry operating in and out of a so-called “grey marketplace.”

By introducing a decentralized, public ledger to the space, there would be an instant increase in trust and transparency between actors. This increase in trust would naturally allow the system to self-regulate under the light of open public inspection. Since the current industry is spread out amongst different operators, insight is limited. With a decentralized platform allowing an array of operators, gamers could trust their loyalty points will transfer between different games. It’s akin to a franchise casino company offering a variety of games and locations while using the same chips.

How to Participate

Participating in the BigBang Token airdrop is fairly straightforward. There’s a list of social media accounts they’ll ask you to follow or like. It differs from the other airdrops in this article because all tasks are required to receive your tokens. It’s an all-or-nothing event. After completing 6 social media-related tasks, participants will be required to fill out a form with their account names and ETH address. This is an ERC-20 token so make sure your ETH wallet is compatible. After completing the tasks, you’ll have made a quick $75 worth of BBT.

                                                      HireVibes (HVT)

                                                                 

                                                                      What is HireVibes?

HireVibes is what happens when you put headhunters on the blockchain. The company plans to build a dapp that serves as an alternative to the traditional recruitment agency business model. Instead of relying on specialized recruitment agencies, HireVibes will create communities that empower crowdsourcing employment. The idea is that a crowd of people with an incentivized recruitment platform is more effective than whatever an individual recruiter can offer.

The HireVibes dapp allows businesses to pay their employees with cryptocurrency while saving money throughout their hiring process. In the case of a successful hire, employers are charged 7.5% of the job’s pay. Jobseekers are incentivized to find a job with the dapp because after being hired successfully, they’ll receive a 5% bonus in HireVibe Tokens (HVT) on top of their pay. Of the 5% HVT bonus, 1% is reserved as a donation amount to be allocated toward projects of the new hires’ choice.

What’s cool about the HireVibes process is that the 5% awarded to new hires is redistributed from the 7.5% charged to employers after a certain period of time (depending on the type of hire). If the jobseeker applies directly for the job and succeeds, they’ll see a 4% bonus in HVT with 1% being devoted to their donation fund. If the jobseeker is referred to the job by a recruiter in the crowd, 2% goes to the jobseeker, 2% goes to the recruiter, and 1% is devoted to the donation fund.

How to Participate

HireVibes was included in this article in order to address the interesting realm that is EOS airdrops. The dapp will be released using EOS.IO blockchain software and it’s not alone. The process for participating in EOS airdrops is unlike the two airdrops mentioned above. If you’re looking to get involved, you’ll need to have a minimum amount of EOS (usually 100 tokens) stored in a registered wallet. The more EOS you hold, the more HVT you’ll receive. The exact ratio hasn’t been announced and neither has the snapshot date. With a total token supply of 350 million, 71.4% (250 million) will be distributed via airdrop. To stay up to date on HireVibes, check out their website and stay tuned for new articles dropped on their Steemit page.

Article Produced By
Matt Laxen

Matt is a copywriter and community manager working full-time in the cryptocurrency space, fascinated by the implications blockchain technology holds for individuals worldwide. When he's not writing in coffee shops overseas, he's probably making music, snowboarding, lifting weights, or on his way to the lake.

https://www.investinblockchain.com/crypto-airdrops-q3-2018/

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A 153 million ICO in action

A $153 million ICO in action

One of the largest-ever ICOs was a project known as Bancor

which raised $153 million in around three hours. The digital coin issued is called the Bancor network token (BNT) and it was built on the Ethereum platform. A key aspect of Ethereum is the so-called smart contract functionality. Smart contracts are contracts that automatically execute when certain conditions are met from all interested parties. The automation can help to speed the process up, ensuring no mistakes along the way.

Bancor is creating a product that rivals cryptocurrency exchanges based on smart contracts. An exchange matches buyers and sellers and essentially acts as a middleman. But, Bancor’s network allows users to convert one cryptocurrency into another with low conversion costs and without fears of low liquidity. It automatically balances supply and demand and works out the correct conversion price of one coin into another.

It does this through what it calls “smart tokens” which can be generated through the Bancor network. These smart tokens or digital coins hold one or more other cryptocurrencies in reserve which means that it can always be traded. For example, if there was a digital coin that only had a few thousand users, it would be difficult to trade as there would not be a large pool of people wanting to buy and sell it. But if that digital token had a popular and large reserve cryptocurrency like ether then there would always be liquidity to trade. But ICOs are not flawless. As a result of the large demand for BNT, the Ethereum network became congested during the coin offering last year, leading to delays for buyers. CNBC spoke to Galia Benartzi, the co-founder of Bancor, and asked her about the ICO process and the company’s ambitions .

Why was an ICO the right route to go down?

At Bancor we believe the term ICO is actually a misnomer because it implies a similarity to an IPO. ICOs, or as we prefer to call them "Token Generation Events" (TGEs), are fundamentally different than IPOs in that an IPO is conducted by a mature company with a live product and revenue, while a TGE represents the birth of a new currency which powers a network.

We decided to launch a TGE because we had a design for a promising token — BNT, which could connect many tokens into a network — the Bancor Network — and make them instantly interchangeable, without needing to match buyers and sellers, without relying on volume or market makers, and without fees or barriers to listing. During the TGE, more than 10,000 users contributed to the project by purchasing BNT. These 10,000 BNT holders instantly seeded the network in a way that no traditional launch would have been able to do. This momentum is essential for a network's growth and a TGE allowed us to create alignment with early adopters in a way that increases the network's chance of success.

What have you learned along the process?

The industry has matured a great deal since Bancor held its TGE in June, 2017 and yet still has a tremendous way to go. We are learning more every day than ever seemed possible, as seemingly disparate fields from economics, history, psychology, system design, network effects, finance, law, ethics, sustainability and others converge in the blockchain space. Some of the main learnings are actually in areas that the Bancor Protocol aims to shed light on. For example, in today's ecosystem, one of the main jobs of a token issuer is to plan for its liquidity, via costly exchange listings and market makers. We hope that in the future, token creator's will be able to focus on their networks, products and users, when liquidity is fair and free for all.

Where are you in the development of the network?

We are aiming to make cryptocurrencies accessible to a wide array of users, including those who are brand new to crypto. To this end, we launched the Bancor Wallet which allows users to log in from any mobile device or social messaging account (Telegram, WeChat, Messenger or SMS) and instantly buy and sell more than 100 tokens, without having to be matched in an exchange to a buyer or seller.

What will your tokens be used for?

All tokens on the Bancor Network hold an amount of BNT (Bancor’s Network Token) in their smart contracts. This links together each token in the Bancor Network, allowing tokens to be instantly interchangeable for one another at continuously calculated rates. As users buy BNT (or any token in the Bancor Network), it increases the liquidity of each token in relation to the others, creating more predictable and efficient token conversions for all users of the network. BNT is the hub network token for a decentralized global liquidity network that allows anyone to launch a viable currency with continuous liquidity based on its actual usage.

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CNBC

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/13/initial-coin-offering-ico-what-are-they-how-do-they-work.html

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What is airdrop coin? Don’t miss a single coin airdrop

What is airdrop coin? Don’t miss a single coin airdrop!

                  

On this airdrop site, you’ll find all the latest crypto airdrops to create money from thin air.

Maybe not thin air. But without spending a dime! Because these days you can find dozens of active crypto airdrops at the same time. And tons of people, like you, are looking to get themselves some free cryptocoins and free tokens. So I decided to aggregate all the coin airdrop info I could find out there. And put them all on this crypto airdrop alert site for you to enjoy!

What is a crypto airdrop? What is airdrop coin?

First of all, let’s focus on the airdrop cryptocurrency meaning. What does airdrop mean? Maybe you’re a newbie in the crypto world. And it’s better to know what you’re dealing with… So, a crypto airdrop, coin airdrop or cryptocurrency airdrop, is a limited time event created by coin projects to promote their crypto-currencies. How? By distributing tokens or coins to early adopters, for free. In other terms, projects airdrop coin.

While there aren’t many requirements to get free airdrop coins 2018, you may have to work a little (create a post, like a page etc.). Or even to share some personal information (share your Facebook profile or give access to your contact list). Also you may need to be active in the crypto-community. Indeed, some crypto-airdrops are restricted and noobs can’t get in…

In addition, you may require some coins from a specified blockchain in your wallet. Most likely for bitcoin airdrop or ethereum drop, because they’re the most popular out there. But a free coin airdrop can be done on any blockchain. However, ethereum is dominating the cryptocurrency giveaway industry, with their ERC20 and ERC223 tokens. And that’s very convenient, to have all your airdrop coins in the same wallet! Here are all the listed ethereum airdrops.

And this brings me to the best part: You can receive free cryptocoins anytime, without even knowing about it! Indeed, some platforms give away tokens to people holding some of their coins, just like that. Therefore, I’d recommend you to hold a little bit of the most popular coins in your portfolio. And enjoy as many freebies as possible! Also, don’t worry too much about the requirements now. Because I’m not only offering a crypto airdrop tracker, with a list of airdrops. But I’ll also explain how to get free tokens for all upcoming airdrops!

Why do people give away free coins via airdrop cryptocurrency?

Now you know what is airdrop coin. But why would projects give away free cryptocurrency air drop? A coinairdrop is a win-win situation: On one hand, you get free tokens crypto which could worth something in the future. And on the other hand, blockchain projects raise awareness for their crypto-projects during their ico airdrop.

Because it’s free advertising for them, giving away tokens that are worth next to nothing. And that way, they’re able to create a community around their coin. Indeed, if you give someone a coin, he or she’ll likely get involved, to get some money out of it. Also, giving away some tokens cause the new currency to appreciate. Because if you have a token, you’re inclined to give it more value than if you hadn’t heard of it.

Furthermore, it’s a mean to create a customer database for a cheap price. And I don’t need to remind you the saying: If you’re not paying for it, you’re the product! Because these projects collect all the data they can in exchange of a few worthless tokens… Finally, it seems there’s a new trend of digital currencies which don’t require mining coins. And this is an interesting concept, when we see how much energy and computer power is needed to mine bitcoins. So users don’t mine coins, they generate them during a Token Generation Event (TGE). And sometimes projects distribute all their tokens during a crypto airdrop campaign!

Coin airdrop: How does an airdrop cryptocurrency work?

Coin-airdrops are a brand new method to distribute free tokens in the cryptocurrency community. As a result, there isn’t any standard set of rules yet. And each blockchain team can request whatever they want from their backers. But always beware of scammers! Legit coin airdrops will never require you to share your private keys. And if you find one that does, please report it to the community. Because unscrupulous people are definitely behind it. While I’ll give you as much details as possible for each coin airdrop, you may have to get in touch with the developer directly.

If you need specific coins during a cryptocurrency airdrop, the dev team will make a photo of the corresponding blockchain. And only the people holding the crypto-currency in their wallet at that time will be able to get the free tokens crypto. While you may get the tokens automatically, you may also be requested to claim airdrop tokens on the project’s website. If the free coin airdrop is linked to a social media network, you’ll have to share or retweet a post with a link of the project. And you may need a certain amount of followers to be eligible… Also, some teams request an access to your contact details and list of friends!

I received airdropped coins: What next?

You’re all excited because you got some free cryptocoins. But what now? Are you a millionaire yet? Not really… And after a coin airdrop, there’s nothing much to do. Because nobody has heard of the new crypto-currency… And it’s not even available in any exchange, yet. While you can exchange coins with other early adopters, your solutions are too limited. And despite the value the project announces, it’s really worth nothing.

But don’t despair yet. Because it becomes interesting when the new crypto arrives in the exchanges. And that’s when you know the real price of what you received. However, most backers usually want to sell their coins, to get “real” money. So the price may not be up to your expectations… Anyway, you don’t have to sell your free cryptocoins, you can hold them for a later use.

How to keep your new free cryptocoins safe?

First of all, you need a wallet, to be able to receive, hold and send the newly minted crypto. While you can find many web-based wallets, a.k.a. hot wallets, I recommend you to use a hardware wallet. Trezor is the original and most secure cold wallet. And it’s compatible with most crypto airdrop free tokens! And you must keep secret your private keys to your coins & tokens. Otherwise they’re not yours. Period. While you can share your crypto address, you must never share your private key! If you do, you can say goodbye to your coins.

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Coin AirDrops

On this airdrop site, you’ll find all the latest crypto airdrops to create money from thin air. Maybe not thin air. But without spending a dime! Because these days you can find dozens of active crypto airdrops at the same time. And tons of people, like you, are looking to get themselves some free cryptocoins and free tokens.

https://coinairdrops.com/

 

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ICOs Legality scams and dangers

ICOs Legality, scams and dangers

With any new technology, particularly where large amounts of money is involved,

there will be scrutiny from regulators and scams. ICOs have seen both. But the new nature of these digital token issuances has meant that the regulatory landscape globally is fragmented with each country looking at ICOs in different ways.

Are ICOs legal?

The short answer: it depends where you are. It’ll be hard to go through every single country in the world, but let’s look at the major markets. China, which was once a prolific market for cryptocurrencies, has come down hard on the industry. Last year, the People's Bank of China declared ICOs as illegal, warning people of the risks involved in investing in them. Shortly after, South Korea followed, banning raising money through virtual currencies. In the United States, there are no specific regulations for ICOs, but depending on how the digital coin is classed, it may fall under the jurisdiction of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The regulator is in charge of overseeing trading in various financial products. If the SEC deems that a coin is a “security,” then the company behind it may have to register with the regulator.

The SEC has been very vocal however on warning people about the dangers of investing in ICOs. “As with any other type of potential investment, if a promoter guarantees returns, if an opportunity sounds too good to be true, or if you are pressured to act quickly, please exercise extreme caution and be aware of the risk that your investment may be lost,” the SEC says on its website. The watchdog also issued a warning last year to celebrities who endorse ICOs saying that they may need to disclose information about the relationship with the company if the digital coin is deemed to be a security.

Elsewhere, in Europe, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) released guidance on ICOs last year. The regulator said that ICOs that qualify as financial instruments could fall under the relevant laws to do with anti-money laundering or investment legislati Some countries are attempting to actually create new rules in order to bring ICOs into the regulatory fold. For example, the government in Malta recently approved three new bills related to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. One of those new laws aims to bring a regulatory regime to ICOs.

Similarly, in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, the regulator has published guidelines on launching ICOs. Under the guidelines, companies wishing to execute an ICO must approach the Financial Services Regulatory Authority to see whether it will fall under the body's regulation. Companies will also have to publish a prospectus, just like a firm would for an initial public offering (IPO) on the stock market. Any market intermediaries, or secondary market operators dealing with ICOs must be approved by the FSRA.

“If you put a regulator’s lens on, regulators are saying ‘oh my gosh there is a concentration of crypto capital that is in these ICOs, these people aren’t in the financial system, what is happening to the money’,” Lawrence Wintermeyer, a principal at advisory business Capstone, told CNBC. “There is a huge concern retail people might be exposed to this.” Many countries are looking into how to regulate ICOs but there’s clearly a disparity around the world. The lack of regulation however is a factor behind major scams — one of the biggest issues right now with ICOs.

Scams and dangers

Investing in ICOs is risky business for a number of reasons. Often people are putting money into products that don’t exist yet. While this may not sound too dissimilar to say very early stage investing in other start-ups, the people placing bets on ICOs are usually unsophisticated investors. These projects have high failure rates too. Already, hundreds of coins are dead, meaning the projects behind them were scams, a joke or didn’t materialize. Dead Coins is a website that lists all the cryptocurrencies that fall into those categories. So far, it has identified just over 800 digital tokens that it considers dead. These coins are worthless and trade at less than 1 cent.

And because of the lack of regulation, scams are rife in the industry. One example uncovered by CNBC earlier this year was a project called Giza which claimed to be developing a super-secure device that would allow people to store cryptocurrencies. Scammers in this case managed to raise more than $2 million in an ICO, and eventually run off with the funds without delivering any product. A bad actor or actors used a fake LinkedIn profile and copied pictures from another user's Instagram to create a false persona — and successfully drew more than 1,000 investors into the ICO project.“Are there fraudulent projects? Yes. Are there ill conceived sales that have not thought through potential regulatory issues? Yes. Are there poor projects that will ultimately fail? Naturally.”

Investors are still trying to get their money back but because of the lack of regulation, there is very little consumer protection in the space. Another high-profile scam involved a company called Centra Tech Inc. It was an ICO backed by champion boxer Floyd Mayweather. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged the founders with carrying out a fraudulent ICO. Even successful ICOs have their problems. Bancor, whose coin offering we detailed above, suffered a security breach that saw $13.5 million worth of digital tokens stolen. Many experts in the field however have predicted that ICOs are here to stay and that they will become professional.

“Are there fraudulent projects? Yes. Are there ill-conceived sales that have not thought through potential regulatory issues? Yes. Are there poor projects that will ultimately fail? Naturally. However, amongst these there are many, many deeply innovative projects amongst which a handful will be gamechangers,” Richard Muirhead, founding partner at Fabric Ventures, an investment fund focused on blockchain projects, told CNBC. “If 2017 was the year of ICO hype, then 2018-2020 will be the years of decentralized networks development which will be focused on shipping working code and building communities.”

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https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/13/initial-coin-offering-ico-what-are-they-how-do-they-work.html

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Markethive: Bringing Universal Income For Entrepreneurs

Markethive: Bringing Universal Income For Entrepreneurs

 

The Marketive path and journey is what I believe in and support, and as such has become my driving force pertaining to everything I do at this point in time. It is a mission I support 100% that's based upon a lifelong vision of CEO and Founder, Thomas Prendergast … having been in beta testing now for the past 4 years, Markethive is now on the verge of rising up, with their primary mission being to build a UNIVERSAL INCOME which will support the efforts of entrepreneurs in building their business(es) and their dreams.

Markethive's Rising Up is Part of the New Revolution.
Our company's foundation is built upon 27 years of proven technology, merging with the blockchain. This will result in a fleet of money machines driving the basic platforms, creating a collaborative entrepreneurial ecosystem and community wherein the members and subscribers will have the ability to achieve substantial, sustainable, livable incomes, not just in the short term, but for generations to come. 

Because that is what Markethive is, a true revolution for those among the rank and file, those who aspire to create and be a part of something bigger than they are, mothers and fathers and even families who struggle to turn their dreams into realities.

We are not launching an ICO, but we could. You are invited to come to our weekend webinars to find out exactly what we are doing. As of now, we currently have a total of 4 webinars scheduled: 2 on Saturdays, and 2 on Sundays, all addressing different subjects. I highly encourage you to attend, because what we are about to launch could truly contribute to you becoming very wealthy.

We are Markethive, and we will be making huge waves in the not-too-distant future.


#1 Webinar:
Saturday: 
9am Pacific, 10am Mountain, 11am Central, noon Eastern, 1pm Atlantic

Description: BUILD MASSIVE MARKETING REACH
Join the CEO, Thomas Prendergast and Steven Cavan, Reach Engineer
An important workshop as we build out a reach into the millions worldwide.
Watch, listen, learn and ask in a real live production environment. 

https://www.ivocalize.net/#room/CryptoHive


We will also be revealing the details of our upcoming Airdrop and how that can accelerate your business and literally create a fortune for you, plus how this all ties into Markethive bringing “Universal Income” to entrepreneurs. You will be fascinated as to how hemp power plays into Markethive building a huge flotilla of internationally sovereign "money machines" (hives), along with how all this will drive Markethive into the top ten Crypto Currencies and the number one "Social" Market Network in the world … these may sound like somewhat impossible dreams, but we have in place what's needed to achieve these goals, and besides — there is nothing wrong with dreaming BIG and aiming as high as is possible.



#2 Webinar:
Saturday:
5pm Pacific, 6pm Mountain, 7pm Central, 8pm Eastern, 9pm Atlantic

Description: CATCHING ASSOCIATES — "ENTREPRENEUR UPGRADE" REPORT
Join the CEO, Thomas Prendergast to learn how to guarantee associate signups via your Profile Page and using the Markethive Capture Page System.
https://www.ivocalize.net/#room/CryptoHive


#3 Webinar:
Sunday:
8am Pacific, 9am Mountain, 10am Central, 11am Eastern, noon Atlantic

Description: THE NEW MARKETHIVE ECONOMY — MILLIONAIRES WILL BE MADE
Join the Markethive CEO and Crypto Expert, Thomas Prendergast.
Free Bitcoin, join the revolution.

https://www.ivocalize.net/#room/CryptoHive


#4 Webinar:
Sunday:
3pm Pacific, 4pm Mountain, 5pm Central, 6pm Eastern, 7pm Atlantic

Description: MARKETHIVE LAUNCH UPDATES
Description: Join the CEO of Markethive, Thomas Prendergast, to discuss the current 
projects, projections and the coming revolution of the Hive.

https://www.ivocalize.net/#room/CryptoHive


Our new engineering organization with over 200 engineers is run by David Hickman, a long-time friend of one of our Markethive Founders, Douglas Yates, and this single factor is the tipping point for Markethive’s rise to prominence in the market. We have already addressed and updated many aspects of Markethive already, and as we speak, all the unfinished projects in Development are being completed and made ready to upgrade into Production. Buckle up brothers and sisters, because Markethive is about to take over the world, and predicted to truly be history in the making. I know, I am a big thinker and dreamer, always have been, always will be … but I can say with certainty that this is truly a mission and an ordained vision whose time is NOW, having personally known Thomas Prendergast and witnessing the progression and evolution that has taken place over the past 25+ years.



Thomas Prendergast, CEO and Douglas Yates, CTO will also be revealing, discussing and displaying progress on many important projects, such as our Markethive.io site and White Paper’s headway as it is being completed, our plans and projections, why we choose to fund via an ILP instead of an ICO, as well as our Infographics, videos and other presentation materials and resources focused upon the entire workings of Markethive, current systems, proposed as well as in-development systems. This is going to be a big event you should not want to miss.


See you there, and if you wish to get a FREE hands-on, no cost sneak peek, and no obligation "test drive" of the Markethive platform, you can register here and see it all from the inside. See for yourself what all the "buzz" is about:

http://marketive.tv

Also, find out just how you can participate in the upcoming Airdrop and get FREE coins, and take part in our Universal Income project, where we pay generous financial incentives, bonuses and matching bonuses to those helping us to spread the news about Markethive, far and wide. Plus, as if that isn't enough, we pay people to "engage" within the system itself, literally paying participants to earn while they learn from some of the best mentors and coaches around. The education alone that is being offered is priceless, which will teach anyone determined to learn how to be an expert online marketer, with the ability to grow any type of business. Add to that the financial rewards we give to those who take advantage of the training and guidance, and it just doesn't get any better than this.

I do, however, suggest you stay closely tuned in for all the latest, as there is so much more on the horizon that is yet to be revealed. 

TP

Cred App Allows Micro-Investment’ in Cryptocurrencies

Cred App Allows ‘Micro-Investing’ in Cryptocurrencies

Cred is launching a mobile app that allows people to invest small amounts of money in cryptocurrencies. The iOS and Android app is aimed at solving problems around access and transparency associated with buying cryptocurrencies.

Santa Monica, California-based Cred said it has created a “micro-investing” platform to ease access to cryptocurrencies, which have become a hot (and sometimes cold) commodity as people seek to replace cash in the digital era.

With the Cred app, investors can round up the amount they spend on everyday purchases to the nearest $1, $2 or $5 and invest the extra money in cryptocurrency. For example, if an investor who rounds up to the nearest $1 spends $3.55 on an iced coffee, the Cred platform will automatically invest 45 cents in cryptocurrency.

Cred founder Brendon McQueen believes that consumers often feel intimidated when looking to invest in cryptocurrency, due to a lack of education about the industry, confusing product offerings, and reluctance to trust crypto offerings.

The company believes it is uniquely positioned to address these issues by offering an easy-to-use platform that allows users to invest in cryptocurrency, track their progress, learn about each coin prior to investing, and receive daily market recaps and news updates. For its initial rollout, Cred is launching in California, Missouri, Massachusetts, and Montana, with more states being introduced in the coming months.

About 69 percent of people in the U.S. expect the price of Bitcoin to rise in the next five years, but only 5 percent own Bitcoin, according to a Global Blockchain Business Council survey of 5,000 respondents. The high prices of cryptocurrencies, complicated platforms, and lack of education can make the space intimidating for first-time investors.

After signing up and following familiar KYC protocol (know your customer, an anti-money-laundering protocol), Cred presents investors with a variety of cryptocurrency options, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, Litecoin, Komodo, and ZenCash — as well as tokens, including Worldwide Asset eXchange’s WAX and Neblio’s NEBL.

In the app, each coin offering includes a graph that can be expanded to show the coin’s price over the last 24 hours, a month, and all time. Users can then press a “Learn” button, which describes each token’s purpose, as well as its history and relevance in the industry. Investors can then select the type of currency they are interested in and choose the amount of money they want to round up from a purchase.

Investors can also set up recurring investments, including on a weekly or monthly basis. Transactions are capped at $2,000 per month to start, which helps add peace of mind for first-time investors averse to spending large sums. Lastly, investors can make a one-time transaction.

“I’m thrilled to finally offer a non-intimidating space for consumers to get involved in cryptocurrency,” said McQueen, who serves as Cred’s CEO, in a statement. “There’s an obvious gap in the market: People aren’t investing in cryptocurrency because they think it’s too complicated and complex. Cred creates a tangible space for people to take advantage of cryptocurrency at any level of experience without having to be an expert. Our platform is clear, quick, and educational — helping us reach our mission of democratizing cryptocurrency and bringing it to the masses.”

Cred is currently partnering with 13 cryptocurrency platforms and coins — including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Stellar, Monero, Dash, Komodo, Wax, Neblio, and ZenCash — and the company continues to seek out interesting coins and projects to add to its platform.

“We are super excited to be partnering with Cred, as they offer a unique micro-savings and micro-investment platform that will help onboard a whole new segment of cryptocurrency users,” said Steve Lee, chief marketing officer at Komodo, in a statement. “Komodo has long been committed to the global adoption of blockchain technologies and enabling real world usage. Through our partnership, Komodo and Cred will be able to lower the barrier-to-entry into cryptocurrency for the mass market and offer a fiat gateway for KMD in the U.S.”

Cred was founded in April 2018 and has 10 employees. The company has raised $1 million to date. McQueen previously founded and led Tuition.io, a market leader in student loan employee benefits.

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VB (Venture Beats): https://venturebeat.com/2018/07/31/cred-app-lets-you-micro-invest-in-cryptocurrencies/
by: @DEANTAK   JULY 31, 2018   7:00 AM

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Telegram Tech Promised In ICO Vulnerable to Attack Researchers Say

Telegram Tech Promised In ICO Vulnerable to Attack, Researchers Say

With $1.7 billion in the bank following its initial coin offering (ICO),

Telegram has released its first crypto-friendly feature – but security researchers are skeptical. As detailed in a blog post published today, Virgil Security, a U.S.-based startup, has identified several weaknesses in the new identity verification app, called Passport. While the company praised Telegram for publishing the application's API as open source, allowing the code to be checked by other experts, Virgil Security detailed two problems with the app: how it encrypts data and how it protects stored data. "Their commitment to openness gives security practitioners the opportunity to review their implementation and, ideally, help improve it," Virgil Security's Alexey Ermishkin wrote on the company's blog,

adding:

"Unfortunately Passport's security disappoints in several key ways."

Telegram has never publicly announced or verified the existence of its billion-dollar ICO. But as documents started to leak earlier this year, it became clear that the company, more widely known for its chat app, aimed to compete with many of the services – from filesharing to encrypted browsing – that crypto startups had already proposed.

Plus, it wanted to bring blockchain-based payments to the Telegram chat app, which in recent years has become popular among the crypto community. Payments and identity verification go hand-in-hand, making Passport a natural early offering from the company. Plus, disrupting the digital ID incumbents like Equifax, which keep data in centralized databases vulnerable to breach and abuse, has long been a shared goal of the cryptocurrency community, so it's is a fitting place for Telegram to start.

In its blog post about the new product, Telegram promises that "your identity documents and personal data will be stored in the Telegram cloud using end-to-end encryption. It is encrypted with a password that only you know, so Telegram has no access to the data you store in your Telegram passport." It goes on to promise that, eventually, this data will be stored in a decentralized fashion, Identity was one of the components of the ambitious blockchain-based system that Telegram promised in its ICO technical whitepaper. But from the looks of Virgil Security's findings, Telegram needs to go back to the drawing board.

Brute force

Virgil Security's chief critique of Passport's security is the way it encrypts its passwords. In announcing Passport, Telegram released a considerable amount of information about how the system works. In particular, Virgil Security focuses on the fact that Telegram uses SHA-512 to hash passwords. "It's 2018 and one top-level GPU can brute-force check about 1.5 billion SHA-512 hashes per second," they write.

It goes on to estimate that with enough computers, these passwords could be busted for anywhere from $135 to $5 each, depending on the strength of the passwords users chose. However, before an attacker could begin its attack, it would need to first breach Telegram itself, as Virgil acknowledges.

"To access the password hashes, the attack would have to be internal to Telegram. The ways that could happen are numerous — insider threat, spearphish, one rogue USB stick, etc," Virgil Security co-founder Dmitry Dain told CoinDesk. And if lots of users begin using and in turn loading this data into Telegram's Passport, it will make the company a very attractive target. Telegram has long been criticized for taking its own approach to cryptography, rather than relying on established standards. That said, Telegram's model has not been known to have been broken so far.

Unsigned data

The other danger to users Virgil Security critiques is a bit more nuanced: the fact that the data uploaded to Passport isn't signed. By cryptographically signing data (an integral part of blockchain architecture broadly), users can quickly verify the data was loaded there by the person who claimed to have loaded it and it hasn't been changed. Without a cryptographic signature, an attacker could change some part of the data and no one would know.

The Virgil Security post argues:

"Now, when people see 'end-to-end encrypted,' they believe that their data will safely be sent to a third party without worries of it being decrypted or tampered with. Unfortunately, Passport users will have a false sense of confidence."

Yet, with Virgil Security's critiques and the newness of the product, it should be relatively simple for Telegram to harden its security (Virgil Security is one provider of end-to-end encryption). Telegram did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

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Brady Dale is a reporter who has previously written for Fortune, Technical.ly Brooklyn, Next City and Motherboard, among others. He grew up in Kansas and lives in Brooklyn.

https://www.coindesk.com/telegrams-post-ico-id-app-vulnerable-to-attack-researchers-say/

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TRON TRX Unveils Secret Projects and Announces TRX Airdrop

TRON (TRX) Unveils Secret Projects and Announces TRX Airdrop

 

The much anticipated TRON (TRX) secret project

has been unveiled and the resilience of the community is set to be rewarded with a TRX airdrop according to a series of announcements from Justin Sun and the TRON Foundation. Last month’s promise appears to have been fulfilled and now the platform has introduced Atlas as the secret project.

Project Atlas will add more efficiency on the platform as TRON seeks to integrate BitTorrent into its system, since the acquisition of the “torrenting outfit”, many enthusiasts have been wondering how it will help the coin to remain relevant in the market and reality seems to be downing. The announcement comes at a time when the TRX price is struggling and this might mean a breakout in the coming days now that the network is fully independent.

TRON, TVM and BitTorrent Implications

During the Independence Day celebrations, Justin Sun, the TRON founder, hinted about the TRON Virtual Machine and a secret project and the community was anticipating the unveiling of BitTorrent only to be surprised with the introduction of project Atlas. Project Atlas will is a major boost to the entire TRON framework that will see the Mainnet and the coin scale the heights in efficiency.

The project is reediness for the anticipated 100million plus BitTorrent users into the TRON Mainnet. The July 30 news has caught the community by surprise and is set to spur increased activity around TRX as this will see increased reliability, high transaction speeds and security for a truly decentralized platform. TRON and BitTorrent will work together for a better future for the entire community. The TRX coin will be the biggest gainer in terms of adoption and value growth. With the launch of TVM, the Justin Sun announcement on twitter

says in part:

“#TRON’s # TVM beta launched today! 15 GRs have been replaced by #TRONSR Block height has reached 1M+. 40+exchanges have completed token migration to $TRX, Project Atlas with @BitTorrent will bring forth great future for both! TRON to the future!”

The statement further adds that:

“The acquisition enables TRO and BitTorrent to become the Largest decentralized ecosystem in the world. Currently we are exploring the possibility of using the TRON protocol to improve the BitTorrent protocol, in order to make BitTorrent protocol faster and lengthen the lifespan of BitTorrent swarms. I hope the integration of TRON and BitTorrent will allow both parties work better as one in the future.”

TRON goal is to beat Ethereum by increasing the number of transactions per day and this will see TRX have more market influence in the future:

“The TRON network will serve as the underlying protocol of the Secret Project. Hundreds of millions of BT users across the globe will become part of the TRON ecosystem. BT will be the largest application on the TRON network, which will allow TRON surpass Ethereum on daily transactions and become the most influential public blockchain in the world.”

TRON (TRX) Airdrop Announced

In a move seen by many as appreciating the support from the community in the last three months, Sun has announced a TRX airdrop that will run till 3rd August. The announcement came soon after the TVM beta launch. Through his twitter account,

the TRON founder has said:

“#TRON #TRONICS, here are some $TRX for you! Watch @justinsuntron’s live stream now and celebrate #TVM launch with us! The first place has a chance to win 3333$TRX! Go and get your #TRX! Hurry up! Click the link to win $TRX rewards.”

Already there are more than 3,500 entrants and to take part, toy need follow the TRON fonder on twitter, retweet his posts, follow the TRON foundation on Instagram and as a participant; you need to have your referral code. However, after the announcement, TRX price is still in the red trading at $0.035371 after shedding 4.96% to the dollar and 4.75% to Bitcoin. Many TRX holders and followers had expected the good news to give the coin a push north but only a total of $191.6 worth of TRX have changed hands in the last 24-hour trading period.

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Cami Albert

Cami Albert is an expert in blockchain technology and an ardent Altcoin analyst. Cami has worked on various cryptocurrencies projects and has vast experience in providing advice to digital market investors.

https://cryptoglobalist.com/2018/07/31/tron-trx-unveils-secret-projects-and-announces-trx-airdrop/

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BREAKING NEWS: Facebook Uncovers Political Influence Campaign

Facebook Uncovers Political Influence Campaign Ahead of Midterms.

San Francisco (AFP) – Facebook said Tuesday it shut down more than 30 fake pages and accounts involved in what appeared to be a "coordinated" effort to stoke hot-button social issues ahead of November midterm US elections, but cannot identify the source despite hints Russia was involved.

It said the "bad actor" accounts on the world's biggest social network and its photo-sharing site Instagram could not be tied to Russian actors, who US officials say used the platform to spread disinformation ahead of the 2016 presidential election in the United States.

But the tech giant did say "some of the activity is consistent" with that of the Saint Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) — the Russian troll farm that managed many false Facebook accounts used to influence the 2016 vote.

"We have found evidence of connections between these accounts and previously identified IRA accounts, but we don't believe the evidence is strong enough at this time to make public attribution to the IRA," Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos said during a conference call with reporters.

"We can't say for sure if this is the IRA with improved capabilities or a different organization."

The investigation is at an early stage, revealed now because one of the pages being covertly operated was orchestrating a real-world counter-protest to a "Unite the Right" event in Washington, DC, on August 10.

Facebook is sharing information about the pages and accounts with intelligence officials, and planned to notify members of the social network who expressed interest in attending the counter-protest.

Facebook said it is shutting down 32 pages and accounts "engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior" even though it may never be known for certain what group or country was behind them.

"Attribution is not necessary for us to find and stop this behavior," Stamos said.

– Russian Trolls Eyed –

Facebook has briefed US law enforcement agencies, Congress and other tech companies about its findings.

"Today's disclosure is further evidence that the Kremlin continues to exploit platforms like Facebook to sow division and spread disinformation, and I am glad that Facebook is taking some steps to pinpoint and address this activity," US Senator Mark Warner, the Senate intelligence committee's ranking Democrat, said in a statement.

"I also expect Facebook, along with other platform companies, will continue to identify Russian troll activity and to work with Congress on updating our laws to better protect our democracy in the future."

The company said those behind the campaign had been "more careful to cover their tracks, adding: "We've found evidence of some connections between these accounts and IRA accounts we disabled last year (…) but there are differences too."

Some of the most-followed pages that were shut down included "Resisters" and "Aztlan Warriors."

The "Resisters" page enlisted support from real followers for an August protest in Washington against the far-right "Unite the Right" group.

Stamos confirmed that pages also played into immigration issues with references to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Inauthentic pages dating back more than a year organized an array of real world events, all but two of which have taken place, according to Facebook.

The news comes just days after Facebook suffered the worst single-day evaporation of market value for any company, after missing revenue forecasts for the second quarter and offering soft growth projections.

Mark Zuckerberg's firm says the slowdown will come in part due to its new approach to privacy and security — one which helped experts uncover these so-called "bad actors."

"We face determined, well-funded adversaries who will never give up and are constantly changing tactics. It's an arms race and we need to constantly improve too," Facebook said.

"It's why we're investing heavily in more people and better technology to prevent bad actors misusing Facebook — as well as working much more closely with law enforcement and other tech companies to better understand the threats we face."
 

From article:
https://www.yahoo.com/news/facebook-uncovers-political-influence-campaign-ahead-midterms-173305780.html

By Author:
  Glenn CHAPMAN, AFP • July 31, 2018

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