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Is Apple Dying? Long Live FANG: Technology Stocks Rally Without Apple

The big technology stocks of Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google (FANG) have all rallied the past month. But not Apple which is seeing a near 7% decline over the period. It looks like FAANG (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google) could be dead. FANG Stocks Rally Over the last month, Facebook shares are up 3%, … Continued The post Is Apple Dying? Long Live FANG: Technology Stocks Rally Without Apple appeared first on CCN
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You Can Now Buy Tokenized Apple Shares With Bitcoin and Ethereum

A Belarus-based startup has launched a tokenized securities trading platform enabling investors to buy into traditional markets with bitcoin and ethereum. Tokenized Securities Blockchain tech company Currency.com has announced the launch of its trading platform for tokenized securities. The Belarus-based platform is intended to enable investors to trade and invest in common financial instruments such as equities, commodities, and indices directly, without having to convert their cryptocurrencies in fiat. According to the official release, it will eventually issue over 10,000 tokenized securities but will start with over 150, including everything from popular stocks to silver, oil and natural gas. Users will be able to purchase tokens, which mirror the performance of certain conventional assets such as Apple shares listed on NASDAQ. It will cost the same price as an actual Apple share and can be bought with BTC or ETH. Currency.com is the very first blockchain-based business licensed by Belarus’ High Technology Park (HTP) under the country’s Decree No. 8 “On The Development of a Digital Economy.” Apart from being compliant with local legislation, the platform imposes strict KYC and AML requirements aided by blockchain intelligence services such as Elliptic, Chainanalysis, and Coinfirm. In other words, blockchain tracking software will be used to monitor transactions. Additionally, Currency.com is going to use its FCA and CySEC regulated sister platform to offer access to the tokenized versions of a contract for the exchange of a specific index, commodity or equity. Tokenized Assets: A Trend in The Making? Earlier this month, Bitcoinist reported that an Estonian-based platform called DX Exchange would offer users to trade big-name stocks using tokens on the Ethereum blockchain through smart contracts. Meanwhile, back in 2018, Singapore’s Monetary Authority (MAS) – the country’s de-facto central bank, teamed up with major firms like Deloitte, Anquan, and NASDAQ, to develop solutions for simultaneous exchange and settlement of tokenized digital currencies and security assets. It appears that the tokenization of traditional assets like stocks is becoming a growing trend as the number of platforms enabling this is increasing with each day. What do you think of token-based traditional assets? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below! Images courtesy of Shutterstock The post You Can Now Buy Tokenized Apple Shares With Bitcoin and Ethereum appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.
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Apple, Google, Facebook Stocks Tokenized On Ethereum Blockchain

Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Tesla, among others, can have their stocks tokenized on top of the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain. According to a new report released by Trustnodes, […] The post Apple, Google, Facebook Stocks Tokenized On Ethereum Blockchain appeared first on UseTheBitcoin.
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Huawei Set to Overtake Apple and iPhone in the Smartphone Market

There’s more bad news for Apple. After falling sales and production cuts, TrendForce predicts Huawei mobiles could now outperform the iPhone. Leading smartphone brands are reacting to falling consumer demand by cutting output. Global production is expected to be 1.41 billion units this year, falling 3.3% compared to 2018. TrendForce says the impact of trade The post Huawei Set to Overtake Apple and iPhone in the Smartphone Market appeared first on CCN
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Apple is Not Learning From its Mistake: 3 iPhone Models in 2019

Apple could be en route to replicating the same mistakes it made in 2018 which ultimately led to a 10 percent stock price plunge on January 4. According to a report released by The Wall Street Journal, Apple is planning to release three iPhone models in 2019. The problem is that many loyal customers of The post Apple is Not Learning From its Mistake: 3 iPhone Models in 2019 appeared first on CCN
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New 4,000 Square-Foot Blockchain Center to Open in the Big Apple, Reaffirming Crypto Faith

The debate rages on, many pundits see this new year as a time when the market will stabilize and start its ascent. While crypto critics point out that there have been substantial losses last year with negligible gains until now, to suggest any comeback. In this bear market, the news that New York City has reposed its faith in the fledging crypto technology elated many. According to sources, on the 10th of January, The NYC Economic Development Corporation [EDC] has gone ahead and opened the doors to a nearly 400 square-meter Blockchain Center in the busy Flatiron district of Manhattan. When asked about the judiciousness of the timing of this plan, a member of the EDC simply stated that they were doing so after considering the larger picture. Explaining the corporation's rationale, their Chief Strategy Officer, Ana Arino told Bloomberg news that ” We are playing the long game.” She went on to reiterate the trust they had in the blockchain, saying ” It’s a nascent technology, so there’s bound to be uncertainty around this evolution from year to year.” Seeing the future linked to cryptos she further added, “While we don’t know what the future holds, we want to make sure we have a seat at the table shaping it.” What Is The Blockchain Center Located in downtown Manhattan, the center is in a tech hub that is purportedly New Yorks mini version of the California Silicon Valley; colloquially often referred to as New York’s Silicon Alley. It intends to distinguish itself by not only being a place to work, but also to grow. The center is offering a host of other blockchain related activities ranging from classes for crypto developers to lectures and talks underpinning the advantages and promoting blockchain. The Blockchain Center has been jointly funded by a trade group and a venture capital fund, the Global Blockchain Business Council and Future/Perfect Ventures, respectively. In addition to that, the city of New York has dipped into its coffers and provided a one-off investment to the tune of $100,000. Finally, there is further funding from its corporate partners, which includes heavyweights such as Microsoft. For its long term prospects, there are plans to introduce membership fees as the center grows. According to Jalak Jobanputra, the managing partner at Future\Perfect Ventures, the 12 story building is perfect for business as: “This is a neutral spot, there’s no one platform or company that has undue influence. What we want entrepreneurs to have is a choice.” Boring Mainstream Blockchain Bitcoin and other digital coins have seen prices plunge by more than 80 percent, leading many to write it off as a fad. This comes despite the fact that there is near universal acclaim for the revolutionary technology that is its driving force, the blockchain. In a report, it was stated that MIT Technology Review expects blockchain to make giant strides towards mainstream adoption in this new year. In fact, they reckon it will become so mainstream in 2019 that it will become “boring. And this is not just academic talks. It is known that American retail behemoth Walmart has been working for years on a private blockchain food supply system. That endeavor is likely to come to fruition this year. And the company is urging its suppliers to join the revolution. Across the pond, in a similar vein, Carrefour, a French grocery titan, is using the tech to maintain its food quality standards. It does so by tracking anything from chicken to tomatoes from the farms to their store. Bigger Players Looking To Invest In probably the biggest factor that is touted to catapult this technology into the mainstream is the fact that many big market movers have shown interest in this sector. Last year there was interest and investment from PWC to Goldman Sachs and, now it has come to light, Venrock. For the uninitiated, Venrock is the Rockefeller family’s venture-capital arm. Investment fields the first family has a net worth reported to be upwards of $1 trillion. Not only does the Rockefeller name carry a certain gravitas it also brings a huge investment. In line with that ethos, Venrock partner David Pakman has noted that the firm is going to invest nearly $3 billion. And the plans are certainly not to look at making a quick buck and exit the market. The company sees the potential value that is on offer and is looking to make long-term investments to nurture the infant industry. This is particularly interesting as 2018 saw a jump of nearly 500 percent, with New York’s blockchain startups able to garner about $500 million in venture capital funding. This sort of investment from a well-known venture capital will be a shot in the arm for the whole industry. While this is not the first crypto related building in the area, with Bitcoin Center NYC being operational since 2013. The new center comes at a time when several blockchain employers are growing at a breakneck speed. All this augers well for the health of the industry in the new year.
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Matthew Di Ferrante, a developer at Ethereum Foundation, talks about the real use case of blockchains. To give our readers a perspective on this matter, Finrazor further provides an overview of current adoption of blockchains at enterprise level.

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Opinions: What Apple and Samsung Think About Crypto

The blockchain quickly transforms and develops. Similar processes were also taking place with technology companies. After 2001, Apple improved the Mac OS, introduced the iPod, iBook, which led to a gradual recovery of shares after the collapse of the dot-com bubble. Let’s see what Apple thinks about crypto

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Ripple’s RippleNet XRP Showcases Real-World Effectiveness: Mercury FX

After partnering up with the firm behind the second largest coin XRP [XRP] Ripple as one of the +200 costumers, Mercury FX announced via their official twitter handle that they transacted their largest payment across RippleNet with a positive conclusion. 1/1 We've made our largest payments across RippleNet using #XRP – 86,633.00 pesos (£3,521.67) from the U.K. to Mexico in seconds. pic.twitter.com/WsHJuZTiOy — Mercury-fx Ltd (@mercury_fx_ltd) January 17, 2019 Using XRP, the firm transferred £3,521.67 or $4,552.41 while they cited that UK based Mustard Foods was able to save £79.17 and 31 hours on the transaction. Mustard Foods could be one of the best examples of the impact of using RippleNet could have as it opened doors to cheaper expenses, quicker orders and faster payments. As covered by John P. Njui on EWN a few days ago, The Ripple company has announced via its website that 13 new financial institutions have joined RippleNet thus propelling the number of total global customers to over 200. RippleNet currently operates in 40 countries across 6 continents. Out of the 13 aforementioned financial institutions, 5 are confirmed as using XRP to source instant liquidity for their cross border payments. The are JNFX, SendFriend, Transpaygo, FTCS and Euro Exim Bank. By the end of this year [2018], major banks will use xRapid as a liquidity tool. By the end of next year [2019], I would certainly hope that we will see…in the order of magnitude…of dozens. But we also need to continue to grow that ecosystem…grow the liquidity. – Brad Garlinghouse The success behind the team from Ripple could be standing by their marketing strategy and future plans of making the financial industry a better place to be. While not displacing traditional banking systems but helping them make payments cheaper and faster, it is finding its way to take spotlight in the crypto-verse. The post Ripple’s RippleNet XRP Showcases Real-World Effectiveness: Mercury FX appeared first on Ethereum World News.
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BRD Wallet Expands Crypto User Access Across Europe With Coinify Partnership

Coinify, a European-based financial platform that provides a wallet, trading and payment processing solution, has announced that they are integrating BRD Wallet into their platform to deliver BRD wallet access to users across the European region.Specifically, the partnership provides access to virtual currencies, like bitcoin, to 34 countries across the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA). The SEPA region is a collection of member states in Europe who are part of a payment system that simplifies bank transfers denominated in EUR. The launch is also enabled largely in part by Coinify’s newly rebranded trading solution for wallet partners.Customers will now be able to use BRD Wallet to “purchase bitcoin at cost-efficient rates with SEPA bank transfers” within Coinify’s trading platform. With BRD integration, customers will also retain control over their private keys while using Coinify.Essentially, this provides a large number of users with an efficient and secure way to buy bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, and then allows them to immediately store it in a manner where they control what happens to their money. Typically, a user will entrust the custody of their private keys to a centralized exchange while they are waiting for trades to be executed and sometimes for much longer than that.Aaron Lasher, co-founder and chief strategy officer at BRD, highlighted the advantages of the integration for security-focused users of the Coinify platform.“We like exchanges and think security will get better in the future, but by using our integrated purchase and trading solutions, you get to keep your funds under your control 99 percent of the time, and only put them at a slightly higher risk for a short period when you make the exchange,” Lasher told Bitcoin Magazine.“Using a non-custodial wallet means that you and you alone control your funds. It’s similar to having physical cash in a (highly secure) safe at home. Only in this case, we provide our customers a digital safe (the BRD wallet) that they can keep in their pocket and carry along. Nobody else in the world has access to your funds but you, and nobody can stop you from sending or receiving funds.”Integrating a wallet that allows users to own their funds and seamlessly make trades on a platform like Coinify could help to push bitcoin adoption forward."The financial industry is ripe for disruption and we see bitcoin and the other virtual currencies as the future of payments,” said Rikke Stær, chief commercial officer at Coinify, told Bitcoin Magazine. “At Coinify, we have experienced first-hand the rising adoption of bitcoin and working with BRD as a user-friendly, decentralized wallet will only encourage the global reach of the currency."“Since launching as the first iOS bitcoin wallet in the App Store over 4 years ago, we’ve grown tremendously in North America,“ Adam Traidman, CEO and co-founder of BRD, said in a statement. “Europe will be strategic in the next phase of BRD’s global growth, and the partnership with Coinify will ensure our success in this crucial endeavour.”In August 2018, Canadian-based Coinberry exchange launched a similar BRD integration, allowing users to quickly and seamlessly buy, deposit and withdraw bitcoin on the Coinberry platform, while keeping control of their keys at all times. This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.
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Crypto Payments Service BitPay Reports It Saw Over $1 Billion in Transactions in 2018

Crypto Payments Service BitPay Reports It Saw Over $1 Billion in Transactions in 2018 Major cryptocurrency payment service provider BitPay has reported $1 billion in transactions this past year, according to a press release Jan. 16. According to the report, the company also set a new record for itself in terms of transaction fee revenue. […] Cet article Crypto Payments Service BitPay Reports It Saw Over $1 Billion in Transactions in 2018 est apparu en premier sur Bitcoin Central.
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