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China’s Uber-Killer Didi Suffers $1.6 Billion Loss, Begins Complete Overhaul With 2,000 Layoffs

Didi Chuxing, the ride-hailing and transport service based in China, has outlined steps to commence a firm-wide layoff that is expected to affect 15% of its total workforce after suffering a reported $1.6 billion loss in 2018. Cheng Wei, Didi’s Chief Executive Officer, told management that the layoffs are necessary if the company is to remain profitable and ward off competition from some new entrants in the Chinese ride-hailing industry. Wei also reportedly confirmed that following the layoffs, Didi would ensure the improvement of its core mobility service, while ceasing operations in units that are considered to be “non-essential” to its The post China’s Uber-Killer Didi Suffers $1.6 Billion Loss, Begins Complete Overhaul With 2,000 Layoffs appeared first on CCN
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The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Expands To China With New Regional Office

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Expands To China With New Regional Office Human existence is made adventurous by the ease with which we form alliances to consolidate our common goal. There is usually an expressive interest which can better be advanced when an association is formed. Fiat monetary system is governed in a specific region or country by its established Central ban or Apex financial body and these central banks have alliances which helps above all else to strengthen the stability and economic value. The move to create an umbrella body to help reinforce specific interest has gained traction in the cryptosphere since digital currencies plugged itself aright in the financial scheme of things. Some of the associations that advance the interest of cryptocurrency include but not limited to International Decentralized Association of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain IDACB, United States Blockchain and cryptocurrency Association USBCA, and Enterprise Ethereum Alliance EEA. The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance EEA The EEA is a member-led industry organization whose objective is to drive the use of Ethereum blockchain technology as an open-standard to empower all enterprises. The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance boasts of members who are thought leaders from around the globe with a shared vision to create enterprise-ready solutions. The EEA has four operational mandates that are to build an open source standard specification, to address enterprise requirements, evolve alongside the public ethereum blockchain and to boost members in achieving global interoperability.               The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance has a robust membership and the association creates world-class Enterprise Ethereum Client Specifications and testing and certification programs that ensure interoperability, multiple vendors of choice, and lower costs for all registered members. The Expansion Drive At the heart of every company/body is the vision to expand so that its impacts and value addition can be felt broadly. The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance has such growth plan. The company is headquartered in Wakefield Massachusetts United States of America, with regional offices in Tokyo Japan, Seoul Korea and the body announced on February 13th, their expansion in Asia with an office in Beijing, China. In a statement contained in their press release; “As part of our efforts to accelerate the global adoption of Enterprise Ethereum standards and associated certification programs, the EEA has opened regional offices in Japan, Korea, and now China as part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to open more offices around the globe. For each office, we identify an accomplished individual who is passionate about blockchain for the benefit of everyone,” said EEA Executive Director Ron Resnick. “Zhang’s blockchain expertise and leadership will help to accelerate blockchain adoption in China and support activities of EEA’s growing member base” Good News For Investors This move would go a long way in contributing to the rapid achievement of the core goals of the association. The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance is the brainchild of the Ethereum foundation and it connects, as has been said various tech companies such as Microsoft, Intercontinental Exchange ICE, Amazon and others who see a future for cryptocurrencies especially those built on the ethereum Blockchain. All these surely bring the hope of a better future for altcoins for investors. Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), XRP (Ripple), and EOS Price Analysis Watch (Feb 19th)  
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Amazon’s Flailing China Unit Plots Major Merger to Challenge Alibaba

Talks are underway to merge Amazon’s Chinese venture with NetEase-owned Kaola, according to business publication Caijing. Kaola is a Chinese e-commerce firm which specializes in selling imports. The business publication added that an agreement had been inked late last year amidst difficult negotiations. NetEase is listed on the Nasdaq and boasts a market cap of slightly over $30 billion. Besides Kaola, the Chinese tech giant also develops internet content, including games for personal computers and mobile devices. Amazon China Chooses to Compete in a Niche Rather than Target Alibaba Directly Currently, Kaola is the biggest Chinese e-commerce firm that deals The post Amazon’s Flailing China Unit Plots Major Merger to Challenge Alibaba appeared first on CCN
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Hong Kong’s C Block Capital Partners With Securitize For Security Token Offering Compliance In China

Securitize Has Gone Ahead To Partner With The C Block Capital For The Asia Region The Securitize platform, which has been established as a compliance platform together with a protocol that is used for adequately issuing plus managing the digital securities within the blockchain technology has partnered with the C Block Capital. The C Block Capital, which has been considered to be a private and international investment group that is headquartered back in Hong Kong, have just gone ahead to announce the strategic partnership they have gotten into. The connection was established to ensure they adequately bridged the digital together with the traditional markets in the greater region of China. With the partnership in place, the C Block Capital will be able to channel some of the digital securities that will be offering the projects that are originating from the great region of China on to the Securitize platform. All this is for the issuance and adequate management of the current digital securities within the market. Tapping Into The 7 Trillion USD Market It has been estimated that the digital securities market is worth over 7 Trillion USD annually. And for the Securitize company, it has been considered to be the most market-ready platform that has complied with the set regulations. It is for the primary issuance together with lifecycle management that is taking place in digital securities. The C Block Capital has been established as a Hong Kong-based investment group. It is one that has been focusing on alternative investments with some of the operations that are spanning across the different asset management, media, alternative asset exchange together with offering some advisory services. This is all in addition to the foundation and the extensive reaching network that has been established in the greater region of China. The capital team that is within the C Block has proved to possess a very strong capital market expertise; this is from having different talents from the investment banking backgrounds and assets management. It is from having them working at Goldman Sach, Joho Capital, and the Credit Suisse. Recently the Securitize platform was able to raise about $12.75 million, this is all in a series of funding that was led by the Blockchain Capital, plus it was joined by the top tier blockchain technology investors within the market, this is including the Global Brain, Coinbase Ventures, OK Blockchain Capital, NXTP and the Xpring that is at the Ripple. Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), XRP (Ripple), and EOS Price Analysis Watch (Feb 19th)
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Fudan University in China Opens New Blockchain Research Center for Basic Training Opportunities

The Fudan University is one of the most selective schools in all of China. Considering all of the popularity around blockchain technology recently, the university has chosen to collaborate with Zhongan Online Property Insurance Co., Ltd. and Shanghai Zhongren Information Technology Co., Ltd. With their contributions, the group has collectively established the Shanghai Blockchain Engineering Technology Research Center. The new center will revolve around basic research on this evolving technology while showing the way that it can be used in various applications. By establishing this learning center, local students in the area have the ability to learn about the ways to grow the blockchain industry in Shanghai, while promoting the further development of the technology within the economy. Along with Fudan University, there have been other Chinese universities to introduce blockchain programs into their classes. With Ripple’s support, the Blockchain Technology Research Scholarship Program was started at Institute for Fintech Research at Beijing’s Tsinghua University (THUIFR). This program recruits the top graduate students in China for the study of global blockchain regulations, along with the development of the industry.
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Billionaire Elon Musk Lauds Bitcoin As “Quite Brilliant,” Why Isn’t Tesla Going Crypto?

While Elon Musk has yet to formally delve into the Bitcoin space, he has long been a fabled member of the crypto community. Since finding his way to the headlines of the world’s media, the Tesla chief executive’s pro-innovation mindset has struck a chord with many enamored with cryptocurrencies. In fact, some say that Musk’s unsaid raison d’etre of bettering society at large, especially by amending the world’s most harrowing issues (climate change, confinement on Earth, financial inequality), lines up with the goals held by many cryptocurrency insiders. Thus, some have even argued that Musk could be Satoshi Nakamoto. Sahil Gupta, a former intern at Musk’s second multi-billion dollar enterprise SpaceX, once infamously claimed that Musk’s brief mentionings of cryptography, economics, the C++ computing language, along with the entrepreneur overarching vision scream Satoshi. The South African-Canadian entrepreneur has done his best to keep his mouth zipped regarding his candidacy for the Satoshi title, but that hasn’t stopped him from talking about cryptocurrencies. We had @elonmusk on the latest episode of @ARKInvest's podcast! He had a few things to say about Bitcoin. "Paper money is going away and cryptocurrency is a far better way to transfer value than pieces of paper." – Elon Muskhttps://t.co/U5qOnM7nBo — Yassine Elmandjra (@yassineARK) February 19, 2019 Bitcoin Is “Quite Brilliant” While the crypto market has remained in a depressed state, save for Monday’s jaw-dropping rally, stars have begun to descend on this industry. Weeks ago, NewsBTC reported that a mass of celebrities, including the Spice Girl’s Mel B, Johnny Depp, Madonna, and Lionel Messi, had some involvement in cryptocurrency. More recently, Jack Dorsey of both Twitter and Square took to Joe Rogan to claim that the native currency of the Internet is likely to be Bitcoin. Related Reading: Twitter CEO Loves Lightning on Bitcoin: is it the Future of Fast, Instant Payments? And just on Tuesday, Elon Musk, the most well-known Silicon Valley guru, took to the New York-based ARK Invest’s “FYI” Podcast to touch on Tesla’s plans, autonomy, other innovations, such as crypto. Per The Block, who compiled his comments regarding cryptocurrencies, Musk made his comments with explicitly bullish tones. After discussing Tesla’s most recent advancements, the hosts of the podcast, the CEO and an analyst at ARK, a disruptive innovation-centric investment group, took a brief aside. They asked Musk if he agrees with Dorsey’s recent comments on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies at large. Interestingly, Musk responded with an answer, albeit somewhat cursory. He tacitly agreed, noting that the “Bitcoin structure was (is) quite brilliant,” adding that Ethereum and “maybe some of the others” have merit too. Musk did admit that he isn’t too enamored with Bitcoin’s Proof of Work (PoW) consensus mechanism, noting that it is energy intensive. Yet, he explained that fundamentally, crypto assets are great as they bypass currency controls, especially in nations embroiled in financial and political turmoil, like Venezuela. He added that cryptocurrencies are also a “far better way to transfer value than pieces of paper,” subsequently quipping that he’s sure of this “without a doubt.” In spite of all this, he made it clear that Tesla isn’t going to foray into the crypto space in any capacity, noting that it would be a good use of his firm’s resources to prop up an offering. Musk’s abrash comments quickly elicited responses from each and every corner of the crypto space. Matt Odell, a long-time pro-Bitcoin coder and industry personality, joked that the comments “confirmed” his bias that cryptocurrencies could oust banknotes. Changpeng “CZ” Zhao of Binance noted that eventually, “[Musk] will join the brotherhood,” adding that he is unequivocally sure that the businessman will take up a crypto mantle. CZ notably called on the Tesla founder to take up the Lightning Network Trust Chain torch last week, just days after Twitter’s Dorsey openly lauded Bitcoin in dozens of tweets. Crypto Is Better Than Banknotes? While Musk made notable acknowledgments in his brief appearance on ARK’s “FYI,” what stood out to many crypto investors was his thoughts on the dichotomy between banknotes & physical cash, and crypto assets, not centralized e-money. For a brief recap, Musk simply stated that he is unequivocally sure that crypto, whether it be Bitcoin, Ethereum, or otherwise, is a “far better” medium of exchange than pieces of paper. Shocking, right? This may be deemed hearsay by pundits of the legacy world, but the world is already adopting digital mediums of exchange. Per previous reports from this outlet, Arthur Hayes of BitMEX took to his company blog to claim that platforms like WeChat Pay and AliPay have already begun to take over China’s financial system. Who’s to say that cryptocurrencies, a decentralized counterpart to these systems that tout their own currencies, cannot have a similar impact on society at large. The fact of the matter is that these digital payments systems, whether decentralized or centralized, offer benefits that cash/plastic cannot. Case in point, payments on both Bitcoin and WeChat Pay are cheap, rapid, and relatively secure. But arguably, decentralized payment ecosystems, which are non-sovereign, private, immutable, and non-censorable, are even better than their centralized peers, which is likely what Musk was touching on. Featured Image from Shutterstock Billionaire Elon Musk Lauds Bitcoin As “Quite Brilliant,” Why Isn’t Tesla Going Crypto? was last modified: February 20th, 2019 by Nick ChongThe post Billionaire Elon Musk Lauds Bitcoin As “Quite Brilliant,” Why Isn’t Tesla Going Crypto? appeared first on NewsBTC.
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In the Daily: Elon Musk Talks Bitcoin, Shanghai’s Fudan University, Xdat Exchange

In this edition of The Daily we cover some largely supportive remarks the famous entrepreneur Elon Musk has made about Bitcoin, the latest academic institution to launch a blockchain R&D center, and a new offering from Malta-based exchange Xdat. Also Read: Bank of Spain Report: Bitcoin Is a Solution for a System Without Censorship Elon Musk Talks Bitcoin The founder of Tesla and Spacex, Elon Musk, is once again making headlines about crypto. He recently went on the Ark Invest podcast to discuss the future of autonomous driving technologies. Most of the half-hour interview focused on the strategy behind his electric car company but the topic of cryptocurrency eventually popped up in the last four minutes. Musk commented: “I think the Bitcoin structure is quite brilliant. There seems like there is some merit to Ethereum as well, and obviously others. But I’m not sure if it’s a good use of Tesla resources to get involved in cryptos … We’re really just trying to accelerate the advances of sustainable energy. One downside of Bitcoin is … computationally it’s quite energy intensive. There has to be some kind of constraint on the creation of crypto. It’s very energy intensive to create the incremental bitcoin at this point … It bypasses currency controls. Paper money is going away, and crypto is a far better way to transfer value than pieces of paper. That’s for sure.” Shanghai’s Fudan University Launches Research Center Shanghai’s Fudan University has become the latest academic institution to launch a blockchain R&D center. Founded in 1905, Fudan is one of the most prestigious and selective schools for higher learning in China. The Shanghai Blockchain Engineering Technology Research Center is tasked with carrying out basic research in the field, developing demo applications in collaboration with the broader industry, and training talent to serve Shanghai’s economic development. Last month the University of California, Berkeley announced the formation of its own blockchain-focused startup accelerator program, the Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator. This program is meant to help aspiring entrepreneurs create high-value ventures in the blockchain space with industry guidance from Silicon Valley. Xdat Exchange Lists 18 Trading Pairs Xdat, a new Malta-based cryptocurrency trading exchange, has announced the listing of 18 trading pairs. These comprise ETH/BTC, BCH/BTC, EOS/BTC, ETC/BTC, XRP/BTC, DASH/BTC, LTC/BTC, BTC/ETH, BCH/ETH, EOS/ETH, ETC/ETH, XRP/ETH, DASH/ETH, LTC/ETH, BTC/TUSD, ETH/TUSD, BTC/EURO, and ETH/EURO. The company has further plans to add other pairs over time. The exchange is compliant with Maltese regulations for KYC and AML procedures and caters to both retail and institutional investors. Its fiat gateway allows users to deposit funds in 12 major currencies: USD, GBP, JPY, HKD, CHF, AUD, NOK, SEK, DKK, CZK, PLN, and HUF. This selection is meant to eliminate the need for involvement of a foreign bank for the supported options and allows users to work solely with Xdat’s bank. “Xdat is on a mission to address the key problems of existing exchanges … including lack of flow of new capital, lack of trust, no approach for mass adoption, and high fragmentation,” said CEO Prashanth Swaminathan. “Our aim is to bring crypto to all. To that end, we will be working closely with our community and using their support and feedback to make our interface more user-friendly and trading as streamlined as possible.” What do you think about today’s news tidbits? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. Images courtesy of Shutterstock. Verify and track bitcoin cash transactions on our BCH Block Explorer, the best of its kind anywhere in the world. Also, keep up with your holdings, BCH and other coins, on our market charts at Satoshi’s Pulse, another original and free service from Bitcoin.com. The post In the Daily: Elon Musk Talks Bitcoin, Shanghai’s Fudan University, Xdat Exchange appeared first on Bitcoin News.
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Elon Musk Praises 'Brilliance' Of Bitcoin And Ethereum, But Clash With Tesla's Energy Stance

Main Street seems to be giving cryptocurrency a second look. Last week, Jamie Dimon and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) announced an investment in JPM Coin, which will become the first digital token provided by a U.S. bank. This week, Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) CEO Elon Musk lent cryptocurrency additional validation. “Paper money is going away, and crypto is a far better way to transfer value than pieces ...Full story available on Benzinga.com
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