One of the Largest Japanese Banks Is to Launch Its Own Coin and Cryptocurrency Exchange 289

Local media report that Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency exchange and a virtual coin backed by country`s national money.

The plan is that MUFG Coin will be kept pegged at 1 japanese yen. The bank representatives believe that this solution will help avoid drastic fluctuations in prices so it will be comfortable for the clients to use the coin for purchasing goods and making payments. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group has already submitted a necessary application to japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA). The bank plans to launch its cryptocurrency exchange this financial year.

It is also reported that the bank works on the creation of its own service for digital currency traders called MUFG Trust, that will allow users to trade digital currencies without exchanges having any control over their funds or access to them. It should secure the funds of clients in case the platform is hacked or go bankrupt. This service will also track and determine suspicious activities on accounts.

At first MUFG Trust will be available only for bitcoin. The bank is going to launch the service in spring, 2018 or as soon as FSA recognizes bitcoin as an asset that can be managed by trusts.

The Viewers of Adult Videos on Pornhub Will Receive Cryptocurrency Rewards 929

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The company Tube8, owned by the popular adult entertainment site Pornhub, is planning to move onto blockchain and tokenize the platform completely. To do so, it will be cooperating with Vice Industry Token.

The visitors of the Tube8 will soon get a chance to receive tokens for performing certain activities on the platform.

The purpose of this upgrade is mainly keeping the viewers. The representatives of Tube8 believe that a regular viewer just watches a couple of videos and leaves, whereas if he/she can potentially be rewarded for doing this, it will be encourage the person to register an account or at least return to the site afterwards.

We would like to remind you that Pornhub has recently started accepting crypto as a payment option for its premium account.

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Are Nasdaq and Gemini More Than Partners? 669

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The representatives of crypto exchanges Gemini and Nasdaq had a closed meeting during which they discussed the possible cooperation in the future.

However, it turned out that the cooperation is too weak of a word in this situation, the exchanges might become a joint venture. This will be beneficial for both of the exchanges, since they will become more liquid and will be able to list more digital coins.

The information came from an anonymous source. He/she stated:

Nasdaq and Gemini have gotten very, very comfortable with each other.”

We would like to remind you that there were rumours that the Winklevoss brothers tried to bribe authorities to get an approval for Gemini.

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Ripple Is Partnering Up With Bittrex and Two More Exchanges 714

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The project Ripple has recently been very active in terms of cooperation. Not so long ago it invited Bill Clinton as a speaker for their conference and helped Madonna with her charity campaign. This time it announced about the partnership with 3 crypto exchanges.

Bittrex (The United States)

– Bitso (Mexico)

– Coins.Ph (The Philippines)

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According to the chief marketing strategist of Ripple, those exchanges were chosen due to the efficient amount of XRP tokens on their accounts.

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Buterin, Winklevoss and Others: The Future of the Digital Currency World According to Major Crypto Personalities 1212

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The crypto world has entered the new stage of its development, it has always been volatile, but these couple of weeks have been absolutely crazy: coins are jumping up and down, Bitcoin ETF is on its way, blockchain is taking over the world.

No doubt, crypto specialists and financial experts have a lot to say. Today we came up with a compilation of sayings from the stars of the cryptocurrency universe that we found particularly interesting and important.

The CEO of the crypto exchange Gemini, Tyler Winklevoss believes that the acceptance of cryptocurrency in the world as a means of payment equal to fiat will not happen in the next couple of years:

The vast majority of Wall Street firms are still not participating in the cryptocurrency market, which remains primarily a retail-driven market. This will change over time, but it will take time.

Pantera Capital’s CEO is way more optimistic on this issue. He sees great potential in the blockchain technology, and digital coins, according to him, are “superior form of currency.

Ethereum’s founder Vitalik Buterin wants cryptocurrencies to become more user-friendly and common in the everyday life. He also thinks it may become possible only in case the proper regulatory framework for crypto is developed by the state governments.

I want to be able to walk into a convenience store, get a card and pay a small fee to start using Bitcoin Cash,” he said.

The last, but certainly not least, is the CEO of BitMEX, Arthur Hayes, who has some serious doubts concerning Ethereum. According to his calculations, the price of the world’s #2 coin will drop lower than $100.

It is this moment,” he added, “that Ether goes from a 3-digit to a 2-digit shitcoin.

Although we are sure that experts know what they are talking about, the crypto world is way too unpredictable. We can only wait and see whether the abovementioned predictions turn out to be true or not.

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Andreas Antonopoulos Criticized Bitcoin ETF 732

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The well-known author of books about Bitcoin and the founder of his own Bitcoin-business Andreas Antonopoulos published a Youtube video where he expressed his opinion about Bitcoin ETF and explained why they cause so much sensation.

I’m going to burst your bubble. I know a lot of people really want to see an ETF happen because ‘too the moon’ and ‘lambos’ and all that. I think it’s a terrible idea. I still think it’s going to happen… I’m actually against ETFs,” he said.

Antonopoulos explained that he understands why many people are so impressed by the idea of Bitcoin ETF:

Everybody’s so excited about ETFs because what we’ve seen in other markets is that when an ETF becomes available—as we saw in gold—the price really increases dramatically as suddenly that commodity becomes available to a lot more investors and these investors pile on. But the other side of it is that there’s always these claims that the commodities markets are heavily manipulated and opening up these exchange-traded instruments only increases the ability of institutional investors to manipulate—especially [in the case of] large market makers—the prices of commodities, not just in the markets where it’s traded as an ETF but more broadly,” he clarified.


We remind you that the SEC postponed the decision upon Bitcoin ETF until September.

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The Former CEO of Paypal: Bitcoin Is Eventually Going to Go A Whole Lot Closer to Zero 707

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The ex director of Paypal Bill Harris is known for his scepticism and harsh comments aimed at Bitcoin. He even called it “the greatest scam in the history”. This time CNBC interviewed Harris to find out whether his opinion on the world’s #1 digital coin has changed.

According to the businessman, Bitcoin is supposed to be “instant, free, scalable, efficient, secure, globally accepted and useful”, and it fails to fulfill all of those characteristics. Harris believes that there is “no value” in BTC.

He has also mentioned that there is no need in solving the problem of Bitcoin scalability, because we don’t need Bitcoin at all.

Look how difficult it is to get money from one country across the border to another. It’s slow, it’s expensive, it’s all those things. Agree. You don’t need Bitcoin, you don’t need XRP, you don’t need any of that to solve that problem. What you need is faster networks.

Unlike many of his colleagues, Bill Harris has way more trust in conventional fiat currencies due to their relative stability which cannot be said about Bitcoin.

In conclusion he summed up his thoughts by saying:

Bitcoin makes no revenue, no profitability.

Frankly speaking, the current CEO of Paypal Dan Schulman agrees with Harris on this issue, although Paypal might change its opinion on BTC if it becomes more stable.

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