Archives for September 2018
We will now accept regular op-ed article submissions for the bitcoin.com news page. We want to provide crypto-enthusiasts, idea-mongers, futurists, and iconoclasts an opportunity to share their notions with the world. We currently receive about 2.5 million page-views per month, and my hope is to inspire the crypto-intelligentsia within our community to produce brilliant articles.
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Well Written, Superbly Organized Op-Ed Wanted
With that said, I will not arbitrarily accept anything.
The article must be well written and superbly organized. It must come from a place of critical thought and considered analysis. I prefer material that is philosophically engaging, heretical, controversial, sexy, and crypto-anarchic. It should examine our ecosystem from novel and unexpected perspectives.
I WILL NOT, however, take company pitches, what-token-will-moon articles, or other business solicitations for opinion pieces. These articles will be rejected, tossed into the dumpster, and set ablaze with extreme prejudice. I will also not take pieces that have previously been published elsewhere. The material must be unique to bitcoin.com. It must also have a minimum word count of 600.
All Views Welcome
It is true, I am the gatekeeper of the op-ed section, but I will not let politics determine what articles I publish. I am open-minded. I will consider most subject matter, so long as the article meets the standards I mentioned above and is relevant to the cryptocurrency ecosystem.
Submissions should be sent to [email protected]
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Users of the cryptocurrency exchange and wallet app Abra can now make deposits and withdrawals to their accounts with bitcoin cash (BCH). Bill Barhydt, the founder and CEO of the company, also published a video chat with Bitcoin.com CEO Roger Ver about bitcoin cash.
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Abra Adds Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Support
Abra, a cryptocurrency wallet app and exchange, has announced on Wednesday native support for bitcoin cash (BCH), including deposits and withdrawals. This means that in addition to funding the wallet with BTC, LTC, bank transfers, wire transfers, or credit and debit cards, users can now also fund Abra from any bitcoin cash wallet anywhere in the world.
The company explained in its announcement to any users that might not be familiar with BCH that: “Bigger block proponents, including the creators of bitcoin cash, argue that the increased blocksize is important to keep the Bitcoin code aligned with the original vision laid out in the Bitcoin Whitepaper written by Bitcoin’s founder, Satoshi Nakamoto. Put simply, bitcoin cash was created to act like a better version of peer-to-peer digital cash because, at the time of the hard fork, processing transactions on the Bitcoin blockchain had become slow and expensive.”
Abra is an all-in-one global app offering a crypto exchange and digital wallet in one place – designed for making cryptocurrency investing simple. It enables users to buy, store, invest and hold 28 cryptocurrencies and 50 fiat currencies on a single app, and manage all crypto investments in one screen. The wallet is defined as non-custodial, meaning that cryptocurrencies and the wallet’s private key are held directly by the user. The Abra model is said to be 100% peer-to-peer, with no middleman ever holding, managing or touching the funds at any point in any transaction.
The company was founded in 2014 by Bill Barhydt, a veteran in the cryptocurrency space and an early Netscape employee. Investors include American Express Ventures, First Round Capital, Foxconn Technology Group, Arbor Ventures, Lerer Hippeau, RRE Ventures, Silver8 Capital and others. Last week Abra announced support for SEPA bank account holders – increasing the number of countries serviced by the company by 35.
Did you already use BCH for deposits or withdrawals with the Abra app? Share your experience in the comments section below.
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Huobi Japan Holding Ltd. has acquired a majority stake in Japanese cryptocurrency exchange BitTrade, marking the top-three exchange’s formal entry into the Japanese market.
BitTrade, which is one of the 16 government-approved crypto exchanges in the country, announced the news yesterday, September 12, 2018.
Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) began issuing exchange operating licenses in 2017, but in light of the Coincheck hack in January 2018, the approval rate has plummeted as the agency has tightened its requirements.
Huobi Japan, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Huobi Global, plans to “aggressively scale up the platform” in partnership with the management team of BitTrade. The subsidiary will work on making the platform user-friendly for its international customers, while providing more professional and compliant services as well.
Huobi CFO Chris Lee hailed the partnership as a strategic success, saying the companies’ synergy will strive toward improvement “through continued investment into R&D and compliance.”
“Leveraging on BitTrade’s leadership team and its Japanese government-approved license, this is just the beginning,” he added.
Huobi, currently ranked the third largest crypto exchange in the world by trade volume, has shown an inclination toward expanding into new regions through partnerships with local companies. The exchange currently operates in Singapore, Korea, Canada, Australia, the UAE, Luxembourg, Brazil and others.
BitTrade’s owner Eric Cheng, a Singaporean millionaire who acquired a 100 percent stake in BitTrade Co. Ltd. for $50 million earlier this year, said both parties would scale the platform into the “largest in Japan with the potential to extend its services globally.”
He went on further to state:
“Together, we will leverage on Huobi’s global footprint, excellent management team, and advanced security systems to grow BitTrade into a market-leading position in Japan. Having a long-term partnership with an established brand such as Huobi is the right step for BitTrade as we look to continue our rapid growth trajectory.”
This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.
Morgan Stanley is joining Wall Street’s race toward an institutional-friendly bitcoin derivative.
According to anonymous sources reporting to Bloomberg, the financial institution is devising price return swaps tied to bitcoin. These derivatives would allow investors to indirectly invest in the market’s flagship currency, allotting them the option to buy into long or short positions through the contracts.
Taking their prices from bitcoin futures, the swaps will not handle bitcoin directly. Seeing as Morgan Stanley is a regulated and established financial institution, tying the product to futures contracts is a safer bet than basing them on bitcoin’s spot price, as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Exchange offer fully-regulated bitcoin futures from which Morgan Stanley can pool pricing data.
Bloomberg’s source claimed that the derivatives are ready for launch, but it’s waiting on an in-house approval process and sufficient investor demand before taking them to market. In the original reporting, a Morgan Stanley spokesperson declined to comment on the developments.
If the tip is valid, it would make Morgan Stanley the latest in legacy financial groups looking to open a doorway for institutional investors to enter the cryptocurrency market. Despite false reports claiming that Goldman Sachs had put hopes for a bitcoin strategy behind it, the bank has a strategy desk in the works, a service that, if opened, would add to the bitcoin futures options it facilitates for its clients.
Citigroup also reportedly has so-called digital asset receipts in the works. Like its traditional counterpart in American depository receipts, these receipts offer investors an option to purchase an asset that doesn’t trade on local markets from a foreign exchange.
Institutional-tier offerings such as those detailed above are seen as much-needed catalysts to stimulate the flow of institutional money into the market, offering heavyweight financial players a less-risky way to buy into assets like bitcoin. For the same reason, custody services like those offered by Coinbase, BitGo and others are necessary for safely storing and managing these investments as well.
This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.