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Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) to partner up with Tron (TRX) soon?

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It’s not a ‘done’ deal but only a weeny possibility so far, one that would definitely change the game for TRON (TRX). No official announcements have been made yet, but one can sense it by paying attention to both company’s activities, and contacts points at both being part of each other’s big picture. Justin Sun’s (the man behind TRON) link with Alibaba keeps getting stronger as each day passes, which suggests a deal is on the horizon.

The most relevant piece of info about this comes from none other than Jack Ma. Mr. Ma is not only Alibaba’s co-founder and CEO, but he’s also always avid to go into new businesses, and he prefers to do that by supporting projects started by his former students and collaborators. This is not speculative; there are plenty of precedents.

Hints pointing towards Tron/Alibaba partnership

Just think about Weixing Chen, who founded Kuadi which is an app-based service similar to Uber that’s taken off in Asia over the last few years. Alibaba (or Mr. Ma) supported this initiative very intensely, and now it’s already doing better than Uber (or at least just as good). Alibaba’s involvement in this was no coincidence. Mr. Chen is a TRON team member and is a close friend of Mr. Jack Ma’s, as are the main people behind TRON. And that could make all the difference. The personal link is there.

Let’s just do a little math here. Mr. Sun is one of the best apprentices Mr. Ma ever had. He graduated from Hupan University (Mr. Ma happens to be the university’s principal). This is a highly competitive university, and TRON’s Justin Sun graduated as the first millennial student ever. That could only bring him closer to Mr. Ma. TRON is one of the fastest growing blockchain projects in the world. Chen has the talent, the commitment, and the connections so it would be no shock at all if he announces a partnership with Alibaba before Q2 ends.

Please don’t get me wrong. There is no official information so far and the last thing the cryptocurrency industry needs are ambiguous reports. Nothing has happened yet, all we have are clues and precedents.

Mr. Justin Sun has been cogent and forceful about TRON’s future prospects. He is optimistic, persuasive, and competent. The cryptocurrency community pays attention to the way he speaks and performs, and they’ve not been disappointed so far.

Buy this does not compare with what partnering with a global company like Alibaba would do for TRON, which is still a fledgling cryptocurrency firm, even if Mr. Ma is willing to invest in them and protect them. TRON will be not alone in this. Ofo, Bikeshare are riding along, and Kuadi could be next.

One more thing. The man called Marcus (Zhao Hong) used to be Alibaba’s data mining chief. He’s good; he’s close to Mr. Ma. And he now has joined the TRON team as well.

And then there is Lucien Chen, who previously worked for both Tencent and Alibaba and now holds a technical lead position at TRONSo just keep an eye open in this situation. You might just be surprised as a global company puts its money on a cryptocurrency firm.

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Blockchain-Focused ETF Arrives on London Stock Exchange

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The crypto community is still waiting for the US SEC to approve Bitcoin ETFs, with speculation which application might get approval being one of the hottest topics in 2018. However, come 2019, the US government shutdown dragged on, and the Bitcoin ETF request which had the most potential to see a grant got withdrawn by the very companies that submitted the application.

While the question of BTC ETF remains hanging in the air, blockchain-focused ETFs seem to be a different matter entirely. In a recent announcement by an independent investment managed firm called Invesco, the company has stated that it was about to launch the largest blockchain-focused ETF in the world. They managed to go through with this plan, and the ETFs have reached the London Stock Exchange today, March 11th.

The exchange-traded fund includes a portfolio containing as many as 48 different firms which are bringing exposure to the emerging technology. Among them, there is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, which is a well-known creator of chips used for crypto mining, as well as the CME Group, which is the first regulated exchange in the US which launched Bitcoin futures. There are many other well-known companies as well, such as Intel, Microsoft, and others.

Chris Mellor, the Invesco’s head of ETF equity product management in Europe, said that blockchain has a huge potential to increase earnings, even though…

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Could Jeff Bezos Turn to Bitcoin to Hide Fortune from Wife?

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made numerous headlines recently due to his overly-publicized divorce, which shows all signs of being one of the most expensive ones — if not THE most expensive one — in modern history. According to estimates, it might cost him as much as $70 billion, which will make his soon-to-be-ex-wife the richest woman in human history.

However, as the process continues to unfold, many have started wondering if things may have ended up differently for Bezos if he turned to Bitcoin for help.

Bitcoin as a divorce tool?

In the last several years — since Bitcoin and other cryptos hit fame — many have started turning to BTC during their divorce proceedings. In fact, it can even be said that using the largest cryptocurrency in this way has become a new trend. The trend has been gaining so much strength that numerous law companies started including advice on what to do in regards to Bitcoin as part of their websites.

However, while the trend has been picking up in recent years, it is nowhere near as easy as it might seem. For example, if there is even a suspicion of a spouse having undisclosed holdings appears during the divorce process, it might be enough to impact the final decision of the judge. In other words, even if there is a complete lack of evidence, but…

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Three Biggest Things To Know Come Cryptocurrency Tax Season

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In recent years, digital cash systems known as cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin have exploded into the public eye. A blend of cash and stocks, their use and value has grown exponentially. In 2017, the IRS decided to focus great effort on taxing them. In theory, this should be as simple as calculating taxes on any other type of property, bond, or other assets. Cryptocurrency, however, presents a unique challenge. The full extent of one person’s crypto activity can stretch across dozens of platforms and take a variety of different forms. This makes it difficult to gather all of this information cohesively, much less begin the seemingly- complicated process of reporting it.

These three tips should help anyone looking to legally report their crypto activity to figure out where to start.

Documentation is key!

There are dozens of different “exchanges” individuals can use to change their cash into crypto. When the flat currency is changed into cryptocurrency at the exchange, you establish your cost basis. This makes this data crucial when you begin the process of reporting.  Those who have used a variety of different exchanges should keep detailed records of everywhere that they made trades. Once tax season arrives, most exchanges will allow users to view their entire trading history with that exchange. This information will be necessary later to complete taxes.

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