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Facebook Looking At Its Crypto Options

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Facebook is one of the most used social media platform across the globe. The platform is estimated to have close to 2.23 Billion active users in a month. The firm also closed 2017 with an impressive $15.9 Billion in net income. It is with such a global dominance that the thought of the firm getting into blockchain technology and crypto is exciting as well as a bit scary due to the capability of the software giant to dominate the industry as it does with social media. The firm recently eased up on the crypto ad ban, signaling that they are warming up to crypto.

So what could Facebook build to rival what already is in the market? 

David Marcus, who leads the Facebook crypto team, recently stepped down from the board at Coinbase giving a clear indication that the social media giant is indeed working into getting into crypto. When an exec steps down from a board at a firm, it is usually due to a conflict in interest. And if Facebook is working on crypto, then Marcus had to step down.

One of the projects facebook could come up with is a  digital asset that can be used on its Facebook platform and/or even facebook messenger. This crypto would have to be ideal for micro-payments such as tipping, as well as sending cross-border remittances. Tipping would be an addition to liking comments on facebook and a single username would suffice rather than the complex crypto addresses. Once again, this would be something similar to ReddID.

Due to the fact that almost everyone has facebook, we could see merchants with pages on the site, accepting business payments directly from the users on the platform. Here then comes the other part that facebook can excel in. They could come up with a back-end P.O.S (point of sale system) for the merchants that are free so long as you are on their platform and pay some convenience fee.

What about their own crypto exchange?

With Binance expecting to make $1 Billion in profits after one year of operation, the business of a crypto exchange is surely on the mind of the team at Facebook. One option would be to start from scratch like Binance did with an ICO or simply acquire Coinbase. Remember Marcus was on the board and he can use his influence to broker a deal. Facebook has the capability to orchestrate an acquisition and it would not surprise us at all.

An ICO would also work but with securities issues in the United States, they would probably not take this path. So, an acquisition is highly probable.

But all this is speculation

In conclusion, we’d have to wait and see what the team is working on with time. But it is okay to speculate what they will come up with given the fact that they had been rumored to having talks with the Stellar foundation. The story was covered by Business Insider.

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Binance Coin (BNB) Stops Following Bitcoin (BTC) — But is it Permanent?

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Binance Coin (BNB) is currently one of the most interesting coins in the vast crypto market. However, the thing that makes it interesting is seemingly unique to BNB at this time, which is the fact that it managed to decouple itself from Bitcoin (BTC).

As many are likely aware of, Bitcoin is the first and the largest cryptocurrency. It is also the most valuable one, in terms of its price. As such, Bitcoin has been dominating the market, as well as dictating the market’s behavior. Whenever Bitcoin’s price goes up or down, the rest of the market tends to follow, and each coin’s chart resembles that of BTC — not completely, but enough for everyone to notice.

Binance Coin, however, is the first coin to successfully say ‘no’ to this trend, and resist the largest cryptocurrency. Many have noticed this phenomenon and were wondering what had caused it. So far, the only explanation is a large number of use cases that BNB now has, thanks to various projects.

Binance Coin use cases

Binance Coin was created by the largest crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance. The exchange developed it to be a native coin in Binance ecosystem, and it is being used within the exchange itself. Many have started buying the coin, as using it within the exchange grants a significant discount on trading fees. The discount is…

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Why Bitcoin Price Remains Stable Before the Expected Hike

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The cryptocurrency rallied a few days back, but now, it has moved closer to 38.2% Fib level. Investors are enthusiastic that as it remains at this level for some time, and stabilize. The next move in Bitcoin price will take it to the 61.8% Fib level. This is when the hike in the price of the cryptocurrency will occur towards $4,200. However, after the surge in price, the upcoming weeks will see the Bitcoin falling swiftly to $3,000.

The truth is that if this move fails to occur, there may not be an improvement in the value of the digital currency. Also, this movement will enable the “bullish gartly pattern” we saw on the BTC/USD 4H chart to become a reality. Also, we are expecting that the Bitcoin price will decline the same way it has been recovering since early February.

Why this week’s closing price matters

Presently, Bitcoin price is still trading above what the intrinsic value is showing on larger time frames. However, we can see adequate room to accommodate short-term rallies. The price at which Bitcoin closes this week is very critical. It will be a clear indication as to how the digital currency will move in the coming weeks.

If Bitcoin closes at a price above $4,000, we are hopeful that the correction may come from early next week. On the other hand, any…

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Stanford Lecturer praises XRP over Bitcoin

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The world of cryptocurrencies continues to cause controversies even now, particularly when it comes to matters such as the superiority of one coin over others. According to recent reports, one student from Stanford University has stated that one of Stanford’s guest lecturers — Dr. Susan Athey — bashed the first and largest cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, while praising XRP.

Does guest lecturer go anti-Bitcoin?

In late February, Stanford’s student called Conner Brown came out publicly with a claim that Athey described Bitcoin’s network and protocol inaccurately, and that she also used the opportunity to make unfounded criticism. Athey, who also sits on Board of Directors at Ripple Labs — XRP’s parent company — supposedly also stated that XRP provides solutions to all issues mentioned in regards to Bitcoin.

According to Brown’s comments on the matter, the lecture in question took place over a month ago, and after attending it, he wrote an open letter to Standford, explaining the incident. In the letter, Brown claims that Athey inaccurately presented Bitcoin’s consensus protocol and overstated several issues, such as the threat of a 51% attack on the coins network, as well as Bitcoin’s mining centralization.

However, the main problem with the lecture, as Brown sees it, is the professor’s claims that XRP presents a solution to these problems.

The claims caused Dr. Athey to respond publicly via Twitter, stating…

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