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Stellar’s (XLM) Acquisition Of This FinTech Company in XLM Will Surely Cause Aftershocks

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News reaching Global Coin Report, indicate that the Stellar Organization, which is the creator of XLM, is in acquisitions talks with Chain: a San Francisco-based startup that builds blockchain solutions for the financial industry. Chain is on a mission to enable a smarter and more connected economy by building cryptographic ledgers that underpin breakthrough financial products and services.

According to people familiar with the deal, the price tag of the acquisition is said to be $500 Million in XLM. This value in USD amounts to 2.2 Billion XLM coins using the current rate of $0.228.

Chain has a record of raising more than $43 Million in venture funding from investors such as  Khosla Ventures, RRE Ventures, Blockchain Capital, Pantera Capital, Nasdaq, Visa, Citi Ventures, Thrive Capital, BoxGroup, and Haystack. If the deal goes through the backers of Chain, will receive payments in XLM and will have the freedom of HODLing as well as selling them in the markets.

The Stellar Organization is known to be in possession of a majority of the over 104 Billion total supply of XLM coins. Only 18.6 Billion XLM are in circulation. The plan by the organization to distribute the rest of the coins is as follows.

  • 50% for distribution via the Direct Sign-up Program
  • 25% for distribution via the Partnership Program
  • 20% for distribution via the Bitcoin Program
  • 5% held by SDF (Stellar Development Foundation) to support operational costs

It is with the latter amount, that the purchase of Chain will most likely be made from. 5% of 104 Billion is 5.2 Billion. If the recipients of the coins decide to sell the coins in the crypto-markets at the same time, then the circulating supply is sure to go up leading to a price decline in XLM. This would be a major blow to any other XLM HODLers and investors. But this case is highly doubtful.

The other option is for the new owners to simply HODL as Stellar continues to seal more partnerships such as the existing ones with IBM and Kik. With more partnerships, comes additional attention to the coin and project that will add value to the digital asset.

According to other news reports, the basis of the acquisition is that Chain has very talented blockchain developers as well as engineers. The two firms both deal with finance and payments: therefore the acquisition is a plus for both organizations.

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How is the Crypto Market Changing?

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It has been around a month and a half since the start of 2019, and there are already some pretty obvious changes in the way the crypto market operates, especially when compared to the last year. Early 2018 was almost a complete opposite. The previous year started with cryptocurrencies at their strongest, only to see them crashing down after a few weeks. Back then, the ICO model was still quite strong, and so was the hype surrounding the crypto space. New investors kept entering the space, and new startups emerged with their tokens ready to be sold.

As the year progressed, things started to change. The prices continued to drop, the ICO model went down from around $1.4 billion in raised funds at the beginning of the year to only $100 million in the last month.

The ICO model lost investors’ trust, as many of the projects turned out to be either too weak to survive after the crypto winter struck, or scams which tricked investors out of their money and disappeared. Not to mention that the increase in ICOs popularity attracted the regulators who cracked down on them pretty hard, especially in the US.

With all of that happening, it is of a small surprise that the investors started giving up on ICOs, especially with the constant drops in prices which saw even the largest coins…

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Understanding the Uses of Different Types Of Cryptocurrencies

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Cryptocurrencies – a term which has become incredibly prominent in the mainstream media during recent years due to the proliferation of Bitcoin millionaires. As a result, the new form of currency has earned an almost infamous status. However, as with any major step forward, there is still much confusion regarding the use of cryptocurrencies, what different types of innovative electronic cash exist and what they might mean for the future.

We’re putting all of this to rest as we explain what each of the leading cryptocurrencies can do.

Bitcoin

The most popular form of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin was first thought up in 2008 by the elusive and still unknown creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, who published the whitepaper online.

It took almost a decade for the cryptocurrency to reach its peak, but in December 2017 a single Bitcoin roughly exchanged for the price of $17,000, meaning anyone who held a substantial amount of the electronic cash became significantly wealthy.

In its early years, the cryptocurrency was strictly used as an alternative for cash transactions, and predominantly for trading goods and services. However as it has increased in popularity, its range of uses has also widened, now deployed for a variety of purposes including acting as collateral for investments at merchant banks, a direct debit for subscriptions services and most notably for sports betting.

Ripple

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New DoJ Ruling May Cripple Gambling dApps

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A new decision made by the US Justice Department has expanded restrictions regarding online gambling in the US affecting gambling dApps. While the Federal Wire Act of 1961 prohibited online gambling regarding sports since 2011, the new decision expanded on this, and it now includes all forms of internet gambling. Unfortunately for many, this now also includes cryptocurrencies.

The new decision came due to considerable difficulties when it comes to guaranteeing that only interstate betting will take place and that payments will not be routed via different states.

The new announcement was explained in a 23-page-long opinion issued by the Department of Justice’s legal team, which pointed out that the 2011 decision misinterpreted the law. According to that decision, transferring funds was to be considered a violation, but data transfers were not included. By exploiting this oversight, it was possible for gamblers to turn to internet gambling. Unsurprisingly, many have realized this early on, including startups, as well as large, established firms. This, of course, also included cryptocurrency companies as well.

The new decision changes what is allowed online

The decision to include all forms of internet gambling is a massive hit in the…

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