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TokenPay Buys Stake In German Bank, Organizes Amsterdam Meetup With Verge (XVG)

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The writing seems to be on the wall in terms of figuring out if the much-anticipated partnership between top privacy coin, Verge (XVG) and the payment platform known as TokenPay, will happen. With regards to the latter, details have emerged of TokenPay having acquired a stake at German bank WEG Bank AG. In the announcement on the TokenPay medium page, the following was said:

Today we are announcing that we have officially closed a deal with WEG Bank AG, located in Germany. WEG Bank has also made an announcement of the partnership on its website. Share certificates representing 9.9% of the equity interest in WEG Bank AG have been transferred to TokenPay Swiss AG, along with options to acquire an additional 80.1% of the bank upon customary regulatory approval. The proceeds of this transaction were derived from our December 2017 token sale. As outlined in our Whitepaper roadmap we have completed this partnership during Q2 2018, in line with our November 2017 projections.

This announcement adds to the already budding profile of TokenPay which is a project for a decentralized and self-verifying payment platform. With this announcement, TokenPay and WEG Bank AG will have an opportunity to offer FineTech solutions to its customers. TokenPay also has opened the door for talks with an undisclosed bank in Lichtenstein that also sees the future in terms of offering FineTech solutions to its customers and embracing blockchain technology.

The above news adds to the speculation that TokenPay and Verge are on the cusp of shaking hands and sealing a deal in terms of a solid partnership. With a Meetup co-hosted by the two organization scheduled on June 9th and in Amsterdam, the possibility of a partnership can be seen through a recent tweet by @vergecurrency of a T-Shirt with both their logos fused into one.

Verge/TokenPay T-Shirt

If the Verge/TokenPay partnership does materialize, it opens the doors for numerous opportunities for the two to collaborate beyond the highly anticipated debit card option. The debit card will allow XVG owners to purchase goods and services like they would with a regular bank backed debit card.

Other Banking FineTech solutions that might materialize through the partnership, are a Banking App on the blockchain that performs the same functions as the above-stated debit card: scan a QR code and input a password to complete the sale. Another FineTech solution would be a one-stop checkout for all your XVG supported subscriptions e.g Pornhub and TrafficJunky.

Looking at the crypto-market, XVG is still trading below 80 cents and at $0.0747 at the moment of writing this. With the halving of the block reward for miners, less XVG will be minted into the market hence reducing the incoming supply. As a result, XVG has a chance at increasing in value as seen in Litecoin which also halved back in 2014.

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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

Bitcoin’s closest source of competition, Ripple was founded…

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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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