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Tron’s Justin Sun Finally Acquires BitTorrent after Long Battle

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After a series of legal battles, BitTorrent has finally been sold to Tron CEO Justin Sun. First reported on TorrentFreak on May 25th, the news entailed details of how Justin Sun had pursued the company with talks that dated as far as September of last year.

After the talks, Justin Sun and BitTorrent agreed and signed on a letter of intent to acquire BitTorrent in January of 2018. However, BitTorrent initiated conversations and meetings with other bidders, holding back the deal for a brief moment while Sun moved to court to sue BitTorrent with a temporary restraining order.

Eventually, however, Sun dismissed the lawsuit and went on to register Rainberry Acquisition. Considering BitTorrent had already renamed their business to Rainberry Inc early last year, various news reports pointed to the now obvious conclusion that Justin Sun’s move was in line with acquiring BitTorrent.

In addition, Variety also recently reported that Rainberry Acquisition (Justin Sun’s company) had merged with BitTorrent’s Rainberry Inc officially after California Secretary of State suggested they both file a merger.

Keeping everything quiet

At the moment, there is no representative from either of the entities who have issued out a comment or an announcement about the merger. In fact, even though the BitTorrent management has informed its staff about the deal, Variety reports that staffers “have been advised not to talk to the press”.

Furthermore, some of BitTorrent’s shareholders have also been contacted and informed about the deal through the transfer agents working on the deal.

In regards to this deal, Sun has also been somewhat reserved considering his usual social media presence. From the look of it, however, Tron’s goal of decentralizing the internet falls in line with the underlying technology that BitTorrent is built upon. In fact, there are 8 unique references in Tron’s whitepaper that point back to BitTorrent.

Valuation of the deal and Saving BitTorrent

Although the valuation of the deal has not been determined at the moment, it’s pretty clear that Sun can afford to acquire BitTorrent considering the company has been struggling and that the Tron Foundation is worth over $1 billion in TRX holdings.

On the other hand, BitTorrent will be breathing a sigh of relief after a tumultuous corporate history of bad deals. Ten years ago BitTorrent managed to raise money to build a P2P based entertainment business. Those plans failed, leading the company to focus on growing an advertising and bundle software business. Although this move proved successful enabling the company to have over 150 million active users at the time, 2016 saw two outside investors come in as co-CEOs eventually faltering the company’s growth. This led BitTorrent to shut down its live streaming business just last year while the company’s founder Bram Cohen went on to become the CEO of Chia.

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

Another huge risk is having to deal with…

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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