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Winklevoss Twins Say Wall Street Has Ignored Bitcoin

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Winklevoss Twins Say Wall Street Has Ignored Bitcoin

Winklevoss Twins Say Wall Street Has Ignored Bitcoin

For the most part, Wall Street has been slow to accept bitcoin as a valid investment tool. This, in many ways, has helped retail players get ahead in the field of cryptocurrency, according to the Winklevoss Twins of “The Social Network” fame.

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, known primarily as the allegedly real creators of Facebook, have been two of the biggest bitcoin and crypto advocates the world has ever seen. The pair founded the Gemini Exchange in New York and were one of the first teams to acquire the infamous BitLicense, which is required if a crypto or blockchain company wants to operate or offer its services in the city that doesn’t sleep. 

Now, both men have expressed interest in joining the board of Facebook’s Libra, a new digital currency that’s set for global standards. Libra was first announced earlier this year and has been met with mixed reactions. The currency’s creators – including David Marcus, formerly of PayPal – have been subjected to harsh scrutiny from U.S. regulators and lawmakers, who seek to understand what Libra is planning to do with the customer information it will gather. 

Facebook was in major trouble in April of 2018 when its partnership with Cambridge Analytica was revealed. The social media platform had been selling customers’ private data to third parties for advertising purposes. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the company, was grilled by Senate members in what ultimately amounted to a fine of a few billion dollars initiated just a month ago. Some believe that Facebook got away with a simple slap on the wrist, but Libra’s development has since been put on hold. While it’s unclear if Libra will ever get back on track, the currency is now in a period of stagnation, which is likely to last until the U.S. Congress gets all the answers it’s looking for. 

In the meantime, the Winklevoss Twins are commenting that retail players have made the 2019 bitcoin price what it is. While the currency ultimately collapsed at the end of 2018, bitcoin began jumping up again in April of this year after several new tech companies potentially began showing interest in crypto. In an interview, Tyler and Cameron explain: Unlike the internet, which you couldn’t buy a piece of, you can actually buy a piece of this new internet money. It’s still a retail-drive market from day one, and a lot of people have done well. Wall Street has been asleep at the wheel.

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Jp Morgan Favors Gold Over Bitcoin?

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Jp Morgan Favors Gold Over Bitcoin?
Jp Morgan Favors Gold Over Bitcoin?

The United States’ largest bank faced fresh ridicule from Bitcoin (BTC) circles this week after prosecutors said traders had conducted more market fraud.

According to investigators, the employees willfully engaged in price-fixing of precious metals on thousands of occasions. Both market participants and JPMorgan’s clients suffered losses as a result, they claim. “Based on the fact that it was conducting that was widespread on the desk, it was engaged in thousands of episodes over eight years… We’re going to follow the facts wherever they lead, whether it’s across desks here or at any other bank or upwards into the financial institution,” Bloomberg quoted Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski as saying.  

JPMorgan is well known as being one of the more vocal skeptics of cryptocurrencies. CEO Jamie Dimon became notorious for his soundbites, which began in 2017 when he labeled Bitcoin a fraud in itself. 

Recently, the bank released its own digital currency offering, JPM Coin, which gained similar criticism over its technical characteristics. The irony of the precious metals scandal was thus not lost of crypto commentators.  

“They were charged with wire fraud, bank fraud, and market manipulation. But I was told by the CEO that Bitcoin is the fraud,” 

Twitter analyst known as Rhythm summarized. JPMorgan is not the only bank to issue warnings over cryptocurrency’s alleged fraudulent nature while being embroiled in legal turmoil.  

In 2018, Dutch institution Rabobank claimed Bitcoin contained money laundering compliance hazards. Subsequently, authorities fined it $369 million for money laundering.

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Bitcoin’s Attempt Into The Fast Food Industry

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Bitcoin’s Attempt Into The Fast Food Industry

The German branch of Burger King has begun accepting Bitcoin (BTC) on its website and mobile app. But has the initiative increased consumer demand for the company’s fast food, and is it possible to buy the popular Whopper burger with Bitcoin? What difficulties has the restaurant faced in its three years of cryptocurrency experience?

Burger King was one of the first international fast-food chains to accept Bitcoin as a means of payment. For the first time, visitors were reportedly able to buy burgers with crypto back in 2016 when the Netherlands branch of Burger King started accepting Bitcoin, with the first restaurant offering burgers to crypto holders located in Bitcoin-friendly Arnhem. 

The announcement was made by the first Bitcoin embassy on Feb. 18, 2016. The Burger King Arnhem branch also announced that any customer who pays in Bitcoin will get a second Whopper for free and that the restaurant will host special meetups for those interested in digital currencies.  

However, on May 31, the Arnhem Bitcoinstad representatives announced that local Burger King restaurants have stopped accepting Bitcoin and the digital currency payment initiative was just a temporary promotional campaign:

“Unfortunately, Burger King no longer accepts bitcoins after 31 May. So you only have a chance this month to take advantage of their offer! If you pay Whopper with bitcoins, you will receive a second Whopper for free!”

Since that time, crypto burgers have reached Russia. Burger King Russia announced a new payment method and even released a WhopperCoin loyalty bonus. But has anyone heard anything about Bitcoin and Burger King since then? Hardly.  On Aug. 25, 2017, 1 billion WhopperCoins (WHO) were issued using the Waves blockchain. 

The new cryptocurrency was intended for buying Whoppers or other burgers and sides. In particular, the company promised a free flagship Whopper to any customer who accumulates 1,700 coins. At the same time, Burger King Russia actively promoted its cryptocurrency, and the translated statement claims that “eating Whoppers today makes for a financially prosperous tomorrow.” One can find out whether WHO holders have gained financial success by looking at the trading charts on the YoBit exchange. 

To date, YoBit is the only exchange on which WHO is listed, although WHO-BTC trading volumes stand at zero. It’s not so easy to find a Russian Burger King restaurant where Bitcoin payments are accepted, nor is it possible to make an online order using crypto. This may be caused by the active interference of Russian authorities in the local franchise’s activities. Specifically, the Moscow prosecutor’s office repeatedly summoned representatives of Burger King Russia to explain the operation of WhopperCoins and confirm that the company hadn’t issued its tokens for general use, reminding them about the illegal nature of cryptocurrency operations in Russia.

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Cubans Are Choosing Bitcoin for Getting Access to the Global Economy

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Bitcoin trading is becoming a new trend among the Cuban population. The country has been isolated financially for years under a US trade ban, but now, BTC seems to be transforming things for communist-run Cuba.

A new report published on Sept. 12 by US News says, as mobile internet is now available in Cuba, the Cuban population is using cryptocurrencies more and more for making purchases online. They have also started trading and investing in Bitcoin.

With no access to debit/credit cards that could be used internationally, crypto-enabled purchases have become popular among consumers. Jason Sanchez, a local citizen, was interviewed by US News, and he said crypto was “opening new avenues” for the country’s population. He further said that he could now buy spare parts for his mobile phone repair shop from online Chinese retailers thanks to Bitcoin.

Alex Sobrino, the founder of CubaCripto, estimated somewhere around 1,000 Cubans were relying on crypto for their online purchases.

“We are using cryptocurrencies to top up our cellphones, to make purchases online,” he said. “And there are even people reserving hotel rooms.”

As credit cards are not so common, local cryptocurrency users usually have to ask their relatives abroad to get access to the crypto markets, or they must rely on social channels like CubaCripto.

Another option is the exchanges where cash is exchanged for BTC in person using a laptop or mobile device for performing the transaction, the report says.

Almost 1,300 users are now using Fusyona, the country’s first crypto exchange. People abroad can send remittances to Cuba through this platform or can invest in 9 different crypto coins through a bigger exchange where a service fee of around 10% is charged. Adrian C. Leon, the founder of Fusyona exchange, told US News: “For foreigners, cryptocurrencies is just another options. But for Cubans, it is a necessity and can be a solution to their exclusion from the global financial community.”

According to Sobrino, still, there’s fear and uncertainty over how the Cuban government would respond to this budding crypto trend. Fusyona is currently in talks with the central bank officials for investigating if they could be formally approved.

“We worry the government will restrict us, prohibit things, start to say this is illicit enrichment,” he said.

According to reports, the central bank revealed earlier in the week that they were looking into benefits and risks associated with digital currencies.

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