The Gabrotech company is developing a platform that will allow making different loyalty rewards a digital asset. Available either for conversion into cryptocurrencies or fiat currencies, or for exchanging with other reward points. The release of the platform is planned for December. For further improvement, the company is running an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) until Sept. 1, with a bonus of up to 20 percent.
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Messaging service Kik unveiled their own cryptocurrency last year, partially as a way to set it apart from the competition. A growing number of companies are now trying out Kik’s ‘Kin’ virtual currency and associated application for their own usage.
The company’s Kin token is designed to help users get rewards for finishing activities like surveys and quizzes and for watching interactive videos. Kik has teamed up with Blackhawk Network to also let users trade in rewards for gift cards from places like Dominos, Nike, and Sephora.
Growing support from Wall Street is encouraging Bitcoin bulls. As a result, big money from financial institutions could soon enter the crypto market.
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Bitcoinist reported yesterday that Goldman Sachs is moving to solve Bitcoin’ main obstacle for institutional investors: custody. This comes hot on the heels of other companies like the operator of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Starbucks looking to get into cryptocurrency with a new digital assets trading platform, dubbed Bakkt.
But this week could provide some more bullish news for Bitcoin price 00 as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) might finally approve a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) this Friday.
Anyone getting involved with leveraged trading must assume upon themselves the risks associated with the potentially highly rewarding practice. A recent event should remind traders that, sometimes, even when the trade goes your way, you can still take a hit. Okex socialized one trader’s massive loss on BTC futures with a clawback.
Okex, the Chinese-run cryptocurrency exchange based in Hong Kong, has announced on Friday that “an enormous long position” in BTC0928 futures contract was force-liquidated on July 31, 2018. And due to the sheer size of the order, worth over $ 400 million, the uncovered loss (about $ 9 million) will need to be socialized with a clawback.
Google is the latest tech giant to offer blockchain technology to its customers. The company announced that it would be introducing open-source integrations for applications built with both Ethereum and Hyperledger later this year through its Google Cloud Product marketplace.
Speaking with Bitcoin Magazine, executive director of Hyperledger Brian Behlendorf explains, “This decision follows a similar path taken by Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and cloud-hosting services offered by Oracle, Huawei and IBM to offer ready-made templates for their ‘blockchain as a service’ offerings. There is growing interest in blockchain enterprise development options. This is one of the kinds of services offered by more than 60 companies participating in the Hyperledger Vendor Directory.”
About four days ago news.Bitcoin.com reported on a dispute concerning the removal of the owner of Bitcoin.org, an anonymous figure known as ‘Cobra.’ At the time a Github contributor opened an issue on the website’s repository, saying that Cobra had become untrustworthy for showing support towards the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network. Then the CEO of Blockstream and a large swarm of Bitcoin Core supporters insisted the domain should be handed over to someone else. Since then the maintainers of the BTC repository also removed all of the associated links to Bitcoin.org from the Core client’s website.
Google just nixed any app that mines cryptocurrencies from its Play Store.
With a recent update to the store’s policies, the tech monolith rewrote its stance on cryptocurrency apps.
We don’t allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices. We permit apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency.
As the latter half of the policy indicates, other mining applications, such as those that facilitate cloud and other forms of remote mining, will not be removed.
In the Google’s latest move against virtual currencies, cryptocurrency mining apps have been banned from the Google Play Store. Despite the ban, Google has indicated that it will continue to permit mining apps that mine for cryptocurrency from outside of a device, such as cloud-based mining.
Non-Cloud-Based Cryptocurrency Mining Apps Banned from Play Store
Google has updated the developer policies for its Play Store to prohibit several categories of apps, targeting cryptocurrency mining applications and alongside many others.
“We have nothing to hide,” says Tory Reiss, VP of corporate development at TrustToken. Like the market’s most popular stablecoin, Tether, TrustToken’s TrueUSD is fiat-collateralized. Under this model, each token (in theory) should be backed 1:1 with a corresponding dollar in a related bank account.
This model may not play out in practice as it does in theory, however. In a recent interview with Bitcoin Magazine, Reiss’s comment summarizes the bulk of his answer to our first question: How is TrueUSD different from Tether?