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Bitcoin Theft: Winklevoss Brothers Sue Charlie Shrem for 5,000 Bitcoins

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The Winklevoss brothers Cameron and Tyler has sued Charlie Shrem for allegedly stealing 5,000 Bitcoin from them. Charlie Shrem who is also referred to as bitcoin’s ‘first fellon’ had been arrested in 2015 for using his investment knowledge to make it possible for consumers to buy drugs online. Charlie who was the former chief executive for BitInstant at that time claimed that he had little funds at his disposal when he went to prison.

However, Charlie now has a house worth $2 million in value, two Maserati’s, two powerboats, and multiple real estate properties. The
Winklevoss twins however feel Charlie has been holding out on them considering his sudden fortune. The brothers claim that Charlie had been a part of the Winklevoss twins’ investments in Bitcoin in 2012 and owes them $32 million according to the current price of Bitcoin. The lawsuit against Charlie Shrem states, “Either Shrem has been incredibly lucky and successful since leaving prison, or — more likely — he ‘acquired’ his six properties, two Maserati’s, two powerboats and other holdings with the appreciated value of the 5,000 Bitcoin he stole”.

The Winklevoss twins claimed Charlie’s newly acquired wealth lead to the investigation. Cameron Winklevoss revealed, “When he purchased $4 million in real estate, two Maserati’s, and two power boats, we decided it was time to get to the bottom of it.” The twins had supplied $750,000 to Charlie Shrem to help them in their Bitcoin investment. Few months later, they discovered they were missing funds. In September 2012, they contributed $250,000 and  only received back $189,000 worth of Bitcoin at the price of that time. The missing bitcoins caused a lot of problems between both parties and the twins had to document the bitcoin purchase by hiring an accountant to document the missing funds. During the course of investigation, the Winklevoss’ learned that the Bitcoins had been transferred to Xapo and Coinbase using digital wallet address.

Some of Charlie Shrem’s assets were frozen by Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the Southern District of New York during the earliest stages of the trial. Charlie also has some other big issues to face as the affidavit also claims that he has not fulfilled the $950,000 restitution that he was assigned to pay in the case that ultimately sent him to prison. Charlie on the other has not found things easy in the crypto space. He had launched an ICO and a crypto card product that failed. He however claims, “My personal life goes through bull and bear markets, too. So, the key is how to deal with it when you’re in the bear markets.”

 

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Bitcoin Donations Pouring In for Russia’s Main Opposition Alexei Navalny

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Russia’s main opposition Alexei Navalny is once again on the spotlight having received up to 591 bitcoins valued at about $3 million at current market prices through his official donation address for his organization.

Alexei Navalny who faces so many backlashes from the Putin government in Russia and also political victimization and arrests even up to being banned from participating as a candidate in the last presidential elections in Russia against Vladimir Putin was recently reported by a pro-Putin television network to have most corruption investigative activities tied to huge donations pouring in alleging it to be involved in paid political hits.

Navalny runs an investigative center, the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), a whistleblower organization that regularly publishes alleged corrupt activities of government officials, not sparing high ranking officials such as the prime minister Dimitri Medvedev and  even the attorney general, Yuri Chaika

An anonymous Telegram channel on Monday known as “FBK Staffer’s Confession,” alleged the correlation between several huge donations to the Navalny organization’s wallet a few days before FBK published one of such investigation, alleging FBK is involved in paid political hits. This accusation was aired in major mainstream Russian media most of which are pro-Putin.

FBK through its chief of staff vehemently denied this allegation when contacted by Znak, a Russian news publication agency. Leonid Volkov FBK’s chief of staff  denied any connection between the transactions and its investigations, in his rebuttal he said the anonymous blogger “dragged the non-existent facts together in by the head and shoulders.”

Volkov continued:
“You can say that each time Encke’s Comet approaches the Earth it coincides with a big war: 1914 (First World War), 1941 (World War II) and 2014 (War on Eastern Ukraine). But its rotation period is three years, and it approached the Earth many times when there were no big wars.”

Navalny’s bitcoin wallet address conspicuously appearing on its official website have seen as much as 2000 transactions including donations and withdrawals since 2016 after receiving its very first donation. This is noticed as every transaction on the bitcoin address is open and transparent for everyone to see due to its decentralized ledger technology.

Navalny is not only the dissenting voice or movement in the Russian political space that has been involved in bitcoin donations, there are many others including Zona.Media and The Insider, as well as internet freedom movement Roskomsvoboda accept donations in bitcoin or ether but FBK appears to be the most prominent.

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Bitcoin Payments on Amazon Now Possible via Moon

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Do you know that bitcoin can now be used as payment on Amazon? This is made possible by the innovation of Moon using the Lightning Network.

As announced by Moon earlier this week, the crypto payment processor initiative will enable users with a lightening wallet to utilize Moon’s latest browser extension to pay for products on e-commerce sites such as Amazon by connecting the browser extension to the Coinbase exchange account.

According to Ken Kruger – Moon CEO

The extension will pop up a QR code and it will have the lightning invoice, which you could also copy and paste if you can’t use the QR code for some reason. And you’ll be able to pay with your favourite lightning wallet.

It is not clear if Amazon fully backed the initiative. However, it has been tested to be fully operational using the specified Coinbase exchange. A further inquiry into the simple working process of the conversion of the bitcoin cryptocurrency to fiat (which is the generally accepted payment) for Amazon merchants has proven to be more private than expected- as no financial institution has accepted to be in charge of this.

However, Kruger stated that by 2020, the Lightning-enabled feature is expected to work on an e-commerce site. Whether that platform accepts Bitcoin directly or not, does not matter. Currently, users spend their crypto from their wallet on Amazon, via the plugin.

This good news is sure to launch on Wednesday 24th April 2019, and it will be on a Chrome web browser.
Speaking about Integration, Kruger said that VISA and Mastercard partnered to make integration work, and so they are going to earn a percentage equivalent to plastic cards on every transaction on the network.

In his words;

There’s no direct merchant integration. However, we’re integrating with the Visa and Mastercard network and we get a cut of the interchange fees that merchants pay every time they receive a credit card transaction.

While many argue that its a step in the right direction for Bitcoin and blockchain Adoption, others are still on the sidelines to see how it pans out in the long run.

About Moon Company

Moon is a crypto payment processing company set up in New York last year. Its staff includes only three people with just $100,000 invested by the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator. she is planning to run a Series A in 2019 together with learning users’ behavior for building its activity’

Moon browser is currently available on Chrome Browser, Brave browser, and Opera.
It is not out of place to say that the company is set to initiate support for other major retail stores like eBay, Dominos, Aliexpress Target And Etsy.

Adoption is on a steady rise in Asia in the transportation sector, in Europe in areas of remittances and insurance while in Africa, we still ask questions like “can you receive your payments in Cryptocurrency?” However, Could these moves from Moon and others be responsible for the recent bitcoin price rise?

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94% of Endowment Funds are Allocating to Crypto Investments

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94% of Surveyed Endowment Funds are Allocating to Crypto Investments

Endowment Funds– which go to non-profit organizations are of recent being redirected and allocated to crypto-related investments. This trend began in early 2018 and this fact-finding was conducted in the last quarter of that same year. According to The Trade Crypto, the continuous support and release of funding without minding the concerns for regulation, liquidity, and volatility.

The majority of these Endowments are based in the United States and Canada while the others are scattered across the United Kingdom.

The summary of the research showed that despite the current shortcomings in the industry, endowments remain firm in their resolution to provide funding for them. This is a show of belief in the industry and it will, in turn, spur regulatory bodies to rise up to the occasion of securing the people’s asset which is long overdue.

In contrast, only a minor 7% of respondents were skeptical and predicted a reduction in funding it the coming years.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Watkins who happens to be the managing editor at Global Custodian and The Trade had this to say about the survey:

“All the talk over the past 18 months has been around when institutional investors will begin participating in cryptocurrency investments, but it turns out they had already arrived, in the form of endowment funds”

More insights got from the survey clearly show that 54% of the respondents are directly investing in crypto assets, and 46% are investing in various kinds of funds. But most definitely, the important characteristics the endowments would be looking out of are that they comply with robust regulation, have sufficient capital flow and liquidity and finally account security.

The Trade suggests cautious optimism is an apt overall summary of endowment sentiment in regard to the nascent asset class, citing one respondent’s belief that crypto “is the future of investing,” and others’ characterizations of the process as “a very wild ride” and “hair-raising.”

In February, it was reported that part of the $12 billion endowments set aside was invested in a Cryptofund managed by the United States venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.

Later that same year 2018, information about crypto fund investments from the big wigs in the university endowment category showed that Havard and Yale- with Harvard making provision for over $39.2 billion endowments for the fiscal year. Among other universities with crypto investments are Stanford University, Dartmouth College, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of North Carolina.

As reported this month, Harvard’s endowment is set to become a direct investor in a planned $50 million token sale from decentralized computing network Blockstack. If approved, the sale would be the industry’s first Securities and Exchanges Commission-qualified offering.

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Russian National Poll Report: only 2% have invested in Bitcoin

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Sunday; the 17th of March had blown up records of the highest 20 cryptocurrencies reporting to have slight good points and losses at the day.

According to the recent report from Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTsIOM), Bitcoin has not gained popularity in the country, with two-thirds of Russians considering a purchase of the cryptocurrency as a bad investment. VTsIOM  is the oldest polling institution in post-Soviet Russia.

As contained in the report, the word “bitcoin” is familiar to 74% of Russians, of whom only 2% acquired digital currency. 47% think that bitcoins can only be bought, but not produced by yourself, 43% – that for them you cannot buy real goods and services with bitcoin.

The report went further to say that more than half of Russians (56%) say they know about bitcoins (however, only 9% are in detail), another 18% have heard only the term itself. The level of awareness among the youngest age groups (67% among 18-24-year-olds), people with a higher education (71%), residents of Moscow and St. Petersburg (75%), men (66%), active Internet users (69%).

At the same time, the actual knowledge about this cryptocurrency is rather weak. So, among those who know/have heard about bitcoins, 37% are sure that anyone can buy them , and 12%, for example, believe that they are banned in Russia. The degree of protection of bitcoins, compared with conventional money, is estimated ambiguously: 28% believe that it is harder to steal digital currency, 29% – easier.

In general, it can be said that bitcoins have not yet gained popularity among our fellow citizens: two thirds of Russians who heard about them (65%) consider investing money in bitcoins as a disadvantageous investment, only 2% bought bitcoins.

It is pertinent to note according to a news outlet that in early 2018, VCIOM posted the results of another survey about cryptos. That survey also indicated that the level of knowledge about cryptocurrencies in Russia is rather low, as even those that claim to be familiar with Bitcoin often fail to state with certainty whether the Bitcoin can be legally bought in Russia. In fact, 16% of those claiming to have knowledge about cryptocurrencies said that Bitcoin is prohibited in Russia.

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