The acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment is now becoming a regular phenomenon as a Japanese luxury car dealer is now accepting bitcoin as a means of payment.
The luxury car dealer who has showrooms in Tokyo has signed a partnership deal with BitFlyer, Japan’s largest cryptocurrency exchange to provide the technology to enable the dealer to accept bitcoin from customers.
Customers will need to download and use bitFlyer’s mobile wallet application – available in iOS and Android – to make purchase up to 100 million yen, or just under $1 million, using the world’s first and most prominent cryptocurrency.
BitFlyer says the settlement of the transaction will only take a “few seconds”. Three Tokyo stores in Setagaya, Nerima, and Aoyama have already begun accepting bitcoin with plans to expand the feature to all dealership stores in the future.
The Tokyo-based crypto exchange has already partnered domestic electronic retail giant Bic Camera to enable bitcoin payments following a successful trial last year. That trend is catching on, with one of Japan’s largest electronics retail chains Yamada Denki also enable bitcoin payments using bitFlyer’s point-of-sale (PoS) payments infrastructure.
bitFlyer, which sees all three of Japan’s ‘megabanks’ as investors, has also provided its proprietary blockchain ‘miyabi’ to test the viability of blockchain technology in domestic money transfers over a blockchain.
Block.one Offers Early Backers a 6567% ROI Buyout Option
Block.one, the Cayman Islands-registered firm which is behind the world’s largest ICO till date, $4 billion EOS software has recently sent out an email to early backers stating its intention to buy back some portion of its shares giving them a whopping 6567% ROI in less than 3 years according to a Bloomberg report.
In July of 2018, billionaire investor Peter Thiel invested into Block.one joining the like of Alan Howard and Louis Baycon who were early backers of the startup since 2017. These investors are faced with the mouthwatering option of either liquidating their shares of the company and cashing out huge gains or remaining with them.
Block.one in a March 19 e-mail to shareholders seeks to rein in external ownership of its equity by offering a $1,500 per share as compared to the $22 per share seed round. When asked about this move, a spokeswoman of the company merely said the company intends to use proceeds it generated from token sales to expand its resources while building its business strong clearly dodging the main question asked.
According to an email circulated to its investors, by February 2019, Block.one was valued at $3 billion as compared to $40 million during its seed round in 2017. And unaware to most of the public, it holds as much as $2.2 billion in U.S. government bonds as compared to the jurisdiction it is registered in the Cayman Islands.
Block.one had faced serious criticisms from industry stakeholders with many labeling it a shady enterprise that certainly didn’t need as much as $4 billion to launch a decentralized software. One of such critics is Richard Burton, San Francisco-based founder of Balance.io, a blockchain company that designs applications for open source financial products, he has once said
They designed a very clever mechanism to hoover up as much capital as possible,
He continued by saying,
Bitcoin was started on a shoestring and Ethereum raised just a few million dollars, which goes to show you don’t need anything like the money Block.one raised to launch and scale a successful network. It should be beholden on them to explain why they needed that much and what they are doing with it.
Brendan Blumer, the young CEO of Block.one however disagrees with such critics as he made his stance known in a Bloomberg interview in November of 2018, saying
too much transparency into everything that we are doing on an ongoing basis can actually take away a lot of the competitive advantage when we’re trying to put out new types of technology
clearly knocking off the argument of critics who demand squeaky clean transparency after raising so many funds.
When asked if they were willing to take up the buyback offer, Bacon and Howard declined to comment while Thiel ignored numerous messages sent to him privately, sources reported. On the other hand, early backer, Christian Angermayer made his stance known. He had this to say,
Block.one is one of the most promising and best-positioned companies in the blockchain industry, and its success story is just beginning,
Recall that Mike Novogratz had earlier liquidated his stakes in the firm and realizing as much as 123% in returns valued at up to $71.2 million in the transaction.
Although Block.one which holds up to 140,000 units of bitcoin as assets, cited extreme volatility as a major factor that impacted its valuation clearly halving its holdings valued at around $1 billion, which has since been recovered in the recent bitcoin really, it is looking promising and sure has the likes of Peter Thiel happy at any of the option it decides to pursue.
An Overview of SaBi Exchange
SaBi Exchange happens to be the most advanced centralized Cryptocurrency Exchange in Africa. Find out more in this review by cryptowisser.
There are currently over 15 cryptocurrency exchanges in Africa with about five centralized cryptocurrency exchanges in Nigeria. However, among these exchanges. SaBi Exchange happens to be the most advanced centralized Cryptocurrency Exchange. SaBi Exchange was launched 10 March 2019. It was founded by Lucky Uwakwe and Peter Huang. Lucky Uwakwe is a graduate of Nicosia University in Cyprus and has earned a Masters Degree in Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology. He is the current Ambassador of Dash Cryptocurrency to Africa, Founder of Cheetah Africa and a citizen of Nigeria.
SaBi Exchange is based in Abuja Nigeria.
The exchange is powered by Huobi Cloud and has the same security and liquidity features as Huobi. SaBi Exchange has partnered with Huobi to deliver outstanding crypto trading services to the region. According to the review from cryptowisser. It has not been able to verify the details of the Huobi partnership with SaBi Exchange and as such investors are advised to read this partnership details with caution. SaBi Exchange allows cryptocurrency deposits and fiat deposits on its platform with limitations.
US citizens aren’t allowed to deposit fiat currency into the platform while some listed countries are allowed to deposit fiat currency. The countries allowed to deposit fiat currency on SaBi includes China, South Korea , Canada, Russia, Britain, India, Australia, Switzerland, Brazil, Taiwan, NewZealand, Singapore, Vietnam, Nethaland, Hongkong, Nigeria, Indonesia, Philippine, Cambodia, Middle-east, Malaysia, Myanmar, Turkey. Fiat deposits through Wire Transfers and Card Deposits are allowed using Qiwi, Paytm, Paynow etc. However, Cryptocurrency deposits are allowed by users worldwide.
Trades And Fees
Aside from the normal trade features, SaBi offers four types of trades. They include OTC-trading, Margin, Exchange and Leveraged Trading. The OTC-trading feature of Huobi Exchange comes under the following currencies—USDT, BTC, ETH and EOS. SaBi Exchange offers 2x to 5x leverage. The leveraged trading features are available on 41 trading pairs out of the 240+ trading pairs available for regular exchange trade. It also offers 0.20% trading fees on both makers and takers which is slightly below the normal 0.25% fee charged by other exchanges worldwide. It charges a withdrawal fee of 0.0005 BTC. The withdrawal exchange fee charge is approximately 40% lower than the global exchange fee charge.
SaBi uses the Huobi security protocol “Huobi Cloud” to secure its platform against hack attempts. It equally shares the Huobi liquidity to ensure a liquid trading platform for its users. The exchange platform boosts of speed and faster transactions on trading of cryptocurrency on its platform. Fiat deposits are available through wire transfer and debit cards with a good security feature ensuring the safety of users account details in Nigeria. Fiat deposit can also come through Paynow, Paytm, Qiwi, IMPS, UPI or Interac e-transfer on the platform. SaBi has developers with over 6 years of experience working with Huobi and Huobi Cloud.
AFRICUNIA BANK To Launch The Fastest Financial Blockchain Technology– Creates New Paradigm In The Way Global Banking Operates
AFRICUNIA’s primary goal is to become the industry standard and a one-stop shop for setting up tokenized funds, regardless of whether these funds invest in the fiat or crypto universe.
London, United Kingdom – March 12, 2019 – The global banking industry has utilized existing methodologies for decades. Along comes Bitcoin and other crypto currencies based on Blockchain Technologies, and it was only a matter of time before an organization would step-up and disrupt the entire Global Banking Industry. This would affect not only typical banking, but also investing and commerce. Every sector of the Global Marketplace would be affected, including: Healthcare Providers, Insurance Companies, Manufacturing, eCommerce, Custom, Land Registry, Identity Management, Governments, and others.
A forward thinking group, led by Don Chancellor, Founder & President, has announced the formation of “AFRICUNIA BANK“, destined to forever change the global banking system. During a recent interview, Don Chancellor explains that “AFRICUNIA is introducing an innovative banking model that allows the use of digital currency without hurdles, risks and technical barriers linked with owning, transferring, and trading in crypto currencies and tokens. Open exclusively for investment, AFRICUNIA is a third generation closed-end fund that uses the AFRICUNIA Blockchain Technology to create a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency called AFCASH.”
He further says that ‘’AFRICUNIA Bank will be 100% fully Digital Crowdfunded Open Bank based on the Blockchain Technology 4.0 and that this Blockchain Digital Bank will be a new and unique Financial Institution that will offer not only traditional banking services related to opening of savings & current accounts, issuing of debit & credit cards, loans and forex exchange services but also will provide innovative banking services such as bank-to-bank transactions, interconnecting the world of traditional finance and cryptocurrency startups.‘’
AFRICUNIA Blockchain will be the very first Blockchain Technology that will be Afro-centric, aims to bank the unbanked and commits its revenue to humanitarian causes for the welfare of the less privileged ones in Africa and around the World. This new banking platform will lead the way for the Global Banking System to bridge the gap between fiat and cryptocurrencies. AFRICUNIA is a virtual bank that will be issuing AFCASH using AFRICUNIA Blockchain 4.0 Technologies. It is well positioned to become an industry standard for seamless funds tokenization and management by leveraging its own Blockchain Technology. AFRICUNIA is registered in the UK as AFRICUNIA LIMITED with offices in Austria, Malta, Switzerland, Ukraine, the Philippines and Nigeria to provide banking and financial services.
At the heart of AFRICUNIA’s mission is to bring about investment globalization, transparency and decentralization to the next level by leveraging Blockchain Technology. Here are their primary value propositions:
- Offering The Best of Both Fiat and The Cryptocurrency World:The majority of tokenized investment platforms are either fully crypto-oriented or are pegged to some tradable assets such as gold or fiat currency. AFRICUNIA intends to create a platform that allows users to gain from both.
- Promoting Sustainable Investment of Funds:All the tokenized funds will be reviewed and approved by their legal advisors to make sure they are fully compliant with the existing laws and regulations.
- Developing a Standardized Platform:AFRICUNIA believes that this is the right time to launch industry standards for setting up the tokenized investment platforms.
- Enhanced Transparency:The tokenization of interests in funds, or shares in profits, provides accountability and transparency to the investment process.
- Scalable Fund Development:By using the AFRICUNIA platform, any approved investment manager can setup and run a tokenized investment fund without going through the pain and effort of developing the necessary IT and legal infrastructure.
For complete information, please visit AFRICUNIA
Fructus Integrating Bancor Protocol to Provide Continuous Token Liquidity
By integrating the Bancor Protocol, Fructus token holders will gain access to continuous liquidity regardless of trade volume or exchange listings, through the Bancor Network, where any integrated token can be automatically converted to any other directly from the Bancor Wallet or any Web3 wallet, such as MetaMask
Fructus is aiming to change the business of fresh produce trade and delivery. Starting in the diverse agricultural landscape of Europe, we see an opportunity to scale and change the world
We believe we can solve global problems regarding fruit and vegetables. Big problems concerning products being GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organism) or 100% organic, expiration date fraud and food waste.
The way we solve these problems is by making the supply chain for fruit and vegetables transparent.
All transactions are processed and registered in the blockchain, giving all parties involved the ability to keep track of products and payments. Customers can see where products are coming from and what was used to help grow the crop. Suppliers can find customers connect without a grocery store in between, keeping products clean and fresh and reducing the food waste.
Together we can make a difference, so join the Fructus Community and support Fructus.
Visit Fructus to know more about the fruit-safety blockchain project.
Bancor is the world’s largest decentralized liquidity network. Bancor functions similar to a decentralized exchange, with a key difference: orders are processed against automated smart contracts on the blockchain, instead of matching two parties in a trade. Any project can easily integrate their token by creating a Relay on the Bancor Network to automate fair and efficient token conversions for users, directly from their wallets. Tokens on Bancor are instantly convertible for one another, with 8000+ trading pairs across ETH, EOS, DAI, BNB & more.
Bancor technologies impact organizations and people across the globe, from blockchain teams to token holders to real-world communities in Africa, Asia and beyond. Visit the Bancor Web to convert tokens instantly, list your token on the Bancor Network or join the Bancor Telegram group for more information.
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