The 77th Secretary of the US Treasury had in a Press Conference held in the White House made known government position on the Facebook attempt into cryptocurrency. In the Conference, the Secretary expressed the concerns over Facebook Libra and Calibra saying it could be used for money laundering or financing of terrorism.
Facebook has since last year 2018 been preparing for its move into cryptocurrency by hiring engineers, a move after it had place a ban on crypto ads a year before. In June 2019, the social media giant released its white paper outline its goal to build a new financial system using the blockchain with massive corporations ranging acting as validators.
The attempt to create its “globalcoin” attracted backlash from the crypto community and as well as countries of the world which say the move as a threat to their local currency. Chiefly amongst the latest move by a foreign nation is the India’s decision to have nothing to do with Libra within its sovereign borders.
Facebook upon releasing the Libra white paper received a correspondence from the US Congress signed by Maxine Waters amongst others asking it to halt Libra or risk the emergence of a new Swiss financial system that is too big to fail. Congress requested Facebook to appear before it. The date is set for July 16, however, and top US officials are expressing their position on the Libra and its fate appears hanging.
The 45th Leader of the free world has few days ago said the Facebook Libra will have “little standing”. A comment which US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin credited as the President’s personal opinion and not that of the State. However, in the Press Conference today, the Secretary said the Treasury has very serious concerns Libra could be used for money laundering or financing terrorism.
“……..the overall goal is to maintain the integrity of the financial system and protect it from abuse.” – Steve Mnuchin
And as cryptocurrencies has been exploited by many players to facilitate illegal activities such as cybercrime, tax evasion, illicit drugs, human trafficking, While the US government welcomes innovations that may improve the efficiency of the financial system and expand access to financial services, Libra poses a threat to the financial stability and integrity of the US financial system.
Facebook is currently trading as at press time at $203 showing a closing loss of 0.47% after opening at $204 and reaching a height of $205.53 today.
Gaius Chibueze A.K.A Bitcoin Chief Ranked Amongst Top 2019 Crypto Traders on Binance
Nigerian National and celebrity bitcoin advocate Gaius Chibueze popularly known Bitcoin Chief was ranked amongst the top cryptocurrency traders in 2019 according to Binance traders rankings.
The rank which was posted by the vocal Bitcoin advocate and founder of AbitNetwork on instagram showed he ranked above 97.00% of other traders on Binance.
According to the same screenshot shared via his Instagram handle, the total volume of trades entered all through the year was 100% Spot Trade.
This meant Gaius Chibueze didn’t utilize the futures or margin trading platforms owned by the leading cryptocurrency exchange.
Another screenshot also shared by Mr. Gaius Chibueze also puts him at a total completed trade of 894 of which he only accessed his account 35 times all through the year 2019.
As one of the earliest Bitcoin investor in Africa, Bitcoin Chief as he is popularly known by many has over the years exploited his skills in training and exposing people all over the world, helping them to be self sufficient in the world of crypto trading. He continues to groom people while being vocal against fraudulent schemes which portray a false representation of what crypto is about.
The rise of Tatcoin
The founder of ABiTnetwork, Gaius Chibueze, author of several books and tutor to thousands of people all over the globe in late 2019, through his company ABiT Network launched the ERC-20 Token, TATCOIN. TATCOIN is a utility token which is poised to be the next big thing.
Speaking on the reason for TATCOIN, CEO ABiTnetwork Mr. Gaius Chibueze said “at ABiTnetwork, we are always looking for smart solutions to prevailing issues in the economy,” In recognition of these issues in Africa, ABiTnetwork has leveraged on blockchain technology to provide solutions amongst which is the new cryptocurrency called the TATCOIN.”
Tatcoin will be utilized as the official transactional currency of the ABiT Network ecosystem. It will also be traded on cryptocurrency exchanges.
The token will serve to simplify payment processes for goods and services on the ABiT Network. It will be available to all users of the ABiT suite of products. Though it’s understandable that its utility may extend even beyond the ABIT suites of products.
Users using the token for payments on ABiT will also be entitled to discounts on purchases.
Token Sale for Tatcoin is currently ongoing ABiTnetwork. Accepted cryptocurrency for purchase of Tatcoin are Bitcoin, Ethereum, Binance Coin (BNB) and EOS.
Over 4000 Complaints filed against Dunamiscoin, Directors to Appear before Court on Jan. 22
Over 4000 complaints has been filed against the organization since the collapse of the money making scheme last December according to a report by the State Prosecutor. Directors of Dunamiscoins Resources limited is to appear before the court on the 22nd of January.
According to local media, the Observer, The Directors of the organization Mary Nabunya and Samson Lwanga were charged with 65 counts for obtaining money under false pretenses on appearance before the Court on Monday the 6th, January, 2020.
The Directors were accused of operating a fraudulent scheme which resulted in the loss of investment of hundreds of persons. The 65 counts related to obtaining money by false pretense and conspiracy to commit felony was read to the accused by Senior Grade One Magistrate Roselyn Nsenge
Based on report from Observer, the Prosecutor told the court that between the period of February 14th and December 3, 2019 at the New Taxi Park in Kampala district, the two accused directors conspired to commit felony by obtaining money under false pretenses, an act that is against the Penal Code Act.
The accused obtained fraudulently over $2.5million from unsuspecting victims with the promise to provide return on investment of 30% at in 21days.
The suspects have pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them they are to be remanded in Luzira prison till the next court day, 22nd January, 2020.
The suspects were arrested and have been in custody since the 10th of December after the collapse of the platform. Prior to the collapse of the money making sham, the organization grew in size such that it was able to set up shops in several places including Kampala, Masaka and Mbale.
Haruna Asiimwe, the lead complainant in an interview said victims were duped by the organization’s officials into investing money with the promise of earning a 30% interest in three weeks. According to him, it came as a surprise when the company ended its operations on the 3rd of December.
However, the firm according to a statement from Uganda Police in 2019 revealed through its Directors that they are willing to refund the money but their major accounts in Centenary bank, Stanbic bank and GTBank are frozen by the authorities.
Nile University has partnered with Cryptography Development Initiative in Nigeria (CDIN)
Abuja based tertiary institution, Nile University has partnered with the Cryptography Development Initiative in Nigeria (CDIN) to help equip students of the University with the necessary tools needed in the current digital age.
The MoU which was signed on the 15th of October, 2019 with the attendance of the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor. Dr. Osman Nuri Aras and Mr. Adeolu Fadele, the President of CDIN.
Also present were other officials of the institution such as the Deputy Vice Chancellors Professor Steve Adeshina and Professor Nurettin Can. Others from other facilities were also present.
The partnership according to the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Nuri Aras believed will help prepare the students of the University to face the digital world with the necessary tools.
Deputy Vice Chancellor – Admin, Professor Nurettin Can contributing said “the partnership with CDIN will provide the University’s students a wonderful opportunity to supplement their theoretical knowledge with valuable practical experience.”
President of CDIN Mr. Fadele Adeolu speaking on the partnership said Nile University has shown foresight in partnering with CDIN as not very many academic institutions appreciate the value of skills offered by the initiative.
“The Cryptography Development Initiative in Nigeria is a non-governmental organization and a platform for bringing stakeholders in Nigeria to work on a common interest of addressing gaps in cryptography.
According to its website CDIN envision Nigeria among nations of the world leading advancements in cryptographic innovations and breakthroughs.
It’s mission is to create a platform for encouraging the learning and practice of cryptography in Nigeria and collaboration among relevant stakeholders.
Tokyo-based Cryptocurrency Exchange Adds 5 New Altcoins to Its Europe and US Platforms
Bitflyer, a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange based in Tokyo made this announcement very recently. It recently announced the addition of new cryptocurrency offerings on its trading platforms. The five new altcoins will be added to its Europe and Us platforms. The European platform will have access to: Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Litecoin (LTC), Lisk (LSK) and Monacoin (MONA). The US customers will have immediate access to three of these coins: BCH, ETC and LTC.
Bitcoin anticipates that by adding these new Altcoins, it is expanding its buy/sell offer. This will, therefore, give its customers instant access to some of the largest altcoins in the world. These coins have already been made available to its Japanese customers. The firm admits that the response from its Japanese customers was tremendous. This is possibly a motivation for the extension of two of its most significant customer bases- US and Europe. With Bitflyer’s experience in Japan, it believes it can offer the same to its European and US customers. Its standards of simplicity, efficiency and transparency to current Bitcoin and Ethereum traders would be maintained.
Bitcoin has made efforts to upgrade its products and services. It joined forces with Tpoint Japan last month to launch a Tpoint program. This program enables users to acquire T-point rewards while making Bitcoin purchases. The T-points acquired can then be used to earn Bitcoin.
Bitflyer partnered with Sumitomo Corporation in July to transform the real estate industry in Japan. With this project, the rental customers can complete a house renting process using their smartphones. The Miyabi blockchain which is driven by smart contracts will bring about a revolution in the country’s rental processes. Thus, reducing time and administrative costs incurred in handling such issues. It is obvious that Bitflyer is out to provide service upgrades to its customers this year.
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