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Coinbase CEO urged to donate cryptocurrencies to charity

ICO-LINK-Coinbase-CEO-urged-to-donate-cryptocurrencies-to-charity Brian Armstrong | Coinbase CEO

Brian Armstrong, CEO of the American Cryptocurrency Exchange Coinbase, urged wealthy cryptocurrency holders to donate their assets to charitable or other purposes.

In a blog post on The Giving Pledge, a charity website created by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to encourage rich people to use their money for worthy goals, Armstrong wrote:

"Once a certain level of wealth is reached, there is little additional utility from spending more on yourself. … Whether it's through improving education, creating a more level playing field, or increasing economic freedom, I'm interested in helping more people see their ideas come to fruition in the world."

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Trace Mayer’s “Proof of Keys” plan is gaining popularity

ICO-BLOG-Proof-of-Keys-plan-is-gaining-popularity “Proof of Keys” plan is gaining popularity

The campaign of the cryptocurrency investor and entrepreneur Trace Mayer, who proposed to withdraw Bitcoins from third-party wallets to private ones, is gaining popularity.

Over the past week, hundreds of its supporters, including such well-known figures like Nick Szabo, one of the pioneers of the blockchain and smart contracts, made corresponding entries on Twitter to support the campaign, dedicated to the 10th anniversary of Bitcoin.

Mayer calls on cryptocurrency owners to control their private keys again.

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Jeremy Allaire: Bitcoin has great prospects and it will definitely increase in price

ICO-LINK-Bitcoin-has-great-prospects Jeremy Allaire | Co-founder of Circle

The co-founder of the Circle cryptocurrency platform, Jeremy Allaire, on Friday gave an interview to the CNBC information portal, in which he said that Bitcoin has great prospects and that it will certainly increase in price in the future.

He was asked about what value Bitcoin would have in 3 years, to which Allaire replied that he did not want to give "significant price forecasts", but nevertheless said: "In my opinion, it will cost much more than it does now."

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Stephen Pair: “The practical value of Bitcoin will restore its price”

ICO-NEWS-practical-value-of-Bitcoin-will-restore-its-pric_20181216-090703_1 Stephen Pair | CEOr of BitPay

CEO of the cryptocurrency payment service BitPay Stephen Pair told in an interview with CNBC that the current value of Bitcoin is more related to the speculative component, and only a small part of it is of practical value. However, with his company he plans to change the situation.

"A great influence on the price is exerted by speculation, and the real practical significance of Bitcoin is only a small component of its price. BitPay focuses precisely on this issue - using the platform and providing products that will be valuable to our customers," said Pair.

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How an ICO can skyrocket your small biz

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Initial Coin Offerings have been gaining momentum in the business world in recent years. Small businesses continue to adopt this new technology, and you would not want your company left behind.

The introduction of the Initial Coin Offerings as a means of capital raising was one of the most crucial aspects of cryptocurrencies in 2017. It not only made it easier to raise capital but also helped businesses adopt this method of payment.

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Mike Novogratz: “Bitcoin became a drug, but it ended”

ICO-LINK-Bitcoin-became-a-drug-but-it-ended Mike Novogratz | CEO of Galaxy Digital

In a conversation with Bloomberg, a cryptocurrency investor and CEO of Galaxy Digital, Mike Novogratz, compared Bitcoin with a drug, and the current market situation with a "methadone clinic".

During the interview, the journalist asked how the previous experience on Wall Street distinguishes Novogratz from the majority of representatives of the cryptocurrency community, who believe in cryptocurrency, as if this is a "new religion". The enthusiast stressed that although he believes in the technology behind cryptocurrencies, "when prices become ridiculous," he sells.

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Bobby Lee: the price of Bitcoin will not fall below $ 2,500

ICO-LINK-the-price-of-Bitcoin-will-not-fall-below--2500 Bobby Lee | BTCC co-founder

BTCC co-founder Bobby Lee predicts that the price of Bitcoin could fall to $ 2,500 in January 2019. Many traders consider this figure too optimistic.

Against the background of an ongoing survey in social networks, in which almost 5,000 people took part, Lee, who is becoming more and more famous for his bullish price forecasts, said that "a large number of purchase and support orders" will help Bitcoin to keep up $ 2000.

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Mark Yusko: Bitcoin value will grow 20 times

ICO-LINK-Bitcoin-value-will-grow-20-times Mark Yusko | Head of Morgan Creek Digital

The head of Morgan Creek Digital cryptocurrency investment company, Mark Yusko does not lose confidence in the bright future of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. In an interview on CNBC, he stressed his confidence that over the course of 10 years the price of Bitcoin will rise 20 times.

On the Fast Money program, Yusko admitted that he was wrong about the impact of futures on the price of Bitcoin. Previously, he believed that since the calculation of futures is in fiat money, they are not able to put pressure on Bitcoin.

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Roger Ver maintains a positive attitude towards cryptocurrencies

ICO-LINK-Roger-Ver-positive-attitude-towards-cryptocurrencies Roger Ver | Owner of Bitcoin.com

Despite the continuing decline in the cryptocurrency market, Bitcoin enthusiast and owner of Bitcoin.com Roger Ver in an interview with "Bloomberg Daybreak: Europe" confirmed a positive mood for the future of cryptocurrencies.

"Nobody knows, and I think that's the interesting thing about cryptocurrencies. Nobody knows whether it's going up, down or sideways," Ver said.

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Jim Breyer: cryptocurrencies are ready to move into the “nuclear winter” phase

ICO-NEWS-cryptocurrencies-are-ready-to-move-into-the-nuclear-winter Jim Breyer | Famous billionaire investor

At the 2018 Global Tech Forum held in China, the famous billionaire investor Jim Breyer made a negative statement for cryptocurrency investors.

Despite the long decline in cryptocurrency quotes, he still has high hopes for the blockchain business, but he expects the near future will be the worst time for investors.

"We are close to a nuclear winter right now with cryptocurrency," said Breyer, who is famous for investing in popular cryptocurrency projects: Circle, Ethereum, VeChain and High Fidelity.

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US Department of Homeland Security is going to track cryptocurrency transactions

ICO-NEWS-US-is-going-to-track-cryptocurrency-transactions Kirstjen Nielsen | Secretary of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is investigating the possibility of tracking cryptocurrency-oriented transactions.

A preliminary tender document published by representatives of the DHS Small Business Innovation Research Program discusses the possibility of using cryptocurrency transactions. Although the document emphasizes the possibility of using cryptocurrencies at both commercial and state levels, special attention is paid to analyzing anonymous cryptocurrencies that are used by criminals.

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Head of Beijing’s financial regulator: “the sale of security tokens is illegal”

ICO-NEWS-the-sale-of-security-tokens-is-illegal Huo Xuewen | Head of the Beijing Municipal Finance Bureau

Huo Xuewen, head of the Beijing Municipal Finance Bureau, warned the company about the illegal sale of security tokens (STOs).

At a recent fund management forum organized by the bureau on Saturday, Huo said that fundraising activities through the STO are "illegal", at least in Beijing.

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Max Keiser: “Bitcoin, like Gold and cash, is a ‘risk off’ asset”

ICO-NEWS-Bitcoin-is-a-risk-of-asset Max Keiser | Founder of Heisenberg Capital Ltd

Known cryptocurrency investor and founder of Heisenberg Capital Ltd. Max Keiser said that in the future, the price of Bitcoin will only grow, and, reaching $ 100,000 will absorb the usual fiat money.

He also expressed the opinion of the "genius" of the Bitcoin protocol, stating that "more you understand" how it works, "more clarity you achieve."

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Vitalik Buterin received a doctorate from the University of Basel

ICO-NEWS-Vitalik-Buterin-received-a-doctorate Vitalik Buterin | Co-founder of Ethereum

Co-founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin received a doctorate from the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Basel for his invaluable contribution to the development of the blockchain technology. The presentation took place on November 30 at the Dies Academicus, the annual celebration in honor of the founding of the university.

Professor Aleksander Berentsen, dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, noted that "Buterin's innovations changed the rules of the game," and his contribution "was the beginning of the path that science and industry followed when they started to work together."

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The SEC Chair: Prices manipulation needs to be addressed before Crypto ETF approval

ICO-NEWS-Prices-manipulation-needs-to-be-addressed Jay Clayton | The SEC Chairman

"How that [manipulation] issue gets addressed, I don't have a particular path. But it needs to be addressed" before an ETF gets approved, said Jay Clayton, chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

"The prices retail investors are seeing are the prices they should rely on, and free from manipulation – not free from volatility, but free from manipulation"

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Allianz analyst: cryptocurrencies will spread, but will not surpass Fiat

ICO-NEWS-cryptocurrencies-will-spread Mohamed El-Erian | Allianz Senior Economic Adviser

Senior economic adviser to insurance giant Allianz, Mohamed El-Erian, said he believes in the spread of cryptocurrencies, but only as part of a broader blockchain ecosystem. El-Erian told on the Consensus Invest event in New York that he sees Bitcoin and cryptocurrency as commodities rather than currencies.

"There were two confusions made," El-Erian said. "People called it a currency or an asset class. What it is, is part of the commodity complex."

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«Messari» with the SEC support launches a registry of ICO projects

ICO-NEWS-Messari-launches-a-registry-of-ICO Ryan Selkis | Messari Founder

Messari, the cryptocurrency version of the EDGAR database maintained by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), launches an information register for tokens issuing projects in order to collect information that would otherwise be difficult to find.

The registry, announced on Tuesday at a Consensus: Invest event, will collect information in one place that rarely becomes public knowledge, including the structure of tokens, data on coin issues, official communication channels, management of funds raised, and information about project team members.

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Edward Snowden: "the whole point of the blockchain is in trust"

ICO-NEWS-the-whole-point-of-the-blockchain-is-in-trus Edward Snowden | Former NSA employee

Former NSA employee Edward Snowden expressed some interesting thoughts about the blockchain in a recent interview. According to Snowden, the main reason for introducing the blockchain into government organizations and business is trust.

"Imagine an old database where any entry can be changed just by typing over it and clicking save. Now imagine that entry holds your bank balance. If somebody can just arbitrarily change your balance to zero, that kind of sucks, right? Unless you've got student loans. The point is that any time a system lets somebody change the history with a keystroke, you have no choice but to trust a huge number of people to be both perfectly good and competent, and humanity doesn't have a great track record for that. Blockchains are an effort to create a history that can't be manipulated," said Snowden.

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