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Heath Tarbert: Ethereum futures will appear in 2020

Heath-Tarbert-Ethereum-futures Heath Tarbert | Head of CFTC

Heath Tarbert, chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), believes that Ethereum futures will be launched as early as next year.

During his speech at Georgetown University, Tarbert expressed the view that air futures will appear within 6-12 months, however, the launch of such products does not mean an immediate growth in the cryptocurrency industry.

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John McAfee: What’s the main issue with decentralized exchanges?

John-McAfee-main-issue-with-decentralized-exchanges John McAfee |

Well-known American entrepreneur and cryptocurrency enthusiast John McAfee believes that stablecoins are only an intermediate solution for decentralized exchanges.

McAfee mentioned the main problems associated with the conversion of fiat and cryptocurrencies on exchanges. According to him, stablecoins are not quite suitable for use on decentralized exchanges, given that such exchanges do not collect any information about users, including their names, addresses, insurance number, email, etc.

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The TON launch date has been postponed to April 30, 2020

TON-launch-date-postponed The TON launch date has been postponed to April 30, 2020

Telegram sent a new letter to its investors, in which it says that the launch of the TON blockchain is postponed for six months. The launch deadline is now set for April 30, 2020. Investors can exit the project by taking 77% of their investments.

In the letter, the company refers to a proceeding with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which considered Gram tokens to be unregistered securities. The regulator managed to achieve a time limit on their sale and use, which interferes with Telegram's plans.

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Brian Kelly: I’m less concerned that you need a Bitcoin ETF at this point in time

Brian-Kelly-Bitcoin-ETF-at-this-point-in-time Brian Kelly | The founder of BKCM

Founder and CEO of BKCM cryptocurrency investment company Brian Kelly believes that the industry does not currently need Bitcoin traded exchange traded funds (ETFs).

Kelly emphasized that Bitcoin ETFs are not needed for the development of the industry, since the first cryptocurrency is already available for trading on regulated platforms such as Fidelity and TD Ameritrade.

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TON under attack: SEC accuses Telegram of illegal ICO

SEC-accuses-Telegram-of-illegal-ICO SEC accuses Telegram of illegal ICO

The American regulator dealt an unexpected blow to the upcoming TON blockchain, accusing Telegram of unregistered sale of tokens a year and a half after the ICO.

The U.S. government seems to consider corporate cryptocurrencies more dangerous than public blockchains. Until now, all the claims of regulators and politicians have been streaming on Facebook for the Libra project, and a similar development by Telegram, which began selling $ 1.7 billion in tokens in January and March 2018, has remained in the background. However, this silence was deceiving.

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Telegram publishes “Gram” cryptocurrency wallet rules

Telegram-publishes-Gram-wallet-rules Telegram publishes “Gram” cryptocurrency wallet rules

Telegram introduced the first edition of the rules for using the "Gram" cryptocurrency wallet, which was developed by the company to store the tokens of the same name.

The rules say that the Gram wallet is provided by Telegram FZ-LLC and will be built into the Telegram messenger, and is also available as a separate application. One of the main points in the rules is the age limit - only people over 18 years old can use the wallet. In addition, only citizens of countries in which it is not prohibited by law can use the Gram.

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Former U.S. Attorney General: Blockchain transactions - “digital bread crumbs”

Kathryn-Haun-believes-blockchains-help-solve-crimes Kathryn Haun | Former U.S. Attorney General and partner at Andreessen Horowitz

Former U.S. Attorney General and current partner at Andreessen Horowitz investment company Kathryn Haun believes open blockchains help solve crimes.

Hon called blockchain transactions "digital bread crumbs," which, one by one, lead to a real criminal. In addition, law enforcement agencies are much more effective at combating crimes committed with bitcoin than monitoring traditional financial flows.

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David Marcus: Existing payment systems are very limited

David-Marcus-Existing-payment-systems-are-very-limited David Marcus | The head of the blockchain division of Facebook

The head of the blockchain division of Facebook, David Markus, in his blog spoke about the shortcomings of traditional payment systems and why you need to switch to systems based on the blockchain.

"As I've been traveling around the world meeting with key stakeholders, it became clear to me that the advantages of digital currency transmitted over a blockchain — notably when it comes to broadening access and lowering costs of financial services — weren't as evident to others as I assumed they were," Marcus began his story.

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Hester Peirce: Digital assets become much more the money of the internet

Hester-Peirce-much-more-the-money-of-the-internet Hester Peirce | SEC Commissioner

Speaking at a cryptocurrency summit hosted by Solidus Labs in New York, SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce expressed confidence that digital assets will continue to grow.

Peirce said that she looks at cryptocurrencies and other digital assets as "transactional mechanisms." At the same time, she believes that the function of preserving wealth is one of the most important for this kind of asset.

"Store of value, I think, is a really important function. I do think that we'll see as technology changes, that they become much more the money of the internet," said a member of the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Watford FC will add a Bitcoin symbol to players' uniforms

Watford-FC-will-add-a-Bitcoin-symbol-to-uniforms Watford FC will add a Bitcoin symbol to players' uniforms

The symbol of Bitcoin will appear on the form of players of the English professional football club Watford. In addition, the team will begin to sell souvenirs for cryptocurrency.

The football club announced on its website that the Bitcoin logo will appear on the players form as part of the club's partnership with the Sportsbet.io betting platform. The team will also start accepting Bitcoin as payment for their souvenirs.

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Changpeng Zhao: $ 1 billion cryptocurrency transaction shows bank failure

Changpeng-Zhao--1-billion-Bitcoin Changpeng Zhao | Binance CEO

Binance cryptocurrency exchange CEO Changpeng Zhao said a recent $ 1 billion cryptocurrency transaction shows bank failure.

He expressed his opinion on the social network Twitter in a commentary on the post of cryptocurrency enthusiast and entrepreneur Charlie Shrem. Shrem noted that the people who conducted the transaction paid $ 600 for the transfer of $ 1 billion in Bitcoin and, in his opinion, greatly overpaid. 

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Apple Pay Vice President: We are Watching Cryptocurrencies

Jennifer-Bailey-We-are-Watching-Cryptocurrencies Jennifer Bailey | Apple Pay Vice President

While many giants from the technology sector, such as Samsung and IBM, are working intensively with blockchain technology, Apple is in no hurry to show interest in this direction.

However, this does not mean that the company is not interested in the new industry. Apple Pay vice president Jennifer Bailey told CNN that the company is eyeing the industry.

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Jack Dorsey: Bitcoin is functional, but does not work like a currency yet

Jack-Dorsey-Bitcoin-is-functional Jack Dorsey | CEO of Square

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square's payment startup and founder of Twitter, said that Bitcoin will continue to spread, but it's too early to consider currency.

In an interview with the Australian Financial Review, Dorsey said that, in his opinion, the first cryptocurrency will continue to be widely used, but so far, Bitcoin does not work as a currency.

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Telegram plans to begin a public test of its blockchain on September 1

Telegram-plans-to-begin-a-public-test Telegram plans to begin a public test of its blockchain on September 1

According to one of the project's investors, on September 1, Telegram plans to begin a public test of its blockchain - TON (Telegram open network).

During the public test, the TON network node code and instructions for installing it should appear in the public domain. Sharding (the process of breaking transactions into separate pieces to ensure scaling) and consensus (a mechanism for confirming new blocks in the blockchain) should also be available, which will allow testing the entire blockchain.

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Nigel Green: Bitcoin’s new normal bottom price of $10,000

Nigel-Green-Bitcoins-new-bottom-price Nigel Green | Founder and CEO of deVere Group

The founder and CEO of the consulting company deVere Group, Nigel Green, believes that the new "bottom" for Bitcoin is now at around $ 10,000.

"Looking at its performance this year, I believe that the new normal bottom price for Bitcoin is $10,000. It bounces at this price. If it fluctuates below this level, it shoots back up again. We have seen this in action on Monday when Bitcoin hit $10,500 in a matter of minutes," Green said.

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Marcus Swanepoel: Bitcoin is bought for investment, not for payments

Marcus-Swanepoel-Bitcoin-is-bought-not-for-payments Marcus Swanepoel | CEO of the LUNO

Luno cryptocurrency exchange CEO Marcus Swanepoel expressed the opinion that 90% of users use Bitcoin for investment or speculation, not for payments.

In an interview with CNBC, Swanepoel said that only a small part of the first cryptocurrency users use it for transactions and payments in the real world.

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BabelFinance Research: Chinese investors await the Bitcoin growth

BabelFinance-Chinese-investors-await-the-Bitcoin-growth BabelFinance Research: Chinese investors await the Bitcoin growth

A survey conducted by the Chinese cryptocurrency company BabelFinance showed that local investors are waiting for the growth of Bitcoin, and according to 30% of respondents, the Bitcoin exchange rate for the year will exceed $ 30,000.

The study showed that the average Chinese cryptocurrency investor is a young, well-educated man with above-average income. More than 76.3% of male respondents have a college degree or higher.

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Mark Carney: cryptocurrency like Libra should become the global reserve currency

Mark-Carney-cryptocurrency-like-Libra-should-become-the-global-reserve-currency Mark Carney | The Head of The Bank of England

The Head of The Bank of England Mark Carney said the US dollar, which is the global reserve currency, needs to be replaced with a digital currency similar to Libra.

According to Carney, trade wars are detrimental to growth and disrupt multilateral cooperation, while central banks live in a world with low interest rates as they struggle to recover from inflation.

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