The Singaporean arm of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange has announced its public and introduction of a fiat-crypto gateway. Binance Singapore, which held a soft launch in April 2019, has joined forces with Vertex, enabling traders in the island city-state to buy and sell cryptocurrencies with Singapore dollars (SGD).

Binance Singapore has recorded weekly growth of 20% since its April launch and is now gearing up for more aggressive expansion. …

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The only surprise about Google’s recently announced move into the gaming sector is that it didn’t come sooner as the gaming market has been in double-digit growth for more than a decade and isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Although mobile gaming now accounts for more than half of the total market share, there’s still a $35bn market for console games and a further $32bn for PC games. Google is targeting both markets with the launch of its own console and video game streaming service.

The gaming market is already dominated by big names both in hardware (Microsoft Xbox, Sony PS, and now Google) and software (EA Games, Ubisoft.) …

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A growing number of influential investors and tech leaders have started to utilize recent and rapid advances in AI for consumer-level applications. One such individual is Bill Erbey, a serial entrepreneur who has founded 6 multi-billion dollar cap companies.

I had a chance to speak with Erbey who has a background in informatics and is the founder of System73, an intelligent content distribution solution. Erbey has recognized that streaming video’s convenience and universal presence have become its biggest problem, adversely affecting the number of concurrent viewers that can view a quality stream.

Streaming video may seem like a concept on the cutting edge, given its central place in our digital existence, but there is nearly infinite room for improvement. “With a compound annual growth rate of nearly 20%, streaming video faces strong headwinds. Most notable is how collective demand affects streaming quality. As more people connect to watch and increasingly expect video quality to keep up with the latest formats like 4k, we place a significant burden on streaming infrastructure,” Erbey says. …

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The ability to exchange one asset for another and to speculate on their value relationship is something that attracts people of a certain proclivity. Traders, whether changing dollars for stocks or Bitcoin for Ethereum, are inherently more tolerant of risk because they face it whenever they open or close a position. It has grown familiar, and instead of being kept at arm’s length, traders often embrace risk, for better or worse. Leverage simply represents the easiest way for them to turn up the dial.

Leverage is what it sounds like — the capability of a lever to magnify physical input force is replicated in finance, permitting traders to open positions many multiples larger than the amount of capital in their accounts. It’s an idea that was born in the shadow of bank capital and reserve requirements decades ago, when most regulators imposed formal requirements on the amount of cash banks needed to issue new debt. The same notion applies to the amount of cash in your brokerage account or Bitcoin in your exchange wallet. …

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EOS raised eyebrows last year when it raised a whopping $4 billion during its ICO even without a working product. While outsiders were shocked at the number, crypto and blockchain insiders — which largely drove the massive ICO — have long known about EOS’ grand promises and disruptive potential. The platform has been billed as an “Ethereum killer” thanks to its unique application of the dApp model and its promise of improved performance and much faster transactions per second.

Even so, the EOS rollout has been nothing short of perplexing. Although the platform is already live, it has had some stumbles that raised serious questions about its viability thus far. Most recently, the company was in hot water when it was revealed a user found a way to send a $3.6 …

Could Telegram’s TON Blockchain Drive Mass Cryptocurrency Adoption?

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When the launch of the Telegram Open Network (TON) initial coin offering (ICO) was announced back in December 2017, the blockchain industry sat up and took notice, in a big way. At the time, not only were Telegram among one of the first companies with an existing and successful non-blockchain product to suggest launching an ICO; but more importantly, Telegram were already well regarded in the crypto industry as being the go-to platform for ICO community building initiatives and messaging.

Despite Telegram setting a hard cap for their raise of just $1.2 billion, it was quickly apparent that Telegram’s fundraising goal was setting the bar far too low for the growing messaging app which boasts a self-proclaimed 200 million users per month. …

The crypto industry has been through a veritable rollercoaster over the past two years. After hitting historic highs of nearly $20,000 and peak hype for the market, bitcoin’s value has since collapsed, rebounded, and stabilized. Likewise, the ICO boom, which saw billions raised for blockchain projects and contributed to the sector’s rapid expansion, has fizzled as many of the services and applications that raised capital have failed or disappeared.

Even so, the industry’s, momentum continues unabated, driven by consumer and investor optimism, and an increased interest from institutional investors and enterprise businesses. After a relatively weak 2018, 2019 looks to be a year of tremendous opportunity for crypto. A series of major announcements, events, and factors could converge to finish pushing crypto over the fence and into the mainstream full time. …

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Bitcoin bubbles have a tendency to be so volatile and unpredictable, despite their historical occurrence, that they often leave traders traumatized and drained of confidence. After being raked through the coals by the latest ups and downs, those who witness Bitcoin at historical bottom-barrel prices may miss a years-in-the-making opportunity to buy in at the best possible moment. However, this dilemma is by design. Hesitance is bred on the tail-end of a bubble, when a logical market would otherwise look at the charts and be quite optimistic.

Despite that there’s always a way to derive value from cryptocurrency speculation, Bitcoin is now a mature and known entity, and navigating the markets is therefore not as straightforward as it was in 2011. Back then, no one knew if Bitcoin would still exist the following year, and so investing your money was tantamount to setting it on fire. Fast forward a few years, and this pioneering spirit paid off in excess of 5,000%, with Bitcoin now enjoying its status as the gold standard of cryptocurrency integration. …

Our idealistic kindergarten teachers duped us into believing that we’re defined by our character. But we’re now old enough to know that our personally identifiable information (PII) is what really defines us. That’s right; no matter how special we think we are, we’re still just atoms and PII.

Somehow, over the course of billions of years of evolution, the purpose of IT managers and business owners has turned out to be guarding other people’s PII. This destiny is boring. …

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As big tech companies have steadily and stealthily made ever-increasing profits from using our data, governments have finally started to wake up to the fact that our privacy is being eroded. After Edward Snowden leaked evidence that the NSA had been spying on citizens across the globe, the European Parliament passed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), imposing extensive requirements on organizations that process the data of EU citizens.

The US has been slower to regulate. However, from March of this year, all 50 US states now have laws that require data processors to inform citizens in case of a data breach. …

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Reuben Jackson

I’m a blockchain security specialist and freelance writer living in New York. I write about all things cryptocurrency and blockchain technology related

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