The 5 Most Important Cryptocurrencies Right Now | Inc.com

The 5 Most Important Cryptocurrencies Right Now | Inc.com

While there are many cryptocurrencies available today for use and for investment, I believe that there are five that fall into a class of their own, based on market cap, increases in value in recent years, mass-market acceptance, and other factors. Please note that this list, as well as my list of new, lesser-known cryptocurrencies to check out, is subjective – it represents my opinion, and is not the result of any formal calculations or studies.

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Securities regulators seek Google ad ban on cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings – The Globe and Mail

Securities regulators seek Google ad ban on cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings – The Globe and Mail

 The Globe and Mail | Photo: Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. | MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Banks Banning Cryptocurrency Purchase On Credit Cards, Why?

Banks Banning Cryptocurrency Purchase On Credit Cards, Why?

Another blow for the crypto-traders: A sizable number of banks are not allowing their customers to use their credit cards to buy cryptocurrencies. This had been triggered over the weekend when U.S. banks Bank Of America, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Capital One and Discover banned their customers from purchasing cryptocurrencies. But  take this declaration with a pinch of salt. Could there be something bigger coming? We know that JP Morgan, Berkshire Hathaway and Amazon teamed up to form an independent health care company. Nothing can be factored out, but let’s stay with the subject on hand.

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The promise of managing identity on the blockchain – TechCrunch

The promise of managing identity on the blockchain – TechCrunch

Blockchain, the secure distributed ledger technology first created to track bitcoin ownership, has taken on a number of new roles in recent years tracking anything of value from diamonds to real estate deeds to contracts. The blockchain offers the promise of a trusted record that can reduce fraud. Some industry experts say that over the coming years, it could be used to control identity information in a more secure fashion.  As we have seen, just last week with the massive Equifax hack, our personal information is highly vulnerable in online databases in their current form. The fact is that whenever we have to identify ourselves, we are forced to present a variety of information to prove we are who we say we are, whether that’s to register for an online service, to cross a border or even prove you are old enough to drink at a bar.
One Thing Is Clear From Davos, Blockchain Is Out Of Beta

One Thing Is Clear From Davos, Blockchain Is Out Of Beta

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DAVOS, Jan. 26, 2018 — U.S. President Donald Trump (L) delivers a speech during the 48th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 26, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday that he would always put America first when it came to trade, but ‘America First’ does not mean America alone.

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4 Trillion-Dollar Industries Blockchain Is Poised to Disrupt — in a Good Way

4 Trillion-Dollar Industries Blockchain Is Poised to Disrupt — in a Good Way

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Over the past few months, the Blockchain ecosystem has grown tremendously. Not only have cryptocurrencies continued to rise in value, with Bitcoin nearing $19,000 on December 16; but a number of emerging startups have entered the blockchain battlefield.  Though many of these fledgling projects seem poised to have a foundational impact on our global economy, it can be difficult to filter out the needles from the growing haystack.

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Facebook Bans All Cryptocurrency Advertising, Including ICOs, Bitcoin And Ethereum

Facebook Bans All Cryptocurrency Advertising, Including ICOs, Bitcoin And Ethereum

A Facebook Inc. logo sits on display at Station F, a mega-campus for startups located inside a former freight railway depot, in Paris, France, on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Facebook will open a startup incubator at Paris’s soon-to-debut entrepreneur campus created by billionaire Xavier Niel, as Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg vows to keep investing in France. Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

Social media giant will no longer allow ad platform to be used to promote “financial products and services that are frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices, such as binary options, initial coin offerings, or cryptocurrency.”  On Tuesday, Jan. 30, social media giant Facebook announced in a blog post that it would be banning all advertising related to cryptocurrencies.

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How Bitfinex, Tether are raising eyebrows in the cryptocurrency market – MarketWatch

How Bitfinex, Tether are raising eyebrows in the cryptocurrency market – MarketWatch

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Tether, a cryptocurrency that claims to be backed by hard cash, is in the spotlight after reports that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission last month subpoenaed documents from the digital-asset platform.  Tether and its sister company Bitfinex have been raising eyebrows within the digital-currency community, as critics question the accuracy behind assertions that every tether is supported by actual bank reserves.

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Cryptocurrency Rating Agency Says Ethereum Is Better Than Bitcoin And Ripple — Should You Trust It?

Cryptocurrency Rating Agency Says Ethereum Is Better Than Bitcoin And Ripple — Should You Trust It?

Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images | Forbes

After gaining some recognition on Wall Street, cryptocurrencies have attracted the interest of asset rating agencies.  Last week, Florida-based Weiss Ratings released a report that assigned grades to dozens of cryptocurrencies based on a number of metrics, like risk, technological innovation, and other fundamentals.  There were a couple of surprises to the report. One of them was that none of the cryptocurrencies rated received an “A.” Another surprise was that Ethereum received a higher grade than Bitcoin and Ripple.

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Blockchain market to grow from $708mn to $60.7bn by 2024

Blockchain market to grow from $708mn to $60.7bn by 2024

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According to a new report from Wintergreen Research, the global blockchain market is anticipated to reach $60.7bn by 2024, despite currently being valued at less than $1bn.
The report, named Blockchain: Market shares, strategies and forecasts, worldwide 2018-2024, argues that with the digital economy becoming increasingly integral to the future of firms across all industries, blockchain is likely to continue its strong growth throughout the next few years as a key emerging technology.

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