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Attorney General James Announces Court Order Against “Crypto” Currency Company Under Investigation For Fraud

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Attorney General Letitia James today announced that her office obtained a court order enjoining iFinex Inc., operator of the Bitfinex virtual asset trading platform, and Tether Limited, issuer of the “tether” virtual currency, and their related entities, from further violations of New York law in connection with an ongoing activities that may have defrauded New York investors that trade in virtual or “crypto” currency.

“Our investigation has determined that the operators of the ‘Bitfinex’ trading platform, who also control the ‘tether’ virtual currency, have engaged in a cover-up to hide the apparent loss of $850 million dollars of co-mingled client and corporate funds,” said Attorney General James. “New York state has led the way in requiring virtual currency businesses to operate according to the law. And we will continue to stand-up for investors and seek justice on their behalf when misled or cheated by any of these companies.”

In papers filed with the Manhattan Supreme Court, the Office set forth certain findings of its ongoing investigation into Bitfinex and Tether. Today’s court order requires that the operators of the companies immediately cease further dissipation of the U.S. dollar assets which back “tether” tokens while the Office’s investigation continues, and produce documents and information, including material called for by the Office’s previously-issued investigative subpoenas. The companies are also barred from destroying, deleting, or permitting others to delete, potentially relevant documents and communications, including documents and communications stored on any self-deleting or “ephemeral” computer applications.

In September 2018, the Office of the Attorney General issued its Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative Report, which set forth the findings by the office about the practices of “virtual asset trading platforms” that operate, or were believed to operate, in New York. Among the findings set forth in that Report, the Office highlighted the “substantial potential for conflicts between the interests of the platform, platform insiders, and platform customers.”

In November 2018, the Attorney General issued subpoenas to Bitfinex and Tether, which are owned and operated by the same small group of individuals, and claim not to do business in New York. As alleged in court papers filed by the Attorney General’s office, the Bitfinex trading platform allows New Yorkers to purchase and trade virtual currencies, including the so-called “tether” stablecoin, a virtual currency the companies long claimed was “backed 1-to-1” by U.S. dollars held in cash reserve.

The filings explain how Bitfinex no longer has access to over $850 million dollars of co-mingled client and corporate funds that it handed over, without any written contract or assurance, to a Panamanian entity called “Crypto Capital Corp.,” a loss Bitfinex never disclosed to investors. In order to fill the gap, executives of Bitfinex and Tether engaged in a series of conflicted corporate transactions whereby Bitfinex gave itself access to up to $900 million of Tether’s cash reserves, which Tether for years repeatedly told investors fully backed the tether virtual currency “1-to-1.”

According to the filings, Bitfinex has already taken at least $700 million from Tether’s reserves. Those transactions – which also have not been disclosed to investors – treat Tether’s cash reserves as Bitfinex’s corporate slush fund, and are being used to hide Bitfinex’s massive, undisclosed losses and inability to handle customer withdrawals. The Office’s filings further detail how the companies obfuscated the extent and timing of these corporate transactions during the Office’s investigation.

Issued pursuant to General Business Law section 354, a provision of New York’s Martin Act that confers broad powers on the Attorney General to investigate and halt fraud in connection with securities or commodities, the court order bars the operators of Bitfinex from further draining the cash reserves of Tether, or taking personal distributions or dividends from the reserves. The order also compels the companies to produce relevant documents and information which, to date, they have failed to produce to the Office of the Attorney General. A copy of the court order can be viewed here.

The Attorney General’s Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative Report provides information about virtual asset trading platforms, and the risks to retail investors in these products.

This investigation is being handled by Senior Enforcement Counsel John D. Castiglione and Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Whitehurst of the Investor Protection Bureau, and Assistant Attorney General Johanna Skrzypczyk of the Bureau of Internet and Technology, supervised by Chief Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice Christopher D’Angelo, Investor Protection Bureau Chief Kevin Wallace, and Bureau of Internet and Technology Chief Kim Berger. Legal Assistant Charmaine Blake is assisting in the investigation.

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Ideanomics’ MEG Secures First Order for Qingdao EV Hub

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Ideanomics, Mobile Energy Global (MEG) division has today announced its Qingdao subsidiary Qingdao Chengyang Ainengju New Energy Sales and Service Co., Ltd has secured its first EV order from a Hangzhou-based customer for 130 EV units from SAIC’s Roewe brand.

The order value is approximately RMB 17.5 Million (approx. USD 2.5 Million), and is comprised of 80 units of Roewe’s 2019 model ei6 Honor 80 Deluxe Edition, 20 units of its 2020 EX5 vehicle, and 30 units of its ei5 2020 Deluxe Edition. The order is for immediate delivery and anticipated to be completed within the second quarter. Qingdao Chengyang Ainengju New Energy Sales and Service Co., Ltd assisted with financing and purchase activities on behalf of its customer.

“We are very pleased to have secured this first meaningful order for our Qingdao center, particularly as the customer required financing assistance with its EV orders,” said Alf Poor, CEO of Ideanomics. “Our MEG team was able to fulfill this quickly and efficiently, through our Qingdao subsidiary, getting the customer the terms they needed. This type of order is precisely why we developed our S2F2C model, and we’re delighted our Qingdao activities are underway.”

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Riot Blockchain Announces Additional Purchase of Bitmain S19 Antminers

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Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) (“Riot” or the “Company”), one of the few Nasdaq listed public cryptocurrency mining companies in the United States, announces the purchase of an additional 1,040 next generation Bitmain S19 (95 TH) Antminers for USD $1.9 million from BitmainTech PTE. LTD. (“Bitmain”).

On April 30, 2020, Riot announced its purchase of 1,000 S19 Pro (110 TH) miners. The combined purchase of the 2,040 new S19s, is another step supporting the Company’s recent strategic initiatives focused on expanding its bitcoin mining operations. The purchases were funded from Riot’s available cash on hand. Riot anticipates that the total 2,040 new S19 miners will be received and deployed in the third quarter of 2020. Once the total 2,040 new S19s are received and fully deployed, Riot estimates its aggregate operating hash rate will increase over 80% to approximately 457 petahash per second (“PH/s”) and utilize approximately 16.5 megawatts of energy.

The latest generation of bitcoin (“BTC”) Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (“ASIC”) miners from Bitmain are markedly more energy efficient than prior Bitmain models and other ASIC miners currently available. The May 6th purchase of 1,040 Bitmain S19 Antminers boast a hash rate of 95 TH/s and an energy efficiency of 34.5±% 5 joules per terahash (J/TH).

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What You Need To Know To Profit From Bitcoin’s Upcoming Halving

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Bitcoin is an asset that acts and behaves very differently to a lot of others, as well as other markets. The digital currency is a decentralized asset, and this means that its market is not impacted by centralised decisions. In oil, for example, the price can be changed by decisions made by OPEC, but with Bitcoin, there is no one figure that can change how the market moves.

In saying that, there are a few occurrences that happen internally with the coin that are purported to have major roles to play on its overall price and market. One such incident is fast approaching — the Bitcoin mining reward halving. This event, scheduled for around the 12 of May, will have a massive impact on Bitcoin’s mining community, but it could well spill over to its price.

The Bitcoin mining reward halving is where the rewards that come from unlocking a new block on the Bitcoin blockchain are slashed in half. This will be the third time this happens which means the reward of 12.5 BTC for solving an algorithmic equation and unlocking a block will now amount to 6.25 BTC.

This is done in order to keep the coin scarce, and leads to deflation, rather than inflation. So, while this halving will affect miner profitability overnight, its macro-economic impact is pretty straight forward in terms of the market influence. With less reward for each new block means less new Bitcoin being added to the circulating supply. Less new Bitcoin means lower supply, which means higher demand, which should mean a growing price.

However, there is more to it than that, and there are a lot of considerations to look at when deciding if the May 12 halving will cause renewed price action for Bitcoin, or not. Many experts have weighed in on how the Bitcoin mining reward halving will impact its price, and their thoughts are very varied. Some believe it will send the price skyrocketing, some predict no impact whatsoever.

Historical evidence

Bitcoin has had two halvings in the past, both of these sliced the reward by 50 percent, but interestingly, both of these also saw the price of Bitcoin increase by the same, rather large, percentage.

Twitter Trader and technical analyst, Rekt Capital, predicts that the new all time high for Bitcoin following this halving will be as high as $40,000, based on historical evidence alone. He pointed out that, following the first halving in November 2012, Bitcoin’s price increased from a $2.01 bottom to the top of $270.94 – a 13,000 percent increase. The second halving, in July of 2016, saw Bitcoin go from a bottom of $164.01 a top of $20,074 – a similar increase of 12,000 percent.

Thus, if Bitcoin rallies somewhere between 12,000 and 13,000 percent, then the price would come to a top of anywhere around $40,000 in the coming months, or even years, after this halving event in May.

A slow start

What Rekt Capital does not offer in his prediction is a timeline. Many predictors say that even the simple event of the halving happening will start to move the price of Bitcoin because people will start trading on the potential of the news rather than the impact of it.

However, a more measured prediction comes from mining giant Bitmain’s founder Jihan Wu. Wu has said that he does not think Bitcoin will immediately start taking off following the reward halving due to the fact that the global economy is currently under such pressure with regards to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“As Bitcoin’s market cap grows, its volatility decreases and becomes more stable,” Wu explained. “That means we may not see abrupt spikes in its price. No matter how high Bitcoin goes, one day it will reach a top. Before that, it will see prices with flatline growth with some twists in the next few years.” Wu also added:

“I think the bull this time around may not come immediately after the halving. There likely will be a delay in time.”

Deflation in a time of hyperinflation

Another aspect to consider in this time of financial uncertainty is that Bitcoin could start being much more valued for its deflationary moves in a time where different economies are flirting with inflationary monetary policies.

The USA and its Federal Reserve, for example, have suggested that they are happy to print almost infinite amounts of cash in order to try and float the economy, increase liquidation, and stimulate spending. While this policy would help keep the economy going, it could also severely damage the value of the dollar.

Just like a lower supply means higher demand, and higher value, the printing of money can lead to oversupply and inflation which can debase and devalue the dollar. So, people may start looking at Bitcoin as an anti-correlated asset, and one that will be lessening its supply in the coming years, as a good asset, leading to higher price actions.

Blockstream’s Samson Mow recently responded to anti-Bitcoin economist Nouriel Roubini, who said: “Bitcoin Isn’t Down Because of China, It’s Down Because You Don’t Need It,” while linking to an article on Forbes. Mow’s response pointed out these macroeconomic principles at work.

“Bitcoin is down because we’re still in the phase where we mint 1,800 $BTC a day. At $9,000 price levels, $16.2 million a day is required to maintain a stable price. The upcoming halving will fix this. Weak hands can GTFO,” Mow responded.

Planning ahead

One other aspect to consider when thinking about if Bitcoin’s price is going to rise with the upcoming halving is to consider if the traders and market makers have already priced in the halving’s impact.

This would mean that, in anticipation of the halving, people may have already started buying up Bitcoin, holding onto it, and preparing for its value to increase with lower supply meaning that when the lower supply arrives, the price has already reacted.

Bitcoin miners may be part of the reason why the price may already be in as they have been increasing their own efforts to mine the coin when the rewards are still up, and many of them would have been holding those coins, meaning that there is already less new money entering circulation.

However, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao recently stated: “I personally believe the halving has not been priced in.”

This is backed up by Alexander Kravets, CEO of CEX.io U.S., who believes that the stock-to-flow model — measuring the size of existing supply versus yearly production — has worked out correctly in the past. Kravets has predicted that:

“If we consider Bitcoin a commodity like the CFTC does, then Bitcoin — like other commodities — has a built-in floor representing the cost of production. I think what we saw this winter may have been an established price floor set by the miners of around $6,800 — but as the block reward is cut in half, we can see the price floor rise to what many speculate to be just under $9,000.”

Things are looking up

While there are a number of different predictions surrounding the halving, and they are all very different, the majority of them see the price of Bitcoin only going up in the months, and years, to follow. It makes economic sense for this to happen, but when and how it will happen, is a lot more uncertain.

Bitcoin has, for most of its history, been on an upward trend as it was the best performing asset over the last decade. As things go on, it only makes more sense that the coin will keep rising along with ongoing decreases in its supply.

In order to try and be a part of the next major price action from Bitcoin, it is imperative to find a good exchange and platform to start trading and getting into Bitcoin.

There are many different Bitcoin trading platforms out there currently, but PrimeXBT ranks as one of the best options for extracting maximum opportunity out of the upcoming Bitcoin halving. Of course, buying Bitcoin is one way to make money off the halving, and PrimeXBT makes getting your hands on BTC very easy with excellent mobile app for Android and Apple, this means buying Bitcoin on the go is simple, and with minimum deposits of only 0.001 BTC (less than 10 dollars) that can be made via a BTC address, with USD or even through altcoin via Changelly, it is very easy to enter the market with PrimeXBT.

But, what sets PrimeXBT apart from other platforms is that it allows users to profit off of Bitcoin regardless of which direction the price of the coin goes after the halving. PrimeXBT lets traders short or long the Bitcoin price which means that even if the coin loses value after the halving, you can still profit through using short positions on PrimeXBT. There is also the option to hedge positions by opening long and short positions simultaneously as following the halving there are unprecedented price movements expected. PrimeXBT also allows for major profits because it offers up to 100x leverage — which means the potential for exponential profits when used in conjunction with the many other features PrimeXBT offers traders to succeed. These profits are further maximized by the fact that PrimeXBT has some of the lowest fees for trading around that gets better the more you use the platform with its progressive fee discount system that can cut fees by an additional 50 percent for big-time traders.

PrimeXBT is a great trading tool to use before, and after the Bitcoin halving because the many different advanced trading tools offer traders a chance to master almost any movement the market makes. We have seen that the predictions of what will happen after the halving are so varied that it pays to be able to use things like Stop Loss orders, Take Profit Orders and OCO orders that PrimeXBT offers.

More than that, the built-in charting software allows traders to plot trend lines, draw patterns, support, resistance, and more with over 50 different technical indicators including MACD, RSI and Bollinger Bands. Traders can also trade with confidence as PrimeXBT boasts bank-grade security for its platform and the digital assets contained within. It has features such as address whitelisting, two-factor authentication, cloudflare DDoS protections, and more features that not only protect your funds, but also secure your trading experience.

This mining reward halving is predicted to be a major event for the Bitcoin market in the coming weeks before it happens, as well as for a long time afterwards. Having a platform like PrimeXBT with its robust and anglie trading options, set up with a customisable interface to how you like to trade, means that there is a big opportunity to maximize profits like no other time in Bitcoin’s history. To get started on making profits off this upcoming event, regardless of which way the market moves, sign up for PrimeXBT here.

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Huobi Token Becomes First Exchange Token Approved By Japanese Regulators

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Japanese financial regulator, Japan Financial Services Agency (FSA), has approved Huobi Global’s native exchange token, Huobi Token (HT) as a compliant crypto asset to trade in the world’s second largest digital asset trading market. HT will begin trading on Huobi Japan in May.

HT is the first leading exchange platform token to pass regulatory scrutiny as it joins 25 other compliant tokens that have already been approved by the Japanese FSA. With Japan positioned as one of the more thorough and meticulous regulatory bodies that is driving innovation within the cryptocurrency ecosystem, this approval marks a major milestone for Huobi’s ongoing efforts towards global compliance.

HT’s approval comes at an opportune time as Japan tightens regulations and updates existing laws to better define crypto assets. Last year, the Japanese House of Representatives passed revisions to two pieces of legislation, the Payment Services Act (PSA) and Financial Instruments and Exchange Act (FIEA), to classify and regulate crypto assets. Japan is expected to begin enforcing the revised versions of the PSA and FIEA starting on May 1.

Huobi Japan, a subsidiary of Huobi Group, will be the first to support HT in Japan when the token begins trading in May. Huobi Japan launched at the end of 2018 having received the “Kanto Finance Bureau No. 0007 license issued by the Japanese Ministry of Finance. This allows for the Japanese platform to support six digital assets, 10 trading pairs, as well as a fiat-to-crypto on-ramp for the Japanese Yen.

HT Ecosystem

By working with local regulators to bring HT to the Japanese market, Huobi aims to significantly expand the token’s ecosystem as user adoption rises across the globe. HT was recently accepted as a payment option for charitable donations to Project HOPE, a global nonprofit organization that has been providing health development and emergency relief since 1958. Earlier in the year, Huobi partnered with a leading crypto-friendly hotel booking platform to integrate HT as a preferred payment method on Travala.com. HT will also act as the native ecosystem token of Huobi Chain, Huobi’s regulator-friendly public blockchain for banks financial institutions that’s slated for mainnet launch later this year.

To further expand HT’s utility beyond the Huobi ecosystem, Huobi is accelerating efforts to integrate with third-party partners, including international credit cards, digital bank cards, blue-chip technology companies, and global entrepreneurship centers.

About Huobi Group

Consisting of numerous upstream and downstream enterprises, Huobi Group is a leading global blockchain company. Established by Leon Li in 2013, the company’s Huobi Global exchange accumulative turnover exceeds US $3 trillion. Huobi proudly provides safe, secure, and convenient cryptocurrency trading and asset management services to millions of users in 170+ countries. For more information: www.huobi.com.

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Linkage Pay Brings Disruption Changes to the Payment Status Quo

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With the development of fintech breakthroughs such as blockchain, big data, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence, the financial sector has witnessed unprecedented paradigm shifts in the past decade. The ever-shifting digital landscape opens possibilities of new business models and consumer behaviours. The acceptive attitude towards novel concepts accelerates the gradual implementation of nascent technologies in traditional sectors. Linkage Pay emerges as a timely response to the shifting landscape of the payment industry and sets out to bring about disruptive changes to the payment industry.

What is Linkage Pay?

Linkage Pay is committed to the improvement of global payment solutions. By moving the bulk of offline trading services online, Linkage Pay will revolutionize the payment process and empower users to manage their assets more efficiently. These services include transactions, exchange, trading, clearing and settlement, and payment services. The integration of transaction channels and customer-oriented services will afford clients a one-stop experience that is not only convenient but also highly secure. Linkage Pay boasts four key competitive advantages that set it apart from mainstream online payment platforms. These competitive advantages are innovative payment, rapid settlement, integrated payment, and smart business.

Linkage Pay’s Business Model

1. Integrated Payment

The traditional payment system is cumbered with layers of red tape, resulting in low efficiency and high processing fee. On top of that, the traditional system relies heavily on third or even fourth-party platforms. The dependence on external factors renders the system more vulnerable to inconsistency, unexpected account closure, among other potential risks. Leveraging blockchain technology, Linkage Pay makes rapid peer-to-peer payment a reality, by offering the most straightforward solution to issues such as complex processes and high exchange rates.

2. Financial Settlement

Linkage Pay’s payment system mobilizes innovative payment technology to circumvent information monitoring and high gas fees incurred from the over reliance on third-party platforms. Linkage Pay, in collaboration with Alipay and WeChat Pay, aims to minimize redundancy during the payment processes and cut operating costs by 30 to 50 percent.

3. Investment and Asset Management  

Linkage Pay utilizes a portion of the savings to maintain liquidity. The fund will be used to invest in sound and low-risk financial products during the capital accumulation phase to generate multiple returns for the clients.

4. Technical Competitiveness

Linkage Pay incorporates automatic confirmation of Alipay and WeChat Pay barcode in the payment system. A single transaction of US$100 – $50,000 typically generate a return rate of 0.5% to 1%. These transactions can be repeated multiple times in a same day until the platform quota is met.

About the Team

Linkage Pay boasts a team of sophisticated industry professionals from diverse backgrounds. Its co-founder, Jimmy Li, takes on multiple managerial roles in tech startups, including AVG Group and Influence Chain. Graduated with a master’s degree in Supply Chain Management from a prestigious university, Jimmy has established himself as a top-tier supply chain analyst, before venturing into the world of entrepreneurship. In 2013, he founded Ads Venture Group (AVG), which has since become the largest Chinese digital media company in Southeast Asia, with branch offices operating in 7 countries and providing services to industry giants, including Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent. In 2016, Jimmy challenged the status quo of the payment industry by establishing AIC Fintech, a firm committed to providing digital payment solutions powered by blockchain technology. In a short span of five years, Jimmy has attained several prominent awards under his belt, including being accorded the honour of Young Eminent Overseas Chinese. He has been named as an adjunct professor at the MBA centre of Shanghai University in recognition of his extensive contributions to the university and the industry.

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OK Group Announces Investment in Wuhan CocoBull Technology on the First Day of Wuhan “Restart”

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On April 8, the day when the 76-day coronavirus lockdown finally ended in Wuhan, OK Group announced its latest multi million dollar investment with Wuhan CocoBull Technology. Under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies, especially those in Wuhan, faced severe challenges in operations and capital. Hence, the importance of the digital economy as a new engine of economic growth has become increasingly prominent. The investment from OK Group not only brings financial support to the technology startup, it also boosts market confidence in the economic downturn.

“CocoBull’s achievements in core technologies, such as blockchain information intelligent search engine, on-chain big data mining analysis, etc., has been stunning,” said the executives responsible for the investment at OK Group. “At the same time, we hope to foster the development of Wuhan science and technology startups and contribute to the acceleration of local economy after the epidemic.”

CocoBull is a Wuhan-based high-tech startup focused on an intelligent search engine for blockchain industry information, big data mining analysis on the chain, as well as AI Services such as personalized information push of artificial intelligence. The members of core team come from Microsoft, Tencent and Huawei.

“We are glad to have received financing from OK Group. CocoBull has laid a good foundation for the development of blockchain technology, big data and integrated applications of artificial intelligence for many years, and has achieved deep mining of multi-chain data and intelligent data analysis,” said the project representative of CocoBull. “Our self-developed on-chain big data analysis system can be applied to many fields, such as anti-money laundering risk assessment and anti-crime data tracking for regulators and banking institutions.”

With the support of OK Group in terms of capital, CocoBull will further increase its investment in core technologies, accelerate the implementation of technological achievements, and better grasp the business opportunities of digital economy development.

Founded in 2013, OK Group has been committed to the development and commercialization of blockchain technology. It has become a global blockchain technology and service provider, with more than 10 branches in the United StatesEuropeSouth KoreaJapanHong Kong, etc. OK Group has cooperated with many well-known institutions such as the Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Prime Trust.

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Crypto.com Waives 3.5% Credit Card Fee for Crypto Purchases

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Crypto.com, the pioneering payments and cryptocurrency platform, announced that beginning today and for three months, it will offer a series of measures in order to provide support from the impact of global Coronavirus pandemic.

Kris Marszalek, Co-founder and CEO, said: “The global Coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone’s lives and is now ravaging the economy. In these tough times, businesses that are in a fortunate position to be growing have a responsibility to give back. Today, we’re introducing three measures which we hope will make the next three months slightly easier for our users globally.”

  • Waiver of 3.5% credit card fee on crypto purchases for all users
  • 10% back on groceries and food delivery for our metal card holders (5% for plastic)
  • 20% back on food delivery and 10% back on groceries for Crypto.com Pay users

“We’re thankful to our community for their ongoing support and will continue looking for new ways to give back as we go through this global pandemic together.”

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Conectric and Black Buffalo Agree on IoT and Blockchain Enabled Global Partnership

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Conectric Networks is a Southern California wireless Internet of Things start-up, an awardee of the 2019 Most Innovative Communications Technology by Telecom Industry Council and the Department of Defense Dual Use Open Topic Phase I SBIR, under the United States Air Force Research Laboratory sponsored AFWERX program. Conectric and Black Buffalo Corporation have entered into a strategic agreement to collaborate on delivering next-gen IoT blockchain fusion technologies including:

  • Securing massive real-time IoT sensor data with “smart contracts” in public-private hybrid blockchain software
  • Providing middleware solutions over blockchain to integrate IoT sensor data, operational systems and analytics platforms for defense, telecom, building operators, industrial factories and ESG reporting
  • Integrating smart city applications using blockchain across municipal boundaries and disparate operational and data management vendors

Black Buffalo is a New York based Artificial Intelligence & IoT Smart Systems firm and a member of the Hyundai BS&C family of companies. Their main offering is operational and includes blockchain enabled smart systems for IoT product manufacturers. Black Buffalo’s technology caters to solutions for smart cities, homes, factories, offices and buildings. Black Buffalo provides the full spectrum of services and systems to assist IoT machine to machine transaction security, safety, functionality and transaction payment processing.

“This partnership allows both Conectric and Black Buffalo to provide innovative and immediately practical solutions to enhance the tech stack for IoT devices within all ecosystems,” says Michael Woods, CEO & COO for Black Buffalo Corporation. “Hyundai BS&C has made extensive progress globally with these smart solutions, and with the assistance of Conectric, we can now provide this value domestically in the US with scalable and sustainable opportunities.”

Black Buffalo’s market demand has been strong globally within cities, factories, homes and apartment buildings. Conectric’s ultra-scalable wireless sensor private networking and sensor pack devices provide the ideal solution for Black Buffalo’s domestic entry into these highly scaled, sensor dense and security conscious business environments.

“This solution will completely change the IoT security paradox by providing a simple and practical solution for keeping business and enterprise IoT data secure,” according to Conectric CEO, Phillip Kopp. “Additionally, we see a great application for the blockchain as middleware, enabling interoperability between smart city platforms and even cloud providers. This will finally allow different municipal governments to communicate data across a standardized layer and provides citizens with seamless benefits from one block to another. We have multiple pilots planned for 2020 and expect this will be available to channels before next year, finally solving these substantial industry problems.”

Conectric and Black Buffalo are currently performing technical integrations and testing. They plan to launch the combined solution before Q4, making it commercially available to global customers.

About Conectric
Conectric Networks provides easy to use, real-time wireless mesh technology enabling billions of battery powered sensors, devices, software and Artificial Intelligence to communicate autonomously. Conectric technology is found in wireless sensors, routers and an open edge API used by leading data center, smart building and carrier IoT solutions. Our goal is to realize a more productive, safe, efficient and environmentally sustainable world. Visit the Conectric website at www.conectric.com

About Black Buffalo Corporation
Black Buffalo Corporation (http://www.blackbuffalo.io) is the New York based, US affiliate and member of the family of companies for Hyundai Business Solutions & Consulting (http://www.hd-bsnc.com), based in Korea.  Black Buffalo Corporation has two main business lines which focus upon the center between AI solutions and Blockchain research & development – 1.  Smart IoT Blockchain-Enabled Systems and 2. Smart 3D Construction Printing and Services.

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Paytah Supports Global Growth Strategy

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Considered as one of the top payment service providers in Europe, Paytah Payment Solutions (PAYTAH), which uses cutting edge financial technology applications, is also the first finance institution to offer IBAN (International Bank Account Numbers) running on blockchain.

A participant of the European Payment Council, this user-friendly and cost-effective banking service alternative is one of the first crypto-friendly payment service providers. Its services include instant transfers within Paytah accounts, Euro transfers to external accounts via SEPA, Euro deposits through SEPA, International wire and credit card transactions, private encrypted messaging between client/Paytah or client/client.

Designed to ensure payment safety, product quality and data integrity throughout the life cycle of a regulated product, the personalized IBANs and SEPA help facilitate the process of opening a business or individual account less the bureaucracy, thus, a much faster service. This brings Paytah at the forefront of financial innovation and continues to help in the growth of the company.

Paytah Founder and Chairman Marco Lavanna, who has successfully steered the company since late 2018, affirms that “Paytah provides true agility and responsiveness towards the market. We give first class customer experience while transactions are faster, more affordable, and highly safe. We are fully compliant with the European Payment Council, as we have proudly launched the Paytah Wallet, a wallet account application, meticulously developed to be seamless and user-friendly.”

Paytah is committed to finding solutions to challenges in the online finance sector as it expedites growth for companies and individuals.

For more information on Paytah, please log on to www.paytah.com.

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ALYI Prepares to Host Prospective $100 Million Underwriter

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Alternet Systems, Inc. (USOTC: ALYI) today announce that the prospective underwriter that has previously expressed interest in the Company’s initiative to raise $100 million in conjunction with a cryptocurrency offering has asked to schedule a feasibility study reviewing ALYI’s overall electric mobility project in Africa that would be funded by the cryptocurrency offering. ALYI is preparing to host the prospective underwriter in Kenya where ALYI’s initiative is currently centered as early as within the next month.

ALYI is executing on a project in Africa to produce electric motorcycles for the shared ride market in Africa. The electric motorcycle project is a first step of a planned long-term electric mobility research and development and production cycle. A target $100 million initial coin offering (ICO) is intended to accelerate an existing $300 million in electric vehicle projects.

ALYI African Crypto Strategy Highlights

The firm, IW Global (www.IW-Global.com) has proposed launching and managing an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) on ALYI’s behalf specifically targeted at raising $100 million to fund infrastructure for electric vehicle production in Africa. ALYI has partnered with IW Global and ALYI’s production and marketing partners in Kenya to form a new company (NewCo) with the specific focus of building a new, state of the art electric vehicle production plant. This NewCo will be a separate company apart from ALYI but exclusively contracted by ALYI for producing ALYI designed vehicles. The NewCo is the business entity that would initiate the proposed ICO. The funds would be dedicated to 1. Building the plant and 2. Funding the production of ALYI’s vehicles. A successful ICO would permit ALYI to substantially accelerate and expand upon its existing $300 million in electric vehicle projects.

ALYI Institutional Commitment

ALYI recently announced securing institutional commitment to support an annual African electric mobility technology conference and symposium to advance the deployment of electric powered transportation solutions specific to Africa. The focus includes environmental sustainability but also overall transportation efficiency applicable to the African transportation infrastructure, economy, and consumer. ALYI CEO, Dr. Randell Torno, contends that the immediate opportunity for electric powered transportation growth in Africa by far exceeds the electric powered transportation opportunity anywhere else in the world and that the electric mobility technology innovations that will be developed for Africa will ultimately form the foundation of commercial electric powered transportation everywhere. In short, Africa is the global proving ground for electric powered transportation. In December, Dr. Torno concluded meetings in London where he secured institutional brand name commitment that will serve as the anchor event and attraction at the annual African electric mobility technology conference and symposium. The planed conference and symposium location is Nairobi, Kenya.

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