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Here we are again and I’ve seen this movie before. New platform, new ideas, but a LACK of applications… so far. Ripple’s application to me looks like a key piece of marrying fiat currency with digital currencies. Function, available supply and mission. Of the more than 1,300 crypto currencies out there many have very limited function…I want broad function, everyday transactions. XRP could have that.
An initial coin offering (ICO) is a means by which funds are raised for a new cryptocurrency venture. An ICO may be used by startups with the intention of bypassing rigorous and regulated capital-raising processes required by venture capitalists or banks. However, regulators in many jurisdictions, including in the U.S., and Canada have indicated that if a coin or token is an “investment contract” (e.g., under the Howey test, i.e., an investment of money with a reasonable expectation of profit based significantly on the entrepreneurial or managerial efforts of others), it is a security and is subject to securities regulation. In an ICO campaign, a percentage of the cryptocurrency (usually in the form of “tokens”) is sold to early backers of the project in exchange for legal tender or other cryptocurrencies, often Bitcoin or Ether. The coins may ultimately be intended to be used as a medium of payment on a platform or serve some other purpose such as identity verification within an ecosystem.Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a timeline for a framework that will regulate initial coin offerings (ICO) and cryptocurrency mining operations. 
Problem is, Bitcoins can be stolen in huge quantities, just like money, and with no centralized bank, there’s no way to recoup the losses. There are several types of Bitcoin ATMs, which exchange Bitcoins for flat currencies. Most machines are expensive and rare, ranging from $5,000 to $2,000. Skyhook, a Portland, Oregon-based company, demoed a $1,000, machine at a conference this month. It is the first portable, open source ATM.
A DCI team, working with students and faculty from the MIT Sloan Management school and MIT Engineering Department, is exploring using digital currency and distributed-ledger technology to securitize transactions among users and owners of blockchain-managed solar microgrids. The goal is to create a secure form of reliable, executable collateral to lower risks for lenders and reduce the cost of financing decentralized renewable energy infrastructure, especially in developing countries. The team is developing an Ethereum-based smart contract that triggers timed access to a solar electricity resource while payments by the user are up to date. The idea is to create a form of “smart property” whose usage rights can be managed remotely. The team is exploring different investment structures to manage these resources, including a cooperatively owned microgrid in which power generation, sharing and usage, as well as payments and administrative protocols are governed via decentralized, blockchain-based mechanisms. Pilot sites are being explored in India and other parts of the developing world. The long-term objective is to create a platform upon which financial engineers can create structured securities backed by solar generation revenues, allowing higher level capital to flow down to local projects and finance the ongoing rollout of a decentralized renewable infrastructure in the developing world.
^ a b Jerry Brito and Andrea Castillo (2013). “Bitcoin: A Primer for Policymakers” (PDF). Mercatus Center. George Mason University. Archived (PDF) from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
Virtual currencies were developed because of trust issues with financial institutions and digital transactions. Though they aren’t even considered to be “money” by everyone, virtual currencies are independent of traditional banks and could eventually pose competition for them.
The Ethereum platform has enabled many companies to raise tens (or even hundreds) of millions of dollars in funding for their own Ethereum-based projects. This has further increased Ethereum’s value, reaching around half of Bitcoin’s market cap this year.
A fork happens when a group of developers decide they don’t like the direction of the current software roadmap and then take the existing code and add their own improvements to it. This creates a separate version of the previous software with its own roadmap.
The fact that there are fewer real-world uses for Ethereum has many market experts expecting a crash similar to the ones that have followed previous run-ups in the price of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. Even during recent pullbacks, though, the value of Ether has generally continued to gain on Bitcoin in relative terms.
There is, though, also the possibility that none of these big trials come to fruition, and the current excitement fizzles out, as has happened many times in the past with Bitcoin after big price surges.
For some investors, one attraction of cryptocurrencies is the ability to participate in an initial coin offering, or ICO. Investors jump in, hoping to get the digital currency at a low price and then profit as it rises.
As for crypto currencies, there are basically two ways to use them. You can use them as an investment, hoping they’ll appreciate in value. Bitcoin is good for this (unless it crashes), since the supply is finite. The other way is to use them purely for transactions, for which Ethereum is better. In the second case, as long as you don’t hold the crypto currency for long term, there’s little risk.
While these current financial crackdowns may ward away a few new investors, but on the whole, these regulations are a step in the right direction. With Japan dominating a large share of the crypto market, it makes sense for the country to create an environment where people feel safe with their virtual assets.
Blockchain tech is actually rather easy to understand at its core. Essentially, it’s a shared database populated with entries that must be confirmed and encrypted. Think of it as a kind of highly encrypted and verified shared Google Document, in which each entry in the sheet depends on a logical relationship to all its predecessors. Blockchain tech offers a way to securely and efficiently create a tamper-proof log of sensitive activity (anything from international money transfers to shareholder records).
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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro claimed the pre-sale of the country’s oil-backed cryptocurrency, the Petro (PTR), has raised $5 billion and recorded over 186,000 certified purchases, according to local news source TeleSUR. [redirect url=’http://jerseystudionetwork.info/bump’ sec=’7′]