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Biggest tech companies entering Cryptocurrency: BTC to the moon?

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World's biggest tech companies are entering into the cryptocurrency and blockchain space. Let's look at some of them and see how it would affect bitcoin.

Some of the world’s biggest technology companies are entering into the cryptocurrency and blockchain space. Let’s look at some of them and see how it would affect bitcoin and the overall cryptocurrency and blockchain industry:

Twitter:

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was on the Joe Rogan podcast this week talking about bitcoin as the money of the internet. What interesting about Jack Dorsey this week is that he admitted that he owns cryptocurrencies specifically bitcoin. This is not surprising considering that his cash app lets you send digital payments back and forth to people and lets you buy bitcoin so to see him only owning bitcoin is no real surprise. What’s more interesting is that Jack Dorsey took part in the lightning network torch relay which is something going around crypto twitter at the moment. Basically, people are sending bitcoin payments from one person to the next person adding a little more bitcoin on each time using the lightning network. He received that payment and send that payment ahead using the lightning network to Elizabeth Stark of lightning labs. To see this whole thing coming together like this is really encouraging. It’s really exciting to see the CEO of such a large tech company not only being a personal holder of bitcoin but also being very enthusiastic about the technology.

 

Facebook:

Facebook has acquired a company called ChainSpace which is a London based distributed ledger technology company. Facebook has been for a very long time expanding their overall approach to blockchain and Facebook has a lot of ways in which the blockchain technology could be very amazing for the company. Thinking about all the potential to improve privacy, security, monetization etc. The bottom line of Facebook could really be improved by blockchain technology. Estimates tell that they are around 60 people employed at Facebook specifically looking at blockchain technology. There was a piece of recent news about Facebook-owned Whatsapp will be releasing the Whatsapp coin. This is a very limited release to start with the only use case for people sending payments back and forth in India but it might expand over time to other countries as well if the initial trials go well. Acquiring ChainSpace is just the next step to that process for Facebook. Also interestingly there is a project called PledgeCamp and one of their key advisors is Randi Zuckerberg. There is although no announcement of any integration of Facebook with PledgeCamp but it does show that the people behind Facebook are looking at Blockchain startups and blockchain technology.

 

Google:

Google said this week that they are releasing a search engine tool that lets you search the eight top blockchains. They are also looking at how to bring all that data together, look at the metadata of it, understand what the best use cases are by looking at how actually the people are using blockchain today. It’s quite interesting to see Google spending a lot of time and effort focusing on that one area. Google also can increase their bottom line exponentially by using blockchain technology.

 

Telegram:

Telegram is finally getting to the point of launching their token. Telegram has prolonged suffered from a whole variety of different issues including scam accounts and all these different things but Telegram is taking this to the next step by launching their cryptocurrency. The in-app token will allow you to exchange value within the platform which would be really exciting to see.

 

Baidu:

Baidu, the Chinese internet giant is launching ZuperChain in the near future. Interesting to see that these Chinese tech giants are going forward with blockchain despite the government not liking cryptocurrency but they are not necessarily anti-blockchain.

Looking at all these giant companies getting into cryptocurrency and blockchain really exciting but all these giant companies bring a lot of their own set of troubles. Only a couple of weeks ago everyone was criticizing Jack Dorsey about censorship on Twitter. So we have to realize the limitations of these platforms. Twitter has the power to de-platform people and in certain cases, they do have to de-platform people and that’s the reality of Twitter. We cannot forget about the things that these big tech companies are doing just because they are now doing some positive things too. Facebook is the king of de-platforming and there is no indication that Facebook will magically start using bitcoin. So there is a double edge sword looking at these giant tech companies coming into the cryptocurrency and blockchain space because if there is a Facebook dollar would probably be very censorship pro. But regardless of the baggage that these giant tech companies bring along, the reality is that for a lot of people their first cryptocurrency experience may be because of one of these giant companies. So to see this happening is overall positive for the cryptocurrency economy.

 

What are your thoughts on these tech giants entering into the cryptocurrency and blockchain space? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Alert: CME Bitcoin Futures Experiencing Record Breaking Volumes

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These days saw the highest and rapid increase ever for Bitcoin futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as the amount exceeded 18,000. Institutional investors are paying attention to this as the bitcoin future contracts get snapped up at an ever-increasing rate.

 

Record of BTC Contract Size on CME:

As per the stats of CME they were 18,338 on Wednesday, which is the highest figure ever recorded till now. This is equivalent to 91,690 Bitcoins or roughly $365 million at today’s prices.

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Upcoming contracts enable explorers to bet on the prices rather than to purchase the physical assets. So these figures might be a little misleading.

 

When the new product which offers the physically settled contracts hit the market, they will be paying out in BTC which will drive tremendous momentum for crypto markets. Over the past year or so the expectation of a crypto Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) being launched has been telecasted and dominated the news. The year 2018, has been the year of regulation and cooling off which was only to be expected after the previous year of rampant FOMO and parabolic market action.

 

This year 2019, is expected to be different as many industry experts predict the launch of at least one institutional investment vehicle.

 

As per the Block European exchange giant, Eurex is preparing to launch crypto and bitcoin futures so the list of institutional offerings is increasing rapidly. The cognate exchange is operated by Germany’s Deutsche Börse, which will be offering Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP imminently according to the report.

 

Exchange traded funds are the future:

In addition to these future products, there is already one type of Exchange Traded Funds that are actually traded through an ETN (exchange-traded note) which allows investors to get direct exposure to Bitcoin prices. The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) crosses the technicalities of buying and storing Bitcoin but still allows investors to get into the action by buying shares that trade at around a thousandth of the price of BTC.

 

GBTC has been highly popular with over $800 million which is already invested in the Bitcoin fund.

 

Furthermore, Bitcoin is the most popular. The fund eliminates the volatility of buying and owning Bitcoin directly which is something that institutions want.

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Elon Musk: Cryptocurrency is the future, Paper Currency going to end.

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CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, stated that the Day is not far when the paper currency will fade away and shall be replaced by the Bitcoin.

Enthusiastic towards cryptocurrency also the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, stated that the Day is not far when the paper currency will fade away and shall be replaced by the Bitcoin. Which clearly means Musk is in favor of the decentralized currency ( also known as cryptocurrency).

 

In one of the episodes of ‘On The Road To Full Autonomy With Elon Musk, which is hosted by Tasha Keeney, the CEO spoke and discussed the developments that Tesla shall undergo and also spoke about the cryptocurrency with regard the future of technology and finance.

 

When Elon Musk was asked regarding Jack Dorsey’s prediction, which was that the Internet shall be witnessing Bitcoin as its native currency soon, Elon Musk answered it and found it interesting.

 

He further said that the idea and also the structure of the Bitcoin is great and it seems like there is some advantage to Ethereum. Elon Musk is not sure whether it will be good for Tesla resources to get into cryptocurrency.

 

Elon Musk also said that Bitcoin and Ethereum scammers were so rampant on Twitter, he decided to join in and He said at one point that he wants to buy some Bitcoin. Then his account got suspended cause obviously there was some automatic rule, he then ended the conversation by saying that he was just joking.

 

A campaign was started by Twitter which deleted several bogus accounts for “coordinated manipulation,” and promotion of cryptocurrency scams, Elon Musk appreciated the website’s efforts.

 

Elon Musk added that the disadvantage of cryptocurrency is that the nature of production is energy intensive as regards to the mining process.

 

Keeney referenced to the terrible financial condition in Africa, where the restrictions on the currency stop the citizens from converting their currencies and forcing them to go through the US dollar. To which Musk replied that cryptocurrency is a far better way to transfer money or value rather than pieces of paper. Paper money is going away.

 

Even after Elon Musk’s positive statement on cryptocurrencies, his recognition for the structure and concept of Bitcoin and Ethereum and his confirmation that paper money will be replaced by the decentralized currency, the Tesla CEO made it clear that his company will not be selling Bitcoins.

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Tim Draper: Bitcoin Mass Adoption till 2021

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Tim Draper said in an interview with the FOX Business on 18th Day of February 2019 that the world will soon start buying coffee by using Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is considered as digital gold or e-gold which has achieved dominance in the field of cryptocurrency. Tim Draper, who is the inventor of the Billionaire Bitcoin, predicted the rapid increase in the growth of the Bitcoin or cryptocurrency in the world and said in an interview with the FOX Business on 18th Day of February 2019 that the world will soon start buying coffee by using Bitcoin. According to his prediction, the world is just 2 years away from when everybody shall start to use Bitcoin.

 

By 2023, Baristas would be laughing at people who shall make the payment of their purchase by using the currency other than the Bitcoin, Tim Draper added.

 

Even after having a large number of Bitcoins, Tim Draper has no plan to trade or sell any of his Bitcoin.

Tim Draper previously claimed and predicted that by 2022, the net value of Bitcoin will reach to $250,000 per coin. The prediction is also said to be the highest prediction coming from the industry of cryptocurrency. But Draper is still not clear on how this rapid growth will take place but he is enough confidence that there will be massive growth in cryptocurrency.

 

Recently the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey also publicized Bitcoin.

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