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Bitcoin News - US Colleges Still Reluctant to Accept Bitcoin Donations

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Few universities are dabbling with crypto gifts
US Colleges Still Reluctant to Accept Bitcoin Donations
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US colleges are getting an increasing amount of Bitcoin donations, according to Bloomberg. However, not all these educational institutions are overly enthusiastic about receiving such gifts.   

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Tepid interest in Bitcoin gifts

The University of Puget Sound was caught off-guard when one of its former students proposed to make a donation in Bitcoin after recently winning the jackpot. The article states that unusual donations (pieces of art, businesses shares) are not rare, but US colleges are still standoffish when it comes to such donations. There are numerous hurdles that may be linked to accounting, taxing or simply storing them.

Bitcoin, the world’s flagship cryptocurrency, is wont to have all these issues since it remains unregulated and there are very few custody solutions for this new asset class. However, since cryptocurrencies are inching closer towards hitting the mainstream, educational institutions have no other choice but to further explore crypto.

Accepting crypto donations isn’t easy

It is believed that the very first Bitcoin donation was given to Tacoma, Washington (WA) back in 2014. Nicolas Cary, the man behind this generosity, had to reportedly convince his university to accept Bitcoin. The college with a $370 mln endowment was iffy about accepting crypto at first – they needed more information.  

Cary states that accepting a Bitcoin gift presupposed changing its policy about allowing such donations. The total amount of the gift (14.5 BTC) has been transferred by generating a QR invoice and later taking a photo with a mobile cryptocurrency wallet. The snowy weather slowed down the transaction which took a whole day to be completed.

Puget Sound sold the received crypto to avoid volatility. If they had held Bitcoin until the December boom, they would have made a whopping $270,000. However, Cary’s gift turned out to be a stepping stone for more donations have been accepted by the university since then.

Reputational risks  

The reason while many universities still remain reticent with regard to cryptocurrencies is that they fear to put a damper on their reputation (cryptocurrencies pretty much remain in a legal grey zone). Even those endowments that do accept crypto tend to liquidate it almost instantaneously.

High-profile universities in the likes of Harvard are yet to embrace cryptocurrency donations. Nevertheless, they have been making headlines with crypto. As U.Today reported earlier, Yale’s $30 bln endowment spearheaded by investing legend David Swensen tapped into two crypto-oriented hedge funds.

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Crypto Exchange CEO in South Korea Goes to Prison for Giving False Trading Data to Investors

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Crypto Exchange CEO in South Korea Goes to Prison for Giving False Trading Data to Investors

Hyunsuk Choi, the head of the Komid crypto platform located in South Korea, has received a sentence of three years in jail for taking part in falsifying the volume of trading digital coins and deluding local investors. The name of the other executive is still undisclosed.

Details of the fraud

As the investigation found out, Hyunsuk Choi made several sham accounts on Komid in winter of last year. After that, he set up a trading bot for conducting false transactions with crypto and a balance made up of Korean won, which was also nothing but digits on the screen.

The trial also found out that Choi had taken some Bitcoin from the exchange and sent it to a third-party wallet. This manoeuvre allowed the exchange to get around $45 mln of investments.

The judge, adding to the fraud charge, called Choi guilty of making financial authorities fail to receive the correct statistics of the crypto trading sphere.

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Previous similar cases

In early spring 2018, police in South Korea arrested several top managers from two crypto exchanges on charges of alleged thievery. One of them was the head of Coinnest. The names and identities of the other three, as well as the exchange itself, were not disclosed publicly back then.

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Tezos Foundation President Claims Their Blockchain Can Solve Global Poverty

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Tezos is finally recovering after damaging infighting, and now the upstart is setting a new ambitious goal — fighting global poverty. In order to translate their endeavor into reality, they need to bring on board regulators and, of course, strengthen the community.

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Solving the global crisis  

Blockchain is widely considered to be the technology that could rival the Internet given that there are plenty of use cases that could potentially reshape many industries. During an interview with Swissinfo, Ryan Jesperson, who spearheads the Zug-based Tezos Foundation, claims that the project is willing to appear at the forefront of the future socio-economic revolution that will be achieved with the help of the disruptive technology. Jesperson emphasizes that Tezos could be a boon to people who live in poverty-stricken countries that are plagued with government obfuscation, corruption, and undeveloped infrastructure.

Solving the global crisis  

Joining the winning team

Given the steep fall of Bitcoin, Blockchain’s number one use case, some naysayers scoff at the possibility that Blockchain could solve global poverty. However, Jesperson is certain that the technology, which allows avoiding the influence of centralized authorities, could be a major slap in the face for corrupted officials. At this point, one of the main challenges is to convince the general public that Blockchain is more than a humbug, and it’s going to impact the social and economic aspects of everyone’s life.

The idea, not the bling

The future of Tezos, as Jesperson puts it, mainly depends on its community. Unfortunately, the speculative nature of cryptocurrency investments remains one of the main hindrances to the project’s future growth. In plain words, many saw Tezos as a get-rich-quick opportunity without actually contributing to the ecosystem (only 450 community members are currently baking the ‘Tezzie’ tokens that are required to keep the project going).

Four months after its record-breaking ICO, Tezos was hit with four class-action lawsuits, and now it’s up for the US SEC to decide whether the sold tokens were undeclared securities.

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ING Bank Arranges Five-Year Contract with Blockchain Developer R3

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On Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Dutch financial giant ING Bank announced entering into a five-year collaboration with the DLT platform R3. The press release by R3 claims that this move will allow the banking heavyweight to obtain an unlimited amount of licenses for using R3’s commercial blockchain – Corda Enterprise.

More benefits for ING

The newly-signed agreement enables the Dutch financial giant to use Corda Enterprise across the world for powering its operations. Besides, R3 will also provide the bank with its CorDapps. Those are special sets of blockchain-powered tools that can be utilized in the sphere of insurance, finance, identification and capital markets.

ING reps said in an interview that their long collaboration with R3 has proven that the products of this blockchain producer are the best to respond to the current needs of customers in the financial service field. Now the two companies have made their partnership even stronger, with ING hoping to use this as a push towards the arrival of distributed economy.

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ING and R3 continuous cooperation

The Dutch banking ‘monster’ has been working with R3 for quite a while already. In the fall three years ago, right after R3 started off, ING along with a few other institutional investors became members of the new DLT consortium.

Earlier in 2019, the ING bank was the first member of R3 that used the R3-made Corda platform to conduct a financial transaction through blockchain.

The operation was about shipping soybeans from Argentina to Malaysia. HSBC was also involved; the German bank had to send a letter of credit to ING. Back then, the HSBC letter stated that the transaction conducted by R3 had cut short a regular financial operation that usually requires around five or even ten days to complete. With R3 and its blockchain, everything was done within just one day.

ING goes for blockchain

The CEO of R3, David Rutter, also confirmed the fact of the long-lasting collaboration between the firms and mentioned that ING was one of the first banks to make a live trade on Project Voltron.

The bank was also among the first companies that conducted lending on securities on an open ledger via HQLAx. Rutter also mentioned that R3 is giving the ING bank the green light for an unlimited number of CorDapps to see how this ecosystem can make things for the bank’s business more efficient and profitable.

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Tron

2018 was very successful for the Tron Foundation and its network. During that year, Tron reached several major milestones, including getting off of Ethereum and onto its own mainnet as well as launching its own tokens. It also managed to get to position #9 on the top-ten coins list.

Also, in late 2018, Justin Sun addressed dApp makers of Ethereum and EOS through Twitter, urging them to leave their sinking ships behind and get over to Tron. TronGoo (formerly EtherGoo), one of the biggest and most popular Ethereum-based games, accepted the invitation quickly. By early 2019, Tron already made another achievement – getting over 200 dApps developed on it.

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Dappradar.com data against Ethereum

The well-known in the crypto sphere website dappradar.com, which allows watching the activity of decentralized applications, has recently been showing some interesting stuff regarding Tron, Ethereum and EOS.

Every decentralized app in the top ten list of dappradar works either on EOS or Tron. Judging from this, Ethereum – the company that is said to be the ‘father of dapps and smart contracts’ – is lagging behind these two platforms when it comes to dApps.

Tron

Tron beats EOS by transaction volume

At the moment, the ratio is 5:5 (Tron vs EOS), and this list shows the amount of users that utilize them on a daily basis. However, if you look at the number one EOS dApp, PRA CandyBox, which has nearly 9 thousand daily users, you see that it does not use any crypto and the volume of transactions here totals zero.

Compared to it, the Tron-based dApp game Epic Dragons comes in second by the amount of daily users – 5,500. However, this game passes through itself nearly 397,000 TRX daily (which is around $10,000). That is something to start with.

Number six on this list is TronBet, a gambling platform launched by Tron. Despite the relatively small number of daily users (3,200), the amount of cash that flows through it daily is nearly $25 mln per day. The dApp that comes closest to it is an EOS-based one on position #9 but with only $1.3 mln per day.

Dappradar.com shows that even with a smaller number of users, Tron-based dApps are way ahead on transaction volume than that of EOS, not to mention Ethereum. Experts believe that at this pace, Justin Sun’s plan to make TRX enter the top-four coins list in 2019 may well be achievable.

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Scaling for business solutions

Qtum, which represents a hybrid of Bitcoin and Ethereum, has been witnessing a steady growth since its launch in November 2017. Its business-oriented version uses the SCAR consensus algorithm, which halts the generation of blocks if the mempool doesn’t have any pending transactions. This helps achieve the maximum level of efficiency when it comes to using the network’s resources. Considering these impressive results, QtumX becomes suitable for various business scenarios that require a high-performing cryptocurrency for daily enterprise management.

Notably, Aelf, the coin that focuses also focuses on enterprises, managed to achieve 15,000 TPS back in August.  

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The race is on: who scales it better?  

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