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Expert says folks don’t purchase Bitcoin to make use of – Sahiwal Tv



Bitcoin held by two hands

Zac Prince, CEO of the BlockFi cryptocurrency platform has a important view on folks’s relationship with Bitcoin. In an interview with the CNBC “Squawk on the Street”, the businessman acknowledged that there’s a downside concerning folks’s understanding with digital foreign money. This is as a result of, in line with him, there’s a mistake that many make when shopping for cryptocurrency simply ready for its restoration.

Zac identified that most individuals who purchase Bitcoin see the asset simply as funding capital. For him, because of this the acquisition rule is simply on account of excessive costs, to not spend or use cryptocurrency. And whereas it is a pure development, it may find yourself hampering the elevated use and popularization of bitcoin.

The CEO indicated that within the final 10 years there was an awesome evolution in relation to the value of the asset. According to his calculations, anybody who invested a greenback in Bitcoin in 2010 may have the equal of $ 90,000 in 2020. And taking into consideration the truth that cryptocurrency is at its finest for the reason that starting of the 12 months, it is a development that may stay.

Brazilian professional explains why

In a debate about why folks don’t wish to spend bitcoin, however simply preserve ready for appreciation, the Brazilian Narcélio Filho (associate at MiningMath Associates, cryptocurrency specialist and speaker at Blockchain BH) defined that one of many causes is the Gresham regulation, in line with him, “Nobody wants to spend an asset that they will value.”

The cause is Gresham’s Law. Nobody needs to spend an asset that values ​​a lot over time. It is way more clever to spend coloured paper that devalues ​​(“normal” cash).

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Zac Prince’s funding platform goes by an awesome section, following the constructive traits that the cryptomercado has proven. Last Thursday (13), Exchange managed to lift the equal of $ 30 million in its sequence B financing spherical. The motion was led by Valar Ventures, an organization owned by Peter Thiel.

Added to it is a latest funding made by BlockFi, which is targeted on its development. By the top of the 12 months, the corporate’s intention is to increase its workforce to 150. Much of this success can also be linked to Zac’s claims about the truth that today Bitcoin already has a strong standing instead funding possibility. This makes a number of buyers rely on the assistance of the platform for his or her business.

Regardless of his firm’s success, Zac’s predictions about cryptocurrency and Bitcoin for this 12 months are fairly constructive. In its positioning, even when the asset is just not but so popularized by way of circulation, its wonderful section ought to proceed all year long. In addition, different cryptocurrencies are experiencing a superb time, akin to Altcoins. As such, 2020 brings wonderful alternatives for digital property.

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Pardon the Intrusion #11: No more passwords



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Welcome to the latest edition of Pardon The Intrusion, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter in which we explore the wild world of security.

Here’s a double dose of good news for those who value their personal device security. (So, hopefully everyone.)

First off, Google has open-sourced its security key technology, allowing anyone to build their own hardware security key for the strongest level of two-factor authentication (2FA). Because, as we all know, SMS is no longer a secure means for 2FA.

By opening up OpenSK, Google hopes it will be embraced by the wider community, making it easier to spot bugs, add features, and customize it.

Security keys are phishing-resistant, which basically means that they can protect your accounts from being hijacked. The underlying principle is based on the FIDO — Fast IDentity Online — standard that aims to solve the problem of over-reliance on passwords.

Which brings us to the second piece of good news: Apple is the latest company to join the FIDO Alliance, the open industry association that oversees the FIDO standard and already counts Google, Amazon, ARM, and Intel as some of its members.

That’s not all though. The iPhone maker is also proposing a new standard that upgrades the one-time passwords (OTP) that you receive as SMS. We are all aware that SMSes can be hijacked or intercepted, and Apple is aware of that risk.

The solution attempts to reduce the chances of phishing by standardizing the format of such 2FA messages:

747723 is your XYZ authentication code. #747723

As it stands, these SMSes come in a variety of text formats.

Switching to a unified format makes it easy for apps and services to automatically extract the OTP from the SMS and complete the login operation without your intervention. All good. But…

Even if, let’s assume, all companies come aboard for this, there’s a major red flag — SMS text verification is an inherently insecure idea, period.

That Apple is pushing for this standard is baffling to the say the least. What’s more, it does little to disrupt the status quo and steer users (and companies) away from SMS-based authentication. At best, it’s a stopgap solution.

Hopefully, now that Apple has joined the FIDO Alliance, we can soon start taking a step forward in putting passwords to rest.


Do you have a burning cybersecurity question, or a privacy problem you need help with? Drop them in an email to me, and I’ll discuss it in the next newsletter! Now, onto more security news.

What’s trending in security?

In the past two weeks, Maastricht University paid 30 Bitcoin in ransom to hackers, a software bug exposed personal identification (CPR) numbers for 1.26 million Danish citizens, and Israel’s election day app had a flaw that potentially allowed access to a database containing the personal info of 6.4 million citizens.

  • Codebreakers ahoy! Jim Sanborn, the man behind the cryptographic sculpture Kryptos, has offered a fresh clue to solve it. It’s a word: “NORTHEAST.”  [The New York Times]
  • You can create a virtual traffic jam in Google Maps by walking around the streets with 99 smartphones. [Simon Weckert]
  • The US government claimed Huawei can secretly access mobile-phone networks around the world through “back doors” designed for use by law enforcement. But Huawei has fired back, pointing out that the US itself has a long history of spying on phone networks. [The Wall Street Journal / Huawei]
  • India’s data protection bill seeks to penalize re-identification of user data, even when it’s for purposes of cybersecurity research. [WIRED]
  • How North Korea is evading international sanctions to make money illicitly off the internet — bank theft, cryptocurrency mining, and counterfeit video games. [Recorded Future]
  • The US has charged 4 members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) 54th Research Institute with hacking into Equifax in 2017. [CyberScoop]
  • Online sneaker marketplace StockX finally added two-factor authentication, almost six months after a massive data breach last August. But too bad, it’s SMS based. [StockX]
  • Netherlands-based Maastricht University paid 30 Bitcoin in ransom to hackers — dubbed “TA505” — who encrypted some of its critical systems in a cyberattack late December, as ransomware gangs are increasingly tampering with industrial control systems and dumping stolen data for all to see. [Maastricht University]
  • Cybercriminals are abusing code repository platform Bitbucket to deliver a variety of malware. The malicious repositories have since been deactivated. [Cybereason
  • Scammers are playing on Coronavirus fears to send malicious phishing emails in an attempt to breach companies. [IBM X-Force / Proofpoint]
  • The Emotet botnet is now leveraging insecure Wi-Fi networks to infect devices that are connected to them, thereby rapidly increasing its spread. [Binary Defense]
  • A software bug, that went unfixed for 5 years between February 2, 2015, and January 24, 2020, exposed personal identification (CPR) numbers for 1.26 million Danish citizens, a fifth of the country’s total population. [ZDNet]
  • Electorthe website for an election app used by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party, Likud, made it possible to view full names, addresses, and identity card numbers of 6.5 million voters. The software error exposed an API that returned the site administrator’s credentials, which could then be used to gain access to the voter registry database. [Internet Israel]
  • Antivirus firm Avast shuts down data collection arm Jumpshot after getting caught amassing and selling users’ browsing habits to its clients. There’s only one word for this: good! [Motherboard / Avast]
  • Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter demand Clearview AI stop scraping their social networks to funnel its facial recognition tool that it pitches to law enforcement agencies. [The Verge]
  • WhatsApp fixed a flaw in its desktop app that allowed access to files on your computer. [TNW via PerimeterX]
  • Google blocked 790,000 potentially harmful apps before they were published to the Play Store in 2019, and prevented more than 1.9 billion malware installs from non-Google Play sources. All that effort hasn’t stopped malware-laced appsfrom sneaking in, though.  [Android Developers]
  • The NSO Group, which makes the Pegasus spyware used by governments to spy on activists, dissidents, and journalists, is under investigation by the FBI. [Reuters]
  • Google’s data export tool, Takeout, suffered from a bug that accidentally delivered users’ private photos to the wrong people. The four-day security lapse in November last year affected “less than 0.01%” of Photos users. [Ars Technica]
  • Facebook left a security flaw open for nine months after it was first raised that eventually culminated in a data breach impacting 29 million users. [The Telegraph]

Data Point

FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) published the 2019 Internet Crime Report, and revealed that cybercrime contributed to individual and business losses of $3.5 billion in 2019 alone, up from $2.7 billion in 2018. IC3 received 467,361 complaints, an average of nearly 1,300 every day. Of the age groups impacted, those between 20 to 29 suffered the least loss — of $174.6 million.

“The most frequently reported complaints were phishing and similar ploys, non-payment/non-delivery scams, and extortion. The most financially costly complaints involved business email compromise, romance or confidence fraud, and spoofing, or mimicking the account of a person or vendor known to the victim to gather personal or financial information,” the report says.

Takeaway: With phishing, smishing (SMS phishing) and pharming (redirecting users to bogus websites) being the most common entry points for cybercrime, it’s crucial that you double-check everything you receive, whether it’s emails or SMSes. Moral of the story: don’t click suspicious links.

That’s it. See you all in a couple of days. Stay safe!

Ravie x TNW (ravie[at]thenextweb[dot]com)


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Shopify joins Facebooks cryptocurrency Libra Association



After eBay, Visa, Stripe and other high-profile partners ditched the Facebook -backed cryptocurrency collective, Libra scored a win today with the addition of Shopify. The e-commerce platform will become a member of Libra Association, contributing at least $10 million and operating a node that processes transactions for the Facebook-originated stable coin.

If Libra manages to assuage international regulators’ concerns, which are currently blocking its roll out, Shopify could gain a way to process transactions without paying credit card fees. Libra is designed to move between wallets with zero or nearly-zero fees. That could save money for Shopify and the 1 million merchants running online shops on its platform.

Shopify stressed that helping merchants reduce fees and bringing commerce opportunities to developing nations as reasons it’s joining the Libra Association . “Much of the world’s financial infrastructure was not built to handle the scale and needs of internet commerce,” Shopify writes. Here are the most critical parts of its announcement:

Our mission is to make commerce better for everyone and to do that, we spend a lot of our time thinking about how to make commerce better in parts of the world where money and banking could be far better . . . As a member of the Libra Association, we will work collectively to build a payment network that makes money easier to access and supports merchants and consumers everywhere . . . Our mission has always been to support the entrepreneurial journey of the more than one million merchants on our platform. That means advocating for transparent fees and easy access to capital, and ensuring the security and privacy of our merchants’ customer data. We want to create an infrastructure that empowers more entrepreneurs around the world.

As part of the Libra Association, Shopify will become a validator node operator, gain one vote on the Libra Association council and can earn dividends from interest earned on the Libra reserve in proportion to its investment, which is $10 million at a minimum.

The Libra Association had lost much of its e-commerce expertise when a string of members abandoned the project in October amidst regulatory scrutiny. That included traditional payment processors like Visa and Mastercard, online processors like Stripe and PayPal and marketplaces like eBay. That threw into question whether Libra would have the right partners to make the cryptocurrency accepted in enough places to be useful to people.

As it works to convince regulators Libra is safe, Facebook has been working on its other payment plays, including Facebook Pay and WhatsApp Pay, that rely on traditional bank transfers or credit cards.

Shopify’s CEO Tobi Lutke tweeted that “Shopify spends a lot of time thinking about how to make commerce better in parts of the world where money and banking could be far better. That’s why we decided to become a member of the Libra Association.”

“We are proud to welcome Shopify, Inc. (SHOP) to the Libra Association. As a multinational commerce platform with over one million businesses in approximately 175 countries, Shopify, Inc. brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Libra project,” writes Dante Disparte, the Libra Association’s head of Policy and Communications. “Shopify joins an active group of Libra Association members committed to achieving a safe, transparent, and consumer-friendly implementation of a global payment system that breaks down financial barriers for billions of people.”

A recent hire further tied the two companies together. Facebook’s former lead product manager for its payment platform and billing teams, Kaz Nejatian, in September became Shopify’s VP and GM of money.

Operating an e-commerce store can be difficult or impossible without a traditional bank account that can be tough to attain in some developing countries. Libra could allow these merchants to establish a Libra Wallet where payments are sent instantly, without steep credit card fees, and in theory could be cashed out at local brick-and-mortar establishments or ATMs for local fiat currency.

Shopify’s credit card readers

But for any of that to happen, the Libra Association will have to convince the U.S. government, the EU and more that it won’t help terrorists launder money, hurt people’s privacy or weaken nations’ power in the global financial system. “The French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said, “the monetary sovereignty of countries is at stake from a possible privatisation of money . . . we cannot authorise the development of Libra on European soil.”

Libra was initially slated to launch in 2020. We’ll see.

Here’s the full list of Libra Association members:


Facebook’s Calibra, Shopify, PayU, Farfetch, Lyft, Spotify, Uber, Illiad SA, Anchorage, Bison Trails, Coinbase, Xapo, Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, Breakthrough Initiatives, Ribbit Capital, Thrive Capital, Creative Destruction Lab, Kiva, Mercy Corps, Women’s World Banking.

Former members

Vodafone, Visa, Mastercard, Stripe, PayPal, Mercado Pago, Bookings Holdings, eBay.

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Ripple Price Prediction: XRP/USD Needs to Recover Above $0.30



XRP Price Prediction – February 23

Ripple (XRP) is vulnerable to further losses as long as it stays below $0.26 while the nearest support is located on the approach to $0.25.

XRP/USD Market

Key Levels:

Resistance levels: $0.31, $0.32, $0.33

Support levels: $0.25, $0.24, $0.23

XRPUSD- Daily Chart

A few days ago, Ripple (XRP) bottomed $0.260 and now recovering to $0.282 by the time of writing. Compared to yesterday’s trading, XRP/USD has gained 2.47% as the market opens today. Although, the current movement is still below the 9-day and 21- moving averages. If the bulls can manage to engineer a sustainable recovery above this handle, the short-term movement will improve slightly, while the coin will get a chance for an upside move towards $0.290.

Looking at the chart technically, XRP may likely experience more losses as long as it stays below $0.260. It has been a while that Ripple maintained a bullish sentiment and stood at least above $0.30. Since a few days ago, the Ripple (XRP) price has collapsed to trade regularly below $0.265 level, but apparently, there is still no price surge against the US dollar.

However, the daily chart has revealed that the sellers are still dominating the market with a slight surge. For now, the key support level to watch out for lies at $0.25 and $0.24. A further drop may slip price to $0.23 support levels. For a retracement move, the $0.29 level is likely to resurface before the rally continues. If the $0.28 could now contain the retracement, the price may further swing to $0.31, $0.320 and $0.33 resistance levels. The RSI (14) is moving above 52-level, indicating an upward trend.

Against Bitcoin, the situation is becoming bleak as the market was seen trading below the 9-day and 21-day moving averages at 2845 SAT. The XRP/BTC was unable to break above the moving averages. The market opens today with a downward trend and it is still falling at the time of writing.

XRPBTC – Daily Chart

From upside, the nearest level of resistance lies at 2900 SAT, if the bulls can break above this level, further resistance may be found at 3100 SAT and 3200 SAT but if the sellers continue to push the price beneath the current 2830 SAT, the next level of support is located at 2800 SAT and more support is found at 2600 SAT and 2500 SAT. The RSI (14) moves around 49-level as the bears gain control of the market.

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