SEC Starts to Battle Unruly Crypto Hedge Funds 1776

This week, on the same day, two United States regulating bodies — the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and its ruling organization the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) — reported filing objections against non-compliant crypto players who made some false statements regarding their businesses.

While the SEC barely needs any introduction for those who follow the crypto industry, FINRA might seem unfamiliar. FINRA is a private, non-federal agency, although it is overseen by the SEC. It regulates one specific part of the securities industry in the U.S.: brokerage firms doing business with the public.

What makes the news particularly interesting is that both agencies seemingly extended their purviews, as FINRA targeted a questionable crypto security and the SEC turned its attention to funds managing virtual currencies. And as the icing on the cake, a New York federal judge ruled that U.S. securities laws were applicable for dealing with crypto fraud allegations — all on the same day, Sept. 11.

FINRA has filed a complaint against a Massachusetts resident Timothy Tilton Ayre. The watchdog charged him with securities fraud and the illegal distribution of an unregistered cryptocurrency called HempCoin (HMP) (not to be confused with the company of the same name that trades THC tokens).

Here’s brief background: In April 2016, Ayre started advertising HMP as “the first minable coin backed by marketable securities” and a security backed by common stock, arguing that every 10 coins represented one share of his public company Rocky Mountain Ayre Inc. (RMTN).

Ayre’s HempCoins premiered on exchanges C-Cex and Yobit. More than than 81 million HMP coins were mined in late 2017 and traded on the aforementioned platforms. Currently, HMP is not listed at any exchange and its market cap totals a modest $104,463, according to CoinMarketCap. Ayre’s cryptocurrency has also seemingly erased all of its social media presence, while its former website reroutes to some unrelated content.

Thus, in the recent complaint, FINRA states that Ayre’s claims were “fraudulent, positive statements about RMTN’s business and finances.” As Ayre never attempted to register the coin, FINRA chose to charge the RMTN president with the unlawful distribution of an unregistered security.

In the press release, FINRA reminded that anyone named in its complaint can file a response and request a hearing. If the agency confirms there were violations, Ayre might face a fine, censure, suspension or be barred from the securities industry altogether.

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DIRHAM: A New AED Backed Fully Regulated Stablecoin With Smart Contract Support 21622

DIRHAM

The cryptocurrency market has turned into a perfect investment alternative for retail as well as institutional investors. It has grown to become a $2 trillion industry as mainstream adoption came knocking this bull season. The price volatility of these digital assets works in both ways as it helps people to make a good profit in a short period while on red days it can lead to significant losses as well. However, the most important aspect is the transfer of value where fluctuation in prices can make it complex to transfer it or lose some value during the exchange. This is where stablecoins come into play as it ensures a stable value against the market volatility, but the popular stablecoins such as USDT lack transparency and have often been marred into controversy. The value of USDT often falls below $1 and even rises above the pegged value during extreme market fluctuations.

In the cryptocurrency market, stablecoins serve as a buffer. Through them, the owners of large capital can enter the crypto market to turn a large amount of money into money inside the blockchain at once and trade on them or invest. This is where DAH dirham, a regulated stablecoin that combines the creditworthiness and price stability of the AED Dirham comes into play. DAH is tied to the rate of AED 1:1 and (approximate cost of $ = 0.27). Only minor fluctuations in the exchange rate that the cryptocurrency market can produce are allowed. DAH is built on top of the Ethereum network and uses ERC-20 protocols to ensure minimal exchange rate fluctuations.

The value of a digital asset is 20% secured by AED / USD and 80% secured by the issuance or burning of a token within the framework of the blockchain protocol. Full 100% provision of a digital asset by an external traditional real asset will be completed by the specified path.

What Separates DAH From Other Stablecoins?

The main regulator of the value of DAH is the control of the token issue. When the demand for stablecoin increases, there is an additional issuance to keep the price stable, there is a burning of tokens if the price exceeds the set limit. Also, the regulators of the value are the exchanges that determine the maximum fluctuation in the value. The basic information on the distribution of the token, as well as fixing the cost of DAH, is hardcoded in the smart contract of the token. The smart contract is verified and fully regulated.

DAH will act as the bridge to exchange between various reverse coins/tokens. This means that it will act as an interface that mediates transactions between blockchain users and will also implement an ecosystem that can be effectively used by various reverse coins. Dirham is now used as a reduced volatility clipboard. It has a wallet, an exchanger, as well as the Dirham Trade exchange (Dirham.trade), trading on which will be open after the ICO.

DAH and Habicoin Ecosystem

Being built on top of the Ethereum network allows DAH to function much more than just a traditional stablecoin. DAH act as the base for the Habicoin ecosystem. Habi is a separate decentralized privacy-focused mining token. Habi makes use of the HabiLanS Protocol (HLS). There are no identifiable or reused addresses in the HLS blockchain, which means that all such transactions look random from the outside. Data about such an operation is available exclusively to participants.

HLS blockchain will use a function called cut-through, which reduces the amount of data in the block by removing unnecessary information about transactions. HLS offers data compression, reducing the overall size of the blockchain network. Using this node can check the transaction history much faster, using fewer resources, which will also affect new nodes. This in turn reduces the cost of joining the network and running a node can ultimately lead to a more diversified and distributed community.

DIPAY (display.app) is a technology that collects and transmits payment information for online payments from customers to acquirers around the world. All this will make it possible to implement a large-scale project that has not yet been implemented by anyone. These four components will work in tandem to provide a single mechanism for Dirham.

DAH Token Distribution and Public Offerings

The first emission of DAH would release 11,000,000,000 tokens out of which 5% equivalent to 550000000 DAH would be allocated towards ICO. The initial coins supply are distributed as follows:

  • 83 % – IPO initial public offering (IPO) for using “stablecoin” as a stable digital asset. (0x72edd6a805cb82c5f8f5c8954b301dc059f29e1b)
  • 5 % – ICO to Republican investors and accredited investors for crowdfunding, receiving some remuneration and subsequent sale on trading platforms (no more than $148,500,000). (0xfee6c3ee37857ff3ae73cabba651acafcd7a67a0)
  • 3 % – remuneration, grants, and other financing. (0x10a9e61757b6c5af88053ba42d97fb385879d993)
  • 3 % – Dirham fund, for engineering development, building communities, and marketing activities. (0x476e0380bae4ace85c60db480341d5926e3a1d7a)
  • 6 % – for creators, team, and development. (0xe0b737ebace42bef7385e8e66a75b6e1085fef47)

The token is currently listed on Coinsbit exchange with trading pairs: DAH / BTC, DAH / ETH, DAH / LTC, and Finexbox exchange: DAH / BTC, DAH / ETH.

The ICO is currently live and would go on until 19th June 2021, users can buy DAH at a 25% discount during the initial buying phase. After the end of the ICO phase, the firm would also organize a 100 day staking period where uses would earn a 0.8% reward on the total number of staked coins.

IPO session for Dirham token on P2PB2B exchange is open. Users can participate in purchases with a 9% bonus on market sales. The session duration is 14 days, the sale is available on Finexbox, Coinsbit, and P2PB2B after the end of the IPO session. Available pairs: DAH / BTC, DAH / ETH, DAH / LTC, DAH / DASH, DAH / USD.

To learn more about Dirham visit Dirham.app

Registration key: https://dirham.app/?ref=8FwYdc (registration only by key).

Twitter : https://twitter.com/dirhamtoken

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/groups/738844056812189

Telegram : https://t.me/dirhamtoken

Discord: https://discord.com/invite/DRyr99vUSJ

Website : https://dirham.app/

Meet TABOO, the unique token that gives reward for every transaction 22641

TABOO

TABOO is a community-led project with absolute rug proof security, allowing all participants to participate in a completely secure ecosystem with a fully locked liquidity pool. They give a portion of each purchase to their faithful holders as a gift. With each transaction, your TABOO tokens will rise!

TABOO holders passively earn tokens by static incentives with a set 5% tax that is allocated to their holders’ ‘TABOO is a deflationary MEME token with a 7% transaction tax. 2 percent is indefinitely burnt from the stock, implying that the quantity of token in nature is still decreasing, making this token more difficult to obtain, raising the token’s price. 5 percent is allocated to all of our holders, implying that the number of tokens in your wallet is constantly increasing!

Team Tokens are secured by a DX auction, and liquidity is secured, providing our investors with complete security.

People behind TABOO 

The TABOO team is an entertainment and publishing blockchain platform initiative that uses NFTs to build an inspired and, most importantly, satisfied long term holder!

They are a deflationary meme token that brings you unique never-before-seen uncensored NFT material from world renowned beauties!

TABOO’s staff understands that the fundamentals of a good coin must be MARKETING! They need a crowd whose values are shared, and there is no question that as a group, they will push this coin well beyond the $100 million market cap in no time.

Roadmap

Q2 2021:

  • Launch Website
  • Presale
  • Airdrops
  • Whitepaper
  • CoinMarketCap listing

Q3 2021:

  • Top Tier CEX Listings
  • Deploy exclusive NFT content to premium TABOO holders
  • Banner ad campaigns
  • Glamour model/ pornstar marketing
  • Begin talks with leading online adult only websites

Tokenomics

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How to buy TABOO

To buy TABOO, you must first own some BNB and transfer it to your wallet. TABOO can then be obtained via PancakeSwap.

SEND BNB TO WALLET

1. Login to your binance.com account. select wallet and click “overview”.

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2. In your wallet overview, click “withdraw”.

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3. Once you’re in the withdrawal menu, select bnb, enter the withdrawal address (obtained from metamask), select binance smart chain as the transfer network, and enter the amount you want to withdraw.

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4. After selecting binance smart chain as the transfer network, a pop-up screen will appear. select “I understand”.

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5. The next steps are the same as with any other withdrawal. A confirmation screen will appear to inform you about the conversion rate, fees, and to allow you to review the transaction details once again.

6. Once confirmed, you’ll be asked to enter your verification code to approve the withdrawal.

Your transaction will be processed shortly. The funds should appear in your metamask wallet balance (under smart chain) within a few minutes after you receive the withdrawal confirmation email.

BUY TABOO ON PANCAKESWAP

1. Access to www.taboo.community

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2. Buy Taboo on pancakeswap

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80% of White Respondents Are Aware of Bitcoin Compared to 66% of Hispanics and 61% of Black Respondents, New Study by SimpleMoneyLyfe 20778

The research, which analyzed exclusive survey results and public databases, also discovered that males are more aware of Bitcoin than females, and 67% of Millennials favor Bitcoin over gold. The data encompasses results from November 2019 to January 2021 – making it the most comprehensive cryptocurrency study to date. Moreover, our data hits on topics that resonate with consumers, academia, and the private industry. The results shed light on a new narrative that has not been covered – one that reveals rampant disparity.

This SimpleMoneyLyfe Study also analyzed several other factors related to cryptocurrency and the broader blockchain industry.

Here is a quick snapshot of what our industry-leading research reveals:

Cryptocurrency Criminal Activity: Just 0.34% of Crypto’s Transaction Volume was Used for Criminal Activity. This equates to roughly 10 billion dollars.

Bitcoin Hoarders are Prevalent: 2% of Crypto Wallets Control 95% of all Bitcoin. This includes numerous governments, financial institutions, and early Bitcoin investors/miners.

Male vs Female Bitcoin Awareness: According to another survey, 78% of male survey respondents reported being aware of Bitcoin, while only 71% of females were aware of this particular digital asset (18+ or Older).

Massive Blockchain Investments: As blockchain is accepted and utilized across different industries, the U.S. is poised to remain at the forefront of innovation. It is projected to spend $4.2 billion on blockchain solutions.

Complete Study Results: https://simplemoneylyfe.com/cryptocurrency-statistics

Simplemoneylyfe.com is a leading financial website that covers the blockchain, financial, and credit industries. We simplify complex financial topics into digestible (action-oriented) information.

CES 2021 BayPay Rides Rise in Token Commerce with Its Simple, Fast, and Safe Payment Service 20614

BayPay is a technology company that builds economic infrastructure for blockchain with a promise to offering simple, fast, and safe payments, especially with the anticipated growth in token-based commerce during the COVID-19 pandemic, when people don’t necessarily want to hold physical money. BayPay’s Founder and CEO Scofield Yeh is positioning his company to reap the benefits of growth in the token economy. He said that, despite the fact that blockchain-related businesses are growing faster than the rest of the economy, only about 0.3 percent of global commerce happens on “chain” today.

“Regulatory complexity, a byzantine global financial system, and a shortage of engineers are constraining the impact of the token economy. Removing the barriers to token commerce helps more new businesses get started, expedites growth for existing companies, and increases economic output and trade globally. BayPay combines a payments platform with applications that put blockchain data at the heart of business operations,” Yeh said.

“Businesses of every size, from new startups to public companies, use our software to accept payments and manage their token businesses on chain,” he said.

He said that sitting atop BayPay’s blockchain platform are applications like the token, wallet, and cashier, which manage the lifecycle of the blockchain and deposit money into user bank accounts anywhere. BayPay includes a powerful API engine that makes transferring asset ownership easy. “Our SaaS (Software as a Service) infrastructure provides reliability, scalability, and security,” said Yeh.

NO-KEY

BayPay said that the biggest obstacle for users to enter the blockchain world is concerns related to establishing a wallet of their own such as managing private keys and remembering recovery phrases. By separating the two roles of identity authentication and authorization, BayPay allows users to use wallets as easily as using Gmail. It also allows companies to integrate token services into existing products to provide consistent user experiences.

NO-FEE

Yeh said the tokens issued by BayPay support the payment of fees by designated service providers, making it as easy for consumers as using ordinary points. “All transactions have costs. For example, the use of VISA cards incurs a fee charge of about 2%. Also, when the transaction fee is determined by the consumer and paid by the consumer using a token, it will confuse and inconvenience consumers. This is the current state of the token economy,” he said.

PAY-AS-YOU-GO

BayPay cloud service provides hundreds of application programming interfaces to assist your token economy operations as well as dozens of third-party integrated applications that help enterprises operate, including vouchers, discount coupons, gift certificates, meal coupons, redemption coupons, points, loyalty programs, and much more. The best part is that services are priced based on usage, without expensive program development costs and lengthy launch times.

Yeh noted that there are several ways to leverage BayPay. For example, it allows merchants, even those without blockchain knowledge such as POS retailers and e-commerce websites, to accept tokens as cash or to drop a link through chat or a Facebook post.

BayPay also helps ICO issuers improve the liquidity of their tokens. “Users can set the buyback price of their tokens and we will collect the tokens for them. There is no need to allocate manpower to work with your vendors and no more marketing subsidies need be spent on low-impact efforts.”

The company’s E2E also helps customers aggregate their spending power from separate sources and transfer their assets to whomever they want through the wallet. “No annoying private keys like with other wallets. All of the assets on BayPay are safeguarded by a hardware key vault.” Moreover, the B2B helps enterprises create stable coins as checks and deposit cash to their clients. This reduces the cost of accounting by adopting the distributed ledger services of blockchain. The innovative services of BayPay have earned the company selection by Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA) as one of the 100 featured Taiwanese startups showcased at CES 2021.

BayPay’s Founder and CEO Scofield Yeh is an experienced chief technology officer with specific skills in operations management, IT service management, business model development, management, and accounts management. Yeh is a strong information technology professional. He earned his executive master of Business Administration (EMBA) focused on entrepreneurship from National Taiwan University.

Covalent Taps IBM Blockchain to Help Track the Carbon Impact of its AirCarbon-based Fashion Goods 19424

IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Covalent, a fashion brand recently launched by Newlight Technologies, today announced that Covalent is using IBM Blockchain technology on IBM LinuxONE so consumers can track the carbon footprint and supply chain of its sustainable, AirCarbon-based fashion accessories, from eyewear to handbags. Purchasing sustainable products is a growing motivation for consumers. A recent study by IBM showed 57% of consumers surveyed were willing to change their shopping habits to reduce environmental impact. Covalent’s products, which can be purchased on its website, are made with AirCarbon, a biomaterial made by microorganisms that is meltable and can be used as an alternative to fiber, plastic and leather. Because it is made using renewable power, AirCarbon is certified as carbon-negative by the Carbon Trust, meaning it reduces the amount of carbon in the air.

In addition to being part of a new category of “regenerative” products emerging that can have a positive impact on the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, Covalent’s AirCarbon-based products provide a new level of traceability through the application of IBM Blockchain technology. Often, when consumers buy products labeled as sustainable fashion, they cannot see a verified record of how the product was made or how it affects the environment. Covalent’s products bridge that gap with a blockchain-based number that can be used to show the steps in the production process for that specific product as well as its third-party-verified carbon impact so customers can view impact the product is having on the environment.

A unique 12-digit number printed on each Covalent product, known as the “Carbon Date,” represents the time when the AirCarbon used to create that specific product was created. The number can be entered into Covalent’s website to trace the steps that went into creating the product. The supply chain journey that brought each product to life is stored in an immutable record on the blockchain and stretches from when the AirCarbon was formed and molded into a handbag to who independently verified its carbon footprint and when it was moved to a stockroom.

“Our goal was to give people the information they need to decide what kind of impact they want to make,” Newlight CEO Mark Herrema said. “With IBM Blockchain and LinuxONE technology, we can now provide visibility into not only the steps used to make each Covalent product, but also the carbon impact that each specific product has on the environment. For us, that’s important, because it helps make tangible the unique pathway that led to the creation of that product.”

By working with IBM Business Partner Cognition Foundry, a services provider and systems integrator, Covalent is able to host its IBM Blockchain solution on IBM LinuxONE, a highly secured server for mission critical workloads and that provides scalability and resiliency, including the industry’s first and only FIPS 140-2 Level 4 certified Hardware Security Module (HSM).[1]

“Blockchain’s ability to foster trust gives Covalent’s customers a better understanding of how their products were made,” said Alistair Rennie, General Manager of IBM Blockchain. “In turn, Covalent can create a better customer experience, and a better opportunity for consumers to understand how their choices impact the environment. This is another great example of how blockchain is supporting our mission of using technology for good.”

Kim Dotcom’s Next-Generation Content-Monetization Service K.IM Announces Bitcoin Cash Integration 17798

Dotcom, whose website Megaupload was once the 13th most popular site on the Internet and responsible for 4% of all Internet traffic, said K.IM turns “digital files into file shops. Users can use our service to package a file that they want to sell into an encrypted container file and then they can place it anywhere on the Internet. Customers who want to access the content inside the encrypted container can make a payment using cryptocurrency like Bitcoin Cash.”

Asked why he was excited about K.IM and Bitcoin Cash in particular, Dotcom said that while Bitcoin (BTC) has been a great tool for asset storage, Bitcoin Cash is “great for payments” for services like K.IM and offers new financial opportunities for consumers, vendors and investors. Kim had the following to say about the crypto market:

“My opinion is that crypto use is on the rise and BCH is in a good position to accumulate market share. For me it’s simple: The more users you have the more value you have.”

“The winners in the crypto race will be decided by vendors and users. Focus on the fundamental question: What do vendors and users want? Low fees, fast transactions, high security and ease of use.”

He went on to say that Bitcoin Cash was currently “undervalued” and that the “upside potential for those who missed the BTC train” is enormous. Bitcoin.com Founder and friend of Dotcom, Roger Ver, said that Dotcom has “always been ahead of the rest of the market and that people should pay attention to his predictions.” He went on further to say:

“When you look at interest in BTC these days, a lot of it comes in trying to chase its historic investment gains. As long as the price keeps going up, there is going to be a lot of interest. But what happens when people want to start actually using it to pay for things? They will discover the limitations of Bitcoin and look for an asset that can be both an investment and a true peer-to-peer payment system like Bitcoin was originally meant to be. That’s what Bitcoin Cash is.”