PR: Hybrid Blockchain XinFin ICO Enters Second Week, Announces Institutional Partnerships

Hybrid Blockchain XinFin ICO

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XinFin’s Hybrid Blockchain ICO was announced last week after launching minimum viable products and ongoing pilot projects with several institutions. The utility coin XDCE offering enters second week.

XinFin, the first of it’s kind Hybrid blockchain platform is entering into the second week of it’s ICO for it’s utility coin XDCE. XDCE is an ERC 20 token that is also 1:1 swappable with the XDC that has utility in hosting masternodes as well as to be used on tradefinex.org platform for Global Trade and Finance beta platform.

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“XinFin XDC Masternodes can float tokenized or non-tokenized private subnetworks which can be used by banks, utility companies, communities or enterprises for blockchain enabling and tokenizing their assets. XinFin network is a peer to peer contract platform running on stake based DPOS consensus which can use existing approved payment channels or use XDC as a settlement layer only through approved financial institutions. The architecture makes XinFin fully compliant with laws of the land.” said Karan Bharadwaj, CTO of XinFin.

“TradeFinex.org Platform is the first app launched on the XinFin’s hybrid blockchain platform aimed at bridging the $27 trillion infrastructure deficit globally. It is connecting buyers, suppliers and financiers through it’s trusted network of trade associations, financial institutions, policy makers and regulators.” he added.

XinFin launched the tradefinex platform at second peer to peer Digital Asset summit organized by Assocham in India and extended the platform to over 450,000 enterprise members of Assocham. Amongst its institutional tie ups are Global Youth Economic Summit by NM College group that extends the XinFin platform to over 35,000 students of various affiliated colleges. Singapore based Ramco Labs also announced to build hybrid blockchain solutions with XinFin on its XDC01 protocol for global supply chain finance. Upcoming major global expansion includes Canada and Sri Lanka to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Citibank India to Not Permit Card Customers Purchasing or Trading Crypto

Citibank India to Not Permit Card Customers Purchasing or Trading Crypto

Citibank India notified debit card and credit card clients via email on the 13:th of February they would no longer be able to participate in cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. Citing regional and global concerns from regulators, the over a century old institution is following a growing number of traditional banks in cutting off access to the decentralized currency.  

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Citibank India Bans Bitcoin

“Given concerns,” Citibank India informed its customers in an email Tuesday, “both globally and locally including from the Reserve Bank of India, cautioning members of the public regarding the potential economic, financial, operational, legal, customer protection and security related risks associated in dealing with bitcoins, cryptocurrencies and virtual currencies, Citi India has decided to not permit usage of its credit and debit cards towards purchase or trading of such bitcoins, cryptocurrencies and virtual currencies.”

Bank of America, Lloyds Banking Group, JP Morgan Chase have also forbade cryptocurrency purchase for their customers, though they haven’t a retail presence in India. Recently, Visa pulled its European support for crypto, and Mastercard has elected to treat crypto purchases as cash advances. Citibank India has been around since 1902, and is counted among the largest foreign investors while operating over thirty brick and mortar outlets and over 500 automatic teller machines in the region. Among the top five cards, it is the only multinational bank.  

Citibank India to Not Permit Card Customers Purchasing or Trading Crypto

Last month, banks in India such as HDFC, Axis, Yes Bank, SBI, and ICICI Bank pulled their support of bitcoin and crypto exchanges for customers. Combined with Arun Jaitley, Indian Finance Minister, delivering a budget speech where it was reiterated cryptocurrencies will not be recognized as legal tender, and it’s easy to see why Citibank India might’ve been spooked.

Mr. Jaitley warned, “The Government does not consider cryptocurrencies legal tender or coin and will take all measures to eliminate use of these crypto-assets in financing illegitimate activities or as part of the payment system.”

Citibank India Bans Bitcoin

Kotak Mahindra Bank Drops Bitcoin as Well

Kotak Mahindra Bank has also announced it will not allow its customers to dabble in crypto. It has over a thousand branches in India, with over two thousand ATMs, making it the fourth largest bank in the country.

The bank warned any type of crypto activity noticed on accounts would be immediate grounds for closure.

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This 16-Year Old Crypto-App Developer Fights Back Against Reddit Hate

This 16-Year Old Crypto-App Developer Fights Back Against Reddit Hate

Last month a 16-year old girl from India created a digital currency price ticker that tracks the price of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin cash, ethereum, and many others. However, when Harshita Arora introduced the iOS application to members of the bitcoin community who patronize the Reddit forum /r/bitcoin, she was accused of plagiarizing the app. Unfortunately, even though the accusations were false, Arora was further discriminated for being a woman, while commenters also speculated that an individual at her age couldn’t possibly create an iOS platform.

Also read: The 65 Percent Price Dip Has Made ‘Bitcoin Whales’ A lot More BTC

This week news.Bitcoin.com spoke with, Harshita Arora, a 16-year old girl who developed the Crypto Price Tracker application for iPhones. Arora explains she lives in a small town just outside of New Delhi in India and she’s a big fan of technology. Arora has been studying computer science, and was accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for a summer internship. Arora decided to make a cryptocurrency price tracking app for iOS and announced the launch of the project on January 28.

This 16-Year Old Crypto-App Developer Fights Back Against Reddit Hate

However, when she announced the app herself on the forum /r/bitcoin, she was greeted by a mob of people who didn’t believe she created the app. One critic wrote a blog post detailing that the app was plagiarized although the story was later revealed as false. Most of the criticism came from the fact Arora hired help to do some of the backend coding on the Crypto Price Tracker. But following the accusations /r/bitcoin patrons started harassing Arora for being young and a wrote hateful and sexist comments to her. News.Bitcoin.com chatted with Arora to hear how she got into coding and cryptocurrencies but more importantly how she dealt with the issues she faced launching the platform.

Harshita Apps: How This Young Woman Overcame False Accusations and Attacks from Redditors

News.Bitcoin.com (BC): Can you tell our readers how you got into coding applications?

This 16-Year Old Crypto-App Developer Fights Back Against Reddit Hate I got into technology at first because of my CS teacher at school. He’d assign really interesting projects to play with design software, Google Scratch, and the MIT App Inventor so we could learn programming concepts and start building fun programs and software. He planted the seed that eventually made me more interested. I then invested my time in programming and building things. I learned iOS app development in Swift around 2017 after I came back from MIT summer program. After working on an iOS app, at the university with a team, and learning from my friends.

BC: What got you into bitcoin and cryptocurrencies?

The first time I heard about cryptocurrencies was in 2016, in a tech magazine I used to read every month (Digit). I learned about Bitcoin mining and understood some basic underlying technology and cryptography.

And then in 2017, cryptos and bitcoin was all over my Facebook feed and Quora. So I started getting more curious and read up more online.

BC: What made you decide to develop the Crypto Price Tracker?

I’ve written a bit here in this article. In short, it was because of frustration from using horribly-designed apps that made it extremely hard for me to keep up to date with prices. And being a designer and maker at heart, I couldn’t stop myself from designing a new app with a better UI and UX.

This 16-Year Old Crypto-App Developer Fights Back Against Reddit Hate

BC: When you introduced the application to the Reddit (bitcoin) community there were a lot of negative people saying mean things. Why do you think that happened?

Well, when I first introduced the app on the launch day (28th Jan), it got a lot of positive reaction. This was the thread. I got a lot of positive feedback on the app and how I could improve it further. I saw a lot of my traffic (in iTunes Connect App Analytics) came from Reddit. And I read four 5 star reviews mentioning that they came from Reddit. One of them even said, “I came here from Reddit, and I was not disappointed.”

But a woman decrypted my app on a jailbroken iPhone and wrote an angry blog post accusing me of plagiarizing the app based on inconclusive evidence. She posted it on Reddit, and that’s where it went viral and invited a lot of abuse and hatred.

BC: Do you think your age had anything to do with the criticism?

Likely, but I’m not sure. I’ve been thinking about it based on the patterns in the comments. There were quite a lot of sexist, racist, and ageist remarks by some abusers. Not sure if any of that was the sole reason people criticised me and my app. But it could be a strong reason because *some* people have a hard time believing that there are teen entrepreneurs and developers out there.

This 16-Year Old Crypto-App Developer Fights Back Against Reddit Hate

BC: Do you think this type of behavior may be only particular to the Reddit bitcoin crowd? — as in — Do you have confidence the bitcoin community overall is far friendlier?

After the article on The Daily Beast was published, I got an overwhelming amount of positive emails and messages from supporters in the bitcoin and crypto community.

People emphasized to me and understood what I had to go through. It might be just r/bitcoin that was nasty to me – but again, I’m not too sure.

BC: Are you a bitcoin holder or own any other cryptocurrencies?

No, I don’t invest in bitcoin or other cryptos. I’m much more interested in the technology more so than the economics. I think people have been treating cryptos wrongly as an asset to invest in and to make quick money with.

BC: Where you live do any of your peers or classmates know much about bitcoin and cryptocurrencies? Maybe classmates or friends?     

I live in a small town in North India. All of my friends use the Internet regularly. My closest friends know about bitcoin and are actually building applications for bitcoin and cryptos. I tend to spend most of my friend time with other nerds. As for classmates, I do not go to school. I left formal schooling in 2016.

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Roles of Regulators Decided in India, Rules on Bitcoin Coming Soon

Roles of Regulators Decided in India, Rules on Bitcoin Coming Soon

India will soon have its own rules on bitcoin. The responsibilities of various regulators have been determined, a high-ranking official revealed. Relevant institutions are currently finalizing a comprehensive government policy on cryptocurrencies. Representatives of the Indian crypto community, meanwhile, have quashed fears of an imminent ban.

Also read: No Strong Case to Ban Crypto Trading, Singapore Says

Crypto Policy Being Framed

The roles of various regulators in regards to cryptocurrencies have been decided already, the Chairman of India’s Securities and Exchange Board told reporters on Saturday. Amid continuing volatility on the markets and growing concerns about investors’ protection, Ajay Roles of Regulators Decided in India, Rules on Bitcoin Coming SoonTyagi said the expected regulations should be out soon, the New Indian Express reported. He declined to provide further details, insisting officials would do that after the comprehensive government policy is finalized and announced.

Tyagi’s comments come after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented Budget 2018 this month. While explaining its key policies, Jaitley reiterated a previously stated position: Cryptocurrency is not recognized as legal tender in India and the government “will take all measures to eliminate“ its use in financing illegitimate activities. Indian authorities will instead encourage blockchain technology in payment systems, he said in his budget speech on February 1.

SEBI has asked the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) to call a meeting on regulation matters on the next day, the Board’s chairman revealed. Ajay Tyagi was obviously referring to the panel set up to propose a regulatory framework after examining cryptocurrencies and their implications. “We have actually decided which regulator will do what and the committee should come out with the regulations very quickly”, he added. Tyagi promised his agency “will fully contribute to this” objective and insisted, “We want a policy to be framed first”.

Back in December the Finance Ministry announced it was creating a special panel to follow developments, including the volume of bitcoin related trade, and help speed up the process of adopting crypto regulation. Representatives of DEA, the Reserve Bank of India, and the Income Tax Department were invited to join the committee.

Suspense in India, but no Fear

According to previous media reports, new regulations were expected by the end of March. They are likely to involve anti-money laundering procedures and measures to prevent tax evasion. Suspecting dubious transactions, authorities have targeted cryptocurrency exchanges in the country and banks have suspended some of their accounts. More recently, India’s Income Tax Department announced it had issued notices to 100,000 cryptocurrency investors after monitoring the operations of leading trading platforms.

The Indian crypto community expected more clarity from Budget 2018 in regards to taxation of cryptocurrency incomes, profits and transactions. Mining and trading companies have also asked for clear policy guidelines from the government. Minister Jaitley’s reaffirmed position, however, did not answer many of the outstanding questions. Some see an imminent threat of an outright ban of bitcoin in his vow to “eliminate” cryptocurrencies. Others point out that he actually meant their use for illicit purposes.

Ajeet Khurana, head of India’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Committee (BACC) recently said he was happy that cryptos were mentioned in the state budget. “Having the finance minister say that cryptocurrency is not legal tender is perfectly logical. Every nation, barring Japan, has taken this stance. It doesn’t mean crypto trading is illegal, but that it comes with its own risks like any other investment asset in the market”, Khurana explained, quoted by Forbes. “There are multiple dimensions to bitcoin – technology, security, privacy. It is important to be aware of every aspect, to understand bitcoin better and make informed decisions while trading,” Khurana added.

Sandeep Goenka, cofounder of one of the biggest crypto exchanges in India, Zebpay, believes that the current government is open-minded and says this is a welcome change for those developing revolutionary technology. “The ideal way to strengthen the system is by using approved banking channels to onboard new customers and legitimize bitcoin trading”, he stated. Goenka also noted that the major exchanges in country are already implementing such measures and they should be a standard practice.

Roles of Regulators Decided in India, Rules on Bitcoin Coming Soon

In the absence of official statistics, there have been several attempts to gauge the Indian crypto market. Ajeet Khurana says there are at least five million active traders in India that use existing regulated banking channels. One in every 10 bitcoin transactions in the world takes place in India, according to Constantin Papadimitriou, president of Pundi X. The Indonesian company conducted a survey in six countries, which discovered Indians were quite optimistic about the future of cryptocurrencies. The Indian branch of the job site Indeed claimed in a report that as of September last year there were 1.5 million wallet users in India. The number of crypto-related job postings on its platform has increased by 290 percent in just six months.

The Indian crypto sector definitely looks “too big to fail” now. Both the government in Delhi and the Indian crypto community seem to realize that fact. That, surely, is the main takeaway from all this.

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PR: Marketing Cloud Lydian Announces New Investment from Prolific Blockchain Investor, Chris Rouland and Announcement of New Advisors

Marketing Cloud Lydian Adds New Advisers

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Lydian announced it has obtained a new investment and add two new advisors to its advisory board. Chris Rouland, a serial entrepreneur the founder of Endgame, Bastille Networks and most recently Phosphorus, a prolific blockchain investor, veteran in information security, and holder of a dozen patents related to Cyber Security, has joined Lydian as an investor and advisor. Ageesen Sri, a popular figure in the cryptocurrency community having over six years of experience in the cryptocurrency/blockchain ecosystem has also become a part of the Lydian team.

These individuals are joining Lydian as they share the vision of the product and the value proposition of the Company within the ecosystem. With the Lydian tokens, individuals and companies will be able to purchase A.I. driven, targeted digital marketing that are far more effective in generating an ROI.

“The mission behind Lydian and The Whisper Network will have tremendous impact on organizations and ecosystems that rely on digital marketing capabilities to bring their products and services to the mainstream,” noted Ageesen Sri, “I am confident that the team and their backgrounds will be instrumental in changing the way this industry interacts with and utilizes marketing technologies and innovations built using the Lydian blockchain enabled platforms.”

Lydian helps brands with digital marketing and engages their ideal audiences, across multiple platforms in a way that combines big data, A.I. and automation for optimized results.

This additional blockchain investment to the ICO further validates the immense possibilities of the Whisper Network Protocol behind Lydian. The Whisper Network, will use one of its applications, MonaChain to reduce ad fraud. Ad fraud will likely exceed $50 billion by 2025, second only to the drug trade as source of illegal income. MonaBrowse, is an application that is designed to help reduce the adoption of ad-blockers which are now installed in 700 million devices globally.

“The cross proliferation of machine learning across Cyber Security and ad-fraud is a generational progression applying advanced new tech to solve hard problems created by well-funded cyber criminals. MonaChain will help stop one big vector of cybercrime,” noted Chris Rouland.

Having Rouland and Sri advising will be a powerful combination to the Lydian team. Both are highly qualified, skilled and bring their expertise’s to ensure every aspect of the Lydian project is fully optimized. One of the most important aspects of the Lydian project that these advisors will be add value on is the Whisper Network Protocol (WNP).

The Whisper Network Protocol is designed to solve the scale issue for blockchain, which today is inherently slow. Traditional blockchain technology rely on miners to create a hash of a single parent block with a single extend chain. The Whisper Network Technology will maintain the integrity of the blockchain while employing the process for validating transactions that is significantly different, and much faster.

On the Whisper Network, blocks are created in a parallel. Each block is valid as long as every predecessor response is also valid and is recorded by the node. Essentially, the Whisper Network prevents the need for every single transaction to have its own hash, which miners compete against each other to create. This enables the Whisper Network to be incredibly fast in comparison to the traditional blockchains.

The Lydian token, as well as Lydian’s DApps (decentralized applications) such as MonaChain and MonaBrowse, will enable individuals and businesses to revolutionize the way they purchase and receive digital advertising. Through Lydian, digital advertising will be faster, more secure, and far more efficient. Companies looking for a way to boost their ROI on the ad spend could potentially benefit enormously by using Lydian tokens and Lydian products.

Lydian has the potential to be a game changer for digital advertising and blockchain forever. To learn more about Lydian and how it’s trying to make a tangible difference in this space, please visit: https://lydian.io

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India’s Tax Department Issues Notices to 100,000 Crypto Investors

India's Tax Department Issues Notices to 100,000 Crypto Investors

India’s Income Tax Department recently announced that it has issued notices to 100,000 cryptocurrency investors. The announcement came in light of government surveys into the operations of multiple leading Indian exchanges that have revealed widespread tax evasion on the part of India’s cryptocurrency traders.

Also Read: India’s Finance Minister Confirms Crypto Not Recognized as Legal Tender, Media Panics

Indian Cryptocurrency Investors Accused of Tax Evasion

India's Tax Department Issues Notices to 100,000 Crypto InvestorsIndia’s Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) chairman, Mr. Sushil Chanda, recently told reports that the country’s Income Tax Department has issued approximately 100,000 notices to cryptocurrency investors.

“People who have made investments [in cryptocurrency] and have not declared income while filing taxes and have not paid tax on the profit earned by investing, we are sending them notices as we feel that it is all taxable,” said Mr. Chanda, whilst speaking at an ASSOCHAM event in New Delhi.

The chairman stated that the Income Tax Department had conducted numerous surveys into the operations of the country’s cryptocurrency exchanges in order to ascertain the scale of the tax evasion being conducted.

“We found out that there is no clarity on investments made by many people which means that they have not declared it properly,” said Mr. Chandra, adding “We have informed all the DGs (Director Generals of Income Tax) across India, they are issuing notices and so that would be taxed.”

India to Crack Down on Use of Cryptocurrencies as “Payment System”

India's Tax Department Issues Notices to 100,000 Crypto InvestorsThe announcement comes shortly after S.C. Garg, India’s Economic Affairs Secretary, made comments discussing the country’s regulatory path with regard to cryptocurrencies. Speaking to CNBC, Garg stated that the government panel tasked with analyzing issues pertinent to “crypto assets” is expected to deliver its report by the end of the fiscal years, which ends on March 31st.

Reaffirming finance minister Arun Jaitley’s comments from last week, Garg also emphasized the government’s intention to crack down on the use of cryptocurrency as a means of payment, stating that “The government will take steps to make it illegal as a payment system.”

Do you think India will be successful in its efforts to reduce the use of cryptocurrency as a means of payment? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!


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More Crypto Jobs in India, Despite Delhi’s Stance on Bitcoin

More Crypto Jobs in India, Despite Delhi’s Stance on Bitcoin

Jobs and applicants for employment in the cryptocurrency sector have increased substantially in India, despite current attitudes in Delhi towards bitcoin. Significant growth has been registered in the second half of last year, a period of great uncertainty about the crypto future of the country. This month Indian government reaffirmed its commitment to eliminate illicit use of cryptocurrencies. New regulations are expected in March.

Also read: Survey: Indians See Brighter Crypto Future than Americans

Indians Searching “Crypto” on Job Sites

The number of cryptocurrency and blockchain related job postings has increased by 290 percent in the six months to November 2017. The trend was reported by the Indian branch of the global job site Indeed. During the same period, job searches with crypto related keywords also rose – by 52 percent.

Describing it as a promising and exciting new field of work, the Managing Director of Indeed India, Sashi Kumar, noted the sector was still in a very nascent stage. He said that the global market for blockchain related products and services is expected to reach $7.7 billion in 2022, Business Standard reported. The expert believes this is “indicative of even more jobs being created in the future”.

More Crypto Jobs in India, Despite Delhi’s Stance on Bitcoin

According to Indeed, India can look forward to a truly digital economy, despite Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s recent confirmation that cryptocurrencies are not a legal tender in country. His announcement came with the presentation of Budget 2018. The Indian crypto community had hoped for more clarity about taxation of cryptocurrency incomes, profits and transactions. Businesses willing to invest in mining and companies involved in trading have also asked for clear policy guidelines.

The Indian government has responded by forming a special committee expected to propose a regulatory framework after studying cryptocurrencies and their legal implications. New regulations should be presented by the end of March. They are likely to involve anti-money laundering procedures and measures to prevent tax evasion. Cryptocurrency exchanges in the country have already been targeted by financial authorities and institutions in regards to suspected dubious transactions.

According to media reports, 10% of bitcoin transactions in the world take place in India. As of September 2017, there were around 15 million blockchain wallet users worldwide, with 200,000 new accounts added each month, Indeed claims. An estimated 1.5 million of these users are based in India, their report says.

Global Jump in Crypto Jobs

More Crypto Jobs in India, Despite Delhi’s Stance on Bitcoin

The growth on the Indian crypto labor market is not an isolated case but rather part of a global trend. As news.Bitcoin.com reported, other employment websites have also announced that bitcoin-related jobs are booming. Freelancer.com reported 82 percent growth in the third quarter of 2017. The Australian company maintains a global platform connecting employers and freelancers.

A research by the UK-based freelance marketplace Peopleperhour.com revealed demand for experts in blockchain development, cryptocurrency and ICOs had soared by over 500% last year. According to the British platform, crypto freelancers can ask for as much as £215 per hour for their services. With 40 working hours a week their monthly earnings would exceed the annual return of most employees in the service industry, Engage Employee reported. Some of those crypto specialists can take an average UK salary with just 25 working hours a month.

Do you think that the growth of crypto-related jobs reflects a long-term positive trend for the whole sector? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!


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