TL;DR: Welcome to In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), a daily crypto update from your favorite reporter, Linzerd. Blockstream launches security token platform. Bitcoin Core (BTC) fees rise to $4+. Noted investor Mark Mobius backpedals on bitcoin scam statements. Opera to add support for Tron. Less than 400 people control a third of the Ether available. Berlin hosted the first SLP token workshop. NFL quarterback asked for salary in bitcoin, and Kraken criticizes upcoming cryptocurrency framework in Canada.
BTC Fees Rise to More Than $4
BTC fees have been rising and rising since the new bull market raised trading volumes. Now that even platforms like Uphold are facing delays and problems with their trading services, BTC fees have reached their highest levels since February 2019. Now average next block transaction fees are hovering around the $4 mark, according to the fee estimation portal BitcoinFees.info.
Investment Genius Backpedals on Anti-Bitcoin Statements
Cryptocurrencies sometimes have raised adverse reactions from traditional investors, and this was the case with Mark Mobius, a millionaire who previously stated bitcoin was a “real fraud,” but now Mobius has backpedaled on his declarations, and recognizes the true value of cryptocurrencies. “There’s definitely a desire among people around the world to be able to transfer money easily and confidentially,” he explained, although he added that “you have to be very careful” when investing in bitcoin.
Opera Browser to Add Support for Tron
Opera Browser, one of the most popular web browsers available, announced they will be supporting Tron tokens on their integrated cryptocurrency wallet. Previously, the browser only supported Ethereum based tokens. However, it won’t only support only Tron. The company stated they will be adding multiple blockchains in the next 12 months, but did not specify more names.
Less Than 400 People Hold a Third of All Ethereum Available
A new study by the blockchain investigation firm Chainalysis found less than 400 people are holding a third of all the Ethereum available. Ethereum is thought to be more centralized than bitcoin, for example, with 449 people owning almost a 20% of the available bitcoins. Also, whales are not trading their cryptocurrency in any way, and they are holding their crypto in personal wallets instead of exchanges.
Berlin Hosted the First SLP Token Workshop
We did it: the first workshop on slp tokens creation took place in Berlin today!
Girls from @WiBlockchain Berlin issued planty of diverse Bitcoin Cash based tokens. 👩💻 Thanks to @yuliakorovina1 for delivering such a great workshop 💐#BitcoinCash #BCH #workshop #SLP #blockchain pic.twitter.com/LDtDS7ewRr
— tracyspacy (@tracyspcy) May 16, 2019
Yulia Korovina and the team from Memopay, an on-chain advertising service, were hosts of the first SLP token workshop in Berlin. The attendees, who were members of the Women in Blockchain meetup group, learned how to issue tokens on the Bitcoin Cash network. This shows there is a real demand for serious and affordable tokenization solutions, and SLP tokens can be a part of that paradigm.
Payment in Bitcoin Denied for Quarterback Matt Barkley
NFL Quarterback @MattBarkley tried to get the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals to each pay his contracts in Bitcoin.
Neither would do it.
Matt is just one of many Bitcoiners that are playing in the NFL on Sundays 🔥🔥
— Pomp 🌪 (@APompliano) May 14, 2019
Cryptocurrency is becoming more and more mainstream every day. Matt Barkley, an NFL quarterback, requested to be paid in bitcoin from two teams (San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals), but they refused. Now Barkley is part of the Buffalo Bills, but it is unknown if he is being paid in bitcoin, although even if he isn’t, he is already mining it.
Kraken Opposed to Canadian Crypto Law
San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken, is taking a stand against Canada imposing a security law framework on crypto, resulting from the QuadrigaCX incident. In a consultation letter sent to the Canadian Security Administrators, the exchange declared such a resolution “would add a level of complexity that would force Canadian Exchanges to move off-shore,” reducing protection and adding risk to Canadian consumers.
Blockstream Launches Security Token Platform
Blockstream announced the launch of a security token platform infrastructure on top of their Liquid sidechain. This is their attempt to compete with Ethereum’s tokens, as hinted by Samson Mow, Blockstream CSO. Mow remarked this new platform called Liquid Securities is better than Ethereum’s solution due to the natural limitations of first gen blockchain solutions: scalability, privacy and reliability.
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