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10-Year Token Payment Delay Show Rare Developer Commitment

Beijing-based startup Nebulas has made the decision to postpone the initial coin offering (ICO) team’s token payments. They added an additional seven years to prove their determination for the company’s success, in a rare case of altruism for the lambasted industry.

The ICO team were initially planned to be paid through reserves of the startup’s native NAS token over three years following the offering before they agreed this could take place over the forthcoming decade instead.

Nebulas’s marketing director Becky Lu said that the decision was made so that the team could focus their efforts on the ”technical vision” of the company. She said that the decision was not easy as there were still many risks surrounding the blockchain industry and the future value of NAS, saying ”I think that shows our determination”.

Further to this commitment, a blog post from the company on Medium says it will publish the addresses of the undistributed NAS tokens. These make up 55% of the total number of tokens, with 45.5 million currently in circulation.

With the number of ICOs failing to provide the business that they have promised at a shamefully high level, Nebulas’s commitment stands out and sets a high standard for quality.

Its ICO raised USD 60 million in December last year through sales of NAS. The current NAS market cap stands at approximately USD 54.9 million.

The Nebulas project

The Nebulas white paper describes the project as a “value-based blockchain operating system and search engine” with an objective of finding solutions to three key blockchain issues. These include measuring the value of blockchain applications, creating a prosperous and long-term ecosystem, and continuing the development of an existing blockchain.

It harnesses a measurement system titled the Nebulas Rank, developed to find real values using “liquidity, speed, width, and depth of capital”.

 

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Chinese Hodlers Now Estimated to Have Reached 3 Million Despite Ban

Speaking at “New Financial Trends and 2018 Financial Technology Summit” in Beijing, researcher Li Honghan estimated that are now over 3 million investors in China holding on to cryptocurrency assets, reports Bitcoin.com.

Li Honghan, a researcher with the International Monetary Institute of Renmin University of China was discussing the current state of cryptocurrency in the country.

It appears if Li’s figures are correct then China’s prohibitive stance on the trading of cryptocurrencies have had little effect. China is still a major Bitcoin player with 50 to 70 per cent of global mining taking place in the country, although this number is not comparable with its far more significant figures before the ban was actually put in place.

Given that China is not one of the 91 countries worldwide that is unrestricted in trading in cryptocurrency, it does demonstrate a large following despite the legal ramifications that go with ownership. Li’s estimates would suggest that 0.2174% of Chinese citizens own bitcoin.

Li has predicted that DLT will revolutionize many aspects of the financial sector in the future, a view held by many financial experts in the country. Recent comments by China’s president Xi Jinping that the “blockchain was 10 times more valuable than the internet” clearly highlights the direction that the Chinese government is taking regarding the future of blockchain technology in the country.

In other news from China, a leak of an audio recording reported to be of Li Xiaolai, a renown Chinese Bitcoin tycoon has been released, attacking China’s crypto sector, calling some of the industry’s leaders ‘cheats’ and ‘liars’.  Xiaolai, the founder of Bitfund, also attacks a number of cryptocurrencies and refers to some investors as inexperienced traders, claiming that prominent crypto figures should amass a large social following during a bear market then capitalize during bull upturns.

Jon Ostler, CEO of finder.com has said that “China lifting its ban on cryptocurrency would likely have a significant impact on prices…It is such a big potential market that even murmurings of the ban lifting would probably push value up in the short-term.”

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Kiev Wants His Statue, the CIA Is Tight-Lipped. So Who Is Satoshi Nakamoto?

In Ukraine’s Capital, Kiev plans are underway to install a statue of the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto in the same location where a statue of Russian communist revolutionary Lenin, used to stand, writes CNN.

Father of the Russian nation, Lenin, had stood on the spot until it was torn down by Ukrainians during the 2014 Revolution of Dignity when the government of the day was overturned.

The idea of the erection of a statue to honor Bitcoin’s reputed founder was down to a group known dramatically as the Satoshi Nakamoto Republic. The initial idea is to have a virtual monument on the site which can be viewed using tech such as smartphones and tablets, with an app developed by Raccoon World.

The hope is that an actual statue might one day follow, to be located on Lenin’s empty plinth. The same group is raising a petition to present to Kiev municipal authorities, the Kyiv City State Administration, in the hope a real statue can be mounted at the site.

Satoshi Nakamoto Republic, Andriy Moroz, co-founder of the group, suggested that Satoshi Nakamoto symbolizes the future:

“The monument to Lenin was a symbol of last centuries that had already passed, leaving conflicting feelings in the hearts of people. Satoshi and the decentralization of society are a new era and new opportunities,” Moroz, who also serves as the First Ambassador of the Republic, told Radio Free Europe.

The group’s plans don’t end there, with the announcement that they are looking to establish Satoshi Nakamoto City, which will be located on an island, once a suitable location has been found. Once established they plan to start a blockchain “republic” of their own.

It’s been reported that the Nakamoto statue concept is open for all comers, including at present Beijing, Dubai, New York, and Tokyo.

Only Satoshi Nakamoto can reveal his true identity, or so say Ethereum News, or perhaps the CIA may be helpful. This was certainly the view of Daniel Oberhouse, a Motherboard writer, who actually went to those lengths by asking both the FBI and the CIA if they could shed any light on the enigmatic Bitcoin creators whereabouts.

Rebuffed by the FBI, he did, however, have more success -at least receiving a response- with the US’ own enigma, The Central Intelligence Agency. Unfortunately, the agency was less than helpful:

“The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the requested documents.”

Apparently such a statement, according to an ex CIA operative, actually has a name and is a procedure used when the agency has no desire to look into a query due to security issues. A rejection of a request on security grounds implicitly suggests that the documents the requester are seeking indeed exist, but to confirm their existence would mandate their disclosure.

It’s called the “Glomar Response.” And for now, the search continues.

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