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Apple is planning to get into crypto currencies with $250 billion in Idle cash



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Apple, world’s most valuable company with a market cap of $900 billion and Idle cash hoarding of $250 billion, is now looking forward to get into the hottest market of crypto currencies.

According to latest news from industry sources, Apple is now planning to utilize its cash pile and looking forward to invest some portion of it into leading crypto currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Apple is holding around $250 billion in Idle cash in different locations of the world where Tax rate is lower as compared to United States, but now when US has announced that they will cut their corporate Tax rate, possibilities are that Apple will shift money from those locations to United States.

According to some analysts , company will use that amount in capital returns, Acquisitions, share buybacks, research and investment in crypto currencies. Crypto market gained massively in terms of market cap in recent years with current market cap approaching $800 billion, making it one of the most fastest growing markets in the world if not the fastest, Crypto market is attracting lot of institutional investments with major companies like Facebook also announced that they are looking forward to explore opportunities within the crypto market for better returns.

Apple is the only company in the world with that much amount in Cash pile, as most of the company prefer to utilize the amount in either research and development or share buybacks, but structure of Apple is such that their market cap of $900 billion allows them to keep this much amount in cash.

In addition to investments in crypto currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, Apple may come up with their own version of crypto currency in future, making life for other crypto currencies even tougher, imagine a crypto currency launched by world’s most valuable company with all the research team and massive cash pile, in addition to that extremely loyal users, it can beat any other currency in the world, but as for now there are confirmed reports about Apple’s investment in crypto market.

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52% of ICO’s failed in 2017




According to the data compiled by Fabric ventures and Token Data, 52% of ICO’s failed in year 2017, and only 48% of them were successful.

A Total of $5.6 billion was raised by ICO’s in 2017, making it the most beneficial year for ICO founders ever, although project success ratio has dropped.

Number of successful ICO’s in 2017 were 435 with average funding of $12.7 million

10 largest projects raised 25% of total ICO’s funding 

worrying sign is that return on investment for new investors in the market is on downtrend.

Venture capital fund Fabric Ventures and cryptocurrency data provider TokenData shared the figure in their “State of the Token Market” report. 2017 saw a huge boom in companies raising money by issuing their own digital currencies, which are structured similarly to bitcoin, in return for funds to build their business. These “coins” can then be traded freely on online exchanges, offering greater liquidity to investors than traditional equity investment.

“More than $5.6 billion of capital was raised in 2017 according to the metrics used by the TokenData team,” the report says. “This compares to $1 billion of ‘traditional’ venture investing in blockchain startups in the same time frame and a ‘mere’ $240 million raised by token sales in 2016.”


Fabric Ventures and TokenData found 435 successful ICOs out of an attempted 913 last year — meaning just 48% were successful.

The average amount raised was $12.7 million but the report notes: “Collectively, the 10 largest sales raised close to $1.4 billion and roughly 25% of the total capital raised in 2017.”

Almost a third of funding went towards blockchain infrastructure projects. The biggest ICO of last year was Filecoin, a project to build a decentralized data storage solution based on the blockchain. The project raised $257 million in September.

The majority of people investing in these ICO projects have been retail or small-time investors but institutions are increasingly looking at ICOs due to their eye-catching returns.

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Berlin: The Crypto Capital of Europe





When it comes to spending crypto currencies in real life, it seems that Berliners are way ahead of entire Europe in terms of usage of crypto currencies.

Guardian referred Berlin as Bitcoin capital of Europe back in 2013, and it seems like with the passage of time Berliners are getting more into crypto currencies.

Nowadays people can buy an apartment, book holidays, eat and drink in a number of trendy bars and even pay for further education using the controversial cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

One of the first universities in Germany to accept Bitcoin as a mean of payment is the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT). The ESMT Berlin EMBA is ranked highly in the world for career progress and first started accepting Bitcoin payments in December 2016.

Georg Garlichs, CFO of ESMT explains that Bitcoin is a decentralized virtual peer-to-peer currency and can now be used for all payments to ESMT. The institution also accepts Ethereum, Litecoin and Dash and many other cryptocurrencies as a form of payment. “Similar to an SMS, the digital currency enables worldwide money transfers within a few minutes without involving a bank. ESMT is an innovative and future-oriented business school,” says Garlichs.

Niels Göttsch is the owner of Leuchtstoff Kaffeebar in Berlin which introduced Bitcoin payments in 2012 and has been fascinated by cryptocurrencies for a very long time. Why? Göttsch explains the idea of having a currency that doesn’t need an authority and therefore cannot be controlled by any state or company as one reason.

“There’s no political decisions in there. The algorithm is transparent to everybody,” says Göttsch.

Göttsch explains the second reason is that nobody can control Bitcoin payments. “First it is pseudo-anonymous, it’s hard to track user data. Second is you don’t need a bank that charges random fees. It  is international and can be transferred to local money in every country you are in.”

Leuchtstoff Kaffeebar also accepts Ether as a form of payment. Do many customers use the Bitcoin and Ether payment services? Göttsch says: “It was more in 2012. Now with the high fees it’s not that common anymore.”

Networking is key in the crypto scene and Berlin’s tech scene has a strong, vibrant community. Developers, anarchists, libertarians, cypherpunks and would-be entrepreneurs have all been rubbing shoulders at bars in Berlin where you can pay with Bitcoin and where everyone is open to talking about crypto.


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32 Cryptocurrencies with market cap of over $1 Billion





Market cap is one of the most important indicators to know the worth of any cryptcurrency,Boom of 2017 in crypto market lead many crypto currencies to reach different milestones. One of the most important targets for any crypto currency is to reach the target of $1 billion, and that’s what happened with 32 cryptocurrencies.

According to coinmarketcap, there are 32 different cryptocurrencies with market cap of over $1 billion

Bitcoin and Ethereum leading the market cap

Bitcoin is still the most valuable crypto currency in the world with market cap of over $190 billion, followed by ethereum ($110 billion) , so both these crypto currencies hold more than $300 billion in market cap out of total $580 billion, so Bitcoin and Ethereum are leading the number game in crypto market.

Here’s the list of 32 crypto currencies with market cap of over $1 billion

  1. Bitcoin ($190 billion)
  2. Ethereum ($110 billion)
  3. Ripple ($50 billion)
  4. Bitcoin Cash ($27 billion)
  5. Cardano ($14 billion)
  6. NEO ($10 billion)
  7. Stellar ($9.8 billion)
  8. Litecoin ($9.7 billion)
  9. EOS ($8.1 billion)
  10. NEM ($7.9 billion)
  11. IOTA ($6.7 billion)
  12. Dash ($6 billion)
  13. Monero ($4.8 billion)
  14. Tron ($3.9 billion)
  15. Icon ($3.6 billion)
  16. Ethereum Classic ($3 billion)
  17. Qtum ($3 billion)
  18. BitcoinGold ($3 billion)
  19. Vechain ($2.8 billion)
  20. Lisk  ($2.6 billion)
  21. RaiBlocks ($2.5 billion)
  22. Populous  ($2.5 billion)
  23. Tether ($2.2 billion)
  24. OmiseGo ($1.7 billion)
  25. Stratus  ($1.4 billion)
  26. Zcash ($1.3 billion)
  27. Steem  ($1.3 billion)
  28. Bytecoin ($1.2 billion)
  29. Siacoin   ($1.2 billion)
  30. Binance Coin ($1.2 billion)
  31. Bitshares  ($1.1 billion)
  32. Verge  ($1.1 billion)
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