5 blockchain trends to watch for in 2018 | The Enterprisers Project

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Few new technologies have raised as much discussion as blockchain. One reason is the controversy, concern, and perceived opportunity around blockchain-based cryptocurrencies (such as bitcoin and ether) and crowdfunding via initial coin offerings (ICOs). But what is blockchain’s role in the enterprise? 

This article gives some ideas to think about. Take those trends with grain of salt. There will be a crash ans bubble burst on blockchains in few years.

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Brady Dale / CoinDesk:
    VideoCoin, blockchain-based video streaming project backed by CNET co-founder Halsey Minor, raises $50M in an ICO completed via private placements

    CNET Founder Backs $50 Million ICO for Video Streaming
    https://www.coindesk.com/cnet-founder-closes-50-million-ico-video-streaming-token/

    Streaming a TV show or a sports game directly to your laptop doesn’t make big TV networks much money today.

    However, that might change if VideoCoin, a new decentralized project that’s taking aim at the price major broadcasters and media companies pay to stream content, succeeds on its vision. When a broadcaster sends out a broadcast over the airwaves, one signal can reach many devices, but when it broadcasts over the internet one signal goes to one device.

    “It’s all cost and no revenue,”

    “What we’re building is the next-generation infrastructure for how you do video processing and distributed services,”

    “You don’t need specialized hardware to do video mining,” Minor explained. All computers, even cell phones, come with video encoders built in. That said, Minor doesn’t see as much opportunity in personal devices as he does in data centers.

    “The hard part is building a very performant blockchain.”

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    With at least $1.3 billion invested globally in 2018, VC funding for blockchain blows past 2017 totals
    https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/20/with-at-least-1-3-billion-invested-globally-in-2018-vc-funding-for-blockchain-blows-past-2017-totals/?utm_source=tcfbpage&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29&utm_content=FaceBook&sr_share=facebook

    Although bitcoin and blockchain technology may not take up quite as much mental bandwidth for the general public as it did just a few months ago, companies in the space continue to rake in capital from investors.

    One of the latest to do so is Circle, which recently announced a $110 million Series E round led by bitcoin mining hardware manufacturer Bitmain.

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Circle Invest lets you buy the cryptocurrency market
    https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/22/circle-invest-lets-you-buy-the-cryptocurrency-market/?sr_share=facebook&utm_source=tcfbpage

    Circle Invest started with just a handful of cryptocurrencies — Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic and Litecoin. But now, the company has added Monero and Zcash. If you don’t know anything about cryptocurrencies, it’s hard to know where you should put your money.

    That’s why Circle has created a button that lets you buy all coins available on Circle Invest, weighted depending on their respective market capitalization.

    Circle Invest is available on the App Store and Play Store in the U.S.

    The app only supports market orders.

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Bloomberg:
    Sources: DOJ and CFTC have opened a criminal probe into alleged market manipulation of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies — – Justice Department opens investigation into illicit trading — Agency is working with CFTC, which oversees crypto futures — The Justice Department …

    U.S. Launches Criminal Probe into Bitcoin Price Manipulation
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-24/bitcoin-manipulation-is-said-to-be-focus-of-u-s-criminal-probe

    The Justice Department has opened a criminal probe into whether traders are manipulating the price of Bitcoin and other digital currencies, dramatically ratcheting up U.S. scrutiny of red-hot markets that critics say are rife with misconduct, according to four people familiar with the matter.

    The investigation is focused on illegal practices that can influence prices — such as spoofing, or flooding the market with fake orders to trick other traders into buying or selling

    Federal prosecutors are working with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a financial regulator that oversees derivatives tied to Bitcoin, the people said.

    Authorities worry that virtual currencies are susceptible to fraud for multiple reasons: skepticism that all exchanges are actively pursuing cheaters, wild price swings that could make it easy to push valuations around and a lack of regulations like the ones that govern stocks and other assets.

    Bitcoin extended its Thursday declines after Bloomberg News reported the investigation, and was down 3 percent to $7,409

    Traders Colluding?

    The illicit tactics that the Justice Department is looking into include spoofing and wash trading — forms of cheating that regulators have spent years trying to root out of futures and equities markets, the people said.

    Traders Colluding?

    The illicit tactics that the Justice Department is looking into include spoofing and wash trading — forms of cheating that regulators have spent years trying to root out of futures and equities markets, the people said. That’s prompted regulators to grow concerned that people are jumping into cryptocurrencies without knowing the risks.

    “There’s very little monitoring of manipulative trading, spoofing and wash trading,” Griffin said. “It would be easy to spoof this market.”

    Some market participants have alleged that crypto manipulation is rampant.

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