Binance Would Not List Bitcoin Today for Non-Compliance with Terms

If Bitcoin was to apply for listing on Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by means of traded volume, it would get rejected for non-compliance with its listing terms.


‘No’ to Bitcoin

A fairly controversial but rather interesting point was made by WhalePanda, the popular user within the cryptocurrency community. He outlined that if Bitcoin was to apply for a listing on Binance today, it would have to be rejected due to non-compliance with the exchange’s listing terms.

Ironically, the market’s first and foremost cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, wouldn’t be eligible for listing on Binance for the very same reason that triggered its success: lack of central authority.

While arguments can and have been made that Bitcoin is already listed on the cryptocurrency exchange, the point is clear – Binance seeks a form of centralization as a listing criterion.

Needless to say, the tweet sparked a debate, where some people argue that a representative is only needed as a point of contact in cases of trouble. However, the fact of the matter is that truly decentralized projects, much like Bitcoin, don’t have representatives as that’s their main purpose. Establishing a single point of contact, regardless of whether it’s an individual or a group of people, would suggest that they are vested with certain authorities which conflict with the principles of decentralization.

‘There Is No True Decentralization’

Earlier in July, Zhao Changpeng, CEO of Binance, said that there is “no true decentralization” and that if there is a core team behind a cryptocurrency, this represents some form of centralization.

His comments were triggered by the words of Ethereum’s co-founder, Vitalik Buterin, who openly said:

I definitely hope centralized exchanges go burn in hell as much as possible.

Listing a digital asset on the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange has been a hot topic for quite some time now. Earlier in August, Christopher Franko, the co-founder of a blockchain-based platform called Expanse, revealed that Binance requested 400 BTC for listing the platform. The cryptocurrency exchange quickly denied the claims, claiming that the email Franko cited was “spoofed.”

Franko went on to outline a few reasons the email is entirely genuine:

Do you think Binance’s listing policy is on the right track? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!


Images courtesy of Shutterstock, Twitter/@WhalePanda, and Twitter/@FrankoCurrency.

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Crocs a Better Investment Than Bitcoin, Says New York Times Reporter

A New York Times reporter recently posted a chart on Twitter comparing the price change of Bitcoin and Crocs over the past year. Surprisingly, the prominent shoe brand proved to be the better investment over the long term.


Jack Nicas, a Silicon Valley beat reporter for the New York Times, posted the price chart – which tracks the price of both Bitcoin and Crocs from August 16, 2017 to August 16, 2018 – via Twitter last Friday. The results? Crocs ended the year-long period up nearly 100% from its starting price, while Bitcoin was up by roughly 45%.

Where Did Bitcoin Lose?

Much like the story of the tortoise and the hare, Nicas’ chart shows Bitcoin quickly overtaking Crocs by mid-October 2017. By mid-December, Bitcoin’s run-up was in full swing, with the digital currency posting gains nearly 340% higher than its August 16, 2017 price. Going into 2018, Bitcoin prices fell sharply between January and February and have been meandering downward ever since. Crocs, on the other hand, maintained steady growth throughout the year, with no sudden fluctuations in either direction.

The takeaway, according to Nicas, is that Crocs was a better long-term investment than Bitcoin by virtue of its steady growth and lack of volatility. As he notes in a follow-up  tweet:

Also let’s give it up for the plastic cobbler who could: Crocs stock has doubled over the past 12 months!

Why the Croc Craze?

Although Crocs are often mocked, the fact is that they remain a popular footwear choice for kids and adults alike. In fact, a recent report conducted by eBay showed that there were approximately 25,000 searches for Crocs and more than 15,000 pairs sold during the month of April alone.

A major factor behind the resurgent success of Crocs is the interest that the high fashion industry has taken in the footwear. In 2016, Scottish designer Christopher Kane featured the kitschy rubber shoes on the runway for his Spring/Summer 2017 collection and earlier this year, Balenciaga released a high-end platform heeled version of the shoes that sold out within hours of their debut.

Do you think Bitcoin is still a good long-term investment? Let us know in the comments below.


Images courtesy of Twitter/@jacknicas, Flickr/Roland Tanglao

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Asian Countries in It to Win It When It Comes to Being the Next Crypto Hub

The race is on to see which Asian country will take the title of being the next crypto hotspot. With big money being invested in growing their FinTech sectors, the competition is definitely heating up.


The cryptocurrency industry is a lucrative one. In its heyday, it had a market cap of just over $800 billion. While perhaps nowhere near its December 2017 peaks, it is still worth over $200 billion.

A big part of this industry is blockchain technology. With its inherent characteristics like traceability and immutability, it is a viable addition to the businesses of most sectors.

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Technology Growth Breeds Competition

As the world continues its digital journey, more and more people will be introduced to the Internet and to smartphones, opening up that financial inclusivity door to everyone that has access to this technology. It stands to reason, then, that companies would want to invest in cryptocurrencies and blockchain.

Countries also want a piece of the action, working hard to be seen as crypto-friendly and aggressive adopters. Well-established locations like Zug in Switzerland are seeing competition from all over the world like Malta and now a host of Asian countries.

The Philippines Eyeing That Crypto Prize

Nikkei Asian Review recently reported that the Philippines is one such country. The Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport seem to be well on its way to attaining that increasingly coveted blockchain- and crypto-hub status. The project will be working with a minimum of 25 technology companies to make this virtual dream a reality.

Raul Lambino, chief executive of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) previously said:

The overwhelming interest from offshore companies in financial technology solutions and cryptocurrency trading that want to locate at the Cagayan Special Economic Zone has surpassed all our expectations.

Lambino also said that the initiative would aid the local economy in another way – job creation, 10,000 jobs in fact. A blockchain academy is also on the cards which will be another way to encourage growth within the industry and to provide fresh talent as well.

One way to entice more industry professionals is by making operating in the country easier, which usually leads to disregarding previous bans, easing regulations and even developing more investor-focused guidelines. To assist with this, the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission has given the go-ahead for ICOs to happen in the country.

Lito Villanueva, the chairman of FintechAlliance, added:

With these startups come huge investments in their portfolio. Surely, each country would want to take a piece of the action. Taking blockchain and FinTech players in with enabling regulations and potential investment incentives would surely make the game more exciting.

Wild Wild East

Wild Wild East

This excitement has clearly fostered a sense of competition as South Korea has already made plans to focus on the growth and adoption of blockchain technology in the country. Jeju Governor Won Hee-ryong has previously said:

Blockchain is an opportunity for Korea to take the lead in global internet platform [development].

The country’s government will be walking the talk by investing approximately $4.4 billion on a range of initiatives incorporating blockchain as well as big data analytics.

Thailand is also in the game. While initially banning ICOs, the country developed a framework for them including a licensing process. These new regulations have subsequently resulted in interest from more than 50 projects, with three companies submitting their ICO applications for approval.

Then there is Japan, where Bitcoin is seen as legal tender. This gives them a definite advantage over their Asian counterparts but depending on future regulations in the country, this could change.

The industry is unpredictable but one of the ways for countries to come out on top is by making it easier and more lucrative for crypto businesses to invest in their FinTech sectors.

Which country do you think will be the next ‘Crypto Valley’? Let us know in the comments below!


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