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THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT FOR MARKETHIVE… 

THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT FOR MARKETHIVE… 

…and all who sail in her

"Where there's a will, there's a way". 

Markethive has come a long way since the days of being the first automated marketing platform back in the mid-1990s. Thanks to the onset of Blockchain technology and the innovative culture of Markethive, with its visionary leaders, C.E.O., Thomas Prendergast, and C.T.O. Douglas Yates, we have seen significant progress with each milestone accomplished along the way in a timely fashion. 

Throughout Markethive's evolution, we have experienced some adversity, and Markethive has prevailed because it's driven by the divine vision of the omnipotent Lord, God. Today's global landscape of spiritual war has only made it more vital to move forward to the next level to deliver the fruits of our labors and goodwill. 

As explained by Thomas Prendergast,

"Markethive is our life's work. We do not build it for our own wealth and recognition. We aspire to build it to give the Lord all the glory, that in reality, we are but the masons, the carpenters, and the Lord is the architect and the main contractor." 

Given the repudiation of mainstream social media and the like, this is Markethive's time to shine. 

 

 

What Is Markethive’s Current Worth? 

The team behind this monolithic project is driven non-stop, working around the clock to render Markethive Adsense friendly, gain approval, and get the green light with external ad agencies to turn on this advertising revenue stream. 

The first will be Markethive.com, which will then branch out to Markethive.net, .org, and the many other domains Markethive has acquired. 

These added revenue streams will see Markethive in profit, and subsequently, the current I.L.P. holders will start receiving the promised dividends.    

The potential income for Markethive with these revenue streams is currently estimated at $426,540 per month, reaching a number into the millions per year, as shown in this independent study.

Markethive’s Current Goal Is Fast Approaching

Markethive's imminent goal is to move into the profit column with this added revenue and start paying out on the I.L.P.s as well as launching the Markethive Coin (M.H.V.) onto the exchanges to provide value and liquidity for the Markethive community. 

Markethive, the company has purposely not engaged any venture capitalists to assist in a more rapid advancement as its goal is to share the profits with the loyal users of the Markethive platform. 

The expected future forthcoming advertising revenue will give us the ability to move forward as planned. It's happening now as the ad agencies have approved Markethive and now awaiting activation. 

Markethive is the next generation of social media and inbound marketing on the blockchain, growing and becoming more prevalent each day by giving the power back to the people.   

 

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Still Time To Join Our ILP Family

I reiterate, this is happening now; however, there is still time to join the I.L.P. family. You can purchase an I.L.P. or a percentage thereof by contacting C.T.O., Douglas Yates, or C.E.O. Thomas Prendergast on our Telegram channel

Or become an Entrepreneur One loyalty member by clicking on "Loyalty Programs" in the Markethive Home page's main menu. Time is limited with this offer, so don't delay. 

To find out more or refresh your memory about the I.L.P. read this article; THE INCENTIVIZED LOAN PROGRAM (I.L.P.) A Powerful Way To Spread The Wealth.

Helping us by being part of our I.L.P. family will bring great rewards. These reciprocal blessings are what make Markethive unique where the prosperity goes to the people of the Markethive Community.   

Thank you for your understanding, support, and above all, patience, as we move forward to accomplish another of our milestones and deliver on the I.L.P.s as promised. 

 

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Deb Williams
A Crypto/Blockchain enthusiast and a strong advocate for technology, progress, and freedom of speech. I embrace "change" with a passion and my purpose in life is to help people understand, accept, and move forward with enthusiasm to achieve their goals. 

 

 

TP

A Time Of Reckoning For Some, Emergence For Others

A Time Of Reckoning For Some, Emergence For Others

A time of reckoning for social media

With the turbulent state of affairs social media giants are experiencing, where does that leave users and advertisers? Some think they have nowhere else to go when in reality a whole new social and market media is emerging. 

If you thought that there was a surge in social media usage as a result of the global pandemic you may be surprised to hear that although many people used social media to stay in touch with family and friends, the covid element has not substantially increased the number of people using social networks or messaging apps simply because 4 out of 5 users already engage in the activities pre-pandemic. 

According to these statistics, they speak of existing users’ engagement, not of changes in the total number of users. In the US alone, the social network user space is saturated already with 81.3% of adult internet users and 73.2% of users of all ages, so there’s little room for new growth.

On a global level, there are 4.57 billion people using the internet with 3.81 billion active social media users and 5.16 billion unique mobile phone users. GlobalWebIndex found that tutorials and how-to videos are amongst the top kinds of content that consumers want more of during the COVID-19 crisis, and these may represent a particularly compelling opportunity for B2B brands.

As you would expect, this year did see a surge greater than expected in the number of live video users, video game viewers, and subscription over-the-top (OTT) users due to the pandemic, but social networking activities have not experienced the same hike.   

Notably, the ongoing and escalating problems of fake news, misinformation, divisive content, and censorship have created a somewhat toxic environment causing past users to have little incentive to rejoin or log in and current users may feel the need for a break from the cognitive dissonance. 

A New Sense Of Urgency

A social media reckoning, post the US election of the far-reaching power of Facebook and Google is at hand and the role social media giants play in dividing us or uniting us has taken on a new urgency with long-term trends in polarization leading to an evermore fractured America. 

The percentage of Americans that use social media surprisingly is the exact same number of people saying social media has a mostly negative effect on how the state of what’s happening in America at the moment where the people are politically divided. 

Of that, 25% say it’s neither negative nor positive with only 10% saying it helps people stay informed and aware. Coming in at 3rd place was the ability to connect, communicate, and sense of community. Lastly was the visibility of marginalized groups and activism of social movements. 

People will still continue to use social media and are reflective of society at large. They continue to use it even if they are fed up with what they are seeing on the platform. This indicates the reality of how social media is embedded in our culture and reflects on what is actually going on around us. 

The intent of many users though, is to catch up with loved ones and friends and don’t focus on the divisive or high profile content so there is a disconnect, however, many look for or are subject to some kind of news. 

When asked, people said the biggest frustrations and reasons social media has a negative effect is in order of preference with an overwhelmingly lead being;

  1. Misinformation and fake news 
  2. Hate, harassment, and extremism
  3. People believing everything and not knowing what to believe 
  4. People bothered by censorship and bias
  5. Too much negativity 

A Rise In Cognitive Dissonance 

Cognitive dissonance is a primary issue and experienced by many users which can happen when we are exposed to differing opinions on social media, and when we are not able to choose which is the right one, we experience cognitive dissonance.

This behavior is more evident online and on social networking sites where people continue to bombard others with differing thoughts and opinions. With Facebook as an example, what started out as a platform to catch up with family and friends has turned into a stage for activism and movements, disinformation, segregation, politicization, and diminishing self-esteem and mental health in individuals in many cases. 

With emerging technology and the post-pandemic normal way of life, we won’t see a shift away from social media in general. However, individuals need to understand how to cope with the emotional upheaval that comes with cognitive dissonance. 

Some of the emotions that we experience as a result of cognitive dissonance are dread, guilt, anger, frustration, anxiety, stress, etc. Most of us are aware of our belief systems. However, when we realize that there may be a grain of truth in another person’s views and opinions, it conflicts with our own beliefs. 

One of my favorite sayings is “live and let live” so by accepting that there are opposing views around us and if we hold true to ourselves these conflicting opinions have no power over us. 

Lack Of Critical Thinking Skills A Culprit

At a roundtable conference, a panel of industry insiders discussed the issues about the spread of disinformation on social media. It was identified that many people are not trained well in the skill of critical thinking. They are unable to differentiate a biased or untrustworthy source of information from a reliable one. 

It was suggested to aggressively teach both confirmation bias and argumentative theory at a young age so an individual can learn to self-mitigate. A sure defense would be to equip everyone to be their own best advocate and critically evaluate all the information and the motives behind that information. 

Laura DiDio, a high tech analyst remarked,

"Everyone needs to check and vet their sources of information and not simply jump to conclusions and retweet or share so-called 'facts' before they are certain that it is the factual and correct information." 

"Think for yourself and question everything! That's a good start." 

 

Will Advertisers Stay On These Platforms? 

Throughout the years we saw greater user adoption that led to a popular explosion and expansion of these tech giants, more and more companies and brands came on board to increase their exposure to social media users reaching into the billions. 

However, according to pundits that believe social media reckoning has already started, many companies may be questioning whether these controversial platforms are actually good for business. They may well be revisiting their priorities and social responsibilities, what they stand for, and whether they match up or want to be associated with what they are now seeing on the social platforms. 

Well over 90% of Facebook's revenue comes from advertising with 8 million active advertisers, however as recently cited in the Washington Post “outrage is built into Facebook’s ability to profit”, it seems that the most divisive and emotive content tends to be more effective. 

It’s also been the platform’s algorithms placing ads alongside this type of content that has provoked many brands to question their presence on the platform. So advertisers are suffering twofold; They are funding the continued success of Facebook by purchasing ad space in its “outrage based” ad model plus their brand name and ads are placed automatically in content that could well be damaging to their public perception. 

The Kindness Economy 

Mary Portas, creative director and well versed in the fashion and retail sector for many years spoke about how we are entering a new phase and culture she labels “kindness economy”. She explained in a recent talk on a TEDx event that people are increasingly taking into account the moral values of a brand when choosing who to buy from. 

Mary believes an economy built on kindness is not weak, but strong leading to a foundation of a business that has truth, integrity, longevity, and commerciality.  Any business that organizes itself around this kinder way of behaving, will be the ones that win. The triple bottom line is people, planet, and profit – in that order.

This philosophy rings true for many high-profile brands such as Unilever, Verizon, Starbucks, HP, Microsoft, and Coca-Cola who have already pulled their advertising from Facebook realizing an increasing need to instigate change, also self-reflect and think about how to improve the ways they communicate with consumers as an industry. 

This stance is not just about a political statement, it’s also about the chance to reassert some control over their marketing.  

 

Tech Giants Time Of Reckoning

The social media monopoly will either be facing some kind of reform and regulatory risk, as the US Congressional antitrust hearings with the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google that recently concluded, hand down their findings. The investigation addressed claims that big tech firms wield too much dominance over the market. 

Any legislation of antitrust action may take some time subject to the political and bureaucratic red tape but whatever the regulators decide, users may well become alienated by the increasingly poisonous atmosphere on social media. A decline in user engagement would negate the incentive for businesses to pay for advertisements.   

We could see a mass exodus of users decamp from their once believed sanctuary as other platforms rise up as the solution to the advancing dystopia caused by the “too big to fail” data harvesters of Web 2.0. 

 

The Irony Of It All

Ironically Facebook sold the idea of privacy to early users, back in the MySpace era. At that time, privacy was the currency and since social media was free, the promise of privacy was an important distinction and pivotal in competition. 

Facebook made this promise initially: “We do not and will not use cookies to collect private information from any user.” In contrast, MySpace had a policy in which anyone could see anyone else’s profile. So MySpace users jumped on the Facebook train. 

As Facebook gathered market share, it attempted to roll back some of those privacy promises and in 2007, Beacon was released which tracked Facebook users while they visited other sites. The “like” button was introduced in 2010 and that also enabled the company to track users.

 By 2014, Facebook publicly announced that it would be using code on third-party websites for tracking and surveillance purposes. This is a blatant reneging on their promise it had used to establish market dominance initially. 

Facebook was fined $122 million in 2017 in Europe for violating a promise it made not to share the data from WhatsApp with the rest of the company. And in 2019, it paid a $5 billion settlement to the FTC for a variety of privacy violations. Too big to fail or too big for its boots? We’ll see. 

 

The New Disrupters – A New Dawn

Many have already escaped the dictatorial protocols or they’ve been banned, making their way to more sovereign platforms using Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, making it a no-brainer for individuals and companies to take advantage of monetization with the added benefits of autonomy and privacy afforded by this technology

Known as the new disrupters they are capturing user attention and the associated advertising revenue. These platforms may not be as big or popular as Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube, yet, but given time and the way things are going, they’ve come just in the nick of time.

Companies, marketers, brands, and individuals looking for a new home in social networking and advertising now have a choice. A Market Network has emerged to give back the control to its users whether it be social, marketing, affiliate, inbound, influencer, et al, various campaigns and publishing with the SaaS tools including tracking, analytics, also digital wallet and payment processing with access to an increasing user base of entrepreneurs and publishers. 

The marketing industry in general is an incredibly sociable industry that thrives on building relationships. Markethive at its core has grown into a thriving ecosystem and is a most effective way to earn an income online, drive sales, and increase brand awareness. If the essential issue is one of control then Markethive with its varying modes of marketing puts you, as the brand in ultimate control. 

 

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Deb Williams
A Crypto/Blockchain enthusiast and a strong advocate for technology, progress, and freedom of speech. I embrace "change" with a passion and my purpose in life is to help people understand, accept, and move forward with enthusiasm to achieve their goals. 

 

 

TP

PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE of DIGITAL PAYMENTS

PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE of DIGITAL PAYMENTS

PAST PRESENT FUTURE OF DIGITAL PAYMENTS

The 3 Cs – Contactless, Cashless, Crypto

We have experienced an architectural shift in the way we handle our financial transactions, particularly over the last decade. More recently, since the new safety regulations introduced and enforced due to the pandemic, consumer behaviors have changed to a more contactless and cashless way of buying things in-store with more businesses transitioning online. With this comes the rise in digital payments.

The world-renowned entrepreneur and engineer, Ken Olsen was quoted back in 1977 as saying,  "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home". That was around the same time I was receiving my wage as cash in a little yellow envelope. 

To be fair, that quote was taken out of context and what he was referring to was computers set up to control houses, not your average pc, however, today that’s exactly what’s happened. Many in our society have installed technology with many if not all appliances armed with computers that connect them to the internet of things. 

I’m personally still wary of this and wouldn’t have it in my home, but the smartphone used for digital payments instead of cash, yes, absolutely. A more convenient and secure way to manage finances given the improved security we now have with ongoing advancements to address the arising needs in the future. It’s even eliminating the need for physical credit/debit cards.  

One Hundred Years Ago…

Electronic payments became a thing when the first was the charge card issued by Western Union back in 1921. Not long after department stores, hotels, and service stations also began offering charge cards. Diners Club was introduced in 1950, then came American Express and the BankAmericard founded in 1958 which then became Visa in 1977. 

Since then, we saw the videotex system in the mid-1980s which from all accounts the world wasn’t ready for so it didn’t take off. It’s also worthwhile mentioning that in 1983, David Chaum, an American cryptographer, started work on creating digital cash by inventing “the blinding formula, which is an extension of the RSA algorithm still used in the web’s encryption.” This was the very beginning of cryptocurrencies.

Online banking and bill pay came into play in the mid-1990s along with the first-ever online purchase in 1994. Accounts of who actually was the first vary but this video by Shopify reveals who the credit goes to. 

 

Let’s take a look at the digital payments timeline which began just over 25 years ago and how it’s evolved as a solution for global transactions that reach into the $trillions every year.

Online Digital Payments Timeline

The origins of digital payments began when a 21-year-old entrepreneur Dan Kohn in Nashua, New Hampshire, sold a CD over the internet via credit card payment.

►1994: First online purchase is made
    A CD of Sting’s Ten Summoner’s Tales is sold for $12.48 on NetMarket.

►1995: Amazon.com launched its online shopping site and eBay was also introduced.

►1997: First mobile payments and first contactless payments
    Coca-Cola installs two vending machines in Helsinki that accept payment by text message.

►1999: Paypal launches electronic money transfer service
    Early on, PayPal’s user base grew by nearly 10% daily. Tesla CEO Elon Musk and venture capitalist Peter Thiel were among its co-founders.

►2003: Alibaba launches Alipay in China
   Today, the mobile payment platform has witnessed stunning growth — leveraging digital wallets accepted by merchants in over 50 countries and regions.

►2007: M-PESA creates the first payments system for mobile phones
   Kenya-based M-PESA launched its mobile banking and microfinancing service. Today, it has over 37 million active users on its platform across Africa.

►2009: Bitcoin enables secure, untraceable payments
   Satoshi Nakamoto develops the first decentralized payment network in the world.

►2010: The first Bitcoin purchase took place
   Two pizzas were purchased for 10,000 BTC on May 22, 2010. Given the current price of Bitcoin, that 10,000 BTC is worth around $129 million USD today.
    
►2011: Google Wallet is launched
   In partnership with Citibank, Mastercard, and Sprint. 

►2013: WeChat Pay is rolled into the popular messaging platform
   By 2018, it surpasses 800 million monthly active users.

►2014: Apple Pay launches
   To its iPhone users, Introducing widespread biometric authentication.
   This is followed by Android and Samsung Pay a year later in 2015. 

►2014:Ethereum launched
   Vitalik Buterin launches Ethereum, building decentralized applications such as Smart Contracts which allow for autonomous and more complex payment transactions on the Blockchain.  

 


Image credit: Visual Capitalist

By 2023, over $2 trillion of mobile payment transactions could be authenticated by biometric technology. The use of biometric identification management technology for accurate customer identity verification has proven to deliver efficiency and convenience for organizations and also helps comply with government regulations to prevent identity theft and money laundering. Biometrics use intrinsic data, allowing for immutable identification and verification of people, and is fast and simple. 

As technology continues to transform, advances in digital payment technologies and cryptocurrency are creating a knock-on effect worldwide. 

What Does The Future of Digital Payments Look Like

According to Deutsche Bank Research, the coming decade will see digital payments grow at light speed. That will lead to the death of the plastic card. In emerging markets, the effect could arrive even sooner. Many customers are transitioning directly from cash to mobile payments without ever owning a plastic card.

In a recent survey, most plan to use a smartphone wallet more in the next six months, and most believe that digital wallets will replace traditional wallets within the next five years. 

As more people use and rely on their smartphones for digital transactions as a means to manage their affairs and purchases with post covid guidelines, a number of other technological innovations may well be instrumental in shaping the evolving digital payments industry.

TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION FORGING THE FUTURE

♦ Messaging-app payments
   Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and WeChat can leverage the reach of billions of users.

♦ Multi-dimensional Digital Wallet 
   Markethive is releasing its wallet to facilitate messaging, P2P, ecommerce, micropayment, and crypto transactions to its users reaching into the millions

♦ Voice-activated commands
   Paying for gas, groceries, or retail via voice could soar.

♦ Biometric payments
   Smartphone biometric security features could spur traction across digital payments.

♦ Blockchain wallet adoption
   Blockchain wallet users are predicted to soar to 200 million by 2030.

♦ Cryptocurrencies
   Daily transactions of leading cryptocurrencies total at approximately 3 million on average. 

♦ Peer-to-peer (P2P) payments
   Financial Institutions along with credit card companies are investing heavily in P2P partnerships, following PayPal’s lead. 

♦ Hardware & in-store interfaces
   Square, Clover, and Stripe are driving new mobile processing integrations.

♦ Facial recognition
   May soon replace QR codes across retail, transit, and airports in China.

Consumers said they chose mobile payments for the convenience, speed, and absence of fees. Retailers are taking note. Many are installing a mobile payment app “to fit customer desire.” The key benefit is reduced effort with mobile payments, there is no need to type in a PIN or handle cash, which removes a psychological barrier. And then of course there is the contactless aspect of it which has become more prevalent today. 


Image credit: Deutsche Bank

Crypto And Blockchain Experience Significant Growth

There has been significant growth in the use of blockchain and cryptocurrency in digital payments. There is a need and enormous opportunity for the online community to take advantage of cryptocurrency micropayments for engaging, facilitating their businesses and to some extent, gamification is becoming more popular and rewarding.   

Markethive, the Blockchain-driven Social Market Network has realized the potential for cryptocurrency micropayments on its global platform which will extend to external coin exchanges and P2P payments via a multidimensional wallet, which is a POS wallet, a Mining Wallet (through the Markethive faucet systems), a private KYC/AML authentication provider, and a secure messaging system.

Blockchain being the technology behind cryptocurrency is foundational for building the next generation of digital transactions. This will establish trust in the trustless applications that provide transparency and immutability with the added benefit of streamlining business procedures, all of which is considered crucial by users as it enhances openness and efficiency of businesses.

Recently, Paxos’ announcement of PayPal now taking on cryptocurrency with its new service allows users to buy, sell, or hold cryptocurrency with their PayPal digital wallet. This is great for the crypto industry as PayPal will help to increase awareness and adoption along with education and utility for cryptocurrencies. 

A Digital Economy On The Rise

The value of digital commerce and mobile POS payments continue to rise on a global scale with yearly transactions valued at $4.8 trillion in 2020. The industry is undergoing a substantial transition given the disruption and global advancements taking place as key technological innovations are integrated. 

As digital wallets become more mainstream, transactional volumes are estimated to reach $9 trillion annually with online purchases and digital commerce driving the growth. As the industry expands its reach globally, users, consumers, investors, and businesses will all benefit from this transformative shift towards a digital economy. 

The real possibilities in a decentralized, blockchain-based payments world cannot be underestimated. There are various types of payments automated with smart contracts and the Blockchain could ultimately be universal in everyday payments at a society level. 

 

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References:
Visual Capitalist
Deutsche Bank 

 

 

Deb Williams
A Crypto/Blockchain enthusiast and a strong advocate for technology, progress, and freedom of speech. I embrace "change" with a passion and my purpose in life is to help people understand, accept, and move forward with enthusiasm to achieve their goals. 

 

 

TP

Bitcoin vs. Ripple Explainer

Bitcoin vs. Ripple Explainer

Whether you’re new to the world of blockchain technology or are simply looking to sharpen your sensibilities when it comes to distinguishing the market’s key players,

there is always more to learn. Cryptocurrency trading is fueled by hype and that means that new players are always popping up and disappearing. Bitcoin remains the constant staple in this everchanging landscape and also serves as a useful benchmark against which to understand and evaluate other actors. If you’ve got things like a graph of bitcoin price history saved to your bookmarks, there’s a good chance you’ve also encountered the name Ripple. If you are interested to learn how it stacks up against its forebearer, read on to discover the similarities and differences between Bitcoin and Ripple. 

The risk remains the same

One thing to clear up right off the bat is that all cryptocurrencies exist in a volatile and very speculative market. Although a lack of regulations is part of the draw, it also means that anything goes and there are really no guaranteed bets. Ripple and Bitcoin are both parts of this ecosystem, so keep in mind that if you’re thinking about investing in either, or any blockchain cryptocurrency for that matter, you should go in ready to potentially lose your complete initial investment. When it comes to investing in any cryptocurrency, you’d be best to hedge your bets and only put forth capital that you would be comfortable without. 

Ripple 101

When thinking about Bitcoin, most people understand it as a digital currency that can be used to purchase a variety of goods and services in the online marketplace. Therefore, the number one thing to understand about Ripple is that it serves a slightly different function. Simply put, Ripple is a system for currency exchange, payment settling, and remittance that can be used by payment networks and banks to provide higher transparency and security. Unlike Bitcoin, Ripple was never designed to be an independent method of payment. One of the biggest advantages of Ripple is that it allows for a fairly seamless transfer of assets that plays out in near real-time, providing more peace of mind for those involved in the transaction. 

Ripple doesn’t use blockchain

Another important distinction to make between Bitcoin and Ripple is the fact that Ripple doesn’t use blockchain to fulfill its function. Unlike Bitcoin, Ripple works through a network of validating servers and crypto tokens. The tokens are often referred to as Ripples but are formally called XRP. These are the actual cryptocurrency being exchanged in Ripple, which uses a distributed consensus ledger. 

A closer look at XRP tokens

In terms of how Ripple replaces standard settlement systems, it is useful to think of XRP tokens as a replacement for US dollars, which are frequently used as a middle ground currency for exchanging others. Due to established standards of exchange and the regulations in place, using US dollars not only takes considerably more time but is also accompanied by the dreaded currency exchange fees. On top of costing more than most are happy to pay, standard international transfers can sometimes take three days or more to process. Enter the XRP token. Completely supplanting the process, the value of the assets being exchanged are first converted into XPR (as opposed to USD), allowing for fees to be wiped away and the waiting time to be reduced from days to mere seconds. Returning to the Bitcoin comparison, it is worth noting that Bitcoin transactions tend to take around 10 minutes, and although this is certainly less than three days, it is still significantly more than the five-second transaction rate Ripple can achieve. 

Different origin stories 

Unlike the more mysterious emergence of Bitcoin, which is currently maintained by a team of dedicated developers and not tied to any government, bank, or third part, Ripple is more mainstream. Founded in 2012, Ripple was developed by an actual company and had set goals outlined from the get-go. This more standard entry onto the world stage has likely been one aspect that has helped make Ripple more palatable for major financial institutions. Santander and Fidor Bank are just a few of the big names who have said that they are in the process of testing or even implementing various applications of the Ripple Network payment apparatus. 

No mining for Ripple

Another difference that might be hard for Bitcoin enthusiasts to wrap their heads around is that Ripple was not, in fact, designed to be mined at all. An important part of the Bitcoin ecosystem, miners of the cryptocurrency will typically be rewarded for their efforts in the form of a new Bitcoin. Ripple, meanwhile, is pre-mined. There are currently around 38 billion XPR tokens populating the market. The remainder resides in Ripple labs and will be released onto the market in incremental amounts. For further information on Bitcoin payments, check out dchained.

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Bitcoin Mining with MiningJOY: A Perfect Solution to Fight against Inflation

Bitcoin Mining with MiningJOY: A Perfect Solution to Fight against Inflation

Bitcoin has the potential to provide both inflation protection and growth exposure concurrently. Looking for an easy and smart investment solution to invest?

Cloud mining of Bitcoin at MiningJOY.com is the answer for you. This cloud mining provider gained a solid reputation for its convenience, stability, and best of all: transparency of mining-related data. MiningJOY holds dear the philosophy of bringing the most value and benefits of decentralization to its users, providing cloud computing power buyers with a good mining platform and an excellent opportunity to catch the profits that Bitcoin mining can bring!

MiningJOY has a state-of-the-art computing power backup and global decentralized mining farms. The uptime for all miners is over 99%, as you can see from the following screenshot of the backend managing broad, which is developed by its in-house maintenance team consisting of both software and hardware elites. MiningJOY’s advantage features real-time, viewable computing power and transparent bills, a professional operation team hand-selected from a small number of public companies in the IDC industry, and backup computing power reserves to resist greater suspension risks. MiningJOY has multiple mining centers across North America, Northern Europe, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. The price of computing power on the market has spiked due to huge demand, yet MiningJOY cloud computing power has maintained a low price relative to the market price and has excellent security performance, which serves to better preserve the maximal mining outputs for its clients.

MiningJOY’s mining center with the most advanced miners

Earn passive income with Quadency TRADING BOT. Connect Binance account and use Quadency bot for 6 MONTHS COMPLETELY FREE. Hurry up, this deal is not around for long! MiningJOY boasts large-scale miners based in distributed locations across the globe, equipped with professional operation and maintenance teams, and top-of-the-line miners. MiningJOY provides users with a one-stop efficient cryptocurrency mining service, going beyond merely Bitcoin mining products, which however, constitutes more than 90% of its asset portfolio. In the near future, MiningJOY would be channeling more diversified mining plans for its discerning clientele who like to chase highs with less-dominant cryptocurrencies, such as Ethereum, CKB (Nervos), and more to come.

At present, the MiningJOY platform mainly focuses on Bitcoin mining machines, both for rent and for purchase. They are unlike the majority of cloud mining platforms where clients receive a relatively obscure slip which details just a few parameters, leaving them with no clues about how the payout is composed and how their hashrate/miners are operated. MiningJOY realizes that Ponzi schemes are nothing new in the cloud mining market and provide their customers with as much details as possible about the contents of their order. Many users, after having a bad experience, have lost faith in the possibility of fair mining in the cloud, and thus MiningJOY is ready to plug the leaks in the outdated cloud mining model. Backed by its full-stack management system, MiningJOY is capable of bringing the most authentic mining experience to its clients, which includes:

  • a hashrate pegged to running machines at the ratio of 1:1,
  • no more blanket scams,
  • 24/7 running surveillance video on mining farms,
  • inclusive parameters, and
  • transparent bills.

Unlike most cloud mining services, with MiningJOY, clients get what they actually paid for. MiningJOY was officially launched in June 2019 by Starwin Capital Limited with registry in Hong Kong, which extends to own Type 1, Type 6, and Type 9 Licenses under their belt. This allows them to lay a more substantial foundation for the emerging cryptocurrency-based financial landscape and fintech zeal. MiningJOY’s business now involves two parts: cloud mining services for individual investors and supercomputer server rental hosting service for professional and institutional clients. Currently with MiningJOY’s spot-delivery products, clients will start to receive Bitcoin mining payouts the next day. The prices start with $20.10 (mine until the last minute of your machine’s life expectancy), with the electricity rate as low as $0.052 per kW⋅h. If the price of Bitcoin stays above $11,000, the full-year return of Whatsminer M20s mining contract per terabyte (TB) is expected to be around $30.00, which results in an annual yield of 13.32%. The mini order quantity starts from just 1 TB.

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Torsten Hartmann

Torsten Hartmann has been an editor in the CaptainAltcoin team since August 2017. He holds a degree in politics and economics. He gained professional experience as a PR for a local political party before moving to journalism. Since 2017, he has pivoted his career towards blockchain technology, with principal interest in applications of blockchain technology in politics, business and society.

https://captainaltcoin.com/bitcoin-mining-with-miningjoy-a-perfect-solution-to-fight-against-inflation/

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Japanese soccer star Keisuke Honda launches his own crypto

Crypto and blockchain matter for the global soccer community.

A Japanese professional soccer player is launching his own cryptocurrency to boost fan engagement.

Keisuke Honda, former Japan midfielder and currently a captain of the Brazilian professional league team Botafogo, has launched his own token to build new connections with his fans, Cointelegraph Japan reported on Oct. 22.

The so-called “KSK Honda Coin” was launched on Thursday via Rally.io, a blockchain platform for creating video streaming and gaming applications. The new coin is intended to enable fans to interact with Honda.

Holders of KSK Honda token will be able to get exclusive content from Honda as well as interact with the player via private channels on Discord. “We decided to create a social token to build new connections with our most loyal fans,” Honda said.

The world-known soccer player said that the new token will allow him to connect with fans in a more open manner, providing a 100% transparency in knowing who holds coins in the fan community.

The global soccer community is moving deeper into the crypto and blockchain industry in search of new ways of connecting stars with their fans.

On Oct. 15, a top soccer club in Russia’s Premier League — Zenit St. Petersburg — signed on to the blockchain-based gaming platform Sorare to issue collectible and tradeable digital cards. In September 2020, Italian professional sports club SS Lazio signed a multiyear deal with crypto trading platform StormGain, enabling new fan engagement options through crypto.

 

written by Helen Partz

https://cointelegraph.com/news/japanese-soccer-star-keisuke-honda-launches-his-own-crypto

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Regulation will keep PayPal’s new crypto services from looking anything like crypto

For now, PayPal's crypto payments are more about satisfying regulators than providing users with crypto capabilities.

Earlier today, PayPal confirmed that it would be adding crypto payments to its global platform over the coming months.

The rollout will begin in the United States, where PayPal also became the first recipient of the New York Department of Financial Services', or NYDFS, conditional Bitlicense, a program that the regulator announced this past summer.

The devil in the details
While the news is huge for crypto, PayPal will be under intense scrutiny. The nature of the conditional Bitlicense is that conditional licensees have to pair off with firms that have full Bitlicenses (in this case, Paxos) that will act as mentors of a sort. Per the NYDFS, conditional licensees also "may be subject to heightened review, whether in regard to the scope and frequency of examination or otherwise."

The conditional license lasts for two years, and its renewal or upgrade to full Bitlicense status is wholly contingent on Superintendent Linda Lacewell's decision.

Representatives for PayPal declined to comment on what form heightened scrutiny will take, instead directing Cointelegraph to speak with NYDFS. In turn, representatives for NYDFS declined to specify what "heightened review" might mean for PayPal beyond the vague statutory language already available.

Meanwhile, representatives for Paxos declined to comment on their role in PayPal's conditional Bitlicense. Which is to say, all three of these organizations made great efforts to publicize this morning's news without going into detail on the regulatory arrangement. Their disinterest in doing so when pressed is concerning.

Crypto is as crypto does
While nobody is being transparent about the specific hoops that PayPal — which has well over 340 million users worldwide — will have to jump through to satisfy regulators, the firm is clearly going to have to do everything in its power to make crypto behave unlike crypto on its platform, beyond the customer data gathering that PayPal has always done.

PayPal's wallet will be not only custodial but siloed. Per the firm's cryptocurrency FAQs, users will not hold private keys, nor will they be able to move their holdings to other wallets:

"Currently, you can only hold the Cryptocurrency that you buy on PayPal in your account. Additionally, the Cryptocurrency in your account cannot be transferred to other accounts on or off PayPal."
So, what does that mean? Not only are coins held on PayPal most certainly not your coins, but also, this may be the standard that big firms will have to abide by in order to dabble in crypto.

There's been talk for some time of regulatory "whitelists" — i.e., crypto exchanges and firms looking to comply with stringent regulations will only be able to transact with approved wallet addresses. That practice has not yet gone into law.

With PayPal, what we may be looking at is regulators allowing crypto on major platforms only when it has no chance of going to other platforms, which is more aggressive than a whitelist. That is, full dependence on third parties, zero threat of peer-to-peer transfers and zero chance of interacting with people who wouldn't already be able to get PayPal accounts — which, ultimately, isn't really crypto. At least for now.

 

written by Kollen Post

https://cointelegraph.com/news/regulation-will-keep-paypal-s-new-crypto-services-from-looking-anything-like-crypto

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US financial watchdog fines early Bitcoin mixer $60M for money laundering

FinCEN has fined the operator of early crypto mixers Helix and Coin Ninja for Bank Secrecy Act violations.

The founder and operator of some of the first "mixing" services in crypto will have to cough up $60 million to United States regulators, even as he faces continued criminal charges.

The U.S. Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, announced on Monday a $60 million fine against Larry Dean Harmon, the man behind Helix and Coin Ninja.

Harmon was arrested in February for operating a stable of tumblers, or mixers, that Washington, D.C. prosecutors allege constitute unregistered money services businesses. Those charges against him say he laundered over $300 million in Bitcoin. According to today's announcement, "FinCEN’s investigation has identified at least 356,000 bitcoin transactions through Helix."

Mixing services attempt to privatize cryptocurrencies by sending them through a massive series of transactions involving various wallets. The process aims to obscure the origins of coins as well as the entity in control of them when they come out of mixing. Harmon's mixers were only accessible via the dark web.

FinCEN claims that Harmon deliberately flaunted the provisions of the Bank Secrecy Act, the cornerstone of U.S. Anti-Money Laundering legislation. It was violations of the BSA that led to criminal charges against the executive team of crypto exchange BitMEX earlier this month.

U.S. authorities have been on the prowl for criminal activity based on crypto. The Department of Justice recently released a report that highlighted privacy tokens like Monero (XMR) as a cause for alarm.

 

written by Kollen Post

https://cointelegraph.com/news/us-financial-watchdog-fines-early-bitcoin-mixer-60m-for-money-laundering

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Vinnik trial for extortion and Bitcoin money laundering begins in Paris

The Russian national linked to the laundering of $4 billion of Bitcoin stolen during the Mt. Gox hack is finally in court.

The trial of the alleged launderer of $4 billion worth of Bitcoin (BTC), Alexander Vinnik, got underway in Paris on Monday.

However, despite reported links to the 300,000 BTC hack of Mt. Gox in 2014, prosecutors are focusing on a 135-million-euro ($159 million) ransomware fraud targeting French businesses and organizations between 2016 and 2018.

According to The Associated Press, Russian national Vinnik is being charged with extortion, money laundering and criminal association after 20 victims of the "Locky" malware paid the ransom in Bitcoin through BTC-e.

Vinnik is alleged to be one of the creators of the malware and the former operator of the now-shuttered cryptocurrency exchange, although he claims that he was only a technical consultant at BTC-e and had no knowledge of any wrongdoing.

If found guilty, Vinnik faces up to 10 years in prison.

As Cointelegraph reported, Vinnik was originally arrested in Greece in 2017 at the behest of United States authorities.

There followed a legal tug of war, with prosecutors from France, the U.S. and Russia all petitioning for his extradition. Vinnik himself expressed a preference to be extradited to Russia, where he faces lesser charges.

Earlier this year, Greek authorities ruled that he would be extradited first to France, then to the U.S and finally to Russia

Even following his extradition to France, Russian authorities unsuccessfully requested that he be allowed to return to his home country under house arrest.

If tried in the U.S. in the future, Vinnik is likely to face charges related to the $4 billion hack of Mt. Gox. The 300,000 BTC stolen in the hack were allegedly laundered through the BTC-e exchange and Vinnik's own personal wallet.

 

written by Jack Martin

https://cointelegraph.com/news/vinnik-trial-for-extortion-and-bitcoin-money-laundering-begins-in-paris

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BLOCKCHAIN – THE QUIET ACHIEVER 

BLOCKCHAIN – THE QUIET ACHIEVER 

Markethive Blockchain, the quiet achiever

Time For Trustless Trust 

Blockchain technology is what I consider to be a quiet achiever, and is subtly easing its way into the mainstream in many industry sectors that impact all of us in one way or another. Since my previous articles on Blockchain, we’ve seen an increase in the implementation of blockchain technology as now more than ever it has become a “time for trust”, as quoted by one of the big four auditing monopolies PwC.    

Without a doubt, Blockchain technology will have a beneficial effect on every aspect of business in the future, however, this is a gradual process that requires time and patience. Many traditional businesses are mindful of and watching this evolution, but sitting on the fence waiting for more examples of blockchain technology. Why?

Because traditional businesses will require more transformation when integrating Blockchain and will have to completely reconsider their processes to harvest the maximum benefits of this technology.  Meanwhile, companies with a culture of innovation lead the way into this new era of transparency and immutability. 

Although Blockchain was initially considered only suitable for banking, finance, and cryptocurrency sectors, we are now seeing the benefits in many other industries as well. Currently, we have a lot of solutions that are either in the pilot or beta phase or already being utilized in this enterprising way of not only keeping businesses honest but provides a range of benefits for the public.

 

50 Companies Already Using Blockchain Technology
BLOCKCHAIN 101

101Blockchains.com compiled a list of the top 50 companies across a range of industries as indicated in the infographic above, however, I’m going to add an industry that is at the forefront with a metamorphic influence and used by billions of people. It’s infiltrated our daily lives and increasingly is a way of life for communication, work, and livelihoods.  

Numerous giants in this industry have been in the notorious spotlight for misuse of personal data, political bias, and tampering, questionable algorithms to name a few. If you haven’t already guessed, yes it’s social media, particularly Facebook, and will probably be the last, if at all, to align themselves with a transparent, public blockchain for the benefit of its users on every level. 

Truth About FaceBook’s Libra

Even Facebook’s yet to launch Libra coin that has recently come up against regulatory pressure is a private blockchain (permissioned) that uses an access control layer to govern who has access to the network making it more centralized. In other words, validators are vetted by the network owner, unlike public decentralized blockchain where applications can be added to the network without the approval or trust of others, using the blockchain as a transport layer. 

The Libra blockchain would more likely be for financial transactions only and will not benefit from the network effect.  Nor would the issues of privacy and data harvesting be addressed, in fact, Facebook, which ironically banned ads related to cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings, has not said how it might use blockchain technology, so a public blockchain, by its very nature, could well pose a threat to Facebook.

Blockchain is a distributed ledger with data stored across a network of computers and rules that are enforced by its many participants. It’s the opposite of Facebook, which is a massive centralized organization that controls all the infrastructure underlying the 2.7 billion global users on its proprietary social network.

IMAGINE A BLOCKCHAIN FUTURE

Imagine…

Imagine a vast online network where we all hang out, chat, and buy things, but that’s not owned by Facebook, Google, or Amazon. That’s the vision many more people are seeing in blockchain technology as it becomes more understood. The companies using blockchain technology are actually securing their place in the changing ecosystem.

As 2020 comes to a close, there are now over 3 billion social media users around the globe using some form of social media, many are marketers, either for companies or in business for themselves. 

Blockchain technology as a foundation in social media will be able to solve the problems related to notorious scandals, privacy violations, data control, and content relevance. 

The integration of a decentralized blockchain ensures that all the social media published data remain untraceable and cannot be duplicated, even after its deletion. Furthermore, users will get to store data more securely and maintain their ownership. 

Blockchain also ensures that the power of content relevance lies in the hands of those who created it, instead of the platform owners. This makes the user feel more secure as they can control what they want to see. 

There are many upcoming social media platforms built on the blockchain, primarily used for sharing content through blogging and being rewarded with their native cryptocurrency. In my research, I’ve found some doing well, while others have tried and failed. Below I’ve outlined a few that stand out. They are each compared with a Web 2.0 platform or as close to it. 

SOCIAL MEDIA ON BLOCKCHAIN

Bitchute: is a peer to peer web torrent video sharing platform, predominantly funded by users’ donations and scaling memberships. Monetization including tipping creators’ content is handled by 3rd party processors via Bitbacker, Coinpayments, Paypal et al. The responsibility for payments are passed on to the user, not Bitchute. Primary user interests: politics, activism. Alexa ranking: 2,172. Comparison: Youtube.

Steemit: Steem blockchain-based social media platform. Earn Steem coin and Steem Dollars which is a USD soft-pegged asset to post, comment, and curate. Primary user interests: advice, finance, economics. Alexa ranking: 20,069. Comparison:  Reddit.

PeakD:  Underpinned by the Hive which is a new blockchain that originated as a fork of Steem. In February, TRON acquired Steemit, Inc., which allowed it to gain control over Steem. In response, several Steem nodes and users created Hive, introducing a new governance model that is designed to prevent anyone from gaining control over the blockchain.

Despite those differences, PeakD social media functions are very similar to those of Steemit. Users can post content on the social blogging platform, Peakd. Users receive HIVE crypto tokens for posting content and commenting on that content. Primary user interests: Blogging, miscellaneous communities. Alexa Ranking: 40,004 Comparison: Markethive Social Media Platform

Minds: is an open-source social media platform. You can earn Minds ERC20 tokens for contributions. Minds measure your contributions to the network on a daily basis and you receive a “Contribution Score”. They then calculate how much you have contributed to the network relative to the entire community. That determines the percentage of the Daily Reward Pool that you earn.

Users’ only receive credit for unique interaction, meaning you can only earn credit from another unique user once per metric per day. (eg. If a friend votes on my content 100 times in a day, I will only get credit for 1 vote).
Primary user interests: politics, activism. Alexa ranking: 11,591. Comparison: Facebook.

Narrative: is a user-governed social media platform for bloggers. Earn NRVE tokens to post, comment, curate, moderate, and own niches. Since its inception, some members of the Narrative community have incorporated and are negotiating a new platform with the aim to be reborn with a new platform name along with some improvements integrating to the new Discord server.  Primary user interests: n/a. Alexa ranking: 2,284,842. Comparison: Medium.

Memo: is a BCH blockchain-based social media platform. Earn BCH via posting. Data is stored directly to the blockchain, not the cloud, using OP_RETURN. Using the Memo OP_RETURN Protocol, the message you include with your transaction will show up as a post on the site. You can also use this protocol to like or reply to a previous memo.
Primary user interests: Bitcoin Cash, micro-blogging. Alexa ranking: 214,778. Comparison: Twitter.

However, According to Bitcoin.org the use of OP_RETURN is irresponsible in part because Bitcoin was intended to provide a record for financial transactions, not a record for arbitrary data. Perhaps Memo should build their own blockchain specifically for content and data.

SocialX: is a photo and video sharing blockchain-based platform. Earn SOCX crypto token rewards for contribution and licensing. SocialX is a community-driven social media platform allowing users to publish photos and video content. 

SocialX has created its own blockchain to tackle various challenges associated with blockchain-based projects including the decentralization of photos, video, and other media. 
Primary user interests: Varied content of a social nature. Alexa ranking: 2,223,697. Comparison: Instagram.

Indorse: Ethereum-based coding evaluation and assessment recruiting platform. Earn IND tokens for activity on the network. Primary user interests: coding, recruiting. Alexa ranking: 395,295. Comparison: Linkedin.

Markethive: built on blockchain technology, is a Social Market Network and much more than a social media or blogging platform. It incorporates all inbound marketing tools including SaaS, CRM, AR email systems, eCommerce, along with a digital media broadcasting platform. I am yet to find a blockchain comparison on the internet for Markethive. 

Earn Markethive coin (MHV) for every activity and engagement on the platform as a free member. Be rewarded for your loyalty while building your business online in a collaborative environment. Created for the struggling entrepreneur, delivering a sovereign platform so all have the opportunity to excel and prosper. Primary user interests: business, marketing, blogging, current news, commercial arts, entrepreneurialism. Alexa ranking: 3,152. Comparison: Marketo, Hubspot, LinkedIn.

(Alexa rankings and data retrieved on October 18, 2020)

Blockchain – A Real Differentiator 

Blockchain can be a real differentiator, a new technology with the potential to be a force for good, leaving centralized web 2 platforms behind with their tyrannical protocols.

Blockchain holds different meanings and use cases for different industries, with every industry being able to benefit from blockchain technology, however, by enlarge people still have limited knowledge of how blockchain can be a transformational change to all sectors.

Many cannot see beyond its association with cryptocurrencies and are confused about the differences between blockchain and cryptocurrency. A good way of understanding the relationship between crypto and blockchain is to compare it to an application on your smartphone. (e.g. Menulog or Messenger), and the platform on which that application is running (IOS or Android). Blockchain is the platform and cryptocurrency is an application that runs on the blockchain platform. 

The confusion stems primarily from the fact that the platform (blockchain) and cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) came onto the scene at the same time. The first time blockchain was recognized is when it took the world by storm as the technology behind bitcoin. When in fact, it was first conceptualized back in 1991 using the term “Timestamping”, which was basically an immutable ledger, long before Bitcoin.

More organizations are reassessing their operations as they do battle with the repercussions of the pandemic lockdown of 2020. It has accelerated many disruptive trends that will create entire new markets and displace others in the process. There is a shift towards new ways of working, communicating, and transacting online.

Trust Is Fragile

Trust is faltering, becoming an increasing issue in the digital world and organizations are clearly recognizing the importance of building trust with their people, customers, and business partners. They are paying far greater attention to the risks that undermine trust online such as fraud, data loss, or misuse along with many other forms of cybercrime. 

And in a more traditional sense we have all had to trust the institutions, middlemen, and the powers that be with our finances, documents, data, and the like, for decades, which has historically been the demise of society, even countries, almost becoming 3rd world. This type of trust will become irrelevant in the blockchain-enhanced digital world. 

A decentralized, immutable distributed ledger (blockchain) has been coined as a “trustless” protocol, meaning there’s no need for trust as in the traditional sense. Blockchain technology supersedes the old trust method, transforming into a “trustless trust”. 

 

An Emerging Technology Coming To Light

By integrating blockchain, organizations can build greater trust and transparency in areas such as certification, recruitment, commercial transactions, and the way they secure, share, and use data and content.

An increasing number of organizations are now seeing that blockchain technology provides an opportunity to change for the betterment of all, improving reputation, providing more growth and sustainability, build confidence, and propel any industry forward. 

 

Both Industries And Society Will Reap The Greatest Rewards 

PwC economists expect blockchain technology to bring benefits across a wide range of industry sectors and a lot of the value will be realized behind the scenes. This recent analysis in pdf format estimates blockchain technologies could trigger a $1.7 trillion boost in the global economy by 2030.  

They expect between 10% and 15% of worldwide infrastructure to be using blockchain within a decade with the biggest beneficiaries poised to be the public administration, education, and healthcare sectors. 

Also, wholesalers, retailers, manufacturers, and construction services will benefit from using blockchain to engage consumers and meet the demand for provenance and traceability.

There will be broader benefits for business services, communications, media, marketing, and advertising with the billions of users looking like winners with more of an equal opportunity to earn a living online. For ease, stability, and protection, blockchain technology will play a significant role in the next normal. 

 

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Deb Williams
A Crypto/Blockchain enthusiast and a strong advocate for technology, progress, and freedom of speech. I embrace "change" with a passion and my purpose in life is to help people understand, accept, and move forward with enthusiasm to achieve their goals. 

 

 

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