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Mastercard and Visa Reconsider Libra as Regulatory Criticism Intensifies

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Libra

Libra

On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that MasterCard Inc. (NYSE:MA) and Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), among other financial partners, could be reconsidering their position in Facebook Inc.’s (NASDAQ:FB) cryptocurrency project Libra.

Backers Not Ready for Criticism from Regulators

The Journal report indicated that the financial backers of the cryptocurrency project are not ready to draw criticism from regulators. Libra has received criticism from legislators owing to the reputation of Facebook regarding how it has been handling personal information. Many have declined Facebook’s request to support Libra publicly.

In an interview with CNBC, Visa CEO Alfred Kelly had indicated that although they had signed a letter of intent with the Libra Association, they were nonetheless not a member of anything. He further added that the company will not be part of the association unless there is proof of compliance with regulations.

Libra has two dozen backers, and the report indicates that policy execs of the Libra Association have received a summons to a meeting in Washington. Last week, the association head indicated that the leaders of the project were committed to addressing regulatory concerns about the token. According to Bloomberg, Stripe Inc. and PayPal Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL) are still unsure about signing on with the project.

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Facebook Pushes Back the Launch of Libra

Last week, Reuters reported that the coin’s launch could be pushed back in order for Facebook to address growing regulatory concerns across the globe. Facebook had planned to launch its stablecoin in mid next year in collaboration with Libra Association members. Libra Association leaders will meet in Geneva on October 14 to review a charter for the association as well as appoint directors.

The cryptocurrency project was seen as the path to the mainstream adoption of virtual currency. However, the project has met political and regulatory criticism with some EU countries such as Germany and France vowing to block it from Europe. Last month, Bruno Le Maire, the economy and finance minister of France, indicated that Libra is a threat to monetary sovereignty under current circumstances and should not operate in Europe.

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Koinex Exchange Shuts Down Trading Services in India

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Koinex

Koinex is the latest cryptocurrency exchange to fall prey to India’s ban on virtual currencies. Months after delisting several cryptocurrencies, the exchange has shut down its trading services. The exchange has blamed uncertainty as well as disruptions for the unexpected decision.

Koinex Shutdown

In an official statement, Koinex says it has always wanted to provide blockchain enthusiasts a reliable way of digital trading assets. The government-instituting ban on cryptocurrencies, according to Koinex management, made it impossible to continue offering crypto trading services. The exchange has since given its customers until July 15 to withdraw all their digital assets from the exchange.

According to CEO Rahul Raj, they could no longer continue to operate in India given the immense financial burden because of stringent regulations. Immediate reports indicate that the government is planning to introduce a new bill that will ban cryptocurrencies completely and propose a jail term for anyone dealing in them.

“We have stayed away from disclosing details to the public in the larger interest of mindfully steering the industry towards positive regulations, but unfortunately we’re not too hopeful that things will change for the better in the near future,” said Mr. Raj.

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Cryptocurrency Ban in India

Koinex joins a string of other crypto exchanges that have had to close shop in recent months. In September of last year, Zebpay was forced to close down all its operations as the Reserve Bank of India passed a ban on virtual currencies. The exchange has since had to shift all its operations to Australia where cryptocurrencies are considered legal tenders.

If recent developments are anything to go by, then Unocoin could be the next crypto exchange to exit the Indian Market. Reports indicate that the exchange has laid off a significant amount of staff given the regulatory uncertainty that makes it impossible to operate a successful crypto business in the country.

The uncertainty in the Indian market is a stark contrast to developments in other mature economies. In the US, for instance, cryptocurrencies are slowly finding their way into the mainstream sector. Facebook and JPMorgan have both already launched cryptocurrencies.

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Bitcoin SV Soars 80% | Wright Files “Proof” That He’s Nakamoto

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Bitcoin SV

The top ten cryptocurrencies are all in green boasting moderate gains. For example, Ethereum is up 2% and Bitcoin Cash up 4.38%. Leading coin by market value, Bitcoin, is 1.75% in the green, nearing $8,000 USD per coin—much to the excitement of the bulls. However, its hard to ignore the not-so-moderate gains that Bitcoin SV is sporting just outside the top ten.

In eleventh place in terms of market cap, the hard-fork of a hard-fork is up a whopping 79.57%.

The rise is attributed to Bitcoin SV’s founder, Craig Wright, and a poignant move he just made to “prove” he is Satoshi Nakamoto—the original Bitcoin creator.

Bitcoin SV Is Up 80%

Earlier today the controversial figure filed copyright registrations for the Bitcoin whitepaper and the early Bitcoin code with the US Copyright Office.

But his move has already been lambasted, with many in the community considering another fraudulent claim.

For example, Jerry Brito of CoinCenter, pointed out on Twitter, that anyone can register a copyright claim. Doing so still isn’t proof of ownership and neither is recognition by the US Copyright Office itself.

He goes on to say:

The Copyright Office does not investigate the validity of the claim; they just register it. Unfortunately there is no official way to challenge a registration. If there are competing claims, the Office will just register all of them.

Wright has been claiming since 2015 that he is the creator of the world’s largest cryptocurrency. He has, however, been continuously unable to provide hard evidence that confirms it.

As such, he has been slammed across the industry with names such as “fraud” and “Faketoshi”. In response, he has launched a series of lawsuits against those who have doubted him or publicly denied his claims.

However, this caused further industry backlash and led Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao to delist Bitcoin SV from his exchange platform.

Industry Speculation

The debacle will continue and all the while, we still remain unsure who is the real person or persons behind the pseudonym, Satoshi Nakamoto.

>>Bitcoin Price Jumps Again, Now Above $8K Mark

Is he telling the truth? Who could possibly know?

What do you think about Wright’s filing? Do you believe him? Are you shocked to see Bitcoin SV up 80% in response?

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LiteLink to Acquire Smart Sensor Technology to Target Untapped Waste Management Industry LiteLink to Acquire Smart Sensor Technology to Target Untapped Waste Management Industry

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VANCOUVER, Jan. 21, 2020 /CNW/ – LiteLink Technologies Inc. (“LiteLink”) (CSE:LLT)(OTC:LLNKF)(FRA:C0B), a key player in logistics platforms and payment solutions, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement (the “Acquisition Agreement”) to acquire market-differentiated Internet of Things (“IoT”) sensor technologies for the waste and container management industry (the “Assets).

See the Litelink Smart Waste Offering Detailed Brochure (CNW Group/LiteLink Technologies Inc.)

As the global population approaches 8 billion, continued population density and growth inevitably increases the volume of garbage and recycling, putting additional pressure on the waste management industry. Industrial smart bin monitoring is a revolutionary way to drive greater optimization and efficiency for operators. With IoT sensors, all parties know the fill-level of containers and can predict pick-up and processing costs which, in turn, improves pick-up scheduling, profitability, and optimization.

LiteLink Technologies Inc. (“LiteLink”) (CSE:LLT)(OTC:LLNKF)(FRA:C0B), a BC-based SaaS provider of smart monitoring sensors to improve the supply chain, is now offering smart waste/construction/recycling management solutions. By incorporating ultrasonic IoT sensors with the 1SHIFT Logistics platform, LiteLink can provide businesses with a cost-saving and efficiency-driving solution:

“We are very excited about the market-differentiating IoT sensor technology, which will allow us to provide the waste management industry with a much-needed solution,” said LiteLink CEO Ashik Karim. “We are confident that anyone that has interest or charges based on how ‘full a bin, container, or space is’ will want this technology. From grain to oil to clothing bins that require pick-ups or attention when they are full or empty, this integrated solution will solve this problem automatically without manual inspection.”

Under the terms of the Acquisition Agreement, LiteLink will purchase all of the Assets from a partnership of individuals called 3030 IoT, including, among other things, sensor technologies, intellectual property rights, equipment, hardware, inventory, customer contracts and prospect lists. Among the Assets is IoT device and software which has already been commercialized, operating with a large bin waste management company in British Columbia.

As consideration for the Assets, LiteLink has paid a $50,000 cash deposit and has agreed to pay: $60,000 in cash and $140,000 in common shares of LiteLink upon LiteLink completing a subsequent financing, and a maximum royalty payment of $1,200,000, which is only payable upon revenue being derived from the commercialization of the Assets (“Revenue”). LiteLink has also agreed to pay a continued royalty for three years after closing of 15% of Revenue.

The Acquisition Agreement is subject to confidentiality requirements and customary closing conditions, including LiteLink’s satisfactory due diligence review of the Assets, and that the chief engineer & inventor of the Assets will be joining LiteLink on a full-time basis.

The US waste management market is expected to grow steadily to $80.7 billion by 2023, yet the industry is still plagued by overfills leading to manual cleanup and a lack of efficiency in container pick-ups that are half-full or overfilled, driving fines and overhead costs. Moreover, several containers and bins have been connected with deaths during a pick-up, which are all potentially avoidable through technology solutions. Meanwhile, the smart waste management market is gaining traction and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 25.68% to reach $5.19 billion by 2024. With this transaction, LiteLink is one step closer to commercializing a turnkey hardware and software platform for widespread use and adoption.

About LiteLink Technologies Inc.

LiteLink Technologies Inc. (“LiteLink”) (CSE:LLT)(OTC:LLNKF)(FRA:C0B) is a major player in developing world-class enterprise platforms that utilize artificial intelligence, blockchain, and predictive analytics to solve fragmented and outdated technology problems in the logistics and digital payment industries. Our flagship 1SHIFT logistics platform offers real-time transparency and tracking which allows brokers, shippers, and carriers to track shipments and settle payments in real-time.

The Canadian Securities Exchange has not reviewed or approved the contents of this news release.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain certain forward-looking statements and information (together, “forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. When used in this news release, the words “will”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect”, “target”, “plan”, “forecast”, “may”, “schedule” and other similar words or expressions identify forward-looking statements or information. These forward-looking statements or information may relate to the nature of the business of LiteLink, the intended integration of the Assets, the closing of the Acquisition Agreement, and other factors or information. Such statements represent LiteLink’s current views with respect to future events and are necessarily based upon a number of assumptions and estimate that, while considered reasonable by LiteLink, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social risks, contingencies and uncertainties. Many factors, both known and unknown, could cause results, performance or achievements to be materially different from the results, performance or achievements that are or may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. LiteLink does not intend and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements or information to reflect changes in assumptions or changes in circumstances or any other events affections such statements and information other than as required by applicable laws, rules and regulations.

Litelink Acquires Smart Waste Management Systems to Grow IOT Offerings (CNW Group/LiteLink Technologies Inc.)

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