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Facebook’s Libra May Cause Banks to Cut Financing to the Company

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Libra

Libra

Ever since the potential launch of Facebook’s Libra was announced by the social media behemoth, the company’s cryptocurrency project has lurched from one problem to the next. Regulators from different parts of the world had voiced their concerns about the Libra cryptocurrency, and even the President of the United States slammed Facebook in one of his famous tweets.

New Trouble?

In a new development, it has now emerged that if Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) does not take care of the regulatory issues with regards to Libra, then banks might refuse to provide services to the company.

There have been fears from central banks that Libra might try to become a replacement of fiat currency, and today, the CEO of a major bank spoke about the possibility of not providing banking services to Mark Zuckerberg’s company. Ralph Hamers, the Chief Executive Officer of ING, has stated that banks might consider that step if Facebook does not comply with all the regulatory issues. He stated that if the company does not comply with regulatory frameworks, then there is the risk of criminal activity. In such a situation, banks will probably have no other option but to pull the plug.

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Hamers said, “Then we can take measures and exit the client, or not accept the client, so those are discussions you would have to have.” As everyone knows, banks are bound by stringent regulatory frameworks, and it is highly unlikely that they are going to be able to do business with a company that enters the financial system without the proper checks.

It is an understandable degree of caution from ING, and it remains to be seen if more banks come up with such statements with regards to Libra. However, it should be reiterated that Facebook had earlier stated that it is going to launch the crypto token only after meeting all the regulatory requirements.

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Binance Hack | Hackers Make Off With $40 Million in BTC

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Binance Hack

Binance Hack

According to Bloomberg, major cryptocurrency exchange Binance has suffered another hack. This time the hackers withdrew 7,000 Bitcoin, which values approximately $40 million USD. This is the second major breach the exchange has faced, the first being an incident in March 2018.

A notorious issue in the crypto-space, hacks have claimed $1.7 billion USD in 2018 alone.

Binance Hack

Via a post on its website, the exchange said that the hack occurred through a single transaction in a “large scale security breach.”

It furthered that the hackers used a “variety of techniques” including phishing and viruses to gather large quantities of user data. The exchange also warned that there may be additional accounts that are yet unaccounted for but have been affected.

Detailing the hack, Binance said:

“The transaction is structured in a way that passed our existing security checks. It was unfortunate that we were not able to block this withdrawal before it was executed. Once executed, the withdrawal triggered various alarms in our system. We stopped all withdrawals immediately after that.”

The hack was isolated to one wallet—Binance’s BTC hot wallet—which holds 2% of the company’s entire Bitcoin holding. It furthered that all other wallets are secure and unharmed.

The post went on to say the following:

“The hackers had the patience to wait, and execute well-orchestrated actions through multiple seemingly independent accounts at the most opportune time […] We must conduct a thorough security review. The security review will include all parts of our systems and data.”

Binance Hack Security Review

This security review will take about a week, during which all deposits and withdrawals are suspended. Trading remains active, however, to allow investors to change their positions.

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As the news is fresh, the company is still unsure whether or not the hackers still control some accounts and could “use those to influence prices in the meantime.” Traders will be fully covered and no user funds affected, as Binance will use its emergency insurance fund called the Secure Asset Fund for Users.

Bitcoin dropped 3% in early morning trade upon the news. It has since pared those losses, however, and is currently up 0.17%, selling for $5,937 USD.

Does the Binance hack affect you? Are you concerned?

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Amazon is Building an Advertising Blockchain

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Amazon Advertising Blockchain

Amazon Advertising Blockchain

According to CoinTelegraph, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is on the hunt for a software development engineer to develop an Amazon advertising blockchain. The world’s largest online retailer posted a job offer on LinkedIn and reportedly is in need of a development engineer for the new advertisement blockchain.

Here’s what we know.

Amazon Advertising Blockchain

The hire will join Amazon’s Colorado team. The goal of the advertising blockchain is to grow the advertising arm of Amazon’s business.

The job posting reads as follows:

“Our new team in Boulder, CO is looking for a Sr Software Engineer to work within our Advertising FinTech team focused on a Blockchain ledger, billing and reconciliation systems to provide data transparency on transnational financial data.”

The company is planning on leveraging its online retail data, industry-leading cloud services, and fast-moving startup culture.

What’s in the Role?

The role of the engineer includes “requirements analysis, lead design, implementation and deployment of core components, interfacing with engineers and program managers. The position will also be responsible for the operational support and maintenance of the systems.” As such, the role is a big one and requires the candidate to have a background in blockchain development as well as experience in advertising and financial technology.

Furthermore, the engineer will also “have an opportunity to define the technical and architectural roadmap for the systems.”

Amazon Advertising Blockchain

The job posting has spurred on excitement, as it is another step forward for blockchain adoption by the major retailer.

Back in June, Amazon announced a partnership with British insurer Legal & General (OTC:LGGNY) to develop a blockchain system.

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On June 11, Reuters announced that the multinational insurer was going to work with Amazon to create a blockchain system specifically for corporate pension deals. The blockchain in question would be developed from the Amazon Web Services blockchain creator called the Amazon Managed Blockchain (AMB). It aims to process bulk annuities.

Amazon’s AMB is designed to easily create a blockchain network that is simple and scalable to manage. It uses Hyperledger and Ethereum open-source frameworks.

What do you think of the Amazon advertising blockchain?

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uBUCK Technologies Announces Strategic Partnership With U.S. Prepaid Platform PreWay

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LiteLink Technologies Inc. (“LiteLink”) (CSE:LLT)(FRA:C0B:FF) is excited to announce that, through its wholly-owned subsidiary uBUCK Technologies SEZC (“uBUCK”), it has entered into a strategic definitive agreement with U.S. prepaid platform, PreWay DBA UGO Hub.

uBUCK Pay, the ultimate digital wallet, allows customers to make online purchases at supported merchant stores, bars and restaurants, cash withdrawals at ATMs and send transfers around the globe without any transfer fees. At present, to obtain uBUCK vouchers, customers must log into their uBUCK Pay app to purchase pin vouchers using a credit card and then they may redeem their vouchers to convert it to uBUCK cash.

This partnership with PreWay will offer a distribution method that is unique in the digital payment space and allows uBUCK to serve the underbanked community in North America by giving users the option to purchase uBUCK vouchers in cash at nearly 7,000 convenience stores across the U.S. The deal will also give uBUCK customers access to discounted top-tier brand gift cards that can be purchased through the uBUCK app.

uBUCK offers a payment alternative for the unbanked and underbanked community. 32.6 million Americans and close to 6 million Canadians fall in this category. uBUCK is planning on rolling its service out to Southeast Asia, with only 47% of the population having a bank account and in the Philippines where it has 77% of the population unbanked according to a recent survey by BSP.

“uBUCK is committed to serving the unbanked and underbanked community in starting with North America, said uBUCK president and CEO James Youn. “uBUCK Tech is democratizing the financial system by having the uBUCK pin vouchers available at your local convenience store in addition to buying it from the uBUCK App directly.”

Customers will be able to purchase uBUCK pin vouchers with cash, credit or debit cards. uBUCK cash can be sent anywhere in the world within the uBUCK platform with no transfer fees. The receiver of those uBUCK cash tokens can be used to load a debit card and spend it just as they would any credit card or make a withdrawal at any ATM around the world.

“PreWay looks to market this product to its client base of convenience stores and other resellers as a product that will enhance door swings for the convenience store and having them on the platform serves the public with an option not currently being addressed by the competition,”

said Rodger Kean, VP Sales & Marketing at PreWay Prepaid.

About LiteLink Technologies Inc.

LiteLink Technologies Inc. (CSE:LLT)(FRA:C0B:FF) 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. uBUCK Pay is a multi-currency digital wallet that supports traditional fiat and digital currencies. Consumers are able to make online and offline purchases using the uBUCK debit card and send funds worldwide for free.

About uBUCK Technologies SEZC

uBUCK Pay is a worldwide online payments platform and pin voucher solution that serves as a payment alternative for consumers and merchants. uBUCK Pay is a secure and fast method for making payments and transfers and serves as a digital alternative to traditional payment methods like checks, money orders and wire transfers.

About PreWay

W.L. Petrey Wholesale, established PreWay in 2004 to meet the rising demands of its customer base in the telecomm and prepaid industry. PreWay’s mission is to be a preferred solutions provider that delivers full-service advantage to both its merchants and business partners. PreWay is 100% committed to offering the best services and programs to all markets serviced. PreWay has a simple mission; we want to grow your sales by providing products and services that deliver you results. The diverse consumer-based product and financial services you’ll receive from PreWay is unmatched and will without a doubt, expand your business. PreWay’s proven track record speaks for itself, servicing close to 7,000 retail locations nationwide.

For more information about LiteLink Technologies Inc. (CSE:LLT)(FRA:C0B:FF), please visit litelinktech.com. If you would like to know more about the 1SHIFT logistics platform, please visit 1shiftlogistics.com. For details about uBUCK Pay, please visit ubuckpay.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements.” Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors as disclosed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission located at their website https://www.sec.gov/. In addition to these factors, actual future performance, outcomes, and results may differ materially because of more general factors including (without limitation) general industry and market conditions and growth rates, economic conditions, governmental and public policy changes, the Company’s ability to raise capital on acceptable terms, if at all, the Company’s successful development of its products and the integration into its existing products and the commercial acceptance of the Company’s products. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release and these views could change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of the press release.

Please visit the company’s website at litelinktech.com. For a free report on LiteLink Technologies Inc. (CSE:LLT)(FRA:C0B:FFvisit microsmallcap.com.

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