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Justin Sun Planning $20M Cash Airdrop and Tesla Giveaway

TRON founder Justin Sun announced that he is planning to do a $20 million free cash airdrop, in addition to a giveaway of one Tesla vehicle, to a random winner. 


$20M Cash Airdrop from Justin Sun

Justin Sun, the founder of TRON (TRX) — the world’s 10th largest cryptocurrency by means of market capitalization — has announced his plans to do a $20 million free cash airdrop.

Prior to the airdrop, however, Sun is also going to give away one Tesla vehicle to a randomly picked winner.

“To celebrate BTT & USDT-TRON success, I am planning a $20m free cash airdrop. Good news – it’s coming, bad news – I may decide to give away more! First, I will randomly pick 1 winner for a Tesla up until 3/27! To apply, follow me and RT this tweet! Simple!”

Apparently, the first phase of the Tesla giveaway will end on March 27 and those who want to participate have to follow Sun on Twitter and retweet his post. So far, it has been retweeted over 29,000 times.

As for the second part of the initiative, which includes the $20m cash airdrop, there’s no additional information shared.

The entire stunt celebrates the success of BitTorrent Token (BTT) and the recent partnership between Tether (USDT) and TRON (TRX). As Bitcoinist reported, Tether is set to be introduced on TRON’s blockchain.

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$20M — Why Not?

While $20 million might sound like a lot of money for a giveaway, Justin Sun’s recent moves have brought in a lot more.

BitTorrent had its initial coin offering (ICO) in January through Binance Launchpad. It ended in less than 15 minutes, selling $7.2 million in BTT tokens at $0.00012 a pop. At the time of this writing, BTT trades at $0.00075 — a six-fold increase on any investments made in the digital token during the time of its sale.

It’s also worth noting that, according to the token allocation plan of BitTorrent, 20 percent of the total supply is held by the TRON Foundation, 19.9 percent by the BitTorrent Ecosystem, and 19 percent by the “team.” The total supply of BTT is 990,000,000,000. In other words, approximately 594,000,000,000 tokens are held by entities owned by Justin Sun. At current prices, that’s roughly around $445,500,000.

What do you think of Justin Sun’s $20M cash airdrop and Tesla giveaway? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below! 


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Kraken Expands Its Team With Five New High Level Hires

Crypto exchange Kraken is making a group of new high level appointments, expanding its team by five members.

United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken is expanding its team with new high level hires, according to the company’s blog post published on March 7.

In the post, Kraken announced five new appointments to its team. The new appointments will see Matt Mason as Chief Marketing Officer, Steve Hunt as Vice-President of Engineering, Nelson Minier as Head of OTC Sales and Trading, Bob Zagotta as Head of Business Operations and Strategy, and Mary Beth Buchanan as General Counsel.

Prior to joining Kraken, Mason was employed by Sony Pictures as Studio Head at a secretive innovation lab focused on game mechanics. Mason also served as head of marketing and Chief Content Officer at BitTorrent Inc., and has experience in the music and advertising industries.

Hunt has an over 20 years experience in the leading of engineering teams in the construction of algorithmic trading networks across major global financial markets at such companies as Jump Trading and Goldman Sachs. Minier has also a 20 year experience in managing trading desks at such firms as Credit Suisse, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, and others.

Zagotta, meanwhile, has experience in developing and launching new businesses. He is joining Kraken from CME Group where he served as Senior Managing Director of Strategy and Execution. Buchanan’s legal career spans over 30 years, having worked at such organizations as Bryan Cave LLP, the United Nations and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Last month, Kraken acquired United Kingdom-based cryptocurrency exchange and futures provider Crypto Facilities, which is fully regulated by the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority, giving Kraken a major foothold in the European market.

Following the acquisition, trading volumes on Crypto Facilities significantly increased. Sui Chung, head of cryptocurrency pricing products at Crypto Facilities, told Cointelegraph that the company’s average daily trading volume was around $7 million per day in January. However, following the acquisition announcement, it increased to $32 million per day in February, reaching up to $110 million one day that month.

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Hodler’s Digest, February 4–10: Top Stories, Price Movements, Quotes and FUD of the Week

The mystery around embattled crypto exchange QuadrigaCX deepens, and Facebook acquires a blockchain startup.

Top Stories This Week

Facebook Reportedly Acquires Blockchain Startup in First Blockchain-Related Acquisition

Social media network Facebook has reportedly acquired blockchain startup Chainspace in its first apparent blockchain-related acquisition. According to news outlet Cheddar, the acquisition is considered an “acquihire,” or an acquisition of a company made in order to get the skills or expertise of its staff, as opposed to the company’s service or products. According to Cheddar, four of the five researchers that worked on Chainspace’s academic white paper will be joining Facebook. Facebook had told Cheddar that it had not acquired any of Chainspace’s technology.

Leaked Mt. Gox Info Purports to Show $318 Million in Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash on BitPoint

According to leaked documents reportedly showing the rehabilitation proceedings of defunct cryptocurrency exchange Mt. Gox, the trustee for the process has sold around $318 million in  Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) on trading platform BitPoint. The information, which purportedly comes from the Tokyo District Court, shows incomplete scans of transaction at BitPoint, reportedly confirming that Mt. Gox trustee Nobuaki Kobayashi sold coins on a major exchange to repay creditors. CEO of United States exchange Kraken Jesse Powell has previously noted that Kraken’s suggestions for selling coins in an auction or with an OTC broker were not acted on.

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square

Venezuela’s New Crypto Legal Framework Comes Into Force, Doesn’t Mention Petro

Venezuela’s new crypto legislation, which establishes a legal framework for the industry, officially came into force at the end of January. The official set of rules, which makes no mention of the national cryptocurrency Petro, was initially approved by the Constituent National Assembly — an alternative to the country’s Parliament, created in 2017 — in November 2018. The bill lets the national crypto watchdog inspect crypto-related commercial activities in the country. Also this week, Bitcoin trading reached an all-time high in the country amid the hyperinflation and ongoing presidential crisis, above 2,000 BTC on the week.

QuadrigaCX Controversy Continues as Securities Regulator Begins Investigation

As research this week has alleged that major Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX may not have the cold wallet reserves that it had reported, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has initiated a probe into the situation. The exchange had filed for creditor protection after the death of its founder in late December, Gerald Cotten, who allegedly controlled all of the exchange’s funds. Roughly 115,000 customers are without access to their funds, and a court-ordered lawyer will receive the encrypted laptop — which allegedly contains the crypto reserves — from QuadrigaCX representatives as per a court order. Moreover, the crypto exchange’s lawyers are considering selling the company to cover the debts.

BitTorrent Token Sales Sells Out in Under 15 Minutes, Makes Over $7 Million

The BitTorrent token (BTT) sale on the Binance Launchpad platform that concluded earlier this week net $7.1 million with the sale of 50 billion tokens in under 15 minutes. The BTT is based on a Tron TRC-10 token and will be used in order to transact computing resources between BitTorrent clients and other service users. Each token was priced at $0.00012, and were sold on the Binance Launchpad in two simultaneous sessions, one for those using Binance’s native token and the other for those using Tron (TRX).

Winners and Losers

The crypto market has seen a slight uptick at the end of the week, with Bitcoin trading at around $3,654, Ripple at about $0.30 and Ethereum at around $117. Total market cap is at about $120 billion.

The top three altcoin gainers of the week are Guaranteed Ethurance Token Extra, Nullex and MMOCoin. The top three altcoin losers of the week are Ultra Coin, bitqy and DOWCOIN.

Winners and Losers

For more info on crypto prices, make sure to read Cointelegraph’s market analysis.

Most Memorable Quotations

“I only have bitcoin,”

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square

 

“Amazon will have to issue a currency sooner or later.”

Changpeng Zhao, CEO of Binance

Changpeng Zhao, CEO of Binance

“There are 2,000 cryptocurrencies out there, 95 percent of them are useless and will die a painful death. The sooner that happens, the better.”

Matt Hougan, Global Head of Research at Bitwise Asset Management and president at ETF.com

 

“Eventually, do I think someone will satisfy the standards we’ve laid out there? I hope so, yes, and I think so.”

Robert J. Jackson Jr., the SEC’s only Democratic commissioner, speaking about Bitcoin exchange-traded funds

 

“Thus, transparency and instantaneity are the true strengths of the blockchain, and should generate not only significant time savings and increased security, but also significant [financial] savings.”

Béatrice Collot, Head of Global Trade and Receivable Finance at multinational banking giant HSBC

 

“We need a change in our laws and that requires more interaction with lawmakers and regulators. We need to make Switzerland open and easy for companies to invest in blockchain projects.”

Daniel Haudenschild, recently elected president of the Swiss Crypto Valley Association

FUD of the Week

US Lawsuit Alleged Investment Group Duped Investor Into $2 Million Token Purchase

A U.S. lawsuit this week has alleged that New York-based investment group Blue Ocean Capital Group Inc. had misled plaintiff Lijun Sun to purchase $2 million of the cryptocurrency MCash. The lawsuit notes that the MCash token was not properly registered with the U.S. securities regulators, and that the investment materials provided to Sun did not accurately represent the token or its terms of purchase. Sun has asked for a return of his investment as well as damages worth $6 million.

Zcash Discloses Already Fixed Vulnerability That Permitted Unlimited ZEC Counterfeiting

An official blog post from Zcash reported this week on the patching of a vulnerability that could have allowed an attacker to create infinite Zcash (ZEC). According to the post, the vulnerability was discovered in March 2018 by one of the Zcash developers. A solution for the problem was covertly included (in order to prevent exploitation by bad actors) in the Sapling network upgrade that was adopted last October. Since the variant of zk-SNARKs that contained the bug was implemented by other projects, Zcash noted that these projects have also taken appropriate actions.

Matt Hougan, Global Head of Research at Bitwise Asset Management and president at ETF.com

Winklevii vs. Shrem: Judge Rules Twins Must Pay $45,000 in Shrem’s Legal Fees

A judge has ruled that Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss must pay $45,000 of crypto entrepreneur Charlie Shrem’s legal fees as part of an ongoing lawsuit. In the proceedings, the Winklevoss twins have previously instigated an investigation and asset freeze on Shrem after accusing the entrepreneur of failing to pay back 5,000 BTC from a 2013 trade deal. Shrem’s lawyer has denied the accusations, and a judge has removed the asset freeze. According to media reports, the lawsuit will cover new ground in June.

Best Cointelegraph Features

‘The NEM Foundation You Knew Before Is Gone,’ What Is Next?

After the NEM Foundation released an announcement this week about the state of their funds, revealing that they only had about a month of operations left, the crypto community has been questioning how things got to this point. Cointelegraph looks at the history of the Foundation and how this financial disaster could have come about.

Forbes ‘Fintech 50’ List, Reviewed: New Players, Veterans and Startups Which Didn’t Make the Cut

Forbes’ latest edition of “Fintech 50” has been released, this time with only six crypto and blockchain companies, as opposed to last year’s 11. Cointelegraph examines what made these companies stand out even amid the crypto bear market.

QuadrigaCX Is Filing for Creditor Protection Amid Liquidity Crisis, Community Remains Largely Skeptical

As the controversy around embattled Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX deepens, Cointelegraph gives a rundown of the exchange’s legal history, current legal problems, and some of the questions raised concerning the death of its founder and the locations of its cold wallet reserves.

How We Will Remember the Year of the Dog? ICO Market Decline, Trend Toward Compliance and Other Takeaways

And happy Chinese New Year to all our Hodler’s who celebrated this week! We here at Cointelegraph looked at all of the major events that have taken place during the Year of the Yellow Mountain Dog.

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What to Know Tron’s BitTorrent Token Airdrop This Week

The first thing to know about the BitTorrent Token (BTT) airdrop is that it’s not just a one-off event.

This first one begins a series of monthly airdrops that will run until February 2025.

There are 990 billion BTT tokens created on the Tron blockchain. Of those, 10.1 percent have been designated for airdrops to TRX holders over the next six years, starting on Monday. Furthermore, the monthly airdrop will get bigger as time goes on, increasing once every February.

“Think of Tron and BitTorrent like a razor and a blade,” Justin Sun, founder of Tron and CEO of BitTorrent, told CoinDesk via a spokesperson. “You need both together to create a new internet economy driven by decentralization. We are seeding BTT to deliver a marketplace of innovations and applications across the web.”

When the Tron blockchain reaches a block height of 6.6 million, the team will take a snapshot of TRX balances and split up the first airdrop proportionally to all TRX holders. The first 12 airdrops will each distribute 990 million BTT tokens. Holders of one TRX will receive 0.11 BTT next week, according to Binance.

Currently ranked the eighth largest blockchain by market capitalization according to CoinMarketCap, Tron is currently worth $1.75 billion as of this writing. That’s down in value compared to when the ERC-20 version of TRX migrated to Tron’s standalone blockchain, which then stood at $3 billion.

Last June, Tron acquired BitTorrent, one of the oldest decentralized protocols on the internet. Then it announced it would create a new token called BTT for use with its file-sharing services. The public sale for that token sold out almost instantly, much like early sales during the initial coin offering (ICO) craze.

Is BTT safu?

Though Binance has been communicating all the information about the BTT distribution, users don’t need to hold their tokens on the exchange to receive the free tokens.

Two wallets that were featured at niTROn Summit 2019 have confirmed that their users are all set to receive airdrops of TRC-10 tokens (the standard used to create BTT). Tron Wallet and Trust Wallet have both confirmed that they are ready to support the airdrop, as have exchanges Binance, OKEx and Huobi.

“We support TRX, TRC-10 tokens, and if you control your keys, you will get an airdrop of BTT,” Viktor Radchenko of Trust Wallet confirmed to CoinDesk over Telegram. We previously spoke to Rachenko when non-fungible tokens were the hot topic in crypto.

“There’s not anything left to do,” Fred Terenas, who runs business development for Tron Wallet, told CoinDesk, adding that his team is still getting that question endlessly.

Terenas has noticed one action advanced users are taking to get ready.

With the forthcoming initial BTT airdrop, he said, holders of other TRC-10 tokens are moving to TRX to get the free BTT. “Some people go out and get rid of whatever they have to get the airdrop,” he said. This has led to short-term price drops for TRC-10 tokens, though Terenas expects many users to return to their original holdings after they receive some BTT.

Planned chaos

This dynamic, however, could play out each month. Such movements to and from TRX will make for an interesting ongoing experiment.

With its long airdrop plan for BTT, Sun’s Tron has positioned TRX as the proverbial gift that keeps on giving.

The total monthly airdrop will increase five times over the next few years, ending at 1,402,500,000 BTT per month in February 2025.

That said, if this is a strategy by Tron to encourage its supporters to HODL, Turing Advisory’s token economics expert, Siddhartha Kalla, doesn’t see it working.

“In general, the price of a token can drop much more than what the airdrops are worth,” he said, “so this should not be seen as a ‘long-term hold’ strategy for TRX holders, going by the history of airdrops in the space.”

Kalla does foresee advantages for Tron’s partner, Binance, however.

“One thing that jumps out is the set date on which the balances are eligible for the airdrop. This is bound to increase volatility and trading volume around this date, which is likely good for Binance,” Kalla noted, while acknowledging he couldn’t be sure:

“There is not too much precedent here with a long airdrop.”

Binance did not reply to a request for comment.

Justin Sun speaks at niTROn Summit 2019 in San Francisco. (Photo by Brady Dale for CoinDesk)

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Binance’s BitTorrent Token Sale Sells Out in Minutes Amid Technical Issues

A public sale of 59.8 billion BitTorrent Tokens (BTT), worth roughly $7.2 million, sold out in a matter of minutes on Binance’s Launchpad earlier today, despite technical difficulties that frustrated some users.

At 3:00 UTC, the token sale platform opened its doors to BTT investors through two separate sale sessions, one for those paying with the token native to the Tron blockchain, TRX, and the other for those paying with Binance’s native exchange token, BNB. Each BTT token was valued at $0.00012 during the sales, according to sale information posted on Binance’s website.

BTT is the first token in BitTorrent’s 17-year history. The decentralized file-sharing service was acquired by Tron last summer and plans for BTT, which runs on Tron’s blockchain, were rolled out in a white paper earlier this month.

Both of today’s sales began at the same time and were scheduled to end either once the hard cap of the sale was reached or when the clock struck 10:00 UTC on February 3. The minimum purchase amount was 100,000 BTT.

According to a tweet from Tron CEO and founder Justin Sun, the 23.76 billion token cap for the BNB session was reached in just 13 minutes and 25 seconds, while the 35.64 billion token cap for the TRX session was fulfilled in 14 minutes and 41 seconds.

Information from Binance reveals there were 622 participants in the TRX session and 340 participants in the BNB session.

Binance CEO and founder Changpeng Zhao tweeted the sale could have ended in just seconds if not for technical issues with the Launchpad platform.

At 3:20 UTC, Zhao tweeted:

“Both sessions concluded. Took about 18 minutes, due to a system issue, would have taken 18 seconds otherwise. Demand was astronomical.”

In an attempt to be transparent about the inconvenience, Zhao added:

“Full transparency. The issue experienced today was caused by the ‘user agreement confirmation’ button caching/locking. Most of the stress tests focused on the buy process, this part was not covered thoroughly enough. The order of requests received was preserved.”

The first of many airdrops to TRX token holders will take place on February 11, at which time 10.89 billion tokens or 1.1 percent of the total circulating supply will be airdropped. Subsequent airdrops will occur through 2025, according to a January 20 post by the BitTorrent Foundation.

Disclosure: The author holds BTC, AST, REQ, OMG, FUEL, ZIL, 1st and AMP at the time of writing.

Binance phone image via Shutterstock