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State-Backed Digital Currency Ready To Launch In China

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State-backed digital currency is ready to launch in China according to the announcement from the office of the People’s Bank of China as we are reading in today’s altcoin news.

There has been some talk in the Bitcoin space about the digital payment technology getting ready to be picked up by centralized powers. Facebook’s Libra coin has been all over media as they are trying to launch their own dollar-pegged cryptocurrency while still trying to avoid the confusing regulatory system in the United States that surrounds Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. However, it seems as now one of the largest economies in the world is working to launch their own state-backed digital currency network. The Deputy Chief in Payment and Settlement division of the People’s Bank of China Mu Changchun stated in an announcement that the new prototype is complete running on a blockchain infrastructure back-end with a few modifications.

At the China Finance 40 group meeting that took place yesterday, many executives from big banks and state officials stated that the PBOC state-backed digital currency is now ready to be launched. Changchun also reported that the system has been in development for over 5 years which just so happens to be around when the Bitcoin price increased to the four-digit mark. There are different views on centralized cryptocurrencies on whether they are good or dangerous. Many countries around the world are rushing towards a cash-free direction and digital payments are put in the center of the conversation. The governments are willing to fight money laundering and other financial crimes with cryptocurrency.

For example, the European Union just passed legislation last year making it illegal to make transactions worth over 10,000 EUR in cash. If a central bank digital currency is passed by the national governments, then we could start living in a world where every transaction will need state approval to happen as per the reports in some of the best cryptocurrency news sites.

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Bank Of England Governor Says Crypto Could Displace The US Dollar

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Bank of England governor Mark Carney says that a central-bank supported digital currency could replace the US dollar as the world’s hedge currency as we can read in the reports made today in the coming altcoin news. Speaking at the Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on Frida , the Bank of England governor discussed the need for a new and international monetary and financial system nothing that while the US dollar has the dominant role in the monetary and financial systems around the world in the past century, the recent developments such as the increased globalization and trade disputes could have strong impacts on national economies at the present moment more than they did in the past. Carney noted that the US dollar’s use in international securities issuance makes it a primary currency for international traders and the fact that the companies use dollars shows that is still the dominant currency. However, the developments in the US economy, by affecting the dollar exchange rate could have a huge spillover effect to the rest of the world according to Carney:
 “While the world economy is being reordered, the U.S. dollar remains as important as when Bretton Woods collapsed,’’
Carney suggested there could be multiple replacements to the dollar including the Chinese renminbi and the digital currency supported by the international coalition of the central banks:
 “It is an open question whether such a new Synthetic Hegemonic Currency (SHC) would be best provided by the public sector, perhaps through a network of central bank digital currencies. An SHC could dampen the domineering influence of the U.S. dollar on global trade.’’
As explained previously in the best cryptocurrency news sites, the technology can disrupt the current network effects that could protect the dollar noting that an increasing number of transactions could occur online by using electronic payments rather than cash. While he did not state cryptocurrencies explicitly, he did note that the relatively high costs of the domestic and cross border electronic payments are encouraging innovation with some new entrants applying new technologies to offer lower costs. One example is Facebook’s libra crypto project as he noted but in order for the project to succeed, Carney stated:
 “The Bank of England and other regulators have been clear that unlike in social media, for which standards and regulations are only now being developed after the technologies have been adopted by billions of users, the terms of engagement for any new systemic private payments system must be in force well in advance of any launch.”
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Another Exchange Says Goodbye To The Cryptocurrency Operations

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Many best cryptocurrency news sites recently reported that the competitive arena has taken a toll on Asian cryptocurrency exchanges, with two of them deciding to leave the market this month. Now, it appears that we have another exchange saying goodbye to the cryptocurrency operations and closing down its venture. The smaller local player and Osaka-based operator of the Zaif exchange has stopped its cryptocurrency operations. As you probably know, Zaif was one of the first exchanges in Japan and was one of the first to gain an operating license from the regulatory Financial Services Agency (FSA). Zaif launched in March 2015, two and a half years before the FSA launched its licensing program. As the altcoin news last year showed, it was a crippling hack which brought financial chaos for the Zaif exchange. This is how the exchange got bailed out by Tech Bureau's rival FISCO. Since then, FISCO has had plans to take on Zaif's customers, transferring the accounts onto its own crypto exchange platform. Now, it seems like Zaif is another exchange shutting down after being unable to compensate all of the customers that had been affected by the hack. As the source Tech Bureau confirmed, Zaif will be closing down with any remaining crypto business being transferred to FISCO:
"The Company has been considering for various possibility of the customers who has not accepted the contract succession, however, we announce here that the Company has came up to the conclusion to discontinue our cryptocurrency exchange business once we complete the refunds for all customers who possess remaining balance which refunds can be made," Tech Bureau said, without providing more information about the date when it will be closing.
The latest cryptocurrency news show that the FSA recently confirmed that Zaif is another exchange which is forced to close because of hacks. Nikkei says that Tech Bureau will now focus on "blockchain development." Meanwhile, another exchange in South Korea - and a member of the "big four" there - named Coinone is shutting down its Malta-based Coinone Global Exchange (CGEX) on September 18. This comes in less than a year after it opened, and the operator said that it had "decided" that it “could no longer maintain service."  
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Binance Thinks Funds Are ‘SAFU’ Following Amazon Web Services Withdrawal Error

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The head of the cryptocurrency exchange Binance, Changpeng Zhao, is in the latest cryptocurrency news following a recent statement by the exchange. It seems like right now, Binance thinks that the funds are 'not at risk' after a reported technical error started affecting its withdrawals. The CEO Changpeng Zhao (known as CZ) spoke about the entire situation and how it was resolved on August 23, while the funds security was not compromised. He wrote on Twitter stating that "Funds are #safu" employing a well-known catchphrase that he had previously created while confirming that there was no danger to the cryptocurrency holdings. https://twitter.com/cz_binance/status/1164772701589737472?s=20 Featured in the coming altcoin news, CZ explained that Binance thinks funds are safe right now. He centered on Amazon Web Services (AWS) too, stating that the problems with caching were what produced the error messages for a portion of the Binance traders. The withdrawals were also impacted as he noted. “AWS is having an issue, mostly with caching services, affecting some users globally. We are working with them and monitoring the situation closely,” CZ wrote, adding:
“It's causing some 500 error messages on APIs and affecting some withdrawal processing.”
Binance thinks funds are safe - but it just recovered from a publicity scarce which involved a self-proclaimed hacker alleging that he had access to the users Know Your Customer (KYC) data. The alleged data leak made Binance very insecure and many best cryptocurrency news sites also talked about the previous hack which was funds worth $41 million leaving the platform due to a security issue. All of this sparked a weeklong maintenance shutdown and payouts to the affected users. However, Binance thinks that it is in a good place now - right after it announced that it is working on a new cryptocurrency project named Venus. As the altcoin news showed, Venus is going to rival Facebook and its controversial Libra coin. Meanwhile, the market has stabilized from the yesterday drop and is at a combined total value of $265 billion at press time. Bitcoin is trading at $10,160 and most of the altcoins are recording gains of 1% to 2%. Bitcoin's dominance is still strong, standing at 68.4%.
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Wikipedia Co-Founder Claims EOS Is De Facto Centralized

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Wikipedia Co-founder Larry Sanger who is a veteran technologist criticized EOS for being centralized and threatened to fire the blockchain project. He stated that EOS is becoming a centralized ledger that is controlled by the Chinese authorities so today we read more about his stance on EOS in the altcoin news below. Sanger even chose EOS to run his decentralized content distribution platform Everipedia, now claims that EOS is controlled by the Chinese entities and said that Everipedia could not function with a heavily centralized blockchain. Sanger said that the dapp would eventually quit using EOS and as we can read from the excerpts:
‘’We cannot continue to build dapps on EOS if the network is de facto centralized in the hands of the Chinese. I’ve been making noise internally at EP about this since I learned about it earlier this summer. Sorry, but it can’t go on much longer, as far as I’m concerned.’’
The statements appeared more than a year ago after the Wikipedia co-founder announced they would develop a truly censorship-proof system on built on the EOS blockchain. As Everipedia’s chief information officer, Sanger noted that EOS will make the process of approving articles, making edits and storing information more distributed but his latest comments outlined that the project did not assist his platform into becoming more authentic, decentralized version of Wikipedia. Despite becoming one of the most popular and widely used blockchains, EOS has a huge problem concerning its integrity. There are a few other people who own a huge part of the project’s tokens. This gives them a massive influence on the right to select block procedures which is a total of 20 entities that validate and add transaction records on the native blockchain. The structure resembles a corrupted democratic process according to Sanger where one individual can vote up to 100 times because he has up to 100 identity cards. This increases the probability of potential cooperation where the malicious actors can join together to seize the EOS funds or alter transaction records saved on the blockchain. As explained in some of the best cryptocurrency news sites, the huge problem lies in the inability of Block.one which is the parent company of the cryptocurrency to solve the problem. This became even worse when Dan Larimar the CTO of the company confirmed that the decentralization is not their biggest priority.
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