Starbucks Will Launch a New Payment System and Create a Cryptocoin

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company Starbucks Howard Shultz informed the channel Fox Business about the company’s plans to introduce blockchain in the framework of its new payment system.

Schulz also announced the possibility of the company’s own digital currency appearance, as an addition to the payment solution. When asked if the company would use blockchain for accounting or it would be some kind of centralized scheme, Schultz said that “probably” Starbucks would firstly aim at the blockchain technology.

“I think blockchain technology is probably the rails in which an integrated app at Starbucks will be sitting on top of,” he commented.

According to Howard Schulz, although the company is fully focused on expanding the scope of digital communications with customers, the issue remains to be find out how blockchain can cope with such a task in reality.

“I believe that we are heading into a new age, in which blockchain technology is going to provide a significant level of a digital currency that is going to have a consumer application” he remarked during the earnings call.

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The Schoolboy Bitcoin Millionaire Believes that Bitcoin Is Pretty Much Dead

As it has been reported by the Marketwatch, Erik Finman, a teenager who became a millionaire back in the times when Bitcoin cost 20 thousand dollars, gave a very negative outlook for BTC in the future.

Bitcoin is dead, it’s too fragmented, there’s tons of infighting I just don’t think it will last. It may have a bull market or two left in it, but long-term, its dead,” said Finman.

As for Litecoin, here the teenager is sure that this coin “has been dead for a while”. He also mentioned those coins that, in his opinion, still have a chance at the market, such as Ethereum, ZCash and, surprisingly, Bitcoin Cash.

Although Eric is still very young and not that experienced, the fact that he owned 4 million dollars in BTC in 2011 make his predictions quite reasonable.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, December 18: BTC and the Rest of Cryptocurrencies Are in the Green Zone

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) added 5.7% in the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3453 per coin.

The remaining cryptocurrencies are also in the green zone:

Bitcoin Cash added 6.69% over the past 24 hours and costs $86 per coin;

Ripple grew by 13.39% and costs $0.33;

EOS increased by 21.76%, and its price is $2.45;

Litecoin gained 4.28%, and its cost is $28;

Cardano added 9.69%, and its value is $0.031;

Stellar became more expensive by 10.69% and costs $0.10;

IOTA grew by 11.83%, and its cost is $0.24;

Dash gained 8.82%, and its price is $69;

Monero added 6.58% and costs $43.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum added 7.80%. The coin rate is $93, according to Coin 360.

The total market capitalization is $112 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 54.4% of the total volume. In monetary terms, it is $60 billion.

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Blockchain Specialists: Who Are They and How Much Do They Earn?

Relatively new blockchain technology is developing quite actively in recent years, which inevitably leads to increase of jobs number in this industry. Considering that, the infrastructure is still not very developed well in this area, it can be assumed that the trend of increased demand for qualified personnel will still remain for many years. In this article we will talk about blockchain specialists, find out who employers are looking for, what average salaries are offered, and in the end we will talk about where to learn this craft.

1. Briefly about blockchain technology

Let us briefly remind what blockchain is, and why many people predict a great future for it? So, in simple words, blockchain is an open (that is, public) registry of data, which is stored in separate blocks and has a chain structure. Each subsequent block stores the information about the previous one. For example, let`s take a usual book, which is divided into separate pages, so after 45, there 46, 47 should go, etc. Attempts to change or delete a block, which has already been entered into blockchain, will immediately be noticed by the network.

The increased security of Blockchain is backed up by data storage. The fact is, that the entire data registry has hundreds of thousands copies (depends on number of miners in network), which are located throughout the world.

2. What experts are now in demand in the industry and how much do they earn?

When it comes to blockchain specialists, most people imagine a highly qualified programmer who knows all the programming languages, Morse code, and the depths of cryptography. But in reality, to be a fairly successful developer, you need to know:

  • basics of programming;
  • C ++ language ideally, but this is optional, Python, Java, Golang, etc. will also work.

Having these knowledge and at least minimal experience in programming, one can become a blockchain developer without any particular problems. The wage, in this case, will directly depend on experience, depth of knowledge and a particular company. In Europe and the United States experienced developers can get to $175 thousand per year. But it’s not necessary to be a programmer to work in the blockchain industry. This is not a complete list of vacancies, this young market needs:

  • Investment Director. It is a key position in any crypto startup, because its main task is to search and work with potential investors. This is a quite difficult job, because now many people are still wary of cryptocurrencies and blockchain as a whole, and they are not in a hurry to invest their savings. The salary depends on the amount of raised funds, from which a certain percentage is given to an investment director.
  • Marketer, PR manager. As Thomas Macaulay said: “Nothing Except The Mint Can Make Money Without Advertising”. This profession is very relevant absolutely in any field and the blockchain industry is no exception. To succeed in this position, the specialist is obliged to speak several foreign languages, to have experience in international sales. Salaries of the specialists depend on the scope of a project, as well as a marketing record of a marketer.
  • Bounty manager. The rapid development of the ICO market has led to emergence of brand new professions. This position involves conduction of all processes, interaction and verification of performers for tasks implementation. Salary of these specialists can hardly be called high, it rarely exceeds $1,000.
  • Crypto analyst. This profession implies the deep knowledges of the cryptocurrency market. An analyst should be able to carry out a fundamental analysis of any coin, and on the basis of this data make his or her own predictions of investments growth. This is one of the most promising areas in the blockchain industry, since the analyst’s wages have no limit. Large investors will be happy to pay a certain percentage of commission to a such specialist for a good tip.
  • Lawyer. There is literally “a long row to hoe” in the blockchain field for these professionals. The fact is that legislative base here is still at a very early stage of its development and there is still a lot of work to be done in this direction.

We want to remind you:

Facebook Is Once Again Looking for Blockchain Specialists

3. Where to study for a blockchain specialist?

Higher-education institutions are already training specialists in this direction. A number of leading universities offer introductory courses into blockchain, cryptocurrency, etc.

To master any of the above mentioned professions of the future, you can take online courses on the Internet, the number of which is sufficient now. But when choosing a training program you should be extremely careful and before entrusting your money and time to some “blockchain guru”, read the information about him carefully.

4. Conclusion

The crypto industry differs with a rather rapid pace of development. To work in this area, you must always keep “your eyes open” and be able to adapt quickly to a new circumstances. Every year new professions appear, which offer new opportunities and high wages.

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Chinese Bomb Bitcoin: Hong Kong Business Person Was Blackmailed Demanding $20 000 in Bitcoin

According to the report of South China Morning Post, Hong Kong businessman was threatened with blowing off the building where his company is unless he sends $20 000 in Bitcoin. The scheme was the same as we reported earlier:

Bomb Bitcoin: A New Scammers’ Scheme of Getting Cryptocurrency

The victim who received a blackmail is the CEO of Network Box, Michael Gazeley. He commented on the situation, stating:

“This looks like the third wave of blackmail emails plaguing the world in the past few years… I have never seen something like this, which sounds like cyberterrorism, in my 20-year career in cybersecurity.”

In addition, he claimed at first he was shocked, then he noticed that there were some grammar mistakes which helped him to understand that the email was not worth believing. It was quite clear that the main target was individual rather than bombing an office. He did not report to the police of Hong Kong as considers that email not credible.

Charles Mok, the spokesman of the IT sector in the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, was abashed by the quality of threats.

He said: “Scammers need to be smarter, they can’t just say in a spam email, ‘You need to pay me or I blow up your office’.”

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, December 17: Cryptocurrencies Are Trying to Recover in Price

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) added 0.8% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3266 per coin.

The rest of cryptocurrencies tend to fix in the green zone:

Bitcoin Cash added 1.98% over the past 24 hours and costs $81 per coin;

Ripple lost 0.03% and is $0.29 in value;

EOS grew by 2.62%, and its price is $2.01;

Litecoin increased by 6.03%, and its cost is $27;

Cardano added 1.47%, and its rate is $0.029;

Stellar grew by 0.10% and costs $0.097;

IOTA dropped by 1.05%, and its cost is $0.24;

Dash lost 1.32%, and its price is $64;

Monero became more expensive by 1.21% and costs $41.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum added 0.49%. The coin rate is $87, according to Coin 360.

The total market capitalization of $104 billion. The share of Bitcoin is 54.8% of the total volume. In monetary terms, this is $57 billion.

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Money Evolution: From Appearance to Cryptocurrency

The money is the most genius invention of mankind. During its long history, it has repeatedly changed its conceptual design. And each stage was accompanied by a qualitative leap in the development of human civilization. In this article we will talk in detail about money, its history and future prospects.

1. The main functions of money

The Money is fairly universal tool with the help of which you can perform many tasks.

  • Circulation tool. In turnover, money is a mediator. In order to effectively perform this function, money should be easy to deal with, and its transfer from one person to another should be fulfilled as soon as possible.
  • Payment tool. Each product has its own price, money allows to simplify the process of exchange of goods and services significantly.
  • Accumulation tool. Some of the unused funds can be accumulated for the future, but it is very important to diversify risks and not to keep money in one currency, because, in terms of inflation, its purchasing power in future may significantly decrease.

2. The origin of money and its evolution

The money origin is rooted to the times of primitive people. The development of money can be divided into several stages.

  • The first money. The money did not exist as such in human civilization at an early stage of its formation, at that time primitive people had barter. The first elementary monetary funds began to appear at the time of the division of labor. Different tribes used the various goods which were available to them  as the money. For example, cocoa beans in Mexico, animal skins in Siberia, pearls in South America were used as currency, etc. Salt was another valuable resource.
  • Metal money. With the development of civilization, money acquires a metallic form. In the VII century B.C. the first coinage appeared. This format of monetary funds becomes very popular all over the world. The primary materials of which were gold, silver, copper and bronze. This type of money significantly increased the sales turnover between people and brought human civilization to a fundamentally new level. During this period begins the accumulation of large capitals.
  • Paper money. In 910 A.D, in China, the first paper money appeared. The appearance of banks marked the beginning of a new era of market relations. Banks have become major custodians of values. People handed them their money, and received paper certificates in return. This format have become so popular that over the time these certificates began to be considered as money, which we can observe nowadays.
  • Electronic money. A year of 1991 becomes a critical point in history, this is the year when the Internet begins to function. Banks actively pick up this technology and begin to use it after a couple of years. Digital money is much faster and more secure than paper analogues. They are still the most common type of monetary funds.
  • Bank cards. The world’s first plastic card was issued back in 1950, it was  used in order to pay for dinner in certain restaurants. And only in two years after that, the first bank credit card was issued  in the USA.
  • Digital coins. The history of cryptocurrencies begins in the end of 2008, it was the first time when people heard the word Bitcoin. The main feature of cryptocurrency is the lack of a single center that controls emissions and acts as an intermediary in the course of transactions, digital coins also can be mined, i.e., engaged in mining.

3. Prospects of cryptocurrencies

Some experts predict a total collapse of cryptocurrencies, other experts predict the world recognition and almost the transfer of all the wealth of mankind into blockchain. What does really awaits the cryptocurrency industry in the future? In fact, there is not a single person who will be able to predict its further development by 100%. We can only assume certain scenarios based on certain facts.

  • It should be noted that a very technological and a universal technology such as  blockchain lies at the roots of cryptocurrencies. Potentially, it can be used in almost any field of activity.
  • Cryptocurrencies have altered the very essence of the money: no one controls them, they can not be banned or blocked.
  • Even against the background of the deep correction of 2018, large companies, funds and private investors are beginning to be interested in cryptocurrencies.
  • The governments of the largest countries are developing a legal framework for the market. This will allow to promote cryptocurrencies  massively.

Along with that, the mass media is overloaded by bad news which is one of the reasons for the protracted correction. If you look at the cryptocurrency chart in longer term, you can clearly see the liquidity of cryptocurrency assets (20x growth), even taking into account their rollback from peak values by 70-90%.

Source: CoinMarketCap

4. Conclusion

Money is the greatest invention of mankind, they became the catalyst of the progress of human civilization. We are witnessing the formation of a new type of money such as digital coins. Only time will tell whether cryptocurrencies will be able to take a palm of victory and push out paper and electronic money. But it is worth noting that in the long run they have all the chances to do that.

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