Happy March! Messari's Weekend Reads 😎 - Unqualified Opinions

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That means we’re keeping things light with some weekend reads.

📚 Messari’s weekend reads:

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Content and thoughts from around the web as summarized by the Messari team.

👍 [Analysis] itBit is trying to lure traders with rebates, and it’s already helping pump up its ether volumes - Frank Chaparro

New York-based crypto exchange itBit has staked some ten percent of the Ethereum ($ETH) trading market by adopting an alternative trading model: maker-taker. For low liquidity exchanges like itBit, the maker-taker model increases the exchange's liquidity by incentivizes traders to add liquidity through rebates. Conversely, traders who take liquidity are charged a fee. The maker-taker model is fairly common for U.S. equity trading, but new to crypto and will soon be under review by the Securities and Exchange Commission. As new exchanges enter the market, price undercutting is spurring innovation. (share or read more)

🏛️ [Analysis] Ungoverned of anti-governance? How Bitcoin threatens the future of Western institutions - Andrea O'Sullivan

Bitcoin ($BTC) is an alternative store of value that undercuts Western institutions. These institutions once held the same prerogative, but as the global market became increasingly complex, it became associated more with fraud than wealth protection. Whether currency debasement or outright seizure, Western institutions have lost the mandate through abuse. Bitcoin, to be extreme, has a messianic quality: it both attacks the status quo while fulfilling Western notions of individual sovereignty. As institutions realize Bitcoin's potential, expect them to denounce it with one face and buy it with another. (share or read more)

Quick Bits (Don't read that, I read it for you)

Choke Points (Exchange News)

  • 😄 In a string of recent tweets, Cryptopia has announced the re-opening of the exchange in read-only mode next Monday. The exchange also announced the return of founders Adam Clark and Rob Dawson to "set a clear strategic direction moving forwards." Another recent tweet said initial wallet analysis shows 9.4% of total Cryptopia holdings were stolen. (share or read more)

  • 💱 South African crypto exchange VALR is set to open its doors today, capping a $1.5 million funding round led by Bittrex. The exchange will host 50 coins and hopes to become an industry leader in Africa. VALR is backed by a partnership with Bittrex which will provide liquidity and competitive prices going forward. Exchange executives are hoping to add fiat on-ramps by this summer. (share or read more)

Startup Signals (ICOs, Cryptos, and Startups)

  • 💣 According to five individuals familiar with the project, Facebook is in talks with crypto exchanges and plans to launch its fiat-backed coin in the first half of 2019. The coin, which will primarily be used for Facebook-owned WhatsApp, will help integrate multiple Facebook messaging platforms as well as create a digital payment ecosystem for the tech giant. (share or read more)

  • 🎉 Ethereum's ($ETH) Constantinople and St. Petersburg hardfork occurred successfully, including the most notable upgrade of reducing the new supply issue of Ether per block which dropped from three to two. The two main Ethereum clients, Geth and Parity, stayed in sync with the correct block number, capping the first hardfork for the ecosystem in about two years. (share or read more)

The Powers That Be (Legal/Reg/Policy)

  • 👮 Randall Crater, founder of virtual currency scheme My Big Coin, was arrested and charged by federal prosecutors on seven counts of wire fraud and unlawful monetary transactions. Crater and his associates claimed My Big Coin was backed by gold and could be traded on major exchanges until it was sued last year by the CFTC. (share or read more)

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