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Winklevoss Twins launch new app; say they are “at home” with the crypto-winter




Winklevoss Twins launch new app; say they are "at home" with the crypto-winter
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Even though the cryptocurrency market has been brutal and tough, the well-known Winklevoss twins think otherwise with their new application which allows users to buy Bitcoin [BTC] and other virtual currencies.

Earlier today, Cameron Winklevoss published a blog in which he talks about the new app which is up and running on Google Play and App Store. The app allows purchase of Gemini’s five cryptocurrencies. The app also includes Know-Your-Customer [KYC] with facial scanning and other biometric proofs in order to comply with the AML laws and avoid money laundering.

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss are very bullish on the future of Bitcoin and instead of HODLing and waiting for a bull run, they said that they were working on making the ecosystem better. They also added that they had recently employed new Park Avenue offices.

The mobile comes as a new way to face the crypto-verse after getting their ETFs rejected by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] multiple times.

The twins said that they were right at home with the crypto-winter and Cameron added that “We can weather this downturn”.

Apart from the mobile app, the twins have also launched an investment fund in the mobile app that consists of multiple cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin [BTC], Ethereum [ETH], Litecoin [LTC], Zcash [ZEC], and Bitcoin Cash [BCH].

All of the above-mentioned cryptocurrencies are added to their listings only after a thorough approval from the New York Department of Financial Services [NYDFS].

Cameron said:

“For many years when we were building Gemini, price wasn’t a thing. Bitcoin was a $200 coin. Then, last year is actually an anomaly, and almost, you could argue, a distraction.”

Unlike Coinbase’s or Kraken’s mobile apps, Gemini has been targeting institutional investors by building financial infrastructures.

The decision by the twins comes in the bear market that has sliced off a large chunk of the market cap from most of the cryptocurrencies.

Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrencies has witnessed a collapse of 82% since its all-time high and the market cap of all the cryptocurrencies which was $200 billion short of reaching $1 trillion dollar mark. However, the brutal bear market of 2018 has caused the overall market cap to slide down to a mere $107.84 billion.

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Akash is your usual Mechie with an unusual interest in cryptos and day trading, ergo, a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. Holds XRP due to peer pressure but otherwise found day trading with what little capital that he owns.


HitBTC responds to allegations of insolvency, refutes claims made by Redditors




HitBTC responds to allegations of insolvency
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HitBTC, a Hong Kong-based exchange has been the center of accusations among users on Reddit, Twitter, and other forums. HitBTC users started complaining about issues regarding withdrawal and extensive procedures after one particular user @ProofofReserach put out a thread alleging insolvency of HitBTC.

To put an end to all the accusations, HitBTC has broken its silence with a blog post explaining their side of the story. According to HitBTC, their systems performed well during the winter of 2017-18, however, HitBTC mentioned that due to overwhelming demand for the services, they experienced bottlenecks at an operational level.

Referring to the BitcoinExchangeGuide article, HitBTC responded:

“A widely quoted article, in its entirety, is based on only 2 AML cases. One of them was initiated as part of the investigation into the December, 2018 BTCP security breach, at the request of the coin’s core team. Unfortunately, there is no clear indication of the nature of the second case that can be discerned from the article. The author of the article failed to track the deposit/withdrawal dynamics that did not uncover any irregularities. A simple block explorer or our public System Monitor would suffice for these purposes”

Additionally, referring to the altcoins being added and removed from the platform, the exchange said that they were honored to work with a diverse range of projects, however, since the crypto sphere was still nascent, there were lapses in their judgment in assessing the integration partners. With the above-mentioned prominent cases, HitBTC also addressed other topics.

@ProofofResearch replied to HitBTC’s blog:

“Is there a reason why you’re unable to tell people us where your Bitcoin storage is at? If what I published is as untrue as you claim it is, then providing a wallet address where your Bitcoin funds are stored will go a long way in *proving that*.”

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