This Week in Bitcoin: McAfee Backs Off, Crypto World Cup and the Mystery of 21e8

In this week’s daily Bitcoin in Brief editions we reported about McAfee's decision to stop shilling ICOs, crypto businesses’ involvement in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and much more. We also explored, in this week's most commented-on article, a secret mathematical code that tantalizes the imagination of many bitcoiners.

Also Read: Exchanges, Payment and Wallet Firms Join EU Police to Fight Privacy

New York to Istanbul

On Monday, we reported that Xapo, the company providing wallet, cold storage, and bitcoin-based debit card services, has received a New York Bitlicense. The NY regulator said it has conducted a comprehensive review of Xapo's operations, including the company's anti-money laundering, anti-fraud, capitalization, consumer protection, and cybersecurity policies. With the license, Xapo will be authorized to offer a digital wallet and a vault service, and be subject to ongoing supervision. Additionally covered was a currency exchange shop in Istanbul that placed a bitcoin sign to attract the many shoppers and tourists that visit the Grand Bazaar every day.

All Because of Football

Day of Reckoning for ICOs

John McAfee's decision to stop shilling ICOs was the top headline on Wednesday. The antivirus pioneer said he is no longer working with ICOs nor is he going to keep recommending them. The reasons McAfee gave for the move are 'SEC threats' and that 'those doing ICOs can all look forward to arrest. Additional stories included Bittorrent trying to reassure users it won’t cryptojack them to mine tron following the $120 million takeover over by Justin Sun, Binance's latest venture in collaboration with the Malta Stock Exchange, a tether replacement getting VC backing, and Paris Hilton's dad getting into crypto by selling a multi-million Mansion in Rome.

Akon Launches Akoin

Additional stories included an ICO mogul who bought land worth $19 million with bitcoin, and a massive trove of Coinbase customers' complaints.

Oh No Nano!

On Friday we reported that a big problem was detected soon after the release of the Android wallet for free transactions altcoin Nano.

Additionally covered was an ICO report that claiming that 17% of all funds are tokenized, 42% of all funds are based in the US, and the number of funds being founded has declined since 2017. Most crypto funds don't publish their ROI, but of the 8% ICOrating could find numbers for, the median ROI this year is just 14% versus 600% in 2017.

Bottom Line: Bitcoin Will Recover

On Saturday we featured a few analysts predicting the price of bitcoin is about to recover. Govcoins, on the other hand, seem destined to die before they are even born. A high ranking representative of the Swiss National Bank's management revealed that central banks around the world have become skeptical of introducing state-backed digital currencies. And according to local media in Venezuela, the country's Superintendent of Cryptocurrency, has been fired by President Maduro after he failed to deliver on the promises to raise billions through the initial coin offering of the national oil-backed cryptocurrency, the Petro.

Mind Bender Code

This Week in Bitcoin Podcast

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