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Questions surround Bitmain’s business plan ahead of IPO

Bitmain, one of the largest cryptocurrency mining equipment manufacturers and mining operations in the world, is looking to go public this month, but a series of missteps may just about put those plans in jeopardy. Apart from making egregious financial backing claims that have since been refuted, new questions have come up regarding the company’s financial solvency and, most recently, its business practices.

Internal Bitmain documents that were leaked to the public has shown that the company may have indulged in some creative accounting. In the documents, which were posted on Twitter and is in Chinese, Bitmain asserted that it holds assets worth around $2.6 billion. Of these, $1.2 billion-worth is reportedly held in inventory, which means that almost half of its assets are devices that it has not been able to ship. In other words, the company has a large quantity of machines that it hasn’t been able to push out to the market because demand has fallen.

That conclusion was reached by the Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange (BitMEX), which translated and analyzed the leaked documents. It asserted, “We have reason to believe the authenticity of these documents, which forms the basis for this report.”

BitMEX also concluded that Bitmain’s sales dropped from 2.5 million to 1.9 million between last year and the first quarter of this year. This represents a revenue decline of around $500 million, despite the fact that the company’s largest microchip supplier, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, reached a new revenue high of $866 million last year.

Bitmain is the owner of the two largest crypto mining pools in the world, Antpool and BTC.com, and is part owner of another, ViaBTC. The three pools mine about 48% of all mined Bitcoins; however, the revenue generated from them for Bitmain dropped to 3.3% in the first quarter of the year, down from 18.4% in 2016. These figures are proportionate, as the company’s mining revenue increased last year as mining activity increased. However, crypto mining is now losing profitability.

Bitmain has hinted at an initial public offering (IPO) for several months and had anticipated a $30-billion valuation before going public. After a recent funding round, it said that it was halfway there, thanks, in part, to Japan’s Softbank and China-based Tencent. Both companies have now publicly denied any involvement in funding the company. It is now time to seriously consider how viable the company is and take a deep look into its operations before the IPO is allowed to move forward.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (segwit) Chain are Referred to as BTC coins. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is today the only Bitcoin implementation that follows Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper for Peer to Peer Electronic Cash. Bitcoin BCH is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash.

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Wal-Mart files patent for blockchain-powered army of autonomous robots

First it was a crypto-powered electrical grid. Then came a  system for health records stored on the blockchain. Now, Wal-Mart has turned to blockchain again, this time to create an army of autonomous robots that will be controlled by the technology.

On Thursday, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a document explaining Wal-Mart’s patent application for a system of in-field authentication electronic devices that will use blockchain keys for authentication. Wal-Mart’s proposal, filed in January 2018, will create a system involving several robots that will handle package delivery throughout the supply chain. The robots will use wireless signals to communicate and authenticate the identity of each another.

As autonomous technologies become “more affordable and available for use,” this could result in increased likelihood of security breaches, such as hacking. This is why Wal-Mart wants to use distributed ledger technology to develop “a medium for autonomous vehicles to authenticate each other, which allows for the security and authentication of the autonomous electronic devices.” The proposed system will also record the delivery information on the ledger making it possible for clients to access and track their products.

“In some embodiments of described above, blockchain technology may be utilized to record authentication signals and identification information to facilitate or resulting from in-field authentication between autonomous electronic devices. One or more of the autonomous electronic devices described herein may comprise a node in a distributed blockchain system storing a copy of the blockchain record. Updates to the blockchain may comprise authentication signals or identification information, and one or more nodes on the system may be configured to incorporate one or more updates into blocks to add to the distributed database,” according to Wal-Mart’s patent application.

Walmart has applied for several blockchain-based patents for systems to help in the delivery process. Last year, the company applied to patent a system that would use distributed ledger technology to manage package delivery hubs like a locker. This system would automatically reserve a locker space for packages and make sure the good are only delivered to a locker with enough space.

The company also applied for a patent for a system that uses blockchain technology to track delivery drones as they transmit packages from physical sores to customers.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (segwit) Chain are Referred to as BTC coins. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is today the only Bitcoin implementation that follows Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper for Peer to Peer Electronic Cash. Bitcoin BCH is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash.

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Kenya’s cryptocurrency project seeks to improve logistics quality

Several days after Kenya’s electoral agency decided to integrate blockchain into its voting system, the East African country is now reportedly preparing to launch its first blockchain-based cryptocurrency for value supply chain by the end of September.

According to the Daily Nation report, the cryptocurrency project, called TMX Global Coin, aims to solve the problems in the logistics industry in Africa.

TMX Global Coin was reportedly developed in 2017 as a decentralized platform that utilizes smart contracts to eliminate problems associated with both domestic and international import and export business.

Speaking to nation.co.ke, TMX Global CEO Anthony Njoroge pointed that the numerous reports and complaints arising from the supply chain sector especially in Africa, led to the development of Kenya’s own cryptocurrency. He said, “We are using blockchain technology to enhance cargo logistics business to have more open, transparent and democratized process using a decentralized system where all users are able to talk to each other on an open platform.”

With the TMX platform, customers can place their orders online and monitor the whole supply chain process. They can also review all of the required documentation before they start the trading. According to Njoroge, “The consumer as well gets to know the amount of money required through the different processes the cargo goes through and the estimated amount of time.”

Kenya’s landmark crypto project is set to launch by the end of September 2018, with a goal of gaining adoption in the trading sector by May 2019.

Kenya has recently turned to blockchain for help in its bid to boost its economic and political development. The East African country’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati announced that the government is eyeing distributed ledger technology (DLT) to improve the efficiency and transparency of Kenya’s electoral system.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (segwit) Chain are Referred to as BTC coins. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is today the only Bitcoin implementation that follows Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper for Peer to Peer Electronic Cash. Bitcoin BCH is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash.

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