Early Bitcoin Bull Calls BTC Run to $250K, Ripple Backs Crypto Research Initiative, and Binance Prepares for Liftoff From Ethereum
The author of the 2013 book ‘Bitcoin Explained Simply’ says he stands by his prediction that Bitcoin will reach a “third act” that will bring the price of BTC to $250,000. On The Next Billion Seconds podcast, Mark Jeffrey compared the crypto bear market to the crash of the dot-com bubble that began to burst in the year 2000.
“I think this is very much like the dot com boom and bust cycle that we saw in the late 1990s, early 2000s. We’ve just gone through the analogue of that cycle in the crypto universe in a compressed time frame.
I think people got very over exuberant and probably extended themselves a little bit too far, and then they got scared. And don’t forget that the [traditional] markets have also experienced a lot of crashing and volatility so it’s not isolated to just crypto. So I think that is affecting the crypto universe to a certain degree…
This is not the end of the story. This is the middle part, this is the second act. The third act is Return of the Jedi.”
Ripple is donating $2 million to the University of Kansas to start a new program dedicated to researching blockchain, cryptocurrency and digital payments.
“The gift, which will provide $400,000 a year for five years, will support research in the Information & Telecommunication Technology Center at the KU School of Engineering. KU will determine its own research topics and areas of focus. Ripple also will collaborate with students and faculty at KU by providing subject matter expertise and technical resources, as needed.”
The University of Kansas is one of eleven new universities that Ripple is supporting as part of its University Blockchain Research Initiative.
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao says his team is working overtime to launch the company’s own blockchain (Binance Chain) and decentralized exchange (Binance DEX) in two weeks or less.
While it is a holiday for some, our @binance_dex team continue to #BUIDL, and have released a new version of Binance Chain testnet to our partners, with @LedgerHQ support, along with docs (very draft). It is semi-publicly accessible, if you know where. Onwards! pic.twitter.com/KJoKXmbcUE
— CZ Binance (@cz_binance) February 6, 2019
Binance is migrating its native token, Binance Coin (BNB), off of the Ethereum network and onto Binance Chain.
You can check out more about the new decentralized exchange and blockchain from Binance here.