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  • More
    details about Bitmain layoffs emerge

Major Chinese cryptocurrency mining company Bitmain just can’t
seem to catch a break lately. Just months after filing to go public on the Hong
Kong Stock Exchange, these plans have apparently been shelved as a complete
restructuring of the company’s business is seemingly under way.

“There has been some
adjustment to our staff this year as we continue to build a long-term,
sustainable and scalable business. A part of that is having to really focus on
things that are core to that mission and not things that are auxiliary,”
company representative said in a statement given to Coindesk.

Chinese social media has been swarmed with discussions
regarding Bitmain laying off its staff, with some sources suggesting more than
50% of workers will be forced to find new accommodations.

“It’s affirmative. The
layoff will start next week and involves more than 50 percent of the entire
Bitmain’s headcount,”
commented one verified Bitmain staff member on Maimai,
Chinese version of LinkedIn.

Popular “harbinger of Bitmain’s doom” Dovey Wan commented on her Twitter that the layoffs are a clear case of “year-end personnel adjustment”. According to her sources, the lay-offs will affect BCH client & mining the most. At the same time she reveals that Bitmain’s Beijing office will be cut from 1000 employees to 300 while the company’s Shenzhen office will see similar downsizes as well (from 700 to 200).

  • Jordan
    Peterson accepting Bitcoin in light of Patreon controversy

Jordan Peterson, popular professor of psychology-turned-free-speech-advocate,
is just one of many individuals who decided to start accepting Bitcoin donations
on his website.

Peterson recently reacted to the controversy of Patreon, a
crowdfunding platform used by online creators looking for alternative ways of
financing, selectively banning various creators/free speech advocates for apparently
politically motivated reasons. Peterson criticized such practices:

“Imagine if banks
started canceling the accounts of people who have committed no offense but did
not abide by their corporate mission statement? We’d have political banks.”

The man has since been swarmed with a number of people
suggesting he should make the switch to Bitcoin, the payment system that was
built to counter politics and censorship in finance. One Twitter user summed it
up nicely:

“The answer lies in an emerging industry that’s been
developing since the 2008 crash: cryptocurrencies, with Bitcoin leading the
pack; an independent, open-source, peer-to-peer cash system with an immutable,
public ledger.”

It would appear that Peterson either knew about Bitcoin before
or was enlightened by the slew of pro-cryptocurrency posts on his social media
as his website currently offers you a way to donate Bitcoin. As traditional
payment platforms start becoming more political and more restrictive in terms
of who gets to enjoy their basic human right of getting paid for their work, we
should expect to see even more creators embrace cryptocurrency payment options.

  • XLM-based
    exchange airdrops tokens to its users as a sign of gratitude

Keeping up with the festive spirit of the holiday season, XLM-based
financial services platform Stronghold airdropped 100,000 SHX tokens to its

Stronghold is a financial services platform that enables
payments, trading, and USD reserves using their products like Stronghold USD
and their platform APIs. Stronghold
USD is a one-to-one USD-backed stablecoin of the platform; in cooperation with
the Stronghold API, the token allows users to create wallets, accept and make
payments, and perform other transactions.

This little show of appreciation from Stronghold was made available
only to fully KYC-registered users of the platform. Full airdrop details can be
found here.
Overall, the move is expected to bring increased adoption and liquidity to both
the Stronghold and XLM ecosystems. Stronghold team suggested that similar
announcements could be expected in the near future.

  • XRP is an
    example of “mature cryptocurrency”, claims PwC

Popular London-based audit, assurance, tax and financial consulting
company called PricewaterhouseCoopers (or PwC) recently had some positive words
about XRP. The speed, simplicity and cheapness of cross-border transactions
that this Ripple-made cryptocurrency offers has apparently impressed the
higher-ups at PwC, especially Henri Arslanian, a crypto-focused employee of the

Henri Arslanian, PwC’s FinTech & Crypto Leader for Asia
as well as the Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong, feels that Ripple
and its XRP token represent a great example of how the future of cryptos can be.
He feels that Ripple already having many partners and possessing a SWIFT-like
payment system that is already capable of high-speed, low-fee cross border
transactions are clear indicators that they will be at the forefront of crypto

Arslanian expects the year of 2019 to bring about increased
institutional investment, and cites this as one of the most exciting prospects
in crypto industry. Big banks and financial institutions will likely look to
gain a firm foothold in the crypto market and Ripple’s Ripplenet represents a
solid gateway into the space. To conclude, he stated that 2019 will be the year
when partnerships between crypto and regular finance become much more


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