LG won’t release a foldable smartphone anytime soon

LG won’t release a foldable smartphone anytime soon


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As Samsung, Huawei, and Motorola rush to release their foldable smartphones, one notable company is sitting out the trend. LG says it’s scrapping plans to release a bendy handset, reports The Korea Times, and will instead launch a 5G version of its flagship V-series brand, along with an LTE G-series lineup, at MWC later this month. The announcement comes just weeks after the company posted its fifteenth straight quarter of mobile losses.

Brain Kwon, the former head of LG’s TV unit who was tasked with reviving its mobile arm late last year, made the announcement at a press conference in Seoul on Friday. “We have reviewed releasing the foldable smartphone when launching 5G smartphone but decided not to produce it,” said Kwon. “LG’s main issue in smartphone business is to regain its market position. Considering this situation, it is too early for LG to launch a foldable smartphone.”

Reports of the device first surfaced in Korean media in 2017. After a period of silence, the company’s trademark applications for the “Foldi” and “Duplex” brand names reignited rumors last November. It was widely expected that LG would launch the device at CES last month, though all we got in the end was its rollable TV.

The fabled phone was tipped to support an optional “second screen” attachment, described as a sort of case with a display. It’s still unclear how far along in its development the device was. Its future, and the fate of LG’s mobile unit, now likely hinges on the success of LG’s upcoming batch of handsets.

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Japanese “Amazon” Rakuten May Soon Accept Cryptocurrency – Ethereum World News

Japanese “Amazon” Rakuten May Soon Accept Cryptocurrency – Ethereum World News

Bitcoin (BTC), Cryptocurrency–A new update pushed by e-commerce giant Rakuten, who has been compared to as the Japanese “Amazon,” looks to offer Bitcoin and cryptocurrency integration in the near future. According to an earnings report published on Feb. 12,  the company announced a major update for its mobile app platform Rakuten Pay, which is set to release later next month with the potential inclusion of cryptocurrency payments in conjunction with fiat.

The updated version of the app will purportedly include “all payment solutions embedded into one platform,” leaving many to wonder if this is an indirect course of announcing support for Bitcoin and other top market cryptocurrencies. While its U.S. based counterpart Amazon has been quiet on the front of cryptocurrency integration, despite the belief of Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao that the company will be forced to issue their own currency, Rakuten has been more open to the idea of digital assets. In January, Rakuten was reported to have shifted its corporate structure to make the firm’s cryptocurrency exchange Everybody’s Bitcoin into a new payments subsidiary. Everybody’s Bitcoin was acquired in August 2018 for $2.4 million and was hailed at the time as an initial stepping stone for crypto payments on the e-commerce site. The restructure of Rakuten, which was confirmed in the most recent earnings report, is further proof that the e-commerce giant is looking to accept digital assets for payment.

In addition, the report contains information about updates to the company’s prepaid card service Rakuten Edy, which includes implementation of QR code scanning for payments–another indication that cryptocurrency integration may be coming in the near future. The earnings report also proved bullish for cryptocurrency investors curious about the impact of Rakuten in the event of accepting Bitcoin for payment. According to the report Rakuten’s net income rose by 28.4 percent in 2018, to a total of $1.3 billion.

Despite cryptocurrency continuing to trade sideways after a bout of losses in January, 2019 has already started as a good year for Bitcoin and the adoption of major currencies. With the United States Securities & Exchange Commission looking all but set to approve Bitcoin ETFs at some point, the question of institutional investment into cryptocurrency is no longer “if” but “when.” With growing acceptance through commerce sites such as Rakuten–assuming that March’s payment platform update does indeed include cryptocurrency–the organic approach to growth that many industry veterans have clamored for appears to finally be coming into fruition.

Prices may continue to languish as market forces sway in the direction of Bitcoin growth, but adoption for top cryptos appears to be trending towards an all time high. Last week EWN reported on the TRON (TRX) Foundation partnering with the ALS Association to improve donation tracking via blockchain. In addition, an xRapid backed product, using XRP directly for liquidity, saw investments from major financial players Mastercard and Barclays–giving some indication of the shifting landscape of cryptocurrency. In addition, the industry is still reeling from the announcement of the JPM Coin, which appears to be a complete 180 from the message the bank and its CEO Jamie Dimon were pushing just a year ago.

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UK will track thousands of criminals with GPS tags

UK will track thousands of criminals with GPS tags


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It’s not a novel idea to make criminals wear GPS bracelets, but they could soon be relatively commonplace in the UK. The country’s government plans to use them for around-the-clock monitoring of criminals across England and Wales by the summer, with a handful of regions already putting them to use. They’ll be used to both track behavior when out of prison (say, to ensure offenders attend rehab) and enforce geographic limits like restraining orders.

The government estimated that roughly 4,000 people will receive GPS tags each year, but no more than 1,000 people will wear tags at any given time.

As with earlier uses, there are ethical advantages and drawbacks. This could avoid or reduce prison sentences for minor offenses, and more effectively monitor serious criminals when allowed to reenter society. The current electronic tags can indicate if a wearer is present at a given building, but it’s not much use outside of those narrow conditions. However, it still amounts to 24/7 location tracking for people who, in some cases, committed only non-violent crimes. While convicts aren’t about to earn much sympathy, there’s little doubt that they’re losing a lot of privacy.

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NBA game recaps are coming to Facebook Watch

NBA game recaps are coming to Facebook Watch


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You’ll soon get to see official highlights from every NBA game on Facebook, after the two signed a deal to stream recaps on the Watch tab. The agreement covers all four of the NBA’s leagues: NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and the NBA 2K eSports league. Recaps from the Summer League, preseason and playoffs will also be available.

Each week, the NBA will host a watch party in the hope fans will check out recaps and videos together in real time and discuss them. The WNBA, NBA G League and NBA 2K League will have watch parties too, but those will take place monthly. The NBA has an extensive reach on Facebook, with more than 400 million followers across various player, team and league pages.

The deal expands the range of sports offerings on Watch as Facebook tries to draw fans to watch games there. Facebook has streamed (or will soon offer) MLB games, PGA Tour events, NFL highlights, Premier League soccer matches and a WWE show.

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Airbus ends production of its A380 superjumbo

Airbus ends production of its A380 superjumbo

Airbus will soon end production of the A380 superjumbo, the largest passenger plane to ever fly. It’s capable of hauling up to 850 people and flyers love it, especially those who can afford the amazing first class seats and private cabins. However, airlines were less enthralled, and orders have been tapering off for years. The final straw came when the A380’s best cutomer, Emirates, cut an order for the planes, forcing Airbus to admit in a statement that there was “no basis to sustain production.”

Airbus built the A380 to compete with Boeing’s 747, and expected airlines to embrace an even larger, longer-range plane that could fly between major hubs. However, a new crop of very fuel-efficient twin-engine jets arrived at the same time it first flew in 2007. Those could not only fly to smaller airports, but recent FAA “E-TOPS” rules allowed them to fly over water for longer distances with fewer than three engines.

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All that meant that airlines didn’t really need the A380, nor did they have much use for the Boeing 747 either. That model has also been largely phased out for use as a passenger airliner, so Boeing is only really building them for extremely rich private owners, the US government (as Air Force One) and cargo carriers like UPS.

The aircraft that may have had the most to do with the A380’s demise is Boeing’s 787. It’s an extremely fuel-efficient and flexible aircraft that’s also beloved by passengers thanks to the quiet operation, high pressurization and gadgets like push-button window tinting and state-of-the-art entertainment systems. It can go exactly the same distance as the A380 (14,800 km), while getting the equivalent of 102 mpg per seat, compared to 72 mpg per seat for the A380. (The 853 seat A380 could match the 787, but Airbus has only sold a handful of them.)

Airbus notes that the A380 will be built until all the current orders are exhausted, but deliveries will end in 2021. “Keep in mind that A380s will still roam the skies for many years to come and Airbus will of course continue to fully support the A380 operators,” said CEO Tom Enders. Sure, but if you’ve always dreamed of flying one, don’t hold off on booking it for too long.

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The puzzling chaos of ‘Human: Fall Flat’ is coming to phones

The puzzling chaos of ‘Human: Fall Flat’ is coming to phones


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Soon it won’t just be Switch owners who get to play indie platform-puzzler Human: Fall Flat on the go. After shifting five million copies across PC, Mac and consoles, the game is heading to mobiles. For the uninitiated, Human stars a claymation-style character named Bob, who walks like he’s drunk. Your job is to steer him across a series of floating levels, each with increasingly difficult physics-based puzzles. But if you’re easily distracted, chances are you’ll use the props on-hand (think catapults, forklifts, and wrecking balls) to cause happy accidents.

Online play, meanwhile, lets you conduct even more mayhem with up to seven extra players. And if you thought the game was hard to control with a keyboard or pad, just imagine what it will be like on touchscreens.

Though it was created by a lone developer — Tomas Sakalauskas of one-man studio No Brakes Games — Human‘s mobile port is being overseen by a bunch of indie stalwarts, including developer Codeglue and publisher 505 Games, who previously teamed up to port Terraria to mobiles, and Britain’s Curve Digital (Stealth Inc 2). There’s no word on a release date, but we do know that Human is heading to smartphones and tablets.

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Chrome will soon support your keyboard’s play and pause buttons

Chrome will soon support your keyboard’s play and pause buttons


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Starting next month, Google Chrome will finally offer official support for multimedia keys found on desktop and laptop keyboards, according to ZDNet. That means when you hit the “play” or “pause” button on your keyboard, Chrome should respond in kind. The feature will be available with the release of Chrome 73 for Windows, macOS and Chrome OS, with support for Linux expected at a later, unspecified date.

Chrome’s support for the keys will take place at the browser level rather than the tab level, which means multimedia buttons will work even when Chrome is operating in the background or minimized. If you’re watching a YouTube video and you pull up another app while the video is playing, hitting the pause button will still stop it. You can see the feature in action on a demo page set up by the Chrome team or test it out in the Chrome 73 Beta and Chrome Canary builds that are available now.

Initial support for multimedia keys within Chrome 73 will include commands for “play,” “pause,” “previous track,” “next track,” “seek backward,” and “seek forward.” It will also ship with a Media Session API that will let developers customize how their sites and apps interact with multimedia keys. Chrome will be the first browser to offer such support.

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WhatsApp update lets you hide chats using FaceID and TouchID

WhatsApp update lets you hide chats using FaceID and TouchID


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Instagram and Messenger could soon follow WhatsApp in introducing encrypted messaging as part of Facebook’s plan to unify its app empire. In the meantime, WhatsApp is adding an extra layer of privacy on iOS with support for touchID and FaceID. The update (version 2.19.20) allows users to lock their messages behind their iPhone’s biometric authentication features. You can switch it on by heading in to settings, selecting Account, Privacy and “enable Lock Screen.” You’ll then be able to set a time limit immediately, after a minute, 15 minutes or 1 hour.

It’s important to note that the new feature doesn’t work on a per-chat basis and instead locks up the entire app. Notifications will still appear on the screen if you have them turned on, allowing you to quick-reply to messages. You’ll also still be able to answer calls. Touch ID is available on the iPhone 5S and beyond, while FaceID is available on the iPhone X and later.

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Xbox Live will soon connect players on Android, iOS and Switch

Xbox Live will soon connect players on Android, iOS and Switch


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You’ve had a degree of access to Xbox Live beyond Microsoft’s platforms for a while, but usually just to chat with friends or see what they’re playing — deeper hooks are reserved for its own games. Soon, though, that support will become more substantial. A Microsoft session at the upcoming Game Developers Conference (noticed by Avers) mentions that Xbox Live will soon have a cross-platform developer kit that integrates the service into Android, iOS and Switch games. You’d have your achievements, clubs, friends list and “more” while on the move, and could pick up on some experiences where you left off.

The session will provide a “first look” at the kit. You shouldn’t expect titles to support Xbox Live for a while, even if the software toolbox is complete by the time GDC starts.

It’s still a big move, and reflects Microsoft’s shift toward services as part of its gaming strategy. Between its planned game streaming service, Game Pass and its rumored cloud-only Xbox, the company is less interested in where you play and more that you’re using its technology. Not that this won’t serve as a sales pitch for Xbox consoles and Windows, of course. If you’re gaming on your phone and you regularly use Xbox Live, you might be more likely to pick up an Xbox knowing that your contacts (and in some cases, your games) will be there.

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Nintendo Switch will soon pass the N64 in lifetime sales

Nintendo Switch will soon pass the N64 in lifetime sales

Nintendo sold 9.41 million Switch consoles in the three months leading up to December 31st, 2018, bringing lifetime sales to 32.27 million. That’s just 660,000 short of the immensely-popular Nintendo 64 and well beyond both the Gamecube and Wii U. The holiday quarter was a big improvement over 2017, when the company shifted 7.23 million Switch consoles. Still, it seems unlikely that the company will hit its 20 million sales target for the current financial year. Nintendo sits at 14.48 million for the first three quarters which, while impressive, leaves too much ground for the final quarter. It has therefore revised its sales target down to 17 million.

Still, Nintendo has plenty of reasons to be cheerful. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokemon: Let’s Go sold 12.08 million and 10 million units respectively. The well-received Super Mario Party, which was released on October 5th, sold a respectable 5.3 million units, too. These numbers helped the company report revenue of 608 billion yen (roughly $5.6 billion) in the holiday quarter, up from 483 billion yen (roughly $4.4 billion) a year ago. Operating profit, meanwhile, hit 159 billion yen (roughly $1.5 billion), compared to 117 billion yen (roughly $1.1 billion) in 2017.

Switch sales are strong, however Nintendo could struggle to maintain that momentum in 2019. The company has few big exclusives scheduled this year beyond the recently-released New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Yoshi’s Crafted World (March 29th) and Fire Emblem: Three Houses (spring 2019). A brand-new Animal Crossing game and Pokemon RPG are supposed to come out before Christmas, but we wouldn’t be surprised if either was delayed. Once again, the company will be relying on stellar indie games such as Wargroove, Downwell and OlliOlli: Switch Stance to plug the frequent gaps.

Nick Summers is a writer, photographer and editor at Engadget. He studied multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University and holds an NCTJ certificate. Before joining Oath, Nick was a staff writer at The Next Web and an investigative journalist at FE Week, an education-focused newspaper in the UK. He lives on the south coast of England with a stack of half-finished Gundam model kits.


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Samsung reportedly bought a company to improve its phone cameras

Samsung reportedly bought a company to improve its phone cameras


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Many-camera smartphones could soon be par for the course at Samsung, and the company appears determined to make the most of them. Sources for both Calcalist and Globes claim Samsung has bought the Israeli mobile camera technology company Corephotonics in a deal worth $155 million. The exact aims of the purchase aren’t clear, but Corephotonics is best-known for developing a form of mobile dual-camera photography that improves image quality — and suing Apple for allegedly copying the technology.

We’ve asked Samsung for comment. Globes said that Corephotonics declined to comment.

If the reports are accurate, you probably won’t see any developments arrive for a while — certainly not in time for the Galaxy S10 or even the Note 10. Samsung does have a strong incentive to upgrade its camera tech, though. The market is much more competitive than it was even a couple of years ago. On top of Apple and Google, Samsung now has to contend with a surging Huawei, whose phones are increasingly considered a gold standard for mobile photography. If it doesn’t keep pace, it risks ceding ground at the very moment it needs sales to pick up.

It might be bad news for others in the industry. Android Authority pointed out that Oppo has partnered with Corephotonics to show off better zoom features on phone cameras, and just signed a deal in 2018 to further Oppo’s camera plans. That pact isn’t necessarily in jeopardy, but Samsung isn’t likely keen on helping competitors any more than absolutely necessary.

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Bitcoin Future Prediction: Bitcoin Will Hit Bottom Soon And A Bull Rally Will Follow According To Cryptocurrency Traders – Bitcoin Bottom News Today

Bitcoin Future Prediction: Bitcoin Will Hit Bottom Soon And A Bull Rally Will Follow According To Cryptocurrency Traders – Bitcoin Bottom News Today

Reddit co-founder praises Bitcoin, says it's a store of value against hyperinflation; to fuel new internet
Over the weekend, the price of cryptocurrencies fell significantly against the USD. Bitcoin (BTC) was the first to go sideways as other cryptocurrencies followed. About seven hours ago, data from CoinMarketCapital showed that the price of BTC was down by 2.3% within a one hour period breaking the $3,500 support level. Altcoins fell even more significantly than BTC. The second largest cryptocurrency per market capitalization, XRP, is currently down by 4.5% while the third largest cryptocurrency per market capitalization, ETH, is down by 4.2%.

Cryptocurrency Traders Remain Optimistic Amid Bear Market

Irrespective of the bearish wave in the market, many true believers still remain optimistic. Some believe that this is the markets attempt to record lower lows until it eventually bottoms out. One of these cryptocurrency enthusiasts, Alex Melen, an entrepreneur and cryptocurrency lover, said that this may be a sign that BTC will bottom out soon. Taking to Twitter, he posted:
“Saturday Bitcoin optimism.” He subsequently noted that the BTC is near a bottom because the last time the flagship cryptocurrency fell below the 50 and 200 MV on a four day chart was in 2014/2015 just before it found a bottom.

Not everyone agrees with Melen though. Some other members of the cryptocurrency community believe that BTC will find a longer-term bottom in the next few months. Many of the well-known cryptocurrency advocates are bearish about BTC. Another cryptocurrency enthusiasts Armin Van, a Canadian cryptocurrency investor, cited Tone Vays, BobLoukas, MustStopMurad, and Lucid Investment stating that all these professionals are bearish about Bitcoin but, against all odds, he is bullish. He suggested that the price of BTC will find bottom at $1,700.

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Today – BTC / USD

Many other cryptocurrency enthusiasts expressed their optimism in Bitcoin on cryptocurrency Twitter over the weekend. Before now, a pseudonym cryptocurrency trader, Moon Overlord, said that the fact the VanEck-SolidX ETF withdrawal barely affected the price action of BTC shows that a bottom is at hand. Citing historical analysis, he said that Bitcoin typically starts pumping about one year before its scheduled block halving date. Since the next block halving date is going to be in May 2020, everyone should expected the bulls to start dominating the market from May 2019.

Not Every Trader Believes That A Bull Run Is On The Way

True, some cryptocurrency enthusiasts are optimistic about BTC. However, there are those who aren’t certain that the cryptocurrency is going to find a bottom soon. Morgan Creek Digital’s Anthony Pompliano, said that even if he doesn’t believe the price of BTC will fall below $3000, he isn’t sure the market is going to start a bull rally anytime soon.
Pomp, as he is popularly called, is a pro-cryptocurrency investor who has expressed his skepticism of banks many times in the past. He said that BTC may trend in a sideways range of $2,500 and $4500 almost throughout the year 2019. The decentralist made this comment shortly after a well-known venture capitalist, Fred Wilson, said that the market is going to need almost the entire 2019 to find a bottom.

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Iran Soon to Unveil Cryptocurrency With Aim to Skirt US and SWIFT: Source

Iran Soon to Unveil Cryptocurrency With Aim to Skirt US and SWIFT: Source

Iran could unveil its state-backed cryptocurrency at the Electronic Banking and Payment Systems conference in Tehran this week, local English-language news outlet Al Jazeera reported on Jan. 27.

Iran, which has faced fresh sanctions from the United States since November, had previously planned to use blockchain-based financial tools as a way of sidestepping restrictions on its economic growth.

Though a central bank-issued digital currency (CBDC), which could be a rial-backed crypto, it was thought Tehran could forge an alternative to SWIFT, the global settlements system that some Iranian banks cannot access.

Sources remain unsure whether such a large-scale implementation will occur, but more localized uses for the digital currency, such as consumer payments, is likely an option.

“They certainly can’t replace the likes of bitcoin due to their centralised nature, but their existence is harmless,” Yashar Rashedi, a blockchain developer at Iranian firm Radfa, told Al Jazeera. Rashedi added:

“Even as [CBDCs] may never find widespread everyday use among the general public, they may be able to offer some new features to startups and developers that had to work with centralised bank APIs before them.”

Iran is one of several states aiming to release centralized digital currencies, some of those also targeting U.S. sanctions.

Russia’s project, the crypto ruble, is still several years away from release, a government official said earlier this month. Venezuela’s digital currency, the Petro, is already circulating, but has faced multiple accusations of illegitimacy and sanctions of its own.

According to a signatory of the recent Chainpoint blockchain agreement between Iran, Russia and Armenia, the former is already developing a blockchain-based method to replace SWIFT.

“According to our information, an active development of an Iranian version of SWIFT is currently underway,” Yuri Pripachkin, head of the Russian Association of Crypto-Industry and Blockchain said, quoted by Al Jazeera.

In December, U.S. lawmakers warned they would likewise sanction any form of the crypto-rial.

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Google Assistant may scan your face to personalize commands

Google Assistant may scan your face to personalize commands


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Google might soon have an alternative to voice matching when you want to use Assistant to get personalized results. The latest beta for Android’s Google app includes code references to a previously hinted-at Face Match feature that, as the name implies, would scan your visage to provide tailored commands on camera-equipped devices. While there isn’t a detailed description, you’d have to both train the system and could add multiple devices. Your face profile wouldn’t be limited to one gadget, which some companies do in the name of security.

You could also invite other people to create profiles.

There’s no clue as to when Face Match might launch, assuming it launches in the first place. The absence of imagery and other content implies that it might not arrive for a while. It could make sense, though. So long as your device has a camera (no Home Hub users need apply), you could view sensitive info or issue commands without having to create a voice profile. This might also be an accessibility feature — people who can’t speak could still get a customized, private experience in a multi-user household.

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One of the world’s largest crypto exchanges looks to go public in the U.S. through a reverse merger

One of the world’s largest crypto exchanges looks to go public in the U.S. through a reverse merger

One of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges could soon be the first big one to be publicly traded.

BCII, announced it had signed a binding letter of intent with Blockchain Exchange Alliance.

This so-called reverse merger is a nonconventional way of getting into the public markets and could be much faster than an initial public offering, or IPO. A source told CNBC that Blockchain Exchange Alliance had contemplated listing in Singapore but did not want to wait the year or two it might take to complete an IPO.

The combined company plans to eventually “up-list,” meaning it would move from over-the-counter markets, which are known for trading penny stocks, to the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq, sources told CNBC. That would also require the company to meet stiffer listing requirements.

Blockchain Exchange Alliance would wind up being the majority of the combined company.

This would mark the first major cryptocurrency company exchange to be publicly listed. While none have taken this IPO route, this reverse-merger move has already been tested.

Former hedge-fund manager Mike Novogratz used the tactic to list his crypto merchant bank on a Canadian stock market. He first bought Canadian crypto start-up Coin Capital, then merged through a reverse takeover with Canadian shell company Bradmer Pharmaceuticals. The renamed company trades as Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd on Canada’s TSX Venture Exchange.

But Novogratz’s company has struggled along with bitcoin. In the first quarter of 2018, it lost $134 million as cryptocurrencies lost half their value. Since its trading debut on Aug. 1, shares of GLXY have dropped roughly 36 percent.

According to an investor deck seen by CNBC, Blockchain Exchange Alliance says it has broader plans in crypto beyond bitcoin. It’s planning to buy up and consolidate exchanges across the world. With Bithumb leading the way in South Korea, it plans on creating a global crypto exchange alliance, which is already underway. It plans to have nine exchanges by the end of this year, and as many as 40 by the end of 2020, according to the investor deck.

Blockchain Exchange Alliance acquired a controlling interest in Bithumb Holdings and as a result now has a controlling interest in Bithumb Korea, according to the documents. The Seoul-based exchange is the second-largest by exchange volume, according to Coinmarketcap.com, and was the largest as of November 2018, according to a recent report by CryptoCompare.

The accuracy of that trading volume has come under question.

In December, Forbes reported that a cryptocurrency exchange rating service called CER had accused Bithumb of faking more than 90 percent of its trading volume. As of the summer, the exchange ranked among the bottom of the top 10 global exchanges by daily volume. By November, though, CER said it jumped to second on CoinMarketCap.com’s list of exchanges measured by volume. CER claimed it was a result of selling and buying at the same time to create misleading and artificial activity, known as “wash trading.”

In June, Bithumb was the victim of a high-profile $31 million hack. The exchange said it was temporarily suspending deposit and withdrawal services, that the stolen coins would be covered from its own reserves and that all users’ assets were being transferred to safer “cold wallets.”

The deal may not sit well with regulators paying close attention to the nefarious sides of crypto. Since transactions are anonymous, many have called out their potential use for money-laundering and criminal activity. If nothing else, the stock may trade at a discount because of that risk, a source told CNBC.

Cryptocurrencies have gotten their fair share of criticism, especially as the buying frenzy has cooled and the bitcoin bubble seems to have popped. The price of the world’s largest cryptocurrency has dropped more than 70 percent in a year.

Some of Wall Street’s most closely followed CEOs warned against investing in cryptocurrencies, even at the height of the 2017 boom. J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon called it a fraud, while Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett has repeatedly warned against investing in it and famously likened the cryptocurrency to “rat poison.” Citadel’s billionaire hedge-fund manager Ken Griffin is among the many who have called out similarities between bitcoin and the most famous financial bubble of all time: the Dutch tulip bulb mania of the 1630s.

Nouriel Roubini, nicknamed “Dr. Doom” for predicting the financial crisis, is one of the loudest critics, recently telling U.S. senators at a hearing on Capitol Hill that “crypto is the mother or father of all scams and bubbles.” He also criticized blockchain, calling it the most “over-hyped — and least useful — technology in human history.”

Not everyone has given up on it in 2019, though. Despite the ongoing bear market, both the Intercontinental Exchange, or ICE (parent company of the New York Stock Exchange) and the Nasdaq plan to launch bitcoin futures this year. Multiple attempts to launch the first-ever bitcoin exchange traded fund, or ETF, are still being considered by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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