Lately, we have been receiving a lot of spamming referral links to join a new cryptocurrency project called “Pi Network”. I have decided to give it a try and to check their official website and to install Pi Network App on an Android Emulator to test it out.
According to Pi Network official statement: Pi is a new digital currency. This app allows you to access and grow your Pi holdings and serves as wallet to host your digital assets. Pi is fairly distributed, eco-friendly and consumes minimal battery power.
At the time of writing, Pi Network has over 3.5+ million engaged pioneers (Mobile App miners), 28.5K followers on Twitter, 97K likes on Facebook and 128K followers on Instagram.
Pi Network’s website is suspicious
On first impression, PI network’s website looks poorly designed and contains some inaccurate technical information. They claim that PI network is “The First Digital Currency You Can Mine On Your Phone“, and that is not true. Some older legit crypto projects such as uPlexa (UPX) and Electroneum (ETN) are using Mobile Apps to mine crypto coins.
When you’re looking into digital cryptocurrency companies and startups, experts recommend that you confirm that they’re blockchain-powered, which means they track detailed transaction data. in our case Pi Networks’ website dose not contain a working Blockchain explorer link, no project announcements, no technical white paper and no links to a github page.
Statements like “Better than Bitcoin” and “The real Bitcoin” has been proven over and over again to be a classic scam and its sad that people still fall for it.
Pi Network’s mobile App is also suspicious!
Pi Network’s App on Google play has a lot of fake reviews and all written written by users who only does it to spam their referral links. Yet, the app is rated 4.9 stars and has more than one million active installs and over 43k reviews!.
The App requires so many permissions
unlike any other crypto apps, the Android version of Pi Network app requires so many permissions. Installing Pi Network App on your phone will allow the app to access:
Device ID & call information:
read phone status and identity.
Storage & Photos/Media/Files:
read the contents of your USB storage
modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
read phone status and identity.
read your contacts
Wi-Fi connection information:
view Wi-Fi connections
receive data from Internet
run at startup
full network access
prevent device from sleeping
draw over other apps
view network connections
Draw over other apps is incredibly dangerous, the app can easily steal passwords. It can present messages as if they’re from other apps or read those messages.
Invitation code is required in order to start using Pi Network App
Once you install the app, you will not be able to use it without a valid invitation code. This is a live example of pyramid schemes and click baiting scam projects which are “viral social applications” that lure people with the promise of profit by recruiting more members so they can increase their mining power.
When you start the app, you will be “mining” at the rate of 0.25 Pi per hour. You will need invite a lot of your friends to increase your mining power/hashrate. The more people sign up using your affiliate code the more mining power you will get.
You need to activate the miner (app) every 24 hours. Pretty unproductive and inconvenient I would say, though you get a notification reminder to turn the miner on.
After testing it for 24 hours, i can say The Pi Network app is not a real crypto miner. Its just an airdrop app that gives you a tiny piece of a massive, but unknown amount Pi per-mined coins.
Pi Network App security issues
PI Network app is sending network packets to a third party domains “socialchain.app” and “rayjump.com”, which is a weird behavior.
Quora user claims losing funds after using the App
Midas Tricone has claimed on a Quora post that he lost some funds from his banking account after installing and using Pi Network App
My final conclusion about PI Network
Pi Network is pyramid scheme scam project and has nothing to do with crypto mining. You must avoid it.
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Ethereum Co-Founder Anthony Di Iorio Bets Big on the Future of Cardano and Polkadot
Anthony Di Iorio, a Canadian entrepreneur and the co-founder of leading smart contract platform Ethereum, said that he believes in the potential of Cardano (ADA) and Polkadot (DOT).
In an interview with crypto proponent Anthony Pompliano, Di Iorio, who is also the CEO and founder of Canadian blockchain startup Decentral and crypto wallet Jaxx, revealed that he has a diversified investment portfolio featuring several top projects, including Cardano and Polkadot.
A Big Fan of Cardano and Polkadot
“Now I’ve kind of fallen back to just simplicity. I’m in a number of different projects, but the majority of my stuff is in the top projects. I’m a big fan of Polkadot, I’m a big fan of Cardano.”
Di Iorio went on to narrate why he was so sure of the future of these two projects. He had joined the Ethereum development team earlier in 2012 when he met Vitalik Buterin at a Bitcoin conference.
He has formed strong relationships with other co-founders of Ethereum, including Vitalik Buterin, Cardano’s founder Charles Hoskinson, and Polkadot’s current CEO Gavin Wood.
Di Iorio admitted that while he worked with these men, he knew that they were goal-oriented and would help push these projects further.
“Big fan of Charles, let’s say that. You know, taking some different approaches in the way that they’re doing things, much more on the academic side of what he’s done and bringing stuff forward. Real big fan of Gavin Wood… Knowing those guys from the days back at Ethereum – and knowing their drive and knowing their competitiveness and their smarts – I was able to see those projects for the last few years and know that they were gonna get to where they’ve gotten up to.”
Not Getting Lost in DeFi
Despite all the recent hype about DeFi, Di lorio pointed out that he is keeping his investments simple and investing in larger projects.
“Most of my stuff is in the top few things, Ether, Bitcoin, Cardano, Polkadot. I like Cosmos as well. And there’s a few others, but I’m not getting lost in all the DeFi stuff. I just think there’s not enough time, not enough energy. It’s a full-time gig to be running a lot of that stuff and keeping on top of stuff, so I’ve simplified my life quite a bit over the past few years.”
Featured image courtesy of Business Insider
What you should know if your bank is exposed to Bitcoin
On one hand, El Salvador recently became the first nation to officially declare Bitcoin as its legal tender, and on the other, several nations have recently opined that their indigenous banks face a ‘threat’ from the world’s largest crypto-asset. Nevertheless, the rise in the adoption of cryptocurrencies has been accompanied by regulators taking the fast-growing market seriously.
Banks will now face “the toughest” capital requirements for their holdings in Bitcoin and other crypto-assets under global regulators’ plans to brush off the insecurity offered by the “volatile” crypto-market.
Using money laundering, reputational challenges, and massive price swings as the base of their proposal, the Basel Committee on Banking and Supervision is in the news after it explicitly stated that the banking industry faced “increased risks” and “financial stability concerns” from crypto-assets.
Accordingly, they have now placed Bitcoin in the “highest risk” category. The aforementioned committee comprises a host of nations and global institutions as its members.
The Basel Committee isn’t alone, however, with a Bank of International Settlements exec recently commenting that El Salvador’s Bitcoin policy is an “interesting experiment.”
*BITCOIN PUT IN HIGHEST RISK CATEGORY IN BANK CAPITAL PROPOSAL
— *Walter Bloomberg (@DeItaone) June 10, 2021
What’s more, the panel proposed a 1250% risk weight be applied to a bank’s exposure to Bitcoin and certain other cryptocurrencies. Bloomberg’s estimates highlighted,
“In practice that means a bank may need to hold a dollar in capital for each dollar worth of Bitcoin, based on an 8% minimum capital requirement.”
However, stablecoins and other tokens tied to real-world assets are set for lower capital requirements. The report further highlighted,
“The capital will be sufficient to absorb a full write-off of the crypto asset exposures without exposing depositors and other senior creditors of the banks to a loss.”
The proposal did not specify any specific timeline, and hence, the implementation of these rules can take a couple of years. The proposal is, however, open to public comment before it comes into effect. It should also be noted that the committee said that the initial policies were “likely to change” several times as the market “evolves.”
Even though banks like HSBC have been cautious about stepping into crypto-trading, a few big names, like Standard Chartered Plc have announced their entry into the space.
As for Bitcoin, it fell by over 3.7% in the last 24 hours to trade at $35,418 at press time.
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Why Amp is the Best Altcoin You’ve Never Heard Of
Crypto Summer Pt. 2
I work with a crypto wizard.
Yesterday the wizard gave me a piece of advice: “Hey man, your fly is down.” After that, he told me to look into Amp, otherwise known as Crypto-Square.
Through this ERC-20 token, retailers can accept Bitcoin, Litecoin or Ethereum without having to wait 10 minutes or more for the network. Today Nordstrom, Lowes, Baskin Robbins, GameStop, Ulta Beauty, Office Depot, AMC Theaters, and Petco are just some of the stores that support Amp.
That’s right, you can go to these retailers and use Flexa’s SPEDN app (pronounced spend) to easily buy things with Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.
And if that wasn’t enough, Coinbase just listed Amp yesterday. Coinbase-approved altcoins often skyrocket in price as 56 million users are nothing to scoff at.
Here’s everything else you should know about this project.
There’s only one thing that Flexa and ConsenSys created Amp to do: Act as collateral. Amp guarantees that real-world transactions go through instantaneously due to collateralization.
Flexa, the company that created Amp, is the puppet master attempting to make cryptocurrency the new global financial system. They initially launched a Flexa token years ago, but ditched it for Amp and a close partnership with ConsenSys.
“The new Amp token demonstrates Flexa’s unrelenting commitment to DeFi and to building new technologies that will democratize access to payments for people all over the world,” Tyler Spalding, CEO of Flexa wrote in a blogpost.
Flexa eventually wants to use Amp to guarantee home purchases, loan distributions, and fiat exchanges.
Can you guess it? Go ahead — on three…
Oh, sorry I got excited.
Staking on Amp is just like providing to a liquidity pool on Uniswap or any other DeFi protocol. I just imagine a giant Uncle Sam poster pointing at you saying “we need your tokens.”
This is another reason why Amp works. It follows the old Army adage “K.I.S.S.” or Keep it Simple Stupid. In the past few months, Amp is one of the only altcoins I feel like I can explain to my mother. That’s a good thing.
Three words should make you very bullish about an altcoin: ‘Real-World Use’
Many altcoins over-engineer their projects to death and bog their white papers down with technical mumbo jumbo to make you think their team is smarter than you. Amp is not one of these projects. It keeps it simple, stupid.
Moreover, Amp is the leading technology making it possible for retailers to exchange cryptocurrencies. It’s so ahead of the pack that dozens of businesses are already using it.
It’s a no-brainer 10x, in my opinion.
Amp is trading at $0.06 at the time of publishing with a market cap of $2.59B (for reference the market cap of Ethereum is $276 B)
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