Bitcoin Is Controlled by China, CEO Ripple Says

This is said by Brad Garlinghouse at 2018 Stifel Cross Sector Insight conference
13 June 2018   221

Concerns about the centralization of mining have been preserved in the community since it became apparent that most of the hash-rate of the network belongs to several mining pools. CEO Ripple Brad Garlinghouse drew attention to the fact that the problem is more ambitious - many large pools are located in China. This is reported by The Street.

A number of prominent people, even Steve Wozniak, has said that he sees a world where Bitcoin is the primary currency. I think that's absurd. I don't think that any major economy will allow that to happen. By the way, it doesn't make sense. I'll tell you another story that is underreported, but worth paying attention to.  Bitcoin is really controlled by China. There are four miners in China that control over 50% of Bitcoin. How do we know that China won't intervene?  How many countries want to use a Chinese-controlled currency? It's just not going to happen.
 

Brad Garlinghouse

CEO, Ripple

Although this statement may seem sensational, the largest mining pools of Bitcoin like BTC.com, Antpool, F2Pool and BTC.TOP are really located in China. They account for about 59% of the bitcoin hash-rate. If we add to them smaller Chinese pools, then this country will have more than 75% of the computing power of the network.

Crypto Exchange White Label Service launched by OKEx

OKEx, one of the biggest exchanges in the world, has declared the run of a crypto exchange creation programme ‘Digital Asset Exchange Open Partnership Program’
20 June 2018   73

The announcement claims that the programme is intended to “nurture a new generation of digital asset exchanges”. To establish a new crypto exchange, interested parties have to provide OKEx with a domain name, logo, and specialties of the management team. They are assured to possess “solid industry experience, quest for service excellence, and strong industry influence.”

Applicants should also deposit 500,000 OKB tokens into their accounts. This equals around $2.5 million at the present rate, according to coincodex.com. OKB is a utility token that were first sold in March of this year in packages of up to 100, each costing $100. They can be applied to settle transaction fees on the exchange and traded for Bitcoin, Ethereum and Tether.

The applicants will get access to OKEx’s fitting system (which links up buy and sell orders), cold and hot wallets (offline and online cryptocurrency storage), clearing system (which handles money transfer), client support system, and know-your-customer and anti-laundering systems. They will also get support from the OKEx technical team.

100 places are suggested by the programme in its first phase. It is anticipated to start in July. The announcement also points out the setup that the new exchanges must have. They will develop their own native tokens, and distribute them as follows:

  • 25 percent to themselves;
  • 24 percent to OKB holders;
  • and 51 percent to be mined.

OKEx explains the mechanisms by which the tokens will be mined/released. The term white label was firstly invented in the music industry - a white label vinyl record was a release so new that it had not yet been labelled, a much sought-after thing. Presently it cites to a service or product manufactured by one company and sold to another for re-sale under a different brand name.