SBI Holdings Claims 40% Stake in Hardware Wallet Company

SBI Holdings, the financial services arm of Japan's SBI Group, invested in cryptocurrency hardware wallet maker
07 March 2018   2050

SBI Holdings, the financial services arm of Japan's SBI Group, announced that it has purchased a 40% stake in CoolBitX, a Taiwan-based manufacturer of "cold" wallets - hardware devices used to store private keys to cryptocurrency assets in an offline environment.

While the announcement did not disclose the exact amount of the investment, the news marks the latest move by the Japanese financial firm in expanding its investment in the blockchain ecosystem, including both hardware and software.

SBI says the business move is meant to meet the needs of the company’s investors while aiming to establish a robust “ecosystem” with virtual currency related businesses.

The Japanese finance firm says Coolbitx’s wallet has received positive attention due to the recent cryptocurrency exchange hacks. SBI believes that Coolwallet’s card feature and its connectivity with both iOS and Android operating systems will be something cryptocurrency proponents will utilize for a hardware wallet solution.

BNC to Monitor BTC Community's Mood

The system called Twitter Sentiment analyzes over 34M BTC-related Twitter posts each week, using AI to track the mood of the community
22 January 2020   131

Blockchain-based New Zealand-based research firm Brave New Coin (BNC) has unveiled a new system for measuring the mood of the Bitcoin community based on Twitter messages.

According to BNC, the new Twitter Sentiment rating system analyzes over 34 million BTC-related Twitter posts each week. The company uses artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that look for records containing the words bitcoin, $ BTC and BTC and others.

BNC notes that user sentiment continues to be a “significant” factor in the price and dynamics of digital assets, and a new technique has been developed to track these sentiments. According to the BNC, it took 18 months to launch the Bitcoin Twitter Sentiment. The data obtained is divided into seven categories - Opinion, Technical Information, Inside the Network, Advertising, Bots, Macros and Hacking.

For the week ending January 17, the most common entries were in the Opinion category - their number was 30.42% of all data received. In second place was the category Technical Information, and in third inside the network (includes information on mining and hashrate).

BNC spokeswoman Pierre Ansaldi said that during the first quarter of this year, the company will also launch community sentiment analysis tools for other crypto assets.