Xapo refused to consider original BTC as "real" bitcoin

The provideder of bitcoin wallet Xapo refused to give a guarantee that it will recognize the BTC chain as a "real" bitcoin after the SegWit2x
10 October

As the head of the company Wences Casares stated, the BTC ticker will be awarded to the chain with the greatest difficulty.

As noted in the new message on the Xapo blog, the company's position on the upcoming hardfork is identical to the one it took before the Bitcoin cash hardfork. Users of the service, therefore, will have access to both coins after the fork, however, which chain will be considered as a real bitcoin, Xapo at a given moment can not say.

Xapo’s policy in regards to forks is that, when there is a fork, we always follow the chain with the most accumulated difficulty and we make the minority chain available to our customers for them to sell or withdraw from Xapo.
We are going to call the chain with the most accumulated difficulty Bitcoin or BTC . If the minority chain is the one with 1MB blocks we are going to call it BC1 and if the minority chain is the one with 2MB blocks we are going to call it BC2.
 

Federico Murrrone
Co-Founder and COO,  Xapo

Xapo was one of the companies that signed an agreement on the activation of SegWit2x. To date, however, the project has not done any additional official announcements.

US Government to sell seized BTC and BCH

Government attorneys from Utah to sell the 513.1490393 BTC and equal amount of BCH, that were seized during anti-drug operation in 2016
15 December

The U.S. authorities is planning to sell off confiscated bitcoins seized during an drug case that are now worth almost $10 million. This is reported by the CoinDesk. 

Government attorneys in Utah are now working to sell the 513.1490393 bitcoins (BTC), worth approximately $8.7 million at current prices. An almost equal number of bitcoin cash (BCH) will also be sold (512.9274588), with value near to $949,000.

The BTC and BCH have been transferred to a government wallet. Due to the volatile market for cryptocurrencies, the BTC and BCH risk losing value during the pendency of the forfeiture proceedings ... For these reasons, the United States seeks an interlocutory sale.
 

US Government court order

 

Cryptocurrencies will be sold and converted into US dollars using one or more commercial cryptocurrency exchanges in increments of 50 coins or less. Proceeds will be deposited into the Treasury Forfeiture Fund Suspense account.

Dale Kimball, U.S. district judge, approved the sale of confiscated cryptocurrencies on Dec. 12 after the prosecutors in the case filed a request for the sale on the same day.

The drug crime case involves a Aaron Shamo, who was charged with running a multimillion-dollar opioid drug ring out of a Salt Lake City suburb in Nov. 2016. It was one of the largest busts of this kind in the country.