Business The Foo Fighters Should Torrent Their New Free EP Published 3 years ago on November 26, 2015 By P. H. Madore The Money Makers Club now has 6 of 15 available seats. Learn more here! At the turn of the century, when the file-sharing service Napster was taken down in a court of law rather than by the competition, Metallica got a lot of press for being against the service and testifying that it had lost the millionaires significant sums of money. But around that time, another band benefited by exposure to the Napster’s millions of users – Vermont-based Dispatch. Many people received their first introduction to the band at that time and lifelong fans were minted as a result. Like most bands, Dispatch makes most of their money touring anyhow. This example is presented as evidence of a heretical idea – not every content creator loses out because of file sharing. Recently, Hacked writer Justin O’Connell wrote an article describing how the massive band the Foo Fighters, which is largely the brainchild of Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, were providing an EP called Saint Cecilia as a free download to their millions of fans. O’Connell points out that distribution via Amazon Web Services or other cloud services is not free. While the cost is minimal, it got the writer to thinking: what could be done about that? The BitTorrent protocol began to see wide adoption in the middle-2000s. Unlike Napster, BitTorrent is decentralized and has no central point of failure. As long as the torrent file and the files being shared exist somewhere online, the files are going to be accessible. There is no single company that can be held responsible for the use of BitTorrent. For years, this has created a stalemate between the entertainment industries and technology. The former has found numerous ways to recuperate lost revenues, including the heinous tactic of suing college kids for piracy. Also read: Popular Torrent Release Group YIFY Is Dead And while it may be true that BitTorrent is largely used for sharing illegal files, it is also true that the software is merely software, agnostic of your intent. That is to say, it could just as easily be used by someone like the Foo Fighters to distribute an album which might get costly to do from a centralized service. (Ironically, the new Foo Fighters album is already available on torrent sites, despite being available from a fast, central server.) Grohl and company could offload the cost of distribution onto the users since they have no intention to control the distribution of the files. Statistics become significantly harder to gather, but this can be dealt with by asking users to fill out a survey or something, inside the Torrent directory. Rather than paying the bandwidth costs exclusively at one level, the band could let millions of people pay a small amount via their time or cable bills. For most people, there’d be no additional cost, and the files would be more reliably available (in the case of Amazon going down). Torrents could have helped Radiohead when they released In Rainbows for free, as well. Despite popular belief, torrent files are integral to plenty of legitimate purposes. For example, the Xubuntu project uses a torrent file to distribute their ~1 gigabyte operating system. They also have centralized servers providing the file, but surely they would prefer that everyone be able to get the files via Torrent. Were it not for the stigma, perhaps this would be more feasible. Decentralization may have the feature of making it impossible to shut down, and Torrent directories (such as the Pirate Bay) may have wound up taking the brunt of the impact from governmental and legal ire, but it also has the benefit of a distributed server model. The Torrent technology has also been utilized for competitors to Dropbox and the like, like TorrentSync. Point is, it’s not going anywhere, and as long as the reality is that many people are using it to get content, then bands and record labels and even movie studios would benefit by using it to their advantage, rather than carrying on with some delusion that they’ll ever shut it down. Images from Shutterstock. Important: Never invest (trade with) money you can't afford to comfortably lose. Always do your own research and due diligence before placing a trade. Read our Terms & Conditions here. Trade recommendations and analysis are written by our analysts which might have different opinions. 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GSR Capital to Invest Heavily in tZERO CNBC confirmed on Thursday that Hong Kong-based GSR Capital will invest up to $270 million in tZero. The investment is based on a valuation of $1.5 billion, giving GSR an 18% stake in the new blockchain startup. GSR will also buy $30 million worth of tZERO security tokens. “We are honored to have GSR Capital as a strategic investor,” said tZERO CEO Saum Noursalehi in a statement, as quoted by CNBC. “The tokenization of securities has the potential to disrupt global capital markets responsible for moving hundreds of trillions of dollars. Together with our partners, we will globalize our blockchain-based platform, bringing more efficiency, liquidity, and trust to capital markets.” The announcement came less than six weeks after GSR Capital signed a letter of intent with Overstock to purchase $160 million worth of security tokens. Launched in December, tZERO’s initial coin offering (ICO) has raised $134 million to finance its ATS infrastructure, which will provide a regulated venue for securities trading. The company plans to build similar systems around the world. Despite a highly successful crowdraise, documents submitted to the SEC earlier this year revealed a target of $250 million. Independent valuations had placed tZERO’s ICO anywhere between $200 million and $500 million. Overstock.com Spikes Overstock.com’s share price was up by as much as 21% after-hours. It would eventually settle at $45.40 for a gain of 17.6%. As the following chart illustrates, the OSTK price rose 4.5% in regular trading on Thursday to settle at $38.60. Despite the gain, OSTK has been a dismal performer this year. Share prices are down 40% year-to-date, vastly under-performing the Nasdaq Composite Index, which has returned more than 14%. What’s more, the stock is trading at less than half of its 52-week high. Overstock’s share price has been rocked by disappointing quarterly results and the cancellation of a proposed public stock offering. Last March, the company offered four million shares of common stocks before abruptly cancelling those plans. Noursalehi said the decision to pull the offering was due to “market volatility and price.” To be sure, OSTK had declined 20% following the initial announcement to issue common stock. Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading. Featured image courtesy of Shutterstock. Important: Never invest (trade with) money you can't afford to comfortably lose. Always do your own research and due diligence before placing a trade. Read our Terms & Conditions here. Trade recommendations and analysis are written by our analysts which might have different opinions. Read my 6 Golden Steps to Financial Freedom here. 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The Boerse Stuttgart group has is expanding upon past product launches to create a complete holistic ecosystem for digital assets, including cryptocurrencies. This comes on the heel of them launching the “Bison” app, which allowed users to trade cryptocurrencies with zero fees, similar in functionality to that offered by Robinhood. The difference between Bison and Robinhood, however, is that the Boerse Stuttgart group is the second largest derivatives exchange in Germany. Another unique feature of the Bison app was its “crypto radar” feature. This functions as a social media tool that aggregates more than 250k tweets and analyzes them to determine the “mood” of cryptocurrency investors. Having an existing (and profitable) large financial firm expanding their brand to cryptocurrencies in any capacity reflects a market that is increasingly accepting the reality of institutional capital flowing into crypto markets. The new ecosystem is composed of three distinct pillars. Bison represents the first of these pillars. The second is a branded platform for initial coin offerings to sell tokens. The third is a safe custody solution for digital assets. This ecosystem, in turn, falls within Boerse Stuttgart’s so called “digitization” strategy and should serve as a bellwether of changes to come in financial markets. After all, as an established market player, Boerse Stuttgart Group has extensive knowledge in the fields of technology, regulation, and trading models respectively. According to their own CEO Alexander Höptner, “On this basis, we can offer central services along the value chain for digital assets, all under one roof. Investors and market participants know that Boerse Stuttgart Group stands for quality, transparency, and reliability. As a Germany-based provider, we want to transpose this standard into the digital world. We will help to promote acceptance of digital assets.” The key to their ambitions focuses on solving two major problems. The first is that KYC procedures tend to be overly complex for average investors, as well as time-consuming. The Boerse Stuttgart group’s own KYC solution allows traders to pass KYC and start trading within minutes, as opposed to more typical solutions that take a few days. The second issue they are tackling the liquidity and accessibility of ICO tokens post-sale. They solve this by allowing tokens launched through their platform to be traded within their broader ecosystem using Bison. According again to the CEO, “At the trading venue tokens issued via our ICO platform can be traded on the secondary market. This is an important success factor for ICOs. At the same time, we are responding to demand from both retail and institutional investors for a regulated and reliable environment for trading with cryptocurrencies. Furthermore, established cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum will also be traded.” This approach will likely serve to establish the Boerse Stuttgart group a prime recipient of crypto-intrigued institutional capital. After all, the early bird gets the worm. A key component of this future success also rests on how well they partner with authorities. This exact point was also emphasized recently by the CEO, who said, “In designing the strategic projects we closely cooperate with all competent boards and committees, and especially with the supervisory authorities.” While it remains to be seen whether retail investors make use of this ecosystem, it seems reasonable to assume that larger investors will flock to a simple crypto-specific ecosystem backed by an old guard stalwart of finance. Featured image courtesy of Shutterstock. Important: Never invest (trade with) money you can't afford to comfortably lose. Always do your own research and due diligence before placing a trade. 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These two brands dominate the business of processing debit and credit card transactions. I have always considered this duopoly as the enemy of mankind, but could turn out to be a hasty judgement. MasterCard and Visa don’t actually process transactions as much as they offer an electronic network and charge fees for the use of their name. They collect about 0.11% per card swipe which ain’t much until you consider they are running more than 150,000 transactions per minute through their network. Pretty nice business to be in. All together, the two will generate about $30 billion this year. The problem with both of these guys is that it is impossible to get around them. If you buy something anywhere in the world with a debit or credit card, it is almost guaranteed to run on either the Visa or MasterCard network. In which case, in addition to the 0.11% taken out for the network, the store that accepts your purchase pays anywhere from 3% to often as much as 5% in total for processing fees. And if you travel abroad and charge something, well forget about it. Everywhere along the network are intermediaries taking their nick of your wallet. When foreign currency transaction fees are taken into account, that is where more intermediaries are included. That is where the costs add much higher and that is often where the consumer is hurt most. Fighting Back The whole idea behind blockchain technology is to make transactions of all types fast with little or no dependency on intermediaries. All this makes MasterCard and Visa the enemy of cryptocurrency developers. But neither of these brands are sitting still applying for patents on blockchain based payments methods. The natural reaction is to sell to sell your crypto and find some easier way to earn a decent return. We disagree: we think there is crypto to be made from MasterCards strategy. Here is why you should be encouraged. ome time back, MasterCard applied for a patent on blockchain technology that created a link between crypto and fiat currencies. MasterCard is not alone, as there are any number of crypto projects with the same idea. Recently we looked at TenX and there are others. Using TenX for comparison, MasterCard’s recently awarded patent offers to convert crypto to fiat using the existing MasterCard network. TenX and many others plan either create their own high speed mainnet or use the Ethereum platform. In head to head competition, this gives MasterCard a sizable advantage since MC is pretty much accepted by merchants everywhere. As much as I hate the duopoly represented my MC and Visa, right now they could turn out to be the best thing to happen for one simple reason. They will unquestionable accelerate mass acceptance of crypto. Their existing network and transaction speed, immediately solves the lingering Bitcoin/Ethereum issue of scalability. In addition as observers have pointed out, both MC and Visa have had systems in place to identify fraudulent transactions. Having said all of this, is MasterCard going to kill all other crypto payment wanabys like TenX and others? Before concluding the answer is yes, consider this. In their recently released quarterly review to shareholders, MasterCard reported net income of $2.33 billion on revenue of $5.24 billion. That is a whopping profit margin of 44.5%! This towers over extraordinarily profitable companies like Apple at 20.3% or the average US corporation at less than 10%. When MasterCard’s blockchain system goes into use, it will plump up those already MC margins. So, as a crypto investor, you have to ask yourself, do you actually think that MC will pass on those savings or wallow in the cost savings? The answer is pretty obvious. MasterCard Could Be The Best News Crypto naysayers are the first to deny that Bitcoin and others are a legitimate medium of exchange. This is based largely on the limited number of mainstream merchants that are in the crypto loop. MasterCard could help take crypto mainstream and that would be a good thing for major names like Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ether. And with the payments processing business dealing in over $50 trillion in transactions annually, there will be room for startups offering high speed scalability at lower cost. It will not happen this year but it will happen. Featured image courtesy of Shutterstock. Important: Never invest (trade with) money you can't afford to comfortably lose. Always do your own research and due diligence before placing a trade. Read our Terms & Conditions here. Trade recommendations and analysis are written by our analysts which might have different opinions. Read my 6 Golden Steps to Financial Freedom here. Best regards, Jonas Borchgrevink. Rate this post: Important for improving the service. 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