First Chance to Buy TON's Unlocked Gram Tokens Has Arrived

The ATAIX crypto exchange platform is hosting a Gram sale event, selling unlocked Gram contracts that will instantly be converted into Grams and become tradable following the launch of the TON network. This is the first event of its kind, providing its users with the earliest opportunity get to get their hands on Gram tokens that they will receive as soon as TON launches.

Telegram Open Network TON- the highly anticipated project from Telegram, the popular messaging service- has been in the works for years and has become one of the most highly anticipated projects in blockchain history. The platform is designed to host a number of services, with speed, security, and scalability in mind. As of now, the project is looking like it will be released on October 31st as was anticipated previously, as its testnet launch had some promising results.

Gram is the native utility token for TON, and one that has created some major buzz in the crypto world. At its ICO, Gram shattered records by amassing $1.7 billion dollars. Gram itself might be the most highly anticipated crypto ever.

Since the ICO, there have been no sales of unlocked Grams, making ATAIX’s event especially unique. The event began today (September 19th) at 9:00AM UTC, and will be carried on for five days until September 24th, during which Grams will be sold for 3.99USDT a pop. A second round is planned for another five days from September 25th to the 30th, for which there will be a price increase from 3.99 to 4.99USDT per Gram.

As this is an event for ATAIX users alone, anyone interested needs to sign up for an account on their platform and verify their account thereafter. Registration is free and verification is only a few simple steps. Once registered and verified, users cane head on over to https://ataix.com/gram and join the event.

ATAIX is an EU based exchange and trade platform with many coins listed for users to trade. Anyone with questions and inquiries regarding the event is encouraged to contact their support.

Grams can be purchased solely through USDT (Tether), a stablecoin with a value 1:1 equal to the USD. Anyone who wants to get their hands on some Grams should make sure they have some USDT on their ATAIX account. Their platform makes depositing USDT or trading for it easy, as it can be traded for with several other cryptos they have listed.

If you’re interested in being a part of this monumental event, head on over to ataix.com/gram.

Binance Raises Eyebrows After Confirming Coinmarketcap Acquisition

Binance Holdings Ltd., the firm behind leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance, has confirmed the acquisition of cryptoasset tracking platform CoinMarketCap.

In a blog post, Binance confirmed the acquisition and claimed CoinMaketCap “stays committed” to providing quality cryptocurrency data to its users “while benefiting from Binance’s expertise, resources and scale.” It added CoinMarketCap has “maintained independence from external stakeholders since its inception” and will keep being an independent business entity.

In the post, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao was quoted as saying CoinMarketCap is the “landing page of crypto.” The acquisition was first reported on by TheBlock, which wrote the platform could be changing hands for as much as $400 million in cash and stock.

While Binance’s BNB token and the Binance exchange are listed on the platform, the post responded to users’ concerns surrounding the acquisition writing:

CoinMarketCap and Binance are separate entities that maintain a strict policy of independence from one another: Binance has no bearing on CoinMarketCap rankings, while CoinMarketCap has no influence over Binance’s operations.

As CryptoGlobe reported, users expressed concern surrounding CoinMarketCap’s data after the acquisition was first reported, as managing the platform could be very beneficial for Binance, which could use it as a funnel to gain new users.

Speaking to Bloomberg News Nic Carter, co-founder of Coin Metrics, noted that Binance could also set its platform as the preferred exchange by topping the rankings by default.  Carter added:

While the move may cause some to question CMC’s [CoinMarketCap’s] ability to remain a neutral data provider, it could potentially be very productive for Binance.

Binance’s blog post details CoinMarketCap’s founder Brandon Chez is stepping down as CEO to focus on his family, while current Chief Strategy Officer Carylyne Chain has been named interim CEO.

The cryptocurrency exchange recently raised users’ ire after participating in what was dubbed a hostile takeover of the STEEM blockchain, later on removing the vote. CoinMarketCap’s data itself has also been heavily criticized, with one filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission from Bitwise Asset Management arguing 95% of the trading volume it reports is fake or non-economical in nature.

Cryptocurrency exchanges have been known to use schemes that help boost their trading volumes – in some cases allegedly going as far as wash trading – to boost their rankings on CoinMarketCap and gain visibility.

Addressing the issue Zhao noted it wasn’t an easy problem to fix, adding that almost everything “requires some kind of judgement or algorithm.” While the acquisition comes at a time in which the economy has been suffering because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Market volatility has, however, been good for crypto exchanges. Zhao revealed Binance’s traffic increased about five times over the past few weeks, while Coinbase had already revealed its volumes grew after the March 12-13 market crash.

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