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California Dems are running against Trump. California voters seem more concerned with liberal failures at home

October 21, 2018 |

California Democrats have to contend with the litany of local problems that their progressive policies have wrought.
FOX News

Kim Kardashian says despite ‘wild, sexual’ persona, she ‘more conservative’ in the bedroom

October 20, 2018 |

The mother of three reveals that despite always posing without clothes, she is actually “more conservative” in the bedroom. 
FOX News

Alaska Airlines joins other carriers in charging more to check bags

October 20, 2018 |

Alaska Airlines, the plucky Seattle-based carrier that has won numerous customer satisfaction awards, is following the lead of its much larger rivals by increasing the fees it charges to check bags.

Starting with tickets bought Dec. 5, Alaska Airlines will raise checked bag fees to $ 30 from $ 25…


L.A. Times – Business

More Than a Dozen Killed in Crimea College Attack

October 20, 2018 |

At least 17 people were killed and 45 injured in an attack at a college in Crimea that was allegedly carried out by a student, Russian authorities said.
WSJ.com: What’s News Europe

More Rape Charges Against Reality Show Doctor, Girlfriend

October 17, 2018 |

A California surgeon and his girlfriend were charged Wednesday with crimes against five additional victims in addition to two women they were previously charged with drugging and sexually assaulting. Dr. Grant Robicheaux, 38, and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, 31, were charged with rape by use of drugs, kidnapping with the…
Newser

Coming to the Eastern US: More Tornadoes

October 17, 2018 |

Over the past few decades, tornadoes have been shifting—decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas, but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists aren’t quite certain why, the AP notes. The study, which looked at changes since 1979, found everywhere…
Newser

Advertisers Allege Facebook Failed to Disclose Key Metric Error for More Than a Year

October 16, 2018 |

Facebook knew of problems with how it measured viewership of video ads for more than a year before it disclosed them in 2016, according to a complaint filed Tuesday by some advertisers.
WSJ.com: US Business

Scooter startups Lime and Bird are said to seek more funding — at higher valuations

October 15, 2018 |

Scooter companies Lime and Bird Rides Inc. are less than 2 years old. They’ve both raised hundreds of millions of dollars. But that isn’t stopping them from looking for new financing with even loftier valuations.

Lime, officially Neutron Holdings Inc., has been meeting with investors about a new…


L.A. Times – Business

More Cases Tainted by Perpetually High Lab Worker Tossed Out

October 12, 2018 |

Thousands of additional drug cases tainted by a former chemist authorities say was high on an assortment of substances almost every day she worked at a state drug lab for eight years must be dismissed, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled Thursday. The Supreme Judicial Court’s decision is the latest twist in…
Newser

Salt to Offer Crypto-Backed Loans in 7 Global Markets, 15 More US States

October 8, 2018 |

Crypto-Backed Loans Expand: Salt Moves to 35 States

Salt, a cryptocurrency-backed loan service, has announced plans to launch operations in seven new jurisdictions throughout the world, while offering its services in 15 more U.S. states. It will also include litecoin (LTC) among its offerings, while providing more competitive interest rates and removing loan caps.

Also read: Bitcoin Price: Wall Street Optimistic, Enthusiasts Pessimistic According to Fundstrat

 Expansion into New
International Markets

Salt revealed it is opening offices in states such as New Jersey, Massachusetts, Washington and Texas, bringing the total to 35 overall. It will also launch operations in Brazil, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Vietnam, Bermuda, Puerto Rico and the United Arab Emirates. The move follows the company’s expansion into 20 U.S. states in August, according to a company blog post.

Crypto-Backed Loans Expand: Salt Moves to 35 States

The Denver-based startup came to market in an initial coin offering (ICO) in August 2017, during last year’s boom. It is targeting enthusiasts who would rather hold their crypto than sell it into fiat. During an extended bear market, such services might become invaluable, should trends reverse in the future.

The company does offer consumer-level loans, but its main focus continues to be acting as a “liquidity provider for large crypto investors including individuals, mining operations, exchanges and other institutions in the blockchain ecosystem,” it explained in a press release. “With a primary goal of serving large clients, (offering) live portfolio valuation, around-the-clock global support, a range of competitive rates, flexible loan terms, and a proprietary custody solution enables it to meet the needs of individuals and businesses alike, making it the ideal loan solution for a wide range of clients.”

Critics: Just Another Bank

Loans against the US dollar carry interest of 5.99% when below $ 75,000, with rates doubling for loans up to $ 25 million. “For loans greater than $ 25 million, tailored options are available. Loan amounts and interest rates vary by jurisdiction.” Salt also claims to offer “no origination fees, no prepayment fees, no servicing fees, no closing costs,” and since they’re “one of the few companies lending in fiat currency,” Salt can “increase loan access and provide a multifaceted loan service to our customers across the world.”

Crypto-Backed Loans Expand: Salt Moves to 35 StatesThe combined news appears to have moved Salt’s proprietary token, SALT, up considerably. At one point it jumped 55%, with over $ 20 million flowing to the project — a 1,478% increase over previous levels. Analysts suggest the addition of litecoin to its bitcoin core and ether secure loan offerings drove speculators to pump the 109th-ranked token by market capitalization.  

ICO proponents typically tout the crypto-backed loan firm as an example of success. But critics of the platform complain Salt isn’t offering much more to the ecosystem than aping traditional banking mechanisms, enabling yet more fiat involvement — an aspect some enthusiasts find antithetical to cryptocurrency. It also doesn’t help matters when early in 2018 the company CEO suddenly bailed, leaving more than a few to wonder aloud if a classic ICO exit scam wasn’t underway. The fact the project has a token (ERC20-based, with a token supply of 120,000,000 and 54,507,718 circulating) is also troubling to some who view such a move as a pure money grab, rather than something offering any real utility.  

Do you expect to ever make use of crypto-backed loans? Let us know in the comments below. 


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