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A New Blockchain for Kik’s KIN Cryptocurrency

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Popular messaging app Kik entered the cryptocurrency market late last year with an ICO for their KIN token. They raised a total of $100M USD and established themselves as a major player in the social media cryptocurrency market. Although they originally started as an ERC-20 token, the Kin Foundation keeps their eye on developing trends. In the first quarter of 2018, they started the process of porting over to the Stellar XLM blockchain. Now, it seems that they’ve decided to hard fork that blockchain create an entirely new product.

The Kin Foundation remains closely partnered with Stellar and hopes that their development process can offer some value back to the original blockchain. However, creating a new blockchain is a time intensive and expensive process. There’s a good chance that the new Kin infrastructure will not be completed any time soon. Investors will have to be content with the ERC-20 token, which Kik intends to support going forward.

The History of the KIN Token

As with many recent ICOs and Token Generation Events, Kik started with a project on the ERC-20 standard. Ethereum’s flexibility and smart contract functionality allow for a tremendous scope of projects, but they depend on the Ethereum blockchain for their code base. The explosion in market capitalization at the end of 2017 showed some weaknesses in Ethereum’s scalability. Due to unprecedented transaction volume, Ethereum suffered slowdowns and high fees. Larger projects that can afford to do so now look to other blockchains to avoid these problems.

The solution for KIN, at the time, lay in the Stellar blockchain. XLM’s early adoption of the Lightning Network suggested that they would better deal with scalability issues moving forward. The Kin Foundation stated that KIN would be more at home in Stellar’s focused mindset. Ethereum’s broader approach to decentralized applications fit too loosely. Now, it seems KIN believes there is more room to expand and a custom blockchain will help that plan.

The Advantages of a Custom Blockchain

Ethereum standards offer a high degree of customization, but it’s nothing compared to a blockchain built from the ground up. While KIN intends to keep much of the Stellar code base in their hard fork, new options will become available to them. Stellar depends on a Byzantine Agreement System to validate their transactions, and switching to a custom version would reopen the algorithm for KIN. A Proof of Work or Proof of Stake system would grant them differing advantages and abilities.

Control over the code base itself would also allow KIN to apply updates more regularly – and more specifically. Placing themselves on the Stellar blockchain without hard forking would leave them more dependent on Stellar for pushing updates and upgrades. While in control of their own blockchain, Kin can evaluate the needs of their developers and change the code base appropriately.

The Final Evolution

While there is some danger in constantly shifting something as important as blockchain basis, KIN shows great flexibility in doing so. Their development team does not seem to have suffered from the moves and indeed moves forward with projects like the KIN Reward Engine SDK for Unity. The Kin Foundation’s desire to create a social currency community remains at the forefront of their development. So long as they continue to focus on expanding that community while providing a strong development platform, KIN will continue to do well.

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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