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Barely Two Days after EOS Mainnet Launch and the Network Hits a Roadblock

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EOS has an estimated market capitalization of $9.235 billion making it the 5th largest cryptocurrency according to data from CoinMarketCap. Created and managed by Block.one (an open source software publishing organization) this Blockchain and cryptocurrency project boasts of having one of the biggest ICO events ever. EOS managed over $4 bln in its recently completed ICO, building up a  hype about the coin that led up to the launch of its Mainnet last week.

However, after the 15 percent, positive vote threshold was achieved, validating the EOS Mainnet Blockchain network on June 14th, the Mainnet gravy train hit an unexpected roadblock that was first reported by Block Producers (BP) on the new EOS Mainnet Blockchain network. The network freeze came about only after 48 hours of the Mainnet going live. Multiple reports indicated that the EOS Mainnet had paused while Block Producers (equivalent to miner on Bitcoin’s network) worked with standby nodes to fix the problem.

What caused the freeze?

Although the Mainnet launch was proceeding as expected with over 21 Block Producers getting voted into the Mainnet, various reports from Block Producers indicated error messages and frozen chains while processing new blocks to the network.

One of the main Blockchain Producers by the name of EOSUK, posted a tweet indicating various BPs with unresponsive Application Programming Interfaces(APIs). According to EOSUK, a DDoS attack on the network could have been a probable cause.

However, in about an hour after the freeze, ‘Top 21 Block Producers’ and standby nodes were able to respond with a status update on Steemit indicating a “method to unpause the chain.” This method, they claimed, had been formulated and was “currently underway” at the time.

According to the Mainnet Status page on Telegram, a patch had been released with ongoing verification by Block Producers and standby nodes. Eventually, the Mainnet freezing problem was solved even as the network remained unavailable to the public.

At the moment, reports indicate that Block.one is currently at work on a software patch that will help BPs upgrade their nodes and fix the problem so as to reopen the network to the public.

How has EOS performed with these developments?

Well, even after a couple of hours of the EOS Mainnet network launching, the expected spike in price was not seen as much. Furthermore, the freeze on the network introduced concerns among the EOS community but the market responded only mildly with a steady drop in EOS’ price.

All throughout last week, however, the overall market has been fluctuating with a steady decline and EOS’ price has been no exception. EOS’s price currently sits around the $10 mark with a decline in value by about 3% in the last 24 hours.

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How is the Crypto Market Changing?

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It has been around a month and a half since the start of 2019, and there are already some pretty obvious changes in the way the crypto market operates, especially when compared to the last year. Early 2018 was almost a complete opposite. The previous year started with cryptocurrencies at their strongest, only to see them crashing down after a few weeks. Back then, the ICO model was still quite strong, and so was the hype surrounding the crypto space. New investors kept entering the space, and new startups emerged with their tokens ready to be sold.

As the year progressed, things started to change. The prices continued to drop, the ICO model went down from around $1.4 billion in raised funds at the beginning of the year to only $100 million in the last month.

The ICO model lost investors’ trust, as many of the projects turned out to be either too weak to survive after the crypto winter struck, or scams which tricked investors out of their money and disappeared. Not to mention that the increase in ICOs popularity attracted the regulators who cracked down on them pretty hard, especially in the US.

With all of that happening, it is of a small surprise that the investors started giving up on ICOs, especially with the constant drops in prices which saw even the largest coins…

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Understanding the Uses of Different Types Of Cryptocurrencies

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Cryptocurrencies – a term which has become incredibly prominent in the mainstream media during recent years due to the proliferation of Bitcoin millionaires. As a result, the new form of currency has earned an almost infamous status. However, as with any major step forward, there is still much confusion regarding the use of cryptocurrencies, what different types of innovative electronic cash exist and what they might mean for the future.

We’re putting all of this to rest as we explain what each of the leading cryptocurrencies can do.

Bitcoin

The most popular form of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin was first thought up in 2008 by the elusive and still unknown creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, who published the whitepaper online.

It took almost a decade for the cryptocurrency to reach its peak, but in December 2017 a single Bitcoin roughly exchanged for the price of $17,000, meaning anyone who held a substantial amount of the electronic cash became significantly wealthy.

In its early years, the cryptocurrency was strictly used as an alternative for cash transactions, and predominantly for trading goods and services. However as it has increased in popularity, its range of uses has also widened, now deployed for a variety of purposes including acting as collateral for investments at merchant banks, a direct debit for subscriptions services and most notably for sports betting.

Ripple

Bitcoin’s closest source of competition, Ripple was founded…

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New DoJ Ruling May Cripple Gambling dApps

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A new decision made by the US Justice Department has expanded restrictions regarding online gambling in the US affecting gambling dApps. While the Federal Wire Act of 1961 prohibited online gambling regarding sports since 2011, the new decision expanded on this, and it now includes all forms of internet gambling. Unfortunately for many, this now also includes cryptocurrencies.

The new decision came due to considerable difficulties when it comes to guaranteeing that only interstate betting will take place and that payments will not be routed via different states.

The new announcement was explained in a 23-page-long opinion issued by the Department of Justice’s legal team, which pointed out that the 2011 decision misinterpreted the law. According to that decision, transferring funds was to be considered a violation, but data transfers were not included. By exploiting this oversight, it was possible for gamblers to turn to internet gambling. Unsurprisingly, many have realized this early on, including startups, as well as large, established firms. This, of course, also included cryptocurrency companies as well.

The new decision changes what is allowed online

The decision to include all forms of internet gambling is a massive hit in the…

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