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Why Binance Could Become The First Centralized Company To Achieve Total Decentralization

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At this point, pretty much everyone who knows anything about cryptocurrencies knows that they are based on the concept of decentralization. The same is true for the blockchain technology. While there are some exceptions, such as certain stablecoins, most digital coins follow this principle.

This means that these coins, as well as their network, have no central authority, no single entity that would make choices and decisions that would impact others. However, while most coins managed to achieve this through different complex mechanisms and algorithms — one aspect of crypto trading still remains heavily centralized. We are, of course, talking about crypto exchanges.

Centralization of crypto exchanges

Most of the largest crypto exchanges out there are designed as companies, rather than community-operated platforms. The exchanges have their employees who designed them and developed special tools. They act as customer support, developers, innovators, and alike.

They also get to decide which coins will be listed and which are too weak, uncertain, or not fit to be found on the list. Exchanges are also responsible for keeping the traders’ and investors’ funds safe, which is why they typically develop their own wallets. As such, they are often targeted by hackers, as the coins are stored in an exchange wallet, waiting to be withdrawn, sold, or converted into different currencies.

This makes them extremely unsafe, and investors and traders are always advised against holding their funds in an exchange-operated wallet for longer than absolutely necessary. Another thing to consider is that the exchange, centralized as they are, are actually those who have full control of the wallets, as well as your coins. If an exchange decides to freeze the wallets, you would not be able to retrieve your tokens until the wallet is unfrozen.

Obviously, this goes against the idea of decentralization, where each person is the sole owner of their own funds, which is why decentralized exchanges, or DEXes, were developed. DEXes are still mostly in an experimental stage, and it is difficult to regulate them, but they fit the crypto community’s idea of decentralization, which is why they boomed as a trend.

So much so, in fact, that some of the centralized exchanges started developing their own decentralized versions. Binance is one of the biggest and best examples of this.

Binance’s road towards decentralization

Binance is the largest crypto exchange in the world in terms of trading volume. It offers numerous coins, trading pairs, and even its own native cryptocurrency — Binance Coin.

The exchange’s management has recognized the crypto world’s need to achieve full decentralization, which is why they are currently developing Binance DEX. The exchange would run on Binance’s own blockchain, which is currently also in development, but the blockchain itself would not be operated solely by Binance.

Because of this, the Binance DEX would be a fully-decentralized exchange, where Binance would be only one of the entities operating it. Eventually, it would have no more control over the blockchain than anyone else, and it would all come down to the decisions made by the community, as it should be.

The DEX would utilize BNB, just like the centralized version does so that the coin would remain useful and beneficial to traders, while it would still help the exchange pay for development costs. Someday, if Binance DEX proves to be what the crypto world needs, the centralized version of the exchange might even become obsolete. That day is still far into the future, however, and for now, the DEX is still being developed.

But, Binance has proven that it is willing to listen to its customers and provide them with what they need and want. It is currently gaining valuable feedback which will make its ecosystem better, faster, and more decentralized. These are all very smart moves which will likely ensure the exchange’s future, no matter what path the crypto space ends up traveling. In addition, the exchange’s efforts to bring a proper, fully-operational DEX will likely make it one of the first, if not THE first centralized company to travel down the path of total decentralization.

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3 Reasons Why WISE Token Could Be a Massive Winner in 2021

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After working in proprietary trading for over a decade, I decided to transition to crypto in early 2017.  Although crypto is significantly different from traditional capital markets, I managed to successfully find a niche for successful and opportunistic trading.  While 2017 was the perfect time to get involved, the past few years have proven to be a bit more challenging as far as generating ROI.

Cryptocurrency traders have spent the past several years searching far and wide for the next big winner.  While the market as a whole hasn’t been very bull friendly, one specific area that appears to be gaining traction is decentralized finance, more commonly known as DeFi.  This area generally refers to the digital assets and financial smart contracts, protocols, and decentralized applications (DApps) built on Ethereum.  The reason why so many crypto entrepreneurs are flocking to this space is that it allows them to create traditional financial vehicles in a decentralized network, outside the meddlesome control of foreign governments.

One extremely popular DeFi project is Chainlink (LINK) which is a decentralized oracle network that provides real-world data to smart contracts on the blockchain.  Chainlink has seen its token price increase by more than 300% year-to-date.    Another impressive project in the space is Kyber Network (KNC) which has seen its token soar from $0.20 at the start of the year to more than $1.60 at present.  Kyber Network’s on-chain liquidity protocol allows decentralized tokens swaps to be…

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Lotto Nation is Revolutionizing the Traditional Lottery Industry

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As the global economy continues to deal with the economic fallout due to the ongoing pandemic, companies are coming to terms with the fact that normalcy may not return for quite a while.  Many economists are wondering how the business landscape will look a year or more from now.  It’s certainly possible that many businesses, such as retailers and restaurants, may be unable to survive the current downturn.  But while some businesses will falter, others will emerge stronger than ever.

Traditionally, when economies go through a severe downturn, companies adapt.  Those that maintain the status quo usually have great difficulty while those that adapt prosper and conquer.  One possible example of this is Lotto Nation.  Thanks to the entrepreneurial skills of Nils Thomson, the Founder and CEO of Lotto Nation, the company is attempting to completely modernize the traditional lottery industry.

Current Lottery Model is Severely Outdated

It’s safe to say that nearly every human that has ever walked the earth has fantasized about winning the massive jackpot that would completely change their life.  These dreams have turned the global lottery industry into a $302 billion market that is expected to reach $380 billion by 2025.  Despite this predicted growth, the industry suffers from a variety of problems that are preventing it from really exploding.

Perhaps the biggest problem is that traditional lotteries are centralized.  Because of this, there is essentially no oversight on what a lottery provider…

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Aluna.Social is a Compelling Social Platform for Crypto Traders and Investors

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When one thinks about the social media landscape, the companies that first come to mind are most likely Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Snapchat.  These platforms are a great way to stay connected with friends, families, and colleagues, especially when geographic distance is a factor.  But, in addition to just chatting about life in general and sharing pictures, social media can be used to bridge the information gap that exists within the investment community.

Over the last decade, many trading offices have been established in large cities all over the world which allow solo traders and investors to pay a monthly fee in exchange for a workspace.  The real benefit to trading in these offices is to participate in the free flow of trading ideas and information.  Proprietary trading is one of the most challenging careers to be successful at and the exchange of ideas is almost required in order to succeed.  Traders at hedge funds and investment banks work in teams so why shouldn’t remote traders?

While these trading offices are a great way to help bridge the information gap, Aluna.Social may provide an even better way, especially as it relates to cryptocurrency trading.

Mission Statement

Aluna.Social, founded by Alvin Lee and Henrique Matias, is a multi-exchange social trading terminal for crypto traders and investors.  The goal of the platform is to help newcomers shorten their learning curve, unlock their full potential, and improve trading performance.  Cryptocurrency trading can…

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