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Can Litecoin (LTC) Payments Push Bitcoin Out of the Picture

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The last several years have been very interesting when it comes to the world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. One of the biggest twists, however, has yet to come, and it is indicated that it might come very soon. If it does, Litecoin might finally be able to replace Bitcoin as a payment method when it comes to crypto transactions.

Is Litecoin a superior cryptocurrency?

Despite the fact that Bitcoin is the first-ever cryptocurrency, and that is still the biggest and most popular one today, other cryptos like Litecoin have seen much when it comes to development and improvement in the areas that Bitcoin did not manage to cover properly. Not only that, but Bitcoin’s entire blockchain was carried forward by Litecoin’s efforts for years now.

Litecoin is a crypto very similar to Bitcoin in some aspects, but it works on an entirely different protocol. It was created and published in October 2011, and it was designed in a way that allows it to work as a completely pure form of digital money. It is completely decentralized, open-source, and offers extremely safe transactions, supported by cryptographic math. Despite the popular opinion, however, Litecoin was not designed to be Bitcoin’s competition.

Despite this, it might soon replace it due to several advantages. For example, it is completely self-sustainable and has a real, legitimate use case. Other than that, it offers much lower transaction fees than BTC, its mining network is more decentralized, and the time that it takes to process transactions is significantly shorter.

Litecoin can be found in various exchanges, but many would argue that the best deal can be found on GDAX and OKEX. These are also the exchanges with the highest LTC trading volume.

Litecoin’s future

When it comes to this coin’s future, experts believe that it is a bright one, and for several reasons. One of these reasons includes its founder and leader – Charlie Lee. Not only is he a very capable professional, but the very fact that the coin’s leader has a name and a face inspires trust, which is something that Bitcoin cannot match.

Apart from that, Litecoin has a superior code. It basically only modified Bitcoin’s code that allowed it to avoid the centralization of activities related to crypto mining, but this is still a large advantage for this crypto.

Due to the lack of leadership when it comes to BTC, the cryptocurrency has been a target of a lot of internal political wars, which has further damaged the coin’s stability. Litecoin doesn’t have such issues, and the coin knows where it is headed, and what it wants to achieve.

Finally, LTC is much more comfortable when it comes to adopting new tech. It is also much faster when it comes to actually do it, where Bitcoin is bound to take things slow, due to its size. It often needs entire years of infighting in order to make a decision that it can stick to.

So, despite the fact that LTC was not created to pose as Bitcoin’s competitor, replacement, or to be in any way a threat to the first crypto, it still managed to become one. Still, Bitcoin is massive and has become a synonym for cryptos, which allows it to hold its own, even with such a capable crypto standing right behind it. In theory, LTC replacing BTC might be better, but the chances that it would happen anytime soon are slim, at best.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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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

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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.

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