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Cardano (ADA) Making Inroads To China

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The bear market of the first quarter of 2018 is solidly over. No longer in crisis mode, many cryptocurrency projects resumed high profile developments. To this end, major Chinese exchange Huobi recently announced that they would be including Cardano’s ADA cryptocurrency on their site. One of the top coins by market cap, Cardano is still in a somewhat precarious position – their final product supposedly serves as an upgrade compared to many of the existing blockchains. However, as it currently stands, that product is still some distance away.

The market reaction to this announcement was universally positive, as one could expect. Cardano’s ADA nearly doubled in value over the course of the month so far. The listing, combined with the overall positive outlook on the market as a whole, resulted in Cardano being one of the better recent performers. As Cardano continues to move towards a full product release, this trend is likely to continue.

The Huobi Exchange

Huobi is the largest exchange in the Chinese cryptocurrency sphere, placing second globally. With over $1 billion in USD valuation, Huobi is a major player, and their inclusion of Cardano bodes very well for the academically minded cryptocurrency. While it remains to be seen whether the Chinese market has a persistent appetite for the decidedly ‘Western’ coin, any new market is positive news. Initial trading statistics suggest that Cardano should have no problem establishing itself on Huobi.

China’s blockchain environment is as notoriously closed in as their traditional business space. Home-grown blockchain projects like NEO and ONT see little opposition. On the other hand, decentralized exchanges that cannot be controlled by the government face suspicion and hostility. China’s mercurial mindset often swings the global market, for better or worse. The inclusion of Cardano within Huobi means that ADA has slightly more protection than they once did. This is still dependent on the Chinese government avoiding a full ban on crypto-trading, something that they have leaned towards regrettably often in the past.

A Brief History of Cardano

Unlike other blockchain projects, Cardano development focuses on the same rigorous, peer-reviewed process that ensures quality in academic fields. Their board’s design is similar to that of a research institute’s board, with consistent transparency fueling community engagement. Similar to several other projects, Cardano’s intention is not as a cryptocurrency in and of itself. Rather, ADA serves only as a means to fund the development of Cardano’s blockchain protocol. Their software will allow for native decentralized applications combined with token standards. Should Cardano succeed, they would be in direct competition with the more established Ethereum blockchain.

Cardano does have advantages in their roadmap. For instance, their layer separations allow for greater functionality than Ethereum’s single layer. Smart contracts will become available with the release of the Control Layer. The layer works in conjunction with the Settlement Layer – but without bogging down the transaction speed. The blockchain’s strict control system allows these modules to be added via a forking procedure, without the danger of the community splitting. We’ve seen just that problem with Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, as well as Ethereum and Ethereum Classic. The ease of Cardano’s forking system also allows them to plan modules, and fix scalability issues as they appear.

Binance Announces Cardano Trading Pairs

Alongside the addition to Huobi, Binance announced that they would be adding additional trading pairs for Cardano on their own exchange. Already offering Bitcoin and Ethereum pairs, Cardano is now available for trade with both Tether and Binance Coin. This is huge for Cardano, not only due to their increased liquidity but also due to the perceived importance that comes alongside these trading pairs. It is indicative of high volume and a solid belief by Binance in the future of the project.

Cardano’s Academic Future

Once Cardano’s control layer goes live, the blockchain will be able to directly compete with industry giant Ethereum. Considering the issues that Ethereum faces in terms of slow transaction speed and increasingly high fees, the environment is ripe for a usurper. Whether or not this will be Cardano remains to be seen, but given the recent news, it seems possible. It may even be likely.

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

Another huge risk is having to deal with…

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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