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Cardano (ADA) Solves Proof-of-Stake Conundrum

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As a top ten cryptocurrency by market cap, Cardano’s approach to development is unique. Rather than emulating a corporation or community, Cardano’s organization is purely academic. Operating like the board of a major research institute, they rigorously peer review every potential development factor and only update the blockchain when a full consensus can be made. As such, their platform holds a privileged place of trust in the industry.

In the past several months, we’ve seen Cardano make great financial strides. Their listing on Huobi bolstered their ADA token’s presence in China. In the western world, Binance expanded their trading pairs to include Binance Coin (BNB) and Tether (USDT). Of course, Cardano is not just a financial instrument. The blockchain exists to one day supplant other blockchains through superior technology, and recent news pertains mostly to these development timelines.

Solving the Proof-of-Stake Question

Proof-of-Stake often sounds like the perfect solution to the ever-present problems with the Proof-of-Work mining ecosystem. The large-scale deployment of ASIC mining hardware is only one component, but it feeds into many of the others. Increasing centralization due to ASIC mining mega-farms like Bitmain defeats the original purpose of cryptocurrency. This increases the potential of the dreaded 51% attack that could cripple prominent blockchains. Not to mention the sheer electrical consumption that comes from running hashing algorithms 24/7 on hundreds, if not thousands, of machines. Proof-of-Stake itself solves some of these problems but suffers from others.

Until now, Proof-of-Stake systems could not ‘bootstrap’ new or desynced nodes from a single starting block. Proof-of-Work is capable of this, and it prevents checkpoints or other theoretically ‘trusted’ parties from becoming corrupt. Cardano’s Charles Hoskinson recently released a peer-reviewed research paper outlining the process through which they created Ouroboros Genesis. This unique variant of the Proof-of-Stake algorithm solves the problem of bootstrapping and creates a system that can compete directly with Proof-of-Work mining. This could mean big things for Cardano, but also for the entirety of the cryptocurrency world. Given the extreme energy consumption of cryptocurrency mining, reductions in this process benefit everyone. It also helps to prevent hostile centralization by ASIC mining farms.

Cardano’s Global Expansion

Cardano’s addition to Huobi and progress in the Chinese market is well known by now, but the academic blockchain did not rest after this accomplishment. Instead, they looked to emerging markets that might benefit from blockchain integration. To this end, Cardano signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Ethiopia. Blockchain can offer the African country several benefits – efficient agricultural monetization, secure governmental processes and more. The partnership remains in the opening stages, but new developments are sure to come – and we will watch with great interest.

Further, alongside Ethereum and the OmiseGo team, Cardano chose to boycott the upcoming Consensus 2018 forum. Citing concerns with how the forum’s parent company operates, Charles Hoskinson tweeted at Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin. The latter announced that he would not be attending the conference, with Hoskinson vehemently agreeing. The combination of refusing parties gives credibility to some complaints about the conference – and the company behind it.

Looking Forward with ADA

In brighter news, the Cardano team received an invitation from major cryptocurrency event Eurocrypt 2018. The development team will speak at length about their Ouroboros Genesis protocol and how it can be used to bring Proof-of-Stake algorithms up to speed. Eurocrypt is a well known and academically rigorous event that fits well with Cardano’s company vision.

Further, Cardano’s recent release of two new test nets furthers their technical accomplishments. Both test nets appeal to developers specifically, and the full Cardano product release remains some distance off. However, considering the standards that Cardano set for itself, there’s no surprise that progress moves more slowly than the less scrutinized blockchains that make up the rest of the top ten. Seeing as Cardano’s value doubled over the course of the month of April, investors do not seem bothered by the speed of development.

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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.

Bitcoin behavior mirrors the pre-bear market situation

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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)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

In the past few…

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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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