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EOSIO, EOS’s new Main Net is here at last. How is it?

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EOS’ new Main Net is finally online, and it’s created a lot of excitement. It’s made EOS’ cryptocurrency value increase dramatically, traders have an eye on it, and the crypto community is paying attention to see how things develop. So, how is it going? Is it delivering on all its promises?

Well, at this point, things have not been developing as planned at all. It’s had its fair share of issues. Some of them are fixed, but that didn’t help the official release to go live in time. But the fact remains the Main Net is online now, and it’s been a success, and that’s what matters most, at least for supporters, at this particular stage.

The Issues

It’s never good news when a very hyped new blockchain Main Net meets so many difficulties just as it is barely beginning. The initial issues were unrelated to the technology itself. 

The first one was a phishing email campaign orchestrated using a hacked Zendesk account. It is already solved, but it took some time, and it triggered some criticism along the way.

Even before that, the Main Net release was delayed several times. A Chinese digital security firm was able to point out some vulnerabilities in the new blockchain a few weeks ago. 

There’s nothing wrong with that, cryptographic technology is tough to get right, and the whole point in crypto-based technology is security, so delaying the launch to deal with those issues is, indeed, the right choice.

Another audit by another firm found a few bugs as well in the last weeks. It seems these bugs were minor issues and are addressed already for the most part because the audit reported them.

There’s another issue that has nothing to do with technology but also bears some serious consideration. It’s the EOS “constitution.” It’s a set of rules written unilaterally by Block.one (the organization behind EOS and EOSIO). The central idea in blockchain technology is decentralization so that no single participant can have undue influence over the whole process.

In this context, an official constitution makes little sense as it gives one single organization (Block.one) the power to dictate the proper behavior for every other participant in the blockchain. It creates a central authority within a system that is supposed to have none. 

It could become a problem for many users not because the system doesn’t work but because some of the advantages and guarantees in decentralization become lost. We will have to see how the community reacts to the constitution.

There’s good news too

While all those challenges are real, there’s plenty of good news too. The website reports that the Main Net is officially launched. This is a huge deal for the EOS project, as it will enable it to be independent of Ethereum and become its own thing. It’s created considerable expectations in users, investors, crypto observers and the community in general and living up to such expectations is going to be quite hard. If some other audit discovers a new vulnerability, the backlash will be spectacular, as it should be.

Right now the network is still running the “launch sequence” which will need something like two days to complete correctly. After that the EOS Main Net Launch group will hold a validation round and, if it’s all working correctly, the network will become public.

Once the launch is completed, there will be a voting round to determine the first twenty-one block producers (its halfway done already at the time of press). Voting isn’t free; it costs 150m tokens to cast a vote. And that is the last step. After the block producers are selected, EOSIO is supposed to be ready to go at last and deliver on all the promises it’s made.

The crypto is valued at $11.1801 per token at present, with 11% increase in price within last 24 hours (the increase in EOS value has to do with market trend too, and not just its Main Net launch completion). Don’t be fooled by the hype; still, EOSIO is only getting started, and it has a very long way to go. But it’s a fascinating time for EOS fans. Wait a bit before you place a bet.

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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.

The new decision changes what is allowed online

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