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EOS Mainnet Launched: Behind the Scenes

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The hype behind the launch of EOS Mainnet has finally subdued a little after it went live over the weekend. The mission has finally been accomplished. The voting went live on 6th June 2018. For the blockchain to be considered live and thriving, “15% percent of all tokens must stake a vote for a Block Producer Candidate. This process could take hours to days.” (EOS official release on medium.com) Established in 2017, the EOS cryptocurrency was developed as an ERC20 token. The release of the mainnet will be a major shift. The platform of EOS has already challenged Ethereum in many ways. As of now, EOS (EOS) is ranked 5th on the coinmarketcap.com list based on its market cap.

EOS is designed to support dApps or decentralized applications as well as smart contracts. The advantage over Ethereum is that the EOS platform is capable of handling a much higher throughput at a lower latency, 5000 per second as against 15 per second on the Ethereum blockchain. Instead of proof of work mechanism used by Ethereum, EOS has a proof of stake consensus mechanism. It is much easier to scale than the proof of work mechanism. The transaction costs on the EOS blockchain will be much lower as there can only be 21 EOS block producers at a time. However, this can be a huge problem if all the miners are in one jurisdiction. The block producers will then have to be continuously rotated to solve this issue. It has also been pointed out by some critics that the large miners may be able to speed up the process by buying votes.

Behind the delay of EOS Mainnet Launch

Initially, the EOS mainnet was scheduled to be released on 1st June 2018. During the long promotional period of nearly a year, the Block.one team had raised $4 billion. So, what’s the reason behind the delay of EOS mainnet release? After the Block Producer’s voting started, it was seen that the Block Producers were a little reluctant to give the green signal. The news about the discovery of some critical vulnerabilities and certain security issues also contributed to the delay. Nearly 620 bugs had been discovered and operated on. Depending on the degree of vulnerability, they had been labeled with a designator ranged from P0 to P4. The P0 designators were solved almost immediately while the P4 designators were slated for a fix in the future. EOS had started a Bug Bounty Campaign soon after the bugs were discovered. The EMLG team had put in massive efforts to resolve the bugs and other vulnerabilities.

The Voting

To complete the mainnet launch, the validator candidates had formed a coalition called EOS Mainnet Launch Group or EMLG. The votes were held every 24 hours such as to decide whether the mainnet should be released or not. And, the decision always hangs between ‘go’ and ‘no-go’. The decision would be settled when 2/3 + 1 block producers voted for ‘go’, that is, 15% of the tokens were staked on a group.

Finally, on 9th June, the voting process achieved a unanimous ‘go’. This led to the release of the EOS Mainnet on 10th June, at 13:00 UTC, with random validators unless the delegates received sufficient votes.

Price Analysis

The news of CoinRail hack, a South Korean crypto exchange, had resulted in some major drops in the prices of major cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, EOS, Ripple etc. EOS had experienced a drop by nearly 14.72% after the hack. The hype about the mainnet launch and the ultimate release is already having a positive effect on the price of the crypto coin. At the time of writing, as per as coinmarketcap.com, the price of EOS (EOS) shows approximately $11.29 USD (0.21%). The market cap is approximately $10,117,438,150 USD while the volume (24h) is over $1,215,550,000 USD. (As of 12th June 2018) From past experiences, the cryptocurrency market had revived after even some major hacks. The CoinRail exchange had just experienced a small period of turbulence. The cryptocurrencies will hopefully easily recover from this and EOS has many new things to look forward to as a result of the Mainnet launch.

Despite all the vulnerability issues and criticism from the media from a delay in the launch date of the Mainnet, EOS has ultimately managed to successfully release it. It’s a huge mark on the roadmap of EOS, one of the top-5 cryptocurrency. The EOS enthusiasts eagerly await new developments on the EOS platform that will also lead to a better performance in the market.

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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.

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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)

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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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