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Ethereum Tops In Crypto Meetups

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For the most part of their decade-long history, cryptocurrencies were unknown or ignored by the large part of today’s traders, investors, and enthusiasts. It wasn’t until the second half of 2017 that most of the current crypto community truly paid attention to this technology.

This is when digital currencies experienced the largest surge in value in the last ten years, and when thousands upon thousands new investors rushed in, wishing to join the new market. However, as soon as 2018 arrived, a price crash followed, with many believing that this will be the end for digital currencies.

While the bear market did not help their development, or their expansion into the mainstream, the interest in crypto did not go away. In fact, it kept growing, and online searches for cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin, numerous altcoins, and alike have had a surge of their own.

Additionally, as the community kept growing, it established a large presence on numerous social networks. Websites like Reddit, Twitter, and alike have become a home to some of the largest and most supportive coin communities. One report from September 2018 claims that there has been a 1500% increase in social media activity regarding Ripple (XRP), the third largest coin by market cap.

While this was likely sparked by events surrounding XRP products such as xRapid, the increase in activity also extended to Ripple’s price, which doubled in a span of a few days. However, all of this still pales in comparison to crypto activities on a platform called Meetup.

Crypto meetups growing in number

Meetup is one of the most popular platforms for organizing various events around the world. While it is not crypto-specific in any way, the presence of crypto community on this platform has been quite noticeable in recent months.

Contrary to expectations, however, it is not Bitcoin community that is dominating this platform. Instead, it is Ethereum meetups that have been largest in number so far. So far, Meetup reported over 245 regular Ethereum meetups that were organized around the world. This is likely due to the fact that Ethereum doesn’t focus on being a currency alone. Instead, its network offers the creation of dApps, new altcoins, smart contracts, and alike, which makes it a “busier” place.

Bitcoin, on the other hand, only has around 102 regular meetups, which makes ETH more than twice as popular on this platform. However, Bitcoin doesn’t even take the second place, which was claimed by EOS, with 145 regular meetups around the world. Instead, BTC is third by meetup number, and the last coin to have the number of meetups exceed 100.

On sites like cryptomeetups.io, such events are listed and categorized by cities, which makes it significantly easier to find the closest one, and participate in it. Of course, all information comes from meetup.com itself, which makes it reliable. Furthermore, these meetups are not only for crypto enthusiasts but also for those interested in blockchain technology as well.

Other notable cryptocurrencies that have grown popular on Meetup platform include Cardano, with 54 regular meetups, as well as IOTA, that numbers around 40 of them. Monero is among the most popular privacy coin with around 16 meetups, while Stellar has 24 regular events. Surprisingly, the third largest coin by market cap, Ripple, only has 15 meetups, according to information provided by the platform. However, apart from these coins, other currencies have significantly less.

These numbers clearly indicate which coins are among the most popular ones among the community, with Ethereum undoubtedly leading the race. While this should not be taken as a hint which coins to invest in, it should definitely be kept in mind, since it provides a valuable insight into what actually interests the community.

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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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Reasons Why You Are Much Safer When Crypto Trading on Dexes

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While many cryptocurrencies aim to bring the change to the world by bringing full decentralization, one aspect of the crypto space still remains mostly centralized, and that is the way they are exchanged. Most crypto exchanges are centralized companies, where traders and investors need to deposit their coins for safekeeping. This is a risky way to handle the funds, as exchanges remain susceptible to hacks and theft, as many realized recently, after the hack of the world’s largest exchange by trading volume, Binance.

During the hack, around 7,000 BTC (over $40 million) was taken, and sent to multiple wallets, never to be seen again — for now, at least. The hack also came as quite a shock, as Binance was known for its efficiency, security, and high levels of confidence. It also made people realize that their coins are not really theirs if they need to rely on third parties, such as exchanges, to keep them safe. As a result, many are now turning away from centralized exchanges, and are heading towards decentralized ones — also known as DEXes.

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider doing the same.

1. True ownership of your coins

The crypto community has a saying: “not your keys, not your coins.” The saying is now more relevant than ever, but it does not apply on DEXes. Decentralized exchanges

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Crypto Billionaire Predicts Massive Price Growth by 2021

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Crypto prices are once again going up, and Bitcoin has just passed a major resistance level at $6,000. With a situation like that, it is not surprising that everyone in the crypto community is looking forward to the future, wondering what to expect in years to come. Many experts have already given their predictions, some more optimistic than others, but almost all bullish.

Crypto billionaire Mike Novogratz has always been very supportive of cryptocurrencies, and very bullish on Bitcoin. He recently stated that he sees the coins’ prices triple in the following 18 months, meaning that Bitcoin’s return to $20,000 might not be far away, according to him.

He noted that Bitcoin is back to $6,000 after its price hit as low as $3,100 only a few months ago. These days, Novogratz does not believe Bitcoin will return to such lows unless there is a devastating exchange hack or a major shift in regulations. Of course, there was a big hack that had the potential to damage the coin’s price, only days ago. The world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance, saw a significant security breach which resulted in a theft of 7,000 BTC.

However, so far, the coin did not react negatively to this incident. While Novogratz believed that such an event would shatter the new confidence in BTC, it simply did not happen. However, he…

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TokenRoll (TKR) Platform Will Take Online Casinos to the Next Level

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Corporate executives are turning to blockchain technology more than ever in an attempt to revolutionize the business world.  Although blockchain is still a relatively new concept, that hasn’t stopped more and more companies from jumping on the bandwagon.  This hot new technology has quickly gained a reputation for providing greater transparency, enhanced security, improved traceability, increased efficiency, and low costs.  One industry that could certainly benefit from decentralization is the online gambling market, specifically, online casinos.  TokenRoll (TKR) has developed a platform that appears to offer a promising alternative to centralized casinos.

Problems with Centralized Casinos

The primary reason why blockchain technology is being implemented so quickly is because it solves a lot of the problems typically associated with the traditional business model.  And online casinos are no different.  It still needs to be said that centralized casinos have proven that there is a great demand for online gambling.  The market is growing faster than anyone could have predicted, and future opportunities appear very promising and lucrative.  But industries are continually evolving and this one is no different.

A few of the problems facing centralized casinos include the following:

  • Little to no transparency
  • Consumer lack of confidence
  • Privacy concerns
  • 48-72 hour wait time for withdrawals

These are four monumental issues that need to be addressed quickly given the global growth of the market.  Casinos need to…

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