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Here Is Why Stellar XLM Is the Silent Ethereum Killer

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Ethereum (ETH) has literally taken a beating in the crypto-markets. We had all hoped that the King of Smart contracts would survive above $300 and were crossing our fingers that it would not see anything less. But what happened, is that ETH touched its lowest value of the year just yesterday on August 13th. This value was $259. The last time ETH was at this level, was actually almost a year ago on the 7th of August 2017.

Looking at the charts at coinmarketcap.com, we see that Stellar XLM has just made an entry into the top 5 coins by edging out EOS. The fact of the matter remains that XLM has declined less due to a weak BTC, than any of the other top 10 coins.

XLM edges out EOS on coinmarketcap.com

The reasons why Stellar XLM is on a path to greatness is the continual developments that continue to be supporting the project. We have the recent news of Coinbase planning on adding XLM together with the digital assets of ADA, BAT, ZRX, and ZEC. This has boosted the visibility of XLM that has up until now, been a coin not many considered as being stable enough to be an investment option. XLM might be a safer bet than ETH henceforth.

There is also the IBM partnership that Stellar XLM has that has resulted in IBM running 9 Stellar nodes to settle cross-border transactions for IBMs partners that include global Central Banks. There is also the tokenization of Carbon Credits that will be done on the Stellar blockchain as well as a Stable coin that will be pegged to the USD. Both these projects have IBM at the center of it all. There is also the contract IBM got to develop blockchain solutions for the Government of Australia that puts Stellar at a great spot for adoption into those solutions.

So how is Stellar (XLM) becoming the slow Ethereum (ETH) killer outside the markets?

Last year saw the boom of ICOs in the crypto-verse that accepted ETH as a source of funding. This then led to the demand of the digital asset and in return, it skyrocketed. Most of these projects built their projects on the ETH platform. Since then, the ETH network has proven to be congested and having security vulnerabilities leading more recent projects to look to other blockchain platforms to create their projects on.

Stellar has been stacking up on these projects without much buzz being made about it. They include the following projects:

  1. Veridium
  2. IBM’s stable coin
  3. Stellarport Decentralised Exchange
  4. Stronghold
  5. Tempo
  6. Satoshi Pay
  7. Open Garden
  8. TillBilly
  9. Slice
  10. SureRemit
  11. Smartlands
  12. Chynge
  13. Ternio
  14. Mobius
  15. REM Loyalty

These projects have chosen the Stellar XLM blockchain smart contracts due to the following reasons:

  • Multi-signatures – concept requiring signatures of multiple parties to sign transactions stemming from an account
  • Batching – the concept of including multiple operations in one transaction
  • Atomicity –  the guarantee that given a series of operations, upon submission to the network if one operation fails, all operation in the transaction fails
  • Sequence – Utilizing sequence numbers in transaction manipulation
  • Time-bound functions – limitations on the time period over which a transaction is valid

These additional benefits of the Stellar XLM Blockchain can be summarized by the Co-founder and CEO of Mobius, David Gobaud who explained why they chose Stellar over ETH:

“We realized there was no way that ethereum could handle our technology. It was too slow, too expensive and too insecure. … We see all these other projects with these immense problems. We think we’ve uncovered this underutilized, really unknown technology [of Stellar].”

Summing it up, Stellar has proven to be a more stable cryptocurrency than Ethereum during periods of market decline. This has then led to the further realization that more and more blockchain projects are choosing Stellar over Ethereum for the development of there projects and tokens due to the benefits outlined above. We can then conclude that XLM is indeed a slow Ethereum killer.

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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.  

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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.

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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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