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Is IOST a good long-term investment or just another hyped crypto?

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IOST is the token supported by the Internet of Services (IOS) project. Much in the way that Ripple and Tron are, IOS includes a coin but it’s not only about the token, but about a full project that is trying to use the blockchain to change the world.

So if Ripple’s goal is to become the world’s means for real-time international transactions and Tron’s is to decentralize the web – what is IOS’?

It’s to develop a blockchain platform that allows for decentralized apps that will provide the network and infrastructure to create a service-oriented environment so that real-life services and goods can be transacted cheaply, safely and quickly. The thing these three projects have in common is that they aim to use the blockchain to affect everyday life everywhere, not just to provide a cryptocurrency to trade and to store wealth.

The fact that IOST has a clear purpose other than being a coin has turned it into one of the crypto market’s rising stars. But it’s had a very bumpy ride so far, at least regarding price performance.

In the beginning, it went up from 175 to 1100 satoshis and then it went back down to 200. Then there were the bullish weeks of April and early May which saw it recover to 800 satoshis. But this has everything to do with the market’s trend as a whole and very little with IOST itself.

IOST’s vital statistics are not that impressive. Cornmarket ranks it at 55th with a $223,152,720 capitalization which is a very far cry from digital assets as Bitcoin, Ethereum or even Ripple and Tron. However, IOST came live only this January, so when you take into account how young the project still is, its success is nothing short of remarkable.

The Internet of Services concept includes several other innovations. It doesn’t use the PoW or PoS algorithms to prove consensuses, which are the standards, but a new one called Proof of Believability which is developed and maintained in-house. The project also claims that their Efficient Distributed Sharding technology will improve scalability dramatically (which is the main criticism everybody has about Bitcoin and Ethereum).

This project and its coin are still running over the Ethereum blockchain and ERC-20 technology, but they have plans to launch a test net later this year that will allow them to become independent.

When Binance listed it, its price rose. Hubi and Zebpay are already trading IOST, and the rumor around is that Upbit will soon as well. But that hasn’t prevented something on a slump.

Unlike Ripple, Tron, Stellar or EOS, the IOS team has been rather silent recently. That seems to imply they’re just working hard to get the test net online and get ready as soon as humanly possible.

Among the few recent news related to IOST has been the Sequoia Capital announcement that they will be working closely with IOST in the research, development, and creation of useful decentralized apps. The project is called Theseus, and it aims to “to inspire and assist more developers, promoting the growth of the IOST blockchain developer community.”

Sequoia’s involvement with IOST points to the fact that IOST is looking for funds from financial institutions and venture capitalists instead of crowdfunding which is not going to make them very popular with the crypto crowd. Nevertheless, when a big institution chooses to invest in a blockchain project, especially one so young, you have to realize there must be something special about it.

The token got listed on HitBTC just recently and is about to secure another partnership too, this time with Gumi, one of the biggest game development companies in Japan (they wish to build dApp games using IOST blockchain).

Considering all the facts, it seems IOST will remain a not-that-good option if you’re in the market for a short-term and that things will stay slow. But the coin has shown great potential already and is on the steady-move in the market, so it’s worth watching in long-term. And of course, every time a new Main Net appears in the cryptosphere (remember the token aims to launch its very own Main Net this year) that changes dramatically. So we’ll have to wait and see.

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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.

Another huge risk is having to deal with…

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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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