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Litecoin leaves Bitcoin behind in advantages, here is how

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Bitcoin is the most respected cryptocurrency of all because it was the one that got things started for everybody else. As any protagonist player in any field, Bitcoin has both detractors and fans. Charlie Lee was a huge fan even back in 2011 (he still is) when he still was a software engineer for Google (if you’re reading this using Google Chrome, chances are you’re using code he wrote). In fact, he was such a big and enthusiastic fan that he decided he wanted his very own Bitcoin, except a little more flexible, a little agiler. Thus Litecoin was born.

Charlie Lee conceived Litecoin as a cryptocurrency complementary to Bitcoin. He wanted a blockchain environment in which payments among users could be processed in seconds instead of minutes or hours, and he also wanted to keep transfer fees as close to zero as humanly possible.

So what he did was to take the Bitcoin blockchain technology, locate the code sectors that created information bottlenecks and were slowing things down and changed them by making them lighter (hence, the name) but without losing any robustness in the process. And he achieved his goal.

Litecoin is the exact same thing as Bitcoin in almost every way. It’s a fork from the Bitcoin blockchain (if you are an open source software user you’re probably very familiar with the concept of forking). So it’s the very same blockchain technology, but with some of the steps in the process (particularly the consensus system) altered in a way that privileges speed over the original Bitcoin protocol.

Litecoin was released to the world as an open-source client available on GitHub on October 7th, 2011; the new Litecoin network went live six days after that, and it’s had a successful run ever since then. After its release, Litecoin’s most crucial historical milestone probably came on November 2013 when it increased in price by 100% in a single day reaching one billion dollar market capitalization for the first time.

What edges Liteon has over Bitcoin?

Mr. Charlie Lee achieved all he was set out to do when he founded Litecoin and then some. As I write this piece, it’s the world’s seventh crypto-coin by market capitalization. It’s very popular, and it’s considered to be one of the most robust blockchain projects in the world. The currency is mined by the community, just as Bitcoin is, but the time it takes to calculate a block is much shorter than Bitcoin’s because of the changes Charlie Lee made on the source code and the blockchain process.

Mr. Lee was able to make things happen as he wished. In Litecoin (LTC), token exchanges among network users are settled almost instantly, and transaction fees are meager. Another difference between Litecoin and Bitcoin is in the final number of coins that will be mined.

Bitcoin is famously designed to mine twenty-one million coins only while Litecoin will mine eighty-four million in total. A further advantage of Litecoin is in how flexible the infrastructure is. A change in the whole Litecoin environment is easy to carry out which is why many planned upgrades and features projected for Bitcoin are implemented first in Litecoin to observe how the network could react to a given update or change.

Litecoin can create a new block every two and a half minutes, instead of Bitcoin’s ten, because among the innovations Mr. Lee brought to Litecoin was to substitute the SHA-256 hash for scrypt. These are the functions that are used by each blockchain in the proof-of-work protocol. Scrypt collisions are faster to compute, hence the improvement in speed.

This currency has been the heart of many other blockchain projects such as Open Bazaar, Lightning network, Atomic Swap and many others. There’s been a lot of buzz about Litecoin for the last eighteen months, and there are some excellent reasons for that. Just last week Litecoin became the first blockchain project in history to buy a bank which opens up all kinds of exciting possibilities.

Mr. Lee’s Litecoin is one of the most dependable, reliable and well-trusted cryptocurrencies in the cryptosphere so it will be worth your time to follow closely the way it performs and any new project it could be involved in.

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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.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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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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