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Charlie Lee of Litecoin fame and the HTC Exodus phone

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Charlie Lee is a former Google software engineer who became fascinated by Bitcoin. Being a software expert, he realized that the mining process could be much lighter without affecting the Bitcoin’s blockchain security and reliability so he set himself to do exactly that. Thus was created Litecoin.

Mr. Lee remains Litecoin’s leader, and he’s one of the most charismatic and beloved figures in crypto. The Litecoin community adores him.

Earlier today he announced a last-minute trek to Helsinki where he will meet with Phil Chen (more on him later) to talk about the HTC Exodus phone. Here’s Mr. Lee’s tweet:

Mr. Lee is obviously excited about the new crypto-friendly smartphone and he’s not alone. Vitalik Buterin is quoted in the phone’s website saying,

“I’m excited to see EXODUS putting in the work to make blockchain and cryptocurrency technology secure and easy to use for the masses.”

Many other personalities in the cryptosphere are hailing the new phone’s arrival as the “blockchain phone that could change the internet as we know it” according to TechRadar.

The new HTC phone is called Exodus 1. The developing team was led by Phil Chen who is the project’s DCO as well as MD at Presence Capital and has held key positions in many tech-related enterprises and startups. He’s currently an advisor to several AI companies such as Blue Vision Labs and Cloudalize.

The new phone features a 6-inch screen at 18:9 ratio, a 3500 mAh battery, two cameras (one with digital zoom). It will work on Android and it offers 128 GB of storage, and support for 4G networks.

But the main feature, the one that has all the cryptoverse personalities excited is that, as stated by Mr. Lee, it will support several cryptocurrencies out of the box. It’s still unclear what will be the exact way in which they will be supported, but it’s safe to assume that it must be very well done if it’s gathered that much praise from personalities as different as Mr. Lee and Mr. Buterin.

This phone will be a pioneering effort by HTC and it could help put it back in the map. Conversely, it could make Apple and Samsung pay some attention into the cryptosphere so they take a page out of HTC’s book, but that remains wishful thinking for the time being, especially since Apple is openly hostile towards crypto.

Litecoin has been campaigning all year long to push for its token’s adoption. #PayWithLitecoin has become a ubiquitous hashtag and the passionate Litecoin community keeps asking for business, local and online, to start accepting Litecoin wherever they go. So having a mobile phone that works with Litecoin without any further hassle fits perfectly into Mr. Lee’s and Litecoin’s priorities and efforts.

It will be very interesting to see how the mobile market reacts to history’s first blockchain-powered smartphone.

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Chainwire Launches Blockchain-Focused Automated Press Release Distribution Service

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TEL AVIV, Israel, 13th October, 2020, // ChainWire //

MarketAcross, a world leader in blockchain public relations and marketing services, is pleased to announce the launch of Chainwire, an automated press release distribution service which provides guaranteed coverage and in-depth reports. Chainwire will be a one-stop-shop for the distribution of press releases in the cryptocurrency and blockchain sector. The launch marks the first time that advertisers can reach leading publications in the crypto media with the click of a button. 

While most industries have some kind of PR newswire service, the cryptocurrency sector has become a victim of its own rapid pace of growth over recent years. Since the ICO boom of 2017, there has been a proliferation of blockchain and crypto-focused projects, exchanges, investment firms, and marketing agencies, along with niche news and informational content sites. 

However, the infrastructure to connect this complex ecosystem has been slow to come up to speed, meaning that existing newswire services don’t reach their target audience. It’s estimated that one in five people own cryptocurrencies, so there is currently a significant missed opportunity to reach a massive global readership. 

As a newswire service dedicated to the crypto and blockchain space, Chainwire aims to address this gap. Press releases are distributed to leading publications, offering guaranteed coverage to reach audiences worldwide. The system is integrated with publishers and blogs, enabling accurate reporting via a user-friendly dashboard. It also…

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Messari Adds DigitalBits (XDB) & Branded Currencies to its Registry

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One of the top providers of crypto data and research tools on digital assets Messari has announced the addition of DigitalBits (XDB) to the Messari Registry. As a participant, DigitalBits governing body, the XDB Foundation will be providing regular updates and commit to transparency. The DigitalBits blockchain was built to support consumer digital assets – branded currencies.  As the company stated, “a global, legacy digital asset class, branded currencies play a vital role in consumer-brand interactions, and account for billions of dollars in value.  Branded currencies issued on the DigitalBits blockchain will also be included within the Messari Registry.”

Additionally, Messari and the XDB Foundation “may explore the buildout of a novel registry to accommodate branded currencies tokenized on DigitalBits. This registry would address issues consumers face when determining the legitimacy of branded currencies and their respective organizations,” the announcement said today.  The goal is to provide a standardized framework for organizations leveraging branded currencies, certifying asset legitimacy, and clearly outlining characteristics including but not limited to asset issuance and organization identity.

Commenting on the news, Messari representatives said they recognize the potential for the use of branded currencies to grow in the future as more enterprises embrace blockchain technology. Ben O’Neill, Vice President, BD & Operations at Messari said the Registry will help all…

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3 Reasons Why WISE Token Could Be a Massive Winner in 2021

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After working in proprietary trading for over a decade, I decided to transition to crypto in early 2017.  Although crypto is significantly different from traditional capital markets, I managed to successfully find a niche for successful and opportunistic trading.  While 2017 was the perfect time to get involved, the past few years have proven to be a bit more challenging as far as generating ROI.

Cryptocurrency traders have spent the past several years searching far and wide for the next big winner.  While the market as a whole hasn’t been very bull friendly, one specific area that appears to be gaining traction is decentralized finance, more commonly known as DeFi.  This area generally refers to the digital assets and financial smart contracts, protocols, and decentralized applications (DApps) built on Ethereum.  The reason why so many crypto entrepreneurs are flocking to this space is that it allows them to create traditional financial vehicles in a decentralized network, outside the meddlesome control of foreign governments.

One extremely popular DeFi project is Chainlink (LINK) which is a decentralized oracle network that provides real-world data to smart contracts on the blockchain.  Chainlink has seen its token price increase by more than 300% year-to-date.    Another impressive project in the space is Kyber Network (KNC) which has seen its token soar from $0.20 at the start of the year to more than $1.60 at present.  Kyber Network’s on-chain liquidity protocol allows decentralized tokens swaps to be…

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