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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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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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