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Litecoin (LTC) struggles to keep gains obtained in Abra adoption

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Recent reports confirm that the celebrated commitment for a payment network between Litecoin (LTC) and Abra, related to the smart contracts of the peer-to-peer cryptocurrency, reached a massive failure today after the asset happened to have an opposite effect and instead of broadening the gains, ended up reversing previous earnings.

Let’s recall that Abra raised the critical number of $40 million during its last funding round, an event after which the company announced that at the end of March it would run its plans of using the smart contracts from Litecoin with the purpose of powering their exchange and wallet platform.

Following this declaration, LTC went up with a significant gain of 20 percent, a number that according to the cross-exchange information provided by CoinMarketCap, made the cryptocurrency hit a fantastic price of $136 on Tuesday, 3rd April.

Moreover, regarding the partnering decision with Litecoin, Bill Barhydt, the CEO of Abra, explained the situation by highlighting the importance of being congruent with the market.

He stated that by choosing Litecoin smart contracts over the ones powered by Ethereum, the company was being more conscious of what was going on around the market; and that, in fact, by doing so they were actually closer to be compatible with the leader of the sector, Bitcoin.

Subsequently, he detailed:

“We went with Litecoin as the second asset class, after bitcoin, for our smart contract investing solution for 3 primary reasons: 1. commitment to bitcoin compatibility: core roadmap, p2sh support, lightning support, etc; 2. slightly better scalability than bitcoin in short term (block size and block times); 3. mining fees which are primarily a function of #2 although this is more of a short term benefit as mining fees would likely sky rocket if we’re successful anyway!”

Furthermore, the CEO declared as well that according to the company’s goals, Litecoin would more likely become Abra’s “primary asset class” within a few weeks to come.

After all the declarations given by Barhydt on behalf of Abra, most of the Litecoin investors felt encouraged to believe in a brighter future for Litecoin. Nonetheless, since last week the prices of the coin went into a tailspin in response to the sudden closure of the merchant medium LitePay.

The abrupt event was very unexpected since the retailer gateway had only opened its doors a couple of weeks earlier, and just when they were starting the business got down.

This way, the whole landscape for the Litecoin currency doesn’t seem very promising, in fact, the virtual coin created by the company lost almost all of the earnings made because of the alliance with Abra, even reaching a price of $118 today.

Regarding the facts, last week, Charlie Lee, the creator of LTC established a very demotivational statement by expressing:

“Like everyone else, we got too excited about something that was too good to be true and we optimistically overlooked many of the warning signs,”

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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Understanding the Uses of Different Types Of Cryptocurrencies

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Cryptocurrencies – a term which has become incredibly prominent in the mainstream media during recent years due to the proliferation of Bitcoin millionaires. As a result, the new form of currency has earned an almost infamous status. However, as with any major step forward, there is still much confusion regarding the use of cryptocurrencies, what different types of innovative electronic cash exist and what they might mean for the future.

We’re putting all of this to rest as we explain what each of the leading cryptocurrencies can do.

Bitcoin

The most popular form of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin was first thought up in 2008 by the elusive and still unknown creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, who published the whitepaper online.

It took almost a decade for the cryptocurrency to reach its peak, but in December 2017 a single Bitcoin roughly exchanged for the price of $17,000, meaning anyone who held a substantial amount of the electronic cash became significantly wealthy.

In its early years, the cryptocurrency was strictly used as an alternative for cash transactions, and predominantly for trading goods and services. However as it has increased in popularity, its range of uses has also widened, now deployed for a variety of purposes including acting as collateral for investments at merchant banks, a direct debit for subscriptions services and most notably for sports betting.

Ripple

Bitcoin’s closest source of competition, Ripple was founded…

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New DoJ Ruling May Cripple Gambling dApps

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A new decision made by the US Justice Department has expanded restrictions regarding online gambling in the US affecting gambling dApps. While the Federal Wire Act of 1961 prohibited online gambling regarding sports since 2011, the new decision expanded on this, and it now includes all forms of internet gambling. Unfortunately for many, this now also includes cryptocurrencies.

The new decision came due to considerable difficulties when it comes to guaranteeing that only interstate betting will take place and that payments will not be routed via different states.

The new announcement was explained in a 23-page-long opinion issued by the Department of Justice’s legal team, which pointed out that the 2011 decision misinterpreted the law. According to that decision, transferring funds was to be considered a violation, but data transfers were not included. By exploiting this oversight, it was possible for gamblers to turn to internet gambling. Unsurprisingly, many have realized this early on, including startups, as well as large, established firms. This, of course, also included cryptocurrency companies as well.

The new decision changes what is allowed online

The decision to include all forms of internet gambling is a massive hit in the…

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7 Steps to Recovery from a Crypto Trading Loss

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Whether you are a newcomer to the crypto market who mistakenly invested a large amount into the wrong coin, or a professional that made a well-researched decision and something still went wrong, the result it the same — you lost your money to the crypto market. This is a big problem, but also a problem that every crypto trader faces at some point.

The reason may be anything, from simple bad luck to the lack of research. Add to that the fact that the crypto market continues to be extremely volatile, and it is clear that not all of your trades are going to end up successfully.

Whatever the reason is, the fact remains that you experienced a loss and that this is a problem which can affect more than your funds. It can also affect your mind and feelings. Since every successful trade that you have the potential to make in the future depends on you, you have to recover first, and only then should you worry about the funds.

The road to recovery is different for everyone, and it will take a different amount of time and effort. However, there are a few general steps that you can take to recover from a crypto trading loss.

Step 1: Stop and calm down

You have just suffered a major loss. It may have been your mistake, or…

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