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Litecoin: The Emerging Dark Web Dominant Currency

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Litecoin seems like entering into the deep waters of Dark Web, the network of websites accessible only by special software while the user stays untraceable or anonymous. Litecoin has suddenly become a priority for cybercriminals who work with the digital currencies in the unexplored dark surface of the internet (the dark web).

Over a long time now, use of cryptocurrencies has been taking place in these websites whereby the cybercriminals take advantage of Blockchain’s decentralized nature and perform their illicit activities.

According to a research done recently, it is evident that Litecoin is has become popular dramatically, almost taking the place that has always been reserved for bitcoin (but not yet though it is just behind bitcoin) on this dark web.

What does that mean for this digital coin (Litecoin)? A lot, for sure!

How come Litecoin is winning over bitcoin?

Litecoin transactions are cheaper and faster and now coin holders initially using bitcoin have turned to making their purchases using Litecoin on the dark web. Basically, there is an increased dissatisfaction by the cybercriminals on using bitcoin for payment. Bitcoin increased its payment fees as a result of an increased load on bitcoin around the world from mid-2017.

The transaction cost using bitcoin increased almost ten times going up by 30% of the least payment amounts. Similarly, the time period as well increased for the transactions to take place which has together made the cybercriminals to shift to another method of payment.

This situation has led to Litecoin emerging not necessarily as the number one (to go ahead of bitcoin) but it is getting very close to be the second.

Subsequently, Litecoin has an advanced technology as compared to bitcoin hence the transactions are carried out in a faster way. Not to forget that with Litecoin the number of coins that can be mined is higher. That is how Litecoin is gaining prevalence in the dark web and bitcoin is losing its value as we speak.

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Other cryptocurrencies have as well found their use in this underground economy and they include Dash (DASH) and Monero (XMR). However, the choice of the type of token to use as a payment option differs greatly depending on the geographical location the criminals (or any other deep dark web user) are.  For instance, as per the recent research, criminals on Eastern Europe have mostly adopted the alternative methods of payment, unlike English-speaking communities.

Russians prefer the use of Litecoin as the English get deep into the use of Moreno termed for secure transactions. Eastern Europeans (roughly 35%) prefer Litecoin and 15% of the English prefer XMR.

Everyone is now asking the question, how will Litecoin be doing in the next months? Will it get past bitcoin? Let us just wait and see.

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XNO Token of Xeno NFT Hub listed on Bithumb Korea Exchange

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 25th January, 2021, // ChainWire //

Xeno Holdings Limited (xno.live ), a blockchain solutions company based in Hong Kong, has announced the listing of its ecosystem utility token XNO on the ‘Bithumb Korea’ cryptocurrency exchange on January 21st 2021.

Xeno NFT Hub (market.xno.live ), developed by Xeno Holdings, enables easy minting of digital items into NFTs while also providing a marketplace where anyone can securely trade NFTs.

The Xeno NFT Hub project team includes former members of the technology project Yosemite X based in San Francisco and professionals such as Gabby Dizon who is a games industry expert and NFT space influencer based in Southeast Asia.

NFT(Non-Fungible Token) technology has recently gained huge focus in the blockchain arena and beyond, making waves in the online gaming sector, the art world, and the digital copyrights industry in recent years. The strongest feature of NFTs is that “NFTs are unique digital assets that cannot be replaced or forged”. Unlike fungible tokens such as Bitcoin or Ether, NFTs are not interchangeable for other tokens of the same type but instead each NFT has a unique value and specific information that cannot be replaced. This fact makes NFTs the perfect solution to record and prove ownership of digital and real-world items like works of art, game items, limited-edition collectibles, and more.

NFTs are already being actively traded in markets globally. For…

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Should Crypto Projects Devote Resources to Community Growth and Marketing?

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2020 has been an incredible year for crypto as investors have generated windfall profits and crypto projects have seen their businesses gain the spotlight they’ve been looking for.  While Bitcoin has received most of the attention after major institutional investors announced they were accumulating the increasingly scarce asset, many altcoins have also seen their fair share of glory.  When looking at all the big winners of the past year, the first project that probably comes to mind is Chainlink, having appreciated by more than 550% YTD and now valued at over $4.5 billion.  But, the actual biggest winner of the year is HEX with a YTD return of over 5,000%.

I mention both of the above projects as they have each taken slightly different paths to achieve greatness.  Chainlink has devoted resources toward building a fundamentally sound business with many strategic partnerships while HEX has spent vast sums of money on marketing and promotion.  Both approaches are valid, but one thing is certain, it is absolutely imperative for crypto projects to let the crypto community know what makes them special.  Of course, one of the reasons that makes crypto so valuable is the powerful blockchain technology that most projects are utilizing.

Cryptocurrency vs. Blockchain Technology

It’s important to make a distinction between blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.  Although they are often used interchangeably, they are different.  Blockchain technology and crypto were both created after the 2008 financial crisis, but cryptocurrency…

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XENO starts VIP NFT trading service and collaborates with contemporary artist Hiro Yamagata

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 24th December, 2020, // ChainWire //

The XENO NFT Hub (https://xno.live) will provide a crypto-powered digital items and collectables trading platform allowing users to create, buy, and sell NFTs. Additionally it will support auction based listings, governance and voting mechanisms, trade history tracking, user rating and other advanced features.

As a first step towards its fully comprehensive service, XENO NFT Hub launched a recent VIP service to select users and early adopters in December 2020 with plans for a full Public Beta to open in June 2021. 

“NFTs are extremely flexible in their usage, from digital event tickets to artwork, and while NFTs have a very wide spectrum of uses and categories XENO will initially focus its partnership efforts and its own item curation on three primary areas: gaming, sports & entertainment, and collectibles.”, said XENO NFT Hub president Anthony Di Franco.

He also added “This does not mean we will prohibit other types of NFTs from our ecosystem However, it simply means that XENO’s efforts as a company will be targeted into these verticals initially as a cohesive business approach.”

Development and Procurement Lead, Gabby Dizon explained, “Despite our initial focus, we found ourselves with a unique opportunity to host some of the works of Mr. Hiro Yamagata. We are collaborating with Japanese artist Hiro Yamagata to enshrine some of his artwork into NFTs.”

Mr. Yamagata has been…

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