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Litecoin vs Bitcoin: Could Bitcoin be outshined by Litecoin soon?

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When we talk about cryptocurrencies, it is impossible not to mention the leader in this matter, Bitcoin. Nonetheless, this number one position may be at risk due to a whopping increase in the price of Litecoin.

Although Litecoin is not as consolidated as Bitcoin, this crypto is actually on its way to the top of the list. Let’s recall that Litecoin was founded in 2011, only two years after the well-known Bitcoin was released, but despite this, it currently ranked as the fifth cryptocurrency in value.

During the last year Litecoin has increased its value in a remarkable number of 4119.82 percent, and if we compare that to Bitcoin, it appears as small with only 13.4 percent the last year.

One of the reasons why this cryptocurrency is emerging is because of its simplicity; users find it very practical and easy to use. In fact, the Winklevoss twins recently stated they are considering Litecoin as a new possible allied for a market exchange; and if everything works out well, they would be adding the cryptocurrency to their platform during this year.

At the very moment only Ethereum and Bitcoin are offered on the platform of the Winklevoss brothers, Gemini Exchange, but as one of them said: “…potential tokens for expansion are from the Satoshi Nakamoto family tree – bitcoin, Litecoin”.

Why Litecoin’s popularity?

As all the cryptocurrencies, Litecoin was designed to be decentralized and with the hope of being a faster and more simplified currency; and in this matter, Litecoin is achieving its goal.

The primary key is the time variable; while Bitcoin creates a block of information with data encrypted in about 10 minutes, Litecoin does it in 2 and half minutes; this represents an operation speed of four times faster.

Consequently transaction fees are much lower, and of course, the whole operation process is simpler. Furthermore, the benefits of this cryptocurrency are under the spotlight of multinational companies such as Starbucks and Amazon, who are actually thinking of adopting Litecoin on their sites this year.

Could Litecoin price topple bitcoin?

Litecoin showed a remarkable growth in last year when it passed from having a price of $4.05 to $175.26. On the other hand, Bitcoin has been struggling to stay above $9,000 after dipping below the crucial pricing marker on many occasions lately.

However, neither of them (Bitcoin or Litecoin) are exempt from falling upon the market pressures. Regarding this matter Charlie Lee, who is a former Google employee, stated the market, in general, is very volatile:

“I expect us to have a multi-year bear market like the one we just had where LTC dropped 90% in value ($48 to $4). So if you can’t handle LTC dropping to $20, don’t buy!”

He later explained that he wasn’t asseverating the market was going to drop, but he thinks this is something to be considered since the cryptocurrency market has proved to be a constantly changing one.

Why is the crypto market so volatile?

The uncertainty of crypto-market gets attributed to a lack of supervision, regulation, potential hacking and a sell-off of tokens from the Tokyo Whale.

Subsequently, a crackdown on the crypto-assets is expected for better and more consolidated monitoring, and international standard-setting as the G20 financial leaders reportedly are going to push for that in annual summit being held in Buenos Aires on March 20. And in case of regulations, all the cryptocurrencies probably will be affected (at least at some extent for a while) but as Bitcoin is the big brother of them all; it might get to bear the brunt of the traders and short sellers more.

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Blockchain technology outshines Bitcoin and Gold during global pandemic

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As the popularity of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin begins to level up with investments made in metals such as Gold, together they have both made significant advantages for investors who have taken a leap to invest in them.

However, thanks to the pandemic and the dynamic shift in investing and the economy, many investors have seen fluctuating losses and gains thanks to the uncertainty of the current business world. 

Many investors that backed companies who have exposure to blockchain technology have seen an approximate amount of 54% return on investments over the past year. This is even after considering how hard the global tech market and companies have been hit since the beginning of the pandemic.

What is blockchain technology?

Blockchain technology was first introduced as a supportive technology for Bitcoin. A blockchain is a simple, unchangeable and un-hackable digital ledger that holds transactions in little blocks attached to a chain. The transaction is duplicated and distributed across the entire network of systems on the blockchain, making it available for everyone on the network to see. 

Each block in the chain contains various transactions which are recorded on the participant ledger every time a transaction takes place. The database is decentralised and is managed by multiple participants known as Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT).

Although blockchain technology was birthed from Bitcoin and was widely adopted for the use of cryptocurrencies, the way it works and its security has made…

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Bitcoin Surges After Tesla Bought $1.5 Billion Worth of BTC

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The sudden rise of Bitcoin has been connected to the decision taken by the Tesla electric car company to buy $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin.

The company explained in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it bought Bitcoin to diversify its cash returns and more flexibility.

Musk’s Tweets also impacted Dogecoin’s price

Tesla also added that it will start accepting Bitcoin payments for all its products, although this will be based on a limited basis and applicable laws. If the company concludes and starts accepting cryptocurrency, it will make it the first major car manufacturer to accept Bitcoin payments. The company’s founder and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has developed an interest in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

He has been tweeting severally about the viability of the Dogecoin (DOGE), which doesn’t have an important market value attached to it.

Few hours after endorsing Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency rose by an impressive 50%. But regulatory authorities are still concerned about the risks in cryptocurrency investments, with several regulatory bodies warning traders and investors they could lose all their money from crypto investments.

But for Tesla, the company decides to diversify its funds and increased its cash returns. However, Tesla also warned investors about the volatility of Bitcoin’s price in its SEC filing. According to the SEC…

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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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