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NEO’s Biggest Step Towards Decentralization

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NEO has managed to make a big step towards decentralization of its network, and the new development has seen the election of its City of Zion consensus node on the MainNet. Prior to the election, the consensus node has been thoroughly tested on the TestNet for half a year, and everything seems to be working smoothly.

NEO decentralization finally starts

The issue of decentralization is something that a lot of cryptocurrencies, as well as their networks, have yet to achieve. Luckily, NEO has been working tirelessly on doing just that, and one of the largest steps on its way to achieving this is the election of a City of Zion consensus node. Apart from this one, various other consensus nodes were also being tested on NEO’s TestNet, and the vote for those is to be held by the end of the year.

One of these other nodes is hosted by the Netherlands-based KPN, which has announced its intention to be a consensus node host back in January. So far, the company has over 6.3 million customers, all of them with a fixed line. Apart from that, they are also serving over 33 million mobile subscribers in various countries. Finally, they have over 2.1 million customers in the Western Europe who chose KPN as their internet provider.

Another of the independent nodes on NEO’s TestNet is being run by Fenbushi Capital, one of the top 5 blockchain venture capital companies, according to CB Insights. So far, the firm is supposedly invested over $50 million in various blockchain projects. Additionally, Vitalik Buterin, the founder of ETH, also works as their advisor.

These two companies have had their nodes running on NEO’s TestNet for months now, since April of this year.

Reaching decentralization is a delicate process

When it comes to achieving decentralization, NEO has chosen to take a methodical approach. In fact, at some point, it even admitted that it is still centralized, but also stated that it has been working on reaching decentralization. Obviously, the statement was true, and NEO has just made a large step to confirm it.

NEO’s founder, Da Hongfei, stated that the NEO understands that it has to be very careful when approaching decentralization, especially when it comes to consensus nodes. NEO’s protocol is rapidly evolving, and the nodes need to be quick to adjust or to respond to potential bugs or other issues. Because of that, the process of decentralization has been slow, but only for the purpose of doing a quality job.

The additional issue might be the lack of rewards when it comes to running consensus nodes. Instead, the only incentive to do so is the promise of the network’s integrity. Because of that, those willing to run nodes on NEO’s network have it in their best interest to do a good job and ensure that the nodes remain healthy and functional.

What lies ahead?

According to an explanation provided by the City of Zion, NEO has decided to start the process of decentralization by letting various commercial projects, as well as communities, to run consensus nodes. That way, they will form an entire confederation of actors that have a strong interest in ensuring the success of the network. The road to decentralization will be difficult, and the process slow, but eventually, NEO’s network will be less centralized than the majority of other networks.

The additional announcement by NEO states that the timeline of the process was laid out and that it all started with TestNet’s launch that occurred in 2015. Eventually, NEO will open its network for a public campaign, as well as consensus nodes election, that is supposed to be held before 2019. There is even a website made for monitoring the status of NEO’s blockchain, and it can be accessed here.

Naturally, before the election itself, those wishing to participate will have to go through a  special identification process. This is one of the requirements before the access to the MainNet is provided. Additionally, those who prove that they can achieve a certain level of uptime on the TestNet will be considered a capable candidate for the MainNet’s vote.

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How is the Crypto Market Changing?

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It has been around a month and a half since the start of 2019, and there are already some pretty obvious changes in the way the crypto market operates, especially when compared to the last year. Early 2018 was almost a complete opposite. The previous year started with cryptocurrencies at their strongest, only to see them crashing down after a few weeks. Back then, the ICO model was still quite strong, and so was the hype surrounding the crypto space. New investors kept entering the space, and new startups emerged with their tokens ready to be sold.

As the year progressed, things started to change. The prices continued to drop, the ICO model went down from around $1.4 billion in raised funds at the beginning of the year to only $100 million in the last month.

The ICO model lost investors’ trust, as many of the projects turned out to be either too weak to survive after the crypto winter struck, or scams which tricked investors out of their money and disappeared. Not to mention that the increase in ICOs popularity attracted the regulators who cracked down on them pretty hard, especially in the US.

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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

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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.

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