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Top 3 Cryptos to Serve as an Alternative to Bitcoin

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The crypto market continues to struggle on its way of reaching mass adoption, with most people focusing on Bitcoin. However, Bitcoin still has its fair share of problems, a few of which are quite challenging, with no guarantee that they will ever be fully solved.

While Bitcoin is, and has been the largest cryptocurrency from the moment it was created, there is no guarantee that it will remain at the number one spot forever. While this is mostly what skeptics tend to say, it is still a possibility that cannot be ignored. With that in mind, here are top 3 cryptos that might serve as an alternative to Bitcoin in the future, or maybe even now, considering how high its fees are, and how long its waiting periods tend to be.

1. XRP

XRP has become known as a ‘remittance coin’ due to its goal of providing better, faster, and cheaper international transactions. It was created by a company called Ripple Labs, and so far, it has been one of the best ways for sending money cross-border. It works in combination with Ripple’s products such as xRapid, fueling it and allowing for near-instant transactions at low fees.

The company has decided to offer its products to banks around the world, and most of the financial institutions decided to accept the offer. This is their way of trying to remain relevant in the world that is rapidly turning towards crypto, rather than continuing to use old, outdated systems. Of course, due to its connection to Ripple Labs and banks, many view XRP as fake crypto, a centralized coin, or even a scam. However, these are mostly speculations, and Ripple claims that XRP can continue its existence even if the company were to disappear. Whether or not this is true, XRP is certainly highly scalable and a great solution for sending cash cross-border.

2. Stellar (XLM)

Stellar comes as an alternative to XRP and BTC alike. It is actually very similar to XRP in the sense that it provides an extremely fast way to settle international transactions. However, there is one large difference, which lies in the fact that Stellar is offering its services to individuals directly, where XRP offers its services to the banks.

Stellar is one of the fastest coins on the market, and it is fully decentralized, so there is not even a hint of danger that a third party might meddle with their transactions. Because of this, many in the crypto community see XLM as a better coin than XRP and even its greatest rival. However you choose to look at it, it is a fast, scalable, decentralized payment method which can certainly do what Bitcoin does, only much faster.

3. Litecoin (LTC)

Finally, there is Litecoin, which is a coin coming from the Bitcoin family, as it forked from Bitcoin back in 2011. The coin’s developers realized that the issues Bitcoin is facing might never be resolved, and even if they did — it would likely take years. It turned out that they were right, as BTC still faces a lot of the same issues even now, eight years after the fork.

Meanwhile, Litecoin dedicated its efforts to improve, becoming just as capable P2P payment facilitator as BTC. However, its features a much faster block-processing rate, which keeps its miners not only intrigued, but also properly rewarded for their efforts. Its PoW algorithm is believed to be more decentralized than that of Bitcoin, and it also implemented the SegWit upgrade, which improves blockchain capacity, while reducing fees and settlement times.

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Livepeer Price is Soaring: Here’s Why it Will Recoil Soon

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Livepeer price drifted upwards on Friday as investors moved to video-focused tokens. LPT price soared to a high of $10.3, the highest point since November 8 of this year. It has jumped by more than 164% from the lowest point in December. 

What is Livepeer? 

Video is a major industry that is currently dominated by large centralized platforms like Vimeo and YouTube. These platforms work well because of the vast amount of money the companies have invested in video infrastructure. 

However, some industry players believe that the industry is ripe for disruption using the blockchain technology. Some of the leading players disrupting the video industry is Livepeer and Theta Network. Instead of relying on centralized servers, these networks rely on thousands of distributed servers.

The network works in a relatively simple approach. The video broadcaster comes up with a video content and then distributes through a distributed network. 

Livepeer has been used to build several decentralized video platforms in the industry like Xeenom, Bonfire, Kavarii, and LiveSpace among others. For example, Lenstube is a decentralized and open-source video-sharing social media platform while The Lot Radio is an independent online radio that streams on a 24/7 basis.

However, there are concerns whether Livepeer and similar platforms are needed in the first place since centralized ones like YouTube, Rumble, and Vimeo work just…

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Solana Price Forms Triple-Top as DeFi and NFT Volume Soars

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Solana price has formed a bearish chart pattern as Solana’s ecosystem makes a stunning comeback. SOL/USD was trading at $24 on Friday evening, which was a few points below the year-to-date high of $26.50. It has soared by more than 206% from the lowest level in 2022.

Solana DeFi volume rebounds

Solana TVL

Solana, once a popular blockchain, came under intensure in November, following the collapse of FTX and Alameda Research. In addition to FTX Token, it was the most exposed cryptocurrency in FTX since the company was one of its key funders.

FTX and Alameda also had a major role in Serum, then the biggest DeFi protocol in the ecosystem. Serum made it possible for investors to earn yield in Solana. Serum collapsed because its public key was controlled by FTX. 

In the aftermath of this collapse, Solana saw its total value locked (TVL) plunge from more than $12 billion to less than $400 million. Serum, which had a TVL of more than $1 billion has collapsed. And in its place, the developers are working on a new product known as OpenBook. However, it has not gained much traction as its TVL stands at $4…

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Ethereum Price Outlook as the DXY Index Crash Continues

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Cryptocurrency prices remained in an upbeat tone on Thursday as the US dollar index continued its bearish move. Bitcoin, the biggest cryptocurrency in the world, rose to $23,165, the highest level in months. Similarly, Ethereum has risen by more than 4% in the past 24 hours while BNB Coin and XRP surged to $307 and $0.41, respectively. 

US dollar index retreats

Cryptocurrencies have an inverse relationship with the US dollar index. For example, the DXY, which looks at the performance of the greenback vs other currencies, soared to a 20-year high of $115 in 2022. As that happened, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin plunged during the year.

The foundation of this relationship is the Federal Reserve. In most periods, the US dollar index tends to rise when the Fed is extremely hawkish and vice versa. And it was extremely hawkish in 2022 as it hiked interest rates by more than 400 basis points. 

Therefore, while the Fed has remained hawkish recently, the US dollar has dropped because of what the data is saying. Data published recently showed that America’s inflation is easing. The closely watched consumer price index dropped to 6.5% in December while core inflation fell to 5.7%. 

At the same time, other parts of the economy are showing that the American economy is indeed recoiling. Retail sales dropped sharply in December while many…

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