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Tron’s opportunity to reshape social media and cryptocurrencies as Facebook and Twitter keep losing ground

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The Tron project is most commonly associated with its cryptocurrency, Tronix (TRX). And the token is indeed part and parcel of Tron but, this is a project and a community with ambitions and aims that go much deeper than that.

When Justin Sun (Tron’s CEO, Founder and, now Super Representative) founded Tron approximately one year ago, he let the world know that he wanted to rebuild the whole world wide web using Tron’s blockchain technology. 

That would turn the web into a decentralized entity in which corporations and central authorities cannot project their power or impose decisions over users, especially content creators. To rebuild the whole web seems like a doubtful proposition right now, but more significant changes have happened in the digital world since computers became consumer products. 

Besides, Mr. Sun already has a degree of credibility as an entrepreneur and technological leader because of the massive success that Peiwo, his mobile messaging app has had in China.

And since we’re talking about credibility, let’s talk about Twitter and Facebook. After data management and privacy scandals along with some attempts from the social media sites to force users into some specific behavior patterns, both platforms are bleeding users, and their stocks are tanking in the market. And the main reasons all that is happening are, precisely, bad decisions implemented or imposed by a central authority.

Some of Twitter‘s and Facebook’s more ferocious critics believe that the writing is on the wall for both companies and that their days are counted. That too seems farfetched, but other internet giants have disappeared or become marginal over the years (think Yahoo, Excite, even Microsoft up to a point).

It seems impossible to imagine the Internet without Facebook and Twitter right now, but these two companies are not facts of nature, they are private firms with a mission to create shareholder value that can go down the drain if they are mismanaged, or lose the market share they hold.

So, for argument’s sake, what would happen if the social media behemoths went down? Who could fill the void they would leave behind? If you take Mr. Justin Sun seriously, that would be Tron. Don’t laugh, BitTorrent also seemed invincible in the P2P file-sharing world (it became the only game in town years ago), and it’s now Tron’s.

Tron would have the technology, the resources, the expertise and the motivation to come up with new apps or services similar to the current social networks that could replace them except this time they would be decentralized, based on blockchain technology, safe, and in which no single executive could impose any order on a whim.

In that new hypothetical environment, corporations would have no say at all on user’s behavior because the monetization process would be decentralized. Content creators wouldn’t need to adhere to, say, Youtube’s conditions for monetization because the Tron based video streaming apps would have no central authority at all.

Additionally, no other blockchain project has the objective to become the world’s new web platform so that Tron would be uniquely positioned to take over.

Too utopic? It’s certainly premature to say that this will happen for sure. But it would be very short-sighted to think it’s impossible because Tron is here already and the social media giants already are in problems they created for themselves.

In this scenario, Tron would reshape cryptocurrencies, and the web at the same time. Remember: the internet and the computer industry have seen bigger things than Facebook and Twitter come and go.

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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.

With all of that happening, it is of a small surprise that the investors started giving up on ICOs, especially with the constant drops in prices which saw even the largest coins…

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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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