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Ethereum killers? Think Tron (TRX) and Qtum, according to startup mentor

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The notion of “Ethereum Killers” has been floating around the cryptosphere for months now. The constant complaints Ethereum users have had about gas price and network speed has prompted this idea to surface, and nobody doubts that the smart contract dominance held by Ethereum since it came live is about to end. But by whom?

Yoav Vilner, a blockchain blogger, based out of New York and Tel Aviv who is also a startup mentor for Microsoft and Google’s “accelerator” projects, wrote a piece for Forbes in which he declared that Qtum and Tron would take over Ethereum’s dominance once and for all.

Qtum and Tron vs. Ethereum

Mr. Vilner had good things to say about Qtum’s hybrid distributed ledger technology; he called it “the next phase of the blockchain.” The Qtum project includes a new virtual machine, based on x86 technology, that’s been recently released.

It offers a better “value proposition” than Ethereum. Because this VM is x86 instead of the usual VM in the crypto community (which are usually based on a single language or technology), the new machine opens up a new world of possibilities because it allows for the chance to develop apps in a broader range of programming languages that still run on a blockchain.

Think for a moment what this means. You don’t need to learn a specialized programming language to enter the blockchain world anymore. With this VM you can use your knowledge about Perl, Python, Ruby, or even Pascal or Basic to create decentralized apps and smart contracts.

Tron has similar features. Its platform doesn’t allow for that wide range of programming languages, but it works in Java which is, maybe, the one language every competent programmer knows, so that makes it versatile and easy to work with as well.

Ethereum has none of those advantages. Developing contracts or applications on Ethereum requires learning “Solidity” which is the platform’s programming language, and most programmers in the world have never even heard about it.

Mr. Vilner also emphasized Qtum’s higher efficiency. Qtum uses a technology called SegWit (segregated witness) which separates transaction signature data from other data such as actual transactions. That makes everything quicker and saves energy.

Another point in Qtum’s favor is its ability to use the Lighting Network, which is an additional layer in blockchain technology (initially developed for Bitcoin) that allows for faster transaction speeds. Then there’s QtumX which will be launched next year, according to Mr. Vilner.

What is QtumX, we hear you ask? It’s the project’s smart contract platform for industrial users such as large corporations. In the project’s blog’s words, this platform will have “stability, and could widely increase exchange efficiency and guarantee the safety of the network at the same time.”

But the new platform is not deployed, and it hasn’t been tested in full yet. So, as things stand, it’s anybody’s guess if it will really be better than Ethereum or Bitcoin.

Mr. Vilner (who also contributes for CNBC) also wrote that Tron (founded and led by the provocative Justin Sun) would change the way in which content producers and consumers interact and transact over the web by decentralizing the internet.

Centralization at Tron

Mr. Vilner also reported Tron’s acquisition of BitTorrent, the largest P2P network on the internet. BitTorrent is becoming part of Tron’s blockchain through Project Atlas. The new torrent network will offer incentives to share files, in the form of Tronix tokens, and that will help Tron become “one of the largest decentralized networks in the world.”

But a closer look into Tron’s governance model reveals that the network will be dominated by 27 block producers, which will be the nodes that validate transactions and create new blocks. These nodes will be the engine in Tron’s blockchain, but some observers consider 27 to be a small number of nodes and it looks too much like a centralized network.

Here, at GlobalCoinReport, we’ve followed the development closely in Tron, EOS, Cardano and many other cryptocurrency projects. EOS has a similar model; it has 21 block producers, selected by the community.

This has been quite controversial as these block producers have been accused of “colluding.” This smells of centralization in a network that swears by decentralization and democracy. The same could happen at Tron.

Is Mr. Vilner nitpicking? Maybe. Keep in mind that 80% of Bitcoin’s nodes are located in China, and nobody is complaining about centralization for Bitcoin (well, Ripple is, but that’s another story you can read in GlobalCoinReport as well.)

For the time being, both Tron and Qtum are very interesting projects that could make blockchain technology useful and profitable for those who get a piece of the action early enough. You could be one of them.

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HODLing Stellar Is A Good Plan For 2019

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HODLing, or holding on to a certain asset or assets has always been an extremely useful investment strategy, even before cryptocurrencies were even imagined. Now, with the market being more uncertain than ever, many are wondering what is the right thing to do with the coins in their possession.

Of course, things change depending on the coin in question, but today, we are going to talk about why it is a good idea to hold on to your Stellar (XLM) in 2019.

Why You Should Hodl Stellar (XLM)

The crypto market is rich with hundreds, and even thousands of different projects at this point, and separating valuable ones from those that are destined to slowly fade away can be tricky. However, even the biggest skeptics believe that Stellar is a coin that is here to stay.

XLM was first launched in 2014, and for a long time now, it has been among the top 10 cryptos by market cap. It is an open-source, decentralized protocol that allows users to send fiat currencies by using cryptocurrency as a method of transport. In a lot of ways, it is very similar to XRP. However, the biggest difference is that Stellar aims to offer its services to regular people, while XRP is more interested in working with banks and financial institutions.

Nevertheless, sending money, especially when it comes to cross-border…

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Reasons To Invest In Electroneum In 2019

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2018 has been quite a rollercoaster for the crypto space. Coins went up and down more times than anyone could have guessed, not to mention two massive market crashes. However, in a few short weeks, the year will be over, and a new, positive period for the crypto world is expected to arrive.

While there are many predictions for 2019, today we are only interested in one thing — Electroneum (ETN). A lot of people quickly took notice of this coin, and many believe that it is among the coins of the future. Indeed, it has received a lot of attention, and many are interested in why that is, and why investing in it is a good idea. So, let’s take a look at a few reasons why you should invest in ETN in 2019.

1) It is fast

Speed and precision of any service have always been very important to people. This importance is even greater when making a profit depends on it. Electroneum developers were aware of this when they created it, and the coin is up to 5 times faster than Bitcoin. This means that ETN transactions can be confirmed much faster, which in turn reduces fees and waiting time.

Furthermore, there are also plans to create Electroneum Virtual Currency Exchange, which will allow the project to act as an exchange. However, the even…

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STEEMIT Running Out Of STEAM?

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Has Steemit seen its glory days run dry? There have been many rumors that the CEO Ned Scott has pushed the company to the blockchain focus that he forgot about Steem being a social media platform. Now, these are just things some of the former employees have been heard saying, but it is a rather interesting take as to what is going on. Give the following video a watch where I break down what is happening with Steem. I also give my thoughts on what may happen to other large ICOs and how we may see this trend continue as we have seen with ConsenSys laying off 10% of their workforce.

If the big name projects are starting to do this will it also have a trickle-down effect on other ICO’s which have no products and are running out of cash? I definitely think so, and I also see this negatively affecting Ethereum for the mid-term. The question many have been asking is just how long can the bottom 1800 projects last with the current market conditions? How many ICOs did not liquidate their Ethereum and now are stuck with 1/10th the cash flow or more in some cases, how will they pay to continue operations? What about the growing number of projects laying off employees…

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