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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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XRP Continues to Struggle Despite the Bullish Market

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The crypto market, in general, has been seeing a rapid recovery for months now, especially when it comes to top coins. Bitcoin has already surpassed the levels it was seeing before the November 2018 market crash, with the current price of $6.852 at the time of writing.

However, the same is not true for XRP, the third largest cryptocurrency, which is still trading below its largest support. While its price did try to test the resistance at $0.312 several times in the past weeks, the coin saw a rejection each time it approached it. Combine this with the fact that XRP’s price against the USD is trading within a descending triangle, and it is easy to understand why many investors are worried.

Is XRP about to start spiraling down?

XRP is a massive coin, despite the fact that its price is low. As such, it has a major impact on the market, and if it were to go down, it is likely that it would take a large portion of the market with it. As mentioned, Bitcoin itself is advancing rapidly. However, historically, such massive uptrends often lead to just as massive potential downtrends.

As things are now, many expect it to come once BTC hits $7,000. However, many are looking for other unfortunate events that might trigger a massive sell-off. Experts have been warning that events…

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Justin Sun Bullish On TRX and BTT

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While TRON (TRX) managed to become one of the most popular projects in the crypto history, the coin itself has been in and out of the list of 10 largest cryptos by market cap several times by now. Recently, it got pushed out of the list once again, although not very far. After briefly holding the 10th spot, it got replaced by Cardano (ADA) which is, similarly to TRON, yet another challenger to Ethereum.

Meanwhile, TRON’s founder and CEO, Justin Sun, appears not to be worried about the current situation. In fact, he recently stated that he believes TRON will climb back up among the top 10 coins within a month. However, he gave another prediction, and this one appears to be quite bold.

Justin Sun’s TRX and BTT predictions

According to Sun, another cryptocurrency that recently joined the TRON ecosystem, BitTorrent (BTT), will soon see a massive surge which will bring it among the top 30 coins. Sun predicts that this will happen at some point during Q2 of this year.

Of course, Sun’s bullishness when it comes…

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Top 4 Cryptocurrencies That You Won’t Find Among the 100 Largest Coins

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Cryptocurrency investors are always on the lookout for the best investment opportunities, and as such, they follow closely what happens with the smaller coins, as well as the largest. A lot of people have a general rule to only invest in the largest, and well-established cryptocurrencies. This is a good rule that can allow them to avoid scams and increase their chances of getting a decent profit.

However, there are investors who are ready to take the necessary risks in order to become early adopters of future stars of the crypto space. The space is alive, and the top 100 list constantly changes. Even the list of top 10 largest cryptos looks a lot different today than it did a few years ago. Sure, some coins are the same, but they are in the minority.

With all that in mind, we will now take a look at top 4 cryptocurrencies that are not even among the 100 largest coins — but they do seem to have the potential to change that in the future.

Kin (KIN)

As mentioned, coins enter and leave the list of top 100 largest cryptos all the time, and KIN is a perfect example of this. The coin currently has a market cap of $35.98 million, and it ranks as the 120th largest coin at the moment. However, the coin did not sink because…

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