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VeChain (VET): Consensus Model of VeChainThor and PwC Partnership

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On the 8th of May 2018, the VeChain Foundation had published the third part of their technical papers that reveals more about the VeChainThor blockchain. The consensus algorithm was focused upon in the papers, which is an essential aspect of the upcoming VeChainThor blockchain. It is already known that the VeChain Foundation has selected the proof of authority (PoA) consensus model. The papers reveal the method that VeChainThor will apply to achieve consensus. According to the announcement by VeChain Foundation, the proof of authority consensus model will eliminate the issues faced in a Proof of Work (PoW), Proof of Stake (PoS), Designated Proof of Stake (DPoS), or Practical Byzantine Fault Tolerance (PBFT) model. The proof of authority has “low computational power requirements, no requirement for communication between nodes to reach consensus, and is optimized for system continuity.”

The philosophy of VeChain’s governance model, “Neither a total centralization nor a total decentralization would be the correct answer, but a comprise and balance of both would,” led to the PoA consensus algorithm for the VeChainThor blockchain. It is also expected to shrug off anonymous block producers. The user will have to reveal their identity voluntarily if they want to be an Authority Masternode (AM) of the VeChainThor blockchain. The team believes that all the AMs will work in favor of the network growth and security when their identity and reputation are at stake.

The proof of authority protocol of VeChainThor blockchain provides an equal opportunity to the Authority Masternodes to produce blocks. As there is no computational competition in PoA, the “longest chain” rule is no longer applicable here. The VeChainThor blockchain system prioritizes the branch that is viewed by more Authority Masternodes between the two. Unlike the practical Byzantine fault tolerance (PBFT) protocol, the PoA protocol does not need a certain number of genuine validations to be available. This ensures that the system can perform multiple rounds of inter-code communications to get consensus.

VeChain and PwC Partnership

The 4th of May 2018, saw a new partnership announcement between VeChain and the multi-national audit and consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). As of now, PwC holds a minority stake in the Chinese start-up. PwC is interested in VeChain Global Technology Holding Limited that specializes in supply chain management, the Internet of Things (IoT), and anti-counterfeiting. PricewaterhouseCoopers plans to incorporate VeChain’s service platform into its infrastructure. This means that VeChain tokens will be used to access and perform transactions. The platform of VeChain has been developed to apply IoT technology to build private keys for all the products and they can be traced throughout the distribution process.

“We are glad to establish a deeper relationship with VeChain, which aims to build a trusted and distributed business ecosystem to help address long-standing challenges in supply chain management, food trust and anti-counterfeiting areas. VeChain’s mission aligns with PwC’s purpose of solving important problems and building trust in society,”

  • Raymund Chao, PwC Asia Pacific and Greater China Chairman

This partnership with VeChain will put PwC ahead of its competitors like Deloitte, EY, and KPMG. The discussions between PwC and VeChain concluded that the logistics and transport industry, government and pharmaceutical/medical industry could benefit most from blockchain technology. The multi-national audit firm may actually help in bringing out solutions to issues hereto undiscussed. The partnership between VeChain and PwC is thus expected to benefit not only to the ‘real-life’ sectors but also the blockchain industry. Sunny Lu, the CEO of VeChain also believes that the distributed data storage characteristics of the blockchain technology will be vital in improving traceability and transparency for the supply chain management and logistics. He hopes that “With people’s increasing awareness and knowledge of blockchain, ‘killer’ applications are sure to emerge, and initially these are most likely to occur outside of the financial sector.”

At the time of writing, according to coinmarketcap.com the price of VeChain (VET) shows $4.59 USD approximately. The market cap is approximately $2,415,132,754 USD while the volume (24h) is nearly $26,617,100 USD. (As of 14th May 2018) According to coinmarketcap.com, the crypto coin currently ranks 15. The partnership with VeChain and the proof of authority of the VeChainThor blockchain is hopefully going to see more investments in VET and thus increase the trading volume.

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Aluna.Social is a Compelling Social Platform for Crypto Traders and Investors

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When one thinks about the social media landscape, the companies that first come to mind are most likely Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Snapchat.  These platforms are a great way to stay connected with friends, families, and colleagues, especially when geographic distance is a factor.  But, in addition to just chatting about life in general and sharing pictures, social media can be used to bridge the information gap that exists within the investment community.

Over the last decade, many trading offices have been established in large cities all over the world which allow solo traders and investors to pay a monthly fee in exchange for a workspace.  The real benefit to trading in these offices is to participate in the free flow of trading ideas and information.  Proprietary trading is one of the most challenging careers to be successful at and the exchange of ideas is almost required in order to succeed.  Traders at hedge funds and investment banks work in teams so why shouldn’t remote traders?

While these trading offices are a great way to help bridge the information gap, Aluna.Social may provide an even better way, especially as it relates to cryptocurrency trading.

Mission Statement

Aluna.Social, founded by Alvin Lee and Henrique Matias, is a multi-exchange social trading terminal for crypto traders and investors.  The goal of the platform is to help newcomers shorten their learning curve,…

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CoinFlip Scores Big with BRD Wallet Partnership

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As the crypto markets move closer to mass adoption, one of the keys for future success will revolve around attracting as many market participants as possible.  While many crypto users are extremely tech oriented, a lot of those on the sidelines are not.  The cause of waiting on the sidelines could be due to a variety of reasons such as fear of the unknown, lack of knowledge, age, or a combination of all of the above.  In order to entice new users to join the crypto revolution, crypto ATMs are rising up across the country.  Of those, the largest and most influential crypto ATM company by a significant margin is CoinFlip.

In early October, CoinFlip announced on its Twitter that it had officially partnered with BRD Wallet to re-introduce their crypto ATM map.  Now, BRD wallet users will be able to locate their nearest CoinFlip ATM and receive a 10% discount for both buys and sells.  BRD brand awareness is growing quickly within the crypto community thanks to its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.  The team strongly believes in the value of financial freedom and independence, and want to empower people across the world by leveraging the possibilities that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies provide.

Cryptocurrencies are already making a huge difference around the world.  Citizens of Venezuela, a country devastated by rampant inflation, have been using several cryptocurrencies…

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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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