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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 As there is no computational competition in PoA, the “longest chain” rule is no longer applicable here.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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Is Tether (USDT) really a stable coin?

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Tether is one of the top digital assets in the crypto-sphere. The coin was launched in November 2014 after it changed its name from Realcoin so that the crypto community doesn’t associate it to the altcoins. It is important to know that Tether is a currency that helps to convert fiat currencies into digital currencies.

Moving forward, there have been lots of FUDs around Tether these days as regards to whether it is going to be a truly stable coin as the market has seen dips lately. Also, the FUDs around Tether have raised questions on whether there are any backings to the digital asset.

It is crucial to know that other factors have been attributed, and one of them was a report from last month that stated that Tether and Bitfinex, had gone their separate ways with Noble Bank. The separation made Bitfinex suspend fiat wire deposits – without no reason or whatsoever.

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TRON Partnership Involves Cloud Computing

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It has been almost an entire week since Justin Sun, the founder of TRON (TRX), announced a new big partnership for this cryptocurrency. His Twitter announcement did not provide a lot of information, except for the fact that the TRON partnership is with an industry giant worth tens of billions of dollars.

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Will Ripple (XRP) advocacy hike affect bitcoin dominance of China?

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Currently, China is leading in Bitcoin mining industry by far, second to none for bitcoin mining power. Literally, it’s contributing over 70% of the network’s hash rate (a term that is used in describing the total processing power of a blockchain network). But how Ripple fits in here and what it has to do with that? We’ll talk about that a bit later below, let’s cover some in-depth facts about China’s dominance over Bitcoin first.

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