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Verge (XVG): The case of copying ‘hack fix code’ and staying dishonest

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Verge (XVG), an age-old currency in cryptocurrency time, seems to be a darling to controversy and headlines. From announcing blown up big bombs news of their partnership with Pornhub to the more recent headlines of copying hack fix codes and denying it, the cryptocurrency seems to be creating a space for itself in the market.

The secure incognito virtual currency that uses multiple anonymity-centric networks that utilize open source protocols based throughout the world has been a victim of two protocol hacks in a span of two months with the latest one being last week.

It took Verge developers about three days to bring the situation under control and fix the problem, which some critics say hasn’t been fixed at full, leaving the platform vulnerable for another attack through it might be harder to perform.

Like that wasn’t enough bad news for them, new information emerged claiming the ‘fix’ was copy pasted from an obscure digital currency that launched in November 2017. How does the Verge team react to this news? They try to spin the story and give conflicting information to look like they were the victims of this cyber-robbery.

Records from Github show SHIELDcoin, who claim to be the original owners of the code had implemented the ‘fix’ code around a month ago while Verge records show they did so about three days ago.

It’s not uncommon for programmers and developers reusing others’ codes for their benefit, in fact, copying open-source codes that are not protected by patent rights is legal and morally acceptable. Nevertheless, lying about it and claiming ownership of the code is just intellectually corrupt and morally wrong.

Verge forgot to fix the difficulty calculating code and thought changing the block time was enough. This backfired on them. It is also worth noting that Verge (XVG) developers are alleged to have copied Bitcoins code in creating their platform.

XVG is evidently a fork of a fork with the above two alleged plagiarism being the third time the developers ‘just copy pasted’ other people’s codes to suit their convenience. They still stand on their ground that ‘hack fix code’ might have been their first time to copy paste.

Now, they are working round the clock to come up with an entirely new codebase seemingly because they hardly knew how the current codebase operates, and apparently because they have now learned how to code rather than just plagiarizing other people’s work. Verge development team is not heading to any pressure to accept their offense; they claim it’s the later who copied from them.

More interestingly, it seems Verge (XVG) fans do not care about these allegations as they chose to continue preferring this digital currency in their online transactions refusing to burg under the pressure of the media.

To be considered a ‘serious’ cryptocurrency in the market, a crypto must be good at not only knowing how exchanges work and how mining pools work, but you must also know deep understanding of cryptography, platforms, economics, hardware and many other factors. Anything less from this paint a shaky image on your currency for investors to have confidence. So, it’d be better for Verge (XVG) team to be more transparent and put-in the ‘real’ efforts.

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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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