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Will Litecoin (LTC) boost adoption for Bitcoin’s Lightning Network?

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While Bitcoin is the undisputed king of all cryptocurrencies, it’s frequently criticized because of the time it takes to complete a transaction, the lack of scalability and the vast amounts of power it takes to keep the blockchain going through mining. 

That’s why the Lightning Network has been developed and deployed. It is a second layer for the Bitcoin blockchain and network which is meant to address the problems of speed and scalability and to increase every user’s privacy. Another notable innovation it brings is the Atomic Swaps.

The Atomic Swaps

Atomic Swaps allow converting your currencies from one to another. This is possible thanks to a smart contract technology known as hash-time locked contract (HTLC). This kind of contract ensures the safe exchange of currencies by enforcing pre-set parameters. The trade must be completed within a given time limit, and the transaction must be completed from both sides before any funds are released.

The main consequence of this protocol is that it eliminates the need for any central service, authority, arbiter or third party. It also helps to decentralize the coins involved in the HTLC because users don’t need to keep their currency stored in wallets or exchanges.

Let’s clarify one crucial feature of the Lighting Network. While it’s currently associated mainly with Bitcoin, it’s not specific to it at all; it’s just a layer of new protocols that can be integrated into any other blockchain which is excellent news for the community at large. Many other cryptocurrencies have already announced the intention to adopt the Lighting Network (Zcash, Decred, and Litecoin among others) to some degree.

Litecoin is, of course, a Bitcoin fork created by Charlie Lee, a former Google developer. Because it uses the same blockchain but it’s faster and lighter, the Litecoin blockchain has been used very often as a sandbox for Bitcoin. Mr. Lee was even the first person ever to complete an atomic swap last year.

Because of the close relationship and technical similarities, there are between BTC and LTC; the early users will find more advantages in using those two tokens to do atomic swaps. Mr. Lee said that,

“Litecoin will also be the easiest onramp onto the Lightning Network. BTC takes too long and fees to high? No problem. Open an LTC payment channel on chain cheaply and quickly, then atomically swap for BTC if/when you need to. This can be done in one step sing submarine swaps!”

Mr. Lee considers the Lighting Network’s functionality akin to a decentralized exchange because transactions can be carried out by any two parties in agreement without any third party or central authority. Litecoin’s creator added that the,

“Lightning Network will be the ultimate decentralized exchange. Users that are running LN on both BTC and LTC can advertise an exchange price and act as a maker earning a spread. Other users can act as a taker and atomically swap LTC/BTC with the maker node via lightning.”

The Lighting Network is a very promising protocol. It could just be the thing that solves many of the pending issues with the Bitcoin network and many others as well. 

Because of its versatility, it can, and should, be adopted by many different blockchain networks and currencies. Adoption by several such projects would be a great benefit for the crypto community as a whole.

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What Changes May the Crypto Space Experience in 2019

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After the crypto hype of 2017, a lot of newly-arrived crypto enthusiasts were caught off-guard by the price crash and bear market that took over in 2018. One month after another, investors were waiting for things to change, and for another bull run to take place. Unfortunately, this did not happen in 2018, and while the year’s final days were seemingly stable, the rally everyone wanted to see has failed to arrive.

However, crypto investors remain optimistic, with many of them hoping to see some changes arrive in 2019. There are rather great expectations of this year, especially since the last one failed to deliver. However, many are interested in what exactly is to be expected in this year, which is what we will talk about today.

Bitcoin ETF approval

The US SEC’s decision regarding Bitcoin ETFs was one of the most anticipated events throughout 2018. Sadly, the decision constantly got delayed, and the SEC never actually provided an answer. The last delay has pushed the decision into 2019, and it is now expected to arrive on February 27.

Historically, the SEC was never ready to approve Bitcoin ETF, and many believe that the delays came due to the fact that the market was not ready for then in 2018. This is backed by the fact that the SEC rejected multiple application throughout the year. VanEck and SolidX…

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Reasons Why 2019 May Be A Great Year For Crypto

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The new year was always considered to be a time of new beginnings, where people can reflect on the past and learn from their mistakes in order to be better in the future. The same is true for the world of crypto, and investors around the world are hoping for 2019 to be better, more profitable, and to have more success than 2018.

The hope for the future is even more important when we consider all the negative development in 2018. There were numerous high-profile hacking attacks, two market crashes, with a strong bear market in between. Not to mention that some of the biggest projects that may have brightened the year a bit ended up being delayed.

With that in mind, it is understandable why investors are looking forward to the new year and all the potential development that it may bring. In fact, there are several reasons why they should be excited about 2019.

1) Bearish market to loosen its grip

The first reason why 2019 can be a good year digital currencies is that it may finally break free of the bearish grip that has been felt ever since last January. Following the first market crash, the bears settled in, and the prices kept falling for an entire year. The market attempted to shake off the negativity on several occasions, with the biggest one being…

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3 Coins with the Largest Potential in 2019

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2018 has been a pretty bad year for digital coins, and after the initial market crash that occurred a year ago, everyone was expecting a bull run that will fix things. Obviously, it never arrived, and instead of that, all that crypto market experienced was an entire bearish year and another crash in mid-November.

Now, however, it is a brand new year, and attempts to shake off the bears’ grip can be seen even in these first two weeks. The market is still struggling and mostly losing value, rather than gaining, with most coins being in trouble once more. Still, a lot can happen in a year, and most investors remain optimistic regarding 2019. Here are some of the coins that are believed to have tremendous potential, and to be the hope of this year.

  1. Bitcoin (BTC)

Of course, Bitcoin comes first. This is the first cryptocurrency which is still dominating the market, with no other coin being even close to its market cap or price. BTC is the coin that has reached the most prominent heights, and it also lost the most in the previous year. However, there is still hope, as there are several projects and events scheduled for this year that might turn things around for the number one coin.

One thing that is expected is the approval of Bitcoin ETFs…

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