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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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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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Blockchain-Focused ETF Arrives on London Stock Exchange

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The crypto community is still waiting for the US SEC to approve Bitcoin ETFs, with speculation which application might get approval being one of the hottest topics in 2018. However, come 2019, the US government shutdown dragged on, and the Bitcoin ETF request which had the most potential to see a grant got withdrawn by the very companies that submitted the application.

While the question of BTC ETF remains hanging in the air, blockchain-focused ETFs seem to be a different matter entirely. In a recent announcement by an independent investment managed firm called Invesco, the company has stated that it was about to launch the largest blockchain-focused ETF in the world. They managed to go through with this plan, and the ETFs have reached the London Stock Exchange today, March 11th.

The exchange-traded fund includes a portfolio containing as many as 48 different firms which are bringing exposure to the emerging technology. Among them, there is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, which is a well-known creator of chips used for crypto mining, as well as the CME Group, which is the first regulated exchange in the US which launched Bitcoin futures. There are many other well-known companies as well, such as Intel, Microsoft, and others.

Chris Mellor, the Invesco’s head of ETF equity product management in Europe, said that blockchain has a huge potential to increase earnings, even though…

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Could Jeff Bezos Turn to Bitcoin to Hide Fortune from Wife?

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made numerous headlines recently due to his overly-publicized divorce, which shows all signs of being one of the most expensive ones — if not THE most expensive one — in modern history. According to estimates, it might cost him as much as $70 billion, which will make his soon-to-be-ex-wife the richest woman in human history.

However, as the process continues to unfold, many have started wondering if things may have ended up differently for Bezos if he turned to Bitcoin for help.

Bitcoin as a divorce tool?

In the last several years — since Bitcoin and other cryptos hit fame — many have started turning to BTC during their divorce proceedings. In fact, it can even be said that using the largest cryptocurrency in this way has become a new trend. The trend has been gaining so much strength that numerous law companies started including advice on what to do in regards to Bitcoin as part of their websites.

However, while the trend has been picking up in recent years, it is nowhere near as easy as it might seem. For example, if there is even a suspicion of a spouse having undisclosed holdings appears during the divorce process, it might be enough to impact the final decision of the judge. In other words, even if there is a complete lack of evidence, but…

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Three Biggest Things To Know Come Cryptocurrency Tax Season

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In recent years, digital cash systems known as cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin have exploded into the public eye. A blend of cash and stocks, their use and value has grown exponentially. In 2017, the IRS decided to focus great effort on taxing them. In theory, this should be as simple as calculating taxes on any other type of property, bond, or other assets. Cryptocurrency, however, presents a unique challenge. The full extent of one person’s crypto activity can stretch across dozens of platforms and take a variety of different forms. This makes it difficult to gather all of this information cohesively, much less begin the seemingly- complicated process of reporting it.

These three tips should help anyone looking to legally report their crypto activity to figure out where to start.

Documentation is key!

There are dozens of different “exchanges” individuals can use to change their cash into crypto. When the flat currency is changed into cryptocurrency at the exchange, you establish your cost basis. This makes this data crucial when you begin the process of reporting.  Those who have used a variety of different exchanges should keep detailed records of everywhere that they made trades. Once tax season arrives, most exchanges will allow users to view their entire trading history with that exchange. This information will be necessary later to complete taxes.

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