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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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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

Bitcoin behavior mirrors the pre-bear market situation

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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