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Litecoin and Lightning Network Coming Very Soon to Bitstamp?

· June 13, 2017 · 1:20 pm

Bitstamp tweeted a mysterious video featuring a lightning bolt seemingly making a thumbs up which follows speculation that Litecoin will be soon added to the site. The video also suggests that access to the lightning network is coming too.


Litecoin Rumors

The mysterious tweet coincides with Litecoin creator Charlie Lee’s departure from Coinbase where he worked as their Director of Engineering for the past two years. Coinbase recently added Litecoin to the site and their exchange GDAX where it has seen good trade volume with today’s LTC/USD market seeing a 468,665 LTC trade volume in the last 24 hours.

This flurry of activity for Litecoin follows its implementation of SegWit. Yet to be implemented for Bitcoin, SegWit (Segmented Witness) is seen by many as the solution to Bitcoin’s current scaling problems, allowing for larger block sizes and faster transaction times.

SegWit and Litecoin

With its lightning network capabilities, Lee sees Litecoin’s long-term goal as alleviating some of the smaller transactional volume, perhaps using it for micropayments such as buying coffee with zero confirmation times or transaction fees.

Many already see Litecoin as a testing ground for future Bitcoin features, however, Lee remains committed to Bitcoin too, as he also contributes to its development and has tweeted in the past about Bitcoin being regarded as a real store of value – gold to Litecoin’s silver. He argues that if you are wiring $50,000 to your bank, you could still use Bitcoin for the increased security that comes from its larger network of decentralized miners.

When Lightning Strikes

The implementation of the lightning network on Litecoin, which was initially developed for Bitcoin, is now a reality on Litecoin. It brings instant payments with no need for block confirmation times. Security is enforced by blockchain smart contracts and payment speeds are in the milliseconds to seconds range.

Its scalability means that it is capable of handling millions – even billions – of transactions per second across the network. It is low cost, as it settles off chain it allows for exceptionally low fees, which is why it is ideally suited to instant micropayments.

The most crucial benefit of the lightning network, however, is its ability to cross blockchains. This will allow for cross blockchain atomic swaps without trust in a 3rd party. This feature means that the lightning network would also need to be available on that coin too, something that could be a reality with Bitcoin should the coin pull off its UASF to enable Segwit. We live in exciting times.

Do you believe the rumors? Should UASF be activated on Bitcoin or should Litecoin take the lead? Let us know in the comments.


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Litecoin Activates SegWit Today As Price Nears $40

· May 10, 2017 · 9:48 am

SegWit activation day is here for Litecoin as the fourth-largest cryptocurrency gains another 38% in price.

Litecoin Passes $35, Lee Remains Cool

With just several hours to go before its “locked-in” status changes to “activated”, investors are celebrating as Litecoin’s price per token exceeds $35.

The surge marks a turnaround in the altcoin’s fortunes, prices having suffered earlier this week as assets across the board hemorrhaged value.

Poloniex, a major altcoin exchange, experienced slowness and loading problems, which some pointed to as a major cause of panic selling resulting in a broad comedown.

On Twitter Wednesday, Litecoin creator Charlie Lee appeared naturally upbeat, noting nonetheless that this was just the start for his cryptocurrency.

SegWit Still King For Investor Confidence

The rags-to-riches story has been marked by overwhelming investor appetite for SegWit. The confidence that accompanied Litecoin locking in the technology appeared to engulf any misgivings or even alleged attempts to derail the process.

This in turn led to a rapid U-turn for two other altcoins, namely SysCoin and Vertcoin, which both successfully activated SegWit and benefitted from giant price rises.

As in the case of Litecoin, criticism that SegWit activation was simply a tool for developers to make money did not stop trading interest.

Now, Litecoin will no doubt be eyeing the next step in the chain – introduction of Lightning Network transactions.

Lightning Network Brewing

“The activation of segwit on Litecoin allows us to deploy Lightning on an active production blockchain,” Lightning’s Olaoluwa Osuntokun wrote in a blog post last week.

“With our ultimate launch, we’ll be able to examine monetary incentives within the network, observe the emergent properties of the networks’ channel graph, and see the rise of production services and applications built on top of the network.”

A survey conducted by Lee meanwhile suggested Litecoin users were keener on harboring their funds long term than testing Lightning.

Lee himself stated that he intended to both “hodl” and test the technology.

Across the altcoin board meanwhile, only a modest recovery is noticeable, while Bitcoin is also down from its near $1800 highs. The figures will likely be music to the ears of experts such as Vinny Lingham, who repeated warnings about “bubbles” in recent public comments.

What do you think about Litecoin after SegWit activation? Let us know in the comments below!


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Litecoin: Bitmain Trades Sides, Supports SegWit Activation

· April 21, 2017 · 9:10 pm

Litecoin’s problematic course towards Segregated Witness (SegWit) activation has ended in an unusual display of unity.


Litecoin Roundtable: We ‘Unanimously Agree’ On SegWit Activation

Following a meeting of Chinese cryptocurrency players including exchanges and miners, a consensus was reached on activating SegWit despite some participants having previously been against the idea.

The so-called Litecoin Global Roundtable included Litecoin creator Charlie Lee, exchanges Huobi and Okcoin and formerly anti-SegWit mining pool Bitmain.

Summarized minutes released from the meeting confirm that subject to community support, participants “unanimously agree” to “implement Segregated Witness softfork on Litecoin.”

“When the usage of Litecoin block capacity is over 50%, we will start to prepare for a solution to increase the 1MB block size limit through a hardfork or softfork,” a proviso adds.

Bitmain Gets Behind Litecoin SegWit

The big surprise from Friday’s events was the support of Bitmain, whose CEO Jihan Wu had previously stated his opposition to SegWit on numerous occasions, both for Bitcoin and Litecoin.

Now, it appears, both Wu and Bitmain have U-turned on the idea.

The Roundtable added:

We want to emphasize that this roundtable meeting represents only the consensus of participating members, and cannot make a decision on behalf of the Litecoin community.

U-Turns Abound

Litecoin’s approaching SegWit activation threshold had caused a significant uptick in its price. Having traded at just under $4 per coin for a considerable period, increasing miner support saw it shoot past $10 and stay at these levels.

As interest increased, however, rumors began spreading of manipulation by Bitmain, which was accused by pro-SegWit Shaolinfry of artificially hindering Litecoin’s activation.

Lee himself appealed to the community to force a user-activated soft fork (UASF) to counter such activities. In a further sign of how the situation has changed, the Roundtable members added that they were now against as UASF with a specific activation schedule, stating:

We do not advocate a flag-day ‘UASF’ that does not go through [sic] any users or community voting process. This type of forced upgrade without community consensus put Litecoin in a risk of split

What do you think about the latest events for Litecoin? Let us know in the comments below!


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Top 3 Cryptocurrencies Easily Outperform S&P, Dow Jones in February

· March 1, 2017 · 10:30 am

After a slow or turbulent start of 2017, the global cryptocurrency market picked up the pace and really hit its stride in the month of February.


Momentum. That seems to be the word that best describes February as nearly every top decentralized digital currency has seen growth and reasons for optimism as Spring approaches. Let’s review what the state of affairs is for the top five cryptocurrencies as they head into March.

February: Bitcoin Best Performing Asset Again

The market leader had a much less volatile month, after seeing swings from $1,100 USD to $775 USD early on in January. Over the last four years, Bitcoin has proven to be very cyclical and consistent, with January always being a month of great swings in value.

Now, that regulations in China have been levied, Bitcoin has seen consistent growth, adding 30% in market value for the month, easily beating mainstream indices like the S&P 500 (4%) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (5%).

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With optimism, or speculation, about the March 11th SEC decision on the Winklevoss ETF looming, Bitcoin remains near its all-time high at about $1,195 USD with a market cap of well over $19 billion.

Will a defeat cause Bitcoin to go into a tailspin in March?

Ethereum Enchants Enterprises

The young smart-contract-based blockchain is doing very well in 2017, almost doubling in market value since January 1st. If anything, ETH has been a model of consistency so far; consistent gains. According to CoinMarketCap, ETH has gone from $7.99 at the start of the year, to about $10.70 on February 1st to $15.75 today, nearly doubling in value in the first two months of the year.

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The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, officially announced yesterday, which includes mainstream superpowers like ING, Microsoft, JP Morgan, and Intel should only enhance Ethereum’s market value and attract new partners in the future.

Dash Dazzles

The only major player doing better than Ethereum right now is Dash, which has recently jumped from out of the top five in market cap to third behind the aforementioned. Dash has gained an astonishing 68% within just the last week alone and has more than tripled in value sine January 1st.

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The new Dash 12.1 release (Sentinel), a new mainstream agreement with payments provider BlockPay, and positive feedback from “Bitcoin Jesus” Roger Ver have bolstered its value in Q1.

Ripple & Litecoin Lackluster

Ripple made news last year as a potential future replacement for the vaunted SWIFT international banking payment network but has generated little buzz since. Litecoin also has fallen on hard times, with an inability to capitalize on Bitcoin’s demand.

It appears that investors are flocking to Dash and Ethereum instead, as Litecoin hangs on the vine, falling form second-best behind Bitcoin, to barely in the top five ahead of Monero. Somebody call the PR Department, STAT.

Which will be the best performing currency in 2017? Share your thoughts below!


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Litecoin: SegWit ‘Testbed’ at Risk as Bitcoin Politics Spread

· February 8, 2017 · 8:00 am

The Segregated Witness (SegWit) update has received lukewarm support thus far since it was announced on Litecoin on January 28th.


Beyond Bitcoin: ‘Testbed’ for SegWit

After Bitcoin, the SegWit scaling update has now been introduced to Litecoin along with some other cryptocurrencies including Vertcoin, Groestlcoin, and Viacoin.

Right now, Litecoin miners are in the process of voting on the update. Currently at 3%, support is lower than it is in Bitcoin, which rapidly climbed up to 22% in its first two weeks.

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The vote has attracted the attention of the Bitcoin community. Litecoin (and other coins) could become a testbed for the potential SegWit soft-fork on Bitcoin, and could offer a sneak peek as to how this update fares in the real world. Moreover, SegWit may have better chances on Litecoin since its activation threshold is just 75% compared to Bitcoin’s 95%. 

But this “testbed” mentality may be part of the reason why Litecoin users are not so eager to activate the update, which would make them, in a sense, Bitcoin’s ‘lab rat.’ Dubbed the “silver to Bitcoin gold,” it currently has a market cap of about $198 million USD, which could be negatively affected if the update goes sour.

Creator: ‘Litecoin Became Political Too’

Nevertheless, the SegWit update is supported by Litecoin creator Charlie Lee.

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In a recently held Reddit AMA (in Chinese), he stated:

Yes, it’s unfortunate that SegWit on Litecoin became political too. One of the reasons I’m doing this AMA is to try to pull the politics out of the Segwit on Litecoin. Let’s not let Bitcoin politics pollute Litecoin for no reason.

Meanwhile, LTC1BTC founder Jiang Zhuoer stated that his pool, which controls 10% of the network, will not support the SegWit update. His motives, however, seem to stem directly from the Bitcoin debate. 

“Why do the Bitcoin Core developers say that the Segwit soft fork basically fixes every line of Bitcoin’s code? Zhuoer said. “As the complexity of a system increases, it follows that the stability of that system must decrease.”

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Still, other pools have demonstrated their support for SegWit. F2Pool, the biggest Litecoin pool with 45.6% of the network’s hash rate, announced it will signal their support for SegWit in the coming weeks.

Litecoin Could Help Bitcoin Break Deadlock

Since Litecoin has a small number of users compared to Bitcoin, scaling is not exactly a pressing issue at the moment. Though SegWit was introduced to Bitcoin as a scaling solution, it also introduces additional features and paves the way for other upgrades such as the Lightning Network. 

Lee explained the motive for supporting SegWit saying,

The main fix is transaction malleability, which would allow Lightning Networks (LN) to be built on top of Litecoin. And there are a bunch more nice features of SegWit. With SegWit and Bitcoin’s current block scaling deadlock, I see a potential for Litecoin to help Bitcoin break through this deadlock[…]. We have been drafting behind the Bitcoin race car for many years. It’s about time to take a turn out front.

During the AMA, Lee also expressed his opinion regarding the alternatives that have been proposed, reassuring that Litecoin will stick to SegWit.

Litecoin roadmap

When asked what will Litecoin do if Bitcoin goes with Bitcoin Unlimited and FlexTrans, he said:

With such a controversial topic, I can’t see how Bitcoin can possibly go BU and FlexTrans. It will likely just not change, and that’s fine. It’s still the best store of value we have ever seen. Whatever happens, Litecoin is going the SegWit direction. And we welcome any Bitcoin Core devs to join us if Bitcoin, for some reason, goes in another direction.

Charlie Lee is currently holding another AMA thread on this topic (in english) here.

Will Litecoin pave the way for Bitcoin’s SegWit? Or will it fail to reach consensus?


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