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Litecoin Core 0.17 Will ‘Beat Bitcoin Cash’ On Cost And Speed

Litecoin’s (LTC) forthcoming client release will make it “faster” and “cheaper” than Bitcoin Cash (BCH), according to one analyst as developers confirm transaction fees will reduce 90 percent.


10X Fee Decrease Puts LTC In Front

Litecoin Core 0.17, which the Litecoin Foundation said was “upcoming” in a blog post on its now-suspended Medium account, will deliver a host of end-user improvements.

Specifically, while LTC 00 currently costs around $0.05 in average fees, after the update this will reduce closer to $0.005.

This, Alternative Assets performance analyst and LearnCrypto.io president Nich Hellmann notes, will end the status quo in which Litecoin is more expensive to use than Bitcoin Cash.

Despite its larger market cap, he continues, BCH 00 is slower and has a more “contentious” community.

“Currently because the blocks aren’t full there is no need to pay higher fees, which is one reason why the move is being taken,” developers wrote explaining the updates.

Togami: BCH Attack ‘Not Hypothetical’

LTC markets have so far not reacted to the update, trading behavior broadly falling in the line other major altcoin assets this week.

Cryptocurrency users suspicious of BCH’s development and marketing practices will no doubt have doubled down on their perspective after data this week showed its network is in a precarious position.

Updating his ongoing tracking of BCH, Blockstream VP solutions head Warren Togami noted the network’s 30-day average hashrate had fallen below 7 percent of Bitcoin’s.

This, he warned “matters (because) of the risk of exchange insolvency from double-spend theft.”

The hashrate proportion had dipped below 8 percent at the start of September, Bitcoinist reporting on Togami’s preexisting concerns about network security.

At the time, he compared the state of the network to an LTC hard fork from 2013, which imploded due to a 51 percent attack months afterwards.

Now, he says, the danger of BCH following suit is “not hypothetical.”

What do you think about Litecoin’s coming update? Let us know in the comments below!


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Lamassu Unveils New Line of Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency ATMs

On September 24th, Lamassu announced the introduction of their new line of cryptocurrency ATMs to the public. Lamassu calls its new line of ATMs, “Sintra.” The ATMs herald a new line of ATMs as another crucial step in crypto’s march towards widespread consumer use and accessibility. 


Growing Industry

According to CoinATMrader.com, there are currently roughly 3,750 crypto ATMs installed worldwide. Lamassu has been producing cryptocurrency ATMs since 2013 when they produced their first, which was called the Bitcoin Machine.

While that number sounds impressive, and the number of the crypto ATMs installed continues to grow steadily, it is important to put that number in context. Information from Data.gov, for example, indicates that there are over 5,500 bank-owned ATMs in New York State alone. Crucially, this ATM count does not include independently managed ATMs at convenience stores and other retail locations.

Cost

Pricing for the new crypto ATM’s ranges from 5,200 EU for the cheapest Duoro II model, to 8,900 EU for the highest price Sintra Forte model. The mid-priced Sintra model costs 7,500 EU. The Duoro II model is the newest model of Lamassu’s original Crypto ATM, and features one-way fiat to crypto conversion, while both the Sintra and Sintra Forte feature two-way conversion.

The new models offer a bevy of features, designed to make buying and selling crypto through the machines as painless as possible. The machines feature a sleek, futuristic look, and are all crafted in Portugal. The body of the machines is crafted out of 2.5mm steel for extra durability.

Owners of these machines can configure their ATM’s to take almost any major currency, and support conversions from fiat to Bitcoin, Zcash, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, and Dash.

While Lamassu does not directly facilitate transactions on the ATM, it does offer a backend exchange trading engine that can steer conversions to liquidity providers. Lamassu’s engine is currently connected to BitPay, Bitstamp, Kraken, and Coinbase.

Fees and Regulatory Issues

ATM operators have control over the fee structure charged by their machines and can profit by either charging direct fees or adjusting the spread charged by their liquidity provider.

On Lamassu’s website, the estimates indicate that a machine needs roughly $800-$1,000 worth of daily transactions to break-even. Lamassu estimates that the average monthly turnover on their machines is roughly $20,000 and rising.

The Sintra line of ATMs features numerous compliance features, but investors interested in purchasing and managing a machine need to do their due diligence regarding the legality of operating an ATM in their jurisdiction.

Prospective ATM operators in the United States must ensure they are following both federal and state laws. Bitcoin ATMs would currently fall under the criteria of “Exchangers,” according to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. In turn, they must register as “Money Service Businesses.” If you are interested in purchasing a machine in the United States, this primer is a handy starting point.

As interest in Crypto continues to grow among the retail investing community, ATMs will likely be a key “on-ramp” for investors into the crypto industry.

What do you think of Lamassu’s New ATMs? Let us know in the comments below!


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There’s a ‘Concerted Effort to Suppress Litecoin Price,’ Says Charlie Lee

Litecoin creator, Charlie Lee, took to Twitter, complaining about recent efforts to “suppress Litecoin price” with FUD spreading by those “shorting LTC and… that see Litecoin as a threat.”


Big Up Da Litecoin

Lee had a lot to say regarding accusations that Litecoin 00 had lost its edge in an increasingly oversaturated market.

Illustrating the high level of security in the network, he highlighted the miners’ lack of incentive to attack it, as this would devalue $150 million of hardware investment. He also mentioned Litecoin’s domination of Scrypt mining.

Regarding liquidity, Lee pointed out that Litecoin trades on virtually every exchange. Nine major payment processors support it, and the network processes $200 million of transactions every day.

Charlie Lee: LN Doesn’t Make Litecoin Obsolete

Rather than making LTC redundant technology, Lightning Network actually plays nice together with both Bitcoin and Litecoin, according to Lee. Many LN clients/apps support Litecoin, allowing atomic swaps, and even submarine swaps, using LTC to pay lightning BTC invoices. He adds:

Litecoin will always be the cheapest and fastest on ramp to Lightning Network.

Even if Litecoin’s only value were as a bitcoin test-net, Lee argues that its value is greater than the 3 percent of bitcoin’s market cap it currently represents.

Litecoin’s practical proof of SegWit utility enabled its adoption and activation on the Bitcoin network. This kind of testing is not possible on the real Bitcoin testnet, as valueless coins create no incentive for malicious actors to hack it.

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Charlie DOES Care and Litecoin IS Still Being Developed

Lee caused a scandal last year when, faced with accusations that he was acting for ‘personal benefit,’ he sold and donated all his LTC holdings. He has since stated that he will never buy back in, backing up his claims of “conflict of interest.” However, he also recently appeared to favor Bitcoin over Litecoin as an initial crypto investment.

Despite this, his tweets confirm that he is still working on Litecoin full-time and promoting Litecoin adoption. Countering suggestions that Litecoin has had no development in the past 6 months, he highlights two updates in the past 2 weeks. He also points out that it is good practice not to do development work “on the master branch, where people are looking.”

As would be expected, responses to the tweets vary from the “Litecoin rulez! Charlie is my hero!” school of thought to “Well why did you sell yours then?”

You can please some of the people, some of the time, eh?

Are there concerted actions being taken to suppress Litecoin price? Share your thoughts below!


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Charlie Lee’s Litecoin ‘Ponzi Scheme’ Called Out by Silverbug YouTuber

Popular silverbug and Golden State Mint head TruthNeverTold recently took to his YouTube channel to once again call out the cryptocurrency market as little more than a Ponzi scheme. Specifically, he claims that Litecoin and its founder, Charlie Lee, are prime examples of duping unsuspecting investors. 


As Bitcoinist reported on December 20, 2017, Litecoin founder Charlie Lee “sold or donated” his entire Litecoin wealth to avoid “conflicts of interest” arising from its growth. Interestingly, Lee sold the very top of Litecoin’s unprecedented pump — something which TruthNeverTold views as an obvious profit-taking exit from a nothing-for-something Ponzi scheme.

States TruthNeverTold:

He sold out everything at the top. Good on Charlie Lee! Great job! But you just proved the fact that, as I’ve been saying since 2011, early adopters take something that has no intrinsic value, they set about building the perceived value to an unsuspecting public, only to sell that illusion for something that has real value.

The YouTuber also takes issue with Lee’s reasoning. The Litecoin founder explained, at the time:

Litecoin has been very good for me financially, so I am well off enough that I no longer need to tie my financial success to Litecoin’s success. […] For the first time in 6+ years, I no longer own a single LTC that’s not stored in a physical Litecoin.

For TruthNeverTold, Lee all but admitted that he cashed out at the top of the bubble, selling cryptocurrency for fiat and ensuring his long-term financial success.

Charlie Lee has since defended his actions as benign and well-intentioned. Despite the fact that the Litecoin 00 market crashed substantially and never recovered since the point of Lee’s sale/donation, Lee claims his actions has no effect on the market, stating:

I didn’t actually have that many litecoins. My selling litecoins didn’t actually affect the market itself but the fact that I had litecoins and people were thinking that I might dump it on the market actually was an issue.

Lee also believes Litecoin will eventually bounce back, explaining:

I still think it was the right move but I question whether — I think in the long run it was the right move but in the short term while the price is down, below the all-time high, it just feels like it’s not the right decision. But I think like, moving forward, five years down the road, when the price is back to the all-time high, I feel like it will be the right move.

What do you think about Charlie Lee selling his entire stake in Litecoin at the top? Do you think Litecoin and other cryptocurrencies are Ponzi schemes, or is TruthNeverTold simply overreacting to a market bubble? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


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Crypto.com adds Litecoin to its MCO Wallet App Currency Lineup

Crypto.com, the payments and cryptocurrency platform formerly known as Monaco, has announced the addition of Litecoin (LTC) to its cryptocurrency application, the MCO Wallet App. Litecoin becomes the fifth virtual currency available on the MCO cryptocurrency platform, which is also tied to its MCO Visa card.


Virtual Currency Variety & Increased Use of LTC

The introduction of Litecoin adds to the platform’s original currencies which are Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin (BTC), Binance Coin (BNB) and Crypto.com’s own MCO.

Users of the MCO Wallet App have adopted it for trading and tracking these currencies. According to Crypto.com, Litecoin has been added to the basket as an alternative that expands users options, brings variety and extends the platform’s use case.

In the official announcement for the new addition, Kris Marszalek,  Crypto.com’s co-founder and CEO said:

“By listing Litecoin on the MCO Wallet App, we are deepening both the functionality of the app for users and transforming into a go-to, intuitive cryptocurrency exchange platform. We look forward to continually and regularly expanding the variety of cryptocurrencies available to our platform users. Our support of Litecoin marks an essential step in this process as we strive to broaden the audience of cryptocurrency spenders and investors.”

The addition is also being celebrated by Litecoin, which is viewing the partnership as an opportunity to cast a wider net for users of the cryptocurrency.

Crypto.com’s application and metal Visa card represent additional touch points for people adopting Litecoin as a means of everyday transactions.

The announcement from Crypto.com also quoted Charlie Lee, the creator of Litecoin who said:

“Litecoin Foundation and Crypto.com share a common vision of accelerating the development and adoption of cryptocurrency. As Litecoin moves towards widespread acceptance as currency for a growing number of merchants, I’m excited to see Litecoin support added to the MCO Wallet App and the MCO Visa Card. We look forward to advancing the mission to expand cryptocurrency use together with Crypto.com by helping more users buy and spend Litecoins in their day-to-day lives.”

Crypto.com, the payments and cryptocurrency platform formerly known as Monaco, has announced the addition of Litecoin (LTC) to its cryptocurrency application, the MCO Wallet App.

BUILDING ON THE NEW BRAND

Despite being mired in controversies revolving around product revisions and premature partnership announcements in the past, Crypto.com appears to be building on its new brand and identity.

It’s also something that a new currency listing (which it says happens after careful review and consideration) could symbolize.

The adoption of a new name and brand that has a clearer tie to the cryptocurrency space, the addition of new currencies and ultimately the opening up of options for current and potential users might all indicate a new chapter for Crypto.com.

Is the addition of Litecoin enough to add to more value to the MCO Wallet App and the MCO Visa Card? Are there any other currencies that should be added to this platform? Please share your comments below.


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Coinmarketcap Launches iOS Mobile App

· May 2, 2018 · 7:00 pm

Coinmarketcap (CMC) has released its first-ever mobile app. The cryptocurrency price and market capitalization website announced the release of the app on April 30. The launch of the app is part of CMC’s five-year anniversary celebration.


The Coinmarketcap App for iPhones

The new CMC mobile app is compatible with the iOS smartphone platform. It enables users to view crypto price, market cap and 24-hour price changes on the go. App users can select from a variety of filter options to see all tokens, the top 100 tokens or their watchlist tokens.

Watchlist tokens are specific cryptos that the users have selected. To include a cryptocurrency in the watchlist, users have to push the star-shaped icon on the token page. The app also uses tokens so people can record save and sync their watchlist between different devices.

The new app doesn’t appear to bring any novel feature. Many crypto traders already use different platforms to monitor price movements in the market.

Commenting on this observation, a spokesperson for CMC told TechCrunch that:

Are there other places where people can get the data and do we have copycats? Sure. However, we are the only site that you can guarantee is sourcing, gathering, and verifying the data itself, and we pride ourselves on being the first and best regarded within the industry.

Five Years in the Business

May 1, 2018, made it five years of CMC being in the business. The platform has grown tremendously to become the 175th most visited website in the world, according to Alexa rankings. Also, more than 60 million people have visited the site so far in 2018. The CMC Twitter account currently has 425,000 followers.

When CMC began, it was reportedly tracking seven cryptos and a few exchange platforms that amounted to about $1.6 billion in market cap. Presently, the website monitors over 1,600 cryptocurrencies and 200 exchange platforms that amount to more than $400 billion in market capitalization. In January 2018, a decision by the site to delist South Korean cryptocurrency exchange platforms caused a wave of massive panic selloffs.

Rebranding the Coinmarketcap Platform

The website has also made some changes to its brand image with a new logo, color scheme, and font. The new Coinmarketcap logo contains the CMC initials and a wavy design that depicts the volatile nature of the crypto market. CMC has also made changes to the website API. The website still plans to release a new commercial API that includes historical data.

A statement by CMC commenting on these latest developments said that:

We pay close attention to the needs of our users and always encourage people to leave us feedback. We are hard at work to bring you more features that will give you more control over your experience while exploring our data.

Do you think the Coinmarketcap mobile app will be as popular as the website? Please share your views in the comment section below.


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Chicago Trader Steals Over $2 Million in Bitcoin and Litecoin Cryptocurrency

· February 17, 2018 · 10:30 am

A Chicago trader is facing up to 20 years in prison for stealing over $2 million in Bitcoin and Litecoin cryptocurrency from his employer.


Most 24-year-olds would be quite happy to be attached to a new cryptocurrency unit for a major financial entity. That’s not a bad career path for someone who previously worked as a cryptocurrency trader in South Korea before joining Consolidated Trading LLC to become an assistant bond trader in July 2016. A new department looking to dive into the burgeoning crypto world is a great stepping stone for moving up. That is unless that person is a degenerate gambler. Such is the case of Joseph Kim, who stole over $2 million in Litecoin and Bitcoin cryptocurrency from his employer.

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Stealing Begins Almost Immediately

The cryptocurrency group was created by Consolidated in September 2017, and Joseph Kim joined the unit sometime during that month. He had his own personal cryptocurrency accounts, which he informed his employer of, and he was told to cease all personal trading to avoid a conflict of interest.

However, Kim transferred 980 litecoins (worth $48,000) on a weekend shortly after joining the new unit. When a supervisor found out, Kim said he transferred the coins to a “personal digital wallet for safety reasons” due to issues he was having with Bitfinex, the cryptocurrency exchange in Hong Kong. He then said that the coins had been transferred to a Consolidated wallet (which was untrue).

In November, the trader then sent 55 bitcoins (value of $433,000) from Consolidated into an unknown account. When confronted on this transfer, Kim said that the transfer had been blocked and that he was taking steps to unblock it. He later sent back 27 bitcoins into the corporate account, leaving 28 in his possession.

The Sizes Get Bigger

Eventually, Kim transferred 284 bitcoins (worth $2.8 million) from the company’s account into a personal wallet. He later sent back 102 of those coins into the Consolidated account, after which he then transferred the remaining 182 coins into a different account. Of that last amount, Kim lost a portion of it by personally trading.

Cryptocurrency gambling

When eventually confronted over all the transfers, Kim admitted to investing in short future positions using 55 bitcoins. He continued stealing cryptocurrency from the company to cover his margin calls, losses, and personal investments. After being arrested, Kim said that he was a degenerate gambler and admitted to converting the stolen Litecoin into Bitcoin for investment purposes.

Eventually, Consolidated managed to recover roughly 144 bitcoins from Kim’s various personal wallets. The financial company lost about $603,000 overall from the rogue trader’s gambling addiction.

In an email to his superiors at Consolidated, Kim said:

It was not my intention to steal for myself. I was perversely trying to fix what I had already done. I can’t believe I did not stop.

Investment gambling is real, and cryptocurrency is just a new avenue for some to indulge in the practice. The US Attorney has charged Joseph Kim with wire fraud, which could net him up to 20 years in prison. Kim has also made history, of a sort. He’s the first person in Chicago to be charged with wire fraud in regards to cryptocurrency.

Do you think that we’ll see more cases of traders pilfering cryptocurrency to fuel their gambling addiction in the future? Let us know in the comments below.


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Katy Perry Showcases Her Crypto Claws

· January 26, 2018 · 7:00 am

Katy Perry is the latest celebrity to jump on the cryptocurrency bandwagon, recently posting an image of her crypto-inspired nails.


You know a particular thing has hit the mainstream when you see celebrities flocking to be associated with it. In their never-ending quest to stay in the public eye and remain relevant, they’ll glom onto the latest trends and hold on for dear life. The latest example is Katy Perry, who has definitely jumped onto the Bitcoin and digital currency bandwagon. She recently posted an Instagram image of her cryptocurrency-themed nails.

Bitcoin Going Hollywood

In her Instagram post that’s captioned “$—CrYpTo ClAwS—$,” Katy Perry sports some eye-catching fingernails. Her nails are embossed with the symbols of some of the most popular cryptocurrencies out there.

Naturally enough, we see Bitcoin taking center stage on one hand. Her thumbs boast the popular Ethereum cryptocurrency, and her remaining digits feature the likes of Litecoin, Stellar, and Monero.

This isn’t the first time Perry has flirted with cryptocurrency. Back in November 2017, she posted an image of her talking to investor Warren Buffett. In the post, she says that she’s asking Buffett his thoughts on cryptocurrency. (Hopefully, she did not follow his advice.)

Celebrities and Crypto

However, Katy Perry is certainly not the first celebrity to jump on board the crypto bandwagon, and she definitely won’t be the last. Floyd Mayweather was one of the first celebs to tout crypto by hyping the Stox ICO. He later pushed digital currencies by posting an image of him holding a Titanian Centra debit card, which is a card for various cryptocurrencies, while in an upscale shoe store.

The saddest case of a celebrity tying themselves to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is Paris Hilton. She hyped the ICO of a marketing platform called LydianCoin. However, she quickly deleted any endorsements after people pointed out that the person behind the project had been convicted of domestic assault.

Chances are that we’ll continue to see celebrities pushing themselves onto the crypto scene. Some may have a legitimate interest, but the majority will probably be doing it for the publicity. However, one wonders how many crypto projects will pay for celebrity endorsements in the future. ICOs raise a ton of cash, some of which could be used to hire a famous spokesperson.

What do you think about Perry’s crypto claws? Will we see more celebrity endorsements of cryptocurrency in the future? Let us know in the comments below.


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Crypto Movers and Shakers of 2017

· December 30, 2017 · 5:00 am

This year has been nothing but monumental for cryptocurrencies and the blockchain industry. Maybe we will look back on it in years to come and see 2017 as the genesis of a new way of blending business and technology. 2017 could be seen for crypto as 1995 was for the internet, when things really started to take off. Bitcoin has been around since 2009, although, for many years, it has been seen as largely a geeky thing to mine and invest in. The king of crypto has only hit the mainstream in the last few months, but it has cemented its place there.


Bitcoin and its various forks aside, this piece will focus on the altcoins which most of us hadn’t even heard of at the beginning of the year. There has been a digital explosion in ICOs in the past six months, with blockchain companies mushrooming out of nowhere and conjuring up solutions to real world issues. Some coins are just that, virtual currencies, but some try to break the Bitcoin mold of digital money and offer innovative new technology for data management and distributed ledger applications.

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Ether Rising

Ethereum has to be right up there with game-changing cryptos for the past year. The decentralized application platform has jumped from relative obscurity in January, trading at $10, to a whopping $700 today. The 7000% increase in Ether this year has secured it the second highest crypto currency by market capitalization with $70 billion for most of the year. Big things could be in store for ETH in 2018 when the platform is upgraded, scaling issues are solved, and more applications start using it.

Another coin that has made big moves in 2017 is Ripple. Many traders are skeptical about this one due to its close ties with traditional financial institutions and banks. However, these connections have just propelled the altcoin to second spot in the market capitalization charts. XRP was pretty much unknown at the beginning of the year, trading at $0.006, but it has since skyrocketed to over $2.50, where it currently trades due to a number of deals with major banks and credit card companies. The XRP blockchain will be used as a faster, more secure, and efficient way of inter-bank transfers. If it becomes the standard for such transfers, that price is sure to continue upwards.

Litecoin

Litecoin Lifted

Another one of 2017’s champions is Litecoin, which is often referred to as the silver to Bitcoin’s gold. LTC has made epic moves on the tail of its big brother, trading around $4 in January to over $240 today. Compare this 6000% rise to Bitcoin’s 1500% and it is clear that the altcoins have made bigger moves. With an improved blockchain affording faster and cheaper transactions, Litecoin is destined for greater acceptance in 2018, which will no doubt send that price higher than the record $375 it reached earlier this month.

Dash has also had a very good year, starting out at around ten bucks in January, and motoring to dizzying heights of $1,500 in mid-December before pulling back to around a thousand. The popularity of Dash arises from its security and privacy, and anonymous coins will be in increasing demand throughout 2018. Dash could go higher in the new year, as could similar cryptos, such as Monero, Zcash, Zcoin, and Verge, who are all heavily weighted towards privacy.

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There are too many altcoins to list in total, and nearly all of them have increased in value exponentially since the beginning of 2017. Some are destined for greater things in the coming year. Keep an eye on Iota, Cardano, Neo, Nem, Stella, Qtum, Lisk, and OmiseGO. Invest wisely and always do your own research.

[Full disclosure: The author of this article is a holder of multiple altcoins.]

Will you be increasing your altcoin portfolio in 2018? Let us know your favorites in the comments below. 


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