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x42: The Cryptocurrency Gem You Don’t Want To Miss

By Spencer Kellogg | @Spencer_Kellogg

Open. Feeless. Infinite. Those are the three words that greet users of the x42 Protocol, a new cryptocurrency that launched in the late summer months of 2018. In the world of cryptocurrency, manufactured hype and speculation often cloud the true viability of new projects in the nascent marketplace. x42, however, appears to have all the trappings of a strong, working product for innovation and finance.

x42 is a decentralized cryptocurrency that promises zero fees and infinite scalability. The coin can be transferred privately in an instant and the platform itself acts as a creative authoring hub for launching an assortment of applications ranging from indie game developers to large-scale business models. Maintained by the blockchain, x42 provides a flexible entry for entrepreneurs and amateur content producers alike to create, maintain and execute smart contracts and customizable side blockchains.

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A technology based on the Stratis cryptocurrency, x42 smart contracts are written in the common language C# and provide builders with a framework to launch their own blockchain applications and projects. Utilizing the Breeze Wallet, x42 transactions are private and untraceable ensuring anonymity for core community users. The project is growing in interest every day and their Discord channel boasts over one thousand users already.

At this moment, the x42 team is focusing on releasing tiered nodes and an entry-level master node is available by purchasing and holding 1,000 coins in the x42 core wallet. x42 protocol employs Proof of Stake (POS) and rewards users who stake coins in the wallet with a payout every 1-3 days. x42 coins can be purchased at the Start-Ex cryptocurrency exchange.

Unlike many cryptocurrencies that utilized ICO’s during the crypto gold rush of 2017, the x42 team used a traditional launch that included a pre-mine of 25% of their full coin supply (42 million coins). The rest of the coin supply will be printed by the year 2030. This incentivizes users to hold their coins in a wallet and receive staking benefits. Block rewards are 20 coins per block until the block number 550,000 is reached (likely October of 2019) at which time the reward will reduce to 5 coins per block. For more information on coin supply and market cap, check out CoinGecko’s page for x42.

The use cases for x42 are impressive in their diversity. Developers have suggested that the platform can be used to create casual gaming infrastructures like Ethereum’s wildly popular CryptoKitties or to build more sophisticated tech like Maps or Virtual Reality applications. x42 can also be used to uphold contracts via a modeled reputation system or to even remotely control small and large-scale equipment for businesses.

x42’s combination of feeless, private transactions and a smart contract platform that can create and execute decentralized applications make it an interesting project to purchase and hold for the future. The team is active on several social media platforms and they have, so far, achieved every stated goal in a timely and professional manner. With less than 600 followers on Twitter, this is still very much the early stages for the x42 project and a good opportunity for speculators and tech-interested investors alike to join a budding project in its infancy.


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Cryptocurrency Market Shows Life, Adds $40 Billion in 2 Days

By Ryan Lau | @agorisms

Over the past several months, the cryptocurrency market has slowed. Its peak market cap of $830 billion has fallen dramatically, losing over two thirds of its value.

However, over the past several days, it is beginning to show life again.

On July 2, Bitcoin finally saw growth after it reached a 12 month low in value. As of June 29, the cryptocurrency had fallen as low as just over $5800 USD. Yet, the value, as of July 3, has soared back to $6658 USD.

This shows nearly a 15% increase in Bitcoin in just four days, which averages to slightly under 4% a day.

Of course, since the cryptocurrency’s fall from a January high of nearly $20000 USD, it has jumped up by these percentages a number of times. Despite this, some investors believe that this rally is longer term.

Sustainable Cryptocurrency Market Gains

As Bitcoin rose, the cryptocurrency market as a whole also saw considerable gains in volume. In the past 48 hours, it has added $40 billion dollars in total volume. As part of this, Bitcoin’s volume rose to $4.6 billion.

Other coins, such as Bitcoin Cash, Cardano, and Ripple, have also risen in value and volume over the same span. Ethereum also showed strong recovery, bouncing from $400 to $467 USD.

Because of the increase in both volume and value, many expect this growth to continue. Some market estimates place a short-term value of Bitcoin at slightly over $7000 USD. If this occurs, it will represent a 21% payout since the cryptocurrency reached its low.

Smaller cryptocurrencies have yet to see the same rebound and uptick in volume. Yet, the market trend suggests that they may soon see similar looking gains, as demand for crypto increases.

The Cryptocurrency Market in U.S. Cities

Clearly, there has been a rapid increase of cryptocurrency market recognition since just one year ago. As this continues, demand not only rises for coin ownership, but for work opportunity. in fact, first quarter 2018 blockchain jobs on the freelance site upwork.com rose a staggering 6000%.

While some, like those on upwork.com, seek employment in blockchain, many others are finding another way to join the market.

Throughout U.S. cities, Bitcoin ATMs are beginning to appear. As of mid-June, over 2,000 of the machines existed in the United States, with almost 100 in the state of Michigan.

For a fee of 7 to 8 percent, consumers may purchase the cryptocurrency in order to hold, invest, or trade.

Generally, the machines exist in low income areas. Of course, many families with lower incomes do not have bank accounts. As an alternative, they may use these ATMs as a cheap alternative means of storing money.

Some even view the machines as an alternative to lottery tickets. With high levels of risk and reward, both are capable of bringing massive success for a small price.

Unlike a lottery, however, the cryptocurrency market shows trends that users can monitor for maximum gain. Detroit gas station owner Andy Attisha says that users of his Bitcoin ATM are doing exactly that.

“A lot of people do day trading on it,” Attisha remarked about his ATM. “I see people coming in here every day messing with the machine.”


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Cryptocurrency Payments May Return On Reddit

By Nick Hamilton | United States

During an interview with Cheddar, Chris Stowe, the CTO of Reddit, asserted that Reddit hopes to bring back payments dealing with Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), and Ethereum (ETH).

Reddit stopped accepting Bitcoin in March of this year, when the Coinbase Merchant Services were experiencing some technical difficulties and bugs. This led the popular sharing site to drop the Cryptocurrency as an option for payment.

Coinbase has since announced the migration of Coinbase Merchant Services to a program called “Coinbase Commerce,” a program specifically designed for merchants. The migration of Coinbase Commerce will end on May 31st, which is when we could see a return of cryptocurrency payments to Reddit.

Reddit has always been very crypto friendly, with subreddits such as r/Bitcoin, r/Crypto, r/Litecoin, and r/Ethereum having tens of thousands of subscribers.

Stowe said the following Thursday:

The upcoming Coinbase change, combined with some bugs around the bitcoin payment option that were affecting purchases for certain users, led us to remove bitcoin as a payment option.

We have been looking at other cryptocurrencies. As a matter of fact, that was part of the issue with the high fees on the bitcoin network. We are looking at Ethereum and Litecoin that are both provided by Coinbase.


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Buffet Says Cryptocurrency is a Gamble, Not Investing

By Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

World-renown investor and head of Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffet spoke out once again against cryptocurrency recently.

Ahead of the 2018 annual shareholders meeting for his organization, he told Yahoo! Finance:

You aren’t investing when you do that… You’re speculating. There’s nothing wrong with it. If you wanna gamble somebody else will come along and pay more money tomorrow, that’s one kind of game. That is not investing.

Buffet’s statements are much less fiery than the earlier statements of Charlie Munger, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, who referred to bitcoin as a noxious poison.

I never considered for one second having anything to do with [bitcoin], I detested it the minute it had been raised. The more popular it got, the more I hated it. It’s just disgusting that people have been taken in by this.

Buffet continued that there are “two kinds of items that people buy and think they’re investing,” but “One really is investing and the other isn’t.” Buffet’s organization holds a lot of weight in the realm of finance, being one of the biggest investment organizations in the world.

Warren Buffet is the most famous popular investor, which means that his own statements also carry a lot of influence.

Many influential individuals have come out against various cryptocurrencies in much more visceral manners, making Buffet seem much more docile.


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North Carolina Sends Cease and Desist Order to Cryptocurrency Mining Company

By Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

The state of North Carolina sent a cease and desist letter to cryptocurrency mining company Power Mining Pool (PMP) last week. It was found that PMP was in violation of multiple parts of the securities act:

The Securities Division found that PMP is violating the Securities Act by: a. offering unregistered securities in the form of ‘mining pool shares;’ b. offering securities while it is not registered to do so; and c. making material misstatements when offering securities.

 

PMP was told that they must not act as a securities dealer in any capacity unless registered with the state, according to Bitcoin.com.

PMP received a cease and desist letter on March 2, but made no effort to respond. On March 6, its website had gone down. The website itself is the only place of business, for there is no known physical location for PMP. The individuals running the organization are also unknown.

The company claims to be able to mine seven different cryptocurrencies, each of which it will mine less when the computer detects that it is not currently “profitable.”


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