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“The Core of Any Blockchain Project is Decentralization” – Jack Zhang, Lightning Bitcoin

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Lightning Bitcoin is a fork of the ‘first-crypto-currency’ Bitcoin about which we decided to take the opportunity recently to speak to advisor Jack Zhang (AKA DianfuDatou / 点付大头 – known best as a Founder of Chainfunder and DAF).

Discussion topics include: what makes this project unique, as well as how you shouldn’t get it confused is not to be confused with the Lightning Network upgrade which is being applied to the original ‘Bitcoin’.

Who is Jack Zhang

Jack Zhang (AKA DianfuDatou / 点付大头) is a Chinese investor, business leader, and entrepreneur whose “portfolio includes XRP, XEM, IOTA, NEO, EOS, TEZOS, VEN”.

Zhang proudly describes himself as “one of the leading advocators of Ripple in China” having “translated Ripple into Chinese as ‘ruibobi’” – as well as the co-founder of NEO. Please note that most sources ascribe this latter achievement regarding NEO to an ‘Erik Zhang’ and so this claim requires further confirmation – however this writer sees no reason for him to lie in this respect.

He claims that his first experience with cryptocurrency was in 2011, when he entered the industry himself having previously worked as an investment banker at companies such as Zhejiang investment bank.

“I bought more than 10 thousand bitcoins at the price of 5 dollars and sold all of them out at the price of 7 dollars. At that time, I remember how I was reading posts on Bitcointalk about blockchain for several months and got fascinated by the genius design of the technology.”

Zhang says that the Lightning Bitcoin team members “come from a diverse cultural background, including China, the United States, Canada, the UK, Russia, Germany, and India.” And that:

“Currently Lightning Bitcoin has four core developers (listed on the website) with a team of 6 specialists. Eason Zhao is a CTO and H.H.Wang is a leading developer.

“Lightning Bitcoin also has an operational team of 8 outstanding and hardworking people managed by Wasley together with a community manager James Vuitton… We have independent leaders for each directions of the business;”

What is Lightning Bitcoin?

According to Zhang, Lightning Bitcoin is “a coin that takes the best from existing blockchain titans and adds advanced consensus mechanism.”

“Lightning Bitcoin forked from Bitcoin blockchain at block height 499,999… Lightning Bitcoin (LBTC) is a fully decentralized Internet-of-value protocol for global payments.

“The specific applications include peer-to-peer transactions and exchange platforms. Any users that operate on the LBTC protocol can enjoy instant, secure and nearly free global financial transactions of any size.”

Lightning Bitcoin is far from the first (nor will it be the last) fork from Bitcoin. A number of observers have claimed that the correlation between new forks and over inflation of Bitcoin. Jack Zhang however sees it as follows…

“Back in 2017, Bitcoin blockchain started to face network congestions, and a lot of other problems, that is one of the reasons why there were so many hard forks popping up. However, all of them changed either size or difficulty adjustment, what in my opinion did not improve the situation. That is a consensus that makes the difference. Pow and PoS are easily centralized, while DPoS represents true decentralization. Moreover, DPoS has the benefit of high efficiency, with little resource consumption.”

This mechanism utilises the relatively young Distributed Proof of Stake (DPoS) protocol which this writer has written about in a recent article, despite its basis upon the Proof of Work (PoW)-based ‘Bitcoin’.

Zhang states that Distributed Proof of Stake “allows separation of the voting power and block production, with no risks of a hard fork.” In fact, the aftermath of the announcement of DPoS adoption coincided with the company taking on another of its advisors “Stan Larimer a founding partner of Bitshares… we found mutual interests, as a result Stan joined Lightning Bitcoin advisory board.”

“Lightning Bitcoin uses DPoS, with the forging interval of 3 seconds, and the block size of 2M. We have achieved the TPS of thousands of transactions.

“Anyone can use LBTC, without censorship. The transaction fees are charged only for preventing network security issues, like DDoS attacks. It is not an off-chain solution on top of the Bitcoin blockchain as Lightning Network. I personally believe that Lightning Network will face the problem of centralization eventually.”

Furthermore,

“Lightning Bitcoin’s on-chain governance system enables LBTC holders to vote for the blockchain improvement proposals and the delegates who maintain the network as Lightning Nodes. It solves the problems of centralization of bitcoin by incorporating all participants in the Lightning Bitcoin ecosystem into the decision-making process.”

Lightning Bitcoin vs Lightning Network

Due to the similarities in naming, it seems natural that there may be a little confusion on behalf of the public and crypto-investment community with regards to the differences between ‘Lightning Bitcoin’ and ‘Lightning Network’.

“There is some confusion, you are correct.

When Lightning Bitcoin forked in December 2017, for Lightning Network it was still unclear when it is going to be launched, since it was still at the internal testing stage; only after four months later, in March 2018 when Lightning Network released its beta, both projects started to be confused by users in some countries.”

This, according to Zhang, is actually a problem more specific / limited to region,

“In other countries, like China, lightning network is not that well-known, as well as it has different Chinese name, that gives us more room for the development in Asia.”

Present and Future of LBTC

“Currently, Lightning Bitcoin network is stable, we constantly improving its functions and adding more products.

“The next big step for LBTC that we are working on right now is the development of on-chain governance, that will allow the network to self-improve and self-upgrade.

“In the future, stable upgrades of Lightning Bitcoin network in combination with chain governance, and decentralized transactions will allow cross-chain flashovers and smart contracts… the exploration of the on-chain governance model will become one of the most important tasks in the current stage of LBTC.”

Zhang continues to discuss the future for the coin in-detail as well, including that:

“In short, after complete integration of on-chain governance, next milestone is the development of new decentralized exchange. It will be an important component of the LBTC payment function.

“This exchange will have both basic functionality such as flashovers function of the gateway, as well as a system to guarantee the ease of cross-chain operations. Additionally, it will have the function of early crowdfunding of project under the necessary supervision.”

Finally,

“After implementing and perfecting the decentralized exchange, the development of intelligent contracts based on the UTXO model will be carried out, and a high-concurrence-based public chain ecosystem will be established to guide the flow of DAPP traffic.”

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Cardano Price Analysis: ADA Bulls Set for Another Retest of Big Supply Area

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  • ADA/USDT trading firmly within the green on Wednesday, outperforming its peers.
  • Cardano Shelley upgrade is heavily anticipated across the community.

The ADA/USDT pair was seen holding decent gains in the session on Wednesday, up as much as 5%. The bulls are looking at resuming their decent upside momentum, which was seen through mid-December early January. In terms of that rally seen, the price gained a whopping 90%, moving from around $0.02793 up to a high print at around $0.05368 on 10th January. This was the highest-level ADA/USDT had reached since 19th November.

ADA/USDT daily chart.

The bulls had the wind taken out of their sails after failing to breakdown a known area of supply. This can be seen tracking from $0.04900 up to $0.05400. The price has not been above this level since 19th November 2018, which was a period of heavy selling. Buyers have faltered here on two occasions recently – 24th December 2018 and 10th January. It will not be an easy area to break down; however, upside potential is chunky should it be broken down.

Project Shelley Imminent

The eagerly awaited Shelley update is very much quickly nearing its release from the Cardano foundation. It is set to be launched in the coming few weeks, as can be seen via their roadmap countdown clock.

This update is significant as it will make the Cardano blockchain fully decentralized. The Cardano blockchain is currently within the Byron phase. In terms of the Shelley upgrade, it will additionally mark the release of Cardano 1.5. The foundation provides the following insight from the detailed roadmap, “As we progress through Shelley, work will be done that contributes to stability, interoperability and governance. Throughout the arc of development, Cardano’s protocols will increase in complexity, interdependence and use more exotic cryptographic primitives”.

Technical Review – ADA/USDT

ADA/USDT 4-hour chart.

A near-term upside challenge is seen tracking from $0.043500-$0.045000, via the 4-hour chart view. Over the past six sessions now, the bulls have failed to break this area down. Further north of this, a heavier zone of supply can be observed from $0.04900 up to $0.05400, as detailed earlier.

If the bulls fail to move north of the mentioned areas, then key daily support levels should be noted for potential comfort. Eyes would be on the following levels: $0.03900 (13-14 January low), $0.03550 and then finally $0.027600 (7-16th December 2018 low area).

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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STEEM Coin on the Move While Steemit Loses 20 Million Visitors in Six Months

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One of the three currencies which fuel the Steemit blockchain-based social media site, Steem (STEEM) gained 22% in the previous two days. Despite the increased price movement in January, monthly visitors and unique account creations continue to plumb new yearly lows on the Steemit social media website.

STEEM Price

STEEM’s recovery has been slow in coming – the coin gained 43% from December into January, however most of that came in the last forty-eight hours. Compare that to major and mid-cap altcoins such as Tron (TRX), Zilliqa (ZIL) and Augur (REP) which gained over 100% in that time, and you see a major discrepancy.

From Monday through to Wednesday STEEM went on a 22% run which carried the coin price from $0.249836 up to $0.306033. Trades against Korean won on the Upbit exchange accounted for more than 40% of the day’s trades, or around $1.2 million of the $2.7 million daily total.

Steemit Cools Down

After suffering the indignity of laying off a majority of its staff back in November, Steemit continues to hold on despite plummeting numbers.

Remarkably, the Steemit social media site lost almost 20 million monthly visitors in the last six months – a 61% drop off from the 30.8 million visitors in July, to the current 11.9 monthly visitors according to SimilarWeb. New account creations are also down 83% in the last six days alone, however statistics show that new users tend to flood in whenever the coin price pumps – even if just for a brief time.

CCN reported back in May of 2018 that Steemit had surpassed one million accounts created on the blockchain. This was a startling figure at the time, and grabbed a lot of headlines. However, Steemit statistics from the time suggest the number of unique users was actually much less – closer to 150,000 according to this chart from Steemit’s @arcange.

Follow the Money

The same chart shows that January of 2018 remains Steemit’s most successful month. The site gained close to 120,000 new users in the sixty days leading up to January’s all-time high, when the coin price climbed as high as $8.57.

As the coin fell to a twenty-month low in December, unique accounts on the blockchain also fell to eighteen-month lows in the process. A major increase to new account creations was seen on January 9th, as STEEM went on a similar 23% price spike, and 4,108 new users flocked to Steemit in one day.

Stats courtesy of Steemit’s @penguinpablo

By six days later, new registrations had fallen back to 695 per day, as STEEM’s gains from the previous few days were wiped out.

Steemit launched back in early 2016, and has divided opinion since its inception. Check out this recent primer for an up to date summary of Steemit and its features.

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Binance Coin Price Analysis: Binance Completes 6th Token Burn; BNB/USDT Struggling to Move Back Above Breached Channel

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  • Binace has completed their sixth round of BNB token burning, a total of around 1.6 million.
  • BNB/USDT bulls are retesting a breached ascending channel formation.

BNB/USDT is holding steady for now, with a gains of 4% on Wednesday. Caution can be observed following a breakout to the downside from a rising channel formation. The price had been moving within this structure from around 15th December, when the bulls commenced the most recent upside trend. BNB/USDT had gained as much as 51%, while within the confinements of this. However, all good bull runs must come to an end, and on 10th January the lower supporting trend line gave way to the market bears.

BNB/USDT daily chart.

In terms of price behavior since the break, as detailed earlier, there is a lack of commitment seen. The bulls have stringently retested and been moving underneath the channel but have not got the momentum to break back above at this time.

Binance Complete 6th BNB Token Burn

The world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by traded volume, Binance, announced they have completed their sixth token burn. Binance burnt a reported total of 1,623,818 BNB tokens. This detailed burn was for the period between October 1 and December 31, 2018. For comparative purposes, the number is similar to the 1,643,986 BNB amount that they previously burned in their fifth round.

Despite the similar number of BNB being burnt, it is worth considering that the final quarter of 2018 had “brought significant changes in the cryptocurrency landscape”. In monetary terms, the dollar value during the sixth BNB burn was around $9.4 million, versus the $17 million during the previous period.

CZ, founder and CEO of Binance, said, “I’m excited about is Binance Chain and Binance DEX, which will launch soon. From a tech standpoint, it is a major development for the Binance ecosystem. From an earnings standpoint, Binance DEX will not directly increase profitability for Binance, but it will certainly increase the utility of BNB in a big way. That should be good for BNB holders. Binance is also a larger holder of BNB, so we benefit the same way as all BNB holders. The more people using Binance Chain, the more value is created, or the more successful we all become.”

Technical Review – BNB/USDT

BNB/USDT must break back above the $6.40 area to attract another wave of buying. This is where the lower supporting trend line of the breached channel in tracking. Separately, a supply zone is seen in proximity, tracking from $6.20-$6.90. The price has not been above this region since 19th November. Should the bulls gather enough momentum to break above this supply, then a fast move could be seen back to $10.00. BNB/USDT had been consolidating here prior to the steep fall in November.

Looking to the downside, there isn’t much in the way of major support seen until the $4.00 price region. This is where the December low can be seen, $4.12, with a demand zone observed running from $4.55-$4.12.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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