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Why Investors Should Keep an Eye on DigiByte (DGB)

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DigiByte (DGB) has been around since early 2014 but like many altcoins only came to public and commercial prominence during the market ramp-up of 2017. In fact, between January of last year and now, DGB coins have grown over 9,400% in value – a figure that holds up even now in the midst of a market downturn.

Any coin price recorded during January’s spike shouldn’t be relied upon as an indicator of future performance, but the +50,000% growth recorded during the peak of January 7th is surely worthy of a mention.

DigiByte is self-described as the “Fastest, longest, most decentralized & secure UTXO blockchain in the world today.” Bold claims indeed, but do they stand up?

The Blockchain

DigiByte’s claims on being the longest blockchain might have something to do with the block times. DigiByte blocks come along every fifteen seconds, and for a blockchain that has been mined since 2014 this adds up to a very long chain of blocks – outnumbering the older but slower Bitcoin blockchain which produces blocks every ten minutes.

What about its claims on being the fastest? Well right now DigiByte can handle 560 transactions per second, which vastly outnumbers the seven and fifteen transactions per second handled by Bitcoin and Ethereum respectively. DigiByte intend for that number to rise, with a projected 280,000 tps targeted for 2035.

Placing future projections to one side, even the current tps rate of 560 is enough to grab attention. The speeds on the network are helped in no small part by the large number of node operators on the blockchain, with 70,000 at the time of writing.

Hence when DigiByte claim to be the most decentralized blockchain, they might once again have a point. Compare the DGB node count to Bitcoin’s 9,000 or Ethereum’s 16,000 and you see the difference.

As for its claims on being the most secure…

Multi-Algo

Miners of all stripes and colors can find something to do on DigiByte with five different mining algorithms employed in the production of DGB. ASIC miners are catered to with the presence of SHA256 and Scrypt mining; and Skein, Groestl and Qubit make up the CPU and GPU end of the spectrum.

Each of the five algorithms take a 20% share of the block rewards, with each algo having its difficulty adjusted automatically in relation to the strength of its respective mining pool. The splitting of the mining duties also helps secure the network against 51% attacks, since any attacker would have to control a majority of at least three of the algorithm groups.

The fifteen second block times mentioned above are achieved by having each of the five algorithms produce a block in constant succession. Thus, each of the five algorithms are cycled every minute and a half.

A Brief History

This all sounds well and good, and has been enough to carry DigiByte to within the top thirty ranked cryptocurrencies in the world, but this weren’t always so rosy for Jared Tate’s project.

In fact, when Tate launched DigiByte it was also intended to be used as a transactional currency within the gaming industry. If necessity is the mother of invention, then perhaps it was the hungry demands of a large-scale gaming industry which pushed DigiByte’s back-end evolution.

Ultimately the gaming focus failed. After finding integration on popular games such as Minecraft and League of Legends, the project collapsed in spring of 2017 due to ongoing technical issues and denial-of-service attacks.

A detailed history of DigiByte’s development can be viewed on their website, but the development team were instrumental in introducing the DigiShield technology which was eventually adopted by a host of other mainstream blockchains as a defence against mining attacks.

The blockchain has undergone four hardforks since its inception, with each introducing new updates in the form of the fairly self-describing Multi-Algo, Multi-Shield, DigiSpeed and the aforementioned DigiShield.

SegWit was also implemented on DigiByte in early 2017, via one of three softforks enacted on the blockchain thus far.

Notable Partners

Well, getting anywhere close to becoming bedfellows with the likes of Minecraft and League of Legends is no small feat, even if the association seems to have ended. But DigiByte also brushed shoulders with the likes of Microsoft when it was added to Azure back in 2016, although news from that front has been quieter in 2018.

In recent times DigiByte partnered up with Investa – a financial services provider which aims to incorporate DGB onto its ATM machines and debit cards.

Recent Performance

DigiByte is one of the few coins to have recorded higher lows and (almost) higher highs since January. Look at the chart below and see one of the few altcoins not to have completely disintegrated amid the bear market of the last eight months.

DigiByte sets itself up as a competitor to Bitcoin, not to other altcoins. It took a while for DGB to get going (possibly due to the purposeful lack of an ICO or whitepaper) but when it did it fired full-steam ahead almost immediately.

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FunFair’s Value Expands 20% in a Week amid Catalysts

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FunFair (FUN) has taken investors on a wild ride in the last month along with the broader cryptocurrency market. Most recently, however, the FUN has hit a stride, increasing its value by approximately 20% over the last week. For the month, the coin remains lower by 14% as most ETH-based tokens have been following the lead of the No. 2 cryptocurrency Ethereum, which has similarly posted gains for the week, up 14%, but a loss for the month at 30%.

Source: Trading View

FunFair’s relative strength remains in neutral territory at 47.4, while the MACD level is bullish. Most of the moving averages, however, are signaling sell, with the exception of the EMA and SMA. Meanwhile, despite the fact that ETH isn’t out of the woods yet, if FUN is going to continue to follow its larger peer’s path, it could be in for more gains in the final quarter of the year with a couple of potential catalysts ahead.

Catalysts Ahead

The ETH drivers include the upcoming launch of the Ethereum hard fork on the test network, which brings them one step closer to unveiling Constantinople, which in turn will lead to the integration of scaling technology like Casper. This is what the community is waiting for but whether it can overcome the massive wave of ICO selling remains to be seen.

FunFair has a couple of developments of its own to drive the price higher. When a blockchain project sticks to its roadmap, it’s a reason to celebrate the coin, and FunFair has been moving forward. FunFair just announced that the completion of the first phase of beta testing in which “community testers” tested the mettle of the games with thousands of hands of blackjack and spins of the roulette wheel.

The mainnet testing coincided with the launch of its first casino. FunFair secured an operating license in the Dutch island of Curacao and expects for the maiden FunFair-fueled casino to go live in September. Ethereum Co-Founder Joseph Lubin has identified gaming as a major driver of the network.

Bitcoin’s dominance is currently hovering at 55%, and the combined value of the crypto market is once again perched above $200 billion. If market strategists and technical signals are right, the next couple of months could be a game changer for crypto prices. ICE’s regulated exchange Bakkt will likely launch in November, while Fidelity is reportedly moving deeper into crypto. It’s just a matter of time for prices respond to the blockchain industry advancements and catch up.

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Coordinated Pump Pushes Steem Coin Price Up 25%

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Steem (STEEM), one of the native currencies on the Steemit social media platform, felt a 25% pump in the early hours of Tuesday morning shortly after a bug saw the site go down temporarily.

Round about the same time a flurry of buy calls resounded around the Twitter ecosystem, urging traders to buy into STEEM in anticipation of the upcoming Hardfork 20, which is due to be implemented on September 25th.

With Hardfork 20 now a week away, it appears that a pump and dump group may be trying to draw new hands into STEEM with the intention of dumping their coins when the price hype reaches an appropriate crescendo.

Calling For Buyers

Several posts like this one appeared on Twitter in the late/early hours of last night, urging followers to accumulate STEEM:

“Accumulate $STEEM On Binance Its having HARDFORK on 25th sept price can go x2 soon !!”

The buy pattern started late last night and peaked this morning between 09:00 and 10:00 UTC. By 11:00 UTC tweets like this celebrated the price pump and the assumed gains made for the account’s followers:

“VIP members were told to buy #STEEM and hold. Btw it is 25% pure profit.”

As anyone who has used Steemit will know, whenever a large price movement takes place the platform suddenly receives its own flurry of activity, as users try to figure out where the price is going to end up. STEEM prices affect the subsequent value of Steemit profile accounts, and exchanges like this one were common on the site this morning:

Steemians, as the site’s users refer to themselves, will now be watching the run up to Hardfork 20 very closely. Hardcore users remain skeptical of today’s sudden rise in coin price, and naturally assume that pumpers are using Hardfork 20 as a trigger to make some easy money.

Steem’s 25% Price Hike

From yesterday’s low of $0.699509, STEEM rose in value to the tune of 25.9% en route to a valuation of $0.881178. That peak came at 10:00 UTC this morning, as trade volumes rose 261%, from $2.1 million yesterday to $7.6 million at the time of writing.

The above tweets suggested Binance as the hub for STEEM trades, and around 27.5% of activity has originated from there, with STEEM/BTC the most popular at 24.7% alone.

The most popular hub for STEEM trades, however, is Korea. Over 50% of the day’s movements have come from Upbit and Bithumb, where STEEM/KRW trades dominate. The STEEM price on Bithum even climbed as high as $4.27 at one point, however CoinMarketCap and other statistics aggregators have excluded this price from overall market readings.

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Stellar Acquires Blockchain Startup Chain to Form Interstellar

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The commercial arm of the Stellar Development Corporation has acquired a promising blockchain startup by the name of Chain, paving the way for possibly higher enterprise adoption of distributed ledger technology. The deal adds to Stellar’s credibility as one of the world’s leading blockchain companies.

Chain Acquired

Chain, a San Francisco-based startup pursuing enterprise grade adoption of blockchain technology in finance, has sold to Lightyear in an undisclosed cash agreement. Lightyear, the subsidiary of the Stellar Development Corporation, will be re-named Interstellar, according to official reports. Jed McCaleb, Stellar’s founder, will be the chief technology officer of the newly formed company, which he said should help companies build on the Stellar network. He adds:

“Chain’s team has led the market for enterprise adoption of blockchain technology, which is a critical component of building a future where money and digital assets move over open protocols.”

Interstellar’s new CEO Adam Ludwin explained how the newly merged company will work together:

“Chain has worked from inside the enterprise while Stellar has focused on the network between organizations. As a single team we will have a complete view and set of capabilities to make value-over-IP a reality.”

Chain is said to be a leader in the world of fin-tech, having built enterprise-grade blockchain solutions for Visa, Citigroup and Nasdaq, among others. With the merger, Interstellar will have access to Sequence, Chain’s powerful cloud solution that enables companies to monitor assets moving between private ledgers and the Stellar network.

Previously, Chain had raised more than $43 million across multiple deals. Financiers included Capital One, Citigroup, Pantera Capital and Blockchain Capital.

XLM Price Update

Although the merger between Chain and Lightyear has not had a demonstrably positive effect on XLM’s price, the cryptocurrency continues to outperform leading assets such as Ethereum and bitcoin cash. The XLM price was down 4.4% on Tuesday but has gained 3.2% over the past seven days. By comparison, bitcoin has declined nearly 1% over that period while Cardano has lost more than 10%. Ethereum is trading in positive territory over seven days as prices recovered from 16-month lows.

XLM, which is currently valued at $0.197, has declined roughly 12% over the past month. At current values, it has a market capitalization of $3.7 billion, placing it sixth among active cryptocurrencies. Bitbox is the most active market for XLM traders, accounting for more than 54% of daily transactions.

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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