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Lack of Decentralization Exposed with Reversed Transaction

Blockchain protocol EOS, run by Block.one, has just become the subject of a new crypto scandal. It all began on November 9th, when a picture emerged on Reddit of a moderator on EOS reversing a transaction that had already been confirmed.

Decentralized?

According to the Reddit user u/auti9003, a reverse transaction occurred without the owner’s permission. The arbitrator, Ben Gates, referred to the blockchain project’s constitution as a basis for his decision. Gates wrote:

“Under the powers afforded to me as arbitrator under article 6 of the Rules of Dispute Resolution, I, Ben Gates, rule that the EOS account in dispute should be returned to the claimant with immediate effect and that the freeze over the assets within the said account is removed.”

Many EOS users weren’t happy with the findings posted on Reddit. One user by the name of ethswagholder said:

“What a pile of garbage is EOS? Why would anyone use this over a bank account and traditional legal system? These guys raised $4BN to recreate the legal system using a token that is neither censorship resistant, nor immutable. Brilliant.”

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This isn’t the first time EOS’s model of governance has been questioned. Back in early October, allegations were made accusing the platform’s major block producers (BPs) of “collusion” and mutual voting. It was suggested that the main EOS nodes took part in mutual voting, with a handful of payoffs to remain in power of the EOS blockchain.

Daniel Larimer, CTO of Block.one, confirmed the project’s lack of decentralization in an interview last month. Larimer told Colin Talks Crypto:

“Decentralization isn’t what we’re after. What we’re after is anti-censorship and robustness against being shut down.”

Well, that should give you some peace—ha! Larimer still claims EOS is more decentralized than Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) because it takes 11 BP’s to control the network. For Bitcoin and Ethereum, it would only take around three to four pools.

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Ethereum (ETH) and EOS Cross Chain Token Trading Success by Bancor

Bancor, a decentralized liquidity network, has just announced it has completed its partnership with Block.one to provide cross-blockchain token swaps with EOS and Ethereum (ETH).

EOS and Ethereum (ETH) Automated Token Conversion

The company originally announced its partnership and venture in September. The announcement just published a few hours ago reads:

“BancorX enables automated conversions between Ethereum-based and EOS-based assets without users having to deposit funds on an exchange and without the need for order-matching between buyers and sellers. Anyone can integrate an Ethereum or EOS token with BancorX by staking an amount of those tokens in a smart contract which they own and manage.”

BancorX currently supports a copious amount of Ethereum ERC20 tokens and uses its own BTN token to make the cross-blockchain transfers.

First, either EOS or Ethereum is converted into BTN. Then, the BancorX smart contract removes BNT from circulation and receives account information from the destination chain. Oracles watch the BancorX contract on the original crypto chain and report the BNT amount and destination wallet address to the BancorX contract on the destination chain.

The BancorX contract on the destination chain then issues BNT on its chain. The BNT token can then be converted into the desired coin through Relays on the Bancor Network.

The company also states that its cross-blockchain dApp was built in partnership with LiquidEOS.

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Bancor Movement

In addition to its announcement today about BancorX, the company announced that its Bprotocol Foundation would transfer $10 million to EOS, to encourage development and token liquidity on the EOS network. This money is geared toward incentivizing developers to expand and grow the already vast network.

At press time, EOS remains the fifth largest cryptocurrency by its total market cap and is trading at $5.51 a coin, up 1.25%. Ethereum (ETH) remains in second and is trading at $210.37 a coin, up 4.17%.

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EOS, TRON (TRX), and Litecoin (LTC) Updates

The cryptocurrency market is trading mostly in the red this Friday morning. Most coins in the top 10 cryptocurrencies are either just above the percentage gains threshold or just below. EOS and TRON (TRX) are currently in the green, but Litecoin (LTC) is trading down.

Let’s take a closer look at these projects and their latest movements.

EOS

Recently, the official ‘EOS’ Twitter name was changed to Block.one. Block.one is the blockchain-based company that formed EOS. The company must be taking bets that most people truly interested in EOS know about Block.one, but I’m sure those new to the crypto community might get a bit confused.

However, in 2018 it seems the diehard crypto-loyalists are the only ones who have stuck around since the crypto rise and fall in January.

Recently, Block.one announced the location and date of the EOS Global Hackathon Grand Finale.

The grand finale will be held on December 7th, in Cape Town, South Africa.

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TRON (TRX)

There has been lots of movement over at the TRON Foundation as of late. Since it acquired BitTorrent, the companies have formed a new web-based torrent streaming client called μTorrent.

It seems μTorrent Web currently has over one million active users already and the company announced that BitTorrent Web will be live soon. In addition to its BitTorrent movement, TRON has been expanding on exchanges.

On Bitfinex, users can now trade for TRX with JPY, GBP, and the EUR—making it far more accessible to those around the globe.

Litecoin (LTC)

Litecoin will be celebrating its seventh birthday coming up on October 13th. That same day, LTC will be added to Gemini’s exchange.

In mid-September, LTC was added to the Canadian exchange Coinut. Later this month, Litecoin Founder Charlie Lee will be attending and speaking at the World Crypto Conference in Las Vegas.

Tickets are still available for purchase if you would like to meet him in person.

EOS, TRON (TRX), and Litecoin (LTC) Price Movement

According to CoinMarketCap, EOS is currently trading at $5.74 a coin, up 0.99% in 24 hours. EOS still remains the fifth largest cryptocurrency by its total market cap.

TRX is currently trading at $0.0231 a coin, up 5.20% in 24 hours. TRON is currently the 12th largest cryptocurrency by its total market cap.

According to CoinMarketCap, LTC is currently trading at $58.18 a coin, down -0.59% in 24 hours. Litecoin remains the seventh largest cryptocurrency by its total market cap.

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Ripple (XRP), EOS, Litecoin (LTC)

The cryptocurrency market is trending upwards today as most coins within the top 100 are currently trading in the green. Bitcoin (BTC) is currently trading over $6,600 and Ethereum (ETH) is just below the $300 mark.

Let’s take a closer look at Ripple (XRP), EOS, and Litecoin (LTC) today and the latest movements with each of these projects.

Ripple (XRP)

Ripple has been making steady moves with its xRapid product lately.

xRapid is Ripple’s product geared towards financial institutions, that is powered by XRP. Just recently, Ripple signed partnerships with three crypto exchanges to make them preferred exchanges for the US dollar, Mexican Pesos, and Philline Pesos.

At press time, XRP is trading at $0.337 a coin, up 2.56%, in 24 hours. Ripple remains the third largest cryptocurrency by its total market cap.

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EOS

Block.one, the company that invented EOS, is in the middle of their global hackathon. The EOS hackathon is a competition incentivizing developers to build dApps on the EOS platform for cash prizes.

The Beijing hackathon and Sydney hackathon have already been completed and the two other locations for the upcoming hackathons have been announced. The grand finale location and date has yet to be announced.

The next EOS hackathon will take place in London, on Sept 22nd and 23rd and the fourth hackathon in San Francisco will be held on November 10th and 11th. Exact locations of these events are TBD.

At press time, EOS is currently trading at $5.03 a coin, up 5.32%.

Litecoin (LTC)

There hasn’t been any major news regarding Litecoin this week, but last week, ItBit announced that it would be trading LTC soon.

ItBit is a digital currency trading platform that is regulated by the NYDFS. This is expected to drive up the price of the cryptocurrency.

Also, the first Litecoin Summit will be taking place in 22 days on September 14th and 15th. Tickets are still on sale and it will be held at the South San Francisco Conference Center, in San Francisco, California.

At press time, LTC is trading at $75.61 a coin, up 4.36%, in 24 hours.

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Cryptocurrency Market Fall | EOS, Litecoin (LTC), & Tron (TRX)

As we start out the fourth week of August, we see most of the cryptocurrency market fall. Bitcoin (BTC) is trading just below $6,500 and Ethereum (ETH) has once again dipped below $300. This weekend, the market took a slight rise and almost peaked over $225 billion, but has since been corrected.

Let’s take a look at EOS, Litecoin (LTC), Tron (TRX), and their latest project updates today.

Cryptocurrency Market Fall – EOS

For the third month in a row, EOS has been given the top rating spot on China’s national blockchain ratings. The CCID Research Institute in China gives out blockchain ratings once a month and EOS has been their top choice the past month and a half.

The top ten ratings are as follows:

  1. EOS
  2. Ethereum
  3. Komodo
  4. Nebulas
  5. NEO
  6. Stellar
  7. Lisk
  8. GXChain
  9. Steem
  10. Bitcoin

This weekend, EOS regained its spot as the fifth largest cryptocurrency, as Stellar briefly passed the cryptocurrency for a few days.

At press time, EOS is trading at $5.13 a coin, down -2.85% in 24 hours.

Cryptocurrency Market Fall – Litecoin (LTC)

There hasn’t been any big news regarding Litecoin lately. There have been no new partnerships or updates to the Litecoin network.

The first Litecoin Summit will be held in San Francisco mid-September.

Litecoin’s founder, Charlie Lee, will be speaking at both days of the event and there will be a meet and greet after day 2.

Also, eToro published its own market research on Litecoin recently. The research document summarized Litecoin’s 2018 price drop by saying:

“Given that Litecoin has an established and stable working product, as well as significant adoption, this bear market of the whole cryptocurrency industry could have lead to Litecoin being oversold.”

Cryptocurrency Market Fall – Tron (TRX)

Just recently, the Tron Foundation made the official announcement that it had acquired BitTorrent and not all Tron enthusiasts are thrilled. Even some BitTorrent investors weren’t happy with the acquisition either. However, what’s done is done.

Bram Cohen, the inventor of BitTorrent, has also officially stepped down from his role within the company fairly quietly but people have taken notice.

According to the Next Web:

“TorrentFreak reports that Bram Cohen has severed ties with BitTorrent Inc, the company that he founded in 2004, after inventing and launching his Torrent protocol three years earlier. There has been no official announcement from TRON or the BitTorrent inventor on this development. TorrentFreak received an auto-response after trying to reach out to Cohen’s BitTorrent email, it became clear that the address was no longer active.”

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Frankly, this makes total sense as he sold over his company to Tron for over $140 million and can’t expect to have control of what happens with his company.

At press time, Tron remains the 12th largest cryptocurrency by market cap and is trading at $0.0218 a coin, down -1.97% in 24 hours.

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