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IOTA: From A Small Project To A $4.4 Billion Cryptocurrency Developers ‘Love To Hate’

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Nowadays, cryptocurrencies are crawling more and more people with ambitious visions for the future. We all picture the modern future as a time when the Internet of Things (IoT) will dominate in every possible way.

There are many examples of IoT as a great technology connected to a variety of devices. For example, a wristband on your wrist can detect sweat whilst you are running and turn on the water heater in your home. In another example, a sensor on your milk carton in the refrigerator can notice that you are down to the last cup and send you a notification that you need to buy some milk (or order it directly online).

One of the cryptocurrency projects that are focused on this (improved) reality is IOTA. What started as a small project is garnering quite a bit of attention lately – only because of the massive potential of the Internet of Things as a technology.

In other words, IOTA is a great way to disrupt the silos of the currency centralized system as well as streamline business in terms of its time and cost. According to the co-founder of IOTA David Sonstebo:

“The obvious thing is that [IOTA] is the first project that went beyond blockchain. Got rid of miners. In the process we solved the main pain points of transactions – no fees.”

With a team of 150 developers, cryptographers and others that keep their stories straight, IOTA has managed to gather $4.43 billion in its market cap. The current price of IOTA is around $1.65, up from $0.36 in June last year.

Still, there are several problems that are pointed out towards IOTA – and a couple of holes. All of the negativity started in September after an investigation which found a vulnerability in the project’s code.

Still, IOTA developers are confident and always manage to find solutions. Even though there have been many attempts to break down IOTA, it keeps on rising and now sits in the top 10 largest cryptocurrencies by market cap (holding the 9th position).

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It’s Official: Circle Adds EOS, Stellar, 0x and Qtum To Its Asset List

In the latest cryptocurrency news, the crypto giant Circle announced the addition of four new digital assets (altcoins) into the Circle Invest platform. With this, it brought the total number of listed cryptocurrencies to 11.As Circle officially announced in a blog post, the new additions include EOS, Stellar, 0x and Qtum, On top of this, the giant revealed that the four assets can be purchased through the Circle Invest platform either in an individual way or as part of a basket through the "Buy the Market" retail portfolio investment feature.According to the blog post, the four crypto assets are chosen for listing based on their suitability which was determined by the Circle Asset Framework. Each asset will be evaluated based on its own strengths, and under no circumstances are any fees to aid listing. This will help to ensure the integrity of the process and gives its customers confidence that only the best assets are listed on the Circle platform.While many are asking themselves why these altcoins were specifically chosen for the listing, the blog post mentiones that EOS promises to improve on the Ethereum framework, Stellar offers a low cost and high-speed payments solution, 0x creates a peer-to-peer crypto trading framework while Qtum offers users the best of both Bitcoin and Ethereum.The four new assets follow the previous addition of two altcoins, Zcash and Monero, which Circle listed in May this year. 
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What Made The Price Of Ripple (XRP) To Rise Up To 100% In A Week?

Ripple was in almost every post in past week's crypto news, mostly because of its meteoric rise which pushed the cryptocurrency up 100% in only a week. The supernormal rally even put Ripple to the second position, overcoming Ethereum and its silver spot for a matter of hours.If we take in the numbers between the minimum and maximum price of Ripple, the difference is around $19.8 billion - showing that Ripple surged by 184% before the price got corrected. However, the market cap of Ripple went above the market cap of Ethereum and XRP was for a short time the new silver to Bitcoin's gold.However, the main question that everyone has right now is the following...How the altcoin Ripple (XRP) managed to double its price in less than a week?The first factor is obviously the launch of the xRapid solution, which came after long anticipation and was meant for a commercial launch as soon as next month. The payment service allows financial institutions to use the XRP tokens for conducting cross-border transactions.The second factor was the announcement from Coil and PNC. According to it, XRP has linked with the biggest names in the online world such as Wikipedia, Twitch, YouTube and other, with an aim to reward their users directly in XRP.The final factor, according to us, was the fear of missing out (FOMO) which catapulted Ripple's price - solely because everyone believed that 'now is the right time to invest in XRP'. This is what finalized the bullish transformation and pushed Ripple up. 
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Bitcoin (BTC) Price Moves Closer To $7,000, Stellar (XLM) With A New Meteoric Rise

In the Sunday edition of our cryptocurrency expert analysis right here on DC Forecasts, we are seeing a lot of green on the crypto market, which is perfect considering the negative movement last week.Today, the altcoin which is in the spotlight is Stellar (XLM), which skyrocketed by 25% and reached a price of $0.297, securing the fifth position on the largest cryptocurrencies by market cap.Bitcoin, on the other hand, has established a short-term bullish trend for its continuous, yet slow rise over the past few days. The biggest cryptocurrency by market cap is now trading at $6,757 with no signs of stopping the slow-yet-bullish momentum.Among other altcoins which surged over the past few days are Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin and Cardano - all of which rising in terms of their value.From the $6,110 support area which was initiated last week, Bitcoin is now with around $700 in the green, trading higher and breaking new margins every new day. However, a change of this scenario is still realistic, considering the low market volatility over the past month. 
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Wikipedia, Twitch And YouTube Now Award Ripple (XRP) To Their Content Creators

There has never been a better time to be alive for content creators. In the latest news, we have such creators all around the Web, and apparently the latest cryptocurrency news also goes in their favor.From now on, content creators will be able to accept payments in Ripple (XRP), which is one of the 'top 5' altcoins. This decision has been made after Coil, which is the brainchild of the former CTO of Ripple Labs, Stefan Thomas, has launched the beta version of his browser extension app of the same name which allows users to tip content creators with XRP tokens.In fact, the concept of this transferring and token award system is arguably borrowed from Changetip, which is a now-defunct Bitcoin tipping app. With it, Coil has somewhat established its advancement by becoming an alternative to today's web full of ads.According to Thomas:
“For decades, people have discussed the potential of micropayments to support content creators that would move us away from the broken ad-supported web. Others have created subscription services that bundle content. But micropayments and subscriptions have always been built as closed systems, which fail to capture the huge variety of content on the web.”
Coil is also the first when it comes to paying out websites using Web Monetization, which is an Interledger-powered standard that enables browsers to pay websites. In that manner, Coil will now be compatible with some of the greatest online platforms such as YouTube, Wikipedia, Twitch, Internet Archive and Beat, with many other names to follow in the future.
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