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U.S. Regulators Subpoena Crypto Exchange Bitfinex, Tether

U.S. regulators are scrutinizing one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges as questions mount over a digital token linked to its backers. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission sent subpoenas on Dec. 6 to virtual-currency venue Bitfinex and Tether, a company that issues a widely traded coin...

FIND YOUR SIDE HUSTLE AND CHANGE YOUR CAREER

A 2016 survey released by Upwork and the Freelancers Union showed that 33 percent of the American workforce either freelance or work as contractors. Two-thirds of those freelancers chose to work that way because of their own personal preference, not out of necessity.

Some have an extra part-time job to make a bit more cash, to improve their job skills, or to try out a career different from their 9-to-5. These freelance gigs, whether they are regular or occasional, can be invaluable to your career path.

What is Ripple or XRP

What is Ripple? Technically speaking, is Ripple a cryptocurrency in the mold of Bitcoin? The short answer is probably “no,” but that doesn’t stop it from often being lumped into that same category.

What is Ripple?

Originally released in 2012 as a subsequent iteration of Ripplepay, Ripple is a real-time gross settlement system (RTGS), currency exchange and remittance network. Using a common ledger that is managed by a network of independently validating servers that constantly compare transaction records, Ripple doesn’t rely on the energy and computing intensive proof-of-work used by Bitcoin. Ripple is based on a shared public database that makes use of a consensus process between those validating servers to ensure integrity. Those validating servers can belong to anyone, from individuals to banks.

Alternative Blockchain Uses: Elections, Product Reviews and Fraud Prevention

Decentralization and its effect on the economy is a controversial topic that has pervaded discussion throughout online communities as well as mainstream and alternative media outlets thanks, in part, to Bitcoin’s roller-coaster ride throughout 2017.

This phenomenon has also threatened the infrastructural payment processing monopolies whose power has traditionally owed to their near-absolute control over transaction processing, authorization and governance.

Just like this effect of cryptocurrency on wealth and economy: Blockchain solutions when used for rating/voting systems has the potential to return political and democratic power to the hands of the voting citizens if implemented correctly as a method for vote processing and verification.