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The Human Soul of Technologically Advanced Web 3.0

Blockchain brings back transparency and collaboration of real human interaction
The Human Soul of Technologically Advanced Web 3.0

Long before the world wide web connected cat video enthusiasts everywhere into a global community, social psychologists used a theory of knowledge called social constructionism to talk about the emergence of communities that could not be fully explained by cultural, social, demographic or geographic categorizations.

To put it very simply, any group of people who identify themselves as belonging to that group through the sharing of some common interest can be defined as a community. Or in other words, a community is a group of people who are, unlike Groucho Marx, happy to become part of a club simply by virtue of being viewed as a member by other, older members of that club.

The immediacy and anonymity of online communities have taken this concept much further, such that physical appearance, distance or command of a particular language do not pose barriers to interaction with any group. All you have to do is show up and contribute, in good faith.

Recently though, the "good faith" part is becoming a bit of a problem online. The Internet was originally created as a small network of trusted participants with scientific goals– in fact, there was a phone book with everyone's names, phones and addresses–  so questions of security and identity were not an immediate concern. Now, more than half of the world's population has Internet access, and not all of them log on with the goal of sharing their latest knitting project photos.

Who are U?

The Blockchain community

Online communities need a new mass paradigm, and it has been dawning on developers, entrepreneurs and investors that Blockchain could be the technology to provide this paradigm. The space is very new, with most participants still figuring out their place in it. On one hand, the openness is what makes it such a great opportunity for anyone who wants to make a contribution. On the other, the confusing landscape can be intimidating for beginners. It might seem that Blockchain is all developers and investors, but that is emphatically untrue.

The Blockchain community could perhaps be described as a loosely formed constellation of more tightly knit sub-groups. There are developers and scientists, of course– experts on the inner workings of Blockchain, quietly building the infrastructure for all the use cases that are being proposed by... Entrepreneurs–  startup founders who are increasingly not just Stanford-grad white boys anymore. The more far-flung possibilities of the way Blockchain can quite literally change the world are prophesied by Evangelists– eloquent and vocal enthusiasts who get big Investors excited, thereby helping Entrepreneurs make their case. Some of the Investors are also taking long-term stakes in cryptocurrencies, where a swarm of Traders are playing the highly volatile crypto market for daily gains.

Some cross-sections of the groups are emerging, such as the growing Women in Blockchain movement, and the conference circuit in general. The Twitter expert-verse is populated by representatives of various Blockchain groups, offering sometimes useful, sometimes biased commentary on current crypto events. Of course, there is much more to the Blockchain community– no description could be exhaustive, with such a dynamic and fast-growing network. But where does this community interact? And how do small investors and everyday users, the real drivers of new tech adoption, fit in?

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Walk-ins welcome

The goals of Blockchain network scaling can't be achieved without widespread adoption, which in turn can't be achieved without simple products with intuitive interfaces fulfilling universal needs.

The existing Blockchain community must put the average beginner user first.

A single ecosystem where participants can communicate, execute financial transactions and smart contracts, store and transfer funds, create and consume content, build custom decentralized applications, form and join organizations, and monetize any of their activities with fairness and respect toward other members of the network– that is something a platform like U°Community can provide. With friendly support and a negligibly low technical barrier to entry, the global Blockchain community can find a forum where everyone has a productive role.

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Transparent reputations into real capital

With changing algorithms and monetization, likes on social networks have long ceased to have any real meaning. But what if they could? What if likes could have the social weight of a Forbes 100 CEO recommendation and the financial power of a direct-to-deposit donation? What if you could build a reputation that would give your opinions high value, and be rewarded for the value you create for others? What if all participants were incentivized to represent themselves truthfully and build reputations by consistently acting in good faith?

We have become used to our online activities being monetized by companies that provide the scaffolding for these transactions, without compensating the actual creators and owners of the content. Only in a decentralized network can social capital– the sum product of active community participation– be converted into real capital for the users. At the moment, the dream of self-realization in the global community is literally sold to internet users– in exchange for their content and connections.

But self-realization can, and must, be accompanied by compensation for added value.

A decentralized network isn't just a more authentic reflection of real life– it's a projection of what real life interactions could be, and should be. Perhaps the Blockchain model of collaboration could eventually spill over into the way humans address each other in person, on the individual, organizational and governmental levels.

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Framework for real human connection

Wherever new technology is involved, it's worth keeping in mind that all progress should serve real, existing human needs as opposed to creating artificial needs for the purposes of corporate profit. The human need for community and support is one of the most basic requirements for a healthy society. New types of online communities can harness Blockchain technology to bring the transparency and collaboration of real human interaction back to the Internet with decentralized networks.

Unlike Facebook and other centralized social networks, new platforms like U°Community offer not just the ability to reach and transact with other participants, but the confidence of knowing who is behind every profile and the understanding that, by becoming part of the network, everyone subscribes to the same values. This could be an environment where truly anyone can contribute a verse, as experts collaborate with newbies on developing a vibrant ecosystem. A decentralized global U°Community could become the human soul of the highly technologically advanced Web 3.0.

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Crypto-Related Enforcement & Regulatory Actions Become Global Trend

The cryptocurrency market is currently experiencing the biggest struggle in its 10-year history, with Bitcoin at the forefront
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The cryptocurrency market is currently experiencing the biggest struggle in its 10-year history, with Bitcoin at the forefront. A combination of major fundamental factors of bearish nature showed up simultaneously, which resulted in immense pressure on this emerging industry.

While the hash war following the Bitcoin Cash hard fork has its portion of negative influence, the market is also strained because of raising concerns over increased regulation. In the past few weeks, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed through its actions that it was ready to get serious about the crypto market and show no mercy on initial coin offering (ICO) projects that don’t comply with the rules.

The precedents from SEC

On Nov. 16, the SEC penalized two ICO firms for not registering their tokens as securities and required them to do so. Besides, Airfox and Paragon, the two startups targeted by the US regulator, have to return the ICO funds to investors. This represents the first cases of civil penalties involving ICO companies violating the SEC’s registration requirements, and judging by the regulator’s sentiment — these won’t be the last ones.

A week earlier, the American securities regulator penalized EtherDelta’s founder for failing to register the platform as a securities exchange. Thus, Zachary Coburn agreed to pay about $388,000 in fines.

Justin Litchfield, chief technology officer of crypto fund ProChain Capital, commented on the current cryptocurrency disaster in an interview with Bloomberg:

“The sell-off is related to enforcement, which is almost certainly underway. Projects are being made to return investor money, which, after having spent a ton of money marketing their $100 million ICO on a lavish party-filled road-show that was the norm for this vintage of ICOs, will be tough.”

However, not everyone agrees with this position. As we reported earlier, Stephen Palley of Washington, D.C.-based law firm Andersen Kill told the same Bloomberg that the SEC’s decision against Paragon and Airfox was not a bearish signal at all.

Stephen Palley

On the contrary, Palley says that the securities regulator is pro-blockchain and that the recent enforcement actions were justifiable.

Italy is taking action too

While we don’t know whether the US SEC triggered a general trend, the regulators from other countries became more severe against crypto companies, too. On Monday, Nov. 19, the Italian Companies and Exchange Commission (CONSOB) halted the local activity of three crypto firms — Crypton, Cryptoforce, and Eagle Bit Trade — for a period of three months. The three entities are suspected of violating the financial law.

Italian parliament

Crypton is providing investments in its cryptocurrency with the same name. The firm runs a website that promises Italian residents monthly returns of up to 40%, the regulator notes.

While Paragon and Airfox might be providing real use cases, the three firms suspected by the Italian regulator are dubious indeed.

Other cases of enforcement actions and regulatory

This month was very abundant in regulatory decisions against crypto and ICO firms. Recently, the US Department of Justice started to investigate crypto exchange Bitfinex and stablecoin issuer Tether, which are suspected of manipulating the price of BTC.

Elsewhere, the securities commissioner of North Dakota has banned a fake ICO project known as Union Bank Payment Coin (UBPC), as the entity was violating the state’s law by imitating a genuine crypto project backed by Liechtenstein-based Union Bank.

In Spain, the Ministry of Finance is inspecting 15,000 taxpayers who have been conducting crypto transactions in an effort to fight fraud and tax evasion.

In India, the special committee formed by the local government last year is ready to propose a draft regulation touching upon cryptocurrencies. The committee said that the draft bill would be presented by the end of 2018.  

The general sentiment in the crypto space is bearish, with the total market cap falling to its lowest level since September 2017.

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Coinmarketcap reports that TRX is currently trading at $0.022144, a price tag that has been reached after a small decline. Over the past fortnight, the coin has been drifting between $0.22 and $0.26.

The Tron community would perhaps like to see more from TRX, but, in any case, the coin has managed to do well enough by holding on without dropping through the floor. Concurrently, the Tron Foundation with Justin Sun have been very active of late.

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TRX makes its way to an untapped market

On Tuesday, TRX trading was launched on AltcoinTrader. It is a small-scale crypto exchange platform based in South Africa. Even though it may seem like nothing special, AltcoinTrader has opened an untapped crypto market for Tron. At present, this listing may not seem vital, but it might be in the long term.

Tron outperforms Ethereum by daily transactions

Even though the overall market sentiment has been negative, the Tron Blockchain has demonstrated a significant rise regarding network capacity and has set two transaction records close to each other in time.

On Oct. 18, Justin Sun tweeted that the Tron network had got over the 500,000 figure, thereby outperforming Ethereum. The Tron CEO stipulated it was the first time Tron had moved past Ethereum. The next record was announced on Saturday, Oct. 27, when many financial news outlets screamed about Tron getting over the 900,000 threshold of daily operations.

Tron cooperates with Binance Charity Fund

At this year’s World Investment Forum at the UN, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao mentioned the contribution Tron had made to the Blockchain Charity Foundation (BCF) launched by Binance. In particular, Tron assisted with the transfer of funds to victims of the flood that had badly affected Japan in the summer, with Justin Sun having donated a substantial amount of that sum in crypto himself.

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At the same forum, Justin Sun commented on CZ’s speech, saying that he would do his utmost to improve society using crypto as a tool.

Tron Virtual Machine, dApps, smart contracts

Even though the Tron Virtual Machine (TVM) is still not completely ready and is being ‘fine-tuned’ as we speak by the Tron team in order to facilitate and simplify a dApp creation process, Tron’s weekly report shows that work is being done on a much wider scale than was previously expected by the community.

In addition, in the report, it was said that dApphouse had been released. Now the Tron Blockchain can also work with smart contracts through Tronscan.

To top it off, Justin Sun tweeted that according to a CoinTrendz survey, TRX remains the most frequently mentioned coin on Twitter.

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When It Rains, It Pours. Ethereum Briefly Dips Below $100

Ethereum slid below the key $100 mark for a low of $98.04 on Kraken, with other exchanges listing slightly different prices.
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Another wave of selling occurred over the weekend, and the market cap decreased to 115 billion USD before recovering to 129 billion USD. Ethereum slid below the key $100 mark for a low of $98.04 on Kraken, with other exchanges listing slightly different prices. The new drop wasn’t caused by any apparent reason other than panic dumping and an overall negative sentiment surrounding cryptocurrency in general.

Ethereum’s daily volume ($2.2 billion) surpasses both Ripple and Bitcoin Cash combined, and although it has dropped in third place for quite a few days now, it’s clear there is still interest for this cryptocurrency, which may lead to a bullish recovery.

Charts at a Glance – ETH/USD


The daily chart above is showing a solid downtrend, with ETH trading at $116 at the time of writing for a 27.80% drop over the last 7 days and a small 6% climb during the last 24 hours. Currently, there are no clear signs of trend reversal, but there are signs of a pause in bearish movement and possible retracements higher.

The Relative Strength Index is oversold for a few days on the daily chart (more important than lower time frame charts). The bearish (red) candles have become smaller and with wicks in both their upper and lower sides (sign of indecision), and the pair has rebounded from the key handle at $100, which is a very strong psychological level.

The main upper target for a potential retracement is the bearish trend line that has capped the pair for the last few months, as well as the technical level at $170. The overall bias remains bearish but retracements higher are a distinct possibility.

Support zone: 100

Resistance zone: 130 - 140 (previous long-term support – see weekly charts) and 170

Most likely scenario: retracements towards the bearish trend line

Alternative scenario: drop through 100 without retracement

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SEC Suspends Trading for Three Public Companies after Blockchain Announcement

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The SEC has suspended the trading of three companies that trade on the OTC Markets Group (OTCMKTS). Cherubim Interests, Inc. (CHIT), PDX Partners, Inc. (PDXP), and Victura Construction Group, Inc. (VICT) have had the trading of their shares suspended from 9:30 a.m. EST on Feb. 16, 2018, to 11:59 p.m. EST on March 2, 2018.

What prompted the SEC to halt the trading of these companies was a recent press release by all three stating that they had acquired AAA-rated assets from a subsidiary of a private equity investor in cryptocurrency and Blockchain technology. To add insult to injury, CHIT had not been filing annual and quarterly reports with the SEC. What also troubled the SEC was CHIT’s announcement of a financial commitment they made to launch an ICO. The actions of the three companies have led the SEC to question the nature of these companies’ business operations and the value of their assets.

Patrick Johnson, the CEO of all three of the companies said, “We haven’t made any false claims about anything that we have put out.”

But just because Mr. Johnson alleges that his companies have not put out any false claims does not mean that it is true. Recently, there has been a series of troubling Blockchain related claims being made by public companies. Companies that are nearly underwater have been making public announcements that they will be incorporating Blockchain technologies into their business operations. When companies make announcements of this nature, they usually see their stock prices increase about 200 percent on average. In one case, Long Island Iced Tea Corp. changed their name to Long Blockchain and saw their stock rise 300 percent. When Eastman Kodak announced that they would be creating a digital asset called the Kodak Coin their stock rose more than 200 percent.

However, the practice of struggling companies changing their name and business model to incorporate the word “Blockchain” has the SEC worried that companies are using cryptocurrency and Blockchain technologies to capitalize on the gains that come with the trends. Jay Clayton, the chairman of the SEC said, “Fraudsters often try to use the lure of new and emerging technologies to convince potential victims to invest their money in scams.”

It would not be surprising if algorithm trading related to the words cryptocurrency and Blockchain is taking place. If developers create an algorithm that is keen on cryptocurrency and Blockchain related business, an investor may strike gold by putting their money into a company that could one day be as big as Google due to their blockchain innovations. Seeing companies take advantage of emerging technologies is nothing we haven’t seen in the past. During the dot-com bubble, companies like Pets.com turned out to be worthless despite the “dot com” in their name. Considering that Mr.Johnson claims all three statements are in line with events that have actually taken place, it will be interesting to see what happens to his companies after further investigation.

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NEO Trading Guide For Beginners

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NEO trading guide, main features of the cryptocurrency, and why NEO attracts investors’ attention
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NEO is a ratherpopular cryptocurrency that attracts investors’ attention. This crypto entered the top 20 and stays there. Daily volumes are high as well as the liquidity. We are going to figure out the reasons for such popularity and cover them main aspects influencing NEO’s price in this guide.

The roots of NEO Blockchain

Nowadays, NEO is the first Chinese Blockchain with an open source code. It was launched in August 2017. However, the history of this project started earlier, three years ago in 2014.

Da Hongfei, founder of this Blockchain established the Onchain company AntShares. This project had its own crypto ANS, which is abbreviation from AntShares.  

The main task of Onchain was to create a totally new financial service, which would connect virtual and real economics. The main tools for this are smart contracts. ANS was initially designed to be payment mean for smart contracts.

Later, developers decided to rebrand their product and have written new technical docs, changed their website and conducted an ICO. According to the developers, NEO is able to beat Ethereum.

How does it work

The main goal of the company is to create an economic model (so-called Smart Economy) including three main features:

  1. Platform for smart contracts execution
  2. Digital assets
  3. Digital Identification

You can digitize your real estate documents and sell it using cryptocurrency without mediators. Developers underline that NEO allows to digitize and exchange different types of assets including gold, cars, houses etc. The only thing you need to do is to connect them with digital assets and to make an appropriate smart contract.


NEO main advantages and disadvantages

NEO offers the following advantages to all users:

  1. Special Virtual Machine. It allows businesses to create complex smart contracts. The network has high speed allowing to conduct 10,000 transactions per second. However, tested speed does not exceed 1,000 TPS. Anyway, this is far faster than within the Ripple network where the speed is 70 TPS or within Ethereum system with 30 TPS capacity.
  2. High security level. NEO uses dBFT protocol, which protects the system from the majority of cyberattacks.
  3. Smart contracts are easy to set up. NEO supports several programming languages including Java, C#, F#, VB.Net, Go, Python. Ethereum, for example, uses a very complex language Solidity.
  4. Commissions free service. Those who hold NEO on their wallets are given GAS (utility token to conduct transactions) for free.
  5. Mining free system. There is no traditional mining within NEO network as the system is based on Proof of Stake meaning no significant expenditures for ASICS or graphic cards are needed to earn NEO coins.

Have this system any issues? Are there any disadvantages of the project? Sure there are several. Find them below:

  1. ThebNEO community is disappointed with lack of anonymity. Developers think that there should be no anonymity and all the transactions should be transparent. Onchain has direct access to the transactions history. Developers control over 60 percent of all Blockchain nodes in the system.
  2. Lack of decentralization. The above mentioned 60 percent of all nodes controlled by NEO team means that the system is more centralized than decentralized. NEO plans to cooperate with Chinese government and this is the main reason why there will be no anonymity or decentralization.

How to mine NEO

Those who want to trade NEO, need to know that this coin has no mining procedure. We have already mentioned this above. The project use Proof of Stake consensus mechanism instead. The main feature of PoS is that it requires no computational power. Users need to run nodes instead.


The total emission of NEO is 100 mln units. It is already distributed among investors and developers team. There will be no new coins but “stakers” will have an opportunity to earn. There are GAS tokens inside of the system and those who stake NEO within their wallets will be given this inner utility token.

History of NEO price changes

The first significant price growth was fixed during rebranding after transfer from ANS to NEO. Currency reached seven USD and later went upwards again and reached $30-$40. Investors were interested in NEO as developers started to cooperate with Microsoft and develop a new operational Blockchain based system.

NEO’s capitalization reached $2 mln in August 2017 but one month later the Chinese government banned all ICOs and obliged the company to give the money back to investors. This money flow lead to price decline. NEO costed $7 per coin again.

Team worked on the project and managed to win back their previous positions. They have started cooperation with governmental bodies, listed NEO on Bitfinex and created the next generation NEO 2.0 platform, which may adopt for different services including banking payment systems.

GAS was listed at Poloniex on September 2017. This fact allowed NEO stakers to earn money on tokens that are automatically transferred to their wallets. The price of GAS was even higher than $50.


Factors affecting NEO price

One of the most important factors why several coins’ price grows is their inflation model. Limited emission will likely to create rise of demand in future. How does this work? In time, the number of businesses will increase and this will create additional demand on NEO. The price is likely to rise in this case.

However, there are many other things that may positively or negatively influence NEO’s price. They are the following:

  1. General situation in the industry. When Bitcoin goes upwards and the other cryptos follow it, we can say that the general market situation is positive.
  2. News and events. Positive news from NEO team as well as new partners are likely to increase coin’s price. However, bad news may lead to the controversial result and to press the currency down.
  3. Experts and community opinion. NEO benefited from many famous crypto industry experts in the past. Community criticize the team, but remains loyal to the coin as NEO has shown great result as compared to other projects.
  4. Decisions of different governments on cryptocurrencies and ICOs. The more countries will adopt them, the more the price of the coin will be.

The main differences between NEO and Ethereum

Those who want to start NEO trading need to know, that this crypto differs from Ethereum. There are several aspects including consensus mechanism that are worth attention. The first main aspect is protocol.

Ethereum uses Proof of Work protocol (the same consensus mechanism that is used in Bitcoin). NEO is based on Proof Stake. The main disadvantages of Proof of Work are known but we are going to refresh them again.

Experts say that Proof of Work systems “eat” to much electricity. This is true as mining rigs are huge nowadays and they consumer much energy. However, Ethereum is going to transfer to Proof of Stake in the nearest future.

Another difference between Ethereum and NEO is transaction speed. NEO works on Proof of Stake, which allow to conduct more transactions per second than within Ethereum network. NEO allows to conduct 10,000 TPS as we had already mentioned previously. However, in practice, NEO users do only 1,000 TPS as compared to Ethereum’s 15 TPS.


This huge difference is the main advantage of NEO over Ethereum. However, NEO is less decentralized as Ethereum is. In addition, Buterin and his team are working on improving the network and those plans are included into the roadmap already.

Another big difference is in forks and scalability. Ethereum allows to create forks while there is no such an opportunity in NEO. Onchain coin has its finality meaning the information that is written once will not be changed. This is a huge advantage for future users especially for big businesses and financial markets.

Reasons to invest in NEO

Why do traders and investors buy NEO? There are several reasons for this. They are the following:

  1. NEO offers innovative technologies, which allow to make this platform outdated.
  2. This project allows users to work with smart contracts, which are treated by many experts as future of blockchain technology.
  3. Among partners and investors, we can see famous companies including Alibaba, Microsoft, LegalChain, Wings. NEO is currently working on creation of NEST FOUND foundation, which is likely to attract even more investments in this project.
  4. Onchain make attempts to legalize cryptos and has all chances to become the official mean of payment in China. This is one of the hugest markets in the world.
  5. NEO increases its capitalization and holds its position in the top 20.

NEO trading and technical analysis

Most of time traders who prefer NEO investments and speculative games use technical analysis in order to predict coins’ price. Market participants often use the whole set of tools in order to find entry points.

The first thing to do when using technical analysis is to find closest levels in order to understand where the price is likely to stop and to reverse in the nearest future.

The next step is to find trends if there is one. You can use trend line or MA’s with different periods to do this. Finally, you can use other indicators or price action patterns in order to find entry points.


Brief guide on how to start NEO trading

Now it is time to sum up and to give the latest recommendations before you are going to start NEO trading. There are several steps to do before placing your first order. Here they are:

  1. Find an exchange where you can trade NEO. Nowadays, there are several trading places where you can buy and sell the coin. You can choose between Binance, Cryptopia, Bitfinex, HitBTC, Livecoin, KuCoin, Bittrex. Before you make your final decision, pay attention at the liquidity, the security level and the fees that you will have pay when depositing or withdrawing money as well as when trading. Those figures may differ significantly.
  2. The second step is to take a decision. You can analyze news, pay attention to technical factors and use all your tools in order to find entry points.
  3. Risk and money management. Every professional trader has its own money and risk management strategy. Plan your trades in advance, protect your risks and calculate your profits.
  4. Choose order type. There are several orders that one can use nowadays. The easiest one is the market order, which allows you to open trades at the current market price. However, in many cases it is better to use limit orders, for example, in order to trade with better price.


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