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Cardano [ADA] Testnet three major milestones away from deployment, says Charles Hoskinson

Arijit Sarkar



Cardano [ADA] Testnet three major milestones away from deployment, says Charles Hoskinson
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Cardano’s Charles Hoskinson, one of the co-founders of Ethereum, has been one of the most influential crypto-proponents in the space, known for his unique take on various subjects in the field of cryptocurrencies. Through his latest YouTube video, Hoskinson shared details of some of the latest developments related to Cardano’s [ADA] Testnet.

While explaining the best and the most meaningful way to roll-out a Testnet, Hoskinson highlighted his preference for building a series of refinements and iterations over Haskell client that would eventually lead to the production system (self node).  He added,

“For June, we are gonna implement a YAML generator that allows you to parameterise your personal version of shelley that will allow you to run the system you want.”

Over the same month, Hoskinson also plans to leverage the help of a large Telegram group’s community members to perform several testing scenarios. While this will help testers/users to host self nodes, Cardano hopes “to upgrade the network into a single unified public test by July,” he added. Once the testnet runs as expected on four different hardware configurations, there are plans to move the test systems to the general Internet, which will further enable users to experience a “Mainnet like-experience” such as downloading blocks from other peers.

Hoskinson added that the final upgrade will be adding an incentive system to the Testnet. He said,

“Once the three thresholds are being crossed, then we have high confidence that shelley is ready for primetime from a design perspective and that users can use it correctly”

Hoskinson also went on to compare Haskell and Rust clients with their unique advantages, stating that the “efforts of parallel teams working with these systems can converge to create an optimal design.” Hoskinson concluded by announcing that Cardano is going to work very closely with a Japanese blockchain startup, Emergo, for carrying out testing and ensuring interoperability.

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Facebook’s Libra is a double edged-sword, but will benefit Bitcoin, says Caitlin Long





Facebook's cryptocurrency Libra is a double edged-sword, but will benefit Bitcoin [BTC], says Caitlin Long
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On 18 June, the world’s biggest social media platform, Facebook, introduced its new cryptocurrency, Libra, set to launch in the first half of 2020. The coin that would have its own blockchain will be backed by several sovereign currencies, and these reserves would be managed by the Libra Association. The association will also be engaged in several other key activities, which would focus solely on the development of the Libra ecosystem.

Notably, the coin has brought together major players in both the financial and technology industry including, MasterCard, Paypal, and Coinbase. Despite such strong backing however, the concept of the coin was soon shot down by several influencers and government authorities.

The French Minister of Finance and Economy, Bruno Le Maire, released a statement asserting that Facebook’s digital currency becoming a sovereign currency was “out of question,” adding that “it can’t and must not happen.” Along with this statement, the Finance Minister also raised concerns about money laundering and terrorism funding and urged G-7 countries Central Bank Governors to draft a report on the new “global currency” for their meeting in July.

Further, Facebook’s cryptocurrency is also facing hurdles in its native country. Maxine Waters, Chair of the House Financial Services, has requested the social media giant to hit the pause button on the development of Libra, until Congress and regulatory authorities hold a discussion on the digital currency. This request was put forth mainly because of the firm’s “troubled past.”

In an interview with WhatBitcoinDid, Caitlin Long, Co-founder of the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition, stated that Libra had its pros and cons, adding that it was a “double-edged sword.” However, the blockchain evangelist continued to assert that this was going to benefit Bitcoin, stating that the social networking platform was “making cryptocurrency a mainstream word.” She added that Facebook would introduce the concept of digitally scarce money to people and that these people would look for the best cryptos that would retain the most value over time. That crypto was going to be Bitcoin, she said.

Long stated,

“This is a detour kind of like Andreas analogy, it’s the intranet before internet. We’ve even seen it in this industry, it’s blockchain not Bitcoin but people are coming full circle back around to Bitcoin. These are detours that are ultimately helpful to gaining adoption and wider support, but they’re not where we end up and I think we will end up in Bitcoin.”

Further, Long was asked whether Libra was going to be its own currency, considering it will not be pegged to a specific currency, but several fiat currencies. To this, she stated that Libra was indeed going to be a currency of its own, similar to Bitcoin. She stated that it was going to function like a “central bank,” remarking that it would be a “private version of a central bank.” Long went on to add,

“They’re going to be managing reserves against the liability. For them it will be the people who own the coins and they will be managing the reserves against that […] they are going to be marketing this in the developing world, this is going to be a developing world concept probably more than a developed world concepts […] so my guess is this is mostly an emerging market phenomenon secondarily a European phenomenon and lastly a U.S. phenomenon.”

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