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Zap’s Strike Moves to Public Beta

Strike is an application that allows you to transact with Lightning payments with just a debit card or bank account. But, here’s the secret sauce: instead of having to buy bitcoin to load up your Lightning channels, users on Strike never touch BTC.

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Today, Zap, the Lightning wallet lead by developer Jack Mallers, has announced that their Strike product is now in public beta.  

Previously, Strike had only been available through a closed, private beta program. In the private beta, Mallers claims that they have “already seen $100,000 in payments”.

Strike is an application that allows you to transact with Lightning payments with just a debit card or bank account. But, here’s the secret sauce:  instead of having to buy bitcoin to load up your Lightning channels, users on Strike never touch BTC. According to Mallers, “This is important as Strike users are not exposed to any volatility, tax consequences, custody challenges, node management, channel management, etc. When a user makes a Lightning payment with Strike, their balance is debited. When a user receives a payment into Strike, their balance is credited.”

In other words, you pay in fiat, but use Lightning. If you want to convert fiat into bitcoin, then create a Lightning invoice and pay yourself through Strike.

Here’s my favorite part:  to use Strike, all you’ll need is your name and a phone number. Don’t believe me? Check out this quick demo showing the on-boarding process on Youtube.

Bitcoin as a Settlement Rail

“Historically, Bitcoin has two main value propositions: censorship resistance and wealth creation. However, with the introduction of Lightning, we now see a third emerging: the use of Bitcoin as a settlement rail.” Mallers told us.

Originally, Zap had created a Lightning-enabled fiat on-ramp named “Olympus”.  Essentially, when you used Olympus, you were relying on Turbo channels to settle transactions where you’re purchasing a Lightning channel connected to a wallet provider and then they’ll push the corresponding amount of sats over to you.  Therefore, even if you had an empty Lightning wallet, you could still receive payments.

As Strike evolved, Maller’s realized that the problem they were trying to solve wasn’t really focused on using bitcoin, but they needed to create an interface for the traditional finance world to leverage the Lightning network directly. To quote Mallers, “What if everyone’s bank account could speak Bitcoin?”

“One of Strike’s key value propositions is its interoperability with the Bitcoin and Lightning network. With Strike, users can interact with millions of existing users from day one. It benefits from the existing network effect that is Bitcoin; from day one users already have a variety of use cases. We’ve seen Strike be used for general online commerce, brick and mortar commerce, buying Bitcoin, selling Bitcoin, etc.,” Mallers told Bitcoin Magazine.

The Risk for Strike

At the end of the day, Strike is a custodial wallet. When we asked Mallers about the potential trade-offs with the wallet being custodial and he replied, “I think Strike is a really innovative product and I’m not sure there’s ever been a product like it. It’s not custodial in the traditional sense.”  

Mallers continues, “The user can custody fiat currency with us, but it is FDIC insured through our banking partner, so there is never a risk to having any customer funds lost. Yes, the set of nodes performing Lightning functionality are hosted and maintained by us, but we don’t ever host or maintain any keys or BTC on behalf of our users. If the BTC is hacked, I’m fucked, nobody else. That’s the way it should be.”

Signing up for Strike

The Strike beta will be available for Android, iPhone, and Chrome. Visit https://beta.strike.me/ to learn more!

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Bitcoin dominance is an irrelevant metric unless…

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The volatile cryptocurrency market has given way to multiple metrics for the market observers to analyze and predict what’s coming next. One such metric has been Bitcoin dominance, but as per Su Zhu, it should not be relevant to you unless you are a billionaire.

How so?

The CEO of Three Arrows Capital opined this after noticing the trend of the newcomers avoiding Bitcoin and Ethereum and opting for risky crypto tokens. When the largest digital asset was stuck in a wider correction period, altcoins like Dogecoin [DOGE] grabbed much attention. This was possible due to the hype created by Tesla CEO or, self-proclaimed “doge-father,” Elon Musk and the Doge community.

However, understanding the newcomers’ enthusiasm Zhu opined that if he were to bet on projects now, he would choose Solana and Avalanche.

Despite the popularity of altcoins, the exec remained bullish on Bitcoin and Ethereum as he expected, the former to flip gold’s market cap, and the latter to eventually hit a value above $25,000. Bold predictions, but nothing we haven’t heard before.

However, newcomers were more bothered about the dominance metric but as data suggested, Bitcoin dominance has recently been falling. The dominance was hit earlier but recovered to form a peak at 49.25% on 30th July. But given the correction phase that followed, the dominance of BTC fell and was last noted to be at 40% on 10th September.

It is interesting to note that despite plenty of adoption related news such as that of El Salvador, coming in over the past few weeks, it looks like the dominance has remained unaffected by it.

Source: CoinMarketCap

Twitter user and crypto enthusiast, @HsakaTrades also noted that Bitcoin dominance was not a relevant metric for anyone who has a “sub mid 9fig portfolio]. Agreeing with Hasaka, Zhu added,

“To clarify, if you’re holding for 5+ yrs, you shouldn’t be thinking about btc dominance in the first place. And obv btc and eth have a strong place in that portfolio.

If you’re allocating actively atm, and think debating btc v eth v alts is a good framework, you’re ngmi.”

While this advice could stand true for experiences, long-term trader interested in making money, but not the ones looking out to invest in tech. This was especially highlighted in the comments wherein the crypto users were upset about the CEO’s Solana [SOL] recommendation that recently witnessed an outage.

Nevertheless, the trading advice and strategies differd from trader to trader and Zhu’s opinion to not focus on the BTC dominance, prebably stemmed from a hodlers perspective. While interesting projects were now erupting in the crypto space, it looks like Bitcoin’s dominance, not only in terms of price, but as a crypto project could be challenge.

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Millions of Dollars Raised Through Solana’s DeFi Projects

Millions of Dollars Raised Through Solana's DeFi Projects

PAI, an algorithmic stablecoin, backs Parrot Protocol. Grape Protocol was the primary source of the downtime. Solana has been up

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  • PAI, an algorithmic stablecoin, backs Parrot Protocol.
  • Grape Protocol was the primary source of the downtime.

Solana has been up nearly 3200% since August. Investors’ interest in Ethereum rival systems featuring DeFi, NFT, and smart contract services has risen dramatically.

The software applications that simulate legal contracts are smart contracts. Once housed on a blockchain network, the software application will run automatically without human intervention.

This month, Solana’s DeFi initiatives raised millions of dollars. This is another proof of Solana’s potential to compete with Ethereum. Currently, Ethereum has the most DeFi and NFT projects.

Bots raced to invest in a token sale for Grape Protocol over flooded the blockchain, causing Solana to collapse for 17 hours on Tuesday. Let us take a look at the few IDO that helped raise millions.

Grape Protocol

Grape Protocol, the primary source of the downtime, managed to raise just $600,000 on Raydium’s “Acceleraytor.”

Tokenized communities may use Grape Network to connect to platforms like Discord, Telegram, and soon twitter to collaborate over Solana and reward members with crypto.

Parrot Protocol

Parrot Protocol is based on Solana. Investors in the Initial DEX offering included Sino Global Capital, Alameda Research, and QTUM VC. Moreover, to put it simply, Parrot is a non-custodial lending platform and decentralized exchange.

PAI, an algorithmic stablecoin, backs Parrot. Furthermore, Parrot offered a governance token called PRT in its IDO. Thus, allowing investors to vote on the protocol’s operation and farm yields on Solana without affecting other Layer 1 blockchains.

Solana’s failure impacted Parrot’s IDO, but it was resolved by Sept. 16. Moreover, the team said it would start working on PRT staking, NFTs, and adjustable interest rates in “Letter from the Parrot.”

Several Solana initiatives will be launched in the next day’s/weeks. Examples include Solanium, Boca Chica, and Solstarter. On Solanium, whitelisted users may buy MatrixETF.

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Source: https://thenewscrypto.com/millions-of-dollars-raised-through-solanas-defi-projects/

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Cosmos (ATOM) Lead Market-Wide Rally

Cosmos (ATOM) Lead Market-Wide Rally

Cosmos’ creators call it an “internet of blockchains.” ATOM also launched a bridge to Ethereum at the end of August.

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  • Cosmos’ creators call it an “internet of blockchains.”
  • ATOM also launched a bridge to Ethereum at the end of August.

Cosmos (ATOM) blew up 10.74 percent overnight to establish a new price of $39.58, according to CoinMarketCap. It surpassed $40 yesterday, reaching $40.76. Despite today’s minor decline, Cosmos’ price was still ten dollars more than seven days ago, and twenty dollars higher than this time last month.

Its creators call it an “internet of blockchains.” It’s an interoperability network that allows various blockchains to connect, exchange data, and interact with one another.

In short, Cosmos claims to address some of the “hardest problems” in the blockchain sector. It seeks to provide an alternative to “slow, costly, unscalable, and ecologically harmful” proof-of-work protocols like Bitcoin by connecting blockchains. On August 18, Cosmos rose 25% from $15 to $20 after the introduction of Emeris, a cross-chain DeFi interface.

It also launched a bridge to Ethereum at the end of August. The inter-blockchain communication protocol (IBC) allowed trade across the Cosmos and Ethereum networks for the first time, along with the integration of Sifchain.

Cosmos Might Soon Over Take FTX Token

Cosmos is “Blockchain 3.0” — thus, as previously said, ease of usage is a significant objective. To this aim, the Cosmos SDK emphasizes modularity. This enables a network to be created quickly using existing code. Long term, it is anticipated that sophisticated applications would be simple to build.

Cosmos now has the twenty-first largest market value, but at this pace, it would only take $0.8 billion to flip FTX Token and make a bold entry into the top twenty.

Some in the crypto sector, much worried about the amount of fragmentation in blockchain networks. There are hundreds, yet few can converse. Cosmos wants to change this by making it feasible.

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