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What’s In-Store For Cardano, Ethereum, MATIC, and 4 More Altcoins

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The cryptocurrency market traded with mixed results as the market leaders Bitcoin and Ethereum retraced, leading to a loss of 3.45 and 1.18 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, Solana is among the top performers.

Austin Arnold, the host of Altcoin Daily, believes that six big altcoins are poised for massive rallies in the coming year. 

Polygon (MATIC)

As per the YouTuber Ethereum layer-2 (L2) scaling solution Polygon (MATIC) is gaining traction following a deal with the $20 billion gaming giant DraftKings.

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Arnold quotes Paul Liberman, DraftKings’ head of global product and technology, who explains how the company is positioned itself to develop alongside Polygon in a statement. 

“Although The DraftKings Marketplace Is In Its Infancy, We Are Optimistic About The Opportunities That Blockchain, NFTs, Cryptocurrency, And Other Technologies Will Present As We Prepare For Web 3.0 With Polygon And The New Digital Collectibles Breakthroughs Ahead.”

Polkadot 

Arnold then examines Polkadot, a decentralised interoperability platform (DOT). He cites a recent tweet from Polkadot founder Gavin Wood, who stated that the DOT treasury currently has slightly under 19 million DOT tokens to sponsor community projects. 

Any DOT that is not used is burnt. According to Gavin Wood, the Polkadot treasury is now burning 239,988 tokens every month.

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The DOT token is becoming increasingly rare when it is burned or used. The price of DOT has just increased. This could be tied to impending interesting developments, like the upcoming parachain launch and slot auctions, which will also remove DOT from the market. 

With the first 11 parachain auctions coming to Polkadot next month, as well as the 100 or so available spots to be filled, Polkadot’s influence in the crypto sector might be boosted, and the multichain system’s rising status could be cemented.

Vechain

The supply chain management protocol VeChain is the third coin Arnold examines (VET). VeChain has announced a cooperation with large logistics business DHL for enterprise NFT (non-fungible token) issuance, according to the trader. 

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“One Of The First Things Users Will Be Able To Do With This Collaboration With DHL China Is Designed The DHL Mascot And Then Mint It As NFTs On The VeChainThor Blockchain Technology.” 

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The smart-contract platform comes next. Cardano appears to be gaining pace, according to Arnold, after establishing partnerships with television satellite provider DISH and announcing a $100 million investment in Cardano-related projects in Africa.

Simply Put, There Are So Many People In More Developing Areas Of The World That Don’t Have Financial Stability, And That Can Be Changed With Cardano With Blockchain.”

Chainlink

Chainlink, a decentralized oracle network, is another coin on Arnold’s list (LINK). Despite the token’s poor performance in recent months, he feels there is still significant upside for LINK in the market, as partnerships continue to grow month over month, with 84 integrations in September alone. 

“I Understand, But Chainlink, In My Opinion, Still Has A Lot Of Room To Expand.” Consider This: Chainlink Already Has A Slew Of Exclusive, High-Profile Collaborations – Google And Oracle, To Name A Few – And Its Technology Is Used By Over 75 Distinct Blockchains, As Well As Several Data Feeds, Including USD [US Dollar] Currency Pairs.

My Speculation Is This: Over These Next Few Years, As DApp [Decentralized Application] Platforms Like Ethereum [ETH], Cardano, Solana [SOL], Polkadot, Elrond [EGLD], Etc. Continue To Fight For Market Share… Chainlink Is Integrating With All Of Them… Something To Think About.”

Ethereum

Finally, the crypto trader believes that Ethereum, the premier smart contract platform, is poised for a massive 2022. He points out that Ethereum developers announced in May-June 2022 that ETH will move to Ethereum 2.0, which will convert the blockchain to a proof-of-stake system. 

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“Around February 2022, The Code Should Be Ready.” At The Earliest, The Merge To Mainnet, To ETH 2.0, Will Take Place In June 2022. The Year Of ETH Will Be Celebrated Next Year. That’s Where DeFi And NFTs (Networked Financial Technologies) Reside.”

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Cardano introduces ERC-20 converter testnet with AI tokens for trial

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ERC-20 tokens have been going places for some time now. However, at this point in time, they’re a step closer to going native on Cardano. At press time, the sixth-biggest blockchain by market cap had some big news to share, courtesy of its developer arm IOHK.

Time for a test

Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson revealed that an ERC-20 converter testnet is now up and ready for the community to try. Using the AI service provider SingularityNET and its AGIX token, testnet users can make the most of a permissioned bridge to transfer these tokens between Ethereum and Cardano.

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The statement from IOHK highlighted the need for blockchain interoperability. It added,

“We are currently building out and collaborating on multiple bridges to connect Cardano to other blockchains, and this first converter is a vital artery in this system. The more these connections grow, the higher the network effect to boost the flow of liquidity within the Cardano ecosystem.”

According to IOHK’s release, a user can put their converted tokens into the Daedalus or Yoroi wallets. Furthermore, reconversion to the ERC-20 standard is possible. This process might sound technical but readers shouldn’t worry, according to the company. IOHK explained,

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“Users do not need technical expertise or coding experience to use the converter. They simply access the tool through a URL and then proceed by creating a new account or configuring an existing Metamask account.”

That being said, the developer also warned that the testnet is still being monitored for issues and performance optimization isn’t complete yet.

In fact, one user reportedly tried the testnet and shared their gas fees for reference.

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Get an ‘AI’-ful of this

So, what is SingularityNET? It describes itself as a “decentralized platform allowing AIs to cooperate and coordinate at scale.” However, readers might be more familiar with the robot Sophia. The AI robot’s creator is David Hanson, who is also the co-founder of SingularityNET.

According to a whitepaper, the company wants to use smart contracts to decentralize AI technology. It stated,

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“At its core, SingularityNET is a set of smart contract templates that AI agents can use to request that AI work be done, to exchange data, and to supply the results of AI work.”

The question of the hour – Is Cardano exploring AI or is crypto itself coming closer to this technological sector? Only time will tell.

Agile AGIX

At press time, Cardano’s ADA was still in the red, but SingularityNET’s AGIX was trading at $0.2575.

AGIX’s price also rose by 14.04% in the past 24 hours. What’s more, the token had a market cap of $225,073,797, making it the 298th biggest blockchain by market cap.

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Cardano Sees 7% Growth in Unique Addresses, With More Than 1 Million Currently Staking ADA

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According to data from Staking Rewards, the number of unique addresses currently staking ADA has increased by roughly 7% in the last 30 days.

According to Staking rewards data, unique addresses currently staking ADA have grown nearly 7% in the last 30 days. The recent growth matches the 1 million milestone reached in the number of staking addresses.

According to the Cardano tracking website pool.pm, there are currently 1,008,241 wallets staking the coin, with 71.4% staked.

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ADA Stakers, Courtesy: stakingrewards.com

Cardano continues to gain traction, with new features and capabilities being added to the blockchain regularly. The Ouroboros algorithm is used in Cardano’s decentralized setup to achieve proof-of-stake consensus. At the center of it all are 3,100 stake pools managed by operators who are in charge of the network’s distributed nodes.

IOHK, Cardano’s parent company has announced the kickoff of a new initiative to support its ongoing drive toward full decentralization with the launch of a new peer-to-peer (P2P) testnet.

The price of ADA soared to an all-time high of $3.09 in September, just days before the Alonzo hard fork, which introduces smart contracts to the network and allows it to compete with the likes of Binance Smart Chain, Ethereum and Solana.

According to CoinGecko data, Cardano (ADA) is up 820% on a yearly basis having started off the year 2021 at barely $0.18. The price of ADA trades at $1.41 at press time.

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Cardano’s Community Media Launchpad Flickto (FLICK) Teases IDO and Beta Infrastructure Release

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Flickto (FLICK) Cardano-based launchpad brings together the concept of ISPO and decentralized media funding

Flickto, a Cardano-based project with real-world utility, addresses the problems of content creators with ADA-centric instruments.

Here’s how Flickto leverages Cardano (ADA) to promote content creators

Decentralized media launchpad Flickto (FLICK) announces an initial decentralized exchange offering on leading Cardano-based launchpad, Kick.io. This tokensale will introduce FLICK tokens to the majority of retail investors and allow Flickto to raise funds for next phases of its progress.

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Flickto provides the technical basis for crowdfunding for media content promotion. Crypto enthusiasts are able to support the promotion and distribution of their favorite media products with digital assets.

For such sophisticated products, there is a strong need for a low-cost, fast and resource-efficient blockchain. As such, the Flickto (FLICK) team has chosen Cardano for its high-performance and novel technical design.

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Also, Cardano (ADA) has a large and vibrant global community that is crucial for real-world decentralized projects. ADA holders are a backbone focus group for Flickto’s progress and the distribution of FLICK tokens.

FLICK rewards are the main incentive for users to take part in Flickto’s activities associated with content and staking. Then, FLICK will be listed on centralized exchanges and Cardano-based DEXes to allow holders to trade and stake it in third-party mechanisms.

Dissemination of FLICK tokens will be yet another trigger for mass adoption of Flickto solutions in the Web3 ecosystem.

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What is FLICK: Tokenomics and future plans

Initial Staking Pool Offering (ISPO) is the main way for the Flickto ecosystem to raise funds for project supporters. Not unlike Cardano’s staking pool for ADA, Flickto’s ISPOs should be considered an instrument for tokenholders to support their favorite products.

Besides FLICK rewards, participants in ISPOs will be able to receive non-fungible tokens as additional bonuses from the projects listed by Flickto. Receiving staking rewards is the only way to obtain FLICK before its official listings on CEXes and DEXes. So far, Flickto’s ISPOs have amassed 1,500,000 ADA in total value locked (TVL).

The aggregated supply of FLICK is 5,000,000,000 tokens. 40% of this supply is allocated to ISPO rewards, 20% are reserved for sales and the initial decentralized exchange offering (IDO), while liquidity and treasury initiatives will be fueled by 15% of the FLICK supply.

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The team, its advisors and partners will receive 15% of FLICK, while the remaining 10% will be transferred to marketing and operations needs.

Spreading the word about its mission, Flickto partnered with media veterans Ben Morris and Geraint Harvard Jones.

In 2022, Flickto is going to organize NFT airdrops, a token pre-sale and DEX liquidity incentives, as well as a beta launch of the main product and its associated retail application.

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