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Alla Petriaieva
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Feb 18, 2021
Is the Decentralized Internet the Future? What You Should Know about “Dapps”

Is the Decentralized Internet the Future? What You Should Know about “Dapps”

We live in an Internet-centric world. Google, Facebook, Amazon, and other tech giants are fundamental, inescapable parts of both our online and offline lives. Despite their ubiquity, a growing segment of the internet-using populace believes these companies have user data locked-up in platforms that are only designed to make their stockholders money, that destroy any notions of privacy, and that kills competition.

Some believe the path to regaining control of personal data, leveling the playing field, and creating a more benevolent internet begins with the privacy-focused, a socially conscious world of decentralized apps, or dapps (pronounced ‘dee-apps’).

Google and Facebook generate most of their revenue through ads. They can target individual users with ads by analyzing data collected through the use of their services. Engaging with a traditional cloud-based app like Google Docs means giving Google access to every word you type – and trusting that they will keep it safe and not use it improperly. Google has a sterling reputation for data security, but Facebook’s recent Cambridge Analytica scandal has raised important questions. Is data truly private? How can users keep their data safe?

Dapps function similarly to the centralized counterparts, but with heightened security measures. Most encrypt and store data on computer networks that are unable to read that data – the decryption keys are stored on personal devices, not with the service, allowing users greater control of their information. A platform like Graphite Docs works as a decentralized counterpart of Google Docs, offering the same cloud-based access, collaboration capabilities, and real-time online backup, all with increased protection. The app is built on Blockstack, a platform developed by the eponymous company that is accessible through a browser. The app does not run through a browser, instead running directly on a user’s computer via Blockstack’s software. Users have a choice to store data on their own server or on the Blockstack-driven Gaia storage network. Data is accessible anywhere with a 12-word encryption key-phrase.

 

 

Dapps offer considerable promise but are still a nascent technology. Early apps tend to be glitchy or slow. Developers are working to create dapp alternatives to existing products – there is service called OpenBazaar, which works like a decentralized eBay, a photo storage site called Storj, and Blockstack is offering $50,000 to developers to build decentralized messaging apps to compete with iMessage, Slack, WhatsApp, and other popular choices – but functionality and consistency remain works-in-progress.

Despite the inherent clunkiness of the decentralized internet, investors who helped finance the centralized internet’s giants are convinced dapps hold the key to creating competition for those companies. VC heavyweights Sequoia and Andreessen Horowitz are backers of Filecoin, a decentralized competitor to centralized cloud storage services. "We’re working to build a new internet, and the end goal is everyone you know is on it every single day," says Blockstack cofounder Ryan Shea. With increasing time, money, and manpower being invested in its growth, that new internet is on its way. The future may not arrive tomorrow, but it is certainly in the process of being built.
 

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Sergey Savastiouk
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Mar 07, 2021
4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

If the stock market were Major League Baseball, hedge funds and institutional investors would be the pros on championship teams while everyday self-directed investors (SDIs) are the benchwarmers in the minors.It’s how they get ahead, and it’s why 90% of SDIs lose money trying to play (invest and trade) in the major leagues. The 4 tricks we discuss below are rooted in one common theme: they all use Artificial Intelligence and algorithms to generate data and ideas.
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John Jacques
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Mar 22, 2018
A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

Statistics for the Head-and-Shoulders Bottom Pattern The days where only hedge funds used algorithms to trade stocks are officially over. Now retail investors can use Artificial Intelligence (A.I.  Here’s an example of the algorithm in action: Late last year, Tickeron’s A.I.
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Jul 10, 2020
3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

By analyzing market trends from the first wave, you can predict behavior for the second. Technology stocks have performed at historic levels this year, but the market is severely overbought.To compensate for that, look at performance during Q1 and Q2, the height of global Covid shutdowns.
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Edward Flores
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Feb 06, 2021
How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

The Golden Gate Bridge is always a fixture of these walks too, one of man's most beautiful creations.  As we were walking, at one point she turned to me and said, "Man, I'll never have a million dollars."" My girlfriend is 27 years old and works as a graphic designer, making about $75,000 a year.
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Alla Petriaieva
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Feb 23, 2021
Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

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Ethereum’s software is set for an update in October.Until it is finished, participants in the Ethereum blockchain must determine how to delay the difficulty bomb – code that necessitates a steadily increasing amount of computer power to mine blocks and unlock rewards – that is already in place.
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Sergey Savastiouk
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When Is the Next Recession Coming?

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The U.S. economy’s employment fell by -20.5 million in April. The coronavirus crisis led to unemployment rate soaring to 14.7% in the U.S, the highest rate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics-tracked series history that goes back to 1948. However, the figures were better compared to several economists'/analysts' forecasts of 22 million job losses and 16% unemployment rate.  Another unemployment measure that includes those who have stopped looking for work as well as those holding part-time jobs for economic reasons also touched an all-time high of 22.8%.