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The market price of Stellar (XLM) continued to recover, adding as much as 40% at one point. The major news behind the rise came directly from the platform. In a day, Stellar moved up one spot on the top 10 chart:

In an example of distributed governance, a vote was performed for Stellar witness nodes. Based on the votes by the node holders, a decision was made to decrease the basic reserves to start a wallet, thus opening up the platform to more potential users. 

Curiously, this time it was the turn of Stellar to rise when all other altcoins were flat or retreating. The platform has not openly advertised itself as a challenger to Ethereum, but positions itself for slower growth, as an alternative platform for distributed apps and ICOs and for carrying tokens.

 For now, the XLM price will have to prove its mettle as the dramatic rise in altcoins seems to have run its course. But Stellar has a long-term development potential, and may continue to surprise in 2018. 

Stellar Scams and Problems

With the rising popularity of Stellar, scams and problems are increasing. Fake Lumens airdrops after the official distribution of Lumens has been completed, are a sign of a scam. Any site or service requiring private keys is also a scam. 

Stellar ICOs

Stellar has a much lower ICO count compared to Ethereum. But the platform has shown it can efficiently promote a project and collect funds. In the case of the Mobius ICO, the funds amounted to $35 million, on par with Ethereum-based ICOs of a similar scale. 

There are still no indications whether the KIN token would migrate to the Stellar platform, but tests should be completed soon and the team would come up with a verdict. 

Stellar Decentralized Exchange

The Smartlands decentralized exchange is already working with XLM coins, offering the chance to trade with several assets, including Bitcoin. The Smartlands exchange is also currently performing its ICO with the aid of the Stellar ecosystem. 

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