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10 hours ago

DataOnBlock WalletBot

DataOnBlock Airdrop is worth up to 100 DBLK tokens (~$ 1.7) for each direct referral and up to 200 DBLK tokens (~$ 3.4) for each indirect referral. For more details, see this Medium blog. About DataOnBlock DataOnBlock aims to simplify publishing of irrefutable data to the blockchain. It allows you to quickly and simply authorize the use of your personal data. You control the master keys, so you can explicitly decide who can view your data, what data you'll allow them to see, and for what period of time. WalletBot allows you to get real-time alerts, on all wallet transactions, and notifications on exchange trades too. DataOnBlock is listed on CoinMarketCap and being traded at IDEX. Would you like to receive the latest free Airdrop Alerts? Join our Airdropalert Telegram. How to join DataOnBlock Airdrop? Start to chat with the DataOnBlock Airdrop WalletBot. Join DataOnBlock on Telegram. Click /start. Submit your Ethereum wallet address. Choose "Default" If you have only 1 wallet. Click on /referrals. Click on ''Set Rewards Wallet''. Click on ''My Referral Link'' to get your referral link. Share your referral link to earn up to 200.000 DBLK tokens (~$ 3.500). If you use the ''CLAIM AIRDROP'' button below to claim the DataOnBlock airdrop, it will automatically show on the main page with a purple check mark. So you can easily track which airdrops you joined and which ones you need to join.

12 hours ago


KRATOS Airdrop is worth 1000 TOS tokens (~$ 118) for every referral, only for physical commodities businesses. About KRATOS KRATOS has been developed by ARKRATOS, a blockchain solutions company founded in Singapore in 2017. KRATOS is a trading platform for the physical commodities business that addresses challenges for the physical commodities trading business, in particular, the lack of access to trade finance for Small to Medium Enterprises (SME) players in the commodities. KRATOS is rated 3.5 on ICO Bench. KRATOS will be listed on and LATOKEN exchanges. Would you like to receive the latest free Airdrop Alerts? Join our Airdropalert Telegram. How to join KRATOS Airdrop? Register your physical commodity business for the KRATOS Airdrop, by creating an account. Verify your email & Log in. Complete the KYC/AML. Visit the KRATOS referral page & Enter your email to receive your unique referral link. Sign up to Exchange in order to receive your tokens at the end of the campaign period. Use the same email provided previously. Share your referral link to your network of friends to sign up to the KRATOS™ platform. For every successful sign up from your referral link, you will earn 1,000 TOS tokens (1,000 TOS = 1 ETH). Each referred must successfully clear KYC/AML checks by the KRATOS™ team in order to qualify for the referral reward of 1,000 TOS tokens. TOS tokens will be airdropped two weeks after the end of the referral program period. More info about the Airdrop in the KRATOS Medium Blog. If you use the ''CLAIM AIRDROP'' button below to claim the KRATOS airdrop, it will automatically show on the main page with a purple check mark. So you can easily track which airdrops you joined and which ones you need to join.

12 hours ago


PROOF OF TOSS Airdrop is worth 1200 TOSS tokens (~$ 10) for the first 10.000 participants. About PROOF OF TOSS PROOF OF TOSS is a decentralized betting ecosystem that is aimed to modernize the industry. The platform allows anyone to create wagers, bet and judge, all to win TOSS tokens. The project aims to enhance the betting experience while increasing the service provider’s profit margins and market coverage. PROOF OF TOSS is rated 3.8/5 on ICObench. Would you like to receive the latest verified free Airdrop Alerts? Join our official AirdropAlert Telegram. How to join PROOF OF TOSS airdrop? Register for the PROOF OF TOSS Airdrop, by creating an account. Verify your mail, Log in to your account and check the ''Referral Program''. Introduce a Title and click on ''ADD LINK'' in order to generate your unique referral link. Post and share your unique referral link on your Facebook and Twitter page. Join PROOF OF TOSS on Telegram. Submit your Ethereum wallet address and other details to the PROOF OF TOSS Airdrop form. Share your referral link to earn up to 8% for every purchase made through a direct and a second tier referral. If you use the ''CLAIM AIRDROP'' button below to claim the PROOF OF TOSS airdrop, it will automatically show on the main page with a purple check mark. So you can easily track which airdrops you joined and which ones you need to join.

13 hours ago

Crypto Potential

Crypto Potential Airdrop is worth 1000 QCP tokens (~$ 10). Share your referral link to earn 100 QCP tokens (~$ 1) for every referral. About Crypto Potential Crypto Potential is a Swiss-based company that aims to build a specialized ICO reports ecosystem. Investors gain access to the specialized ICO reports from a decentralized database which contains critical information for their investment. Crypto Potential is rated 4.1/5 on ICO Bench. Would you like to receive the latest free Airdrop Alerts? Join our Airdropalert Telegram. How to join Crypto Potential Airdrop? Register for the Crypto Potential Airdrop, by creating an account. Verify your mail & Log in to your account. Share your referral link to earn additionals QCP tokens. If you use the ''CLAIM AIRDROP'' button below to claim the Crypto Potential airdrop, it will automatically show on the main page with a purple check mark. So you can easily track which airdrops you joined and which ones you need to join.

17 hours ago

Daily Berminal Brief: Total Crypto Market Cap Loses Another $5 Billion

The overall crypto market took another leg down as the total market cap decreased by $5 billion from around $122 billion to its current value near $117 billion. Over the past 24-hours, Bitcoin has seen its price decrease by 2.84% to $3,556, while XRP is down 3.08% to $0.3183 and Ethereum is down 7.02% to $116.97. Out of the top 100 coins, Chainlink (LINK) has performed the best over the past 24-hours, currently up 7.05% and trading at $0.4396. (JF)

a day ago

Chainlink (LINK) Has Solid Foundations Helping it Weather the 'Crypto Winter'

As the ‘Crypto Winter’ continues, one project that appears to be weathering the storm well is Chainlink (LINK), the smart contract and oracle provider. Its price has doubled over the past month, from around $0.2 to its current value of $0.45. With an increase of 8.86% over the past 24-hours. With the rest of the market has experienced generally bearish conditions, there exists the potential for there to be a pullback in price, especially if general bear market conditions continue to exist. That said, positive moves like this during bear conditions hint at projects that may emerge from the Winter quite strong. (JF)

a day ago

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a day ago

Daily Berminal Brief: Choppy Crypto Market Despite Market Cap Stability

The overall crypto market has experienced some choppy price action over the past 24-hours, but a the time of writing the total crypto market cap remained at the $123 billion level, which is where it was this time yesterday. Bitcoin is currently trading at $3,687, an increase of 0.19%, while XRP is up 0.34% and priced at $0.3331 and Ethereum is down 1.17% and trading at $127.49. Out of the top 100 coins, Chainlink (LINK) has performed the best over the past 24-hours, currently up 24.61% and trading at $0.44442. (JF)

3 days ago

Former BitTorrent Exec Says There’s “No Way” Its Token Can Run on TRON

Last week, the blockchain platform TRON announced it would launch “BitTorrent Token,” a cryptocurrency that would link to the BitTorrent file-sharing client and, in the words of the BitTorrent Token white paper, “create a token-based economy around the usage of networking, bandwidth and storage” on the roughly 100 million computers that currently run BitTorrent. TRON supporters and investors...

4 days ago

LTO Network

LTO Network Airdrop is worth up to 180 LTO points. Share your referral link to earn 20 LTO points for every referral, up to 100 referrals. Each friend you invite will also get 10 LTO points. About LTO Network LTO Network is a hybrid Blockchain for Decentralized Workflows that enables B2B to collaborate on equal footing using trustless automated processes with GDPR and data privacy compliance combining permissionless ad-hoc private chains with a permissionless public blockchain. LTO Network is rated 3.4/5 on ICO Bench. Would you like to receive the latest free Airdrop Alerts? Join our Airdropalert Telegram. How to join LTO Network Airdrop? Register to the LTO Network Airdrop, by creating an account. Verify your mail & login to your account. Connect your Twitter account in order to participate in this program. Update your profile & Submit your Ethereum wallet address. Perform the different social tasks from your dashboard to earn more LTO points. Share your referral link to earn more LTO points. If you use the ''CLAIM AIRDROP'' button below to claim the LTO Network airdrop, it will automatically show on the main page with a purple check mark. So you can easily track which airdrops you joined and which ones you need to join.

4 days ago

The top 5 cryptocurrencies to watch in 2019

Market sentiment is changing constantly, requiring individuals to adapt their views. As crypto projects grow, stall, or even die, people must change their expectations and speculations. That being said, here are five crypto assets to watch in 2019. 1 - Bitcoin (BTC) This one may be a somewhat obvious pick. Nevertheless, bitcoin has a lot going for it. It has the most institutional interest, by far. The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) employed their cash-settled bitcoin futures over a year ago, boosting institutional interest, as well as bitcoin’s credibility. Last year also saw a mass influx of further institutional interest in bitcoin that will carry over into 2019. Interest includes multiple bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF ) proposals and Intercontinental Exchange’s (ICE) much-anticipated Bakkt platform with bitcoin-settled futures trading. Bitcoin is also the crypto industry’s largest asset, making up 51.8% of the market cap for the whole asset class according to CoinMarketCap at the time of this writing. Bitcoin is also at more than a 75% discount from all-time highs, priced at just over $4,000 on Blockmodo at the time of this writing. In last year’s interview with YouTuber CryptoBobby, notable bitcoin maximalist Tone Vays also mentioned several points as to why bitcoin stands out from the numerous other projects in the crypto space. 2 - Monero (XMR) Monero is another project of interest for 2019. Monero is different than bitcoin, in that it employs anonymity features. Bitcoin can be anonymous as well, but requires added steps to do so, including buying bitcoin over-the-counter (OTC). Monero makes the anonymity process simpler (although Tone Vays and his group have questioned Monero’s anonymity potential). Additionally, Monero is an interesting choice because unlike most crypto assets, Monero was built using different code than bitcoin, and its founder’s identity is also unknown, as is the case with bitcoin. Monero also has a relatively small circulating supply under 20 million. Although it does employ minor inflation over time, based on their model, making for a controversial topic. Currently at around $54 at the time of writing, Monero is at quite a discount from all-time high prices of more than $400. 3 - Ethereum (ETH) Ethereum is another somewhat obvious choice for this year. The project is still the most popular choice for building initial coin offerings (ICOs). According to an ICO report by Suicide Ventures, 87% of ICOs launched their projects on the Ethereum platform as of October last year. Ethereum is the second highest ranking crypto asset by market cap on CoinMarketCap, at the time of writing, and sits at a major discount from all-time high prices of more than $1,300. Ethereum sits at roughly $152 at time of writing. Based on price alone, buying Ethereum now roughly is equivalent to buying Ethereum back in May of 2017. A recent CoinDesk article also mentioned Ethereum’s price chart currently looks similar to bitcoin’s chart back in 2015, near the end of the last bear market. In contrast to potential price upside, however, TechCrunch wrote an interesting article last fall that described a scenario in which Ethereum’s price fell to zero, but the network still succeeded. 4 - Stellar Lumens (XLM) and Ripple’s XRP Regardless of the centralization debate (mostly regarding XRP), both XLM and XRP are making blockchain application headway in the banking sector. Ripple, in particular, has made many headlines over the last several months with its RippleNet. Just recently, RippleNet announced 13 new clients. There is a distinction between Ripple application and parties that actually use the XRP asset. That being said, of the recent 13 new institutional additions to RippleNet, five of them “will use Ripple’s digital asset, XRP, for liquidity when sending customer cross-border payments,” according to a CoinTelegraph report on the subject. It is hard to imagine XRP disappearing at this point. Although some speculate that XRP is still an unregistered security. XRP is a controversial subject when talking about ideals in crypto. Speaking from a profit perspective, however, XRP is below $0.40 at the time of writing, down from almost $4. Stellar is also partnered with powerhouse IBM, and XLM is down considerably from its all-time price high. 5 - Hedera HashGraph Hedera Hashgraph is an interesting project that has yet to hit crypto exchanges for trading. The project differs from blockchain technology. According to Hashgraph’s website, its “platform is lightning fast, fair, and secure and, unlike some blockchain-based platforms, doesn’t require compute-heavy proof-of-work.” Hashgraph is an interesting project due to its possible potential to scale, unlike many blockchain-based crypto assets which have seen substantial scaling issues thus far. According to ICODrops, Hashgraph concluded its ICO last August, fairing considerably well when taking into account 2018’s

4 days ago

Ripple Products May be the Only Means to Bank Recovery From Recession and Crash

Ripple Inc. has done well in focusing on lifting the banking industry from the impact of the last financial crisis which pushed banks into struggling to keep afloat. Liquidity challenge faced by banks mostly when it comes to interbank transactions is now a thing of the past with Ripple’s decentralized financial tools. Banking is a very competitive business which is conducted in a fast-paced environment. It draws focus from, individuals, government and businesses since banks control a greater portion of the national wealth. Still, a lot of challenges has hindered the banks from functioning as expected, pushing them into institutional difficulties and financial crisis. In the banking history, the 2008 financial crisis was a great jolt on the global financial system almost hitting it down to an edge of collapse. It began with the bankruptcy one of the biggest financial institutions, a Wall Street investment bank, Lehman Brothers. This led them to file for bankruptcy on the 5th of September 2008. In a single day, 90 billion pounds was lost from one of Britain’s biggest companies. The then President, George W Bush declared there was no bailout for Lehman Brothers, this began the banking crisis. Since 2008, the banking institution has not fully recovered from the effect of the crisis, it still lingers. Banks have downsized, the business environment is no longer as robust as it used to be, the system needs help. The only way out is to launch banking into an entirely different system and this can only be achieved through blockchain technology. Ripple decentralized financial tools seem to be the answer to bank recovery from the effect of the past financial crisis. The financial tools are, xRapid, xCurrent, and xVia. These decentralized financial tools created by Ripple enables banks to perform transaction faster, at a cheaper cost. Banks will be able to maximize profit, by saving cost and rendering seamless services to customers. Ripple xRapid is used to settle the liquidity problem for bank customers who are XRP holders, it helps to minimize cost. xVia is used by banks as a connection link for payment transactions between banks and other payment platforms. xCurrent is used in tracking cross-border payment, it enables communication between banks before and after a transaction. This is perfect for international trade, business, and projects. Banks and other payment platforms have come to the awareness of the usefulness of these tools, so many have signed on with Ripple. The report shows that some big banks are already partnering with Ripple, with so many more planning to join. The post Ripple Products May be the Only Means to Bank Recovery From Recession and Crash appeared first on ZyCrypto.

4 days ago

5 Books to Understanding China and its Internet Economy, including Implications for the Cryptocurrency Ecosystem

Happy New Year! What should we do while we are in the bear market? Read! One of our personal goals for our team is to read more books. As a result, we figured to bring you this post as one of the firsts in 2019. Cryptocurrency and Blockchain is a new line of technology innovations that will change our society, similar to AI and self-driving cars. But given the multidisciplinary nature of the space, understanding the basics of how government, economies and societies work is crucial and fundamental to shaping our outlook for how Cryptocurrency and blockchain will influence and truly impact the world. Current educational and learning resources tend to be short pieces posted on Twitter or in Medium, but in order to really fully understand a topic, books are a better way to go. We have rummaged through the entire collection of English language books written on China, and we present you the top 5 into understanding the past and present of this rapidly changing society. As China has risen to become of the most powerful technology-enabled country in the last decade, understanding the basics of how government, economies and societies work in China is crucial and fundamental to shaping our outlook for how Cryptocurrency and blockchain will influence the globe. And for disclosures, by clicking on the links below, we will receive a small affiliate fee. Understanding Present Day China The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State China under the current leader Xi Jinping has been more powerful and ambitious than ever before. This book is particularly relevant to read if you want to understand present-day China. Written by a China scholar, the book details the set of political and economic reforms since Xi took over, including the centralization of power under himself and the expansion of the Communist Party’s role in Chinese political, social, and economic life, and the construction of a virtual wall of regulations to control more closely the exchange of ideas and capital between China and the outside world. Through highlighting Xi’s priorities and agenda in office, including fighting corruption and getting rid of his enemies, managing the Internet and reforming the state-owned enterprise sector, the author identifies the tensions, shortcomings, and successes of Xi’s reform efforts over the course of his first five years in office. More relevantly, as internet control and citizens’ data management become an increasingly larger focus for the central party, this book indirectly lays a solid backdrop for why the government is so pro-private blockchains in the first place. On China’s Economy China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know I really enjoyed this book and its also a very straightforward and fascinating read in which you don’t need to know economics to comprehend. Among the many topics discussed in the book, stock market is one of them. The stock market in China is a recent phenomenon and I couldn’t help but draw many parallels of its infancy with the current crypto market. Nonetheless, the most interesting and important discussion is around how China was the astonishing economic growth story of the last three decades. In the 1980s, China was an impoverished backwater, struggling to escape the political turmoil and economic mismanagement of the Mao era. Today it is the world’s second-biggest economy, the largest manufacturing and trading nation, the consumer of half the world’s steel and coal, the biggest source of international tourists, and one of the most influential investors in developing countries from southeast Asia to Africa to Latin America. On China’s Tech Companies China’s Disruptors: How Alibaba, Xiaomi, Tencent, and Other Companies are Changing the Rules of Business We haven’t honestly found that many great China-tech related books has comparable to a book say like Bad Blood about Theranos or on Elon Musk or on Uber, which is unfortunate. Given that China technology companies really only surfaced globally in the last decade, this book by Edward Tse is providing a solid compilation of the large tech companies in China operating currently. Additionally, we will link you to a number of resources to understand these recent phenonmenons through other write-ups and media formats. It combines the history of entrepreneurship in China, then profiles the strategy and the execution of the top Chinese companies including Alibaba, Xiaomi and Tencent. These companies are crucial to at least get to know the basics because they will play a very involved role in cryptocurrency and blockchain in China and the rest of Asia. To get an more in-depth understanding and more details on tech companies operate in China, be sure to checkout Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built. The author has worked with Jack and at Alibaba for decades and details the hardships and encounters that led to the company to the largest IPO in the world in 2014, a whopping $25 billion. On China’s Culture and Economy A

4 days ago

PR: Bitbook Launches Online Gambling and Betting Platform

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release. The gambling and casino industry has been alert to the changes associated with modern technologies. Since its inception, it has relied on various inventions, whether a simple dice or a sophisticated blockchain betting platform. As advancements in technology speed up, the industry is transformed at a rapid pace as well to catch up with the reality of a highly digitalized world. The key purpose of gambling is winning a prize in a game with uncertain results. It has become immensely popular in different societies as it makes people experience a broad spectrum of emotions. It is winning that triggers particularly addictive perceptions and keeps gamblers on the edge of their seats. Nowadays, gamblers don’t even have to take seats outside their houses because leading-edge technologies enable them to place bets and play odds online. When looking back at the history of gambling, it is clear that people were interested in it before recorded history. Gambling houses emerged in the first millennium BC while the first casino started functioning in Venice in the 17th century. The first official bookmaking service dates from 1790 when Harry Ogden made a profit by offering players the opportunity to bet on horses. Later, new forms of gambling evolved. In 1961, the legalization of betting shops encouraged the spread of bookmaking firms. The launch of online poker websites and the approval of online casinos in the 1990s were major recent landmarks in the gambling and casino industry. In fact, they set a course for striking future developments in the industry, which wouldn’t happen without the use of the latest technologies. Online Gambling The successful incorporation of Internet technologies led to the launch of online casinos. Microgaming was the first software development company to expand the variety of online gambling games. The greater availability of those games required the improvements in safe online transactions that were promoted by Cryptologic. Online gambling has been constantly transforming and setting new, demanding standards. For example, modern online casinos are not only expected to be legal but also to be designed to encourage communication and interaction between players from around the world. In the 2000s, online gambling hit the jackpot, welcoming 8 million players. This number hasn’t decreased since then. Online gambling is a promising trend which will continue to build up momentum. Despite its rise, conventional brick and mortar casinos still attract gamblers. Although the atmosphere remains unchanged there, digital gambling machines are found in every traditional casino, proving technological impact is unavoidable. Mobile Technology In the last few years, mobile gaming has been on the rise. It ensued from the widespread use of mobile phones, which allow users to place bets on the go. Smartphones not only give access to online casino games, but they also create an opportunity to download apps designed to simplify user experiences and make gambling portable. Mobile technology increases the number of players who value the convenience coming from the ability to place bets quickly. Despite recently imposed regulations on online gambling, mobile casinos and apps are in great demand among users and generate the highest profits in the industry. Virtual Reality The future of online gambling lies in virtual reality. This technology is aimed at gamblers who still prefer brick and mortar casinos to online gambling. Of course, virtual reality gambling won’t leave other players indifferent. The first attempt to create a virtual reality casino was in 2016. Since then, developers have been working on the idea of true-to-life casinos which will provide users with vivid virtual experiences and quality animation. Today, SlotsMillion is the only provider of VR/3D online casino applications. Blockchain-based Gambling Platforms Blockchain technology has influenced different industries. So far, it is difficult to evaluate its current and future impact. The gambling and casino industry had no choice but to embark on the incorporation of blockchain. And developers who rely on it haven’t made a wrong decision because blockchain-based gambling platforms offer transparency and privacy for their clients. Blockchain casinos have been a solution for modern gamblers who value personal data or hate fraud and unreasonable regulations. Reliable online casinos and sportsbooks such as Bitbook, Bitstarz, and Fortune Jack were built as modern decentralized networks. The gambling and casino industry has expanded much more dramatically than expected, making it a very profitable sector. There are more than 2.2 billion active online gamers. It is expected revenue from gambling will total $143.5 billion

4 days ago

Cardano Moving To Wyoming As New Governor Praises Blockchain

Mark Gordon, incoming 33rd Governor of Wyoming gave a shout out to the local Blockchain industry during his inauguration speech. He highlighted the approach of startups like BeefChain and SheepChain as an example of how Wyoming leads the nation while already attracting other businesses to the state such as IOHK’s Cardano. We Can Do More... In Wyoming Governor Gordon’s speech covered the regulation thank-yous, big-ups, challenges ahead, and positivity. But of particular note was a section praising Wyoming industries for becoming leaders and doing more: In just this last year, Wyoming has become the envy of the nation for its innovative approach to Blockchain with new startups like BeefChain and SheepChain. We can do more. BeefChain launched a blockchain-based initiative for tracking and verifying the provenance of product in the meat industry. This enables a provable supply-chain link from a cut of meat, right back to the animal it came from and how that animal was treated. The western state is also starting to attract other businesses with its friendly legislation. One such company is IOHK, the company behind Cardano (ADA) 00. Its founder, Charles Hoskinson, confirmed the move when asked if he would consider moving his businesses to Malta, another blockchain-friendly destination. Well actually [IOHK is] leaving Hong Kong. We’re moving to Wyoming next to Colorado in the United States. I live in Colorado. So we’re now a US company.” Meat... Chicken... Fish The livestock industry has been one of the more forward-thinking, having already implementing several blockchain supply-chain solutions. Aside from Wyoming’s blockchain for Beef (and one assumes also one for Sheep), there are international source-traceable solutions, which also cover chicken and fish. French supermarket giant, Carrefour, uses the commercial version of IBM blockchain to track its products. QR codes on, for example, chicken packaging, provide details of where the chick hatched, lived, what it ate, and its age at slaughter. And a Fijian supply chain company, uses the Viant platform on the public Ethereum blockchain, to ensure traceability for fish from capture to sale. The Equality State Wyoming has positioned itself as unashamedly pro-cryptocurrency over the past year, adding a raft of bills to support blockchain and crypto-startups. Just a week ago, the state almost unanimously passed a bill allowing institutions to offer financial services using bitcoin and other blockchain-based assets. This was despite heavy opposition from the banking industry. IT BEGINS! The first of 6 #Wyoming #blockchain bills passed Senate committee 5-0 today. This bill allows banks to keep books/records on blockchain. I’ll publish a post about the bills soon! Here’s Banking Commish Forkner testifying @Tyler_Lindholm @SenatorDriskill @asset_trade — Caitlin Long [Jan/3➞₿∎] (@CaitlinLong_) January 9, 2019 It’s gratifying to know that the incoming governor appreciates just what blockchain can achieve. Will other states follow in Wyoming’s footsteps? Share your thoughts below! Images courtesy of Shutterstock The post Cardano Moving To Wyoming As New Governor Praises Blockchain appeared first on

4 days ago

Not All Blockchains are Born Equal: Finding the Right Consensus Algorithm

CoinSpeaker Not All Blockchains are Born Equal: Finding the Right Consensus Algorithm They form the backbone of blockchain technology, but consensus algorithms have a severely negligible presence online. Here, I aim to set the record straight on this invaluable process in digital security, while weighing up the best approaches in practice today. What is a Сonsensus Algorithm? Consensus algorithm is the name given to the process in computer science that’s used to achieve an agreement on a single data value among distributed process systems - fitting perfectly into blockchain’s distributed ledger framework. Image Source: 101 Blockchains The role consensus algorithms play in blockchain is to gain a level of reliability in a network built on a series of nodes. This means that if a transaction is set to take place, the algorithm will spring to work in communicating across the network in a bid to verify if the action can take place. The same process also applies to the creation of new nodes of data on a blockchain or synchronising network machines to ensure that there’s a consistency from the whole consensus. Consensus algorithms also have to be smart enough to anticipate breakdowns in communication within a network. Automatically, the algorithm will assume that some processes and systems will be unavailable and that some communication will be lost as a result. To counter this, the consensus algorithm must be fault-tolerant and work towards achieving a predesignated consensus, or approval, from the majority of machines in the network at least. Why are They Important? Image Source: FreeCodeCamp Consensus algorithms are vital in ensuring that blockchains remain wholly decentralised. Due to the decentralised nature of blockchain, there will never be a centralised authority in place to verify and update the ledger with transactions and fresh data. Due to this, the stakeholders in the network have to decide on a peer-to-peer basis as to which transactions are to be added to the blockchain. Such a process of achieving a consensus in a widely distributed ledger would be impossible if not for a smart algorithm capable of automatically communicating and verifying the new transactions with all relevant machines on the network. Without the presence of a fitting consensus algorithm, decentralised systems would have to give way to a centralised power that holds and processes data in one place - making the information it stores vulnerable to digital attacks and tampering by somebody who manages to gain access to its location. Contemporary Approaches Not all blockchains are born equal, and many vary greatly depending on the type of consensus algorithm they employ. Image Source: Blockgeeks Proof-of-Work (PoW): Implemented by household names of the cryptomarket like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin, the PoW approach was the first consensus algorithm to be adopted, and is widely used today. PoW is a simple construct and known to be highly resistant to cyber attacks. This approach relies wholly on the computational powers of each member of its network to solve problems and reach a consensus when determining a transaction. The fact that it requires the input of its network makes PoW very difficult to hack (any successful attack would require at least 50% of the hash rate of the entire network, for starters), but it also makes the consensus algorithm extremely wasteful with power. Some estimations suggest that Bitcoin uses 32TWh of energy per year, which equates to roughly the same amount as the entire nation of Denmark. As a result, many industry experts believe that, while PoW is reliable, it’s already a little long in the tooth, and the likes of Ethereum are already said to be exploring alternative measures in upholding their decentralised values, especially when you consider that the entire crypto industry can save around $36 billion a year by using a decentralised system, according to FOTON. Image Source: Foton (Centralised system (left) and decentralised system (right)) Proof-of-Stake (PoS): Regarded, by Ethereum at least, as the heir to the blockchain throne, PoS acts as a much more energy efficient, much more decentralised, incarnation of the consensus algorithm. The transfer of crypto-giant Ethereum from PoW to PoS signified the potential that the alternative approach holds. Where PoW requires the involvement of the network to work together in building nodes, PoS operates on probability. The Blockchain Council summarises PoS thus: “Proof of Stake relies on a probabilistic model for selecting validators where the probability of a validator getting a block to solve is directly proportional to the amount of Ether they have staked to secure the network. The staked Ether is held as collateral which can be seized if any wrongdoing was seen on the part of the validator. The underlying math puzzle is similar to that employed in Proof of Work. However, the complexity of the problem is significantly reduced.” Byzantine Fault T

4 days ago

Insights Network

Insights Network Airdrop is worth 22 INSTAR tokens (~$ 0.18). Share your referral link to earn 25 INSTAR tokens (~$ 0.20) for every referral. About Insights Network Insights Network is connecting consumers with businesses for mutually beneficial data exchange by using digital currency and blockchain technology. Insights Network is listed on CoinMarketCap. Would you like to receive the latest free Airdrop Alerts? Join our Airdropalert Telegram. How to join Insights Network Airdrop? Register for the Insights Network Airdrop, by creating an account. Verify your mail & login to your account. Complete the KYC. Use the Instar web wallet to earn tokens for completing daily activities like polls and surveys. Share your referral link to invite friends and receive 25 INSTAR per referral as soon as they complete their first activity. Additional bonus: The top referrer will win 500k INSTAR tokens (~$ 4000) and a trip to the Sri Panwa.The top 50 referrers will each receive 25k INSTAR tokens (~$ 200). If you use the ''CLAIM AIRDROP'' button below to claim the Insights Network airdrop, it will automatically show on the main page with a purple check mark. So you can easily track which airdrops you joined and which ones you need to join.

5 days ago

TenX co-founder Julian Hosp steps down as president

TenX, a cryptocurrency debit card company that raised $80 million in an ICO in 2017, announced that its co-founder Julian Hosp has stepped down as president. The statement said that the current CEO of TenX Toby Hoenisch “will be driving the business forward solely.” TenX has struggled since Visa suspended its card issuer, WaveCrest, in January 2018. Now a year later, TenX still says on its website that the debit card is “coming soon” despite several promises that it would be ready as soon as in Q1 2018. Hosp’s departure comes a month after a video appeared to link Hosp to Lyoness, a company that was deemed an illegal pyramid scheme by several courts. Hosp’s previous affiliation with Lyoness was confirmed by the official TenX account on Reddit, which said that Hosp was involved “as a “member” of Lyoness from late 2011 to mid-2015” and that “Julian’s past affiliations with Lyoness bear no relevance to TenX.” The post TenX co-founder Julian Hosp steps down as president appeared first on The Block.

5 days ago

EO.Finance Launches Highest Paying Crypto Referral Program of 2019

CoinSpeaker EO.Finance Launches Highest Paying Crypto Referral Program of 2019 Offering 30% of transaction fees for each referral, it is expected to be the highest paying crypto referral program of 2019. Each user will receive their own unique invite link, which can be shared with friends or via social media, in order to start earning 30% of the companies fees for every transaction made by someone who registered using their unique link. Furthermore, receive 5% of the fees for each new referral introduced by your own referral, increasing earning potential and adding even more benefits to an already feature packed ecosystem. The fact the ecosystem supports credit and debit card transactions, as well as more than 40 cryptocurrencies means it will be even easier for you to start earning from your referrals. The EO Referral Program will also extend to EO.Trade following launch, meaning it will be possible to earn from a single referrals transactions across multiple products within the EO ecosystem. It is important to note that the figure of 30% is significantly more than most competitors offer. Payment will be made in the same currency as was purchased or exchanged. Withdrawal of the profits earned via the program can be made instantly, meaning you can earn immediately from your referral. The profits can also be exchanged into any available currency as desired. Many will also be pleased to hear that the program also extends to those referred during the crowdsale. Meaning if you referred someone during the crowdsale, to earn from the bounty program on offer - those same referrals will still be active, allowing you to earn the 30% from fees on EO.Finance and EO.Trade. For website owners and traffic managers promotional materials can be provided, including: banners and videos in different sizes and languages. EO is European licensed company, those who wish to join the referral program can do so by registering at EO.Finance and following a link EO.Finance Launches Highest Paying Crypto Referral Program of 2019

6 days ago

Axonomy round 2

Axonomy airdrop is worth 60 AXON tokens (~$ 30). Share your referral link to earn up to 55 AXON tokens (~$ 27.5) for every referral and 10 AXON tokens (~$ 5) for all secondary referrals. Additionally, Axonomy is airdropping up to 65 AXON tokens (~$ 32.5) on Reddit and gives you a free space to speak about your unpleasant investing experience. About Axonomy Axonomy will allow institutions and individuals in the blockchain industry to participate in the funding of outstanding startups, obtain corresponding incentives through voting and witness their acceleration. The interaction between the funds, startups, and users should form a positive driving force for industry progression. Would you like to receive the latest free Airdrop Alerts? Join our Airdropalert Telegram. How to join Axonomy Airdrop? Sign up to the Axonomy Airdrop platform. Complete the KYC. You can also check KYC status in “Settings”. Once the KYC approved, click “Vote” to browse through the projects and vote your favorite. The voting steps come after your documents have been approved. Join Axonomy on Telegram. Follow Axonomy on Twitter. Share your referral link to earn more AXON tokens. Optional - Bear Market Welfare Giveaway (+ up to 65 AXON): Visit the Subreddit Axonomy. Task A: Expose a Speculative Coin. (+25 AXON) Task B: Nominate the Altcoin of 2019. (+25 AXON) Engaged comments will get additionals 10 AXON tokens. Join Axonomy on the News Channel. Rewards will be deposited on your account. More info about the Airdrop in Axonomy's Medium blog. If you use the ''CLAIM AIRDROP'' button below to claim the Axonomy Round 2 Airdrop, it will automatically show on the main page with a purple check mark. So you can easily track which airdrops you joined and which ones you need to join.

6 days ago

Altcoins Daily Preview: Litecoin (LTC) and IOTA (IOT) Set for $50 and 50 Cents

Latest IOTA News Like other altcoins, IOTA prices are moderately recovering. It’s not a banger as expected but still, after 2018 pain, any upward trajectory is welcomed. At the moment, IOTA is up 4.3 percent in the last 24 hours and after talks of Coordicide in the last days of December, IOTA is scaling up rolling out products and announcing new partnerships. Center stage is Chat.ixi, a new ad free, private chatting application that runs on the IOTA Controlled Agent (ICT). What’s special is that the app is not an information trawler. Read: Today’s Double Digit Gainers: Tron (TRX), VeChain (VET), ChainLink (LINK) and Holo (HOT) ICT is a light node, an experimental test net designed specifically to sate the needs of Internet of Things. The project is a brainchild of Samuel Rufinatscha and Lukas Tassanyi. Lukas is better known as MicroHash in IOTA forums. A Computer Science Graduate from the University of Dresden, Lukas was actively involved in the IOTA Spam Fund, an initiative tasked with spamming the IOTA network in a bid to speed up transaction processing. Also read: Could Russian Rumors Be Reviving NEO? Surges 15% Today By launching Chat.ixi, ICT now has a “face” and is one way of demystifying the futuristic capabilities of IOTA eXtension Interface or IXI. The team say IXI is an “interface is kept rather slim and modular by design, in order to decouple those apps, called IXI modules, as much as possible from the underlying ICT communication protocol.” IOTA (IOT/USD) Price Analysis To reiterate, IOTA is making good progress against the USD. It is up 4.3 percent at the time of press and trading within a bullish breakout pattern after high volumes swings of Dec 20 bull bar—28 million against 12 million, took it above the 30 cents barrier. In a classic breakout pattern, traders were better place to load up at spot prices because consequent moves also propelled IOTA above the six-month resistance trend line meaning buyers were firmly in control. At the moment through, obstacles to upside are present at 40 cents and in an uptrend, aggressive traders can buy at current rates. However, a conservative approach is to wait for clean breaks above Q3 2018 lows at 40 cents. Because it will be a breakout pattern, accompanying volumes should be above current average of five million. Thereafter, first targets will be 52 cents or Nov 2018 highs with stops at 34 cents. This will be our IOT/USD trade plan: Buy: spot, 40 cents Stops: 34 cents First Targets: 52 cents Litecoin (LTC/USD) Price Analysis Today, we are likely to see Litecoin (LTC) replace Stellar (XLM) as the sixth most valuable coin in the space. Not only is LTC performance exemplary but trading conditions as set out in previous trade plans have been met. As visible from the chart, LTC is trading above $35 minor resistance after breaking above it on Jan 6 at the back of high volumes—459k versus 226k average. Because of this, traders can load at spot with first targets at $50 as follows: Buy: Spot Stop: $35 Target: $50 All charts courtesy of Trading View—BitFinex and CoinBase This is not Investment Advice. Do your Research. The post Altcoins Daily Preview: Litecoin (LTC) and IOTA (IOT) Set for $50 and 50 Cents appeared first on Ethereum World News.

6 days ago

Developer Releases Cash-DB, a Terab Project Fork for the BCH Network

On Jan. 7, the technician and researcher Joannes Vermorel announced the release of a new project called Cash-DB, a forked repository for the BCH network which consists of Vermorel’s original Terab Project work. According to the engineer, Cash-DB is a high-performance backend storage protocol for the Bitcoin Cash network’s UTXO set. Also Read: Major Mining Pools Have a ‘High Die-Off Rate’ Study Reveals Vermorel Claims ‘Cash-DB Can Process Close to 20,000 Transactions per Second’ Joannes Vermorel. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) proponents were surprised to see the researcher and developer Joannes Vermorel reveal a new project called Cash-DB for the BCH network. reported on Vermorel’s work in the past when the Terab Project was sponsored by Coingeek and Nchain, well before the Nov. 15 blockchain split. Cash-DB is a fork of the Terab Project which aims to improve BCH throughput performance and optimize backend storage for the UTXO set of Bitcoin Cash. From Vermorel’s standpoint, the protocol can already scale gigabyte sized blocks in an efficient fashion. “With a single Intel Optane 900P card - about $400 at time of writing - Cash-DB can process close to 20,000 transactions per second, which means that a 1GB Bitcoin block can be processed in 3 min 30 or so,” the researcher’s blog post notes. “Thus, Cash-DB, in its current form, is already scalable enough to process gigabyte blocks at peak network capacity.” According to the creator, Cash-DB is not a “scalability silver bullet” and only can help one part of the scalability challenges the BCH network will face down the line. The throughput of Cash-DB is still too low to handle sustained gigabyte blocks says Vermorel. But the developer says compared to the rate of Visa transactions it “should be enough for now.” Discontinued Sponsorship Following the announcement, some BCH community members were skeptical of Vermorel’s forked project due to his prior relationship with Coingeek and Nchain. When asked why the Terab Project was discontinued, Vermorel replied with a link to the project’s Github repository. The project’s current documentation states: “The sponsorship of Terab by Coingeek and Nchain has been discontinued.” Additionally, Vermorel told his Twitter followers that he had moved his the Lokad 4-byte prefix guideline for BCH OP_Returns to the BCH community repository at Vermorel was further criticized though because some of the Cash-DB files include a different type of license called ‘License-MIT-BCH,’ which could theoretically restrict other open source projects from using it. However, Vermorel stated that the MIT BCH license was required as part of the initial Terab funding and he would have preferred to have used a traditional MIT license, but that was not possible. The engineer continued by stating that Cash-DB is funded by his own project Lokad and uses the traditional MIT open source standard. “This ensures that an app leveraging Cash-DB does not have to include anything but MIT licensed code in its own codebase,” Vermorel explained on Reddit. “Further developments funded by Lokad will be done under regular MIT license.” The developer further stated: Nchain is not involved in Cash-DB — I believe that CashDB would fit nicely in their Teranode initiative, but it’s up to them to decide. Naturally, as Cash-DB is a fork of Terab, the original licensing terms still apply for the parts that were funded by the original sponsors of the Terab project. ‘Live and Learn’ Many BCH supporters also welcomed Vermorel as he had contributed a lot to the ecosystem in the past. In another blog post about the project called, Salient bits of Cash-DB, Vermorel explains that designing the project implemented in C#/.NET was an “interesting task.” “It took us a near complete rewrite of Cash-DB to get those insights properly implemented — Well, live and learn,” the developer conceded. What do you think about Joannes Vermorel’s Cash-DB project? Let us know in the comments section below. Images via Shutterstock, Pixabay, and Twitter. At there’s a bunch of free helpful services. For instance, have you seen our Tools page? You can even look up the exchange rate for a transaction in the past. Or calculate the value of your current holdings. Or create a paper wallet. And much more. The post Developer Releases Cash-DB, a Terab Project Fork for the BCH Network appeared first on Bitcoin News.

6 days ago

Today’s Double Digit Gainers: Tron (TRX), VeChain (VET), ChainLink (LINK) and Holo (HOT)

Today, Wednesday the 9th of January 2019, found several of the top 100 cryptocurrencies in the green as reported by The King of Crypto - Bitcoin (BTC) - is currently trading at $4,059 and up 1% in the last 24 hours. Ethereum (ETH) on the other hand is firmly back in the number 2 spot with a current value of $152. A cool $900 Million in market cap separates ETH from XRP which is currently valued at $0.368. Today’s Double Digit Gainers It is with the resurgence of Bitcoin from $3,800 levels to the current value of $4,059 that has spearheaded the crypto markets to gain $7 Billion in total market capitalization since Sunday 6th January. At the moment of writing this, four top 100 cryptocurrencies are exhibiting double digit gains due to the current positive ‘mood’ in the markets. They are: Tron (TRX) - 9.98% VeChain Thor (VET) - 10.59% ChainLink (LINK) - 11.95% Holo (HOT) - 16% A screenshot of their market performance as seen on can be found below. Fundamental Reasons for the Gains Looking at TRX, the digital asset has had some momentum ever since the Tron Virtual Machine went live last October. What then proceeded, was several technical developments such as an increment of DApps on the network and BitTorrent announcing its native token on the Tron Network only days ago. The launch of BTT on Binance launchpad will further push Justin Sun’s vision of decentralizing the web as envisioned via Project Atlas. There is also the NiTRON summit in San Francisco on the 17th and 18th of this month. When we observe VET, the crypto had more or less stagnated in the crypto markets through the holiday season. Many crypto traders had believed that the digital asset had bottomed out and was ripe for a move up. The current market conditions have provided an ideal environment for the digital asset to thrive. The same can be said with respect to ChainLink (LINK) and Holo (HOT). In the case of HOT, Weiss Ratings had given it two thumbs up by stating that its network is a perfect model of how distributed ledger technology should be. The November tweet by Weiss Ratings can be found below. We just finished reviewing #Holochain - wow, is it good! It’s the first coin we tested that got “Buy” rating on its first review! This is #DLT the way it’s supposed to be! Kudos to developers who created this amazing piece of tech! #crypto #cryptocurrency — Weiss Ratings (@WeissRatings) November 2, 2018 What are your thoughts on the current double digit momentum exhibited by Tron (TRX), VeChain (VET), ChainLink (LINK) and Holo (HOT)? Do you think it will be sustained? Please let us know in the comment section below. Disclaimer: This article is not meant to give financial advice. Any additional opinion herein is purely the author’s and does not represent the opinion of Ethereum World News or any of its other writers. Please carry out your own research before investing in any of the numerous cryptocurrencies available. Thank you. The post Today’s Double Digit Gainers: Tron (TRX), VeChain (VET), ChainLink (LINK) and Holo (HOT) appeared first on Ethereum World News.

6 days ago


Cloverdex airdrop is worth 30 CLDX tokens (~$ 6.3). Share your referral link to earn 10 CLDX token (~$ 2.1) for every referral. About Cloverdex Cloverdex will provide a modular hybrid decentralised exchange and secure multi-currency wallet (implementing multi-signature technology) with strong focus on cryptocurrency market analysis and knowledge sharing, user accessibility and friendliness, social trading, and best practice regulatory and legal compliance. Cloverdex is rated 3.9/5 on ICObench. Would you like to receive the latest free Airdrop Alerts? Join our Airdropalert Telegram. How to join Cloverdex Airdrop? Go to the Cloverdex Airdrop form. Join Cloverdex Group on Telegram. Join Cloverdex Channel on Telegram. Join Cloverdex Bounty Group on Telegram. Show activity in Cloverdex Telegram groups. Submit your details to the Cloverdex Airdrop form. Share your referral link to earn 10 CLDX tokens per referral. For your referral link, paste your Telegram username after this link url. Post a proof of authentication on Bitcointalk, with the information below: #proof of authentication Telegram login: Bitcointalk Username: ETH Address: For more CLDX tokens, go to Cloverdex Bounty. If you use the ''CLAIM AIRDROP'' button below to claim the Cloverdex airdrop, it will automatically show on the main page with a purple check mark. So you can easily track which airdrops you joined and which ones you need to join.

6 days ago

Co-founder of TenX Julian Hosp stepped down as TenX president

TenX, a cryptocurrency debit card company that raised $80 million in an ICO in 2017, announced that its co-founder Julian Hosp has stepped down as president. The statement said that the current CEO of TenX Toby Hoenisch “will be driving the business forward solely.” TenX has struggled since Visa suspended its card issuer, WaveCrest, in January 2018. Now a year later, TenX still says on its website that the debit card is “coming soon” despite several promises that it would be ready as soon as in Q1 2018. The departure of Hosp comes a month after a video appeared to link Hosp to Lyoness, a company that was deemed an illegal pyramid scheme by several courts. Hosp’s previous affiliation with Lyoness was confirmed by the official TenX account on Reddit, which said that Hosp was involved “as a “member” of Lyoness from late 2011 to mid-2015” and that “Julian’s past affiliations with Lyoness bear no relevance to TenX.” The post Co-founder of TenX Julian Hosp stepped down as TenX president appeared first on The Block.

6 days ago

UNICEF Continues Crypto Advocacy, Now Accepts DAI

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) France has announced that it is now accepting donations in the DAI cryptocurrency. This makes it the 10th cryptocurrency it now accepts for charitable donations. The organization seems to think that “open source explorations of blockchain” can be funded using the DAI. The latest cryptocurrency is MakerDAO’s stablecoin pegged to the USD. The funds to be collected through this channel is to be used to support open source projects through “bounties” and “funding research” for blockchain-related projects which ultimately aims at helping the “world’s most vulnerable people”. UNICEF’s Ventures Fund invests in “frontier technologies” and how they could be used to solve “humanity’s greatest challenges” It currently considers the emergence of blockchain technology as “new systems of trust and exchange on which users can send value directly from one party to another without the need for intermediaries”. reveals that the DAI wallet address is about 12 days old and a few contributions totaling DAI 116.2 (about USD 116.7) at press time have been made with the latest contribution being two days old. The UNICEF organization in France began accepting cryptocurrency donations in 2018 to facilitate the link between emerging technology and charitable causes. The adoption pattern for cryptocurrencies as both a store and exchange of value may not happen as sporadically as most people expect. However, with reputable industries considering blockchain as alternate means to crowdfund leveraging on the perks of decentralization and trustlessness, the current pace is a steady and evolving transition. With the likes of UNICEF, blockchain has once again been taken outside the confines of the fintech niche and brought into the regular day-to-day affairs of those who would one day be adopters of this looming technological revolution. Trusting a developing multi-billion-dollar market, UNICEF sure sees the new technology as an opportunity do much more than virtual trading and speculative analysis. Director of UNICEF France Sébastien Lyon stated in the past: “Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology used for charitable purposes offers a new opportunity to appeal to the generosity of the public and continue to develop our operations with children in the countries of intervention.” Prior to this news, other developments made by UNICEF around the blockchain industry included the addition of nine popular digital currencies to its website donation portal and a USD 100,000 funding across six blockchain startups. Other companies are contributing their quota to extend charity through blockchain initiatives. Binance Charity Foundation (BFS) is another active portal that seeks the furtherance of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Follow on Twitter: @BitcoinNewsCom Telegram Alerts from Want to advertise or get published on - View our Media Kit PDF here. Image Courtesy: Pixabay The post UNICEF Continues Crypto Advocacy, Now Accepts DAI appeared first on

6 days ago


DecentraX airdrop is worth 2 DCX tokens (~$ 5). Share your referral link to earn 1 DCX token (~$ 2.5) for every referral. About DecentraX DecentraX aims to resolve mass-adaption problems seen by every current blockchain and create a network that allows everyone to participate even with the most basic understanding of blockchain technologies and use. Would you like to receive the latest free Airdrop Alerts? Join our Airdropalert Telegram. How to join DecentraX Airdrop? Go to the DecentraX Airdrop bot. Join DecentraX on Telegram. Connect your Twitter account to the Airdrop bot. Follow DecentraX on Twitter. Answer a question asked by the bot about DecentraX. Submit your mail to the Airdrop bot and verify. Submit your ethereum address to the Airdrop bot. Share your referral link to earn 1 DCX token for every referral. If you use the ''CLAIM AIRDROP'' button below to claim the DecentraX airdrop, it will automatically show on the main page with a purple check mark. So you can easily track which airdrops you joined and which ones you need to join.

6 days ago


Volentix airdrop is worth 20 VTX tokens (~$ 6.6). Share your referral to earn 10 VTX tokens (~$ 3.3) for every referral. About Volentix Volentix introduces VDex, designed as a distributed, decentralized digital assets exchange with emphasis on user experience and community development and governance. By accessing established technologies and planning selective new protocols with priority on security, speed, authentication, ease of use, scalability, and multi-asset support, VDex intends to facilitate peer-to-peer transactions by assembling a portfolio of decentralized applications built on EOS.IO smart contracts. Volentix is rated 4.4/5 on ICO Bench. Would you like to receive the latest free Airdrop Alerts? Join our Airdropalert Telegram. How to join Volentix Airdrop? Go to the Volentix Airdrop bot. Pass the human verification. Join Volentix on Telegram. Follow Volentix on Twitter. (optional) Download the Verto Wallet, available for Mac and Windows. Follow the instructions and create a wallet. Go back to the Verto Wallet page. Scroll down and submit your Verto Wallet name. Submit your details to the Volentix Airdrop bot. For your EOS wallet address, go to the Verto Wallet and click on the QR code image at the top right. Share your referral link to earn additional 10 VTX tokens for every referral. If you use the ''CLAIM AIRDROP'' button below to claim the Volentix airdrop, it will automatically show on the main page with a purple check mark. So you can easily track which airdrops you joined and which ones you need to join.

7 days ago

Crisis Breeds Opportunity

CoinSpeaker Crisis Breeds Opportunity From cryptocurrencies to precious metals and crude oil, and at the very end of the year even stocks, it was a year of massive declines. A year of anti-globalization. A year of monetary tightening. 2018 saw massive shifts in prices across a range of asset classes catching many investors off guard. But... With Crisis Comes Opportunity From 2009 to 2017 traders grew accustomed to steadily rising markets and modest but continuous gains. However, it’s important to remember that the economy moves in boom and bust cycles that usually last about four to six years and it seems that the last bull run was a double whammy. As we move into 2019, many assets are officially in a bear market, which is something that most young investors have never experienced before. So, it’s going to take a lot more creativity to build a solid portfolio. My name is Mati Greenspan and I’m the Senior Market Analyst at eToro. Though I may not have all the answers, I’ll be very glad to fill you in on exactly why the markets are acting the way they are at the moment and what to look out for in the year ahead. On Tuesday, January 8th, we’ll be holding a unique webcast to discuss everything from crypto to tech stocks, currencies and indices, and perhaps explore some of the best trading opportunities amid the current market conditions. To register, please click this link now. What you’ll need to bring: a PC or smartphone headphone or speakers a pencil and paper (optional) Please also feel free to prepare any questions you may have about the financial markets or investing and we’ll be glad to discuss them live. See you there! Crisis Breeds Opportunity

7 days ago

OATH Protocol

OATH Protocol airdrop is worth up to 700 OATH (~$ 3.5) tokens. Share your referral link and earn between 200 - 800 OATH tokens per referral. About OATH Protocol OATH is a blockchain-based alternative dispute resolution protocol. It is an infrastructure layer between chains and dApps. By using a decentralized juror community with a complete new consensus mechanism, Proof of Common sense, OATH provides a robust, fair, transparent, and extensible dispute resolution protocol. OATH Protocol is rated 4.4/5 on ICO Bench. Would you like to receive the latest free Airdrop Alerts? Join our Airdropalert Telegram. How to join OATH Protocol Airdrop? Register for the OATH Protocol Airdrop, by creating an account. Verify your mail address. (+200 OATH) Login to your account and complete KYC (+500 OATH) Share your referral link to earn more OATH tokens. You will find your referral link in the ''verify your account'' mail. NOTE: KYC is mandatory for withdrawing tokens. For more information about the airdrop, read this blog. If you use the ''CLAIM AIRDROP'' button below to claim the OATH Protocol airdrop, it will automatically show on the main page with a purple check mark. So you can easily track which airdrops you joined and which ones you need to join.

7 days ago

📬#APIS Withdrawal from Bit-Z is now available! Please check...

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7 days ago

Bitcoin [BTC] and other cryptocurrencies seeing 80 percent correction is nothing new, says CoinFLEX CEO

The cryptocurrency market’s situation in 2019 has been a much-talked-about topic in the space with several proponents as well as critics giving their perspectives on the current standings as well as the future. The recent official who gave his viewpoint was Mark Lamb, the Chief Executive Officer of CoinFLEX. In an interview with Bloomberg, Lamb spoke about the advent of the bear run as well as the runway approach taken by the cryptocurrency market. He stated that the 80 percent correction rate undergone in the market is nothing new as such events are commonplace in the cryptosphere. The CEO added: “One of the things that caught my eye in the boom phase was the sheer over-exuberance of the market, something that has settled right now. Currently, the space is much more focused on building infrastructure and other support architecture required to propagate the industry.” According to the CoinFLEX official, the key focus of the company is to physically settle Bitcoin futures contract that reduces manipulation and risk. He stated that the concept is something that is followed by gold, oil, treasury futures and is even followed in cash-settled futures. Lamb focused on the key point that needs to be catered to the users: they should be sure about the time of expiry of the assets as well as the stipulated amount. Lamb further said that users should not be a victim of market manipulation and claimed that since Bitcoin Futures are tied to the underlying asset, it is useful for commercial hedging and hedging Over-the-Counter trade. Talking about the advantages of the concept, Lamb said that the transparency and the link between the assets offer a great foundation for legitimate trade. He went on to say: “The Asian market’s contribution to the cryptocurrency space is huge right now and an overtake does not look to occur anytime soon. The regulatory blockades in the United States have slowed down the progress but there are signs of progress.” The cryptocurrency proponent also stated that being an offshore company has its perks as it allows organizations to cater to markets around the globe and not just a restricted user base. CoinFLEX’s owners also include Bitcoin Cash proponent Roger Ver as well trading Technologies International Incorporated. The post Bitcoin [BTC] and other cryptocurrencies seeing 80 percent correction is nothing new, says CoinFLEX CEO appeared first on AMBCrypto.

7 days ago

5 Signs From CES 2019 That Crypto Is Ready for the Mainstream

If you have doubts about the future of crypto, look no further than Las Vegas. The Consumer Technology Association’s CES is the biggest trade show in the world and the biggest event hosted in Las Vegas every year. Over 2.7 million net square feet of exhibit floor space is set aside for over 182,000 tech industry professionals to learn the latest trends in consumer technology. I drove to Las Vegas with a small production team to catch up with the blockchain and cryptocurrency developments at CES 2019. As the winter rolled on (registration was last fall), it became clear through the programming and exhibitors that crypto is a force to be reckoned with this year. Here’s a quick breakdown of the crypto and blockchain highlights from CES 2019 in Las Vegas. 1. Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallets Are Legit Tech Wallets and exchanges shined throughout CES, with Ledger and Trezor both showing off their offerings. Both are available at major retailers and could be expanding their presence in the market in 2019. Ledger introduced the Nano X, which is a Bluetooth-enabled hardware wallet and a step up from its popular Nano S, which sold over 1.5 million units as of the end of 2018. The Nano X can hold up to 100 crypto assets, six times more than the previous version. Ledger is also launching the Ledger Live mobile app that supports Nano S and Nano X users. Meanwhile, I got a hold of a Trezor Model T and bought some Bitcoin to get started in cryptocurrency investing myself. My 2019 resolution is to invest $100 in a new altcoin every month this year. I’ll work on comparing wallets more once I do. Kevin Love from Bundil, the Shark Tank-funded crypto investment app, was also on hand discussing the benefits of crypto investing. 2. Retailers Are Crypto-Curious Retail’s biggest pushback against accepting crypto as payment is volatile pricing, but they’re not necessarily against blockchain technology. CES 2019 had a range of informative sessions throughout the week to demystify crypto for merchants. During “The Great Crypto Debate”, MakerDAO (MKR) President Steven Becker and Bitcoin Foundation’s Brock Pierce participated in a roundtable discussion about the viability of crypto as both currency and technology. And Pundi X(NPXS) hit CES in a big way, showing off its new blockchain-based phone at CES Unveiled. Called “Function X, ” the phone runs on Android 7.0 and the company plans to released 5000 phones to proof the concept before licensing their tech to other manufacturers. If you don’t already know Pundi X, it has point-of-sale devices and a crypto wallet, which, when combined with this phone, creates an end-to-end, blockchain-based connection between retailers and customers. 3. Esports, Media, and Marketing Are Decentralizing Advertising, video games, and media in general are among the leading use-cases of blockchain technology. Tracking creative materials from sounds and images to more complicated work can be frustrating, and it’s hard to know what’s effectively reaching who at the right times. “Blockchain and Advertising: The Possibilities and Realities” paired CTA’s Jack Cutts with Sara Bruno at Arent Fox, MIT Media Lab’s Michael Casey, and Brian Wong from Kiip to discuss how blockchain technology relieves the biggest pain points for ad agencies, including nearly $20 million lost to ad fraud. Casey joined more speakers from Nexus, BTC Inc, and Entertainment AI in another talk on how blockchain is remaking the media and entertainment business. And gaming (especially esports) could be found all over the CES floor, from conferences detailing how developers like Blizzard are adapting to modern digital economies to hardware companies like Nvidia, Razer, and Intel featuring pro gamers at their booths. 4. The Future Is Mobile-First Blockchain is a fundamental technology in the future IoT environment, and CES 2019 made this very clear. IBM’s Jason Kelley and EY’s Louise Keely were among the participants CBS’s Teena Maddox spoke with about cities around the world dipping their toes in blockchain technology. From smart cities to supply chain and operations, blockchain technology is working with IoT to create a mobile-first world. Autonomous cars, flying drones, home entertainment, robot and voice-activated assistants, smart homes, and so much more technology was on display. It’s more clear than ever that we’ll be connected to technology wherever we go. 5. ICOs Are Complicated We cannot possibly say enough about the shift from ICOs to STOs in 2018 and beyond. If you don’t know why, CES 2019 had a surprisingly poignant 90-minute session called “True Confessions: ICOs, Crypto, Tokens and VCs” with Yahoo Finance/USA Today’s Rob Pegoraro discussing the pitfalls of ICOs with people who lived through them. Tim Draper (Tezos), Matthew Roszak (Bloq), and Sam Trautwin (Carbon) were among the people discussing their experiences. Draper has by far the most interesting story, and if you’re not familiar with the Tezos soap opera already, click

7 days ago

Supreme Court of Chile validates decision to close Chilean crypto exchange’s bank accounts

The Block is delighted to bring you expert cryptocurrency legal analysis courtesy of Stephen Palley (@stephendpalley) and Nelson M. Rosario (@nelsonmrosario). They summarize three cryptocurrency-related cases on a weekly basis and have given The Block permission to republish their commentary and analysis in full. Part III of this week’s analysis, Crypto Caselaw Minute, is below. There are four billion reasons to read this week’s CCM. Palley looks at a Florida case that deals with the alleged misappropriation of $4 Billion USD in bitcoin, Rosario writes up a new lawsuit filed in federal court in NY that concerns a crypto investment scheme gone wrong, and finally we are lucky to have another guest post from attorney Andrés Chomczyk who gives us the 411 on a bad case for crypto from the Chilean Supreme Court. (As always, Rosario summaries are “NMR” and Palley summaries are “SDP”, and for this week our guest summary is labeled “ACH.”) Disclaimer: These summaries are provided for educational purposes only by Nelson Rosario [twitter: @nelsonmrosario] and Stephen Palley [twitter: @stephendpalley]. They are not legal advice. These are our opinions only, aren’t authorized by any past, present or future client or employer. Also we might change our minds. We contain multitudes. (Picture credit: Pixabay; CC0 Creative Commons) LegalSuggestions of 20x returns leads to allegations of fraudulent inducement and conspiracyRead moreOrionx SpA contra del Banco del Estado de Chile (Chilean Supreme Court, 3d Chamber, 12/3/2018). [ACH] Link to opinion On the eve of laBITconf, the most important conference in Latin America on Bitcoin and held in Santiago, Chile on December 3, 2018, the Third Chamber of the Supreme Court of Chile rejected an appeal filed by the Chilean exchange Orionx against Banco del Estado de Chile (“BancoEstado”). Orionx initiated the case with the filing of a “recurso de protección”; this is a kind of procedure where the plaintiff seeks a writ from a court against a defendant that is acting in a way that the constitutional rights of the plaintiff are affected in a manner where a quick and immediate solution is needed. BancoEstado closed Orionx’s bank accounts using a unilateral termination clause that was written in the bank account agreement entered into with Orionx. BancoEstado supported the lawfulness of its actions in that, according to its AML manuals, they could not operate with clients whose activity was the exchange of cryptoassets as long as there was no proper and formal regulatory framework for such activity. Orionx, through the rejection of the appeal, was denied its constitutional right to exercise a legal activity as there is no law or regulation in Chile that prohibits the exchange of cryptoassets. The ruling of the Supreme Court clearly ignores the principle of permission, which allows the practice of any activity which is not expressly forbidden. In particular, the judgment ignores the fact that Orionx’s activities are covered by the rest of the legal system, such as consumer protection and general commercial regulations, which are applicable regardless of the activity in question. Orionx argued that BancoEstado’s decision was abusive and illegitimate, because the reason given was not foreseen among the reasons that authorized the unilateral termination of the agreement. The Supreme Court considered that the list of reasons provided in the agreement was merely enunciative and that the grounds alleged by BancoEstado were valid for the termination of the agreement and the closure of the account. This decision of the Supreme Court is also a setback since it supports the practice and exercise of abusive clauses in agreements with predisposed clauses, such as a form requesting a banking product. The ruling handed down by the Supreme Court of Chile represents a potentially deadly blow to the crypto ecosystem in Chile by allowing the actions of financial institutions (we recall that the Chilean crypto ecosystem has been the victim of a coordinated attack by the banking system) and left without immediate constitutional protection to the actors that drive the development of this new industry. This action may subject the industry to both more extensive and expensive judicial procedures that many of these companies cannot support. Fortunately, the arguments of the ecosystem are being received in good form by the Court of Defense of Free Competition, according to some sentences already issued, when it is claimed that these practices constitute attacks on free competition. The post Supreme Court of Chile validates decision to close Chilean crypto exchange’s bank accounts appeared first on The Block.

8 days ago

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9 days ago

Davincij15 (Predictor of the Bitcoin Revolution Back in 2011) Presents a New Cryptocurrency Ranking System

Davincij15, an investor and trader with experience in the cryptocurrency and metals market, published yesterday a document providing guidelines for the creation of a cryptocurrency rating system to be used in fundamental analysis. This entrepreneur became popular in the crypto-verse after the viralization of a video published by him in 2011, talking about the characteristics of Bitcoin, its advantages as a means of storing value and electronic money as well as the accelerated growth that this technology (practically unknown at the time) would experience in the coming years. It is important to note that by the time davincij15 published the video, Bitcoin was worth $9.57. In 2011 BTC started with a value of 0.3$, ending with a price of 3.06$ with a peak of 15.4$ reached in July. The document has three sections: The first part establishes a general classification of cryptos in groups of 4 Tiers. The second part explains a system to give a score to each cryptocurrency, adding or subtracting points according to their characteristics. The third part provides tips for successful crypto trading. The Tiers system sets specific characteristics that allow the analyst to determine the chances for a crypto to be successful in the future. Here is the explanation for each Tier: 1st Tier Coins of The Cryptocurrency Ranking System The cryptocurrency must be in the top 25 in market capitalization excluding stable coins. The cryptocurrency must not be centralized meaning there are no limits to the number of nodes that can exist on the network or the number of nodes increases in some fashion over time and/or based on usage. Also, it must have solid marketing and promotion behind it. In this group he placed crypto currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, DASH, Litecoin amongst others 2nd Tier Coins of The Crypto Rank System These cryptocurrencies are up and coming they have a strong community and developer support but are lacking in other areas. The project is interesting and different enough from bitcoin to stand on its own. These coins must be listed on 5 or more exchanges and working end user wallets. According to their analysis, “Most of 2nd tier coins are copies of bitcoin” However, other crypto currencies such as EOS could fall into this category. 3rd Tier Coins of The Rank These cryptocurrencies may have a developer community even if they are doing nothing at the moment and have little or no roadmap. Alts that fall below $10 million in market cap but are listed on at least 3 exchanges. Davincij15 placed Dogecoin in this category. 4th Tier Coins of The Cryptocurrency Ranking System Are dead, broken chains, or dying coins with no development team working on it, little community support and no significant changes to the code base over a year. Also if the cryptocurrency project with a market capitalization value of less than $1 million. The odds of a turn around are slim to none. However, if the coin is traded on more than one exchange pump and dumpers will attempt to run this coin value up and at that point, profit can be made As an example of a 4th Tier Coin he pointed to MaxCoin The document is not yet finished, and Davincij15 pointed out that it will undergo several modifications along the way. He called on the community to analyze the text and send suggestions to improve this system every day, benefiting the whole community. Document available here: Full video with an in-depth explanation of the document is available in the link below: The post Davincij15 (Predictor of the Bitcoin Revolution Back in 2011) Presents a New Cryptocurrency Ranking System appeared first on Ethereum World News.

9 days ago

Bitfinex Moves 900000 ETH In Preparation Of The Biggest Downtime of Seven Hours

Both Bitfinex & Ethfinex are set to script a new page in the history of crypto -exchanges as the exchange has announced a downtime of seven hours. Most crypto-exchanges halt their operations for a little time to upgrade their systems and to spruce up their operations but seven hours of non-hacked downtime is certainly a big feat. Bitfinex moves huge chunk of ETH in preparation of the downtime According to the recent announcement put forward by Bitfinex exchange, the exchange will be performing the biggest non-hacked downtime recorded in the history of cryptocurrency exchange since Mt Gox. Both Bitfinex and Ethfinex will be down for up to 7 hours to complete the migration. Account holders will not be able to access their wallets, and all features across both platforms will be offline for the duration of the upgrade. The reason for this downtime is that the exchange is moving all its operations and migrating all its data to its private self- hosted servers from AWS servers. In two days time Bitfinex will be down for up to 7 hours as we migrate to our own dedicated servers, custom-built for cryptocurrency trading. Please refer to the announcement below and ensure you have taken any necessary steps before 07.01.19. — Bitfinex (@bitfinex) January 5, 2019 According to the FAQ’s released by the exchange, “All funds will remain safe and unaffected throughout the entirety of the migration and will not be at risk at any point throughout the update.” In compliance to keeping the security aspect in place, Bitfinex has moved a huge chunk of 900000 Ethereum from its one wallet to another. The size of this transaction in USD terms is USD 142 million. The main question here still stands unanswered as to what would the impact on the markets of these large currency moves. Also it’s unclear how will the market react to this quarter of a day downtime for a prominent exchange like Bitfinex. The challenge for Bitfinex is really high and if it can pull this off really well without security concerns and losing much business it would be a really great achievement. The exchange does realize that seven hours is a pretty long time in crypto trading and has mentioned the same in the released FAQ’s. “We appreciate that up to seven hours is a significant length of time in digital asset trading, and we promise we have taken every measure to make this transition as smooth and quick as possible, without compromising on safety or quality. Data migration to private servers is atypical in our industry, modeling traditional stock exchange operations. It has been a considerable undertaking, but one we felt was integral to provide a service up to the standard that professional traders are used to in other sectors.” According to the announcement, the move to private self-hosted servers would immediately provide the following benefits Improved trading speed & performance Access to cross-connectivity & co-location services for traders (The FIX feed or ISP link to Bitfinex’s digital asset gateway is for professional traders and institutional firms. For further information, please contact Enhanced platform security Is this seven hours of downtime worth the benefits or will Bitfinex lose a good amount of business its something that is yet to be seen. Also, will it be in a position to fight the glitches once the exchange is up on its own private servers? A lot of questions remain unanswered. Will Bitfinex be able to manage this huge move from AWS to its own private servers? Do let us know your views on the same. The post Bitfinex Moves 900000 ETH In Preparation Of The Biggest Downtime of Seven Hours appeared first on Coingape.

9 days ago

Wendy McElroy: Interview with Jeffrey Tucker on All Things Crypto, Part One

Interview with Jeffrey Tucker on All Things Crypto, Part One Conducted by Wendy McElroy The multi-faceted Jeffrey Tucker is an American writer who focuses on market freedom, anarcho-capitalism, and cryptotech. He is the author of eight books on economics, politics and culture, a much-sought after conference speaker, and an Internet entrepreneur. Jeffrey is editorial director and vice president of the venerable American Institute for Economic Research, founded in 1933. His career has focused on building many of the web’s primary portals for commentary and research on liberty, and is undertaking new adventures in publishing today. I have incredible good fortune, as Jeff has written the preface to my book “The Satoshi Revolution,” which will be published in early 2019 by Meanwhile, a rough draft of the book is available online for free, compliments of Be sure to come back for the substantially-rewritten and thoroughly-edited book. I expect there will be a forum established here for me to chat with readers and answer their questions. Let the interview begin... Wendy: You have written extensively on Austrian Economics and cryptocurrency. Can you sketch out how cryptocurrency fits in with that economic tradition? Jeff: The most obvious point concerns the capacity of the market to produce money as if were a normal good and service. This is remarkable, unthinkable 20 years ago, life-changing, epic. Governments have mostly monopolized money for a century, and have been dominant in the monetary sector for some 6,000 years. We are living through a shift now that we know for sure that monetary secession is possible and operational. Most Austrians in the 20th century worked toward reestablishing the gold standard. That’s good, but it never happened. It was Hayek who first threw down the gauntlet: get government completely out of the realm of money and let innovation take its course. I would say that crypto has five Austrian founding fathers: Menger for showing that money has a market origin, Mises for his warning against central banking, Hayek for coming up with the idea of radical competition in money, Rothbard for his emphasis on money as property, and Kirzner for showing how entrepreneurship can defy our existing knowledge to reveal something completely new. Aside from money, crypto’s core tech is the best innovation in history for definitely tracing provenance, which is the documented history of trades in private property. You need a technology for this. In the ancient world, it was clay tablets. Much later it was papyrus and then parchment and vellum. Databases were a glorious innovation. But all these technologies suffered from a problem which had heretofore been insoluble: they had a central point of failure. Blockchain has fixed that. For this reason, the innovation of crypto is even more fundamental than giving us a new form of money. It is a technology of documentation. It scientifically tracks ownership rights. It has thus given us a better way to conduct human affairs in a more peaceful and prosperous way. I suspect it will be another ten years before this point is widely understood. Wendy: You knew and worked with Murray Rothbard for many years. What do you think his take on crypto would have been? What would you have said to him in return? Jeff: People always ask me: what would Murray say? My answer is that Murray was always learning, adapting, reapplying principles, discovering new information, just like any great intellectual. There is not one Murray. There are many, simply because he had such an active mind. That process ended when he died in 1995. He left us an enormous legacy. I don’t think it is fair to him or his legacy for anyone to pretend that he or she has a precise fix on what he would be thinking right now about current politics. Some people claim Murray would be wildly pro-Trump, for example, but I think it is just as likely that the experience so far with the Trump administration would have rekindled his 1960s-style loathing of rightist authoritarianism and his burning critique of revanchist politics, particularly on the trade point but also on immigration. For forty years, Murray wrote for free trade and free migration. In his last years, he wrote a few sentences that raised some doubts about migration based on the political implications. Which Murray is the true one? I think this is the wrong question. The right question is: how can we apply in our times the principles that Murray stood for in his long career? On the matter of crypto, I will say this. Murray did not agree with Hayek on money. In fact, Murray didn’t believe that a new money could ever compete with an older money once that money has become generally accepted. He cited Mises’s theory of money’s origins to support his position. For this reason, he only approved of the path of reforming the dollar. His view of money was rather static and rationalistic, and I know this because I held that view also, fo

9 days ago

Daily Berminal Brief: Crypto Market Trades Sideways as Ethereum Makes Gains

The overall crypto market has traded sideways for the most part on Friday, with the total market cap roughly $1 billion higher than at this point yesterday. Bitcoin is currently trading at a price of $3,852, an increase of 0.55% on the 24-hour chart, while the price of Ethereum has increased by 3.44% and currently trades at $154.28. Out of the top 100 coins on Coin Market Cap, Chainlink (LINK) has performed the best over the past 24-hours, up 17.6% and trading at a price of $0.436. (JF)

10 days ago

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10 days ago

0x allows users to trade ether using off-chain order books

First (formally) proposed through a whitepaper published on February 21st, 2017, the 0x (ZRX) protocol outlines the specifications for a decentralized cryptoasset exchange built on the Ethereum blockchain. The whitepaper‘s abstract notes that the 0x (ZRX) protocol aims to “facilitate low friction peer-to-peer (P2P) exchange” of ERC-20 compliant tokens on the Ethereum network. Authored by Amir Bandeali (a University of Illinois Finance graduate and the CTO at 0x) and Will Warren (a University of California, San Diego Mechanical Engineering graduate and technical advisor for Basic Attention Token), the platform’s whitepaper explains: “[The 0x protocol] serves as an open standard ... driving interoperability among decentralized applications (dApps) that incorporate exchange functionality. Trades are executed by a system of Ethereum smart contracts that are publicly accessible, free to use and that any dApp can hook into.” DApps developed using the 0x protocol have access to “public liquidity pools” and they can also create their own liquidity pool. DApp developers can also charge usage fees on “resulting volume.” 0x (ZRX), A Secure, Seamless, Free-Of-Cost Protocol According to its founders, the 0x protocol has been built in a manner that does not “impose costs on its users” or “arbitrarily extract value” from certain users in order to benefit another group of network participants. Decentralized governance is used on the 0x network to “continuously and securely integrate updates into the base protocol without disrupting dApps or end users.” What makes the 0x protocol different, and arguably better, than its competitors, Etherdelta and IDEX (both decentralized exchanges), is that the 0x platform offers off-chain order books. Meanwhile, IDEX and Etherdelta place their order books on the Ethereum blockchain. When you run your DEX on Ethereum, then you also have to pay gas fees for changing or cancelling trades. Using Relayers, Broadcasting Order Books Off-Chain The 0x network uses relayers, which are exchanges that run on the platform and broadcast order books off-chain. These orders are then picked up by the network’s users and once a transaction has been confirmed (buyer fills sell order), then the finalized transaction is recorded on 0x’s blockchain. The 0x network uses a native crypto token called ZRX to process fees that dApps built on the platform (and relayers) may charge. The ZRX token may also be used to vote for protocol improvements and upgrades. Users who are large stakeholders (own a large amount of ZRX) may have more voting power. ZRX Token Distribution Launched on August 15th, 2017, the maximum supply of ZRX tokens has been fixed at one billion. 50% of the tokens had been released at the launch, while 15% had been retained by the 0x development team. 15% of the total ZRX supply was allocated for the protocol’s ongoing development, 10% went to 0x founders, and 10% were reserved for the project’s advisors and early investors. The tokens which have been set aside for the 0x founders, advisors and staff members are to be gradually released over a four year time period. Investors who acquired ZRX tokens when the public token sale first began are able to access and liquidate their investments immediately. Over 30 Projects Launched On 0x Network There are currently more than 30 different dApps and relayers that have been launched on the 0x platform. These include: Aragon, an Ethereum-based project for “building unstoppable organizations”; Augur, the decentralized prediction markets platform; dy/dx, a protocol for decentralized margin trading and derivatives; Dharma, a platform for issuing tokenized debt agreements. Some notable relayers that are using the 0x protocol: Ethfinex, a “digital tokens trading and discussing” network; Paradex, a non-custodial decentralized trading platform; OpenRelay, a relayer built specifically for 0x developers. 0x Over-the-Counter (OTC) Trades There’s also a 0x over-the-counter (OTC) trading service which allows for the person-to-person exchange of ERC-20 tokens without requiring a relayer to complete the transaction. To conduct OTC trades on 0x, users must send a link to their counterparty which is then used to create and send the order. Network users are able to send the order through email, their social media accounts, or even by using pencil and paper. ZRX Listed On Coinbase Pro & Consumer In early October 2018, US-based digital asset exchange’s professional trading platform, Coinbase Pro, added support for the ZRX token. A week later the ZRX cryptocurrency was also listed on “Coinbase Consumer.” As mentioned, decentralized exchange Paradex uses the 0x protocol and it was acquired by Coinbase in May 2018. At the time of acquisition, Coinbase’s management team had said they would be integrating Paradex into Coinbase Pro. Commenting on the advantages and use cases for Paradex, Linda Xie, the managing director and co-founder of Scalar Capital, remarked: “0x was co-foun

10 days ago

Lawsuit against Craig Wright claims 1 million bitcoin

The Block is delighted to bring you expert cryptocurrency legal analysis courtesy of Stephen Palley (@stephendpalley) and Nelson M. Rosario (@nelsonmrosario). They summarize three cryptocurrency-related cases on a weekly basis and have given The Block permission to republish their commentary and analysis in full. Part I of this week’s analysis, Crypto Caselaw Minute, is below. There are four billion reasons to read this week’s CCM. Palley looks at a Florida case that deals with the alleged misappropriation of $4 Billion USD in bitcoin, Rosario writes up a new lawsuit filed in federal court in NY that concerns a crypto investment scheme gone wrong, and finally we are lucky to have another guest post from attorney Andrés Chomczyk who gives us the 411 on a bad case for crypto from the Chilean Supreme Court. (As always, Rosario summaries are “NMR” and Palley summaries are “SDP”, and for this week our guest summary is labeled “ACH.”) Disclaimer: These summaries are provided for educational purposes only by Nelson Rosario [twitter: @nelsonmrosario] and Stephen Palley [twitter: @stephendpalley]. They are not legal advice. These are our opinions only, aren’t authorized by any past, present or future client or employer. Also we might change our minds. We contain multitudes. (Picture credit: Pixabay; CC0 Creative Commons) LegalCase of stolen ether results in first crypto-related criminal sentence issued in ArgentinaRead moreKleiman v. Wright, №18-CV-80176, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 216417 (S.D. Fla. Dec. 27, 2018) [SDP] Link to opinion This opinion involves a lawsuit over ownership of more than a million bitcoin. (If like me you still think in dirty old fiat currency that’s about 4 Billion Dollars at current exchange rates, or nearly 5 percent of the total 21 million bitcoin that will ever exist). It dives deep into esoteric questions of civil procedure, the mechanics of dispute resolution between parties in different countries, and a crypto-existential question that will be the primary focus of this summary: what is bitcoin for purposes of saying that someone stole yours? Is it money? Something else? And why does it matter? First, some background. The dispute itself goes back to the early days of bitcoin and involves a fella named Craig Wright, who made news in recent years by claiming that he was the inventor of Bitcoin and then backing off of that claim not too long after. To say that Mr. Wright is controversial in Bitcoin and cryptocurrency circles would be an understatement. Mr. Wright is the defendant in this lawsuit. There are two plaintiffs, the estate of David Kleiman and a company called W&K Defense Research LLC (“W & K”). Mr. Kleiman died in April 2013. The Court describes the relationship between Mr. Wright and Mr. Kleiman and the nubbin of the dispute as follows: Dave and Craig met in or around 2003. Their relationship centered around their mutual interest in cyber security, digital forensics, and the future of money. Around 2008, Dave and Craig began to speak about ways to use peer-to-peer file sharing to solve issues in cryptography. The Amended Complaint alleges that for the next several years, Dave and Craig worked together in developing Bitcoin, and that through their collaboration they mined over a million bitcoins together. These bitcoins were stored in specifically identifiable bitcoin wallets, over which Craig now asserts ownership. The word “identifiable” is going to be key, as we will see below. Plaintiffs allege that Dave Kleiman created intellectual property on his own and through W & K and that the Estate and/or W & K own all of this IP. There is some dispute as to Mr. Wright’s role in the creation of W & K. After Mr. Kleiman died, the Plaintiffs allege that Wright “unlawfully and without permission took control of the bitcoins from the Estate and from W&K once he had exclusive possession over the private keys necessary to own, move, or sell the bitcoins belonging to Dave and/or W&K.” Because this post is called Crypto Caselaw Minute, not hour, I am going to skip over some really interesting back story involving Australian judgments and a long section of the opinion that deals with the doctrine of forum non convenience and something called international abstention. There’s also some interesting dicta on forks, noting that the dispute actually involves not just the original bitcoin but forked stuff too (e.g., bitcoin cash I am looking at you). Summarizing this stuff quickly before I get to existential issues adverted to at the outset: the court dismissed a couple of claims for statute of limitations reasons but refused to dismiss this lawsuit entirely, so this FOUR BILLION DOLLAR BITCOIN LAWSUIT will continue. One of the claims that is being allowed to continue is a claim for conversion. Conversion is an intentional tort — specifically, it’s a cause of action that you can bring against someone if they wrongly assert dominion over your property. Say that your neighbor Satoshi wrongfully takes y

10 days ago

Hackers Threaten to Dump 9/11 Related Insurance Files If Ransom Not Paid In Bitcoin

A hacker group called The Dark Overlord threatened to release insurance files related to the 9/11 attacks on New Year’s Eve. The group noted that they had received the files after breaching the security of a law firm handling cases related to the Twin Tower terrorist attack. The hackers are demanding that a ransom is paid in Bitcoin, and if it is not, they say they will release the files. The Dark Overlord’s Targets The hacker group has targeted medical centers as well as private businesses in the past in the United States. It also targeted a production studio working for video streaming service Netflix. The hacker group leverages the media coverage they receive to pressure victims into paying. In this latest hacking incident, the group noted that it has hacked into Hiscox Syndicates Ltd., Silverstein Properties and Llyods of London. In an announcement on Pastebin, the group talked about their exploits and named numerous legal firms and insurers. On Monday, the group tweeted: “We’ll be providing many answers about 9.11 conspiracies through our 18.000 secret documents leak.” Motherboard from Vice carried the story and received confirmation that a law firm advising the company had indeed been hacked and files related to the 9/11 attacks could be stolen. However, it maintained that Hiscox’s systems had not been compromised. Which Files Will Be Leaked? The group is trying to capitalize on conspiracy theories surrounding the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. The towers fell after being hit by a hijacked plane on September 11, 2001. It is unclear which files are in possession of the hacker group, but they suggest that they have access to a 10 GB archive of files they stole. Motherboard received a link to these files from the hackers before they published their announcement. The file cache is encrypted, and the group seeks payment in Bitcoin as a ransom otherwise they will release the decryption keys. The hackers have also mentioned the Transport Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a set of emails and other documents they published. In their extortion note, the group claims: “Pay the fuck up, or we’re going to bury you with this. If you continue to fail us, we’ll escalate these releases by releasing the keys, each time a Layer is opened, a new wave of liability will fall upon you.” The group is also offering to sell this data on the dark web. It suggests that if anyone related to the incident wants their name to be removed, they can contact the group and pay in Bitcoin. Hackers Threaten to Dump 9/11 Related Insurance Files If Ransom Not Paid In Bitcoin was originally found on Cryptocurrency News | Blockchain News | Bitcoin News |

10 days ago

Cryptocurrency Market Update: Friday Correction Back to $130 Billion

FOMO Moments Cryptocurrency markets retreating a little this Friday; Bitcoin Cash, SV and EOS falling back, Tron static. There has been a slight pullback on crypto markets today and further upward momentum could not be maintained. Total market capitalization has retreated a little but remains above $130 billion. Bitcoin could not break above strong resistance at $4,000 and has fallen back a little to $3,850 at the time of writing. Daily volume has dropped again also from over $5 billion to $4.5 billion as momentum wanes. BTC’s loss on the day is currently 1.75%. Ethereum has also pulled back but only a fraction and is still over $150. The run up to Constantinople should keep ETH buoyed up and even extend gains back to $200 over the coming month. Its lead over XRP in third has been extended to $1.1 billion. The top ten is mostly red at the time of writing as markets correct once again from yesterday’s prices. The two altcoins losing the most are Bitcoin Cash, as usual, and EOS, both shedding over 4%. Bitcoin SV is back below $90 again with a 3% loss and the rest are dropping 1-2 percent during the day’s Asian trading session. Only Tron has remained in the green but only by a tiny fraction. The top twenty is equally rouge as altcoins fall back behind their big brother. Ethereum Classic has taken the biggest hit of 4% at the time of writing. Monero and Zcash are down over 3% each and the rest are sliding around 2% on the day. Maker is the only crypto in the green but that is less than a percent. A new entry to the top one hundred is getting today’s fomo pump as REPO surges 45%. DEX and Chainlink are both up around 20% at the moment but they are likely to dump again the following day. Only two altcoins are dumping double figures right now, Aurora and Kucoin Shares dropping over 10%. Just over 2% has been lost from total crypto market capitalization over the past 24 hours. This has dropped the figure back to $131 billion. Daily volume has tailed off from $17 to $14 billion as the markets ebb and flow. The weekly picture looks much better as markets are up 9% since this time last Friday. FOMO Moments is a section that takes a daily look at the top 20 cryptocurrencies during the current trading session and analyses the best-performing ones, looking for trends and possible fundamentals. The post Cryptocurrency Market Update: Friday Correction Back to $130 Billion appeared first on NewsBTC.

10 days ago

MIT: Blockchains Will Become ‘Boring’ in 2019

‘Boring’ isn’t usually a word associated with blockchains. However, according to a recent article by MIT Technology Review, that’s exactly what they will become this year — as well as more useful. You don’t have to be a crypto veteran to know that this industry is famously volatile. The highs and (mostly) lows of recent months are characteristic of the crypto space. An 80 percent drop in value from one year to the next is par for the course in this 10-year-old space. 80 percent increases in one month can also happen, just look at Ethereum. Dangerous, volatile, unstable, speculative-these are all words you expect to hear when you mention cryptocurrency, but ‘boring’ doesn’t usually appear. And yet, according to MIT, that’s exactly what will happen in 2019: In 2017, blockchain technology was a revolution that was supposed to disrupt the global financial system. In 2018, it was a disappointment. In 2019, it will start to become mundane. 2018 Was a Year of Disappointment - And Progress While the focus for many has been on price throughout 2017 and 2018, a large chunk of the blockchain community has been getting on with business as usual. Yes, some of the magic may have left the blockchain space. That’s only natural after so much over-promising and marketing hype. However, this year will see many excellent projects making good on their promises and delivering what they proposed in their ICOs. 2018 may not have been the best year for prices, but blockchain technology has seen more innovation than any other year. If you need evidence of that, look no further than the progress the Lightning Network has made in this image below. Lightning Network: January 2018 vs December 2018 — Jameson Lopp (@lopp) December 24, 2018 Institutions and Big Business Are Getting In According to the MIT article, if you want a sign that blockchains will finally start to bear fruit this year, look no further than the fact the both Walmart and Wall Street are getting in on the game. Walmart has been testing a private blockchain system for years and seeing success tracking foods around the world in the supply chain. In 2019, the global giant will make this system mandatory for its leafy green vegetable suppliers to join by Q3. Moreover, despite the cryptocurrency market displaying worrying lows and losses in 2018, the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, ICE, is bringing Bakkt to the market in early 2019 after an incredible first round of funding. Bakkt just raised a sensational $182.5 million from big-name investors like Microsoft, Pantera Capital, and BCG. Fidelity is also throwing its hat into the ring with a custody service for crypto assets called Fidelity Digital Assets. Whatever the outcome of Bakkt, Fidelity, and crypto this year, blockchain technology is being taken extremely seriously by institutions. Smart Contracts to Be Used for Real-World Issues Ever since smart contracts came about, their potential for real-world use has been undeniable. But alongside that, the potential for great damage is also high. There are still many bugs in smart contracts that have to lead to huge losses in funds such as the Parity Wallet loophole. However, smart contract technology has been improving and several companies will be showcasing smart contracts in the real world this year. The problem of “garbage in garbage out” (or in technical terms, having a trustworthy source of data in the form of an “oracle”) has been solved by companies like Chainlink launching the first, “provably secure, decentralized oracle network” ensuring the data is trustworthy using cryptography. We can expect to see smart contracts used in the legal field and at basic contract completion level this year. There’s even the possibility of state-backed cryptocurrencies as eluded to by Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, as a way of accelerating financial inclusion. It’s unlikely that FedCoin will happen next year. In fact, it’s rather unlikely that it will happen at all when you consider that adding a central authority to cryptocurrencies rather defies the point in the first place. But with all the new projects launching in 2019-actual working solutions and not just ideas-real institutional funds and backing, blockchains may be getting boring but they are certainly going to start being useful. Do you agree with MIT’s prediction? Share your thoughts below! Images courtesy of Shutterstock The post MIT: Blockchains Will Become ‘Boring’ in 2019 appeared first on

10 days ago

Major Exchanges Fail to Prove Their Readiness for ‘Proof of Keys’ Movement

CoinSpeaker Major Exchanges Fail to Prove Their Readiness for ‘Proof of Keys’ Movement The ‘Proof of Keys’ initiative was started by Trace Meyer just weeks ago and was intended as an intentional cryptocurrency exchange run. Specifically, Mayer tried to encourage people to withdraw all their Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies from third-party cryptocurrency exchanges on January 3rd. The guiding principle was that the exchanges often hold their customers’ crypto assets in the name of storing them. However, the customers are not able to access the assets stored on the exchanges at any point. The event emphasized the need for crypto holders to have control over their private keys and to possess them at will, even if the asset lies with the exchanges. Mayer wrote: “By demanding and taking possession of their assets, individuals will learn real fast with blockchain proof whether they are part of the elite HODLers or not. Proof of Keys is the annual HODLer initiation.” However, according to Trace Mayer and the Proof of Keys’ event’s official page, in addition to HitBTC, some other exchanges also had issues leading up to or on the day of the event. PurseIO halted withdrawals without any reasonable explanation. @TraceMayer It looks like #ProofOfKeys has impacted @PurseIO somehow. They have halted withdrawals without reasonable explanation. 🔑 — Senior Crypto (@crypto_senior) January 3, 2019 Even though RobinHood promised to support Proof of Keys day, it seems they didn’t. They twitted: @RobinhoodApp Failed Proof of Keys 2019 Promised and Did Not Deliver. “Coin Withdrawals At this time we don’t support coin withdrawals, though we plan to do so in the future.” — Ben Westgate 🔑 (@ansalhar) January 4, 2019 Poloniex also allegedly had been whitelisting its users. I've had problems with @Poloniex the last four days making me jump through hoops trying to get transfer. Everyday is a new hoop and a day delay.I've never had this problem before with them in the past. — Placerville (@megacity_4) January 3, 2019 One user said: “The last four days Poloniex is making me jump through hoops trying to get transfer. Everyday is a new hoop and a day delay. I’ve never had this problem before with them in the past.” Mayer Accusing HitBTC to Freeze Account Withdrawals HitBTC has failed to comment about ongoing withdrawal issues within it, but it seems that they could have had solvency issues. Just three days ago, Mayer accused cryptocurrency exchange HitBTC in freezing account withdrawals on the threshold of the Proof of Keys event. He was subsequently joined by others in his suspicion, including John McAfee, wallet manufacturer Bitfi and entrepreneur Tuur Demeester. HitBTC has subsequently rejected the allegations. They denied any link between account freezes and the ongoing event. Not all of the exchanges listed in the “failures” section of the official Proof of Keys site are currently having withdrawal issues. Coinbase pointed out that the issue reported back at the end of December was fixed not long after it was initially reported. Bitfinex also resolved their issues saying: We are aware of some issues on our platform and are working quickly to resolve. Please be assured all funds are safe. We appreciate your patience. — Bitfinex (@bitfinex) January 3, 2019 One thing is for sure: several exchanges are probably falsifying their trading volume for advertising purposes. One less-notable figure in the crypto community alleges that nearly all exchanges have to be lying about their volume due to the actual nature and size of the market. If exchanges are willing to somewhat nakedly lie about their trading volume, is it possible they’re also lying about having funds securely on hand? History shows that it’s far from impossible. The first major incident of bubble popping and bloodshed in cryptocurrency was Mt. Gox, which became insolvent and tried to cover it for many moons before eventually getting caught. Founder Mark Karpeles may be looking at a ten-year prison sentence as a result. Solvency as an Important Issue To further cement his point for the need of a “proof of key” celebration, Mayer pointed out that it is essential for users to show their independence from time to time. He stated that this is quite important especially for new users who are still very ignorant about the rudiments of investing in cryptocurrency. Also, increase in crypto exchange hacks has left users feeling very unsure about how secured their funds are on exchange platforms. The Proof of Keys event seeks to test the blockchain network consensus and to prove the validity of various asset chains through withdrawing the assets in theory. Mayer appealed to the overall crypto community to utilize this event to identify crypto exchanges and other third parties that can provide proof of the funds in their custody, adding that it “is a fight over your monetary sovereignty.” Mayer was citing Satoshi Nakamoto saying: “What is needed is an electr

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