Vitalik Buterin Says Zk-Snarks Could Scale Ethereum 1103

A form of cryptography pioneered by zcash might help scale ethereum, the founder of the platform Vitalik Buterin said on a research forum Saturday. Named zk-snarks, Buterin wrote that by using the tech, ethereum can potentially scale “by a huge amount,” up to 500 transactions per second, without relying on layer-two scaling solutions, such as Plasma or Raiden. As detailed by CoinDesk, zk-snarks allow for large batches of information to be compressed into so-called succinct proofs, which remain the same size regardless of the amount of inputs.

Buterin wrote:

“We can actually scale asset transfer transactions on ethereum by a huge amount, without using layer 2s that introduce liveness assumptions (eg. channels, plasma), by using zk-SNARKs to mass-validate transactions.”

Continuing, Buterin describes a method that includes a “relayer” node, a kind of computer that performs the task of aggregating transactions in exchange for transaction fees.

“Anyone can be a relayer; there is no assumption of even an untrusted special ‘operator’ existing,” Buterin added.

As a result, he estimated that such a setup could lead to gains of “~24x for ETH transactions and ~50x for ERC-20 transfers.”

The proposal comes at a time when pressure is mounting on ethereum researchers to find ways to increase the transaction capacity of the platform. For example, a tweet by Parity communications officer Afri Schoedon on Friday urged developers to “stop deploying dapps to ethereum. We are running at capacity.”

In response, Buterin tweeted that zk-snark scaling solutions might alleviate the pressure faced by the ethereum blockchain.

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Narkasa, an Innovative, Safe and Fast Cryptocurrency Exchange Launches Operations 20320

Narkasa

The cryptocurrency industry is always evolving, leading to increased awareness and popularity of Bitcoin and other crypto-assets. Among the leading areas of innovation in this emerging ecosystem is the evolution and sophistication of new cryptocurrency exchanges. A lot of existing exchanges create own and limited value proposition to its users, for instance, offering trade tutorials, global reach and mass adoption of cryptocurrencies. Other platforms focus on improving security features and customer support. However, few crypto exchanges are focused on user-centric features such as building a user-friendly platform, trading support and legal compliance across jurisdictions. Narkasa is a recently launched cryptocurrency exchange prides itself as being the most user-centric platform in the market and goes on to offer more than one solution to its users.

Launched in June 2020, Narkasa cryptocurrency exchange is duly registered and located in Istanbul. Legal and regulatory compliance is a huge competitive advantage of the exchange in its bid to ensure customer’s funds and data remain safe. Therefore, the exchange operates in compliance with the European Union’s AML/CTF and KYC guidelines.

Buying and selling cryptocurrencies has just been simplified for both new and experienced users! Users can access Narkasa services through its website as well as via iOS and Android devices. Trading experience is enhanced via the use of an API supported algorithmic trading technology. As a market leader in user-experience in the cryptocurrency industry, a user has an opportunity to interact with the various user-interfaces available on the exchange via the website even without a prior sign-up requirement. Hence, allowing its customers to decide to opt-in or not.

Further, Narkasa goes past being a user-friendly platform which is significant to driving crypto mass adoption and positions itself for global expansion and support. The exchange plans to introduce crypto trading supported by 156 national currencies. Therefore, allowing investors and other crypto enthusiasts from all over the world to buy and sell cryptocurrencies of their choice supported by host country fiat money/currency. Already, few weeks after launch the exchange supports transactions in various fiat currencies namely Ruble (Russia), Real (Brazil), Pound (Turkey), Tenge (Kazakhstan) and Hryvnia (Ukraine). Customer support and interaction with the trading platform is also available in 12 national languages. Choosing local or host country currency is win to Narkasa users because it’s an opportunity to save on foreign exchange cost otherwise charged if one has to convert funds from leading fiat currencies to a local one. Additionally, as a user you get to view your balances easily and intuitively in your local currency.

Why Choose Narkasa Exchange?

  • Multi-Currency support (both fiat and cryptocurrencies
  • Low Trading Fees
  • Zero Commission on Purchases of Cryptocurrencies via the Platform
  • User-Friendly Platform
  • Global Access
  • Multinational Platform -Supports 12 Languages
  • 24/7 Live Customer Support
  • Powerful Trade Engine backed by Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Fast, Safe and Secure Transactions

Are you frustrated with the complex user-interfaces experienced with cryptocurrency exchanges, huge costs and lack of consistent customer support? Narkasa is the exchange to be. Traders are reaping huge returns via the exchange by leveraging on its cutting-edge technology. What’s more, the exchange is running an offer, 50 per cent discount on all transactions via the platform within its 90 days after the official launch.

First Scalable Enterprise Solutions Leveraging the Value of Public Blockchain 21895

In early 2019, the business standards company BSI partnered up exclusively with Trace Labs, the core developers of OriginTrail, to deliver blockchain-enabled solutions. With such solutions, the British Standards Institution (BSI) seeks to enhance its global assurance, certification, and supply chain services by ensuring the integrity of digital records. In collaboration with Trace Labs, BSI is now launching a series of blockchain-based solutions catering to both organizations and individuals aiming to build resilience in their supply chains, a need becoming even more apparent in light of the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

Solutions described in the recently released BSI white paper – titled “Instruments of Trust: BSI’s Blockchain-Based Solutions” – enable a secure and trusted way of verifying the authenticity of claimed personal credentials as well as company and product certifications. BSI has also introduced the SCAN Trusted Factory Blockchain Program designed for US importers to ensure the authenticity of a factory’s certification and factory credentials.

False assertions are prevalent in society leaving people uncertain of whom and what to trust. Counterfeit products and false claims are far too commonplace and perpetually flood the market. Examples include counterfeit drugs/fentanyl-laced prescriptions, false or misleading food labels, and the range of credentials provided to others as part of our daily lives – passports, qualifications and so on. Challenges remain within legacy trust systems, as businesses and consumers demand an immutable source of truth and verification.

“In today’s global, interconnected economy, there is a growing trust deficit felt by businesses and consumers,” said, Dan Purtell, BSI Group Innovation Director

To help combat false claims, BSI partnered with Trace Labs in early 2019 and has since used technology based on the OriginTrail Decentralized Network (ODN) in three pilot projects. This allowed BSI to provide a suite of solutions that serve as instruments of trust for its clients, enhancing the resilience of its brands. Using DLT technology as a single source of truth, they aim to provide clients with the ability to demonstrate to their customers the authenticity of their claims, be it certifications, product authenticity, or traceability. BSI and Trace Labs are continuing to develop new solutions beyond the three pilot projects.

Version 3.0 of Loyyal’s Industry-Leading Blockchain Platform Unveils New Administrative Console 44331

Loyyal, the industry leader in applying blockchain technologies to enhance today’s loyalty and incentive programs, is proud to unveil version 3.0 of the Loyyal Product Suite, achieving yet another milestone in the platform’s performance, security, and features. Already the industry leader, Loyyal’s continued enhancement of transaction security, scalability, and ease of deployment delivers greater benefits to loyalty program operators than ever before. Among several new features, two significant introductions in this release are the new Administration Console, as well as improved fault-tolerance and recovery.

Greater Control & Visibility for Program Operators

The new Administration Console provides Operators with a new level of insights into program activity and member behavior. With these new features, Operators are able to query and view individual blockchain transactions within their programs, or the precise activities of their members in ways previously unavailable. This level of observability empowers Operators to more accurately tune their programs for maximum member value and engagement, all while improving program profitability.

Another key set of functionality provided via the Administration Console gives Operators greater security through the management of user accounts and permissions. An Operator’s organizational roles, as well as access rights and privileges, can now be mirrored in how it manages its blockchain on Loyyal. In addition to easier deployment and ongoing management of the Loyyal Product Suite, the user management features of the Administration Console also serve to help prevent fraud within a program’s operations.

Future releases will expand on the Administration Console’s capabilities, including visual management of Smart Contracts, Partner management, and additional customized reporting tools.

Additional Features

With version 3.0, the Loyyal Product Suite has improved redundancy and system recovery from unforeseen network errors or conditions, negating the need for continued monitoring by Operators, and automating the recovery of key Platform functions within milliseconds. Additionally, Loyyal’s engineers have refactored much of the Platform’s underlying API layer for greater performance, while maintaining backward-compatibility with previous releases.

“It is the needs of our clients and their partners that continue to drive the design and features of the Loyyal Product Suite,” said Greg Simon, CEO, and Founder of Loyyal Corporation. “Loyalty program needs are somewhat unique among large enterprise applications, and we are absolutely committed to staying ahead of the rest of the industry in meeting the needs of Program Operators. The release of Version 3.0 provides the support and tools needed by even the largest global programs.”

Loyyal’s blockchain-as-a-service and software components combine the core Loyyal Platform APIs, Program Manager, and Event Manager modules, coupled with secure Node hosting for a complete solution. The capacity and performance enhancements, plus the robust data privacy controls of Loyyal Product Suite version 3.0 build upon the success of version 1.0 released in June of last year, which delivered enterprise-grade capabilities and improvements in transaction security, network resiliency, and scalability.

About Loyyal

Loyyal, the Internet of Loyalty, is reinventing how loyalty is created, rewarded, and managed. Using proprietary blockchain and smart contract technology, Loyyal’s interoperable loyalty and rewards platform brings a host of benefits to a highly fragmented industry and offers brands an innovative way to unlock the billions of dollars in value held captive in legacy loyalty programs today. For information about Loyyal, please visit www.loyyal.com

New Ukrainian Law Says ‘Virtual Assets’ Can Be Used for Payments 58601

The draft law on the prevention of the legalization of proceeds from crime and the financing of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction proliferation was supported by a significant majority in the Rada. The bill was amended to incorporate “virtual assets” which have been described as property and as a digital expression of value that can be traded or transferred and used for payment or investment purposes.

Ukraine’s anti-money laundering (AML) legislation introduces the standards for virtual assets adopted this year by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). The members of the inter-governmental organization recently agreed to monitor and assess the implementation of the crypto requirements in different countries, as news.Bitcoin.com reported in October.

The law also introduces the term “provider of services related to the transfer, exchange and storage of virtual assets,” the crypto information outlet Forklog reveals in an article. An interesting detail is that not only corporate entities but private individuals as well will be allowed to offer such services under the new regulations.

All crypto operations will be subject to different levels of financial monitoring depending on the amount and destination of each transaction. The Ministry of Digital Transformation, which has been quite active this year, will be tasked to regulate the circulation of virtual assets in Ukraine. It will also conduct oversight to verify compliance with AML regulations in the crypto sphere.

Altcoins: LTC, EOS, XLM, Atom and XTZ 52289

XTZ/USD

Tezos (XTZ) has been the best performer of the past seven days, rising about 43% during the period. It received a boost on the news of its listing on the crypto exchange OKEx.

Another positive news was that Coinbase introduced staking rewards for all Tezos holders, enabling them to earn about 5% annually. After the recent rally, is it a good time to book profits or can the move up extend further?

XTZ/USDT weekly chart. Source: Tradingview

The bulls have held the support at $0.829651 for the past few months. This indicates that buyers have been eyeing dips down to this support level to accumulate. The XTZ/USD pair has surged this week and has risen above both moving averages. It can now move up to $1.85. The pair has been pushed back down from this resistance on two previous occasions, hence, a breakout would be a significant event.

On a close above $1.85, a rally to $2.87 and above it to $3.37 is likely. Therefore, traders can buy on dips close to $1.1 levels. Our bullish view will be invalidated if the price turns down and slips below the recent low of $0.75.

ATOM/USD

Cosmos (ATOM) has been gradually moving higher for the past few days. It has risen by about 24% in the past seven days and is the second-best performer. Can it continue its up move or has it run its course? Let’s analyze its chart.

ATOM/USD weekly chart. Source: Tradingview

The ATOM/USD pair has found support close to $2 levels thrice in the past few months. This shows that bulls have been buying on dips to the support levels. With the rally this week, the price has scaled above the overhead resistance at $3.6043, thus completing a triple bottom formation.

It now has a minimum target objective of $5.2985. If the bulls push the price above this level, a rise to $7 is possible. Therefore, traders can buy on a close (UTC time) above $3.6043 and keep a stop loss of $2.90. Contrary to our assumption, if the price turns around from the current levels and plummets below $3.6043, it will suggest a lack of demand at higher levels.

XLM/USD

Stellar (XLM) surged on the news that the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) had burned over 55 billion of the 85 billion tokens that were set aside for SDF operations, giveaway programs and partnership programs.

The foundation said that the burning was done because it wanted to be leaner and more efficient. After its 12% rally, can it rise further in the next few days or will the price dip due to profit booking? Let’s study the chart.

XLM/USDT weekly chart. Source: Tradingview

The XLM/USD pair is facing selling at the overhead resistance of $0.088708. With the rally this week, the price has risen above the previous low of $0.072545. This shows that the markets have rejected the lower levels. Both moving averages are flattening out and the RSI has risen to just below 50 levels, which shows that the sellers are losing their grip.

If the bulls can defend the support at $0.072545 during the next dip, it will be a positive sign. On the upside, the pair will pick up momentum on a breakout of $0.088708 and the 50-week SMA. Above the 50-day SMA, a rally to $0.145 will be on the cards.

Therefore, traders can initiate long positions on a close (UTC time) above the 50-week SMA and keep a stop loss of $0.067. Our bullish view will be negated if the price turns down from $0.088708 and sustains below $0.072545.

LTC/USD

Litecoin (LTC) has been attempting to form a bottom in the past few days. It extended its up move with an 8% rally in the past seven days. What are the critical levels to watch out for and when does it start a new uptrend?

LTC/USDT weekly chart. Source: Tradingview

The LTC/USD pair has broken out of the downtrend line and is attempting a recovery. If it sustains above $62.0764, it will suggest that the lower levels are attracting buyers. There is a minor resistance at the moving averages above which a move to $80.2731 will be on the cards. The flattening moving averages and the RSI moving up slowly suggests that the bulls are making a comeback.

Though positive, we do not find a reliable buy setup at the current levels, hence, we are not recommending to trade it. Our bullish view will be invalidated if the pair turns down and plunges below the recent lows of $47.1851.

EOS/USD

EOS rounded up the top five crypto performers of the past seven days with a rally of about 8%. There have been complaints of congestion in the network but it has not affected its price. Has it bottomed out? Let’s find out.

EOS/USD weekly chart. Source: Tradingview

The EOS/USD pair has risen close to the moving averages, which are likely to act as minor resistance. If the bulls can push the price above this resistance, a move to $4.8719 is likely. The flattening moving averages and RSI just below the center indicate that the selling pressure has reduced.

Contrary to our assumption, if the pair turns down from the moving averages and plummets below the recent lows of $2.4001, it can retest the yearly low. However, we give it a low probability of occurring. We do not find a trade setup that offers a good risk to reward ratio at the current levels, hence, we are not recommending taking a long position in it.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange.

OKEx Announces Listing of Tezos (XTZ) 54332

OKEx, the world’s largest futures cryptocurrency exchange, today announced it will list Tezos (XTZ), an open-source platform for assets and applications backed by a global community of validators, researchers, and builders. According to Cryptocompare, Tezos is the 21st most popular cryptocurrency with a market cap of over $695 million USD and a 24-hour trade volume of over $206k USD.

The depositing of XTZ will be available from 09:00 November 6, 2019 (UTC). XTZ spot trading against USDT and BTC will open at 09:00 November 7, 2019 (UTC). XTZ withdrawal will open from 09:00 November 8, 2019 (UTC).

“Tezos is a highly respected project with a robust community, and we’re happy to be able to add the value of the XTZ network to the OKEx ecosystem, where we strive to deliver a one-stop-shop for professional and retail traders,” said Andy Cheung, Head of Operations of OKEx.

Created by former Morgan Stanley analyst Arthur Breitman and Kathleen Breitman, Tezos is a multi-purpose platform for decentralized applications and smart contracts. Stakeholders govern upgrades to the core protocol, including upgrades to the amendment process itself without having to fork the network into two different blockchains. The project aims to promote long-term upgradability and open participation to support mainstream adoption of blockchain technology.

“We are looking forward to a thriving relationship with OKEx, a global leader in the blockchain space, in furthering the Tezos ecosystem together in Asia and throughout the world,” said Corey Soreff, Board of Directors of Tezos Commons Foundation.

OKEx’s listing review process sets a high standard in many aspects, including important pillars ranging from project quality (i.e. (legal) qualifications, business model and structure, promotion etc.) to project community (i.e. ecosystem-wise capacity and promotion opportunity). By taking every possible measure, OKEx strives to ensure every listed project delivers practical use cases and brings in market liquidity.

The addition of Tezos accompanies the November launch of OKEx’s USDT Futures Trading, a linear futures contract. With USDT Futures, OKEx traders can long a position to profit from the increase of a cryptocurrency’s price, or short a position to profit from the decline of a cryptocurrency’s price. USDT pairs on OKEx include BTC, ETH, BCH, EOS, XRP, BSV, and TRX with a leverage level of 1-100x, both in fixed and cross-margin mode.