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Binance Says No Foul Play Involved in Temporary Shutdown

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The Binance cryptocurrency exchange temporarily halted trading and withdrawals on Thursday, but assured investors that the shutdown was routine and not related to any attack.

Server Downtime

Trading and withdrawal disruptions first emerged around 2:20 GMT, with the company later announcing server issues “due to a significant increase in users and trading activity.” Although the issue seemed routine, Binance later pushed back its timeline for when trading will resume.

An official announcement told traders that full functionality would resume at 2 pm GMT, but later pushed back that target to 4 am GMT Friday.

Company CEO Changpeng Zhao took to Twitter on Thursday to explain the situation:

“We experienced a server issue on our replica database cluster, causing some data to be out of sync. Need to fully resync from master. Due the size of the data, it will take several hours. No data is lost. We appreciate your understanding and support.”

The tweet had nearly 1,700 replies at the time of writing.

The Hong Kong-based firm has been in operation for only a few months, but has already become a top-five exchange in terms of volume. On Thursday, the exchange processed more than $2 billion in transactions, second only to OKEx. Roughly $25.6 billion worth of transactions were posted across all exchanges Thursday, according to data provider CoinMarketCap.

Binance isn’t the only exchange to experience prolonged downtime. Last month, Kraken’s planned two-hour outage turned into two days.

Security Woes Continue to Haunt Exchanges

Market participants are understandably skittish about any disruption to normal trading given the industry’s history of cyberattacks. Since 2014, crypto exchanges and wallet services have lost billions due to cyberattacks. The biggest and most recent example was the theft of 500 million NEM tokens from the Tokyo-based Coincheck exchange. South Korean intelligence services recently informed the public that North Korea may have been responsible for the attack.

A massive theft of bitcoin in 2014 brought down Mt Gox, once the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange. Other major exchanges, such as Bitfinex, have also been compromised by sophisticated hackers.

Attacks on service providers are expected to grow as digital currencies appreciate in value. Although the market has undergone a huge correction, coins are still valued at more than $400 billion, a figure that could easily rise should buyers re-enter the market en masse.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Zcash (ZEC) Price Analysis: Market Cap Growth Continues, More Updates Coming Soon

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  • Zcash moves up to rank 19 on the top cryptocurrencies by market capitalization.
  • The Sapling upgrade just a few days away, as Zcash team suggest there could be more announcements soon.

Zcash (ZEC) continues to jump up the ladder, with its growing market capitalization. Last week it managed to creep into the top 20 cryptocurrencies, by market cap. Most recently, it has now moved up to rank 19. At the time of writing, it is seen at $624.5 million, ahead of VeChain (VET) with $612.6 million.

Countdown for Sapling Upgrade

It is just under 6 days now until the anticipated Sapling upgrade from the Zcash foundation. According to the firm, ‘Activation block 419200 will be mined October 29, 2018 01:31 UTC+00:00 assuming 150 seconds/block.’ The build-up of this is something that has appeared to be very supportive in the elevation of the ZEC price.

The Sapling is a network upgrade that boasts increased efficiency for transactions of which are shielded. They will facilitate broad mobile, exchange and vendor adoption of the Zcash shielded addresses. Zcash’s goal is to also see increased speed with these shielded transactions; it is touted that transactions can be shielded in less than 1 second.

New Announcements Coming Soon?

The Zcash team via their Twitter account have continued to count down their upcoming upgrade, tweeting “Is your product is #Sapling-ready? Or you would like to learn more about supporting the #Zcash Sapling upgrade? Reach out and let’s connect!” Within the tweet, they covered existing Salping-ready services listing; Bithumb, BitGo, Coinomi, Lamassu, Ledger, Suprnova, Trezor and WinZEC. They noted “MORE COMING SOON!” implying there are potential pending partnerships and integrations in the works.

Technical Review – Daily Chart

ZEC/USD daily chart

ZEC/USD bulls are on the hunt for an extended breakout north, as a vital trend line is being tested. A break of the mentioned resistance is seen tracking at $126. If a breach and daily close above, should open to door wide open to some buying pressure. The bulls will be met right away by some supply running from $130-133. As a result, sellers have knocked the price down throughout October, within this territory. Finally, for upside targets, a rally up to $145, would like then come into play. The price last traded here on 28th September.

In terms of support, this is seen all the way back down at $110. A lower supporting trend line can be observed tracking here. This has been active since mid-September. Furthermore, a buying area is noted from $100-95.

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Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: BCH/USD Bulls Have the Potential to Capitalize, Following a Bullish Technical Set Up

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  • BCH/USD broke out and retested a long-running descending trend line, but has failed to capitalize on this further.
  • George Hotz, also known as Geohot, says “Bitcoin Cash is the real Bitcoin.”
  • CoinText.io expands its Bitcoin Cash payment SMS service to Brazil and further European countries. 

“Bitcoin Cash is the Real Bitcoin”

George Hotz, also known as Geohot, an American entrepreneur and hacker, was recently commenting on Bitcoin Cash. Following the BCH Devcon in San Francisco he attended, Geohot demonstrated how to generate a BCH private key from scratch using python coding.

During his python video, George spoke highly of Bitcoin Cash. He said, “I’m using Bitcoin Cash because it’s the real bitcoin.” His reasoning for the preference of BCH over BTC was due to it having significantly lower transaction fees. Stating, “Transaction fees are super low on bitcoin cash.”

Bitcoin Cash Being Used in Brazil with CoinText.io

SMS cryptocurrency payment service, CoinText, has launched their services in Brazil and three other European countries – Poland, Romania and Croatia. CoinText doesn’t require apps, logins or Internet, and users can send Bitcoin Cash via SMS. A new wallet is automatically created when people have received Bitcoin Cash via SMS.

Specifically commenting on the Brazilian expansion, CoinText founder and CTO said, “Brazilians have been suffering from corruption and bad monetary policy,” says CoinText founder and CTO Vin Armani. “Cryptocurrency offers a way for them to peacefully opt out of a corrupt system.”

A move in which is further helping the adoption of Bitcoin Cash, via the CoinText service, he further noted, “Adding Poland, Croatia and Romania brings us closer to connecting the entire continent of Europe,” Armani added. “CoinText’s end-of-year goal is to enable all 740 million European residents to text money to each other’s phones for pennies.”

Technical Review – Daily Chart

BCH/USD daily chart

BCH/USD price action of late has been very much mundane following a promising breakout from a long-running descending trend line. It had been contained below and rejected on several occasions, from the back end of July. Bulls managed to pull off a decent breakout to the upside, which took place between 26-27th September.

After observing the break above, then pullback for a retest of the breached trend line, it looked very promising. This as such played out to the textbook, however bulls failed to capitalize and drive further north. Instead, the price remained within a consolidation nature, a lack of commitment in either direction. Perhaps the bulls are sitting on the launchpad, ready to send this into orbit, time will tell here.

Looking at technical areas of interest, to the upside, resistance has capped upside well into $500 territory. Tracking from $455-80, which has been evident the past few sessions. A firm push higher, will allow $550 region to come back into play. In terms of buyers, they can be found from the current price, all the way down to $400 the round figure.

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Litecoin Price Analysis: LTC/USD Developers to Slash Transaction Cost, with Upcoming Core Update

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  • Litecoin fees are set to be largely reduced in the forthcoming upgrade, in an attempt to boost adoption.
  • LTC/USD remains heavily dictated by triangular pattern, behavior suggests a breakout is imminent. 

Litecoin Fees to lower by 10x in next Core Release

The Litecoin foundation will be updating the Litecoin protocol to version 0.17, following an announcement via Twitter. This update will ultimately reduce the network’s fees drastically compared to its already nominal costs.

It is reported that with this upcoming upgrade, the network fee will go down to $0.005. Their goal is to encourage greater adoption of Litecoin. Currently, the average transaction fee is floating around $0.05. Bitcoin’s transaction fee is currently seen around $0.10.

At the back end of 2017, a large bull market was observed. Bitcoin prices were up at heights around $20,000. Users as an alternative started to use LTC, given its inexpensive nature, in comparison to Bitcoin. It is interesting to note also that Bitcoin transactions were as much as $55 during those highs. However, Litecoin remained by far competitive, facilitating lower transaction fees, less than $1. During the peak, LTC fees reached $1.5.

Litecoin’s Core lead developer, Adrian Gallagher, was commenting on the upgrade intentions, saying: “To encourage more adoption and usage of Litecoin, I think lowering the fees are a good thing. We’re not even close to block limits and the block size on disk is pretty small (20GB) relative to other coins. Technically people can already adjust their fees right now to the one above, because of the more relaxed min relay/dust relay fee.”

Elsewhere, he was speaking about the current market conditions, believing that the bear market being observed, will not last. Predicting that in the next three to six months, prices could start to rise again. He stated: “With lower fees, it would be possible to lay down the foundation for a fee rate, that can grow proactively rather than re-actively.”

Technical Review – Daily Chart

LTC/USD daily chart

Looking via the daily time frame, LTC/USD price action remains trapped and dictated by a triangular pattern. This is seen across several of the other cryptocurrencies. The calls of an imminent breakout make much sense, with this type of price behavior seen.

Over the past few days, upside has been capped around the $55 mark. Further north, resistance is seen at the $56.50-60, the upper part of the triangular pattern formation. A breakout higher should allow a run well into the $60 territory. Testing the 27th September high ($65.85) would be probable. Supply is seen running from that high up until $70, where the price faltered on 4th September.

In terms of support, $53 has proven to be an area of comfort, over the last five sessions. The lower trend line of the above-mentioned pattern is seen tracking at $51.50. Finally, a demand zone is seen just below running from the big $50 mark, down to $0.47.

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