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Ethereum Flirts With Record Highs as Buterin Compares Crypto Surge to Salvator Mundi Auction

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Ethereum prices climbed to fresh records on Tuesday, as crypto mania picked up where it left off before the launch of bitcoin futures over the weekend.

ETH/USD Price Levels

The value of ether touched an intraday high of $522.63, which was the highest level ever recorded for the world’s no. 2 cryptocurrency. Ether’s previous record was set on Saturday when prices crossed $518.

At press time, the coin was valued at around $513 for a gain of more than 8%. That gave ether a total market cap of nearly $50 billion. The cryptocurrency has added more than 4,000% this year, putting it among the world’s top altcoins.

Trade volumes approached $2 billion over the previous 24 hours, which is equivalent to 118,000 bitcoin. Coinbase’s GDAX exchange had the highest turnover, with ETH/USD accounting for more than 9% of the volume. Bitfinex also processed more than 9% of ether transactions via ETH/USD. Meanwhile, Bithumb’s ETH/KRW cross saw 6% of the daily volume.

In all these cases, more than half a billion in ether was transaction.

Ether has successfully traded above $500 on several occasions, but has struggled to maintain those price levels. The previous record high was partly associated with the latest CryptoKitties craze, which promises frictionless trading of digital assets via blockchain.

Looking ahead, ether could struggle to break free from its recently defined trading range between $450 and $500. Although the market is slowly recovering from a congested network, record highs have been much harder to come by in recent months than other cryptocurrencies. By comparison, bitcoin has set multiple record highs over the same period. Several leading altcoins have also managed to climb to new heights on multiple occasions. Ethereum’s rally continues to be very much off-and-on.

Buterin Weighs In

Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin recently compared the cryptocurrency market with the Salvator Mundi auction, which raised $450 million in November. The 23-year-old said growing interest in cryptocurrencies was “a reflection of the world at large. Buterin highlighted the growing popularity of CryptoKitties in sending his point across.

“I actually like the digital cat games,” Buterin said in a Dec. 4 tweet about CryptoKitties. “They illustrate very well that the value of a blockchain extends far beyond applications that would literally get shut down by banks or governments if they did not use one.”

Ethereum Use Cases on the Rise

Ethereum’s smart contract capability is being used by Switzerland’s largest banks to prepare for new European financial regulations. UBS announced Monday it has entered into partnership with Barclays, KBC and others to advance the MiFID II data collection initiative. The program will be driven by Ethereum smart contracts and run on the Microsoft Azure platform.

The combination of smart contracts and cloud will ensure banks can meet more stringent regulations on a common platform that will enable industry-wide reconciliation. Presently, these institutions must perform checks independently.

MiFID II will officially launch Jan. 3, 2018, and will replace the current regulatory directive.

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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KIN Token Sees 20% Price Jump Following Wallet Launch

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Kin (KIN) spiked 20% today amid a general market slowdown, and excluding one uncharacteristic spike in mid-May, the Kik-based token has now soared past weekly, monthly and quarterly highs.

KIN token charts

Kin began the day on a steady climb, going from $0.000177 at 6pm (UTC) last night, to the current price of $0.000214. That’s a hike in value of just over one fifth, and Kin quite appropriately climbed around ten places in market cap rankings in the process.

On the Up

The weekly gains for Kin are even more spectacular – 50% growth in just under seven days. The monthly gains are only 40%, reflecting the long slow dip of June. The return to today’s price of $0.000214 sends Kin back to its mid-April price, at a time when the market was considered somewhat bullish.

In fact, Kin’s long term charts show a pattern repeating itself, and it’s one which Bitcoin also seems to be following. We saw a short spike in February, followed by a dip in March. We then saw a month-long bull run throughout April, which was then promptly wiped out in May and June. Now it looks like we’re in for another ‘mini-spike’, so the question now becomes – how big will it be? If the previous ratios of decline continue to play out, it will mean the next ‘peak’ for Bitcoin will be $8,000, with subsequent spikes then descending up until the next, you know… big spike.

Beta Wallet Launches

The mobile messenger app, Kik, is the firm behind the KIN token, which is set to function as a cryptocurrency reward for users of the platform who engage with the transparent advertisements contained therein.

The idea is one you may have heard a lot about recently – foregoing traditional consumer advertising in return for a direct transactional link between advertiser, publisher and consumer. It has previously been called ‘human mining’ since the receipt of the cryptocurrency requires some basic human interaction, such as watching an ad, completing a quiz, etc.

The beta-wallet for the Kin cryptocurrency was released in the last 72 hours on iOS and Android, and the token’s market performance has not been hurt by it. The Kinit wallet apparently allows its users to earn several dollars worth of KIN on a daily basis, which can then be spent on various items in-app.

The PR statement from the Kin team elaborated on some of the Kinit wallet’s functions, saying:

Kinit is a fun, easy way to earn Kin, a new cryptocurrency made for your digital life. Earning Kin is just like playing a game, only better, because you get rewarded for completing fun daily activities like surveys, quizzes, interactive videos and more.”

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ZenCash Price Sees Strong Performance After Supernode Upgrade

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ZenCash (ZEN) is one of the small handful of coins in the market cap top-100 to have recorded clear gains over the last twenty-four hours, as most of the altcoins struggle to maintain Bitcoin’s relative stability.

ZEN coins are currently up around 4% for the day, climbing from a price of $27.90 yesterday to the current value of $29.98 this morning. That doesn’t necessarily tell the whole tale however, as ZenCash has been fluctuating wildly all day long.

At one point in the last twenty-four hours ZEN coins peaked at $31.95, before falling back down to $28.31. A couple of hours later and the coin jumped back up to $31.16, before eventually levelling out.

Even at the current retracement, ZenCash is still up a ridiculous 39.9% for the week, after climbing from July 13th’s valuation of $20.71. The monthly numbers are even better – showing a 48% growth over the space of thirty days since June 20th’s price of $19.52.

We could probably count on one hand the number of coins in the top-100 to have recovered their valuations for the month, and ZenCash – unexpectedly perhaps – is among them.

Supernode Upgrade

The official ZenCash Twitter team have had a lot to announce in the last twenty-four hours, will an upgrade to their network having just recently been completed. The upgrade targeted many areas of the protocol, but perhaps the biggest difference is the addition of ‘supernodes’.

The Twitter team dropped the following announcement less than twenty hours ago:

“It’s a wrap! Zen’s mandatory software upgrade executed flawlessly! The updated software included significant code improvements and adjusted the rewards to add a new node class: Super Nodes. Special thanks to our miners and node operators!”

Perhaps the best explanation of supernodes comes from ZenCash themselves, in what sounds like a juiced-up version of masternode operators:

“Like Secure Nodes, the Super Node network has enhanced point-to-point encryption. Super Nodes will be tasked with managing key network and system functions such as hosting multiple services on sidechains, tracking and measuring Secure Node uptime, and queuing the node payment schedule for miners.”

Supernode Requirements

ZEN’s supernodes come with many of the same technical requirements as masternodes, although the hardware specifications are not necessarily as beefy as one would assume.

ZenCash say that just 8GB of RAM is required to run a supernode, along with a 100GB storage space. Likewise, a multi-core CPU is hardly an expensive purchase in this day and age, while the requirement to be online and running 96% of the time is actually a lot less than many masternodes, which often demand 99-100% uptime.

According to this tweet from the ZEN team, supernodes are up and running and ready to earn 10% of the block rewards:

“Super Node earnings start TODAY. Thanks for helping us test the servers and infrastructure during the ramp-up period!”

Ultimately, the success of ZenCash’s upgrade appears to have given them legs when most of the market has lost theirs.

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TenX: Look What’s Going On

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How is this for an attention getter? The price of TenX had jumped almost 250% since late June to around the $1.22 level.

Since it peaked at $5.00 around Christmas time, TenX investors have lost big time. So, is the recent action grounds for excitement? I believe the answer is yes. After taking a close look, there are some very cool things about TenX. Of course there is always a difference between a flashy whitepaper and a finished product, but TenX could deliver some interesting stuff. So stay with me and let’s take a look.

The Basic Structure

Just for starters, TenX is a debit card driven wallet. But that is only part of the story. The founders claim to offer a major game changer by enabling users to spend their blockchain assets through their mobile phone or a physical debit card. That is a very cool way facilitate mass acceptance of crypto, but TenX is hardly the first.

There are already quite a few including Xapo, Bitwala, Monaco, Tokencard and Wirex that have been around for several years. On the other hand, TenX’s ICO raised $64 million taking the #8 ranking in 2017 for the biggest raise. Presumably somebody back then looked at all the competition and decided to place their bets on TenX.

Uniqueness

On the surface, TenX is a project to make a better mouse trap. They claim to be the only company to be able to make multiple cryptocurrencies instantly spendable. If you do some digging you will see how others like Bitwala, Monaco and Tokencard focus solely on Bitcoin or Ether. TenX’s current list includes Bitcoin, Ether and Dash. The idea is to eventually include virtually any blockchain asset.

To make this all happen the COMET network is under development. The acronym stands for Routing Protocol and Cross-chain Payment Channels. The goal is to create a trustless, instantaneous network that is, above all else, lowest cost provider.

At the outset, the TenX app or physical debit card will be accepted in roundly 200 countries and 36 million locations.

TenX Promises To Be Cheaper

In addition to accepting Bitcoin, Ether and Dash, TenX also incorporates both MasterCard and Visa. All customer assets are held in crypto form until the last moment before being converted to the designated fiat currency. Cardholder transaction fees are free. Instead, holders receive 0.1% refund on purchases.

Milestones

The release of the iOS and Android version of the mobile app started in October of last year and both versions of the mobile application available for download in all countries.

One of the nice things is the ease of signing up with the app that is a lesson in user friendliness that most crypto exchanges could draw a lesson from. The only drawback for some potential users is the requirement to list both place of residence as well as place of citizenship. For most this is not a big deal but could offend some crypto purists.

As of April, TenX offered full support for BTC, ETH and Litecoin (LTC). Later this year, the intent is to add additional support for all other ERC20 tokens as well as Ripple.

The next step is for TenX to receive approval for a banking license. When this takes place, TenX will be able to issue it’s own debit or even credit card without dependence on the Visa or MasterCard networks or other third party issuers. In my view, that is when the real fun begins for investors.

Management

Having over $60 million from their ICO enables the project to be fully staffed. In addition to four co-founders, there are sixteen engineers, a dozen members on the operations side, seven in Legal & Compliance, six in product design and development and over a half dozen in related capacities. In other words, this is company appears well beyond the whitepaper stage and capable of delivering on their bold promises.

 Why The Price Tumbled

In early January, just as the crypto selling wave was going into high gear, Visa announced that it was terminating its relationship with the payment processing company WaveCrest. Affected cards under association with WaveCrest included CryptoPay, Bitwala and TenX. At first the Visa decision appeared to be cryptocurrency related.

After the noise quieted down it became clear that the move was strictly related to WaveCrest. The WaveCrest termination does not affect other card programs approved by Visa that use fiat funds converted from cryptocurrency. Nevertheless, the damage had been done by the time all facts were known. TenX’s relationship with Visa remained valid.

Keep An Eye On TenX

So to restate the question, what’s going on with TenX: quite a bit actually. The real question remains, is the recent price spike the beginning of a major move? Fundamentally, things look promising and in the long run that will create higher value. So this is name on which to do your homework.

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