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Lightning Network Reaches 10,000 Channels And Total Capacity Of 100 Bitcoins

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The lightning network reached a major milestone today, with the CTO of Satoshi labs Pavol Rusnak stating that it had reached 10,000 channels with a total channel value of 100 bitcoins.

Given this huge accomplishment, it is worth providing a quick recap on what exactly the lightning network is.

The lightning network arose out of a need to solve Bitcoin’s high fees and slow transaction speeds as more and more people began conducting transactions on the network.

Specifically, the core idea behind how the lightning network works is that is possible to create small “bidirectional payment channels” that act as a running tab between two separate accounts.

The smart contracts determine how much is owed to who, but none of this is stored directly on the Bitcoin blockchain until a payment is rendered. Basically, it is a running tab system that allows for microtransactions. Allocations are made between parties off-blockchain, with all the confidence of performing commerce on-blockchain.

This approach, while not technically as secure as transacting on the blockchain directly, drastically reduces the load on the actual network, effectively outsourcing much of the processing power needed to send transactions.

After examining today’s lightning network data myself, it became apparent that today’s milestone has already been exceeded and continues to grow.

At the time of writing, there was a total of 10,105 channels open, with a channel value of 102.5 Bitcoins. This is a major leap forward for the scaling potential of the lightning network and could trigger further bullish sentiment on blockchain services making use of it in the future.

That is not the only positive lightning network adjacent news. Specifically, Bitrefill, which is a service integrated with the lightning network that allows customers to top up their phone plans with cryptocurrency, announced that it will start selling gift card vouchers to Amazon and other brands.

While the company may be little known, what this means in practice is that you can now use the lightning network to basically buy anything online.

As more and more lightning channels become used, and as more mainstream services make use of the network, (even if only to facilitate their own branded gift cards), the greater adoption of the network overall will occur.

This means in practice that the long-term vision of Bitcoin as a reliable backbone for payments and data transmission is on track. While this is great news to supporters of Bitcoin, supporters of Bitcoin Cash may want to begin questioning the overall utility of their coin as lightning is adopted more and more.

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    July 22, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    This sort of article annoys me to the highest level. Outlining the LN development progress is fine, but that last comment relating to BCH is uncalled for. Any human on the planet that tries to use BTC and BCH in a point of sales situation will quickly realise BTC is unusable. So while LN will help address this situation, it may still take years to achieve that point. In the meantime, the BCH development machine is full steam ahead and gaining Momentum. Massive human effort is put into getting merchant adoption and things are only accelerating.

    As a regular user of both BTC and BCH, I cannot fault the usability of Bitcoin Cash in a day to day situation. Much faster transaction times, massive difference in transaction fees, and overall positive community focused on adoption.

    At the end of the day, the currency that is usable for the most people will win. As of today, BCH wins it hands down. LN might help, but 2 years from now the BCH ecosystem will be so strong that I wonder if BTC will ever be able to catch up.

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TRON Price Analysis: TRX/USD Cools After Reports Suggest of Potential Baidu Partnership, but Not Blockchain Focused

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  • Reports of TRON and Baidu partnership focused on cloud computing resources.
  • TRX/USD price has cooled over the past two sessions, but supported within an ascending channel.

Potential TRON and Baidu Partnership – Not Blockchain Related

The founder of TRON Justin Sun, had left the community very excited on Friday, after tweeting “Finally, First time to partner with tens of billions USD valuation industry giant. Guess the name.”

According to ODaily, a local Chinese newswire, the partnership will be focused on cloud computing resources, not blockchain. It covered that TRON would be buying cloud computing resources from China’s equivalent to Google, Baidu. This was cited and translated by CNLedger.

If this being the case, it could be somewhat disappointing for some of the TRON community. There would have been general expectation and hope, of this being related to the foundation’s blockchain network. As it states the partnership remains focused on the purchase and use of Baidu’s basic cloud computing resources, rather than being a connection “at the blockchain business level.”

The report covered that Tron and Baidu will be working to maximize inter-compatibility. In addition, “to build, operate and debug blockchain products” based on Baidu Cloud. Baidu and Tron have not yet formed any connection at the blockchain business level. Currently the cooperation mainly focuses on the purchase and use of (Baidu’s) basic cloud computing resources.” As covered by CNLedger’s translated report.

Despite the circulating details, there has not been an official confirmation from either TRON or Baidu.

TRON Launches TronGrid

Most recently, TRON launched a website known as TronGrid, which will toolbox for developers. As a result, it will assist them in being able to integrate DApps smoothly into the TRON ecosystem. The move somewhat similar to Ethereum’s Infura.

Technical Review – 4-hour Chart View

TRX/USD 4-hour chart

TRX/USD price has cooled over the past two days now. Following a large spike up to $0.027980 on 15th October, the price had headed deep into a known supply zone. This is seen tracking form around $0.02700 – 0.028500 range. As a result, sellers forced TRX/USD back down within an ascending channel pattern.  It has been grinding higher within this channel since the 12th October.

Given the cooling in price action, it is worth noting the support seen at the lower trend line of the mentioned pattern. Furthermore, comfort can be observed around $0.024850. A breach may see a very fast move back south, reversing the upside move from 12th October. This could see a drop down to $0.020670.

Looking to the upside, should this ascending channel continue supporting the price, as it has been. Then expect bulls to give the near-term supply zone another retest. However, this area has been respected since the back-end of September. It is evident that sellers remain camped within this territory, not an easy task for the bulls to break down. ­

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Stellar Price Analysis: XLM/USD Has the Potential for a Short-term Rally, Though Bearish Set-up Eyed

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  • Stellar’s XLM potentially has further room for upside, within the short-term view.
  • Danger still looms for XLM/USD, as the daily chart suggests of a bearish technical pattern set up.

Steller’s native token XLM, has failed to commit to any sustained trend. This has been the case since the start of July. Bull rallies that have been witnessed were quickly sold by the market bears. This led the market to trade within a generally long running form of consolidation. Price action is narrowing, given the unsustainable short-term trend runs that have been witnessed. It comes as somewhat of a surprise, as the Stellar foundation have certainly been busy.

Stellar Developments

It was reported recently, blockchain security company BitGo, announced their support of Stellar Lumens (XLM). Being added to the BitGo’s list, Stellar now receives custody solutions. Their users will be able to generate wallets for Stellar Lumens. This is said to be starting at some point within the next couple of weeks. Elsewhere, as previously reported, the Stellar foundation at the start of this month released their heavily anticipated decentralized exchange, StellarX.

4-hour Chart Technical Review

XLM/USD 4-hour chart

Looking via the 4-hour chart, price action has formed a bullish pennant pattern. This comes after the surge higher between September 20-23. XLM/USD has since entered consolidation mode, trading within a range-bound nature. The price is coming very much towards the end of this technical pattern seen, raising the case for an imminent breakout. Near-term support can be observed around $0.2350 area. This is the lower tracking trend line of the mentioned pennant. A failure of the support could very likely see a fast fall to $0.2050. XLM/USD was last trading in this territory between September 12 – 20. The mentioned period was during a time of consolidation, prior to the mentioned breakout higher.

Resistance is seen just ahead of the current price. The above descending trend line of the pennant pattern is tracking around $0.2460-70. Enough bullish momentum to see the breach would likely force the price running to $0.2650. This is seen as an area of resistance on the 4-hour chart view. Looking further to the north, eyes would be on the supply heading into the $0.3000 mark.

Daily Chart Technical Review

XLM/USD daily chart

Taking into consideration the 4-hour chart view, there is still room for another squeeze higher. Despite this, danger appears to still be looming for XLM/USD. Risks on the daily chart point to the downside. The view of this is that a longer-term bearish pennant pattern is containing the price. XLM/USD support on the daily chart can be seen just sub of $0.2000. A long-running supporting trend line can be seen. The price having required assistance on June 29 and several occasions from September 8 – 12. To the upside, resistance can be seen around $0.2900. XLM/USD was rejected already on a few prior occasions, by the above descending trend line. July 25-2 and then most recently September 23, all saw respective bull runs halted.

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Cardano Price Analysis: Imminent Breakout Anticipated, with Eyes on Another Bull Run

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  • The Cardano (ADA) price has been showing some promising signs, following the project’s 1-year anniversary.
  • ADA/USDT is near the end of a triangular pattern, which can also be perceived as a bullish pennant pattern.

Cardano a few days ago celebrated its one-year anniversary. It is still very much a new project to hit the industry. There are always new technologies and cryptocurrencies cropping up, so it is important to review what purpose do or are they going to serve. It does appear Cardano community members are looking forward to several upcoming developments from the foundation.

What Is Cardano?

Cardano is very much like Ethereum – a smart contract platform. The technology is much focused on scalability and security via a layered architecture. As such, it is the first blockchain platform to evolve out of a scientific philosophy and peer-reviewed academic research. A large innovation of Cardano is that it will balance the needs of users with those of regulators, and in doing so combine privacy with regulation. Its cryptocurrency is ADA, which is currently the ninth largest by market cap.

Recent Updates

The organisation behind Cardano, IOHK, has released a new project known as ‘Cardano Rust’. This will be a large helping hand to developers, who want to build products for its blockchain. The effort is essentially providing the toolbox for developers, with a library of functions that they can use to build their decentralised applications for Cardano and facilitate integration.

Technical Review

Looking at Cardano (ADA) technically vs. Tether (USDT), it is down a chunky 95% from the 1st January 2018. This move largely following suit of the general strong bearish trend, seen across the market. Since September, this price has shown some positive signs, and a willingness to make breakout from the bears paws. ADA/USDT produced a double bottom pattern on 18th September, which saw the take-off. It went on to gain over 50% up to $0.0939, from the low within $0.06 territory, moving into the $0.09 area. The price has since eased somewhat, but is still up over 30% from the mentioned low area.

ADA/USDT 4-hour chart

Current price behavior has formed a triangular pattern, as it narrows within this range-bound form. It is very much coming to the end of this, looking more and more likely to a breakout. This formation could also be perceived as a bullish pennant. The big bull run from the above-mentioned double bottom, provides the substance for the pennant view. Near-term resistance is seen just ahead at $0.0830, with support at $0.0797. Another test to the upper descending trend line, could see a fast breakout up towards the supply at the 23rd September high, $0.0939. Failure to see enough bullish momentum for a breach, could see a slip down to the below demand area, $0.0750-40.

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