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The commercial arm of the Stellar Development Corporation has acquired a promising blockchain startup by the name of Chain, paving the way for possibly higher enterprise adoption of distributed ledger technology. The deal adds to Stellar’s credibility as one of the world’s leading blockchain companies.

Chain Acquired

Chain, a San Francisco-based startup pursuing enterprise grade adoption of blockchain technology in finance, has sold to Lightyear in an undisclosed cash agreement. Lightyear, the subsidiary of the Stellar Development Corporation, will be re-named Interstellar, according to official reports. Jed McCaleb, Stellar’s founder, will be the chief technology officer of the newly formed company, which he said should help companies build on the Stellar network. He adds:

“Chain’s team has led the market for enterprise adoption of blockchain technology, which is a critical component of building a future where money and digital assets move over open protocols.”

Interstellar’s new CEO Adam Ludwin explained how the newly merged company will work together:

“Chain has worked from inside the enterprise while Stellar has focused on the network between organizations. As a single team we will have a complete view and set of capabilities to make value-over-IP a reality.”

Chain is said to be a leader in the world of fin-tech, having built enterprise-grade blockchain solutions for Visa, Citigroup and Nasdaq, among others. With the merger, Interstellar will have access to Sequence, Chain’s powerful cloud solution that enables companies to monitor assets moving between private ledgers and the Stellar network.

Previously, Chain had raised more than $43 million across multiple deals. Financiers included Capital One, Citigroup, Pantera Capital and Blockchain Capital.

XLM Price Update

Although the merger between Chain and Lightyear has not had a demonstrably positive effect on XLM’s price, the cryptocurrency continues to outperform leading assets such as Ethereum and bitcoin cash. The XLM price was down 4.4% on Tuesday but has gained 3.2% over the past seven days. By comparison, bitcoin has declined nearly 1% over that period while Cardano has lost more than 10%. Ethereum is trading in positive territory over seven days as prices recovered from 16-month lows.

XLM, which is currently valued at $0.197, has declined roughly 12% over the past month. At current values, it has a market capitalization of $3.7 billion, placing it sixth among active cryptocurrencies. Bitbox is the most active market for XLM traders, accounting for more than 54% of daily transactions.

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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Cue the Crypto Recovery: Coins Surge $9 Billion Overnight as Ethereum, EOS Break Out

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Cryptocurrencies broke out of their narrow trading range on Monday and were on track to finally snap a four-month losing streak as bitcoin and its altcoin peers surged to their highest levels since early January.

Crypto Coins Surge

The top 40 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization reported gains through the early part of the session on Monday. Among the majors, Ethereum surged 14.8% to $144.65, its highest since Jan. 9. As we reported over the weekend, ether is benefiting from renewed optimism tied to its upcoming Constantinople hard fork.

The EOS price climbed 14.2% to $3.21. That was the highest since November.

Bitcoin cash also registered double-digit gains, climbing 10.7% to $134.61.

Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency by market cap, rose 5.8% to $3,836.51. Read more: Bitcoin Surges to Five-Week High; Crypto Bulls Reignite?

XRP reached $0.3159, having gained 5.2%. Litecoin extended its multi-week rally, climbing 7.8% to $46.48.

Tron, Stellar and Binance Coin all rose by at least 4.1%, according to CoinMarketCap.

Beyond the top-ten, Marker surged 10.2% to $573.80. In doing os, it toppled NEO and Ethereum Classic in the crypto-market index.

The combined value of all cryptocurrencies improved to $129.7 billion, having gained $9 billion since Sunday. Trade volumes jumped more than 40% to $28.6 billion.

Volumes and Fundamentals

Crypto markets as a whole are riding a four-month losing streak, but for bitcoin the skid stretches back all the way to six months. That’s the longest string of consecutive losses in its ten-year history.

Consecutive months of rising trade volumes are finally beginning to translate into higher prices. The number of bitcoins in circulation has been rising steadily since the summer, a trend that is positively correlated with increased volatility. Since October, coin circulation and trading volumes have been increasing more rapidly as long-dormant accounts became active once again.

Related: Bitcoin Likely Headed Lower as Whales Activate Long-Dormant Accounts.

Initially, it was feared that many of these suddenly active accounts would become net sellers. This was certainly the case in November when concerns about the bitcoin cash hard fork triggered a relentless technical selloff in the broader market. But over the past few months, higher trade volumes have not resulted in the same selling pressure as before. In fact, a sharp decline in volatility was also observed during the same period. This low-volatility, high-volume regime is unique for cryptocurrencies.

Fundamentals surrounding cryptocurrencies have also improved since the new year. For bitcoin, this means higher transactions and lower fees. On the adoption front, pension funds and other retirement planners are actively investing into crypto funds. Within traditional finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co has become a firm believer in stablecoins after the bank announced it will launch a new cryptocurrency to ease the time and cost burdens on its $6 trillion payments market.

Check out our latest Week in Review: Jamie Dimon Gets Crypto Fever as JPMorgan Develops Stablecoin; Bitcoin Fundamental Improve.

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 Price Analysis: ZEC/USD Bears Back in the Driver’s Seat Despite Coinbase Incentive Program Support

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  • ZEC/USD is back within the control of the sellers, as the price has dropped around 9% within the past five sessions.
  • Coinbase announces that Zcash (ZEC) is supported on their learning incentive program. Users can earn $3 worth of ZEC by merely watching educational videos on the privacy coin.

ZEC/USD: Recent Price Action

The Zcash price has been cooling over the past few sessions after the bulls failed to sustain decent upside momentum seen earlier in the month. ZEC/USD has fallen over 9% in the previous five sessions, after hitting $56.75 on 13th February. The mentioned print was the highest seen since 14th January, with the buyers since losing ground.

ZEC/USD was moving within a descending wedge pattern formation; this was observed from 24th December up to the breakout on 8th February. As part of this mentioned push north, the price went on to gain a whopping 15%, rallying for five consecutive sessions. It was the longest run higher that observed since mid-December 2018.

Zcash Added to Coinbase Incentive-Driven Learning Program

U.S cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase announced Zcash has been added to its incentive program. Users will be able to learn about the privacy-based coin while having the benefit to earn from this program. The reward will be $3 worth of ZEC for watching the educational videos about the cryptocurrency.

Coinbase tweeted from its official account, “Earn $3 worth of Zcash with a new Coinbase Earn opportunity today. Check out the Earn ZEC page to view educational videos about Zcash and earn some along the way!” Users can sign up and start the program to receive their cryptocurrency rewards upon completing the educational series.

The program launched at the back-end of 2018, initially just featuring 0x. Earlier this month, Coinbase added Basic Attention Token (BAT) to the program. Zcash now being the latest is a massive step towards greater global awareness for ZEC by being supported on one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges.

Technical Review – ZEC/USD

ZEC/USD daily chart.

As detailed earlier, the price is heading south, which will likely see the above-detailed descending wedge pattern retested. Support is currently tracking around $47.00, which is where the upper trend line of the descending wedge sits. The mentioned support area coincides with a demand zone, seen from $50.00 down to $46.50. ZEC/USD last traded down at these lows in December 2018, a period when the general market bottomed, after heavy bouts of selling.

Should this support fail to provide necessary comfort, then a strong wave of pressure to the downside may likely be seen. The price may be forced to trade within the complete abyss, an area that has not been observed before. Unknown territory trading is something that is occurring across the industry within this current bear market.

Given the breach of the wedge pattern, there isn’t too much in the way of resistance until the $60 region. A supply zone tracks from $62 up to $65; the price saw several rejections here in January of this year and in December 2018. Further to the north, another likely target would be where the price peaked at the end of 2018, $73.95.

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Ark Price Explodes with 89% Post-Upgrade Growth; Coin Added to Exodus Wallet

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The price of Ark (ARK) leapt 89% on Sunday, Feb 17th, and climbed to a new three-month high the process.

The rise in value came days after the Core V2.1 update to the Ark mainnet, and hot on the heels of the ARK coin being added to the popular Exodus Wallet.

ARK Price – ARK/BTC

As seen below, February has been a hectic month for ARK. The coin experienced four spikes in the last ten days or so, during which time the price rose 154% overall. Since the 18-month low on December 12th, the coin is up 195%.

On Sunday the coin moved from a value of $0.460082 up to a peak of $0.869728. That marked 89% growth for a brief moment, before the coin plunged again down to the $0.72 range, leaving Ark on net 52% gains for the day.

The ARK/BTC pair on Binance accounted for 20% of the daily turnover of $47 million. That’s a new one-year high for trade volume, not seen since the altcoin pump of January 2018.

Most of that has to be attributed to the Korean markets, as the ARK/KRW pair on UPbit made up close to 70% of the daily total, or around $33 million.

Ark Core Upgrade V2.1

The Ark Core upgrade V2.1 was released on February 11th. The main goal of which was a straight-up conversion of its programming language.

“The newest Core upgrade is primarily focused on changing the codebase from JavaScript to TypeScript. This means rewriting the entire Core to the TypeScript programming language. While this sounds unreal to accomplish in such a short period of time (the initial new Core v2 was released just over 2 months ago), TypeScript is a superset of JavaScript which makes the conversion easier.”

According to the accompanying release notes, TypeScript is a coding language that identifies syntax errors in real time, rather than waiting for when the app is already up and running. In this sense, V2.1 was an update for developers, but one which could pay off for holders in the long run.

The following is a description of Ark’s function according to the project website:

“ARK provides users, developers, and startups with innovative blockchain technologies. We aim to create an entire ecosystem of linked chains and a virtual spiderweb of endless use-cases that make ARK highly flexible, adaptable, and scalable.”

ARK Added to Exodus Wallet

On Feb 15th, Ark was added to the Exodus Wallet – a cryptocurrency wallet that houses around 90 different currencies at time of writing. The desktop wallet also features an in-built exchange, meaning users can trade from the security of their wallets. The Ark team announced:

“We are very excited to announce that ARK is now integrated into the Exodus cryptocurrency wallet. All Exodus wallet users now have the option to store ARK in one of the most popular and trusted universal cryptocurrency wallets in the industry.”

Looking forward, the next Ark Core update is due in March and will see a utilities library made available for Ark developers.

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