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Mighty Hong Kong exchange Bit-Z welcomes Ripple’s XRP paired to USD

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A popular crypto exchange based in Hong Kong, Bit-Z, has listed Ripple’s XRP today. We often report on things that happen with crypto exchanges that don’t keep too big a profile in the cryptosphere. Not today. Today it’s about one of the big boys.

Bit-Z is a cryptocurrency exchange based in Hong Kong since 2016. It has a physical presence in 10 different countries, mainly in Asia (South Korea, Japan, Singapore). Tokeninsight (a professional assessment agency) considers it to be the world’s fourth most important. The company is a lot more than a simple cryptocurrency exchange. It also works in social networking, games, finance and electronic commerce. Lots of fingers in lots of pies.

Bit-Z, who has listed Ripple’s XRP just today, used to do business in very much the same way as most of the world’s crypto exchanges. By that, we mean that you could get a single trading account which is essentially useful to buy or sell Bitcoin. You have to verify your account through your mobile phone, and they could ask you to send some kind of ID to verify at a higher level.

While several digital assets are available at Bit-Z, before a few weeks ago you couldn’t use it to buy any directly, the way to go was to transfer Bitcoins from your wallet to your account on the website. Then you would trade Bitcoins for any of the other coins available.

If you’ve been involved in crypto as a retail investor, you’ll know that this is the way in which most exchanges work. The number of platforms that will allow you to buy any cryptocurrency using your debit or credit card is somewhat limited and, very frequently, you can only buy Bitcoin at the start.

Even before listing Ripple’s XRP, Bit-Z was already ahead of the curve because it offered something called “OTC Trade” in which you can use USD or Chinese yuan to buy ETH, BTC or LTC.

These purchases are done off the exchange service, but once you have them, you can transfer them to your Bit-Z account. And they take a wide variety of payment methods such as wire, cash deposit, AlyOPay, Moneygram, Neteller, WeChat, PayPal, and Western Union.

The information presented so far should suffice to show that this company has been innovative in opening the crypto horizons to all kinds of users who are not experts in blockchain technology or digital assets. And now, it’s taken another step beyond most competitors.

So, the announcement says that starting today, Bit-Z will be supporting Ripple’s XRP for trade and exchange. Not only that, it won’t be paired with Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies only (which is the most common scenario, to the frustration of many) but also paired with a fiat currency, namely, the United States Dollar.

This can be a game changer, at least in the short term for Bit-Z because very few exchanges are offering the opportunity to buy XRP directly (instead of exchanging it for Bitcoin) and XRP is quickly becoming one of the world’s most important currencies.

XRP has been the coin that’s held its own during the last week’s market debacle; it’s dethroned Ethereum for the world’s second spot concerning market capitalization despite the mess we’ve attested over the last few days. And let’s not forget it was last year’s most profitable asset.

This is excellent news for XRP, Bit-Z, and lots of users – so we congratulate both entities on the new stride that will consolidate them both as some of the market’s leading players.

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Can Sharding Fix the Limitations of Blockchain or is the Network Doomed?

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Performance and scalability issues have bottlenecked the future development and real-life application of popular mainchains, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Many methods have been employed to solve this problem, but all of them have their own pros and cons.

The Impossible Trinity – safety, decentralization and scalability, coined by the blockchain world, bars the way to the future and the industry has fought hard to figure out an optimized solution. Sharding, proposed by Ethereum, has been viewed as one such candidate.

What is sharding?

Sharding technology splits a network into smaller partitions called shards, which contain an independent state and transaction history. The idea behind this is to divide a huge amount of workload into smaller pieces to make life easier for every participating node.

If sharding were to be adopted, each node will only need to keep a part of the network’s information, instead of downloading the whole ledger, which can lead to a large data file. Subsets of nodes grouped into one shard will only process transactions specific to that shard. By doing this, the network will be able to process many transactions in parallel, and the performance will continue to increase with more nodes joining in, thus making the network highly scalable.

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Encrypgen’s New HODLING Incentive Program May Send DNA Token Soaring

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Cryptocurrency traders have enjoyed a Bitcoin moon shot during the past few months.  Those gains have created a much more enjoyable environment for crypto bulls.  Whether it’s a temporary or permanent increase remains to be seen but hitting the 10,000 level has put everyone in a better mood.  Unfortunately, altcoins have not had experienced the same type of gains and are lagging significantly behind Bitcoin.

I’ve written articles in the past year that there is at least a decent chance that many altcoins won’t survive the current environment.  The ones that do will do so because they created a platform that has real world usage.  After spending countless hours researching many of the existing altcoins, I’ve yet to see a company that is more promising than Encrypgen (DNA).

Encrypgen Background Information

Encrypgen is a genomic blockchain network that provides customers and partners with best-in-class, next generation, blockchain security for protecting, sharing and re-marketing genomic data. This creates a fair marketplace for a person’s DNA that can be stored privately and sold (if a person wishes to do that). A person’s DNA can also be shared privately and securely with their physician for their personalized care.

Typically, people can send their DNA off to a lab to find out who they are and where they come from. As fun as that might sound, there is a significant security problem…

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

Bitcoin behavior mirrors the pre-bear market situation

The crash that analysts are predicting right now comes as a direct consequence of all the hype that has been building up in…

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