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Digibyte’s upcoming hard fork this summer and how your GPU mining rig will benefit

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About two months ago, the Monero community was vexed in a war of words with Bitmain over the release of the Cryptonight –capable Antminer X3. The Antminer X3 had been designed to mine altcoins that use the Cryptonight hashing algorithm with Monero as the main mining target. As usual Bitmain (world’s biggest manufacturer of ASIC mining hardware) happily announced its release. However, in response, the Monero Blockchain was forked to maintain its ASIC resistance rendering all the new Atminer X3 obsolete.

The ongoing mining battles

Basically, there has always been a fight for control in the crypto mining world. Mining equipment manufacturers like Bitmain are currently able to control the crypto landscape as they wish since they equally control who gets what mining equipment, when and at what cost. The general feeling has been that the rich get richer while amassing more control over the Blockchains as eventual centralization of the networks is realized.

Considering the engineering cost of coming up with an ASIC miner, and the fact that ASIC miners are more powerful that GPU and CPU miners (that mostly belong to hobbyist), companies like Bitmain are able to niche down the manufacturing of ASIC miners and even set up their own mining operations with equipment at low production cost. It is this unfair advantage that leads to an uproar whenever a new ASIC mining machine is introduced into the market. To gain back control over the mining of a particular Blockchain, developers of Blockchains such as Monero decide to fork their networks and change the mining algorithms with every release of a new ASIC miner. Although it’s a short-term solution, it has so far worked for Monero.

Is Bitcoin decentralized enough?

Bitcoin, on the other hand, has had to deal with this issue since its inception. A cartel of miners has managed to actively sabotage the network’s decentralization with more powerful ASIC miners that give a group of individuals more control over the network. Obviously, Satoshi Nakamoto was unable to foresee this problem at the beginning. In fact, as the first ever Blockchain application, Bitcoin was designed to be mined only by CPUs so as to give each CPU a voice over the voting and decision made on the Blockchain. For Bitcoin, this capacity is long gone given the level of difficulty the network has reached.

How Digibyte’s upcoming hard fork will solve the problem

This is why Blockchains like Digibyte are planning to soon hard fork their Blockchain so as to change some of their mining algorithms in favor of GPUs. This is not only good news to those who own home mining rigs and are looking to mine DGB but also music to the ears of DGB holders as the network will maintain its decentralization.

As one of the fastest up and coming Blockchains, Digibyte boasts of having one of the most robust yet easy mining protocols in the crypto space. In fact, the Digibyte foundation came out strongly to protect the reputation of the Digibyte’s Blockchain network security after an altcoin’s 51% attack led to concerns over the security of altcoins. Currently, you can mine DGB with multiple mining algorithms, making it one of the most decentralized and secure Blockchain networks there is.

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Rewards Platform StormX Offers 50% Crypto Cashback Bonus for Thanksgiving

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Singapore, Singapore, 23rd November, 2020, // ChainWire //

Blockchain-based rewards platform StormX has released a seasonal promotion for its award-winning Crypto Cash Back App. The promotion will allow app users to earn a 50% bonus on top of their cashback between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday (November 26-30).

StormX has also introduced a brand-new staking service, allowing users to earn an additional 50% per year when they stake STMX tokens. The native ERC20 token of the StormX ecosystem, STMX has a total supply of 10 billion and is available to trade at many of the world’s top exchanges, including Binance and Bittrex.

“With Bitcoin’s price approaching its all-time high, interest in cryptocurrencies has renewed, though some people believe it’s now too expensive to buy in,” said StormX CEO and Co-Founder Simon Yu. “What we have done is create an easy way for such individuals to accumulate bitcoin, ethereum and other cryptocurrencies via everyday shopping.

“We’re also excited to provide users with the ability to earn greater rewards simply by staking their tokens.”

Since the StormX mobile app launched its Shop feature with over 700 stores in February 2020, some 400,000 unique users have been added to the rewards platform. StormX has also witnessed over 50% month-on-month growth for sales. The app is available for download on the App and Google Play Stores, and can be downloaded as a browser add-on from the Chrome Web…

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BITTREX GLOBAL CONFIRMS FREE TRADING AND LISTING FOR TOP DEFI TOKEN

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Valduz, Liechtenstein, 17th November, 2020, // ChainWire //

International cryptocurrency exchange promotes free trading and no gas fees for leading DeFi tokens

17th November 2020 — Bittrex Global GmbH. announced today 8 new DeFi tokens will be listed this week including:

  • UMA (UMA)
  • Aave (AAVE)
  • Balancer (BAL)
  • REN (REN & renBTC)
  • Kyber Network (KNC)
  • Band Protocol (BAND)
  • YF Link – (YFL)

Bittrex Global’s users can trade all of their DeFi  tokens with no trading or gas fees until 2021. The decision to enable free trading on Bittrex Global for DeFi tokens  follows on from the 1,000% growth of the DeFi asset class over the course of 2020.

The decision to enable free transactions will see more investors enter the Blockchain Act’s digital asset regulatory system, supervised by the Financial Market Authority in Liechtenstein (FMA) under the Due Diligence Act which requires traders to comply with the KYC/AML/CFT standards.

“The last year has seen huge growth in DeFi as an asset class and a number of significant milestones completed,” said Bittrex Global’s CEO Tom Albright. “As the asset class matures and more institutional and professional investors look at the fundamentals, we are likely to see increased demand and higher trading volumes for DeFi in 2021.

We’re really excited about what we’re seeing in the space and want to see these DeFi projects grow and help them build stronger platforms through increased adoption. Offering free trading fees…

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Ready for Chaos? Swingby’s Chaos-Mainnet Launches on December 28th

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Singapore, Singapore, 9th November, 2020, // ChainWire //

Swingby is the “warp-speed” protocol for inter-blockchain swaps. It allows all DeFi users to move assets between blockchains without a trusted party. 

Today, Swingby announces its first mainnet network will be released on the 28th of December; it will bridge native Bitcoins onto Ethereum via Wrapped BTC (WBTC).

The initial bridge will enable the most liquid digital asset in the world (Bitcoin), currently valued at a $300 billion market cap, to be moved onto the Ethereum network to tap its $10b DeFi ecosystem.

“This launch will be pivotal to Swingby. After December 28th, Swingby will have a fully operational Chaos-Mainnet network which will be generating a tremendous amount of value to the world of DeFi and bringing in a large number of new users” – Yusaku Senga, CEO

Why is this big news for DeFi?

On December 28th, Swingby will be launching its first Chaos-Mainnet bridge, allowing users to easily move their bitcoins into WBTC on Ethereum without the need for a trusted party. Similarly, the bridge can be used in the opposite direction allowing WBTC-ERC20 tokens to be moved back into native BTCs.

What’s so special about it?

  1. Trustless: Swingby’s Skybridge will be the only way to trustlessly swap BTC into wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC).
  2. Simple to use: The Swingby bridge has been designed to work with standard transaction types removing the need for complex smart contract calls…
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