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Overwinter: Zcash (ZEC) First “Software-Updates-Required” Network Upgrade

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Zcash announced that it will launch its first “Software-Updates-Requires” network upgrade Overwinter in June 2018 through its blog post on 2nd March 2018. Zcash is popular in the cryptocurrency world due to its security features and secretive nature. Zcash is the way to keep the identity of the trader a secret.  In fact, the transactions are invisible on the blockchain ledger. Actually, cryptocurrency traders look forward to doing anonymous cryptocurrency trading on the internet. Although Zcash was not set up as an open-source element, its unique proof of work z-SNARK has attracted many traders. The users of the altcoin Zcash (ZEC) can conduct anonymous transactions through a “zero-knowledge” cryptography method that is also known as zk-SNARKs.

Sapling Upgrade will follow the Overwinter Upgrade

It is believed that the Overwinter upgrade will open up the path to future upgrades of the core Zcash protocol. Zcash is planning to launch the “software-updates-required” update on the 1.1.0 version zcashd by April 2018. The launch date of the Overwinter main chain upgrade has been set for 25th June 2018. Following the Overwinter upgrade in June 2018, there will be another major update called Zcash Sapling network in September 2018. The Sapling cryptography, according to the Zcash’s Roadmap Report will enhance performance, security, and usability of the shielded transactions on the network. Shielded transactions ensure that the sender and recipient’s address and identity are hidden. Moreover, other than the interested parties no one can know the amount transferred through the Zcash blockchain.

Zcash’s blog post stated, “The purpose of Overwinter is to strengthen the protocol for future network upgrades, paving the way for the Zcash Sapling network later this year,”

The developing team of Zcash has revealed that the Overwinter software will introduce the following features to improve the network.

  • Transaction expiry
  • Version control
  • Replay transaction protection for network upgrades
  • Advancement for transparent transactions

The users do not have to do anything regarding the network upgrade other than keeping their software updated.

The Zcash developers’ team explain, “There is no need to do anything else besides keep your Zcash software up to date. This network update is not expected to result in a fork of the blockchain or the creation of a new currency,”

Overwinter is not a Hard Fork

Many cryptocurrency market analysts had speculated that the Overwinter upgrade is going to be a hard fork of Zcash. However, the developers have clearly stated that it will simply remain as an upgrade. Neither is Overwinter going to introduce a new currency. In fact, the developers of Zcash have also revealed that the launch date of the Overwinter software has been delayed a number of times to ensure that everything worked smoothly at the first launch. It is said that the reason for the delay is the bugs found during the testing and reviewing of the software.

The new upgrades (Overwinter and Sapling) to be launched on the Zcash platform in this year make the cryptocurrency market speculators say that the price of the crypto coin is most likely going to increase in 2018. Previously, at the beginning of 2018, the Matthew Beck, an associate at Grayscale, had used some financial modeling to predict that one Zcash token in 2025 can be worth more than $60,000. As of 8th March 2018, the market price of Zcash is approximately $286 USD.

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Blockchain-Focused ETF Arrives on London Stock Exchange

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The crypto community is still waiting for the US SEC to approve Bitcoin ETFs, with speculation which application might get approval being one of the hottest topics in 2018. However, come 2019, the US government shutdown dragged on, and the Bitcoin ETF request which had the most potential to see a grant got withdrawn by the very companies that submitted the application.

While the question of BTC ETF remains hanging in the air, blockchain-focused ETFs seem to be a different matter entirely. In a recent announcement by an independent investment managed firm called Invesco, the company has stated that it was about to launch the largest blockchain-focused ETF in the world. They managed to go through with this plan, and the ETFs have reached the London Stock Exchange today, March 11th.

The exchange-traded fund includes a portfolio containing as many as 48 different firms which are bringing exposure to the emerging technology. Among them, there is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, which is a well-known creator of chips used for crypto mining, as well as the CME Group, which is the first regulated exchange in the US which launched Bitcoin futures. There are many other well-known companies as well, such as Intel, Microsoft, and others.

Chris Mellor, the Invesco’s head of ETF equity product management in Europe, said that blockchain has a huge potential to increase earnings, even though…

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Could Jeff Bezos Turn to Bitcoin to Hide Fortune from Wife?

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made numerous headlines recently due to his overly-publicized divorce, which shows all signs of being one of the most expensive ones — if not THE most expensive one — in modern history. According to estimates, it might cost him as much as $70 billion, which will make his soon-to-be-ex-wife the richest woman in human history.

However, as the process continues to unfold, many have started wondering if things may have ended up differently for Bezos if he turned to Bitcoin for help.

Bitcoin as a divorce tool?

In the last several years — since Bitcoin and other cryptos hit fame — many have started turning to BTC during their divorce proceedings. In fact, it can even be said that using the largest cryptocurrency in this way has become a new trend. The trend has been gaining so much strength that numerous law companies started including advice on what to do in regards to Bitcoin as part of their websites.

However, while the trend has been picking up in recent years, it is nowhere near as easy as it might seem. For example, if there is even a suspicion of a spouse having undisclosed holdings appears during the divorce process, it might be enough to impact the final decision of the judge. In other words, even if there is a complete lack of evidence, but…

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Three Biggest Things To Know Come Cryptocurrency Tax Season

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In recent years, digital cash systems known as cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin have exploded into the public eye. A blend of cash and stocks, their use and value has grown exponentially. In 2017, the IRS decided to focus great effort on taxing them. In theory, this should be as simple as calculating taxes on any other type of property, bond, or other assets. Cryptocurrency, however, presents a unique challenge. The full extent of one person’s crypto activity can stretch across dozens of platforms and take a variety of different forms. This makes it difficult to gather all of this information cohesively, much less begin the seemingly- complicated process of reporting it.

These three tips should help anyone looking to legally report their crypto activity to figure out where to start.

Documentation is key!

There are dozens of different “exchanges” individuals can use to change their cash into crypto. When the flat currency is changed into cryptocurrency at the exchange, you establish your cost basis. This makes this data crucial when you begin the process of reporting.  Those who have used a variety of different exchanges should keep detailed records of everywhere that they made trades. Once tax season arrives, most exchanges will allow users to view their entire trading history with that exchange. This information will be necessary later to complete taxes.

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