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ZCash (ZEC) Postponed Sapling: Overwinter Update Still Incoming

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ZCash seems to be doing pretty well in the market considering the current bear market. We can see ZEC rising up against the dollar only a couple of days from having a new update to the network, better known as Overwinter to the community. ZCash is expecting to see some significant changes that will most certainly affect ZEC positively; however, the team has announced that the next stage of the network dubbed Sapling is to be delayed for the next 5 weeks or so. Here is what ZEC holders and investors can expect from ZCash in the following weeks.

ZCash Postpones the Activation of Sapling Stage

A couple of days ago, the team behind ZEC has gone forward with announcing that the next stage of the development for ZCash network is to be delayed. At the time of the announcement, the team has stated that the next stage should be activated within 6 weeks, which means that the next upgrade called Sapling was rescheduled for the end of July.

The stage that ZCash network is currently at is called Sprout, and it will remain active until the next stage, Sapling, takes its place. The current stage provides blockchain transactions with ZEC units, which enables fast global payments while having the payment system protected with zk-SNARKS.

Zk-SNARKS is a protocol based on zero-knowledge technology, and so it provides a backbone of privacy on the ZCash network, while also representing a novelty in zero-knowledge protocols.

The team has stated with their announcement regarding the delayed activation of the stage Sapling, that the delay has only been limited to a single release cycle, which is the period of 6 weeks, adding that the rescheduling of Sapling suits the best interest of all users, holders, and investors of ZEC.

Sapling should not have any further delays, which means that ZCash will see its next stage by the end of July 2018.

ZCash: What to Expect from Sapling

The team has been working on the new stage for ZCash for months now, while they have most recently announced that they are rescheduling the release of Sapling due 6 weeks from the time of their announcement, adding that there are some crucial addition tests that need to be taken care of.

Sapling is designed with the purpose of creating an even more stable and secure ecosystem for ZCash users who are already being protected with having their blockchain transactions shielded by zk-SNARKS.

Sapling should introduce the ZEC network to a more efficient ecosystem, that will, as the team claims, “pave the way” towards mass adoption of cryptos as well as attract vendors’ attention and interest in crypto adoption.

Sapling thus makes an integral part of ZCash roadmap, leading it to the next stage of its development, which is exactly why the team believes they owe it to the users to test Sapling to the tiniest detail in order to ensure that there will be no further delays in the development of ZCash network.

However, although Sapling is delayed for the next 5 weeks or so, the team will be releasing version 1.1.2 on the scheduled date, which means that the mentioned version will be available for the public starting from July 1st.

The team has added that they “encourage all third parties to test Sapling by trying out version 1.1.2”

Sapling should get its block height by August 12th, when the release and activation of version 2.0.0 will be released as well, while the final activation of the new stage Sapling is to take place on October 28th.

ZCash to Release Overwinter in Several Days

Although ZCash team has gone forward with delaying the activation of Sapling for the next six weeks, Overwinter, which is actually a new system update.

Overwinter was previously scheduled for June 25th, and the date of the update remained the same, which means that ZCash will be releasing the new update dubbed Overwinter in the course of only several days.

Overwinter will take place on the block height of 347500 and the first block of the updated system should be mined the next day on June 26th.

The team claims that Overwinter makes a significant system update given the fact that the new update should make ZEC ecosystem more scalable when it comes to implementing new system updates that are planned for the future development of the network.

ZCash: What to Expect from Overwinter

The team has stated that the new update called Overwinter will include some significant changes that will include new features like transaction expiry, versioning and replay protection for future updates, more transparent transactions and other important changes.

All the new updates that come with Overwinter will affect the network to become more efficient as well as more secure.

Although some community members consider Overwinter to be a hard fork, given the fact that there will be new updates made in the system, the team stated that Overwinter is only an update that comes with the new stage of development of ZCash, which means that there won’t be any airdrops or similar events.

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Aluna.Social is a Compelling Social Platform for Crypto Traders and Investors

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When one thinks about the social media landscape, the companies that first come to mind are most likely Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Snapchat.  These platforms are a great way to stay connected with friends, families, and colleagues, especially when geographic distance is a factor.  But, in addition to just chatting about life in general and sharing pictures, social media can be used to bridge the information gap that exists within the investment community.

Over the last decade, many trading offices have been established in large cities all over the world which allow solo traders and investors to pay a monthly fee in exchange for a workspace.  The real benefit to trading in these offices is to participate in the free flow of trading ideas and information.  Proprietary trading is one of the most challenging careers to be successful at and the exchange of ideas is almost required in order to succeed.  Traders at hedge funds and investment banks work in teams so why shouldn’t remote traders?

While these trading offices are a great way to help bridge the information gap, Aluna.Social may provide an even better way, especially as it relates to cryptocurrency trading.

Mission Statement

Aluna.Social, founded by Alvin Lee and Henrique Matias, is a multi-exchange social trading terminal for crypto traders and investors.  The goal of the platform is to help newcomers shorten their learning curve,…

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CoinFlip Scores Big with BRD Wallet Partnership

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As the crypto markets move closer to mass adoption, one of the keys for future success will revolve around attracting as many market participants as possible.  While many crypto users are extremely tech oriented, a lot of those on the sidelines are not.  The cause of waiting on the sidelines could be due to a variety of reasons such as fear of the unknown, lack of knowledge, age, or a combination of all of the above.  In order to entice new users to join the crypto revolution, crypto ATMs are rising up across the country.  Of those, the largest and most influential crypto ATM company by a significant margin is CoinFlip.

In early October, CoinFlip announced on its Twitter that it had officially partnered with BRD Wallet to re-introduce their crypto ATM map.  Now, BRD wallet users will be able to locate their nearest CoinFlip ATM and receive a 10% discount for both buys and sells.  BRD brand awareness is growing quickly within the crypto community thanks to its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.  The team strongly believes in the value of financial freedom and independence, and want to empower people across the world by leveraging the possibilities that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies provide.

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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

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In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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