The privacy altcoin named Grin has just executed its first backward-incompatible upgrade – known as a hard fork. The Grin cryptocurrency upgrade was planned for today and just concluded – introducing key changes to the nearly $60 million worth network that will optimize for maximum miner decentralization and usability.
For all of you who haven’t followed our coming altcoin news, Grin launched in January 2019. However, as a Grin developer named John Tromp said, the hard fork was planned before.
“It was planned since way before Grin launched. We would do four hard forks in the first two years, at regular six-month intervals, to introduce new features.”
The developer at Grin cryptocurrency was featured in the latest cryptocurrency news for stating that the upgrade did not result in a network split. Rather than that, the Grin network simply halted “in its tracks” which forced users to update their software. The upgrade was completed at 9:45 UTC.
“In a classical fork, the chain can split into two mutually incompatible continuations. … In Grin, there is no way to continue growing the ‘old’ chain since the old code refuses to accept any blocks past the [hard fork] height,” he explained.
One of the most integral changes for the Grin cryptocurrency and the Grin network in general today has been a tweak to one of two mining algorithms. As we previously reported in our altcoin news, Grin supports a mining algorithm which is friendly towards both general-purpose computing devices (GPUs) and specialized hardware called ASICs.
Another developer at the Grin cryptocurrency and a software engineer at the blockchain startup BlockCypher named Quentin Le Sceller, recently said:
“It’s not really forking ASICs from the network but ensuring that no one is building ASICs for the [GPU-friendly mining algorithm.]”
Therefore, the Wednesday update ensures that the playing field remains free of ASICs for the short-term future of the Grin protocol, preventing a monopoly on the Grin mining industry.
Many best cryptocurrency news sites report that additional tweaks to the newly implemented mining algorithm will be activated by the Grin cryptocurrency developers in the coming months. Tromp also affirmed that for the second Grin fork, developers will add payment channels to the network.
“[Payment channels are] a way for two parties to perform many off-chain transactions between them,” Tromp concluded. “[It requires] one on-chain transaction at the outset and one settlement at the end.”
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“I don’t see demand for this asset going down. But I do know that supply is gonna get cut in half, some time May 2019. And I think another thing I know about Bitcoin is that higher price is the best marketing tool we have,” the head of the Kraken OTC desk said.What's interesting is that in April this year, the altcoin news featured a lawsuit by a former Kraken employee named Jonathan Silverman, who sued the platform for more than $900,000. According to the ex-Kraken employee's claims, he was not compensated in accordance with an oral agreement with the founder (Jesse Powell) for managing Kraken's trading desk. Silverman also said that Kraken was lying about not operating in New York. As his lawsuit stated:
“Misrepresenting to the public and government regulators that it was not operating in New York; when in reality, Kraken’s OTC practice, and OTC trading (including logging into the Kraken exchange and negotiating wire transfers) occurred almost exclusively in New York.”A spokesperson for Kraken named Christina Vee later retorted and said that Silverman was "both lying and in breach of his confidentiality agreement." Besides this lawsuit and the new announcement by the Kraken OTC desk, the latest cryptocurrency news showed that Kraken has recently seen some troubles with its website as well as its application programming interface (API). On August 13, Kraken announced that it was receiving reports of connection issues for its API as well as its website performance.
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“WhatsApp is in conversations with financial partners in Indonesia about payments, however the discussions are in early stages and we do not have anything further to share at this stage.”The sources, however, say that Facebook has a deal with three payment firms which is going to be finalized imminently. The launch of these services, as many best cryptocurrency news sites reported, is not expected until 2020. This is why WhatsApp is looking to launch in India at the same time or sooner. According to the report, Facebook is still waiting on regulatory approval from India before the Facebook owned WhatsApp payments can be finalized and announced via the messaging app. On the other hand, we have Libra in WeChat - which is also part of Facebook's plan. As reports show, the giant wants to integrate its crypto wallet service, Calibra, into WhatsApp and all of its platforms.
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“Pete has a deep understanding of capital markets and an exceptional breadth of experience in financial services. This makes him a perfect partner for institutional investors who are entering the cryptocurrency market. We’re building the financial infrastructure of the future and Pete’s experience in both traditional financial markets and cryptocurrency will be critical.”The crypto custodian BitGo is one of the more stable companies out there - and Najarian's knowledge and skill set will definitely help the company. According to his LinkedIn profile, we can see that Pete Najarian has previously served as the global head of emerging markets sales at the Royal Bank of Scotland and has also been head of institutional client coverage - APAC at the financial services firm UBS (as well as other positions). Before this, the latest cryptocurrency news also showed that the crypto custodian BitGo has been expanding its presence to Japan this month - and is planning to substantially grow its Japan-based team. The expansion follows hiring a sales director for the Tokyo office of the firm. In May this year, the crypto custodian BitGo appointed a veteran Wall Street trader named Nick Carmi as its head of financial services - a hire which ostensibly intends to forge stronger connections between digital assets as well as the traditional financial sphere. Meanwhile, the latest Bitcoin and coming altcoin news show that there is a mix of greens and reds in the market, with the reds being more dominant as the crypto market suffered from another dump this Tuesday.
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