Vertical and Horizontal Blockchain Scaling, Explained

Let’s take a closer look at the core concepts underlying vertical and horizontal scaling. What are some of the key points to remember about scalability? It is all about centralization vs. decentralization. For blockchain platforms, the scalability of a given chain often boils down to the level of decentralization possessed by the network. Highly decentralized ecosystems (such as Bitcoin) are quite slow, whereas networks that are more centralized (like EOS, with its 21 Block Producers) are much faster. Therefore, having fewer nodes producing blocks generally makes things faster. However, centralization…

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Ethereum Name Service Adds Multicoin Support

Distributed naming system Ethereum Name Service announces the launch of multicoin support as 15 crypto wallets already plan to utilize the new feature. Distributed naming system Ethereum Name Service (ENS) has announced the launch of multicoin support as 15 cryptocurrency wallets already plan to utilize the new feature. According to an official Medium post published on Oct. 17, this will allow crypto enthusiasts to use one ENS name for all of their crypto wallets. Ongoing implementation It is noted that ENS’s user interface currently only supports Ether (ETH), Bitcoin (BTC),…

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California Man Sues AT&T Over Loss of $1.8M and Crypto Accounts

California resident files a lawsuit against AT&T alleging that its employees helped to perpetrate a SIM-swap resulting in the theft of over $1.8 million, including crypto. California resident Seth Shapiro has filed a lawsuit against wireless service giant AT&T alleging that its employees helped to perpetrate a SIM-swap which resulted in the theft of over $1.8 million in total, including cryptocurrencies. The complaint filed on Oct. 17 claims that Shapiro is “a two-time Emmy Award-winning media and technology expert, author, and adjunct professor at the University of Southern California School…

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Bear Cross on Key Indicator Could Push Bitcoin Price to $7,300

Bitcoin remains pinned below $8K as the 128 and 111-day moving average are on the verge of a bearish cross which could drop the price below $7,700. At the moment, not too much is happening with Bitcoin’s (BTC) price action. The price continues to drop and a series of lower highs occur even as bullish news hits the press week after week. The news of Bakkt Bitcoin futures trading volume increasing by 796% failed to positively impact Bitcoin price and Fidelity Investments’ announcement that it has launched crypto custodial services…

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Former IBM, Google Russia Exec Joins Blockchain Firm Credits as CBO

Former IBM and Google Russia executive Jennifer Trelewicz joins blockchain platform Credits as its new chief business officer. Former Google Russia chief technology officer Jennifer Trelewicz has joined blockchain platform Credits (CS) as its new chief business officer (CBO). According to an official announcement published on Oct. 11, Trelewicz’s first experience working with blockchain was during her time as the CEO of Russian technology startup S7 TechLab.  In the past, she also worked as the director of IBM’s systems and technology laboratory and the director of risks and market data…

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Crypto News From the German-Speaking World: Oct. 13–19 in Review

Cointelegraph presents a weekly digest of news from the German-speaking world, with help from Cointelegraph auf Deutsch. The German-speaking world has seen another week of events in the crypto industry, with a new survey revealing that 27% of Germans are interested in using Facebook’s planned Libra stablecoin, which has been discussed all over the world since its announcement in June 2019. Despite existing criticism of Libra, global regulators do not plan to ban either Facebook’s crypto initiative or other stablecoin projects, the European Central Bank (ECB) director claimed earlier this…

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Telegram Writes Investors to Counter FUD Before Feb. SEC Hearings

Telegram writes investors regarding delayed judgment, anticipating resolution that Grams are not securities February hearings. In a letter to investors, Telegram encouraged investors to view the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) hearing recently rescheduled for February as “a positive step.” Cause for optimism The letter, sent on Oct. 19, briefly reassures investors that the recent rescheduling of hearings until Feb. 18-19 is good news while maintaining that the company will not be distributing Gram tokens until that time. In their own words:  “Telegram views this development as a…

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HTC Launches Exodus 1S, First Phone That Can Run a Full BTC Node

The HTC’s new Exodus 1s smartphone launches in Europe, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE and can run a full mobile BTC node. Taiwanese electronics giant HTC has launched its new smartphone Exodus 1s, enabling users to run a full Bitcoin (BTC) node on mobile. First smartphone to support full Bitcoin node In line with an announcement in May 2019, HTC launched the Exodus 1s at the Lightning Conference in Berlin on Oct. 19 and started selling the first devices during the even using the Lightning payment network, the firm…

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Bittrex International Halts Service in Venezuela and 30 More Countries

Bittrex International’s trading platform to shut down in Venezuela and 30 other countries on Oct. 29, Cointelegraph en Español reports. Bittrex International, Malta-based international unit of United States’ crypto exchange Bittrex, will cease operations in Venezuela and 30 other countries. No clear reason for the action In an email to Venezuelan customers, Bittrex International announced that the exchange will halt account and trading access to users on Oct. 29, asking them to withdraw their funds with the exchange before that date, Cointelegraph en Español reports on Oct. 19. According to…

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How Can EEA’s Reward Token System Help Banks Motivate Their Employees?

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance’s reputation system: Why do banks want to reward employees with tokens? Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) created a token system to encourage the active contribution of member organizations and their employees to the consortium, as reported by Cointelegraph on Oct. 8. The tokens are powered by the EEA’s Off-chain Trusted Compute Specification and is said to be trustworthy enough for use both within and between different companies. The system was first demonstrated at the Devcon5 conference at the start of October in Osaka as part of an experiment…

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