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Amid IRS bounty and competitor progress, Monero developers ship a major update

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First announced in September, Monero developers today went live with a network update featuring a new version of its node software, codenamed ‘Oxygen Orion.’ The product of 30 contributors, the update promises significant improvement across nearly all aspects of the privacy-focused cryptocurrency’s performance. 

The highlight of the new update is the compact linkable spontaneous anonymous group (CLSAG) feature. According to the Monero blog, CLSAG will reduce transaction sizes by 25% and improve transaction times by 10% while maintaining transactional privacy.

The developers wrote: 

“CLSAG enables smaller and faster transactions with rigorous security.” 

In addition to CLSAG, the new update brings security improvements to the network especially with regard to Dandelion ++, which is responsible for hiding user IP addresses.

Technically speaking, Monero updates are hard forks so it is imperative that network participants make sure that their software is up to date. Users who store their XMR in a hardware wallet will need to stay updated with the latest firmware, the blog noted. 

This latest update comes amidst an uncertain outlook for the cryptocurrency due to pressures on multiple fronts. 

In September the U.S Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offer a bounty of up to $ 625,000 to anyone who can crack Monero’s privacy. Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security claimed to have acquired software that can track Monero transactions, though some researchers question the veracity of those claims

Meanwhile, rival privacy cryptocurrency Zcash is heading into a halving event sometime this November, which some analysts believe will lead to bullish price action for the competing asset. 

In spite of these headwinds, positive social media sentiment for XMR is up roughly 4% in the past week, according to analytics provided by TheTIE. 

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/amid-irs-bounty-and-competitor-progress-monero-developers-ship-a-major-update

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Price analysis 10/28: BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, LINK, BNB, DOT, LTC, BSV, ADA

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The equity markets across Europe closed deeply in the red and the U.S. markets are also witnessing intense selling pressure as investors fear a rise in COVID-19 cases could stall the fragile economic recovery. This increasingly negative sentiment has also dragged gold and Bitcoin (BTC) prices lower, while the U.S. dollar currency index has risen.

In 2020, Bitcoin has largely acted as an uncorrelated asset, barring short periods of time when it has followed the S&P 500 or gold. Therefore, investors should take a longer-term view rather than panicking due to short-term volatility.

Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360

A survey by Grayscale has shown that the number of investors who are familiar with Bitcoin has risen from 53% in 2019 to 62% this year. The poll also showed that about 55% of the respondents were interested in Bitcoin investment products this year, compared to 36% in 2019.

With greater participation from both retail and institutional investors, the crypto markets may become less prone to manipulation and that could in turn attract more investments.

When an asset enters a correction, knowing the strong support levels can help traders to make a more informed decision. Therefore, let’s study the charts of the top-10 cryptocurrencies in order to spot the critical levels that may attract buyers.

BTC/USD

Bitcoin (BTC) has turned down sharply from just under the critical overhead resistance of $13,973.50, which suggests profit-booking by short-term traders and likely initiation of short positions by the aggressive bears.

BTC/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

If the price closes below $13,041.5, the BTC/USD pair would form a bearish engulfing candlestick pattern, which is a warning sign that the trend may be reversing. The first stop on the downside is the 20-day exponential moving average ($12,289).

A break below this support will suggest that the bullish momentum has weakened and that could intensify selling, dragging the price to the 50-day simple moving average ($11,238)

However, as the moving averages are sloping up and the relative strength index has corrected its overbought levels, the bulls are likely to buy the dips to the 20-day EMA.

A strong bounce off this support will suggest that the sentiment is bullish as traders are buying on dips.

ETH/USD

The rebound off the 20-day EMA ($385) on Oct. 26 could not sustain the higher levels on Oct. 27 as the bears sold on recovery. This has dragged Ether (ETH) below the 20-day EMA today.

ETH/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

If the bears sustain the price below the 20-day EMA, a drop to the uptrend line is likely. A break below this support could drag the ETH/USD pair to the next support at $333 and then to $308.096.

However, if the price recovers from the current levels and rises above the $400–$420 resistance zone, it will signal an advantage to the bulls. Above $420, the pair could start its journey to $450 and then to $488.134.

XRP/USD

XRP continues to trade inside a range as the flat moving averages and the RSI just below the midpoint suggest a balance between supply and demand. If the bears can sink and sustain the price below the 50-day SMA ($0.245), the altcoin could drop to $0.2295.

XRP/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

XRP/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

A break below the $0.2295–$0.2197 support zone could tilt the advantage in favor of the bears. However, if the price rebounds off the support zone, the XRP/USD pair could extend its stay inside the range for a few more days.

Contrary to this assumption, if the pair rebounds off the 50-day SMA and rises above the $0.26 resistance, it will indicate that bulls are in command. Above $0.26, the pair could start an up-move that may reach $0.30.

BCH/USD

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) bounced off the 20-day EMA ($256) on Oct. 26 and the bulls are currently trying to propel the price above the overhead resistance at $280. If they can pull it off, the altcoin could rise to $300 and then to $326.30.

BCH/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

The upsloping moving averages and the RSI above 62 suggests that the bulls are in control. However, the RSI has formed a negative divergence and a possible symmetrical triangle.

If the RSI breaks above the triangle, it will increase the possibility of an up-move in the BCH/USD pair. Conversely, if the RSI breaks below the triangle, it will suggest the start of a pullback.

The failure to drive the price above $280 could attract profit-booking by short-term traders. A break below the 20-day EMA ($256) will signal that the momentum has weakened.

LINK/USD

The rebound off the $11.199 support on Oct. 26 was short-lived as the bulls could not sustain the higher levels on Oct. 27. The bears have jumped on this opportunity and are currently attempting to sink Chainlink (LINK) back below $11.199.

LINK/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

If they succeed, the LINK/USD pair could drop to the trendline. A break below the trendline could signal an advantage to the bears that may result in a fall to $8.38.

On the contrary, if the pair rebounds off the current levels, the bulls will once again try to push the price above $13.28 and extend the recovery to $18.

The indicators are not giving any clear signals as both moving averages have flattened out and the RSI has dropped close to the halfway mark, suggesting a balance between supply and demand.

BNB/USD

The bulls pushed Binance Coin (BNB) above the $32 resistance on Oct. 27 but could not sustain the higher levels. This shows that the bears are defending the zone between $32–$33.3888.

BNB/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

The failure to sustain above $32 could have attracted profit booking from the short-term traders. If the bears sink the price below the 20-day EMA ($29.94), the BNB/USD pair may drop to the 50-day SMA ($28.24).

However, the trend remains up as both moving averages are sloping up and the RSI is in the positive territory. Therefore, the bulls may attempt to buy on dips to the moving averages. The uptrend will resume on a close above $33.3888.

On the other hand, if the bears sink the price below the 50-day SMA, it may increase the possibility of a deeper correction to $26 and then 22.

DOT/USD

The bulls pushed Polkadot (DOT) above the $4.6112 resistance on Oct. 26 but the sellers were in no mood to relent and they aggressively defended the overhead resistance at $5 on Oct. 27.

DOT/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

The failure to sustain above $4.6112 has again dragged the price down to the neckline of the inverse head and shoulders pattern.

If the DOT/USD pair rebounds off this support, the bulls will again try to propel the price above $5 and reach the overhead resistance at $5.5899.

Contrary to this assumption, if the bears sink the price below the neckline, the pair may again drop to $3.5321. A bounce off this support could keep the pair range-bound for a few days.

LTC/USD

Litecoin (LTC) bounced off the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level of $54.9361 on Oct. 26, which showed that the bulls were not willing to wait for lower levels to buy as they expected the uptrend to resume.

LTC/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

Although the bulls had pushed the LTC/USD pair above $60 today, they could not sustain the higher levels. This attracted aggressive selling from short-term traders and the price again dropped to the 38.2% retracement level.

If the bears can sink the pair below $54.9361, the correction may extend to $53.2915 and then to $51.

However, if the pair again rebounds off $54.9361, a few days of range-bound action is possible. The pair is likely to pick up momentum after the price sustains above $60.

BSV/USD

The bulls purchased the dip to the breakout level of the symmetrical triangle on Oct. 26 but they could not push Bitcoin SV (BSV) above the $180–$185.14 overhead resistance zone on Oct. 27 and start a new uptrend.

BSV/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

The failure to rise above the overhead resistance could have attracted selling by the short-term bulls and the aggressive bears. As a result, the BSV/USD pair has again dropped down to the 20-day EMA ($168).

If the pair rebounds off the 20-day EMA, the bulls will again attempt to propel the price above the overhead resistance zone.

Conversely, if the bears sink the price below the moving averages, the pair could may to the uptrend line of the triangle and then to $146.20.

ADA/USD

The long tail on the Oct. 26 candlestick shows that the bulls purchased the dip to the 50-day SMA ($0.098). However, the buyers could not build upon this strength and sustain Cardano (ADA) above the 20-day EMA ($0.103) on Oct. 27.

ADA/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

This shows that demand dries up at higher levels. The bears pounced on this sign of weakness and resumed their selling today and have managed to sink the ADA/USD pair below the 50-day SMA.

If the price sustains below this level, the next support is at $0.090 and if this support also gives way, the decline could extend to the critical support at $0.0755701.

With the latest fall, the 20-day EMA has started to turn down and the RSI has dipped into the negative zone, indicating an advantage to the bears.

This bearish view will be invalidated if the pair turns around from the current levels or the immediate support and rises above $0.104044.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk. You should conduct your own research when making a decision.

Market data is provided by HitBTC exchange.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/price-analysis-10-28-btc-eth-xrp-bch-link-bnb-dot-ltc-bsv-ada

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MakerDAO issues warning after a flash loan is used to pass a governance vote

MakerDAO has issued a warning after a flash loan was used to pass a governance vote on its stablecoin platform.

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TomoChain Builds on Blockchain Commerce Following Lition Acquisition

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Tomochain, the Singapore-based smart contract platform, has taken another stride towards its aim of hosting government and enterprise applications with its acquisition of Lition, a German company that provides public and private blockchain services.

Launched on Ethereum in October 2020, Lition represents a bridge between public and private blockchain use-cases with its ability to delete privately hosted data in accordance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) guidelines.

This aligns with TomoChain’s goal to entice governments and enterprises to utilize its platform – a goal that has historically been fraught with concerns over regulatory compliance.

TomoChain Eyes European Market

TomoChain is expected to leverage Lition’s experience in navigating Europe’s regulation-heavy blockchain landscape. Lition has already created a multi-million dollar peer-to-peer marketplace that connects renewable energy providers with consumers. Lition also recently piloted a $20 million loan between two of Germany’s VR Bank cooperatives and a national real-estate developer.

Combined with Lition’s recent efforts in creating Proof-of-Existence service, which verifies legal documents on the blockchain for EU clients, TomoChain will seek to take advantage of Lition’s breakaway success and use it to help create large-scale solutions for healthcare and automotive industries.

“Lition’s assimilation into our Enterprise division strengthens TomoChain’s consultation services and product development for large-scale enterprises, as well as for government,” said Long Vuong, Founder and CEO of TomoChain, adding, “We intend to optimize Lition’s core technology as a base to further extend digital money and other financial products.”

The acquisition was celebrated by Lition founder and CEO Richard Lohwasser, who said:

“This is a great day and a defining moment for Lition, adding, “We join a company in TomoChain with tremendous scale and resources, and a culture completely aligned with ours.”

The two sides will be holding a joint-AMA on October 30th where they’ll likely reveal more details about the acquisition and how the new structure will be implemented.

EU Embraces Digital Innovation

The EU recently accepted proposals for the creation of a pan-European regulatory sandbox for regulations pertaining to crypto-assets and distributed ledger technology. Although still in the pilot stage, the EU said it is open to ideas from companies and regulators and will facilitate the testing of innovative solutions hosted on the blockchain.

The European Commission has declared its ambition to move away from cash purchases in the EU region – a method of payment that still makes up 78% of transactions. Recent documents published in the EU policy publication Euroactiv revealed the EU would launch a comprehensive set of crypto regulations by no later than 2024.

While the acquisition of Lition will help TomoChain gain a stronger foothold in EU markets, the newfound relationship will also help Lition expand into TomoChain’s native markets in Asia. Lition CEO Richard Lohwasser said the acquisition would help accelerate the growth of the company on a global scale.

“The acquisition provides Lition with the opportunity for greater reach throughout Asia, enhanced operational efficiency and innovations that will benefit everyone. We are excited to leverage our combined resources to accelerate the next stage of Lition’s growth into a global player,” said Lohwasser.

Lition is expected to become a key division in TomoChain’s blockchain ecosystem. Built on the Ethereum network, it will continue to work on creating scalable sidechains for use in commercial use cases. Meanwhile, TomoChain will use Lition’s private/public distributed ledger technology to target large-scale financial institutions.

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Source: https://cryptopotato.com/tomochain-builds-on-blockchain-commerce-following-lition-acquisition/

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