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MultiChain 2.0 beta released

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Empowering a broad new range of blockchain applications

Today we’re delighted to release the first beta version of MultiChain 2.0, the next generation of the MultiChain blockchain platform, after 16 months in development. MultiChain 2.0 (download) includes three major new areas of functionality to help developers rapidly build powerful blockchain applications:

  • Smart Filters. These allow custom rules to be coded for validating transactions or data. Smart Filters are written in JavaScript and run within a deterministic version of the high-performance V8 engine that powers Google Chrome. Click for more on Smart Filters or a comparison with Fabric, Ethereum and Corda.
  • Off-chain data. Any item published in a MultiChain stream can optionally be stored off-chain, in order to save bandwidth and storage space. Off-chain data (up to 1 GB per item) is automatically hashed into the blockchain, with the data itself delivered rapidly over the peer-to-peer network. Click for more about off-chain data.
  • Richer data streams. JSON and Unicode text are now supported natively and stored efficiently on- or off-chain. Multiple JSON items can be merged together, allowing a stream to serve as a database with a full audit history. Stream items can have multiple keys, and be queried by multiple keys and/or publishers together. Finally, to increase data throughput, a single transaction can publish multiple items to one or more streams.

In addition, MultiChain 2.0 provides several other smaller new features:

  • Blockchain upgrading. Many blockchain parameters can be changed over time, subject to administrator consensus. These include the block time interval, maximum block size, and many transaction size limits.
  • Per-asset permissions. Assets can optionally be issued with their own send and receive permissions, which can be controlled for each address by that asset’s issuer and/or its assigned administrators.
  • Binary cache. Large pieces of binary data (up to 1 GB) can be added to MultiChain over multiple API calls, or uploaded directly via the file system.
  • Inline metadata. Transaction outputs containing assets and/or native currency can now contain metadata in JSON, text or binary format. Smart Filters can easily read and respond to this metadata.
  • Custom permissions. Six new permissions (three “high” and three “low”) can be assigned to addresses by two levels of administrator. These are useful for defining roles enforced by Smart Filters.

We’re also delighted to welcome over 40 new companies to the MultiChain partner program, bringing the total number to 86. New members include SAP who have built a deep integration with MultiChain in the SAP Cloud Platform.

MultiChain 2.0 beta 1 can be downloaded here. It is backwards compatible with version 1.0 with a few exceptions – see the API compatibility note. MultiChain 1.0 nodes and networks can be upgraded to version 2.0 in the usual way (be sure to back up first). We’ll also continue to maintain and fix any bugs in MultiChain 1.0 through 2019 at least.

Below is the full official press release about the 2.0 beta release.


MultiChain Releases Beta Version 2.0 with Over Forty New Partners

December 19, 2018 – Coin Sciences Ltd is delighted to announce the first beta release of MultiChain 2.0, along with the addition of 43 new members of the MultiChain Partner Program, bringing the total number to 86.

MultiChain 2.0 beta 1 has been released after sixteen months of intensive development including seven alpha versions, and is available for Linux and Windows at: https://www.multichain.com/download-install/. Enhancements over MultiChain 1.0 include richer data publishing with support for JSON and Unicode text, blockchain parameter upgrading, seamless integration of off-chain data storage and delivery, and Smart Filters, MultiChain’s approach to the smart contract paradigm.

MultiChain Smart Filters allow application developers to embed custom rules for transaction and data validation within the blockchain, using the popular JavaScript programming language. Filters are run within a deterministic version of V8, the highly optimized runtime engine used by Google Chrome and Node.js. For more information on MultiChain Smart Filters and how they compare to smart contracts in Hyperledger Fabric, Ethereum and R3 Corda, see: https://www.multichain.com/blog/2018/12/smart-contract-showdown/

The new members of the MultiChain Partner Program include SAP, who have integrated MultiChain into the SAP Cloud Platform and are deploying it for client projects. HCL Technologies, the multinational consulting company, also recently joined, along with 41 other blockchain and software companies. Members of the partner program have access to the MultiChain engineering team, can use MultiChain branding in their marketing materials, and are promoted on the MultiChain website. A full list of MultiChain’s partners can be found at: https://www.multichain.com/platform-partners/

“At SAP we are extending business solutions with MultiChain blockchain functionality via our SAP Cloud Platform offering.” said Torsten Zube, SAP’s Head of Blockchain. Furthermore, “We strategically decided that MultiChain should be part of our offering due to its proven, easy and mature distributed ledger technology addressing enterprise needs. The upcoming MultiChain 2.0 release will provide more functionality such as Smart Filters and off-chain data that we see as particularly relevant for enterprise scenarios going forward.”

“Version 2.0 represents a huge upgrade for MultiChain, integrating several major features commonly requested by our developer community,” said Dr Gideon Greenspan, CEO and Founder of Coin Sciences Ltd. “With version 1.0 in stable production since August 2017, our goal with MultiChain 2.0 remains the same: to provide a powerful, stable and easy-to-use platform for blockchain application developers. We look forward to continued cooperation with our partners to bring MultiChain-driven applications to enterprises, governments and beyond.”

 

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Source: https://www.multichain.com/blog/2018/12/multichain-2-0-beta-released/

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Bullish: Huge H&S Pattern Developing in Bitcoin With $20K Target At ATH

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After quite a volatile rally to $13,000, bitcoin price action has tempered down a bit. But, the case for future gains remains strong, according to a technical setup that popular Youtube and Twitter-based BTC analyst Carl Martin shared today. This will surely get the hopium levels of bulls soaring. According to him, the top cryptocurrency will soon hit the previous all-time high of $20,000. But there’s a catch.

Bitcoin’s Road To $20,000 In 2020 Has An Inverse Head And Shoulders

According to an inverse head and shoulders (IH&S) setup shared by Carl, who, by the way, goes by the name of ‘TheMoon,’ bitcoin price has already cleared the first two stages of the IH&S pattern. Based on this, Carl remarked that the price target of $20,000 is closer than it appears.

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BTC/USD, chart by TradingView, Source: TheMoon

Generally speaking, market participants consider IH&S as one of the bullish indicators apart from the golden cross and some wedge formations. Explosive price runs follow the successful completion of an IH&S pattern. Sometimes the upside targets look similar to the height of the middle trough.

How Does This Setup Play Out?

According to the analyst, the bitcoin price chart printed the first IH&S trough towards the beginning of this year, when BTC rallied in response to ongoing geopolitical conditions. The next formation was after the Black Thursday crash in March. This is when the bitcoin price fell all the way down to $3,858. And then, after a brief bout of sideways trading, began rallying towards April end-May beginning.

BTC formed the third IH&S trough after picking up post the September crash (after a flat trade phase, of course). This is the current rally in which bitcoin surpassed this year’s high and tapped $13,200. Carl said that the next stop is $19,700, but for that, BTC has to post a weekly close above the delineated ‘neckline.’ But will it happen?

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JP Morgan Makes The Case For A Hyper-Bullish BTC

Macro investor Dan Tapiero just shared a snapshot of the ‘Flows and Liquidity Report’ published by JP Morgan analyst Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou. The report, as per him, draws an extremely bullish outlook for bitcoin. And how? Here’s an excerpt:

…the total market capitalization for bitcoin is $240bn. At first glance, this makes it comparable to the total size ofgold ETFs at $210bn. But gold ETFs is not the main way wealth is stored in gold. Wealth is mostly stored via gold bars and coins the stock of which, excluding those held by central banks, amounts to 42600 tonnes or $2.6tr including gold ETFs. Mechanically, the market cap of bitcoin would have to rise 10 times from here to match the total private sector investment to gold via ETFs or bars or coins. even a modest crowding out of gold as an “alternative” currency over the longer term would imply doubling or tripling of the bitcoin price from here. In other words, the potential upside for bitcoin is considerable as it competes more intensely with gold as an “alternative” currency we believe, given that Millenials would become over time a more important component of investors’ unviverse.

Will we see bitcoin posting a weekly close above that neckline, which Carl mentioned? Let’s see.

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Source: https://cryptopotato.com/bullish-huge-hs-pattern-developing-in-bitcoin-with-20k-target-at-ath/

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Stagnant Crypto Weekend: Bitcoin Temporarily Stopped at $13,000

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Following the past couple of days of significant price developments within the cryptocurrency space, most assets have calmed. Bitcoin remains just shy $13,000, while some of the altcoins have even retraced slightly.

Bitcoin Struggles at $13,000

The past seven days were nothing short of impressive for Bitcoin. After a brief dip to $11,400 last week, the cryptocurrency went on a roll. Promising news from PayPal only accelerated BTC’s bullish run, resulting in a fresh 2020 high painted a few days ago at $13,200.

Since then, Bitcoin has maintained a relatively robust position around the $13,000 mark. In the past 24 hours, the primary cryptocurrency has hovered around that particular level as well.

The only exception came a few hours ago when it tanked to $12,730 (on Bitstamp). However, the bulls quickly took charge and drove it back to the familiar ground.

From a technical standpoint, the new 2020 high of $13,200 is the first significant resistance in BTC’s way up. Should the asset break above it, the next ones are $13,400, $13,500, and $13,600.

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Alternatively, Bitcoin could find support at $12,550, $12,400, $12,125, and $12,000 in case the recent trend reverses and BTC heads south.

BTCUSD. Source: TradingView
BTCUSD. Source: TradingView

Altcoins Display Red

The alternative coins joined Bitcoin’s party with a slight delay last week. Nevertheless, they marked some notable gains, which ultimately increased the total market cap by over $40 billion in seven days.

The situation has changed a bit in the past 24 hours. After jumping above $415 yesterday, Ethereum has lost some value and currently trades beneath that level. Ripple (-1.6%), Bitcoin Cash (-0.8%), Binance Coin (-0.9%), and Cardano (-1.6%) have also dipped slightly on a 24-hour scale.

Polkadot has increased by about 2%, while Chainlink has gained another 3%. LINK’s impressive performance as of late has driven the asset above $12.

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Cryptocurrency Market Heatmap. Source: Quantify Crypto

The most impressive gainer since yesterday is ABBC Coin. ABBC has pumped by 21% to $0.57. Ocean Protocol (14.5%), Elrond (14%), and Yearn. Finance (11%) follow suit.

Reserve Rights (-6.5%), Energy Web Token (-6%), HedgeTrade (-6%), and OKB (-5%) have lost the most value in the past day.

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Cryptocurrency charts by TradingView.


Source: https://cryptopotato.com/stagnant-crypto-weekend-bitcoin-temporarily-stopped-at-13000/

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The Digital Age Is Here: Crypto And Fintech Companies Soar, While Bank Stocks Tank

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2020 has been so far a challenging year. Issues such as the Australian wildfires and the global COVID-19 pandemic have harmed the planet and its inhabitants. The financial world has also suffered, especially during the first several months.

The effects are evident within different sectors of the financial industry. While some have felt adverse consequences during these uncertain times, others have thrived and reached for the stars.

BNN Bloomberg’s senior anchor, Jon Erlichman, recently published some stocks’ price performances for banks and fintech companies and the two largest cryptocurrencies – Ethereum and Bitcoin.

CryptoPotato exemplified it with the graph below. It concludes that innovative fintech companies such as Square and PayPal have massively outperformed the old dogs – the banking sector. Bitcoin has also experienced a notable YTD price surge, while Ethereum has trumped them all with a substantial triple-digit surge.

YTD Price Performance Of Crypto, Fintech Companies, And Bank Stocks. Source: CryptoPotato
YTD Price Performance Of Crypto, Fintech Companies, And Bank Stocks. Source: CryptoPotato

YTD: Bank Stocks Haven’t Enjoyed 2020

The stocks of some of the world’s largest banks were on a roll since the previous financial crisis over a decade ago. Bank of America shares had increased approximately ten-fold since 2009 to their highs in February 2020 of about $35.

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In the same period, Citigroup stocks went from $15 to $80, JP Morgan Chase & Co (JPM) from $20 to $140, and Wells Fargo (WFC) surged from $11 to above $50.

However, the COVID-19-prompted crisis took the world by storm this year. March alone saw price slumps not seen in decades. Most of the aforementioned bank stocks lost about 50% of its value in merely days.

Although their shares have picked up from the March bottoms, the graph above demonstrates that their year-to-date performance is still in the red. JPM is down by 30%, Bank of America by 33%, Citigroup by 46%, and Wells Fargo has it the worst – 58% YTD dump.

Other financial service corporations, such as Western Union (-17%) and American Express (-19%), have also lost significant chunks of value since the start of the year.

It’s worth noting that one of the most old-school investors and biggest supporters of the banking sector, Warren Buffet, sold the majority of his bank stocks this year.

Financial Companies In The Green

Although the crisis reached all companies on the graph above, some have not only recovered but actually increased in the following months. MasterCard stocks plummeted from $345 to $203, while Visa’s nosedive started from $213 and ended at $135. Nevertheless, both companies’ shares are slightly in the green on a year-to-date basis.

Two other financial service companies, but primarily focusing on online endeavors, have marked substantially more impressive YTD results.

PayPal’s stocks (PYPL) started 2020 at $110 and have increased by 94% since then, despite the mid-March slump to $85. Jack Dorsey’s Square’s yearly gains have even seen triple-digit percentages. The 55% dump in March was only a brief obstacle in SQ’s way towards a 178% surge since January 2020.

Interestingly, both firms have embarked on cryptocurrency-related activities in recent months. Square purchased $50 million worth of Bitcoin, while PayPal announced that it will enable its US-based customers to buy, sell, and store several digital assets.

What About Bitcoin And Ethereum?

The cryptocurrency market was not exempt from the mid-March madness. Some alternative coins lost up to 80% of value in hours. The two most well-known representatives, namely Bitcoin and Ethereum, dipped to $3,700 and below $100, respectively.

Percentage-wise, those developments equaled about 50% of losses. However, the rest of the year has been significantly more positive for both. Bitcoin, regarded by some as a safe haven tool with similarities to gold, has overcome its massive slump.

Whether it’s the growing interest from institutional investors, the third halving, or giant companies buying BTC for its store of value characteristics, Bitcoin has surged by more than 80% YTD. Just a few days ago, the primary cryptocurrency charted a new yearly high of over $13,000.

Ethereum, on the other hand, has been widely utilized this year in the ongoing decentralized finance trend. Its blockchain operates as the underlying technology behind most DeFi projects.

This increased utilization led to some unfavorable consequences such as slow transactions and high fees and highlighted a few of the network’s weak points. Price-wise, though, none of that matter as ETH has been on a roll during most of the year, especially since the summer.

As a result, the second-largest cryptocurrency has become the best-performing asset from the ones mentioned above, with an increase of over 200%.

What Could All Of This Mean?

The world is undoubtedly going through changes, primarily prompted by the COVID-19 reality. Social distancing and people working from home have driven society into becoming even more digitally-focused.

The financial world won’t be left behind. People seek more online ventures, and digitally transferred funds will eventually become the new normal.

As such, the decline of traditional financial institutions like banks, and the rise of innovative technologies, including cryptocurrencies, could be just the start of the mass transition to the online world.

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Source: https://cryptopotato.com/the-digital-age-is-here-crypto-and-fintech-companies-soar-while-bank-stocks-tank/

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