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DASH Launches its Most Significant Upgrade to Date. See What’s New

After several months of development, DASH announced the release of Dash Core v0.14, an update that promises to increase the security (51% attack resistance) and efficiency (instasend) of this blockchain, making it even more popular among crypto users.

Ryan Taylor, Dash Core CEO
Ryan Taylor, Dash Core CEO

This, in turn, is an advance over the long-term project known
as Dash Evolution, a platform that aims to make the blockchain a faster and
safer option than any fiat alternative currently available.

“The Dash Project has always been focused on making cryptocurrency accessible to everyone regardless of technical expertise. The Evolution platform is going to make that vision a reality, delivering decentralized, PayPal-like experience to users that is necessary for mass adoption and becoming relevant to people in their daily lives” said Dash Core Group CEO Ryan Taylor

What’s New?

Version 0.14 of Dash Core introduces 3 fundamental
improvements according to an article published by the Dash team in their
official blog:

  • Long-Living Masternode Quorums (“LLMQs”), which will increase scalability through improved consensus and expand the universe of potential use cases of the network;
  • LLMQ-Based ChainLocks, which leverage LLMQs to improve network security by mitigating 51% mining attacks; and
  • LLMQ-Based InstantSend, using LLMQs to not only improve network scalability but in combination with ChainLocks will allow for secure, real-time payments.

The previous updateintroduced other important changes such as automatic InstaSend, a deterministic masternode list, Special Transactions and improvements on private txs, options to speed the mining process and an additional denomination of 0.001 units.

Dash Achieves a Milestone in the Industry

The advances of Dash and the interaction of developers, masternode owners, and community, have allowed the blockchain to grow beyond the speculative aspect. Its presence in certain countries is very important (e.g. Venezuela, where it is one of the most widely adopted cryptos, easily surpassing others with larger marketcap) and it is widely accepted by merchants around the world.

Ryan Taylor is confident that he has achieved a milestone not only in the history of this project but in the history of all the tokens with PoW algorithms. From his point of view, now Dash is not only practically invulnerable to a hypothetical 51% attack but they can diversify their use cases:

“The release of Version 0.14.0 is a significant leap forward … In addition to bolstering our network security via ChainLocks -making our network the first Proof of Work blockchain to essentially eliminate the threat of a 51% attack- the official introduction of LLMQs opens up a whole new world of potential use ca

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Dash Text Integrates in Telegram, WhatsApp Bans Crypto, Waiting for ‘Facebook Coin’ to Arrive

The popular crypto payment service that uses Dash is now integrated in the Telegram app in Colombia and Venezuela, which greatly expands the Dash user-base

As reported by Dash News, Dash Text has been launched on the Telegram app after beta trials that had lasted a few months. The CTO of the service, Lorenzo, says that Telegram seems to be a perfect platform for this integration, since it allows people to use crypto on old or not very powerful smartphones without having to install any special software, like a crypto wallet.

Telegram is perfect for crypto

Telegram is so simple, says Lorenzo, that anyone can use Dash Text through it, even if they have no idea how crypto works. Thus Telegram makes it easy for introducing new users into Dash.

Later on, if they wish to do so, they proceed
to more complex crypto payment apps.

How Dash Text works in Telegram

When newbies start using Dash Text in this
messaging app for the first time, their Telegram account will be automatically
connected to their Dash Text SMS wallet. If they do not have one, it will be
set up for them automatically.

Dash Text has been growing in popularity, recently expanding to Colombia. Soon they also plan to launch in other Latin countries, such as Argentina, Chile, etc., and also Spain, the US to be mainly used for remittance payments.

WhatsApp rejects Dash integration

As Facebook-owned WhatsApp is very popular
among people in the aforementioned regions, Dash Text also wanted to get an
integration with this messaging app. However, WhatsApp has been rejecting the
use of any crypto on its platform.

Many believe this is due to Facebook’s plans to launch its own stablecoin soon and the first platform that will be used on is expected to be WhatsApp – for remittance in the Indian market to begin with.

As per Lorenzo, this did not come as a surprise to the Dash Text team. However, they did not expect this to happen so soon.

“Honestly it didn’t surprise me as much, as soon as I heard Facebook was developing their own cryptocurrency I imagined at some point they would try to stifle competition in their own apps, I just didn’t think this would happen for a couple of years, so we still thought it was worth opening that channel of accessibility. Telegram is a much more crypto friendly platform and it’s also a non-profit so I don’t see them doing something similar at all.”

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Dash Integrated by WisePass Sampling Network to Enhance Crypto Adoption

WisePass, a service that provides users with samples of goods or services at different venues in different parts of the globe, has integrated Dash, increasing its adoption

Despite the current bearish market, crypto adoption keeps expanding with various coins being integrated into people’s daily activities. The other day, Dash reported that it had made another step towards broadening its adoption area.

Dash spreads around the world

Dash Embassy Thailand has partnered with WisePass – a company that provides users with samples of goods and services at various venues within its network. Now, customers can pay a monthly fee in Dash and get access to more than 300 different venues in Bangkok, Ho Chi Ming, Hanoi and Manila (Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines).

At WisePass, they have decided to ensure some real crypto adoption in order to bridge the crypto industry and the real world economy. By integrating Dash, they are encouraging customers to spend their crypto as if it were a traditional means of payment and giving them this opportunity.

A “one-time PASS” costs users $35. For this payment, they can have a meal in a restaurant or a drink at Starbucks. This can buy them a movie ticket, a bottle of wine, a session in a fitness club, etc. WisePass plans to add more venues with more services in the near future.

Crypto provides value for merchants

An answer to the question that is becoming
more and more popular in the crypto industry these days – how to get crypto
widely spread among merchants – seems to be in providing value for merchants.

If merchants can see a great inflow of customers
after adding crypto as a payment option, this will convince them that digital currencies
are good for their business revenues and for the economy in general.

The collaboration of Dash with WisePass seems
to enable the crypto coin to be integrated this way, to create consumer
discounts and let them buy goods and pay for services on a daily basis.

Earlier, EthereumWorldNews wrote about another significant partnership Dash had struck in Thailand with AnyPay POS platform. AnyPay now provides its customers with an opportunity to spend Dash at a variety of merchants too.

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Europe’s Largest Crypto Exchange Bitcoin.de Lists DASH for P2P Trading

The major European crypto marketplace with over 770,000 clients adds
Dash for p2p crypto-to-crypto trading

Recently, Bitcoin.de has integrated Dash for direct trading between customers, when they use their private wallets for sending and receiving assets without a centralized authority.

Bitcoin, Euro, and now Dash

The only crypto asset Bitcoin.de manages is Bitcoin – the customers use BTC for buying other digital coins.

The platform offers the same service with Euro for fiat-to-crypto trades. Now Dash will be used in the same way.

At Bitcoin.de they believe that this model allows traders to conduct transactions much faster – they do not have to deposit fiat to their exchange wallets. This takes quite a long time – up to a few hours. Crypto deposits take much faster.

The commission fee Bitcoin.de takes from trades totals only 0.5 percent. By global market standards that is considered quite a low charge.

Dash use in Europe expands

The new use case of Dash offered by Bitcoin.de expands the coin’s adoption on the continent. All crypto exchanges offer to buy Bitcoin with fiat. However, there are few platforms that allow purchasing Dash with fiat currencies. Now it will be possible on Bitcoin.de, which has a large amount of users in Europe.

This makes more people in Europe get acquainted with Dash and its PrivateSend feature, alogn with other ones, which make the coin one privacy-oriented and popular with merchants.

P2P exchanges

P2P exchanges or dexes (decentralized exchanges), as they are also known to be called, allow users to keep control of their private keys and funds in their wallets. This method is opposed to how centralized platforms owrk, such as Binance or Bitfinex. The majority of people keep their digital assets on centralized exchanges, jeopardizing their funds.

There have been many cases when exchanges lost their users’ funds after facing malicious attacks. A good example this year has been the New Zealand’s Cryptopia exchange. It has been hacked several times in a row.

Another famous case is that of Canada-based QuadrigaCX. Its CEO suddenly died in December 2018 on his trip to India. All private keys to the users’ funds were held in his encrypted laptop, which made all the crypto locked with hardly a chance to be recovered.

Centralized exchanges planning to launch DEXes

Several large centralized platforms are now planning to launch their own dexes. Binance has been planning on that since the end of last year. In December 2018, it released a demo video of how their dex will work.

Recently, Binance CEO announced that the Binance DEX in Singapore will be launched later in April. It will be launched on a separate blockchain (mainnet), Binance Chain, developed specially for this purpose.

Also, on Tuesday, Coindesk reported that KuCoin
exchange is also considering a launch of a dex.

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Dash Thai Team Keeps Promoting Dash, Increasing Its Adoption

Dash Embassy Thailand comes second after the US on the number of Dash operations
conducted via the upgraded AnyPay service

Data from the AnyPay POS platform for online payments demonstrates that in March this year there has been a total of almost a hundred Dash payments in Thailand. That was 0.15 Dash per baht on average with around $10-15 in March overall.

Dash gets widely used in the region

Recently, the local Dash team has arranged for
several merchants to start accepting the coin. Therefore, now locals and
tourists can buy everyday goods and food with Dash.

Sascha Jochum, a member of Dash Embassy Thailand, believes these 100 transactions are an achievement – it means that Dash adoption is growing.

The payment transactions were made and verified through the Dash Wallet and different POS systems, including AnyPay. Sascha reckons that the actual number of verified transactions on non-Dash apps is much bigger, but they have not been calculated yet.

Crypto-friendly environment

Thailand has been more or less friendly
towards blockchain and digital assets, allowing the Dash Embassy Thailand staff
to promote the coin in the country and do their best for its wider daily adoption.

The local government permits companies to work in the crypto sphere here, like set up exchanges or even conduct ICOs. That all requires a license, of course. Besides, merchants are allowed to sell goods for crypto.

Offering Dash to tourists

The Dash team here are doing their best to spread the actual use of the coin. They try to find creative ways for ‘converting’ people into crypto. So they are working with the local travel industry and exposing Dash to tourists that come here from around the world.

This is being done in the hope that the tourists will then take Dash back to their native countries and will keep using it after their experience with crypto in Thailand.

The local Dash team are not only trying to expand the local use of Dash but are also busy raising the awareness of it among the locals. The majority of people here, both consumers and entrepreneurs, are poorly informed about Dash and crypto in general. This also helps the team find potential Dash developers and new members for the Dash community.

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Dash Merchant Venezuela May be Faking Numbers. Masternode Owner Reports

The DASH ecosystem is going through some very interesting moments, especially in Venezuela, when recently there was a kind of “battle of stats” that presented two different realities concerning the real adoption of this cryptocurrency in the Latin American country.

It is important to note that DASH has a strong presence in Venezuela and is one of the most traded cryptocurrencies in the country. A recent survey by Dash Merchant Venezuela showed some fairly optimistic results regarding the growth of the Venezuelan Dash ecosystem.

Dash Merchant Venezuela Could Be Faking Data

Based on publicly available data, about 2500 Venezuelan merchants accept Dash. This means that DASH has a stronger presence in Venezuela than in any other country. According to a report by Dash Merchant Venezuela of currently, 2158 merchants use that cryptocurrency as means of payment.

However, a report published by Mr. Edward Stoever concluded that these figures are far from reality. The results showed that according to a survey of 299 merchants, only 27% accept Dash.

The report shows a series of contradictions in the information that Dash Merchant Venezuela provided to the community. Not only were there merchants who directly denied accepting the crypto, but most of them did not exist, could not be found or did not respond to the pollsters.

Dash Merchant Venezuela Responds: Stoever Used a Weak Methodology

The Dash Merchant Venezuela team responded to Mr. Stoever’s accusations with a report in which they analyzed the errors in the methodology applied by the study conducted by Stoever. They also attached videos proving that some businesses listed as unreachable by Stoever were actually locatable and accepted Dash.

“Our independent audit of the same 266 merchants resulted in the following observations:

We were able to provide status to 60% of the merchants that the report specifically stated could not be contacted. This means there is only 32% with the “could not be contacted” status rather than 60.52% (as claimed by the survey) and 8% pending for contact.

14% of Merchants listed correspond to Dash Venezuela initiatives and should be excluded from the analysis.

Only 6 of the 15 days when the survey was carried out were working days (due to blackouts, public holidays). This may have had a material effect on the ability of the surveyors to contact/locate the Merchants sampled during this period and therefore invalidate the findings presented in the Survey.

At the very least, such a large discrepancy in the number of contactable Merchants demonstrates that there is a major problem with the methodology of the surveyors in the report produced.

Stoever Replies: Locating a Merchant Doesn’t Mean They Accept Dash

Faced with these accusations, Mr. Stoever issued a new report explaining that although the Dash Merchant Venezuela team was able to locate some merchants, they could not prove that they accepted the crypto, so it could not be said that the study yielded imprecise data.

“My concern is that we – Dash – are not telling the truth when we say there are “2,500 Dash merchants in Venezuela”. Post-survey, even DMV now only claims that 41.14% of the surveyed merchant count accepts Dash. My suspicion is that the true Venezuelan merchant count is likely lower than 1,000, and maybe as low as 326.

Dash Merchant Venezuela has been unfunded since January 2019. The organization has been accused of providing fake data in other audits (something they claimed to do to protect members from insecurity). Currently, DMV has a new head, and they expect a different funding proposal to be approved soon.

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Cryptobuyer ATMs Sell Dash with Zero Fees, Teaming Up with Major Dash-Friendly Venezuelan Chain Store

Cryptobuyer now collaborates with Venezuela-based merchant giant Traki
and begins selling Dash through ATMs with zero fees

A major crypto exchange in Latin America, Cryptobuyer, works with Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dash. It also runs a chain of crypto ATMs.

Recently, Cryptobuyer began promoting its ATM line by offering customers Dash at zero fees. Along with Bitcoin, this privacy-oriented coin is widely used in Venezuela and other countries of Latin America that suffer from hyperinflation and a deep economic recession.

Now, Cryptobuyer has also partnered with the popular local department store chain Traki, which uses crypto as means of payment. In particular, it accepts Dash. Now the chain store will use the Dash point-of-sale solution provided by Cryptobuyer, taking another step towards crypto’s mass adoption.

Dash mass adoption is one step closer

This collaboration will allow people to buy
Dash in Panama with no extra fees and send it to their friends/relatives in
Venezuela, who will then be able to spend it in Traki.

The head of Dash Core Group, Ryan Taylor,
hopes that this move will accelerate an overall adoption of Dash in the
country.

Dash, as he said in an interview to the local
media, is getting more and more popular in Venezuela, since this digital
private coin is much more reliable that the local fiat currency bolivar. Taylor
also mentioned that this initiative from Cryptobuyer was expected to take place
sooner or later. Now, the Dash market will become much easier to enter.

Cryptobuyer will begin its new Dash integration at one of Traki’s popular stores. Should it succeed, later in 2019, it will spread to nearly 50 stores in the chain operated by Traki.

Latin America is the leader in global Dash adoption

Dash has been getting more and more popular in
Latin America, replacing local fiat currencies. Jorge Farias, the CEO of
Cryptobuyer, is positive that this area is much more progressive in terms of actual
crypto adoption that the rest of the world.

He admits that the company’s team is proud of helping this adoption to get wider and deeper. Cryptobuyer also plans to expand this initiative to neighbouring regions, such as Argentina, Mexico and Central America.

Currently, Venezuela is widely relying on Dash
after its massive economic recession and hyperinflation. Around 2,500 merchants
there accept Dash. Colombia is now moving in this direction as well with nearly
330 stores accepting Dash for their goods.

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CEO: Dash (DASH) To Survive Crypto Winter, “Not At Risk of Shutdown”

Dash (DASH) “Not At Risk Of Shutdown” In Crypto Collapse

In 2018’s crypto bear market, Dash Core Group (DCG), the consortium behind the DASH altcoin, has seemingly gone silent on a public stage, with there being little-to-zero propagation of news regarding the once much-hyped project. And as such, some skeptics have deemed the project “dead.” Yet, in a recent Medium post, Ryan Taylor, CEO of DCG, exclaimed that his startup is “sustainable” and will survive the crash in Bitcoin (BTC) prices.

In the post, which can only be deemed a ‘wall of text’, Taylor first gave some context to crypto’s recent collapse, calling out the Bitcoin Cash debacle (he called it “FUD”) as a key catalyst. The DCG chief then noted that there a number of startups likely “shutting down quietly, running on fumes, or burning through distressed ICO funds,” before adding that his firm doesn’t fall into this unfortunate category.

Taylor exclaimed that DCG “is not at risk of shutting down anytime soon,” nor has fears of laying off a substantial amount of staff, due to a “significant [capital/fiat] buffer” it has built up for itself to account for crypto’s enamorment with parabolic swings and killer drawdowns. Through the following paragraphs, which were countless, the DASH proponent accentuated the logistics of DCG’s buffer, along with its operations so far and ambitions for the future. And while the topics covered varied wildly, an underlying theme of perseverance and survival was evidently referenced throughout Taylor’s post.

Even in tweets prior to the aforementioned blog, Taylor outlined why Dash’s ecosystem continues to boom. The industry savant drew attention to a number of developments, including booming DASH wallet download statistics, strong trading volume, and a recent successful network stress test. Keeping this all in mind, the prominent cryptocurrency advocate, concluding his comments on the matter, wrote:

In short, the network keeps growing despite the price declines and the reduced speculation. Proud to see the strategy working on the metrics that determine long-term success. Heads down… we are getting there!

At the time of writing, DASH is up to $77.15 U.S. dollars a piece, with the asset posting a jaw-dropping 11.5% in the past 24 hours.

Not All Crypto Startups Have Survived The Massacre

While DCG seems slated to survive, or even thrive in the ~85% market decline, not all startups and prominent upstarts in this ecosystem have been all too lucky.

As reported by Ethereum World News previously, ETCDEV, an essential player in the Ethereum Classic ecosystem, announced its closure on December 3rd, 2018. Through a tweet, Igor Artamonov, the founder and chief technology officer of the prominent development consortium, wrote:

Although the ETCDEV executive cited a lack of sustainable financing, this message comes just days after Artamonov released a Medium article lambasting one of his peers for being a “Trojan Horse” for another team. Regardless, the fact of the matter is that Ethereum Classic (ETC) remains heavily wounded after this occurrence, as the project lost its primary development team.

The sad collapse of ETCDEV comes just days after Steemit, the company behind the (somewhat) decentralized social media platform that shares its name, revealed it was undergoing a business reorganization, purging 70% of its employees.

Per previous reports from Ethereum World News, Ned Scott, CEO of Steemit, said on the matter:

“While we were building up our team over the last months, we had been relying on projections of basically a higher bottom for the market… Since that’s no longer there we’ve been forced to lay off more than 70% of our organization.”

He explained that as Steemit’s top brass met, amid worsening market conditions, it became logical that a staff restructuring at the private startup was necessary. Interestingly, Scott failed to divulge an exact headcount pre- and post-purge, making it difficult to discern how many were affected.

SpankChain, an adult entertainment platform centered around blockchain, recently saw its CEO take to Reddit to announce that it, as well as Steemit, had downsized drastically. The project head noted that the SpankChain project now hires a mere eight individuals, and has reduced its burn rate from $200,000 to $80,000 per month.

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Here Is How Bitcoin (BTC), ETH, XRP, LTC and more Would Look Like If They Were Cold Hard Cash

It is said that old habits are hard to break. Many of us are so used to the concept of carrying cold hard cash in our wallets, handbags and pockets that the concept of cryptocurrencies takes a while to fathom. For the proverbial newbie, it takes a while to grasp blockchain technology and cryptography. Then comes the task of blending the two concepts to create our favorite coins of Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), XRP and more.

So let us explore how our favorite cryptocurrencies would look like if they were cold hard cash.

1. Bitcoin (BTC)

Created in 2009 by the anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto, many of us did not get to consider Bitcoin (BTC) as an investment option up until mid last year when mainstream media was all over the place talking about it. To note is the golden color scheme of the note that correlates to how BTC is viewed as the digital gold of our times.

2. Ethereum (ETH)

Founded by Vitalik Buterin in 2015, the Ethereum (ETH) coin and platform has introduced us to Decentralized Applications and ICOs that have been made possible through the smart contract capability of the network. The name Ethereum was derived from the word ‘ether’ which refers to the hypothetical invisible medium that permeates the universe and allows light to travel.

3. XRP (XRP)

XRP was introduced to the cryptoverse in 2012 by Chris Larsen and Jed McCaleb. The digital asset was once referred to as Ripple due to the fact that it was created to power the Ripple ledger. But due to 3 pending lawsuits and SEC scrutiny, the Ripple company has decided to clarify that the two entities are entirely different. This design of its paper currency could then be a collectors edition.

4. Litecoin (LTC)

Sometimes referred to as ‘the little brother’ of Bitcoin, Litecoin (LTC) was created by Charlie Lee in 2011 to be a lighter and more efficient version of the King of Crypto. LTC is intended for smaller payments and faster transactions. The Litecoin Foundation has recently acquired a stake at Germany’s WEB Bank further pushing the possibility of LTC supported debit cards.

5. IOTA (MIOTA)

The IOTA Tangle plans on revolutionizing the Internet of Things as well as transactions on the blockchain since it has zero fees. IOTA was founded in 2015 by David Sonstebo, Sergey Ivancheglo, Dominik Schiener and Dr. Serguei Popov for the sole purpose of making IOTA the currency for the Internet of things.

6. Monero (XMR)

Founded in 2014 by a programmer with the online name of thankful_for_today – best known by the pseudonym Nicolas Van Saberhagen – Monero (XMR) has become the fan favorite for crypto-enthusiasts who value anonymity. It uses what is known as ring signatures to keep sender and recipient identities anonymous during a transaction. It has received some flack from governments who accuse it of being used for criminal activities. But privacy is a right in the many constitutions around the world.

7. Dash (DASH)

Dash is short for Digital Cash. The digital asset has faster transaction speeds and anonymity. It was created in 2014 by Evan Duffield.

8. Dogecoin (DOGE)

Dogecoin (DOGE) started off as ‘an internet joke’ and has gained mainstream popularity and acceptance. The coin has its roots in the ‘Doge’ Internet meme and has the Shiba Inu breed of dog as its mascot. Developed in 2013 by programmer Billy Markus and marketer Jackson Palmer, DOGE has appealed to a lot of crypto-enthusiasts and is primarily used for tipping on the internet.

9. Stellar (XLM) 

Developed in 2014 by Jed McCaleb and Joyce Kim, the Stellar foundation is run as a non-profit and aims at connecting banks, payment systems and people in a manner that accelerates the movement of money in a fast, reliable and cheap manner. One of its chief goals is to fight poverty and develop individual potential around the world.

10. ZCash (ZEC)

Zcash was created in 2016 and is also known for its privacy characteristic. Users have two choices when making transactions: to use the public blockchain or to make the transaction anonymous. ZCash has been popularized by Edward Snowden who admitted to being a user as well as the Winklevoss Twins who added ZEC to their Gemini exchange.

In conclusion, it is good to muse about the possibilities of our favorite digital assets being cold hard cash. The designs featured herein are a tip of the iceberg for the crypto-community is bound to come up with more wonderful designs that would probably undergo a voting process before any minting. This is due to the decentralized nature of the crypto-verse.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to give financial advice. It is an opinion piece. The opinion herein should be taken as is. Please carry out your own research before investing in any of the numerous cryptocurrencies available

[All images courtesy of neomam.com]

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Today’s Impressive Gainers: Stellar (XLM), Ox (ZRX), DASH and Bitcoin Diamond (BCD)

The crypto-markets usually exhibit some sort of fatigue during the weekends that is usually evident through low trade volumes. Ethereum World News had put forth the idea just yesterday that Bitcoin (BTC) might face an uphill task as it attempted to maintain the gains it had achieved during the past week through the weekend. But the King of Crypto has stood its own in the crypto markets and is currently trading at $7,438 at the moment of writing this. The new BTC resistance level is between the ranges of $7,500 and $7,600. Hopefully with the new week, we will see levels of BTC that are close to $8,000.

With the stability of Bitcoin and its dominance at 45.2%, the total market cap of the crypto markets has also remained stable and is currently at $282.15 Billion. Whenever BTC is stable or is in an upward trajectory, the rest of the market also shows some gains. Below are four cryptocurrencies that have increased by impressive percentages in the last 24 hours.

Today’s impressive gainers. Source, Coinmarketcap.com

Beginning with Stellar (XLM), the coin has been in the spotlight for quite sometime now. Coinbase recently announced that it was exploring adding the digital asset to its platform together with Ox (ZRX), Basic Attention Token (BAT), ZCash (ZEC) and Cardano (ADA). XLM is also benefiting from the news that IBM will be launching a stable-coin on the Stellar blockchain. The coin also received Sharia-compliance only last week. It is no wonder that XLM is currently trading at $0.29 and up 7.58% in the last 24 hours.

DASH on the other hand is also up 4.42% in the last 24 hours and currently trading at $254 at the moment of writing this. Unbeknownst to many, DASH is one of the best privacy coins out there.

Ox (ZRX) is still basking in the news of Coinbase exploring adding the digital asset to its platform. ZRX is currently trading at $1.17 and up 6.69% in the last 24 hours.

The most impressive coin amongst the four, is Bitcoin Diamond (BCD) that is up 55.41% in the last 24 hours and currently trading at $3.46. The reason for this impressive rise of BCD is yet to be determined but the coin has been prone to numerous spikes this past month.

In conclusion, it is safe to say that BTC is going to be stable into the new week. This then means that alt-coins might have impressive gains of their own in the next 7 days as can be seen with the four that we have just highlighted above.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to give financial advice. It is an opinion piece. The opinion herein should be taken as is. Please carry out your own research before investing in any of the numerous cryptocurrencies available.

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