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Zcash [ZEC]’s milestone – Zcash 1.1.1 has arrived!  

Ranjitha Shastry



Zcash [ZEC]'s milestone - Zcash 1.1.1 has arrived!  
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Zcash, in their weekly update, has mentioned the most significate of their announcements that have been made over the last week. Starting May 21st, 2018 Zcash announced the investment in Agoric, for providing an open, standards-based object-capability [OCAP] programming layer lined up to ECMAScript [Javascript] standards.

This enables the world’s estimated 20 million Javascript developers to built highly secure, decentralized, and robust applications [DApps] against the number of blockchains.

Zooko Wilcox, CEO of Zcash Company said:

“This founding team are pioneers of some of the fundamental science of secure programming and distributed systems. And, some of them are my personal friends and mentors who have been among the biggest influences on my scientific career.”

This announcement comes after the investment done in StarkWave Industries on May 10th, 2018.

Agoric announcement was followed by the sapling MPC [Multi-party computation protocol]. Zcash’s transactions rely on ‘zk-SNARKs’ which is a small, fast to verify, zero-knowledge proofs of random statements. zk-SNARKs, in turn, relies on a set of public parameters that can be used to create and verify proofs for specific computations or “circuits”.

At any time if they change their construction, they will need to create new paraments, making it important for these paraments to be constructed securely in order to prevent counterfeiting. For this purpose, multi-party computation protocol [MCP] is being used to make the process transparent and secure.

On May 30th, 2018 Zcash announced the arrival of Zcash 1.1.1. The release is an Overwinter-compatible version of the Zcash node software. The first block of Overwinter is expected to be mined on the 25th of June 2018. The notable changes include ‘ZCASH-CLI’ Argument privacy, which is recommended to be used for sensitive information like the private keys.

Simon Liu of Zcash wrote:

Zcash 1.1.1 has arrived!  This release is an Overwinter-compatible version of the Zcash node software, with initial support for Sapling consensus rules and a Sapling testnet activation height set to block 252500.

The Overwinter network upgrade also includes a new feature called ‘Transaction Expiry’ which Zcash announced on May 31st, 2018. This feature makes it possible for the transactions in the mempool [Every new bitcoin transaction that is validated by the network will automatically be added to the mempool, where it awaits confirmations from miners] to automatically expire after a given number of blocks effectively timing out transactions that are unlikely to be mined and confirmed.

These transactions will persist in the memepool for 20 blocks (approximately 50 minutes), after which if it has not been mined, it will no longer be valid.

Justin Ehrenhofer, a Twitter user commented

Interesting! Will it be trivial to distinguish which transactions have an expiry date, and to know what these days are?

Zcash currently stands at $256.03 with a rise of 6.94% over a period of 24 hours.

Zcash 7 day chart | Source: CoinMarketCap

Zcash 7 day chart | Source: CoinMarketCap

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Ranjitha Shastry is a part of AMBCrypto's News Reporting Team. Having done her major in Journalism and mass communication, she is passionate about business and economic journalism.

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John McAfee says he will reveal Nakamoto’s identity, Coinbase expands to 11 countries, and more





John McAfee says he will reveal Nakamoto's identity, Coinbase expands to 11 countries, and more
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Daily Crypto News – April 18

1. John McAfee on Satoshi Nakamoto: The Founder of McAfee Associates stated that he would narrow down on the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto until he reveals Satoshi himself, otherwise he would reveal his identity to the crypto community. He also spoke about how he knows about Satoshi, to read about it, click here!

2. Coinbase expands its services to more countries: The leading exchange platform announced that it expanding its services to 11 more countries, which includes India, South Korea, and New Zealand. People in these countries can avail services provided on, Coinbase Pro and its app on iOS and Android.

To know more about the countries Coinbase has expanded to, click here!

3. Craig Wright says the crypto-community want to silence him: Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, stated that the majority of the community was against him as they “desire to silence” him because they see someone who would bring an end to scams and pumps and dumps.

He also spoke about the next steps he would be taking in terms of the legal action concerning his defamation case. To read about it, click here!

4. Binance “marks the birth of a new genesis block”: The largest cryptocurrency exchange in terms of trade volume announced the launch of its Decentralized Exchange, and also stated that the mainnet swap would take place on 23 April 2019.

To read more about Binance DEX, click here!

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