Bitfinex stops US residents support

Starting from 9th of November, popular Hong Kong cryptocurrency exchange stops US residents support 
17 October 2017   845

The popular Hong Kong exchange Bitfinex reported that the process of stopping user services for US residents, which was launched in August, will be completed on November 9. 

At the initial stage, which began on August 11, the exchange stopped accepting new requests for verification from US users. Its decision was made due to tightening regulation of the cryptocurrency in the US:

A surprisingly small percentage of our revenues come from verified U.S. individual accounts while a dramatically outsized portion of our resources goes into servicing the needs of U.S. individuals, including support, legal and regulatory.
 

Official Bitfinex statement

This process has been stretched for three months, and from November 9 all transactions, including trading, input-withdrawal of funds, as well as provision of financing for margin trading will become unavailable for US citizens on Bitfinex. Holders of RRT (Recovery Right Tokens) tokens from the US will be able to sell them, starting from October 27. At the same time, the American users of the exchange will not be able to buy them.

Representatives of the exchange recommended that American users of Bitfinex withdraw all their funds before November 9.

 

ZCash “Overwinter” sets the Base for Further Developments

The first hard-fork of the privacy-centric protocol Zcash will be held on June 26, 2018: the upgrade is named “Overwinter” and takes place at block 347,500
25 June 2018   175

As declared in Zcash Foundation`s post on the development, the hard fork is to strenghthen the protocol for additional upgrades to the network, for instance replay protection, versioning, a transactional expiry feature, and as yet undetermined changes.The customers will be demanded to install the upgrade after the software is carried out.

The protocol assists for seamless network updates in the future, such as the much-awaited Sapling protocol designed to raise network scalability and speed. Zcash claims the forthcoming update is well-gained by significant third parties like Binance, Gemini and BitFinex, who will “substantially support” Overwinter.  The foundation is also continually reviewing the list of third parties as the entities confirm their involvement.

Theoretically, the network risks a blockchain split if any members of the community disregard the need to update the system and keep on with the old versions of Zcash. While Overwinter is low on features, it is important to the broader network strategy as further capabilities depend on the Overwinter update. 

It`s worth to note that the friction is already happening in some places. On June 20, 2018, D. Jane Mercer, the developer of the ZCash Windows wallet, WinZEC, threatened to stop all coding activities as the network the Zcash Foundation failed to fund his work. The community members nevertheless promptly donated funds to his wallet address.

For miners running Zcash nodes, the official software has been updated to automatically update to the latest software after block 347,500 is mined. However, if automatic updates are disabled, miners stand to can miss the new code. Zcash Foundation asks the users to abstain from using their wallets at least an hour before the scheduled update.