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
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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.

Tron and Zencash are Now accepted at Pornhub

The world’s largest adult entertainment websites Pornhub, now accepts cryptocurrency Tron as payment: this is significant for the newly independent Tron
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Tron was ran on the Ethereum blockchain in April 2017 but soon declared itself as a competitor to its progenitor. It then migrated to a Beta version of its own blockchain at the end of May. Tron`s value has been steadily falling since its migration.

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Pornhub introduces major new marketplace for Tron. Working since 2007, the site issued its 2017 ‘year in review’ in January and the numbers are staggering. 81 million visits a day (or 28.5 billion a year), 25 billion searches performed (that’s 800 per second), 68 years worth of porn uploaded, and 3,732 petabytes of data transferred - “every 5 minutes Pornhub transmits more data than the entire contents of the New York Public library’s 50 million books.”

Decentralized payment systems have continued to grow in popularity, and cryptocurrency adoption is exploding across a broad economic spectrum. Today, cryptocurrencies are especially viable in the adult entertainment industry because they are privacy-centric and incorporate more anonymity tools than traditional tender.
Corey Price
Pornhub VP

Another digital currency now accepted by Pornhub is Zencash, that is a fork of Zcash. Like it Zcash, Zencash is an anonymity-focused coin. Both they are similar but Zencash has additional features such as encrypted messaging and secure nodes - a small number of blockchain nodes that protect the blockchain from attacks, motivated to do so with a reward system similar to proof-of-stake. It has a market cap of $67 million (Zcash is at $682 million).

Pornhub was acquired by MindGeek in 2010. MindGeek is a Canadian pornography group that has been aggressive in its acquisitions over the last decade, according to Forbes, and now owns 8 of the 10 largest pornography websites. Tron has been making huge steps since its migration. It purchased software firm BitTorrent at the beginning of June for an amount which stays undisclosed but is reckoned to be well over $100 million. Some found this puzzling because BitTorrent is a file sharing website that is completely open source.

Tron Price at the Moment of Press: $0,039690 
Market Cap: $2 609 542 551
Volume (24h): $109 684 000