ZenCash to to undergo a hard fork

ZenCash will initiate a hard fork on June 26 as a response to a production of the Bitmain AntMiner Z9 Equihash ASIC miner
29 May 2018   1920

As the shipping of the Bitmain AntMiner Z9 Equihash ASIC miner is scheduled for the late June 2018, the ZenCash community is concerned. The concern is that on top of being 12x more energy efficient, the miner specifically focuses on Equihash - ZenCash hashing algorithm. As Bitmain develops more powerful miners, it may get able to maintain more than 50% of the mining hashrate and decide whether to allow ZenCash blockchain to be upgraded or not.

The counter-measure is to change the hashing algorithm from Equihash to Equihash-144-5. This will result in a hard fork. The mandatory software update is scheduled for June 26. A 10-point checklist was prepared to outline the upgrade. More details can be found here.
At the moment of publication, ZenCash market indicators are as follows:

Average price 28.17 USD
Market cap 111,115,862 USD
Volume (24H) 2,887,830 USD

SEC to Need More Info on BTC ETF

SEC is gathering more input from the public – to date, according to the agency, more than 1,400 comments have been submitted
21 September 2018   158

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the beginning of a formal process for considering the application for the creation of bitcoin-ETF from the New York companies VanEck and SolidX. Nevertheless, the agency appealed to the community for more information. This is stated in the document published on the SEC website.

Institution of such proceedings is appropriate at this time in view of the legal and policy issues raised by the proposed rule change. Institution of proceedings does not indicate that the Commission has reached any conclusions with respect to any of the issues involved. Rather, as described below, the Commission seeks and encourages interested persons to provide comments on the proposed rule change.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission

At the moment, the SEC received about 1,400 comments.

According to the document, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) has signed an agreement on the exchange of data on bitcoin transactions, trading and the state of the market with the cryptocurrency trading platform with Gemini.

The agency asked commentators to clarify the position of Gemini in the digital currency market and assess the likelihood of increased volatility at this site in connection with possible trades of bitcoin-ETF.

So, before September 30, the department had to decide on whether to approve, deny or initiate the proceedings. The SEC chose the latter, which is likely to delay the process until the next year.