Jax.Network Unveils Blockchain Co-Inventor, Dr. W. Stornetta on Its Advisory Team

As the race for the foremost blockchain solution heats, more crypto projects continue to throw their hats into the ring. The efforts of some blockchain projects cannot be overemphasized. Bitcoin’s influence on the market has facilitated the unparalleled exponential growth that the crypto industry has enjoyed over the last decade. This growth is despite the novel cryptocurrency’s shortcomings. Even though Bitcoin’s dominance by market capitalization has slowly waned over time, its hold over the future of blockchain technology remains ever strong.

Jax.Network enters the race, and it has made forward strides since it first appeared on the scene. The latest news out of the camp is Dr. W. Scott Stornetta joining Jax.Network as a project advisor.

Why Jax.Network?

Jax.Network is a scalable blockchain protocol anchored to the Bitcoin blockchain which runs on the Proof-of-Work consensus mechanism. Jax.Network solves the Blockchain Trilemma that plagues blockchain networks through its four building blocks. It uses a specific merge-mining technique that allows miners to mine multiple shards simultaneously while rewarding them in proportion to their contributions. It is also an open-source project. Hence, other developers can also build projects on the protocol, contributing to the growth of the network. Jax.Network issues two native coins, JAX and JXN, which serve as stable and speculative assets respectively.

Jax.Network, which already boasted an impressive international line-up, continues to add more respected names to its team. As part of the team’s efforts to build a hashrate-based stablecoin, it has turned to the services of Dr. W. Stornetta, one of the leading lights of the space. He comes on board as an advisor.

Introducing Blockchain Pioneer – Dr. W. Stornetta

Dr. W. Stornetta was one of the few people mentioned in Satoshi’s Bitcoin whitepaper – three times – and is widely regarded as a co-inventor of the blockchain. His work in collaboration with Dr. Stuart Haber, where he first mentioned the blockchain and a digital time-stamp to track transactions, was implemented in Satoshi’s Bitcoin blockchain vision. His work was featured in the New York Times in 1995 after receiving the Discover Award for Computer Software in 1992. He has a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University. He is also an alumnus of MIT, Harvard, and Brigham Young University. These days, Dr. W. Stornetta works as a partner and Chief Scientist at Yugen Partners, a private equity firm that invests in blockchain-based startups.

He will lend his expertise and experience to Jax.Network, a company that was established in 2018 and has continued to thrive ever since. Dr. W. Stornetta has been around in the crypto space for a long time, and his presence on the team will also help Jax.Network avoid the pitfalls that have limited earlier visionary projects on their quest to propagate the financial system he pioneered with his work.

Dr. W. Stornetta finds the hashrate-pegged stablecoin that the Jax.Network team proposes quite innovative. His record as an industry visionary and experience in the blockchain sphere proves that he knows a worthy project when he sees one.

Any project within the blockchain space would benefit from the knowledge and expertise of Dr. Stornetta. Jax.Network finds itself in this coveted position with Dr. Stornetta on its advisory team. While we anticipate the official launch, there are enough reasons to be optimistic that it’ll be worth the wait.

All About Quannabu, the Cryptocurrency Built for the Cannabis Industry

In 2019, merchant processor Fortress Payment Technologies announced that it would no longer be able to accept Visa payments for cannabidiol (CBD) related products. The announcement only gave merchants eight hours’ notice of the change, this is just one example of the many financial hurdles that the cannabis industry has faced when trying to process transactions for cannabis-related products.

Unfortunately, because legislation and regulations in the cannabis industry are still evolving, the industry is consistently dealing with these obstacles. To avoid any possible risks, even in areas where cannabis is now legal, most banks, credit card companies, and payment providers will avoid working directly with cannabis transactions.

Due to difficulties faced with transactions, many businesses are inclined to use cash as their standard payment method. However, storing cash presents a whole host of problems for businesses. Not only are businesses’ security compromised with the increased possibility of theft, but also their employee’s safety when transporting cash.

To provide a solution to the problem the cannabis industry has been facing, London-based startup Quannabu has launched a decentralized payment network for cannabis-related transactions on the blockchain. Quannabu also has a payment platform called Quannabu Pay, which is built on the blockchain and allows businesses and consumers to seamlessly transfer funds without any financial hurdles.

The company’s financial solution for the cannabis industry will not only have its own form of cryptocurrency, but also a secure infrastructure in place. Since legislation is still a work in progress for many countries, regulations are constantly changing and have created a complex and sometimes disjointed supply chain. This means that authorities have a harder time tracking the supply of cannabis.

Thanks to Quannabu’s blockchain technology, the company has created a product that minimizes illegal activity by allowing law enforcement to track the source and supply of all cannabis products. This means that governments can track the movement of cannabis and stop any illicit circulation in its tracks, creating more space for a safer and regulated marketplace.

The transparency into the supply chain that Quannabu provides will not only increase supply chain visibility to law enforcement, but also consumers, manufacturers, and suppliers. Through this solution, the company is increasing trust and creating a safer industry as a whole.

In addition to the company’s supply chain solution, token offering, and secure payment platform, it also operates Quannabu Labs, a groundbreaking testing laboratory that is dedicated to CBD-related activities on and off the blockchain—the only operation of its kind in the world.

Lastly, the company is also working towards establishing its very own hemp farm, to farm pharmaceutical-grade hemp. The facility will have certified testing equipment so it can consistently and accurately test its plants.

Did Bitcoin Really Experience A Flash Crash Down To $5,400?

Bitcoin has been plagued by numerous dips that have left the price of the asset at one-month lows. Monday was brutal for the cryptocurrency as the close of the weekend drew in with its low momentum in the market. This, in turn, led to the market experiencing a downtrend. Most notable was the price of bitcoin actually dropping into the $42,000 price range.

While the market dealt with this, a record flash crash happened on the trading platform Pyth Network. The crash was so significant that it saw the price of bitcoin lose almost 90% of its current value. The price crash lasted for approximately two minutes. Driving the price of bitcoin down to as low as $5,400 on Monday. The crash happened between the BTC <> USD pair on the Pyth Network. The Solana-based solution also saw the confidence interval (four times the asset reported price) for bitcoin drop to $21,623.

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Pyth Network acknowledged the crash on their Twitter account, where they assured their users that they were working to figure out what caused this. “Engineers are continuing to investigate the cause and a full report is in the works,” it said.

Bitcoin price chart from TradingView.com

BTC price recovers after falling to low $40K | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

Why Did Bitcoin Crash So Much?

It is still not clear what the reason behind the crash was. So far, there seem to be no other pairs affected by the crash. And no other cryptocurrencies have been reported to have suffered the same fate as bitcoin. The crash led to massive liquidations on the platform, which were, “unfortunately working as intended,” tweeted Bonfida.

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The crash no doubt affected a number of Pyth Network users. The network has apologized to affected users, saying, “We’re very sorry for any hurt incurred for Pyth customers.” And the team has asked those affected by the flash crash to reach out to the team either through Twitter or Discord. The team continues to work on figuring out the cause of the crash and will produce a report of their investigations.

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Despite Dips, Bitcoin Exchange Reserves Reach Lowest Values Since 2018

On-chain data shows Bitcoin exchange reserves continue to decline despite the recent dips, as values reach lowest since 2018.

Bitcoin Exchange Reserves Continue To Go Down

As pointed out by a CryptoQuant post, the BTC all exchanges reserve is moving down despite the recent downtrend in the price of the cryptocurrency.

The Bitcoin all exchanges reserve is an indicator that shows the total amount of coins held on all centralized exchange wallets. A dip in the value of the metric suggests investors are transferring their BTC to personal wallets, either for holding or for selling through OTC deals.

On the contrary, an increase in the indicator implies investors are sending their coins to exchanges for withdrawing to fiat and stablecoins, or for purchasing altcoins.

Here is a chart showing how the Bitcoin exchange reserve has changed over the years:

Bitcoin Exchange Reserve

The exchange reserve continues to decline

As you can see from the above graph, the BTC all exchanges reserve has hit lows not seen since 2018. Usually, during periods of big price swings, the indicator’s value shows a spike as investors look to shift their positions in the market.

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However, despite the recent dips, the metric has only been trending downward. What’s the reason behind this? Well, one possible scenario could be that there are now more long-term holders in the market that are waiting for the price to appreciate further before they make any moves.

A downtrend in the exchange reserve is often a bullish indicator as it shows buyers are accumulating Bitcoin, while an uptrend could lead to crashes in the crypto.

Below is another chart that shows the BTC netflow indicator over the last couple of days.

Bitcoin Netflow

Looks like the Bitcoin netflow showed a huge negative spike yesterday

The netflow indicator measures the net number of coins exiting or entering exchanges. As is apparent from the above graph, the metric had a big negative spike yesterday, which implies a large amount of BTC was pulled off exchanges.

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BTC Price

Yesterday, Bitcoin’s price crashed down to $40k after peaking just below $49k a few days back. But the price has since jumped back a bit as it floats around $43k at the time of writing. The crypto is down 7% in the last 7 days, while over the past 30 days, the value is 11% less.

Here is a chart showing the trend in the price of the coin over the last five days:

Bitcoin Price Chart

BTC's price crashes down to $40k, but quickly recovers back up a little | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView
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Astro Crypto: Summer Bitcoin Slump Could Bring Bountiful Fall Harvest

The stars are older than all of us, and older than history itself. Yet bring up astrology with the Bitcoin crowd, and for the most part the response is skepticism or even mockery. Both the study and the cryptocurrency itself share several similarities, such as a mathematical foundation, cyclical behaviors, and unusual financial applications.

If you are the type to believe, or are just curious, a notable full moon is passing, leading into the autumnal equinox tomorrow. How might this seasonal shift impact the cryptocurrency market trend, and how does math apply to what many believe to be pure myth?

September Harvest Moon Could Bring Bounty For Hard Summer Work

Planets all revolve around the sun. Their position at the time each person is born and there forth is believed to instill certain influences at distinct moments. Depending on the rotation and layout of the planets, it can have all kinds of seasonal impacts. The Farmer’s Almanac uses such cycles to predict how much snow each winter holds, for example.

Certain conjunctions are said to bring about famine, drought, or worse. For example, historians believe that a a triple conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars caused the Black Death plague.

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The late WD Gann used planetary influences along with math to predict tops and bottoms with “legendary” precision. He taught no one his tricks, but left all kinds of bizarre mathematical tools behind that few know how to take advantage of.

So how does this all impact Bitcoin?

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The Harvest full moon hasn't appeared on the chart yet its so fresh | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

The new moon and full moon chart alone shows significant correlation with Bitcoin price action. Just last night as BTC plunged near $40,000, the full Harvest moon and last full moon of the summer was passing. The moon was named for the fact that farmers used the moon’s light to work late into the night on annual harvests ahead of colder months.

It has been a long, arduous summer for crypto holders, but this moon could be a sign that its time to reap the fruit of one’s labors as the autumn equinox hits.

Could The Fall And Golden Ratio Be The Key To The Next Bitcoin Peak?

The equinox signals change is coming. Change in the season; change in the way humans behave based on those seasons. Seasonality in finance is real, hence the phrase “sell in May, and go away.” The opposite idea is called the Halloween Effect, where investors buy up assets big time to sell around the holidays when enthusiasm is highest.

Seasonality and equinoxes don’t always work with the first ever cryptocurrency, but when combined with the power of the Harvest full moon and other favorable mathematical positioning, there is a recipe for something special.

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After holding above the golden ratio, the final leg up comes in the autumn | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

Each final leg up in each Bitcoin bull run has begun at the autumnal equinox, driving to new all-time highs until the winter equinox arrives. Since fall arrives each year, but the same effect doesn’t occur, the necessary ingredient for liftoff is a pullback to the golden ratio.

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Bitcoin price has always retraced back to the golden ratio, before blasting off to the end of the cycle. Below it has never been filled no matter the cycle. If the same scenario plays out, anyone that has survived the summer’s bearish heat, will have a very happy holiday season.

To be fully clear, everything written here is pure conjecture based on correlation and past cycles and performance. These aren’t a guarantee of future results. But when the math adds up and Fibonacci is everywhere in nature, why wouldn’t the sum of the full moon, autumnal equinox, and Bitcoin be something very interesting.

In closing, we’ll leave you with the JP Morgan quote:

Millionaires don’t use Astrology, billionaires do.

Follow @TonySpilotroBTC on Twitter or via the TonyTradesBTC Telegram. Content is educational and should not be considered investment advice.

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Mid-Cap Altcoins Hold Onto Highs Better Than Bitcoin And Ethereum

Bitcoin kicked off this week on the red, and the rest of the crypto market followed. In the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap, BTC and Ethereum are amongst the most resilient for the weekly chart.

In that time, the market has been hit by a succession of “buy the rumor, sell the news” events, and one major macro factor with the potential default of Chinese real state giant, Evergrande. Thus, the levels of uncertainty have been on the rise.

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In the middle of this storm impacting Bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies, there is a select group that has managed to stay in the green. According to a recent report by Arcane Research, the assets that comprised their middle-cap altcoins index recorded some profits as the bearish trend unfolded.

For the 30 days chart, the Mid Cap Index comprised of cryptocurrencies such as Tezos, Algorand, and Avalanche showed small profits. These tokens have seen a massive rally during Q3, 2021, and were amongst the biggest losers during this week’s bearish trend, but they are still up 5% in the monthly chart, as seen below.

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Source: Arcane Research

In opposition, Bitcoin records a 9% loss in the 30-day chart with similar losses for Ethereum, Cardano, Solana, Binance Coin, and other major cryptocurrencies. Smaller assets experienced the highest losses for this period with a 14% loss by September 21. Arcane Research noted:

As often happens during market turmoil, the Bitcoin dominance increases, as altcoins often act as high beta play on the crypto sector. The last week, bitcoin’s market share increased by 1.14% grabbing market share from the other big coins like ETH, ADA, and SOL.

Bitcoin Reacts To Macro Factors, What’s Next?

In a separate report, investment firm QCP Capital analyzed the bigger picture for Bitcoin and the crypto market. Although mid-caps preserved part of their gains in higher timeframes, they will most likely follow BTC’s price trajectory in the short term despite their fundamentals.

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The first cryptocurrency by market cap faces September, a month that has historically been bearish for the asset, and potential complications from regulators in the U.S. and the performance on the Asia markets due to Evergrande.

As QCP Capital noted, tomorrow September 22, will be crucial to determine the trend in the short term. Bitcoin must hold the $40,200 support in case of more downside pressure when the market re-open after a long weekend.

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The firm expect some government intervention to rescue the real estate company. This could result in the best-case scenario for Bitcoin and the crypto market, but there is a lot of fear and uncertainty about China’s approach. QCP Capital said:

(…) the lack of guidance so far from Chinese regulators is scaring the market. The fear here is that President Xi could allow. Evergrande to fail as an example to the other real estate players ahead of the 100th anniversary of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 2022. He has already taken draconian steps with Big Tech and Education. At this point, the market has already priced in Evergrande’s equity as worthless (…).

At the time of writing, Bitcoin trades at $42,814 with a 2.6% loss in the daily chart.

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BTC with small losses in the daily chart. Source: BTCUSD Tradingview
Cardano Founder Charles Hoskinson Says The Term Smart Contracts Needs To Be Changed

Smart contracts have been in the crypto space for quite a while now, most recently debuting on Cardano. With the rise of decentralized finance (DeFi), smart contracts have become even more important to the entire industry. This is because they are required to build the protocols on which these decentralized applications (DApps) run on. As they have grown in popularity, smart contracts platforms like Ethereum and Solana have recorded great success with them.

Cardano has been working on bringing smart contracts to its network for a while and on September 12th, that dream became a reality with the final launch of the Alonzo Hard Fork Combinator (HFC). The arrival of smart contracts capability on the network was widely celebrated in the industry. But now, Founder Charles Hoskinson does not believe the term does justice to what Cardano actually does.

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The disagreement with the term smart contracts comes after a user pointed out that what Cardano does is actually very different from smart contracts. The user, @_KtorZ_, pointed out that the network deviates from what established smart contracts platforms do, referring to the network as “atypical.”

Cardano Does Not Have Smart Contracts

Hoskinson posted a tweet wherein he agreed with the user pointing out that the term smart contracts do not do justice to what the platform does. Instead agreeing that a new term is needed instead of smart contracts to describe the network’s capabilities. This new term which the founder had agreed with is programmable validators. Agreeing with the user who pointed it out, this term better describes Cardano’s programmability.

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Cardano price chart from TradingView.com

ADA price falls to $2.1 range | Source: ADUSD on TradingView.com

Explaining further, the user pointed out that unlike existing platforms like Ethereum and Solana, one could not just deploy a smart contract on Cardano. “Instead, validators are implicitly referred to by hashes prior to their use, and they are disclosed upon activation,” the user said. Meaning that the validators do not produce anything on the network. All they actually do is “just validate.”

In closing, KtorZ explained that the term “smart contracts” felt like an imprecise term. “I’d prefer more specific terms such as ‘on-chain validators’ and ‘off-chain code.’ If anything, ‘smart-validators’ sounds already much better to me,” they added.

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After SEC Pressure, Coinbase Decides To Drop Interest Product

It was just a couple weeks ago that Coinbase posted a blog post, paired with a hefty Twitter thread from CEO Brian Armstrong highlighting recent challenges with the SEC.

Armstrong described the agency’s behavior as “sketchy” after the SEC seemingly threatened the exchange that a lawsuit would be impending should Coinbase launch their expected interest-yielding product, Lend. If Armstrong’s tweet thread didn’t give it away, the company’s blog post, spearheaded by Chief Legal Officer Paul Grewal, was undoubtedly lined with some of the firm’s frustrations.

Now, less than a month later, reports have emerged that Coinbase has elected to halt it’s plans to launch Coinbase Lend.

A Threat To DeFi?

The news comes less than a week after SEC Chairman Gary Gensler told CNBC that his commission is under-staffed. Gensler echoed those sentiments in a Senate testimony last week, stating that the SEC “needs a lot more people.” He added in the testimony that he believed previous judiciary decisions established that many cryptocurrency tokens “do come under the securities law.” Gensler took the role with the SEC earlier this year, and came in with high expectations from retail investors.

Elsewhere in the market, some state regulators seem to be working to try to fill the SEC’s role with interest-yielding products already on the market. A handful of state regulators in recent months started legal action against BlockFi for it’s lending products. In the past week, some state regulators have shifted focus to pursue action against Celsius as well. New Jersey, Texas and Alabama are three states that are pursuing both BlockFi and Celsius with claims that the firms are offering residents unregistered securities.

Regardless of the eventual outcome, the growing popularity of yield-generating tokens and stablecoins are becoming of increased importance to regulators, and are likely bound to be responsible for federal oversight at a higher level than currently seen. The timetable and degree of oversight remains to be seen.

Coinbase is the first crypto exchange to be publicly traded on a major U.S. stock exchange, but has posted modest results in it's short time on the market. | Source: COIN - NASDAQ on TradingView.com

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Elsewhere In The Coinbase Rumblings

The powerhouse exchange continues to build on their flagship products to deliver business growth. Last week, the exchange issued a high-demand junk bond with orders amounting to $7B. In recent months, the company announced it’s intent to launch a “crypto app store” and added payment support for Apple Pay.

Safe to say it’s been a busy quarter for the bustling exchange. However, it remains to be seen what the end result is for competitors like BlockFi and Celsius. In the meantime, it seems that Coinbase may be working to try to propose regulatory framework that can help the SEC and other regulatory figures embrace the market without overstepping boundaries for crypto consumers.

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TA: Bitcoin Sets New Monthly Low, What Could Trigger A Comeback

Bitcoin price extended its decline below the $40,000 level against the US Dollar. BTC is now recovering and it could climb higher if it clears the $42,500 resistance.

  • Bitcoin settled below the $44,000 and $43,000 support levels.
  • The price is still trading below $43,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
  • There is a key bearish trend line forming with resistance near $42,500 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair could start a decent increase if it settles above $42,500 and $43,000.

Bitcoin Price Attempts Fresh Recovery

Bitcoin price failed to recover above the $43,500 and $43,650 resistance levels. As a result, there was a fresh decline in BTC below the $42,000 support zone.

The price extended its decline below the $40,200 and $40,000 support levels. A was formed near $39,579 before the price started an upside correction. It is back above the $40,000 and $41,000 levels. However, the price is still trading below $43,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.

Bitcoin surpassed the 50% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the $43,624 swing high to $39,579 low. It is now consolidating below the $42,500 resistance.

There is also a key bearish trend line forming with resistance near $42,500 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair. The trend line is close to the 76.4% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the $43,624 swing high to $39,579 low.

Bitcoin Price

Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

To start a strong recovery, the price must clear the $42,500 resistance. The next major resistance is near the $43,000 zone, above which the price could rise towards the $45,000 resistance.

More Losses In BTC?

If bitcoin fails to clear the $43,000 resistance zone, it could start a fresh decline. An immediate support on the downside is near the $41,600 level.

The next major support is near the $41,000 zone. A downside break below the $41,000 zone could trigger a fresh decline towards the $40,000 level or even $39,500. Any more losses may possibly lead the price towards the $38,500 level in the near term.

Technical indicators:

Hourly MACD – The MACD is slowly gaining pace in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is just below the 50 level.

Major Support Levels – $41,000, followed by $40,000.

Major Resistance Levels – $42,500, $43,000 and $45,000.