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Litecoin Core v0.17.1 Release Candidate

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Adrian Gallagher

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We are pleased to release Litecoin Core 0.17.1 release candidate. This is a new major version release, including new features, various bug fixes, performance improvements and updated translations.

It is recommended for power users to upgrade to this version. After sufficient testing, Litecoin Core 0.17.1 final will be released and is recommended for all users to upgrade.

If you are running an older version, shut it down. Wait until it has completely shut down (which might take a few minutes for older versions), then run the installer (on Windows) or just copy over /Applications/Litecoin-Qt (on Mac) or litecoind/litecoin-qt (on Linux).

If your node has a txindex, the txindex db will be migrated the first time you run 0.17.1 or newer, which may take up to a few hours. Your node will not be functional until this migration completes.

The first time you run version 0.15.0 or newer, your chainstate database will be converted to a new format. This will take anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour depending on the speed of your machine.

Note that the block database format also changed in version 0.8.0 and there is no automatic upgrade code from before version 0.8 to version 0.15.0. Upgrading directly from 0.7.x and earlier without redownloading the blockchain is not supported. However, as usual, old wallet versions are still supported.

The chainstate database for this release is not compatible with previous releases, so if you run 0.15 and then decide to switch back to any older version, you will need to run the old release with the -reindex-chainstate option to rebuild the chainstate data structures in the old format.

If your node has pruning enabled, this will entail re-downloading and processing the entire blockchain.

Litecoin Core is extensively tested on multiple operating systems using the Linux kernel, macOS 10.10+, and Windows 7 and newer (Windows XP is not supported).

Litecoin Core should also work on most other Unix-like systems but is not frequently tested on them.

From 0.17.1 onwards macOS <10.10 is no longer supported. 0.17.1 is built using Qt 5.9.x, which doesn’t support versions of macOS older than 10.10.

Known issues

  • Upgrading from 0.13.2 or older currently results in memory blow-up during the roll-back of blocks to the SegWit activation point. In these cases, a full -reindex is necessary.
  • The GUI suffers from visual glitches in the new MacOS dark mode. This has to do with our Qt theme handling impacting older versions of Litecoin Core, but is expected to be resolved in 0.17.1.

The listtransactions RPC account parameter has been renamed to label.

When litecoin is configured with the -deprecatedrpc=accounts setting, specifying a label/account/dummy argument will return both outgoing and incoming transactions. Without the -deprecatedrpc=accounts setting, it will only return incoming transactions (because it used to be possible to create transactions spending from specific accounts, but this is no longer possible with labels).

When -deprecatedrpc=accounts is set, it’s possible to pass the empty string “” to list transactions that don’t have any label. Without -deprecatedrpc=accounts, passing the empty string is an error because returning only non-labeled transactions is not generally useful behavior and can cause confusion.

  • -includeconf=<file> can be used to include additional configuration files. Only works inside the litecoin.conf file, not inside included files or from command-line. Multiple files may be included. Can be disabled from command- line via -noincludeconf. Note that multi-argument commands like -includeconf will override preceding -noincludeconf, i.e.

as litecoin.conf will still include relative.conf.

  • Block storage can be limited under Preferences, in the Main tab. Undoing this setting requires downloading the full blockchain again. This mode is incompatible with -txindex and -rescan.

The -wallet=<path> option now accepts full paths instead of requiring wallets to be located in the -walletdir directory.

If -wallet=<path> is specified with a path that does not exist, it will now create a wallet directory at the specified location (containing a wallet.dat data file, a db.log file, and database/log.?????????? files) instead of just creating a data file at the path and storing log files in the parent directory. This should make backing up wallets more straightforward than before because the specified wallet path can just be directly archived without having to look in the parent directory for transaction log files.

For backwards compatibility, wallet paths that are names of existing data files in the -walletdir directory will continue to be accepted and interpreted the same as before.

Previously, wallets could only be loaded or created at startup, by specifying -wallet parameters on the command line or in the litecoin.conf file. It is now possible to load, create and unload wallets dynamically at runtime:

  • Existing wallets can be loaded by calling the loadwallet RPC. The wallet can be specified as file/directory basename (which must be located in the walletdir directory), or as an absolute path to a file/directory.
  • New wallets can be created (and loaded) by calling the createwallet RPC. The provided name must not match a wallet file in the walletdir directory or the name of a wallet that is currently loaded.
  • Loaded wallets can be unloaded by calling the unloadwallet RPC.

This feature is currently only available through the RPC interface.

Partial spend avoidance

When an address is paid multiple times the coins from those separate payments can be spent separately which hurts privacy due to linking otherwise separate addresses. A new -avoidpartialspends flag has been added (default=false). If enabled, the wallet will always spend existing UTXO to the same address together even if it results in higher fees. If someone were to send coins to an address after it was used, those coins will still be included in future coin selections.

The default minimum transaction fee -mintxfee has been lowered to 0.0001 LTC/kB after relaxing the minimum relay and dust relay fee rates in prior releases.

It is now possible for a single configuration file to set different options for different networks. This is done by using sections or by prefixing the option with the network, such as:

If the following options are not in a section, they will only apply to mainnet: addnode=, connect=, port=, bind=, rpcport=, rpcbind= and wallet=. The options to choose a network (regtest= and testnet=) must be specified outside of sections.

A new ‘label’ API has been introduced for the wallet. This is intended as a replacement for the deprecated ‘account’ API. The ‘account’ can continue to be used in V0.17 by starting litecoind with the ‘-deprecatedrpc=accounts’ argument, and will be fully removed in V0.18.

The label RPC methods mirror the account functionality, with the following functional differences:

  • Labels can be set on any address, not just receiving addresses. This functionality was previously only available through the GUI.
  • Labels can be deleted by reassigning all addresses using the setlabel RPC method.
  • There isn’t support for sending transactions from a label, or for determining which label a transaction was sent from.
  • Labels do not have a balance.

Here are the changes to RPC methods:

Source: https://blog.litecoin.org/litecoin-core-v0-17-1-release-candidate-eeed77c42a22?source=rss—-d41bceeb173b—4

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XRP, Tron, Tezos Price Analysis: 01 March

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XRP could be in line for another sell-off as the 200-SMA looked to cross above the 50-SMA. Down the ladder, Tron and Tezos were projected to stick to a fixed channel, with a breakout largely dependent on the future movement of market leaders Bitcoin and Ethereum.

XRP

Source: XRP/USD, TradingView

The bearish nature of XRP’s market was evident on its 4-hour chart as the price remained below the 200-SMA (green) despite a slight recovery at the time of writing. Moreover, the long-term moving average looked positioned to cross above the 50-SMA (blue). The last time this development took place was when a lawsuit was announced by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission against Ripple which resulted in a massive price drop and a bear market that lasted for over a month.

The MACD line floated just above the signal line but momentum seemed weak on the buying side. The Stochastic RSI also tipped in favor of the bulls. A strong sell-off could be avoided if the indicators maintain a positive stance. If the sell-off does take place at the current level, $0.25 support could be in focus.

Tron [TRX]

Source: TRX/USD, TradingView

Tron continued to trade rangebound between $0.05 and $0.04 as momentum switched sides between the buyers and sellers. The Awesome Oscillator flashed green at the time of writing as momentum diverted back to the buyers.  The 24-hour trading volumes surged by over 27% and clocked in at $1.76 billion.

While it looked like Tron was poised to rise above its overhead resistance, low volatility according to the Bollinger Bands worked against a bullish outcome. That could change if buying picks up over the coming sessions. Conversely, a pullback in the broader market could see Tron move towards $0.036 support.

Tezos [XTZ]

Source: XTZ/USD, TradingView

A horizontal pattern formed on Tezos‘ 4-hour chart as the price oscillated between a resistance and support line since bouncing back from the $3.2 mark. For traders, sell signals were present on the upper trendline and buy signals on the lower trendline. Considering Tezos’ strong correlation with Bitcoin, the state of the king coin could determine the direction of a breakout from the channel.

The next resistance level lied at $4.3, while the next support rested at $2.7. The MACD line moved above the signal line as bullish momentum was on the up. The RSI also pointed north from around the 50-level.


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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/xrp-tron-tezos-price-analysis-01-march

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Why countries like the US can do better in terms of crypto adoption

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The interest in cryptocurrencies has been on the rise and the general awareness of the technology and its function as a digital asset has risen substantially in the past few years. While the United States has been open to innovation, the lack of regulatory clarity within the country has raised various concerns between people and businesses in crypto.

Whereas Asia has been enabling wide-spread adoption of cryptocurrency with countries like Japan and Hong Kong trying to form guidelines around cryptos. However, apart from the regulatory differences, the biggest difference could also be with regard to user behavior in these two regions.

Amber Group partner, Annabelle Huang, who recently appeared in Anthony Pompliano’s podcast stated that although the innovations were taking place in the United States of America, the greater chunk of adoption was coming from countries in Asia. The continent has also remained a hub for miners and crypto exchanges and according to Messari’s report, by the end of 2019 six out of ten of the largest cryptocurrency firms are located in Asia.

Huang noted:

“…The biggest difference is just the sentiment and the drive of people. I think in the States, just because there are a lot of regulatory constraints and concerns, people sometimes are more hesitant towards driving the business forward. But, in Asia, I think people are more eager to test things out, get things going on the ground. So, we do see a lot of early adoption in Asia.”

Asia has been a focal point for crypto adoption and nearly 42% of the market capitalization is based in the continent.

Source: Messari

The advantage Asia has been offering to new crypto projects is mainly due to the cultural mentality according to Huang who noted that:

“I think we see in Asia, in Korea and Japan, it is hard for people to find yield anywhere. […] Especially like, I guess, in Japan right, all the yields are negative and I think people are perhaps more inclined to find more opportunities and more acceptable to new things, so that’s why I think crypto adoption in Korea and Japan are highest among the world.”

Although China has remained apprehensive about cryptocurrencies, the country has been inching closer to launch its own Digital currency Electronic Payment [DCEP] system. As the market corrects itself, the coming changes in the market could also trigger changes in the sentiment across the globe about crypto, however, the regulations continue to remain in the gray area.


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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/why-countries-like-the-us-can-do-better-in-terms-of-crypto-adoption

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Hathor opens doors for Bitcoin traders

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KuCoin launches trading services for the trading pair HTR / BTC at 10:00 AM on March 2, 2021 (UTC).

The HTR / USDT trading pair is currently open for HTR.

HTR has also launched a grant program for projects that want to develop the Hathor ecosystem and contribute to the global adoption of blockchains.

Apply Now! #BuildOnHathor #HTR

https://landing.hathor.network/grantprogram2021

Disclaimer: This article is a paid post and must not be considered as news/advice. 


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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/hathor-opens-doors-for-bitcoin-traders

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