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Cointal Revolutionizes P2P Cryptocurrency Trading – CryptoCoinsNews

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Cryptocurrency is revolutionary because it eliminates the need for centralized financial institutions like banks. All you need is an Internet connection to send or receive payments from across the world. However, eventually you need to trade one cryptocurrency for another or sell your coins for cash. Unfortunately, this forces most crypto users back onto centralized cryptocurrency exchanges where they must live in constant fear that their coins will fall prey to hackers or excessive fees.

Sure, peer-to-peer marketplaces exist, but they have very limited functionality and offer users almost no security. To make matters worse, these P2P exchanges only support one or two cryptocurrencies, making them useless for people who like to maintain a diverse portfolio. Thankfully, this is about to change.

Cointal plans to revolutionize the digital currency ecosystem by developing the first multi-cryptocurrency P2P marketplace. When the platform launches, users will be able to buy, sell, and trade Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Ripple directly with almost any payment method imaginable, including cash, credit/debit card, gift card, PayPal, Western Union, and bank transfer.

The Cointal marketplace is incredibly simple to use, making it perfect for beginning and advanced crypto users alike. The platformwhich includes an all-in-one wallet secured by BitGois completely free for buyers, and sellers only have to pay a 1% fee to sell their coins. Recognizing that traders need to be able to access the platform even when they arent in front of a computer, they have made sure the platform is compatible with smartphones and tablets.

By early 2018, they anticipate that their platform will expand to support at least 10 cryptocurrencies, with even more being added in the future to meet their users needs.

Cointal has also worked hard to make their platform a social gathering place, enabling a 24/7 social chatbox, private messaging, and forums. Moreover, all users will benefit from the affiliate program, which provides them with passive income as a reward for telling others about Cointal.

One thing that scares many people away from P2P marketplaces is a fear of scams. You dont have to worry about that with Cointal because they offer escrow, user feedback, and a secure anti-hacking platform that features two-factor authentication. Moreover, they provide free insurance to all users; if anyone does suffer from a scam, the Cointal team will immediately issue them a refund.

Cointal wants to reward early adopters, so they are offering the first 5,000 people who pre-registered a myriad of benefits:

These benefits were originally intended for the first 1,000 pre-registrants, but those spots were taken so quickly that Cointal graciously extended it so others can have an opportunity to obtain these features.

The Cointal P2P marketplace is launching soon, so pre-register today to secure your early adopter advantages on this revolutionary platform. Finally, you have access to a multi-cryptocurrency P2P marketplace where you can buy Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, and Litecoin, directly with cash. For more information, visit the Cointal website or follow the team on Twitter and Facebook.

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Municipal adoption of the cloud – American City & County (blog)

By Pete Eichorn

Although state and federal agencies are migrating steadily to the cloud, municipal governments have been slower to jump on the trend. Cloud technology presents a challenge for municipal agencies, which often dont know where to start, whom to ask for help, whether they need a third-party partner or whether laws and statutes even allow them to move data to the cloud.

Try before you buyFortunately, city and county governments dont have to go all in from the beginning. The cloud is a perfect small-scale testing ground. You can try cloud-based software as a service, or SaaS, which allows your team to use an existing software, delivered via a Web browser, and pay for it on a usage-time basis or with a monthly fee that grants access to designated staff members.

For example, a county that wants to replace its legacy financial system to better adhere to its states financial reporting requirements and eliminate its long-standing manual processes might test SaaS through the cloud. The county would gain access to an existing, third-party software product that could house its data, provide real-time access to financial transactions and reports and deliver other services the municipality might not even have anticipated.

The county would have avoided a large capital outlay. The cloud-based software would automatically scale when the county expected a larger demand on its financial services software and, if the software didnt meet the countys needs during the test period, the county would be free to walk away and try another solution.

The security questionData is no less secure in the cloud than on an internal server. That said, government cant outsource responsibility for its data. A cloud provider wont be responsible if there is a breach, so you must know what you are buying, where your data is and how it is being safeguarded. If you decide to test a cloud-based service, get the provider to disclose and include in your contract its terms and conditions, security limits, liabilities and responsibilities.

Your responsibilities to secure data still exist in the cloud as they do in traditional technologies. You must still comply with applicable laws and follow best practices, such as ensuring that user accounts and passwords are managed properly.

Which cloud?There are several kinds of clouds, and reasons you might choose one over another. Private clouds, maintained on-site, offer flexibility and control, and often are better suited when you want the clouds benefits and are willing to manage technology capabilities yourself. Public clouds, maintained via the internet on a cloud providers servers, are a good fit for accessing the latest technologies and for changing your financial management from a capital expense to an operating expense model.

Another option is hybrid cloud, which offers access to the best aspects of both public and private clouds. A hybrid cloud solution works well when you need to balance the needs of legacy systems and new, cloud capabilities.

Now is the timeMore and more, software providers are moving toward offering their products and services via the cloud. Innovation will focus on SaaS, and updates and support for legacy systems will become rarer.

So now is unquestionably the time for municipal governments to commit to understanding the potential benefits and dipping their toes in the water with test projects.

Research the benefits and individual services various cloud providers offer and determine which meet your needs. If you are short on internal resources, look for a government services provider to help you navigate the options and set out a cloud adoption plan that integrates with your existing systems, security models and goals.


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Veeam follows Virtzilla’s cloud up the Amazon – The Register

Veeam now backs up VMware Cloud data on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

VMware has an arrangement with Amazon whereby it supplies AWS incarnations of servers running the VMware Cloud Foundation product bundle of vSphere, VSAN, NSX and vCenter. Cloud Foundation can run on premises or in AWS.

As Veeam prides itself on backing up data for Virtzilla’s customers, it naturally goes where Virtzilla goes. So it’s gone up the Amazon and the Veeam Availability Suiteis now available to customers of VMware Cloud on AWS.

Veeam president and joint-CEO Peter McKay said he was excited, because this news “reaffirms Veeam’s commitment to delivering Availability for any service, across any platform”.

It’s a relatively straightforward product extension by Veeam and a typically fast announcement. All other VMware-supporting data protection suppliers will inevitably have to follow suit.

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IBM cooks up a hardware architecture for tastier cloud-based services – TechTarget

IBM hopes to raise its competitive profile in cloud services when it introduces new hardware and cloud infrastructure by the end of this year or early 2018.

The company will add a new collection of hardware and software products that deliver artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud-based services faster and more efficiently.

Among the server-based hardware technologies are 3D Torus, an interconnection topology for message-passing multicomputer systems, and new accelerators from Nvidia, along with advanced graphics processing unit (GPU) chips. Also included is Single Large Expensive Disk technology, a traditional disk technology currently used in mainframes and all-flash-based storage, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans.

The architecture achieves sub-20-millisecond performance latencies by eliminating routers and switches, and it embeds those capabilities into chips that communicate more directly with each other, one source said.

The new collection of hardware applies some of the same concepts as IBM’s Blue Gene supercomputer, which were among those used to create Watson. In the model of those special-purpose machines, the new system is designed specifically to do one thing: Deliver AI-flavored cloud-based services.

These technologies, which can work with both IBM Power and Intel chips in the same box, will be used only in servers housed in IBM’s data centers. IBM will not sell servers containing these technologies commercially to corporate users. The new technologies could reach IBM’s 56 data centers late this year or early next year.

IBM’s cloud business has grown steadily from its small base over the past three to four years to revenues of $3.9 billion in the company’s second quarter reported last month and $15.1 billion over the past 12 months. The company’s annual run rate for as-a-service revenues rose 32% from a year ago to $8.8 billion.

At the same time, sales of the company’s portfolio of cognitive solutions, with Watson at its core, took a step back, falling 1% in the second quarter after 3% growth in this year’s first quarter.

That doesn’t represent a critical setback, but it has caused some concern, because the company hangs much of its future growth on Watson.

Three years ago, IBM sunk $1 billion to set up its Watson business unit in the New York City borough Manhattan. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty has often cited lofty goals for the unit when claiming Watson would reach 1 billion consumers by the end of 2017, $1 billion in revenues by the end of 2018 and, eventually, $10 billion in revenue by an unnamed date. For IBM to achieve those goals, it requires a steady infusion of AI and machine learning technologies.

IBM executives remain confident, given the technical advancements in AI and machine learning capabilities built into Watson and a strict focus on corporate business users, while competitors — most notably Amazon — pursue consumer markets.

“All of our efforts around cognitive computing and AI are aimed at businesses,” said John Considine, general manager of cloud infrastructure at IBM. “This is why we have made such heavy investments in GPUs, bare-metal servers and infrastructure, so we can deliver these services with the performance levels corporate users will require.”

However, not everyone is convinced that IBM can reach its goals for cognitive cloud-based services, at least in the predicted time frames. And it will still be an uphill climb for Big Blue, as it looks to vie with cloud competitors faster out of the gate.

Lydia Leong, an analyst with Gartner, could not confirm details of IBM’s upcoming new hardware for cloud services, but pointed to the company’s efforts around a new cloud-oriented architecture dubbed Next Generation Infrastructure. NGI will be a new platform run inside SoftLayer facilities, but it’s built from scratch by a different team within IBM, she said.

My expectation is IBM will not have a long-term speed advantage with this — I’m not even sure they will have a short-term one. Lydia Leonganalyst, Gartner

IBM intends to catch up to the modern world of infrastructure with hardware and software more like those from competitors Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, and thus deliver more compelling cloud-based services. NGI will be the foundation on which to build new infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings, while IBM Bluemix, which remains a separate entity, will continue to run on top of bare metal.

Leong said she is skeptical, however, that any new server hardware will give the company a performance advantage to deliver cloud services.

“My expectation is IBM will not have a long-term speed advantage with this — I’m not even sure they will have a short-term one,” Leong said. “Other cloud competitors are intensely innovative and have access to the same set of technologies and tactical ideas, and they will move quickly.”

IBM has stumbled repeatedly with engineering execution in its cloud portfolio, which includes last year’s launch and demise of a new IaaS offering, OpenStack for Bluemix. “[IBM has] talked to users about this [NGI] for a while, but the engineering schedule keeps getting pushed back,” she said.

IBM now enters the cloud infrastructure market extremely late — and at a time when the core infrastructure war has been mostly won, Leong said. She suggested IBM might be better served to avoid direct competition with market leaders and focus its efforts where it has an established advantage and can differentiate with things like Watson.

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Where does a business’s data live? – Information Age

Due to improved analytics and the rapidly growing benefits of cognitive computing, data is becoming an even more critical growth asset central to all business operations.

Not only this, but with the increase of cyber attacks and new regulation such as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) soon coming into force, control over data is now at the top of all organisations agendas.

Now is the time to rethink architectures to enable companies to use data to drive digital transformation, while keeping full control of one of their key assets data.

In order to compete in a market being transformed by the availability of cloud services, many businesses are realising that they need complete control and transparency of their data management where it is, who has access to it and how it is protected.

>See also:Is business data AI compatible?

The way they collect, organise and activate this data will be essential to their future. This is why many businesses are now putting their data in the cloud ensuring their most critical asset is always in the hands of experts, with increased access to cognitive analytics.

Data on the moveIn todays digital environment, data is crucial to the operation of businesses. They need secure, compliant access to this through a multitude of channels. For example a bank needs access at the branch, online, and via mobile.

Wherever the operation is taking place, there needs to be a secure and compliant connection to the data centre, with consistent processes across the whole environment from mobile to mainframe.

Making this data available across geographies and channels only makes security more complex, with a growing range of endpoints and regulation to consider.

Data residency is important for organisations to consider when moving to the cloud. IBM through its growing cloud footprint in Europe, the UK and other global centres can offer clients the choice of where their data is stored.

>See also:Outlook increasingly cloudy: the mass migration of business data

The giant advocates for client choice of data residency while opposing government-mandated data localisation, with the exception of sensitive data for example related to national security or critical infrastructure.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is another key piece of regulation to consider, which comes into force next year.

The aim of GDPR is to protect all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches in an increasingly data-driven world, massively increasing the scope of data protection and residency from the 1995 directive.

One of the major changes set to impact businesses is that serious breaches, which are likely to result in a risk for the rights and freedoms of individuals, must be reported within 72 hours. Those in breach can be fined up to 4% of annual global turnover, or 20 Million whichever is greater.

The current models in place for handling data will need to change and businesses are looking to sophisticated cloud providers to assist with this complexity.

With the prospect of significant fines for those who are in breach, security is top line priority for many organisations. While some still view cloud as less secure, enhanced security can be a key reason for moving to the cloud but not all clouds are created equally.

>See also:How can a business extract value from big data?

Some cloud providers can often offer more advanced security expertise than is available in house, managing end to end security needs from identity and access controls, to data protection and even threat intelligence.

This gives the end customer complete control of the cloud including the application and the hypervisor, all the way to the processor level.

Knowing who has access to what and where, otherwise known as identity and access management, is crucial.

Cloud identity management also known as Identity as a Service- gives businesses complete control over this, minimising the insider threat and ensuring there are no weak links in the chain.

Hardware can also prove vulnerable. With bare metal cloud servers, businesses can ensure that security and data geo-fencing is provided all the way to the processor level.

They get the flexibility and pay as you go benefits of cloud without sacrificing control of visibility over the environment.

With logical access and security controls, businesses can be assured that workloads are only being run on trusted hardware in the designated geography.

>See also:Using data analytics to improve business processes and reduce waste

Businesses can be further reassured that the cloud is safe and secure with the introduction of the European Cloud Code of Conduct.

The Code is rigorous companies that sign up must meet all of the requirements with no room for opt-outs or exceptions.

Not only does the Code align with the current legal framework for data protection in Europe, but it also aligns with core elements of the GDPR.

One of the industries most concerned with security is financial services. Even businesses in this highly regulated industry are now expanding their cloud solutions.

While there is still a demand for in-house IT to run certain core systems and store particular data types, hybrid cloud is increasingly being seen as the most effective solution for this type of industry, integrating local, public and shared options.

>See also:The value of data driving business innovation and acceleration

One bank already taking advantage of these benefits is Boursorama, a subsidiary of the Socit Gnrale Group and leader in online banking, online brokerage and financial information services.

By deploying its services through a cloud infrastructure, Boursorama has been able to improve management of IT resources by quickly activating servers based on specific client needs and usage. It has also been able to strengthen the security and resilience of its websites.

Through a global, 247 managed backup solution for its back office that leverages one of IBMs business resiliency centres, Boursorama has been able to speed up recovery times by providing faster access to the crucial applications and data that are core to its business.

In a data led economy, businesses today cant afford to lose track of their most valuable asset. So the question is, do you know where your data is?

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Central Banks Can’t Ignore the Cryptocurrency Boom – Bloomberg

When the cryptocurrency Exio Coin starts a round of fundraising on Sept. 7, its founders say the unit will come with a unique distinction: the first to be endorsed by a sovereign nation.

The identity of the government backer wont be revealed until October,and Bloomberg News has no way of verifying the claim of support.According to co-founder Sunny Johnson though, the supporter is one of “the worlds richest countries” on a per capita basis.

The claim of official approval highlights how the boom in cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology is becoming too big for central banks, long the guardian of official money, to ignore. From speculative betting to trading solar power, digital money is proliferating.

Until recently, officials at major central banks were happy to watch as pioneers in the field progressed by trial and error, safe in the knowledge that it was dwarfed by roughly $5 trillion circulating daily in conventional currency markets. But now as officials turn an eye toward the increasingly pervasive technology, the risk is that theyre reacting too late to both the pitfalls and the opportunities presented by digital coinage.

“Central banks cannot afford to treat cyber currencies as toys to play with in a sand box,” said Andrew Sheng, chief adviser to the China Banking Regulatory Commission and Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong. “It is time to realize that they are the real barbarians at the gate.”

Bitcoin — the largest and best-known digital currency — and its peers pose a threat to the established money system by effectively circumventing it. Money as we know it depends on the authority of the state for credibility, with central banks typically managing its price and/or quantity. Cryptocurrencies skirt all that and instead rely on their supposedly unhackable technology to guarantee value.

If they dont get a handle on bitcoin and their ilk,and more people adopt them, central banks could see an erosion of their control over the money supply. The solution may be in the old adage, if you cant beat them, join them.

The Peoples Bank of China has done trial runs of its prototype cryptocurrency, taking it a step closer to being the first major central bank to issue digital money. The Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank have launched a joint research project which studies the possible use of distributed ledger — the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies — for market infrastructure.

Read more about Chinas digital currency efforts.

The Dutch central bank has created its own cryptocurrency — for internal circulation only — to better understand how it works. And Ben Bernanke, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve who has said digital currencies show “long term promise,” will be the keynote speaker at a blockchain and banking conference in October hosted by Ripple, the startup behind the fourth largest digital currency.

Russia, too, has shown interest in ethereum, the second-largest digital currency, with the central bank deploying a blockchain pilot program.

In the U.S., both banks and regulators are studying distributed ledger technology and Fed officials have made a couple of formal speeches on the topic in the past 12 months, but have voiced reservations about digital currencies themselves.

Fed Governor Jerome Powell said in March there were significant policy issues concerning them that needed further study, including vulnerability to cyber-attack, privacy and counterfeiting. He also cautioned that a central bank digital currency could stifle innovations to improve the existing payments system.

At the same time, central bankers are obviously wary of the risks posed by alternative currencies — including financial instability and fraud. One example: The Tokyo-based Mt. Gox exchange collapsed spectacularly in 2014 after disclosing that it lost hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bitcoin.

But for all their theoretical tinkering, official-money guardians have largely stood by as digital currencies have taken off. The explosion in initial coin offerings, or ICOs, is evidence. Investors have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the digital currency market this year alone.

The dollar value of the 20 biggest cryptocurrencies is around $150 billion, according to data from Bitcoin itself has soared more than 380 percent this year and hit a record — but its also prone to wild swings, like a 50 percent slump at the end of 2013.

“At a global level, there is an urgent need for regulatory clarity given the growth of the market,”said Daniel Heller, Visiting Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and previously head of financial stability at the Swiss National Bank.

Rather than trying to regulate the world of virtual currencies, central banks are mainly warning of risks and attempting to garner some advantage from distributed-ledger technology for their own purposes, like upgrading payments systems.

Carl-Ludwig Thiele, a board member of Germanys Bundesbank, has described bitcoin as a niche phenomenon but blockchain as far more interesting, if it can be adapted for central-bank use. In July, Austrias Ewald Nowotny said the hes open to new technologies but doesnt believe that will lead to a new currency, and that dealing in bitcoin is effectively gambling.

There could also be a monetary policy aspect to consider. ECB Governing Council member Jan Smets said in December that a central-bank digital currency could give policy makers more leeway when interest rates are negative. Policy makers have long been concerned that if they cut rates too low, people will simply hoard cash. The ECBs deposit rate is currently minus 0.4 percent.

Other central banks see the uses of distributed ledger technology, but worry about the abuses virtual money can be put to outside the official system — like criminal money laundering and the sale of illegal goods. Thats not to mention the risk that virtual currencies could pose to the rest of the financial system if the bubble were to pop.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney — who has said blockchain shows great promise — also warned regulators this year to keep on top of developments in financial technology if they want to avoid a 2008-style crisis.

While Mt. Gox cast a shadow over bitcoin in Japan, it now has many supporters in the worlds third-biggest economy. Parliamentpassed a law in April this year making it a legal method of payment. Japans largest banks have invested in bitcoin exchanges and small-cap stocks linked to the cryptocurrency or its underlying technology have rallied this year as it begins to win favor with some retailers.

With the nations Financial Services Agency responsible for bitcoins regulation, the BOJ remains focused on studying its distributed ledger technology.

“Central banks are not yet ready for regulating digital currencies,”said Xiao Geng, a professor of finance and public policy at the University of Hong Kong. “But they have to in the future since unregulated digital currencies are prone to crime and Ponzi-type speculation.”

To be sure, the attraction of virtual currencies for many remains speculation, rather than for households or companies buying and selling goods.

“It is a fad that will die down and it will be used by less than 1 percent of consumers and accepted by even fewer merchants,” said Sumit Agarwal of Georgetown University, who was previously a senior financial economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. “Even if we can make the digital currency safe it has many hurdles.”

The founders of Exio Coin argue they have developed a middle way with principles of governance that will set the trend for the blockchain industry. While some regulation is inevitable, cryptocurrencies are intended to be a global form of currency and not subject to the rules and regulations of one jurisdiction, said Johnson.

With all the misgivings about cryptocurrencies, having a sovereign endorser — rather than an issuer — may be a pragmatic way of offering the benefits of digital money with less of the worry.

“With no one central bank maintaining control Exio Coin will retain its decentralized characteristics,” Johnson said. “The sovereign endorser shares our vision for the future.”

With assistance by Brett Miller, Lucy Meakin, Carolynn Look, and Justina Lee

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Whoppercoin is a cryptocurrency you can eat or trade – The Verge

Have you ever wanted to trade something fun, rather than boring stuff like oil, iron ore, or shares? Maybe something like burgers? Now you can kind of. Burger King in Russia has just announced a new loyalty program using virtual coins called Whoppercoins, which is hosted on the Waves blockchain platform. Waves allows users to swap and trade blockchain tokens which have an inherent value on a peer-to-peer exchange.

A supply of 1 billion Whoppercoins have been issued so far, and customers will receive one Whoppercoin for every ruble spent ($1 is 59 RUB). They can redeem one Whopper burger with 1,700 Whoppercoins, which are stored in a digital wallet. While the Whopper cryptocurrency is a bit of a gimmick, customers can still trade and transfer the coins, just like any other cryptocurrency.

Whoppercoin even has its own dedicated asset page, which describes it as a token for buying burgers in Russian Burger King and for the stock exchange. Burger King Russia says it will release an app for the program in the Apple Store and Google Play in September.

Now Whopper is not only burger that people in 90 different countries love its an investment tool as well, Ivan Shestov, head of external communications at Burger King Russia said in a statement. While Shestov saying eating Whoppers now is a strategy for financial prosperity tomorrow, may be a bit of a stretch, free burgers is something Ill always put my hand up for.

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Learn about cryptocurrency mining with this interactive blockchain demo – TNW

In order to understand cryptocurrency youll need to grasp the fundamentals of blockchain. Luckily, someone made an interactive tutorial that not only explains the idea, but walks users through mining valid hashes with their CPUs.

Blockchain Demo overcomes part of the learning curve by showing you exactly what mining looks like. Its a creative way to adapt a useless form of mining for educational purposes. Youll need hardware like a miner a computer built for the job if you want to make any actual money.

Were past the days of adapting an old computer for the job, entry-level units have six GPUs. The bare-bones miner costs about $300, but considering many manufacturers have a minimum order amount, sometimes in the range of 100 units, this isnt a weekend hobby.

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Blockchain Demos creator,Sean Han, explained his project on Product Hunt:

Blockchain Demo is my attempt at demystifying the technology behind cryptocurrencies. It has a living blockchain, a peer-to-peer network, and a user tour.

Hans tool guides you through the process of mining a block using the same type of ledger technology powering Bitcoin.

For a deeper dive into the concept, you can also check out the inspiration for Blockchain Demo in this video by Anders.

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$160 Billion: Cryptocurrency Market Sets New All-Time High … – CoinDesk

Investment in cryptocurrencies continues to increase.

Spurred by increases in investment, the total value of the more than 800 publicly traded cryptocurrencies and crypto assets pushed past $160 billion for the first time ever, according to data provider CoinMarketCap.

With the move, the figure is now up 1,500 percent from the $10 billion observed at the start of the year.

Notably, the new high was set even as bitcoin, the market’s largest asset, continued its recent pattern of sideways trading, hovering in the $4,400-range, or about 1% below its all time high of $4,522.13 on the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (BPI).

Similar, ether and bitcoin were mostly flat on the day’s trading.

At press time, it seemed most of the growth in the top 10 cryptocurrencies was consolidated to two assets, with Ripple’s XRP token and monero’s XMR token rising 9% and 7.9%, respectively, over the last 24 hours.

On XMR’s increase, the asset regained a spot in the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization after some time out of the spotlight.

Elsewhere, investment in litecoin appeared to cool after it set all-time highs earlier in the day’s trading. After rising past $60 for the first time since the protocol was introduced in 2011, the token was down nearly 2%.

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Quantum computing event explores the implications for business – Cambridge Network

A free, one-day ‘Executive Track’ on the issue – part of an international workshop on quantum-safe cryptography – takes place on Wednesday 13 September at the Westminster Conference Centre, London. It focuses on the implications for businesses and highlights developments underway to address them.

Government cyber-security agencies (UK, US, Canada) and experts from universities and industry (including Amazon, BT, Cisco and Microsoft) will present and discuss the issues and potential solutions to this fundamental technological development that threatens catastrophic damage to Government, industry and commerce alike.

Find out more and book your place at this free event here

The Executive Track on13 Septemberis designed for business leaders and will outline the state of the quantum threat and its mitigation for a C-level audience including CEOs, CTOs and CISOs.

Attendees will learn how quantum computers are poised to disrupt the current security landscape, how government and industry organisations are approaching this threat, and the emerging solutions to help organisations protect their cyber systems and assets, now and into the future of quantum computing.


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