New Technical Community Manager Announced.
Today the ChainLink project announced in its official Slack channel that it has brought on Thomas Hodges as Technical Community Manager. Mr. Hodges has produced a number of technical how-to videos on running ChainLink Nodes and has also contributed to Oraclefinder.com.
Hopefully, this addition will continue the trend of increased communication from the team regarding both technical and nontechnical updates. I believe this is evidence of concrete steps being taken to address the community’s concerns regarding lack of updates and communication. Congratulations to Mr. Hodges on his new position.
LINK token trading is now active on COSS.IO. COSS had made an announcement earlier in the day that BTC and ETH pairs would be made available. There is still very low volume on COSS but any new LINK exchange is good news for the community.
A LINK trading pair for BTC and ETH has appeared on Coss.io. Trading is not active at this time. This indicates strongly that LINK will be available on the exchange in the next few days if not hours. This combined with any additional news regarding node development may indicate a potential price swing towards the upside. The addition of LINK on a third exchange (besides EtherDelta and Binance) will go a long way towards improving sentiment after multiple allegations of price manipulation on Binance.com.
Coss.io has confirmed that LINK token trading will be available later today (10/31/2017) via their twitter channel. Today is shaping up to be a very happy Halloween for the ChainLink Network.
CHAINLINK CODE UPDATE – 10/31/17
ChainLink’s GitHub repository saw a number of new commits this evening including an upgrade to Ruby 2.35. This is the first public code update since September 29, 2017. These code updates from Steve Ellis (ChainLink CTO) may point to a new node container release being imminent. More importantly, this may also signal news regarding required node staking amounts being released soon. Obviously, this is just speculation, but it may be wise to invest in LINK tokens to a minimum of 10k; the amount that has been rumored to be the minimum considered by the ChainLink team to have “skin in the game”.
While there is no minimum LINK balance requirement to create a ChainLink node, a larger amount of staked tokens will increase the priority of the node in the ChainLink network. Hopefully, clarification on these requirements will be forthcoming in the near term.
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SmartContract CEO to be a headline Speaker at Bitcoin, Ethereum & Blockchain SuperConference.
Smartcontract.com CEO, Sergey Nazarov has been announced as a headline speaker at the Bitcoin, Ethereum, & Blockchain SuperConference. The conference is slated to be held February 16 – 18, 2018 at The Dallas Fort-Worth Airport Marriott North.
The topic of his talk has yet to be announced on the conference site. However, it will most likely relate to the importance of the ChainLink oracle project and the potential of smart contracts as a disrupting force in the financial, real estate, and insurance industries.
Sergey will be speaking regarding the need for secure, decentralized oracles for smart contracts on the Ethereum platform. The ability to allow data providers, payment processors and other API providers to be accessed via Ethereum based smart contracts would be a giant leap forward in practical functionality and present a real-world use case for blockchain technology.