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Altcoin Roundup: 3 ways blockchain technology could further mainstream in 2022

2021 was a breakout year for the cryptocurrency sector and this year is expected to see an extension of the “mass adoption” trend.Public awareness of blockchain technology is on the rise and a new cohort of projects designed to fill more niche roles in society are likely to emerge in the coming months. Three sectors that have the potential to see significant growth in 2022 are human resources (HR), employee payment solutions and platforms that serve the gig economy by offering corporate blockchain solutions.HR might pivot toward blockchain Human resource management is ripe for blockchain integration due to the security and data storage solutions offered. Blockchain would allow each employee to have a unique address where all pertinent information could be cryptographically stored. HR also deals with the recruiting and hiring of new employees, an increasingly difficult task in today’s world where the labor force participation rate stands at 61.9%, its lowest level since 1976.For blockchain-related jobs, the task becomes even more challenging due to the limited number of people with the knowledge and capabilities to work in the nascent sector. Keep3rV1 is one protocol that focuses on connecting employers with workers, and the decentralized job board is specifically designed to connect blockchain projects with external developers that provide specialized services. KP3R/USDT. 1-day chart. Source: TradingViewWhile Keep3rV1 focuses specifically on blockchain developer jobs, if the model proves to be a success, the concept could easily be expanded to serve a wider audience of job seekers and employers. Payroll also falls under the HR category and projects like Request (REQ) support a decentralized payments system where anyone can request a payment and receive money through secure means.This is an ideal setup for freelancers. Experimental platforms like Sablier Finance also offer workers the option to be paid for their labor in real-time rather than wait for the end of a payroll period to receive their paycheck in a lump sum. The gig economyRide-sharing services like Uber and Lyft and creator/freelance marketplaces like Fiverr were the bedrock of the gig economy. 2021 estimates show that 36% of the United States workforce participated in the gig economy either as their primary or secondary source of income. Data also shows that 55% of gig workers were also working a separate primary job. Current projections indicate that by 2023, up to 52% of the U.S. workforce will be actively working in the gig economy or will have done so at some point in their career, so it’s a growing field that could benefit from the integration of blockchain technology. One project that has already established its own freelancer job board is Chronos.tech (TIME), a blockchain-based recruitment, HR and payment processing protocol whose LaborX platform is similar to websites like Fiverr but conducts all transactions utilizing blockchain technology and smart contracts. TIME/USD 1-day chart. Source: CoinGeckoIn addition to the Chronos.tech, LaborX and PaymentX protocols, the ecosystem has also recently added decentralized finance (DeFi) functionality by allowing TIME holders to stake their tokens on the protocol to earn a yield. Freelancers can stake TIME on the network to receive bonuses for completed tasks while customers can stake to earn special rebates as a reward for holding the token.Related: Volcanos, Bitcoin and remittances: A Tongan lord plans for financial securityCorporations embrace blockchain solutionsEnterprise-level blockchain-based solutions are also expected to thrive in 2022.Many of the top contenders that offer enterprise solutions are layer-one blockchain protocols like Ethereum and its Hyperledger framework or Bitcoin’s layer-two lightning network scaling solution that was recently integrated with the Cash App. Other strong contenders in the field of enterprise solutions include Fantom and the Polygon network because they have lower transaction fees and faster processing capabilities. FTM/USDT vs. MATIC/USDT 1-day chart. Source: TradingViewA final protocol that specifically focuses on creating an enterprise-grade public network that allows individuals and businesses to create decentralized applications (DApps) is Hedera (HBAR). According to Hedera’s website, the project is owned and governed by some of the world’s leading organizations including IBM, Boeing, Google, LG and Standard Bank. The high throughput nature of Hedera’s hashgraph architecture makes it ideal for large businesses that would require a significant amount of transactions to serve their global client base. These use cases include payment processing, fraud mitigation, the ability to tokenize assets, verifying identity, the secure storage and transfer of data and the ability to create a private, permissioned blockchain for in-house use. Want more information about trading and investing in crypto markets?The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

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Anyswap, Keep3rV1, WEMIX follow Bitcoin’s move to $44K with double-digit rallies

The cryptocurrency community is back in high spirits on Jan. 12 after a majority of tokens in the top 200 flashed green following Bitcoin’s (BTC) spike to $44,000.The return of bullish momentum has come as a boon to several altcoin projects, with multiple tokens seeing gains in excess of 20%. Top 7 coins with the highest 24-hour price change. Source: Cointelegraph Markets ProData from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that the biggest gainers over the past 24-hours were Anyswap (ANY), Keep3rV1 (KP3R) and WEMIX (WEMIX). Anyswap expands its list of supported networksGains in the altcoin market were led by Anyswap, a decentralized exchange that specializes in allowing users to transfer and swap tokens between 25 distinct networks. Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that since falling to a low of $15.16 on Jan. 10, the price of ANY ripped 77.67% higher to a daily high of $26.93 on Jan. 12 as its 24-hour trading volume spiked 525% to $114.5 million. ANY/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingViewThe sudden spike in activity and price for ANY come as the protocol recently added two new networks to its list of supported chains including a FomoETH bridge and Moonbeam, which just officially launched on Polkadot. Keep3rV1 branches out to other networksKeep3rV1 is a project focused on creating a decentralized job board designed to help projects connect with external developers that can provide specialized services. VORTECS™ data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro began to detect a bullish outlook for KP3R on Jan. 7, prior to the recent price rise. The VORTECS™ Score, exclusive to Cointelegraph, is an algorithmic comparison of historical and current market conditions derived from a combination of data points including market sentiment, trading volume, recent price movements and Twitter activity.VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. KP3R price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets ProAs seen in the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score for KP3R climbed into the green zone on Jan. 7 and hit a high of 80 roughly 79 hours before the price rallied 79.64% over the next two days. The bullish move higher for KP3R comes following a tease released by the project indicating that KP3R will soon have cross-chain functionality between Ethereum (ETH), Fantom (FTM) and layer-two solution Optimism. Related: QuickSwap founder: L2s are the path to mass adoptionWEMIX lists at UpbitWEMIX is a global blockchain gaming platform developed by Wemade Tree that is designed specifically for gaming DApps and includes a marketplace for digital assets and nonfungible tokens (NFTs). Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and CoinGecko shows that after sliding to a low of $3.96 on Jan. 10, the price of WEMIX rebounded 106% to a daily high at $8.16 on Jan. 12 as its 24-hour trading volume spiked to $1.2 billion. WEMIX/USD 1-hour chart. Source: CoinGeckoThe surge in interest and trading volume for WEMIX comes as the token listed on the popular Korean cryptocurrency exchange Upbit on Jan. 10 and announced the details for the next WEMIX NFT auction drop. The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $2.073 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 39.8%.The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

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Block job postings reveal Jack Dorsey's Bitcoin plans

In two recent job postings on LinkedIn, Jack Dorsey’s Block (formerly Square) revealed the group’s plans to develop “the next generation of mining ASIC,” and make a hardware wallet for the next 100 million Bitcoin (BTC) users.The two roles are based in the Block’s headquarters in San Francisco and were added to the job posting platform in the past 24 hours. For the role of the custom digital design lead, the candidate will help “silicon validation of the ASIC and its prototype.” An ASIC is a small machine dedicated to Bitcoin mining and is considered the best option for Bitcoin network security. The new job posting confirms that Block sets out to develop purpose-built ASICs for BTC mining.The second career is for the hardware wallet’s global fulfillment and logistics lead. At the job’s core is “bringing easy-to-use, reliable self-custody to a global audience.” Ultimately, Block seeks to distribute its hardware wallets to over 100 countries.The news aligns with Dorsey’s announcements made in 2021. Back when Block was called Square, Dorsey Tweeted that “Square is considering building a Bitcoin mining system based on custom silicon and open source for individuals and businesses worldwide.” Further back in July, Square claimed to be developing an ‘assisted custody’ BTC hardware wallet. It appears the plans are now coming together. Block is the holding name for Square, CashApp, Spiral, Tidal and TBD54566975. Tidal music streaming service aside, each company is dedicated to furthering Bitcoin adoption and economic empowerment. Across the Block’s suite of companies, there are 650 jobs available across destinations around the world. For Block, there are several live listings for state public policy leadership positions across the United States as well as the two aforementioned product-related roles.Since stepping down as CEO of Twitter, Jack has been vocal in his support for Bitcoin while outspoken in his opposition to Web3 –sometimes with varying results. Following a series of well-aimed tweets, he was stuck between a block and a hard place after he tweeted that VCs own Web3. Andreessen Horowitz, CEO of his eponymously named VC firm, swiftly blocked him.However, he is also winning over NBA stars including NBA champion Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson who will receive some of their salaries in Bitcoin using Block’s Cash App. 

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