Yet Another Cryptocurrency Wins Listing on Coinbase Pro

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Yet Another Cryptocurrency Wins Listing on Coinbase Pro
Coinbase adds Stellar Lumens to its professional trading service Coinbase Pro. Initially, XLM trading will be only available for customers in Coinbase’s supported jurisdictions, expect the state of New York.
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eToro Launches Crypto Trading Platform Across 30 States in the U.S

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eToro Launches Crypto Trading Platform Across 30 States in the U.S

With the U.S. being one of the most active markets for crypto trading, eToro plans its expansion to seize new underlying opportunities.

eToro Launches Crypto Trading Platform Across 30 States in the U.S

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TradingView Lists Its First Crypto Index, the Huobi HB10

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TradingView Lists Its First Crypto Index, the Huobi HB10

The Huobi HB10 crypto index tracks a number of top digital currencies based on their market cap and liquidity.

TradingView Lists Its First Crypto Index, the Huobi HB10

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Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin and Ethereum Classic Lose Support From the Thai SEC: Expert Opinion

While the crypto markets are slowly maturing and becoming recognized across the globe, there are still vast differences in the way that each country handles them. Some are taking a more supportive stance and some are unfortunately not. Amongst all, the Thai regulator Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has removed BCH, LTC, and ETC from the list of accepted cryptocurrencies
Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, and Stellar Lumens have been reaffirmed
While the report has come to a shocker for the three coins that have lost support- BCH, LTC, and ETC- the report has reaffirmed support for Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, and Stellar Lumens. More specifically, the SEC has made it clear to specify that this support is referring to issuing tokens on top of those respective blockchains (ICOs) and using these cryptos as a base pair for trading at exchanges. Meaning, that it is now illegal to issue an ICO on the Litecoin blockchain and exchanges are banned from allowing pairs like ETC/XXX.
Although the ban has come in it is less likely to have a real-time impact as of the three cryptos that have seen support removed, none of them are currently being used for ICOs nor are they being used by exchanges as a base currency. Overall, Thailand has been a fairly small market for cryptos so in any case, the impact of this announcement of the coin prices would be really negligible.
But what’s interesting here is that even after being a small market the, Thai regulator has actually doe their homework and getting into specific cryptos almost like an investor might.
Only time will tell if this strategy will pay off but what is clear is that they may be creating more work for themselves as they may need to update the status of individual coins based on market forces. Should any single crypto asset gain or lose ground in the market, they could be forced to update their policy. Also, they’ve only weighed in on 7 cryptos, leaving the rest with a big question mark.
Will other countries all go the Thai way of individual coin regulation? Do let us know your views on the same.
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New Trading App BuySellHODL Launches Proprietory Price Targets and Crypto Ratings Feature

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New Trading App BuySellHODL Launches Proprietory Price Targets and Crypto Ratings Feature

BuySellHODL, a revolutionary new trading app, has recently launched its first-of-its-kind price target features and crypto ratings based on a proprietary approach.

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Bitcoin Cash Support Added on Coinbase Wallet App

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Bitcoin Cash Support Added on Coinbase Wallet App

Konstantin Rabin, financial expert and crypto enthusiast, takes a look at recent announcement from Coinbase in which it has confirmed that they added Bitcoin Cash support in their wallet app.

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Ethereum Classic [ETC] 51% attack leads Metronome Token to deploy new contract

Metronome [MET] token, that operates on the Ethereum platform released an update on a Medium blog and commented on the Ethereum Classic network’s 51% attack that happened earlier this year and what steps are they going to take.
The ETC network was hit by a 51% attack on January 5, where the attackers rented the required hash power to control the network. The post suggests that this attack could have been to double-spend ETC tokens while selling them to the exchange.
About the concerns people may have about MET tokens that reside on networks prone to 51% attacks, the Foundation in a Medium post revealed that the Metronome team has put in work to develop contracts for deployment on the Ethereum Classic network in order to secure the transactions. The post read:
“The team has put in considerable effort in developing/auditing these contracts for deployment on Ethereum Classic and the Validator Network that will secure the transactions between chains.”
The team is going ahead with their planned Q1 deployment of Metronome contracts on the Ethereum Classic network. The post read that the team is confident about the contracts to be deployed and realize that this decision will be a matter of concern for people. The post explained its stance saying:
“Watching the situation unfold over the course of a few weeks — and noting Ethereum Classic’s resilience in both market-cap and ability to maintain its hash rate post-attack — the team is confident enough in the chain to deploy contracts. The additional security in continued institutional incentive to stabilize the network has helped alleviate some of the team’s concerns.”
The post urged MET owners to consider where they store their MET at all times. The post also warned MET owners regarding not storing their coins if they find any abnormality found on the deployed Metronome contracts.
“…should any owner find any network with deployed Metronome contracts misaligned with their security needs and risk tolerances, then they should not store their MET on that chain. As with any cryptocurrency, each owner has an individual responsibility to themselves.”
The attacked chains are vulnerable to attacks, however, the post mentions a few things to be considered.
“The primary economic incentive for attacking a network is to go after the most profitable tokens — which is usually the underlying token itself (in this case ETC). Additionally, the victims of 51% attacks are usually exchanges.”
The post about the Ethereum Classic Contract concluded with the announcement of the deployment of the contract and informed the owners of MET that they can move their token as per their wish, as the attack has proven the need for chain portability.
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Bitcoin Finally Added to Coinbase Wallet, More Coins are Waiting for Their Turn

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Bitcoin Finally Added to Coinbase Wallet, More Coins are Waiting for Their Turn

With support for Bitcoin, Coinbase becomes closer to creating of the world’s leading user-custodied crypto wallet. As the exchange said, adding support for Bitcoin is “an important next step in that direction.”

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VeriBlock ‘Spams’ Bitcoin Network to Secure Blockchains of Other Cryptos

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VeriBlock ‘Spams’ Bitcoin Network to Secure Blockchains of Other Cryptos

On October 22, 2013, Bitcoin Core developers merged pull request to accept OP_RETURN as a valid transaction type, providing users with 80 bytes of space for embedding arbitrary data. OP_RETURN enables users to mark transaction outputs as unspendable.

VeriBlock ‘Spams’ Bitcoin Network to Secure Blockchains of Other Cryptos

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Ethereum Classic [ETC]: A deep-dive into 51% attack leading to the loss of $1.1 million worth ETCs

Opinion
Cryptocurrencies – money of the future. Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies promised a lot of things and along with those promises came the problems that we would never have faced if we stuck to the fiat system. But then again the world isn’t all black and white.
As promising and strong cryptocurrencies sound, they aren’t almighty and invulnerable, they do have drawbacks like the one that has taken Ethereum Classic [ETC] down temporarily.
Satoshi Nakamoto envisioned how Bitcoin network, which makes use of Proof-of-Work [PoW], could be attacked in his whitepaper. Nakamoto stated:
“If a greedy attacker is able to assemble more CPU power than all the honest nodes, he would have to choose between using it to defraud people by stealing back his payments, or using it to generate new coins.”
Assembling of CPU power came to be known as a “51% attack”, i.e., if a person/organization amassed more than 50% of the total hash power that is being used to mine a particular coin, then that coin could be controlled by the said person.
The person could go back and change the history in the blocks, rewrite transactions, generate more coins, add more blocks to it. This attack is the major drawback of PoW and sometimes referred to as “security risk” or “attack vector”.
Ethereum Classic [ETC], a fork of Ethereum which took place in July 2016, has been the victim of the aforementioned and its blockchain has been “reorged”. Reorged is a short-form of “chain reorganization” in which a person with enough hash power takes control of the blockchain and goes back to the block of his liking and extends an alternative block history as per his liking.
The 51% attack was reported by Coinbase on January 7, 2019, but a few people on Twitter had already whiffed out the 51% attack rumors.
Pierre Rochard, a well-known Bitcoin enthusiast, asked ETC developer Donal McIntyre on Twitter:
“Was there a deep reorg on Ethereum Classic yesterday?… 75 blocks deep I hear, with a doublespend”
Donal McIntyre replied:
“Well ETC is still small and has many enemies so an attack with sufficient GPU power may be plausible, but I will check with others in the ecosystem.”
The devs realized that there was an attack and as per the blog by Coinbase, a total of 219,500 ETC worth a whopping $1.1 million was double spent.
Why ETC?
51% attacks are not very uncommon; they keep happening from time to time on smaller blockchains that are still nascent and are under development.
The reasons that could summarize why ETC faced this 51% attack could be:

ETC uses the same mining algorithm as Ethereum, and as compared to ETH, ETC has only a fraction of its mining power i.e., hash rate. So, a temporary shift in the hashing power from ETH to ETC could easily allow someone to launch a 51% attack.
With the developments happening in the cryptocurrency world and it reaching mainstream attention/adoption, mining has also become institutionalized and a majority of the hashing power for most top-10 coins is derived from mining pools. ETC, as per Crypto51.app, had a total of 112% of hash rate coming from one such pool, “Nicehash”.
The ETC network is still small.
All PoW based assets are susceptible to 51% attacks.

As per Crypto51.app, the total network hash rate for ETC was at a mere 8TH/s as compared to that of Bitcoin [BTC] 42,336 PH/s or Ethereum’s 171 TH/s. Moreover, the cost of launching a 51% attack for ETC would only cost ~$4,404 per hour.
Future of ETC
Charlie Lee suggested a possible workaround for this problem that ETC is facing in a tweet. He said:
“Be careful w/coins that are not dominant in their respective mining algorithm, especially ones that are NiceHash-able. ETC has less than 5% of the total Ethash hashrate and is 98% NiceHash-able. 1-hr attack costs $5k. Almost $500k has been double spent”
ETC dev, Donald McIntyre in his blog stated:
“I think that continuing to build the stack as planned (a secure PoW base layer, with layer 2 sidechains, plus developer tools, continuous efficiency gains and adding of new features in the long term) will get ETC closer to the long term vision of a blockchain perfectly suitable for secure decentralized computing.”
Furthermore, he added:
“With the above in mind I think the best path is to explore a mining algorithm change to put ETC in a unique, incompatible PoW niche. Even if that implies a tradeoff as miners will have less optionality to point their infrastructure to different chains depending on the profitability of the day.”
Conspiracies Everywhere:
A Twitter user @_itsanhonour tweeted suggesting that the ETC’s 51% attack was some sort of a conspiracy theory as OKEx exchange is the largest source of volume ETC.

Peter Todd, a well-known person in the crypto-community, tweeted:

To the above tweet, a user @Cryptojack2 suggested that Vitalik Buterin, the creator of Ethereum organized the attack. He commented:
“yep, makes perf sense- not because it is the true defin of SHITCOIN- no devs,hugely inflated MC,no real usage(besides being “immutable”-ROFL & working on the “one and only consensus-POW”).It is the evil lord @VitalikButerin , that organised the attack…”
Summing it all up
This is not the first time Ethereum Classic has been under the eye of media. Ethereum Classic was supposedly used by Barry Silbert as a classic “pump and dump” scheme back in 2016/2017. Moreover, Silbert allegedly used insider information to accumulate more ETC before it was listed on an exchange that he owned, Kraken.
So far, the reports by Coinbase claim that a total of $1.1 million worth of ETC was double spent and it was even confirmed by the devs.
As a layer of additional security, Ethereum Classic’s official Twitter page, tweeted:
“To all exchanges and mining pools please allow a significantly higher confirmation time on withdrawals and deposits (+400)
cc @OKEx @ExchangeXGroup @HuobiGroup @digifinex @binance @bitfinex”
Like, Coinbase, exchanges including Poloniex, OKEx, and many others, have decided to block the sell and withdrawal for Ethereum Classic until further notice.
The prices of ETC as a result of this attack has slipped by 7% and have halted there as of now since the exchanges have stopped transacting ETC.
Ethereum Classic forked from Ethereum as a result of the legendary DAO attack that caused a lot of users to lose their ETH tokens. ETC was developed as a result of a difference in opinion, and “immutability” became the main ethos for the Ethereum Classic. Since the attack was a deep chain reorganization the “immutability” claim now seems to have gone down the drain.
And as for the future of ETC, it is all up to the devs and how they change this vulnerability. Only time can tell how ETC will fare in the world of cryptocurrencies.
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Coinbase Halts Ethereum Classic Transactions After the Network Comes Under Attack

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Coinbase Halts Ethereum Classic Transactions After the Network Comes Under Attack

Coinbase took to its Twitter to reveal that its internal developers detected a “deep chain reorganization” of the Ethereum Classic (ETC) blockchain. During that ‘reorgs’ nearly $500,000 worth of ethereum classic was spent twice

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8 Days of Christmas: Coinbase Adds Crypto-to-Crypto Trading

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8 Days of Christmas: Coinbase Adds Crypto-to-Crypto Trading

San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange and wallet service Coinbase has launched its new “Convert” service as a part of their “12 Days of Coinbase” mission, imagined to help people and their clients all over the world.

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Ethereum Classic team: Our goal is to revolutionize the ETC community and inject competition, vigor and democracy

Ethereum Classic [ETC], one of the leading projects in the cryptocurrency space, has been in the limelight because of the turmoil in the community. Now, the Ethereum Classic Labs has stepped into the spotlight to tell their part of the story.
Earlier this month, one of the development teams, Ethereum Classic Development Company, released a public statement that they will be shutting down their operations. This came across as a blow in the entire community, as majority of them believed that it was the only development team, however, the community has two other development teams: ETC Commonwealth and IOHK.
Additionally, the team has been working towards the development of the ecosystem since the DAO hack, which was the main cause for the chain split that resulted in the existence of Ethereum and Ethereum Classic.
The reason for shutting down the operation is stated to the inadequacy of funds by the founder and CTO of ETCDEV, Igor Artamonov. He has stated on Twitter:
“As is publicly known we have struggled with funding our operations in the last few weeks. This was partially due to the market crash, combined with a cash crunch in the company. We appealed to investors in the ecosystem as well as external to it. We also did o the community fund, but in none of those cases were we successful in securing short term financing”
This was followed up by Igor speaking about the entire situation on his blog post, in addition to the GitHub situation. Few days prior to the announcement of shutting down, the team announced that they lost control over their GitHub account, including Classic Geth, one of the main clients of Ethereum Classic.
Igor had stated that he had lost access to the funds which were procured for the development of the company. Following this, he sought assistance from Ethereum Classic Labs, the team that provides financial assistance for the advancement of the ecosystem, and DFG. Furthermore, he provided access to a representative of DFG, krykoder on their request, who then removed everyone’s admin access.

Now, the ETC Labs team has published a statement on the incident, remarking that the team lead by Igor consisted of an excellent developers who contributed to the growth of the ETC after the split. Nonetheless, this was followed by the team claiming that the overall “ecosystem lags way behind and the gap between ETC and its competitors has grown wider”.

They further said:
“During the past year, ETC Labs has fully supported ETCDEV, ECC and other parts of the ecosystem. However, we are sorry to have discovered some fatal flaws such as: some people only care about their own status and power in the community instead of the future of ETC, some of the most vocal people take no action, and different parties lack cooperation. All these have contributed to ETC’s lack of development.”
ETC Labs stated that prior to this, Ethereum Projects Github account had three admins apart from Igor, adding that Cody Burns was the “only active” one among the four of them. However, they claimed that Burns barely made contribution to the core code and also failed to provide constructive advice. The report also stated that Burns and Igor “actually formed a highly-centralized decision-making system” because of which there were several ideas that were “rejected and wasted”. They stated:

“We are aware that removing other owners would bring criticism and misunderstanding, but we’re determined and willing to shoulder that, because it’s truly a “now or never situation.” Also, we fear nothing because we are truly and fully committed to the future of ETC, and we have absolutely zero malicious intentions. Our goal is to revolutionize the ETC community and to inject competition, vigor and democracy into the ecosystem.”

Following which, they stated ETC Labs and Krykoder are not going to be the only admins of the Github, and that “multiple appropriate owners will be added to manage the resources in a democratic and decentralized manner”.
They said:

“We also noticed the revolution has begun to take effect. Some people are becoming busy, and we hope they are busy doing the right thing for ETC. Our congratulations to Mr. Cody for becoming the owner of the ‘new’ repo as he wished, and we hope the new repo does well, for the sake of ETC”

Nonetheless, this statement also drew the Igor’s attention, who said:

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Tron [TRX]’s Justin Sun invites ETCDEV developers to join the “family”

Justin Sun, the Founder and CEO of Tron Foundation, has always been in the limelight because of the brawl with Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum. Additionally, Ethereum, the third biggest cryptocurrency and the leading smart contract platform, has always been the biggest competitor of Tron, with the network surpassing that of Ethereum’s on several terms.
Now, Sun is back in the spotlight because of his invitation to one of the Ethereum Classic’s development team. The development team happens to be Ethereum Classic Development Company aka ETCDEV, which recently announced that they would be shutting down their operations.
The team has been responsible for taking care of the main client of Ethereum Classic, Classic Geth, ever since the occurrence of the DAO hack that resulted in split chains. The team is also known for the development of Emerald, Sputnik VM and Orbita. The reason for the company wrapping up their operations is owed to be the bear market, which resulted in the team failing to raise the sufficient fund required for the development of one of the leading projects.
Justin Sun said on his official Twitter handle:
“You can join #TRON family! Actually one developer in @etcdev has contacted us. #TRX $TRX”
Chris Tannahill, a Twitterati said:
“Despite what people may say, I think you’re doing some great things in this space, Justin  Some projects have brilliant ideas that are not sustainable in the current bear market. It’s awesome that Tron is looking to support developers through these difficult times. Keep it up”
PabloTheViking, another Twitterati said:
“Very clever move, Justin! This might turn out to be the smartest move you have ever done to lay the foundation for future growth of the Tron platform. Developers and applications are key to win this battle!”
Recently, Sun stated that Tron would be building a fund in order to rescue Ethereum [ETH] and EOS developers from the “collapse” of their respective platforms. He stated that the fund will be of help to them only if the developers chose to migrate their dApps to Tron.
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Ethereum Classic ecosystem crippled as ETCDEV plan Emerald, SputnikVM and Orbita migration

Recently, Ethereum Classic, one of the leading projects in the community, stepped under the spotlight as one of the lead development team, Ethereum Classic Development Company announced that they would be shutting down their operations. This announcement created a buzz in the market as the development team pointed out the other teams for failing them.
According to the official website, Ethereum Classic has five teams:

ETCDEV
IOHK [Grothendieck]
ETC Cooperative
ETC Labs
ETC Commonwealth

Out of the five teams, ETCDEV, IOHK and ETC Commonwealth are the ones that focus on the development of the project and the rest provide financial support for the growth of Ethereum Classic.
ETCDEV is known was maintaining the key client of Ethereum Classic – Classic Geth, which has been under the development team since the DAO hack. The other projects the team works on include Emerald wallet, Sputnik Virtual Machine, and Orbita.
Now, the company will stop their operations on Ethereum Classic due to a financial crisis. The Founder of ETCDEV, Igor Artamonov stated that the company is facing a cash crunch and that they were unable to raise funds as a result of the bear market.
In his recent blog post, Artamonov stated that the access for the funds that were meant to be utilized for the development of ETCDEV was lost. This was followed by the Founder seeking financial assistance from DFG and ETC Labs.
Post this, the Founder claimed that he had provided admin access to krykoder, a representative of DFG, on their request, who then removed everyone else’s access along with copying all the projects. This led to the team effectively losing control to Classic Geth and ETC community organization.
He had stated:
“Removing an admin is not a simple operation. GitHub asks for a special confirmation and password, and it has to be done several times, and for each admin. This can’t be done by mistake as ETC Labs, together with ETC Coop, are trying to portray no”
AMBCrypto reached out to Anthony Lusardi, Director of ETC Cooperative regarding this situation and their involvement in it. We also asked Lusardi on what would happen to the projects after ETCDEV shuts down their operations.
“1. ETC Cooperative has no involvement in the internal operations of ETCDEV or ETC Labs. We’re all separate. 2. We’re waiting for clarity on who will maintain ETCDEV’s projects going forward but I don’t think this is a concern, there are many interested in making sure these projects stay a part of the ecosystem. 3. GitHub is aware of the issue with the GitHub organization and they’re investigating and fixing it”
We also reached out to Igor Artamonov and asked about the company’s current stance taking into consideration that they have been working for the ETC ecosystem for more than two years now. We also asked him about the future of the project. To which, he said:
“we did all the work for ETC for past years, all protocol stuff, wallets, libraries and the whole infrastructure [including gastracker.io for example] was developer by me or the team. Currently, ETCDEV stopping all activities related to ETC. No other team was working on core projects before that moment.”
The founder and developer further stated:
“I don’t know who will continue that work, and what long term plans and strategy they has. Speaking about other projects, such as Emerald, Sputnik and Orbita, we’re going to continue our work on this projects, but it’s not going to be targeting Ethereum Classic.”
When asked for further clarification on the future of the projects and Classic Geth, he said:
“I’m working on future strategy and how Emerald, SputnikVM and Orbita can be used outside of Ethereum Classic or be blockchain agnostic. There is no final decision yet, and it will be published in following weeks. Classic Geth is community project though only ETCDEV was working on it for past 2 years. ETCDEV is not going to continue that work, and is not going to maintain it.”
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