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Are Stablecoins the Future? The Winklevoss Twins Seem to Think So!

Are stablecoins the future of crypto? Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Bitcoin bulls and Gemini Exchange founders, seem to think so. This morning, an interview was published by Fortune where the twins discussed their first marketing campaign for Gemini.

Stablecoins and Gemini

The famous twins feel digital currency has a bright future, but there need to be banking-style regulations in order for investors to trust it.

“The idea is that companies that build on top of things like Bitcoin should have regulation that’s thoughtful and that doesn’t stifle innovation,” said Tyler on Fortune’s
‘Balancing the Ledger.’ “People believe in the dream of crypto, they just don’t know how to engage in it without getting burned. We’re here to say Gemini’s a place you can do that.”

The newly launched Gemini campaign encompasses just that and is called ‘Revolution Needs Rules.’ The Winklevoss Twins have the ad spread all across Wall Street and have even purchased a full-page in the New York Times.

Crypto has been in quite the bear market the past year, and the twins believe that stablecoins (digital currencies pegged to a fiat currency) are a bright spot for this downturn. It just so happens that the twins have created their own stablecoin for their platform named the Gemini Dollar, pegged to the US dollar. Stablecoins seem to be the new trend among the crypto community, as crypto’s high volatility seems to be its biggest deterrent.

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However, like Tether (USDT), it is hard to tell if the coin is really pegged to the dollar and how that process even works. The Winklevoss twins explained in their interview that at least 60% of US 100 dollar bills are held overseas. They think this practice could be simplified if the holders just used stablecoins, instead of actual dollars.

With so many new stablecoins in circulation now, it will be difficult to keep up with them all, but the fakes can easily be exposed since they all should hold the same value.

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Ethereum Classic Attack | Gate.io Will Return Most Funds

On Sunday, rumors spread around the community that there had been a double-spend attack on Ethereum Classic. The team behind the project immediately responded to the rumors, to ease investors.

Since Sunday, the Ethereum Classic attack has been confirmed, and the culprit has fessed up. During the week, the devs behind the project asked exchanges and pools to significantly increase their ETC confirmation times. Many in the community felt the Ethereum Classic team was trying to downplay the extent of the situation.

Ethereum Classic Attack Uncovered

The devs behind the project have officially responded with all the information they’ve dug up on the matter and expanded it into two posts.

The other post released most recently and can be seen below.

Donald McIntyre wrote a long blog post via Medium regarding the attack and details of the ‘post mortem’ meeting. The blog post by MacIntyre covers the majority of the information on the attack, including the dates, amounts, and who was affected.

The double-spend attack occurred from January 5th to January 7th. The Ethereum Classic attack included at least 15 double spend transactions that had at least 219,500 ETC stolen. Coinbase was the exchange that originally found the attack.

>> TRON (TRX) Up Almost 50% This Week: What’s the Deal?

SlowMist, a team focusing on security of the blockchain identified the culprit addresses that originated from Gate.io and Bitrue.

Gate.io has already confirmed it will cover 40K ETC losses for all of its users that had ETC stolen.

During the meeting, the team behind Ethereum Classic discussed how to prevent this from happening again and steps to take if it does occur. There was no monitoring system in place to alert the team of the double-spend, and the team has deemed this a top priority.

In addition, the devs behind Ethereum Classic have asked exchanges to increase their confirmation times on the digital token.

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TRON (TRX) Up Almost 50% This Week

The world’s eighth-largest cryptocurrency, TRON (TRX), is making quite the bull-run this week. Throughout the entire crypto community, it is known that TRX, in the past, has been ‘pumped up’ on announcements of ‘potential partnerships.’ Justin Sun, TRON’s founder, is notorious for these types of marketing schemes via Twitter.

Is this the cause of TRX’s most recent bull run? Let’s find out!

 TRON (TRX) Up Almost 50%

The big bull run started on January 7th. On this day, Justin Sun released two tweets.

The first tweet was an outlined weekly report TRON’s developers have released ever since late-2017. Just after this report was released, Sun announced that TRX was available on BitKeepOS.

BitKeepOS is a decentralized multi-chain wallet that is in 16 different countries and is used by millions of users. It remains unknown at this time if this is the cause for the coin to rise, but this is the only piece of news that could have contributed.

A few months back, TRON acquired BitTorrent, and the company has been steadily working on that project. The company just released a whitepaper on the new BitTorent Token (BTT).

The new whitepaper reads:

“TRON Foundation and BitTorrent Foundation are introducing a new cryptographic token called BTT along with an extended version of the BitTorrent protocol in order to create a token-based economy around the usage of networking, bandwidth and storage on hundreds of millions of computers on the internet. Our initial entry point is to introduce token-based optimizations to the existing BitTorrent protocol providing a way for the value of sharing bandwidth and storage to be captured by network participants beyond the point at which the current protocol no longer values it.”

Today, Cointelegraph reported that TRON has also secured its first Chief Compliance Officer that has a background with the SEC. This news may also be the cause for TRX’s rise on the market in the last 24 hours.

>> TRON Hires Former SEC Attorney: TRX Soars Today!

There has been quite a change in the company’s marketing tactics, though. It seems Justin Sun has dropped the ‘announcement of a future announcement’ tactics and only releases news when it’s something substantial—a positive step for the crypto community as a whole.

TRX Price Movement

According to CoinMarketCap, TRON (TRX) is currently trading at $0.029 a coin, up 14.18% in 24 hours.

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TRON Hires Former SEC Attorney

The 8th largest coin by market cap, TRON is running away with the gains today. According to coinmarketcap.com, TRX is up over 12% on the day, selling for just under $0.03 USD.

The reason for its bull run is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek new hiring. The blockchain platform has hired a former US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) supervisory attorney as its first chief compliance officer.

Anyone else finding this news ironically wonderful?

TRON made the announcement earlier today.

TRON Hires Former SEC Attorney

David Labhart, who used to work for the SEC as an attorney, is also being given the task of co-general counsel at TRON.

The company is deemed somewhat controversial mostly thanks to the publicity stunts of CEO Justin Sun. 2018 has been a good year for the blockchain, however, and it has grown steeply; it currently boasts over 1 million registered users. TRON is often considered a rival to the Ethereum blockchain in particular, as both focus strongly on dApp support. It was built as an alternative token development platform to Ethereum. As such, Sun regularly hits out at the Ethereum network.

>> Ethereum Hard Fork Draws Near: ETH up 71% on Verge of Update

TRX

TRX has climbed steadily this week, but today’s gains make it the best daily performer in the top ten.

Cryptocurrency regulation is no joke in the US. The ambiguous restrictions surrounding cryptocurrency make it increasingly difficult to trade in the assets. The issue lies with the true ‘class’ of digital coins as the Government body does not consider them viable securities.

The SEC has shut down hundreds of ICOs purporting to launch new coins into the space as a result

So it’s a tad ironic that TRON’s latest employee is a former SEC official. It is a very fitting action made by a controversial brand and surely has been done to make a point.

It wouldn’t be worth it if it didn’t raise a few eyebrows after all!

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Ethereum Hard Fork Draws Near

Ethereum (ETH) is up over 71% for the month, as its devs prepare for its upcoming hard fork. The major hard fork was supposed to take place in 2018 but was pushed back. Since then, the whole Ethereum community has been steadily working to bring this thing to life. Now, it finally has an end date. The hard fork is scheduled to occur on block #7,080,000, which should happen around January 16th.

Ethereum Constantinople Countdown

This particular hard fork has been in preparation since 2017, and it promises key upgrades to the Ethereum network.

In addition to the upgrades to Geth and Parity, Rinkeby will also receive an upgrade. This testnet hard fork is set to take place tomorrow at 13:00 UTC. The Ropsten Testnet was the first to receive an upgrade, back in October. However, it was plagued quickly with several issues. This is what caused Ethereum Constantinople to be pushed back.

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After this upgrade failure, a core developer of Ethereum said that they had discovered a consensus bug in the Parity implementation of Ethereum. In addition to the bug, there were also concerns that there weren’t enough miners on Geth, Parity, or Aleth for Ropsten. Hopefully, the upgrade expected on the 16th will go without flaw, considering how long it’s been in preparation.

Ethereum (ETH) Price Rise

This past month, ETH has rose a substantial amount. The cryptocurrency market received quite a boost around Christmas. Since then the market has corrected some but on a better path than 2018.

At press time, ETH is trading at $150.57 a share, down -1.03% in 24 hours. For the week, ETH is up 8.1% and for the month, the digital currency is up 71.1%. ETH is currently the second-largest digital currency by total market cap. Currently, the total cryptocurrency market cap is sitting just above $135 billion.

Are you ready for the Ethereum hard fork?

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