T-Minus 1,000 Blocks Until Ethereum’s Istanbul Hard Fork

As of press time, Ethereum has passed block #9068000, putting it within 1000 blocks of the scheduled Istanbul hard fork, which should take place at around 23:30 UTC.

The much-anticipated shift to Istanbul will be the Ethereum network’s first hard fork since February’s Constantinople. Both are stages of a broader phase of ongoing development that began in 2017 called Metropolis

What is changing?

Cointelegraph has covered Ethereum’s on

Price Analysis 06/12: BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, LTC, EOS, BNB, BSV, XLM, ADA

In its “Imagine 2030” report, Deutsche Bank strategist Jim Reid forecast that by 2030, digital currencies could replace cash. Reid said that in order for mainstream integration to occur, digital currencies will have to convince regulators that they are safe for investors and find solutions for issues such as cyber attacks, electricity consumption and digital war.

Cryptocurrency adoption by a large traditional financial institution could also signal that digital assets could one day replace fiat currencies in the future.

To counter the possibility of fiat currencies being undermined by cryptocurrencies, several governments are planning to issue their own central bank digital currency (CBDC). The latest to confirm working on a CBDC is France. Bank of France governor François Villeroy de Galhau recently <a href="https://cointeleg

Price Analysis 02/12: BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, LTC, EOS, BNB, BSV, XLM, TRX

Bitcoin price continues to trade with an advantage to bears but this does not mean investors or miners have capitulated. About 64% of the total Bitcoin mined to date has been dormant in wallets since 2018. This shows that Bitcoin hodlers do not believe in trading for short-term gains, as they anticipate much higher prices in the future. While this might be a feasible strategy for the whales, retail traders can rake up profits if they buy during periods of deep distress and sell their positions during times of euphoria.

One of the events that many hopeful investors are anticipating is Bitcoin’s block reward halving in May 2020. However, Jason Williams, co-founder at digital asset fund Morgan Creek Digital, believes that the halving will be a

Black Friday Rally to $170 for Ether? — Here’s What Must Happen

Earlier this week Ethereum’s token Ether (ETH) took a serious tumble as Bitcoin (BTC) price swiftly broke down to $6,560 on Nov. 25. The price dropped through numerous supports, forming a bottom at $131.60, a point not seen since March 25. 

As one would expect, Bitcoin’s drop to $6,560 quickly led the crypto market to become oversold and a strong relief rally took place with many altcoins. Bitcoin eventually followed with a 3-day $1,000 recovery, which brought the price as high as $7,600 on Nov. 27. 

Bitcoin’s inability to stay above $7,600 and possibly muted trading from United States’ traders enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday has meant Ether spent the last 24-hours trading between $150.75 to $153.68. 

Price Analysis 27/11: BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, LTC, EOS, BNB, BSV, XLM, TRX

The theft of 342,000 Ether (ETH) from South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Upbit could have halted the current relief rally taking place in the crypto market. However, Lee Seok-woo, the CEO of Upbit’s operator, Dunamu said that the company will cover for the losses. This erased some of the initial concerns of the market participants and improved sentiment. When sentiment is negative, the markets fall quickly but take a lot longer to rise.

This week a bullish bit of news came from Bitcoin ATM firm Bitstop. The company intends to install Bitcoin ATMs at several Simon

2019: A Berlin Odyssey — 7 Days of Crypto-Living on Monolith’s ETH Debit Card

“YOU’VE TRANSCENDED. You are here because you’ve opened your eyes to a new type of society; one powered by a decentralised economy and full of shimmering new possibilities.” 

This is not the calling card for a new religion. This is what new Monolith customers are met with when opening up the box for the first time. Narrative is a central part of cryptocurrency, whether people like it or not. Monolith has taken that narrative and made it central to its branding. 

When I fished the Monolith crypto debit card out of my letterbox in South Berlin one morning, I was no longer an ordinary man. I became a man on a mission. A mission to live on crypto in Germany’s capital city.  

Although the wall separating East from West in Berlin may have come down 40 years ago, I would take a virtual sledgehammer to financial divisions within this city of sin and ambition. For 7 days, I became a one-man disruption

Price Analysis 20/11: BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, LTC, EOS, BNB, BSV, XLM, TRX

The Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell has said that the Fed is not developing a central bank digital currency (CBDC), but it is conducting its own research to evaluate the benefits and limitations of such an initiative.

On the other hand, Edith Cheung, partner at blockchain-focused venture capital fund Proof of Capital, believes that China will launch its digital currency within the next six to twelve months. A CBDC by a large economy will be an interesting development.

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Assassin’s Creed Dev Becomes Block Producer for EOS-Based Gaming Startup

Ubisoft, the game development giant behind the videogame Assassin’s Creed, partnered with EOS-based game distribution platform Ultra.

According to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Nov. 21, Ubisoft will be a corporate block producer on the testnet version of Ultra’s EOS sidechain, dubbed UOS. As such, the company will help maintain the network and approve transactions on it during the trial period.

Alignment of interests

Transactions on the network will include in-game asset creation, ownership transfers between players and payments. Per the release, Ultra chose Ubisoft as a block producer because it is in the game developer’s best interest to help the platform grow, and the gaming giant also has the technical ability to

Istanbul to Berlin: Ethereum Milestones on the Road to Serenity

Earlier this month, the Ethereum Foundation team lead Péter Szilágyi confirmed the date of the network’s upcoming upgrade, Istanbul. Ethereum’s eighth hard fork overall and the second one this year is slated to take place on Dec. 4. 

Istanbul will introduce a number of improvements such as interoperability with Zcash, cheaper zero-knowledge layer two scalability solutions, and adjusted gas price for certain operations, marking another milestone along the road to Ethereum 2.0, a highly anticipated “ultimate” version of the network. How exactly does Istanbul fit into the grand scheme of things?

Forks, releases and phases

No complex open-source system is ever in its final state — software is always in motion, constantly being improved and updated. This is especially true for Ethereum, whose path

Crypto Markets Showing Signs of Recovery, While BTC Stalls Above $8500

Sunday, Nov. 17 — Crypto markets are showing mild signs of recovery, while Bitcoin (BTC) stumbles above the $8,500 price mark.

Cryptocurrency market daily overview. Source: Coin360

Cryptocurrency market daily overview. Source: Coin360

For the better part of the day, the world’s largest cryptocurrency has been trading within a tight range between $8,500 and $8,600, while slowly finding its way towards the $8,700 price mark in recent hours. Bitco

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