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Could Cyprus Take Over Malta As The Blockchain Island?
Cryptocurrencies, the most common application of blockchain technology, have been stuck in a descending trendline for months now. However, this hasn't stopped innovation in the blockchain space. From supply chain, and real estate, all the way to government activities, blockchain technology is proving itself more efficient than traditional tech. The recent blockchain trend has been observed within small nations. They now integrate blockchain technology in their legislation among other things. Not too long ago, Switzerland became known as one of the hottest places for blockchain development. Many blockchain companies have found favor with the government as they carry out their innovation in Switzerland. Malta was nicknamed the blockchain island. This is because of its friendly blockchain policies and its application of the technology. Bermuda is also another international blockchain hub. These countries are pioneering blockchain technology zealously.

BTC News Today - VanEck Director: Bitcoin (BTC) ETF Could Attract Billions Of Dollars In New Institutional Investment - Bitcoin Latest Update
Gabor Gurbacs, the director of digital assets strategy at VanEck, believes that a Bitcoin ETF could generate billions of dollars in investments, so the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) should treat any pending proposals as an avenue to regulate the digital asset market. Gabor Gurbacs is a renowned crypto exchange-trade fund advocate. Gurbacs, made this claim concerning Bitcoin ETF during an interview with CNBC. His comments regarding the cryptocurrency space comes in the wake of persistent requests by VanEck's to (the United States apex regulatory commission) the SEC to approve their proposal for a Bitcoin ETF. The SEC has so far rejected every request made by VanEck. In total the regulatory body has rejected nine proposals, citing concerns about market surveillance and manipulation in the crypto space as reasons for their decision.

Bitcoin SegWit vs. Bitcoin Cash: In The War Of SegWit, Who Wears The Crown? Bitcoin Or Bitcoin Cash? BTC/BCH News Today
Have you ever wondered which protocol is used more between Bitcoin SegWit and Bitcoin Cash Well, if you have, BitMex has helped you make a comparison between both protocols and published a report about it. The first thing noted in the report is that SegWit is the leading option for now but the trading volume of Bitcoin Cash transactions is growing rapidly. Bitcoin (BTC) Price Today BTC / USD Following the creation of Bitcoin's hard fork, Bitcoin Cash, everyone believed that the dispute regarding the direction to take would end. Well, it didn't. There is an ongoing battle for supremacy between both communities. This sovereignty is defined based on scalability and user friendliness. According to the report by BitMex, SegWit is the most frequently used option in the entire cryptocurrency space. While many people are beginning to use the Bitcoin Cash protocol, the majority of the community still prefer to use the long dominate protocol which is Bitcoin SegWit.

BCH Hash Wars: Bitcoin Cash SV Will Hit $1 Million According To Ryan X. Charles of Reddit - BCH News Today
The Bitcoin Cash fork war was one of the reasons for the price crash we experienced recently. As the BCHSV and BCHABC camps struggle for dominance, the entire market suffered the lose. Craig Wright, the creator and chief advocate of the BCHSV network threatened to seize power of the blockchain and take over the right to make decisions. However, BCHABC became the winner of the hash war as it took over more hash power than BCHSV after the war began. The price of both coins have been plummeting since along with other cryptocurrencies in the industry but started recovering yesterday. The former Reddit crypto lead Ryan X. Charles has said that there are two options regarding the future of Bitcoin SV. According to him, there is no middle ground. The cryptocurrency might either go high astronomically or fall to point zero. The tweet he posted on Friday clearly showed that he is an advocate of BCHSV. In his words:

Ether Reward Slashed To 2 ETH By Ethereum Developers  | Smartereum Ether Reward Reduced From 3 ETH Per Block To 2 ETH Per Block - Ether Reward Slashed To 2 ETH By Ethereum Developers - Ether Bomb Difficulty - Ethereum Developers - Ether Mining - Ether New
Ethereum developers have reduced the Ether rewards for miners to 2 ETH. They have added a code called Constantinople that will change the metropolis hard fork. The decision was made during a live video call on YouTube on the 31st of August. They decided to influence the block rewards by using the EIP 1234 scenario for increasing the difficulty. The new upgrade, Constantinople is part of a four-stage development plan that was designed primarily to enforce some reforms that will aid the signature verification process and allow users to create contracts fast and effectively. This system will also remove information that is technically stated thus purifying protocols that aren't relevant.

Tron (TRX) Latest Update: Tron (TRX) Foundation To Burn The Fifth Batch Of Tron (TRX) ERC-20 Tokens ? Tron (TRX) Wants To Create Scarcity Of TRX Tokens To Increase Its Value ? TRX/USD Price Today
Recently, the founder and CEO of Tron (TRX) Foundation tweeted about the recently burnt TRX ERC-20 tokens; this would be the fifth batch of tokens the Tron Foundation has burnt. According to the post by the CEO on his official Twitter account, the amount of Tron (TRX) ERC-20 tokens that were burnt are approximately 4.9 billion. After the launch of Tron (TRX) Mainnet which took place on the 25th of June, the Tron (TRX) Foundation started the process of coin burn. According to the Foundation, the token burn is regarded as the final phase of the migration of Tron (TRX) from the blockchain of Ethereum (ETH). During the first batch of ERC20 token burn, the Tron Foundation burnt a total of one billion ERC-20 coins worth about $50 million.

Zcash (ZEC) Price Analysis And Prediction: The Long-Trend Of Zcash (ZEC) ? What Will Be The Value Of Zcash (ZEC) In The Coming Months And Years ? Zcash News Today ? Zcash Latest Update ? ZEC/USD Price Today
Almost all coins in the crypto market have been enjoying the presence of the bulls, which has led to a significant increase in their values. As the waves of green flow across the crypto market, Zcash (ZEC) is not left behind. The bullish overwhelming Japanese that emerged on the 13 of July has been the turning point of the present bullish trend in the digital currency market. Since then, the bulls have established and made known their presence in the market. Zcash (ZEC) Price Today ZEC / USD At the time of writing, Zcash (ZEC) is changing hands at $187 after an increase of more than 5 percent over the past twenty-four hours. The market cap of the digital currency has also increased to $834.19 million and a trading volume of $40.34 million over the past twenty-four hours.

What You Need to Know About OmiseGO (OMG): Will The Cryptocurrency Overtake Others Cryptocurrencies in the Market? | Smartereum
OmiseGO (OMG) was once considered the altcoin that will rule over all altcoins. Just over a year after, the story is different. Well, OmiseGO is currently trading at $11.19 after losing 6.82% of its value on Monday. OmiseGO, like many other coins, is following Bitcoin in the Q2 trend has hasn't shown any signs of a break in the near term. It ranks as the 21 largest cryptocurrency as per market capitalization. From all indications, OmiseGO is getting back on track no matter how slow the trend might be. The company is now making plans to partner with Electrify to solve problems related to electricity in third world nations. The company, Electrify, will build a blockchain on OmiseGO's platform for this purpose.

Ethereum Classic Price Analysis: Ethereum Classic (ETC) To USD Pair Struggles To Jump A Significant Hurdle - ETC News Today
Yesterday, reported that the Ethereum Classic (ETC) to USD pair was recovering upwards. However, this morning, the pair faced resistance at $11.15 and $11.20. A significant bearish trend line that had resistance at $11.20 is causing a hurdle for Ethereum Classic. If the upside move is to resume, the pair must break this resistance. Three days ago, the Ethereum Classic to USD pair suffered a decline falling below the support at $11.00 and forming another support at $10.80 before it started consolidating and trading in range. It later corrected higher and moved towards the resistance at $11 00. It broke the 50% Fibonacci retracement level of the last slide from $11.33 to $10.81.

Microsoft Unveils New Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) Product that doesn?t require PoW, Mining | Smartereum | Blockchain News Today
Microsoft has unveiled a new Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) product which would help businesses from various industry use a flexible version of the Ethereum blockchain, tailored specifically for enterprise environments. Notably, this product does not require the energy-consuming process of crypto mining. The Ethereum Proof-of-Authority on Azure, which was announced on Tuesday, would enable individuals and firms design applications on an Ethereum blockchain that is not secured by a Proof-of-Work (PoW) consensus algorithm and consequently does not require mining. This type of BaaS application is better suited for untrusted networks.

Bitcoin Price Prediction: Bitcoin May Trade Range-Bound For The Next Three To Six Months According To Civic CEO Vinny Lingham - Bitcoin News Today
In a bearish market were everyone is trying to come to terms with the current situation, different people are looking for explanations and positive news to lift their spirit. The CEO of Civic, Vinny Lingham, recently said that the price of Bitcoin will remain range bound for the next few months before any significant break will happen. This was during an interview with CNBC in its Fast Money segment. Bitcoin (BTC) Price Today BTC / USD According to Lingham, the price of Bitcoin will be ranging between $3,000 and $5,000 for at least six months. He believes that even if the price of BTC may fall as low as $3000, it may not break below this support. The buying pressure is high around this support level. However, during the interview, Lingham said that if the bear cycle isn't broken in the next six months, the price may fall below the support at $3,000.

Ethereum Latest Update: Ether's Bug Reportedly Gave Hackers an Avenue to Abuse Exchanges - ETH News Today - ETH/USD Price Today
According to reports, Ethereums bug issue gave hackers the means to abuse digital asset exchanges. The report says a bug relating to the Ether-based GasToken (that made it easier for hackers to attack crypto exchanges) has been fixed. There is a lot we need to understand about this situation. The bug reportedly made it a lot easier for hackers to force crypto exchanges into paying high fees, although as at the time of writing this publication, it was unclear which exchanges were affected or which platforms lacked the security means to avert the issue from expanding. The hackers could exploit the bug to get profits.

Blockchain Documentary: Blockchain Documentary By Ethereum Co-Founder Debuted In New York - Blockchain News Today
The co-founder of Ethereum has launched a documentary that showcases the distributed ledger technology. The documentary was released in New York on the 26th of October. It was directed and written by Alex Winter and it is titled Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain. The documentary is about 84 minutes long and it covered several subjects from the history of Bitcoin to the development of blockchain technology. Joseph Lubin, Ethereum's co-founder, and the founder on Consensys, played an executive role in producing the documentary. Bitcoin (BTC) Price Today BTC / USD Talking about the history of Bitcoin, the documentary credited the global economic crisis of 2008 as the catalyst that propelled Satoshi Nakamoto into the development of Bitcoin and the underlying blockchain technology. His vision was to produce an open decentralized ledger that will be used for financial transactions. However, the documentary made it clear that things didn't happen perfectly as BTC became the number one choice for illegal transactions and other forms of fraud. This is because of the decentralized nature of the network. This stained the reputation of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that followed. Until this day, the industry hasn't been able to shake off this stain.

ETH Sell-Off: ICOs Sold 160,000 Ether [ETH] in 10 Days ? Trustnodes Research | Smartereum
Research by TrustNodes indicates that Initial Coin Offering (ICO) projects sold 160,000 Ethereum tokens valued at $33 million in the past 10 days. For its study, TrustNodes used data from data provider Santiment which tracks the movement of ETH from addresses known to belong to ICOs. Put in perspective, the amount of ETH sold by ICOs is more than three times the entire amount that was sold in August. Research results which was published on Thursday show that ICOs sold an average of 1,000 to 5,000 ETH daily in August compared to over $10,000 in September. Data showed a huge sell-off of $82,000 on September 4, just before a major dip in cryptocurrency markets.

Litecoin Latest Update: Why You Need To Buy More Litecoin Before The Beginning Of The Year - Litecoin News Today
The silver to Bitcoins gold has has a hard time the past few months with its prices reaching significant lows. Some in the cryptocurrency industry even believe it's game over for Litecoin. If you're considering selling off your Litecoin tokens, don't. In fact, this is the best time to increase your stock. According to the announcement made by TD Ameritrade, Litecoin will be entering the futures market soon and this will prepare it for a significant boost in price. This will give Litecoin more exposure and everyone knows that exposure and price boost often accompany one another in the cryptocurrency industry. It will also increase the usage of the coin.

Sia [SC] Blockchain Hardforks to Remove ASIC Miners; Network Splits in the Process | Smartereum
Sia blockchain fulfilled its promise to eject Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) miners from its network after is successfully completed its planned hardfork. In effect, the network introduced new consensus rules that prevent the ASIC miners produced by Bitmain and Innosilicon from mining the siacoin [SC] token. David Vorick, co-founder and CEO of Nebulous, the company in charge of Sia blockchain, announced on Thursday, Nov. 1, that the upgrade was successful and that all is working normally now. As Smartereum reported, Sia developers were embroiled in a long debate about these specialized mining rigs leading to the decision to brick them by altering the Siacoin hash algorithm. The upgrade which was planned for block number 179,000 was expected to be activated on October 31. However, the block was found in the early hours of the next day due to a code error that got them stuck at block 178,999 for hours.

Ethereum (ETH) Latest Update: Ethereum's New Serenity Protocol Will Reduce Cost of Operating Staking Nodes -ETH News Today - ETH/USD Price Today
Ethereums (ETH) new Serenity update, which is said to activate the network's transition from a PoW (Proof-of-Work) consensus protocol to a PoS (Proof-of-Stake) consensus model, has generated plenty of hype and anticipation in 2018. Apart from tackling the issue of scalability, the new chain will drastically reduce the cost of running a staking node on Ethereum 2.0. This information was unveiled via a tweet on Nov. 20. In a rapidly declining digital asset market, news relating to technical updates to a number of the most popular networks out there has the tendency to enter the spotlight. We can recall on Oct. 31, that Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum (ETH), had a lot to say about the Ethereum 2.0 upgrade as well as the basic principle behind the new network. He did this during the Devcon4 conference held in Prague.

Ethereum Proof-of-stake: Bitcoin (BTC) Maximalist, Ethereum (ETH) Transition to Proof-of-stake Could be Flawed - Bitcoin News Today
According to Bitcoin (BTC) Maximalist, Jameson Lopp, regarding his views on the discussion between Vlad Zamfir and Vitalik Buterin on the implementation of the PoS Casper model on Ethereum blockchain, the transition could be fundamentally flawed. Lopp addressed the present state of ETH and whether or not it's developers would successfully transition to Proof-of-stake algorithm. Ethereum (ETH) and most of the top digital assets are typically constructed based on the Proof-of-Work (PoW]) algorithm to validate and include blocks to the blockchain. The only downside here is that PoW is requires plenty of resources. Apart from that disadvantage of the PoW concept, the algorithm can also be corrupted by a 51% malicious attack.

Blockchain Latest Update: Blockchain-based Firm Blockstream Launches Beta Satellite API Version for Data Broadcast
Blockchain-based company Blockstream is reportedly launching a beta version of its Satellite API, to help developers broadcast data with the company's satellite network. This information came to light via an official announcement on January 16. Bitcoin (BTC) Price Today BTC / USD The scheme comes after Blockstream's satellite service launch in December 2018, when the company started broadcasting the Bitcoin (BTC) Blockchain globally. Blockstream's Bitcoin space program is reportedly designed to free the digital asset network from its dependence on land-based Internet connections ultimately increasing its robustness.

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