Ethereum Price Analysis: ETH Stays Bullish Despite Constantinople Fork Delay

ETH price trimmed most its recent gains and declined below the $121 support area against the US Dollar. There was a break below a connecting bullish trend line with support at $120 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). The pair still remains supported on the downside above the $113 and $114 levels. Ethereum price declined against the US Dollar and bitcoin after the Constantinople hard fork was postponed. However, ETH/USD could bounce back as long as it is above $113. Ethereum Price Analysis Yesterday, we saw…

ABCC Exchange Partners With Tron to Become First Platform to List TRC10 Tokens

ABCC cryptocurrency exchange has partnered with the ninth largest cryptocurrency Tron (TRX), according to a tweet posted Jan. 15. Tron’s founder and CEO Justin Sun subsequently confirmed the news on Twitter. As per the announcement, the partnership has made ABCC the first crypto exchange to list tokens based on Tron’s TRC10 technical standard. The announcement was made a few days after the exchange first revealed that its was in the process of adding support for tokens based on both the TRC10 and TRC20 standards. According to Tron’s guide for developers,…

Belarus Launches Trading Platform Enabling Customers to Buy Tokenized Securities

Belarus has launched a trading platform that enables customers to buy tokenized versions of shares, gold and other traditional assets, Reuters reported Jan. 15. The project is reportedly backed by two companies, Larnabel Ventures and VP Capital. According to Reuters, the government of Belarus has not yet commented on the launch of the platform, but it was covered by the state news agency BelTa. The platform will allow traders to buy shares, precious metals, foreign exchange and other traditional assets from Belarus, as well as from other countries, with cryptocurrencies.…

Spanish Energy Firm Repsol Claims Blockchain Can Help It Save 400,000 Euro per Year

Madrid-based energy company Repsol reported a successful test of a blockchain pilot to improve the quality of safety certification of its products. Cointelegraph in Spanish reported the news on Jan. 15. Established in 1987, Repsol is a leading energy company that operates in the oil and gas industry, including exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas. In the first nine months of 2018, the company’s net income reached 2,7 billion euros, rising by 37 percent since the beginning of the year, according to Financial Times. The Repsol…

Game of Coins: Inside the Paxos-Gemini Stablecoin Discount War

The rise of new stablecoins was a defining story in the second half of 2018, but the reality is exclusive discounts partly fueled their growth. Dollar-backed stablecoins are generally supposed to be worth $1, whether it’s Gemini’s GUSD or Paxos’ PAX. But according to four sources with knowledge of these cryptocurrency exchanges, both stablecoin-issuers privately offered over-the-counter [OTC] trading desks up to a 1 percent discount if traders used these tokens in some fashion before redeeming them for USD. “They were offering that as a sweetener for getting it kick-started with…

Bitcoin Hovers Just Above $3,600 as Crypto Markets See Another Slump

Tuesday, Jan. 15 — following a brief period of recovery yesterday, all of the top 20 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization are falling again. The only exception to this are two stablecoins Tether (USDT) and USD Coin (USDC), which are currently in the green. Market visualization from Coin360 As of press time, Bitcoin (BTC) is down 2.34 percent on the day, to trade at $3,615. The leading cryptocurrency started the day above the psychological threshold of $3,700, while on the weekly chart the highest price point was registered on Jan. 9…

Vulnerability Is Found in Constantinople Hours After ETH Devs Call It ‘Least Eventful’ Hard Fork

Ethereum’s (ETH) Constantinople hard fork faces a delay over a newly discovered security vulnerability allowing a reentrancy attack. The critical issue was detected by smart contract audit firm ChainSecurity and reported in a blog post Jan. 15. According to the company’s report, the Constantinople upgrade introduces cheaper gas cost (transaction fees) for some operations on the Ethereum network. As an unexpected side effect, this allegedly enables reentrancy attacks via the use of certain commands in ETH smart contracts. A reentrancy vulnerability allows a potential attacker to steal cryptocurrency from a…

Rising Blockchain Dev Salary May Not Mean Increasing Crypto Activity

Rising blockchain developer salaries doesn’t necessarily mean crypto is on the upswing. | Source: Shutterstock Despite the 80 percent correction in the crypto market, blockchain developers are making $130,000 to $180,000 a year. But, the rising salaries of blockchain developers do not necessarily translate to an increase in developer activity in the crypto sector. Too Many Variables in Crypto Over the past two years, especially at the height of the bull market in late 2017, the crypto industry saw an inflow of talent from the technology and financial space. Some,…

Devs Behind Marshall Islands’ National Crypto Confirm Plans to Launch This Year

A national cryptocurrency for the Marshall Islands is still being actively developed, despite previous disagreements among government officials on the subject, a blog post from the team behind the coin revealed Jan. 10. In the recent post, the team behind the coin — dubbed Sovereign (SOV) — revealed that it had made “significant progress in finding partners, investors, and developers” to realize the project. As the post states, the team is aiming to launch SOV in 2019. The team behind the state-backed crypto includes former Secretary General of the Bank…