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Cryptocurrency Market Trades Sideways as Bitcoin Hovers Shy of $12,000

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Bitcoin price hovers around $12000
Market Trades Sideways as Bitcoin Hovers Shy of $12,000

Thursday, July 4— The number one cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC) is seeing mild gains on the day as ether (ETH) and ripple (XRP) traded sideways.

Bitcoin has had a volatile week. Bitcoin was trading at over $13,000 on June 26 and under $10,000 on July 2. Bitcoin is currently trading at just over $11,850, and some analysts think BTC could rally significantly today as it is Independence Day in the United States. Crypto analytics website SFOX reported that holidays in the midst of a bull market tend to spark FOMO, a trend apparently supported by Google Trends data:

“At times when the market is already doing well or improving, holidays have the potential to drive renewed retail interest in buying bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. That behavior, almost by definition, is FOMO: buying into an asset because one sees it trending upward and wants to benefit from it.”

Top altcoin ETH is currently trading sideways at around $300. Major cryptocurrency exchange Binance recently announced that it was moving off the Omni standard and onto ERC-20 for its Tether (USDT) addresses. The exchange Poloniex also added support for Ethereum-based USDT, citing a cheaper and faster process for transactions and deposits.

Ripple is mostly trading sideways, with some minor losses at press time of approximately 1%. However, XRP has trended down significantly since its monthly highs on June 22 and June 26, seeing approximately a 15% correction from those peaks. XRP is trading just shy of $.40 at press time.

Ripple’s incubatory subsidiary Xpring recently announced that it has dedicated $500 million to XRP projects with since the coin’s inception. The investment group reportedly intends to bolster the infrastructure for XRP, as well as support innovative ripple projects.

As far as other top cryptocurrencies are concerned, Chainlink (LINK) is continuing to see colossal gains this week. At press time, data from Coin360 shows that LINK is up by 49% over the last 7 days.

LINK saw a 26% on-the-day gain on June 28. Coinbase Pro had announced support for the smart contract token on June 27, as well as announcing full trading support for the LINK/ETH pair on June 28.

The total market cap of the top 100 cryptocurrencies is currently $330.4 billion, according to the data provided by Coin360’s summary table.

Meanwhile in traditional markets, gold and oil are trending down slightly as the stock market sees some minor gains, according to data from MarketWatch.

JPMorgan recently announced that it plans to issue a stable coin by the end of 2019. An executive at the banking giant also said JPM thinks securities are en route to becoming digital or tokenized, over a span of five to twenty years.

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Huobi Is Now The First Major Exchange to Run a Chainlink Node

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Huobi Is Now The First Major Exchange to Run a Chainlink Node
Huobi Is Now The First Major Exchange to Run a Chainlink Node

Major cryptocurrency exchange Huobi will integrate their price data with Chainlink’s ecosystem in an effort to improve its own data integrity and provide more accurate price information. While Binance was the first major exchange to provide their data to Chainlink oracles in October 2019, Huobi has gone one step further by running its own node on the system through Huobi Wallet. This allows the exchange to sign its own price data allowing users to confirm that any exchange data coming from the Huobi Node is authentic and direct from the source. Huobi Wallet CEO Will Huang stated:

“DeFi offers a unique value proposition of providing financial products that are transparent, open, and programmable. We are very excited to accelerate our involvement in this emerging trend by providing Chainlink users access to Huobi Global exchange data, as well as running our own Chainlink Node.”

The first batch of price pairs will include BTC/ETH, BTC/USDT, ETH/USDT, and LINK/ETH, with more to follow.

Huobi appears to be on a mission to improve its credibility following concerns around volume inflation last year. By running a node, the exchange’s reputation will be on the line should any of the data shared through Chainlink prove to be inaccurate. As one of Gibraltar’s largest crypto firms, the integration comes in the wake of the country’s continued efforts in reducing market manipulation by crypto firms over the last few months. Last year Huobi partnered with Global Digital Finance (GDF), co-chairing the Market Integrity Working Group with Solidus Labs.

In 2019 a Bitwise report implied that Huobi was reporting inflated trading volume, causing an internal investigation to weed out any potential wash trading strategies by market makers. Huobi Global CEO Livio Weng admitted wash trading may have occurred:

“We did identify a few of our market makers conducting what we suspect may have been wash trading for the sake of performance and marketing purposes. We have already communicated with these market makers and they have discontinued the strategies in question.”

Huobi has since moved to the top 10 exchanges in Messari’s ‘Real Volume’ list.

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EOSIO-Based Social Media Platform Voice Launches Ahead of Schedule

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EOSIO-Based Social Media Platform Voice Launches Ahead of Schedule

Voice, a blockchain-based social media project developed by EOS creator Block.One, briefly went live one day before its scheduled launch. Based on the open source EOSIO protocol, Voice aims to use Blockchain technology to create a trusted social experience, free from bots and fake accounts. Revealed in June 2019, the project uses biometric authentication technology to verify every account, limiting accounts to one-per-person and promising to protect user data.

Voice’s main page temporarily displayed several posts from different accounts which featured multiple likes and comments. As of press time, the website is no longer available. It now displays “Error 1020” instead, which specifies that the website is “using a security service to protect itself from online attacks.”. In early June, Zalatimo announced that the platform is set to roll out on U.S. Independence Day. He noted that only registered users would be able to publish content or engage online.

After revealing their plans for Voice in June 2019, EOS’ parent firm, Block.One, invested $150 million in Voice during March 2020. The investment was said to provide Voice with resources to operate independently from Block.One. Numerous blockchain-related social media projects have been released to date.

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Billionaire Chimes In On What A BTC Price Increase Would Mean

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Billionaire Chimes In On What A BTC Price Increase Would Mean
Billionaire Chimes In On What A BTC Price Increase Would Mean

Chamath Palihapitiya, the billionaire CEO of Social Capital and Virgin Galactic Chairman, has called Bitcoin a type of disaster insurance against governments making bad financial decisions. In an interview with Unchained Podcast on June 23, Palihapitiya said hard-working people need something like Bitcoin as insurance, as the cryptocurrency is “really fundamentally uncorrelated” to the consequences of legislators behaving badly. 

However, the CEO pointed out that for the Bitcoin price to skyrocket at this point, things would have to go terribly wrong in the financial system, with disastrous impacts on your friends and family. “If your Bitcoin bet pays off,” Palihapitiya said, “it will be cataclysmically destructive for the world. And that’ll have enormous consequences to many people we all know and care about who weren’t hedged in Bitcoin. And so you almost don’t want it to happen.”

Palihapitiya himself invested in 2010, by buying one million Bitcoin for $80, whose value reached the billions when the token had its all-time high in December 2017. No wonder the billionaire claims that Bitcoin (BTC), unlike “second- and third-tier” cryptocurrencies like Ethereum (ETH), is one of the few ways to get a “massive asymmetric payoff” from such a small investment. “You want to be sure that a small amount of insurance can basically make you whole,” Palihapitiya said, citing a $1,000 payoff for a $1 investment as a good example. “That’s why I just think that, you know, you should take 1% of your portfolio, put it in Bitcoin.”

“At the end of the day, any other asset class — equities, debt, real estate, commodities — they’re all tightly, tightly coupled to a legislative framework and an interconnectedness in the financial markets that brings together many of the governments that are sort of behaving this way.”

The billionaire has also speculated the value of Bitcoin in the future could reach millions of dollars, or drop to zero.

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