- “Ripple attorneys will have their hands full explaining the statements of Ripple executives,” claims Larry Cermak
Larry Cermak, economy/law analyst and author at theblockcrypto.com, launched an interesting Twitter thread today regarding Ripple, XRP, and the currency’s status as a security.
He first went and determined what actually constitutes a security. The question “Has the promoter raised an amount of funds in excess of what may be needed to establish a functional network?” is one that needs to be answered to determine if the token is a security, according to SEC member Hinman.
Citing this as the burning question hanging above XRP’s head, Cermak dove deep into the statements of Ripple’s top dogs and discovered some worrying trends.
Besides acknowledging that Ripple management said multiple times how XRP Ledger is already functional and decentralized, he noted that Ripple Labs still remains in possession of 55 billion XRP which they intend to sell to generate further revenue. Chris Larsen and David Schwartz gave the “best” quotes describing Ripple’s intention to use their stash of XRP to profit in the future, citing Schwartz and his “After all, the reason we’re doing this is to increase demand for XRP to increase the value we can extract from our stash of XRP” as the most damning piece of evidence that XRP is in fact a security. Cermak concluded his Twitter thread with the following:
“As demonstrated by their own comments, Ripple is clearly incentivized to increase the value of XRP and therefore XRP holders’ investments. The long controversy will likely be decided in federal court down the line. In any case, Ripple’s attorneys will have their hands full in explaining the historical and recent statements of Ripple executives with respect to XRP and Ripple’s relationship to the cryptocurrency.”
You can read the full thread, along with an article that goes deeper into the quotes and issues mentioned, here.
- HTC Exodus phone starts shipping
HTC recently announced they’ll be moving into the cryptocurrency waters with their new mobile phone, HTC Exodus (marked as HTC Exodus 1). This blockchain-powered phone lets its owners trade cryptocurrencies, pay for various services with crypto and run dApps on it.
The phone was envisioned and designed by Phil Chen, HTC’s “Decentralized Chief Officer,” a developer who previously worked on the HTC Vive VR headset. This first generation of Exodus immediately impresses with its features:
- Display: 6-inch IPS LCD display, 1440×3120 resolution
- Durability: IP68 dustproof and waterproof
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- OS: Android 8.1
- Storage and Memory: 6GB RAM, 128GB internal storage (non-expandable)
- Battery: 3500 mAh battery, USB type-C charging, support for fast charging
- Camera: 16-MP and 12-MP main camera, dual 8-MP selfie camera
- Connectivity: 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
One of the flagship applications that’ll be pre-installed on the phone is called the Zion wallet. This wallet has a security system detached from the Android software (also called the “TrustZone Secure Enclave”) and lets its owners utilize the so-called Social Key Recovery function in case something happens to their phone. Every Exodus device will serve as a node, and every user will own their identity and their data pushing for a more decentralized system.
Zion will support Bitcoin and Ethereum, as well as Litecoin and several popular ERC-20 tokens on its launch day. Interestingly enough, Exodus can only be purchased using cryptocurrency.
Exodus 1 can currently be purchased for the price of 0.15 BTC/4.78 ETH/19.84 LTC (amounts to just above 500 USD). This device will target developed markets as Chen and HTC plan to release a more affordable phone for underbanked people from poorer countries of the world.
- Binance lists Republic Protocol (REN)
Popular Chinese/Maltese exchange Binance has added Republic Protocol to its trading platform.
Trading for REN/BTC and REN/BNB pairs has been enabled on 6/12/2018, 10:00 AM (UTC). As a part of the listing process, Republic Protocol donated 28,000 BNB to Binance’s Blockchain Charity Foundation.
Republic Protocol operates as an open-source decentralized dark pool exchange. This means that individuals can trade in any size of volume without having details of their transactions revealed. The project looks to focus on larger orders, thus being more suitable to institutional investors.
It facilitates cross-chain atomic trades on a hidden order book over the Ethereum and Bitcoin networks. Miners within the protocol run equation solving nodes to earn REN tokens and match orders without revealing the underlying trade until execution.
As such, the Republic Protocol system is capable of executing large block orders for ERC20, Ethereum and Bitcoin pairs; the orders are executed with minimal price slippage and maximum protection from front-running.
“Republic Protocol delivers mathematically-proven security and privacy until execution to dark pools, providing a system for investors and traders to exchange significant amounts of cryptographic assets,”Binance explains.
- Factom to be used by a Chinese online video performance verification company
Factom has been one of the hottest cryptocurrencies on the market lately, managing to appreciate from $4 to $16 in the past month or so. This 300% growth has surprised many but some investors knew that this currency has a couple of aces up its sleeve.
With Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation and Draper Associates supporting it, Factom’s latest rise isn’t exactly that surprising. Their latest partnership from China will likely contribute to added growth in the future.
Yooya is a Chinese company that manages business-to-business online video networks; it manages and tracks video content on over 45 Chinese online video distribution platforms, including Alibaba’s Youku, Baidu’s iQiyi, and Tencent Video.
Yoouya will use the Harmony platform to deliver both public and private blockchain-based online video content experiences to its customers.
Interestingly enough, FastForward owns a stake in both of these companies as they have a 2.06% equity interest in Factom and a 15% one in Yooya.
Bitcoin price prediction: BTC/USD confluence detector shows lack of resistance and support levels
- The daily confluence detector shows one healthy support level at $10,075.
- BTC/USD has gone down from $10,110 to $10,092.
The hourly BTC/USD price chart shows us that the price dropped from $10,130 to $9,815 this Thursday. The bulls then gathered momentum before it picked up to $10,190, meeting resistance. Since then, BTC/USD has been on a continuous downtrend and is currently trending around $10,092.
BTC/USD daily confluence detector
The daily confluence detector shows only one prominent resistance and support level. The $10,500 resistance level has the 5-day simple moving average (SMA 5) curve. The $10,075 support level has the 1-month 23.6% Fibonacci retracement level, SMA 10, 1-hour Bollinger band middle curve and 4-hour previous low.
Bloomberg Says Bitcoin Could be Finding Support at $10,000 as Altcoins Rebound
Yesterday, Bitcoin (BTC) suddenly slipped. After tapping $11,000 just days earlier, the cryptocurrency cratered, falling under $10,000 as bulls failed to step in.
This move was so dramatic that according to the Bitcoin Fear and Greed Index, this sudden reversal has resulted in a reading of five — the index’s lowest value in its history. This is crazy, especially considering that BTC is trading over 300% higher than its bottom price of $3,150.
While the index’s reading may seem entirely arbitrary — just look at the bullish momentum Bitcoin has experienced in the first half of 2019 — the index is backed by data.
The website that hosts the index claims it analyses a fair mix of volatility, market momentum and volume, social media trends, surveys, dominance, and Google Trends to get the gist of how cryptocurrency investors are faring.
Bitcoin Bounces Back
But, the Bitcoin price has managed to bounce back. After remaining under $10,000 for a number of hours, the cryptocurrency managed to reclaim five digits.
Per Bloomberg, the cryptocurrency “appears to be gaining momentum for a push higher”. The analyst recently claimed that as BTC recently dropped “below the lower limit of its GTI Vera Band Indicator, which measures up and down trends”, a spike to the upside may be ahead. The last four times the bottom band was breached, “it managed to quickly rally back into the range”.
According to Mike McGlone, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, Bitcoin is currently setting itself up for a recovery. He explained in a note that its “unique attributes” (likely a reference to its classification as a digital store of value/digital version of gold) and tumult on the macroeconomic stage could help boost the value of Bitcoin. Indeed, many say that if trade wars continue to rage and if central banks continue to enlist unorthodox monetary policy, the need for a form of money that is decentralized, scarce, borderless, and public will only swell.
While McGlone is bullish for the medium term, he told Bloomberg TV in a recent interview that his short and long-term prospects on the cryptocurrency are mixed.
Per previous reports from Ethereum World News, McGlone argued that with there being key support at $8,000 and heavy resistance at $20,000, the cryptocurrency could be stuck in that range “endlessly”. He added that on-chain fundamentals — active addresses, number of daily transactions, fees, and so on and so forth — have begun to taper off like they did to trigger 2018’s bear market.
Altcoins Finally Gain Some Steam
Interestingly, throughout this short-term recovery, altcoins have bounced, actually outperforming Bitcoin for once.
According to CoinMarketCap, Bitcoin dominance has fallen to 68.5% from nearly 70%. Ethereum is up 3.5% on the day, while BTC is up a relatively mere 0.2%. It’s a similar story across the cryptocurrency rankings.
Bitcoin Vs. Ripple: Amidst the Bearish Trend, The Coins Gave Some Brief Moment of Trading
There is a close link between the movement of Bitcoin and Ripple. Both of them are strong coins with a dedicated community of users. At present, they are facing some negative sentiments, but this will wash off soon.
Current Statistics (On August 22 at UTC 08:38):
|Parameters||Ripple (XRP)||Bitcoin (BTC)|
|Market Cap||11,339,553,299 USD||178,409,831,940 USD|
|24-Hour Volume||1,033,612,299 USD||18,408,249,735 USD|
|Circulating Supply||42,890,708,341 XRP||17,890,087 BTC|
|Price in BTC||0.00002654||NA|
BTC Vs. XRP Price Analysis:
Both Bitcoin and Ripple started on a declining note. In the first hours of the day, Bitcoin price has declined by 6.15% and fell to the level of 10,125.86 USD. Similarly, Ripple declined by 4.15% and landed at $0.2628. After that, the declining trend has slowed a bit, and coins kept fluctuating up and down in the range of around 2%. However, during the early minutes of the second half, on the other day, came yet another dip where BTC price declined by 2.21% and Ethereum by 0.96%.
After the second intraday breakdown, the digital coins have shown some strengthening for the next couple of hours. In that period, BTC hiked by 1.75% and XRP by 1.5%. The next plunge that came in around midnight dragged Bitcoin price by 2.91% and took it below $10k mark again. Similarly, XRP declined by 2.02% and landed at the level of 0.26 USD. Lately, the cryptos have been hovering at those levels and showed some bounce back, which helped then to move toward their current position.
BTC vs XRP Prediction & Conclusion:
Making any prediction in this swinging market is a rigorous task. However, for now, Ripple faces immediate resistance at $0.274454 and support at $0.259335. For Bitcoin, the immediate resistance is at 10,636.95 USD and support level at $9,800.93.
The Ripple team has done a recent assessment of the blockchain and assured that they will work toward the narrowing of the skill gap. Further, they added that in order to address the issue, the team would seek the help of experts including academia, governments, and private organizations.