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Breaking: Ethereum Developers Postpone Constantinople Hard Fork, Price Plunges

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The core developers of Ethereum have called for a delay to the activation of Constantinople, just hours before the long-awaited hard fork was scheduled to go live on the third-largest cryptocurrency’s network.

Ethereum Hard Fork Delayed

In a statement, the Ethereum Core Developers and Ethereum Security Community said that they decided to postpone the hard fork after security researchers identified a potential vulnerability in one of the software upgrades.

“Security researchers like ChainSecurity and TrailOfBits ran (and are still running) analysis across the entire blockchain. They did not find any cases of this vulnerability in the wild. However, there is still a non-zero risk that some contracts could be affected,” the statement read.

Because the risk is non-zero and the amount of time required to determine the risk with confidence is longer the amount of time available before the planned Constantinople upgrade, a decision was reached to postpone the fork out of an abundance of caution.

According to the statement, that potential vulnerability stemmed from EIP-1283, which introduces a cheaper gas cost for SSTORE operations. Researchers believe that it’s possible that had EIP-1283 been activated, certain smart contracts that are already running on Ethereum could have become vulnerable to reentrancy attacks.

ChainSecurity has published a more thorough explanation of the potential vulnerability.

Crypto Exchanges, Miners Must Upgrade to Emergency Software

Ethereum full node operators must either upgrade to an emergency software version or downgrade to a pre-fork release to avoid becoming disconnected from the network. | Source: Shutterstock

Since the hard fork has been delayed, cryptocurrency exchanges, miners, and other node operators must either upgrade to emergency versions of their Ethereum software clients or downgrade to the previous pre-fork release.

Failing to upgrade a node will cause you to become disconnected from the main Ethereum network since the Constantinople fork software is not compatible with previous versions.

However, most Ethereum users — i.e., those who do not run full nodes — do not need to take any action, and wallets remain secure. This is important to note because it’s likely that scammers will seek to take advantage of the situation to swindle crypto holders out of their funds.

No New Fork Date Announced

Prior to the abrupt delay, the Ethereum community had been in good spirits about the impending activation of Constantionple, which will implement a number of upgrades into the cryptocurrency’s protocol.

In addition to preparing the network to better scale to mainstream usage, the fork will permanently reduce the Ethereum block reward by 33 percent, to 2 ether from 3 ether.

The fork had been scheduled to go live at block 7080000 on Jan. 16, just hours from now. The last block processed by the network as of the time of writing was 7072694.

No new fork date has yet been announced.

Ethereum Price Makes Sharp Decline

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The ethereum price endured a sharp fall after Constantinople’s delay.

The ethereum price — which had traded up in advance of the fork — plunged following the announcement, declining as low as $116 on Bitstamp from an intraday high of $130.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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Bitcoin (BTCUSD) weekly forecast on February 18 — 24, 2019

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Cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC/USD) is trading at 3587. Cryptocurrency quotes are trading below the moving average with a period of 55. This indicates a bearish trend for Bitcoin. At the moment, cryptocurrency quotes are moving near the upper border of the Bollinger Bands indicator.

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) weekly forecast on February 18 — 24, 2019

As part of the Bitcoin exchange rate forecast, the test level of 3820 is expected. Where should we expect an attempt to continue the fall of BTC/USD and the further development of the downward trend. The purpose of this movement is the area near the level of 2700. The conservative area for selling Bitcoin is located near the upper border of the Bollinger Bands indicator at the level of 3850.

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) weekly forecast on February 18 — 24, 2019

Cancellation of the option to continue the decline in Bitcoin will be the breakdown of the area of ​​the upper border of the Bollinger Bands indicator. As well as the moving average with a period of 55 and closing of quotations of the pair above the area of ​​4250. This will indicate a change in the current trend in favor of the bullish for BTC/USD. In the event of a breakdown of the lower border of the Bollinger Bands indicator bands, we should expect an acceleration of the fall of the cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) weekly forecast on February 18 — 24, 2019 implies a test level of 3820. Further, it is expected to continue falling to the area below the level of 2700. The conservative area for selling Bitcoin is located area of ​​3850. Canceling the option of falling cryptocurrency will break the level of 4250. In this case, we should expect continued growth.

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BTCUSD Analysis: Bitcoin still trading in a bearish consolidation [Video]

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Any upside moves are classified as corrective ahead of what could be the next downside extension and bearish continuation. It would take a break back above 4,380 at a minimum to take the immediate pressure off the downside. Next critical support comes in the form of the July and September 2017 lows, around 2,000 and 2,975 respectively.

In this analysis, we take a look at Bitcoin each day, highlighting all of the need to knows for anyone looking to extract up to date information about major levels and relevant trends, both short term and longer-term. The analysis is designed for the trader, investor and even those simply holding the crypto asset, looking for an idea of where they may want to consider making that next conversion.

The cryptocurrency update is new each day and is presented with an added layer of animation, in an effort to make the analysis as engaging as possible, while also communicating the message with respect to key trends and levels in an easy to understand, seamless manner with great value add to all.

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Are Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) Net Positive Or Negative For Bitcoin And Crypto Assets?

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Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) have been analyzed by several banking institutions around the world, specifically by several central banks in different countries. However, they are different than virtual currencies such as Bitcoin (BTC). How would the issuance of CBDCs affect Bitcoin and the whole crypto market?

There are some important differences between Bitcoin and CBDCs. For example, Bitcoin is permissionless, decentralized and censorship-resistant while CBDCs are permission, centralized and censorable. Thus, they are almost contrary to Bitcoin. While the most popular cryptocurrency provides freedom to users, CBDCs allow governments to have larger control over their populations.

A few days ago, the popular investment bank JP Morgan unveiled a stablecoin called JPM Coin that would be used to make transfers between customers in just a few seconds. Although JP Morgan’s CEO Jamie Dimon has been against virtual currencies, it seems that the bank will be using blockchain technology to power their virtual currency.

There were several individuals in the market claiming that the new JP Morgan digital coin killed Bitcoin, or at least, it is going to kill the most popular cryptocurrency in the market. However, it is important to understand that these coins will never be similar and work in a completely different way. CBDCs and stablecoins issued by financial institutions such as JP Morgan work in a centralized and controlled way.

Indeed, these new digital assets do not seem to present a threat to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. SWIFT could be affected by these new coins. SWIFT is the mainstream and most popular system to perform cross-border payments. This system has proven to be slow and costly for many financial institutions and banks all over the world. Indeed, Ripple’s services could also be affected by the growth of new CBDCs.

CBDCs legitimize that virtual currencies are the future of money. Because of this, it might be possible for Bitcoin to distance itself from drugs and criminals. At the same time, with CBDCs individuals will discover that there are several advantages of using digital assets.

Individuals will clearly have their funds frozen at any moment using CBDCs if the financial institution regulating the asset decides so. Moreover, their accounts can be suspended and users would not be able to use these funds anymore.

There are some crypto experts that believe that CBDCs could be very harmful to societies. For example, China is currently trying to control its population with new surveillance systems related to how individuals use their funds.

With CBDCs, people will realize that there is no more freedom and that the government is ultimately controlling everything. This is why Bitcoin could grow as a safe haven where users can feel free to use their funds as they want without being controlled by governments.

That does not mean that Bitcoin will be used to perform illegal things. It means that users will protect their privacy and what they do with their funds.

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