Constantinople Hard Fork to Activate in Late February

In his announcement, Szilagyi explains that the activation will take place at block number 7,280.000, which is expected to be mined on Feb. 27, 2019. The upgrade will reportedly be implemented as “a single fork on mainnet and a post-Constantinople-fixup fork on the testnets to get them back in line feature wise with the main network.”The vulnerability purportedly allows a potential attacker to steal cryptocurrency from a smart contract on the network by repeatedly requesting funds from it while feeding it false data about the malicious actor’s actual ETH balance. In order to patch the loophole, the launch of the upgrade had been postponed until further notice.Once implemented, the improvements would purportedly fundamentally change the Ethereum blockchain, preventing any backwards compatibility — meaning that network nodes must either update synchronically with the entire system or carry on running as a separate blockchain entity.


Ripple News: R3 Launches Corda Network — How Does This Impact XRP?

Corda Network is the open shared blockchain network that links participants using Corda such financial institutions, banks, trade associations, fintech companies, and other businesses. It provides a common layer of identity and consensus among participants using Corda which enables interoperability between them on the network.Moreover, the Corda Network is openly governed to enable the seamless on-boarding of participants to Corda and to help developers develop new applications for Corda and Corda Enterprise.Corda has already achieved a mass of partnerships from both private and government-based companies and organizations. For instance, Corda’s partnerships with over 250 companies and organizations includes Citibank, HSBC, Huawei, Infosys, Intel, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and more.All in all, the launch of the Corda Network is a very big development for R3 and it will be the catalyst that drives the enterprise blockchain software firm into the future, seeing that the companies mentioned above use their services.



Brian Kelly Predicts Crypto Bottom and Bitcoin ETF Bust, Plus Ripple and XRP, Tron, Ethereum, Stellar, VeChain, IOTA: Crypto News Alert

Bitcoin and crypto bull Brian Kelly says there’s absolutely “no shot” for any Bitcoin ETF proposal to pass in 2019. The founder and CEO of crypto investment firm BKCM told CoinTelegraph he believes the Bitcoin futures market is not mature enough, and it will be at least a year before an exchange-traded fund is approve Ripple has partnered with Tsinghua University to launch a research scholarship program for graduates in China. According to Crowdfund Insider, the program will focus on how blockchain technology works and the current state of regulations in the country.This week’s edition covers a number of updates relevant to the Ethereum community, and looks at new developments on the Ethereum-based platforms OmiseGo, 0x and Augur.

BAT Outperforms Bitcoin, XRP On New Brave Browser “Rewards” Feature

Brave and Basic Attention Token (BAT) team, which consists of Eich, coupled with an array of fintech, Silicon Valley, and crypto veterans, revealed that it would be previewing “opt-in ads in [the] desktop browser developer channel.” While this feature sounds nebulous, there’s more to this integration than meets the eye. In fact, as broken down in a PC Magazine feature article, this new advertising model will allow common Joes and Jills to earn crypto, in the form of BAT, and potentially other rewards in the feature. While the market is trending slightly positive, some analysts expect that BTC is ready to dive. Speaking to MarketWatch, Jani Ziedens of Cracked Market claimed that BTC, if truly oversold, should be posting monumental gains right now, rather than finding itself in an extended lull. 

Following $5 Billion Crypto Drop, Traders See Weakness in Bitcoin

The weakness in the short-term price trend of BTC led the market to demonstrate volatility on the downside. More than $5 billion was wiped out of the crypto market and major assets like Ethereum recorded a six percent drop.Generally, both analysts and traders expect Bitcoin to fall to the low $3,000 region in the days to come. Some have suggested that a strong buy wall below the $3,000 mark may allow the dominant cryptocurrency to recover, implying that a 10 percent fall remains a possibility.The volume of Bitcoin has increased from $4 billion to $5.1 billion, demonstrating a fairly large jump in trading activity in a short period of time. The resistance in the $3,400 to $3,500 range may prevent an abrupt fall by a large margin in the upcoming days.Most of the worst performing cryptocurrencies in the past 24 hours have been tokens and low market cap cryptocurrencies, and small digital assets are expected to perform poorly in the short-term.

10335 users upgraded their Parity Ethereum nodes, says core developer

The whole cryptocurrency community has been waiting for the Constantinople hard fork since 2017. Recently, the team announced that the update has been postponed for the second time. This is because of a potential attack that can take place after the hard fork occurs the Parity team and the Geth team released a new emergency version and asked all the node operators to updated to the new version immediately. The emergency version released by the Parity team is Parity Ethereum 2.2.7 – stable and Parity Ethereum 2.3.0 – beta. The emergency version released by Geth team is Byzantium Revert v1.8.21. This update, according to the initial announcement by Ethereum Foundation, is required to be done by miner, exchanges and node operator. They also stated that people only interacting with the Ethereum need not do anything including Ledger, Trezor, MyEtherWallet, MyCrypto, and Parity Signer.

ETH Buyers Not Out of Woods Yet

ETH price is currently struggling to settle above the $124-125 resistance area against the US Dollar.ETH price dropped towards the $118 support against the US Dollar. The ETH/USD pair found a lot of buyers near the $117-118 zone, resulting in a decent upside correction. The price jumped sharply above the $120, $124 and $127 levels. Buyers were successful in piercing the 50% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the $130 swing high to $117 swing low. There was a spike above the 100 hourly simple moving average and $128. However, the price failed to stay above the $127 resistance and later declined. There was a rejection near the 76.4% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the $130 swing high to $117 swing low. The price is currently trading below the $125 resistance and the 100 hourly simple moving average. Moreover, there is a new connecting bearish trend line formed with resistance at $127 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD. 

Only XRP Private Keys That Used Software From Before August 2015 Are Vulnerable

Recent research jointly conducted by the definite foundation and the University of California revealed that a portion of Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and Ripple addresses are vulnerable. The researchers claim to have successfully hacked hundreds of Bitcoin, some Ethereum, SSH (remote control for Unix-like systems), HTTPS and one XRP private keys thanks to so-called biased nonces (with a low degree of randomness.) As the researchers explain, the consequences of such vulnerabilities are vast. According to Ripple, a deterministic nonce generation has also been part of their software since August 2015. This feature also makes addresses that interacted with the blockchain employing newer software libraries safe from this vulnerability. Also, recently news broke that a recent spate of ransomware attacks estimated to have earned hackers 705.08 Bitcoin ($2.5 million) likely came from Russian cybercriminals, not North Korean state sponsored actors as initially thought.

XRP Plus becomes the latest XRP related scam as community blasts impersonators

XRP’s developments in the cryptocurrency industry have been something to stand up and take notice with multiple partnerships with institutional investors being the main highlight. Along with the tie-ups, scams and frauds, XRP has also grabbed the headlines with impersonators being a key point of focus. The latest fraud related to XRP is called XRP Plus, a cryptocurrency that was called out due to the presence of David Schwartz’s photo on the XRP Plus website. David Schwartz is the Chief Technology Officer of Ripple, the parent company of the second largest cryptocurrency on the planet, XRP. The fake news about XRP Plus was actually circulated via Weibo, a popular Chinese social media platform.

Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Stellar, Litecoin, Tron, Bitcoin SV, Cardano

After the two years of price-centric action in the cryptocurrency industry, 2019 might shift the focus towards the fundamentals. Until the community puts an emphasis on the foundational aspects of crypto, we believe that a sustained recovery is unlikely.The Winklevoss twins believe that stablecoins and tokenized securities will give a boost to the crypto space. Remaining positive on Bitcoin (BTC), they continue to hold the view that it is a better investment than gold.Vontobel bank, Switzerland’s third largest financial custody provider, has launched a digital custody product for institutional players. Large players like Vontobel don’t get into a space without studying it extensively. That leads us to believe that it is only a matter of time until institutional money starts trickling into the market.