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Crypto Exchange Located in Europe Will Not Delist XRP Despite Legal Battle

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Despite the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s ongoing lawsuit against Ripple for selling XRP, which it refers to as an unregistered security, Gatehub, with offices in the UK and Slovenia, will not delist the cryptocurrency. According to an announcement to XRP holders, the exchange says it will continue to support the fourth-largest cryptocurrency until there is a clear verdict on the suit confirming XRP as a security.

“Please be advised that GateHub Ltd. will continue listing XRP until the SEC’s complaint against Ripple is adjudicated and a final decision entered that XRP is properly classified as a ‘security,’ or until we receive a cease and desist notice from the SEC.”

The SEC filed a lawsuit against Ripple and its executives Chris Larsen and Brad Garlinghouse for allegedly selling XRP as an unregistered security and making profit from it. Shortly after the lawsuit, XRP’s price dropped by 22%.

A number of top exchanges including Coinbase and OKCoin went ahead to halt trading of the asset following the lawsuit. However, Gatehub, which is built on the XRP Ledger protocol and backed by investor Chris Larsen, is assuring XRP holders that the exchange will not follow in the footsteps of these other exchanges because it is confident that XRP is not a security.

“We have never believed that XRP is a ‘security’ under the prevailing ‘Howey’ test in the US, and regard XRP primarily as a ‘utility’ token whose value is based on its use in payments and foreign exchange. Nor have we personally witnessed any improper market conduct by Ripple Labs or its senior officers.”

The XRP community is not taking the action against Ripple lightly and has launched a petition against the SEC. The petition is asking the US government to recognize XRP as a currency and not a security as the SEC alleges. In the same vein, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse has vowed to fight the SEC until the end as he is confident that XRP deserves recognition as a cryptocurrency. He has always lamented the lack of clear regulation for cryptocurrency in the United States and announced that Ripple may be moving its headquarters to the UK.


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Source: https://dailyhodl.com/2021/01/15/crypto-exchange-gatehub-will-not-delist-xrp-despite-legal-battle/

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Bitcoin Taproot upgrade finally achieves activation lock-in!

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The much-anticipated Bitcoin Taproot upgrade passed the Speedy Trial, which was a signaling period which gauged support for the upgrade from bitcoin’s mining sector. Since SegWit, Taproot has been touted as the next significant upgrade for Bitcoin.

Data from Taproot.watch, a webpage created by Bitcoin developer Hampus Sjöberg, released an interesting yet hilarious video to announce the completion of the lock-in stage.

On the official page, it read:

“This period has reached 1815 Taproot signaling blocks, which are required for lock-in.”

Different mining pools tweeted their support for the upgrade on their respective platforms with Slush Pool being the first to do so.

AntPool also supported the upgrade.

What’s next?

Bitcoin core developer Pieter Wuille further elaborated on the path leading to the full activation step for Taproot in a series of tweets. He stated:

“As of block 687284, Taproot signalling has reached 1815 blocks this period, guaranteeing that absent very deep reorgs, it is guaranteed to lock in. Following that, it will activate at block 709632, probably around mid-November 2021.”

He also addressed that ‘there is a lot of work left of course’, which included:

a) PSBT extensions to communicate Taproot keys/scripts/signatures,

b) MuSig2 standardization so the software can cooperate in signing,

c) Output descriptors,

Why is it so important?

Fred Thiel, CEO of Marathon Digital Holdings stated:

“With this upgrade, you’ll see Bitcoin to be the settlement network. Funds are transferred from one institution to another, say one bank to another.”

He added,

“The update would lower the data size of smart contracts, in turn lowering transaction costs. Taproot is also expected to enhance smart contract functionality and efficiency.”

Jeremy Rubin, a Bitcoin Core contributor and founder of Judica projected a similar optimistic narrative,

“With taproot, you get optimization of Bitcoin, much different from how people know Bitcoin today- little too inefficient or reveal too much information about what you’re trying to do. Taproot helps to be private and efficient.”


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Ethereum Classic (ETC) Price Poised for a Surge to $100

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  • Ethereum Classic (ETC) looks poised for a surge
  • Technical indicators show that ETC could go up to $105
  • Also, one reason that could help the altcoin surge is its upcoming ECIP-1103 upgrade

Ethereum Classic price poised for a surge. The altcoin has been outperforming the market recently but can it bounce back over the $100 resistance level?

The crypto market has been experiencing a rough ride. Many altcoins have sunk to less than half their value in less than a month. However, Ethereum Classic managed to rebound faster than most of the market. In addition, the altcoin has managed to hold its ground against the bearish market.

In fact, looking at Ethereum Classic price charts, the asset looks poised for a surge.

Ethereum Classic price charts

At the time of writing, ETC is trading at $55.01, down 67% from its May 8 all-time high of $167.09. However, looking at the crypto’s Fibonacci levels, ETC could go up to ranging from $74 to $105. The price rise depends on whether ETC manages to breach the $60 resistance level. Looking at RSI, ETC is just above 40 and is thus in the safe zone.

On the other hand, ETC price could fall to $9 if the market turns on the crypto.

Possible reasons why ETC has been outperforming the market could be the crypto’s recently announced new upgrade scheduled for July 21. The upgrade will implement ECIP-1103 and include ETH’s Berlin Upgrade.

Also, perhaps investors deem the altcoin a good asset to diversify into and hedge against Bitcoin and ETH volatility. ETC has a limited coin supply of 210 million. In comparison, sister blockchain ETH has an unlimited supply. As such, ETC’s token value is likely to appreciate once the blockchain reaches its maximum token supply.

In addition, the underway ETH 2.0 upgrade will help further differentiate ETC from its more popular sister ETH. In this case, ETC could prove to be a good way for investors to diversify their portfolios.

Finally, ETC holds sentimental value for those who wish to see what ETH would look like if the platform followed its initial roadmap.

Source: https://coinquora.com/ethereum-classic-etc-price-poised-for-a-surge-to-100/

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Shiba Inu Drops Hard Below Critical Support Level

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  • Shiba Inu’s price hit below its critical support level of $0.000007.
  • Its price is now is going for new lows of $0.00000630.
  • SHIB needs to reach above $0.000007 to change the momentum and go up.

Notwithstanding a recent drop in the crypto market, Shiba Inu (SHIB), the meme-based coin named as “Dogecoin killer” has not disappeared. However, there are still some struggles that SHIB has to face.

As of writing, SHIB’s price hit below its critical support level of $0.000007 and is headed for new lows of $0.00000630. Meanwhile, If Shiba Inu breaks through the $0.00000630 support level, it will go to the $0.00000440 support level.

Now, to acquire momentum and make it go up, SHIB needs to reach above $0.000007. Otherwise, if SHIB is able to break through this resistance, it will go on to the next level of resistance at $0.000008.

Numerous individuals think that the SHIB’s rise recently is merely because of the community. In any case, there are different conditions that help the crypto gain investor’s interest. Respectively, SHIB announced its listing in Binance last month.

Furthermore, Shiba Inu will establish its own exchange soon called ShibaSwap. With this,   another decentralized exchange (DEX) like UniSwap or PancakeSwap will be available in the market. Of note, the platform has been operational for a while, but it is still undergoing some tests for security and transparency development.

On another note, many experts and analysts have shared their predictions for SHIB. Market experts even outlined a strategy for Shiba Inu to hit the $1. To reach $1, SHIB needs to increase around12,000,000%.

Consequently, the coin has increased by around 2,000,000 percent monthly since January. Moreover, according to Market Realist, if SHIB  continues to expand at this rate, it might touch $1 by the end of 2021.

Lastly, based on Wallet Investor, Shiba Inu’s price is expected to hit $0.000030 by June 2021 and could rise to $0.000048 at the end of the year.

Source: https://coinquora.com/shiba-inu-drops-hard-below-critical-support-level/

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