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Decentralized Video Platform Theta Hosting Hackathon With $85k up For Grabs

Decentralized video streaming service Theta Network will host a three-month-long hackathon starting next week to develop innovations on the platform. “Join us in building products, integrations and tools for the Theta ecosystem to decentralize video infrastructure worldwide!” The Theta Network requests that programmers submit apps, SDKs, or protocols to improve its use case, functionality, and […]

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Decentralized video streaming service Theta Network will host a three-month-long hackathon starting next week to develop innovations on the platform.

“Join us in building products, integrations and tools for the Theta ecosystem to decentralize video infrastructure worldwide!”

The Theta Network requests that programmers submit apps, SDKs, or protocols to improve its use case, functionality, and useability. Examples of such projects include integrations with other video platforms, dApps, NFTs, analytics tools, and block explorers.

CEO Mitch Liu and CTO Jieyi Long will judge the submissions. The scoring criteria will weight 40% to value added to the Theta ecosystem, 40% on execution, and 20% on innovation.

The first prize winner(s) gets Theta tokens to the value of $50k, with second and third earning $25k and $10k, respectively.

Mainnet 3.0 Aims to Revolutionize Blockchain Video Streaming

The Theta Network’s goal is to disrupt traditional streaming platforms, such as YouTube, Netflix, and Twitch.

By building a decentralized streaming infrastructure using Validator, Guardian, and Edge nodes, Theta hopes to reward creators and viewers with a bigger slice of the revenue while also addressing critiques of centralized platforms, including censorship.

As mentioned in the above tweet, the hackathon will lead into Theta’s Mainnet 3.0 launch, scheduled for April 9, 2021.

Mainnet 3.0 builds upon the previous iteration by adding two innovations. These are the inclusion of Elite Edge nodes, also the implementation of a TFUEL burning mechanism.

Theta community members host the Edge nodes. They form an integral aspect of the P2P decentralized network by facilitating the relaying of video.

With the Mainnet 3.0 upgrade, “uptime mining” is activated to enable the tokenization of internet bandwidth and network availability.

As such, users can stake TFUEL to an Edge node and receive rewards back for doing so. Staking to an Edge node upgrades it to an Elite Edge node in the process. The Theta team expects staking rewards to come out at between 2-4%.

But that’s not all. The new Mainnet launch will also bring in a TFUEL burning mechanism to counter inflationary pressures.

“With Theta 3.0, a minimum of 25% of each TFuel payment to the edge network will be burned at the protocol level, effectively becoming a cost for using the network. In the long-run as Theta’s edge network becomes more widely adopted, this could meaningfully reduce the supply of TFuel.”

Huge Moves See Theta Outperform Market Leader

The performance of Theta over the last 12 months has seen an astonishing 2000% gain. Over the same period, Bitcoin managed 330%.

As seen in the price chart, the bulk of the gains followed the firm’s Mainet 3.0 release announcement, made in December 2020.

Following that, the token has been rising strongly in the CoinMarketCap rankings. Currently, it is placed 18th, with Tron in line to be overtaken.

With that, can Theta maintain this level of momentum going into 2021?

Theta daily chart YTD

Source: THETAUSD on TradingView.com

Source: https://www.newsbtc.com/crypto/decentralized-video-platform-theta-hosting-hackathon-with-85k-up-for-grabs/

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Elon Musk Teases Bitcoin Maximilsts Once Again

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The CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company, has taken another humoristic stab at BTC maxis by asking how many are needed to change a light bulb. The wave of comments didn’t disappoint from names like Michael Saylor, Dan Held, Raoul Pal, and more.

  • Ever since the start of the year when Musk said he regretted not buying bitcoin years ago and later revealed that his EV company had actually purchased $1.5B in BTC, the billionaire has frequently been engaging with the community.
  • Most of the discussions used to be in a positive manner, but it all changed when Tesla disabled BTC payments citing environmental issues. When Musk started bashing the cryptocurrency for its high energy consumption levels, most Bitcoin maximalists changed their tunes as well.
  • However, it seems that Tesla’s CEO sees most of it from a humoristic point of view and the latest example, which came earlier today, supports this idea.
  • He reiterated a popular question on Twitter – ”How many Bitcoin maxis does it take to screw in a lightbulb?” Later on, his own response was also quite ironic.
  • Some popular BTC maximalists and other cryptocurrency commentators quickly offered their opinion on the matter. Michael Saylor, the CEO of MicroStrategy, was among the first who also caught the irony – “if you give us 10 minutes, maybe we can hash out the answer,” referring to how the Bitcoin network works.
  • Peter McCormack, the podcaster who recently interviewed the President of El Salvador on the country’s BTC adoption, took a stab at Musk, while Raoul Pal spoke about his views on what the BTC maxi tribe represents.
  • Interestingly, Dan Held, the Head of Growth at Kraken, responded with a reference towards Elon Musk’s favorite meme coin – Dogecoin.
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Bitcoin’s Dominance Rises as BTC Reached a 4-Day High at $35,500 (Market Watch)

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Although bitcoin failed to continue upwards after its intraday high of $35,500, its dominance over the market has increased further. This comes as most alternative coins have stalled, except for Dogecoin, which is up by double-digits.

BTC Dominance on the Rise

After the mid-week crash, in which bitcoin slumped below $30,000 for the first time since January, the asset’s performance has been calmer. It recovered most losses and even spiked to just shy of $35,000 on the following day but failed to continue higher as reported.

The bears drove it south to around $32,000, but the trajectory quickly reversed in the following hours. BTC started climbing again and added more than $3,000 of value.

As a result, it charted a four-day high of approximately $35,500. Despite losing over a grand since then, its dominance over the market has actually increased.

The metric comparing BTC’s market capitalization with all other cryptocurrencies is up to 47%.

BTCUSD. Source: TradingView
BTCUSD. Source: TradingView

Alts Stall While DOGE Pumps

Most of the alternative coins have remained stagnant on a 24-hour scale. Although Ethereum recovered from its most violent stages of the crash, it still fails to overcome $2,000 decisively. As a result, ETH trades just north of $1,900 for a second consecutive day.

Binance Coin jumped higher in the past 24 hours and even exceeded $310 at one point, but has retraced since then and is currently around $290. Cardano, Polkadot, Bitcoin Cash, and Chainlink are slightly in the red since yesterday.

In contrast, Ripple, Uniswap, Litecoin, and Solana have marked minor gains. Dogecoin is the most impressive performer once more from the larger-cap alts following a 10% increase to $0.26.

Cryptocurrency Market Overview. Source: Quantify Crypto
Cryptocurrency Market Overview. Source: Quantify Crypto

More fluctuations come from lower- and mid-cap alts. Celo (20%) has surged the most, followed by Nano (16%), Siacoin (12%), THORChain (12%), Curve DAO Token (11%), and Waves (10%).

Klaytn has lost the most from yesterday after a 14% drop. Nevertheless, the cumulative market capitalization of all cryptocurrency assets has remained just shy of $1.4 trillion.

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XRP, Chainlink, VeChain Price Analysis: 25 June 

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As the market continued to make slow and steady recovery, some altcoins bounced back up earlier than expected while others highlighted more volatility and steeper ups and downs.

With new updates in the SEC v. Ripple lawsuit rearing their heads every other day, XRP hiked after the 21 June fall. VeChain, on the contrary, made headlines after VeTrust, built on VeChain Thor, got adopted by a local Chinese government for better COVID-19 risk management.                                                                                                

XRPSource: XRP/USD – TradingView

XRP made a swift recovery as it noted 22% gains from its 22 June levels. The asset, after testing the $0.775-support on 21 June, fell below this level and tested the lower support at $0.55. XRP, after testing its lower support, later bounced back and highlighted considerable price gains.  

The Bollinger Bands for the asset noted a slight convergence that saw reduced volatility and a less expanded price range as the asset made recovery from its lower lows. Further, bullish momentum could be observed building on the Awesome Oscillator with the appearance of green bars. 

The Relative Strength Index for XRP was heading towards the neutral zone and had a reading of 38.43 at press time. The RSI’s uptick underlined an increase in buying pressure, one which pulled the asset from the oversold zone on 23 June. However, sellers were still dominant at press time.

XRP was trading at $0.67 at press time and if its northbound price movement continues, it can test the  $0.775-resistance as well.  

Chainlink [LINK]Source: LINK/USD – TradingView

LINK was trading at $18.9 at press time and was down 64.01% from its ATH with a breakeven multiple of 2.78. The alt’s price, after testing the $17.3 support, bounced back and made decent recoveries. The 15th ranked coin had a 24-hour price hike of 3.80% and a 7-day price dip of 16.30%. 

In light of the appearance of green candlesticks on the chart, the prevailing trend was slightly bullish. This corresponded with the Parabolic SAR’s white dots that have appeared below the candlesticks since the beginning of 24 June. Further, the Squeeze Momentum Indicator pointed to an active squeeze release (white dots) and projected a bullish trend in store for the asset. 

Finally, the MACD and Signal lines underwent a bullish crossover on 24 June, pointing towards a market recovery for the alt. This could lead the asset to rally towards the $25.9-resistance if recoveries continue.

VeChain [VET]Source: VET/USD – TradingView

VeChain was trading at $0.08 at press time and was ranked 21st on CoinMarkerCap. The alt saw decent recoveries after the 21 June price fall, and its 7-day price dip was 23.29% while its 24-hour price gain was 5.50%. The asset was down 70.14% from its ATH and had a breakeven multiple of 3.35. 

Bollinger Bands for the asset highlighted increased volatility and pictured a more expanded price range as the asset made recovery from its lower lows. Capital inflows for the asset were neutral, according to Chaikin Money Flow, with outflows still dominant in the market.

Finally, the Average Directional Index (ADX), highlighted a non-directional market. Once ADX is under 25, an uptrend can be expected to become stronger. The alt, after testing its lower support at $0.07, bounced back up and if the price rallies further it could touch the resistance level at $0.098.


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