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Ethereum Core Devs Outnumber Those Working On Bitcoin Per Month Claims New Report

Ethereum (ETH) is the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization and recently upgraded its network via the Constantinople hard fork. The successful upgrades reportedly saw the network block count more than double following the activation of the “difficulty bomb” update. Now, another report is out, ostensibly showing that Ethereum the number of core developers working […]

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Ethereum (ETH) is the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization and recently upgraded its network via the Constantinople hard fork. The successful upgrades reportedly saw the network block count more than double following the activation of the “difficulty bomb” update.

Now, another report is out, ostensibly showing that Ethereum the number of core developers working on the coin’s base protocol is double that of leading cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC).

Having the most core developers on a monthly basis puts Ethereum ahead of all other cryptocurrencies, and according to the report, these numbers do not even include community project developers.

The revelations are part of a study published on Medium by Electric Capital, a crypto asset management firm.

Ethereum core devs double Bitcoin’s

As per the research article, Electric Capital obtained its data by fingerprinting over 20,000 code repositories and over 16 million commits- with the resultant data showing that ETH has a monthly average of 216 developers who contribute to its repositories.

Besides, the firm notes, the above data somehow undercount the total number of developers on the Ethereum network, mainly because the data does not incorporate “ecosystem projects like Truffle.”

Just as well, the above data on Bitcoin (BTC) developers exclude ecosystem developers, which still give the leading cryptocurrency by market cap a monthly average of 50 developers.

However, the report goes on to reveal that per data sets on core protocol contributors, Ethereum leads as “the most active” with an average of 99 developers per month. In comparison, Bitcoin has a monthly average of 47 developers working on its core protocol.

Other top cryptocurrencies like EOS (EOS), Cardano (ADA) and Tron (TRX), all defined as Ethereum competitors, have monthly averages of more than 25 core protocol developers.

The overall number of active developer increases

Electric Capital notes in its report that the number of active developers on the top projects has remained high even when the crypto bear market led to most cryptocurrency prices declining by over 80 percent since the 2017 crypto boom.

According to the firm, data shows that despite the huge drop in prices, the percentage of monthly active developers has dropped by only 4 percent.

Notably, also, is that public coin repositories have seen the number of developers increase tremendously from 2017, doubling in the last two years to reach 4,000 developers working on over 2,800 public coins.

Excluded from the above data sets are developers working on private coins, those yet to be launched or what the report calls non-coin networks- like the Lightning Network.

Despite the increase in overall developers working on top projects, some platforms have seen dwindling numbe4rs over the same period.

For example, Litecoin (LTC) saw its developer base decline from a monthly high of 40 to measly three, while Dogecoin (DOGE) has reportedly not had any developers for several months now.

Since October last year, less than five developers have contributed to the protocols of bitcoin forks Bitcoin Gold and Bitcoin Diamond.

While Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has previously said that the smart contracts and dApps platform was created to improve on Bitcoin’s functionality, others, like the CEO of Square and Twitter Jack Dorsey, have continued to spend heavily to see further developments on the Bitcoin network.


Disclaimer: This is not investment advice. Cryptocurrencies are highly volatile assets and are very risky investments. Do your research and consult an investment professional before investing. Never invest more than you can afford to lose. Never borrow money to invest in cryptocurrencies.

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Alpha Finance (ALPHA) Climbs to All-Time High — Targetting $1

After a possible short-term drop, ALPHA is expected to resume its upward movement towards $1.08 and could possibly even reach $1.31.   Doji Signals ALPHA Top? ALPHA has been on a parabolic upward trend since it began trading on Oct. 10, 2020. The rate of increase accelerated and ALPHA was able to reach an all-time … Continued

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Alpha Finance Lab (ALPHA) has been increasing at an accelerated rate since December 2020. It proceeded to reach an all-time high price of $0.80 on Jan. 21.

After a possible short-term drop, ALPHA is expected to resume its upward movement towards $1.08 and could possibly even reach $1.31.

 

Doji Signals ALPHA Top?

ALPHA has been on a parabolic upward trend since it began trading on Oct. 10, 2020.

The rate of increase accelerated and ALPHA was able to reach an all-time high price on Jan. 21. However, this created a long upper wick. Depending on the close, it could create a Doji or a shooting star candlestick.

Nevertheless, the trend remains bullish as long as ALPHA is trading above this parabolic support line.

ALPHA Parabola
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Due to the lack of support below the current price, a breakdown could cause a significant drop. It could potentially fall back to the 0.5 or 0.618 Fib retracement levels at $0.41 and $0.31 respectively.

However, technical indicators are still bullish and have failed to generate any significant weakness.

ALPHA Indicators
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Short-Term Movement

The short-term chart shows a pronounced bearish divergence in both the RSI and the MACD, which preceded the current drop.

In addition, it provides a support area at $0.64, which has been reached and initiated a bounce.

Furthermore, there is an ascending support line at $0.60.

Therefore, as long as ALPHA is trading above the latter, we can consider the short-term trend bullish.

A breakdown from this support line would also entail a breakdown from the parabolic support line outlined in the previous section. This would likely confirm the bearish trend reversal.

ALPHA Short-Term
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Wave Count

Cryptocurrency trader @CryptoNTez outlined an ALPHA chart which shows an upward movement of nearly 80% over the past three days. However, he did not provide any possible targets for the upcoming upward move.

ALPHA Movement
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The most likely count suggests that ALPHA is in an extended wave 3 (shown in white below) of a bullish impulse that began in October 2020. The sub-wave count is given in orange.

The most likely target for the top of wave 3 is found at $1.08 (3.61 Fib extension of wave 1). A likely target for the top of the entire impulse is found at $1.37 (4.61 Fib extension of the same wave).

A decrease below the sub-wave 1 high of $0.51 would invalidate this particular wave count. It would also entail a breakdown from both the parabolic and normal ascending support lines, hence confirming that the trend is bearish.

ALPHA Count
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Conclusion

While the long-term trend for ALPHA seems to still be bullish, a short-term drop that validates the ascending support line near $0.60 could occur prior to the resumption of the upward trend.

For BeInCrypto’s latest Bitcoin (BTC) analysis, click here!

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Aave Crosses into DeFi Layer-2 with Matic Bridge

DeFi flash loan lending platform Aave has launched its own L2 scaling solution by allowing its aTokens to be ported to the Plasma powered Matic Network. Similar to liquidity pool tokens, the Aave aTokens are minted when users deposit crypto-assets into the lending protocol to earn interest. Now they can use and trade maTokens on … Continued

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The demand for scaling on Ethereum is increasing. More decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols like Aave have been experimenting with implementing Layer-2 (L2) solutions.

DeFi flash loan lending platform Aave has launched its own L2 scaling solution by allowing its aTokens to be ported to the Plasma powered Matic Network.

Similar to liquidity pool tokens, the Aave aTokens are minted when users deposit crypto-assets into the lending protocol to earn interest. Now they can use and trade maTokens on the high-speed, low-cost Matic Network with the interest of the original aToken remaining intact on Layer 1.

Aave founder and CEO, Stani Kulechov, tweeted about move;

Plasma Powered Token Exchange

Matic is powered by the Ethereum L2 scaling Plasma framework which uses a combination of smart contracts and cryptographic verification to enable fast and cheap transactions. This is obtained by offloading the transactions from the main Ethereum chain into side chains or plasma chains.

The Matic Network has a key functionality called Quickswap, a Uniswap clone that isn’t present on Ethereum Layer-1. The new maTokens can be staked on Quickswap to earn liquidity provider rewards.

Speaking to The Defiant, the creator of the Aave-Matic bridge, Nick Mudge, said;

“Aave’s aTokens are not traded on some exchanges like Uniswap because liquidity providers would lose the interest that aTokens generate. But that is not the case with maTokens on Matic Network, which derive all their value from aTokens.”

Mudge is also the lead developer of the non-fungible token (NFT) staking game, Aavegotchi. He wanted to reduce the cost of game-based transactions which can now be done with cheaper maTokens transactions on Matic.

When asked about accruing interest on the Matic Network, Mudge explained;

“It’s not updated on Matic network. When maTokens are sent to Ethereum they are converted to their aToken amount PLUS interest.”

AAVE Token Price Update

Aave is currently the second largest DeFi protocol by total value locked according to DeFi Pulse which reports it at just over $3 billion.

Its native AAVE token, which has been on fire recently, has retreated a bit alongside the general crypto market slump today. It has fallen back to $176 as of press time.

AAVE was the best-performing DeFi asset in 2020 by a clear margin and has made over 20% in the past seven days to hit an all-time high of just over $200 on Jan. 19.

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AurusGOLD returns to New to the Street

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AurusGOLD (AWG) is a gold-backed token independently minted by participants of the Aurus ecosystem. Each token represents full ownership and can be redeemed for 1 gram of 99.99% gold, sourced from LBMA-accredited refineries. Managing Director Guido van Stijn returns to New to the Street to discuss the latest developments.

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