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“The interesting thing about blockchain is that it has made it possible for humanity to reach a consensus about a piece of data without having any authority to dictate it."— Jaan Tallinn
BTC and ETH are lacking direction and conviction this week. Bitfinex margin levels (both long and short) are low, and volume across most major currencies is equally uninspiring. Gravity usually takes over in periods of indecision as speculative attention is diverted elsewhere, and true to form this is what we have seen over the past few days.
BTC is sitting on the key support level of $3.8k (Bitfinex price feeds). A break lower would likely result in a move back to $3.4-$3.5. ETH is showing a similar pattern - If BTC support breaks then $118 is the target.
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The Top News
- First they said crypto was bad, banning all ads on their platform. Then they acquired Chainspace. Now, it looks like Facebook is developing their very own stablecoin. Check out the latest developments. Source.
- A movement - #deletecoinbase has taken off in response to the namesake exchange acquiring a data firm previously operated by former Spyware developers. Source.
The Must Reads
- The threat of advanced quantum computing in the space is very real. RicMoo touches on the importance of migrating to quantum-proof algorithms, protecting wallets in the event of an attack. Stay ahead of the curve! Source.
- ConsenSys Media composed a really useful article covering the key takeaways from Blockchain.com's 'State of Stablecoins' report. Source.
The Nitty Gritty
- Daniel Perez and Benjamin Livshits of Imperial College London conduct a study into the practical vulnerabilities of smart-contracts, with results suggesting the impact of vulnerable code to be greatly exaggerated. An interesting read. Source.
- MakerDAO provide postmortem analysis of the Oasis upgrade. To stay up to date with what's going on at the MakerDAO towers, be sure to check this out. Source.
On Feb 28, at block 7,280,000, the Constantinople/St Petersburg upgrades, including all 4 EIPs, were successfully implemented on the Ethereum blockchain.
Constantinople is the long anticipated Ethereum fork that brings a number of new proposals to the network. Lane Rettig described the update as one of 'maintenance and optimisation' with end-users (miners not included) not noticeably affected. That said, Constantinople is a crucial stepping stone to the ultimate Serenity upgrade, bringing the Ethereum Ecosystem closer to its scalability solution and proof of stake consensus algorithm. The St Petersburg update however, for anyone confused, removes the vulnerability which caused the delay back in Jan.
With Constantinople now active, Ethereum is one step-closer to Serenity. The upgrade itself focused on high-level technical improvements surrounding maintenance, optimisation, network efficiency and fee structure, setting the stage for Ethereum's roadmap to scalability. Whilst now active, all new implementations still need to undergo testing and peer-review. That said, Parity is ahead of the game as the first client to be 'feature complete'.
What we think...
You don't need us to tell you that this is good for Ethereum and the wider blockchain space. It brings us one step closer to scalability, and hence, to wide-spread adoption, as projects built atop the ecosystem gain more scope to flourish. It does, however, negatively impact miners, whose payoffs will be hit in line with E1234 - reducing mining rewards and delaying the difficulty bomb.
- In conjunction with the Society of Technical Analysts (STA), Santiment and TradingView, we will be hosting an exclusive one-day educational event focused on technical analysis. Learn more.
- The Ethfinex Meetup 6, featuring MakerDAO and Kickback, was a raging success. We know not everyone can make it to London every month, so we have got into the habit of recording the event and uploading it to our youtube channel. If not already, subscribe here, and check them out!
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