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Dogecoin: Joke or Trend-Setter?

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Dogecoin (DOGE) was once, and still is, considered a joke currency by many in the blockchain and crypto community. But while the coin’s origins as a meme lend some truth to that viewpoint, the performance of DOGE over the last month or so is forcing a re-evaluation of what a successful cryptocurrency actually is.

DOGE Price Climbs Week on Week

From a valuation of $0.002300 on August 26th, DOGE has been strengthening against the U.S dollar ever since. Barring a blip on September 1st and 2nd, the coin price has climbed steadily upwards to today’s peak of $0.006290.

That’s 173% growth over fourteen days – a feat made even more miraculous by the fact that all of these DOGE buy orders have come right smack in the middle of one of the worst market dips of the year.

In the past seven days DOGE is up nearly 20% and is the best performer out of the market cap top one-hundred. In the same week Cardano (ADA) fell 28%, while Ethereum (ETH) fell over 32%. The same applies to the majority of the major altcoins, which despite their R&D departments, marketing teams and development funds have now been shown up by the meme coin.

DOGE/BTC and DOGE/USDT split the majority of the market today, each accounting for around 40% of the daily trade volume. Surprisingly for a coin as old and as known as DOGE, the currency still isn’t listed on Binance due to disagreements of principle between DOGE’s volunteer developers and the hoops that have to be jumped through to get a Binance listing (not least the fee).

DOGE Sets Trends

As covered on CCN earlier in the week, Dogecoin’s creator recently stated that the conversion to blockchain-based decentralized applications (dApps) we’re all waiting for might not be so easy in coming.

Jackson Palmer took to twitter to remind the crypto-sphere that a ‘build it and they’ll come’ attitude isn’t going to work in the crypto space. It’s one thing to produce new decentralized applications, but quite another to convince people to go through the drama of switching from their simple, easy and accessible centralized counterparts.

The general sentiment echoed here is likely true for the most part, but it is also one that is somewhat disproved by the success of Palmer’s own creation.

After all, Dogecoin didn’t have an ICO, airdrop or marketing push, and seems to be the very epitome of ‘build it and they will come’.

And they seem to be coming. Dogecoin was recently added to Yahoo Finance’s roster of tradeable cryptocurrencies along with Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum. And Doge continues to compete with cryptos with much larger market caps when it comes to blockchain transaction volume.

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Monero Price Analysis: The Choice of Cyber Criminals, XMR/USD is Vulnerable to Full Reversal

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  • Monero price on Thursday was hit with steep losses, dropping as much as 5% in the session.
  • Trend Micro, a security intelligence firm, finds a Monero hacking tool for installing mining malware.

XMR/USD: Recent Price Behavior

Monero’s XMR price has been cooling over the last day, having dropped around 5% at the time of writing on Thursday. The move south comes after a decent run higher over the past couple of weeks. XMR/USD jumped almost 30% from 7th February up to 19th February, before easing away from the high print. The price did manage to hit its highest level seen since 10th January.

Security Intelligence Identifies Monero Hacking Tool

Researchers at Trend Micro, a security intelligence firm, have detailed that there is a notable surge in a Monero hack-tool installation. It reportedly attempts to exploit a vulnerability seen on Windows SMB, which has been patched up since 2017. Organizations in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Italy are said to be the ones targeted, according to the researchers.

The blog published via Trend Micro details that the tool seems to be a merger of existing threats. In particular, it has targeted Microsoft Windows users – MIMIKATZ and RADMIN. As per Trend Micro:

“Between the last week of January to February, we noticed an increase in hack tool installation attempts. That dropped seemingly random files into the Windows directory. Initially appearing unrelated, the analysis showed the final payload to be a Monero cryptocurrency-mining malware variant. It scans for open port 445 and exploits a Windows SMB Server Vulnerability MS17-010 (patched in 2017) for its infection and propagation routines.”

The research does not come as much of a surprise, given the raft of Monero mining malware threats seen over the past year. Cyber criminals have strong favor for the altcoin given its privacy and anonymity, in addition to the ease of mining it on devices as simple as laptops and smartphones.

Technical Review – XMR/USD

XMR/USD daily chart.

Given the current edging south, eyes are now on the next area of support, which can be seen below at the prior acting range-block formation. XMR/USD between 11th Jan to 8th February was moving within a narrowing daily range. The area above this is now acting as support, as seen between 10-17th February. This came into play after a breakout and retest of the breached block. In terms of the comfort area, it is seen tracking from $47.50 down to $42.00. The bear pressure may prove to be too much for the support and force a breach. Another potential retest of the low down at $38.80 could be called into action.

Lastly, resistance to the upside is observed from the $53-$60 price range, which is the near-term supply and high area from 24th December to early January 2019. Further north, there can also be a chunky barrier seen ahead of the psychological $100 mark, tracking from $75-$95 range.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Why Investors Should Be Paying Attention to Aelf

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So far, each iteration in the evolution of cryptocurrencies and blockchain companies has come with its own issues and setbacks. This is because the scale of the companies is actually fairly limited, and not as comprehensive as the promises made by blockchain fanatics.

Part of this the lack of connectivity between blockchains, but there is also the issue of the blockchains not having the scalability necessary to accommodate huge companies. When you have a bunch of separate blockchains functioning out of sync, it is hard to build anything significant, as the “ecosystem” is coming to find.

A Natural Evolution

The evolution of the space started with Bitcoin – there were coins before, but nothing that caught on – which was the equivalent of a “simple app”. It could be traded and used the basic functionality of blockchain, but there was nothing complicated about its use case.

Then there was Ethereum, which allowed for smart contracts and other protocols to be built out upon it. This results in a lot of different apps functioning on the same platform, much like an app platform.

Finally, the hope is that Aelf will be able to create a blockchain operating system (much like Linux) that will add an infinite level of scalability to the platform. It would be developer and consumer friendly and function with high reliability.

Two Key Innovations

This blockchain operating system depends on two major innovations: side chains and a unique governance system. By using a multi-chain architecture rather than a “main” blockchain, they avoid many of the pitfalls of NEO or Ethereum. Ideally, this will allow Aelf to be highly available and have a high transaction-per-second capacity.

Additionally, companies will be able to rent out nodes (nodes as a service) to help process their side chains when they’re having scaling issues. This is one of the many benefits of operating on an operating system-esque model.

The governance system for Aelf must be unique, since regular consensus algorithms wouldn’t work when confirming information from side chains on tho the main chain. Therefore, a Delegated Proof-of-Stake algorithm is used, which helps you vote on which nodes will become mining nodes and have the ability to confirm transactions.

Current State of Aelf

Aelf is currently in a big growth period. The main net launch is scheduled for 2019, with the development team publishing consistent updates along the way.

The protocol uses their proprietary token, ELF, as a utility token that permits users to access, interact with, and directly participate in DAPPS and other services. No ICO occurred for ELF and it was instead financed using a private token sale.

Breakout Potential

Currently ranked 89th in terms of market capitalization and available on Binance, ELF had a rough December, with a recent recovery occurring during a consolidation period.

The current prices around 3,000 to 3,500 satoshis represent a good buying area while waiting for a breakout. ELF is a fairly volatile coin and with consolidation occurring rapidly, it isn’t unreasonable to think it could hit 4,500 satoshis.

Additionally, with the pending development and release of its mainnet, the fundamental could potentially change very quickly. This could assist the technicals and create a highly profitable breakout, which makes it a good short- or medium-term trade.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Stellar Price Analysis: XLM/USD Bulls Run into Resistance and Profit Taking Following IBM Boost

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  • Stellar’s XLM price was seen cooling in the session on Thursday, as the bulls ran into a barrier of resistance.
  • IBM detailed it has several letters of intent from banks to leverage IBM-Stellar technology.

Stellar’s XLM price has managed to pick itself up from the recent low area, where it was moving within the total abyss. The decent falling for XLM/USD was pushing it into totally unknown territory, where the price has not traded before. A low was produced down at $0.07330000 before the bulls kick-started the recovery. It has now gained a chunky 30% over the last two weeks, with upside momentum particularly gathering decent pace in the past four sessions.

The most recent jump north came following the price escaping a nine-session range-block formation. The low of the mentioned range was observed down at $0.07590000, with the high up at $0.08330000; the bulls forced a breach of this level on 18th February. Upon the move above, a fresh wave of buying pressure came into play, with XLM/USD moving to its highest level in almost four weeks. At the time of writing a pullback can be observed, which could be potential profit-taking after the decent run.

Several Banks to Join IBM’s Stellar-based Service

According to a representative from IBM, several confirmations have been received from banks on their intent to incorporate digital assets, including their own stablecoins via IBM World Wire and Stellar. The head of Blockchain at IBM Jesse Lund said:

“We’ve got a launch announcement coming out soon. We’re going to be supporting more than 50 countries out of the gate, 30-40 currencies, and enough market makers to drag along 30 or 40 banks. So we’ll have a significant portion of the world covered. Our goal is to continue to expand that network and to provide global coverage within 3-5 years where you can actually send remittances in a consistent way, immediately, at a very low cost, from anywhere in the world to anywhere in the world.”

Several banks have confirmed their plans to release digital assets, including their own stablecoins, based on IBM World Wire and Stellar. According to the IBM representative, the company has already received several letters of intent from a number of banks around the world.

Technical Review – XLM/USD

XLM/USD daily chart.

Given the recent price cooling, eyes will be on a possible return down to the breached range-block area. A move as described would complete the technical breakout and retest of the mentioned zone. Should this fail to provide necessary comfort to the falling price, then eyes will be on another test of the low, $0.07330000. If a further breach is observed here, then this opens the door once again to a move within an unknown territory, moving within the abyss.

Looking to the upside, if XLM/USD completes the break retest scenario and the bulls capitalize on this, then a decent push back north may be seen. A near-term supply area tracks above from around $0.09350000 up to $0.0980000. Should the bulls force a break above the mentioned supply, then a retest of the 2019 high area would be eyed. In other words, a move back within the range of $0.13-0.1400000.

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