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Pornhub Partner Site Tube8 Announces Partnership With Vice Industry Token

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Tube8, a Pornhub subsidiary with over 150 million page visits every month, wants to incentivize consumers’ porn-watching habits with cryptocurrency.

The company revealed it has entered an agreement with Vice Industry Token (VIT) that will see its entire platform tokenized. The collaboration will enable users to earn VIT tokens for streaming and interacting with Tube8 videos.

The token implementation is planned to begin at some point before the end of the year. The announcement makes Tube8 the first major adult platform to adopt token-based rewards and actually pay its users for interacting with the content.

Some context first:

The adult entertainment industry has long been known as pioneers of early technology. This goes back to porn studios first emerging as a legal workaround to enable sex work—as long as there’s a camera.

This announcement is notable for the sheer number of users who actively use the site. It’s the first major test that will actually yield important data about whether this time of crypto business model works in practice.

According to Tube8 spokesperson Robin Turner, “For as long as I can remember, getting paid to watch porn was always a pipedream; one that was always dreamed about, but never fully realized. Now however, with the introduction of VIT, we are marking a paradigm shift in how people consume adult entertainment.

As opposed to having to fork over money to consume content, which some sites require, our users will get paid to consume our free content,” he continued. The more they interact with our videos, the more money they earn.”

Tube8 did not elaborate on how its crypto-rewards will be calculated, but odds are the platform will set certain reward limits to prevent users from gaming the system for profits.

One thing users won’t have to stress about is paying extra fees to use their tokens. Turner emphasized this fact repeatedly when he said, “There are no fees but [Tube8 and Vice Industry Token] will hopefully benefit mutually by expanding their user bases and increasing engagement with their respective products through this collaboration.”

The choice for Tube8 to alter its platform with a fresh user engagement model makes sense, but the rationale for partnering with Vice Industry Token begs some important questions – especially when one considers in the heated controversy the token distributor itself was recently embroiled in with Tube8 parent company pornhub.

Rober Turner spoke on this matter when he said, “VIT offers Tube8 a way to reward their viewers by monetizing content through the VIT protocol. Whereas before, users would log in, watch a few videos and leave, VIT incentivizes them to create an account and interact with the content to generate Vice Tokens.

It is the only cryptocurrency that is designed specifically for tokenizing and rewarding viewers of free content on tube sites,” the Tube8 spokesperson continued. Anyone can earn VIT and anyone can buy VIT.”

Despite Tube8’s insistence that Vice Industry Token is the only solution specifically built for integrating token-based rewards, there are tons of other blockchain startups providing similar services – though not all of them are fully centralized (which nullifies some of the biggest advantages of using blockchain in the first place).

That said, Vice Industry Token has managed to strike deals with a number of adult industry household names, including a collaboration with Donald Trump whistleblower Stormy Daniels. So there is clearly something that is making the offering attractive to industry insiders (and hopefully that is not Vice Industry Token’s sales team).

Although this is mere speculation, one theory is that since VIT originated from the executives behind adult industry behemoth Hustler, it is possible that they have connections with alot of industry figures that eased the transition to a blockchain based business model. If you’ve done business with someone before, it’s easier to take a leap of faith.

There’s also the fact that cryptocurrency and blockchain technology in general is so “in” right now.

According to Turner, “Tube8 has over 10 million registered users who frequent the platform regularly Considering the popularity of cryptocurrency right now, it only made sense to pay them for watching, and interacting with, our videos. We value their attention and want to keep them coming back for more!”

There’s no doubt that rewarding users for their kinks is an offering likely to arouse the interest of many consumers across the globe. But given their ambitious goals and user base, Tube8 and Vice Industry Token have got some equally hefty technological hurdles ahead of themselves if they want to succeed.

The first of these undoubtedly is scalability.

While tokenizing a platform with a 10 million-strong user base and 150 million monthly visits sounds good, it is by no means an easy task. In fact, this would be nearly impossible on common blockchain networks like Ethereum, and this is according to co-founder Vitalik Buterin himself.

At present, Ethereum can handle roughly 15 transactions per second – far less than Tube8 would need to keep its millions of horny users properly rewarded consistently.

While Vice Industry Token has announced plans to migrate to a forked version of the Steem blockchain (which is more commonly known as Graphene) that purportedly can handle a throughput of 100,000 transactions per second, its VIT token is still based on Ethereum. The company ran an initial coin offering (ICO) on the Ethereum network, offering VIT as an ERC20 token.

Given that (as an ERC20 token) VIT suffers from the same problems that Ethereum does, the only way to fully tokenize Tube8 without clogging the entire blockchain would be by giving up decentralization – and running the VIT reward-based integration on Tube8 through a centralized server. This would completely defeat the point of moving the platform to a blockchain in the first place.

That said, these workarounds have arguably served as experiments in blockchain technology; and some companies may find this worth the risk if it means they will be on the bleeding edge of technological progress.

When asked about its plans to deal with the Ethereum-specific technological obstacles of its Vice Token integration, Tube8 suggested VIT has successfully transitioned to Graphene, and is no longer running on Ethereum.

Robert Turner further elaborated upon this as well, saying, “VIT’s blockchain, based on Graphene, can indeed handle the number of transactions required with no fee unlike Ethereum. VIT uses DPoS [Delegated Proof-of-Stake] and is fully decentralized. It is the only true working fork of Steem in existence.”

But according to Vice Industry Token reps on Telegram, VIT still operates on the ERC20 protocol. Even VICE CEO Stuart Duncan seems to agree on this point. “Everyone needs to understand there are a lot of moving parts to get Graphene as a software fork of Steem to run our platforms”, Duncan told VIT holders back in July.

Among other things, Duncan admitted on Telegram that one of the main roadblocks ahead of the Graphene migration is making sure the VIT-powered fork of Steem is completely bug-free. He also added the company is working hard on fixing so called “minor” bugs in a blog post from last month.

It goes without saying that this job might need more then a well-endowed pizza man knocking at the front door.

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GBP Price Prediction: British Pound Jumps on Growing Backing for PM May’s Brexit Deal Ahead of Vote

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  • GBP catches a bid across the board as Prime Minister Theresa May gains ERG support.
  • Despite session gains, GBP/USD technically has vulnerabilities to downside risks, given rising channel formation.

GBP Bulls Awaken

The British pound (GBP) saw a decent jump to the upside on Monday, after an initially very choppy directionless start to the session. The buying swooping into GBP/USD came on the back of a growing number of ministers set to back Prime Minister Theresa May. Specifically, attention was grabbed after closely followed political watcher Robert Peston tweeted that “influential Tory Brexiter MP tells me he and his ERG Brexiter colleagues will be voting with Theresa May and the government all day tomorrow”. This is significant as the ERG is a very influential Brexit research group, which was previously plotting ways to oust PM May.

GBP/USD jumped to its highest level seen since 22nd November. The pair had seen an initial spike of 85 pips to the upside. Gains were capped however by a known strong area of supply; this can be seen tracking from 1.2870 up to 1.2930. The price has not been above here since 15th November 2018, and the bulls having faltered here on several occasions attempting to move above. Should GBP/USD manage to move above this zone, it would be a very strong signal that it is out of the bear market. Technically, this would be largely attractive for inviting further buyers to come in.

A detailed analysis of the upcoming Brexit vote can be viewed here: This Tuesday Will Be Zero Hour For the British Pound

Price Remains Confined Within Channel

GBP/USD daily chart. Price action remains within the confinements of a rising channel.

Another key technical observation is an ascending channel formation, which can be viewed via the daily chart. The GBP/USD pair has been moving within this since 12th December 2018, having gained over 400 pips since it took shape. The daily candle today briefly spiked above the upper tracking trend line of the pattern. However, the price was squeezed back within the confinements of this. Touted profit-taking kicked in towards the close of the European markets. This is not too surprising, as participants maintain an element of caution heading into the high-profile vote.

Given the nature of the above-described formation, should it play out to the textbook, vulnerabilities still point to a breakout south. This move would be heavily assisted should the British Prime Minister lose the meaningful vote on Tuesday. In terms of key levels to note, to the upside, a break above the 1.2930 supply zone will invite large buying pressure. To the downside, a breach of 1.2650, the lower support of the channel, will open flood gates to selling.

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USD/CAD Price Prediction: North American Pair Down Almost 500 Pips but the Bears are Not Done Yet

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  • Bank of Canada kept rates unchanged and delivered a cautious tone in their rhetoric.
  • Federal Reserve speaker Bostic says rates could go up or down.

Bank of Canada Monetary Decision Review

The Bank of Canada today kept rates unchanged, largely in line with market expectations. In terms of the accompanying rhetoric with the monetary policy decision, it was somewhat cautious. Growth forecasts were seen generally lower across the board. The new expectation for 2019 GDP is now seen at 1.7% versus previous forecast of 2.1%. However, they do see a pick-up in 2020 to 2.1% versus the prior forecast of 1.9%. In terms of inflation, the expectation is for it to be below 2% for much of 2019, due to lower gas prices.

In addition, the bank stated that the drop observed in global oil prices had a material impact on the outlook. It further noted that consumer spending and housing investment was weaker than expected. On the above, the central bank was then vague with a statement, not really providing much clue on time line with regards to future rate moves. The BOC said, “weighing all of these factors, Governing Council continues to judge that the policy interest rate will need to rise over time into a neutral range to achieve the inflation target.”

Dovish Fed Speakers            

Elsewhere, relating to the USD, Fed speaker Bostic hit the newswires, he said rates could move up or down, signaling that the central bank needs to be patient and seek greater clarity on economic risks. On the back of these comments, weakness hit the USD with quite some force across the board. Markets are trying to gauge how much the Fed is now taking steps back, a big shift in their prior stance seen during their initial rate hiking cycle. Later into the session, the Fed’s Rosengren then echoed a similar tone to the initial dovish rhetoric of Bostic. Both of which are following Fed Chair Jerome Powell last week, who suggested of possibilities to adjust the Fed’s balance sheet if need be.

USD/CAD Analysis

USD/CAD daily chart. Room for further pressure to the downside, given dovish Fed and government shutdown.

Despite the cautious tone from the Bank of Canada, the reaction was generally muted. However, as the session progressed, USD/CAD continued to edge south. This was helped not by the BOC, but the above-detailed dovish commentary from a couple of Fed members.

As pointed out in the last USD/CAD write up on Hacked, the bears did smash through that vital ascending trend line. This was significant as it had been providing support since October 2018, comforting the price on each time it met the trend line.

Selling pressure has been intense; over the past six sessions, USD/CAD has dropped almost 500 pips. In terms of cushion, the price has managed to catch some at a daily support level, eyed around 1.3278. Should the daily candlestick hold above this support, then there may be room for a small pullback. Eyes would then be on resistance around the 1.3310 price area.

Ultimately, given the political mess with the government shutdown in the U.S., there may still be room for a squeeze lower. The price could see a full reversal of the uptrend, which start back in October 2018. This would potentially see USD/CAD back down to levels of around 1.2800.

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GBP/JPY Price Prediction: Pressure on the Pound Likely to Intensify Ahead of Next Week

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  • GBP pressure to the downside could start to pick up pace, heading into the vote on Theresa May’s deal with the EU.
  • GBP/JPY has a chunky amount of room to potentially free-fall, depending on Brexit developments.

Theresa May’s Deal with EU Vote

The British pound (GBP) is heading towards a critical event next week. Members of UK parliament will be voting on Theresa May’s draft withdrawal agreement with the EU. As a reminder, this was originally set for 11th December, however the PM was forced to delay this, as she was facing defeat. Despite this having been postponed the first time round, things remain very much up in the air. There is still a strong potential that she will not gather enough support to see this deal pass.

Prime Minister May only has a week now to try corral required support for her deal. She must gather enough support in order to get it passed through parliament. In terms of the schedule of events, the vote will be preceded by four days of debating within the House of Commons. This will be commencing on Wednesday 9th January.

GBP/JPY

GBP/JPY daily chart. The price is vulnerable to further downside shocks.

Looking at GBP/JPY via the daily time frame, the candlestick for the session today – 8th January – is a bearish signal to say the least. A strong area of demand was initially seen at the range of 140.50-139.50. Most recently the price was consolidating around this region, from 21st to 31st December 2018. This was the case until the hard sellers smashed through. On 2nd January, a breach through the active support occurred, inviting chunky selling activity into play. GBP/JPY was hit once again harder on 3rd January, a continuation of the first breakout, but exacerbated by the mini ‘flash crash’, which was seen across all JPY instruments.

GBP/JPY monthly chart. Eyes on potential retest of huge monthly support area, seen at mini flash crash low print.

Keeping in mind the above, the price did initially retest the breached demand zone and was hit with a rejection. This technically signals further potential downside to come. Given how aggressive GBP/JPY can be generally, with the Brexit pressure further intensifying now, this could be extremely vulnerable. As a result, bear targets are somewhat deep. Firstly, the 136.00 figure, which is the low area of 4th January. Further to the south, eyes would then even be on a fast move back towards the flash crash low print, 130.70. This area is big in terms of monthly support, it came into action back in the months of July, August and September 2016.

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