Near Protocol (NEAR) is a smart contract platform that uses parallel processing to scale the network. This technique, known as sharding, resembles what Eth2 is aiming to achieve and Near’s proof-of-stake consensus mechanism also allows token holders to stake their coins.
In the past month, NEAR has rallied by 107% and this raises questions on whether the project is making significant strides in what has become an ultra-competitive smart contract industry.
Compared to its competitors, NEAR is a relatively new project as the mainnet only launched in April 2020. Unlike Ethereum, NEAR’s consensus mechanism works towards fee stabilization and according to its website, the protocol aims to accelerate the development of decentralized applications.
Interestingly, Near’s ICO took place four months after its mainnet launch. A possible reason for this is that the team raised $35 million in private funding rounds held in July 2019 and May 2020. Among its investors are Andreessen Horowitz’s a16z Crypto Investments, Pantera Capital, Electric Capital, and Ripple’s incubator Xpring.
Over the past three months, Near Protocols’ network activity has increased significantly and information on the Near Blog shows there are a couple of exciting applications already live.
One is Berry Club, a yield arming app/game that lets players draw with pixels and earn collectible tokens. Another application called Paras also allows users to interact with a NFT digital art card marketplace.
DeFi integration accelerates
On Nov. 24, 2020, 1inch.exchange-backed project Mooniswap revealed their plan to build Automated Market Making (AAM) features on NEAR.The decentralized exchange’s aggregator is designed to roll liquidity and pricing from all significant DEXs into one platform.
Sergej Kunz, CEO and co-founder of 1inch, stated: “By building on NEAR, we’ll be able to experiment with sharding and be prepared for the arrival of Ethereum 2.0.”
On Jan. 19, Crypto.com also intends to launch a new pool offering $250,000 worth of NEAR tokens at 50% below the market price. Clients will need to stake CRO tokens and also meet the set trading volume requirements on the exchange.
One area of concern is there are open questions regarding how the community treasury is governed. A substantial number of NEAR tokens are being managed by a handful of people who are not required to abide by clear guidelines and rules.
Data from TheTie, an alternative social analytics platform, shows that the recent price spike was accompanied by increased social network activity. Nevertheless, transfers and transactions on the Near Protocol mainnet began only three months ago.
Compared to its competitors NEAR protocol appears to be in an early development stage. Effectively delivering the Mooniswap integration will likely be an important milestone for the project and if successful, NEAR token could possibly see further upside.
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Someone paid $4,480 for an XRP transaction
Crypto Twitter was abuzz over the fact that someone spent about $,480 for an XRP transaction. A tweet from the Flare Community drew attention to a transaction that took place a few days ago. An unidentified user paid over 10,000 XRP worth more than $4K for a transaction on XRP Ledger. The community published the tweet in response to an XRP enthusiast who spotted a 1.04 XRP transaction fee on XRPL.
Flare network explained that fees on the #XRPL can be set programmatically, however, they were not sure why “someone would burn XRP unnecessarily.”
This was not the only XRP transaction to make news. Over the past 24 hours, significant amounts of the crypto were moved between leading exchanges and wallets.
According to crypto tracking firm Whale Alert 30,999,980 XRP, worth $13,481,945, at the time, was transferred from an unknown wallet to Coinbase. In total, 66 million XRP coins, worth $30 million, were moved.
The XRP transfers occurred between Coinbase’s wallets internally. It must be noted that on 30 December 2020, Coinbase announced that it has halted XRP trading, in the aftermath of US Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit against Ripple. Trading XRP was expected to be fully suspended on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. However, traders can withdraw and access XRP in their Coinbase wallet even after the suspension.
Whale Alert tracked another interesting transaction, which is a part of a settlement between Ripple and its former CTO Jed McCaleb. Over 6 million XRP worth $277,683,138 was transferred from “Jed McCaleb Settlement” wallet to his TacoStand address, on 2 March.
The former Ripple chief, who has been actively selling his XRP stash, apparently has more than 2 billion XRP remaining in cold storage. According to one analyst, if McCaleb continued to sell large amounts of XRP from his wallet, he will deplete his wallet by May.
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NFTs Are Going Mainstream Fast
To say there’s too much money floating around at the moment would be the understatement of the year.
We can see it in the incredibly high valuations in the stock market overall, which is trading at about 40 times its price-earnings ratio.
Alternatively, we can drill down to specific companies like Tesla, which even after the recent dip, is still trading at more than 1,000 times the value of what those shares are actually worth.
It seems like investors are basically willing to throw money at anything that has a ticker, regardless of what that thing might actually be worth.
Don’t get me wrong, the free market is the ultimate dictator of price, but the discovery mechanism is clearly being distorted right now by global central banks who seem determined to ensure that prices keep moving up, regardless of how the economy is doing.
The latest target of this phenomena is most peculiar indeed. In fact, it is a central bank. …
Technically, there’s absolutely no reason for this sudden jump in share price, as is explained in the article, but here we are. Capitalism is now a joke. At least it’s a funny one.
I’m pretty darn sure this is the first time I’ve ever screen captured anything involving Paris Hilton, but here it is. …
It doesn’t get any more mainstream than this.
Although, it’s a bit difficult to understand Kim Dotcom’s comment about the empowerment of artists, especially in the light of Beeple, who simply doesn’t seem satisfied with his share of what the market is willing to pay for blockchain-enabled ownership of digital art.
As I write to you today, I’m listening to the three-hour stream of the confirmation hearing for Gary Gensler, who has been nominated to chair the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
It’s extremely doubtful that I’ll get through the entire thing, and even though these events are usually a snooze-fest, this one has a lot of very important information about how Gensler, if confirmed, will approach the regulation of financial markets and digital assets.
Meanwhile, last night, The Chicago Board Options Exchange made its latest attempt to obtain approval for the first bitcoin exchange-traded fund to be available on a U.S. exchange.
As we know, Jay Clayton, former chair of the SEC, was vehemently opposed to such a vehicle, saying that the market simply wasn’t ready. The SEC went on to deny about half a dozen such filings.
Parsing Gensler’s statements today, it certainly seems that he’ll give it a more serious consideration than Clayton did.
If we can learn from Canada, where the world’s first bitcoin ETF was just launched to much fanfare and explosive volumes, it’s quite clear that the market is certainly ready for such a product.
Back in March of 2017, when the Winklevoss twins made the first attempt at a bitcoin-backed ETF, the market was wondering whether approving one of these funds, which would allow investors to purchase bitcoin without incurring the security issues of holding coins, or deal with the regulatory uncertainty of buying from an exchange, would be a catalyst for hedge funds to start making purchases.
Today, however, we’re not lacking any particular catalyst. Hedge funds are already buying. Bitcoin does not need any catalyst. As Gensler pointed out in his hearing, bitcoin is the catalyst.
Frankly, I’m not sure what an ETF really adds at this point. It’s only a matter of market share and who gets to rake in the fees for selling bitcoin to Wall Street. That’s not a race that most of us have any horse in, unfortunately, but it’s still fun to watch.
Dogecoin becomes the most popular cryptocurrency
TL;DR Breakdown Doge now more popular than altcoin About Doge crypto Meme cryptocurrency, Dogecoin, now ranks as the most popular digital asset even ahead of Bitcoin, the number one cryptocurrency by market capitalization. According to data from crypto tracker ICO Analytics, Dogecoin became the most popular cryptocurrency after it was mentioned last month on Twitter […]
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Meme cryptocurrency, Dogecoin, now ranks as the most popular digital asset even ahead of Bitcoin, the number one cryptocurrency by market capitalization. According to data from crypto tracker ICO Analytics, Dogecoin became the most popular cryptocurrency after it was mentioned last month on Twitter more than any other cryptocurrency.
ICO Analytics notes that Dogecoin commanded 10.4 percent of all crypto-related mentions on the social media platform in February, with Bitcoin recording 10.1 percent of all crypto-related mentions. Dogecoin was mentioned ten times more than Uniswap—an Ethereum-based decentralized exchange that has 17,000 active users.
About Dogecoin cryptocurrency
Dogecoin came into existence in 2013 as a joke featuring a Shiba Inu dog as a mascot. The coin is now valued at over $6.5 billion, with many celebrities, tech experts, and investors having a stake in the meme coin. One of the coin’s biggest fan is the world’s richest man, Elon Musk, the CEO of electric car makers Tesla. The CEO never stopped tweeting about the crypto, even stating that the coin would go to the moon in one such tweet.
While Musk continued talking about the altcoin on Twitter, the crypto continued to gain popularity on TikTok, another social media sparking a Dogecoin’ Challenge’, which trended for several days. The coins’ popularity has led the altcoin price to surge. The crypto went from less than $0.002 in January 2020 to an all-time high of $0.083 last month a 4050% increase.
However, the crypto has also faced a series of criticism, with one single address holding more than 27 percent of the coins’ total supply. It is believed that the coin price is usually artificially pumped. Elon Musk detests the coin for this reason. The monopoly of investors also has slowed down active development for the coin and is one reason investors are afraid of taking on the coin, according to Elon Musk.
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