Back in April 2018, Verge (XVG) revealed a mysterious partnership that was expected to bring the coin to the new heights. The partnership, as we know now, was with adult entertainment website, Pornhub. However, it would seem that the XVG Pornhub partnership was not enough to save Verge from sinking.
Verge goes down despite XVG Pornhub partnership
The partnership between Verge and adult entertainment giant came as a big surprise for the XVG community. Pornhub was even commended by many for trusting in cryptos and introducing them as a payment option. Even the media was excited, calling this the biggest partnership in the history of cryptos. In fact, many believed that this will lead to a mass crypto adoption and that it will even change the stance toward the digital currencies, in general.
For a time, this seemed to be true, as the price of Verge skyrocketed once the partnership was first revealed, back in April. However, the price surge did not last for long, and XVG-Pornhub partnership ended up being only a temporary boost for Verge.
The reasons behind the doom of Verge are no secret. Not only has the entire year been a disaster on the crypto front, but the coin even got hacked via a 51% attack. The attack affected over 35 million coins in around 5 hours, which has left deep scars on Verge.
Soon enough, the coin started dropping, and over the course of a few months, it landed at the 39th place on CoinMarketCap’s list. Naturally, its price went down as well, and the coin is currently valued at $0.00429988 with a 24-hour trading volume of $988,415.
Pornhub decides that going crypto is the right choice
Pornhub, on the other hand, realized that going crypto was a good call. However, choosing Verge probably was not. Because of that, the website quickly became interested in other coins, like VIT (Vice Industry Token), ZenCashand TRON (TRX). Soon after that, they also entered into a partnership with PumaPay in order to make crypto payments more easier for consumers.
While great for the crypto world, the new partnership also affected Verge in a negative way, as the coin was no longer the only crypto on Pornhub. With everything that happened up to that point, Verge continued to drop until it reached the position it holds today. Obviously, Pornhub wasn’t interested in saving Verge. Even so, the coin tried entering new partnerships after XVG Pornhub deal backfired, but it did not help much, as we can see today.
In the end, many believe that Pornhub just used XVG, especially since it benefited from this partnership more than the crypto has. In the meantime, the crypto market continued to be unfriendly all the way until a short break in August, which also wasn’t too good for XVG. Whether the coin can make a comeback or not is anyone’s guess. As for the crypto community, the fall of any coin is a tragedy, but many hope that Verge will eventually find its way back.
Will Verge XVG Ever Make A Comeback?
Verge is slowly gearing itself for a price recovery as the sentiment in the market has been slightly changing. The bears are still around, and there are continual price variations. The price variations for XVG coin over the past five days were in the range of $0.0047 – $0.0056.
Current Statistics of Verge:
As of August 24, 2019, current statistics are as follows:
- Verge price is trading at $0.0051740
- The Market Cap is around $81,228,071
- 24 h volume is at $966,074
- ROI is at a gigantic > 9000 %
- Circulating supply is at a whopping 15,895,351,339 XVG
XVG to USD Price Comparison:
Verge price has been trying to recover as can be seen from the five-day price chart. From a high of $0.005628 on Aug 19, the price of XVG coin went down to $0.00490081 on Aug 20 to the tune of 12.93%. Verge price had a surge when it went up on the same day to $0.00557750 to the extent of 14.04%. Then, there was a drop when the XVG price went down to $0.004724 on Aug 22 to the extent of 15.29%. On Aug 23, Verge price has risen to $0.00530173 to the extent of 12.21%. Today, XVG price has marginally lowered to $0.00517400.
Verge Optimist Price Prediction & Conclusion:
XVG coin could set itself for another uptrend by the year-end as the bulls are trying hard to gain entry and work towards stabilizing the prices of altcoins including Verge. Long-term investors can wait for the tide to change and hold on to their investments as Verge shows some promise which could deliver in the long run. Short-term investors may not gain much in the current volatility.
Verge Reality Check Price Prediction & Conclusion:
Verge is/was a privacy coin which relied not on enhancing actual privacy at the blockchain level but rather by bolting Tor on to Bitcoin. It was heavily shilled on Twitter and Reddit last year, but the #VergeFam has gone quiet recently. Development and social media activity all but ceased when Verge was repeatedly 51% attacked earlier this year. The culprit was its unnecessarily complex five hash function Proof-of-Work algorithm, which led to it being much, much easier to exploit.
These weren’t small attacks either:
Development may be happening, but it doesn’t look lively at all.
Price change: $0.16 $0.00706
Developer status: active
Notable event: Verge was 51% attacked into oblivion.
Verdict: Verge was exploited on multiple occasions, with the developers unable to steel the protocol against those attacks. The future does not look bright for this pseudo privacycoin.
Hate to say it, hope that we’re wrong.. but promising project with ample opportunity, that fails. Verge XVG will be a distant memory by the end 2020. Stick a fork in this one, it’s done.
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SATs Market Watch: Bitcoin Price Unable to Break $11,000 as Uniswap (UNI) Token Surges
Bitcoin took another swing at $11,000 but got rejected, and trades just shy of the coveted level. Most alts are retracing slightly, while UNI continues to attract attention, and its price has increased to $7.
Bitcoin Stopped At $11K
After yesterday’s relatively calm price performance, the primary cryptocurrency initiated another leg up towards $11,000. The move began from about $10,900, and in just a few hours, BTC topped at $11,020 (on Binance).
However, the bears intercepted it and drove the asset towards its daily low of $10,800. Following this loss of $200 in a relatively short time, BTC has recovered some ground and currently trades at $10,950.
The psychological $11,000 remains as the most critical resistance in Bitcoin’s way upwards. Should the cryptocurrency break above it decisively, it could head towards the next ones at $11,200, $11,340, $11,500, and $11,760.
In case of another rejection, BTC can rely on $10,900, followed by $10,500, $10,430, and $10,330 as support.
It’s worth noting that Bitcoin’s intraday performance resembled that of gold once more. The precious metal also increased from a low of $1,945/oz to its daily high of $1,960. However, a rejection followed at that point and drove its price to where it closed the Friday trading session – $1,950.
UNI Continues Surging, As Most Alts Slightly In Red
Most alts, especially the larger-cap ones, have taken a beating in the past 24 hours. Ethereum is down by over 2% to below $380. Ripple also dips beneath $0.25 after a 1.5% decrease.
Chainlink has lost the most value from the top 10 coins as it plummeted by 8%. As such, LINK is fighting to stay above $10.
Polkadot retraced by 2.5%, Binance Coin by 3%, and Litecoin by 1.3%. Further below, Tezos continues with its recent adverse trend after another 5.5% price dip to $2.35.
The double-digit price increase club has several representatives. Those include Celsius (20%), NEM (16%), DxChain Token (15%), ABBC Coin (12%), and Hedge Trade (10%). However, one token trumps them all – the recently launched governance coin of the popular DEX platform Uniswap.
Released a few days ago, UNI has attracted lots of attention to itself. Most Uniswap users that received 400 UNI as airdrops sold their tokens almost immediately. However, data from Santiment reveals that those who displayed patience, and didn’t sell right away, have been awarded. The UNI price is significantly higher than when it was during the most substantial sell-off stage.
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Australian Dodges Prison After Using A Supercomputer At Work To Mine Crypto
A former employee of CSIRO – the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, has avoided prison after being caught using a supercomputer at work for mining cryptocurrencies. Jonathan Khoo, 34, worked as a contractor at the federal government’s scientific research agency.
Generating $6,897 Worth Of Ethereum and Monero
As per a recent news report, between January and February 2018, Khoo has managed to use two supercomputers at his workplace for the purpose of mining cryptocurrency. According to the publication, he used the devices for his financial gain. He also managed to mine crypto worth A$9,420 (US$6,897), and deposit them into his Ethereum and Monero wallets.
This was discovered in February 2018, after which Khoo was dismissed from CSIRO. The following month The Australian Federal Police looked into the matter and Khoo faced an official charge the next year.
Reportedly, Khoo’s cryptomining daredevil stunt had cost his company an estimated A$76,668 (US$56,133) worth of computer power and other resources.
“This man’s activities diverted these supercomputer resources away from performing significant scientific research for the nation, including pulsar data array analysis, medical research and climate modelling work,” said Federal Police cybercrime operations commander Chris Goldsmid after the sentence.
The defendant’s lawyer emphasized before the local court that Khoo had zero previous offenses, he had admitted his crime before the police, and felt remorseful for his actions.
Dodging Prison By A Thread
As per the report, magistrate Erin Kennedy sentenced Khoo to a 15-month intensive corrections order to deliver 300 hours of community service and to continue counseling. This way, he won’t be spending actual prison time but will be serving out his custodial sentence in the community.
The maximum penalty for offenses of the kind, as per the Australian law, is 10 years in prison.
According to Goldsmid, “malicious cyber activity, including by people on the inside of organizations, was increasing in scale and severity. Authorities urge companies and all government agencies to keep up a strong culture of cybersecurity in order to strengthen their ability to detect possible breaches.”
Litecoin short-term Price Analysis: 19 September
Litecoin’s price has had to endure a period of consolidation over the past week. On 12 September, the cryptocurrency’s price fell by close to 8 percent from $51 to close to $47 and since then, Litecoin has been struggling to recover its losses. However, while LTC might be gaining some positive momentum, it may note a minor dip over the coming few days before pushing north again.
At press time, Litecoin was being traded for $48.2 with a market capitalization of $3.1 billion. At the time, it was occupying the 10th spot on CoinMarketCap’s list, while registering a minor fall of 0.5 percent over the past 24-hours.
Litecoin 2-hour chart
According to Litecoin’s 2-hour chart, ever since the aforementioned price drop, LTC’s price has been confined to a descending triangle formation. The past week saw it register a downtrend as the crypto registered lower highs. Over the same period, LTC has gained considerable support from the $47-price level and if bearish pressure were to see an increase, the cryptocurrency may also have to rely on the support level at $46.
The $49-mark remains a significant point of resistance in the way of Litecoin, with respect to a complete recovery on the charts. In the next few days, the coin is likely to remain within the descending triangle formation and is likely to test its first support once again, before rekindling the possibility of a price break out.
At press time, the MACD indicator had undergone a bearish crossover and was showing the slight possibility of a reversal as the MACD line was inching closer to the Signal line. Further, the RSI, after having languished in the oversold zone, was holding fort in the neutral zone.
Interestingly, over the past 3 months, Litecoin has seen its ability to move on the price charts independently increase. This may be because the correlation between Litecoin and the word’s largest cryptocurrency has fallen from 0.86 to 0.80.
Litecoin’s price has been part of a descending triangle channel formation for close to a week now and in the coming days, the cryptocurrency’s price is likely to remain within the formation. This would include a minor dip for the coin’s price as it is likely to test the support at $47, before gaining enough momentum to initiate a breakout and head towards its immediate resistance.
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