Big Bitcoin prediction, OKEx spooks markets, Ripple exec’s big mistake

Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest tracks every important crypto news story from the previous week. Essential reading for all Hodlers!   Top Stories This Week   Calm before the storm? Analyst says $20,000 Bitcoin is possible in three months Bitcoin volatility has fallen to a 16-month low, indicating that a sharp move is on the horizon. Large fluctuations tend to follow prolonged periods of consolidation, and according to a Bitazu Capital founding partner, Mohit Sorout, BTC could reach its previous all-time high if it was to break out today. There…

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48-Hour Stimulus Deadline: US Lawmakers Race to Approve Second Stimulus Checks Before Election

Amid the intense stimulus relief aid discussion, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has set a deadline for the White House to come to an agreement on the next stimulus package which provides a second round of stimulus checks for Americans. Meanwhile, the Senate is set to vote on a smaller stimulus bill without direct payments this week. Deadline for Stimulus Negotiations Stimulus packages to help Americans cope with the coronavirus-driven economic crisis have been heavily discussed this week as U.S. lawmakers hope to approve new relief aid before the November presidential…

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Blockchain to curb fake news

With the United States Presidential Election set for next month, the concern over fake news has once again dominated public discourse. Fake news — the deliberate spreading of verifiably false information under the disguise of being an authentic news story ­— not only undermines the public’s confidence in the free press, it inflames social conflict, can result in health hazards (like swallowing bleach in an attempt to avoid COVID-19), gives rise to radicalism, undermines the integrity of elections, and manipulates markets. In short, fake news threatens the social trust we…

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Bad crypto news of the week

It’s been a good week for the crypto markets. Bitcoin finally burst through the $11,000 ceiling, and kept going. According to some experts, the coin could be on its way to a full 2017-style bull run. Other analysts have identified five events that could move the markets this week, including the election’s effect on the dollar, Europe’s struggles with Brexit and the coronavirus, and Bitcoin’s high hash rate. The investment experts at Stone Ridge Asset Management have been paying attention. After executives had made personal investments in cryptocurrencies, the company…

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Cashfusion Use Increased by 328%, $200M in BCH Fused and Close to 20,000 Fusions

Cashfusion, the privacy-enhancing solution for the Bitcoin Cash network is nearing its one-year anniversary and during the last four months, fusions have increased by 328.93%. The protocol recently completed a security audit and fusions are nearing 20k with close to $200 million worth of bitcoin cash fused to-date. On November 28, 2020, the Cashfusion protocol for the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network will celebrate a milestone of one year operating so far. At the time of publication, stats from the web portal stats.devzero.be/#/fusion shows approximately 19,658 fusions have been processed since…

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Amid IRS bounty and competitor progress, Monero developers ship a major update

First announced in September, Monero developers today went live with a network update featuring a new version of its node software, codenamed ‘Oxygen Orion.’ The product of 30 contributors, the update promises significant improvement across nearly all aspects of the privacy-focused cryptocurrency’s performance.  The highlight of the new update is the compact linkable spontaneous anonymous group (CLSAG) feature. According to the Monero blog, CLSAG will reduce transaction sizes by 25% and improve transaction times by 10% while maintaining transactional privacy. The developers wrote:  “CLSAG enables smaller and faster transactions with…

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Yearn Finance Founder Blames Social Actors for Role in the EMN Token Hack

Yearn Finance founder Andre Cronje suggests he did not mishandle the Eminence (EMN) project’s economic exploit, which he insists functions well. He accuses certain social actors of creating a story around EMN that caused rational actors to jump onto the token. Cronje’s comments follow reports that a group of defi community members planning to sue the smart contract builder whom they say is culpable in the $15 million EMN token hack. Cronje Says He Is Not Infallible In a post on Medium, Cronje who has vowed not to use his…

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