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Ethereum PoW Forks Fall 66% In Just Days

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Data shows the Ethereum Proof-of-Work forks have sharply fallen down in the few days following the merge.

Ethereum PoW Forks Have Fallen 66% In Just Five Days

According to the latest weekly report from Arcane Research, the ETH PoW forks have performed very poorly against ETH since the merge.

The much talked-about event transitioned Ethereum to a Proof-of-Stake consensus mechanism, essentially obfuscating the use of miners on the network.

However, some communities that were in favor of the old PoW-based system decided to create forks as the merge came approaching.

These new forks still rely on mining for reaching consensus on the network and have therefore naturally attracted the stranded ETH miners.

Here is a chart that shows how some of the most popular forks (ETC, ETHW, and ETF) have compared versus Ethereum in the last five days:

Looks like the worst performer out of these was ETF | Source: Arcane Research's The Weekly Update - Week 37, 2022

As you can see in the above graph, Ethereum has been struggling since the merge, registering around 17% in negative returns.

The PoW forks, however, have been even worse. ETHW has noted losses upwards of 66%, while ETF investors have been yet deeper into the red with their holdings going down by more than 72% during the period.

The best of this bunch was Ethereum Classic, being down “only” 25% in the last five days. This performance was much better than the other two forks, but still noticeably lower than ETH’s returns.

The report notes that this wasn’t something unpredictable as the forks were expected to struggle with amassing any meaningful adoption and to view almost no significant DeFi activity.

The current selling pressure in these cryptos is likely coming from Ethereum holders selling off their airdrops, as per the report.

ETC saw a large amount of ETH miners connecting to the network, leading to a hashrate, and hence a difficulty, explosion for the coin.

Since Ethereum Classic’s miner revenues are less than $1 million per day, while they were more than $20 million for ETH, mining the crypto isn’t viable on the same scale as ETH’s in the long term.

ETH Price

At the time of writing, Ether’s price floats around $19.1k, down 5% in the last seven days. Over the past month, the crypto has lost 10% in value.

The below chart shows the trend in the price of the coin over the last five days.

Ethereum Price Chart

The value of the crypto seems to have failed to recover from the plunge a few days back | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView
Featured image from Kanchanara on Unsplash.com, charts from TradingView.com, Arcane Research

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Ripple Outperforming Whole Market, What’s Pumping XRP Price? 

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The currency of the blockchain-powered online payment platform, XRP, has gained almost 60% in the past week. After briefly dipping to $0.34 five days ago, the token climbed back and traded around $0.52 this morning.

Crypto influencer Ben Armstrong claims to know the reason behind this continuous climb amid the current general crypto bear market. The multiple-crypto holder shared his two cents about the state of events with his 800k plus followers on Twitter yesterday.

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Influencer Believes Impending Close To Ripple-SEC Case Is Responsible

According to Armstrong, multiple factors are causing Ripple’s insane price surge. However, he can confidently trace one primary reason to the ongoing SEC court battle with the sixth strongest crypto. The influencer tweeted that SEC has given up on its 2-year struggle of trying to prove XRP is a security. As of this week, the Ripple community “can be pretty confident the worst-case scenario is a fine,” the tweet reads.

The last weekend saw both parties in the ongoing case filing for summary judgment. In other words, Ripple and SEC believe enough evidence has been provided for a verdict outside a court case. They wait for Judge Torres’ decision supporting one side or the other based on already available evidence. A court battle that started way over in 2020 might soon be coming to an end.

XRP is currently trading at $0.4975. | Source: XRPUSD price chart from TradingView.com

Ripple And XRP Community Expect A Favorable Verdict

Like Ben Armstrong, the Ripple community and Ripple Labs are expectant of a favorable ruling. If that happens, XRP will not be considered a Security but a digital asset, just as Ripple intended. 

Another crypto influencer predicted that if this happens, it will be the needed boost the bearish crypto market needs. David Gokhshtein tweeted that the crypto market will go parabolic should XRP win this case. He and Brad Garlinghouse, Ripple’s CEO, believe a win for XRP would stamp cryptos stand with regulation. Consequently, it would increase investors’ faith in the ailing asset.

Whale Movements On XRP Blockchain Also Partially Responsible For Price Boost

Another reason for the surge in XRP seems to be whale movements on the platform. On-chain analytics firm, Sentiment data reveal an increase in whale transactions on the Ripple blockchain. 

Furthermore, the Whale Alert crypto tracker revealed multiple anonymous transfers of significant amounts of XRP in the past week. Data showed that a 261 million XRP transfer and another 582 million XRP transaction took place. Ripple was involved in both transactions, moving 80,000,000 of the tokens externally. In total, close to a billion tokens exchanged hands in whale transactions last week. 

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These two factors mentioned above are mainly responsible for the continuous climb of XRP tokens over the last week. One can only wait to see if the XRP community’s optimism is indeed rightly placed and that ripple will indeed win the case. At the time of writing, XRP is currently trading around $0.48 after briefly testing $0.52 earlier today per Coinmarketcap data. 

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Tether Announces Launch of USDT on Polkadot Network

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  • Eleven different blockchains currently support Tether, USDT.
  • A New York court ordered Tether Operations Limited to submit financial records.

Tether, in a statement released on Friday, announced the release of its native token USDT on the Polkadot Network. Polkadot is an open-source blockchain platform that is decentralized. Moreover, it’s a comprehensive Web3 environment that allows for registry and computation amongst different blockchains. 

In addition, the adoption of the stablecoin allows the blockchain platform to further expand its footprint in distributed systems. Concurrently, “potential adverse effects associated with market volatility” will be mitigated thanks to Tether’s incorporation.

Multiple Blockchains Support

The release blog further states that the Polkadot Relay Chain would enable Tether users to conduct USDT transactions and information sharing in a safe and trustless manner.

According to Tether’s Chief Technology Officer Paolo Ardoino:

“We’re delighted to launch USD₮ on Polkadot, offering its community access to the most liquid, stable, and trusted stablecoin in the digital token space. Polkadot is on a trajectory of growth and evolution this year and we believe Tether’s addition will be essential in helping it continue to thrive.”

Eleven different blockchains currently support Tether, a stablecoin. After adding Polkadot on Friday, the firm says it hopes to continue growing by a factor of many more.

Of the total $81.84 billion in swaps today, 55.60% is settled in tether, and 62% of all BTC exchanges use tether as a counterparty. Support for the Polkadot blockchain came at a time when a New York court ordered Tether Operations Limited to submit financial records demonstrating USDT’s backing. The court’s ruling is the result of a class action complaint that five individuals brought three years ago.

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Iran Commences CBDC Pilot Dubbed ‘Crypto Rial’

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