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Ethereum and the Merge. Moving to PoS. Everything we know about The Merge by this hour

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The network of the second most capitalized cryptocurrency Ethereum (ETH) has migrated from the extremely energy-consuming Proof-of-Work (PoW) algorithm to the more environmentally friendly Proof-of-Stake (PoS). Community members could watch the migration of ETH with the project’s development team during the online broadcast.

Ethereum, the Merge release date is September 15, 2022. Today, the Ethereum network moved to PoS. The event took place on block 15537394, amid a rise in the network’s terminal complexity to 587500000000000000000000000, as part of The Merge update. The migration to a different algorithm was the most significant event in Ethereum’s history.

Project co-founder Vitalik Buterin congratulated community members on the successful migration of ETH to PoS.

The reward for the first block mined in the PoS network, according to developers, was 45 ETH. Ethereum responded to the migration with a slight increase.

Ethereum and the Merge: How migration to PoS will change Ethereum

Classic PoW mining will replace another way of mining coins – stacking. The Ethereum core network will now be protected by validators. The update will also reduce the power consumption of the network, which will have a positive impact on the environment.

“The Merge will reduce global electricity consumption by 0.2%,” Ethereum researcher Justin Drake believes.

Also, the move to the new algorithm should help the ETH ecosystem cope with the scalability problems that the network has faced amid the growth of the DeFi and NFT markets. This will have a positive impact on Ethereum Merge and price. 

A couple of words about Ethereum’s PoW fork

The migration of ETH to the new algorithm has not made everyone happy. Miners of the traditional version of Ethereum faced the prospect of losing income. This prompted them to create a fork to stay on the old Proof-of-Work mechanism. 

Ethereum’s PoW fork token, ETHPoW (ETHW), was unveiled in August 2022. On the morning of September 15, information appeared on the network that the coin’s mining decided to support the teams of several large pools at once.

Amid the launch of the PoW fork, Ethereum holders will be able to get new tokens in the proportion of 1:1 to their ETH balance. The initiative has been supported by several crypto platforms, including the Binance exchange.

The launch of the main ETHW network should take place soon. Experts doubt the viability of the fork, as almost all leading decentralized ETH applications (dApps) are migrating to PoS.

ETHW won’t be the only PoW-Ethereum. After the migration of ETH to PoS, the first version of the cryptocurrency, Ethereum Classic (ETC), will remain on the market. The project’s network has been running on PoW since its early days.

Ethereum prediction after the Merge: what next?

Next year the developers planned another update – Shanghai. It will allow you to start withdrawing ETH for everyone who previously placed their coins in stacking.

Earlier, we reported that Huobi excluded Dash, Monero, and zcash from the listing.

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These Alts Dumped the Most as Total Crypto Market Cap Lost $100B in a Day (Market Watch)

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Bitcoin’s price movements over the past several days were quite promising as the asset had recovered from last week’s crash and stood above $66,000 and even $67,000 before the landscape changed for the worse once again today.

The altcoins, though, are in an even worse state, with numerous massive price declines across almost all charts.

BTC Slides Below $64K

CryptoPotato reported the adverse price movements last week that were propelled by the escalating tension between Iran and Israel. This culminated in a price drop to under $59,500 on Friday, hours before the fourth halving.

However, when Iran tried to calm the situation, bitcoin went on the offensive and jumped by over five grand in hours. It faced the completion of the halving at around $65,000 and kept climbing gradually over the next few days to just under $67,000.

The latest failed attempt to overcome that level was yesterday. However, the bears were quick to intercept the move and pushed the cryptocurrency south hard.

In a matter of hours, the asset fell by more than $3,000 and kept dropping to a multi-day low of $63,500 (on Bitstamp). Its current price tag is not much higher amid the growing ETF outflows, and its market cap has declined to $1.260 trillion on CG. Its dominance over the alts has remained at the same level of 50.7%.

Bitcoin/Price/Chart 25.04.2024. Source: TradingView
Bitcoin/Price/Chart 25.04.2024. Source: TradingView

Alts Turn Red

The landscape around the altcoins is even worse today. Aside from BNB, TRX, and LEO, who have been spared by the crash, the rest of the larger-cap alts are deep in the red. ETH is down by 4% and trades inches above $3,100. Similar losses are evident from XRP, LINK, LTC, and NEAR.

More painful declines come from the likes of Solana (-7%), Dogecoin (-8%), Toncoin (-9%), Cardano (-6%), Shiba Inu (-8%), Avalanche (-10%), Bitcoin Cash (-6%), and Polkadot (-8%).

The total crypto market cap has dumped by around $100 billion in a day and is under $2.5 trillion on CG now.

Cryptocurrency Market Overview. Source: QuantifyCrypto
Cryptocurrency Market Overview. Source: QuantifyCrypto
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It’s Not Looking Good for Bitcoin HODLers, Warns Peter Schiff as BTC Correction Continues

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The popular bitcoin perma-bear Peter Schiff has carried out another verbal attack on X during the most recent price correction that drove the asset to a multi-day low of around $63,000.

Schiff, known for his support and admiration for gold, believes BTC’s price could plummet even more if it breaks below $60,000.

Not Looking Good?

Although the fourth halving took place less than a week ago, an event typically related to the start of another bull run, many crypto experts, including Arthur Hayes, warned that the largest crypto asset could retrace ahead, during, and shortly after the block reward reduction.

This has indeed been the case so far, as bitcoin dumped hard last week amid the geopolitical issues between Iran and Israel, recovered some ground after the halving but started losing value in the past 24 hours again.

The latest decline drove BTC south by approximately four grand, from almost $67,000 to around $63,000 as of now. Such corrections are usually used by bitcoin critics, such as Peter Schiff, to (perhaps) exaggerate the current market conditions and issue big warnings for HODLers.

In his latest attempt to spread FUD, Schiff said new investors who are not used to the volatile nature of bitcoin, could be “in for a rude awakening.” He also pointed out the $60,000 level as the most important psychological line BTC has to maintain to prevent further declines.

What About Gold?

As mentioned above, Schiff is a well-known gold bug and recently also commented on the yellow metal’s correction. The safe-haven asset went from an all-time high of $2,425/oz to under $2,300 in the span of a few weeks.

However, it managed to bounce off and is currently trading above $2,320. Consequently, Schiff believes the worst for gold is over as he sees $2,300 as the new support level that won’t be broken soon. Moreover, he predicted that the precious metal would go above $2,400 shortly and forecasted another BTC correction.

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Velocity Labs and Ramp Network facilitate fiat to crypto onramp on Polkadot via Asset Hub support

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[PRESS RELEASE – Zug, SWITZERLAND, April 25th, 2024]

Velocity Labs is proud to announce a fiat to crypto onramp using Ramp Network through the integration of Asset Hub. Through it, Ramp will be able to service any parachain in the Polkadot ecosystem.

Onramps from fiat to crypto have historically been one of the biggest pain points with regard to DeFi accessibility. Thanks to the tireless builders who identified this issue early on, and have been working with regulators, credit card issuers and other payment infrastructure providers, the high barriers to crypto entry are about to be a thing of the past.

In November of last year, Velocity Labs began talks with Ramp, the leading onramp infrastructure provider for web3. The objective was simple: maximize Asset Hub’s accessibility, and to get it to its full potential.

Asset Hub is a system parachain considered the “home base” of assets in the Polkadot blockspace ecosystem. It enables the creation, management, and use of assets in the Polkadot network. As a system parachain, it has a trusted relationship with the Polkadot Relay Chain, allowing for porting of DOT from the Relay Chain to Asset Hub. Asset Hub is crucial for the emission of tokens similar to ERC-20 (the Ethereum standard powering DeFi on that chain) and the imminent and future resurgence of DeFi on Polkadot. However, Asset Hub has many constraints, particularly around UX and DevEx. Recognizing the potential of Asset Hub and its importance, Velocity has been working tirelessly to address these limitations.

Ramp is a financial technology company building solutions that connect the crypto economy with today’s global financial infrastructure. Through its core on- and off-ramp products, Ramp provides businesses and individuals across 150+ countries with a streamlined and smooth experience in converting between cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies. Ramp is fully integrated with the world’s major payment methods, including debit and credit cards, bank transfers, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and more.

About Velocity Labs

Velocity Labs is a DeFi and infrastructure development company founded with the objective of transforming the Polkadot blockspace ecosystem into a thriving hub for DeFi innovation. A team formed by Polkadot veterans and DeFi experts, Velocity Labs is committed to building critical market infrastructure and tooling to unlock Polkadot’s full potential.

More information on velocitylabs.org

Velocity Labs actively searching for builders to join us in creating the most efficient and resilient ecosystem for DeFi on Polkadot. If you think this is you, please get in touch with us through this form.

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