2021-03-09 23:00:05

Ethereum prices rebound with proposals set to change gas fees

Ethereum prices rebound with proposals set to change gas fees

Ethereum prices rocketed back above $1,700 over the weekend, hitting a multi-week high  after a major upgrade to the network was announced.

The Ethereum Improvement Proposal 1559 will be implemented as part of the planned  London hard fork coming this July for the network, and will see a major shift in the way users  transact. 

Currently, users pay a gas fee to a miner for a transaction to be included in a block, which  make up a substantial part of miners’ overall income. 

However, under the new proposals – which have gathered support from users and  application creators – gas fees will be sent to the network instead in a new fee structure  called a “basefee”. Miners will only be given an optional tip by users, with the basefee set by  an algorithm and thus easier for users to understand and check if they are paying a fair fee  or not. 

Ethereum and bitcoin prices have both bounced over the weekend amid the news and the  latest expectations of further government stimulus. Ethereum climbed to a peak of $1,739  before pulling back marginally to trade around $1,683 this morning, while bitcoin also jumped  to a multi-day high above $51,000 before settling just under $50,000 this morning.

Cardano hard fork completes successfully as price rockets

The Mary hardfork was successfully completed on the Cardano mainnet last week, with  tokens now being created on the Cardano blockchain. A big development, the update helped  ADA surge in price in recent months, with its valuation soaring some 900% since early  December to peak at $1.45 per coin. 

While ADA has pulled back from its peak, it remains well above the $1 mark. The next  milestone is the Alonzo hardfork which will bring smart contract functionality to Cardano. It  should happen sometime in the second quarter, completing the overall Goguen upgrade.  This could really position Cardano as a rival to Ethereum over the coming years, especially  as Ethereum is in the midst of transitioning to 2.0, and gas fees on the current blockchain  continue to be a talking point.

Argo Blockchain sets precedent with CEO Bitcoin salary

Argo Blockchain, the UK-listed cryptoasset mining firm, has started paying its CEO’s salary  in bitcoin. It said that other staff were also being offered the bitcoin salary option, with  monthly payments automatically converted from fiat currency to bitcoin at the daily market  rate via the Satstreet exchange.

In February, Argo Blockchain mined 129 BTC, bringing in $6million in revenue. Whilst  announcing its new payment options, it also told the market that the 4,500 mining rigs it  leased from Celsius Network in February are all now operational, taking its bitcoin and other  SHA-256 cryptoassets mining capacity to 1,075 petahashes.

Eco raises $26m in funding

Eco, a cryptoasset startup created by the former co-founder of Uber has raised $26m in  funding. 

Garrett Camp, who helped start Uber, is one of the founders of Eco, which offers rewards on  both crypto savings and spending at firms like Amazon and Uber. 

The business claims to be building a new type of finance platform and has been supported  by a number of businesses, including 16z Crypto – the digital asset investment arm of  Andreessen Horowitz – the Founders Fund, Activant Capital, Slow Ventures, Coinbase  Ventures, Tribe Capital, Valor Capital Group and others. 

Eco says its platform is “not a bank, checking account, or credit card — we’re building  something better than all of those combined.” 

Users will see cashback of up to 5% on spending and will earn 2.5%–5% annually with  assets just sitting in their accounts, according to a post from the business. The top rate for savings is dependent on referrals to friends. 

Kings of Leon revolutionise album launches

The Kings of Leon have released their new album in the form of a NFT – a non-fungible  token. The first band ever to do so, they offered three types of token and thereby giving  perks not available on more mainstream music platforms like Spotify or iTunes, in an attempt  to improve artist/fan relationships. 

NFTs are expected to increase in value over coming years, and are already proving  lucrative, as seen by the artist Grimes selling $6m worth of art as NFTs recently.

NFT “explosion” taking place as CryptoPunks see huge demand

The non-fungible token universe is seeing soaring demand for collectibles, with tokens such  as CryptoPunks leading an explosion in bids for one-off digital images. 

CryptoPunks, first launched in 2017, have become the most popular NFT around, with some  $16m worth of CryptoPunks traded in the last week – almost three times the amount of the  next most popular NFT art marketplace. 

A combination of art, technology and social experimentation, the 10,000 unique collectibles  have all been created and sold already. Other NFT’s are emerging across different sectors,  with Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, now selling the first-ever published tweet as an NFT.

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