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NBA Team Launches Ethereum-Powered Vinyl Toys

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NBA Team Sacramento Kings partnered with CryptoJaiju and will now start offering Ethereum-based vinyl toys. The fans will be able to purchase them in the upcoming 2019/2020 as we are about to see more in the ETH news today.

This comes as no surprise since the team has been named as the most innovative company in sports by ‘’Most Tech-Savvy Team of 2016’’ Sports Techie and by Fast company as well. According to the official press release, the 100 vinyl collectible figurines will be powered by Ethereum and each today will be assigned a non-fungible token that ensures that no two Kaijus are the same. 15 out of 100 toys will have non-fungible tokens that reveal some unique experiences or prizes for the fans including courtside seats, VIP tours and signed merchandise from the NBA Team. The fans will also gain the opportunity to obtain these limited-edition toys from November which is when the team will start hosting monthly interactive scavenger hunts for the upcoming seasons.

The Sacramento Kings Chief Technology Officer Ryan Montoya said that his team saw that using blockchain technology will bring more benefits to the team’s fans and will also outline the ability of the team to deliver innovative products and content to the fans. Earlier this month, the team collaborated with the entertainment-centric blockchain startup Blockparty in order to implement a free blockchain rewards system in the NBA predictive gaming application ‘’Call the Shot.’’ According to a press release, the fans of the NBA Team will accumulate blockchain-driven tokens that will be used to redeem prizes and unique events including signed merchandise and courtside tickers. As said by the team CEO Vivek Randive:

 “We have only just begun to see the benefits of blockchain technology as it transforms the way business is conducted worldwide, ensuring secure transactions across multiple sectors and customers.”

While the Kings still harness cryptocurrency-related technology, there is also an important facet of this announcement that the toys will be backed by Ethereum. Their user of ETH confirms that the trend the large companies are adopting blockchain technology and make their businesses successful by reducing friction and to also offer fresh products to their clientele.

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LocalCryptos Adds Support For Bitcoin (BTC) And Ether (ETH)

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One of the largest competitors of the P2P Bitcoin (BTC) exchange LocalBitcoins has taken more of its market share as the Finnish company seeks regulatory compliance. The latest cryptocurrency news show that LocalCryptos adds support for Bitcoin as well as Ethereum.In what the company described as a pivotal step of adding support for both cryptocurrencies, LocalCryptos (formerly LocalEthereum) announced the following in a blog post:
“The platform is a one-stop shop for fiat-to-crypto ramps worldwide, beginning with BTC and ETH." Later on, the blog post describes this as a “large milestone.”
After LocalCryptos adds support for BTC and ETH, the company said that in the future even more cryptocurrencies will join its offering.
“LocalCryptos will list some of the most popular Ethereum-based tokens over time. We’ll develop a new smart contract to handle ERC20s, and, in the more distant future, ERC721s,” the exchange said.
Meanwhile, what's interesting is that this move comes roughly a week after LocalBitcoins announced its registration with regulators in the home country of Finland. This is part of a multi-year scheme to formalize its compliance - we can now see that LocalBitcoins is now an official virtual currency provider in the eyes of the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority or FIN-FSA.Executives have so far phased out a lot of ways of trading on LocalBitcoins without revealing the identity of the trader. Cash trades are now banned and ID submission is obligatory. By contrast, LocalCryptos adds support for BTC and ETH and stays away from such requirements, operating as a non-custodial resource under which no financial liability is taken.Furthermore, the setup will allow the platform to retain features which LocalBitcoin does not have. When cash trades disappeared, LocalCryptos made the most of the decision and saw that it is a major PR opportunity on social media.There are other operators in the space which also saw a surge in popularity during the change which occurred in June this year.Meanwhile, the latest Bitcoin and Ethereum news show that both of the cryptocurrencies are vulnerable in today's trading. Ethereum (ETH) is trading at a price of $177 in a dump of 4.10% while Bitcoin (BTC) has lost 4.52% and is now below $8,200.
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Joseph Lubin: “ETH And BTC Did Not Face Regulations Like Projects Now”

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The co-founder of Ethereum Joseph Lubin is in the latest cryptonews updates, talking about regulation and how the two leading cryptocurrencies did not have to comply with regulation. In an interview with the industry news outlet Forkast published on November 18, he noted that the amount of regulation is now stronger than before.During the interview which was held at the Hong Kong FinTech Week, Joseph Lubin noted that the new projects need to comply with regulations. He further explained the impact of the application of security law to the cryptocurrency space.Joseph Lubin also noted that in order to attract investors, any project has to promise that its token will increase in terms of price. Furthermore, seeing that the appreciation is usually obtained through the work of developers, by definition, that an asset is being sold as a security.
“And so securities law is then implicated and now you can’t sell a utility token as it’s not a utility token, it’s a tokenized security. You can’t sell it broadly and equitably,” he said.
Overall, Lubin highlighted that Ethereum had a first-mover advantage. More precisely, he suggested that the developers behind ETH had the opportunity to sell their cryptocurrency without complying with the securities regulation because it operated in a largely regulated industry.The competing projects, on the other hand, cannot simply claim that what they are selling is a utility token which is why they avoid registering it as a security.Lubin was in the news before this for stating that Ethereum needs to improve in all segments, explaining that ETH 1.0 was just a starting point - and developers were aware that it would not be scalable.Known for being in the news all the time, Lubin noted that because of regulation, it is possible “but very, very difficult for even a technically very strong project to challenge the early head start and the massive network effect that the Ethereum project has.”Meanwhile, today's market cap is at $234 billion and the 24 hour volume is at $60 billion which is very low compared to other days. The Bitcoin dominance rate has fallen too and is at 65.9%. Ethereum is trading at around $185 for a couple of days in a row now. 
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Markets Are Recovering But Bitcoin Is Still Near $8,500: Analysis

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This Monday morning, we can see that the cryptocurrency markets are recovering but there are still reds all over and Bitcoin is with a slow momentum near $8,500. The latest cryptocurrency news also show that the weekend was not much positive for BTC as the leading cryptocurrency, as it was dragged even lower than the expected resistance area.For the better part of the day yesterday, the largest cryptocurrency has been trading within a tight range between $8,500 and $8,600 while slowly finding its way in the $8,700 price mark in the recent couple of hours.As markets are recovering, Bitcoin is trading at a price of $8,555 and a 0.36% decline compared to the morning's levels. The cryptocurrency was slowly finding its way towards the $8,700 price mark - but did not manage to do that as its main mission over the weekend.On Friday, the Bitcoin updates showed that BTC attempted to break the $9,000 price level but was swiftly rejected and brought back to lower levels below $8,600 - where it remained throughout the entire weekend.According to the analyst Michael van de Poppe, markets are recovering and the overall bullish sentiment could soon come back. However, he would like to "see a tick up to like $8,800 to confirm a slight trend reversal (like scenario),” as he said, adding:
“If not, this slow bleed could accelerate to $8,200 as the next level. Sentiment; fear. Obviously.”
The Ethereum news also show that ETH is sitting close to $184 per coin and shedded a couple of dollars overnight. The number one altcoin continues to trade in along with BTC and sync in with its price, showing upward price behaviour leading to the current trading position. The momentum for Ethereum at the moment, however, is better than the one for Bitcoin.XRP, which is the third largest coin by market capitalization, has also lost ground in the past couple of days. Still, it joined the trend of minor recovery and posted gains of 0.45% at press time. XRP right now sits at around $0.262 per coin.While the markets are recovering, most of the top 20 coins are showing little to no gains at all. Cardano (ADA) is taking the lead with a 4% growth on the day and a new price of $0.04. Tezos (XTZ) managed to rise by 5% and is now at $1.22. 
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Ethereum Closes In On Fresh New Resistance Level: Analysis

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Ethereum closes in on the fresh new resistance levels and the price action has been mirroring one of Bitcoin’s recent times which made it getting close to stronger levels of selling pressure in spite of ETH’s multiple recent attempts to break above the resistance level at $190. Let's read more in the ETH news today.The selling pressure dragged the price of ETH down to the lower $180 region while it is also causing it to form a new resistance level directly above the current price which could send it even further on the downside in the near-term. Ethereum closes in on the $183 trading level and it’s trading up over 2% which marks a slight increase from the recent lows of the lower $180 price level that it was set yesterday.Ethereum’s ability to show strong bond after the brief drop below the $180 signals that this is actually strong short-term support level that could hold it there as long as Bitcoin does not incur any strong selling pressure in the near-term. The price action was similar to the one of Bitcoin over the past couple of days and Bitcoin is consolidating around the $8,500 which seems to be its current support level that the bulls are keen on defending. The ability of the altcoin to stabilize in the lower $180 region, comes as it faces the increasing on-chain volume which increased by more than 30 percent in the past 24-hours. As per TokenAnalyst, a popular analytics group we can read that:
 “24H #ETH Network Stats: Price: $181.76 (-1.9%) $ETH On-Chain Volume: $324M (+32.3%) Active Senders: 209K (-6.1%) Active Recipients: 94K (-0.4%).
Another popular crypto analyst in Twitter, HornHairs, explained in the latest tweet that the altcoin is now pushing up against the fresh supply region that could force the altcoin to drop back to the previous support around $180:
 “$ETH short idea. 2H SFP in the making at a fresh level of supply. This level also lines up with the monthly open. Targeting the most recent swing low for now.’’
In the near-term, it seems like BTC is holding steady if ETG is yet to see the upside and it is slowly closing down with the correlation with the BTC could prove to be a hugely bearish thing if the support level exists around $8,500 that begins to disappear as bears ramp up their pressure.
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