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Researcher: Winklevoss Twins Could Freeze The Gemini Dollar (GUSD) At Any Time

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In today’s crypto news, there has been a lot of talk about the new dollar-pegged stablecoin founded by the Winklevoss brothers – the Gemini dollar (GUSD). This stablecoin was created in a way to regularize cryptocurrency as a mainstream asset class. However, a lot of analysts and researchers have had their say on its future.

According to one blockchain researcher named Alex Lebed, the Gemini dollar smart contract includes a provision that allows its “custodian” – to freeze any account. Lebed wrote his thoughts in the tech publication Good Audience and noted that GUSD uses an ERC20PRoxy contract that gives Gemini as its custodian a full ability to upgrade the contract once in every 48 hours. This could potentially give people behind the GUSD the power to simultaneously render all tokens non-transferrable.

Even though Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss repeatedly touted GUSD as the first “trusted and regulated digital representation of the US dollar,” it is not surprising that Gemini could have included a mechanism to allow it to freeze funds.

The Gemini dollar whitepaper, however, argues that issuing a cryptocurrency which is tied to physical assets stored in a centralized location involves some element of trust. As the paper outlines:

“Desirable outcomes in a system that relies (at least in part) on trust requires oversight. In the context of a stablecoin, we submit that the issuer must be licensed and subject to regulatory supervision. From this, transparency and examination become requirements of the system, ensuring its integrity and engendering market confidence…. Gemini operates under the direct supervision and regulatory authority of the New York State Department of Financial Services and is subject to the New York Banking Law and other applicable U.S. laws and regulations.”

However, according to the NYFDS, Gemini and Paxos (the two new stablecoins) must:

“Implement, monitor and update effective risk-based controls and appropriate BSA/AML and OFAC controls to prevent the Gemini Dollar or Paxos Standard Token from being used in connection with money laundering or terrorist financing.”

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Market Sees Red, Losing $1 Billion Overnight While Bitcoin Remains At $3,600

The latest Bitcoin news show that the most dominant cryptocurrency is kind of idle when it comes to fast growth. Over the past few days, it managed to go in the green and in the red with less than 1% movements, holding firmly above the $3,600 mark. Bitcoin has stayed above the $3,600 threshold for some time now, while its highest price point over the past 24 hours was $3,707. Currently, BTC is at $3,637 with a loss of 0.32% overnight. The total market capitalization is down from $122 billion yesterday to $121 billion today - and down by more than $2 billion from the intraweekly high of $123..2 billion. Ripple (XRP) is slightly down as well, trading at $0.32 and falling by one cent compared to yesterday's numbers. Ethereum (ETH) also declined by 0.64% and is still at $122. EOS managed to surge by 0.68% overnight and is now trading at $2.44. While most of the top 10 is green, only EOS (EOS) and Tron (TRX) managed to rise. TRX rose to $0.024 with a 0.94% growth just like EOS and its sub-1% movements. The biggest growth overnight was initiated by Cardano (ADA) and Binance Coin (BNB). While ADA surged by 2.71% to a new price of $0.045, BNB managed to climb to $6.20 rising by 2% overnight. As it is right now, the cryptocurrency market definitely needs some movement on the green side. However, the idle movements can continue as well, proving that another bear market is here.
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Crypto Analysts: 2019 May Be A Year Of Bitcoin Accumulation

Over the past day, the crypto market recovered from its previous position and reached $123 billion as Bitcoin also managed to avoid another drop below the $3,600 mark. In the latest crypto news, we take a look at some analysis from multiple crypto technical analysts. Some analysts think that because of the high sell-off intensity in the previous period, there is a strong chance for the price of BTC and other altcoins to drop even further below their support levels in the short-term. Also, they believe that Bitcoin will even decline as low as $3,100 by the end of the bear market before recovering by the end of 2019. Crypto technical analyst Eric Thies said that Bitcoin might start a strong movement upwards by the end of 2019:
 “Similar to 2015, 2019 may be the year of accumulation.’’
Another crypto researcher Willy Woo said that while a crash of bitcoin to $3,122 could lead to an increase in volume, it won’t show signs of starting of the accumulation period. He pointed out:
‘’Despite the technical setup that suggests bullishness is possible, there’s not a lot on-chain volume to fuel a prolonged up move. What we saw in the last 7 weeks was a spike of on-chain volume driven by volatility, coins moving to exchanges to trade. The initial volume spike false signalled a faster detox and an earlier end to the bear market, but in fact it was a volatility side effect. That move from $6k to $3k created immense trade volume, but it was in no way a signal that accumulation volume had begun.’’
Until evidence for the accumulation of crypto assets shows up, there are still expectations of high volatility levels.
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Dmitry Medvedev: ‘’We Should Watch Closely What Happens To Cryptocurrency’’

The prime minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev is in our altcoin news today after addressing the bear market while speaking at an international scientific forum. Medvedev pointed out how important it is to carefully monitor the developments of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies saying that their high volatility is a cause for concern for many people but the technology behind them provides many benefits and should not be set aside. The prime minister addressed the high volatility of the crypto market in 2018 by saying:
‘’But this, of course, is not a reason to bury cryptocurrencies.  There are both light sides and dark sides, as in any social phenomenon, in any economic institute. And we should just watch closely what happens to them.’’
He continued to discuss social inequalities and how the global digital transformation is speeding up saying the cryptocurrency is a part of that fast-going phenomena. The news comes right after major media outlets published the story of Russia’s plan to purchase $10 billion worth of BTC. Turns out that the news was fake.  The Russian economist from the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration Vladislav Ginko pointed out that he strongly believes that Russia might use Bitcoin to fight economic sanctions and this story swamped the media and got massively exaggerated. Russia is, however, preparing a crypto bill that will provide stable cryptocurrency regulation in the next two months. The Duma State will be drafting a regulatory framework in February to regulate ICOs and crypto crowdfunding.
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Nearly 1.5 Million People Used dApps In 2018, More Than A Half Being On Ethereum

A new report from Dapp.com is in the digital currency news, putting dApps in the spotlight with their increasing usage in 2018. According to the report, the number of dApps was constantly increasing and the most active dApp category across platforms was gaming, followed by betting. Decentralized exchanges had the largest volume of users of dApps, where crypto trading was the first major killer use case for decentralized applications. However, the volume transacted on decentralized exchanges is still dwarfed by the volume at centralized ones. Even though Ethereum had the most users (about 800,000) and the widest variety of dApps, the usage of Ethereum programs was less in terms of transactions than other platforms like the newcomer Tron (TRX). As the dApp report showed:
"TRON is the most ambitious in the dapp field, with a $2 billion Project Genesis launched in the second half of the year. In addition, it spends $100 million on TronArcade to promote its dapp ecosystem."
TRON (TRX) launched 97 decentralized applications in 2018, while its ecosystem and community have been growing at an alarming rate. This week, TRX was added to OKCoin, which is one of the largest US exchanges, in order to be traded against fiat, Bitcoin and Ethereum. The report also showed that gambling accounted for $3 billion in transactions over the course of 2018 in dApps.
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