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Celo Votes To Increase Minimum Gas Threshold

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Celo Votes To Increase Minimum Gas Threshold

Celo, a mobile-focused smart contracting platform compatible with Ethereum’s virtual machine, is voting on a proposal to increase the network’s minimum gas threshold. 

Voting for Celo Governance Proposal 0066 started today, Wednesday, January 18, and ends on Friday, January 27. As of the time of writing, the turnout stands at 2.6% of the total supply, with 6,840,826 CELO locked as votes. 

Out of this, 6,840,116 CELO supports the proposal, 620 CELO is against the idea, and 90 CELO are voting to abstain. CELO is the native currency of the Celo proof-of-stake smart contracting platform based on the PBFT consensus mechanism.

The Celo Governance Proposal 0066

The proposal seeks to increase the minimum gas threshold to $0.001 for simple ERC-20 transactions. Unlike Ethereum, where gas fees must be paid in ETH only, in Celo, users can pay using ERC-20 currencies, not just CELO. Gas fees are paid to prevent Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks.

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Like Ethereum, the gas fee structure in Celo adopts the proposals under EIP-1559. As EIP-1559 stipulates, there must be a gas price minimum that applies to all Celo transactions. This minimum fee applies regardless of the validator processing the transaction. It also fluctuates depending on demand. Celo has clarified that should the proposal pass, only the base fee will be impacted.

Under the Celo Governance Proposal 0066, the validator rewards from the gas fee will not be affected. Celo added that though the base fee might increase slightly, network activity would remain the same because “gas prices are very low, transactions are virtually free.”

Celo Will Benefit

The proposer laid out the rationale of this proposal, saying that the cost of a transaction for the broader Celo ecosystem carries extra dimensions than the gas spent. Like in other chains, all transactions posted on the network must be processed and immutably stored in the blockchain. 

The current gas structure, the proposer said, doesn’t impact processing or the general state of the network. However, it could have severe ramifications in the long term. Changing gas fees would have added benefits for the ecosystem, leading to a higher minimum benefit. Consequently, they argue that this will warrant the long-term cost of the overall ecosystem. 

Besides increasing the minimum benefits, the proposal will shield the network against spam attacks. By increasing the minimum gas fees threshold, any spamming activity would be more expensive. 

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The proposal reads:

“Stability and security of the network 1 Low gas prices allow actors to spam the network at virtually no cost. Currently, it would take time, until the minimum gas threshold increases substantially, to stop the attack. Increasing the minimum gas threshold ensures that such an attack is much more costly from the get-go, even if it is only sustained for a short period.”

CELO is trading at $0.682 when writing on January 25, 2023.

CELO Prices on January 25 | Source: CELOUSDT on TradingView

Feature image from Canva, Chart from TradingView

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Polkadot [DOT] dropped to a key support zone; can bulls prevail?

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Disclaimer: The information presented does not constitute financial, investment, trading, or other types of advice and is solely the writer’s opinion

  • DOT was neutral after a sharp drop on the 12-hour chart.
  • A price reversal could happen if demand increases at the crucial support zone. 

The value of Polkadot [DOT] dropped after Bitcoin [BTC] broke below the $23.5K level. At press time, DOT was trading at $6.225, over 4% down in the past 24 hours. Similarly, BTC was closer to retesting or breaking below the $23K level. 


Read Polkadot [DOT] Price Prediction 2023-24


However, DOT’s drop hit a critical support zone, which could act as an inflection point if demand for the asset increases at the level. 

The support zone of $6.0 – $6.2: Can it hold steady?

Source: DOT/USDT on TradingView

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Polkadot’s January rally was slowed by two phases of price consolidation. The second price consolidation phase was the most challenging as it broke below the uptrend line at press time. 

But the drop hit a critical support zone of $6.013 – $6.200. The zone was a resistance level before it was flipped into the current support level. If demand for DOT increases at this level, DOT could witness a price inflection and reverse the losses from the sharp drop. 

Such an upswing could move DOT above the uptrend line to retest the overhead resistance level of $6.804. In addition, if BTC reclaims the $23.5K level and surges afterward, DOT could reclaim its pre-FTX level of $7.124. 

The On Balance Volume (OBV) increased steadily, showing an uptick in trading volume and buying pressure which could boost DOT’s potential uptrend momentum. 

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But the RSI was 50, showing a neutral structure; thus, the price direction wasn’t definitive. The above bullish bias will be invalidated if bears break below the support zone (green) at $6.000. The plunge could stop at the $5.754 or the 100-period EMA. 

DOT saw increased development activity and demand

Source: Santiment

As per Santiment, DOT recorded an impressive building in the network, as evidenced by the rising development activity. The increasing development activity also coincided with DOT’s price surge. 

In addition, DOT saw an uptick in the Funding Rate, indicating increased demand and bullish sentiment in the derivatives market. Similarly, the weighted sentiment retreated significantly from the negative territory, showing improved investors’ stance on the asset. The above trend could boost DOT’s recovery and uptrend.

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Why Solana’s [SOL] recent gains might be undercut by this metric’s findings

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  • ‘Overvalued’ Solana’s indicators seemed to indicate the arrival of market bears 
  • On the contrary, SOL’s demand across the derivatives market increased

TK Ventures and CoinWire’s data revealed that Solana [SOL] is now the most overvalued blockchain. This was determined using the market capitalization/TVL metric. When a network’s market cap to TVL ratio is above 1.0, it means that the network is overvalued, which can result in a price correction. As Solana’s MKC/TVL value was 17.5, the probability of increased selling pressure can be considered to be high. 

According to the MKC/TVL ratio, @solana seems to be overvalued compared to other blockchains.

What is your opinion on this statement?

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— Solana Daily (@solana_daily) January 30, 2023


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However, Solana’s recent price action tells us a different story. According to CoinMarketCap, SOL registered daily gains of over 6%. At the time of writing, it was trading at $25.55 with a market capitalization of more than $9.4 billion. 

The bears are here

While the price action has remained dynamic, Solana’s daily chart revealed the arrival of the bears, which might cause a trend reversal. For instance, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) registered a slight downtick near the overbought zone. The Money Flow Index (MFI) went close to the neutral zone – A bearish finding.

Moreover, the MACD revealed that the bears were in a battle with the bulls. Considering the aforementioned indicators, it seemed more likely for the bears to gain an advantage in the market. 

Source: TradingView

More reasons to be concerned 

Not only were the market indicators bearish, but Solana’s NFT ecosystem also registered a decline over the past week. CryptoSlam’s data revealed that Solana’s total sales value in the last seven days was 27.52 million – 27% lower than the figures for the previous week. Interestingly, despite the fall in sales, the total number of transactions rose last week. 

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SOL’s on-chain metrics also raised alarm bells as they too looked to align with the sellers’ interest. Positive sentiments around Solana fell over the past week, reflecting the investors’ lack of trust.

Furthermore, SOL’s 4-week price volatility declined sharply, something that might restrict SOL’s price from going up in the coming days. Nonetheless, SOL’s demand in the Futures market increased as its Binance funding rate spiked. The network’s development activity also hiked, which by and large is a positive signal.

Source: Santiment

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Twitter: Elon Musk reportedly plans to build crypto functionality to payments service

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Twitter: Elon Musk reportedly plans to build crypto functionality to payments service

  • Elon Musk’s Twitter plans on bringing payment services that could add support to crypto
  • Dogecoin registered a rise in its value following the report

Dogecoin (DOGE), Elon Musk’s go-t0 cryptocurrency, has seen a rise in its value over developments happening at Twitter. According to a report by Financial Times, Twitter has been designing software to bring in payments service on the platform. And, this platform could extend support to crypto.


Read Price Prediction for Dogecoin [DOGE] for 2023-24


Payments services coming to Twitter

In addition, the social media giant has been applying for licenses in various states in the United States. Twitter had previously registered itself as a payment processor with the US Treasury Department in November 2022. The firm also expects to complete all the licensing procedures by the end of this year.

Notably, the project is spearheaded by Esther Crawford – chief executive of payments at Twitter. The team is reportedly designing a vault for storing and protecting users’ information, which will be collected by the payments platform. Moreover, the report states that Musk wants the payments platform to be fiat centric. But, it would be built in a way that it could extend support to cryptocurrencies in the future.

Furthermore, Musk revealed plans on bringing payments services to Twitter back in October 2022. The Tesla CEO wants Twitter to offer financial services such as savings accounts, offering debit cards, and more. His grand plan for Twitter is to make it an everything app, with Musk stating that “Twitter probably accelerates X by 3 to 5 years, but I could be wrong”.

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According to CoinMarketCap, the popular meme-coin was trading at $0.0911 at press time. Since the news broke, DOGE recorded a rise of over 3 percent in the past 1 hour and had a market cap of over $12 billion.

Tesla leaves its Bitcoin investment untouched

Subsequently, Musk’s Tesla continues to hold on to its Bitcoins (BTC). According to the recently disclosed Q4 report, the firm did not buy or sell any Bitcoins during the last months of 2022. However, its Bitcoin holdings did record some losses, with the coin shedding $33 million of its value from Q3.

Tesla’s BTC was worth $184 million in Q4, while the same stood at $218 million in Q3. Notably, the company first invested in BTC back in 2021, but the firm sold over 75% of its $1.2 billion investment in mid-2022.

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