Crypto roundup: Ethereum hard fork looms, Bitcoin Cash wars intensify, Justin Sun lures devs

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A roundup of interesting news items from across the crypto space.

Ethereum’s Constantinople will happen in mid-January

On December 7, the developers of Ethereum revealed the network’s Constantinople hard fork would take place at Block 7,080,000. With ETH’s current block time of 14.3 seconds, the Constantinople hard fork should occur around January 14, 2019.

One of the main purposes of Constantinople is to implement five key Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIPs) designed to smoothen the transition between the network’s current PoW consensus model to a PoS one in the future.

In brief, the EIPs include moving to “bitwise shifting” for more efficient information processing, reducing the block reward from 3 ETH to 2 ETH, delaying the network’s difficulty bomb for one year, changing the pricing model for data storage, and more. 

BCH vs BSV battle continues

Prior to the Bitcoin Cash hard fork, some speculated that Craig Wright’s BSV (Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision) would quickly decline in value. However, the exact opposite has happened, resulting in the “BCH flippening”.

Last week, BSV managed to gain nearly 40% against the USD while the majority of cryptocurrencies fell to new lows. This kind of price action isn’t uncommon among smaller market cap coins which don’t require much capital injection to induce volatility.

But BSV is far from a small market cap coin, so a 40% move upward is significant. As a result of this price move, BSV temporarily dethroned BCH as the sixth largest cryptocurrency.

While it’s unclear what exactly caused the BSV price action, there were many theories being shared across social media.

At the moment, BCH has regained its previous position above BSV, but it’ll be interesting to see how this battle plays out over the coming months.

Justin Sun tries to lure developers to TRON

And finally, In a tweet last week, TRON founder Justin Sun revealed that his foundation will “build a fund to rescue ETH and EOS developers".

We'll have to wait and see who takes up the offer. 

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