Poloniex Launches Pre-Fork Trading Support for Bitcoin Cash’s November 15th Hard Fork

For those customers that can't wait until November 15th for the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) hard fork ("Planned Network Upgrade"), Circle's crypto exchange Poloniex has announced a solution: it is allowing customers to trade Bitcoin Cash ABC (BCHABC) and Bitcoin Cash SV (BCHSV) tokens right now.

The two main competing implementations in the upcoming hard fork of Bitcoin Cash are "Bitcoin ABC" and "Bitcoin SV". Poloniex does not want to take sides, and furthermore it wants to allow members of the crypto community to show which variant of BCH they support before the hard fork takes place:

"We believe the responsible thing for an exchange to do is remain neutral, and we want to empower the community to demonstrate their support through trading activity. "

So, on 7 November 2018, it enabled "pre-fork trading" for the first time ever. Customers can trade BCHABC and BCHSV against both Bitcoin (BTC) and Circle's stablecoin USDC Coin (USDC):

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To make this possible, it now provides a conversion tool (you can find this in the upper right corner of the "Exchange" screen on the Poloniex website). This allows BCH to be converted into "equivalent amounts" of BCHABC and BCHSV; it also allows BCHABC and BCHSV to be converted back to BCH in case csutomers wish to withdraw funds:

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Poloniex plans to pause BCH deposits and withdrawals at 14:00 UTC on 15 November 2018. At 15:00 UTC, it will "freeze the BCH, BCHABC, and BCHSV markets, cancel all outstanding orders, and take a snapshot." Any user that still holds BCH at this time will "immediately receive an equivalent amount of BCHABC and BCHSV." All BCH balances will then be set to zero. Once both chains have stabilized, withdrawals will be enabled.

Poloniex offers this important warning:

"You do not have to engage in pre-fork trading. If you choose to engage in pre-fork trading, please note that, as with all trading on the platform, trading in these assets can be extremely risky, and you trade at your own risk.  It is possible that one of these chains will not be economically or technically viable after the fork, and its value will drop to zero."

At press time, according to data from CryptoCompare, BCH is trading at $589.34, down 4.55% in the past 24-hour period.

Featured Image Courtesy of Poloniex LLC

GAS Rises 36% in a Day as Details on NEO 3.0 Emerge

The price of GAS, a cryptocurrency used within the NEO ecosystem, has recently seen its price jump by over 10% in less than a day as details on NEO 3.0 have started to emerge during the NEO DevCon 2019 in Seattle.

According to CryptoCompare data, GAS is currently trading above the $3 mark after seeing its price rise by nearly 36% in little time. Its market cap is now above $30 million, as the rise helped it become one of the top 100 cryptos.

NEOGAS' price performance in the last 24-hour period

What exactly is behind the rise is unclear, although some have suggested investors are gaining confidence on NEO 3.0 and have started acquiring GAS as a result. Others have claimed a whale may be accumulating the cryptocurrency.

The NEO blockchain notably has two cryptocurrencies: NEO and GAS. While NEO is seen as a representation of shares on the blockchain that can be used for electoral accounting and to obtain GAS dividends, the latter is the cryptocurrency used to pay for fees and services. NEO holders are rewarded with GAS dividends.

Details about NEO 3.0 that have emerged essentially revolved around the cryptocurrency’s scalability, security, efficiency, and a potentially increased number of transactions per second it’ll be able to handle.

Speaking in Seattle through a video presentation, NEO co-founder Erik Zhang revealed NEO 3.0’s goal is to support commercial applications on the blockchain, and although a date on its launch is to be determined, we know it’ll address the platform’s stability and scalability.

For one, NEO 3.0 will reportedly have native contracts, allowing for a higher number of transactions per second on the blockchain, and will allow users to access internet resources in smart contracts through URLs.

Its delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerant (dBFT) consensus protocol, which Zhang has in the past touted will become the “best consensus mechanism for blockchains,” will also get rid of some flaws that stop node synchronization from being more efficient.

It has also recently been revealed NEO Global Development (NGD) is opening an office in Seattle, headed by a former  Microsoft executive. NEO’s first decentralized exchange, Switcheo, has also added support for various Ethereum-based ERC-20 tokens late last year.