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EOS Slashes Gains after Rally Fueled by Community's Revolt Against Block.one – Cryptonews

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A quick 3min read about today's crypto news!
EOS investors took a chance to exit after a strong rally yesterday, prompted by the news that the EOS community voted to stop token vesting to Block.one, the developer of EOSIO, an open-sourced blockchain software.
At 08:48 UTC, EOS trades at USD 3.47 and is down almost 6% in a day. However, it’s still up sharply as it traded below USD 3.20 before going almost vertical in the morning on Wednesday (UTC time). The rally helped some investors cash out as the price is still down by 29% in a month, trimming its gains over the past 12 months to 24%.
The EOS Network Foundation (ENF), composed of the dissatisfied members of the EOS community who claim that Block.one is no longer acting in the network’s best interests, has rebelled against the company in a bid to gain the EOS network’s intellectual property.
The foundation has also discussed with EOS block producers, decentralized entities that govern the EOS network, convincing them to halt payments to Block.one.
On December 8, the top 25 EOS block producers approved to halt issuing EOS 67m (USD 232m) that were scheduled to be unlocked and distributed to Block.one over the next six to seven years. 
“Through a super majority consensus, the EOS network has taken its future in its own hands. This begins a new era for EOS and highlights the power of the blockchain to enable a community to stand up against corporate interests that don’t align with theirs,” said Yves La Rose, who now runs the ENF. 
La Rose, formerly the CEO of the internet company EOS Nation, announced that he is the CEO of the ENF back in August, saying that “EOS is in a state akin to exsanguination” and blaming Block.one for it. 
In October, La Rose further continued his opposition against Block.one, highlighting that the network wants to fork out from Block.one. In a medium post, he wrote that “as it stands, EOS has been a failure of monumental proportions on various levels.” 
Later at a virtual event, he declared his stance towards Block.one, saying:
“What we are experiencing is a shift whereby the EOS community is placing itself in a position to be able to move away from Block.one, essentially forking them out. Until this formal shift occurs Block.one will simply continue weighing EOS down.”
Following the criticism by Yves and other members of the EOS community, Block.one revealed that it has inked a deal with Brock Pierce‘s Helios to bring additional growth to EOS and serve its “community through several high ambitions, including creating an EOS Venture Capital fund.”
As part of the deal, Block.one agreed to pay EOS 45m to Helios. However, Block.one only controls EOS 8m as the remaining EOS 37m are still vesting — and given that the community has halted payments to Block.one, the firm might not get those tokens. 
Nevertheless, while the ENF and Block.one have engaged in dialogues, they couldn’t reach a conclusion. According to the ENF, one major problem was that the EOS intellectual property sits on Bullish’s—a yet-to-be-created exchange by Block.one—balance sheet.
This means that Block.one would have to purchase the EOS intellectual property from Bullish. This has set up a barrier particularly that Block.one wouldn’t publicly commit to gaining the intellectual property from the exchange.
Meanwhile, Block.one co-founder Brock Pierce revealed Wednesday that he is seeking to reach a conclusion with Yves and the ENF. 
“I’m working with Yves and the ENF on a mutually beneficial proposal for B1 and Bullish’s consideration that would allow the ENF and the EOS community to take a leadership role in the future of EOSIO’s development and intellectual property,” Pierce said.
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Learn more: 
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Block.one Secures USD 10B To Compete With Coinbase, Binance & Co
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Dow Jones Falls, Growth Stocks Crushed; Bitcoin Dives Again; Bank Of America Does This As Financials Thrive – Investor's Business Daily

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BREAKING:  Stock Market Correction Intensifies; Bitcoin Extends Losses Saturday
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell late as growth stocks got spanked. Bank of America (BAC) passed a buy point as financial stocks flourished. Bitcoin was diving again, hitting Coinbase (COIN) and Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC). Discovery (DISCA) popped on an upgrade but New York Times (NYT) plunged.
The stock market struggled following a disappointing jobs report. The Labor Department reported U.S. employers added 199,000 jobs in December. That was about half what economists polled by Econoday had expected. It was also a big decline from the 249,000 jobs created in November.
The unemployment rate dropped to 3.9% from 4.2% the prior month. Economists had forecast 4.1%.
The tech heavy Nasdaq the worst hit major average, falling 1%. China e-commerce play Pinduoduo (PDD) was doing well again, closing up more than 7%. Payments stock MercadoLibre (MELI) lagged, falling 6.2%.
The S&P 500 also fell again, closing down 0.4%. Housing play D.R. Horton (DHI) lagged most, falling 6.2%. Homebuilder stocks in general struggled. The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) surrendered 3.4%.
A majority of the S&P 500 sectors closed lower. Energy and financials performed best while technology and consumer discretionary were the worst laggards.
Small caps were also getting mauled by the bears. The Russell 2000 was down 1.2%.
But it was growth stocks that were given the worst thrashing. The Innovator IBD 50 ETF (FFTY), a bellwether for growth stocks, fell 2.7%.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average looked set to close positive before reversing late. It ended the session basically flat, ceding about five points.
Boeing (BA) was one of the top performers, rising 2%. It remains stuck beneath its 200-day moving average.
Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) was the top stock on the Dow Jones today. It closed up 2.7%. Home Depot (HD) was the biggest laggard, falling more than 2%.
Financial stocks are continuing to rally on the prospect the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates faster than previously expected.
Banking giant Bank of America managed to break past a cup-without-handle base buy point of 48.79. It ended the day above this entry after gaining 2.2%.
It formed an orderly looking pattern despite a volatile market, MarketSmith analysis shows. BAC stock’s relative strength line has just hit a new high, a bullish indicator.
While its volume is not ideal, the fact it is rising amid broader downward action is impressive.
Another stock worth watching is regional banking play Western Alliance Bancorp (WAL). It is currently building a new cup base with a 124.98 buy point.
Volume has been spiking as it forms the right side of the base, which is a good sign. It bullishly reclaimed its 50-day moving average Tuesday.
Western Alliance operates in areas including Arizona, Nevada and Southern California.
Underlining strength among financials, the Invesco KBW Bank ETF (KBWB) rose 1.6%.
Bitcoin-related stocks were falling as the cryptocurrency continued to slide. Bitcoin was trading under $42,000 after falling about 3% in the past 24 hours, according to CoinDesk.
One crumb of comfort was the fact it was off lows for the day.
The digital currency has now given up almost 40% from the levels it reached in early November.
Bitcoin plays such as Coinbase Global, Grayscale Bitcoin Trust and Riot Blockchain (RIOT) were all hit.
Cryptocurrency exchange COIN closed off lows, giving up 0.7%. GBTC fared worse, falling nearly 4%.
Bitcoin miner RIOT also ended the day off lows, giving up 0.6%.
There was some interesting movement in the media space amid upgrade and acquisition news.
Discovery roared 16.9% higher after Bank of America upgraded the stock to buy due to its mooted merger with WarnerMedia.
Analysts believe the new firm could create a strong rival to media powerhouses Netflix (NFLX) and Walt Disney (DIS) in the streaming space.
Meanwhile shares of the New York Times plunged on news it plans to buy sports news site The Athletic for $550 million. It is expected that transaction will close in the first quarter of this year.
New York Times stock ended the day near lows as it gave up 10.7%. It is now near 12-month lows.
Please follow Michael Larkin on Twitter at @IBD_MLarkin for more on growth stocks and analysis.
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Can I Buy Cryptocurrency With A Credit Card? – Forbes

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Updated: Jul 27, 2021, 9:00am
Like gold in the 1850s and .com stocks in the 1990s, it seems everyone is trying to get their hands on crypto. Purchasing cryptocurrency with a credit card is possible but can be a dangerous undertaking. Cardholders can expect fees from both sides of a transaction involving cryptocurrencies and credit cards, plus face the potential to lose money quickly due to volatile currency values and high interest rates.
We’ve combed through the leading exchange offerings, and reams of data, to determine the best crypto exchanges.
It’s best to check with a credit card issuer to find out whether it allows cardholders to purchase any type of cryptocurrency. American Express currently allows such transactions with a few strict terms. Bank of America recently changed its tune in 2020 when a Reddit user shared an image of a letter they received that stated cryptocurrency purchases would be treated as cash advances. (Note: Bank of America’s terms on this are still unclear.)
In addition to double-checking with a credit card company, crypto holders should also look for a cryptocurrency exchange willing to accept credit cards for deposits or purchases. Some only allow direct deposits from banks, cash deposits or debit card purchases. Coinmama, CEX.io and Paxful are all exchanges currently accepting credit cards.
Limitations also exist as to what types of credit cards are accepted by exchanges. Some exchanges may only take Visa or Mastercard credit cards. Paxful, for example, has a variety of Bitcoin vendors from around the world who sell on the exchange website. It’s one of the few exchanges currently accepting American Express credit cards, but acceptance on the exchange also greatly depends on the selected vendor.
Major U.S. credit card companies may not allow cardholders to purchase cryptocurrency with a credit card. Citibank, for example, blocked cardholders from using credit cards to purchase Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in 2018 fearing its volatility and the potential for fraud. Some credit card companies may even issue cash advance fees if a cardholder attempts to make a crypto purchase.
Note that some major U.S. credit card companies don’t make information on their websites easy to find regarding whether or not they allow cardholders to purchase cryptocurrencies. It’s best to call the number on the back of the card and speak to a representative. Ask clearly, directly and specifically whether or not purchasing crypto is allowed, and, if so, what types of fees will be incurred.
Some cryptocurrency exchanges don’t accept credit cards as payment, such as eToro and Coinbase.
Cardholders can expect to pay fees to both the exchange the currency is purchased with and the credit card issuer. Before making any purchases with an authorized credit card, research the exact cost for each purchase and what the monetary benefit will be (or will not be) before incurring the charge.
The exchange may charge a commission fee and/or a service fee for using a credit card to purchase or deposit crypto. For example, CEX.io is an exchange offering a handful of cryptocurrencies for purchase, including Bitcoin. Users are allowed to purchase crypto using a Visa or Mastercard credit card, but U.S. cardholders are subject to a 2.99% commission fee with a minimum purchase of $20.
Depending on the exchange, vendors within the exchange may also design fees for purchasers depending on a few factors, like where the vendor is located, the purchase amount and what type of credit card is used.
Some credit card companies allowing cardholders to make crypto purchases treat the purchases as a cash advance (cash advances usually refers to when a cardholder uses a credit card to withdraw money from an ATM). This has several disadvantages.
Let’s use common card terms as an example for the types of fees a cardholder can incur:
Other credit card risks may include:
As the cryptocurrency market evolves, so does the standard financial market. There are a few start-up credit card issuers who offer Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies as bonuses or rewards. For example, BlockFi, a younger card company, offers 1.5% Bitcoin rewards for every purchase made. They also boast Bitcoin welcome bonuses and more rewards from trading and client referrals.
Using a credit card to purchase cryptocurrency won’t make sense for most. Cardholders should consider the major disadvantages before deciding to buy crypto using a method involving a credit card. Purchasing crypto is often best accomplished using direct deposits, debit cards or wire transfers.
Credit card purchases often come with high fees that lessen the value in a good investment or reduce returns by a significant margin. Cardholders also face a high risk of burrowing themselves into deep debt that can be hard to come out of. For those who insist on using a credit card, we advise contacting a credit card representative to discuss what the repercussions will be with a specific credit card issuer and look for a cryptocurrency exchange with the best credit card rates.
We’ve combed through the leading exchange offerings, and reams of data, to determine the best crypto exchanges.
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