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Two merchants, Brian Stutland of Equity Armor Investments and Path Trading Partners’ Bob Iaccino are least concerned about the tripling of Bitcoin’s price against gold and claim gold to still be a better bet.

While gold was exchanging at $1,280, Bitcoin has soared 240 percent this year to a high of $3,288 on Wednesday. However, Stutland and Iaccino trust gold is a superior wager than Bitcoin from technical and fundamental perspectives.

“When you look at gold over the past couple of months, [it has] tracked very well [relative] to the cryptocurrency,” Stutland told CNBC’s “Futures Now.” “If you price adjust and volatility adjust, I think gold still has a little bit of catching up to do.”

Iaccino believes that bitcoin’s popularity is undeniable yet it’s still highly unstable and could easily be replaced by another cryptocurrency.

“Bitcoin, right now, is the most popular [cryptocurrency] and it is the most valuable one,” he said. “But I don’t see it as a store of value because any [other cryptocurrency platform] could come out with a slightly better technology and completely replace Bitcoin.”

Moreover, on Wednesday, gold rose more than 1 percent, being one of the biggest safety trades during times of possible chaos. Bitcoin, on the other hand, fell back to the previous gains shown this week as it drops by 3 percent.

 

News credits: cnbc.com

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Bitcoin and Games – Is Bitcoin making things More Difficult for Gamers?

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As digital currencies are creating momentum between a higher user base and getting fame within the non-virtual world, there are also some unexpected effects. For a supporter of Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency by market cap, more users of Bitcoin mean a more competitive and a greater market, as well as other examples of brick and mortar stores, are also taking on Bitcoin.

This shows that Bitcoin users can spend their coins without converting it into fiat currency and more easily as time goes on. Furthermore, a higher demand for Bitcoin creates a greater number of potential and Bitcoin miners are hoping to capitalize on the increased interest.

On the other side, some people are feeling negative pressure due to these developments, and one these groups are computer gamers.

Competition in Gaming and Mining Operations:

There is a question, why would Bitcoin fame make thing difficult for gamers? It comes down to basics as hardware costs for gamers are going high as demand for powerful rigs and in some particular graphics cards has driven prices up. It shows that gamers and Bitcoin miners both require some expensive hardware in order to run their operations most effectively.

Some professional and amateur miners have set up a huge number of rigs around the world, everyone working on complicated mathematical problems in order to get Bitcoin as a reward. The mining rigs use particular graphics cards as AMD RX 400/500 series, the increasing interest in mining has flooded the market with demand requests to purchase those cards. Many sellers in the market are out of stock completely, and the cards which are available have high prices.

Why Do Gamers Feel the Pressure?

On the other hand, the gamers use similar graphics cards for a different purpose. Many of the gamers felt the pressure of higher prices on the graphics cards and other different hardware items which they need in gaming.

However, one of the largest manufacturers of graphics cards “ASUS”, recently declared plans to introduce a new series of products with digital currency mining in mind. This may guide to the new generation of graphics cards with different focus dependent on whether the user is going to mine or to game.

As interest in mining is growing day by day, it is questionable that the pressure will abate. But in such situation, maybe gamers will get that their graphics cards are not much expensive any longer.

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Bitfinex: Hong-Kong Based Crypto Exchange Will Not Support Petro

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On 27th March, a public statement was issued by Bitfinex, in which it stated that the platform won’t be supporting the “oil-backed” Petro token, which was launched in February by the Venezuela government.

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Bitfinex is a Hong-Kong based crypto exchange trading as well as currency-storage platform, which was established in 2014 and since then, it’s been the largest platform for Bitcoin.

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Bitfinex Blog Post

On Bitfinex, the statement was posted:

“The government of Venezuela (“GOV”) has recently introduced the Petro token (“PTR”), which purports to be a cryptocurrency backed by oil.”

In this blog post, which was posted on 27th March, the world’s number four crypto-exchange by trade volume (24-hour), clearly explained their decision, stating the fact that recently, the US had banned all of its citizens from buying Petro cryptocurrency, as well as other Venezuelan digital currencies similar to Petro that could be introduced anytime in future. It was written by the exchange that it perceives the coin as it has limited utility.

“We have never had plans to include the PTR or similar tokens in the Bitfinex trading platform. In light of the U.S. sanctions and the other clear sanctions risks of dealing in these products, Bitfinex will not list or transact the PTR or other similar digital tokens.”

According to the Bitfinex team, the limitations are not only applicable to the US clients, but also to the consumers of the platform. They are also linked to all of the activities on the platform, like;

  • Deposits
  • Financing
  • Trading
  • Withdrawals

The platform also further added that regardless of location, all of its employees and contractors are also banned from transacting in the Petro. This news from the crypto-exchange Bitfinex follows the latest exploratory work by “Time magazine” that connects the Petro cryptocurrency to the Russian government.

There is a huge bank of indications to advocate that this digital currency issued by Venezuelan is a Russian experiment in sanction dodging. According to Time Magazine, Russia have been considering to use cryptocurrency to dodge the sanctions globally, however, they decided to assess the idea in a state, when there’s very little to lose.

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Ethereum Mining Step by Step

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Before following the provided mining steps, here are some important information you should keep in mind before mining:

  • Mining process takes a lot of electricity and you should concern about this.
  • For the process, you should have an Ethereum mining calculator.
  • There must be a portion of free space on the hard drive of your computer. About 30 GB will be enough for the blockchain and other software.

The Ethereum Mining Procedure:

1st Step:

You will have to download Geth. Geth will help you as a communication hub, connecting you to the Ethereum platform even coordinating your hardware and reporting any development which requires action on your part.

2nd Step:

Usually, Geth received as a zip file. You have to unzip and transfer the file to HDD. The drive C: is usually best for this.

3rd Step:

For the execution of the installed application, you need the command prompt. Search for ‘CMD’ in Windows if you’re if you don’t know about this, from the search list click on it.

4th Step:

‘C:\Users\Username>’ the username is the name of your computer system and it is the usual display format by command terminal. The next step is to locate Geth, type in ‘cd/’ in the command prompt terminal, it’s an instruction for change directory. ‘C:\>’ must be highlighted now, which shows you’re currently in the C: drive.

5th Step:

The next step is “Account Creation”. To make a call to Geth, you have to type in ‘Geth Account New’ which followed by the enter key. The command terminal will now display ‘C:\> Geth account new’.

6th Step:

A password will be required from you at this stage. Some extra attention should be taken here. Make sure to your password, if possible write it down, and don’t forget to type it in carefully. Press enter button once again after putting the password. Your new have generated.

7th step:

Geth needs to connect with the network before anything turn into fully operational. Just type ‘Geth -RPC’ in the terminal, then press enter, this will start the download the blockchain of Ethereum and synchronizing with the global network. It is a time intensive process and it’s dependent on how large blockchain is currently and your internet connection’s speed. You have to wait to make sure the completion of this process before mining.

8th Step:

You need a mining software to proceed, which will help your GPU in running the required hash algorithm on the platform. For this heavy lifting “Ethminer” is a good choice.

9th Step:

Install a mining software of your choice for this mining procedure.

10th step:

Repeat 4th step in a new command (change directory command) terminal. For a new command terminal, make a right click on the icon of previously active terminal found in the taskbar and at that time click on the terminal from the menu.

11th Step:

Type ‘cd prog’ in the new terminal window followed by the tab key. ‘C:\>cd prog’ will be on display, press tab key again to display ‘C:/>cd” Program Files” ‘after this press the enter key to show ‘C:\Program Files>’.

12th Step:

Type ‘cd cpp’ to go into Ethereum mining software folder, then the tabs and the enter keys. You have to press tab once again and the terminal will now display ‘C:\Program Files\cpp-ethereum>’.

13th Step:

Start mining with GPU, type ‘ethminer -G’ followed by the enter key. This will start the mining process after creating the Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG), which is a huge file stored in RAM of your GPU to make it ASIC resistant. Make sure that there is enough space on your HDD before getting to this point.

14th Step:

Lastly, if you are going for it, CPU mining can be done. You have to type ‘ETHMINER’ then press the enter key to start the process. The creation of the DAG is still compulsory in this step after that Geth takes over communication with Ethminer.

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Floyd Mayweather – SEC Charges Legendary Boxer with ICO Fraud

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The U.S. SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) has filed charges against the Centra Tech ICO (Initial Coin Offering), claiming that the legendary boxer, Floyd Mayweather promoted a token sale, which was allegedly a sham security offering.

According to the SEC complaint, the co-founders of Centra ICO are involved in the ICO fraud and made material misstatements as well as omissions that were intended to trick the investors whereas, the Centra ICO was also an “unregistered securities offering.”

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SEC Ceases ICO

According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Centra only pretended to have relationships with major financial institutions and lied about it. The major financial institutions which sent Centra several cease-and-desist letters are:

  • Visa
  • Bancorp
  • Mastercard

In addition to that, some of the executives showed in Centra’s advertising materials were also fake. The co-director of SEC’s Division of Enforcement, Stephanie Avakian stated:

“We allege that Centra sold investors on the promise of new digital technologies by using a sophisticated marketing campaign to spin a web of lies about their supposed partnerships with legitimate businesses.”

Furthermore, he added:

“As the complaint alleges, these and other claims were simply false.”

The Securities and Exchange Commission originally subpoenaed Centra in the month of February as part of its wide-investigation into ICOs.

Centra ICO Dependence

The Centra ICO is quite well-known because of its use of celebrity endorsements to advertise its product. Floyd Mayweather, who is known as a legendary boxing champion and has made paid-endorsements for numerous ICOs, had worked a lot on the promotion of the token sale on various social media platforms and got more than 5,600 like and 1,500 retweets. DJ Khaled was also hired by Centra for the promotion of the ICOs; however, no celebrity was named in the summons.

Steve Peikin also stated:

“As we allege, the defendants relied heavily on celebrity endorsements and social media to market their scheme…. Endorsements and glossy marketing materials are no substitute for the SEC’s registration and disclosure requirements as well as diligence by investors.”

The SEC has also cautioned that some of these ICO endorsements by celebrities might be illegitimate especially if the parties don’t make any obligatory public disclosures. On the other hand, Mayweather’s tweet promoting the token sale, such as, doesn’t specify that it is a paid advertisement.

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