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World’s biggest community of Bitcoin miners, China, is cracking down on cryptocurrency. A proactive step has been taken by regulators for shaping the stratospheric increase of Bitcoin. According to President Xi Jinping, there’s been booms and busts in the economy for a decade. As a result, the role of China in the cryptocurrency’s world is going down.

Is it allowed to trade Bitcoin in China?

Bitcoin can be traded only in over-the-counter markets. According to some analysts, it is a slower process that increases the credit risk.

Is China anti-cryptocurrency?

Not really. A bank named “The People’s Bank of China” has run trials of its own prototype cryptocurrency, as it is a prime step to being the very first central bank, that is going to issue digital money.

What is China doing exactly?

Well, China banned initial coin offerings (ICOs), that are equal to initial public offerings for new virtual currencies. Later, it stopped local exchanges from trading cryptocurrencies and also delineated proposals to dampen bitcoin mining. Then it moved to Chinese companies that were listed in abroad skirting to stop its domestic ban on ICOs. Now it’s intended by the officials to block the domestic access to mobile apps and other online platforms that offer such services for cryptocurrencies.

Companies that promote themselves as blockchains, to boost their shares are also being targeted by domestic stock exchanges. It’s a part of an effort by agencies like China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, central bank and the cyberspace administration.

 Bitcoin Value in China

 

What is the reason behind the crackdown in China?

Cleaning risks from financial markets have been government’s statement for almost two years, but there’s been no clear explanation yet. The thriving shadow banking sector is also among the main concerns of the government, although digital currencies also provide a way to move money out of China.

 

Where else are officials clamping down?

South Korean is known as the home of most of the frantic cryptocurrency trading. Some banks are being inspected because of the allegation of money laundering and the country is considering to close such cryptocurrency exchanges. Also, in the past year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission started to work fast on digital token sales.

What’s the effect of China’s actions?

Because of inexpensive power and cheap labour, miners gathered to China, but now they may have to look somewhere else. Bitmain is running China’s two major Bitcoin-mining collectives and is setting up district HQs in Singapore. The #3 mining pool, also known as “BTC. Top” is also opening a facility in Canada. Wallet services and bitcoin exchanges in the country are also leaving. Also, they’re setting up over-the-counter shops in Hong Kong and in other areas of Singapore/South Korea.

What about cryptocurrency prices?

The prices appeared to shrug off the news of increased regulations in China. However, according to analysts, the growing tide of regulation has a hefty impact on digital currencies and it’s also helping in explaining the hefty losses since the starting of 2018.

Story credit: fortune.com

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Bitcoin Transaction Stuck? Don’t Panic! Here’s what you need to do

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Bitcoin Transaction Stuck

 

The number of transactions on the Bitcoin network has rapidly increased over the past couple of years. With more blocks filling up, all the transactions cannot be included in the blockchain at once.

Transactions that pay the highest fees are usually included in the blocks first and transactions with comparatively lower fees are made to wait until they find a new block. These transactions remain in the mempool of miners until their turn is up.

This gets the user quite irritated as some low fees transactions may take around days or weeks to confirm. But here’s what you can do if you happen to have your bitcoin transaction stuck.

Before You Send The Request:

Most wallets had a fixed fee of 0.1 mBTC during the early years of Bitcoin. Back then, miners had spare space in their blocks due to which they were able to accommodate more transactions in the first block itself that they mined.

Although, because of the increased competition for block space right now, the 0.1 milli bitcoin transaction fee is insufficient to have a transaction included in the next block. So, transactions with higher fees are taken up.

If you want to have your transaction confirmed faster, the obvious advice is to increase your amount. You may be able to adjust your fees manually when you send your transaction.

Also, check to see if your wallet includes dynamic fees.

Recently, most wallets are said to support dynamic fees. According to Bitcoin network, these wallets automatically include a fee that is estimated to have a transaction included in the next block or maybe in the upcoming blocks.

Several wallets let you decide your fee priority, again, a higher fee lets your transaction confirm faster.

After You’ve Sent it:

After you’ve sent your transaction and it happens to be stuck, that transaction can be made to skip the queue. This can be made possible using an option called Opt-In Reference-by-Fee (Opt-In RBF). Using this method, you can re-send the same transaction, but with a higher fee. Usually, when you re-send the same transaction, Bitcoin nodes detect this new transaction a double spend and therefore reject it. Although, by sending it using Opt-In RBF, you are explaining to the network that you may re-send that same transaction later on but with a higher fee. As a result, most Bitcoin nodes now accept the new transaction; allowing the new transaction to jump or skip the queue.

But, do remember, not all miners support Opt-In RBF, so your new transaction does depend on the hands of the new miner that mines that next block.

Electrum and GreenAddress are two wallets currently supporting the Opt-In RBF option. You will need to enable Opt-In RBF in the settings menu of your wallet, before proceeding any further with the transaction.

If Opt-In RBF doesn’t do the trick, then another solution would be Child Pay for Parent, CPFP. By applying this method, miners don’t pick a transaction with a high fee, but a set of transactions that include most combined fees.

As a Receiver:

Lastly, a Bitcoin transaction can also get stuck on the receiving end of it. If your wallet allows you to spend Bitcoin unconfirmed transactions, this can be solved with CPFP as well. If the new fee is sufficient, the transaction is supposed to complete within a couple of blocks.

 

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ICO Coins: Utility Tokens vs Security Tokens

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Back in 2017, a boom in ICO creation was seen as hundreds of companies that were formed on the Blockchain with its attached digital currency were born in the form of an investable token. SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) already had a closer look at the ICOs token and has declared them securities in most cases. Not every token that is being developed off the Blockchain should have that quality that directs it to be categorized as securities. Only a few other types of tokens are available that can be built off the Blockchain and one of them are utility tokens.

Although there are more than two types of tokens, it’s still essential to improve these two types, as they can be used in defining a new token that comes through an ICO- the security and utility token. To understand the divergence between these two tokens, a direction can be selected by ICO that can work better for them.

utility tokens

What is Security Token?

If a value of crypto-token originates from an external tradable asset, it is categorized as a security token. If we look at the DAO tokens from 2016, it was declared by SEC that ICO tokens might be a subject to federal securities laws. ICO tokens never meant to be securities, but the chairman of SEC, Jay Clayton, noted that every ICO token that SEC has seen so far is considered as security and clarified, that if a crypto-asset that is allotted by a company upsurges in worth over time, depending on the company’s performance, it is also considered as security.

What is Utility Token?

Utility tokens are another style of tokens that serve a role in various cases where there’s a requirement of the security token. A utility token represents the future access to a service or a product of the company. The characteristic that defines the utility tokens is that they’re not intended for investments. If they’re properly organized, then this characteristic frees utility tokens from federal laws governing securities.

You can also say that utility tokens are the coupons for the company. It’s basically a token that is different from the typical ICO token that is being used by many at this time. Despite the fact that it’s not perfect for every company, there are still many examples where utility tokens have a great place against the security tokens.

Should you choose utility over security?

Many companies rely on the “securities” but still, there are many companies that will not do the same. There is a collection of multiple types of utility tokens as each of them has different features that could include the needs of ICO. So, it’s really important to split the tokens into fungible or non-fungible.

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Legendary Move by “Legends Club” In Las Vegas – Becomes The First Club To Install Bitcoin ATM

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Bitcoin ATM

Over the last few years, Bitcoin has seen an incredible growth in popularity. Numerous stores, corporations, and businesses have started accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment. But this is not the only interesting part. What’s more intriguing is the fact that Bitcoin is no longer confined to only  business community. The currency is starting to take on the entertainment industry just as well.

According to the latest news from LV, a Las Vegas-based club has installed a Bitcoin ATM and is planning to register members through Blockchain.

Peter Klamka – the owner of Legends Club stated: “It was an easy choice to make. The club is recently opened and judging by the traffic, it only seemed a natural location. It was something that I had always planned and there wouldn’t be a better time to pull this move off.”

Looking at Klamka’s history, it’s pretty obvious that the guy is filled with passion for Bitcoin. He operates a company named Bitcoin Direct, LLC, and had also installed a Bitcoin ATM in Mixed Martial Arts Studio in Las Vegas.

Interesting fact: The ATM is branded with one of the club’s strippers – adding some extra flavor to it. The members are also calling it the “Porn Star ATM”. The Porn Star ATM is the second that Klamka has branded. First one was Mike Tyson’s ATM.

While talking about his plans, Klamka proposed that he is also considering to brand sports and celebrity ATMs.

“I also think branded ATMs of any kind will bring new audiences and new users to digital currency,” he said. “Nick Blomgren (who runs the Legends Club as well as the mixed martial arts studio) and some of these performers are more willing to experiment and test ideas.”

“It is similar to branded slot machines that are everywhere in Vegas and in casinos in general,” Klamka said. “In a longer term, it will encourage business to embrace digital currency there are no chargebacks frauds and transaction fees are extremely low.”

“The goal is to make an item for organizations to help drive the business forward,” Klamka told CCN. “We’ve seen individuals wanting to take pictures beside these ATMs.”

“I also think that branded ATMs of any sort will pull new users towards cryptocurrency,” he said. ”

Why It Seemed Such a Perfect Fit?

The MMA community is closely allied with the club, and given the popularity of Bitcoin amongst the MMA community, it only seems natural to have a Bitcoin ATM at the club.

Famer Stephen Bonnar – club executive and UFC hall of Famer – has close ties with MMA fighters and is always working to assemble the MMA fighters as hosts, friends, and members of the club.

Bitcoin and Strip Clubs:

The Legends Room is possibly the first strip club in the world to accept Bitcoin payments in addition to accepting traditional payments for services that the club provides.

Moreover, the club is also working on the idea of registering membership through blockchain. The approach will allow the owners of Las Vegas nightclubs to rent memberships just like real estate.

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A History of Bitcoin Soft Forks and Hard Forks

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Brief History of Bitcoin

Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency, which was launched in 2009 by a mysterious developer, with a name “Satoshi Nakamoto.” Since the creation of Bitcoin, it has inspired thousands of other cryptocurrencies (generally called altcoins) and has gained an enormous acceptance across the world.

bitcoin blockchain

Though some altcoins have copied some aspects from the original concept of Satoshi, other altcoins also made significant development on the Bitcoin model. However, in some cases, some altcoins are just a copy of bitcoin and have the similar underlying program – but at the same time, they are a bit different from the original Bitcoin. In such cases, the bitcoin blockchain should undergo a procedure which is called “forking.”

Forking

  • In forking process, Bitcoin blockchain divided itself into two distinct entities.
  • Through forking, numerous cryptos with a similar name to Bitcoin were generated, including; bitcoin gold and bitcoin cash.
  • It may be a bit difficult for a casual investor to differentiate amid these cryptos and to plan the dissimilar hard forks on a timeline.

What is Genesis Block?

  • After Bitcoin was created, the first block was referred to as “Genesis Block.” It was mined on the Bitcoin blockchain by Satoshi.
  • Satoshi made many changes to the Bitcoin network in this process and those changes have now become even more complex as the userbase of Bitcoin has fully-fledged.
  • Not one can regulate when and how Bitcoin should upgrade, and this makes the entire process of changing/updating the system a little bit more complex.
  • Even after the creation of Genesis Block, a number of hard forks still existed.
  • Hard fork included the upgrading of software executing bitcoin and its mining processes.
  • Once a software is upgraded by a user, that software version discards all other transaction from older software and generates a new branch of the bitcoin blockchain.
  • However, users who use the older software are still going to continue to process transactions, henceforth, there’d be a similar set of transactions going on across two different Blockchains.

Bitcoin XT

  • This is one of the most notable Bitcoin hard forks.
  • In 2014, Mike Hearn made the software for integrating some of the new features that he proposed.
  • At that time, Bitcoin allowed only 7 transactions-per-second.
  • Bitcoin XT was intended to allow 24 transactions-per-second.
  • Bitcoin XT primarily experienced a great success after its launch, with almost 1,000 nodes running its software (back in 2015).
  • However, just after few months, users lost interest in Bitcoin XT, making it ‘doomed to die.’
  • Even though Bitcoin XT is officially available today, but it has visibly tumbled out of the errand of crypto community.

Bitcoin Classic

  • After Bitcoin XT failed, few cryptocurrency community members demanded an increase in the block sizes.

To accomplish this goal, Bitcoin Classic was created in 2016.

  • Unlike Bitcoin XT, Bitcoin Classic intended to raise block size to only 2 megabytes.
  • Just like Bitcoin XT, Bitcoin Classic also saw initial interest with almost 2,000 nodes for few months in 2016.
  • Bitcoin Classic still exists today and has gained a strong support from some developers.

SegWit

  • In 2015, Bitcoin core developer, Peter Wuille introduced the idea of SegWit (Segregated Witness).
  • SegWit aims to reduce the size of all Bitcoin transactions, letting more transactions to come off at the same time.
  • However, SegWit was officially a soft fork and might have assisted in prompting hard forks after it was initially proposed.

Bitcoin Cash

  • Some community users and developers decided to introduce a hard fork in response to SegWit, as well as to evade the procedure-updates.
  • This, at the same time led to the creation of Bitcoin Cash.
  • Bitcoin Cash detached from the main blockchain in August 2017 – when Bitcoin transactions were excluded by Bitcoin Cash wallets.
  • Up till now, Bitcoin Cash is the most effective and successful hard fork of Bitcoin.
  • Bitcoin Cash is also the 4th largest cryptocurrency by market cap and allows blocks of 8 megabytes.

Bitcoin Gold

  • After the creation of Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold was created.
  • The creators of Bitcoin Gold intended to evoke the mining functionality with elementary GPU (Graphics Processing Units) since they experienced that mining became also particular – in terms of hardware necessities.
  • Post-mine is an exclusive feature of the Bitcoin Gold and a procedure through which the developers mined 100,000 coins.
  • In general, Bitcoin Gold follows the basic concepts of Bitcoin.
  • Also, it is different in terms of ‘proof-of-work algorithm.’

As Bitcoin has been forked quite a few times within few years, there is a possibility that Bitcoin would still continuously experience both soft forks and hard forks in the future.

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Ethereum Hits a New All-time High While Bitcoin Market Share Slips to Below 50 Percent

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Ethereum’s price made the headlines on Tuesday as news of it hitting a new all-time high circulated the web. On the other hand, Bitcoin’s market share dropped below 50 percent for the first time in over a month.

From $19,130 on Monday to $18,191 on Tuesday morning, bitcoin’s price declined by nearly $1000. A 5 percent decline was observed within 24 hours which reduced bitcoin’s market cap to $304.7 billion. While the reason is still unsure, it is observed that the global average bitcoin price has hit $20,000 in several instances unlike the BTC/USD in major exchanges such as Bitfinex and Bitstamp.

Ethereum Takes the Crypto-Verse by A Storm:

As for Ethereum, it had been hovering around $300 for quite some time while Bitcoin was surging. But, the cryptocurrency took December by a storm and ripped the charts by surpassing $800, first touching at $882 then finally settling at $824. Showing a 24-hour gain of 12 percent, with a market cap of $79.5 billion.

Bitcoin Cash Following Closely Behind at $2,500:

Ethereum was not the only altcoin to shine at bitcoin’s fall-out, bitcoin cash price showed an impressive rally of 21 percent. Enabling the altcoin market to rise by $25 million and making their combined valuation to touchdown at $300 billion for the very first time.

By Tuesday morning, bitcoin cash’s price had settled down to $2292 and a $38.7 billion market cap.

In addition, Ripple and Litecoin were also one of the lucky altcoins to benefit from bitcoin’s expense by experiencing an increase of four percent and seven percent respectively. Ripple’s market share now lying at $30.5 billion and Litecoin’s at $18.7 billion.

Surprisingly, besides Bitcoin, the rest of these altcoins had experienced a great rally on Tuesday. While none of them have actually been successful enough to throw off the biggest cryptocurrency, they’re set out to be great competitors.

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