Bitcoin has started the month by hitting an all-time high of $1500, with maintaining its peak at $1441.39 in the month of April. The announcement of Japan officially recognizing Bitcoin as a legal payment method and that Russia’s lawmakers plan to release their ban off Bitcoin, has been extremely beneficial to Bitcoin’s new climb.
However, it’s opposing Altcoins are having their share of the spotlight as well.
Ethereum’s Ether is the second largest digital currency. It recently crossed its $15 mark and has reached its new target of $80. This has created a buzz in the cryptocurrency world and merchants might even adopt this currency side by side. Further testing and improvements, to the Ethereum’s blockchain, are said to be taking place in the future. All in all, this might give the currency an even bigger boost in the coming weeks.
The Ripple network is being embraced by a large number of financial institutions to process domestic and cross-border payments. This has caused a sharp increase in the digital currency. It had an impressive jump from $0.0054 on March 1 to $0.054 on May 1.
Litecoin was created to be the “silver” to bitcoin’s “gold”. It’s been having an impressive rally, ever since the talk of “SegWit Implementation” has begun. The price of Litecoin has jolted from $6.74, to surpass the $15 mark on April 25.
Today, as we watch bitcoin alternative becoming increasingly popular, the amount of in-flight trade in goods using Bitcoin means that the value must increase in order to cover the value of the goods. As there is a limited supply of Bitcoin and the supply will only increase slowly over time to a maximum of 21 million, the increase in trade volumes will result in an increase in Bitcoin value.
While Altcoins are drawing a lot of attention towards themselves, let’s not forget that they are also riskier investments than bitcoin, because after all, they are untested and relatively unstable. Also, their prices can drop faster than they rose.
This is something to keep in mind when making your next altcoin currency in the current market state.
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By creating its own entity and reputation blockchain finally enter to the typical awareness in 2017. No doubt, blockchain has the capacity to change industrial operating models. Whereas, the distributed ledger industry grew up throughout the year. However, most of the companies are still stuck in survey phase. In addition, are unable to bring fascination into the reality because they are charmed by its beauty.
The primary application is still in banking. 15% of the banks have the plan to put blockchain into the commercial production by 2017. Whereas, 91% of banks are investing in blockchain technology. The world economic forum estimates that 80% of banks are actively working on blockchain technology.
Technology is evolving, $1.4bn invested in blockchain technology startups across different sectors. Whereas, it is not only financing that blockchain is set to disrupt.
Investor look more use cases
Funding to blockchain increases day by day. According to the latest report of KMPG and GB, plus of fintech Q3 ‘16’ investment of this technology fell to $87 million in the third quarter of 2016. $119 in the second quarter and $153 in the first quarter. This is expected thatThe fall specifies that investors are beginning to grow anxious that exploration is not translating into action. In addition, excitement remains the same, this is what the report said.
The report says, ‘To-date, however, the ability to move blockchain from proof-of-concept to adoption and production has been minimal. While the market is still giving blockchain companies plenty of room to prove themselves. Investors are also becoming more concerned about results’. In addition, ‘Over the next year, investors will make more rational assessments of where the main use cases associated with fintech are and how long it will be before they are implementable.’
Growth in Asia
In North, Asia blockchain has received more attentions as compare to other. Where a number of the financial institutions are investing in blockchain related projects. In China, with record breaking of fintech investment, increases for each of the past four quarters. And, there is still a room for growth in Asia in 2017. Accordingly, KPMG China’s fintech investor and innovation partner say that investor is still interested in investment. Not only in massive rounds CV investors are investing in small blockchain technology companies in Asia. Few of them companies are at the second or third round of funding. These small projects are starting to lead the large investment. A Chinese investor has made an investment of $1.7 million for Taiwanese startup Bitmark. A trend may continue in next year.
Companies like Uber and Airbnb provide the services by linking consumers with their needs. They are still playing the role of the middle person. Accordingly, they still take a cut. Whereas, blockchain is entirely different from all this. It has the ability to remove the middle person from needs and its satisfactions. Which clearly means that someone needs take their full dues.
For example, arcade city is the new ride-sharing app that connects the customers with drivers by using Ethereum blockchain. Christopher David, Arcade city’s driver, a former Uber driver says that ‘The Achilles’ heel of Uber and Lyft is their centralized management of pricing. By decentralizing that decision to the level of the driver and rider, Arcade City frees the driver to be an entrepreneur and empowers the rider with control over their entire experience. Both drivers and riders are loving it so far’. May of this year, Arcade city become first in blockchain startup at GTEC awards.
In the same way, blockchain allows an artist to upload, sell or market their work without any middle authority. Edith Suarez of CNN discuss about the blockchain transparency, which other platforms failed to provide, ‘Music is placed in the decentralized server, then each song is embedded with a piece of code (meta information) […] [When people download] a track with a cryptocurrency, a payment is automatically sent to anyone involved, be it the writer, the producer, the singer, as well as many others.’’
Now, government and establishment fail to maintain their trust in the public. In that scenario, public related information should be held in transparent easily available manner. Where anyone will have the ability to verify the ledger and also have the copies of that data.
Most of the countries in the world want to move their currencies to blockchain trend. And, they are also exploring the other areas of the government. A prominent example of this year is, Governor Jack Markell, announce two blockchain initiatives. Whereas, Estonia use the blockchain technology to enhance an e-residency program. In addition, anyone from anywhere in the world can apply to become e-resident of Estonia.
Environment takes shape
In 2016 Japan’s legislatures pass a bill to regulate bitcoin in a country. Furthermore, with the adoption and popularity of bitcoin, they have a plan to focus on security and other risk issues. While regulators are trying to provide a transparent system. Not only Japan is starting working on digital world but US, South Korea and many more countries trying to provide a transparent system to the public.
Education and collaboration
Education is the biggest challenge while blockchain is still new in market trends. There are security issues, companies must not put off or panic if proof of concept does not reveal themselves immediately. They are going to improve their work and understandings with other companies. Early adopters of any technology get benefits. That is why organizations need to know how they can use blockchain technology as soon as possible.
When making an online transaction, several people like to stay anonymous for various reasons. And to achieve anonymity, they tend to use Bitcoin – a peer to peer, decentralized, digital currency.
It is often said about Bitcoin that it provides complete anonymity – which is not true. The Bitcoin transactions are not completely anonymous. They are made through Bitcoin exchanges. And the exchanges involved in a transaction may request you to provide your personal information, such as email address, a photo of yours, government ID, etc. and by using this information, they can trace and keep track of all your Bitcoin transactions.
(Learn about what are the top Bitcoin exchanges to trade coins)
To sort this out, we are going to discuss here some simple methods that will help you make anonymous transactions. Read carefully.
Stay Anonymous – Buy Bitcoin with Cash:
Wondering how to buy Bitcoin anonymously? Use cash! Yes, this is one of the simplest methods to buy Bitcoin anonymously. However, cash is not the only option – there are some other methods too, and we are going to discuss three of the most common ones here.
Buy Bitcoin Through ATM:
The ATMs give you complete anonymity to buy Bitcoin through cash. The machines don’t require any personal information or something else that a third party can trace. All you have to do is to go to your nearest ATM and make the transaction.
To buy the coins, all you have to do is enter your Bitcoin address and the number of coins you wish to buy. If you don’t have an address, just specify that you don’t have one and the machine will automatically generate a paper address for you.
Later on, using that address, you can import the private key and transfer your bitcoins to PayPal, or wherever you like.
Buy Through Local Bitcoin:
Another way to buy Bitcoin anonymously is Local Bitcoins. It’s a way of buying cryptocurrency through cash and in person. Through Local Bitcoins, you can find someone who is willing to sell bitcoins in exchange for cash in or near your area.
In order to use the service, you will need to sign up to their website. There is no documentation involved, so the process is completely untraceable.
Use Your Prepaid Card to Buy Bitcoin:
Prepaid credit card is another option to stay anonymous. The card is easily available at any supermarket or a convince store. Once you have the card, you can use it to buy the cryptocurrency without having to provide any personal information.
Some Methods That Are Just Partially Anonymous:
If you don’t have access to the above-mentioned methods, you can use the ones that are partially anonymous. These methods don’t require you to provide any ID. However, a phone number is still needed to enjoy the service.
Let’s take a look at some of them down below:
Wall of Coins:
A peer to peer Bitcoin exchange which only requires your phone number to use the service. Wall of coins currently operates only in Latvia, US, Argentina, Canada, Poland, Philippines, and Germany.
Acts like an escrow between a buyer and a seller. BitQuick takes the cryptocurrency from a seller and instructs the buyer to deposit cash into the seller’s account. Once the cash is deposited, the coins are released.
BitQuick also requires your phone number for its services.
These are some ways to trade Bitcoin with complete/partial anonymity. If you are looking to buy coins without being traced, it will solve most of your problems.
The Blockchain is the underlying technology of all the cryptocurrencies – mainly Bitcoin and Ethereum. The technology is full of potential to revolutionize everything that belongs to our daily life: billing systems, contracts to supply chains, and electronic medical records are just a few to name.
Understanding the Concept of Blockchain:
Blockchain primarily comprises of a system of distributed records which helps share information in a peer to peer fashion. The paramount reason behind Blockchain’s growing appeal is its security and verifiability. The system does not allow its users the deletion or updating the items from a Blockchain at later dates which ultimately creates a conclusive environment for digital transactions.
In essence, Blockchain works by allowing the users to add transactions to a block of code. After the addition of each transaction, a temper-proof audit log comes into place using a cryptographic hash. Meanwhile, all the participants at the blockchain network are presented with a replica of that block to help them validate their transactions.
Moreover, the technology also offers its users the automation of process such as payments, receipts, and invoicing for a smooth business process.
The Areas of Growing Interest for Blockchain:
Business interest in Blockchain is growing due to the potential game changing features it offers such as ‘digital mesh’. The Digital Mesh is basically an integration that occurs between individuals, content, services, and devices. The requirement of the new business model is to cope with the world that is tightly connected and Blockchain offers this exact same thing.
Another area of interest is the decentralized business networks. A large portion of the business is the dispersed participants across a network. For a smooth traffic of information from one node to another, we would need to automate the business transactions. Intriguingly, Blockchain can solve this problem for us.
The third most important area of interest is making business transactions more transparent. To achieve this, we need a way where we can conduct the transactions openly and with integrity. The Blockchain is the best option to do so.
What are the Key Areas of Use?
There are a number of areas in which Blockchain technology can help improve the modern business concept.
The ‘Smart Contracts’ of Blockchain allows a transaction to trigger an action within a business system without having the need of human assistance.
Example: Automatic creation of receipts for payments received.
Another area of use is the supporting product provenance. We can use Blockchain to track the progress of a product from delivery of raw materials to its final shape. Such as keeping track of suppliers, manufacturers, distribution, and finally the delivery to the end customer.
In conclusion, Blockchain undoubtedly has much to offer. However, the implementation of it is completely dependent on us. The sooner we find out a way to implement Blockchain, the better it is for our business community.
Early this year, Facebook cryptocurrency news turned really bad when Facebook started to ban all sorts of cryptocurrency advertisements. Soon Google and Twitter followed Facebook and also did the same thing. No doubt it was a disheartening step for the crypto industry, moreover it was not the way how Facebook routinely works. All these restrictions were an effort to prevent scams and protect its users from crypto based frauds, according to Facebook. On the other hand Facebook was itself not following the rules and regulations which could fulfill the ethical requirements.
We all know that Facebook has a long list of power abuse, even its platform is infested with alot of suspicious industries including abusive and misleading political articles and porn stories of all sorts. Even, Facebook has been declared an unsafe place for our younger generation according to many critics, in that scenario, Mr. Zuckerberg is in no position to dictate others about what is ethically best for its users. Recently Facebook has been involved in the interference of Russian elections and the ultimate Cambridge Analytica scandal, according to which it leaked the confidential data of its users without their permission. Due to this irresponsible behaviour, Zuckerberg had to give testimony to Congress. This was not an ordinary testimony and was comprised of a set of strict questions by various Congressmen and the answers delivered by the founder of Facebook. For your interest we have summed up this conversation in the form of following brief article.
The Social Responsibility of Facebook
First of all the recent public blunders of Facebook were brought under discussion, the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the controversy around Russian trolls’ attempts to manipulate the US domestic political discussion being on the top of the list.
In short the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal involves the collection of personally identifiable information of up to 87 million Facebook users. The Cambridge Analytica started work on it in 2014 and from that time began collecting the set of informations. Facebook helped in all that procedure and provided the data of its users to the Cambridge Analytica. The scandal played a significant role in the incitement of public discussions on ethical standards of Facebook.
Response of Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg apologized for his irresponsible and non professional attitude which gave rise to the situation with Cambridge Analytica, calling it a “breach of trust.” He also assured the Congressmen to make all the necessary changes in Facebook policy to prevent similar mishaps in the future.
Mark Zuckerberg also admitted that it was his personal mistake that he didn’t do enough to prevent the data breach and no other person from his organization was involved in it.