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Bitcoin price has rebounded from $6,500 to $7,034 with the market cap of $125 billion, at this very moment. Other smaller cryptocurrencies including VeChain and Steem have somehow surpassed bitcoin with a 50% and 25% surge in value, respectively, while other major cryptocurrencies like Ethereum, EOS, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, and Litecoin have also performed quite well over the past few days.

Bitcoin Price Surge

Since 30th March, bitcoin couldn’t surpass the $7,000 mark, due to its low volume.  However, on 25th March, Bitcoin price achieved $9,000, with comparatively strong volumes on the cryptocurrency exchanges. But since then, the price of bitcoin has seen a constant decline. Even though the price of Bitcoin went to $8,800 but then again, it failed to sustain momentum and its price fell to $6,400.

For surpassing the $7,500-mark, Bitcoin will have to sustain its volume for the next few days, then it will be able to move back to the $8,000 mark.  At this time, the RSI (Relative Strength Index) of bitcoin is at 39.2 however, earlier, it was at 30, indicating oversold situations. Bitcoin is currently being traded in a neutral zone, also the top-cryptocurrency hasn’t shown any overwhelming sell volumes.

Therefore, the next few days are going to be really important for bitcoin, as its value has increased over the past 48 hours, and according to bitcoin’s MACD (Moving Average Convergence Divergence), it has started to gain a little bit momentum.

Jon Matonis’s Views About Bitcoin

A well-known investor, an executive at VISA and the co-founder of Bitcoin Foundation, Jon Matonis, has stated that the entrance of financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs could lead to an increase in the demand towards bitcoin (in the mid-term). Different Bitcoin analysis are being done, but if the leading cryptocurrency can recuperate from its present bear cycle, then experts like Matonis are predicting a bull run for the top-cryptocurrency, Bitcoin.

Matonis said:

“I think it’s fabulous that they’re getting into it because it brings in new liquidity. They’re going to develop futures markets, options markets, I even think you’re going to start to see interest rate markets around bitcoin. We’re used to hearing things about Libor, the index for bitcoin interest rates is Bibor”

SEC Against ICOs

Also, according to the New York Times report, the ICO founders, called Centra, were arrested for defying US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) as they were distributing securities without getting any approval from the US Securities and Exchange Commission. If the SEC still keeps on curbing ICOs, it could lead to a wane in motion within the ICO ecosystem, globally.

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What Is Bitcoin Hard Fork? The Most Heated Bitcoin Topic Explained!

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To begin with, Bitcoin has been the talk of every news channel, tabloid, website, etc. for a long while now. It’s increasing popularity might’ve caused a little problem for the network. Bitcoin is in a messy situation right now and something needs to be done. Fortunately, two possible solutions have been proposed as well, but only one can exist.

 

 

What’s The Issue?

In simple words, Bitcoin is unable to withstand the number of transactions taking place on the network.

The technical explanation is that the 1MB block size limit which is programmed into the system has become a problem and is causing delays in the processing of transactions. Basically, a purchase can take from a few minutes to hours to confirm.

Two techniques were proposed, which result in two different solutions: Bitcoin Unlimited, and Segregated Witness. They’re both proposed software updates to the Bitcoin network with the aim to completely change the way Bitcoin functions.

Obviously, the two can’t coexist, that would “fork” the Bitcoin network – splitting it into two different digital currencies.

A fork is known as a software update. Basically, updating a program from an old version to a new one.

Hard Fork:

It is a compulsory software update that is required in order for the program to function.  It can be implemented to fix bug errors or any security issues present in the older version of the software. Also, a hard fork is irreversible.

The “hard fork” will split the blockchain, leading to the introduction of a new chain of transactions branching from the original one.

Bitcoin Unlimited:

Starting off with Bitcoin Unlimited, this proposal is favored majorly by Bitcoin miners. To understand this, you must know the concept of Bitcoin mining. Bitcoin miners use specified powerful computers to solve complex mathematical algorithms in order to verify a transaction and be rewarded with newly issued bitcoins.

We are aware that there is a built-in block size limit of 1MB in the Bitcoin network, however, BU gives miners the permission to vote on increasing the block size whenever they want. This gives them control of the Bitcoin network, due to which they’re favored by miners.

Segregated Witness:

On the other hand, SegWit is being voted by many Bitcoin enthusiasts and developers. Their aim is to optimize the Bitcoin coding in a way that allows them to decrease the transaction size and increase the transaction volume, all while sticking to the 1MB block limit. They suggest the use of a soft fork.

A soft fork is a software update that lets the network to adapt to the new functionalities and features implemented. The update doesn’t interfere with the existing software and the older version will still be usable.

Who Will Be The Winner?

Aha! Too bad we can’t answer this question because half the community goes for SegWit and the other half for BU. There’s not really much we can do, just voice out our opinion and educate others with whatever we learn and maybe help them come up with opinions of their own.

We’ll just have to patiently wait and watch how this turns out.

I’d like to point out that I have a very limited technical knowledge and only know my way around a few technical terminologies. This post is a compilation of weeks of research that I’ve put together myself. So, if you do find any errors, do let me know in the comment section below and I’ll be sure to check back on them.

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Burger King Launches Own Cryptocurrency In Russia – WhopperCoin

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Burger King has taken the world by a storm as they launched their all new cryptocurrency “WhopperCoin” in Russia.

Reportedly, with each purchase of their signature Whopper sandwich, customers can now get WhopperCoin tokens through a digital wallet. The token is based upon the Waves blockchain.  It allows users to trade, transfer and issue tokens, on an integrated peer-to-peer exchange.

Customers can transfer and trade their coins online or simply use them to purchase food from BK. Although, the actual exchange rate for such transactions has not been revealed yet.

Just a year ago, Bitcoin users were threatened with being thrown in jail if they were ever caught using cryptocurrencies but that was soon to change. It is pleasing to know that the Russian Government has relaxed its grudge on cryptocurrencies.

The Burger King chain is set to launch an app for the digital tokens in both the Apple Store and Google Play in the coming future.

 

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Supply Chain Blockchain: Eximchain Raises $20 Million!

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Eximchain was established in 2015 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) media lab and is a supply-chain focused blockchain startup, which has managed to raise more than $20 million from a group of investors. Eximchain is basically an MIT-based software development company which uses blockchain to advance the SCF (supply chain financing).

Supply Chain Financing

SCF allows investors to fund an organization through its supply chain procedure by providing them further operating capital and functioning cash flow to upsurge its effectiveness and lessen risk. Companies that effectively succeeded this cash flow have reduced their inventory by almost 30%, heading to substantially lower working costs.

Even as a startup, it has managed to raise the funds to advance its own public blockchain which runs by private smart contracts, in order to offer multiple solutions for recording, executing and disseminating information for supply chain shareholders.

Who’s behind the funding?

One of the major cryptocurrency hedges from China, FBG Capital was behind the funding. There were also many other participants included such as;

  • INBlockchain, which is a blockchain capital firm. It was founded by a Chinese cryptocurrency activist, Li Xiaolai.
  • Kinetic Capital, which is a Hong Kong-based investment firm.

Now moving towards the token airdrop, Eximchain says that it will see approximately 1.5 million ERC20-based EXC tokens disseminated to contributors after verifying their identity. According to the company, EXC can be also transformed into the native tokens, on the blockchain of Eximchain itself.

Hope Liu’s Statement

Eximchain’s co-founder and CEO, Hope Liu stated;

“After experimenting [with proofs of concept] on ethereum or private blockchains, the enterprise world is looking for technical solutions that can be deployed immediately to solve real supply chain problems. There is a huge potential for blockchain technology to revolutionize supply chain processes, and we are all excited to see the progress that Eximchain will help bring to this industry.”

The funding is actually what makes the firm one of the latest ones to join the highly popular trend of distributing airdrops, through which firms allot tokens for free to the concerned parties, rather than holding token sales in the existing ambience of regulatory obscurity.

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Everything you need to know about Segregated Witness

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I have been noticing on many online bitcoin districts that various users are unable to understand the concept of Segregated Witness. This post will clear up any doubts, uncertainties, and myths regarding SegWit.

So, what happens in SegWit?

SegWit is short for Segregated Witness and it’s a proposal presented by the developers of Bitcoin Core. Originally it was aimed to solve the transaction malleability, which is a well-known weak spot in the Bitcoin system. The idea behind SegWit is that the signatures in a transaction, also known as the “witness data” are skipped when calculating the transaction id.

Basically, SegWit will update the 1MB size block limit to 4-million unit block weight limit. This counts serialized
witness data and one unit and core block data as four units. This is an entirely new transaction format, meaning the block size is increased. SegWit counts each byte in a witness as 0.25 bytes towards the 1MB block limit, thus the maximum size of a block becomes just under 4MB.

It’s not that the data gets smaller, it’s just counted in a way that allows for the block limit to be increased.

The short/easy version

In simple words, signature related data is removed from bitcoin transactions, causing them to appear smaller in size. Also, making the block size smaller, further, allowing more transactions to take place.

 

Clearing up myths and rumors

Myth: SegWit as a soft fork is much more dangerous than a hard fork

A soft fork ensures that the backward and forward compatibility is under control. Also, when a soft fork is set up, old versions of Bitcoin software will be able to function without any faults. On the other hand, a hard fork requires every Bitcoin user to update to the new software to support the consensus rules. Any user that fails to upgrade to the new software might be under the risk of getting thrown off the Bitcoin network.

 

Myth: SegWit is more complicated than a super simple hard fork

Similar to a hard fork, SegWit proposes the same idea of increasing the block size limit. No doubt, it is pretty complex and introduces several changes, but it is a relatively simple conceptual change. Basically, SegWit ignores the signatures when calculating the transactions, but as a soft fork, some additional changes must be made to make SegWit transactions compatible with non-segwit nodes. These changes then have side effects which can be beneficial to Bitcoin. It also contains more functionality than a hard fork increasing the block size limit. The hard fork to increase the block size limit also appears simple, but additional changes need to be made to support the deployment and to solve the quadratic hashing issue with transactions.

 

Myth: Miners who don’t upgrade to segwit will be forcefully told to quit the bitcoin network

This is false since SegWit will be deployed using the BIP9 versionbits which uses a 95% threshold. A miner would not run into any trouble, as long as he follows certain rules. However, if he fails to follow these rules, he could end up with transactions including witnesses but he wouldn’t be having the witnesses nor the witness root hash in the Coinbase. This would be an invalid block that would be in the orphan pool.

 

What are the benefits of SegWit?

Besides the obvious benefit of having to increase the capacity, there are several other benefits that come with the introduction of SegWit. Some of those benefits are:

  • Node performance is tested based on how weighting data
  • Signature covers value
  • Linear scaling of sighash operations
  • MultiSig gets more security
  • Script versioning
  • Increased security to almost-full-nodes

Why hasn’t SegWit been activated yet?

If there is not enough support shown, it might result in a contentious fork. That means a part of the network switches to the new client while some remain to use the older version. This leads to two sets of cryptocurrencies with different rules, co-existing and competing for users and legitimacy.

In order to avoid such a situation, the developers of SegWit have programmed a specific rule in the software proclaiming that it will only activate once it reaches the 95% mark.

Currently, the support is hovering around 32-33%. 

 

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