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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.

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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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Cryptocurrency Trends: Are Crypto Prizes another scam?

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Nowadays, everyone is following the cryptocurrency trends, whether it’s the art world or the gaming world. Even some of the app developers have also jumped onto the trend of cryptocurrencies to attract people to their work.

Many gaming companies seem like they have found a technological link to the digital currency, which sets up as a prize for the market, globally. They can benefit from the publicity; however, they can also attract a huge audience with an attractive prize.

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Crypto Prizes in Digital Paintings

Artist Marguerite DeCourcelle hid Bitcoin prizes in digital paintings on literally three occasions for the public to discover them. When the key to the Bitcoin wallet was initially placed into the digital painting by DeCourcelle and her team, the wallet had almost 4.87 Bitcoins, which had the worth about $1,400 at that time.

Gaming Companies Hiding Cryptocurrency

Well, gaming companies are also doing their best to hide cryptocurrency in their games especially for those who get to the end first. Let’s take an example of Montecrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma! This game features a digital world player, solving 24 ‘enigmas’ to claim the last prize of 1 Bitcoin. The developers of this game are anonymous and they wish to remain the same ’til the prize is claimed. Another game is Neon District that is going to be launched soon and just like other crypto prizes games, it will have a crypto prize at the end.

Prizes are very commons especially when it comes to games. But, the attraction of Bitcoin has started to spread to the likes of paintings. So, what’s the appeal of joining a “Bitcoin-based prize” game in which someone can beat you quite easily? Well, the main reason behind it is that Bitcoin media comes with lots of hype and publicity.

Another Scam?

According to DeCourcelle,

DeCourcelle and her team have built up a respectable name in regards to this small, yet growing, aspect of cryptocurrency. But, at the same time, she admits that no matter whether a person or a company offers Bitcoin prizes, or ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings), reputation and trust is supreme.

She stated:

“We’re working on trustless systems that still rely heavily on trusting people based on social merit or reputation-based systems. Most ‘giveaways’ these days do not turn heads. In the old days, you could tweet – “1 Bitcoin for one lucky follower” and include a fancy gif. This doesn’t work anymore.”

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Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s new CEO has plans for Bitcoin

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Most commonly known for running the traveling site Expedia, Dara Khosrowshahi has just accepted the CEO job for Uber.

Khosrowshahi made a bold move when Expedia had announced that it will accept bitcoin as means of payment back in 2014. Back then the currency was still quite new and not many institutions were willing to invest in it.

Now, it’s very intriguing to think how Khosrowshahi is going to experiment with the world’s best cryptocurrency and the largest ride-sharing platform. Travis Kalanick, the founder and former CEO of Uber never gave in to the ideas of having Uber accept bitcoin but, this could change under Khosrowshahi’s charge. With the increase in interest shown by major companies, one can only imagine how far Uber would go if it joins forces with the cryptocurrency.

Nonetheless, we have only well wishes for Dara Khosrowshahi as he takes on this new challenge. No doubt, he’s got the potential to take the ride-sharing platform to places.

 

News Credits: fortune.com

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Who will be the ‘Amazon Of Sharing Economy’?

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Each day companies are becoming more and more dependent upon blockchain technology applications. Now it is in the news that a company is going to build its own system to get rid of separate portions of the sharing economy scattered here and there. This will obviously be a blockchain based system activated with the help of a single app that will provide the users access to any sort of rent, borrow or share assets available within the network.

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That company is known by the name of ShareRing. It claims that the current market is no more convenient for consumers as it was in the past. The reason behind this inconvenience is that though there are numerous companies available in the online market but most of them are specialized in one particular service for instance office space or transportation etc. due to that reason the user has to go through the laborious task of registering multiple accounts. Even after that there is no guarantee of satisfaction as the things you want to buy or borrow would be available near your locality as these kind of business parties only operate in heavily localized areas. That is where ShareRing has decided to utilize its blockchain based systems to facilitate its users as well as the small business parties.

The Goal behind This Sharing Innovation

ShareRing has an aim of becoming the “Amazon of the sharing economy”. It will provide an ease of access to its users to lease a large number of assets through a single smartphone app. All these users would be interconnected with each other as well as nearby individuals who have items to share. The beauty of this system is that the rental companies would also be able to develop their own “mini” app. This app will provide them the facility to reach a much greater numbers of targeted customers within the share ring. For this purpose ShareRing is already considering deals with big brands, progress of these deals will probably be shared on its website.

Some of the areas in which the ShareRing technology may prove to be useful are:

  • Renting cars, trucks and trailers
  • Co-housing
  • Car sharing
  • Booking delivery drivers
  • Sharing gardens
  • Swapping books
  • Social dining etc

How will the App Work?

The ShareRing’s system will have full support of an integrated smart app which will use geolocation to show users which services are available near them, thus it will also be participating in growing the ecosystem. The company is quiet optimistic about its progress and hopes that soon there would be available one million assets ready to share around the world.

 

ShareRing’s token sharing event going to be launched in May, in the meantime the company is planning to run token hunts and several other campaigns to raise awareness of the project.

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