Monthly Archives: November 2020

Hash Watch: The Highly Anticipated Bitcoin Cash Fork Is Now Complete

The Bitcoin Cash community has been patiently waiting for weeks for the November 15, 2020 upgrade and the day is finally here. Every six months the Bitcoin Cash network upgrades, but this time around, a conflict sparked over Bitcoin ABC’s Infrastructure Funding Plan (IFP). During the course of the day, the following editorial will be monitoring the Bitcoin Cash upgrade in real-time so our readers can be kept up to date. Shortly after 12:00 p.m., UTC on November 15, 2020, Bitcoin Cash experienced a scheduled upgrade. Bitcoin […]

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Central bank digital currencies are dead in the water

CBDCs won’t fundamentally be changing anything — central banks still want to control your wealth and your money. Mark my words: Governments and central banks will never care about your wealth and your privacy as much as you do. That reality is exactly why central bank digital currencies are dead in the water already. They say if you can’t beat them, join them. That’s exactly what CBDCs are attempting to do. They want to join the party that is cryptocurrency without actually giving their citizens the privacy […]

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Social media problems and solutions: ‘Centralization is not sustainable’

What lies at the heart of the current problems with social media? What can and cannot be fixed? Over the past 15 years or so, social media has gained tremendous traction. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have reached soaring heights as companies. Social media has its benefits, such as global connectivity and low barrier to entry. It also gives people a platform for expression. The sector has taken a dark turn in recent years, however, igniting aggression and spreading false information, while, at the same time, raising questions […]

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A Bitcoin whale just shorted $100M BTC — Are big holders expecting a larger drop?

A Bitcoin whale placed a $100 million short on Nov. 15 after various on-chain data hints at a whale-induced BTC sell-off throughout the past week. A Bitcoin (BTC) whale placed a $100 million short on Bybit, according to the pseudonyms trader CL. It comes after various on-chain data points toward a whale-driven sell-off throughout the past week. Though the momentum of Bitcoin remains strong, there are many reasons that make $16,000 an attractive area for sellers. There is significant liquidity at $16,000, primarily because it is a […]

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Ukraine is prepared to lead Eastern Europe’s crypto space

The Ukrainian government is making serious steps toward crypto to make the country a leader in Eastern Europe. Ukraine is ranked as the world’s leader in the Global Crypto Adoption Index 2020, according to a research published by Chainalysis earlier this fall. Despite this, cryptocurrencies still remain a gray area in the economy. Since 2014, Ukrainian authorities have been trying to implement crypto legislation that would transform the country into a competitive jurisdiction for running crypto-related businesses, but the efforts did not yield any results. Finally, just […]

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The rise of major Bitcoin mining institutions is inevitable

2020 marks a new era for mining institutionalization, bringing with it both benefits and challenges. There are very few investments that can deliver an infrastructure-style downside case with a venture-capital-style upside. The combination of energy arbitrage with accumulating a balance sheet of Bitcoin (BTC) can deliver this. That is why we are seeing a rush of institutions pouring into the Bitcoin mining space and starting to build out megafacilities. Securing new-generation hardware At its peak performance in 2018, Bitmain was able to produce over 95,000 rigs per […]

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Pakistan’s SEC Discusses Cryptocurrency Regulation, Central Bank Confirms No Crypto Ban

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan has published a paper discussing cryptocurrency regulation in the country. Meanwhile, the central bank has reportedly confirmed that there is no cryptocurrency ban. Pakistan’s Crypto Regulation in the Works The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has published a position paper on the regulation of cryptocurrency trading platforms. Besides discussing definitions and concepts of cryptocurrencies, the paper outlines different regulatory approaches adopted globally, including the recommendations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and regulations in Malaysia, Hong Kong, […]

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Ripple Forced To Rebrand PayID Trademark After Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Ripple Labs Inc., issuers of the XRP cryptocurrency, has filed for a new trademark called “Paystring” with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The trademark was filed on Nov. 6 and accepted on Friday, according to the USPTO website. Although Ripple did not specify which sort of business will fall under the new product, it is notable that the trademark’s registration description matches that of PayID, a trademark it registered on June 17, word for word. Both the official description for Paystring and PayID read: “[The]…trademark […]

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3 reasons why Bitcoin price quickly recovered after dropping to $15.7K

Bitcoin price abruptly dropped to $15,670 before traders stepped in to defend the $16,000 level. The price of Bitcoin (BTC) dropped to as low as $15,670 on Binance on Nov. 15. The highly volatile drop came hours after BTC reached $16,355, demonstrating strong momentum.  Three key factors likely caused the overnight drop in the price of Bitcoin. The three potential factors are a weekend shakeout, the daily moving average (MA) retest, and a retest of the parabola. BTC/USD daily chart . Source: TradingView.com Weekend shakeouts and lower […]

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Incoming Senator hopes to ‘bring Bitcoin into the national conversation’

Does Bitcoin finally have an advocate at the highest levels of government? In an interview with the ABC News program GMA3: What You Need To Know on Friday, senator-elect Cynthia Lummis again voiced her support for the popularization of Bitcoin, going so far as to say that she does “hope to bring Bitcoin into the national conversation.”  In a clip that has been widely circulating on Twitter, the soon-to-be-senator representing Wyoming — possibly the highest ranking US official to ever speak so glowingly of the digital currency […]

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