Bitcoin Birthday Collection: Bitcoin’s White Paper Turned 10 years!

October 31, 2008 White paper of the most famous cryptocurrency in the world, Bitcoin, was published. The author of the publication was a mysterious man Satoshi Nakamoto, whose identity has not been revealed yet. On the birthday of the technical document of the coin, The Coin Shark prepared TOP fascinating historical facts about BTC:

1. Despite the fact that “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” was published on this day 10 years ago exactly, Bitcoin network itself began operating in early January 2009. Along with it, the first block was found, for which the reward was 50 BTC – a great amount of money today.

2. The first cryptocurrency exchange MtGox appeared in 2011 and became the center of crypto industry at that time. The rate of the coin went up, one BTC’s cost was about 5-6 cents.

3. Erik Finman is the youngest cryptocurrency millionaire in the world. He is 19 years old now and he has 403 BTC, which at the current rate is 2.8 million dollars. He bought bitcoins when he was only 12 years old. His grandma gave him $ 1000, which he was supposed to save for college, but he chose the path of a cryptocurrency investor. As time has shown, he made the right choice.

4. On May 22, 2010, two most expensive pizzas in history were sold. At that time, the cost of bitcoins was nominal, and the first miners simply did not know where to put their “candy wrappers”. One user of a bitcoin forum under the nickname Laszlo wrote that he would pay 10 thousand coins to someone who would deliver him two pizzas. At that time, the deal looked completely normal, at that rate Laszlo did not overpay for his lunch, but already in August of that year, two pizzas cost him $ 600. As of today, Laszlo bought two pizzas for $ 70 million. Bitcoin Pizza Day is celebrated on May 22 every year.

5. The greatest fall in the history of the world first cryptocurrency occurred in April 2013 for 24 hours, when BTC collapsed by 80%.

6. The first Bitcoin ATM was installed in Vancouver, Canada.

7. Only in 2140 will the last Bitcoin be mined.

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Why None of Positive Forecast Has Come True: Three Main Reasons for Bitcoin Collapse

The stability of Bitcoin’s rate and other cryptocurrencies is a big question. At the moment , everything  that cryptocurrency does stably is rushing through the Hell into suspense.

Infernal flight started on November,14 at 11:34 UTC. At that time, BTC rate was around $6 365, and ETH was $206, according to CoinMarketCap.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

At the time of writing this article, November, 20 at 11:00 UTC, the same resource updated the data to an even more disastrous rate: the cost of one BTC is $4 459, and ETH $132.

At the same time, the Coin 360 monitoring resource shows a BTC rate of $4 460, and an ETH $131.

Source: https://coin360.io/

Apparently, the collapse of the coin rate is not going to stop, and this is clearly indicates, that a fateful event happened in the crypto industry, which collapsed the market.

Due to specifics of cryptocurrency, it is impossible to determine now what exactly the main cause of  the falling prices. However, The Coin Shark conducted its own, independent investigation and identified three most logical versions of why crypto “tends to zero”.

So, the reasons for the collapse of the market can be:

1.The split of Bitcoin Cash into BCH SV and BCH ABC;
2.The refusal of the China authorities to provide the miners with the cheapest electric power;
3.The theft of 600 BTC from the Bitmain company.

Now, let’s consider each reason in a more detailed way.

1. The split of Bitcoin Cash hard fork

It is possible, that the sudden collapse of the market is a consequence of the Bitcoin Cash hard forks. History has proved once again, that serious network updates provoke the panic within the crypto community. Especially among investors, who fitfully begin to sell their coins. Panic attacks are not so unprecedented, but rather very thoughtful. If during the fork there is a malfunction, it is guaranteed to have an impact on the future of the crypto market.  

Presumably, the cause of today’s “successes” of cryptocurrency is a backdoor, that hackers manage to discover and made a hashrate diversion from BTC.

We want to remind you, that now Bitcoin Cash is divided into Bitcoin ABC and Bitcoin SV.  

In this regard, Australian programmer Craig Wright wrote on his Twitter:

The founder and CEO of BKCM, Brian Kelly, also considers that Bitcoin Cash is involved into collapse of BTC rate and and other cryptocurrencies. He shared this during an interview at CNBC Fast Money.

Most likely, this pseudo-war between BCH SV and BCH ABC in the nearest future will cause a decrease of hashrate in BTC, which in its turn, will reduce the network speed.

“People are concerned that both Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash markets, their networks might slow down, they might not work as well, the software upgrade may not go through or if it does go through, we will end up with some chaos. People started selling, that triggered stops, everybody got concerned. The entire market settled down. In my view, a very short-term event”,  – explained Kelly. 

 2. Insufficient speed of Bitcoin network

The authorities of provinces of Xinjiang and Guizhou stopped to provide the Chinese miners with cheap electricity. Now, the miners are forced to look for an alternative method of mining Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Because of this, main mining facility, located in China, suspend their activities in order to find an alternative resource for mining cryptocurrency. This caused the decrease of Bitcoin hashrate network by almost 20%.

3. Theft of 600 Bitcoins

A major Chinese company, Bitmain, has announced that its account has been hacked at Binance crypto exchange. At the time of the hack, more that 600 BTC were stolen – which is about 2.7 million dollars at the time of writing this article. The hacker has not been found yet, but it is known that he tried to increase the speed of a little-known cryptocurrency MANA with the help of this money.

This kind of news has already changed the mood of the market, while reducing the rate. It’s likely, that this particular incident could undermine Bitcoin and other digital coins. 

Why none of the positive forecast did not come true?

It is impossible to predict the cryptocurrency rate in advance, as it can be done on the usual market for fiat. On the crypto market, we see the outcome and only than the reason. For example, the dollar increases after raising discount rate in the USA, but the cryptocurrency doesn’t. Since, its rate doesn’t depend on the ordinary economy and on decisions of the authorities.

The cryptocurrency rate is not backed up by anything. It depends  only on supply and demand. Therefore, it is impossible to predict the behaviour of the rate in advance. For instance, exactly one year ago, on November 20, 2017, the Bitcoin rate was $8 039.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

After just one month, the rate set the first historical record – $19 440.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

Based on the last year’s situation on the crypto market, it cannot be stated, that this year it is going to be the same. This market is sensitive and unpredictable.

In relation to the worsening situations, all cryptocurrency holders are worried about – “What to do next?” – that’s a good question. But unless the true  reason of the collapse of the rate is revealed, there will be no exact answer. As for now we can only guess how the events will unwrap.

For example, a financial analyst, Alexey Polovinkin, in an interview with OBOZREVATEL, shared the view, that the rate of the world’s most massive cryptocurrency by capitalization will increase by $40 000 for one coin.  The expert explained, that Bitcoin will grow due to the possible legalisation of cryptocurrencies, which will have an effect on institutions and investment companies. According to Alexey’s point of view, they will start considering the entering of cryptocurrencies in the marker in a large amount.  We want to remind you, that Polovinkin predicted the growth of Bitcoin in 2017.

Also, a venture investor Tim Draper is trying to make a good forecast, reports The Daily Hodl.  The investor is confident that in the 2022 the price of Bitcoin will rise to $250 thousand. While, an investment banker and millionaire Mike Novogratz, makes more modest forecasts, stating that the rate will reach only $10 thousand.

Not all sharks of the crypto world are optimistic about the future of the market. In this regards, CEO of the BitMEX exchange, Arthur Hayes, state that the next 18 months will be not the best period for cryptocurrency. He is confident that the interest in digital money will decrease, which will affect the rate of coins.

Vinny Lingham, CEO of the American startup Civic, state that Bitcoin had no chance of existence. Even if his rate rises , he will still fall to $100 per one BTC.


“Do i think we’ll have another bubble? Probably, because people just don’t learn. When it hits $20,000 again, it will fall back to $100 or something like that”, – said Lingham.

As you can see, the estimates are diverse, and there is no clear idea about the upcoming growth or reduce. Therefore, any forecast should be reasonably judged. Till then,  cryptocurrencies continue their hellish way to a stop “Anti-record rate of 2018”.

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The Crypto Market “Started Selling” Bitcoin by $4 500 by Black Friday or Top 5 Crypto-Services That Offer Discounts

What if it wasn’t collapse of the rate, but cryptocurrency market is preparing for the Black Friday? And it’s not an anti-record of the price tag of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, but a huge discount? 🙂

All the news feeds are flooding with the information about “bad feeling” of the crypto market. Today, November, 20, 2018, the Bitcoin rate is hanging around the $4 500 mark, causing deep psychological trauma to the holders of cryptocurrencies. But, what if it is the time to rejoice and buy a cheap crypto ?

This is all, of course, “black” jokes on the grounds, that the world’s attention is focused within 2 events – the collapse of the cryptocurrency market and the upcoming Black Friday.

In order to lighten the spirits, The Coin Shark has collected top 5 trading platforms where attractive discounts to the Black Friday are already waiting for you.

1. Bitcoin Black Friday

The most popular crypto platform, where the massive sales of goods are held for Bitcoin on the Black Friday. The platform will start sales on November,23, 2018 at 00:00 UTC.

2. Overstock

This trading platform works constantly. It’s advantage is the opportunity to save up to 70%. On holiday sales, the founders of the platform, decided that they could give more to their users.  On Black Friday 2018, there will be discounts on goods up to 70%. For payment method they accept Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. 

3. TradingView

The website for monitoring cryptocurrency, gives to all traders a good opportunity to buy a powerful tool for research and analysing of the rate with a 60% discount on a Pro, Pro+ and Premium versions.

4. Crypto Asylum

The manufacturer of hardware wallets Crypto Asylum, decided to keep up with the “black tradition”. He will arrange the sale of his products with a 20% discount, on all of his products. The discount is given if you pay for your goods using Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

5. LEDGER

The manufacturer of the hardware wallet Ledger Nano S, is also not far behind from “the black trends”. It’s users will be given a 21% discount, if they place an order between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which will be on November,26.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, November 20: BTC Collapsed below $4500, Bitcoin Cash Lost 44% of Its Cost

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the Coin360 online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 15.72% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $4505 per coin, but it remains quite volatile and decreases to the $4300 price point from time to time.

The rest of  cryptocurrencies are rapidly declining:

Bitcoin Cash lost 44% over the past 24 hours and costs $242 per coin;

Ripple minus 4.58% and costs $0.44;

EOS lost 14%, and its price is $3.69;

Litecoin fell by 14.37%, and its rate is $32;

Cardano lost 15.97%, and its value is $0.045;

Stellar dropped by 15.36% and is $0.19 in price;

IOTA decreased by 17%, and its cost is $0.41;

Dash lost 14.10%, and its price is $103;

Monero collapsed by 16.60% and costs $67.

Over the past day, Ethereum lost 16.15% and continues to decline in price. The cost of the coin is $133.

The total market capitalization dropped significantly to $145 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 53.6% of the total amount. In monetary terms, the volume fell to $78 billion.

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The Forecast of Bloomberg Analysts: Bitcoin Rate Will Drop to $1 500

Bloomberg Intelligence analysts claim, that at the moment Bitcoin has not yet established the final anti-record, but only “continue to fall”.
According to their forecasts, the rate is expected to fall to $1 500, which is 70% less than the current rate – $5 140 (at this point).

As one of the reasons for the fall of the course, the  publication notes the hard fork Bitcoin Cash network. After it the largest scale collapse of the cryptocurrency rate occurred, which was the beginning of the “boring life for Bitcoin” and inspired several industry experts to make forecasts.

Travis Kling, founder of the hedge fund Ikigai, made an assumption, that in the future BCH hard fork will no longer affect the market:  

“There’s a small chance that, it’s difficult to estimate, that something really bad could happen related to Bitcoin Cash that could then impact the entire crypto market.”

Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Mike McGlone gave a forecast for two versions of Bitcoin Cash, namely that because of them the investments of depositors and miners will continue to provoke a way out of rates to increase and further decline in market quotations.

The president and the main investment specialist of Creative Planning, Peter Mallouk, drew the attention of the crypto community to the financial result of the III quarter of  the GPU manufacturer – NVIDIA. Mining products of the company are losing its relevance, which is according to the analysts, signals about the deterioration of the whole cryptocurrency market in general.     


“The drop in the stock price of Nvidia is reflective of a future where cryptocurrency fueled demand has cratered,” said Peter Mallouk, president and co-chief investment officer of Creative Planning, in an email. “While this is, of course, bad news for NVIDIA, it is really the canary in the coal mine for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.”

We want to remind you, that the founder of Fundstrat Global Advisor, Tom Lee, is optimistic about the future of the world’s first cryptocurrency. At the beginning of the year, he made a prediction, in which Bitcoin will reach the $25 000 by December. However, in July Tom made an adjustments , changing the estimate rate by $22 000. Early in November, the forecast was changed again to $15 000. Eventually,  BTC should grow by more than 170% in a short term.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, November 19: Cryptocurrencies Have Once Again Fallen in Price and Continue to Fall

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: cryptocurrency rate

According to the Coin360 online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 4.61% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $5316 per coin, but is rapidly decreasing.

The other cryptocurrencies are also in the deep red zone:

Bitcoin Cash lost 4.44% over the past 24 hours and costs $301 per coin;

Ripple minus 6.36% and costs $0.47;

EOS lost 7.98%, and its price is $4.34;

Litecoin fell by 9.24%, and its value is $38;

Cardano dropped by 12.08%, and its cost is $0.055;

Stellar lost 8.25% and costs $0.22;

IOTA minus 11.73%, and its rate is $0.41;

Dash decreased by 12.33%, and its price was $118;

Monero collapsed by 9.85% and costs $80.

Ethereum lost 10.85% over the past day and continues to decline in price. The cost of the coin is $155.

The total market capitalization dropped considerably to $172 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 53.5% of the total amount. In monetary terms, the volume fell to $92 billion.

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Bitcoin Cash: Overview, Advantages and Disadvantages, Details of The Hard Forks

In this article we will talk about the most famous bitcoin`s hard fork – the Bitcoin Cash: it`s advantages and disadvantages, forecast for the future, as well as the hard fork, which will happen on November 15, 2018.

Content:
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  1. Briefly about the Bitcoin Cash and comparison with Bitcoin
  2. Disadvantages of Bitcoin Cash
  3. Briefly about the hard fork Bitcoin Cash
  4. Conclusion

1. Briefly about Bitcoin Cash and comparison with Bitcoin

The main popularizer of the “new” coin is Roger Ver. He is quite famous person in crypto world. He was one of the first cryptocurrency investors. Due to increased attention to this industry, he became known as Bitcoin Jesus. But later, Ver decided to actively promote the hard fork (a branch) of the first cryptocurrency – the Bitcoin Cash. The network split occurred on August 1, 2017.

What is the difference between the BTC and the BCH?

  • Increasing of transaction`s speed in several times. The main feature of the new coin is an increased block`s size to 8 MB. On May 15, 2018, developers released the update, after which the block`s size increased to 32 MB. This solution made it possible to record much more transactions in one block, and thereby to increase network bandwidth.
  • Low commissions. Bitcoin Cash has very small commissions $0,05 – $0,010, which is significantly lower than that of the “older brother” $8 – $15.
  • With the current network load, a queue of unconfirmed transactions does not exceed 200 – 250, whereas with the original Bitcoin, this number can reach 7,000 – 10,000.

2. Disadvantages of Bitcoin Cash

Significant disadvantage of this fork is the automatic adjustment of the network`s computing complexity. Unfortunately, it has direct dependence on the speed of extraction of new data. That is, if for a certain amount of time miners get an insufficient number of blocks, then complexity decreases. This pattern works in both directions.

Miners started to use this vulnerability and got BCH in periods of complexity recession, and when the situation changed, they turned to BTC. Such actions led to the network`s destabilization and increased volatility of the BCH rate. This problem has not been solved till this day, but the development team manages to restrain it.

Cryptocurrency investors do not consider Bitcoin Cash as a long-term asset yet. This coin is more used as a speculative tool. For this reason, at the moment BCH has rather vague and uncertain future.

3. Briefly about the hard fork Bitcoin Cash

The hard fork of Bitcoin Cash was on November 15, 2018. After this event, the network received two incompatible consensus protocols BCHABC и BCHSV. The community of coin divided into two parts: on the one hand Roger Ver, and on the other Craig Wright. The outbreak of the conflict is considered to be Bitcoin ABC update, which began to support smart contracts and atomic swaps. In response to this update, Craig Wright offered the community his vision for the future development of the project. He proposed to increase the block`s size up to 128 MB. Such decision was not supported by Roger Ver and his part of miners. Because of this, another coin will now appear in the cryptocurrency world.

This is very good news for BCH holders. The matter is that after hard fork, investors received the same amount of coins of the new network, which complies with their BCH`s balance.

Against this background, the Bitcoin Cash rate grew up by almost 50% only for the first week of November.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

This growth was artificial, therefore, we observed the same rapid rollback before the hard fork.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

4. Conclusion

Bitcoin Cash is a project with rather big ambitions, ultimate goal of which is to push the original Bitcoin from the first place. In fact, BCH has fewer problems with scaling, and also can boast of low transaction commissions. But on the other hand, there is conflict between developers, still unsolved problem of automatic control of complexity, as well as increased volatility. Now it is hard to make long-term forecasts for Bitcoin Cash, as it is not clear yet, which of two networks will be more stable.

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