Bitcoin Cash Had a Long-Awaited Hard Fork on Its Network 421

According to the announcement of the Bitcoin Cash developers, the network hosted a major update on the 15th of May aimed at the hard fork.

Officially, the blockchain protocol on the block 530356 was updated at 19:54 (Kyiv, Moscow). Due to the changes, the block volume was increased from 8 MB to 32 MB, which will allow to build up information about the transactions and reduce the fee.

Additional preparatory procedure, prior the main update, had to be carried out by the miners and other complete nodes. It was updating its clients version on Bitcoin ABC 0.17.1, Bitcoin Unlimited and Bitcoin XT. Updates supportign the new hard fork have been released.

Moreover, a number of other innovations occurred on the network in addition to the main changes. One of them is the integration of OP_CODES, which will provide the opportunity to create smart contracts.

The developers note that the OP_CODES code was re-enabled, as previously it was removed by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2010. Such a step will return the former functionality intended for the creation of smart contracts and will open access to other innovative functions.

Another noticeable update of the Bitcoin Cash network is an increase in the allowable limit for the default carrier data from 80 to 220 bytes, which will make OP_Return work more reliable.

We remind you that another update of the Bitcoin Cash protocol is announced for the November of 2018.

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Buterin, Winklevoss and Others: The Future of the Digital Currency World According to Major Crypto Personalities 798

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The crypto world has entered the new stage of its development, it has always been volatile, but these couple of weeks have been absolutely crazy: coins are jumping up and down, Bitcoin ETF is on its way, blockchain is taking over the world.

No doubt, crypto specialists and financial experts have a lot to say. Today we came up with a compilation of sayings from the stars of the cryptocurrency universe that we found particularly interesting and important.

The CEO of the crypto exchange Gemini, Tyler Winklevoss believes that the acceptance of cryptocurrency in the world as a means of payment equal to fiat will not happen in the next couple of years:

The vast majority of Wall Street firms are still not participating in the cryptocurrency market, which remains primarily a retail-driven market. This will change over time, but it will take time.

Pantera Capital’s CEO is way more optimistic on this issue. He sees great potential in the blockchain technology, and digital coins, according to him, are “superior form of currency.

Ethereum’s founder Vitalik Buterin wants cryptocurrencies to become more user-friendly and common in the everyday life. He also thinks it may become possible only in case the proper regulatory framework for crypto is developed by the state governments.

I want to be able to walk into a convenience store, get a card and pay a small fee to start using Bitcoin Cash,” he said.

The last, but certainly not least, is the CEO of BitMEX, Arthur Hayes, who has some serious doubts concerning Ethereum. According to his calculations, the price of the world’s #2 coin will drop lower than $100.

It is this moment,” he added, “that Ether goes from a 3-digit to a 2-digit shitcoin.

Although we are sure that experts know what they are talking about, the crypto world is way too unpredictable. We can only wait and see whether the abovementioned predictions turn out to be true or not.

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Andreas Antonopoulos Criticized Bitcoin ETF 627

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The well-known author of books about Bitcoin and the founder of his own Bitcoin-business Andreas Antonopoulos published a Youtube video where he expressed his opinion about Bitcoin ETF and explained why they cause so much sensation.

I’m going to burst your bubble. I know a lot of people really want to see an ETF happen because ‘too the moon’ and ‘lambos’ and all that. I think it’s a terrible idea. I still think it’s going to happen… I’m actually against ETFs,” he said.

Antonopoulos explained that he understands why many people are so impressed by the idea of Bitcoin ETF:

Everybody’s so excited about ETFs because what we’ve seen in other markets is that when an ETF becomes available—as we saw in gold—the price really increases dramatically as suddenly that commodity becomes available to a lot more investors and these investors pile on. But the other side of it is that there’s always these claims that the commodities markets are heavily manipulated and opening up these exchange-traded instruments only increases the ability of institutional investors to manipulate—especially [in the case of] large market makers—the prices of commodities, not just in the markets where it’s traded as an ETF but more broadly,” he clarified.


We remind you that the SEC postponed the decision upon Bitcoin ETF until September.

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The Former CEO of Paypal: Bitcoin Is Eventually Going to Go A Whole Lot Closer to Zero 700

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The ex director of Paypal Bill Harris is known for his scepticism and harsh comments aimed at Bitcoin. He even called it “the greatest scam in the history”. This time CNBC interviewed Harris to find out whether his opinion on the world’s #1 digital coin has changed.

According to the businessman, Bitcoin is supposed to be “instant, free, scalable, efficient, secure, globally accepted and useful”, and it fails to fulfill all of those characteristics. Harris believes that there is “no value” in BTC.

He has also mentioned that there is no need in solving the problem of Bitcoin scalability, because we don’t need Bitcoin at all.

Look how difficult it is to get money from one country across the border to another. It’s slow, it’s expensive, it’s all those things. Agree. You don’t need Bitcoin, you don’t need XRP, you don’t need any of that to solve that problem. What you need is faster networks.

Unlike many of his colleagues, Bill Harris has way more trust in conventional fiat currencies due to their relative stability which cannot be said about Bitcoin.

In conclusion he summed up his thoughts by saying:

Bitcoin makes no revenue, no profitability.

Frankly speaking, the current CEO of Paypal Dan Schulman agrees with Harris on this issue, although Paypal might change its opinion on BTC if it becomes more stable.

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The Bitcoin Application from Square Is Now Available in All Fifty States of America 481

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Buying and selling Bitcoins through the Cash App from Square has become possible in all US states.

We remind you that the American technology company Square, Inc. allowed the purchase and sale of Bitcoin for all US citizens in January of this year. The exception was Wyoming, New York and two other states because of the difficulty in regulating the issue of the cryptocurrency. Later, Square received a certificate from BitLicense, which allows it to work legally in New York.

In late spring of this year the number of Cash App users exceeded 4 million people.

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Forbes Published 5 Main Blockchain Tendencies for 2018 782

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Blockchain is one of the most rapidly developing technologies of all times. Its main features (speed and transparency) earned recognition and approval from businesses and companies from all over the world.

Forbes has conducted a research and established 5 major paths that the blockchain is likely to follow this year.

1. Companies actively implement blockchain. For example, we have recently reported about the pilot version of election in Ukraine conducted on blockchain.

2. Implementation of this technology follows a thorough research. With blockchain being fairly new, the more conventional fields that are not related to digital technologies or computer sciences treat it very carefully. For example, the Stanford University created a research center for possible introduction of blockchain in the future.

3. The hype is going to fade. Blockchain has been marketed as a panacea for quite a while. Many people were sure it would help to solve major world problems. However, the results coming from this technology, though being mostly beneficial, are not as phenomenal as everyone thought they would be.

4. New and smaller projects are more likely to implement blockchain since they are more adaptable to changes and upgrades. Huge companies like Amazon find it way more difficult.

5. The personal information on people and other important data will be secured a lot better with the help of blockchain. Scammers never rest, however, blockchain will ensure that they have the hardest time ever hacking and stealing.

Thus, we can definitely see a lot of potential for blockchain. More and more companies choose to implement it. Hopefully, this technology will keep flourishing and bring benefits to those using it.

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Nick Szabo Is Sure that Bitcoin ETF Can Do More Harm Than Good 563

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A known scientist in the field of cryptography Nick Szabo expressed his opinion regarding the issue of Bitcoin ETF approval. He believes that problems caused by cryptocurrency traded funds can be more numerous than advantages.

We remind you that the topic of exchange traded funds operating with the help of Bitcoin is one of the most discussed in the crypto community. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is currently considering nine applications for the registration of Bitcoin ETF.

We reported that the SEC once again postponed the Bitcoin ETF decision until September 30 of this year.

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