Popular Cryptocurrency Mining Pools in 2018

Mining – rest in peace? Well, many cryptocommunity members have such reasonable fears. The Coin Shark has already written about the possible future of mining industry, however, today mining is still an important and necessary part of cryptocurrency market, and hundreds of thousands of users find the opportunity to gain money out of it. Today The Coin Shark will tell about the most popular pools for Bitcoin mining.

What is a pool?

Mining pools are groups of miners who combine efforts to generate blocks in a blockchain of a particular virtual currency. As the complexity of mining (the amount of computational power, necessary to find hash) increased, solo miners had less and less chances to receive rewards. The more miners are there in the system, the more difficult it is to mine cryptocurrency for each particular miner, therefore, users began to unite in pools. In a pool each miner in fact “digs” only a part of the rock with their “digital pickaxe”, and thus the chances of the whole “brigade” to find hash increase significantly. The reward is then divided proportionally to the processing power provided by each miner. Pools are organized similarly to companies, where every member invests some property to form the capital and then receives profit in proportion to their share. Pools are good examples of parallel computing, where a large number of participants independently (and without duplication of tasks) perform separate parallel computational operations, which makes it possible to find the necessary algorithm easily.

What do pools mine?

We say – pools, we mean – Bitcoin. Yes, those days when individual users were successfully mining Bitcoin seem to be something like an ancient “golden age”. Even though some special mining equipment like ASIC-miners appeared, an individual user is still unlikely to successfully mine BTC on their own. So, mining pools became rather attractive for those who decided to earn bitcoin instead of buying it.

Today miners also unite to “extract” other popular coins. For example there are many pools for Ethereum, Dash, Litecoin, Monero, Dogecoin, Bitcoin Gold, Zcash, etc., even though many of them can be successfully mined by individual users with graphic cards or even processors.

Popular pools for Bitcoin mining

1.Slush Pool

Chinese pools have always been leaders of the mining industry, however, the first pool ever is the Czech Slush Pool. It was founded in December 2010 and became the first bitcoin mining pool. Since then, Slush Pool miners have mined more than a million BTC and the service itself has become one of the most popular pools all over the world. Slush Pool has many secure servers in different countries, and user accounts are protected with two-factor authentication. Users of this pool can also mine Zcash. Slush Pool is indeed rather popular and has a very good reputation, however, its market share is smaller, compared to Chinese services.

2. Antpool

Antpool is a large Chinese pool and one of the top mining pools on the market. In addition to bitcoin, users can also mine Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Zcash, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Bytom, Monero, Siacoin and Dash. This pool pays daily rewards and is rather stable. Antpool also offers cloud mining with its HashNest service. The pool is owned by a Chinese company Bitmain – one of the largest and leading manufacturers of mining equipment. In addition, the company is also engaged in artificial intelligence development.

3. F2Pool

F2Pool is a popular Chinese service, operating since 2013. This pool supports a large number of coins – except for bitcoin, users have an opportunity to mine 14 more altcoins (including such popular cryptocurrencies, as Ethereum, Monero, Litecoin, Zcash, etc.). The service also enables its clients to mine several virtual currencies at the same time. F2Pool was a market leader in terms of hash rate for a long time, and today remains one of the top cryptocurrency pools.

4. BTC.com

BTC.com is an another large Chinese pool that currently leads the market. This one of the largest and most popular mining platforms was launched in 2016 and is also owned by the company Bitmain. In late April 2018, BTC.com reported to have mined 17-millionth bitcoin. So there are only 4 million coins more to come. Although the pool does not publish statistics on the number of users, Alejandro de la Torre, BTC.com vice president for development, told Coinlife that there are more than a million people using the service.

5. Viabtc

Viabtc is a true “Asian tiger”, founded in 2016, that became one of the mining industry leaders less than in one year. Like many other pools, it was initially “specialized” in bitcoin mining but introduced some other popular altcoins throughout its operation. Today its users can also mine Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Zcash, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash and Dash. Moreover, the pool offers cloud mining services. What is interesting about Viabtc is that it often has different loyalty programs to attract new users and strengthen relationships with “regular customers.”

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Three Hellish Days for Cryptocurrency: Reasons of The Fall of The Currency and What To Do Next?

The current condition of the cryptocurrency market raises a number of question from traders. For the third day, the industry is either trying to revive Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, or just watching the collapse of the course.

The question of what caused the collapse of the market and what should do those who still have cryptocurrency  – makes world crazy. That is why, The Coin Shark have found answers for all of these questions and analysed per minute history of the fall of currency of Bitcoin.

The Chronology of the fall from 14th to 16th November

Wednesday, November,14 , Bitcoin break another 2018 bottom.  According to data of CoinMarketCap, at 11:34 UTC the rate of the first cryptocurrency behaved stably, being at $6 365.

Nothing foretold troubles, but at 17:19 UTC began unexpected fall, which last till the 19:19 UTC, where the price of BTC remained in half-dead condition at $5 765. Therefore, the capitalisation of the marked fell to $102 billion.

After that, Bitcoin started to resist. In 20:04 UTC the currency show vital signs, increased to $5 858. But still, the end of 14th November was not a happy ending. In 22:48 UTC was settled a new record – $5 568.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

If compare the data with an individual market, then on a Bitstamp the price of the BTC has already dropped to $5 534, and on the Kraken – $5 510. Last two weeks, Bitfinex exchange trade Bitcoin more than $6 000 per each unit.

It turned out, that the 14th of November was still far from the end of BTC fall. According to CoinMarketCap, Thursday, November, 15, at 17:04 UTC, Bitcoin shocked everybody with the course of $5 358. On Bitstamp the first cryptocurrency down to $5 446, and on the Bitfinex – $5 638. At this point, this is the lowest course from the end of October, 2017.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

The condition of the cryptocurrency market for the last year is unstable. It is accompanied by unexpectable highs, as well as painful falls. But not only Bitcoin drop it’s price position on 14th of November. Together with it, into a deep red zone came the major part of other cryptocurrencies. In doing so, the total capitalisation fell by $190 billion.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

At the writing of this article, 16th of November, the condition of the cryptocurrency market is still in critical position – the course of Bitcoin stood at $5 500, and Ethereum backed down the second place in capitalisation Ripple.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

What caused the collapse?

Just think about it, less than 24 hours ago, it was possible to sell the BTC on a thousand dollar higher. Probably, it is impossible to define why “the foundation was cracked” under the cryptocurrency, as for the example it can be done in a regular market. In the digital, the effect is first  seen and only than the reason becomes known.

Reason #1: Contagious effect

On the basis of past, the cause of the fall have psychological nature.
For example, people are massively starting to buy cryptocurrencies or fanatically selling.

Reason #2 : Direct correlation

Each financial currency  pegged to its government, as for the example dollar – to the US economy. Cryptocurrency pegged with the people, which are both buying or selling it.

Reason #3: Global Bitcoin influence

Ironically, but there is a theory, that the general condition of the cryptocurrency is affected by Bitcoin. The value of all digital market is estimated in $182 billion, the $90 billion of which belongs to BTC. The majority of cryptocurrencies  should be transferred especially in Bitcoin, before the sale.
And now imagine, that selling of Bitcoin will start simultaneously several major players of the market. After this, the BTC prices are lowering, and this cause  the panic attacks more than ones: “ Buy everything and as quickly as possible, while the price is low!” – this makes the course to grow.

What should do the owners of cryptocurrency: sell or wait?

It depends on the inner aspects of each owner. Even when the course is rising – it still have cycles of fall.

Who and how will affect the collapse of rate?  

Cryptocurrency is the unstable tool. It’s system decentralised and doesn’t have the management center. Digital currency should strengthen the positions, so it can give the accurate forecast for the future. But, it appeared, that this fall will have no affect on ordinary users.

There is no denying, that in a consequence many crypto-business will close. Cryptocurrency exchange are in the minimum risk area, as in such cases the number of transaction increases.

Most of all, miners and the owners of the mining field will suffer the most. Since, the profitability depends on the price of extracted cryptocurrency. Within recent events, it is clear that mining is unprofitable occupation.

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Crypto Wars: Jihan Wu vs Craig Wright, Who Gets McAfee’s Support?

The infamous hard fork of Bitcoin Cash has created some tension between the major crypto personalities in the industry. It is especially the case with the supporters of the two different BCH protocols.

One of the main “fights” has started between the CEO of Bitmain Jihan Wu and a computer scientist Craig Wright, who have repeatedly gone at each other on the social media, claiming that their vision of Bitcoin’s future is correct. Later on, the “war” was joined by John McAfee who supported Jihan Wu.

Craig Wright did not take long to respond.

Hopefully, the conflict will be settled peacefully, because the crypto industry needs all of the abovementioned people to function properly and develop.

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The Twitter Account of Google Was Hacked to Promote a Scam BTC Giveaway

As we reported about a scam on Twitter yesterday, we had no idea that its organizers would go beyond hacking the accounts of Target and The Body Shop. We remind you:

A Major Twitter Scam Made Target Promote a Bitcoin Giveaway

But they did. They hacked the account of Google. According to the report by The Next Web, one of the official account of Google on Twitter, GSuite, became another victim of the hackers trying to endorse their fake Bitcoin giveaway.


Source: Twitter

The representative of Google stated the following:

This morning an unauthorized promoted tweet was shared from the G Suite account. We removed the tweet and are investigating with Twitter now.”

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A Major Twitter Scam Made Target Promote a Bitcoin Giveaway

Twitter scammers are getting more and more intricate to make their fraud look like it’s not fraud. This time another scam involves a couple of popular brands (and, surprisingly, not Elon Musk).

A couple of unknown crypto criminals started spreading a tweet, encouraging the community to participate in a BTC giveaway. The scammers promised to give out $30 million worth of crypto. The tweet were quickly deleted, but some members of the crypto community managed to capture it.

The most interesting part of this whole scam is that its organizers allegedly hacked account of such popular companies as Target, The Body Shop, AHDB etc. and used them to endorse their endeavour.

There seem to be no other details on the victims of the scam or whether the hackers were caught or not.

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Trading Bytecoin On Poloniex Requires 2000 Confirmations and 3 Days of Waiting

One of the biggest news outlet media CCN decided to conduct an investigation how much time a person needs to trade Bytecoin on Poloniex, and was abashed by the received results.

The reporter entered the exchange and was willing to use his Bytecoin holdings, thus, he made the deposit complying with all requirements of Poloniex exchange, like using payment ID and paying the transaction fees. After some hours, his assets were converted into pre-fork BCHABC and BCHSV tokens, yet there were still no Bytecoins.

Usually, Bytecoin requires 10 confirmations. The number is high due to unreliable mining network. After 6-10 hours, the reporter began worrying and decided to contact Poloniex support.

He received the following response:


Source:
https://www.ccn.com/

When CCN published this investigation Bytecoin had about 24 blocks in one hour. If 24/hour is a standard rate, then it means a deposit time requires nearly 84 hours – 3 ½ days – to complete all 2000 confirmations.


Source:
https://www.ccn.com/

We remind you

Bytecoin Cryptocurrency: What Rate Should We Expect in 2018?

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The Amount of Bitcoin ATMs All Over the World Has Reached 4000

As we have mentioned earlier, the number of ATMs which support Bitcoin was growing pretty fast. At the time of writing of our article, there were around 3.5 thousand BTC ATMs on all inhabited continents of the world. What has changed since that?


Source: Coinatmradar

Currently, the number of BTC ATMs is quickly approaching the mark of 4000 in 75 countries of the world. North America, namely the United States, remains the absolute leader in this regard, followed by Europe and Asia.  

We remind you:

Russian Police Arrested 22 Bitcoin ATMs

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