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

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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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Crypto Personality: Vitalik Buterin

The Coin Shark launches a new rubric “Crypto personality”. Here we will share with you the biography facts of the most famous and influential people in the crypto world. All the most interesting information will be wrapped in the brand cover of comic books and represented to you in the format of a space story.

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You Can Now Buy a Cup of Coffee in a Swiss Cafe Using Bitcoin’s Lightning Network

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While cryptocurrency is leaking into the spheres of entertainment, music and sports, the food industry seems to be falling behind a little. Though McDonald’s did launch its MacCoin, frankly speaking, it had nothing to do with crypto except its name.

A little cafe in the capital of Switzerland managed to outrun the king of fast food. You can now purchase food and beverages there using the Lightning Network of Bitcoin. By the way, the cafe is called energyKitchen.

To come up with this upgrade, the management of the cafe partnered up with a local IT company, and here is the result – Bitcoin holders now orders meals from the online menu or scan QR codes outside the cafe and pay for everything in BTC.

Oliver Grugger, the owner of this cafe, revealed some details on his Twitter.

So if you happen to be in Bern with a couple Bitcoins in your virtual pocket, make sure to stop by energyKitchen and get a cup of coffee.

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McAfee Birthday Collection: Top-5 Eccentric Statements, Promises, Innovations and Scandals

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The editorial board of The Coin Shark wishes happy birthday to the most unconventional crypto personality John McAfee and hopes he will thrive and please the crypto community for many more years.

For this occasion we decided to compile the loudest things that McAfee has said or done this year.

1. There is no doubt that the wildest promise of John McAfee remains his infamous claim about the price of Bitcoin in 2020. The interesting part is, of course, related to the physical tortures that McAfee is ready to face if his predictions turn out to be wrong.

2. Another loud claim of McAfee was his firm intention to run for presidency during the next election. Given the low levels of popularity that the current US President is coping with, we believe that anything might happen at this point. Politics aside, no doubt that the crypto world will be thrilled to have such a president.  

3. We could not leave out the epic with McAfee’s crypto wallet Bitfi. Was it really hacked? Was McAfee planning to give such a pricy award? We don’t know. However, what we do know is that the story brought a whole lot of attention to the wallet, so maybe it was an ultimate goal in the first place.

4. The CoinMarketCap should beware, because John McAfee is on its toes. His own site with market capitalization and cryptocurrency exchange rates is already functioning.

5. Last, but certainly not least comes the McAfee crypto challenge. Brilliant minds with innovative crypto solutions can join his team to improve and develop the crypto world together.

Anyway, even if John McAfee does not eat any parts of his body or loses the run for presidency, he will always remain one of the brightest stars of the crypto universe. Happy birthday, John!

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Bitcoin Price Prognosis: How the Capitalization of the World’s First Cryptocurrency Will Change Over Time

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We often hear different economic terms to be used in relation to cryptocurrencies – volatility, capitalization, price, value, etc. Today we are going to talk about Bitcoin‘s market capitalization and will see whether this digital gold really constitutes any significant part of world’s assets.

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  1. What is market capitalization?
  2. Bitcoin capitalization
  3. Prognosis
  4. Conclusion

1. What is market capitalization?

Market capitalization is quite a broad term. However, the first association that comes to mind is,of course, stock market. There is no single opinion on cryptocurrency but cryptocurrency can be called a financial tool that resembles both, money and shares. There is market capitalization of valuable securities, joint-stock companies and the whole market. Respectively,It is the price of a share, all shares issued by a joint-stock company and aggregated cost of all shares that circulate on the stock market. Back to the cryptocurrency, in simple terms market capitalization is an index of a total cost of all the coins. Market capitalization level depends on the cryptocurrency rate and they jump up and down together.

2. Bitcoin capitalization

Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency in the world that was created in 2009. Today  more than 17 million coins circulate in the world and the maximum possible volume of mined BTC is restricted to 21 millions. Such a size of Bitсoin emission is layed down in the cryptocurrency code and cannot be changed. One of the important functions of this model is inflation prevention.  Only the fifth part of all the cryptocurrency reserve is to be mined and it will be done many years later. Considering the fact that every 210,000 mined block (one time in four years in average) slows down bitcoin mining two times when every new cycle begins. This formula allows to calculate that mining of 99% of all BTC will take 28 years and  mining of the last 1% will take more than 100 years!

However, back to the topic of the first cryptocurrency capitalization. In  2016-2017 Bitcoin became a synonym to bumper profit and goodwill. Digital currency was growing so fast that its holders didn’t have enough time to celebrate every new pick that the BTC rate reached day by day. Many people raised good money at Bitcoin and some people made even decadently big money,considering the fact that it wasn’t necessary to make efforts to gain the profit. The same way, cryptocurrency is associated with easy money, fast profit and other attractive things. At the same time there are more and more opinions about the significant impact that cryptocurrency has on world’s economy. Some are concerned that further development of uncontrolled decentralized financial systems are dangerous, while others think cryptocurrencies can create a really free economy of the future where everyone is their own central bank. However is cryptocurrency and Bitcoin in particular really a big issue for the world’s economy? In other words, is the digital gold really a big part of world’s capital? Well, figures from the CoinMarketCap can help figure it out.

So, today (mid-September, 2018) the total cryptocurrency market capitalization exceeds $190 billion which is by the way 4 times less than in late December, 2017 – early January, 2018. Back then the total cost of all coins circulating on cryptocurrency exchanges was almost $800 billion. It may seem really a lot, but in fact even back then the whole cryptocurrency market was worth less than just a single company – Apple. August 2nd, 2018 the total cost of all stocks of this company exceeded $1 trillion. Given that the stock market capitalization currently amounts to more than $65.5 trillion, cryptocurrency market capitalization looks rather small.

So what place does bitcoin have in the cryptocurrency market capitalization?

As a number of altcoins appeared and started developing, bitcoin dominance gradually decreased. In 2013 it exceeded 92%, and decreased almost by 10% until 2016. In summer 2017 bitcoin dominance was hardly 40% and Ethereum was snapping on its heels. Today BTC dominates, having 57% and the index started increasing since May, 2018.

Anyway, back in 2012 bitcoin market capitalization was only $0.06 billion while in December, 2017 it exceeded $336 billion. Today it is a bit higher than  $100 million and one BTC costs around $6.4 thousand.

3. Prognosis

As we already mentioned, the level of bitcoin market capitalization depends on the cost of every particular BTC. Today the cryptocurrency market seems to be starting to recover gradually from the rapid decline in the first half of 2018. At the same time, some experts believe that what we could observe in spring, 2018 was not really a collapse but just a correction of the rate after an unnaturally large increase in the end of 2017, when BTC was traded at $20,000 per a coin. In February, 2018, Jesse Powell, CEO and founder of a large U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange called Kraken, told CNBC that capitalization of the cryptocurrency market could reach $1 trillion in 2018. So he basically expects it not only to recover lost ground but also increase its economic power. Moreover, it still remains an open question whether institutional investors finally “jump” into the cryptocurrency market, which will positively affect its capitalization. In July 2018, in a talk about bitcoin Maxim Balashevich, founder of an analytical company Santiment, told Forbes that “about a month ago we were just at the bottom of the 4th wave, and today we are in the 5th wave that should lead us to something between $25,000 and $50,000”.

4. Conclusion

So, can we expect a huge increase of bitcoin and cryptocurrency market capitalization in the longer term? Hard to tell. Anyway, today BTC`s capitalization is tiny as compared to the capitalization of stock market and it will probably take a long time for digital currencies to reach the level of huge public companies capitalization, even if they once again start increasing in value lightning fast.

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A Bitcoin Challenge Started Out in China: 21 Days With 0.21 BTC. Why Was It Stopped After Just 3 Days?

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We all have seen these shows where a person needs to survive a certain period of time with a limited amount of money in different locations. The Chinese TV decided to take it even further and add a new twist to the story.

A girl named He You Bing took up a challenge, during which she had to survive 3 weeks only having 0.21 BTC (approximately 1300 USD). That was all the money she had for food, dwelling and satisfying basic needs.

Considering the prices in China and also the fact that He You Bing carried out the challenge in megalopolises like Shanghai and Shenzhen (which are even pricier), it would seem quite an impossible task to complete.

However, if we think of the situation with cryptocurrency in China, here came another trouble for the girl, which was way more serious than the little amount of money.

He You Bing simply couldn’t find establishments that accepted BTC as a means of payment. She went from place to place, but most of the times very few people even knew about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general, let alone accepted it. As a result, she had to eat wild fruits from the trees, free samples from shops and sleep in 24/7 cafes.

By the end of the 3rd day the challenge had to be stopped, and He You Bing had to be taken to the hospital due to starvation symptoms – the girl was on the verge of losing consciousness.

However, she reached ones of her goal – the challenge attracted attention of the public, thus, raising cryptocurrency awareness in China. Hopefully, next time the girl will choose less radical methods to do so.

We remind you:

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John McAfee Predicted the Bitcoin Price for 2020

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The crypto enthusiast John McAfee told in an interview about the future of Bitcoin’s price in the long term.

McAfee commented on the fall of Bitcoin from $7400 to $6400 in 3 days, he believes that this is the manipulation of the market:

“You can only manipulate something if you have the power to do so. Now if that thing becomes more valuable your power decreases, and the inherent value is many times the current price of Bitcoin. It just comes through always in every market situation. The people that are manipulating it, they are going to lose billions of dollars and then it’s going to be over.”

McAfee said that Bitcoin’s market is now in an “infantile state,” comparing it to a blade of grass susceptible to the wind or step. He also added that it will become “a fire raging in the forest” soon.

Finally, McAfee talked about the “mathematics” of the coin and made his own forecast of Bitcoin’s price for 2020:

“Why don’t we look at the last Bitcoin? We have thousands of people to mine one coin. What is that coin going to be worth? Maybe billions. Mathematics doesn’t lie. Say what you want, mathematics doesn’t lie. If it’s not a million dollars in 2020, it has to be. The end of 2020, December. That’s my prediction, I’m going to stand by it…it is the number 1 coin for processing transactions. Run the numbers.”

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