The Future of Cryptocurrency and What Can Happen to Bitcoin

The first virtual currency appeared back in 2009. It was Bitcoin, that still remains the leader on the cryptocurrency market, where there are already more than 1600 different coins. Today The Coin Shark will tell about the possible future of the virtual currency market and what famous businessmen and experts think about this.

How it all started: brief overview of Bitcoin rate

World’s first decentralized payment system was launched in 2009 and enabled users to make fast and secure transactions using Bitcoin cryptocurrency. The project was based on the blockchain technology where the information about transactions is recorded in a chain of connected blocks. During the first year Bitcoin was not traded on exchanges, because there were actually no cryptocurrency exchanges, and did not have a clear rate. In the summer, 2010, Mt.Gox exchange was opened, and Bitcoin exchange rate hardly reached 10 cents. In 2013 Bitcoin started with a price of about $15, but finished with almost a thousand dollars. The cryptocurrency managed to step over a thousand dollars mark in 2017.

Closer to the end of the year, Bitcoin rate reached its all-time hight of almost $ 20,000 per coin. Just in several weeks of December, it managed to increase from 10 to 19 thousand dollars. Bitcoin started the year 2018 with a sharp fall together with the whole cryptocurrency market. The rate experienced serious corrections and in the first quarter of 2018 Bitcoin cost fluctuates around 7-8 thousand dollars.

What do experts and entrepreneurs think?

It is interesting that most of the fiat money is currently also virtual – it exists on bank accounts. However, the ways of transferring assets within the framework of this traditional system have their drawbacks. Cryptocurrencies offer a new way of transferring assets. In May 2018, a well-known venture capitalist Tim Draper told Forbes, that in 2017 his forecast for growth of Bitcoin rate to $ 10,000 was based on the fact that he believed Bitcoin would be easy enough to use in the future and that people would use it as means of payment and a store of value. That’s why he himself decided to invest in virtual currency. Today Tim believes that Bitcoin’s liquidity will soon increase and people will be able to easily spend digital currencies. In addition, the number of Bitcoin users will also grow. His new forecast is 250 thousand dollars for a coin until 2022. In the long run, he is even more optimistic. In an interview, Tim says he believes the cryptocurrency will be used instead of fiat money in the future. “We will get to the point where we will go to buy coffee with fiat and the barista will look at us like we are crazy”- says the entrepreneur.

However, such a forecast may seem too optimistic for many people. Even Vitalik Buterin, the developer of one of the most popular virtual currencies Ethereum said that “cryptocurrency assets can depreciate to zero at any moment”. Bitcoin has many technical problems, for example, the scalability issue. The more users are there in the system, the more time it takes to process transactions in blocks. Small payments – the key to the massive adoption of the cryptocurrency – are currently not profitable.

Of course, it’s nice to have a million or so in your wallet, but what is its real value if you can not use it? It’s not that bad with Bitcoin but still not that good also. There are also various altcoins that try to find solutions to these problems.

Moreover, the relatively small capitalization of the cryptocurrency market makes it easy to speculate. This can affect the development of the system that many people consider to have a potential to change global economy. In addition, Google capitalization exceeds the capitalization of the entire digital currency market by more than two times.

Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz said he believes there is likely to be one or several legitimate and trusted virtual currencies in the future. Jim Reid, credit strategist of Deutsche Bank, that current debt crisis is a very serious challenge that fiat currencies are facing today. Perhaps we should consider alternatives. However, the cryptocurrency is obviously not yet ready to replace the entire traditional financial system.

Сonclusion

Anyway, people created money many times and in different places. It was a result of a consensus on the equivalent of value and always met the requirements of its time. Will cryptocurrency meet the requirements of today? Or will the drastic changes in the traditional economy and financial system go on another direction? The time will show.

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BitPay Transactions Surpasses $1B in 2018, B2B Payments Records 225% Increase

BitPay is a US-based bitcoin payment provider which has recently announced its financial results of the past year. The company has processed over $1 billion in transactions alone. Moreover, its B2B payments record 225% increase in compare to 2017.

The main reason of such a lift-off is that Bitpay added a lot of new clients, like Dish Networks, HackerOne, and the State of Ohio, as well as many other law firms, data center providers, and IT vendors.

The CEO of BitPay, Stephen Pair, commented on this development:

“BitPay’s B2B business continues to grow rapidly as our solution is cheaper and quicker than a bank wire from most regions of the world. To process over a $1 Billion for the second year in a row despite Bitcoin’s large price drop shows that Bitcoin is being used to solve real pain points around the world.”

BitPay mostly supports Bitcoin transactions, however, it also supports payments with Bitcoin Cash, Gemini, and Paxos. During that year a lot of companies had to lay off their employees due to the market situation, yet, Bitpay conversely increased its manpower by 78 percent in the past year.

In addition, BitPay is attractive to the investors, in 2018, it raised $40 million in Series B funding round taking the total raised capital to $70 million.

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A Video Gamer Received a 20-Bitcoin Donation on Twitch

A video game player under the nickname Sick Nerd received a donation from an anonym in the amount of 20 Bitcoins when playing the game RuneScape and streaming it on the platform Twitch.

Sick Nerd mentioned this on his Twitter:

At first, the streamer received only 4 BTC. He didn’t take it seriously right away, but kept receiving new donations in cryptocurrency. Overall, Sick Nerd became richer by over 20 BTC during his streaming session.

This is the largest crypto donation sent to a video game player ever, and, of course, the largest donation ever received by Sick Nerd (more than 70 thousand dollars).

Cryptocurrency keeps making its way into every sphere of human activity, and video games are no exception. We remind you:

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How to Get Bitcoin And How Profitable is Mining in 2019

Appearance of Bitcoin has marked the beginning of a new era in development and dissemination of money. 2018 became a crucial point for cryptocurrencies. In this article we will talk more about Bitcoin mining, find out what is needed and how to earn from it.

1. What is Bitcoin mining?

BTC mining is carried out with the help of specialized computer equipment, so-called Bitcoin farms. In order to open a new block, the miners resolve complex mathematical problems, for which the network rewards them with X number of coins.

Bitcoin algorithm is designed in such way, that every 210 thousand blocks the reward decreases exactly by twice. At the very beginning, miners received 50 coins for each new block, then this number was reduced to 25, and now this value is 12.5 BTC.

2. What are the ways to get Bitcoins?

Bitcoin is the most popular cryptocurrency in the world, many people would like to become its lucky owner. Here are some ways to do it:

– Bitcoin faucets. This is an absolutely free method to get coins. It lies in performing various simple tasks, such as decoding and entering captchas, clicks on advertising links, browsing advertisers` websites, etc. This work is absolutely simple, but it requires  patience. We want to remind you, that reward for such work is purely tokenistic and it is not possible to earn decent money from Bitcoin faucets.

– Mining. This method means investment into equipment. It can be completely different: you can organize home mining on graphics cards spending 2-3 thousand US dollars on it, or you can build a huge data center by investing hundreds of millions of US dollars into this enterprise. Thus the income should be directly proportional to the initial investment. Unfortunately, today cryptocurrency is so volatile that it is impossible to calculate how much profit Bitcoin mining will bring in 2019.

– Salary in crypto. Nowadays, the fact of getting salary in cryptocurrency is no longer supernatural. Yes, it is still uncommon, but it is far from single instance.

– Purchase. The most obvious way to get cryptocurrency is to purchase it. Nowadays, you can buy Bitcoin using a large number of services (exchanges, currency exchange offices, individuals, etc.).

3. What is needed in order to start BTC home mining ?

In general, this is rather a broad theme, but in this article we will only briefly run through the main points, without which home mining is impossible. So you need to:

  1. Buy equipment for mining (graphic cards or ASIC miners).
  2. Create a Bitcoin wallet. Without this it will be impossible to get coins.
  3. Select a mining pool. Nowadays the hash rate (total computing power of all the miners) of Bitcoin network is really huge, that is why the algorithm constantly increases its overall complexity. This is why it will be very difficult for one miner to open a new block even with sufficiently powerful equipment.
  4. Install a special software for mining.
  5. Follow the process and, if necessary, repair or replace the components.

You should also remember that mining equipment (especially ASIC-miners) make a noise and heat up while working, therefore installment of farms in a residential house is not a good idea.

4. What is cloud mining?

There is another way to start mining Bitcoins. This is a cloud mining. It does not involve physical contact of person with equipment. A user buys a certain amount of computing power at a large data center and immediately starts to get income from it. So, how is it better to mine Bitcoin, on your own or using cloud? Everyone will find his own answer. Definitely, profit of home mining will be higher, but cloud mining will ease your pain associated with farm maintenance. Someone is willing to pay for his or her comfort, but another one would prefer to do everything by independently, therefore, everyone decides on one’s own.

5. Which video adapters work best for Bitcoin mining?

Each particular video adapter has its own payback period, which directly depends on what is happening on the cryptocurrency market. 2019 has just started, so here is the list of the most cost-effective video adapters for BTC mining in 2018:

  • NVIDIA GTX 1080 TI.
  • NVIDIA GTX 1070 TI.
  • NVIDIA GTX 1070.
  • RADEON VEGA FRONTIER EDITION.
  • RADEON RX VEGA 56.
  • RADEON MINING RX 470.
  • NVIDIA P106-100 (GEFORCE GTX 1060).

6. How to calculate Bitcoin mining correctly?

Bitcoin rate is very volatile, network hash rate is also unstable, so, it is almost impossible to calculate exactly the mining profit. But there are convenient calculators which will help you to find out at least approximate numbers.

7. What does BTC rate depend on and what will happen next?

Bitcoin price varies in the trading range of USD 4000.00. Bitcoin emission is limited and it amounts to 21 million coins. Over 17 million ones have already been mined. But it is necessary to recall a double decrease in the remuneration for a found block, which occurs every 4 years. It is easy to calculate that over the next 30 years, more than 99% of all coins will be mined, and the remaining 1% will be mined over the next 100 years.

According to the laws of economics, this feature makes Bitcoin a very valuable and, most importantly, a limited resource. Now Bitcoin capitalization is about 70 billion US dollars, and it is absolutely a wasted number from the world scale perspective. Many market experts predict a great future for this coin, for example, John McAfee believes that 1 Bitcoin by December 2020 will be USD 1,000,000.00.

If to take a look at Bitcoin chart for the entire history, one can see approximately the same picture of what is happening: rapid growth, prolonged correction, stagnation after which the cycle repeats. Moreover, every time during the correction, the media “buries” Bitcoin, and the coin after some time again renews its previous records.

8. Conclusion

Bitcoin mining, as of the beginning of 2019, is not a very profit-making enterprise without major initial investment. Bitcoin mining should be considered more like an investment for the future, when BTC becomes a very scarce asset and its value can literally skyrocket. Well, we cannot do anything but wait and actively monitor the developments.

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GMO Will Keep On Mining Bitcoins at a Different Location

One of the world’s largest IT companies, Japan-based GMO has published its monthly report regarding its mining activities and the profits coming from them.

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Japanese GMO Releases a Monthly Update: What Has Changed As For Mining?

Based on the December’s document, the revenue from mining cryptocurrency has dropped down  significantly which implies that immediate measures must be taken.

One of the biggest pitfalls of mining is the amount of electricity consumed and its high price. Thus, GMO made a decision to relocate its main mining center into a different area, where electricity will cost way less.

We will relocate the mining center to a region that will allow us to secure less expensive power supply,” reads the report.

Moreover, the company refuted all the rumors regarding its alleged plans of giving up mining completely. Since 2017, when GMO first engaged into mining, it has earned massive profits and still sees potential in crypto.

As we may see in the statistical data, the mining reward for Bitcoin increased a lot in the last month of December, whereas Bitcoin Cash suffered a hard fall. But the crash of the crypto market and Bitcoin in particular could not be controlled by GMO and affected its business quite badly, making it “move houses”.

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80% of Galaxy Digital’s Shares: Mike Novogratz Has Faith In Happy Future Of Crypto

The CEO and founder of Galaxy Digital Capital Management, Mike Novogratz, announced that he had purchased more than 7 million shares of his company for CAD 7.42 million, that is nearly 5.5 million dollars. This acquisition made Novogratz the owner of 80% of the stocks of the Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd.

This action suggests that Novogratz is absolutely confident in happy future of crypto and will not give up on it, even though the second part of 2018 was a heinous period for digital coins.

Let us remind you that Novogratz’s company suffered heavy losses in Q1 of 2018, when crypto started to fall down slowly. However, billionaire investor stated that he was “proud” of the company, as it had overcome many difficulties. His positive way of thinking brought mixed financial results of Q2 and Q3 against the downfall of the cryptocurrencies value.

We also need to recall the predictions of Bitcoin price made by Mike Novogratz. In September, he assured everyone that Bitcoin had reached the “bottom” ($6400)  and there would be no way down later. Later, in November, he stated that the price of the world’s first cryptocurrency would exceed $10 thousand by the end of the year.

Unfortunately, most of his predictions did not come true, but this fact does not kill his hope in bright future of the cryptocurrency.

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The Dark Overlord Threatens To Reveal The Truth of 9/11 Attacks Unless Ransom in Bitcoin is Paid

The Dark Overlord, a hacking group, famous for posting unreleased episode of TV series “Orange is the New Black” in April 2017, decided to resume its blackmailing, however, this time it is not just an entertainment company Netflix, but insurance companies which possess information about 9/11 attacks.

The hackers claimed that they had hacked several insurance firms, like Hiscox Syndicates Ltd, Lloyds of London, and Silverstein Properties. These companies insured World Trade Centers in New York. It is still unclear what kind of information was stolen, but the culprits are trying to capitalize on conspiracy theories around the 9/11 attacks.

We’ll be providing many answers about 9.11 conspiracies through our 18.000 secret documents leak from @HiscoxComms and others #thedarkoverlord #911hacked#hacking #leak #cybercrime
            — thedarkoverlord (@tdo_h4ck3rs) December 31, 2018

One of the companies confirmed that the hackers had breached and stolen a few files related to the the September 11 attacks. The spokesman of the Hiscox Group wrote in email:

“The law firm’s systems are not connected to Hiscox’s IT infrastructure and Hiscox’s own systems were unaffected by this incident. One of the cases the law firm handled for Hiscox and other insurers related to litigation arising from the events of 9/11, and we believe that information relating to this was stolen during that breach.”

The hacking group sent a set of emails to that firms where it stated that the companies had to pay ransom in Bitcoin or The Dark Overlord unlocked different sets of files and the hidden truth of 9/11 attacks would be exposed.

They also mentioned that they offered to sell the information on the famous dark web hacker forum KickAss, as well as invited several Chinese and Russian terrorist groups to make purchase.

We remind you

Crypto Will Hardly Ever Sponsor Terrorist Attacks Like 9/11

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