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Chatter Report: Vitalik Doesn’t Believe in Proof of Work, Chris Pacia Discusses Big Blocks

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In this latest roundup of crypto chatter from social media, Vitalik Buterin sparks debate by declaring that he doesn’t believe in proof of work. Also, developer Rhett Creighton is accused of foul play in the Bitcoin Private pre-mine scandal. Finally, Chris Pacia clarifies his stance on large block limitations.

Also read: A Look at Some of 2018’s Most Popular Cryptocurrency Traders

Vitalik Doesn’t Believe in Proof of Work

Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin turned a lot of heads recently when he tweeted to Bitcoin maximalist Giacomo Zucco that he doesn’t “believe in proof of work.”

Crypto Twitter erupted with responses. One commentator, Crypto Domains, pointed out the ridiculousness of Vitalik’s comment, comparing it to not believing “in oxygen.” Crypto Domains’ remark resonated widely, not least since Ethereum itself currently runs on a proof of work model.

Bitcoin Community Skeptical of Rhett Creighton

The Bitcoin Private team recently released an official statement explaining that they had no prior knowledge of the BTCP coins that were covertly created during the fork that birthed the project. Instead, they were mislead by developer airk42, they insist. Airk42 had started out innocently by accepting a bounty the team had placed. He then managed to became a BTCP developer and was promoted to contributor on Github. However, when airk42 merged his own code, he left out one crucial line and a bad actor exploited this bug, creating approximately 2 million additional coins.

Many in the cryptocurrency community were suspicious of the BTCP team and their official response. In a recent live stream by bitcoin trader Tone Vays, developer Jimmy Song pointed out that former BTCP developer Rhett Creighton left the project in a rather cryptic manner that foreshadowed the hack.

Likewise, Vays expressed skepticism at Creighton’s sincerity and quickly theorized that he may have secretly been airk42. Cryptocurrency trader Nick Core also agreed with Tone, explaining that scammers are prone to “leave projects before they are finished.”

Chris Pacia Clarifies Tweet on Blocksize Limitations

Bitcoin commentator u/satoshi_vision 1 recently called out Openbazaar developer Chris Pacia on the r/bitcoincashSV subreddit for Pacia’s comments that bitcoin software will start to break down when blocks reach about 22 MB in size. u/satoshi_vision 1 was criticizing Pacia, as Coingeek had mined a 64MB block at block height 557335.

We were told by Chris Pacia that 22MB blocks would not work, not we have blocks nearly 3x that size. from bitcoincashSV

Pacia was unable to defend himself on the subreddit, as he had been banned from participating on r/bitcoincashSV, despite never having commented on it before. Instead, Pacia took to Twitter to defend himself, explaining that his tweet wasn’t about the ability to mine a single large block.

Rather than large single blocks, Pacia was referring to the ability to mine many large blocks in tandem. He then went on to point out that the average blocksize over a one-hour period never went above 7 MB when BSV was mining 32 MB blocks.

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The 2018 Bitcoin Mining Ecosystem Saw Record Hashrates and New Devices

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2018 was a crazy year in regard to the price of cryptocurrencies losing more than 80 percent of their values since they touched all-time highs. Interestingly enough, even though the prices of major digital assets plummeted, the hashrate for SHA-256 coins skyrocketed during the months of August through October. Although the hashrate has declined significantly since the price was severely impacted negatively this past November.

Also Read: Crypto Bear Market Triggers Rise in M&A Activity

A Look at the Hashrates Securing the Most Popular SHA-256 Coins in 2018

Cryptocurrency miners secure blockchain networks for a profit and the cumulative proof-of-work (PoW) hashrate of all the SHA-256 coins has seen milestone after milestone in 2018. The total hashrate of both Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Bitcoin Core (BTC) networks combined surpassed 65 exahash per second (EH/s) last August. Since then, the combined hashrate of both networks is averaging 42 EH/s during the final week of 2018, as the hashrate tumbled over the course of the last eight weeks. The hashrate is still twice higher than it was last January, even though it had lost around 20-25 EH/s after the high.

The 2018 Bitcoin Mining Ecosystem Saw Record Hashrates and New Devices
Bitcoin Core (BTC) network hashrate 2018.

According to Coin Dance statistics, it is currently 4.10 percent more profitable to mine on the Bitcoin Cash blockchain. Furthermore, Coinwarz data details the BCH chain is the third most profitable PoW chain today. Since the SHA-256 hashrate declined rapidly during the first week of November and the BCH blockchain split occurred on the 15th, the Bitcoin Cash network hashrate has seen much better days. For instance, the cryptocurrency’s hashrate captured an average of 4-5 EH/s for most of 2018.

The 2018 Bitcoin Mining Ecosystem Saw Record Hashrates and New Devices
Bitcoin Core (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) hashrates combined, on Dec. 26.

However, because of the split and falling BCH prices, the network is only capturing 1.5-1.9 EH/s but has improved considerably since the last big price drop. When the price was under $100 per BCH, the hashrate was only .5-.9 EH/s (or 5,000-9000 petahash per second). The biggest mining pools on the Bitcoin Cash network this month are BTC.top, Viabtc, and BTC.com. The Bitcoin Core network’s largest pools today include BTC.com, Antpool, and Viabtc.

The 2018 Bitcoin Mining Ecosystem Saw Record Hashrates and New Devices
The top SHA-256 mining pools of 2018.

2018’s Next Generation ASICs

2018 also saw a lot of buzz surrounding new ASIC miners that utilize next-generation chips like 7 nanometer (nm) and 10nm semiconductors. Even though these machines received a lot of attention because crypto-markets had plummeted, they really haven’t lived up to their hype so far. Even if a machine packs a lot of terrahash per second (TH/s), it still has a hard time profiting this year. There are roughly six SHA-256 ASIC machines at the time of publication that are pulling in a profit by mining either BTC or BCH. The most profitable miner today is the Asicminer 8 Nano Pro, a machine that claims to pack a monstrous 76 TH/s. It is followed by the Ebang Ebit E11+ which makes $3.73 per day at current prices and claims to capture 44 TH/s per machine.

The 2018 Bitcoin Mining Ecosystem Saw Record Hashrates and New Devices

The 2018 Bitcoin Mining Ecosystem Saw Record Hashrates and New DevicesAsicminer’s 44 TH/s Nano version is capturing $3.36 per day but the fourth most profitable miner, the Innosilicon T3, isn’t available for purchase yet. Only five of the six most profitable SHA-256 miners can be purchased today and most of these devices process more than 23 TH/s. Also, a big surprise came this week from the manufacturers of the 7nm-powered B2 and B3 miners created by the GMO Group from Japan. According to the company, it won’t be manufacturing these machines going forward and it saw a record loss of $218 million during the last four months. Other mining operations have also recorded deep losses this year, like when Washington-based firm Giga Watt filed for bankruptcy. And local reports stemming from China this past November explained that miners in the region were “selling mining rigs by the Kilo as scrap.”

Even With the Ups and Downs — Hashrate Continues to Increase Over Time

The bear market of 2018 has definitely taken a toll on miners but even more so during Q4. This month, news.Bitcoin.com explained how Chinese miners have been shorting the spot markets in order to break even on electric costs stemming from unprofitable devices. These rigs are then sold on the secondary market and miners keep repeating the cycle until they can buy new machines when prices get bullish. Although our publication also reported on Matt D’Souza, the co-founder of Blockware Solutions, who explained that even though some operations were going bankrupt, other mining facilities have handled the cryptocurrency recession in a more inventive fashion.

Moreover, even though SHA-256 mined coins had their values chopped considerably in 2018 and their hashrate plummeted by 20-25 EH/s, both metrics are still significantly higher than ever before. There will always be highs and lows but an economy with an upward healthy trend over the long run is always a good sign.

What do you think about the hashrate climb this year and all the new machines announced? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

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Markets Update: Crypto Prices Begin to Slump as the New Year Approaches

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Most cryptocurrencies took a hit on Christmas Day, losing between 5-10% after having a decent run of solid gains last week. Some traders had assumed digital asset markets would be rather dull during the holidays, but the correction was deep and fast. At the moment, the entire cryptocurrency economy is worth $126 billion as traders are curiously waiting for the next big move.

Also read: Year in Review: 2018’s Top Cryptocurrency Stories

Crypto Markets Show It’s Too Soon to Call the Bottom

Cryptocurrency markets have consolidated a little after taking some deep losses during the early morning hours of Dec. 25. Global trade volume for the entire ecosystem of digital assets had dropped a few billion since last week’s price spikes, and bulls are starting to show signs of exhaustion. This Wednesday, the combined valuation of all 2,000+ cryptocurrencies in terms of 24-hour trade volume is roughly $17.4 billion. Bitcoin core (BTC) is trading for $3,792 at the time of publication and its markets are capturing $5.4 billion worth of today’s crypto trades. BTC is down 0.14% over the last 24 hours and down 1% for the week. The second largest market capitalization is commanded by ripple (XRP) which is trading for $0.36 per coin. Ripple markets are down 1.7% over the last day and are down 1.5% for the week.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Begin to Slump as the New Year Approaches
Top 10 cryptocurrencies on Dec. 26, 2018.

Ethereum (ETH) has had a much better run over the last few days, with ETH markets up 0.55% today and 21% during the course of the last seven days. ETH is trading for $127 per coin and has a total market capitalization of around $13.2 billion. Lastly, the fifth biggest market valuation is still held by eos (EOS), where each token is swapping for $2.52. EOS has a $2.2 billion market cap and is up 1.8% today but down 3.9% for the week.

Bitcoin Cash Market Action

Bitcoin cash (BCH) markets are still doing very well this week after last week’s phenomenal 140% gains. BCH is still up by 32% over the last seven days and markets are up 3.2% in the last 24 hours. At the moment, BCH is trading for $168 per coin and the market has an overall valuation of about $2.9 billion. Trade volume is about $100 million lighter than a few days ago as today’s global BCH trade volume is around $551 million.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Begin to Slump as the New Year Approaches
Bitcoin Cash (BCH) daily chart on Wednesday.

The top five exchanges swapping the most bitcoin cash are Lbank, Binance, Huobi, Coinbase, and Hitbtc. Lbank and Binance are capturing about ⅓ of today’s BCH trades. The top currency today paired against BCH is tether (USDT), with 47.3% of trades. This is followed by BTC (20.9%), ETH (16%), USD (7.4%), JPY (3.9%), and the KRW (1.9%). Bitcoin cash is the sixth most traded cryptocurrency on Wednesday above litecoin but below the volume of ripple.

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

Even though there was a sizeable dip the other day, a few indicators on the charts still look bullish. Looking at the four-hour BCH/USD chart on Bitstamp shows the two Simple Moving Averages will be crossing hairs very soon as the 100 SMA may rise above the longer term 200 SMA. For now, the path toward the least resistance is still the downside, but in the near term it looks like a trend change may appear.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Begin to Slump as the New Year Approaches
Bitstamp BCH/USD 4-hour on Dec. 26, 2018.

Right now the Relative Strength Index (RSI 4-H -44.96) is meandering in the middle, indicating more uncertainty. The Holidays may be inflicting a slight lull as the stochastic reports the same findings over a broad set of trading ranges. Looking at the order books shows bulls need to muster up more strength to penetrate the $200 region again and gain headway. On the backside, bears will see pit stops all the way until the $150 range and a few more speed bumps if it falls below that price zone.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Begin to Slump as the New Year Approaches
Bitstamp BCH/USD 4-hour window.

The Verdict: Uncertainty Remains Strong

This week has seen traders perusing ideas on Tradingview, some discussions between swing traders on Twitter, and Telegram trading channels showing people think the “bottom” has not yet been reached. The dip in trade volume was to be expected over the holidays between Christmas and New Year and analyzing crypto market trade volume may not be a great source of confirmation this week.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Begin to Slump as the New Year Approaches
Cryptocurrency & Fiat money flow over the last 24-hours on Dec. 26, 2018.

BTC/USD and ETH/USD shorts are still well above normal, but discernibly less than two weeks ago. If digital asset markets cannot hold above the 50-day exponential moving average (EMA) then traders may see even lower bottoms in the near future. Overall, uncertainty remains high for traders who won’t attempt to call the bottom. Their stance is prudent one given that price letdowns have been one of the few certainties throughout the entire year.

Where do you see the price of BCH, BTC and other coins heading from here? Let us know in the comments below.

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Bitcoin Obituaries Records 90 ‘Deaths’ in 2018

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According to the Bitcoin Obituaries webpage, the cryptocurrency ‘died’ 90 times in 2018. Since the inception of Satoshi’s great invention, almost a decade ago, economists and financial news publications have informed the public that bitcoin has passed away a grand total of 336 times.

Also read: Year in Review: 2018’s Top Cryptocurrency Stories

Dead Currencies Have ‘No Chance of Success’

Ever since the general public started hearing about cryptocurrencies, many financial bigwigs, well known pundits, Keynesian economists, and Wall Street executives have explained in great detail how Bitcoin has ‘died’. This has occurred on numerous occasions over the years. Mainstream media outlets have also stated time and again that Bitcoin was officially deceased. The Bitcoin Obituaries webpage hosted on the site 99 Bitcoins has around 336 recorded bitcoin ‘deaths’ over the years. 2018 has claimed 90 of those deaths during a spell when the crypto-economy was extremely bearish all year long.

Bitcoin Obituaries Records 90 'Deaths' in 2018

One would think that because cryptocurrency markets did so well in 2017 there would be fewer deaths declared than in 2018. However, the cryptocurrency bull run last year resulted in 125 obituaries for the digital asset. In 2018, most of the top cryptocurrencies lost more than 80 percent of their values since hitting all-time highs last year in December. The last death call of 2018 was a post written by Seeking Alpha author Anthony Garcia titled “Bitcoin: the decline is fundamental, unsolvable, and the end of BTC.” In the post Garcia states:

Bitcoin is literally worth nothing — Bitcoin has no chance of success because it’s worthless. It has nothing backing it but an illusion; no gold or silver or even a decree that it’s legal tender. It has no intrinsic value and no one needs it.

2017 and 2018 Had the Most Bitcoin Deaths per Year

Before that article, Santa Clara University Professor of Finance Atulya Sarin’s opinion piece on the financial publication Market Watch said that bitcoin is “close to becoming worthless.” Sarin explained in his 1,049-word document that the digital asset was the victim of the infamous “death spiral.” This past October the notorious Nouriel Roubini, otherwise known as Dr. Doom, sparked controversy when he said that “bitcoin represents the ‘mother of all bubbles.’” Roubini, a professor of economics at the New York University Stern School of Business, called digital currency advocates “crypto scoundrels.” The professor emphasized that the bubble is “clear” enough to see and “blockchain technology is nothing better than a glorified spreadsheet or database.”

Bitcoin Obituaries Records 90 'Deaths' in 2018
Nouriel Roubini’s post got crypto advocates all upset on Twitter in October.

It’s safe to say that as long as financial pundits like Jamie Dimon and Warren Buffet’s opinions are still catching headlines then Bitcoin will continue to die in 2019. To these bigwigs and many others, Bitcoin is a gimmick, and yet some of them like “blockchain technology” as long as it is centralized. One interesting phenomenon is the fact that even though bitcoin has grown immensely in value since 2010, it has died increasingly year after year. Bitcoin ‘died’ the most consecutive times throughout 2017 and 2018 with close to ¾ of the deaths during those years. Otherwise, 2015 was a distant third with 39 total bitcoin deaths. Bitcoin’s oldest published obituary according to 99 Bitcoins was written in 2010, which claimed the asset could never be a currency. When bitcoins were worth $0.23, the Underground Economist author stated at the time:

Either it will remain a novelty forever or it will transition from novelty status to dead faster than you can blink.

What do you think about bitcoin dying 90 times this year? Why do you think the cryptocurrency has had so many obituaries over the last two years? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.


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Year in Review: 2018’s Top Cryptocurrency Stories

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After an intense 2017, filled with cryptocurrency market spikes, the following year was loaded with letdowns as a great majority of digital assets plunged well over 80 percent in value since their all-time highs. 2018 was also filled with lots of headlines about digital currency regulations, exchange hacks, and postponed exchange-traded funds.

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2018 Saw Hundreds of Billions Shaved Off the Entire Cryptocurrency Market Cap

It’s safe to say that 2018 was the exact opposite of 2017 as far as the year-over-year cryptocurrency market price changes. On Dec. 31, 2017, the top ten market capitalizations and the prices of each coin were vastly different than today. The top five coins had considerably more fiat value at the time with bitcoin core (BTC) trading for $13,170 per coin, ripple (XRP) $2.12, ethereum (ETH) $721, bitcoin cash (BCH) $2,459, and cardano (ADA) $0.69.

Year in Review: 2018’s Top Cryptocurrency Stories

Throughout the entire year, all of the biggest coins by market valuation have lost more than three-quarters of their net worth since December 2017. The entire ecosystem’s market valuation saw an all-time high of more than half a trillion dollars and today that metric is just above $100 billion.   

Year in Review: 2018’s Top Cryptocurrency Stories

South Korean Regulation

Throughout most of January and February, talks of digital currency regulation began to heighten across the globe. These two months, in particular, saw a lot of regulatory discussions stemming from South Korea. Headlines deriving from Korean government officials were so frequent and very similar to the countless People’s Bank of China (PBOC) ‘ban’ announcements in the past. At the end of January 2018, for the first time ever a South Korean court ruled that bitcoin has economic value. Moreover, the country introduced a nationwide cryptocurrency account system, which banned the anonymous trading of digital assets in South Korea.

Year in Review: 2018’s Top Cryptocurrency Stories
After the country became a cryptocurrency hotbed in 2017, the first quarter of 2018 saw a lot of digital currency regulation in South Korea.

Compromised Exchanges

In addition to all the news about South Korea, the Japanese exchange Coincheck was compromised for $400-534 million USD worth of the cryptocurrency NEM, on Jan. 26. While digital asset proponents witnessed yet another historic exchange hack, the platform’s loss didn’t affect markets that much. Another hack took place this past April, when the Indian cryptocurrency exchange Coinsecure’s wallet was breached for $2.7 million worth of BTC. At the time, the company blamed it’s CSO Amitabh Saxena for playing a role in the incident. Last September, Indian law enforcement filed charges against a few suspects and explained that an insider had helped facilitate the crime.

Year in Review: 2018’s Top Cryptocurrency Stories
Coincheck and Coinsecure were the biggest exchange hacks of 2018.

Lots of ICOs Fail Miserably

Year in Review: 2018’s Top Cryptocurrency Stories2018’s Q1 saw the beginning of big initial coin offerings (ICOs) having lots of troubles with special agencies like the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). One of the first busts last year was when the Texas Department of Banking Commissioner issued a cease and desist order to an alleged ‘decentralized cryptocurrency-bank.’ The Bitshares-connected Arise Bank was one of the first of many ICOs that started having troubles with the law. In February, the cryptocurrency community had learned that 46 percent of 2017’s ICOs had already failed. All year long, there have been numerous crackdowns throughout the world specifically targeting ICO operations. U.S. regulators charged music producer DJ Khaled and the boxer Floyd Mayweather this past November for failing to disclose payments they took for ICO promotion.

Maduro’s Petro

Another interesting story this year was the introduction of the world’s first state-issued cryptocurrency in Venezuela. Well, no one’s really sure if the ‘petro’ works yet, but all year long Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro has touted the benefits of the ‘oil-backed’ token. This past November, the Ministry for Communication and Information enacted a new law which established the petro for commercial transactions inside the country. Further, just recently, Maduro raised the petro’s price from 3,600 to 9,000 bolivars. The entire world has been watching the Venezuelan people suffer from economic hardships, while Maduro and fellow associates toy around with a so-called ‘multi-asset backed’ cryptocurrency created in secrecy.

Year in Review: 2018’s Top Cryptocurrency Stories
Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro is pushing the first state-issued cryptocurrency called the Petro. 

Delayed Institutional Trading Products

Even though markets dumped all year long, cryptocurrencies did see a lot of institutional interest this year. Crypto-advocates will remember patiently waiting for a U.S.-based exchange-traded fund (ETF) approval once again in 2018. Back in July, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Cboe) filed an application for a BTC-based ETF that will be tethered to the Vaneck Solidx Bitcoin Trust. The same month, the SEC postponed its decision concerning five bitcoin-related ETFs filed by NYSE Arca.

Year in Review: 2018’s Top Cryptocurrency Stories
US regulators postponed many ETF decisions in 2018.

This was the case throughout all of 2018, as Bitcoin ETFs were delayed all year long. U.S. regulators had also asked for public opinion concerning Cboe’s ETF filing and received an overwhelming response. On Dec. 6, the SEC delayed its decision again and explained it will decide on the fate of the Vaneck Solidx bitcoin ETF in February 2019. Moreover, bitcoiners have been waiting for the Bakkt bitcoin daily futures contracts offered by the Intercontinental Exchange, which was supposed to start trading this month, but the product was also delayed.     

Bitcoin Cash and the Tale of Two Forks

The Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network had an interesting year, to say the least, as it underwent two forks in 2018. The first fork in the spring was quite successful, resulting in a bunch of new features like re-enabled opcodes and a 32MB block size increase. Since the upgrade, BCH saw a huge influx of development, including many new applications like Memo.cash, Blockpress, Joystream, Marco Coino, Coinfundr, Akari, Telescope, Simple Ledger Protocol, Wormhole, and more. In the first week of September, the Bitcoin Cash network processed millions of transactions on a daily basis during a week-long ‘stress test.’

Year in Review: 2018’s Top Cryptocurrency Stories
Back in May, the BCH protocol upgraded successfully with new opcodes and a 32MB block size increase. However, in November the scheduled fork on the 15th became contentious and led to a blockchain split.

On Sept. 1, BCH miners confirmed 2,060,041 transactions (tx) in 24 hours and statistics showed that the BCH chain had processed 85,835 tx per hour, and 23.8 tx per second.

However, after the stress tests, the planned hard fork for Nov. 15 became contentious and the fork resulted in a blockchain split. After gaining the most proof-of-work and a majority of the infrastructure support, the Bitcoin ABC side of the fork was rewarded with the “BCH” ticker, and the other network’s ticker is listed as “BSV” across global exchanges. The BCH community is steadily moving on from the split, and the decentralized cryptocurrency saw a 140 percent increase in value over the last week.

In 2019 the Crypto-Landscape Is Sure to Be Interesting

Most crypto-markets have done much better during the end of this December, and many enthusiasts are curious about what next year will bring. Of course, most cryptocurrency supporters believe the long haul will pay off in the end, and there will always be some hurdles along the way. There was a whole lot of other interesting events in 2018 and 2019 is sure to be just as intriguing. One thing is for certain, no matter what year it is — There’s never a dull day in Bitcoin-land.

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A Look Back at the Top Cryptocurrency Markets From Christmases Past

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The cryptocurrency ecosystem has grown dramatically in just a few years, with the number of crypto markets increasing from 59 in 2013 to over 2,000 today. Looking at historic snapshots of the cryptocurrency markets from Christmases past also shows a significant turnover in the leading altcoins by market cap.

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Number of Crypto Markets Increases by 10x During 2014

A Look Back at the Top Cryptocurrency Markets From Christmases PastWhile many point to 2017 as the year in which the cryptocurrency markets saw their most dramatic growth, 2014 saw the number of virtual currencies increase by nearly 1,000%. As of Dec. 28, 2014 there were 506 active markets according to Coinmarketcap, up from just 59 on Dec. 22, 2013.

Despite the impressive growth in the number of active markets, the price performance of many of the leading cryptocurrencies by market cap was extremely bearish, with six of the top 10 cryptocurrencies losing more than 80% in one year.

Between Dec. 22, 2013 and Dec. 28, 2014, BTC lost nearly 50%, falling from $619 to $316. Litecoin (LTC) fell from the second ranked market by capitalization to fourth, posting an 84% loss from roughly $17.10 to $2.74. Ripple (XRP) was the only top market to gain year over year, up 7% from $0.022 to $0.024. XRP climbed from third to rank as the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap.

Peercoin (PPC) fell from the fourth largest crypto to rank 19th, posting an 81.5% loss as prices dropped from $3.12 to $0.58. Fifth-ranked namecoin (NMC) dropped to 13 with price falling 82.5% from $4.13 to $0.72. Quark (QRK) went from the sixth largest crypto to rank 27th with a price drop of 92.6%. Nxt (NXT) posted the second strongest performance among the top-ranked crypto markets of late 2013, climbing from seventh to ninth despite an 18% drop in price from $0.02 to $0.017.

At the end of 2013, bitshares PTS (PTS) comprised the eighth largest crypto by market cap with a token value of $12.45. One year later, PTS was ranked 45th after suffering a 99.99% drop from $12.45 to $0.00049. Ninth-ranked worldcoin (WDC) dropped to 53rd, posting a 98.5% loss from $0.4 $0.006. Megacoin (MEC) fell from 10th to 48th by market cap, producing a 96.8% drop from $0.52 to $0.017.

Five of the top 10 virtual currencies as of late 2013 retained their top 10 ranking the following year.

Of 2014’s Top Markets, Only BTC and LTC Posted Price Gains 1 Year Later

A Look Back at the Top Cryptocurrency Markets From Christmases PastBTC gained 32% from Dec. 28, 2014 to Dec. 27, 2015, up from $316 to trade for $416.50. Ripple was able to retain its position as the second largest crypto market despite losing 94% from $0.024 to $0.0062. Despite ending 2014 as the third-ranked crypto market, Paycoin (XPY) would close 2014 as the 48th-ranked cryptocurrency after posting a 99.6% loss from $10.74 to $0.038.

LTC gained 25% during 2014, moving from fourth to third alongside a price increase from $2.74 to $3.43. Fifth-ranked bitshares (BTS) dropped to eighth, posting an 80% loss from $0.016 to $0.003. maidsafecoin (MAID) moved from sixth to tenth, producing a 72% drop in price from $0.05 to $0.014.

Seventh-ranked stellar (XLM) finished 2015 as the ninth-ranked crypto market, falling 70% from $0.0058 to $0.0017. Despite dogecoin (DOGE) falling 23% from $0.00018 to $0.00014, doge ascended from the eighth largest cryptocurrency to rank sixth at the end of 2015. Ninth-ranked NXT fell from the top ten rank 11th alongside a price drop of 63% from $0.0161 to $0.006167. While PPC posted a yearly loss of 31% following a drop from $0.578 to $0.4, PPC ascended the market cap rankings from 10th to seventh.

Eight of the dominant markets from Christmas 2014 held their top 10 ranking as of the end of 2015. The number of active markets increased 11% from 506 to 562.

BTC, ETH, DASH, and MAID Posted Triple-Figure Gains for 2016

A Look Back at the Top Cryptocurrency Markets From Christmases PastBTC gained 111% from $416.50 on Dec. 27, 2015 to $878.80 on Christmas Day 2016, following a year of bullish action for the cryptocurrency markets. XRP posted slight gains during 2016, up 3.4% from $0.00617 to $0.00638, resulting in a drop from second to third, ranked by market cap. While LTC posted a 27% gain from $3.43 to $4.35, LTC also shifted down one rank, finishing 2016 as the fourth largest cryptocurrency.

Fourth-ranked ethereum (ETH) was the top performing market of 2016, gaining nearly 760% from $0.85 as of late 2017 to finish the year as the second largest crypto asset with ETH trading for $7.29. Despite dash gaining nearly 270% from $2.69 to $9.91 between the Christmases of 2015 and 2016, it moved from the fifth ranked cryptocurrency to seventh as of Dec. 25, 2016. Sixth-ranked doge fell from the top 10 during 2016, finishing the year as the 13th largest market after posting a 42% gain from $0.00014 to $0.00023.

PPC was the only top market of late 2015 to post a loss one year later, dropping from seventh to 38th in market cap ranking after producing a 43% loss from $0.41 to $0.23. BTS posted a 26% gain from $0.0034 to $0.0042, however fell from eighth to 25th ranked cryptocurrency by capitalization. Despite posting a 55% gain from $0.0017 to $0.0026, XLM slid from ninth to finish the year ranked 16th. Maid moved from 10th to finish the year as the eighth largest cryptocurrency following a massive 620% gain from $0.014 to $0.10.

Six of the leading markets from late 2015 maintained their position in the top 10 as of Christmas 2016. The number of active markets increased by 15% from 562 to 644.

2017 Bull Trend Drives Record Prices

A Look Back at the Top Cryptocurrency Markets From Christmases PastSanta delivered a bountiful Christmas to the cryptocurrency community in 2017, with nine of the top 10 markets posting four-figure or five-figure gains between Dec. 25, 2016 and Dec. 24, 2017.

BTC gained 1,500% last year, increasing from $879 to $14,057. ETH held its position as the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap, gaining 9,345% from $7.29 to $688.59 in a single year.

Ripple posted the second strongest price gain among the top markets for 2017, growing 17,140% from $0.00638 to $1.10. Despite the enormous increase in price, XRP slipped one rank to finish the year as the fourth largest cryptocurrency. LTC moved from the fourth to the fifth-ranked crypto asset by market cap alongside a 6,255% increase in price from $4.35 to $276.49.

Monero (XMR) moved from the fifth ranked cryptocurrency to 10th, gaining 3,455% from $9.63 to $342.43. Sixth-ranked ethereum classic (ETC) dropped to 17th during 2017, however gained 2,725% from $1.10 to $31.10. Despite gaining 12,140%, dash dropped one rank by market cap, moving from seventh to eighth.

Eighth-ranked maidsafe fell out of the top rankings during 2017, finishing the year in 55th after gaining 670% over the dollar but falling significantly against BTC. Nem (XEM) retained its position as the ninth-ranked market after gaining 24,345% from $0.004 to finish the year as the strongest performing leading market, with XEM trading for $0.88. Despite posting a gain of 2,280% from $2.89 to $68.83, 10th-ranked augur (REP) moved from 10th to 36th ranked cryptocurrency.

Seven of the top 10 markets from 2016 retained their leading rank one year later. The number of active markets increased by roughly 100% from 644 to 1,334 at the end of 2017.

All Leading Markets Post Heavy Losses for 2018

A Look Back at the Top Cryptocurrency Markets From Christmases PastBTC has dropped 70% in the last 12 months, falling from $14,057 on Dec. 24, 2017 to trade for roughly $4,230 today. ETH dropped from the second to the third ranked cryptocurrency by market cap following by a yearly drop of 77% from $688.60 to $156.80. Bitcoin cash (BCH) moved from third to fourth, accompanied by a 93% loss from $2,956 to $206.

XRP posted the weakest loss of the top performing markets over the last year, moving from fourth to second ranked market cap alongside a 60% drop from $1.10 to $0.44. LTC fell by 87% from $276.49 to $36.11 while moving from fifth to seventh by capitalization. New entrant cardano (ADA) moved from fifth to 11th this year, shedding 87.5% of its value from $0.39 to $0.05.

Seventh-ranked iota (MIOTA) now sits at 12th, following an 89% drop from $3.45 to $0.38. Dash moved from eighth to 14th this year, in the process losing 91.5% from $1,212 to $102. After ranking ninth for two consecutive Christmases, XEM appears poised to greet Santa as the 16th largest cryptocurrency, having lost 91% from $0.88 to $0.079. 10th-ranked XMR fell 83% from $342.43 to trade for $57.65 over the last year, currently positioned as the 13th largest market by capitalization.

Six of the dominant markets from last Christmas have held their position in the top 10, three of which have consistently held their leading position since 2013. The number of active markets has increased from 1,334 to 2,067 over the last 12 months.

How do you think the cryptocurrency markets will be performing next Christmas? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!


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Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Gains More Than 140% This Week

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Cryptocurrency markets have been bullish lately as most of the top digital asset prices have seen decent gains over the last week. The overall market capitalization of all the coins in existence is roughly $132 billion this Sunday and global trade volume has increased significantly considering it’s the weekend before the holidays with $20 billion traded over the last 24 hours.

Also read: Everything You Need to Know to Start Trading Cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrency Bulls Still Have the Reigns

On Sunday, Dec. 23 the day before Christmas Eve, there’s been more digital asset swaps than usual compared to a few holiday trading sessions in the past. Global digital currency trade volume for many of the top cryptocurrencies has increased significantly since the big drops in price two weeks ago. The top ten digital asset markets are also up in value between 2 to 15 percent over the last 24 hours increasing the general market valuation of the entire crypto-economy. Bitcoin core is up 2.6% for the day and 21.7% over the last seven days. This gives BTC a global average of about $3,991 per coin and a market capitalization of around $69.6 billion. The cryptocurrency BTC currently has $6.2 billion worth of the entire ecosystem’s $20 billion worth of 24 hour global trade volumes.  

Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Gains More Than 140% This Week

The second highest valued market today is ripple (XRP) which is trading for $0.37 per coin and has a $14.9 billion market valuation. There’s been more than $648 million worth of XRP swapped over the last day and markets are up 3.3% this Sunday. The third highest valued market today commanded by ethereum (ETH) is up 14.5% over the last 24 hours and 47% for the week. One ETH is swapping for $128 across global exchanges and has a market valuation of around $13.3 billion. Lastly, the fifth position belongs to eos (EOS) this weekend as each coin is trading for $2.79 and markets are up today 9%. EOS markets have jumped 43% over the last seven days.

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Market Action

The phenomenal gains that bitcoin cash (BCH) had seen a few days ago have tapered a bit but BCH gained a whopping total of 140% for the week. Today BCH is up 4.6% and each coin is trading for $197. The top five BCH trading platforms swapping the most BCH this Sunday includes Lbank, Binance, Huobi, Coinbase, and Bitbank. Bitcoin cash trade volume is fairly high today capturing $610 million in trades over the last day. BCH is the sixth most traded cryptocurrency this weekend below ripple and above litecoin markets. The top currency pairs trading with BCH include USDT (42%), BTC (21%), ETH (19%), USD (8.7%), and the JPY (4.2%). The Korean won (KRW 1.9%), and the euro (EUR 1.5%) pairs against BCH are trailing not too far behind.

Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Gains More Than 140% This Week

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the BCH/USD 4-hour charts on Bitstamp shows bulls have the reigns and are seemingly still going strong. At the moment there is a lot of resistance between the current vantage point and price higher than $225. The two Simple Moving Averages (SMA) still have a decent gap between them but the 200 SMA looks as though it may drop below the short term 100 SMA trendline. This would indicate that the path towards least resistance would change to the upside but for now, it remains toward the downside.

Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Gains More Than 140% This Week

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) shows conditions are nearing overbought regions at 65.84 on the 4-hour chart. BCH bulls have shown their prowess on the 3-day chart and the percentage gains were far more than most digital assets in this time frame. The Moving Average Convergence/Divergence (MACd) has been dipping downward at the time of publication and shows room for improvement over the next 24 hours. As mentioned above, order books also show bulls need to surpass the $225 range to get some better momentum. On the backside, bears will see some light resistance back to $177 but after that, there are fewer foundations.

Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Gains More Than 140% This Week

2017’s All-Time Highs Are Still Far Away

Cryptocurrency market sentiment this weekend is far better than the last few weeks of brutal dumps and price fake outs. Although 80-90% corrections are not out of the ordinary when it comes to digital asset volatility and market declines in the past. There is still a strong amount of skepticism and pessimistic traders who feel the past few days may not be indicative of a market bottom. On the other hand, BTC/USD and ETH/USD short positions on Bitfinex have dropped considerably this week indicating that traders may not be so confident the price will drop again. Overall cryptocurrency infrastructure continues to grow stronger and well known financial institutions are clearly making moves on the sidelines. Still, it will take a large factor to drive cryptocurrencies higher in value and surpass the all-time highs of 2017.

Where do you see the price of BCH, BTC and other coins heading from here? Let us know in the comments below.

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Bitcoincash.org Publishes Redesigned Website and Development Roadmap

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Bitcoin Cash (BCH) supporters have noticed the Bitcoincash.org website has been redesigned. The web portal hosts a comprehensive list of the network’s infrastructure including nodes, wallets, community services, and exchanges. Alongside the recent upgrade, the landing page leads to the BCH network’s development roadmap which highlights the plan to make bitcoin cash sound money that is usable by everyone in the world.

Also read: How to Spend and Give Bitcoin Cash Over the Holidays

All Things Bitcoin Cash

Bitcoincash.orgBitcoincash.org Publishes Redesigned Website and Development Roadmap has seen a complete overhaul as the page has a whole new look and feel for visitors who happen to stumble upon the website. The main emphasis of the web page showcases the benefits of peer-to-peer electronic cash that allows for cheap transactions on a secure and reliable blockchain. “[Bitcoin Cash] will enable new economies with low fee micro-transactions, large business transactions, and permissionless spending,” explains the website. Like the older version of the website, Bitcoincash.org features all the full node implementations that support the BCH network. This includes Bitcoin Unlimited, ABC, XT, Parity, Bitprim, Bcash, Bchd, and Copernicus. Each node window will take the visitor to the full node client’s webpage, where they can view the source code and binaries.

Bitcoincash.org Publishes Redesigned Website and Development Roadmap
The variety of full node implementations available for BCH.

The wallet section gives a bit more detail on what type of wallet people might be looking for and suggests a few methods of BCH programs that allow fast transactions and secure storage. This includes mobile wallets, desktop implementations, hardware wallets, and paper wallet generators. The community section lists services, projects, and the wide variety of exchanges that support the BCH network.

Bitcoincash.org Publishes Redesigned Website and Development Roadmap
Projects tethered to the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) protocol.

The newly refurbished site also has a logo section for people who want to download certain BCH graphics and even the Ubuntu bold and italic font. Moreover, Bitcoincash.org has a ‘getting started’ section which has various educational resources available for people just getting their feet wet in this vast ocean of innovative technology.

“Peer-to-peer (P2P) electronic cash is simply described as online money sent from one person to another without the need for a trusted third-party,” the introduction to the getting started page details.

Bitcoincash.org Publishes Redesigned Website and Development Roadmap
Infrastructure services that support Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

The BCH Roadmap for Optimizations and Protocol Upgrades

Bitcoincash.org has also published its roadmap, which gives details on the upcoming upgrades that are currently being developed and discussed. The very basics of the Bitcoin Cash is sound, the website explains, but it is not perfect. “It is prudent to make incremental improvements to the system with technically sound design and careful engineering. By implementing optimizations and protocol upgrades, peer-to-peer digital cash will scale many orders of magnitude beyond current limits,” the BCH roadmap reads. Furthermore, Bitcoincash.org details that technical improvements can be defined by the following three categories:

  • Enable Bitcoin Cash to scale from ~100 Tx/s to over 5,000,000 Tx/s. Protocol improvements must be made so that mass-parallelization can enable this level of transaction processing.
  • Improving the payment experience to ensure that it is instant and reliable. Transactions should be secure within three seconds.
  • Make Bitcoin Cash extensible. An extensible protocol makes future improvements less disruptive and provides a solid base for businesses and developers to build on.
Bitcoincash.org Publishes Redesigned Website and Development Roadmap
A visual of the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) development roadmap.

News.Bitcoin.com previously reported on the 2019 BCH hard fork specification draft proposal #143 on Github. The specifications discussed the possible implementation of Schnorr signatures and re-enabling the following opcodes: OP_Mul, OP_Invert, OP_Lshift, and OP_Rshift. Bitcoincash.org’s roadmap notes that in order for BCH to become a solid base for application, development and innovation must continuously improve and compete. “Working together, we can build a technical foundation to empower Bitcoin Cash to be the best money the world has ever seen.” The development documentation also includes an infographic on the roadmap that was originally published on Aug. 24, 2018.

What do you think about the Bitcoincash.org revamped website and development roadmap? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.  


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Bitcoin Cash Payment API Gateway.cash Adds a Variety of New Features

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Last October, news.Bitcoin.com reported on a new Bitcoin Cash (BCH) payment processor called Gateway.cash. Since then the Gateway developers have added a variety of features to the BCH platform like instant web-sockets, custom audio, and client-side callbacks for real-time applications.

Also read: How to Spend and Give Bitcoin Cash Over the Holidays

After the BCH Split Organizations Like Gateway.cash Have Emphasized ‘We Will Compete’

Bitcoin Cash Payment API Gateway.cash Adds a Variety of New FeaturesAfter the Bitcoin Cash split, the Money Button and Yours.org creator Ryan X Charles told his Twitter followers his apps would be following the BSV network. Four days later on Twitter, Charles said: “I look forward to seeing the ABC competitors to Yours and Money Button — Best of luck to you all.” Not too long after the post, a new Bitcoin Cash blogging website was launched called Honest Cash and the payment processor Gateway responded to Charle’s tweet.

“Hi, Gateway.cash will be a Money Button competitor for Bitcoin Cash and is now released open-source — The project is led by Ty Everett and he is looking for contributors,” the Gateway organization stated responding to Charles on Nov. 19.

Bitcoin Cash Payment API Gateway.cash Adds a Variety of New Features

New API Enhancements

Since the Gateway bitcoin cash-powered payment button and the processing application launched, the developer has added a slew of new features to the application program interface (API). Added enhancements include callback URLs, native currencies, custom audio sounds, client-side callbacks for real-time applications, instant web-socket payments, direct deposit to an address, and more. The Gateway developers have also published specifications for the Gateway.cash API which gives platform examples, useful descriptions and annotations. The documentation explains that the API can be hosted over HTTP or HTTPS with the user’s current URL as the basepoint. The website’s API documentation is quite extensive with examples shown on the right side of the screen and the Gateway API specifications page welcoming the user by stating:

Welcome to the Gateway.cash API — You can use our API to create and manage merchant accounts, make and receive Bitcoin Cash payments, keep track of invoices and more.      

Bitcoin Cash Payment API Gateway.cash Adds a Variety of New Features

Open Source Community Pitches In

When news.Bitcoin.com first reviewed Gateway back in October, the button feature worked well and also offered a QR code so any wallet could pay the button. In contrast to the Money Button, there were no issues using the Safari browser as the application worked well in every browser tested. With the latest developments, the Gateway team and lead programmer Ty Everett have been offering the community bounties so the open-source community can contribute to the Gateway project.

Bitcoin Cash Payment API Gateway.cash Adds a Variety of New Features

Other well known developers have been helping the Gateway project like the BCH programmer Ftrader and Flowee the Hub have given the Github repository some assistance. “The first PR by a community member has been merged,” detailed the Gateway team. “Big thanks to Flowee the Hub for being the first contributor to Gateway.”

The Gateway project has explained on social media channels and forums that the developers are extremely grateful to the Bitcoin Cash development community.

“Thank you for contributing — Open-source is the future of software and Bitcoin Cash is the future of money,” the Gateway project explained on Twitter.

What do you think about the Gateway.cash project? Let us know what you think about this payment button and processing platform in the comments section below.

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