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Factors That Will Push Bitcoin’s Price Higher Are Gathering Steam

· June 12, 2018 · 10:30 pm

The hacking of exchanges and relentless attacks from financial powers have, in the short run, adversely affected the price of Bitcoin. However, once the news about these adverse effects fades, investors will be able to turn their focus to several bright ongoing developments.


What Doesn’t Kill Bitcoin Makes It Stronger

The recent spate of crypto exchange hacks, ongoing regulatory issues, and reports of an investigation into possible price manipulation have sent the price of Bitcoin – and nearly every other cryptocurrency – tumbling. Despite these setbacks, the growing consensus is that, given Bitcoin’s inherent resiliency, developments taking place in both technical and financial arenas will enable Bitcoin’s value to retake its ascending trajectory with even greater intensity.

For example, frequent exposure to hacking will eventually make Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies immune to such attacks. As Forbes put it, hacking may be adversely affecting Bitcoin in the short term, but in the future, the cryptocurrency will rise stronger as a result. In this regard, Christian Ferri, President and CEO of BlockStar, declared:

As in every technology, hacking will be painful for some in the short term; but it will be a major driver in strengthening the crypto ecosystem, making it more secure, which is key for mass adoption.

Moreover, giant financial actors, including exchanges and big banks, are investing heavily and hiring talent to build Bitcoin trading capabilities.

For example, NASDAQ is planning to launch a futures market for cryptocurrencies. In fact, the stock exchange has already joined forces with Gemini, a digital asset exchange, to improve market surveillance to detect market manipulation and fraudulent trades. Additionally, a NASDAQ-powered cryptocurrency exchange platform – DX.Exchange – will be launched sometime this month.

In parallel, The New York Times reports that ICE, the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), is working on its own online trading platform that will allow large Wall Street investors to trade cryptocurrencies.

Goldman Sachs is already ahead of the curve, having begun offering clients the ability to trade Bitcoin futures via one of its New York desks last month. According to The New York Times:

Goldman will begin using its own money to trade Bitcoin futures contracts on behalf of clients. It will also create its own, more flexible version of a future, known as a non-deliverable forward, which it will offer to clients.

Bitcoin Transactions Becoming Cheaper and Faster

Bitcoin Transactions Becoming Cheaper and Faster

On the technical side, Bitcoin has already advanced significantly in solving a key issue – scalability. Technological improvements that include SegWit, Lightning Network, and Atomic Multi-Path Payments over Lightning, and now Bitcoin Core 0.16.0, are already solving the issue of scalability and transaction fees costs.

Recently, Bitcoin enthusiasts celebrated the launch of Bitcoin Core 0.16.0, which among novel features, introduced full support for SegWit. Prominent Bitcoin exchanges, such as Coinbase and Bitfinex immediately started to implement SegWit and, as a result, transaction fees are now lower and faster, thus facilitating near-instantaneous low-value Bitcoin payments. At the present time, nearly 40% of all Bitcoin transactions are processed using SegWit.

In addition to SegWit, many exchanges are using a new technique to increase efficiency – batching transactions. Batching further increases the efficiency of Bitcoin transactions by over 75 percent by clustering multiple outputs into a single transaction.

For a digital currency that has “died” 300 times and counting, Bitcoin’s future is looking pretty bright, indeed. Innovative techniques are making Bitcoin transactions more efficient, and its exposure to hacking attempts will make it stronger. Lastly, major financial institutions are becoming increasingly interested in trading Bitcoin. These are crucial factors that are amalgamating to drive Bitcoin’s value to new highs.

What do you think are the main factors that will eventually drive Bitcoin’s value higher? Let us know in the comments below.


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New Data Shows Coinbase May Be Spamming the Bitcoin Network

· January 12, 2018 · 7:30 am

US exchange and wallet provider Coinbase is facing fresh criticism from both users and Bitcoin industry figures over its delayed SegWit adoption.


‘You Alone Are Spamming The Network’

As the company continues to suffer technical outages due to high demand, its effect on the Bitcoin mempool has become the source of renewed calls for SegWit as a priority.

“You need to batch your outgoing transactions,” Twitter user Civ Ekonom wrote in response to Coinbase’s latest reported system breakdown.

You are ALONE spamming the network. If you would use segwit and batch all outgoing transactions the mempool would be EMPTY.

Citing analysis of the mempool as “clear evidence,” the mempool size appears to drop significantly when Coinbase recently suspended sending Bitcoin. This has added fuel to existing community anger that the exchange has failed to implement SegWit, which would significantly reduce the cost of Bitcoin transactions it handles.

New GM: Performance ‘Totally Unacceptable’

CEO Brian Armstrong has also borne the brunt of accusations regarding his exchange’s performance and roadmap. Last year, he claimed SegWit was not a high priority on Coinbase customers’ wishlists.

In a different response to the outage, Blockchain real estate personality Ragnar Lifthrasir went as far as to suggest firing Armstrong would serve to improve Coinbase’s reliability.

New Evidence Emerges, Points to Possible Insider Trading at Coinbase

Earlier this week, Bitcoinist reported on a user-filed petition on Change.org to force a SegWit upgrade as a priority. That petition has now accrued over 8000 signatures.

In its latest official correspondence Thursday, Coinbase focused on “improving customer experience” via its new general manager Dan Romero.

Romero had previously announced SegWit as engineering priority number three in 2018.

“Dan’s first priority as GM will be improving the Coinbase customer experience,” Armstrong explained.

…Dan will provide an update on what we are doing to improve the experience and I will continue to post about all of the major activities at the company.

Romero meanwhile called the past technical performance throughout 2017 “totally unacceptable.”

What do you think about Coinbase’s SegWit situation? Let us know in the comments below!


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WikiLeaks Now Supports Bitcoin SegWit Addresses for Donations

· December 15, 2017 · 3:00 am

WikiLeaks has long relied upon donations in order to keep exposing government and corporate secrets and corruption. Now another avenue of support is open as Julian Assange announces that WikiLeaks now supports Bitcoin SegWit addresses.


WikiLeaks has tirelessly worked to analyze and publish restricted and censored data that exposes corruption and other organizational secrets. In its 10 years of existence, it has amassed a database of over 10 million documents that shed light on things that governments and other entities would prefer to remain in the shadows. WikiLeaks supports a number of donation methods, and the latest one is Bitcoin SegWit addresses.

Donating to Illuminate the Dark

WikiLeaks has expanded its donation base as Julian Assange notes that the group now supports Bitcoin SegWit addresses. He notes that transaction fees from SegWit-enabled wallets are minimized, which might help encourage more donations to keep WikiLeaks up and running.

Those looking to donate can use WikiLeaks’ main address or generate a one-time private address if they choose to do so. WikiLeaks takes multiple cryptocurrencies as donations, including ZCash, Litecoin, and Monero.

Made for Each Other

Cryptocurrency and WikiLeaks are really made for each other. The non-profit organization relies upon anonymous individuals handing over documents that they feel should see the light of day. Both virtual currency and WikiLeaks exist outside the system and offer a means of promoting change while expanding the exercise of individual freedom.

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks do have a long association with Bitcoin. Just two months ago, Assange tweeted that the organization was pushed into investing into the cryptocurrency due to the US government forcing payment companies (Mastercard, Visa, etc.) to carry out “an illegal banking blockade” against WikiLeaks.

But it seems that WikiLeaks and Assange has had the last laugh. He says that the group began investing in bitcoins back in 2010 and are now enjoying an extremely healthy return of over 50,000%.

While WikiLeaks has reaped the benefits of government sanctions, thanks to Bitcoin and its phenomenal rise in value, Julian Assange is still stuck in the London embassy for Ecuador. He fled to the embassy in 2012 to escape extradition attempts from Sweden for an alleged rape, but Sweden eventually dropped the charges against him. However, the UK police still have a warrant for his arrest for breaking his bail conditions when he moved into the embassy. There he sits, but he and his organization are still proving themselves to be a thorn in the sides of the extremely powerful.

It seems fitting for WikiLeaks to support Bitcoin SegWit addresses as many governments are working to restrict cryptocurrency. Now crypto enthusiasts can donate and help stick it to The Man.

What do you think about WikiLeaks now supporting Bitcoin SegWit addresses? Have you ever donated to WikiLeaks? Let us know in the comments below.


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