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1MB block is dangerous to Bitcoin

04.07.2017, Barry’s Silbert’s New York agreement receive a new criticism in form of blog from Luke-jr. well-known Bitcoin core developer.

This post came before SegWit2x’ day- the code that carries the roadmap settled upon at Barry’s meeting-entered beta phase.

He says about the Bitcoin’s future with SegWit2x’s. “4–8MB block sizes are not sane. Even 1MB blocks are already clearly dangerous to Bitcoin.” In addition, “I cannot foresee myself consenting to the hard fork proposal under almost any circumstances, except perhaps with a soft fork to limit the size to something reasonable.”

By adding the whole SegWit2x phenomenon, Luke-jr is another source of criticism. He adds, “distraction from the upcoming BIP148 soft Fork, which is already irreversibly deployed to the network.”

Barry’s had hard struggle from the beginning. Accordingly, he also contributes in the meeting, especially Roger Ver showing the sign of U-turn.

The concluded word

Luke-jr was cautious to note any SegWit2x scheming would likely initiate and finished with NYA Bitmain participant. In that scenario, he comes to and ends with the point, “I don’t mean to imply that all the participants to the NYA have this goal [distraction from BIP148] in mind! But rather that the design of SegWit2x is such that it fits this purpose.” In addition,“Bitmain may very well have done this intentionally. but it seems unlikely anyone else intended it.”

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Ethereum Hits $1,000  For The First Time – Jumps Closer To $100 Billion Market Cap

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Ethereum hit another milestone on Thursday after its price went above $1,000, the highest it has ever gone in the history of world’s third largest cryptocurrency.

Just four days into the new year and January has already been a remarkable month for the crypto market. During this brief period, the combined value of altcoin market tops has swelled by more than $140 billion, and altcoins now represent more than two-third of the crypto market cap. Recently, Ripple became the first altcoin to accomplish a $100 billion market cap, and Ethereum now seems ready to add its name to this prestigious list.

Like most digital forms of money, Ethereum has been on an extended rally since the start of December, when it was estimated at $428. Through the span of the month, the Ethereum value ascended by 76 percent and it finished the year at $752.

Despite dropping behind Ripple in its race to capturing the second spot for the most valuable crypto, Ethereum expanded its rally into 2018, getting through both $800 and $900 earlier in the week. This Thursday, Ethereum cost accomplished a notable high, ripping past the $1,000 for the first time in its history.

Ethereum now has a market cap of $98.1 billion, bringing it a yard closer to becoming the third digital money to accomplish a $100 billion market cap.

Despite the fact that Ethereum has yet to hit $1,000 on most Western exchanges, South Korean merchants have taken the cost of ether up to $1,322, enabling its worldwide average to stretch out into the four-digit region. Currently, a majority of ETH exchanging is focused on Binance, which represents more than 20 percent of daily ETH volume.

Traders Are Optimistic About Casper Alpha Release:

Despite the fact that Ethereum’s walk past $1,000 happened against the backdrop of a more extensive altcoin surge, at least a part of its development is likely due to the declaration that the Casper consensus algorithm had entered alpha testing, finish with a public Testnet, preparing for the system to change from evidence of-work (PoW) to verification of-stake (PoS).

Though Casper is a long way from production release, the way that it has entered alpha testing is bullish at the Ethereum cost. Ethereum’s engineers trust Casper will convey a large group of benefits to the Ethereum network, not the slightest of which is the ability to significantly decrease its inflation rate.

This will be conceivable on the grounds that PoS requires far less power than PoW, boosting system members to approve exchanges for lower rewards than the current ones distributed to miners.

The reduced inflation will make singular cash units more significant and, after some time, conceivably enable the system to achieve a deflationary state in which fewer coins enter the course than those lost or destroyed.

 

Story credit: ccn.com

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What are the Top Blockchain Trends in 2017?

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Top trend in 2017

By creating its own entity and reputation blockchain finally enter to the typical awareness in 2017. No doubt, blockchain has the capacity to change industrial operating models. Whereas, the distributed ledger industry grew up throughout the year. However, most of the companies are still stuck in survey phase. In addition, are unable to bring fascination into the reality because they are charmed by its beauty.

The primary application is still in banking. 15% of the banks have the plan to put blockchain into the commercial production by 2017.  Whereas, 91% of banks are investing in blockchain technology. The world economic forum estimates that 80% of banks are actively working on blockchain technology.

Technology is evolving, $1.4bn invested in blockchain technology startups across different sectors. Whereas, it is not only financing that blockchain is set to disrupt.

Investor look more use cases

Funding to blockchain increases day by day. According to the latest report of KMPG and GB, plus of fintech Q3 ‘16’ investment of this technology fell to $87 million in the third quarter of 2016. $119 in the second quarter and $153 in the first quarter. This is expected thatThe fall specifies that investors are beginning to grow anxious that exploration is not translating into action. In addition, excitement remains the same, this is what the report said.

The report says, ‘To-date, however, the ability to move blockchain from proof-of-concept to adoption and production has been minimal. While the market is still giving blockchain companies plenty of room to prove themselves. Investors are also becoming more concerned about results’. In addition, ‘Over the next year, investors will make more rational assessments of where the main use cases associated with fintech are and how long it will be before they are implementable.’

Growth in Asia

In North, Asia blockchain has received more attentions as compare to other. Where a number of the financial institutions are investing in blockchain related projects. In China, with record breaking of fintech investment, increases for each of the past four quarters. And, there is still a room for growth in Asia in 2017. Accordingly, KPMG China’s fintech investor and innovation partner say that investor is still interested in investment. Not only in massive rounds CV investors are investing in small blockchain technology companies in Asia. Few of them companies are at the second or third round of funding. These small projects are starting to lead the large investment. A Chinese investor has made an investment of $1.7 million for Taiwanese startup Bitmark. A trend may continue in next year.

Outside finance     

Companies like Uber and Airbnb provide the services by linking consumers with their needs. They are still playing the role of the middle person. Accordingly, they still take a cut. Whereas, blockchain is entirely different from all this. It has the ability to remove the middle person from needs and its satisfactions. Which clearly means that someone needs take their full dues.

For example, arcade city is the new ride-sharing app that connects the customers with drivers by using Ethereum blockchain. Christopher David, Arcade city’s driver, a former Uber driver says that ‘The Achilles’ heel of Uber and Lyft is their centralized management of pricing. By decentralizing that decision to the level of the driver and rider, Arcade City frees the driver to be an entrepreneur and empowers the rider with control over their entire experience. Both drivers and riders are loving it so far’. May of this year, Arcade city become first in blockchain startup at GTEC awards.

In the same way, blockchain allows an artist to upload, sell or market their work without any middle authority. Edith Suarez of CNN discuss about the blockchain transparency, which other platforms failed to provide, ‘Music is placed in the decentralized server, then each song is embedded with a piece of code (meta information) […] [When people download] a track with a cryptocurrency, a payment is automatically sent to anyone involved, be it the writer, the producer, the singer, as well as many others.’’

Government’s involvement

Now, government and establishment fail to maintain their trust in the public. In that scenario, public related information should be held in transparent easily available manner. Where anyone will have the ability to verify the ledger and also have the copies of that data.

Most of the countries in the world want to move their currencies to blockchain trend. And, they are also exploring the other areas of the government. A prominent example of this year is, Governor Jack Markell, announce two blockchain initiatives. Whereas, Estonia use the blockchain technology to enhance an e-residency program. In addition, anyone from anywhere in the world can apply to become e-resident of Estonia.

Environment takes shape   

In 2016 Japan’s legislatures pass a bill to regulate bitcoin in a country. Furthermore, with the adoption and popularity of bitcoin, they have a plan to focus on security and other risk issues. While regulators are trying to provide a transparent system. Not only Japan is starting working on digital world but US, South Korea and many more countries trying to provide a transparent system to the public.

Education and collaboration

Education is the biggest challenge while blockchain is still new in market trends. There are security issues, companies must not put off or panic if proof of concept does not reveal themselves immediately. They are going to improve their work and understandings with other companies. Early adopters of any technology get benefits. That is why organizations need to know how they can use blockchain technology as soon as possible.

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SEC Official: ‘Dozens’ of Crypto Investigations Are In progress

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on 15th March, Bloomberg BNA reported that Stephanie Avakian (Enforcement Division Co-Director) of US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) has confirmed that “dozens” of investigations have been conducted by the agency in the cryptocurrency space.

Press Report

It was reported in February that subpoenas have been sent by SEC to companies, that are suspected of having trouble with the security laws through their contribution in the ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings). The comment of Avakain follows these press reports as she said;

“We are very active, and I would just expect to see more and more.”

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Statement Released by Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC)

A statement was released by SEC on 7th March, prompting cryptocurrency trading platforms that they are under the control of the SEC as it monitors them and as an outcome, it must register as exchanges. It’s already clear that SEC holds the main responsibility for proposing securities rules, enforcing federal securities laws, regulating the securities industry, and other actions, which includes the electronic securities markets. SEC supervision ended up as three different companies were suspended from trading due to queries related to the cryptocurrency.

What has SEC done against the crypto-related companies?

Over the past few years, the SEC has taken more steps against cryptocurrency companies that it was seeing as flaunting securities laws. Bloomberg also reported that since September 2017, many actions have been taken by the commission against companies.

On 14th March, Mike Lempres (Chief Legal and Risk Officer at Coinbase) has highlighted in a testimony (before Congress) that the major financial regulatory organizations haven’t agreed on the nature of cryptocurrency. In the US, the regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies still remains unclear.

For SEC, it is a security, while the CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) deliberates tokens as a commodity. If we talk about the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), it considers tokens to be property, while tokens are considered as currency for FinCEN (Financial Crimes Enforcement Network).

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What Is Bitcoin Hard Fork? The Most Heated Bitcoin Topic Explained!

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To begin with, Bitcoin has been the talk of every news channel, tabloid, website, etc. for a long while now. It’s increasing popularity might’ve caused a little problem for the network. Bitcoin is in a messy situation right now and something needs to be done. Fortunately, two possible solutions have been proposed as well, but only one can exist.

 

bitcoin hard fork

 

What’s The Issue?

In simple words, Bitcoin is unable to withstand the number of transactions taking place on the network.

The technical explanation is that the 1MB block size limit which is programmed into the system has become a problem and is causing delays in the processing of transactions. Basically, a purchase can take from a few minutes to hours to confirm.

Two techniques were proposed, which result in two different solutions: Bitcoin Unlimited, and Segregated Witness. They’re both proposed software updates to the Bitcoin network with the aim to completely change the way Bitcoin functions.

Obviously, the two can’t coexist, that would “fork” the Bitcoin network – splitting it into two different digital currencies.

A fork is known as a software update. Basically, updating a program from an old version to a new one.

Hard Fork:

It is a compulsory software update that is required in order for the program to function.  It can be implemented to fix bug errors or any security issues present in the older version of the software. Also, a hard fork is irreversible.

The “hard fork” will split the blockchain, leading to the introduction of a new chain of transactions branching from the original one.

Bitcoin Unlimited:

Starting off with Bitcoin Unlimited, this proposal is favored majorly by Bitcoin miners. To understand this, you must know the concept of Bitcoin mining. Bitcoin miners use specified powerful computers to solve complex mathematical algorithms in order to verify a transaction and be rewarded with newly issued bitcoins.

We are aware that there is a built-in block size limit of 1MB in the Bitcoin network, however, BU gives miners the permission to vote on increasing the block size whenever they want. This gives them control of the Bitcoin network, due to which they’re favored by miners.

Segregated Witness:

On the other hand, SegWit is being voted by many Bitcoin enthusiasts and developers. Their aim is to optimize the Bitcoin coding in a way that allows them to decrease the transaction size and increase the transaction volume, all while sticking to the 1MB block limit. They suggest the use of a soft fork.

A soft fork is a software update that lets the network to adapt to the new functionalities and features implemented. The update doesn’t interfere with the existing software and the older version will still be usable.

Who Will Be The Winner?

Aha! Too bad we can’t answer this question because half the community goes for SegWit and the other half for BU. There’s not really much we can do, just voice out our opinion and educate others with whatever we learn and maybe help them come up with opinions of their own.

We’ll just have to patiently wait and watch how this turns out.

I’d like to point out that I have a very limited technical knowledge and only know my way around a few technical terminologies. This post is a compilation of weeks of research that I’ve put together myself. So, if you do find any errors, do let me know in the comment section below and I’ll be sure to check back on them.

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