Discovering Bitcoin Part 7: The Missing Pieces

This is the seventh and final installment of bitcoiner Giacomo Zucco’s series “Discovering Bitcoin: A Brief Overview From Cavemen to the Lightning Network.” Read the Introduction to his series, Discovering Bitcoin Part 1: About Time, Discovering Bitcoin Part 2: About People, Discovering Bitcoin Part 3: Introducing Money, Discovering Bitcoin Part 4: A Wrong Turn (New Plan Needed)!, Discovering Bitcoin Part 5: Digital Scarcity and Discovering Bitcoin Part 6: Digital Contracts. As we conclude our “Discovering Bitcoin” series, we will build on the use of digital signatures and of the CoinJoin…

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Weekly Forecast: Risk Of Additional Losses

There was a fresh decrease initiated in bitcoin from the $10,400 resistance against the US Dollar. The price is currently trading below the $10,100 support area, with a bearish angle. There was a break below a crucial contacting triangle with support near $10,010 on the 4-hours chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The price is likely to extend its decline and it may soon revisit the $9,650 and $9,500 supports. Bitcoin price is trading with a bearish bias below $10,400 against the US Dollar. BTC could continue…

Discovering Bitcoin Part 6: Digital Contracts

This is the sixth installment of bitcoiner Giacomo Zucco’s series “Discovering Bitcoin: A Brief Overview From Cavemen to the Lightning Network.” Read the Introduction to his series, Discovering Bitcoin Part 1: About Time, Discovering Bitcoin Part 2: About People, Discovering Bitcoin Part 3: Introducing Money, Discovering Bitcoin Part 4: A Wrong Turn (New Plan Needed)! and Discovering Bitcoin Part 5: Digital Scarcity.  In Part 6 of this “Discovering Bitcoin” series, we will build on the idea of using digital puzzles as a way to reproduce scarcity, and on the importance…

Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous and Tor Users Are Forgetting This

Bitcoin is not an anonymous payment network. However, in practice, many people still appear to be forgetting this, even the most privacy-minded. A research paper from the University of Qatar reminds us that Bitcoin alone isn’t private. In fact, it can even deanonymize users seeking privacy from the anonymous communication network, Tor. This indicates a clear vulnerability or potential information leakage for people who already take active measures to remain private online.  “In a real-world experiment, we were able to link many users of Twitter and the BitcoinTalk forum to…

Discovering Bitcoin Part 5: Digital Scarcity

This is the fifth installment of bitcoiner Giacomo Zucco’s series “Discovering Bitcoin: A Brief Overview From Cavemen to the Lightning Network.” Read the Introduction to his series, Discovering Bitcoin Part 1: About Time, Discovering Bitcoin Part 2: About People, Discovering Bitcoin Part 3: Introducing Money and Discovering Bitcoin Part 4: A Wrong Turn (New Plan Needed)! Next in the “Discovering Bitcoin” series, we will build on the previous events of money virtualization, establishment of dangerous monopolies and emergent needs for decentralization, to explore concepts of scarcity in the “virtual” world,…

Bitcoin Price (BTC) Rallies Sharply But Facing Significant Hurdle

Bitcoin price started a strong rise after trading as low as $9,637 against the US Dollar. The price is trading above the $10,200 level, but it is facing hurdles near the $10,400 level. There was a break above a major bearish trend line with resistance near $10,150 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The price is currently correcting lower towards the $10,150 and $10,100 support levels. Bitcoin price is showing positive signs above the $10,100 level against the US Dollar. BTC needs to surpass…

Crypto Market & Bitcoin Rebounding: BCH, Litecoin, TRX, XLM Analysis

The total crypto market cap bounced back sharply after testing the $245.0B support area. Bitcoin price is back above the $10,000 and $10,100 levels, with positive signs. Litecoin (LTC) price is showing positive signs and it could soon revisit the $80.00 resistance. BCH price is gaining pace and it could rise towards the $325 and $340 resistance levels. Tron (TRX) price settled above the $0.0170 level and it could continue to climb higher. Stellar (XLM) price surged recently and it is likely to march towards the $0.0850 level. The crypto…

North Korea Expected to Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency Similar to Bitcoin

North Korea has set plans in motion to create its own cryptocurrency that will be similar to Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. The crypto will help the country avoid international sanctions and evade the global US-dominated financial system. North Korea to Introduce Own Crypto A representative of the regime has indicated that the planned cryptocurrency will be the same as the other cryptocurrencies. Alejandro Cao de Benos, the head of the country’s crypto conferences, said that they are currently evaluating products that will offer the digital currency value. For now, the…

SEC Chair Clayton: Bitcoin Needs ‘Better Regulation’ Before Major Exchange Listing

Better regulation is needed around bitcoin markets before they can be traded on major exchanges, the head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Thursday. Speaking at CNBC’s Delivering Alpha conference, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said investors are “sorely mistaken” if they think bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies undergo the same price discovery practices as products on top exchanges like the Nasdaq or New York Stock Exchange. “We have to get to a place, in my view — just speaking for myself — we have to get to a…

Warren Buffett has Enough Spare Cash to Buy Two-Thirds of All Existing Bitcoin – CCN.com

Warren Buffett isn’t much of a bitcoin fan. He’s called it rat poison squared, a gambling device, delusional, and a seashell with no inherent value. But, if he wanted to, he could become the biggest bitcoin whale of them all. Buffett could buy two-thirds of the existing BTC supply… in cash. Warren Buffett’s investment firm Berkshire Hathaway reported a record $122 billion cash pile in a recent filing. That’s about two-thirds of bitcoin’s current market capitalization of $177.6 billion. Sidenote: obviously, this isn’t actually possible. Only a small portion of…