JP Morgan’s Global Head of E-Commerce elucidates on the difference between crypto and blockchain

Ron Karpovich, the Global Head of e-commerce at JP Morgan, said that blockchain technology could enhance existing payment channels.
In a recent interview with CNBC, Karpovich pointed out that there is a difference between trading an existing digital asset and using its core technology to enhance the payment infrastructures by executing payment settlements efficiently at a cheaper rate.
He also added that the payment system deployed by leveraging blockchain tech would not be visible to consumers who will just have to choose a preferred payment mode. Only the end result of cheaper and instant settlements would be experienced by the users, he said.
While the crypto community vouches for a payment system that is secure, fast, cost-effective, and decentralized, with no third-party interventions, Karpovich is of the opinion that ultimately, for any payment to settle, a banking establishment is important. JP Morgan’s anti-crypto rhetoric in the past and its foray into the market with its own coin is something worth noticing.
JPM Coin, which is currently reserved for institutional clients is a product of JP Morgan. The financial behemoth has historically been one of the biggest critics of Bitcoin. The company had previously published reports on the cryptocurrency market in general, with its analysts stating that Bitcoin might be effective in a dystopian future.
Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan, previously called Bitcoin a fraud. Apologizing for the same earlier this year, he stated that he believed in the underlying technology. He said,
“I didn’t want to be the spokesman against Bitcoin. I don’t really give a sh*t, that’s the point. Blockchain is real, it’s technology, but Bitcoin is not the same as a fiat currency.”
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xRapid will not ‘flip the switch’ on XRP price, say prominent XRP community enthusiasts

XRP, the cryptocurrency closely related with the company Ripple, has been at the center of speculation and arguments, with respect to xRapid and XRP’s price.
There have been a lot of accounts on Twitter promoting the fact that the price of XRP will rise and shoot to the moon, after banks and financial institutions start using xRapid for cross-border payments.
The most famous theory put out by people was the price of XRP hitting $589 by the end of 2018, which didn’t happen.
However, a recent conversation started by prominent XRP enthusiasts, has suggested that xRapid would not massively affect the price of XRP.
Nayer Malik [@sinjunsmyth], a Twitter user, stated,
“@galgitron @Hodor @jungleincxrp @C3_Nik …Guys what r ur thoughts on Bob Way’s view regarding X-Rapid usage not increasing the price in and of itself?”
In response, Galgitron [@galgitron], a prominent XRP enthusiast and a contributor to the XRP community, added that he had “been saying that all along.” In one of his blogs Galgitron stated,
“Sure, there may be some massive FOMO buy-in once banks announce they are starting to use xRapid, and that will send the monkey [price action] hundreds of feet into the air, but, only speculation creates parabolics..”
C3|Nik [@C3_Nik] acknowledged the above and replied,
“It was seen like blasphemy to say that xRapid would not move prices that much by itself (e.g. “not the flip-the-switch kind of event”). It is interesting that the people who spread that narrative and misled others still have so many followers. Selling dreams.”
A Twitter user, @Crypt_Megalodon, voiced his opinion, which was different from the others. He tweeted,
“Well when you consider the US money supply being 15 trillion alone, the XRP cap doesn’t worry me. If/when XRP becomes the standard world wide, inflation will be rapid with mass adoption. I agree, with years, but, the value can be prodigious! The cryptoloution has already started.”
Considering the price of XRP at press time was only $0.31, and that there were more than a couple of Ripple customers that had already started using xRapid for cross-border transactions, the increase in the price of XRP due to xRapid seemed highly unlikely.
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Cardano [ADA] Price Analysis: Coin’s price to move upwards in the long term

The eleventh largest coin on CoinMarketCap, Cardano [ADA], was trading within the $45 to $54 range during the past week.
At press time, the crypto asset held a market cap of $1.42 billion, and was priced at $0.054. The digital asset registered a 24-hour trading volume of $49.48 million. ADA exhibited a growth of 2.16% against the US dollar over the past 24 hours, while a significant growth rate of 16.01% was recorded over the past seven days.
The Cardano community previously announced the integration of Ledger hardware wallet into the ADA ecosystem in order to address scalability, interoperability, and sustainability issues.
It has also been speculated that Coinbase Pro would add support for ADA, by the end of 2019’s second quarter.
1-hour
Source: TradingView
ADA’s one-hour chart exhibited an uptrend from $0.047 to $0.050, and another uptrend from $0.050 to $0.054, which can be attributed to the aforementioned upgrades. No significant downtrend was observed on the chart, following the bullish recovery last week. The immediate resistance was at $0.055. The support for the coin was found at $0.047.
Bollinger Bands: The mouth of the bands depicted high volatility in the coin’s price
Awesome Oscillator: The closing bars of the indicator were green and suggested bullish price momentum for Cardano.
Chaikin Money Flow: The CMF continued to tread above the zero-line, indicating that money was flowing into the ADA coin market. Hence, a bullish price pattern was pictured for the crypto asset.
1-day
Source: TradingView
The candlestick arrangement on the one-day chart of ADA showed a minor uptrend from $0.029 to $0.043, and a major downtrend from $0.12 to $0.049. The immediate resistance for the digital asset was marked at $0.105, while the immediate support stood firmly at $0.038 and at $0.029.
Parabolic SAR: The dotted markers were below the candlesticks, and indicated that the coin was following a bullish trail.
MACD: The MACD line was above the signal line and depicted a bullish course for Cardano’s price.
Klinger Oscillator: The reading line was also above the signal line for KO, posting a bullish pattern for the crypto coin.
Conclusion
The short-term indicators for Cardano [ADA] exhibited mixed signals with high volatility and possible price breakouts. The long-term indicators, however, projected strong bullish pattern for the coin’s price.
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XRP/USD Price Analysis: Coin stagnates even after massive adoption news

The third largest cryptocurrency, XRP, was moving sideways for almost two months, without any price surge or drop. The price was stuck between a support and a resistance, and it didn’t look like it will break out any time soon.
The price of XRP at press time was $0.3217, while the market cap was at $13 billion. The 24-hour trading volume was $801 million. A huge chunk of the trading volume for XRP was coming from ZBG exchange. It contributed a total of $92 million in trading volume, via the XRP/USDT trade pair.
1-hour
Source: TradingView
The hourly chart for XRP showed an uptrend that extended from $0.3072 to $0.3187, while the downtrend extended from $0.3445 to $0.3257. The immediate support was at $0.31608, while the subsequent supports were at $0.3038 and $0.2928. The immediate resistance was at $0.3260.
The Bollinger Bands were undergoing a squeeze and indicated a reduction in the volatility of XRP. The price was dipping into the simple moving average, and indicated that the market was bearish.
The Stochastic RSI indicator showed a bearish scenario as well, but a stronger one when compared to the Bollinger Bands.
1-day
Source: TradingView
The one-day chart of XRP showed a downtrend that extended from $0.9027 to $0.3220. The price of XRP in the longer time frame showed the support at $0.2587. The resistance points for XRP were at $0.5836, $0.6880, and $0.9027.
The MACD indicator showed a declining uptrend i..e, the green Aroon line. The Aroon downtrend line was also reducing.
The Chaikin Money Flow indicator showed a subzero CMF line, which signified that money was flowing out of the XRP market.
The Relative Strength Index showed a stagnant RSI line at the 50-line, where the momentum of sellers and buyers were equal.
Conclusion
The one-hour chart showed bearish pressure for XRP incoming, as indicated by the Bollinger Bands and Stochastic RSI indicators. The CMF, Aroon and the Relative Strength indicator showed a bearish trend for XRP as well.
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XRP: Coin gets adoption push as developments in ecosystem reach all-time high

XRP, the third largest cryptocurrency in the world, is fast approaching massive adoption as developers and other creators huddle together and add value to the XRP environment.
Rain is a Sharia-compliant cryptocurrency exchange in the Middle East, and XRP made its way onto the platform on 21 March, 2019. XRP is the fourth cryptocurrency listed on the exchange, after Bitcoin [BTC], Ethereum [ETH], and Litecoin [LTC].
According to the Saudi Gazette, Rain graduated from the Central Bank of Bahrain’s (CBB) Regulatory Sandbox on 26 February, 2019. The Saudi Gazette stated,
“To add more legitimacy and gain the trust of its customers, Rain also announced that it had passed a Sharia compliance certification. The Sharia-compliance certification was completed by Shariyah Review Bureau (SRB). SRB is licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain as a Sharia Advisory firm authorized to issue Sharia compliance certifications.”
XRP Adoption
Microsoft Outlook
A developer, SchalaubiDev, recently developed an add-on for Microsoft Outlook, which would allow users to send XRP to other users easily. This add-on is currently up and running on Outlook 2016, with support for Office 365 in the works. The developer also added that the same functionality would be added to Gmail as well.
PayGlobal
XRP is being accepted by various exchanges around the world, the most recent in the ecosystem being the coin getting added to PayGlobal’s ATM bank card payouts.

UPDATE: Community asked for it, and they now get it. XRP is now live on @Payglobalme You can easily exchange XRP to fiat and send to your existing bank card or bank account and in the UK you can get cash at ATM's with no bank card needed. #XRP #buidl #Crypto pic.twitter.com/NKekgFIdzN
— PayGlobal (@Payglobalme) March 19, 2019

The addition of XRP on its platform came nine days after a poll conducted by PayGlobal. With PayGlobal, users can directly shift from crypto to fiat using their existing bank cards.
Price of XRP 
David Schwartz, the CTO of Ripple, spoke at the SXSW Conference recently, giving his insights on Ripple, XRP, and the things that the company is focusing on. He wanted XRP’s price to be linked not to the company Ripple, but to the ecosystem concerning XRP and Ripple. He added that the price of XRP might be tied to the success of Ripple.
An XRP enthusiast, XRP Research Center, tweeted,

This week
17@SchlaubiD TipBot-Outlook
18@coinberryio @2gether_global add XRP@BinanceJE XRP soon
19@Payglobalme @digitec_de @Galaxus @VALRdotcom add XRP@WietseWind XRP Fund suggestions@InstaReMit raises 20M
20@travalacom @rainfinancial add XRP@MoneyNetInt: @ThePaypers
— XRP Research Center (@XrpCenter) March 20, 2019

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Bitcoin [BTC]: Dubai gets its first ATM; users can acquire BTC using any fiat currency

Bitcoin [BTC], the largest cryptocurrency in the world is making progress with its Lightning Network payments solutions, and is trying to tackle scalability issues while also awaiting Bitcoin ETF approval by the SEC.
Now, according to recent reports, the first Bitcoin ATM in the Middle East has been installed in Dubai, the largest and most populated city in the United Arab of Emirates. The people of Dubai and tourists who visit the prime tourist destination will now be able to deposit fiat currency, and receive Bitcoins [BTC] in their digital wallets.
Source: Twitter
Amhora, a blockchain search engine, announced on Twitter that the organization installed the ATM at Rixos Premium in JBR, Marina, Dubai. The tweet also gave a shout out to the ATM manufacturer, Lamassu, which was responsible for the hardware setup.
Anhad Dhingra, CEO of Amhora, emphasized the importance of the installation, and how it could potentially simplify the purchase of Bitcoin for the people of UAE. He mentioned that it was the first Bitcoin ATM in Dubai, and said that the company was looking forward to adding more ATMs in and around the city.
Amhora stated that it would receive a 5 percent commission on every purchase made through the crypto ATM. The machine provides a simple solution for tourists who would, in most cases, acquire Bitcoin with their foreign fiat currencies itself, rather than using the local fiat currency, Dirham.
The Bitcoin ATM has been programmed to offer only Bitcoin purchases using traditional fiat currency. At press time, the ATM did not have the feature or support for selling cryptocurrencies on the system. However, the company mentioned that it was going to roll out new updates and features soon.
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Bitcoin [BTC]: Mike Novogratz says people should bow down to Satoshi Nakamoto and thank him

Bitcoin advocate and billionaire Mike Novogratz was in the news again after he said that people should bow down to Bitcoin’s creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, and thank him for the world’s largest cryptocurrency. A leading voice in the crypto ecosystem, Novogratz appeared in an exclusive video with the founder of Morgan Creek Digital, Anthony Pompliano.
Novogratz is of the opinion that all kinds of funds, be it crypto or hedge, should own some amount of Bitcoin. He also called the digital asset “sovereign money”. Talking about BTC’s fundamental technology, the blockchain, he added that Bitcoin, originally a social experiment, had become “sovereign money” and held a market cap of $71.80 billion.
Novogratz also drew parallels with gold, a store of value. Novogratz claimed,
“Bitcoin provides a really interesting alternative to gold.”
He was previously in the news when he claimed Bitcoin will eventually become the digital gold, at the MENA summit 2019.
Bitcoin’s prices rose to breach the $4,000 mark recently, following the recent market surge led by the market’s altcoins. There is architecture in place to facilitate adoption and accessibility, the billionaire said, predicting that over a period of twenty years, Bitcoin was going to be “in the game.”
Novogratz also serves as a member of the Investment Advisory Committee on Financial Markets, at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. While talking about his first tryst with Bitcoin as a member of the committee, Novogratz said that the committee viewed cryptocurrency more as a payment system than a currency. However, many in the Federal Reserve did love the idea of blockchain technology as a store of value, he said.
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Ethereum’s [ETH] Vitalik Buterin says ICO boom would have happened regardless of the platform

Vitalik Buterin, creator of the second largest cryptocurrency and leading smart contract platform, Ethereum [ETH], spoke about the end of the ICO boom, during an Unchained Live event with Laura Shin.
Buterin had previously stated that the next bull run, unlike the earlier one, was going to be built on the application of technology, instead of hype. During the event, Laura asked Vitalik about the end of ICO mania, considering the “fact that a large part” of Ethereum’s success was because of the ICO craze.
Buterin agreed that it was “definitely true” to an extent, adding that the ICO boom would have happened regardless of the platform. He further stated that projects such as Mastercoin were built on Bitcoin, before the launch of Ethereum. He said,
“There were all these other projects that were launching and they were using Bitcoin base that second layers dp. I feel like that boom would have happened regardless of what platform it ultimately would have happened on.”
This was followed by Buterin stating that it was a “complex situation,” due to factors associated with costs and benefits. Nonetheless, he added that one of the biggest benefits was that a lot of interesting projects were getting funded. He added,
“[…] and you know there’s a lot of big Ethereum projects that had token sales. There’s a lot of projects that did not have token sales, but had tokens that launched in other ways, Maker being one example. The fact that they have money for development is, I think, just a good and useful thing.”
He also spoke about the downside of the ICO market, and remarked that it was “definitely one of the biggest costs.” He said,
“Yeah there’s a bunch of stuff that I’m like apparently an advisor for and there are my 10,000 Instagram accounts.  They’re all scams there yeah and are very unfortunate things. If there were magical ones which could have like shut them all down, that probably would have been better, but the magic ones don’t exist.”
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Cryptocurrency adoption is inevitable in the future, says Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel

At a recent FinTech meeting held in Chicago, the city’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, took center stage and claimed that the adoption of cryptocurrencies on a larger scale was inevitable.
Emanuel, who was President Obama’s Chief of Staff, conceded that he did not present the requisite knowledge required to completely understand the cryptocurrency ecosystem. He explained that nations facing financial instability like Iran and Venezuela, could find respite in crypto assets which can act as a lifeline for economic recovery.
He stated,
“One day, somebody’s going to figure out – whether that’s Argentina, ten years from now, five years from now – how to use cryptocurrencies to stay alive when their facing a financial crisis, and then you’re going to find out that this moment has arrived.”
He added that he was encouraged and increasingly optimistic after observing blockchain’s “trend lines,” claiming that the crypto industry’s future was positive.
He stated,
“The trend lines are affirmative for its future. I don’t know if that’s ten years, and I don’t know if that’s 20 years, but it’s affirmative. I don’t know what it is. I know it’s an alternative way to trade, and therefore, I gotta learn about it, and I gotta be honest, as mayor, it’s not the top 100 things I would have to learn about.”
Rahm Emanuel joined the likes of Jack Dorsey, Elon Musk and actress Gwyneth Paltrow in supporting the adoption of cryptocurrencies.
Emanuel’s statement at the FinTech event echoed the views presented by humans right advocate, Alex Gladstein. Gladstein had previous written Op-Eds and tweeted about how Bitcoin mattered in terms of financial freedom, and was an “escape from economic control.”
Source: Twitter
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Ethereum [ETH/USD] Price Analysis: Coin sees trend reversal as bull returns to market

Ethereum [ETH], the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap, was seen glowing green on 21 March. This time around, the cryptocurrency was not the only coin pictured with the bull, as several other major coins joined in.
According to CoinMarketCap, Ethereum was trading at $140.34 with a market cap of $14.78 billion, at press time. The cryptocurrency had a trading volume of $4.7 billion, and witnessed a significant rise of over 5 percent over the past seven days.
1-hour
Ethereum [ETH] one-hour price chart | Source: TradingViewOn the one-day price chart, the downtrends for the cryptocurrency were recorded from $142.52 to $140.19, and further south till $138.92. The uptrend for the cryptocurrency was outlined from $131.40 to $135.55, and further north till $138.27.
The immediate resistance for the cryptocurrency was at $138.93, and strong resistance was at $140.21. The immediate support, on the contrary, was placed at $135.54, and strong support was at $132.29.
Bollinger Bands showed that the coin was moving towards a volatile market, as the bands were diverging in order to make room for more price movements.
MACD forecast a strong bullish weather for the cryptocurrency, as the moving average line deceived the signal line to move upwards.
RSI indicated that the buying pressure for the coin was equally met with the selling pressure, showing a nearly stabilized market.
1-day
Ethereum [ETH] one-day price chart | Source: TradingViewThe downtrends for the cryptocurrency were demonstrated from $247.76 to $157.56, and from $157.55 to $138.73. The uptrends for the coin were displayed from $83.74 to $103.21, and from $103.22 to $131.40.
The coin’s immediate resistance in the long-run was at $140.56, and strong resistance was at $157.62. The immediate support for the cryptocurrency found its resting ground at $125.11, and strong support was at $82.85.
Parabolic SAR pictured the cryptocurrency rejoicing in a bullish market, as the dotted lines were below the signal line.
Klinger Oscillator showed that the bear was closing in on the coin as the reading line was below the signal line.
Chaikin Money Flow showed money flowing into the market as the line was above the zero-mark, forecasting a strong bullish presence.
Conclusion
The coin joined the rest of the cryptocurrencies in greeting the bull. This move was supported by CMF and Parabolic SAR from the one-day chart, and MACD from the one-hour chart.
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Bitcoin [BTC] and Bitcoin Cash [BCH] to be accepted as payment options by global technology solutions provider

Avent, a leading global technology solutions provider, announced that they would be accepting Bitcoin [BTC] and Bitcoin Cash [BCH] for their goods and services, as a mode of payment on their platform. The news comes after Switzerland’s largest e-commerce company, Digitec-Galaxus AG, announced the acceptance of Bitcoin, Ethereum [ETH], XRP and a few other altcoins for payments.
Like most platforms, Avent is enabling Bitcoin payments via BitPay, the largest Bitcoin payments service provider. Sunny Trinh, the Vice President of Demand Creation at Avent said,
“We’re working with BitPay to facilitate secure blockchain payments for all types of customers so they can focus on developing their products, not how to pay for them. Whether it’s Bitcoin or Bitcoin Cash, we can handle it”
The blog post stated that developers were “looking for flexibility,” when launching products in the market. It added that this particular announcement would give their customers “more convenient” options to complete their transactions.
The announcement further stated that when a customer chooses to check-out with Bitcoin or Bitcoin Cash as their payment option, Avent and BitPay would collaborate on verifying the funds, processing their order and completing transactions. In the future, they will also be able to enable cryptocurrency payment requests outside of the United States, on a country to country basis.
Sonny Singh, COO of BitPay said,
“As one of the largest global technology solution providers on the Fortune 500 list, Avent is truly an innovative company that listens to the needs of their customers, as demonstrated by their decision to accept bitcoin payments.”
He further stated,
“Not only is paying with bitcoin easier and faster than with credit cards and bank wires, it is less expensive and acceptance of it is growing. I predict Avent will attract many new blockchain-focused customers from around the world that want to take advantage of paying with bitcoin.”
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Bitcoin [BTC/USD] Price Analysis: Cryptocurrency fails to capitalize $4,000 breach as prices fluctuate negatively

Bitcoin [BTC]’s resurgence above the $4,000-mark made headlines across the cryptosphere, with many proponents of the space speculating its escape from the bear’s territory. Bitcoin’s rise has not resulted in an equal increase among other cryptocurrencies though as Ethereum [ETH], XRP and Tron [TRX] are still struggling to increase their prices as well as market cap.
1-hour:
Source: Trading View
The one-hour chart of Bitcoin displayed an uptrend which was the main reason for the price increase from $3,853.42 to $3,971.36. The short-term support was at $3,832.4, while the resistance held at $4,012.91.
The Relative Strength Index fell from the overbought zone, which meant that the buying pressure was losing the race to the selling pressure.
The amplitude of the Awesome Oscillator was comparatively lower than the earlier time period, a sign of the reduced market momentum in the Bitcoin market.
The MACD indicator showed the signal line and the MACD line meeting at the same point after a bearish crossover. The MACD histogram was almost negligible.
1-day:
Source: Trading View
Bitcoin’s one-day graph painted a picture opposite to that of the one-hour graph as the downtrend lowered the price from $6,309.50 to $4,022. The long-term support was at $3,166.52.
The Parabolic SAR was above the price candles at the time of writing, which meant that Bitcoin was still stuck in the bear’s territory.
The Chaikin Money Flow indicator was above the zero-line as the capital coming into the market was more than the capital leaving the market.
Conclusion:
The above-mentioned indicators stated that Bitcoin has not enjoyed any bullish gains after breaching the $4,000-mark. The charts also pointed at the fact that the bear’s hold on the market would continue.
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Bitmain’s latest Antminer Z11 sold out in 20 minutes; Norway branch shuts down following revoke of electricity subsidies

Bitcoin mining behemoth Bitmain’s latest Z11 miner roll-out was reportedly sold out within 20 minutes after the pre-selling phase on its official website. Bitmain unveiled a new version of its Antminer Z series machines to mine Equihash-powered Proof-of-Work coins like Zcash on March 19.
Dubbed as the Antminer Z11, the new release claims to pack three times more hashing power than its precursor Z9. In a blog post, the exchange claimed,
“It is by far the leading model by performance to mine such cryptocurrencies.”
According to the Beijing-based mining giant, the latest miner offers a hashing power of 135 KSol/s and is three times more powerful than the Antminer Z9, which was released in May 2018. The post further claims that the miner saves up to 60% of electricity cost as compared to its predecessor Z9.
Antminer Z11, which uses Bitmain’s latest proprietary 12 nm chip, is equipped with a newly designed internal circuit structure with a power-efficiency of 10.50 J/KSol. Another feature that the latest version of Antiminer boasts of is ‘light’ weight, which stands at 5.4 kg despite its massive hashing capability.
Antminer Z11 will initiate the shipping process shortly, the blog confirmed.
The previous Z9 was launched at a time when the ZCash community voted against prioritizing research efforts to discourage the use of ASIC mining equipment. Talking about the huge turnout against gearing toward ASIC-resistance, Andrew Miller, the president of the Zcash Foundation, said,
“This is a fairly strong signal of disagreement. My interpretation of this is that we’re not going to make any hasty decisions like diverting all of the Zcash Foundation resources to promoting ASIC resistance.”
Earlier, Bitmain had been notoriously secretive about its operations but has now claimed to provide more transparency to the Zcash market. The blog stated,
“These commitments to transparency will continue to provide the Zcash foundation and community with the security, reliability and accessibility they desire of manufacturers.”
The world’s largest producer for ASIC machinery, Bitmain, has been surrounded with reports of facing a huge loss of approximately $500 million in Q3 last year. Also, the company was reportedly selling their old generation S15 miners at around 30% below their actual value. Samson Mow, the CSO at Blockstream, who also happens to be a Bitmain critic, had earlier tweeted that the exchange’s financials were weak.
Bitmain’s revenue and its userbase fell sharply during the beginning of the crypto winter in 2018 in a colossal difference as pictured during the 2017 bull phase when Bitmain recorded a remarkable profit with its annual profit ranging between $3 to $4 billion.
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Bitcoin’s hash rate records 4-month high as confidence in BTC mining grows

Bitcoin’s [BTC] growth received a major boost, after its hash rate recorded its highest level in 4 months, on 19 March.
According to data released by Blockchain.com, Bitcoin’s hash rate data surged to 52 quintillion hashes per second. The hash rate last reached similar levels in November, when the hash rate crossed the 54 quintillion mark. The highest hash rate ever recorded was around 62 quintillion hashes per second, in August 2018.
Bitcoin Hash Rate graph | Source: Blockchain
Bitcoin mining is an important aspect of the token’s crypto ecosystem, and Bitcoin’s hash rate is the computation of Bitcoin miners’ performances. The hash rate measures the performance and efficiency of miners who secure the crypto network. Higher the hash rate, more the number of resources required to successfully mine Bitcoin.
Hash rate is a crucial indication of the mining community’s sentiment. Rising hash rate implies that there is a build up of confidence in the miner’s minds, indicating a more secured Bitcoin network.
Rising hash rate also indicates that more and more miners are joining the network. The present rise in Bitcoin’s hash rate suggests a completely different story than the one last year, when a lot of miners quit the coin’s mining network.
During last year’s bearish run, the hash rate suffered incredibly, leading to many miners shutting down their mining rigs. The miners who quit the network were found selling their mining equipment at throwaway prices, following the falling profits of the mining industry.
Matt Odell, a Bitcoin entrepreneur had this to say,
“That’s the beauty of the difficulty adjustment. Every miner that is turned off increases the profitability of remaining miners.”
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Bitcoin’s [BTC] valuation will reach $250,000 by 2023, claims Tim Draper

The speculation over Bitcoin’s [BTC] future is a hotbed for debate among crypto-analysts and enthusiasts around the globe. At press time, Bitcoin was valued at $4,048, suggesting that the cryptocurrency market was going through a period of consolidation.
According to Tim Draper, a prominent venture capitalist and Bitcoin enthusiast, Bitcoin’s price could breach the $250,000-mark by 2023.
If the predicted price valuation was to come true, the collective market cap of the coin market could reach an estimated $5 trillion, which is roughly 5% of the global economy.
In a recent interview with Forklog, Tim Draper explained that the next bull run would be less impressive than the one witnessed in December 2017, but would have more stability and long-term credentials. Tim Draper considered fundamental factors like additional address growth and the development of the Lightning Network to make a price projection for the coin.
He also added that in a few years, cryptocurrencies would enter mass adoption and would become part of people’s global economy.
Draper also dismissed reports that banks and financial institutions were trying to stifle Bitcoin prices, and expressed confidence in Bitcoin making it to an important place in the general market.
Tim Draper was recently in the news when he predicted that in a few years, people would no longer prefer government-issued traditional money. Decentralized and non-government controlled currency would soon gain mass popularity, which would lead the younger generation to trust Bitcoin and other forms of cryptocurrencies over traditional fiat money, he added.
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