Recent Bitcoin Cash news that has announced a November protocol upgrade has led to a serious difference in opinion. In fact, things got so heated that many are wondering whether BCH will have to go through a hard fork as a result. So far, the community has classified all the network changes as only recommendations, instead of ‘a consensus’.
The changes that are ‘recommended’ include enforcing a minimum transaction size, enabling two new opcodes, removing topological transaction order constraint, enforcing a new rule called “push only” for scriptSig, as well as enforcing canonical transaction order, and a rule called “clean stack”.
Bitcoin Cash news leads to a civil war
After the Bitcoin Cash news of the upgrade was announced, a large dispute followed. At it center, there is Bitmain Technologies, with its co-founder Jihan Wu. Against Bitmain, there is CoinGeek, which is led by Calvin Ayre.
The new update is scheduled to arrive on November 15th. However, as this date approaches, tensions are only getting higher from both sides. Each of the mining giants has their own ideas for the software update, with Bitmain claiming that the network should allow developers to create new tokens, as Ethereum’s does. Additionally, Bitmain wants a token burn, which is an idea also backed by Roger Ver, who is also known as ‘Bitcoin Jesus’.
As expected, CoinGeek is against these ideas, and it started rallying behind another software upgrade, going by the name of Bitcoin SV. This would revert the network back to some older characteristics, which were a part of Bitcoin’s original network. Additionally, it would increase Bitcoin Cash block size to 128 megabytes. Basically, the block size would quadruple in size.
Is hard fork the only solution?
So far, the dispute seems to be an unsolvable issue, except via a hard fork. Both sides wish BCH to change in accordance with their own wishes, and in the meantime, the consensus is still not achieved. November upgrade approaches quickly, and if the solution is not found soon, the fork can definitely be expected.
This is why Bitcoin Cash community needs to make a choice before the time runs out, and the deadline arrives. Whatever happens in the end, the current situation puts Bitcoin Cash at the center of yet another dispute.
Many are also wondering how will this Bitcoin Cash news affect the coin’s price? It is no secret that BCH has suffered a lot due to this year’s bear market, which is something that it has yet to recover from. Its price has dropped from over $4,000 in January to its current $517.50.
Recent predictions seem to be optimistic, with some of them even claiming that BCH might hit $6,700 before the year ends. However, if things do not get resolved, and a hard fork is performed, this might never happen. In the end, it all comes down to the community and its decision.
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SEC Postpones Bitcoin ETF Decision Once Again
The new announcement by the US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) states that the decision regarding the potential approval of several applications for a Bitcoin ETF (exchange-traded funds) is once again postponed. This time, the SEC declared that the decision will be made by February 27th, 2019.
The application requesting that VanExk SolidX BTC fund get s listed on Cboe BZx Exchange that was published on July 2nd needs to be given order by the commission within 180 days. Originally, the deadline for doing so was December 29th. However, the SEC decided to extend the period for another 60 days, effectively moving it to February 27th.
The SEC stated that designating a longer period for making a decision was found appropriate, as more time is needed in order to properly consider the rule change.
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Recent reports claim that the SEC received over 1,600 comments after requesting the public opinion regarding the ETF applications issue. In the past, the SEC rejected many such applications, some of which were even submitted by SolidX itself. In addition, they also rejected the applications submitted by Gemini, the exchange owned by Winklevoss twins. Brothers were attempting to gain ETF approval ever since 2013, although to no avail.
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What to Expect in 2019: BTC, BAT, and Steem
There are only a few weeks of 2018 left, and considering how bearish and crypto-unfriendly this year was, a lot of investors will likely be pleased to see it gone. Many believe that 2019 will be the year that will correct BTC prices and bring forth the period of great recovery.
But what does that mean for digital currencies? Which ones are a good investment right now? This is something that we will, hopefully, be able to answer right now. Here are the top 3 coins that everyone should keep an eye on in 2019.
1. Bitcoin (BTC)
Of course, we have to start with Bitcoin, the first and largest cryptocurrency. Bitcoin has lost a lot in 2018, and its losses are unparalleled by any other coin. In fact, in terms of market cap, Bitcoin has lost as much as the rest of the crypto market put together.
Many believe that its rapid growth, which started in late 2017 and has brought it to its all-time high, is responsible. That the bearish 2018 was only a one large price correction of the last year’s price surge. Even if this is true, price corrections, luckily, all end sooner or later, and when this one comes to a close, Bitcoin will likely be ready for a big comeback.
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The Three Biggest Problems with Crypto
In this bear market, everybody’s asking the same questions. Why is Bitcoin falling? When will the market turn around? Is this the end of the crypto boom?
However, before we can answer questions like these, we need to step back and do an honest appraisal of where our industry stands and what is really holding it back. Despite its growing popularity, cryptocurrency still struggles to gain mainstream appeal. While crypto has managed to distance itself from the early days, when it was used to buy illegal goods online, the currency still conjures up negative feelings for a lot of people unfamiliar with the technology — and all too often, for good reasons.
Cryptocurrency is still relatively new, which means that many casual users are still exploring different ways to use crypto in their day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, this lack of knowledge leaves a lot of users vulnerable to scammers seeking to take advantage of their ignorance and inexperience.
We’ve contacted various types of people within the crypto community, surveying newbies, traders, investors, and professionals, asking what the biggest problems in crypto are. We found there to be three major problems holding the industry back:
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