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The casualties of the Bitcoin Cash wars

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Bitcoin Cash came to life as a fork from the original Bitcoin cryptocurrency last year (August 1st, 2017). The point of the fork was to increase Bitcoin’s size limit. The Bitcoin Cash community has remained somewhat contentious since it was formed so, it’s no surprise that disagreements came about.

This November 15th, Bitcoin Cash experienced yet another fork. This came as a result of a rivalry between two factions in the community (if you can call it a community). Roger Ver and Jihan Wu lead a fraction of users that wanted to maintain the block size at 32MB.

On the other corner were Calvin Ayre and Craig Wright (who’s proclaimed himself to be none other than Satoshi Nakamoto). This second camp wanted to increase the block size to 128 MB. Each party called itself “Bitcoin ABC” and “Bitcoin SV”, respectively.

Incidentally, this doesn’t help Wright’s case of be Satoshi Nakamoto, as he assures. If you really are the man behind Bitcoin, then why did you fork it twice? Didn’t you trust your work the first time? Anyway…

So the split went on. It’s been known in the cryptosphere as “Bitcoin Cash hard fork,” and it’s created a mess.

The fork created a hashing war. Both camps started competing among themselves (and with Bitcoin, the real one) to attract miners. They also wanted to be able to change the software in the way it suited them, get better developers and affect the coin’s price.

It’s been a destructive war. In a year that was already bad for the crypto market, things really went down the day before the fork happened (and many neutral observers are convinced that the fork itself was the cause). The market dropped seriously on November 15th.

Then it dropped again, even more seriously on the following weekend. The Bitcoin Cash war didn’t damage just the Bitcoin Cash project and currency (more on that later) but it may have damaged the crypto markets as a whole and for a long time.

But as bad as it’s been for every cryptocurrency, it’s been worse for Bitcoin Cash. Before the hard fork, it was trading at about 600 USD. As we write this, Bitcoin Cash ABC is at $214, and dropping; Bitcoin SV is at $131 (and that’s after rising quite well in the last 24 hours).

So the fork has taken away a lot of the token’s value. As things stand, both of Bitcoin Cash’s bastard children are spending a lot more money in mining than they can get from selling tokens. So, in many ways, the main casualty from the Bitcoin Cash hash wars have been the two new versions of Bitcoin Cash.

Bitcoin SV stands for “Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision,” and it’s lead by Craig Wright. At this point we could ask ourselves, was Satoshi’s vision to render a useful coin valueless, useless and use an ego fight to wreak havoc in the crypto markets all over the world? We can’t answer that question. But Craig Wright should be able to answer because, after all, he thinks he is Satoshi.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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The Crucial Role of Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain in Modernising The Telco Industry

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Blockchain has caused quite a stir in recent years. In fact, there’s a school of thought that firmly believes the digital ledger technology will prove to be the 21st Century’s biggest innovation

There are a great many industries braced for the disruptive force of blockchain, and the sweeping benefits it can bring to telecommunications can’t be underestimated. 

A blockchain is a decentralised, distributed, public digital ledger that’s fundamentally used to record transactions online. Every transaction that takes place is recorded across an extensive array of computers in a way that ensures that any individual record within the chain can’t be tampered with or retroactively modified. 

Because of the virtually impregnable security associated with blockchain and the efficiency that comes with a fully decentralised ledger, there’s plenty of potential for the technology within the telco industry in particular – especially given the financial flexibility that comes with cryptocurrency transactions beyond borders. 

Let’s take a deeper look at the important role that both blockchain and its associated cryptocurrencies can play in modernising and securing the telco industry:

Unprecedented security

The arrival of blockchain is causing a stir at Deloitte. The professional services giant has contributed tens of thousands of words on blockchain within its ‘insights’ network, and there are…

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Can Libra help the crypto industry to reach new heights?

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Libra is motivated and determined to change the face of payment procedures across the globe and make the blockchain-based project the leaders of payments.
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The market for cryptocurrencies started with the launch of Bitcoin in 2009, and since then, so many cryptocurrencies have been launched that it gets hard to keep track of them. The crypto market has seen massive growth in the past 3-4 years as it started gaining attention from mass media, which helped in this boom.

From the past 2-3 years, several new cryptocurrency projects were launching in the market. Amid all this, the social media giant – Facebook announced the launch of their cryptocurrency platform, and this news got viral like wildfire. The announcement came forward in June, and the upcoming cryptocurrency is known as Libra, and it’ll come with its dedicated wallet called Calibra.

What is Libra?

Libra is a permissioned blockchain-based digital currency which is being developed under the supervision of Facebook’s vice president, David A. Marcus. The cryptocurrency is under development in partnership with an independent, non-profit member Libra Association. Facebook is the second member of the project, and these companies aim to use Facebook’s user base for the promotion of the digital currency when it is launched. The transactions and the cryptocurrency will be managed and cryptographically entrusted by the Libra Association.

Note: Libra Association was established by Facebook to look after the cryptocurrency and the transactions, and it was founded in Geneva, Switzerland.

The development of…

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Why Blockchain Projects Keep Failing

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If you’ve been keeping up with news coming out of the blockchain community over the past year, you’ve probably heard countless projects hyped as the next best thing—only for them to fall off completely off the map a few months later. While some of these projects offered no practical solutions and seemed destined to fail, others creatively used blockchain technology to enhance the way we perform day-to-day tasks.

So, What’s the Problem?

For starters, many of these founders have no real experience running a business or managing finances. Instead, teams are usually comprised of programmers and tech geeks with the ability to develop blockchain-driven apps, but have no clue about project management, allocating resources, effective team building or marketing.

What’s more, when you look at the average blockchain start-up’s website, you’ll probably find a list of team members with accolades a mile long. And many of these “achievements” are in similar blockchain projects that have yet to take off. This makes it hard to distinguish between what is hype and what is credible information, which scares off all but the high-risk investor.

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The sudden interest in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology can be compared to the California Gold Rush. Everyone wants to get in on the ground floor so that they can make as much money as possible.

Unfortunately, this mentality isn’t just…

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