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Bitcoin Gold (BTG): A New Hard Fork to Prevent 51% Attack

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The team behind Bitcoin Gold has announced that they have been working on a solution for preventing 51% attacks, as there have been numerous threats appearing around the crypto community for the past several weeks. Since coins like ZenCash and Verge had become targets of these attacks, it is evident that just any digital asset can be exposed to the factors of vulnerability and become the victim of an attack. That is how the team behind Bitcoin Gold decided that the best way to prevent this from happening to BTG is to have a new hard fork.

Bitcoin Gold: Creating a Hard Fork to Prevent 51% Attack

51% attacks have been the subject of many speculations for the past several weeks as cryptos like Verge and ZenCash got exposed to the attack while having both users and the network jeopardized that way.

51% attack is a strategic hacker attack initiated by a group of people or an individual that owns certain knowledge in cryptocurrencies, blockchain and encrypting. If it is presumed that the 50% of the network makes a spinning wheel of this mechanism out of miners and their performance, then we can also deduct that these miners are responsible for having the transactions within the given platforms validated and processed.

When a hacker is able to fool the system into validating faulty transactions without the need for the miners, then we can say that the hacker or a group of hackers have taken over the mentioned 51% of the network’s power.

That is how the hackers become in charge of the network, being able to manipulate with nodes, transactions and the system.

In order to prevent the worst case scenario from happening to Bitcoin Gold, the BTG team has decided to have another fork, which is set to solve this problem, as the team claims.

Bitcoin Gold Waiting for a New Fork

Although it has been officially confirmed several days ago that Bitcoin Gold is going to get another fork, considering the fact that Bitcoin Gold makes up for a fork as well, it is yet not certain when the fork will take place.

The team has only added that the fork should take place in the following weeks, which means that we might expect the planned fork to happen somewhere at the end of June and the beginning of July.

The team has also stated that the further information that will contain all details about the fork will be shared with the public in accordance with the date of realizing the new fork.

What is confirmed for now is that this fork won’t produce another coin, which means that Bitcoin Gold will get to stay BTG. This is great for BTG because there won’t be any holders leaving the project in order to embrace the next one, which would also consequently affect its price in the market.

The hard fork has the purpose of updating the security protocols in order to prevent the mentioned attacks that have become a thing of a realistic scenario as of the most recent events. However, Bitcoin Gold will be getting a new fork also in a portion due to ASIC miners, which has become a problem in the world of mining as it poses a question about the fairness among miners as well as increased competitiveness.

The team has stated that they were focused on improving the current Proof-of-Work protocol, which is the algorithm they have been using by far.

The goal is to move the existing algorithm for mining to a new version of Equihash, which is currently named Equihash-BTG. The testing of all new updates and features will be able to take place once the new PoW is ready.

The team’s objective is to enable mining as soon as the system updates are ready to replace the new system version.

The team reminds the users that there is no good use of updating the system as soon as possible as they want to make sure that the new updates are completely functional, and efficient.

The team behind Bitcoin Gold has also added that the BTG users will be notified about the new hard fork, at least 7 days in advance, so there is no need to worry about not being up-to-date with the new system updates.

After the hard fork takes place, Bitcoin Gold should become immune to 51% attacks, which will in a great way make mining and transacting with BTG available with improved safety protocols.

Bitcoin Gold Performance

Currently ranked as the 28th-best currency on the global coin ranking lost, Bitcoin Gold is rising up against the dollar with the latest market trend.

After the recent change in the price of having BTG rising up by 1.02%, Bitcoin Gold can be traded at the price of 45.29$ on June 7th.

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

Bitcoin behavior mirrors the pre-bear market situation

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

In the past few…

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