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Why is Bitcoin price going down again?

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Last month was a good month for Bitcoin. It went from 6,300 USD to 8,400 USD in only a few weeks. That’s a far cry from the 17,000 USD it reached last December, but it was still a good run. The problem is that it could be over.

Over the last two days, Bitcoin has fallen drastically. At the time of writing the price is at 7,422 USD which is well below the eight thousand psychological level. The currency still reaches daily highs beyond 8,000 every now and then, but the overall performance remains inconsistent if we go by data provided by Coinmarketcap.

The whole cryptocurrency market is still under a bearish trend, as it’s been for most of the current year, but the other coins have not had even the little bull run Bitcoin experienced. Ethereum, XRP and Bitcoin Cash have lost around 5% in the last few days.

Why is it going down?

Politicians all around the world are starting to notice cryptocurrencies at last, and that has affected prices. South Korea, for instance, is one of the most critical places in the world for digital assets because of the many exchanges it hosts and the high trading volume it has, especially for Bitcoin. The South Korean government is pondering whether to start taxing cryptocurrency exchanges which have enjoyed tax benefits until now.

Hong Seong-ki, who heads the Korean cryptocurrency response team South Services Commission said that “cryptocurrency transaction brokerage is not effective in generating added value. In his words,

“While crypto markets have seen rapid growth, such trading platforms don’t seem to be well-enough prepared in terms of security”

Mr. Seong-ki then added that,

“We’re trying to legislate the most urgent and important things first, aiming for money-laundering prevention and investor protection. The bill should be passed as soon as possible.”

Then there was the news about Ledger Connect. It’s a blockchain-based software that is going to start trials in nine of the world’s most prominent financial institutions (Barclays and Citigroup, for instance). 

This software is backed up by IBM, whose reputation is still tremendous within in the technology industry, in partnership with CLS, a currency trading utility. While this services will be based in cryptocurrencies and blockchains, it takes demand away from Bitcoin. Another issue is power. 

Mining Bitcoin blocks take a vast amount of electricity; current estimates seem to point at the fact that Bitcoin’s mining nodes are using as much power as the whole country of Ireland. Governments are noticing this as well and trying to manage it. 

A spokesperson from the New York State Department of Public Service was quoted on this subject,

“These companies are using extraordinary amounts of electricity – typically thousands of times more electricity than an average residential customer would use. The sheer amount of electricity being used is leading to higher costs for customers in small communities because of a limited supply of low-cost hydropower.” 

So Bitcoin is entering a mining energy crisis, and that can be a crucial point in its history. Other bad news for Bitcoin was that Martti “Sirius” Malmi, a computer programmer who is believed to have worked alongside the enigmatic (and still unknown) Bitcoin creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, is joining a team of developers that are producing a new digital asset that will be called Axe.

But despite those challenges, there’s been much good news as well for both Bitcoin, and many other cryptocurrencies so let’s review some of them as well. The US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) is analyzing the possibility to approve a new bitcoin exchange-traded fund

This initiative came from VanEck and SolidX and was filed through the Chigaco Board of Exchange. A decision is expected to be announced this month, but SEC is not in a hurry so the final decision could take several months anyway.

In another subject, a new study has found that the cryptocurrency investment market, especially the piece that has to do with Bitcoin, still has a lot of room to grow. 

It consisted of a survey done among a couple of thousand American investors. Only two percent said they own Bitcoin and not even one percent have it in their wishlist. Most of the investors surveyed expressed no interest at all in buying Bitcoin but a fourth of all said they are fascinated about it.

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Here’s Why This Coin Still Has Wings (WINGS)

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WINGS, a decentralized crowdfunding platform based on the Ethereum blockchain, has had a great run over the past two months. Culminating in a peak of US $.23 just a few days ago, the currency behind the product has more than doubled since it’s lows of early September.

Despite the slight downturn WINGS is currently experiencing, this crypto-favorite may not be done running up the green candles on your favorite exchange just yet. A small drop like we had today was actually expected and could be considered healthy by long-term investors. These dips are also appreciated by those of us waiting to get in on a project we feel has real potential. WINGS has shown us that potential and is now presenting a great buying opportunity for speculators and traders looking for the next wave of support to lift this coin into the stratosphere.

What is WINGS?
WINGS was created to nurture project proposals via the Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) model. Using blockchain networks and smart contracts, the platform allows the WINGS community to promote proposals with the greatest chance of positive returns. WINGS, in essence, is a decentralized forecasting ecosystem, where token holders are given an incentive to make choices concerning projects on the platform.

The DAO is a popular concept for crypto-projects that want to remain entirely on the web. Using the peer-to-peer technology of blockchain and smart contracts to enforce the rules of participation is…

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6 Blockchain Predictions For 2019

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As 2018 moves closer towards its end, investors, developers, and tech enthusiasts are starting to turn their gaze towards the future. 2019 is less than two months away, and it promises new breakthroughs and large changes. This is especially true when it comes to blockchain technology.

While 2018 was an important year for this technology’s development, many are wondering what awaits us in the near future. Because of this, we have created a list of 6 predictions regarding the blockchain, as well as what might happen to it in 2019. Let’s begin.

1. Search for new and better business use cases

Blockchain technology is wrongly seen by many as a magical way to resolve all issues that we struggle with today. However, while it is true that blockchain can help with a lot of them, there are still numerous other problems that are better suited to be solved by alternative technologies. Robotics, AI, and similar technologies are not to be discarded in blind faith in the blockchain.

Researchers and developers have recognized this, which is why 2019 will be dedicated to finding specific use cases for blockchain technology. Blockchain will be used in situations where it can have the strongest positive impact. In other words, the goal is not to find places where this tech can fit, but to find places where it is the best fit.

2. Fixing blockchain industry’s image

For a lot of people, blockchain…

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TRON DEX Goes Crazy, TRX Founder Asks For More Projects

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Less than a week ago, TRON (TRX) community uncovered a new DEX (decentralized exchange) on Tronscan.org. Since TRON community is among the strongest and most supportive communities to ever support a coin, trading activity on this DEX quickly skyrocketed.

So much so, in fact, that TRON’s founder, Justin Sun, felt that he should share this fact on his Twitter account.

TRON DEX sees massive growth in activity

Since Sun shares a lot of traits with TRX community, such as tirelessness and fascination with this project, he was quick to urge the community to come up with additional tokens and projects.

While Sun’s statement that the activity on the DEX is “going crazy” is pretty accurate, many do not realize just how accurate this is. It should be pointed out that the number of tokens on the exchange was 3 on November 10th, when the DEX was originally uncovered. Today, on November 13th, the number of available tokens has doubled.

In addition, 4 out of 6 trading pairs offered on the exchange have experienced significant gains, with the remaining two experiencing only slight drops. The growth was experienced by Dice/TRX (146%), TronWatchMarket/TRX (8.27%), WIN/TRX (89%), and SEED/TRX (1.73%). The drop was experienced…

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