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Which Countries Embrace The Crypto & Blockchain Technology

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Blockchain began in 2013 and reached its all-time high in 2017. Blockchain is seen as the most important form of technology because without it bitcoin is unable to function. Blockchain has contracts within its system and data exchanges of which are presented in a cryptographic form. Bitcoin, as well as other cryptocurrencies, make up only one application to blockchain. The International Monetary Fund has even begun exploring ways to make use of the blockchain technology in terms of their own trading as well as special drawing rights. The blockchain innovation is being led by some surprising countries such as:

Dubai:

Dubai has been aiming to become the forefront of blockchain with their goal to implement 20 blockchain initiatives in 2018. The Dubai government supports the modernization of applying blockchain services in several sectors.

United Kingdom:

Since as early as 2016 the UK government had strategies to make use of blockchain in order to reduce the rate of fraud and corruption. Innovate UK, which is the UKs technology development agency provided £248K GBP towards the blockchain startup to develop a world-wide solution for financial transactions. This type of behavior has encouraged online gambling technology providers like FunFair to embrace the technology.

Japan:

In Japan theres a person or group of people who are seen as the founding members of the development of a protocol of cryptocurrency and that they developed the original software where the blockchain code was applied. Japan is the only country which has been able to implement a system capable of adapting to cryptocurrency transactions.

With regards to cryptocurrency, we usually think of Bitcoin. It is the most popular type of cryptocurrency which enables financial transactions between people without a middleman. In countries all over the world, different governments apply different approaches of implementing cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin has created not only lower costs for the use of financial services but also has created a more efficient system. Bitcoin is owned by people and not by companies or government thus provides owners with more control and freedom which is more beneficial to them. Many countries have started to adapt and implement the ground-breaking technology that is bitcoin, such as:

United States:

The US consists of the most people in the world who use cryptocurrency and in terms of the number of people trading bitcoin. The US is seen as having a supreme financial status therefore many nations look to them for guidance in terms of cryptocurrency. They also have the highest number of Bitcoin ATMs and Bitcoin trading volumes internationally.

Chile:

In 2015 the Chile citizens were able to purchase Bitcoin with pesos through funding from the Chilean government. The Chilean government had goals to convert their country into a modern and entrepreneurial nation.

Italy:

In Italy tax authorities have adopted Bitcoin as a form of financial exchange. Sales that are paid for through Bitcoin are exempted from Vat. Italian tax authorities charge income tax on Bitcoin based on the manner that it was used.

Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or 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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Why Bitcoin Price Remains Stable Before the Expected Hike

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The cryptocurrency rallied a few days back, but now, it has moved closer to 38.2% Fib level. Investors are enthusiastic that as it remains at this level for some time, and stabilize. The next move in Bitcoin price will take it to the 61.8% Fib level. This is when the hike in the price of the cryptocurrency will occur towards $4,200. However, after the surge in price, the upcoming weeks will see the Bitcoin falling swiftly to $3,000.

The truth is that if this move fails to occur, there may not be an improvement in the value of the digital currency. Also, this movement will enable the “bullish gartly pattern” we saw on the BTC/USD 4H chart to become a reality. Also, we are expecting that the Bitcoin price will decline the same way it has been recovering since early February.

Why this week’s closing price matters

Presently, Bitcoin price is still trading above what the intrinsic value is showing on larger time frames. However, we can see adequate room to accommodate short-term rallies. The price at which Bitcoin closes this week is very critical. It will be a clear indication as to how the digital currency will move in the coming weeks.

If Bitcoin closes at a price above $4,000, we are hopeful that the correction may come from early next week. On the other hand, any…

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Stanford Lecturer praises XRP over Bitcoin

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The world of cryptocurrencies continues to cause controversies even now, particularly when it comes to matters such as the superiority of one coin over others. According to recent reports, one student from Stanford University has stated that one of Stanford’s guest lecturers — Dr. Susan Athey — bashed the first and largest cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, while praising XRP.

Does guest lecturer go anti-Bitcoin?

In late February, Stanford’s student called Conner Brown came out publicly with a claim that Athey described Bitcoin’s network and protocol inaccurately, and that she also used the opportunity to make unfounded criticism. Athey, who also sits on Board of Directors at Ripple Labs — XRP’s parent company — supposedly also stated that XRP provides solutions to all issues mentioned in regards to Bitcoin.

According to Brown’s comments on the matter, the lecture in question took place over a month ago, and after attending it, he wrote an open letter to Standford, explaining the incident. In the letter, Brown claims that Athey inaccurately presented Bitcoin’s consensus protocol and overstated several issues, such as the threat of a 51% attack on the coins network, as well as Bitcoin’s mining centralization.

However, the main problem with the lecture, as Brown sees it, is the professor’s claims that XRP presents a solution to these problems.

The claims caused Dr. Athey to respond publicly via Twitter, stating…

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Bitcoin Chasing Green — First Positive Month Since July In Sight

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The crypto market has started seeing gains in mid-February, with Bitcoin (BTC) following the bullish trend as well. In fact, the largest coin was on its way of seeing the first positive month since July of the last year. Even though its price was struggling to permanently overcome the major resistance at $4,000, the coin kept trying, and as long as its price doesn’t drop below $3,414, this goal can still be achieved

The return of the bearish trend which briefly overtook the market on February 24th caused a lot of damage, although Bitcoin managed to remain above $3,800. Following the crash, BTC started seeing minor gains once again, indicating that the bears have withdrawn for now.

What does the future hold for BTC?

As mentioned, Bitcoin can only complete a positive month if its price remains above $3,500 until the end of February. At the time of writing, the price sits at $3,807 according to TradingView, with an increase of 0.58% in the last 24 hours. As things are right now, it is likely that BTC might succeed in doing this, as its price performed relatively well ever since January 11th, even though it remained between $3,300 and $3,700.

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The recently-emerging bullish trend took it beyond this, and while the price…

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