The World Economic Forum (WEF) has long been a lightning rod of global discussion on economic, social and political trends. This year’s gathering in Davos, Switzerland, was no exception.
Blockchain technology emerged center stage last week as a key discussion theme, receiving praise from attendees for its cutting-edge potential.
In a newly published paper on the use of bitcoin for illegal activity, researchers from the University of Sydney, the University of Technology Sydney and the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga indicate that a quarter of all bitcoin users are associated with illegal activity.
In a paper written in the fall of 2017 and published on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) on Friday, January 12, 2018, Credit Suisse’s Dietmar Peetz and Gregory Mall argue that the boom in the initial coin offering (ICO) market is the clearest indicator of a bubble in bitcoin.
A Brand New Market Cap
Wow! Look at it go! I’m talking, of course, about crypto’s ever-expanding market cap, touching US$800 billion as I write these words. Yes, that’s very close to a trillion bucks. And it’s still growing. At the start of the year (just over 5 days ago), we sat around US$670 billion, when seemingly out of nowhere, we all started watching the Ethereum (ETH) funds in our digital wallets expand in fiat value.
Mohammed A. El-Erian and Roger McNamee are in agreement: as we enter the new year, the Bitcoin market is at a critical point in its development. In separate articles, both financial experts expressed their beliefs that, following a meteoric rise in 2017, the near future will define how history views Bitcoin in hindsight.
Time for a New Paradigm?
“[In] the waning days of 2017,” Mohammed A. El-Erian writes in an op-ed for Bloomberg, Bitcoin’s “market is at a crucial juncture.
Bulletproofs, presented in a paper titled “Bulletproofs: Short Proofs for Confidential Transactions and More,” describe a new zero-knowledge proof system. The proposal uses on-chain scaling for privacy and suggests a new, faster and more compact way to verify privacy-enhancing Confidential Transactions (CTs).
Imagine that you had over US$100 million worth of Bitcoin rotting away in a landfill and there was nothing you could do about it. Welcome to the world of James Howells, a Welsh IT worker who threw away a hard drive containing Bitcoin he’d mined back in 2009. The Newport South Wales City Council has repeatedly denied his requests to commence digging operations in the trash heap for his treasure trove of digital gold.
One Man’s Treasure Is Literally Trash
“You know when you put something in the bin, and in your head, say to yourself ‘that’s a bad idea’?” James Howells rhetorically asked the Guardian.
The overall cryptocurrency market seems to have stabilized after a correction that lowered its total capitalization to below US$450 billion last week. That said, the market has yet to convincingly bounce back to pre-correction levels, as its market cap continues to drift between US$500 billion and US$600 billion.
The Bears are Back
November and December saw record highs across most cryptocurrency markets.
Bitcoin is usually not considered the blockchain best suited for self-executing conditional payments, better known as smart contracts. While it does support basic programmability to enable features like time locks and multi-signature (multisig) schemes, competing projects like Ethereum, Ethereum Classic or Qtum are often expected to better support more advanced applications.
Tai Lopez, a prominent investor and analyst, has stated that if the world’s millionaires allocate merely 1 percent of their holdings into bitcoin, the bitcoin price could reach $60,000 in the mid-term.
At a time in which bitcoin reaches a new all-time high of $17,900 and the cryptocurrency’s market cap nears the $300 billion mark, regulations are seemingly becoming a very popular way for governments to cope with its existence.
Safely storing cryptocurrency can be confusing, especially for newcomers to the space, but for people with visual impairments, finding an accessible option is especially challenging.
IcyWallet is a cold wallet with a difference: it is designed to make it as simple as possible for people with visual impairments to manage offline bitcoin storage.
The week ahead will give better future indication of Bitcoin derivatives products as yesterday at 6 p.m. EST, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) allowed bitcoin futures to begin trading under the symbol “XBT.” Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) is set to allow futures trading in the cryptocurrency of their own accord on December 18, 2017.
Australian businessman Craig Wright, infamous for two separate stints as the self-proclaimed creator of the flagship cryptocurrency Bitcoin, recently tweeted out that 2018 will be the year in which Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is brought to its full potential, as limits to what it can achieve won’t be there, and security will be improved.
Кто знает подойдет ли этот кошелек для постоянного приема в сатоши? Я просто майнить не решился, но написал несколько ботов для того, чтобы они собирали с кранов монеты. Я так понял, что это веб-кошел...