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Bitrefill’s John Carvalho on the Key Problem Facing Bitcoin’s Competitors

Bitrefill’s John Carvalho on the Key Problem Facing Bitcoin’s Competitors

Over the weekend, Bitrefill CCO John Carvalho was featured on multiple panels at the Understanding Bitcoin conference in Malta. During the first panel on day one of the event, Carvalho discussed the misleading sales pitch altcoin promoters make to people who are new to the Bitcoin space and the problems these altcoins would face if they started to become as popular as Bitcoin.

Bitcoin Faces Reality

Carvalho’s comments on these points came out of a conversation around how Bitcoin’s perceived value proposition has evolved over the years. While many of the startups built in the early days of this technology were focused on payments, there was eventually a pivot towards the store of value and speculation use cases.

Payments are now being pushed onto the Lightning Network, and Bitcoin’s base blockchain is mostly viewed as a settlement layer. This allows bitcoin to get the best of both worlds in terms of the stability of a “digital gold” and the payments infrastructure of a censorship-resistant Venmo or Cash App (see a longer explanation of this point here).

Recently, Carvalho revealed that Bitcoin’s Lightning Network has overtaken all of the altcoins in terms of payment quantity at Bitrefill.

In Carvalho’s view, some early Bitcoiners, such as early Bitcoin angel investor and current Bitcoin Cash proponent Roger Ver, never altered their views in the face of new information around what this new technology can realistically achieve.

“[Ver] never stopped promoting bitcoin the way we all used to by mistake,” said Carvalho.

Here, Carvalho was pointing to how Bitcoin was originally promoted by many people as an anonymous, fast, and cheap payment system.

“Bitcoin is not really any of those things,” Carvalho explained. “It’s pretty much the opposite. And we always thought [it] was those things because we were ignorant and we didn’t understand Bitcoin yet.”

According to Carvalho, some people never let the idea that Bitcoin is useful for those types of use cases die, and they’re trying to recreate that original, incorrect vision of the technology with altcoins like Bitcoin Cash.

Altcoins Mislead the Newcomers

In Carvalho’s view, it’s rather easy for altcoin promoters to essentially scam newcomers into following a simplistic view of how this technology works and why it’s useful.

“New people coming into the space — we were that way when we were new. We believed those stories, so it’s a great story to tell a new person: ‘This bitcoin is faster. This bitcoin is cheaper. This bitcoin is more efficient. This bitcoin is for the people. It’s [digital cash]. It’s peer-to-peer.’ It’s all bullshit, but it’s exactly what you want to hear when you’re new,” explained Carvalho.

“It’s a really great scam,” added Carvalho. “Unfortunately, it’s not Bitcoin.”

The Altcoin Dilemma

In Carvalho’s view, every altcoin is just a lower security and higher risk version of bitcoin. While they may be somewhat useful as a medium of exchange (as long as the recipient sells the altcoin for bitcoin or fiat currency as soon as it is received), these alternatives are not something that would replace bitcoin because no one views them as a store of value.

“The problem with their idea is that the more they get close to being as successful as Bitcoin, the more their model will look like Bitcoin,” said Carvalho. “If everybody started using Bitcoin Cash, the design of Bitcoin Cash would start to resemble more and more like Bitcoin, or it won’t work.”

In other words, the altcoin sales pitch is that it has better features than Bitcoin as a medium of exchange, but the utility of the altcoin as a medium of exchange is limited because no one wants to use it as a store of value. To act as a reliable store of value, the altcoin would need to put more emphasis on decentralization and stability, which is basically Bitcoin’s modus operandi (read more on that here).

A new challenge: Bitcoin casinos

The increasing number of bitcoin up reviews transactions has enabled a perfect scenario for new Bitcoin casinos to thrive. The gambling industry is extremely receptive when it comes to new technologies and many casino operators were quick to jump on the Bitcoin bandwagon.

The challenge posed by new casinos – which, like these, accept Bitcoins – resides in the fact that, since Bitcoin transactions are digital, the auditing process can become extremely complicated. Furthermore, the use of Bitcoins allows players to remain anonymous and potentially get past gambling restrictions (i.e. age) in several countries.

Let’s see how the gambling industry will tackle these controversial aspects of new online Bitcoin casinos.

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The benefits of Ethereum 2.0 will come sooner rather than later according to Vitalik Buterin

The benefits of Ethereum 2.0 will come sooner rather than later according to Vitalik Buterin

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  • Vitalik Buterin, has recently answered a number of questions from the community as a part of a “ask me anything“ session on Reddit. 
  • The co-founder highlighted many different topics but specifically said that he expects some significant and noticeable network improvements to come for the project sooner rather than later. 

Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of one of the biggest crypto projects in the industry known as Ethereum has recently answered a number of questions from the community as a part of a “ask me anything“ session on Reddit. The co-founder highlighted many different topics but specifically said that he expects some significant and noticeable network improvements to come for the project sooner rather than later. He further said:

“TLDR: merge happens faster, PoS happens faster, you get your juicy 100k TPS faster.”

Over the years, the network for Ethereum has experienced some significant rounds of high congestion. Three years ago in 2017, the popular CryptoKitties game slowed down the network massively but with the decentralised finance space growing rapidly, the network has been seriously clogged up.

As a result of this, it has led to high fees and longer than average confirmation times.

With Ethereum 2.0 very much just around the corner, there is a significant scaling upgrade solution that is supposedly going to speed up the network rapidly. This will increase the number of transactions per second and it will also move the blockchain to a different consensus algorithm known as a proof of stake. Phase 0 for the upgrade is set to occur on the 1st of December in two weeks!

The co-founder further went on to say that “all of these changes are designed to decrease the time until eth2 becomes useful to people.” 

For more news on this and other crypto updates, keep it with CryptoDaily!

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ETH/USD Rangebound After Recent Pullback: Sally Ho's Technical Analysis 27 November 2020 ETH

ETH/USD Rangebound After Recent Pullback: Sally Ho's Technical Analysis 27 November 2020 ETH

Ethereum (ETH/USD) weakened early in today’s North American session as the pair depreciated to the 504.89 area after trading as high as the 529.16 area in the Asian session, an improvement after trading as low as the 480.08 area earlier this week.  The pullback was also a test of the 479.03 area, representing the 78.6% retracement of the appreciating range from 439.77 to 623.22. One level that traders are carefully monitoring is the 503.57 area, a level that represents the 38.2% retracement of the recent appreciating range from 310 to 623.22Stops were elected below a series of retracement levels including 579.73, 563.58, 553.14, 531.50, 526.88, 509.85, 496.86, and 483.06. Larger Stops were elected below the 550.01 and 504.72 areas, retracement levels related to the wider appreciating range from 313.00 to 623.22.  The next downside retracement levels in this wider historical range include 468.11, 431.50, and 386.21.  Stops were recently elected above the 615.19 area during the climb higher, an upside price objective related to buying activity that originated around the 142.10 level earlier this year.  The pair’s next upside price objectives include the 637.79, 668.87, 679.78, and 698.88 levels.   Traders are also paying close attention to technical resistance around the 627.83, 638.28, and 652.36 areas. 

Stops were recently elected above the 583.59 and 592.24 areas during the ascent, retracement levels related to selling pressure that commenced around the 894.50 and 1419.96 levelsStops were also recently elected above the 519.16, 521.13, 524.97, and 540.64 areas during the ascent higher, preceded by Stops triggered above the 503.54, 508.69, and 510.22 levels.  During pullbacks lower, traders are paying close attention to the pair’s trading activity around the 461.31 area, an upside price objective related to buying pressure that emerged months ago around the 125.52 area.   Some additional downside retracement levels include 432.71, 431.36, 427.78, 424.14, 422.81, 419.74, 415.20, 411.91, and 408.12. Additional areas of potential downside support include the 400.56, 395.87, 387.62, 380.03, 377.17, 367.24, 366.72, 354.44, and 353.78 areas.  Traders are observing that the 50-bar MA (4-hourly) is bullishly indicating above the 100-bar MA (4-hourly) and above the 200-bar MA (4-hourly).  Also, the 50-bar MA (hourly) is bearishly indicating below the 100-bar MA (hourly) and above the 200-bar MA (hourly).

Price activity is nearest the 100-bar MA (4-hourly) at 503.62 and the 200-bar MA (Hourly) at 542.15.

Technical Support is expected around 417.60/ 388.49/ 366.72 with Stops expected below.

Technical Resistance is expected around 627.83/ 637.79/ 668.87 with Stops expected above.

On 4-Hourly chart, SlowK is Bearishly below SlowD while MACD is Bearishly below MACDAverage.

On 60-minute chart, SlowK is Bearishly below SlowD while MACD is Bullishly above MACDAverage.

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How Ethereum 2.0 good see strong recovery for ETH

How Ethereum 2.0 good see strong recovery for ETH

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  • As we come to the end of the year, there are numerous things occurring in the crypto space that no one could have predicted. 
  • With bitcoin jumping in value over the past few weeks/month, the alternative crypto market is quietly making gains simultaneously.

As we come to the end of the year, there are numerous things occurring in the crypto space that no one could have predicted. With bitcoin jumping in value over the past few weeks/month, the alternative crypto market is quietly making gains simultaneously.

Joseph Young, an analyst on Twitter has said that the second biggest cryptocurrency in the space, Ethereum has been performing extremely well over the past two months.

The upcoming Ethereum 2.0 deposit contract announced that the network upgrade would go live on the 1st of December. This has more than likely had a big impact on that open and how it has flourished in value over the past few months.

With the release of Ethereum 2.0, it would remove minors as the proof of work model is substituted for the proof of stake protocol. From here, users will be able to collectively verify transactions on the network without any need for a third-party to get involved.

You can see the tweet here from Joseph below:

Experience for users on the platform is more than likely going to change following the increase of the transaction capacity across the overall network.

The co-founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin has confirmed that what was once a 15 transaction per second on chain processing speed could be increased to somewhere up to 5000 transactions per second on the blockchain upgrade.

The stagnation for Ethereum has technically allowed for the network to consolidate above significant moving averages and will be good for the future of the project.

For more news on this and other crypto updates, keep it with CryptoDaily!

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ETH/USD Profit-Taking Sees Massive Drop: Sally Ho's Technical Analysis 26 November 2020 ETH

ETH/USD Profit-Taking Sees Massive Drop:  Sally Ho's Technical Analysis 26 November 2020 ETH

Ethereum (ETH/USD) gained back some lost ground early in today’s North American session as the pair appreciated to the 526.39 area after trading as low as the 480.08 area in the European session, a test of the 479.03 area that represents the 78.6% retracement of the appreciating range from 439.77 to 623.22.  After trading at a fresh multi-year high of 623.22, ETH/USD came off and Stops were elected below a series of retracement levels including 579.73, 563.58, 553.14, 531.50, 526.88, 509.85, 496.86, and 483.06. Larger Stops were elected below the 550.01 and 504.72 areas, retracement levels related to the wider appreciating range from 313.00 to 623.22.  The next downside retracement levels in this wider historical range include 468.11, 431.50, and 386.21Stops were recently elected above the 615.19 area during the climb higher, an upside price objective related to buying activity that originated around the 142.10 level earlier this year.  The pair’s next upside price objectives include the 637.79, 668.87, 679.78, and 698.88 levels.   Traders are also paying close attention to technical resistance around the 627.83, 638.28, and 652.36 areas. 

Stops were recently elected above the 583.59 and 592.24 areas during the ascent, retracement levels related to selling pressure that commenced around the 894.50 and 1419.96 levelsStops were also recently elected above the 519.16, 521.13, 524.97, and 540.64 areas during the ascent higher, preceded by Stops triggered above the 503.54, 508.69, and 510.22 levels.  During pullbacks lower, traders are paying close attention to the pair’s trading activity around the 461.31 area, an upside price objective related to buying pressure that emerged months ago around the 125.52 area.   Some additional downside retracement levels include 432.71, 431.36, 427.78, 424.14, 422.81, 419.74, 415.20, 411.91, and 408.12. Additional areas of potential downside support include the 400.56, 395.87, 387.62, 380.03, 377.17, 367.24, 366.72, 354.44, and 353.78 areas.  Traders are observing that the 50-bar MA (4-hourly) is bullishly indicating above the 100-bar MA (4-hourly) and above the 200-bar MA (4-hourly).  Also, the 50-bar MA (hourly) is bearishly indicating below the 100-bar MA (hourly) and above the 200-bar MA (hourly).

Price activity is nearest the 100-bar MA (4-hourly) at 501.91 and the 200-bar MA (Hourly) at 540.21.

Technical Support is expected around 417.60/ 388.49/ 366.72 with Stops expected below.

Technical Resistance is expected around 627.83/ 637.79/ 668.87 with Stops expected above.

On 4-Hourly chart, SlowK is Bullishly above SlowD while MACD is Bearishly below MACDAverage.

On 60-minute chart, SlowK is Bullishly above SlowD while MACD is Bearishly below MACDAverage.

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