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Bitcoin Cash: HolyTransaction shares its position about the fork

Tomorrow is August 1st, the long-awaited date for the Bitcoin-blockchain upgrade. That’s why you are asking us: what’s about HolyTransaction and Bitcoin Cash?

This upgrade, in fact, will cause a hard fork and so the creation of a new chain (and so a new digital currency) called Bitcoin Cash. This will:

  • Increase the block size to 8 MB;
  • Remove SegWit, a code change that might activate on the bitcoin blockchain by the end of August.

HolyTransaction and Bitcoin Cash

So, our users are asking if HolyTransaction will support Bitcoin Cash within the multicurrency wallet.

HolyTransaction, in fact, would like to announce that should UAHF choose to increase the Bitcoin block size on August 1st, our customer platform will not support the new blockchain or coin on that date.

Due to technical complexities, time and quality assurance needed to implement a second bitcoin ruleset and blockchain we will not support it.

We currently consider Bitcoin Cash as another cryptocurrency, though Bitcoin Cash’s transaction history would be the same as bitcoin’s .

HolyTransaction supports UASF

A few days ago, we shared a blog post in support of UASF or User Activated Soft Fork.

It is a system for the activation of a soft fork that might occur on a specified time enforced by full nodes, a concept that is also called “economic majority”.

In the past years, a UASF was successfully developed to activate the P2SH soft fork (BIP16).

Instead, currently, the UASF is combined with the so-called SegWit activation in the BIP148 proposal.

Click here to read more about UASF.

We know that some users are curious to see what happens with Bitcoin Cash, but we are currently not supporting this altcoin.

 

Let’s see what happen and happy trading!

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Amelia Tomasicchio
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HolyTransaction FAQ: frequently asked questions and answers

HolyTransaction FAQ and Support Center. Before sending us an email, please read our HolyTransaction FAQ below.

You might find the answer you need.

HolyTransaction FAQ

How can I open my wallet?

It’s easy and free to open an account. Visit HolyTransaction.com, click “sign up”, fill out the form, and log in. Then you may want to add funds to your account.

Click “balance” in the main menu and deposit your favorite digital currencies.

How can I show a new wallet?

If you want to add a new digital currency to your wallet, you just need to visit the balance page and then click on the plus button to add more wallets to your account.

What’s the minimum deposit amount?

We don’t have a minimum for incoming deposits. However, in order to withdraw your coins, you need to meet our fees. So please read our fees list below.

Are there fees for using HolyTransaction?

We charge fees only for withdrawals and transactions to other wallets. There are no fees for deposits. For withdrawals, there is a transaction fee required by each network as indicated on our withdrawal page. Also, here you can read a full list of these fees.

How can I get a coin listed on HolyTransaction?

We don’t have a definitive set of criteria as each project is unique. We listen to the community and select projects that we believe are unique, innovative, and that our users would be interested in trading. Please send us an email at support@holytransaction.com with the info about your coin.

Can I change the email address associated with my account?

You cannot change the email address that was used to create your account at the time of registration. If you are no longer able to access the email account for any reason, please open a support ticket by sending us an email at support@holytransaction.com

Does HolyTransaction have an API?

Yes, and you can check our APIs here.

How many addresses can my account have?

You can create only one address per digital currency.

How quickly are outgoing payments processed?

We make payment instantly, however, each transaction usually needs some time to gain a minimal number of confirmations. Minimum confirmations required varies in every wallet and website.

Can I use HolyTransaction address to play crypto dice games or to mine?

Your deposit address is bound to your account forever. All deposits made to this address will be added to your account balance. However, we don’t guarantee that coins will reside at this address. Due to our system architecture and security measures, coins will be moved to other addresses shortly after deposit, but it does not affect your account balance.

You can still spend all your money anytime.

Should I use HolyTransaction as my only wallet?

We use advanced security mechanisms. However, it is important to take additional steps to ensure that your login details remain protected from users other than yourself.

How do I know my coins will be safe?

We use multiple layers of security:
– cold storage backups
– 2-factor authentication
– regular security audits

Also, we added a new tool we call “the padlock” (you can read more about it hereand other exciting things that are currently in development.

 

Where do I obtain my two-factor authentication code?

You need Google Authenticator application in order to obtain a two-factor authentication code. Click here to read the step-by-step guide to set it up.

 

I forgot my password, how can I reset it?

Automatic password recovery is unavailable at this point. Send an email to passwords@holytransaction.com from the mailbox that you have used for signup and we’ll recover it manually.

 

Do you have a tesnet/UAT version?

We don’t support testnet. Use small amounts of money for test purposes. You can always withdraw them.

When are you going to offer feature X? I would like to access my wallet in my language, can you add it? How can I contribute?

We encourage you to use our feedback widget to ask about features and report bugs. We are implementing them according to demand. Feel free to contact us at support@holytransaction.com if you want to help with translation or something else.

Do you have a donate button for linking to user’s payment URLs?

Not yet.

Why don’t I see “Buy” page?

Due to regulatory constraints, we don’t provide the exchange for US residents and customers that currently located in the United States.

If you have questions that you would like to be answered, submit them at support@holytransaction.com

 

I made a wrong transaction. Can you delete it?

No, we cannot delete any transactions.

 

Can you disable my 2fa? I cannot have access to my Google Authenticator App.

Yes, we can do it. Please send us an email at support@holytransaction.com from the same email you use to login into your wallet. We will disable your OTP in 1 week in order to respect our security standard.

 

How can I delete my account?

Please send us an email at support@holytransaction.com from the same email you use to login into your wallet. We will delete your account as soon as possible. Of course, it has to be empty.

 

Can I increase my daily limit for transactions and withdrawals?

Sure, please read this guide.

 

Why has my account been locked?

It could happen if your padlock is active. Please read this guide to deactivate it.

 

How can I exchange my cryptocurrencies?

If you need to convert your digital currencies into fiat currencies, please use our service called HolyTransaction.trade.

If you need to convert your crypto into another crypto, please follow this guide.

 

What is Flyp.me?

Flyp.me is our latest project for your accountless exchange. Read more here.

Open your free digital wallet here to store your cryptocurrencies in a safe place.

Amelia Tomasicchio
uasf bitcoin

UASF Bitcoin: a Crypto Guide for Beginners and not

Yesterday we published the image below on Facebook, related to UASF Bitcoin we support. But what does it mean?

uasf bitcoin

What is UASF Bitcoin?

UASF is an abbreviation that stands for User Activated Soft Fork.

It’s a mechanism for the activation of a soft fork that might occur on a specified time enforced by full nodes, a concept that is also called “economic majority”.

In the past years, a UASF was successfully developed to activate the P2SH soft fork (BIP16).

Instead, currently, the UASF is combined with the so-called SegWit activation in the BIP148 proposal you can read here: github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/master/bip-0148.mediawiki.

What is a MASF?

MASF means Miner Activated Soft Fork. It’s a system by which miners can trigger the activation of a soft fork when a majority decides to execute an upgrade. This allows a faster activation of the soft fork, leaving full nodes to upgrade when they decide to do it.

This mechanism is a tradeoff because it puts trust in the hash power,  enforcing the new rules. Conversely, it can cause invalid chains. This was the case with BIP66.

What is BIP148?

BIP148 is a UASF designed to run the current SegWit MASF deployment in order to activate it in all the existing SegWit capable node software (80% + at this time).

From August 1st, 2017, miners have to signal their readiness for SegWit creating blocks with the version bit 1.

What is Segwit?

SegWit is an upgrade to the bitcoin blockchain that might be able to solve the so-called block size debate, by increasing the capacity of each block of the digital currency chain in order to allow more transactions in less time and with fewer fees to be executed and registered on the blockchain itself.

Right now, Bitcoin supports up to 2000 transactions per block in 10 minutes, but SegWit will be able to double this capacity up to 4000 transactions.

Read this infographic to know more about SegWit.

 

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Amelia Tomasicchio
bitcoin price

Bitcoin Price Analysis and SegWit

While Bitcoin price is experiencing a new growth after the almost 50% drop from its all-time high, a few analysts of the crypto market suggest that bitcoin price at $4000 is in the air.

And this moment seems to come sooner than expected.

“When added to the professed agreement for major players to work together on the Bitcoin scaling issue starting September – if it becomes a reality, the price could see between $4,000 and $5,000 before the year ends,” said an expert to Cointelegraph.

2017 has been a good year for bitcoin price, as it traded at about $950 back in January and it reached its new all-time high a few months ago in June with a value of $3011: this means that bitcoin price grew of more than 3000% in a six-months period.

Compared to the all-time high we quoted above, the current price decrease is maybe due to the uncertainty around the upcoming SegWit activation that will take place on August 1st, 2017.

For those who are unfamiliar with this, SegWit is a new upgrade to the Bitcoin blockchain that will increase the block size to support more transactions and allow a faster confirmation for transactions.

At the moment, the blockchain supports up to 2000 transactions per block in 10 minutes and SegWit will double this capacity to 4000 transactions.

Also, Segwit2x will increase the size of each block from 1MB to 2MB.

SegWit will be implemented on August 1s, while it is not sure yet if Segwit2x will be implemented too.

That said, the real reason of uncertainty is caused by the hard fork needed to implement SegWit.

This might create two different chains in a similar way to what happened to Ethereum in 2016 with the DAO and Ethereum Classic.

Not a problem for the Bitcoin price

According to many experts in the industry, while this event might create panic sell and uncertainty within the community, will not be a real problem in the next future.

Kumar Gaurav of Cashaa explained to Cointelegraph:

“When looking at 2017 so far, it still has been a good year for Bitcoin, starting just below 1000$ and now standing just below $2,000. Whether and to which extent this overall trend will continue will be seen more clearly after some crucial dates such as 1st August. If 80% of the Bitcoin community adopts the updates all should be fine. It seems most likely this will be reached, as the current signaling of intended support is at 87.8 percent, an increase from 83.28 percent in May. Comparable to when in May, following the New York agreement on SegWit2x, Bitcoin reached an all-time high of $2,160, it can reach new all-time highs after a successful activation as Bitcoin will be more attractive again and bring users of other cryptocurrencies back to Bitcoin.”

Bitcoin-based ICOs

Another reason that might be influenced the price is the growing number of Bitcoin-based ICOs or Initial Coin Offerings.

ICOs managers might have cashed out during those days and this drove the prices because a huge amount of bitcoin appeared on the market.

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Amelia Tomasicchio
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Amir Taaki talks about Segwit, Ethereum and more

Amir Taaki is one of the first developers to start working on Bitcoin.

In two recent interviews on The Tatiana Show and The Crypto Show, Taaki explained his personal point of view on the current state of Bitcoin and the need to preserve digital currency’s core values.

Also, Taaki talked about a power struggle for the blockchain and his support for Bitcoin researcher Peter Todd and the various contributors to Bitcoin Core.

For him, the protocol development debate over Bitcoin is between those who think Bitcoin is a revolutionary technology to challenge central banks and those who simply believe it as only a payments innovation.

“With the Blockstream guys and Peter Todd, I have a lot of faith in those people. I was involved in Bitcoin since the very beginning, so I interacted with a lot of different people, I know what their personalities are, what their personal motivations are. I kind of think that most of the guys who are on that side have a pure intent, which is an intent for Bitcoin, not for their own personal gain, not to elevate themselves. A lot of them even existed in the shadows or even had the chance to gain power at different points but didn’t really fight to take power over Bitcoin.”

According to Taaki, people who cannot make informed decisions related to the changes to make on the Bitcoin protocol only need to look at those who are supporting each of the various proposals.

“When you have a guy like Peter Todd who is on one side and then you have people like Gavin Andresen and Roger Ver and other people on the other side, then it’s pretty clear which side to support. The developers who have worked on Bitcoin since its very beginning and got nothing personally out of working on Bitcoin — that work on Bitcoin because they believe in it based on principle — yeah I trust those guys,” explained Taaki.

Taaki quoted Gavin Andresen as someone who “tried to dominate the development process through titles rather than an organization of people and a governance process” because of his work at the Bitcoin Foundation.

Please note that the original Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) that explained the governance process for protocol development was a Taaki’s idea, although it has been replaced by BIP 2.

Bitcoin’s Main Values to be Preserved

Even if Taaki said that Bitcoin had just transcended “one really big power struggle for the heart of Bitcoin as a technology” during his speech at The Tatiana Show, SegWit2x was announced not long after this appearance.

“What me and Cody Wilson was — there was a side of Bitcoin that was just about [opposition to] the central banks and there was another side opposing that with different values to us. Basically, we’ve managed to get over that, and those values that were at the core of Bitcoin have been preserved. But it’s not enough to simply preserve Bitcoin as it is or what it is.”

According to Taaki, Bitcoin’s main values need to be preserved and also need to find their way in the Bitcoin Core codebase.

“It’s a dangerous moment because, if Bitcoin continues how it is, it’s just going to kind of meander around and then it’s going to fizzle out because it doesn’t pull people forwards toward something greater,” Taaki added.

Bitcoin vs Ethereum

Taaki also talked about his thoughts on the current state of Ethereum.

In his view, Ethereum is an example of developers going to their computers to escape the real world and creating toys instead of practical applications that can have an impact on the world.

“They’re developing a lot of cool toys, [but] it’s not really fulfilling a coherent need. That’s the biggest problem with Ethereum. I respect Vitalik for his technical knowledge, but there’s no social knowledge behind it.”

According to Taaki, he has always stuck with Bitcoin because it has “solved very real, practical problems that face humanity now.”

“Bitcoin is a political tool to actually change the society, to excise these real problems at the root of the society,” he said.

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Amelia Tomasicchio
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Buy Bitcoin Sign appeared at Congress

When Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen testified at the Congress today, one attendee showed a buy bitcoin sign.

Yellen appeared before the House Financial Services Committee to talk about the state of the US economy and field questions from committee members. As chief of the US central bank, Yellen also spoke about a recent semi-annual report delivered to Congress by the Fed.

As chief of the US central bank, Yellen also talked about a recent semi-annual report delivered to Congress by the Fed.

While Yellen was expressing her willingness to raise interest rates amidst a healthier economic climate (following years of near-zero rates instituted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis), there was one attendee who captured media coverage because he held up a buy bitcoin sign behind Yellen.

A screenshot of the event was tweeted by CNBC Steve Kopack, and later shared by other people who have been watching Yellen’s testimony.

buy bitcoin sign

The identity of the man who held up the buy bitcoin sign is not clear yet.

Yet in a follow-up tweet, Wall Street Journal national economics correspondent Nick Timiraos reported that the individual, along with another, had left the room “after a staffer made some instruction to them.” Video published by Bloomberg shows the two individuals being spoken to by a staffer.

Yellen, who told in 2014 that the Fed “doesn’t have the authority to supervise or regulate bitcoin in any way” – remarked that she believes that the blockchain is an “important technology”.

Thanks to her work, the Fed decided to publish some of its internal researchers into the distributed ledger tech, releasing its first report on the topic back in December.

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Amelia Tomasicchio
bitcoin in japan

Bic Camera: new merchants accept Bitcoin in Japan

A new electronics retailer decided to start accepting bitcoin in Japan as one of the available payment methods in all its shops within the country.

It is Bic Camera that began to accept bitcoin at several shops back in April, and that is now it is looking to expand this payment after seeing huge levels of demand from its customers.

The retailer is taking payments in the digital currency thanks to a partnership with the domestic bitcoin exchange called bitFlyer, so they can convert bitcoin into yen right after the acceptance.

Bic Camera sells a wide range of products, including cameras, computers and home appliances like fridges and washing machines.

News that Bic Camera is accepting bitcoin at more locations came after the Japanese government’s new regulations around digital currencies and the exchange services. Among those, for example, there is a legal definition for bitcoin as a kind of payment instrument and the decision to eliminate bitcoin taxation.

Also, this could be one reason why we might aspect a new growth in the bitcoin price in the next days.

Read more about Bitcoin in Japan here.

 

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Amelia Tomasicchio
flypme

HolyTransaction launches an ICO for Accountless Exchange

HolyTransaction, one of the oldest multicurrency wallet on the cryptocurrency market, announces an ICO to fund Flyp.me, a new accountless exchange.

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Flyp.me is an innovative way to enable anyone to have benefits from an accountless service: no registration is required to exchange the most popular cryptocurrencies in the world.

The exchange empowers worldwide users to trade their digital currencies and tokens while earning a percentage of fees of each trade under the Flyp.me accountless exchange.

PROFITS

Flyp.me allows any FYP token owners to access shares of the profits generated by the platform from fees: a portion of profit fees per trade on the Flyp.me exchange will be distributed to ETH addresses with FYP on a periodical basis.

The purpose of the FYP Tokens is to enable the owners to participate in part of the profits from the fees of the Flyp.me platform and its API by owning FYP Tokens, this will also include the possibility to allow the FYP tokens owners to join the distributed governance model of the Flyp.me platform.

All token owners will receive proportional profits from the platform, and those with a certain minimum of tokens will have additional benefits. All token holders will have the option to propose/vote for features with the stake of their tokens.

FYP Tokens are ERC20-based Ethereum tokens. Each and every FYP Token is equal to each other and has exactly the same qualities, properties, and characteristics. After the ICO period will end, no additional FYP Tokens will be created for any reason whatsoever.

Pre-Sale and ICO

The FYP tokens will be available in two separate rounds, the pre-Sale and the ICO. The pre-Sale period will start on July 10th 2017 at 15.00 UTC and will end the day before the ICO starts (September 6th).

The ICO period will start on September 7th, 2017 at 15.00 UTC and will end on September 21st 2017 at 15.00 UTC.

When Hidden-Hard-Cap is reached, the ICO will end three hours after the Hidden-Hard-Cap threshold is reached.

Token prices and metrics

FYP Tokens will be available for purchase by using Ethereum Smart Contract during the ICO.

During the Pre-Sale, users will be able to use other cryptocurrencies from the Flyp.me Token Sale page or you can query us for a private deposit account if you wish.

You can use the Token Sale page or your HolyTransaction Wallet, otherwise, be prepared to sign with the private keys of the address you sent your funds from to prove your ownership.

The final conversion rate from ETH to FYP Tokens will be published on the Flyp.me website as the presale begins.
During the Pre-Sale, FYP Tokens will be offered with a preferred ratio and with a minimum of 21% bonus to HolyTransaction registered users.

The total (100%) of FYP Tokens created will consist of the sum of the Pre-Sale ones plus the ICO ones and the ones assigned to the Flyp.me Platform itself. The percentage of the FYP Tokens assigned to the Flyp.me Platform is variable (as detailed below) and depends on reaching the Soft-Cap or Hidden-Hard-Cap at the end of the ICO period or not.

Benefits of FYP Tokens

Each and every FYP Token participates in the net fee profits generated by the Flyp.me Platform.

50% of the Flyp.me Platform total net fees’ profits will be periodically sent to the addresses that hold the FYP Tokens.

Once the FYP Tokens are distributed, you will be free to transfer and exchange them. On the more, by being able to sign with your holding keys, you will receive some additional benefits.

Being the owner of a certain number of FYP Tokens (exact number to be later disclosed), will enable the FYP Token owner to benefit from additional features of the Flyp.me Platform that will be better defined and implemented in future stages. Such features include, for example, the ability to vote, to submit proposals and so on.

Read more about Flyp.me and FYP tokens on our official channel on Bitcoin talk or on the official Flyp.me website.

 

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Amelia Tomasicchio
bitcoin meetup

Bitcoin Meetup in Rome with Riccardo Casatta and more

bitcoin meetup

On July 10th, a new Bitcoin meetup will be organized in Rome thanks to the Blockchain Education Network Italia. 

This bitcoin meetup aims at spreading the word about the blockchain and being a meeting place for all the enthusiasts of the distributed ledger and digital currencies.

The evening will host different meetings with two major experts in the industry:

After their speeches, there will be a pitch with a few startups that work in the industry and free networking with pizza and beer for free.

The event is free, but in order to have access you need to register yourself on Eventbrite here:
https://www.eventbrite.it/e/biglietti-blockchainedu-meetup-roma-35736918084

Click here to read more about this bitcoin meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Bitcoin-Generation-Roma/events/241266421/

This event is sponsored by HolyTransaction.

 

Open your free digital wallet here to store your cryptocurrencies in a safe place.

Amelia Tomasicchio
bitcoin taxation

Japan eliminates Bitcoin Taxation; Rise in Price expected

Japan government officially eliminates bitcoin taxation after it recognized as legal method of payment a few months ago.

Consumption taxes on the sale of bitcoin will come into effect on July 1st.

According to a Deloitte’s report entitled “Japan: Inbound Tax Alert, 2017 Tax Reform Proposals,” digital currencies including Bitcoin will be exempt from the 8% consumption tax in Japan.

Deloitte’s report explains:

“The supply of virtual currency will be exempt from Japanese Consumption Tax (“JCT”). Currently, virtual currencies such as Bitcoin do not fall under the category of exempt sales, and as a result, the sale of virtual currencies in Japan have been treated as taxable for JCT purposes. Following the enactment of the amended Fund Settlement Law in May 2016, which newly defined “virtual currency” as a means of settlement, the sale of virtual currency as defined under the new Fund Settlement Law will be exempt from JCT. This change will apply to sales/purchase transactions performed in Japan on or after 1 July 2017.”

Bitcoin Industry in Japan

Back in March, the Japanese National Diet approved the tax reform proposed by Deloitte. The bill, which came into effect on July 1st will drastically increase bitcoin and cryptocurrency trading activities within the Japanese digital currency exchanges.

The bill will probably increase bitcoin and cryptocurrency trading activities within the Japanese digital currency exchanges.

On April 1, the Japanese government officially recognized Bitcoin as a legal payment method and currency.

The Japanese Bitcoin exchange industry is well regulated with Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) systems. AML policies are very strict in Japan and South Korea, and it is difficult for traders to take advantage of utilizing digital currencies to move large amounts outside of Japan.

Price growth because of bitcoin taxation

Although it could be a coincidence- since Japan has proposed the end of Bitcoin taxation, Bitcoin price increased from around $2,450 to $2,570.

Open your free digital wallet here to store your cryptocurrencies in a safe place.

Amelia Tomasicchio