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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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Litecoin Segwit has been finally approved

Litecoin Segwit has been finally implemented, so this long-debate to change to change the digital currency network can be said to be closed now.

Originally intended to improve the bitcoin blockchain, Segwit – or Segregated Witness – had to solve the so-called block size debate, but it has been used on the lesser known litecoin chain, with some in the community that believes that it will help to finally have a quick implementation on the bitcoin network too.

Litecoin Segwit: how does it work?

Segregated Witness, in fact, is a new system that will allow litecoin to improve its block size, by modifying how transaction data is stored by the blockchain itself.

The change was first locked-in two weeks ago, when the proposal reached the 75% threshold level.

Then, the community had to wait two more weeks (8,064 blocks) to ensure that the upgrade approval was consistent.

After that, yesterday (on May 10th) the change was officially activated at block 1201536.

What does it mean?

Litecoin users can now start using a new kind of network, and there has been at least one transaction so far.

Anyway, several supporters are thrilled about the new techs that can now be created on the Segwit-supported network.

For example, the Lightning Network could boost litecoin transactions by million times; thanks to Segwit it can now be used to move real money.

Developer Loshan T explained to CoinDesk:

“I think today will be a great day for pushing more awesome tech into Litecoin. With SegWit activated on litecoin’s mainnet, I cannot wait until we deploy confidential transactions, Lightning Networks, MAST and Schnorr signatures.”

Unfortunately, these projects are early stage right now, but developers from the Lightning Labs seem thinking that it is too early to talk about sending money over an experimental network, so they plan to continue to develop the chain.

The future is unwritten

It not so clear where the Segwit activation will lead to or what role Litecoin will have in the next future.

Loshan explained that some in the community are skeptical about litecoin needs of the Lightning Network tech because litecoin blocks are not full yet, but they would like to have trustless cross-chain transactions between bitcoin and litecoin as a potential Lightning use case; and developer believes could be a benefit for both the digital currencies.

Anyway, at the moment, the Litecoin blockchain seems to work properly, without any issue, even after the Segwit activation.

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Amelia Tomasicchio
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Litecoin Segwit: how it is driving the prices

Maybe because of the recent Litecoin Segwit support, this digital currency price set a new high yesterday, reaching a value of $11.42, its highest price since May 2014.

We cannot define it a cryptocurrency pump, but the market seems to answer to the technical changes in the network.

This price growth, in fact, could be explained thanks to the almost reached the 75% support level needed in order to activatate the Litecoin Segwit (Segregated Witness), or a scaling solution that will improve blocks capacity.

Right now, in fact, just over 70% of miners were giving their support for the Litecoin Segwit.

Even if at press time, Litecoin price declined of about 67%, litecoin traded as high as $11.32 today up nearly 40% in one day, according to CoinMarketCap.

On March 30th, litecoin price increased of about 70% and, always according to Coinmarketcap data, its 24-hour volume passed $250m today.

Litecoin SegWit support

These important new Litecoin highs have coincided with the almost reached support level needed for activating the Litecoin SegWit.

First designed to be used on the Bitcoin blockchain, SegWit would increase the block capacity by modifying how transaction data is stored by the blockchain itself.

Once reached, the support level will have to remain at or above the 75% threshold level for 8,064 blocks (almost two weeks) before SegWit can officially be activated.

The litecoin price reached $50 in late 2013, but it has traded below $20 since early 2014.

Click here to read more about SegWit and a new Bitcoin potential fork.

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Amelia Tomasicchio

Cryptocurrencies 2016: Bitcoin Alternative charts

Today we want to talk about Cryptocurrencies 2016, as the just ended year has been very exciting for several digital currencies and not only for Bitcoin.

A lot of major open-source currencies, in fact, showed a good growth during 2016 and we hope to see significant expansion in 2017.

Below you’ll read charts of the excited cryptocurrencies 2016, during a period between December 27, 2015 to December 26, 2016.

Source: Coindesk.com

Bitcoin

Market Capitalization (Beginning of Year): $6,161,215,794
Market Capitalization (End of Year): $14,590,356,108
Price (Beginning of Year): $411.99
Price (End of Year): $908.17
Price (Annual High): $909.94

For sure Bitcoin is the king of cryptocurrencies 2016, if we talk about value.

It is the oldest blockchain-based asset as today (January 3rd) it celebrates its 8th anniversary: the genesis block was generated on January 3rd 2009.

While I’m writing of this article, Bitcoin price is still growing, surpassing the value of $1,000 for 1 BTC.

Bitcoin price and trading volume were supported by several global circumstances, including the Chinese yuan devaluation, the UK’s Brexit, and the election of a Donald Trump.

 

 

Ethereum

Market Capitalization (Beginning of Year): $80,339,474
Market Capitalization (End of Year): $638,041,577
Price (Beginning of Year): $2.83
Price (End of Year): $7.31
Price (Annual High): $19.59

2016 saw Ether, or  the digital currencies that powers the Ethereum blockchain – become the best-performing currencies, with a more than 2,000% increase over the first six months of 2016.

The major reason for its instability was the DAO hack, the subsequent failure of the decentralized project, and the creation of ethereum classic. These factors led to a fall of nearly 50% of this altcoin value.

 

Anyway, Ethereum is the favorite network for possible FinTech permissioned distributed ledgers, enterprise software and Internet of Things applications, so 2017 could will probably show a capitalization increase for ether.

Litecoin

Market Capitalization (Beginning of Year): $149,142,004
Market Capitalization (End of Year): $212,469,870
Price (Beginning of Year): $3.41
Price (End of Year): $4.34
Price (Annual High): $5.55

One of the oldest bitcoin alternative, litecoin showed a stable valuation during 2016, closing $2 above its starting price for the year.

Dash

Market Capitalization (Beginning of Year): $16,081.586
Market Capitalization (End of Year): $70,675,107
Price (Beginning of Year): $2.64
Price (End of Year): $9.67
Price (Annual High): $14.42

In 2015, darkcoin decided to end its association with shadow businesses and the DarkNet by changing its name to Dash.

 

This re-branding seemed to work and Dash ended 2016 with pricing nearly three times, and a market capitalization close to four times.

Cryptocurrencies 2016 and their future

As we enter 2017, the future for cryptocurrencies seems bright, as the digital currency market will continue to progress and prove its worth as one of the top-performing commodities available today.

We at HolyTransaction are very happy to work with this top-rated cryptocurrencies, as our wallet can store Litecoin, Dash, Ethereum and Bitcoin within a unique login.

Needless to say, we are proud to have chosen the best and the most profitable cryptocurrencies for our multicurrency wallet you can open here for free.

 

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Amelia Tomasicchio

HolyTransaction add-on for cryptocurrencies exchange rates

Recently we at HolyTransaction created a new add-on for the Firefox browser only to see the exchange rates for cryptocurrency pairs.

This add-on allows you to see the exchange rates between the most popular currencies using only a couple of clicks. 
Exchange rates are available between dollar, euro, bitcoin, litecoin, peercoin, dogecoin, dash, blackcoin and gridcoin. 
The add-on’s simplicity provides you an easy way to have all the information you need before selling or buying your favorite cryptocurrencies.
The price is shown on your browser, according to your specific preferences. You can change the displayed number of decimal places in the user settings.

How to dowload the add-on

To download this HolyTransaction add-on, you just have to follow this step-by step guide:
  • Click on the Firefox Menu at the top right of the toolbar;
  • Click on “Add-on”;
  • Write “HolyTransaction” in the search at the top right of the page;
  • Click on “Add-on” on the left menu;
  • Click the “Download” button next to the HolyTransaction add-on. 
  • You will find the exchage rates window at the top right of your toolbar.
You just need to click on the HT logo of HolyTransaction. 

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Amelia Tomasicchio

Infographic: Comparing Altcoins

 Comparing Altcoins: what features make each altcoin different?

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HolyTransaction Telegram Bot for Crypto Conversion

We are excited to announce several new developments that have recently launched at HolyTransaction, in our continued effort to make digital currency easy and accessible for all.
Firstly, full conversion between Tether and our other supported cryptocurrencies is now available.
Tether is blockchain-based smart property built on top of Omni Layer that is backed backed 1-to-1, by traditional currency held in Tether reserves. One TetherUST, for instance, equals one dollar. The value of each Tether never changes, meaning that there is no fear of volatility. Tethers can also be withdrawn and held in any Bitcoin wallet where you control the private key.
Secondly, we are pleased to introduce our new HolyTransaction Telegram Bot, available to users on both the Telegram and GetGems messaging platforms. The HolyTransaction Bot allows users to view up-to-date exchange rates, and get the most recent cryptocurrency news, without ever leaving their chat client. In many countries, a strong and reliable internet connection is not always available.
Our bot will allow users to conduct transactions and inquire about their favorite currencies quickly and without difficulty, all from a single chat. The HolyTransaction bot is available to users on both desktop and mobile platforms. Simply send a message to @HolyTransactionBot via either Telegram or GetGems to begin.
Bot Commands:
/exchange

  • ●  Conduct a trade between any of our supported currencies on the HolyTransaction
    platform.
    /getnews
  • ●  View the most recent cryptocurrency news.
    /rate
  • ●  Receive details on the current price of any of our supported currencies.
    /currencies
  • ●  List currencies available on the platform.
    /help

            ●  List of BOT commands
Lastly, as part of the technology behind the HolyTransaction Telegram Bot, we have released a custom HolyTransaction API. Developers around the world are invited to use this new API to integrate the functionality of the HolyTransaction platform into their own projects. You will find more info to start developing here.
HolyTransaction is a multi cryptocurrency wallet that allows you to use Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, Dash, Blackcoin, Tether, Omni Layer and RibbitRewards. We are committed to our users both near and far. Cryptocurrency is international, and so are we. Stay tuned for more news from HolyTransaction!

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Amelia Tomasicchio

HolyTransaction partners with Netki for human-readable address

Wallet addresses are one of the most aggressive barriers to the mass adoption of digital currency. Trying to explain these lengthy, case sensitive, intimidating strings of numbers and letters to the uninitiated is a daunting task. Much of the general population values simplicity over function, and in this regard wallet addresses seem scary and overly complex.

It is with this in mind that we are very excited to announce our partnership with Netki!
Netki makes digital money approachable and intuitive for new and veteran users alike, by transforming long and unwieldy Bitcoin addresses into human-readable wallet names. Additionally, your Netki name separates your identity from public blockchain data, providing you multiple layers of privacy, as well as multiple validations to keep you secure.
When paired with your existing HolyTransaction account, Netki will allow you to use one single Name for all of your wallet addresses. This means that you will be able to send multiple currencies, all to one domain name-like address! As of this writing Changetip is integrated with Netki. Storing your funds, tipping online, building/implementing blockchain applications, and buying, selling, and accepting your desired currency, have all just become as simple as remembering a single name, when used with supported vendors!
Your account will be automatically updated as soon as it’s ready, and the integration will be seamless from your perspective. Once implemented, your wallet name will correspond to your HT username.
Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Dogecoin will be the first coins supported, with more of your favorites coming soon after.
Netki’s solution utilizes both the decentralized Namecoin blockchain at its core and distributed DNSSEC at its edges. This combination allows users to have both control and ownership of the blockchain, while still maintaining their financial privacy. This architecture allows users to easily share their Wallet Name with anyone without having to publish it to the world via a public ledger.
Together, HolyTransaction and Netki aim to transform cumbersome wallet addresses into one shareable, easy to remember name, that will be usable by all your digital currencies. We look forward to working together to continue making the bitcoin experience both friendly and intuitive for all.

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Dogecoin to allow Litecoin merge mining in network security bid

(CoinDesk) The dogecoin development team has announced that it will soon enable auxiliary proof-of-work (AuxPoW), allowing merge-mining with litecoin that will address concerns over the altcoin’s future.
AuxPoW enables the dogecoin block chain to receive work from other scrypt-based networks. Dogecoin miners will still be able to generate blocks and receive DOGE, but now, litecoin miners will contribute hashing power to the dogecoin network.
The move, announced on the dogecoin subreddit, follows a months-long period of community debate focusing on the question of long-term viability in the dogecoin network. Litecoin creator Charlie Lee suggested the idea of merge mining in April, eliciting mixed reactions from both sides of the conversation.
According to the dogecoin development team, the AuxPoW integration will require a hard fork of the dogecoin block chain. No specific integration date has been given, but the development team said that testing will begin soon.
As explained in the original announcement:
“Our topmost priority has always been to provide a stable platform for the currency and its services and of course its users. We hope that with AuxPoW we can achieve that in a better way than what it currently is like. Our hashrate has been on a decline and we hope that we can gain more of it with the acceptance of proof of work from other chains.”
As expected, community members voiced both enthusiasm and concern for the AuxPoW plan. Yet, advocates for the strategy, including Lee, say that the move will ensure the stability and security of the dogecoin network.

Plan to save dogecoin

AuxPoW is not new – several coins already enable work from other mining networks, with namecoin being the most prominent example. This long-standing reputation as a workable proofing system – and the strength of the litecoin network – has gained the idea support in recent weeks.
In a recent community post on /r/dogecoinDogetipbot creator Josh Mohland shared his perspective on the concept, saying that AuxPoW would help solve a key problem with dogecoin: the fact that it was never intended to function as a full-fledged transaction network.
Mohland explained: 
“Dogecoin was built to die quickly – none of us expected it to grow into the absurd entity it is today. With that said, there’s absolutely an easy way to save the coin from its certain death (and by death I mean 51% attacked for the lulz), and that’s AuxPoW.”
He went on to call AuxPoW “a simple change” worth the trouble, owing to the fact that the risk of a 51% attack far outweighs perceived costs.
Other community members expressed concern over the idea, saying that the move enables large litecoin pools to crowd out smaller dogecoin miners. Questions were also raised as to whether or not AuxPoW would actually help prevent a 51% attack.

Dogecoin in ‘dire situation’, says Lee

Litecoin creator Lee hailed the announcement, telling CoinDesk that the development team made the right decision during a “dire situation”.
Lee argued that the move comes at the right time given the long-term threat to the dogecoin network – and, as some have pointed out, its falling price. He added that the move provides increased security for dogecoin without any repercussions, removing a source of concern for the network and enabling broader development in the community.
Lee told CoinDesk:
“[The community] can focus on what dogecoin does best (tipping, donations, wow) instead of worrying about defensive mining and network security.”
Image via DailyDoge

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Litecoin network hashrate tripled in two months

(ForexMinute) At the end of April, mining hardware manufacturing
company started shipping a whole stack of their products. It was the
same time when the Litecoin hashrate was somewhere around 173,225 MH/s.
The increasing exposure of Scrypt ASICs mining machines further
influences other manufactures as well. In just two months since April,
the Litecoin hashrate went up to 200$, while its mining difficulty also
tripled.
The next Scrypt ASICs to hit the market will have the hashing power
between 200 and 400 MH/s; indicating the possible surge in Litecoin
mining difficulty and network hashrate as well. Some companies are also
building hardware that can sustain hashing power up to 650 MH/s. As many
believes, these events will somewhat impact the Litecoin standings in
the market. The question however is, in which way?
The Litecoin community seems to have divided on this question. There
is a section which believes that the increasing hashrate will have a
fruitful impact on Litecoin prices, citing Bitcoin as a key instance;
while another section does not acknowledge any relation between the
Litecoin prices and its hashrate.
Explanations are coming from both sides, each with a unique
perspective. The ones that support the prediction of Litecoin’s
escalation believe it to be the network’s strength that will multiply by
over 1,000 times in future. It is the economics of scale in mining that
will play a major role in boosting the Litecoin’s stand in the market.
On the other hand, there are those who do not support this theory
even in thoughts. They outright rubbish the history that certifies
increasing hashrate proportional to the coin’s market cap. Their logic
dictates a scenario in which miners are faced with increased selling
pressures in order to cover their investments on such expensive mining
hardware. This aims at a lower demand and higher supply rate that will
eventually cause a huge drop in Litecoin prices. They event say that the
current imbalance of Litecoin market is caused by such selling
pressures.
Considering both the sections, we believe that market conditions have
changed a lot since the launch of new cryptocurrencies in the market.
The reason why BTC did so well after the increased hashrate was it being
used only for trading. Litecoin too cashed only because of the bubble
fuelled by China. The moment these coins were introduced to the real
merchant world, its basics changed completely. Seeing today’s scenario,
Bitcoin is backed by multiple major organizations while Litecoin is
still far away from reaching this point. In short, the continual
acceptance of BTC over LTC thickens the latter chances to repeat
history. Hashrate increased or decreased, it won’t hold any meaning
until Litecoin grabs some major investments from big players.

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