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Bitcoin (BTC) is a digital currency first described in a 2008 paper by pseudonymous developer Satoshi Nakamoto, who called it a peer-to-peer, electronic cash system. Bitcoin creation and transfer is based on an open source cryptographic protocol and is not managed by any central authority. Each bitcoin is subdivided into 100 million smaller units called satoshis, defined by eight decimal places. Bitcoins can be transferred through a computer or smartphone without an intermediate financial institution.


The processing of bitcoin transactions is automated by servers called bitcoin miners. These servers communicate over an internet-based network and confirm transactions by adding them to a ledger which is updated and archived periodically. In addition to archiving transactions each new ledger update creates some newly-minted Bitcoins. The number of new Bitcoins created in each update is halved every 4 years until the year 2140 where this number will round down to zero. At that time no more Bitcoins will be added into circulation and the total number of Bitcoins will top out at 21 million Bitcoins.


Bitcoin is accepted in trade by various merchants and individuals in many parts of the world. A large share of such commercial use is believed to be for illicit drug and gambling transactions. Although bitcoin is promoted as a digital currency, many commentators have criticized Bitcoin's volatile market value, relatively inflexible supply, and minimal use in trade.

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Cryptocurrencies have been under pressure for the majority of 2018, due in part to selling in time for tax season, as well as pending regulation in the space. This has caused a capitulation in investor sentiment; in other words, investors have more or less waved a white flag as bitcoin has declined so ...
Indian bitcoin exchange Coinsecure has disclosed a theft of 438 bitcoins, valued at over $3 million at press time, from its wallet in what is the country's biggest cryptocurrency theft to date. Delhi-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinsecure has accused its own CSO of stealing the coins from the ... Job

Bitcoin recorded its largest intraday climb since Feb. 6 Thursday, rising by as much as 16%, and trading through $8,000 for the first time in two weeks. After spending much of 2018 in a downtrend, the No. 1 digital currency is showing signs of a possible change in fortune. Threads and Twitter feeds blew ...
There's been a lot of controversy surrounding Bitcoin mining pretty much since its inception. The process of mining is so costly that it's unfeasible for most people to be able to participate in the mining, leaving the control over the blockchain consensus mechanism to a select few people. A recent ...
Editor's note: Bitcoin's price has soared over the past year, placing it at the center of the debate over the future of cryptocurrency. But while Bitcoin was released nearly a decade ago, many consumers still don't know much about how it works. PBS NewsHour Economics Correspondent Paul Solman ...
Bitcoin began from nothingness. The genesis block was mined on January 3rd, 2009, and yeah, the design was good and there was no double spending and Bitcoin's followers became many. They used Bitcoin to buy a pizza and alpaca socks and drugs on the Silk Road, and they told their friends to ...

Trust the bitcoin bounce? 6 Hours Ago. Spencer Bogart, Blockchain Capital, discusses the bounce in most of the popular cryptocurrencies and whether you should buy in. Watch CNBC Live ...
Officials in yet another county in the U.S. state of Washington have placed a moratorium on new crypto mining operations. Announced Wednesday, Mason County's Public Utility District (PUD) commissioners decided to implement the freeze in order to consider the effect mining operations have on the ...
A lot has happened to bitcoin since my December 10 article. It seems like bitcoin (Cryptocurrency:BTC-USD) (COIN) (OTCQX:GBTC) bears got the decline they were waiting for. After surging nearly 1300% in 2017, bitcoin peaked at $19,343 on Sunday, December 17, 2017, and bottomed 69.2% lower at ...
He showed how traditionally Bitcoin has experienced bad first quarters, even in 2017 when the market went on a meteoric rise the first quarter growth was just over 10%. Kelly told the “Futures Now” segment that cryptocurrency has historically performed better in the second quarter, predicting that “There ...
In previous articles, I described why we need to get incentives right when we build tokenized ecosystems; and introduced ideas towards a practice of token engineering. We can use these tools to help analyze existing tokenized ecosystems, and design new ones. This article does exactly that with case ...
Bitcoin (BTC) fell by 50 percent in the first three months of 2018 - a drop that marks the cryptocurrency's worst Q1 performance on record. A look back at historical Bitcoin Price Index data shows that the halving in value seen this year is the second-worst quarterly performance ever. The cryptocurrency ...
For months, Seoul resident Ye-won Oh monitored cryptocurrency markets voraciously, refreshing her phone practically every minute of every day. In early 2017, she invested $40,000 in Ethereum, which has become wildly popular in South Korea. Like many young Koreans living through Korea's difficult ...
If, however, bitcoin closes below $7,000 today, it would add credence to the downward sloping (bearish biased) 10-day MA and signal failure to hold above hold above $7,240. Further, the 5-day MA would adopt a bearish bias, derailing the bottoming out process. Hence, BTC needs to defend $7,000 to ...
It refers to the point at which a Bitcoin owner has built enough of a Bitcoin stockpile to buy a Lamborghini. And now, there's a website available to those cryptocurrency owners called When Lambo? that offers a calculator to quickly determine how many Bitcoins they'll need to buy a $425,000 Lamborghini.
After bitcoin closed out the worst first quarter in its history, one cryptocurrency expert sees it rebounding from recent losses and possibly bouncing back to early year highs. "Q2 is always good for Bitcoin," Brian Kelly, founder of Brian Kelly Capital and a "Fast Money" contributor, told CNBC's "Futures Now" ...

By "Metcalfe's law," bitcoin's market value by the end of the year should be no more than $77 billion, Spencer Wheatley and Didier Sornette, both professors of entrepreneurial risks at ETH Zurich, said in a paper dated March 16. That's $41 billion, or nearly 35 percent, less than bitcoin's market capitalization ...
Bitcoin prices rallied above $7,000 on Monday after shedding 25 percent last week, as major U.S. stock markets fell. The digital currency gained more than $500 from Easter Sunday, according to data from CoinDesk. Bitcoin hit a high of $7,108.20 Monday, and later dropped to $6,919 as of 4:39 p.m. ET.
Bitcoin may have climbed on Monday while major U.S. stock indexes were tumbling, but don't think the debate over the cryptocurrency is any closer to being resolved. After all, bitcoin prices -- whose stratospheric rise made some rich and confounded many professional money managers -- have plummeted ...
Given Bitcoin's meteoric rise in 2017, and persistent slump this year, it's easy to wonder just how much the digital currency is really worth. Researchers at ETH Zurich say they may have found an answer: Bitcoin's value is based on the network of people who use it. And they suspect that the currency is ...
The price of the No. 1 digital currency rose Monday, as bitcoin looked to claw back some losses from the previous week, which took its price from above $8,000 to below $6,500. The selling pressure into the weekend formed the much-talked-about “death cross,” a chart formation where the 50-day moving ...
Around the same time, a handful of developers reported lightning nodes crashing, temporarily stopping them from sending payments using the technology designed for faster, cheaper bitcoin transactions. The development comes as more and more users have started using lightning network to send real ...
Bitcoin (BTC) continues to mount a recovery despite the recent bearish "death cross" chart event. As of writing, bitcoin is changing hands at $7,400 on Bitfinex and the average price on leading exchanges, as represented by CoinDesk's Bitcoin Price Index, is seen at $7,380. The cryptocurrency's 15-percent ...
Bitcoin fell from $13,412.44 to $6,928.85 in the three months ended March 31, marking a more than 48 percent decline, according to data from industry website CoinDesk, which tracks the price across a number of exchanges. The cryptocurrency's previous biggest decline came in the first quarter of 2013 ...
"Bitcoin Core's original coin selection algorithm actually needs a lot of reworking, especially with regards to transaction fees. It's inefficient and it ends ... In short, it looks at all the inputs to see if there's a way to reach exactly the number of bitcoins a user wants to send in a transaction. "This helps shrink the ...
Despite having witnessed a so-called "death cross" over the weekend, bitcoin (BTC) is now eyeing gains above the $7,000 mark. The much-feared technical indicator (bearish crossover between the 50-day moving average (MA) and the 200-day MA) was confirmed over the weekend, but, as anticipated by ...
The five-year-old company, which has attracted users by touting its encrypted-messaging service, raised $850 million from 94 accredited investors in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing late Thursday. That doubles a previous raise first disclosed in mid-February, adding up to a total of $1.7 billion ...
The patent application writes that “because of the large amount of power utilized, and the relatively high cost of that power, mining Bitcoins can be a very costly endeavor. In some embodiments, the cost to mine a single Bitcoin may exceed the value of the mined Bitcoin.” This negative mining cost ratio, ...
The price of bitcoin is back below $7,000 and trading at its lowest price since Feb. 7. According to CoinDesk's Bitcoin Price Index, the world's largest cryptocurrency is changing hands at $6,700, a move that follows its steady decline from around $8,000 since the start of the Mar. 29 trading session, a 15 ...
Bitcoin (BTC) prices dropped to a 50-day low of $6,630 earlier today, but a glimmer of good news for the bulls is that the cryptocurrency appears to be nearing a bottom. To start with, BTC tends to reverse course every time the relative strength index (RSI) drops to or below 30.00, according to historical data ...
How two Louisville college dropouts in their 20s made a mint in Bitcoins ... Still, the men in their early 20s are gathering a flock, shepherding others in Louisville into the super-new world of bitcoin and other digital currencies. They may ... Bitcoin, the best known of the new currencies, is just 10 years old.
Bitcoin (BTC) bears have come out victorious in the two-day tug of war with the bulls and may push prices down to $7,000. The cryptocurrency has been restricted to a narrow range of $8,140 and $7,700 since March 27, according to Bitfinex data. At one point in time yesterday, it appeared as though the ...
There is certainly a high cost of production in the cryptographic “proof of work” required to create, or mine, bitcoins. But their value has little relation to this cost. By the end of 2017, a single Bitcoin was worth almost $20,000, and the cryptocurrency market as a whole had a value of $830 billion. Just a few ...
Cryptocurrency mining, the process by which people use computing power to verify transactions on the blockchain, can be lucrative. And it's happening more frequently on college campuses, according to a study released Thursday by cybersecurity company Vectra. Miners who solve the complicated math ...
Bitcoin hit a low of $6,915.55 late Thursday afternoon, its lowest since Feb. 6, according to CoinDesk's bitcoin price index. Some analysts expect selling in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to pick up towards the mid-April deadline to file U.S. taxes as first-time investors realize they need cash to pay capital ...
Bitcoin (BTC) may be down 40 percent on a year-to-date basis, but the cryptocurrency still looks set to outshine its rival bitcoin cash (BCH) in the short-term, the technical charts indicate. As of writing, the bitcoin cash/bitcoin (BCH/BTC) exchange rate is seen a 0.1104 BTC on Bitfinex - the lowest level since ...
Taking cues from the Digiconomist estimates for bitcoin energy consumption, such operational costs are expected to hit 60 percent of bitcoin mining revenues. For the mining reward of 3.13 bitcoins, the operational cost will come to around $19 million, of which 80 percent (around $15 million) would be the ...
Bitcoin risks entering a technical "death cross" soon, but the bearish signal will likely not be as severe as has been made out in reports. A death cross occurs when the 50-day moving average (MA) cuts the 200-day MA from above (bearish crossover), indicating a long-term bear market going forward.
As bitcoin's price cools, so has interest in gigs related to the original crypto asset. However, job seekers' attraction to blockchain—the distributed, digital ledger that tracks bitcoin transactions—has remained fairly stable, according to job site Indeed. The trend mirrors a widely held view that crypto assets ...
Reddit, one of the most active hubs of Bitcoin enthusiasts, has dropped its support for the cryptocurrency. The widely read social media site will no longer accept Bitcoin as payment for its Reddit Gold program. A person claiming to be an administrator on the site told users who were grumbling about the shift ...
For bitcoin purposes, the blockchain records each and every transaction made with bitcoins, including the time of the transaction, the amount, and the bitcoin wallets involved, but not any personal information of the parties involved. Several companies see the potential for blockchain technology outside of ...
Looking through the lens of stock investing, a Wall Street analyst says bitcoin is an attractive buy while it remains under pressure here. "The mood in crypto is terrible right now," Thomas Lee, head of research at Fundstrat Global Advisor told CNBC. "Long-time holders are worried because they have big ...
Bitcoin has gone bust, tumbling below $8,000 this week. There's something in the charts that could have investors hitting the panic button. Bitcoin's chart shows the cryptocurrency is nearing a "death cross." The term is used to describe a crossover of the 50-day moving average and the longer-term 200-day ...
Bitcoin exists, according to the court, from a unique, digitally encrypted series of numbers and letters stored on the hard drive of the right-holder's computer. Bitcoin is 'delivered' by sending bitcoins from one wallet to another wallet. Bitcoins are stand-alone value files, which are delivered directly to the ...
The U.S. Marshals Office successfully sold 2,170.7 bitcoins to two bidders in its most recent auction on March 9, a spokesperson announced Thursday. In a press statement, the spokesperson said that the bitcoins had been distributed to the winning bidders, one of whom received 2,100 and the other who ...
The rally to begin the week pushed the price of bitcoin toward $9,100 and near two key technical levels—the 50-day moving average at $9,401 and the 200-day moving average at $9,223. However, after failing here, bitcoin could be set to resume its selloff. Chart watchers use moving averages to help ...
Bitcoin's (BTC) retreat from the 200-day moving average gathered pace in the last 24 hours, suggesting scope for a drop to $8,000. The cryptocurrency created a small doji candle at the moving average resistance on Wednesday, signaling indecision among the bulls, Bitfinex data shows. Prices then fell ...
A Dutch court classifies Bitcoin as a “transferable value” after the court ruled in favour of a plaintiff who was owed 0.591 Bitcoins (BTC), according to a court document published March 20. The claim was filed in a Dutch court by Mr. J.W. de Vries on 2 February 2018 against Koinz Trading BV, a non-public company, which ...
Japan's Financial Services Agency puts Hong Kong-based exchange Binance on notice about operating without a license for a virtual currency exchange. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao confirms receipt of the warning, tweeting: "Our lawyers called JFSA immediately, and will find a solution." Bitcoin traded ...


 

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