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Another Bitcoin Mining Giant Goes Down: Bitcoin Cash Fears of Centralization

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Bitcoin mining companies getting washed out, Bitcoin Cash fears of centralization as BTC.top mining pool crosses over the 50% thresh-hold.

DMM.com, the e-commerce giant in Japan who famously said that we are getting into the bitcoin mining game at the end of 2017 and invested a lot of money and eventually lost a lot of money. These newer players didn’t last very long as the price went down. This is one of the many stories of bitcoin mining companies getting washed out and comes just days after GMO internet who was a big hardware producer for bitcoin mining and also a big miner themselves reported that they will also be shutting down operations.

 

Babushka’s in Russia

Babushka or Grandma’s in Russia are loving bitcoin mining. Some old ladies in central parts of Russia are getting into bitcoin mining. Central Russia has one of the world’s cheapest power rates and so for these grandma’s who have one or two miners running in their basements it doesn’t cost them very must and as such they are very competitive in their mining.

 

Mining shutdown in Abkhazia

Just a little bit south of the Russian border, the Republic of Abkhazia is turning off power to cryptocurrency mining farms. In total it is 9000 kWh of power that has been taken away from these cryptocurrency miners in Abkhazia so there were not any giant mining operations happening there which were equivalent to about 1800 houses worth of power which for bitcoin mining is just a small amount of mining. So there were only some small-scale operations but the government is saying that’s a temporary measure which might come back in the future but for right now they are cut off.

 

Bitmain: The mining giant

BTC.com and Antpool have both lost a huge chunk of their hash power during the crypto winter. Both of these bulls are owned by Bitmain and this really shows the struggles that bitcoin has been having. Bitmain had to law off 50% to 80% of its workforce in this market downturn so even though DMM and GMO have both gone away, everyone’s struggling in the current market. The hardware manufacturers have invested a lot of capital into the bitcoin mining game and it’s getting harder and harder to sell those miners when the profit margins are so low.

 

Bitcoin Cash: Fears of Centralization

Bitcoin Cash fears of centralization as BTC.top mining pool crosses over the 50% thresh hold controlling now a majority of the hash power in the bitcoin cash network. This actually shows how small the bitcoin cash network is currently and that we really need to see a lot of more miners coming into the bitcoin cash network to provide more power and more decentralization to the mining network overall. It’s a pretty hard sell right now considering what has happened to bitcoin cash in the current price point of bitcoin cash.

 

What do you think about the future of bitcoin mining and bitcoin cash mining centralization? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Great Week for the top 10

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The current week has proved to be quite amazing for the cryptocurrency market as all major coins are holding green. The total cryptocurrency market rose by around $1.5 billion yesterday night with the price of bitcoin reaching $4100.

 

Bitcoin:

BTCUSD Price Chart

BTC/USD Weekly Price Chart

Bitcoin broke the $4000 resistance level on 17th March and has been over this range since then. Bitcoin has turned the previous resistance into strong support now and has moved upwards slowly currently trading around $4120 (according to Bitfinex chart) with around 1% increase in the last 24 hours. If bitcoin is able to maintain its position above $4100 range for long, it might soon move ahead towards the major long term resistances such as $4500 and $4600.

 

Altcoins:

ETHUSD Weekly Chart

ETH/USD Weekly Chart

Ethereum also saw a nice bullish momentum this week after reaching the highest point of $143. Currently, Ethereum is trading nicely around $140 and is experiencing a few dips while trying to move upwards.

Unlike other top 10 coins, Ripple market is experiencing volatility from the last week but the momentum is still quite bullish.

LTCUSD Weekly Chart

LTCUSD Weekly Chart

Litecoin has been following trends and is steadily trading around $60 from the start of the week. Litecoin has increased more than 1.67% in the last 24 hours which makes it the best performing crypto of the day (in comparison with the top 10 cryptos according to market capitalization). LTC is currently trading around $61 (according to Bitfinex chart).

 

The overall cryptocurrency market is in a bullish momentum with sings of further gains. After a long bearish trend, cryptocurrency analysts are now believing that the bull market might be coming soon.

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Tom Lee: Bitcoin Bull Market Coming Soon

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Tom Lee, the co-founder of Fundstrat Global has predicted that the price of bitcoin will likely experience a bullish run in the next 5 to 6 months.

Tom Lee, the co-founder of Fundstrat Global also known as the bitcoin bull has predicted that the price of bitcoin will likely experience a bullish run in the next 5 to 6 months. Lee predicted this during an interview with the CNBC. According to Lee, the 200 daily moving average is the number to keep in mind. If bitcoin is able to stay above $4000 till August this year, it will cross the 200 daily moving average and thus technically the overall chart would start to look bullish.

During the interview, he also mentioned that the future of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies lies on the fact of whether it becomes an asset class and bitcoin is still in the early days of becoming one. Although Tom Lee has been quite bullish about the price of bitcoin, Fundstrat had recently posted a warning that the cryptocurrency market might crash to a new bottom before actually starting a bull run.

 

Tom Lee on JP Morgan Coin:

In the interview, Lee also expressed his concerns regarding the recently launched JP Morgan Coin which is a stablecoin launched by the banking giant JP Morgan Chase. He said that things such as the JP Morgan Coin and Facebook Coin create use cases for cryptocurrencies and according to him, the JPM Coin is surely not a competitor to bitcoin as it is a stablecoin in nature.

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Alert: Bitcoin Breaks Record, Highest Hash Rate Since November 2018.

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The hash rate of bitcoin which is the power that secures the bitcoin network has recorded the highest level yesterday (19th March) since last year November.  The Bitcoin hash rate passed over fifty-two quintillion hash per second in accordance with the data feed on Blockchain.com.

 

Bitcoin Hash Rate:

Bitcoin hash rate is the computation of the performance of bitcoin miners. In simpler terms, as the hash rate goes higher, the bitcoin network becomes more secure. It becomes more difficult to attack the bitcoin network as an attacker would need increased resources in order to attack the network. The increasing hash rate also depicts the increase in the number of bitcoin miners. As the BTC mining difficulty level is quite stable now, more and more miners are joining the bitcoin network. Although, the increasing hash rate would eventually result in an increase in the overall difficulty level.

bitcoin hash rate 19th march

Bitcoin hash rate 19th March 2019

 

The bitcoin network security is at its peak since November last year. The highest hash rate ever recorded has been around 62 quintillion hash per second in August last year. Looking at the current chart, it depicts that the hash rate might even cross this level in the coming time.

 

The increased hash rate also builds up confidence in the minds of the miners as it shows the overall security of the bitcoin network and thus predicting a secure future of the investment of the miners. Thus, overall, more and more miners are now joining the bitcoin mining network after a subsequent decrease last year which led to a lot of miners moving out of the mining business. Bitcoin price analysts believe that the hash rate of the network follows the price of bitcoin as it helps them in speculating the future price of BTC.

 

During last year’s bear market, the hash rate also fell drastically which led to a lot of miners shutting down and the mining equipment were being sold at waste prices. Now as the hash rate is rising, miners are again turning on their mining rigs and moving back to business. It is also worth examining that the current hash rate of the network is even more than the recorded hash rate in December 2017 when the price of BTC went up to $20,000.

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