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Ignore Crypto Twitter – Life as a Nocoiner Isn’t That Bad

Life as a Nocoiner Will Be Dismal According to the 'Last Chance' Bitcoin CrowdCrypto Twitter (CT) is filled with half-witted commentary and price predictions by so-called luminaries, maximalists, and influencers. As the price of BTC has dropped to four figures, the usual tweets from CT thought leaders has insisted that this is the last chance to buy bitcoin for under $10,000. Also read: Bitcoin Cash Update: Multi-Party Escrow, […]

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3 Major Changes for Beam Scheduled as Part of the Hard Fork

TheMerkle Top Bitcoin ForksGiven the vast number of different cryptocurrency projects on the market, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep tabs on everything. For fans of the Beam project, there is an important hard fork coming up in a few weeks from today. Some big changes will be introduced accordingly, albeit it remains to be seen if this network upgrade will impact the price in any way.  A Noteworthy PoW Change It is not entirely uncommon for cryptocurrencies to switch up their proof-of-work protocol when a hard fork occurs, In the case of Beam, it will not be so much as a complete

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Litecoin Partnering the Miami Dolphins Isn’t That big of a Deal

TheMerkle Litecoin Price 0502Before cryptocurrencies can gain mainstream traction, there need to be a lot more regular use cases. So far, choices remain limited on that front. Things seem to be picking up a bit for Litecoin although becoming the “official cryptocurrency” of the Miami Dolphins will probably not have much of an impact on the price whatsoever. Limited Functionality for Litecoin Although many people expected big things from this particular announcement, it is crucial to put everything in its proper perspective first and foremost. This new partnership does not mean any of the Miami Dolphins team or staff will be paid in

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PayFast Removes Bitcoin Payments due to Inherent Technical Flaws and Shortcomings

TheMerkle Jane Street Bitcoin TradingThese are very interesting times for Bitcoin, which evidently remains the world’s leading cryptocurrency. Despite a price revival of some sorts, it now appears yet another service provider is ending BTC support altogether. South Africa’s PayFast is the latest company to do so, as they experience major problems with Bitcoin’s inherent design.  Transaction Fees and Confirmation Times Two of the biggest hurdles associated with using Bitcoin as a payment method is how the currency is expensive and slow to send and receive. More specifically, the Bitcoin network requires a fixed number of network transactions before the money transfer is effectively

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Is There a Future for Privacy Coins in the United States?

TheMerkle Breeze Wallet Bitcoin privacyCryptocurrencies which provides users with privacy and anonymity are often looked down upon by politicians and other officials. Especially in the US, privacy coins such as Monero and ZCash might face an uphill battle in the future. The most recent White House press conference only confirms these currencies are designed for criminals and no one else.  The Stigmas Remain For quite some time now, the term “privacy coins” is associated with illegal activity on the internet and in the real world. This is primarily because of the privacy and anonymity features these currencies tend to provide to its users. In

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5 Altcoin Markets Successfully Bucking the Bearish Trend

TheMerkle Altcoin PumpersEven though most of the top cryptocurrencies are in the dirt once again, there will be some very odd pumps and price changes taking place further down the line. These following five currencies all note strong gains despite a bearish overall trend, which is both peculiar and odd at the same time. Sustaining any uptrend will always be difficult, for rather obvious reasons. Japan Content Token Gains 49% It is rather uncommon for any altcoin, token, or asset to note any real gains when the overall industry is struggling significantly. In the case of Japan Content Token, there is another strong

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US Politicians Aim to bar Tech Companies From Mimicking Bitcoin

TheMerkle US Congress Hosue Bill 3364 CryptocurrencyIssuing a digital currency or providing financial services is not a straightforward process in this day and age. Especially for tech companies in the US, this uphill battle will become a lot steeper moving forward. A new legislative proposal would bar major companies from exploring these two business models. This could also spell trouble for Facebook’s Libra plans.  A Very Intriguing Proposal Tech companies in the United States have a tendency to grow well beyond the scope of current regulations. That situation becomes even more problematic if those tech companies decide to enter the financial side of the spectrum. A

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NovaChain Exit Scam Highlights the Danger of Trusting Crypto Influencers

TheMerkle Prodeum ICO ScamInfluencers are cancer upon our society today. While these people get paid to share sponsored opinions on products and services, they are not necessarily a reliable source of information. This is especially true in the cryptocurrency industry, where no one’s opinion should be trusted. The recent NovaChain scam shows how users should always conduct their own research first and foremost. NovaChain Isn’t a Trading bot When people first learned about what NovaChain was, there was a sense of initial excitement. Trading bots are of great interest to a lot of people, as everyone wants to make money in this industry

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Should Rockstar Games Even Release GTA VI?

Themerkle Xsolla WAX Video GamingThe gaming community eagerly awaits the release – or the announcement of the release – of GTA VI. The sixth installment in the series is met with a lot of hype and excitement, even though Rockstar Games have never officially confirmed they will make a new game. In fact, there are several reasons as to why they don’t need to right away.  The GTA Saga Seems Complete Throughout the past few decades, there have been five “major” GTA games and a few minor “spinoffs” and expansions. Ever since the first game was released, the series gained a cult following which

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Bakkt’s Futures Testing Will not Impact the Bitcoin Price

bitcoin cme futuresBitcoin futures contracts have made somewhat of an impact on the world’s leading cryptocurrency’s price. That in itself is always interesting to keep an eye on, although it seems the mainstream couldn’t care much less about these trading vehicles. Bakkt is scheduled to “launch’ its own Bitcoin futures in the coming weeks, albeit it is important to acknowledge what is going exactly.  A Beta Launch Happens on July 22 Contrary to what some people may assume, Bakkt will not roll out its actual Bitcoin futures to the masses in just over a week from today. Instead, the company will begin

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