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Bitcoin Atom (BCA) Hard Fork Arrives Today

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A new proposal to modify bitcoin’s underlying protocol is full steam ahead, according to the backers of the Bitcoin Atom project.

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Bitcoin Atom Hard Fork

An anonymous team of developers will fork the bitcoin blockchain on Wednesday, creating a separate digital currency it says will uphold the founding principles of Satoshi Nakamoto.

Like other forks, the new project aims to improve bitcoin’s underlying infrastructure with a focus on boosting speed and lowering transaction costs. Both speed and cost have been a major inhibitor to mass adoption of the digital currency as a payment method. As it currently stands, bitcoin is an excellent store of value, but is much less useful as a unit of exchange.

As reported by CCN, Bitcoin Atom is proposing to solve the problems of speed and cost by running both on-chain and off-chain solutions. In other words, lightening and atomic swaps.

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The team claims it will also include exchange functionalities at the node level, which effectively means nobody can control the system. The Bitcoin Atom website claims it is creating “a truly decentralized bitcoin” based on a so-called hybrid consensus, Lightning Network swaps and built-in hash time-locked contracts (HTLCs).

The project’s leader, who remains anonymous, has described centralization as a less obvious weakness for bitcoin, but a weakness nonetheless. CCN obtained the following quote from the leader:

“Centralization is less obvious but the problem with main transfer of value in crypto world is exchanges. Centralized exchanges can be hacked or disappear or shut down by the regulators, and decentralized exchanges such as Etherdelta don’t trade bitcoin and only trade ERC-20 tokens. Even at that, they can get hacked”, He says.

Based on the project’s website, the new token protocol will be release “as toolkit” by March before Lightning Network implementation commences in late 2018. However, the actual fork is scheduled to take place at block 505,888, which falls on Jan. 24 (today). According to Bitcoin Block Explorer (blockchain.info), block 505,831 was mined seven minutes ago.

Market Information

Bitcoin Atom trades under the symbol BCA, and is currently listed at a price of $466.49 USD on CoinMarketCap. According to the Partners section of the website, the token will be available on the following exchanges: OKEX, Yobit and Exrates. Digital currency wallets Coinomi, Atom Wallet and ESR have also supported the project.

The group’s Telegram page has 2,655 members at the time of writing.

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Cryptocurrencies Rebound 8% from Recent Low as Tom Lee Gives Post-Consensus Takeaways

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Cryptocurrenc prices have begun the week on a positive note, as bullish sentiment returned to the market following an underwhelming reaction to the Consensus blockchain summit.

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Crypto Prices Rally

Bitcoin and the broader altcoin universe booked solid gains Monday. The combined value of all cryptocurrencies peaked at $392 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. At time time of writing, the total market cap was worth $389.6 billion.

Prices bottomed near $361 billion on Thursday, their lowest level of the month, in the wake of a high-profile blockchain event.

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The ten largest cryptocurrencies by market cap rose by at least 3% on Monday. Tron was the biggest gainer percentage-wise, adding 12.7% to $0.077. Bitcoin cash (BCH) jumped 8.1% to $1,275 following a double-digit selloff last week. Cardano and Stellar each rose more than 4%.

Bitcoin rose 3.1% to $8,493. Its share of the overall market slipped to 37.2% from a high of around 37.6% last week.

Trade volumes have been relatively thin over the past 24 hours, with turnover amounting to $16.8 billion. Crypto trade volumes averaged around $21 billion at the end of last week. During the height of the bull rally earlier this month, daily turnover exceeded $30 billion.

Tom Lee Remains Bullish on Bitcoin

The head of research at Fundstrat Global Advisors admitted recently that his Consensus price forecast missed the mark.

In an interview with CNBC that appeared Friday, Lee said his firm was “overly optimistic” about the potential for a bigger Consensus price rally but nevertheless reaffirmed his bullish outlook on bitcoin.

“While there was not a Consensus bump, our conviction on crypto-currencies strengthened during the conference,” he said. “It’s the people that you know are important to this industry coming together.”

Prior to the event, Lee had predicted significant gains for bitcoin and other crypto assets. His reasoning was rooted in the last three Consensus summits, which sparked an immediate rally for digital currency prices.

Bitcoin prices declined sharply during the blockchain conference and eventually bottomed below $8,000 – a figure not seen in a month.

In Lee’s view, the Consensus rally did not happen for three underlying reasons: regulatory uncertainty, acceptance hurdles within banks and a lack of institutional custodial tools for mass adoption.

He added:

“Bitcoin doesn’t have to go up every day to move from $8,000 to $25,000. The ten best days account for all the return of bitcoin in a year. If you didn’t own bitcoin for ten days each year, you lost 25 percent each year.”

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Crypto Update: Ethereum Back Above $700 as Coins Rise but Buy Signals Still Lacking

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The major cryptocurrencies are all sporting gins today, with Ethereum, EOS, Stellar, and Monero leading the way higher percentage-wise. Despite the rally, the short-term technical setup is unchanged in most cases, with the top coins still on neutral trend signals, and with no buy signals having been triggered just yet.

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From a technical standpoint, Ethereum is still clearly the coin to watch, as the price of the ETH token rose back above $700 today, showing relative strength yet again, getting close to a short-term buy signal.  While a signal is not confirmed yet, a break out from the bullish corrective pattern could be near.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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The coin faces strong resistance between $735 and $780, with targets above that at $845 and $900, while support is found between $625 and $645 and between $555 and $575. We still advise traders to wait before entering new positions here, even as the correction lows are likely in.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin is still stuck below the key $8400-$8700 zone after it hit another marginal new correction low near $7900. Although BTC is not a buy signal, the downside momentum is fading and the coin could be close to a breakout of the correction pattern, despite its recent relative weakness. Strong support is still found between $7650 and $7800, while resistance is ahead between $9000 and $9200, $10,000, and $10,500.

New Leadership yet to Form

IOT/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While the leaders of the April rally are trading consistently with an ongoing uptrend, for now, there are no standout performers spearheading the rally among the majors. EOS is still holding up above the $12 while the other prior leader IOTA is also trading above key support at $1.7 but without clear bullish momentum. Should the coin move above the $1.9 resistance, the short-term trend signal would switch to buy, but as of now, the corrective pattern is intact.

As the long-term charts are looking more constructive after the pullback, long-term investors could soon be looking for entry points,  while traders could also get buy singles in the coming days.

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Long-Term Cryptocurrency Analysis: Bitcoin Remains Under Pressure as Divergence Deepens

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The segment has been drifting lower in a choppy fashion ever since our latest look at the long-term charts and the two-faced nature of the market is still apparent. Bitcoin and the other relatively weak majors, like Litecoin, Monero, Dash, and NEO are clearly lagging the leaders from a technical standpoint, while Ethereum is still the most positive out of the largest coins.

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The leaders of the rally are still holding up above the crucial support levels, keeping the recovery intact but as the overbought long-term readings are mostly cleared, the coins should start to show signs of bottoming soon. For now, we advise traders and investors to remain on the sidelines in the case of the majority of the coins until the short- and long-term time frames show conflicting trends.

BTC/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

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Bitcoin didn’t reach a severely overbought momentum reading as the move above $10,000 failed, and the coin started a correction off that level and dropped below the $8400 support in the process. The short-term corrective pattern is intact, while the long-term MACD is in neutral territory again.  Key long-term support is found just above $7650 and in the $6150-$6250 zone while further resistance is ahead between $9000 and $9200 and near $10,000.

ETH/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

Ethereum is holding up above the $625-$625 support zone, within a short-term correction pattern, while the long-term momentum indicators are still above neutral territory. The trend signals are neutral in case of the second largest coin, and traders and investors should wait before entering new positions. Resistance zones are ahead between $735 and $780 and near $845, while support is found between $555 and $575.

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