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One of the things that’s been bugging me about blockchain technology is another technology that is on the rise just as fast and could possibly make it irrelevant.

Quantum computing is currently under development by some of the biggest tech players in the world. IBM, the NSA, and Google are all working hard to make everything that we know about computers irrelevant within the next decade.

The idea is quite simple, in the world of quantum physics anything is possible. For example, throwing a basketball through a brick wall is not a very probable thing to occur but the odds of it happening are greater than zero.

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In computers, it means rather than making one calculation at a time in a sequential order, a quantum computer could theoretically just calculate all the possibilities at once.

So things like passwords or private keys, for example, could theoretically be reproduced in a matter of moments. This of course, threatens not just Bitcoin but all digital payments, online banking, and virtually all areas of encryption and cyber-security.

Now, we’re still several years away from this becoming a real concern. So now is the right time to start building the infrastructure to protect ourselves against it.

A company called Droplex, who’s pre-ICO is just entering its final hour aims to build a bullet proof blockchain that will be impervious to future Q-hackers. Now, I haven’t personally looked too deep at this project as of yet but I am extremely comforted by the fact that somebody is building a fix for this already.

Perhaps in 5 years or so we can have another debate about the best way to upgrade Bitcoin for Q-safety.

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Today’s Highlights

Stocks are down

Bezos Briefly Best

August 1st BTC Deadline

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Market Overview

Problems pursue in Washington for the precarious President.

The newly appointed communications director Anthony Scaramucci is now taking swipes at the chief of staff and Trump himself has been lashing out at his own attorney general Jeff Sessions.

Some speculate that Trump is getting ready to fire Sessions in order to get the special prosecutor Robert Muller off his back.

Meanwhile, the bill to repeal Obamacare was just shot down in the Senate as the notable Republican and previous presidential candidate (2008) John Mccain voted no.

Stock markets have not been performing well so far in Asia and the European markets just opened with a notable gap down.

At least the USD seems to be getting some support.

This chart showing USDollar support was posted by @4exPirate Dawid Kowalski in Poland who is arguably one of the most consistent traders on the eToro network.

Congratulations to Jeff Bezos

…for briefly becoming the world’s richest person. Jeff managed to snag the top spot off Bill and kept it for almost 3.5 hours.

Most of Bezos’ fortune is in Amazon shares, so when the market opened with a significant gap up his net worth reached $90 Billion. However, a sour earnings report from Amazon sent the stock back down.

Turbulence in Crypto

If he times it right, Bezos may just be able to buy all of the cryptocurrencies currently in circulation, which is now holding steady at about $90 Billion.

Or not, the sale of 17% of all AMZN shares along with word that the founder is selling would probably push the price significantly down before he could offload most of them. Of course, that much buying pressure would also move the cryptos up.

In any case, if anybody were considering to buy that many digital assets they might want to wait until next week. Given that August 1st is coming up this Tuesday and still nobody really knows what’s about to happen to Bitcoin.

For those of you looking to trade this event, make sure to get your orders in as early as possible as there may be some downtime on BTC depending on the way it plays out.

Wishing you and yours a very pleasant weekend.

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  1. lanzera

    July 28, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    “Bezos may just be able to buy all of the cryptocurrencies currently in circulation, which is now holding steady at about $90 Billion.” …wait what? I’m seriously doubting you…most of your credibility is loss now…rly dude? 90B won’t buy you 1% of crypto, as the market price would skyrocket with anyone try to buy it all…was this a really lame and stupid joke?

  2. systray242

    July 28, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Droplex is a SCAM

    How come you are announcing in here?

    Check this out:

    https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2008600.0

    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23droplex

  3. chavs69

    July 28, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    I think qrl is far ahead of droplex

  4. TeeTwoEx

    July 28, 2017 at 5:18 pm

  5. systray242

    July 28, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Correct QRL are the ones who did it and Droplex copied their entire White paper.

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Is Bitcoin Truly Decentralized?

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The top buzzword you hear associated with bitcoin is “decentralization.” Everyone talks about the weaknesses of a centralized fiat currency and how a digital currency that runs on the blockchain can solve many of these problems.

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Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies) have gained a lot of steam over the last year, but nobody has stopped to ask the question, is bitcoin moving towards decentralization?

Exchanges and Gatekeepers

Right now, almost all of the top exchanges for cryptocurrencies are centralized. They have a few shareholders who hold the majority of control, and with this comes the ability to censor the flow of funds.

Decentralized exchanges are on their way, but all of the currency decentralized solutions only allow for crypto-to-crypto trading, which is limited in its use.

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Centralized exchanges also often manage the online storage of cryptocurrencies as well. The private keys stay in control of these exchanges, which is not only the exact same set up as leaving your money with a bank (and placing a large amount of trust in a single institution), but also creates a honeypot for potential hackers.

Maintaining custody of your private keys is something that is generally encouraged from a risk management perspective, but is also in line with the ethos behind bitcoin. Centralized exchanges retain a ton of data and have the power to censor the movement of funds.

Future regulation is still hazy for cryptocurrencies, and know-your-client laws require a certain amount of data to be stored by companies, but it is possible that these companies retain or sell this information in the future. The fact that your private key can be associated with you instantly takes away the anonymous aspect of cryptocurrency, which means you and your funds can be censored.

Mining in China

Examining this from a different angle, mining is an essential part of the governance and maintenance of the bitcoin network. The original idea was to have a widely distributed network that was so large that it was immune to any single entity that wished to dominate 51% of the currency and therefore control the fate of bitcoin.

However, this has not proven to be the case. There are an estimated 12,000 nodes currently in operation on the Bitcoin network, and they collectively have the power to vote on resolutions like SegWit 2x. As more nodes are added to the network, it has begun to trend towards a higher level of concentration in China. Now, have approximately 70% of the nodes controlled by entities within China.

Bitcoin doesn’t suffer from some of the same problems as other cryptocurrencies like Ripple, where the management is explicitly controlled by a single person, the CEO of the company. Satoshi Nakamoto designed and released bitcoin, then disappeared. The development team has the power to propose certain innovations, but it is far from an autocracy.

Many cryptocurrencies are set up in a way where a single player can steer the future with little oversight. This past form of governance is beginning to disappear and presents another reason why a democratic (and decentralized) solution like bitcoin has future potential.

The Bitcoin Ethos

Bitcoin’s promise is to deliver a digital currency that runs independently of any meddling top-down management, but right now this doesn’t seem to be the case.

Until the crypto ecosystem is run in a way that makes it possible to acquire, exchange, and store cryptocurrencies in a completely private manner, the innovations are negligible. Additionally, having a high proportion of the nodes in operation controlled by a country that doesn’t allow free access to the internet is another point against the decentralization of bitcoin.

None of this is to say bitcoin is going to fail or has no merit, but that “decentralization” isn’t a core trait it currently possesses. Certain changes are necessary to improve the robustness of the network, and it is highly possible they will be enough to maintain bitcoin’s dominance in the cryptocurrency world.

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DragonChain (DRGN) was originally developed at Disney in 2015-16 and was later released as open source. DragonChain ICO recently ended and the value has climbed considerably, even though it is still only listed on Etherdelta. The cryptocurrency allows companies to build on a server-less platform with built-in protection of data using popular languages such as Java, Python, Node, and C#.

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DragonChain is building relationships with companies to help them bring their product onto the blockchain. DragonChain is a sleeping giant in that it already worked through 20 or so use cases while in development to tweak the initial implementation of the platform. While some companies struggle to find use cases after they are done with their product, DragonChain has figured out a way to simplify the integration of real business applications onto the blockchain in a secure way.

Underserved industries are the initial target of the DragonChain platform, which includes Wine, Arts, Automotive, Legal and Digital Marketing. Some of these industries are lagging behind for lack of innovation and Dragonchain is bridging the gap. DragonChain is creating a turnkey platform for startups and mature companies to rapidly deploy applications on the blockchain. As one might appreciate, blockchain development can be incredibly complex, is hard to understand and sometimes uses archaic development languages for implementation. DragonChain allows companies to use programming languages they are already familiar with to take advantage of blockchain features.

The Benefits of DRGN:

  • Smart contract integration, which has recently only been available on the Ethereum network.
  • High scalability and faster speed to market, which reduces development costs.
  • Built-in security that is inherent to blockchains.

From an investor standpoint, DragonChain is already light years ahead of a lot of ICOs that are creating platforms. It has an incubator program that will fund startups that will help real-world companies get up and running on the DragonChain platform. Unlike Ethereum, which has mainly become an ICO launch pad, DragonChain is building a platform for existing businesses to be able to build on top of the blockchain. While Ethereum is mainly a platform that is there to build on, Dragonchain is a platform with support.

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The DRGN platform is focused on reaching companies just as much as they are building out the platform itself. This will accelerate platform adoption and business growth while increasing the value of DragonChain. Larger companies are approaching the blockchain with skepticism and reluctance. DragonChain can be the bridge that connects the two. It is very expensive to try and leverage blockchain technology in already existing companies. The DRGN platform attempts to solve this by putting businesses first based on past experience and offering restful interfaces, interoperability with other blockchains, ease of integration, a simplified architecture and more.

Dragons or DRGNs will be utilized by developers and organizations to interact with the DragonChain commercial platform’s products and services. Dragon tokens will also be used to support startups in the DragonFund Incubator providing early access to data and technology as well as first access to purchase tokens for use on the developed platforms.

The DragonChain ICO raised $21,358,506 USD. It has since grown to around three times that level and appears to be expanding more rapidly as time goes on. Once the DRGN token is listed on larger exchanges there will a lot great liquidity. DragonChain has a current value of approximately $60,000,000. This is low for a platform that is already so mature, was originally backed by Disney and has an incredibly capable development team.

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Bitcoin’s Offensive Continues as Prices Breach $3,400

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Bitcoin’s value jumped to a new record on Tuesday, a clear indication that the bull market was back in vogue following a month of turmoil.

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$3,000 & Beyond

The virtual currency (BTC/USD) rose 2.4% to $3,468.00 in overnight trading, according to Bitstamp. Before the weekend, the BTC/USD had crossed the $3,000 mark only once.

At current prices, the market value for all bitcoins is more than $57 billion – the highest on record.

While post-fork exuberance shows no signs of fading, traders are reminded that bitcoin’s recent leg up has been accompanied by decreasing volume. In fact, a similar trend has been observed during every leg up from $1,800.

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Zooming out to the 1-day Bollinger Band, the market appears to be overbought. A historical analysis reveals that, more often than not, a puncturing of the Bollinger Band in either direction leads to a broad pullback in the market.

The daily RSI also adds credence to the view that the market is approaching overbought territory.

Bitcoin Cash Trading Well Below Its Peak

Bitcoin’s surge followed the creation of a spin-off digital currency – Bitcoin Cash (BCH) – last week. The newly minted coin spiked above $700.00 on Aug. 2 before a series of volatile moves dragged prices back toward $200.00.

BCH was back above $300 on Tuesday, having gained more than 27%. Its total market is valued at more than $5 billion.

Coinbase Caves to Investor Demand

U.S. cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has announced that it plans to support BCH as of January 2018. Initially, the exchange said it would not support the new coin, triggering outrage among users and a surge in withdrawals.

A contingency of Coinbase customers also threatened to sue the exchange for not supporting BCH, equating the decision to a brokerage withholding new shares from its investors.

“We are planning to have support for Bitcoin Cash by 1 January 2018, assuming no additional risks emerge during that time,” the leading exchange said on its blog.

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