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Bitcoin Rallies 7% From $9,100, Analyst Deems BTC Drop Over

Bitcoin May Be Forming Short-Term Bottom

Bitcoin (BTC) has finally started to show some life on its short-term chart once again. In the past 8-odd hours, the cryptocurrency has rallied off its $9,150 bottom, moving up 7% to $9,800 where it stands now.

According to a chart from Scott “The Wolf of All Streets” Melker, a popular crypto asset trader and DJ, this sudden breakout has seen BTC move above a key descending wedge and foray above a previous swing low/resistance. What’s more, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) is working on breaking higher, implying further upside, and the bullish engulfing candle structure may suggest a reversal of the bear trend for the time being.

It isn’t clear if this is the bottom of this ongoing downturn, which could last upwards of six weeks should history repeat itself, but one analyst claims that for now, the drop should be over. Analyst CryptoHamster laid out a number of reasons why this is.

Firstly, the one-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) and the Stochastic iteration of this indicator are at their lowest levels since at least February, entering the “oversold” range. The one-day Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) has tapped the zero level, despite the fact that Bitcoin is in a raging bull market according to most analysis.

Also, the Elder’s Forse Index, an indicator meant to exhibit the strength of moves, is at its lowest since November 2018; and historical volatility is almost at 100%, implying a move to the upside to return volatility to levels deemed normal.

Per previous reports from this outlet though, a move lower could be had in the coming weeks, maybe after there is some reprieve for bulls like what is being seen now.

 Timothy Peterson, a prominent American crypto fund manager, notes that Bitcoin’s current active account figure suggests that BTC is overvalued.

According to Peterson’s model, which takes a 30-day median (as of July 13th) of the number of active accounts on the Bitcoin blockchain, BTC currently has a fair valuation of just above $8,000.

In a tweet issued on Saturday, Josh Rager, a prominent technical analyst and cryptocurrency commentator, looked to this same level.

Rager notes that a “confluence” of chart data and on-chain data suggests that a pullback “would likely bottom out at $8,000”. As he explained in the chart above, $8,000 acted as a key horizontal support and resistance level in the recent rally and 2018’s crash.

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The Case $7.5K Could Become Bitcoin’s New Price Support

Amidst a decline in the price of bitcoin, the world’s most valuable cryptocurrency could find support at $7,500 – that is if it follows past patterns on the charts. Bitcoin has faced selling pressure over the last few days, despite an impending golden crossover on the three-day chart – a bullish crossover of the 50- […]

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Bitcoin (BTC) Pausing Rally at $13,000 Isn’t Bearish, Here’s Why

Bitcoin in Reaccumulation?

Bitcoin hasn’t been doing too hot as of late. After hitting $13,000 last week, BTC has dipped, as bulls have failed to pick up the pace. Indeed, volumes have begun to drop, sentiment has begun to dip, and Google Trends interest for “Bitcoin” and related terms are on the downtrend.

This has materialized in an approximated 25% drop in the leading cryptocurrency, and upwards of 30% to 40% in altcoins like Ethereum and Litecoin. As of the time of writing this, Bitcoin sits at $9,700, up slightly from the daily bottom of $9,250.

While this dramatic drop has been seen as the “end of a bull market” by some bearish traders, historical trends suggest that Bitcoin needs this retracement. More importantly, this retracement might just be healthy.

As Nunya Bizniz, an up-and-coming industry commentator, points out, Bitcoin’s two previous cycles have seen a near-identical series of phases: rally (bull phase), pop (bear phase), enter a multi-month lull of accumulation, rally off a bottom (expansion), an extended period of reaccumulation, and then the block reward reduction event.

Bitcoin rallying from $3,150 to the local peak of $14,000 was seemingly the expansion phase; what is occurring now is the reaccumulation phase.

This is essential, as there has never been a point in the asset’s history where it established a new low or high one year out from any halving, meaning that a further rally or total collapse from here is somewhat improbable. Thus, in some senses, this pause in the rally is needed and should have been expected.

So, where exactly will this reaccumulation phase bottom out? Around $8,000 seems to be the consensus among analysts, at least in the current downturn.

Per an analysis of the Mayer Multiple (price over 200-day moving average) by CryptoKea, a little-known analyst that accurately called the recent drop to at least $9,700 earlier this month, if you consider the Multiple, the ongoing correction looks much like the first “major correction” of 2017’s bull run.

He notes that if history repeats itself and Bitcoin reverses out of its current short-term bearish trend like it did in 2012 and 2017, it could find support anywhere from $7,148 to $8,700. This corresponds to 1.20 times to 1.46 times of the 200-day moving average, which currently sits at $5,957.

Most likely, however, Kea notes that the “most probable target” as per the use of the Mayer Multiple will be $7,505 — another 20% drop from the current Bitcoin price of $9,600.

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Trump vs Bitcoin, Japanese Exchange Hacked | Coffee and Crypto

In the premiere episode of the new Cointelegraph series “Coffee and Crypto,” Olivia Capozzalo and Molly Jane Zuckerman discussed the latest news in the crypto industry.

In the premiere episode of the new Cointelegraph series “Coffee and Crypto,” head of editorial Olivia Capozzalo and head of news Molly Jane Zuckerman discussed the latest news in the cryptocurrency industry.

Latest news in the cryptocurrency industry

In the video, Capozzalo and Zuckerman discuss United States President Donald Trump criticizing Bitcoin (BTC) and Facebook’s Libra stablecoin, the European Central Bank’s recent statements about Bitcoin, and whether BTC is a currency. Zuckerman also talked about the hack of Japanese exchange Bitpoint, which yesterday published the breakdown of crypto assets stolen in the 3 billion yen (~$27.8 million) hack of its platform earlier this month. 

Capozzalo spoke about an American computer scientist that has managed to mine Bitcoin on a 52-year-old Apollo guidance computer. Those are the very same computers that were used to navigate the first moon landings by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the 1960s.

Cointelegraph’s head of editorial shared a story about how she first learned about cryptocurrencies in 2013, but wasn’t a fan initially.

“I felt like Trump,” Capozzalo said, in reference to the president’s recent tweets about crypto. 

As Cointelegraph reported earlier this month, Donald Trump voiced his opposition to cryptocurrencies as a whole, citing Bitcoin and Libra specifically. He stated that he is “not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies, which are not money, and whose value is highly volatile and based on thin air.”

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Venezuelan Petro Against US Sanctions: History and Use of the Crypto

Venezuela is leading the crypto peer-to-peer BTC trade market, despite government efforts to drive adoption of its oil-backed cryptocurrency, Petro.

For the entirety of cryptocurrency’s short history, Venezuela has been seen to be among the most striking example of the need for the utility. The South American country has hosted escalating political tension for years, as skyrocketing hyperinflation, electricity blackouts and shortages of vital food and medicine intensified popular discontent.

Venezuelan trade volume dominates P2P markets

Venezuelan peer-to-peer (P2P) markets have long been a leader in terms of volume, in part owing to widespread geo-blocking that targets Venezuelan citizens on the part of cryptocurrency exchanges. Recently, Binance announced that as of July 1, 2019, the residents of Venezuela and 28 other countries will be restricted from accessing Binance’s decentralized exchange platform.

Venezuelan trade has consistently comprised the second-largest market on P2P Bitcoin marketplace Localbitcoins, trailing only behind Russia. During the week of July 13, 2019, approximately 5,012 BTC changed hands — equating to 49,248,298,468 Venezuelan bolivar (approximately $5 million).

LocalBitcoins Volume in Venezuela

Origins of Venezuela’s economic crisis

Following former President Hugo Chavez’s death in March 2013, Venezuela’s current president, Nicolas Maduro, was elected to power in April 2013. The Democratic Unity Roundtable, an electoral coalition of Venezuelan political parties opposed to the policies of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, claimed that the election was fraudulent. However, the Supreme Court of Venezuela ruled Maduro to be the country’s legitimate president. During 2013, Venezuela’s annual inflation reached a 16-year-high of 56.2%. Since Maduro’s election, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have taken to the streets to protest corruption, hyperinflation, a scarcity of basic goods and violent coercion. 

Oil prices slump during 2014

From the start of 2014, the price of oil dropped roughly 60% from more than $100 per barrel. With crude oil equating to approximately 80% of Venezuelan exports, the plummeting price of oil drove the Venezuelan economy to enter a recession. 2015 saw Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela suffer defeat during parliamentary elections. However, Maduro vowed to “stop by hook or by crook the opposition coming to power, whatever the costs, in any way,” and replaced the country’s entire Supreme Court the following day. The following month, President Maduro consolidated executive control over all three branches of government amid decreeing a national “economic emergency,” effectively preventing the National Assembly from legislating.

During 2015, Venezuela experienced the highest rate of inflation in the world, with inflation exceeding 100% for the first time in the country’s history. The following year saw annual inflation reach 274%, while the price of consumer goods in Venezuela rose by 800%. A study published by Diario Las Americas approximated that more than 15% of Venezuelans were then regularly consuming food waste that had been discarded by commercial establishments.

During 2017, Venezuelan inflation was estimated to have skyrocketed to 2,000% annually. Victor Torres, a chauffeur living in the Venezuelan city of Maracaibo, articulated the ordeal of attempting to make basic purchases under conditions of extreme hyperinflation to The Telegraph, stating: “The other day I went to buy a banana. In the morning it cost 1,900 bolivares and in the afternoon, 3,000. You can’t live this way. I am disappointed with politicians.”

Petro implementation timeline

Venezuelan inflation climbs to 130,000% in 2019

Following Venezuela’s May 2018 election, Maduro claimed to have won 67.8% of the ballot. However, the result was challenged by the governments of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, France and the United States — which described the election as failing to guarantee a free, fair and transparent democratic process, and subsequently moved to recognize Juan Guaido of the Popular Will party as the legitimate president of Venezuela. During October 2018, Venezuelan annual inflation was estimated to have reached 130,060%.

Since 2015, the United Nations estimates that 4 million Venezuelans have fled the country — roughly 12.5% of Venezuela’s current population.

Since the establishment of the Corruption Perceptions Index in 1995, Venezuela has been ranked among the world’s most corrupt regimes. In 2010, the index ranked Venezuela as the 164th-least transparent government of 178 nations, with Venezuela ranking 166th of 178 countries in 2016, and 168th of 180 nations in 2018. The World Justice Project also ranked Venezuela 99th out of 99 nations according to its 2014 Rule of Law Index, with the index currently ranking Venezuela 126th of 126 nations.

Economic sanctions

In addition to struggling to persevere the degrading economy and rampant political corruption, Venezuelan citizens also bear the brunt of sanctions imposed on the Latin American nation by the U.S. and other countries.

At the start of 2019, Alfred de Zayas, the first U.N. rapporteur to visit Venezuela for 21 years, described U.S.-imposed sanctions as comprising “economic warfare.” The special rapporteur recommended that the International Criminal Court investigate the sanctions maintained by the U.S. as potential crimes against humanity under Article 7 of the Rome Statute, arguing that the sanctions are illegal due to their lack of endorsement from the U.N. Security Council. He stated:

“Modern-day economic sanctions and blockades are comparable with medieval sieges of towns. Twenty-first-century sanctions attempt to bring not just a town, but sovereign countries to their knees.”

Zayas’ findings were based on his late-2017 mission to the country that saw the rapporteur interview government ministers, members of the country’s opposing parties, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Venezuela, and local academics, activists and church officials. The criticisms of the economic sanctions have been echoed by numerous NGOs, with the president of Fundalatin, Eugenia Russian, stating:

“We consider that one of the fundamental causes of the economic crisis in the country is the effect that the unilateral coercive sanctions that are applied in the economy, especially by the government of the United States.”

President Donald Trump has recently threatened to intensify the sanctions currently imposed on Venezuela, stating that he will “continue to use the full weight of United States economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy” while announcing support for the recognition of Guaido as the country’s legitimate leader in January.

Petro

In a bid to circumvent the economic sanctions imposed on Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro announced plans to launch a cryptocurrency backed by the nation’s oil, gasoline, gold and diamond reserves during December 2017. The president claimed that the digital currency, named Petro (PTR), would allow the country to access “new forms of international financing.”

At the start of January 2018, President Maduro ordered the issuance of the first 100 million Petros, announcing that each Petro will be pegged to the value of one barrel of Venezuelan oil — equating the cryptocurrency’s capitalization to roughly $5.9 billion. Several days later, the opposition-run National Assembly criticized Petro, calling the digital currency “null and void.” Parliamentary Deputy Jorge Millan described Petro as fraudulent, stating: “This is not a cryptocurrency, this is a forward sale of Venezuelan oil. It is tailor-made for corruption.” He went on:

“We find ourselves before a new kind of fraud, disguised as a solution the (financial) crisis. This incompetent government wants to compensate for lack of oil production with these virtual barrels.”

At the end of January 2018, Maduro announced that cryptocurrency mining was a “perfectly legal” activity. The president also announced that citizens targeted during the prior year’s police crackdown on mining operations would have any related charges dismissed. On Jan. 30, 2018, Maduro’s administration published the white paper for the cryptocurrency.

On Feb. 8, 2018, Jose Vielma Mora, Venezuela’s minister of foreign trade and international investment, told the state-sponsored news outlet TeleSur that foreign investors would be willing to conduct trade in exchange for Petro, claiming that Poland, Denmark, Honduras, Norway, Canada and Vietnam were among the trading partners preparing to accept the controversial cryptocurrency as a means of payment.

Venezuela launched the presale for Petro on Feb. 20, 2018. 82.4 million Petros were made available in exchange for select fiat currencies and cryptocurrencies. Three days later, Venezuelan media claimed that the presale had raised $1 billion. On Feb. 24, the Venezuelan government launched a free cryptocurrency training course aimed at improving digital currency literacy for ordinary citizens.

Trump administration bans U.S. citizens from purchasing Petro

On March 19, President Trump barred American citizens from purchasing Petro by executive order. At a G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, stated:

“President Maduro decimated the Venezuelan economy and spurred a humanitarian crisis. Instead of correcting course to avoid further catastrophe, the Maduro regime is attempting to circumvent sanctions through the Petro digital currency — a ploy that Venezuela’s democratically-elected National Assembly has denounced and Treasury has cautioned U.S. persons to avoid.”

The U.S. Treasury Department described Petro as comprising an “attempt to prop up the Maduro regime, while further looting the resources of the Venezuelan people.” On March 27, Bitfinex announced that it would not support Petro in light of the U.S. sanctions against the cryptocurrency.

Venezuela promotes Petro adoption

During 2018, the Venezuelan government conceived several initiatives designed to bolster the adoption and perceived utility of Petro. In May 2018, Maduro announced the launch of a Petro-funded crypto bank that would support project proposals from the country’s youth. During July 2018, The Venezuelan minister of habitat and housing, Ildemaro Villarroel, announced a plan to fund the construction of houses for homeless citizens using the cryptocurrency. The following month, the president also announced that Petro would be used as a general unit of account in Venezuela, stating:

“As of next Monday, Venezuela will have a second accounting unit based on the price, the value of the Petro. It will be a second accounting unit of the Republic and will begin operations as a mandatory accounting unit of our PDVSA oil industry.”

Despite the announcements, during August 2018, Reuters reported that there was little indication of Petro’s presence in the oil-rich Venezuelan town of Atapirire. Despite comprising the sole town located in a region that the Venezuelan government estimates is home to 5 billion barrels of oil, Atapirire resident, Igdalia Diaz, told Reuters, “There is no sign of that Petro here.”

During the same month, the country’s former oil minister, Rafael Ramirez, estimated that Venezuela’s state-owned oil company did not possess the roughly $20 billion that he believed would be required in order to tap the nation’s oil reserves. Ramirez stated, “The Petro is being set at an arbitrary value, which only exists in the government’s imagination.”

Accusations of plagiarism

Ethereum Core developer Joey Zhou published a tweet on Oct. 2, 2018, asserting that the 11th page of Petro’s white paper contained an image plagiarized from the Github repository of Dash. Petro also opted to use the same X11 proof-of-work (PoW) mining algorithm as Dash. Zhou described Petro as comprising a “blatant Dash clone.”

On Oct. 5, 2018, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez announced that the fees for all passport applications would be exclusively payable in the form of Petro from Oct. 8 onward. The announcement was accompanied by a hike in the cost of passport applications, with new applications incurring a fee of 2 PTR and passport extensions priced at 1 PTR.

Venezuela launches Petro offering

Venezuela’s Ministry of Economy announced that Petro had been made available for purchase on Oct. 29, 2018. In an infographic published on Twitter, the token could be purchased from the Venezuelan Treasury from either the coin’s official website or from six government-authorized cryptocurrency exchanges: Bancar, Afx Trae, Cave Blockchain, Amberes Coin, Cryptia and Criptolago. The official Twitter account of the Petro indicated that investors were able to purchase the cryptocurrency using U.S. dollars, euros and Chinese yuan, in addition to Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ether and Dash. 

During November 2018, the National Assembly of Venezuela approved a bill containing new cryptocurrency regulation. The bill sought to legitimate Petro as a unit of commercial exchange within the country. The same month saw the National Assembly pass amendments to Anti-Money Laundering (AML) laws to pave the way for Venezuelan cryptocurrency exchanges to conduct foreign exchange operations using Petro.

Venezuelan government official Andres Eloy Mendez described the amendments as being intended to combat the “financial and commercial blockade” being maintained by the U.S. government, adding that the cryptocurrency would allow the evasion of sanctions and facilitate new transnational business relationships.

Venezuela raises bolivar-value of Petro

On Nov. 30, 2018, President Maduro announced that the fiat-value of Petro had been raised from 3,600 bolivars to 9,000 bolivars amid extreme inflation, alongside ordering an increase in the monthly minimum wage by 150% — the sixth wage hike of that year.

During December 2018, the Venezuelan government moved to automatically convert its pensioners’ monthly bonuses into Petro. According to Caracas Chronicles, pensioners’ government payouts were withdrawn and converted into Petro after initially being deposited into fiat accounts hosted by government web portal patria.org.ve on Dec. 7, 2018. 

On Dec. 28, 2018, Venezuela filed a consultation request with the World Trade Organization (WTO) making a complaint regarding the economic sanctions imposed by the U.S., describing five examples of “coercive trade-restrictive measures” that were imposed on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. 

With regard to “transactions in Venezuelan digital currency,” the complaint alleged that U.S. sanctions violated the WTO’s General Agreement on Trade in Services by subjecting Venezuelan financial service suppliers to conditions “less favourable than that accorded to like services and service suppliers of WTO Member States not subject to the measures,” as well as conditions inferior to the treatment of “like domestic financial services and service suppliers.”

In February 2019, the Venezuelan government published a decree imposing regulations on cryptocurrency remittances within the country. The document revealed that the National Superintendency of Crypto Assets and Related Activities (SUNACRIP) would be responsible for taxation pertaining to cryptocurrency transactions. 

The new regulations established a monthly limit on cryptocurrency regulations and imposed a maximum fee of 15% on cryptocurrency transfers alongside a minimum fee of roughly $0.28. Remittances in the form of Petro were capped at 10 PTR per month (equating to approximately $600), however, individuals and entities will be permitted to conduct up to 50 Petros worth of monthly trade with SUNACRIP approval.

Petro-active

During March 2019, the United States Treasury Department added Moscow-based Evrofinance Mosnarbank to its sanctions list, accusing the financial institution of comprising the “primary international financial institution willing to finance” Petro. The department stated:

“This action demonstrates that the United States will take action against foreign financial institutions that sustain the illegitimate Maduro regime and contribute to the economic collapse and humanitarian crisis plaguing the people of Venezuela.”

In May 2019, Venezuelan U.N. delegate Geneva Jorge Valero stated that Russia and Venezuela were discussing utilities for Petro amid agreements to settle trade using the Russian ruble. On July 4, 2019, President Maduro ordered the country’s leading bank, Banco de Venezuela, to open “Petro desks” and accept PTR at all of its branches.

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Coinbase Deposits for UK Users Now Take 10 Days, Must Be Over £1,000

A temporary ban on Faster Payments means U.K. cryptocurrency traders must send funds via SWIFT.

United States cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has abruptly imposed a minimum deposit amount of 1,000 British Pounds ($1,240) for United Kingdom account holders, staff confirmed in private emails on July 16.

Coinbase Suspends Faster Payments Deposits in U.K.

Coinbase, which previously allowed U.K. users to deposit fiat funds via the country’s Faster Payments settlement system, has now suspended the service, they said.

Instead, users must use the standard international transfer option, sending funds via SWIFT, subject to a minimum payment amount of 1,000 GBP. 

In the emails seen by Cointelegraph, Coinbase support staff did not disclose the motivation for the sudden change, which ends an agreement in place since August last year.

“We’ve temporarily suspended Faster Payments and added support for GBP Swift payments in the interim,” part of the correspondence reads.

It claimed Faster Payments would resume “within the next few months,” but did not specify an exact timeframe.

“For your account’s security and to prevent any potential fraudulent activity, you will be unable to withdraw these funds or send the value of this deposit from Coinbase for 5 calendar days after deposit,” staff added.

Fiat Friction Remains for Crypto On-Ramps

SWIFT payments generally take up to five business days to clear, which makes a deposit from the U.K. subject to a ten-day delay.

The issue adds further complications for U.K. users seeking legitimate access to cryptocurrency markets. 

Long an outlying market, the country’s exit from the European Union would firmly end the chances of crypto investors using SEPA payments — a comparatively cheaper bank transfer system available to members of the European Union and European Free Trade Association — in the future.

Coinbase has been approached for comment but did not respond at press time.

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‘Libra Is so Screwed’ — Should Have Used Bitcoin, Says Samson Mow

Blockstream CSO, Samson Mow, says that Facebook should have just used Bitcoin instead of developing Libra because regulators won’t let it happen.

Chief strategy officer at blockchain development firm Blockstream, Samson Mow, declared that he believes that Facebook should have used Bitcoin (BTC) instead of developing its own stablecoin in a series of tweets published on July 16.

‘Libra Can’t Be Everything for Everyone’

In his tweets, Mow noted that — after watching the entirety of today’s senate banking committee hearings dedicated to Libra — he came to the conclusion that “Libra is so screwed.” He explained that he had the impression that Mark Zuckerberg had no clear idea of what he is building. Mow added:

“Libra can’t be everything for everyone, and it can’t be both open and closed at the same time.”

Mow also notes that representatives of the project expressed the idea that — since the project is open source — the newly developed network belongs to the community, which will be able to contribute code to it. The association reportedly expects to “relinquish control over both the codebase and network through the process.” Still, Mow explains that this is seemingly in contrast with other declarations made by Libra representatives:

“If this statement is really true, then a dev team will be able to remove the KYC/AML components in a non-Calibra wallet, and still be able to interact freely with the network aside from on and off ramps.”

Such a possibility would render the association incapable of keeping another promise made by the representatives. Specifically: 

“Wallets will enforce the sanctions that are led by our national security apparatus and treasury.”

Mow points out that the only way for the association to keep such promises is to be in complete control. Libra representatives also reportedly declared that they want to ensure that people are able to do anything with their stablecoin “as long as they have a legitimate use of the product.”

Should’ve Just Used Bitcoin?

Still, Mow notes that this creates the problem of defining what legitimate use is. He concluded:

“It’s good though that Marcus said ‘we will take the time to get this right.’ Once Libra is compliant with every jurisdiction, it will just be a more complex PayPal governed by an association. Should’ve just used Bitcoin.”

Meanwhile, CNBC reports that the Swiss group that’s supposed to oversee privacy for Libra says it hasn’t heard from Facebook at all.

Also, yesterday Cointelegraph reported that according to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, Libra is a “recipe for more corporate power over markets and over consumers.”

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Bitcoin Network Is Moving $3 Billion Daily, Up 210% Since April

Bitcoin’s average transaction volume is topping $3 billion per day, data from crypto analytics site Coinmetrics.io reveals.

Bitcoin’s average transaction volume is topping $3 billion per day, data from crypto analytics site Coinmetrics.io reveals as of July 16.

Bitcoin’s Uptrend in Daily Transaction Value Eclipsing Altcoins’

The data — which has been adjusted to remove noise and certain artifacts, per Coinmetrics — shows an impressive uptrend in the USD value for the volume of the coin’s transactions and transfers over the past 90 days.

On April 17, the average daily value was at $1.04 billion as compared with $3.22 billion on July 16, an almost 210% increase.

The top coin has seen a significantly higher spike in volume as compared with ether (ETH), which saw a 77% increase over the same time period — from a daily average of $370 million to $657 million. XRP has seen a still milder uptrend, at 61% — with the value of daily transactions climbing from $152.5 million in mid-April to $245.6 in mid-July.

3-month chart for BTC  transactions, transfers, value, adjusted, in USD

3-month chart for BTC  transactions, transfers, value, adjusted, in USD. Source: Coinmetrics.io

(Non-)Correlations

Bitcoin broke the $3 billion daily average mark on July 11, Coinmetrics’ data shows, when the coin was circling the $11,500 price point. Despite trading roughly $2,000 lower as of today — having taken a steep 11.4% hit on the day and over 24% on the week — average daily transaction value has continued to climb.

Commentators have today argued that the coin’s short-term downtrend was triggered by an antagonistic response from the United States government to Facebook’s Libra coin, which has extended to the cryptocurrency space more broadly.

Veteran trader Peter Brandt anticipates that total market cap could now correct by as much as 80% — yet argues that most of the damage will be shouldered by altcoins, not Bitcoin.

On July 7, Cointelegraph reported that Bitcoin’s hash rate had hit a new all-time high of 65.87 EH/s. Nevertheless, despite the week’s price fluctuations, this figure has continued to soar north, reaching almost 73 EH/s to press time.

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‘Pathetic and Corrupt’ — Tim Draper Slams Proposed Bitcoin Ban in India

The billionaire investor appeared to stand up for internet freedom in India, but his comments gained little appreciation.

Bitcoin (BTC) proponent and Tezos investor Tim Draper hit out at the Indian government on Twitter July 16 after alleged evidence appeared it was preparing to ban cryptocurrency

Draper Appears To Mistake Draft Law For Genuine Ban

In a strongly-worded message, Draper, who recently took Bitcoin advocacy to Argentina’s government, called Delhi “pathetic and corrupt.”

“People behaving badly! India’s government banned Bitcoin, a currency providing great hope for prosperity in a country that desperately needs it. Shame on India leadership,” he wrote. 

The comments attracted immediate pushback from Twitter users, many of them from India, who argued Draper was not in touch with developments and was acting on hearsay. 

The billionaire investor is well known for his support of freedom of Bitcoin use, having revealed a distaste for state involvement via overly strict regulation on multiple occasions. 

At press time, Draper had not responded to criticism of his initial tweet. 

No Date For Ban’s Ratification

As Cointelegraph reported, earlier, an Indian blockchain lawyer had uploaded what he described as possible evidence of a draft law banning cryptocurrency in India.

Under the alleged proposal, the government would issue an electronic version of the rupee, which together with its predecessor would be the only domestic currency available for use in the country. 

The document stresses the new rupee is not considered a cryptocurrency, while actual cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin would be completely illegal.

Prison sentences of up to ten years would be handed to those who hold, transact in, mine or complete any form of operation using such cryptocurrencies.

Lawmakers are yet to sign the bill into law, and have not given public comment about how they would ensure compliance. 

Decentralized blockchains, especially Bitcoin’s, cannot be shut down by one specific party without amassing an inordinate amount of computing support. The idea of the United States banning Bitcoin meanwhile formed a topic of debate this week after disparaging comments from President Donald Trump.