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Prices of the bitcoin currency fell
Prices of the most prominent digital currencies tied to the bitcoin and Ethereum networks fell sharply on Tuesday.
The majority of miners, the computer operators who maintain its blockchain network, backed a software upgrade that will boost the speed of processing transactions.
The decrease in prices today could have been linked to those developers who are behind a split in the bitcoin blockchain.
A major mainstream investment company, Rothschild Investment Corporation, has embraced cryptocurrency by investing in bitcoin.
Universities join mass bitcoin giveawayFintech universities in 11 regions have agreed to participate in the upcoming Bitcoin Airdrop, organised by the Blockchain Education Network and bitJob.The first giveaway event will take place on August 11 in Colombia, before moving to St Petersburg in Russia.Several high schools will also be giving away bitcoin during the event, giving young adults the opportunity to learn about the cryptocurrency.Dror Medalion, co-founder and CEO of bitJob, said that it is an honour to organise this year’s event.“bitJob shares a similar mandate with BEN to empower students and give them the necessary tools to compete in today’s marketplace,” he said in Bitcoin Magazine.
“This year’s event is shaping up to be the largest ever as the popularity of Bitcoin and [b]lockchain [technology] continues to rise globally.”
Bitcoin needs a few more ‘swings’ before trend continues
According to Sheba Jafari, head of technical strategy at Goldman Sachs, bitcoin will “need a few more swings” before the witnessed trend continues.
“Anything above 3,000 (Jun. 13th high) will suggest potential to have already started wave V, which again has a minimum target at 2,988 and scope to reach 3,691 (the latter being a preferred target as this assumes a new high),” Ms Jafari wrote in a note to clients.
Bitcoin bounces back from price crash
Bitcoin has recovered from its recent crash, with the price of the cryptocurrency reaching $2,790 at 2.00am BST this morning before falling slightly to $2,691 as of 11.30am BST.
This is close to the high of $2,855 that was recorded on Sunday.
The price has stabilised after Bitcoin miners activated BIP91 – a software update aimed at solving Bitcoin’s scalability problem.
On Saturday, BIP91 was activated after 93 per cent of miners signalled their support – well above the 80 per cent threshold that was needed.
The Bitcoin market crashed between July 12 and July 16 amid fears that the update would not be accepted, which would have triggered a user-activated soft fork splitting the cryptocurrency into two assets.
Andrew Lee, head of bitcoin-shopping startup purse.io, said: “We’re thrilled to get past this impasse.”In further good news, Bank of America Merrill Lynch has predicted that Bitcoin will go “mainstream” once banks start accepting it.A “crucial hurdle’ for the cryptocurrency will be whether institutions accept it as collateral, the bank’s commodity and derivatives strategist Francisco Blanch wrote in a report.
“But we are not aware of any major institution that takes cryptocurrency as collateral at the moment,” he added.Blanch detailed how currency has developed through the ages from salt and other commodities, to gold and finally to modern money.He noted that in the last year, volatility in Bitcoin markets fell below levels witnessed in silver markets.
“Bitcoin’s volatility is very high compared to the euro, the yen or even gold,” he wrote, according to CNBC.”But it fell twice last year below the volatility of silver, the world’s currency for 400 years.”Bitcoin’s value has more than doubled since the start of the year and has soared almost 740 per cent in the past two years, according The Motley Fool.