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Mainstream: Ohio Businesses Can Now Pay Taxes with

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Ohio will become the first state in the US to officially accept tax payments in bitcoin, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Beginning this week, businesses who plan to make settlements for their taxes with bitcoin can visit OhioCrypto.com and register to pay all their corporate taxes to the government in BTC. The state government has partnered with crypto payment processor BitPay to handle the payment in crypto and conversion to dollars for the tax office.

The idea was birthed by the current state treasurer, Josh Mandel, who sees accepting cryptocurrency as a great way to rebrand the Buckeye State by enabling forward-thinking tech ideas. Bitcoin has been used for speculative purposes in most cases in the US, as it hasn’t picked up as a means of payment for goods and services for several reasons. One key reason for this is the massive price volatility, which makes many merchants nervous to accept it — even though this is generally not something that they should worry about when using a payment processor such as BitPay or Coinbase.

Mandel, who has been interested in bitcoin since he was appointed in 2011, said he sees the flagship cryptocurrency “as a legitimate form of currency.”

While Ohio’s move won’t do much to affect the free fall of cryptocurrencies at the moment, it’s still a win for bitcoin and a form of government approval, which the cryptocurrency has been lacking in the United States.

The WSJ quoted Jerry Brito, the director of Coin Center, a crypto research and lobbying firm, who said that he believes a government institution like the state treasury accepting tax payments in bitcoin “sends a message that bitcoin’s a technology that can be used by anybody—by bad guys but also by the government.” Other states in the US who have considered bitcoin payments for taxes includesArizona, Georgia, and Illinois, but the bills were met with resistance at the legislative level.

Earlier this month, the Ohio-based Great Lakes Science Center announced its decision to accept payments in bitcoin, a move which the museum hopes will help develop the blockchain industry.

According to Kirsten Ellenbogen, the CEO of Great Lakes Science Center, visitors can pay for their admission tickets into the museum with BTC.

“There is a lot of excitement around the conference. Accepting bitcoin is just a small part of the momentum to grow a blockchain ecosystem in Cleveland,” Ellenbogen said at the time.

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Bitcoin (BTC) Loses 1.13% Overnight; Value Falls Below $7300

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Bitcoin has been down by 1.13% over the last 24 hours, and it has shown three major price swings in the range of 7382 USD and 7175 USD. It is expected that Bitcoin may take things slower from now on.

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Bitcoin opened the day near 7315 USD, and over the next 4 hours and 37 minutes, it gained 0.91% and got placed at 7382.33 USD. It was followed by a huge decline in the value. Between 04:44 UTC and 17:59 UTC, Bitcoin fell by 2.80% and touched the lowest point of the day at 7175.77 USD. The last swing of Bitcoin happened between 17:59 UTC and 01:22 UTC today and in these 7 hours and 22 minutes, Bitcoin managed a hike of 0.83% that added 59.65 USD and pushed the value to 7235.42 USD.

BTC Price Prediction

There has been a marginal increment in the market cap of Bitcoin. Yesterday, the market cap was at 131.696 billion USD, and today, it has been increased to 131.829 billion USD.

Bitcoin’s 20 days MA stands at 7351.55 USD, and it’s 50 days MA is now at 8207.4 USD. The current price at 7232.98 USD is 11.87% and 1.61% less than the 50 days and 20 days moving averages, respectively. BTC’s next halt may come at 7386.08 USD in the coming few days as its next resistance.

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China Continues to Dominate Global Bitcoin Mining, But for How Long?

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New research shows that China’s dominance of the total Bitcoin hash rate continues to grow. The nation reportedly now accounts for around 66 percent of all the computing power supporting the Bitcoin network at present.

China has historically been the leader in global Bitcoin mining. However, with large mining operations coming online in the US and Russia in 2020, the industry this time next year might look quite different.

Two Thirds of Bitcoin Mining Happens in China, Says Report

A report by CoinShares, cited by Reuters, claims that Bitcoin miners located in China now control around 66 percent of the total network hash rate. Hash rate is a way of describing the amount of computing power supporting the network.

Total network hash rate has been rising rapidly during 2019. NewsBTC has reported several times about new all-time highs in terms of the amount of computing power supporting the Bitcoin network. With mining interests investing heavily in hardware, it’s clear that Bitcoin miners are confident in the future of the digital currency.

Chris Bendiksen, the head of research at CoinShares, attributes the rising hash rate to Chinese miners deploying higher powered hardware sooner that those located in other countries. Three of the largest manufacturers of mining hardware are from China: Bitmain, MicroBT, and Canaan. Despite how opaque the industry is it seems fair to conclude that a large proportion of the most cutting-edge mining hardware will be deployed in China first.

Although the mining industry in China is growing faster than in other nations, there are large operations in the works that allow other nations to catch up by this time next year. New mega mining farms are being planned in both the US and Russia at the moment.

Bitmain itself has just opened a huge mining operation in the state of Texas. The facility currently has a total capacity of 50MW. However, the Chinese mining giant says it has plans to increase this to 300MW at a later date.

Similarly, Layer 1, a San Francisco-based startup, also plans to launch a mining operation in Texas. This effort seeks to lower the mining industry’s dependence on firms like Bitmain by developing its own cutting-edge hardware and cooling systems.

Meanwhile, the Russian Mining Company (RMC), owned by the nation’s internet ombudsman also has plans to create a vast new operation in the province of Karelia. CEO of RMC, Dmitry Marinichev, claims that the new facility will command around a fifth of Bitcoin’s total hash rate when it is completed.

Meanwhile, the Russian Mining Company (RMC), owned by the nation’s internet ombudsman also has plans to create a vast new operation in the province of Karelia. CEO of RMC, Dmitry Marinichev, claims that the new facility will command around a fifth of Bitcoin’s total hash rate when it is completed.

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Bitcoin technical analysis: BTC/USD bears have forced a devastating daily closure below flag pattern

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  • Bitcoin price is trading in minor positive territory, up some 0.35% in the second half of the session. 
  • BTC/USD price action broke out and closed below a bearish flag via the daily chart view.
  • The next major daily support is eyed at psychological $7000 down to $6800 range. 

BTC/USD 60-minute chart

Price action is moving within a near-term bearish flag structure, to suggest another break south may be around the corner. 

BTC/USD daily chart

The price is trading just below a bearish flag structure, which leaves it vulnerable to further potential downside for now. 

Spot rate:                  7,387.68

Relative change:      +0.35%

High:                          7266.01

Low:                           7177.92

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