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Bitcoin Falls below $3,600 As Onslaught by Mainstream Media Continues

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Bitcoin has once again failed to sustain its price at the crucial $4,000 level, shedding close to 10 percent in just a day to fall below $3,600 level on some key markets. The currency was trading at $3,660 at press time, but on some markets such as the dominant BitMEX, the currency had dropped to $3,545. On the Japanese exchange Liquid, Bitcoin was trading at $3590, with Coinbase Pro seeing a similar trend at $3,557.

The digital currency’s woes were not made any better by its coverage on mainstream media outlets, most of which have projected the image of a dying technology that’s on its way to a silent death. Bloomberg and MarketWatch have been some of the most prominent, with several articles claiming that the end has arrived for cryptos.

Bloomberg Analyst Calls For $1,500 As Bitcoin Continues To Be Volatile

Just a day ago, Bitcoin looked very adamant and determined to fight to stay above $4,000. The currency was trading between $3,950 and $4,050 in most markets. However, it has since tumbled to trade at $3,675 at press time. In the past 24 hours, it has shed 4.3 percent.

On BitMEX, which accounts for 30 percent of the daily Bitcoin trading volume, the currency was trading at $3,545. It was also flirting dangerously close to its 14-month low of $3,522 on Coinbase Pro, Liquid, Bitstamp, Kraken and Gemini.

The entire market was on a downward spiral, with the embattled Bitcoin Cash leading the decline. The currency, which lost its fourth place to Stellar recently, shed 13.8 percent to trade at $118. Ethereum shed 8 percent to trade below $100, with Coinbase Pro and Kraken once again trading below average market value at $95.

Bitcoin SV has rediscovered its form and at press time, the currency had gained 13 percent to trade at $101. At this rate, the fork might catch up with Bitcoin Cash which is trading just $17 ahead. BSV is currently just $300 million behind BCH in market capitalization and three spots behind. BSV was the largest gainer in the top 100 cryptos, further underlining its good form.

Having lost over 80 percent of its value this year, the crypto market has continued coming under attack from mainstream media outlets. Bloomberg, which has in recent months increased its coverage of the crypto market, recently predicted that Bitcoin will sink further in the coming months. According to an in-house analyst, the currency will experience a 60 percent drop from its current price to hit $1500. The last time Bitcoin traded at $1,500 was at the beginning of May last year.

Mike McGlone, an analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence stated:

There’s little to prevent fading Bitcoin prices from reaching the continuous mean of $1,500. A rush to the exits among investors seems to be in place

McGlone’s sentiments are supported by the Directional Movement Index which indicates that Bitcoin is experiencing its worst sell-off since July. Back then, the currency had shed $3,000 in weeks to trade at $6,600 and this led a huge number of investors to panic.

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Claims That Former TRON CTO Was Sacked For Bribery & Theft Surface

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Earlier this month, the Chief Techincal Officer of TRON, Lucien Chen announced his departure from the project. He had been with TRON since 2017 and laid out a three-point explanation as to why TRON just isn’t TRON anymore.

Following the announcement by Chen, the TRON PR sprung into action and according to the representatives from the project, Chen was actually sacked from his position months ago because:

“Suspicion of misappropriation of funds, bribery, competitive infringement, and theft of trade secrets and intellectual property.”

The CEO and founder of TRON, Justin Sun lent validation to this claim by retweeting it and a Reddit thread came up which relayed this information to the community.

Giving his reasons for leaving, Chen said:

“The whole project has developed into a monetary tool without any “decentralize the web” spirit… The technology platform of TRON was built by me. I certainly know that the real Internet applications cannot function in TRON network at all currently. The TRON ecosystem is still far from commercial applications that users can really apply to.”

There are now claims that the former CTO was bribing people, misappropriately using funds, theft and so on. A post on Reddit claims:

“Chen, Zhu, and Xie were dismissed in January, 2019 for violation of corporate policies and the law. Relevant documents and materials have been handed over to the judiciary.”

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Living on Bitcoin Just Got Even Easier, AT&T Accept Crypto Payments With Bitpay

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Earlier today, US telecom giant AT&T proudly announced that it had become the first major American mobile carrier to accept crypto assets for the payment of bills. Customers will be able to settle their accounts using Bitcoin thanks to a deal with BitPay.

Although such developments are great for those earning in Bitcoin, for most people interested in the number one digital currency, the appeal will likely be limited. They therefore do not quite represent the holy grail’s of crypto adoption many portray them to be.

AT&T to Accept Bitcoin Payments Through BitPay

It’s getting easier than ever to live your life exclusively using digital currency. More and more online merchants are opening up to crypto assets in one way or another.

Many with a vested interest in digital currency were excited recently by the news that several large companies would be accepting Bitcoin payments – albeit in a round about way. Bitcoin users can now kit out their wardrobes at Nordstrom, shop for gaming supplies at GameStop, and even pay directly for their groceries at Whole Foods using their favourite digital currency.

This latter point got people particularly excited given that internet retail behemoth Amazon owns WholeFoods. Speculation is rife that Amazon itself could be next to accept Bitcoin via this convoluted method of using a payment processor to pay with a peer-to-peer currency.

You see, part of the recent wave of increased acceptance has been made possible by a deal between crypto exchange Gemini and a payments start-up called Flexa. Users actually pay using an application called Spedn. The merchants themselves don’t receive Bitcoin but they for very little investment they can look supportive of uber-trendy things like cryptocurrency.

The latest company to join the pseudo acceptance bandwagon is US mobile giant AT&T. It announcedvia a blog post earlier today that it would be using crypto payments processing company BitPay to receive payments from its customers online.

In the AT&T press release, Kevin McDorman, the vice president of the company’s business operations, stated of the move:

“We’re always looking for ways to improve and expand our services… We have customers who use cryptocurrency, and we are happy we can offer them a way to pay their bills with the method they prefer.”

Sure, It’s Great for Crypto USERS, Not so Much for Speculators

Just like the other recent announcements of so-called merchant acceptance, this is not really the bullish news that many have made it out to be. Since AT&T will be using BitPay to process payments, they will simply receive dollars as they always would have done. To get those dollars, the Bitcoin is immediately sold creating additional downside pressure on the price of Bitcoin. For those purely speculating, it should be realised that by using such services you are increasing the likelihood of dropping the price of Bitcoin. It will be truly exciting when a major retailers takes payment directly in Bitcoin themselves and goes on to finance the business itself using the crypto asset.

Of course, these stories of increased acceptance are great for those who get paid in Bitcoin and don’t want to have to deal with an exchange just to go about their daily routines. Having more options than ever to spend crypto directly at is certainly advantageous for those trying to live without fiat.

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Bitcoin [BTC] Going Above $7,950 will Start Another Breakout – Analyst

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Bitcoin has been in a slight pullback for a few days now and those who have been watching the charts during this time may be confused as to the direction Bitcoin, and indeed the whole market is going next. A cryptocurrency trader known as DonAlt on Twitter has given some light on the market. He said the lead currency will see some light if it manages to rise to $7,950 from the current $7,842 price.

Bitcoin market chart from TradingView

When will this happen?

Bitcoin grew really fast especially in May, rising way above $8,000 and the crypto community expected a move towards $10,000. However, the market started pulling back in what seemed to be a crash, but analysts said was normal. At the time, the cryptocurrency was said to be growing too fast and needed to correct again before rising at a slower pace.

This seems to agree with DonAlt’s position as the cryptocurrency has eventually corrected but its growth has become significantly slower than before. Another analyst Josh Rager says the asset will be consolidating this week and great volatility should be expected on Friday, May 31st. This may eventually lead to a climb to DonAlt’s critical $7,950 price and the long-awaited recovery above $8,000 again.

 

A long-awaited rise

The initial price rise evidently raised the expectations of the crypto community and many Bitcoin holders cannot wait for the price to go up again. Not only that, altcoins were expected to rise with Bitcoin’s pullback but the current one has held down even the alts. The rise of Bitcoin is currently probably the only hope for the market and the entire space is looking forward to it.

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