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Bitcoin [BTC]: Any reorg can potentially undo the foundational features of Bitcoin, claims Adam Back

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Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao’s consideration of an ‘urgent reorg’ as a measure for damage control divided the Twitter community. With most supporters despising CZ’s decision, Peter McCormack discussed the probable outcome on the crypto-ecosystem with Adam Back (Blockstream) and Bryan Bishop (Bitcoin Core Developer), if such a block reorg were to happen in the future.

The interview questioned CZ’s intent behind the block re-org for returning the stolen funds, with Back explaining the technical complications that can compromise exchanges. He further clarified that any type of “reorg can potentially undo the foundational features of Bitcoin like censorship resistance and unfreezability.”

Back added,“It’s a mockery to electronic cash systems. It loses interesting properties that are baked into the way people use it [BTC] in exchanges.”

Supporting Back’s statement, Bishop shared that few exchanges cannot undergo a reorg as it will require a wholesale replacement of expensive mining equipment. He also explained how this ‘limitation’ helps business leaders like CZ to avoid such decisions during ‘panic mode.’ He backed his explanation by saying,

“If you want to reassemble 51% of the network, you have to coordinate with more people and all these power users are far less likely to follow the expediency of the day.”

Back also highlighted Greg Maxwell’s idea of introducing smart contracts and immutable hardware configurations as a way to prevent GPU-based miners to change/bend the rules. When McCormack stressed on miner’s capability to perform a reorg, Bishop stated that “it will kill the network.” He clarified,“The existence of alternative blockchains that use the same proof of work function is actually a bad thing because that actually splits up the hash rate onto multiple networks and it lowers the cost of forging an alternate history.”

While CZ was quick to put out the reorg fire with a followup tweet, the crypto ecosystem is yet to find closure after the 7000 BTC hack.

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Bitcoin price prediction: BTC/USD stuck between strong levels of support and resistance – Confluence Detector

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  • BTC/USD went down slightly from $8,811.45 to $8,750.50 this Wednesday.
  • BTC/USD has three healthy resistance levels on the upside at $8,800, $8,990 and $9,000.

After suffering a slightly bearish Wednesday, wherein it fell from $8,811.45 to $8,750.50, BTC/USD has had a bullish start to this Thursday and is currently priced at $8,768.85. Since the price is sandwiched between strong resistance and support levels, further growth might be hampered. On the upside, there are three healthy resistance levels at $8,800, $8,990 and $9,000. While on the downside, healthy support levels lie at $8,755 and $8,530.

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Looking at the resistance levels – $8.800 has the one-hour Previous High, 4-hour Bollinger Band middle curve, 15-min Bollinger Band upper curve, one-hour Bollinger Band upper curve, one-day Fibonacci 61.8% retracement level and 100-day Simple Moving Average (SMA 100), while $8,990 has no confluence detected. $9,000 has the 4-hour Bollinger Band upper curve and SMA 10.

On the downside, $8,755 has the SMA 5, SMA 10, SMA 50, SMA 100, SMA 200 and one-hour Bollinger Band middle curve. Finally, $8,530 has the one-month Fibonacci 61.8 retracement level.


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Bitcoin to soon be accepted at 65,000 Swiss Retailers

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  • 65,000 Swiss Retailers will be able to soon start accepting Bitcoin.
  • The new development comes on the back of a partnership between Bitcoin Suisse and Worldline. 

It is reported that a new system will be available for the 65,000 Swiss merchants currently using Wordline’s nationwide payments infrastructure, dubbed SIX Payment Services. 

65,000 Swiss retailers will shortly be able to start accepting Bitcoin as a means of payment. It comes following a partnership announcement between the Swiss broker Bitcoin Suisse and the European payment and transaction services provider Worldline. 

It is reported that local publication Switzerland Global Enterprise has announced that both companies have signed a letter of intent. It covers ground that they promise to offer Swiss traders and consumers the possibility of paying with BTC. In terms of the partnership, it will be allowing the country’s 65,000 retailers who already use Wordline’s infrastructure to accept Bitcoin payments.

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Bitcoin technical analysis: BTC/USD price is consolidating outside of bullish flag

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  • 2Bitcoin price is trading in positive territory, up some 0.50% in the second half of the session. 
  • BTC/USD price action is within consolidation mode, failing to attract commitment. 
  • The bulls must again breakdown and hold above the $9000 price mark for greater upside. 

BTC/USD weekly chart

The price is sitting just on top of a breached weekly flag structure. 

BTC/USD daily chart

Daily price action is also moving within a bullish flag, subject to a potential breakout higher. 

Spot rate:                   8,771.49

Relative change:       +0.50%

High:                          8,838.90

Low:                           8,707.85

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