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Bitcoin’s First Public Mining Pool Is Rebranding

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The company behind Slush Pool, the first cryptocurrency mining pool to make its services publicly available, is rebranding.

The Prague-based company Braiins is perhaps less well-known than Slush Pool, one of the largest bitcoin mining pools as it makes up more than 9 percent of the cryptocurrency’s hashrate today.

Yet Braiins has been operating it since it purchased the historic mining pool six years ago. Now, Braiins is moving to make its involvement with Slush Pool more obvious, in part with a redesign of its logo and all its product websites.

Braiins creative director Luboš Buračinský told CoinDesk:

“After running and developing Slush Pool for the last six years more or less in the background, we’re going to take a more visible public position.”

With the rebrand, Braiins wants all its products to fall under one banner. “The rebranding will also unify our other products and services, including Braiins OS,” Buračinský continued.

Miners need to run what’s known as “firmware” on their mining devices to monitor the performance. Braiins OS, launched September of last year, differs from other mining firmwares because it’s open-source — it’s not closed off like other proprietary firmwares.

“If you own the hardware, you should be able to have full control of it without worrying about some ‘hidden features’,” the project announcement post explains.

In addition, Braiins plans to release several new updates to their products in the coming months. The firm is working on a new “payout” feature for the mining pool, which would allow miners to have more control of how they get paid.

Further, Braiins “replacing the CGMiner with Rust implementation” for Braiins OS,  which would make “adding new hardware much easier,” according to the firm.

 

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Bitcoin technical analysis: Support levels are in focus for now

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  • Bitcoin is struggling once again but the price has found some support at an internal trendline.
  • Below the price level at the moment is the psychological 8,000 level.

Bitcoin is struggling like most cryptocurrencies today. The BTC/USD pair is currently trading 2.63% lower as sentiment remains weak. The price on the hourly chart is making lower highs and lower lows after the pivotal 8,233.00 support level was broken. The price is currently just under the value area now 8,164.17. This is the price where most contracts have been traded on the Coinbase exchange. 

The interesting thing on the chart is the internal trendline it was respected five times in total. Two times in a previous wave series and then three more times after it was broken on October 9th. The next support level is at the 8K psychological support level and below that the consolidation low of 7701.00.

On the daily chart, the price is still firmly in a downtrend and this will only continue if the wave low of 7701.00 is broken to the downside. On the upside there is some way to go before the consolidation wave high is taken out at 8,826.00. Only when this is broken can we talk about a price recovery. 

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Bitcoin Whale Transfers Almost $25M in BTC from Binance to Gemini

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A major player in the cryptocurrency space has just moved 3,000 BTC from Binance to Gemini. The reason for the transfer is still not clear.

It seems like yet another whale in the cryptocurrency market is again flaunting his or her money. A recent massive transfer was picked up by Whale Alert (@whale_alert) which notified the rest of the cryptocurrency community that 3,000 BTC ($25M) was being moved from Binance to Gemini.

There are a few possible catalysts for such a major move, but it seems most likely that someone is cashing out some BTC on Gemini through an OTC sale. Interestingly enough, the move came just a few hours after Bitcoin rebounded from the $8,280 price point to $8,380 or so.

Major whales have been making moves in the past few days. As BeInCrypto has reported on this past week, just two days ago one whale moved 1,000 BTC to an external wallet presumably to HODL. Another whale yesterday moved 650 BTC ($5.3M) from Coinbase to an external wallet as well, another indication that accumulation is happening behind the scenes. This uptick in high-value transfers to external wallets indicates that something may be brewing in the background.

However, this particular transfer of 3,000 BTC does not appear to be a whale interested in HODL’ing. Instead, this is transfer is likely for a possible sale or, at the very best, purchasing of altcoins on Gemini. The market has not responded to this transfer, but this is just one piece of the puzzle.

Recently, the market has been quiet, but the odd increase in high-value transfers makes one wonder — could we see a major move for Bitcoin in the coming weeks? Maybe the whales are giving us a hint.

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‘Satoshi’ Enters the Oxford English Dictionary

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The Oxford English Dictionary, published by the Oxford University Press, has added “satoshi” to its compendium of the English language.

First used less than seven years ago, satoshi is the newest word added to the dictionary. The addition was made as part of a quarterly update to the respected source’s database that also includes the words “Manhattanhenge,” “whatevs” and a revised history of “fake news.”

According to the now official OED definition, a satoshi is “the smallest monetary unit in the bitcoin digital payment system, equal to one hundred millionth of a bitcoin,” or 0.00000001 BTC.

OED lexicographers take a descriptive approach to language, meaning that the dictionary observes how words emerge, grow or diminish in popularity and change definitions over time.

The OED’s policy says:

“Our role is to monitor and record emerging vocabulary so that we can make new terms available to our dictionary users as soon as they start to gain traction.”

Cited uses of the noun come from Ripple Project, a Usenet newsgroup in 2012, from the Guardian in 2013 and the Times in 2017.

The OED notes American and British pronunciations differ. Stateside, the “o” in Satoshi is pronounced like the “ʊ” sound in foot, whereas across the pond the “o” sounds like the “ɒ” in “lot.”

The word is derived from the proper noun, Satoshi Nakamoto, the “probably pseudonymous” creator or creators of bitcoin. In this context, Nakamoto is an etymon, or a word from which a later word is derived.

Curiously, the authorities on grammar state Nakamoto was “reportedly born in 1975,” referring to one of the only bread crumbs left behind by the mysterious founder when asked to give a birth date on a website where he first described the plan for bitcoin.

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