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DID BITCOIN’S MOST CONTROVERSIAL TWITTER HANDLE JUST CHANGE HANDS?

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By CCN Markets: The long-running conflict between Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) supporters took another turn on Monday. The @Bitcoin Twitter handle, which previously showed support for the BCH community, appeared to switch sides suddenly.

Within hours, hundreds of pro-BCH posts were deleted from the account, though others – including the pinned tweet – curiously remain. Meanwhile, the link to the Bitcoin whitepaper from the Twitter handle was redirected from Bitcoin.com (a pro-BCH website) to Bitcoin.org (a pro-BTC website).

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Has crypto’s most controversial Twitter account changed hands again? | Source: Twitter

With no word on the matter from either the owner(s) of the @Bitcoin account, or the Bitcoin.org site owner, the Bitcoin Cash community has been left to speculate.

And speculate they have.

Several theories have been put forth, ranging from the Twitter account being hijacked to the owner deciding to sell the account to another user.

More conspiratorial theories place Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey as the main culprit in the matter. Suspicion falls on Dorsey largely due to his investment in Lightning Network developer Lightning Labs, and his refusal to entertain cryptocurrencies other than BTC on Square’s Cash App.

Others still suggest this yet another attempt at censorship by Blockstream – the private company behind much of the flagship cryptocurrency’s development.

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BCH partisans are pointing the finger at everyone from Blockstream to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey | Source: Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

The online real-estate occupied by the @Bitcoin Twitter account is well worth fighting over. At just under 1 million followers, the handle is no doubt one of the first stops for those searching for information on the cryptocurrency for the first time.

The conflict between BTC and BCH supporters has already seen much of the internet divided up into tribal territories. Bitcoin.org and the /r/Bitcoin subreddit are specifically pro-BTC, and will ridicule, harass, or ban any Bitcoin Cash supporter who wanders in there.

Meanwhile, Bitcoin.com and the /r/BTC subreddit fly the colors of BCH, and their treatment of Bitcoin supporters, while less vehement, is comparable.

Crypto investor Roger Ver was previously thought to be in control of the @Bitcoin account. Many still associate Ver with the handle, despite the Bitcoin Cash figurehead claiming he had no connection with it in April of last year.

Meanwhile, the owner of the Bitcoin.org, who goes by the alias @Cobra, has been very vocal about his distaste for Bitcoin Cash. In January 2019, he suggested the BCH coin price would crash to zero if it didn’t find new leadership.

Bitcoin Cash hard forked from the BTC blockchain in 2017 due to internal conflict over the BTC block size.

The battle of the two Satoshi spawn rages on.

By: https://www.ccn.com

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Binance Blocking 13 States From New US-Based Crypto Exchange

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Binance says 13 states will be blocked from its new crypto exchange Binance.US.

The exchange, which is set to accept initial registrations on Wednesday, will prohibit customers in the following states as it works to ensure its platform is compliant across the US.

Blocked states

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Washington

Binance.US CEO Catherine Cooley says the exchange will keep pressing to ensure the platform is available to all US citizens.

“Although it is upsetting that we cannot offer Binance.US in the states where I grew up and earned my education at this time, please rest assured that this is just the beginning, and it is our mission to bring access to those of you in these states many of us call home…

U.S. customers will be able to buy listed coins with USD through ACH or wire transfer methods. We will be exploring other options based on the demand of our users.”

The platform will debut with six supported cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, and Tether.

Users who have coins that are not available for trading on the platform can still store the assets on Binance.US.

“All coins/tokens not yet listed on Binance.US can still be stored with other custodians in the custody method of your choice (ex. hot wallet, cold storage, etc.) and traded on other venues that have live order books in those pairs. Over the coming weeks, we will be adding coins that satisfy our Digital Asset Risk Assessment Framework.”

According to Cooley, the platform plans to steadily add more coins after its initial launch.

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Bitcoin, HTC collaborate on cryptocurrency smartphone

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Bitcoin.com is going mobile.

The cryptocurrency inventor has announced that it is working with telecommunications manufacturer HTC on developing crypto technologies, starting with its smartphones.

In a press release, Bitcoin.com said it is beginning a long-term partnership with HTC, which has developed a smartphone with a pre-loaded Bitcoin Cash (BCH) support app.

People who buy an EXODUS 1 from HTC won’t have to download a BCH wallet app onto their phones. For people who already have an EXODUS 1, they just have to update the software on their phone, the release said.

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“The EXODUS vision has always aligned itself towards public blockchains and its fundamental transformative nature of the future of money and the Internet,” Phil Chen, Decentralized Chief Officer at HTC said in a statement.

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“The Zion Vault is happy to support BCHnatively in hardware for security to go hand in hand with the BCH blockchain as an alternative to dominant payment rails and platforms,” Chen added.

However, the automatically downloaded Bitcoin app isn’t the only way the two companies are partnering.

They also plan to offer special discounts for buying phones using Bitcoin Cash as well as selling EXODUS phones on Bitcoin’s store.

“There are so many synergies between Bitcoin.com and HTC. We are very excited to be on this incredible journey together,” Bitcoin.com’s CEO Stefan Rust said in the release.

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Ethereum Uppercuts Bitcoin

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Ethereum has been an outperformer this week in the crypto space, after breaking out of a bullish wedge. Week to date, Ethereum (ETH) has rallied over 17 whilst a tailgating Ripple (XRP) is hot on its heels, both of which have left Bitcoin (BTC) for dust which traders -0.3% lower. Yesterday it was announced that Aztec, a company focussed on privacy-centric tools, has begun a 30-day ignition ceremony to roll out its workaround for “private transactions” on ETH, which appears to have helped it break above 203.95 resistance.

We can see on the daily chart that ETH produced a slight bullish divergence with RSI whilst its bullish wedge took shape. After a lacklustre breakout, it appeared the pattern was on the brink of failure, yet prices held above the 164.12 low before building up bullish momentum ahead of the trend’s acceleration. RSI has not reached overbought territory on the daily chart. And besides, a momentum high does not always mean a price high (as we need to allow for a divergence to form).

With the bullish wedge now in play, bulls could target the $240 high at the base of the wedge.

  • A break above 217.33 assumes a run for the 240 high, although traders could look to buy dips above 203.95 support.
  • RSI is currently overbought and a bearish pinbar has appeared to warn of near-term exhaustion. However, given the strength of daily RSI, prices might consolidate or provide a relatively shallow retracement before breaking higher.
  • Ultimately, the four-hour trend remains bullish above 188.83, so bulls could look for a higher low to materialise before considering buying any dips.

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