The Mountain West Is Experiencing A Second Gold Rush. This Time They’re Mining Bitcoin.

In January, an unknown company working in the blockchain space purchased 67,000 acres at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center in Nevada, right next to Tesla’s Gigafactory. At the end of February, a Utah-based company called Power Block Coin LLC announced a plan to invest $251 million over the next three years in Butte, Montana, to build a campus of mining data centers.

Is the Bitcoin Boom Over? |

Bitcoin (BTC) currently boasts a circulating supply of around 16,903,500 virtual units. The maximum supply is capped at 21 million Bitcoin – but that won’t happen for many years. Based on the current price of around $11,025 per unit (this figure can fluctuate wildly from day-to-day), the market capitalization of Bitcoin is around $186.362 billion. Granted, that’s a far cry from the market capitalization of Bitcoin in December 2017 when it topped out around $20,000 per unit. If we assume the current circulating supply, that translates into around $338 billion at its zenith.

In a cryptocurrency market dominated by an estimated 1,541 digital currencies spread across 9,122 markets, Bitcoin is still a power player. Consider that it now accounts for a whopping 41.8% of the market. This figure was dropping sharply as competing cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Dash, Litecoin, Ripple, and even Raiblocks gained the attention of crypto traders. The total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is now $446.368 billion – significantly lower than the December high.

This begs the question: Have traders missed out on the Bitcoin boom?

Here’s Why Facebook Banned Cryptocurrency Ads

Facebook recently banned ads linked to certain financial practices and services, such as initial coin offerings and cryptocurrencies. Although the site clarified it wanted to continue to be a place where people can learn about new products, it said it did not want to perpetuate those intended to mislead or deceive.

The announcement from Facebook also stated there are many entities advertising banned things that are “not currently operating in good faith.” The company knows that this new development is broad and says its scope is intentional.

However, it noted there would be ongoing efforts to revisit the policy and potentially change its enforcement as the site gets better at detecting ads that have no place there as far as Facebook’s rules go.

This is what determines the price of Bitcoin

Just like a hiker hoofing up and down across a jagged mountain range, anyone who follows the price of Bitcoin is probably getting pretty tired. From a high of over $19,000 in December of last year to around $10,000 today, the price has been changing so quickly that any news coverage of it is quickly out of date.

Transactions Speeds: How Do Cryptocurrencies Stack Up To Visa or PayPal?

Cryptocurrency bag holders often boast that their network transaction speeds are faster than mainstream payment methods, such as Visa or Paypal. As cryptocurrencies continue to rise in popularity, it will be important to determine which blockchain payment networks could eventually become the “new Visa.” While both sides continue to debate their arguments, we jumped through the hard data and created a unique visual to highlight transaction speeds across several different payment networks.

Bitcoin Devs Release Long-Awaited Schnorr Paper for Scalability Gains – CoinDesk

A new research paper focused on Schnorr multi-signatures and penned by several notable bitcoin developers has just been released.

Published on Thursday, the paper was penned by developers Gregory Maxwell, Andrew Poelstra, Yannick Seurin and Pieter Wuille. It details how Schnorr multi-signatures can be applied to the bitcoin, and though there’s no guarantee they will ultimately be utilized, this new release could mark an additional step in that direction.

Specifically, the Schnorr concept proposes bundling signatures into one small data entry, rather than having multiple signatures listed individually. This has the result of saving space on the blockchain, enabling it to process more signatures while increasing security, according to the paper.

XRP, NEO, Monero, IOTA: Can One of the New Kids on the Block Dislodge Bitcoin? – The Market Mogul

It is instinctive to associate the rapidly surging market of cryptocurrencies with Bitcoin – the most valuable currency in the cryptosphere and one that has been in the spotlight of financial media over the last 12 months.

Indeed, despite Bitcoin’s meteoric price rise, other cryptocurrencies have also skyrocketed – at rates faster than Bitcoin. Facing trading restrictions and bans from other countries – as well as having frustratingly high transaction fees and low processing times – there is a chance that another newer cryptocurrency may seriously rival Bitcoin this year.