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2019 has been a tumultuous but amazing year for the development and advancement of blockchain technology. Following the rally to the all-time-highs at the end of 2017 and the intense infrastructure development and ongoing Bear Market of 2018 it was clear things were changing quickly. We are about to enter a new decase and the team at Aelf wanted to look back at 2019 and reflect on some of the events that occurred over the last year to see where the industry might be headed in 2020.
Although the year has been considered a continuation of the 2018 bear market, it didn’t stop development, progression and a myriad of crazy events from occurring. This included the challenges associated with global regulations, the upcoming Bitcoin halving event in May 2020, announcement of the Facebook Libra and Telegram Open Network’s (TON) launch delay. This year also saw a myriad of debacles from self-proclaimed Bitcoin creator Craig Wright, the Justin Sun and Warren Buffet lunch situation, the recent claim of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s goal to modify Twitter into a decentralized version of the platform, and President Trump’s Bitcoin statement, among others. Now let’s examine more of what took place during 2019 as we approach the start of the New Year in 2020.
The SEC, Telegram, Facebook Libra, Kik and Blockchain’s Global Regulatory Environment
Many of the world’s governments have been harsh towards blockchain technology in recent years. Particularly, the US Government and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have been very reluctant to ease the regulatory framework for blockchain development in the country. This has become more evident in 2019, with the SEC combatting many blockchain projects this year including the $1.7 billion-dollar token offering of the Telegram Open Network
and the Facebook Libra project. As well the SEC created controversy in a gruesome battle with Kik over its alleged illegal token offering that Kik has sworn to fight to their last breath.
Many proponents of blockchain technology accuse the SEC of unfair policies to put a stranglehold on the development on blockchain in order to prevent the devaluation of the American monetary system. The reluctance for crypto exchanges to set up shop in the US is also becoming more prevalent because of the supposedly biased and unfavourable approach of the SEC. Nevertheless, there are also several major countries including China that have for the most part embraced the advancement of blockchain technology in 2019. China has also nearly finalized the development of the digital Chinese Yuan and announced that that country is going all in on blockchain development despite its sometimes anti-Bitcoin approach.
The Bitcoin Halving Event and its Ongoing Effect on Market Conditions
With the end of 2019 nearly upon us and the upcoming Bitcoin halving event set to take place during May of 2020 the market could be overdue for a bull market of mass proportions. Remember, the last bull market that took place was 2 years ago during December 2017 and was followed by an incredible dump from the all-time-high price of 20 thousand US Dollars to just 3300 USD in December 2018. For the most part, 2018 was a blood-bath for crypto markets and 2019 has not been all that much better. The price did briefly rally up to 14 thousand US Dollars during mid 2019 but has since been reduce by half with the Bitcoin price presently at just over 7000 US Dollars. Bitcoin was designed by its original creators with code written to mitigate the negative effects of inflation. In order to curb inflation, once every 4 years (or 210,000 blocks) the mining rewards that the network automatically generates are reduced in half.
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In June, the CEO of Tron, Justin Sun purchased tickets through eBay for a charity auction to have lunch with Warren Buffet. Sun paid a record $4.56 million US Dollars in the process becoming the highest bid in the 20-year history of the event. The purpose of the lunch from Sun’s standpoint is to change Mr. Buffet’s viewpoint towards crypto and blockchain tech by inviting several blockchain industry leaders to help sway the famous investor’s perspective. Sun subsequently missed the lunch he scheduled in September because of a sudden bout with kidney stones. At this time, the community will have to wait and see when Sun and Buffet will meet in 2020. Stay tuned.
Back in December of 2015, Craig Wright claimed publicly to be the creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. Most believe Wright was lying to gain more fame and recognition in the industry. On November 18th, 2018 Bitcoin SV hard forked from the Bitcoin Cash Network to create it own chain. As noted above, the disgruntled CEO of Bitcoin SV, has for years maintained he led the initial development of Bitcoin. During February 2018, Wright was the subject of a 5.118-Billion-dollar lawsuit by Dave Kleiman claiming that Wright defrauded Kleiman of Bitcoin while working on the initial development of the Bitcoin Network between 2009 and 2013. In August 2019, Wright was ordered by a court of law to pay half the 5.11 Billion in Bitcoin back to Kleiman. Throughout 2019, Wright launched lawsuits against Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin, Bitcoin Cash’s Roger Ver and others for calling him a fraud. It seems likely Wright will continue his ongoing Satoshi rhetoric in 2020.
The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey recently stated that he has hired 5 full-time employees to modify the Twitter platform and make it increasingly decentralized. This may seem like a small step initially, but this project could be expanded easily by someone of Dorsey’s reputation and wealth in the technology industry. Dorsey himself has been a long-term proponent of blockchain technology and an investor in Bitcoin. Binance CEO, Changpeng Zhao, recently offered to help Dorsey make this dream come to fruition. Additionally, Morgan Creek Capital founder Anthony Pompliano supported Dorsey’s statement noting that, “Jack Dorsey may understand the future better than any entrepreneur on the planet right now.”
This year we saw Kik, Telegram and Facebook Libra face fierce backlash from the most powerful regulatory body in the world, the SEC. We saw the Chinese government announce that they are all in on blockchain development and declare the upcoming launch of their own centralized digital Chinese Yuan. Justin Sun postponed his 4.56-million-dollar lunch with billionaire investor Warren Buffet because of health issues, while Jack Dorsey the CEO of Twitter proclaimed a more decentralized and open version of Twitter to prevent some of the abuse on the platform.
In 2019, the 4-year long Craig Wright and Satoshi Nakamoto saga continued, and we finally are moving closer to the much-anticipated Bitcoin halving event of May 2020 that could change the trajectory of the Bitcoin price for much of 2020 and 2021. It is clear 2019 has been an incredible year for the blockchain industry. With no shortage of uncertainty and scepticism in the short-term, it is likely that 2019 will pale in comparison to the developments of 2020. As we approach 2020, the industry will continue to expand towards mass adoption and the mainstream evolution of blockchain technology. Nevertheless, with the global regulatory blockchain environment evolving in many areas across the world, the uncertainty in the United States remains stronger than ever. There is no telling what will happen in this regard and what will happen with Bitcoin and this amazing revolution in 2020 and beyond.
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Exchange Platforms Are Battling The Lack Of Liquidity And Regulatory Control
The bearish market that engulfed the crypto world during 2018 and Q1 of 2019 forced crypto investors to reconsider their approach of investing. The whole industry flourished during the ICO trend in 2017, but after the bears stepped in, investors` enthusiasm vanished.
The bearish market was a catalyst for the bankruptcy of different platforms and coin issuers with less competitiveness over others. Those projects proved to be less sustainable in the long run, and they were expected to fail sooner or later. This was perceived by crypto exchanges by a sign of having to “purge” some of the projects and have them removed from their platforms. IDEX for example, delisted 27 tokens on 14th June 2018 as part of their “clean-up” process.
The delisting also reached the top-ten cryptocurrencies. The controversial Bitcoin SV project is a one of the most prominent examples. The self-proclaimed creator of Bitcoin, Craig Wright, lost several lawsuits against high-profile industry players within a period of several months. The list includes Ethereum’s creator Vitalik Buterin, crypto podcaster Peter McCormack, and the man behind the crypto-related Twitter account @HodlNaut.
Wright, who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, also got involved in the Bitcoin Cash hard fork. There was a major dispute between Bitcoin ABC group and Wright in terms of computing power. Both parties tried to incorporate software updates to the Bitcoin Cash Protocol, resulting in Wright`s code creating a brand new currency – the Bitcoin SV.
Despite the initial hype around the new coin, the lawsuits were the main reason for two of the biggest crypto exchanges Binance and Kraken to delist the currency. Binance’s CEO Changpeng Zhao even tweeted about the delisting, stating that he has had “Enough of this sh*t! Craig Wright is not Satoshi Nakamoto”. Kraken made a poll among its user base only to realize that users call Bitcoin SV “toxic.”
Regulatory pressures also tightened the rope around non-sustainable crypto projects. Crypto exchanges tended and continue to stick to regulatory requirements, thus – dropping assets from their platforms. In the United States, regulatory pressure made Poloniex to axe nine trading pairs due to concerns about assets being recognized as securities. Bittrex blocked access for U.S.-based customers for 21 assets. “Some markets will be unreachable for clients in the United States,” Bittrex stated.
South Korea, known for its crypto-friendly regulations, also took the route of compliance with regulating bodies` policies. Privacy-oriented crypto projects like Monero (XMR) were dropped from OKEx’s listing after FATF posting new guidelines for customer identity and crypto transactions. OKEx also ditched support for Dash, Super Bitcoin, Zcash, and Horizen.
Lack of liquidity is also a problem for exchanges. Binance, for example, announced on 30th September that the company is delisting thirty trading pairs. Six of the crypto projects were released on Binance’s own Launchpad platform. Poloniex also got rid of 23 crypto projects due to a lack of liquidity.
Crypto projects rely solely on listing through various exchanges to get cash flow and liquidity. After a coin is being delisted, the currency usually suffers a hit in price due to lowered trading volumes. Bitcoin SV advocate Jimmy Nguyen admitted that the axing was “a dramatic time for the currency, but nowadays the currency trades at a higher price than it was before the major delisting.” Nguyen added that the price increase is due to Bitcoin SV’s added value, which was gained organically.
After crypto exchange Binance’s decision to delist Bitcoin SV (BSV), anonymous exchange ShapeShift has also decided to drop the cryptocurrency, with Kraken considering to follow suit.submitted by Bitcoin_Exchange7 to u/Bitcoin_Exchange7 [link] [comments]
In a tweet posted on April 15, ShapeShift CEO Erik Voorhees revealed that the company came to a decision to stop listing BSV:
“We stand with @binance and CZ's sentiments. We’ve decided to delist Bitcoin SV #BSV from @ShapeShift_io within 48 hrs.”
The announcement drew a negative response from some community members, with one commentator saying that “this action by you smacks of PayPal cutting off Wikileaks. As a BTC maximalist I don’t like it. It goes against what BTC stands for.” Back in 2010, payments services company PayPal froze WikiLeaks’ account, claiming that it was in violation of PayPal's terms of service.
Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken is also ostensibly considering to delist BSV, having posted a poll asking whether to drop the coin, or keep it for the sake of price discovery.
Earlier today, Binance officially announced that it will delist BSV starting next week. The firm explained that it only delists a coin after an in-depth review, noting “[w]e believe this best protects all of our users.”
The move comes just a few days after Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, also known in the industry as CZ, tweeted a warning that the exchange could delist BSV in response to its creator’s behavior Craig Wright. “Craig Wright is not Satoshi. Anymore of this sh!t, we delist!,” CZ said.
CZ’s statement is presumably a reaction to Wright’s — infamous in the industry for making multiple claims to be Bitcoin (BTC) creator Satoshi Nakamoto — recent action against Hodlnaut, the Twitter user behind the Lightning Torch initiative.
Wright had set a $5,000 bounty in BSV for information regarding the identity of Hodlnaut. The cryptocurrency community reacted on Twitter by creating #WeAreAllHodlonaut hashtag, to show support for the now-deleted account.
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The Causa Craig Wright continues to escalate. While a law office in the name of the alleged Bitcoin inventor Wright sends warnings to well-known figures from the Bitcoin cosmos, the Bitcoin community answers closed. Now Binance boss Changpeng Zhao (CZ) is serious and takes on 22 April Bitcoin Satoshi’s vision (BSV) from the program. CEO of Binance exchange warned to delist altcoin Bitcoin SV after its creator announced an intention to sue a member of the Bitcoin community under the nickname Hodlonaut for slander. Earlier Wright claimed that he is the creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto , to which Hodlonaut tweeted that he was not Satoshi, but the usual “fraud” and “pathetic scammer”. Last week, Craig Wright, the man who claims he’s Satoshi Nakamoto, appeared in court and testified why he did not have access to his public bitcoin addresses and trust information. A viral fake news on Binance and Craig Wright has enticed Chinese investors to drop their funds on Bitcoin SV, pushing the price of BSV up by over 50%. The fake news reads that Craig S. Wright transferred a whopping 50,000 BTC from the biggest Bitcoin Wallet to Binance, dictating that he’s the real Satoshi Nakamato. The viral update added ... Bitcoin SV Delisted from Binance Amid Craig Wright Controversy One of the largest crypto exchanges in the world, Binance, has delisted Bitcoin SV (BSV), it announced earlier today. The move comes after a week of controversy surrounding the cryptocurrency's founder Craig Wright. Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange by reported volume, will delist bitcoin SV (BSV) after a week of controversy around the cryptocurrency’s creator, Craig Wright. On Feb. 24, 2020, the Binance CEO, Changpeng Zhao (CZ) took to Twitter to indirectly advise his followers against investing in Bitcoin SV (BSV) or any other scheme from the self-acclaimed satoshi, Dr Craig Wright (CSW).. CZ also called out Wright a fraud and told his followers that any sort of investment in the fraud would never end well.
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