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TRON CEO Justin Sun Has Grand Ambitions for the Cryptocurrency
While Bitcoin mania took center stage in recent years, it was easy to miss the emergence of TRON, a cryptocurrency platform that represents one of the largest decentralized networks in the world, and its 29-year-old founder, Justin Sun. First announced in 2017, TRON is in the midst of a significant boom. Having acquired the file sharing service BitTorrent, TRON recently hosted its annual conference in San Francisco featuring NBA star Kobe Bryant as its keynote speaker, but its ambitions run even higher. Tron's BitTorrent Token was Binance's first initial exchange offering (IEO), an alternative to the popular initial coin offering (ICO) that was used by most early blockchain projects.

Bitcoin History: Timeline, Origins and Founder - TheStreet
The history of Bitcoin has been a turbulent one to say the least, and right now we're in one of the most turbulent periods in its history, as it has spent the entirety of 2018 falling further and further from its peak value of nearly $20,000 in December 2017. But something as uncertain as Bitcoin (and cryptocurrency in general) was never going to be smooth sailing. Many tried a cryptographed digital currency before it, and they weren't able to fully crack it. Since Bitcoin became a reality nearly a decade ago, there have been some high highs and some low lows. For some Bitcoin owners, that's part of the appeal.

Nvidia (NVDA) Could Have the Best Cryptocurrency Chip Out There
Graphics chip makers Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) and Advanced Micro Devices Inc.  (AMD) are both working on graphics processing units (GPU) specifically for processing cryptocurrency transactions, and RBC Capital bet on Nvidia to make the superior chip in their note Friday.  Every time a transaction occurs in one of the cryptocurrency markets a GPU speeds up the calculations needed to verify payments. Nvidia and AMD currently make GPUs for everything from video games to self-driving vehicles but don't have a chip specifically for cryptocurrency, yet, RBC said. AMD's shares fell 0.5% to $12.54 early Friday afternoon. Nvidia's were down 0.7% to $145.64.

Bitcoin Today: Prices Drop Toward $9,000 as Analyst Offers Stark Warning - TheStreet
Bitcoin prices dipped to a five-day low on Tuesday as the bid for $10,000 faced continued obstacles. The No. 1 cryptocurrency by market value traded as low as about $9,150 in early action Tuesday, down from recent highs close to $9,965 over the weekend. Here are the stories you can't miss in cryptocurrencies for Tuesday, May 8. DataTrek Research co-founder Nick Colas, who is widely regarded as the first analyst on Wall Street to cover cryptocurrencies, has changed his tune. In an interview with CNBC, Colas said the most widely held cryptocurrencies have started to lose their fundamental appeal. "It has come down quite a long way, and we're getting a lot of people asking is now the right time to buy," Colas said. "The short answer is now." Colas added that bitcoin's December 2017 rally to nearly $20,000 wasn't driven by inherent value, but rather by a "bubble based around the futures launch in December, and a lot of enthusiasm for the asset." Colas said the cryptocurrency space has become a waiting game, and it could remain as such for the next three to five years as investors regain interest when bitcoin becomes more real-world applicable.

Ethereum Classic's '51% Attack,' $1 million loss, raise concerns about security
Blockchain's public, immutable ledger keeps things secure. Until it can't anymore. That's the story of a recent "51% attack" on the Ethereum Classic blockchain that has incurred losses of more than $1 million while undermining the currency's legitimacy. Indeed, crypto exchanges are frequently victimized by theft, and for a while, digital currencies struggled to shed their dark-web origins. Although today's perilous digital environment could make anyone wary of trusting online assets, the tokens themselves have proven to be incredibly resilient to theft and misuse. The latest attack raises further questions about cryptocurrency market security amidst high volatility and regulatory uncertainty after a 2018 in which prices plunged.

Cryptocurrencies Drop Again; Bitcoin Dives Even Deeper - TheStreet
Holders of Bitcoin held their noses yet again Tuesday as the price of the digital currency dove another 14%, pushing its declines to more than 30% in the past seven trading days and driving it to a 13-month low. As of 4 pm ET Tuesday, the price of Bitcoin was at $4,277, putting the cryptocurrency on track to its worst monthly loss of the year. The leading cryptocurrency is currently trading more than 32% off its monthly opening price of $6,320, according to CoinDesk market data. A split in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin Cash into two versions last week, as well as stop orders that kicked in at the $6,000 mark, are among several factors contributing to the selloff in Bitcoin over the past week, according to market watchers.

How to Buy Bitcoin and Where - TheStreet
How is the market for bitcoin As of this writing, not so hot. But that's both the great and frustrating thing about bitcoin: the market has fallen apart before, and it has picked itself back up. It's hard to ever honestly have a definitive sense of whether it's the right time to purchase bitcoins. It all comes down to your personal interest in the cryptocurrency and your understanding of what bitcoin is. It's important to note that this guide is not a recommendation on whether or not to buy. This is simply for people who have made the decision and wanted to know where to buy bitcoin. You've likely heard about all of the risks before; it's incredibly volatile. It's not accepted everywhere, and some banks are virulently opposed to its existence. Other cryptocurrencies have been created in its wake and could one day supersede it.

What's Ahead for Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrency Regulation in 2019 - TheStreet
While 2017 was hailed as one of the most impressive bull markets in cryptocurrencies' short history, 2018 saw the proverbial rocket ship come back to earth. The year was partly defined by the increasing scrutiny by regulators of the crypto and blockchain industries. Institutional entities both private and public have helped to pump the brakes of the cryptocurrency trend, which they'd largely been unable to do in previous years. However, regulations also help to define the path for cryptocurrency in the future -- and it's an optimistic one. The coming year should see some trends in crypto regulation play out that provide a more rose-colored lens through which to view the market, when compared with 2018. These are some of the biggest regulatory benchmarks and trends to look for in the coming year.

Is the Cryptocurrency Exchange Marketplace at Risk You can find answer to this question in the article
Exchanges are largely underestimated for their power over the world's -- purportedly -- decentralized cryptocurrency markets. The majority of cryptocurrency volume is derived from retail traders using centralized exchanges, and these platforms are the very reason that eager hordes of investors pushed prices higher in late 2017. However, if exchanges didn't exist and had never provided a portal where prospective participants could skip the rigors of cryptocurrency mining, or enter the market with fiat, cryptocurrency would remain the purvey of a small community of IT professionals exclusively. The compromise is clear: Centralized exchanges that mimic standard trading platforms are the impetus for crypto's returns but simultaneously sacrifice its original vision.

Deja Vu: What Are the Catalysts Behind Bitcoin's Latest Crash - TheStreet
Why has bitcoin dropped so precipitously in the last two weeks This question comes as the incumbent virtual currency has declined 46% since Nov. 13 and now struggles to sustain a range between $3,900 and $4,000. There is no single answer to this question, but anyone paying attention to the market this year will know a handful of them. One answer is simply that bitcoin was once worth $20,000. The gravity of this number has as much pull to the downside as it does optimism for the upside, however. What was once the fear of missing out quickly turned into the fear of holding the world's riskiest asset at the top of the roller coaster. bitcoin is known for its cyclical nature, and the ride into five-figure territory wasn't its first, just its biggest. Everyone knows that greed and fear play tug of war with bitcoin and create volatile price bubbles, and in September 2017 no one knew where the ceiling was. We all remember conservative estimates from experts calling for $100,000 per bitcoin in 2019. But now, no one knows where the bottom is.

Will Bitcoin Prices Ever Recover
Following the most recent tumble in Bitcoin prices below $5,000 and the rapid decline in trading volumes after a multi-month consolidation, investors around the world are all asking themselves this question. After reaching nearly $20,000 per coin a little less than a year ago, the big downturn that has since gripped markets is showing few signs of reversing. But developments across the blockchain ecosystem and expanding use cases signal that the price of Bitcoin isn't necessarily the only determinant contributing to the big picture of crypto adoption. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Depending on whom you ask, the outlook for Bitcoin is slightly bearish or mostly bullish. Although past performance is by no means a guarantee of future prices, asset prices -- especially among cryptocurrencies -- have displayed cyclical patterns in the past that track closely with media coverage and accompanying search engine volumes.

Litecoin vs
Cryptocurrency has always been a polarizing issue - and recent debates about how it should be regulated certainly add to the questions over its legitimacy. But with the popularity and supposed potential of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Litecoin, surely it's important to know what you're talking about before you knock it (or, for those brave souls, before you invest).  Litecoin is often seen as the "silver" to Bitcoin's "gold" - a valuable but somewhat lesser alternative. But Litecoin, as the faster transaction version of Bitcoin that actually has a higher cap of how many coins can be mined, is definitely worth looking into. 

Bitcoin $200,000, or a 'Crypto Winter'
Predicting markets can be a fool's game. But some experts say they can make general, broad predictions based on valuations, investor behavior and cyclical market patterns. We caught up with five industry participants with a good pulse on cryptocurrency markets: Jim Blasko, founder of Bitcoin Talk Radio; Marshall Long, co-founder of eBoost, which integrates cryptocurrencies into gaming communities; Michal K Jeoung, CEO of cryptocurrency asset management platform, TrustVerse; Max Tsaryk, CEO at Blockchain-based content sharing platform ASQ Protocol and Nate Whitehill, co-founder and CEO at cryptocurrency news site, Cryptoslate. Here is their take.

How the Dollar-Backed Crypto Tether Might Be Influencing the Price of Bitcoin
There are many red flags surrounding the cryptocurrency Tether (USDT). The first is the lack of transparency surrounding the cryptocurrency. Last week, cryptocurrencies jumped as the controversial dollar-pegged token Tether fell to $0.93 (it has since rebounded to $0.97). In turn, the price of Bitcoin, Ether and XRP rose 7% higher, according to CoinMarketCap data.  Any significant movement in the price of Tether will be a surprise to investors as the token is meant to have a stable exchange rate of roughly 1 Tether token to $1. Should crypto investors be concerned about the recent slump in the stablecoin, as cryptos that are tied to the value of other assets are known

Billionaire investor Tim Draper explains why Bitcoin will hit $250,000 in 2022
Few billionaire investors have been so vocal and bullish on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency price appreciation as Tim Draper, the founder of venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson. TheStreet sat down with Draper in early May at the Collision tech conference and later chatted after Draper spoke at the Federal Reserve in San Francisco in mid-May, where he told the people at the organization in charge of U.S. monetary policy that it might be time for them to think about getting new jobs as centralized fiat currencies gradually get replaced by decentralized cryptocurrencies. In an exclusive interview with TheStreet, Draper weighed in on where he thinks Bitcoin's price will be in the future, cryptocurrency regulation and price volatility. What follows is a condensed and lightly edited transcript of our discussion. 

Joesph Lubin: Ether is not a security and doesn't need to be regulated
On a day when the price of Ethereum was falling on reports that it might soon be regulated as an investment security, the crypto-currency's co-founder emphatically denied that it should be.  In response to a question from TheStreet at the Collision tech conference in New Orleans on Tuesday, Joseph Lubin said that when he and Ethereum's other founders were creating the platform and technology, they were concerned that it might be considered a security that would not be allowed to be sold to unregistered investors in the U.S. Ethereum is the second-largest cryptocurrency behind Bitcoin, with a market value of about $65 billion.

Google and Facebook banning cryptocurrency ads may actually be good for Bitcoin
Tech giants Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) and Facebook Inc. (FB) have both acted to ban ads for  cryptocurrencies, causing prices to fall. But some Bitcoin experts say the move could wind up helping cryptos in the long run.  "This year, we updated several policies to address ads in unregulated or speculative financial products like binary options, cryptocurrency, foreign exchange markets and contracts for difference (or CFDs)," Scott Spencer, Google's director of sustainable ads, wrote in a blog post on March 14. The news caused the price of Bitcoin to fall almost 4% that, and followed a similar announcement by Facebook in January.

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