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Interest in Cryptocurrency Leaders Drops: New Players Likely on the Rise

  • Alexander Goborov
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    Major cryptocurrencies are seemingly less fashionable on Google and Telegram, but that might just indicate a hidden rise in popularity for the other crypto players

Interest in Cryptocurrency Leaders Drops: New Players Likely on the Rise
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Many crypto proponents argue that cryptocurrency is here to stay. On the contrary, some critics claim that cryptocurrency is a has-been of the financial world and on the way out. Whichever side of the fence you happen to be sitting on, there is no doubt that since the December 2017 crypto bubble, during which Bitcoin reached the record high of almost $20 000 USD, all major cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin included, have been dwindling in value.

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Concurrently, as the graph above illustrates, the crypto market’s indisputable leader both by market cap and unit price (standing at almost 6500 USD), Bitcoin, has seen a dramatic decline in its searches on Google. Having come down sharply in the winter of this year after last year’s bubble, the search figure continued to fall relative to the previous months, as measured by Google Trends, gradually declining even further, first in the summer and subsequently in the autumn. At present, Bitcoin’s popularity wave appears to have reached its trough.

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As the second graph shows, this bearish trend is also present in this year’s cryptocurrency mentions on Telegram. Here again, the four leaders by market cap, Bitcoin (~112 billion USD), Ethereum (~21 billion USD), Ripple (~18 billion USD), and EOS (~5 billion USD) have all been but plummeting in their talkability power. Bitcoin fell from 20000 mentions in January to 3000 mentions right now, while the other three all fell from 1000-5000 mentions in January to under 1000 in October.

Nevertheless, this apparently negative trajectory might not necessarily be indicative of a general disinterest in cryptocurrency, but rather of a move away from the unipolar dominance of the major crypto players. In other words, we may be experiencing a period of rapid expansion of the crypto market, in which complexification is not a vertical one, but rather a horizontal one, i.e. an across the board cryptocurrency diversification.

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In terms of this year’s Telegram mentions, there could be yet another, less obvious reason for this decline. Cryptocurrency aside, it would not be implausible to suppose that Telegram itself has become less popular this year, since the end of the 2017 crypto bubble coincided with the Russian government's crackdown on Telegram. Accordingly, there may simply be fewer interactions and mentions on Telegram of any kind, including those that pertain to the crypto world. Be that as it may, it still wouldn’t explain Bitcoin’s decreasing search statistic on Google, which makes the first explanation we offer here more parsimonious.

Whatever the reason for the market leaders’ forced retreat, it is clear that, speaking overall, this crypto year has been on the wane so far. We may yet see some changes brought about by the appearance of the merry-faced Santa in the upcoming holiday season. What is self-evident regardless is that more and more newly established crypto players are joining the race every day with their own agendas and cryptocurrencies, which may well give the public less time to pay heed exclusively to the leaders, as was the case until somewhat recently.

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Alexander Goborov (MSc) is U.Today’s chief editor of analytics. Before joining our publication, he worked in research and education, and, briefly, as an academic ghostwriter.

His articles range from scientific to creative, among them those that came out in Journal of Language Learning, St Petersburg Times, and Kommersant.

At U.Today, he and his team specialize in the economic analysis of the Blockchain market, infographics, as well as interviews.

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Top Bitcoin Miner Warns – Bitcoin’s Privacy Features Are ‘Quite Poor’

  • Yuri Molchan
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    The head of a major Bitcoin mining pool says that Bitcoin privacy is weak and must be improved to prevent BTC from avoiding governments’ clampdown

Top Bitcoin Miner Warns – Bitcoin’s Privacy Features Are ‘Quite Poor’
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The CEO of one of the largest BTC mining pools, Poolin, has recently stated in an interview that Bitcoin privacy has to be improved. The current privacy features make BTC vulnerable to potential regulatory bolt tightening, says he, as reported by Forbes.

The Poolin mining company was set up by several former employees of BTC.com – a world’s major mining pool, a subsidiary of Bitmain. Among them was the Poolin’s current CEO Kevin Pan.

“Bitcoin’s privacy features are quite poor”

Over the past years, developers have suggested several ways to improve Bitcoin’s privacy. However, those were rejected by the community, since they would hard such major things as security, scalability, etc.

A good example here is Confidential Transactions that were among those suggestions. They disguise the amount of BTC sent in transactions. However, the integration of it was rejected, since it could have had a negative impact on the public verifiability of the present BTC supply.

Kevin Pan says that privacy is much more vital for a crypto asset development than scalability. Pan says:

“There is no other big question if the privacy issue is solved.”

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Governments may start controlling BTC miners

The company CEO believes that in theory, authorities or law-enforcement agencies may start telling miners to block certain address from receiving funds or sending them. However, in that case that would have to be 51 percent of the BTC network.

Pan believes that unless a solution to this problem is found soon, governments will get a chance to prevent transactions to certain addresses from happenning.

“What is more troublesome now is if government or law enforcement departments begin to create a blacklist of transaction addresses, it will make certain transactions unable to be packaged.”

“In fact, these can be done. But if there is privacy, you can't know who the address belongs to, and you can't determine how much the amount is, and there is no way to control the currency system. So for me, Bitcoin is basically no problem if the issue of privacy can be solved.”

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Previously, U.Today reported that Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of China, plans to ban all the numerous mining pools located there soon.

Since this region is one of the biggest local crypto mining areas, some believe that China is about to ban mining of all cryptocurrencies ahead of the so-called ‘China Coin’ launch.

Do you think that poor Bitcoin’s privacy features could indeed bring down regulatory control over BTC one day? Feel free to share your view in the comments section!

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Yuri is a journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future. ‘Hodls’ cryptocurrencies. Has written for several crypto media. Currently is a news writer at U.Today.

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