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Number of Active Bitcoin Addresses Continues to Grow While BTC Price Remains in Limbo

  • Alex Dovbnya
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    💪💥There is a divergence between new addresses and the BTC price, but it doesn’t mean that another bull run is coming anytime soon

Number of Active Bitcoin Addresses Continues to Grow While BTC Price Remains in Limbo
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There has been a common belief that the number of active Bitcoin addresses and the asset’s price are somehow correlated. However, it turned out not to be the case after the latter continued to stagnate despite the Bitcoin user base growing significantly over the last eight weeks.

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Little impact on price

While the number of Bitcoin addresses increased by 17 percent since Jan. 20 till March 17, the Bitcoin price only experienced minuscule growth of 1 percent over the same period of time. The fact that there is a divergence between the number of addresses and the Bitcoin price doesn’t necessarily mean that another bull run is in the offing. In fact, there was steady growth in active addresses during the prolonging bear market (since 2014 till 2016), and it didn’t impact the price.

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The TAAR metric  

Transaction volume is a more reliable metric when it comes to determining the tops and bottoms of the Bitcoin market. However, in order to get the most precise correlation, one has to factor both average trading volumes and the number of active users (the TAAR metric). The TAAR tends to be a fairly accurate indicator of an upcoming bullish/bearish trend. 

The TAAR metric  

 

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with an extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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Bitcoin in Danger as New Research Shows Google Has Achieved Breakthrough in Quantum Computing

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    Google's quantum computer is still too primitive to pose a threat for Bitcoin's cryptography, but things could escalate quickly

Bitcoin in Danger as New Research Shows Google Has Achieved Breakthrough in Quantum Computing
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According to a new research paper published in science journal Nature, Google's quantum computer is able to perform calculations in just three minutes. To put this into perspective, it would take the fastest supercomputer about 10,000 years to perform the same operation, which signifies a major tech milestone for the search behemoth. 

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Google achieves "quantum supremacy"

Back in September, the Financial Times reported that Google has managed to achieve "quantum supremacy," which means that its beast is able to perform calculations that would be impossible to pull off with any other computer. 

However, technology is still way too fragile for commercialization, which is unlikely to happen anytime soon. There is hardly any practical application for quantum computers, but they do have great potential for disrupting a lot of industries, such as finance and transportation.   

Considering that the Trump administration has funneled a whopping $1.2 bln into the development of quantum computing, it might stop being just a buzz word. 

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Will Google's quantum success affect Bitcoin

There is also one notable application for quantum computing -- hacking Bitcoin. The headlines about Google's super-powerful juggernaut has made many wonder whether Bitcoin, whose value derives from the immutability of its Blockchain, is in danger. 

However, ex-Bitcoin Core developer Peter Todd reassured the confused crypto crowd that Google was nowhere near breaking the top coin's cryptography. On top of that, it's not even clear whether quantum computers could potentially be scalable enough for commercial use. 

Bitcoin evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos also opined that Google's quantum breakthrough would have no impact on the orange coin. 

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with an extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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