Traditional Sunday digest — decade since the launch of the network of bitcoin, Ethereum in second place in terms of capitalization and the action Proof Of Keys.

Bitcoin has very big

On 3 January, the community celebrated the tenth anniversary of the launch of the network of the bitcoin and mining of the Genesis block. On this day, on the cover of The Times of London bitcoin exchange BitMEX have placed a thanks to Satoshi Nakamoto.

Happy 10th Birthday Bitcoin!

— BitMEX Research (@BitMEXResearch) January 2, 2019.

On the same day, took action Proof Of Keys, in which users withdraw bitcoins from trading platforms to private pockets in order to check the solvency of the exchanges. It turned out that the problems with the withdrawal arose at customer sites Poloniex, Coinbase Pro, Bitfinex, HitBTC and applications Purse, Robinhood.

Note that on the night of January for the first time in almost three months the difficulty of mining bitcoins has increased by 10%. Hasrat network also showed moderate growth up to 45 EH/s. It is noteworthy that the proportion of pools and Antpool in herate bitcoin in six months dropped to 25%.


Price, meanwhile, fluctuated in the range of $3700 — $3900, despite the apparently positive news about raising $182,5 million platform Bakkt giants from the Boston Consulting Group, Microsoft and Naspers. We emphasize that on 6 January a bitcoin was reached $4000.

This week a well-known bitcoin optimist Mike Novogratz increased its share in specific cryptocurrency trading Bank Galaxy Digital to 79.3%, investing $4.8 million.


“World computer” has returned itself the second place in the ranking of analytical resource CoinMarketCap and on average ahead of its nearest competitor in the face of Ripple for $1 billion.

Leading developers of Ethereum also tentatively agreed on a new update to the code base of the platform, which will allow you to block access to ASIC mining devices.

There was a proposal called ProgPoW – if it is accepted, the production of ETH in the future will be exclusively on a more traditional hardware like graphics cards, limiting the influence of ASIC miners.

Note that to improve the Protocol was conceived and in the zcash for. So, Company CEO zcash for Zuko Wilcox acknowledged that it focused on the privacy of users of the cryptocurrency have an extremely high rate of inflation, and drew attention to possible changes in the consensus algorithm, which may be taken if approved by the community.

The Launch Beam

This week, the Israeli startup Beam launched her eponymous cryptocurrency that focuses on increased privacy, Protocol Mimblewimble.

Blog Beam says that with the launch of the core network are available to users:

  • Desktop application with Noda for mining on the CPU for Linux, Mac, Windows
  • CLI Wallet (Linux, Mac, Windows)
  • Noda Beam (Linux, Mac, Windows)
  • A separate miner OpenCL (Linux and Windows)
  • A separate miner Cuda (Linux and Windows)

The Beam team is also working on two additional projects — Project Lumini and Lightning Beam. The first aims to unite and Ethereum Beam, the second Beam integrates with Lightning Network.