Blood on the streets | bitcoin, btc, xbt, price

My thoughts on what happened with the bitcoin price this week. I had recently covered a blog post at bitlanders covered here on why I thought the price had gone up. Closing comments were that we can see a drop if and when the sell comes.

The Rise:

Bitcoin Price touched the highs of 2015 by hitting $500 plus at the same time major exchanges were hit by a DDOS attack followed by arbitrage opportunities which caused a bit of concern since the transaction volume of bitcoin took a jump. As such bitcoin transactions started getting delayed to from 3 to 6 hours. Major trading platforms in China saw volumes as large as 2000000 btc in 24 hours. I guess for a person who had just gotten into this it was very shocking and exciting time but as the experts will tell you this has always happened to bitcoin. I do advise all the new investors to weigh the pros and cons of btc first, as its not just about making money on the short term.

In the News:

Bitcoin price had received great news that kept the buy pressure up. One was by Bloomberg which advised to keep an eye on btc, which was later(2 days) followed by research by CNBC which stated that bitcoin will become the 6th largest reserve currency by default at current pace by the year 2030. This was seen by large as a very positive sign and the buying continued.

The Fall

The above aspects saw the rise all the way upto $500+ before the dumping began. The pull also must have created panic selling orders followed by bots going into sell mode as I mentioned in the blog and therefore saw a fall in price of btc to $360. While predicting the next wave is very difficult we are now seeing a more controlled rate around $380 to $404.

Where will the piece go next:

I am no expert at predicting prices however for traders I suggest sticking with intra-day trades rather then looking to make it big in overnight bull runs. Additionally articles are covered online at our main news site http://www.newsbtc.com and for all other news regarding litcoin dogecoin or bitcoin you can check out http://pk.newsbtc.com where we try to cover everything in Urdu plus cover Pakistan related news about bitcoin in Pakistan

What and Why? | Bitcoin Pakistan

I figured it was time to update and give some information on what excatly is bitcoin and blockchain to my fellow country men. This is my view of what it is and why it is. Please realize that bitcoin in my opinon was created to make money truly yours. Currently all financial systems work through centralized banking, anyone living in Pakistan already know the problem with the control the banks have right now on our accounts. The idea is what I believe was in the head of satoshi that led to the creation of the first true peer to peer (similary to torrent) type currency known as btc or bitcoin. He laid the foundationg of an opensource ledger(database) for the general public where every entry was single entry and could not be removed.  But all the ledger was synced with the other users running the software on the network. This software was known as a wallet which can be considered like a bank account of sort for the comman man. While you can have many wallat addresses in a single wallet it resides in public ledger. This is also why it is important to backup the wallet.dat file of your wallet if you have the full software running. There are now online wallets and paper wallets you can also store your bitcoins on online exchanges or bitcoin trading platforms. Do remember if you lose your wallet on your pc or paper wallet for any reason its gone forever. I believe that bitcoin is still in its infancey and has a long way to go, think about how internet came about:
There was Fax–> Bullitin Board Service or BBS–> email –>internet
It took it a long time, it wasent an overnight revolution. Similarly bitcoin is very new. While it has captured a huge market it still has a long way to go. There are benifits of the blockchain and bitcoin as both are being innovated upon. Some companies are working on blockchain(ledger, or database) such as voip (p2p) coins such as korecoin and viorcoin then there rare coins such as bay, blk etc that support smart contrants and p2p markets. Then there is the ripple gateway that is trying to replace the current swift system.

Then there are services that belive in bitcoin itself and are using its financial power to change the way we bank or use money today. Think about the fact that you own one currency that works throughout the world you dont have to worry about Pakistani ruppee price fluctuating aganist the USD (this is an example) as PKR is not accepted everywhere in the world. It is a true boarderless curreny that I believe is brining people closer together. The launch of https://www.coinpip.com is one such gateway which lets companies pay their developers anywhere in the world. Its a singaporian startup that is doing alot of work in this feild. They take the bitcoin out of picture but use bitcoin in the backend. Then there are exchanges and atms and user acceptance poping up everywhere around the world, such as microsoft, dell, paypal, namescheap, overstock etc. There are physicall vendors in Pakistan too. There is a shop in Gunjarawallla, a petrol pump/ gas station in Karachi, then http://www.paybill.io where you can pay your bills for Malaysia and Pakistan and also do mobile topups, or easy loads http://www.a2zlawn.com that are accepting bitcoins for payment,  you can also check http://www.coinmap.org for a few other locations that accept bitcoins.

I have also witnessed the power of bitcoin recently and how user to user interaction increases adoption.  I was contacted by a person who wanted to buy stuff from a vendor in another country wanted to learn about bitcoin and how it could benifit him. After consultations with us he wanted to give it a go. But his vendor was also fearfull of the price fluctions and how bitcoin could be risky as he believed it cant be real. The user here after consultation convinced his vendor that he would be taking this risk so there was no worries at his end. The first transation they did took all in all 15 mins and the cash was transfered in the vendors bank account while saving the payee money as compared to if he had used a credit card or wiretransfer. When the vendor saw this his response was: “This is really very easy, will you make more payments like this?” This is what I believe money should be, a truely boarderless medium with worldwide acceptance. The bad policies of some countries have left them in poverty, this doesnt mean that that the citizen of that country should not even have control over their funds/money and acceptablity etc. If the currency is truely boaderless he doesnt have to worry about local exchangers even.

I do believe this is only the begining of the future what the future holds, can only be witnessed in time. I do believe there is a need for one global international currency even the world powers such as china, russia and UN want this. There is an interesting article that was put out back in 2009 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/currency/6152204/UN-wants-new-global-currency-to-replace-dollar.html and I think bitcoin is the answer for that.

 

Pakistan’s First Bitcoin Trade Platform Goes Live | Buy Sell Bitcoin Pakistan

Pakistan’s first trading platform has just gone Live. Here you can trade your btc to pkr or vice versa. While still in beta Urdubit is offering first 1000 users a balance of Rs100 to begin trading and learning the platform. It has just been published on Coindesk. This is great news for all Pakistanis. With the current trade deficit we always have to borrow interest bearing loans in USD. This also fills the need for Pakistan’s requirement for a payment processor. Now people can buy internationally by just using bitcoin and not have to worry about USD all together. Its a great initiative as many websites in Pakistan can now find customers abroad with secure payments. I hope to cover this story further and also cover a tutorial on new user signups and how you can trade on this website. This is currently the only known trading platform bitcoins in Pakistan.

What to expect

 

What to expect:
I plan to set this up as more of a help and tutorial to those new to bitcoin, litcoin, darkcoin. The posts to follow will be helpful for new miners on how to mine with cpu, gpu(graphic cards or video cards, amd based ones), asics and cloud mining. While I dont recommend mining with them but the idea is to teach people how to get started. Dont think of this as a get rich quick scheme. Mining takes a bit of effort, very powerfull hardware and some common sense. The idea here is to teach people what to expect.

 

Brief History:
Bitcoin as described by its maker (Satoshi Nakamoto) is a payment system based on open source standards that was presented to the world in 2008. Who is Satoshi Nakamoto no one knows there are many ideas who he might be but no one knows for sure who he/she is. Think of bitcoin as a torrent where bitcoin works peer to peer only. Meaning it can be transferred from me to third-party without any administrator with close to very little or no fees. To make this transaction possible different users have mining hardware running. This hardware can be in the form of a cpu, gpu, asic and cloudmining, heck there is even paper mining which you can do yourself it wont earn you anything but you will learn something(Will get into more details on each in later details). At this point I would like to inform you that there are only 21million bitcoins that can be mined from which about 61% have already been mined. At this point you can hop over to Bitcoin Wisdom to check out what current rates are for 1 bitcoin converted to usd. The idea presented by satoshi was to have a decentralized currency which can be termed as “Money without Boarders”. Today Paypal(For US Only), Dell, Expedia, Overstock are the big giants who have started accepting bitcoin, btc or xbt(xbt is being used by bloomberg as tracker on commodities market to give rates of bitcoin) other then these there are numerous other smaller companies accepting bitcoins. All mining hardware manufactures accept bitcoin, litecoin for payments. Bitcoin now works on a blockchain which is basically a public ledger of all transactions. The idea was to keep everything anonymous so a wallet and sha256 encryption was introduced. Hence when ever you talk about btc, xbtc and its mining it will be refereed to  as sha or sha256 hashing.

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The Wallet:
The wallet is basically where you store coins. Do remember if this wallet is stolen you have lost all your bitcoins permanently. Some people like online wallets some people like offline ones some like cold storage wallets which can be printed or engraved onto paper metal silver gold etc. You can pretty much google for different types of wallets for bitcoin and you will find alot. The best online and most trusted one is at blockchain. There are many android wallet available, you can just search blockchain or if you prefer another wallet search for bitcoin or bitcoin wallet on Google Play Store.

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How to Get bitcoins:
There are many websites that explain this. You can trade bitcoin for fiat(other printed currencies) through online exchanges such as Cryptsy or bittrex or btc-e just to name a few. Most of these sites support wiring money but if you prefer to use credit card which is an untrusted method since there can be chargebacks you can pay a little extra and use this blog to buy through credit card.

Other Sites to buy bitcoin from webbased atms:

Coinsafe
Bitcoinpk

 

Other interesting Coins:
The idea of bitcoins was really appreciated and it really took off around 2009 and 2013 respectively. There were many others who presented other ideas on coins which brought value. Coins like namecoin or nmc (a blockchain based domain of .bit and is not governed by any authority so you can host anything you want without any restrictions), primecoin or xpm(which uses its hashing power to produce prime numbers), korecoin, kore(a more recent coin with anonymous voip calling and later cheaper then skype calls), litcoin or ltc(A copy of bitcoin based on scrypt algorithm much faster transactions then btc, xbt ) and also darkcoin or drk (a truly untraceable coin also relatively new) based on x11 algorithm. Please take note there are about 400+ plus different types of coins some very unique some even arent open source I cant get into them all but these are the coins I personally like and therefore I have mentioned them here.

 

Going Forward:
This technology is still very immature at best there are things happening as we speak. Bloomberg has started carrying the symbol XBT to denote btc. Its being listed as a commodity in the US market. And should hit NASDAQ after December 2014. More and more companies as mentioned above in the brief history are starting to accept it. There are some negatives too like the Mt-Gox scandal, then a few hack attempts where people compromised pcs to mine for them. Bangladesh ban. Russian considering a Ban are at the center of btc and lets see where it takes us. but I for one believe that it is here to stay and it will be hard to ban people who you cant track and are dealing in this. My next post will get you started with mining we will proceed with cpu mining, followed by gpu, asic and round it up with cloud mining.