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MimbleWimble’s Grin and Beam have the potential to be more scalable than Bitcoin, says Litecoin creator




MimbleWimble's Grin and Beam have the potential to be more scalable than Bitcoin, says Litecoin creator
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Grin and Beam are currently the hot topics in the privacy space, top coins built on MimbleWimble protocol, the tech designed to solve the privacy and scalability of Bitcoin. Earlier this week, Grin made it to the headlines as the coin, which is considered to be the closest version of Bitcoin, plunged by over 97% within a few days of its launch.

The MimbleWimble protocol was first introduced in the year of 2016, by Tom Elvis Jedusor, an anonymous developer, with both the names inspired by Harry Potter. With privacy as the core of this protocol, no one will be able to see the amount of cryptocurrency that is being sent and the addresses involved in the transaction, with only the information required to verify a transaction revealed.

This protocol will be added to Monero, the leading privacy coin in the space, as a sidechain. Riccardo Spagni, the lead developer of Monero said on Twitter earlier this week,Monero already *is* implementing a MimbleWimble sidechain, Tari”.

During the latest episode of Magical Crypto Friends. Samson Mow, CSO of Blockstream, Charlie Lee, creator of Litecoin, Riccardo Spagni aka fluffypony, and Whale Panda, discussed Grin and Beam.

Riccardo Spagni, when asked about whether he was felt threatened by the new privacy coin, stated that he is a big advocate of anything that provides improved privacy.” He said:

“I mean our criticisms of Zcash are not the privacy enhancing tech. I think that privacy enhancing technology if it’s done correctly is overall net positive and I will absolutely over time have criticisms of Grin and Beam as as things flesh out more and I think criticisms are good, you know, criticisms of Monero make Monero better so like those criticisms should be should be viewed in a positive light.”

He went on to say that the reason he doesn’t feel threatened by the currency is that, according to him, it does not stop Monero from existing.

“I think Monero is an interesting project whether it has one user or 100 users or a million users and whether the price is you know two cents of 20 cents of $2 doesn’t really matter so much to those in the technical community you work on it because they find it interesting because they find a different code base to get coins interested and so on”

This was followed by Charlie Lee speaking about the coins, stating that the currencies are able to “do privacy and scalability without sacrificing anything.” Furthermore, Lee finds it interesting how the MimbleWimble technology makes a system private when data is removed, adding that it makes the coins even more scalable than Bitcoin.

Succeeding this, Lee was asked whether this protocol will be implemented on Bitcoin as a side chain or on the main chain. To this, he stated that the hassle here is the security of the side chain.

“the issue I have with side changes has always been like how do you secure it […] so having a separate coin seeker by mining, I mean, that security still the best right before work security so yeah it could be done as a side chain for a Bitcoin and for like coin. I’m not sure how useful it is as a side chain or how secure it is as a side chain.”

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Priya is a full-time member of the reporting team at AMBCrypto. She is a finance major with one year of writing experience. She has not held any value in Bitcoin or other currencies.


Bitcoin [BTC]: King coin’s Golden Cross confirmed; Greenspan hints at bullish market




Bitcoin [BTC]: King coin’s Golden Cross confirmed; Greenspan hints at bullish market
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Bitcoin’s much-awaited Golden Cross, which many analysts claimed will lead to a resurgence of a bullish market, has been confirmed. The intersection of the 200-day moving average and 50-day moving average, which indicates the Golden Cross, was achieved over the past few hours.

Earlier today, the top cryptocurrency saw a massive rise after days of sideways movement. Bitcoin’s ascendance saw it break the $5,350 resistance level, which eToro’s Mati Greenspan had previously suggested will consolidate “buying pressure.”

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Additionally, a major psychological level of $5,500 was also surpassed less than three weeks after Bitcoin broke the $5,000 mark.

The Golden Cross theory holds credibility among analysts in the cryptocurrency realm as it infers that the coin’s average price is above its 200-day equivalent. For the first time in over a year, the cryptocurrency market has seen its 50-day MA move above the 200-day MA, which according to many is a sign of a bullish market.

On the opposing side of the Golden Cross indicator is the Death Cross, where two indicators cross over into a bearish market i.e. the 200-day MA moves above the 50-day MA. The Death Cross manifested in April 2018, after the prices went into a free fall following the December 2017 high.

In April 2018, BTC was priced at just over $7,000, following which it lost more than 50 percent of its price by the end of the year. The price of the king coin has recovered exceedingly well in 2019 however, winning back almost 50 percent of its lost value.

Many analysts, including Greenspan, agree that the crossing of the two moving averages is a clear testament to the return of the bull market. Although he didn’t quite use those words, Greenspan tweeted,

“Ladies & Gents… The Golden Cross!
Bitcoin’s 50-day moving average (gold) crossing above her 200-day moving average (blue). 📈
This is yet another sign that we’re back in a🐂market. 🚀🌛”

However, in an exclusive interview with AMBCrypto last week, Greenspan had stated that the Golden Cross theory is a “lagging indicator,” as the Death Cross was last seen in April 2018, months after the market took a bearish turn.

In his view, the 200-day moving average is the key indicator. On April 2, Bitcoin broke this mark for the first time since March 2018, by recording a massive 17 percent daily gain and rising above $5,000.

Based on historic price changes with reference to the Golden Cross, the last time the 50-day MA soared above the 200-day MA, price of Bitcoin rose by over 8000 percent from $246 in October 2015 to almost $20,000 in December 2017. Given past market movements, the current market scenario, and the optimism in the air, the Golden Cross may just have initiated the Bitcoin bull market.

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