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Bitcoin / U.S. Dollar Tweet Timeline of LASERBEAMBTC

BTC Sentiment Score of LASERBEAMBTC



$BTC Sweep the white line and then rip back up

Jan. 17, 2022, 3:52 a.m.


$BTC Okay this is amazing @DuanSegundo just pointed out to me. On the BTC/M2 chart, we already retested the high of the previous cycle. 🀯

Jan. 6, 2022, 12:21 a.m.


$BTC The pill nobody wants to swallow:

Jan. 5, 2022, 9:12 p.m.


When you open another $BTC long and they dump it for the 15th time this week...

Nov. 25, 2021, 1:45 a.m.


$BTC ⬆️

Nov. 8, 2021, 8:52 p.m.


$BTC Just a little higher and I think we pump hard. IDK tho, it has been super weird PA last few days. Hard to read

Nov. 6, 2021, 10:07 p.m.


$BTC Did you close your bitcoin long and/or sold your bitcoin spot in the last 3 days?

Oct. 23, 2021, 11:26 p.m.


$BTC to the moon

Oct. 18, 2021, 3:10 a.m.


$BTC just made it's highest weekly close of all time!! 😁

Oct. 18, 2021, midnight


Sentiment check, please retweet for bigger sample: Are we starting another Bitcoin bullrun? $BTC

Oct. 6, 2021, 7:42 p.m.


$BTC Is this where the fun ends, or where it begins? πŸ€”

Oct. 5, 2021, 11 a.m.



Oct. 3, 2021, 6 p.m.



Oct. 3, 2021, 5:31 p.m.


Flashback to one year ago when I was tossing wood around at the mill telling my co workers about trading $BTC telling them I was gonna make it big one day. πŸ˜… It's crazy how it can all change so fast when you stay on your path you believe in. Don't ever give up! πŸ€™

Feb. 22, 2021, 12:01 a.m.


Issa good day to trade $BTC

Feb. 19, 2021, 4:30 p.m.


GM KINGS πŸ‘‘ It's a good day to bullish on $BTC!

Feb. 19, 2021, 3:39 p.m.


$BTC pretty classic play Should pump hard from here

Feb. 19, 2021, 10:14 a.m.


Yes $BTC it would technically be kinda funny if you rapidly dumped $2,000 AGAIN... ...Doesn't mean you should. Damn ponzi

Feb. 17, 2021, 2:47 a.m.


$BTC whattttt the fuck was that. 🀣 lmao

Feb. 16, 2021, 12:41 p.m.


At first glance, I thought they let YNW Melly out of custody... But apparently there is some bank called BNY Mellon doing $BTC custody. I was never good at fundamentals honestly I just know when the chart looks like it's gonna pump.

Feb. 11, 2021, 1:28 p.m.


$BTC alright fine whatever i'll do it

Feb. 11, 2021, 1:13 p.m.


$BTC looks like a long ... But uhhhh... One of you do it first and tell me how it goes 😬

Feb. 11, 2021, 1:04 p.m.


$BTC okay! Opened back up the 5 BTC long... but from lower. Let's try this again 😁

Feb. 9, 2021, 9:26 a.m.


$BTC long closed. Made $7,400 Wanted to guarantee the win while I sleep

Feb. 9, 2021, 7:39 a.m.


$BTC long update Happy to see this printing. πŸ€™

Feb. 9, 2021, 6:51 a.m.


Okay, I longed $BTC here as more of a swing trade. There is potentially of downdraw I will add and take away bitcoins and scalp LTF moves also... but 5 BTC will be my bottom line position

Feb. 9, 2021, 1:34 a.m.


I longed $BTC, really not a good entry....

Feb. 8, 2021, 9:13 p.m.


$BTC HOW IT STARTED VS. HOW IT'S GOING πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚

Feb. 8, 2021, 1:11 p.m.


$BTC just had it's highest ever weekly close 3 and a half hours ago... .... and 78% are bearish Interesting πŸ€” Man this chop really wears on y'all huh. πŸ˜† lol

Feb. 8, 2021, 3:31 a.m.


In your opinion, on a low time frame, $BTC is:

Feb. 8, 2021, 3 a.m.


So if I wasn't already in a trade πŸ˜„... This $BTC trade is a pretty good one: Go above this blue line (38956) And it's a long imo

Feb. 7, 2021, 6:52 a.m.


Much like the navy seal I can remain underwater for days at a time I will be fine πŸ™ $BTC to the moooonn

Feb. 7, 2021, 12:15 a.m.


$BTC long update Guess it didn't wanna push right away πŸ˜„

Feb. 6, 2021, 11:24 p.m.


Had to do it $BTC πŸ€™

Feb. 6, 2021, 10:59 a.m.


Closed this $BTC position... The fees and funding were so much I only walked away with 8 grand πŸ˜…

Feb. 6, 2021, 2:58 a.m.


$BTC long update "Top long"

Feb. 6, 2021, 1:26 a.m.


And yes, I'm still in my $BTC long from 2/3/21 And yes, I still have basically my net worth as $ETH collateral. I'm just chilling, although I paid rent in funding.

Feb. 5, 2021, 3:19 p.m.


So I'm sure everyone wanted to see how that $BTC top long was doing... 😏

Feb. 4, 2021, 8:25 a.m.


$BTC - Bullish engulfing breakout - two perfect retests - slowly climb back up with strength the whole way In my opinion, it's ready. Just has to break this little bit of resistance here

Feb. 4, 2021, 6:31 a.m.


$BTC Sure is showing a lot of strength here at resistance ... Should I top long it?

Feb. 4, 2021, 2:59 a.m.


I don't know who needs to hear this: But a candle closing ugly at an arbitrary point in time doesn't change the current economic climate or even the overall HTF market structure of $BTC It's just a candle guys. It opened and closed on a retrace. That doesn't mean rejection.

Jan. 31, 2021, 8:21 p.m.



Jan. 31, 2021, 12:19 p.m.


Andddddd One of these too πŸ˜… $BTC

Jan. 30, 2021, 9:57 p.m.


Are you long or short? $BTC $ETH

Jan. 27, 2021, 7:31 a.m.


Trade #7 Long $BTC

Jan. 23, 2021, 2:21 a.m.


Awesome nuke $BTC. Great size. Look thick. Solid. Tight. Keep us all posted on your continued progress with any new support breaks or cascading liquidations. Show us what you got man. Wanna see how freakin' huge, solid, thick and tight you can dump. Thanks for the motivation.

Jan. 22, 2021, 7:36 a.m.


I caught the moment $BTC crossed the support line on aggrtrade Turn the sound on, it's nuts. πŸ˜…

Jan. 21, 2021, 10:09 a.m.


I have been long on $BTC for 54 hours Tired, tbh πŸ˜…

Jan. 18, 2021, 11:04 p.m.


What year did you start trading crypto/ $BTC? $ETH $DOT

Jan. 18, 2021, 10:17 a.m.



Jan. 18, 2021, 2:38 a.m.


$BTC same vibes tbh They got me to short last time. Not this time. Hope I don't get rekt. LFG πŸ€™

Jan. 16, 2021, 10:20 p.m.


$BTC I could see this happening:

Jan. 16, 2021, 5:14 a.m.



Jan. 16, 2021, 2:24 a.m.


What if $BTC actually does go to 1 million this cycle and McAfee was right, his timing was just a little off. πŸ€” I'm assuming 99% of us would sell too early. Lol

Jan. 15, 2021, 12:18 a.m.


$BTC I've decided we should do this:

Jan. 3, 2021, 4:12 a.m.


Me and the boyz looking at the $BTC chart right now deciding where to top long:

Jan. 2, 2021, 6:05 a.m.


I think the big $BTC drop is coming sooner than later. πŸ€”

Jan. 2, 2021, 12:20 a.m.


πŸ€”πŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ Your current $BTC position:

Dec. 31, 2020, 6:18 a.m.


Curious, how much money are you actively trading crypto with? $BTC $ETH $XRP $LINK $BNB $DOT $ADA $LTC

Dec. 24, 2020, 7:39 a.m.


WHY did I short $BTC with $ETH as the collateral I realize today how stupid I was to do this, as i'm trapped in my short, BTC is chopping and ETH has dropped. I'm in a trading checkmate. If BTC nukes like I want it to... my collateral nukes also. πŸ€”

Dec. 23, 2020, 9:23 p.m.


Trade #7 update: TP'd 0.5 $BTC here to derisk and also on TA principle of the little downward trendline/ all the times i regretted not TPing πŸ˜… Gonna let the rest ride... Target: Euphoria

Dec. 22, 2020, 8:28 a.m.


After opening my $BTC short:

Dec. 22, 2020, 12:54 a.m.


Before opening my $BTC short....

Dec. 22, 2020, 12:54 a.m.


If you are basing your $BTC dump bias off a 2016 fractal you may want to re-evaluate and adjust.. #1 Much more liquidity now + higher mCap #2 Stronger sentiment regarding ATH crosses from multiple data points. #3 Global knowledge of the asset #4 So many more fiat on ramps

Dec. 17, 2020, 6:16 a.m.


$BTC Why Not?

Dec. 17, 2020, 1:48 a.m.


$BTC see ya at $21,100

Dec. 15, 2020, 8:15 a.m.


$BTC did you long the bottom, KING? πŸ‘‘

Dec. 12, 2020, 6:40 p.m.


Oh $BTC dumped and you shorted it perfectly and made $800? That's really cool bro. I just play call of duty and hold $RFI which pumps all day everyday while nothing else does. IM GLAD WE ARE BOTH WINNING πŸ™πŸ‘‘

Dec. 11, 2020, 5:43 a.m.


I want to have a trading contest specifically designed for chop trading. I want to see who can pull the biggest % overall pnl in a 2 week chop period for $BTC only, 1x lev only. Anyone into this idea?

Dec. 9, 2020, 5:58 a.m.


$BTC .... and a LTF chart too 15m

Nov. 28, 2020, 8:20 a.m.


$BTC trading view erased all my lines because they are haters and so I just drew some new HTF lines out of boredom just now. Such an interesting chart.

Nov. 28, 2020, 8:14 a.m.


$BTC Looks kinda dumpy rn. Not sure it's going to reclaim this level

Nov. 27, 2020, 7:32 a.m.


You wanna know the fundamentals behind the $BTC dump? It went NON STOP vertical for SIX WEEKS straight. It was a chain reaction of stop losses, liquidations, profit taking, closing positions for thanksgiving family time. Etc. Stop with the dumb narratives. You sound like a noob

Nov. 26, 2020, 3:01 p.m.


Awesome dump. Great size. Look thick. Solid. Tight. Keep us all posted on your continued downside with any new FUD or Chinese bans. Show us what you got $BTC. Wanna see how freakin' huge, solid, thick and tight you can dump. Thanks for the motivation.

Nov. 26, 2020, 6:12 a.m.



Nov. 19, 2020, 1:22 a.m.



Nov. 18, 2020, 5:48 p.m.



Nov. 18, 2020, 5:41 p.m.


There you are in an overleveraged $BTC short and the moment right before your entire account is liquidated, you hear this in the background:

Nov. 18, 2020, 12:44 p.m.


$BTC πŸ€”

Nov. 13, 2020, 7:12 a.m.


Someones gotta call it and I'm not scared of being wrong. I'm wrong all the time πŸ˜… $BTC Local top is in Nuke it

Nov. 13, 2020, 5:42 a.m.


$BTC Which direction do you think bitcoin will go from here?

Nov. 11, 2020, 6:09 a.m.


Closed $BTC long I'm just not sure the potential reward is worth the potential risk right now The indecision in this area is very tight PA, but all the sudden the daily doesn't look that great I could see it printing a large candle down easier than up. I really can't tell thoπŸ˜…

Nov. 10, 2020, 12:45 p.m.


$BTC Do you think those dumps might have bounced where they did for a reason? The chop is just interference. I am still bullish until the parabola is clearly broken

Nov. 10, 2020, 2:47 a.m.


$BTC I'm thinking if today's candle (Nov 9th) closes above 16k We pump, hard. I don't even wanna put a number on how high.

Nov. 9, 2020, 12:51 a.m.


4 days ago we were at $13,300 $BTC perspective Don't force a swing short. I am more expecting large range chop. Could last all of November. Might be a large downwick before the next leg up. Don't blow you account up this month.

Nov. 7, 2020, 9:52 p.m.


The current FOMO is so extremely potent I'm squinting looking at the chart. The only thing keeping me calm atm is the fact I have spot $BTC holdings

Nov. 5, 2020, 12:40 p.m.


I believe this is the local top. Will keep my spot $BTC but closed long for now. Interested in re entering long around 13,500 area if possible. πŸ€” We will see

Nov. 5, 2020, 2:47 a.m.



Nov. 5, 2020, 1:52 a.m.


$BTC ascending triangle forming?

Nov. 5, 2020, 12:31 a.m.


$BTC hopefully we break through this red TL

Nov. 3, 2020, 6:26 p.m.


$BTC send it? Lol

Nov. 3, 2020, 1:31 p.m.



Nov. 3, 2020, 4:20 a.m.


$BTC just passed 2017 close + 2019 high πŸ₯³ We are going to the moon!

Oct. 31, 2020, 10:09 a.m.


$BTC Let's go to the moon, KINGS πŸ‘‘πŸ˜€πŸ™

Oct. 28, 2020, 3:30 a.m.


$BTC $14,200

Oct. 21, 2020, 1:34 p.m.


$BTC It seems no matter where you draw your lines, this is clear for take off... I think we just need one more good pump to really drive the point home and switch sentiment.

Oct. 21, 2020, 11:06 a.m.


$BTC wonder if this can hold πŸ€”

Oct. 13, 2020, 12:24 a.m.


$BTC a little update πŸ˜„

Oct. 12, 2020, 1:50 p.m.


$BTC some different S's and R's on local TF These purple horizontals line up with the september 2nd/3rd consolidation before it dropped to 9,800 A break above this zone (11,480) would be super bullish .. and from there.. above 12100 would be continuation

Oct. 12, 2020, 5:23 a.m.



Oct. 11, 2020, 3:28 p.m.


$BTC squiggly ideaπŸ€”

Oct. 2, 2020, 12:56 a.m.


$BTC Most CT influencers never post their losses and I always respected the few that did. So here's mine: My winning streak is over, I fell asleep last night during a 3X trade πŸ˜… with a wide stop... it would have been about $-400 if I would have been conscious and closed it πŸ˜†

Sept. 27, 2020, 4:38 p.m.


$BTC 12 days, no losses πŸ˜… It's kinda crazy to say that really... This one tonight was a $LINK trade... which was super choppy in an abnormal way, hard to trade tbh. I might start posting more trades soon. I've just been busy af and scalping when I get a chance

Sept. 25, 2020, 5:12 a.m.


$BTC Thought I might draw a squiggly... My last one was super accurate. Let's see how this one goes πŸ˜πŸ€™

Sept. 19, 2020, 4:44 a.m.



Sept. 7, 2020, 10:43 p.m.


$BTC hopefully this can break right now

Sept. 7, 2020, 4:25 p.m.



Sept. 7, 2020, 3:42 p.m.


$BTC looks good to me πŸ’Έ

Sept. 5, 2020, 5:33 p.m.


$BTC prediction update.... πŸ˜… uhhhhhhhhh that's pretty accurate so far

Aug. 30, 2020, 11:53 p.m.


$BTC Update πŸ€”

Aug. 29, 2020, 5:49 p.m.


$BTC update: Wish I would have shorted higher REEEEEEEEEEEEE πŸ₯΄

Aug. 28, 2020, 5:27 p.m.


$BTC right before it nukes Beautiful

Aug. 28, 2020, 1:19 a.m.


$BTC This is a possibility

Aug. 26, 2020, 3:21 a.m.


$BTC πŸ€”

Aug. 26, 2020, 2:04 a.m.


$BTC so far so good. πŸ˜‰

Aug. 19, 2020, 4:21 a.m.


I faded the corn Someone had to do it πŸ˜¬πŸ€™ $BTC

Aug. 19, 2020, 12:24 a.m.


πŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ Clout call: $BTC $17,000 in 60 days or less πŸ˜πŸ€™

Aug. 15, 2020, 9:27 a.m.


Me at the peak of this $BTC bullrun:

Aug. 15, 2020, 1:28 a.m.


$BTC When moon?

Aug. 14, 2020, 6:46 p.m.


There is one unfilled $BTC gap that no one ever wants to talk about... πŸ€”

Aug. 5, 2020, 6:06 p.m.


$BTC future I am a time traveller You're welcome πŸ˜‰

Aug. 2, 2020, 8:26 a.m.



Aug. 2, 2020, 5:26 a.m.


After that 2 and half year $BTC bear market... We deserve this. Let's get rich together πŸ’ΈπŸ˜€πŸ™

Aug. 1, 2020, 10:59 p.m.


"I know, I know, it's so bullish ...and guess what this dumb mother fucker said next! ... he said $7,100 $BTC"

Aug. 1, 2020, 7:59 p.m.



Aug. 1, 2020, 7:04 a.m.


We still haven't filled the $BTC gap on the moon #LETSGOOOOOOOO

Aug. 1, 2020, 6:35 a.m.


Just figured out when the $BTC pump is scheduled. Niceeeeee πŸ€™

July 8, 2020, 4:38 a.m.


What a chart $BTC $BVOL πŸ˜„

July 8, 2020, 1:01 a.m.


$LINK aggressively breached ATH today And you wanna short $BTC? Over a resistance line that's been being tested for 2 months? See you at $10,700 πŸ™

July 6, 2020, 10:18 p.m.



July 5, 2020, 6:18 a.m.



July 4, 2020, 10:05 p.m.


Crazy $BTC is going to be $10,700 in 6 days or less How does that make you feel?

July 4, 2020, 4:51 a.m.


This is what $BTC will look like when it pushes to $10,700 Correlation to STONKS? Sure, why not

July 1, 2020, 4:37 a.m.


Got a message from a friend that trades with serious size - he said $BTC $10,700 in 9 days. I tend to believe him.

July 1, 2020, 2:08 a.m.



June 30, 2020, 3:20 a.m.



June 30, 2020, 3:15 a.m.


$BTC $10,700 In the next 10 days

June 30, 2020, 12:54 a.m.



June 1, 2020, 11:34 p.m.


$BTC looking kinda ugly. Needs to bounce here and soon

May 31, 2020, 3:38 p.m.


$BTC smack it back up with fundamentals

May 31, 2020, 6:43 a.m.

About Bitcoin

What Is Bitcoin (BTC)?

Bitcoin is a decentralized cryptocurrency originally described in a 2008 whitepaper by a person, or group of people, using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. It was launched soon after, in January 2009.

Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer online currency, meaning that all transactions happen directly between equal, independent network participants, without the need for any intermediary to permit or facilitate them. Bitcoin was created, according to Nakamoto’s own words, to allow β€œonline payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution.”

Some concepts for a similar type of a decentralized electronic currency precede BTC, but Bitcoin holds the distinction of being the first-ever cryptocurrency to come into actual use.

Who Are the Founders of Bitcoin?

Bitcoin’s original inventor is known under a pseudonym, Satoshi Nakamoto. As of 2021, the true identity of the person β€” or organization β€” that is behind the alias remains unknown.

On October 31, 2008, Nakamoto published Bitcoin’s whitepaper, which described in detail how a peer-to-peer, online currency could be implemented. They proposed to use a decentralized ledger of transactions packaged in batches (called β€œblocks”) and secured by cryptographic algorithms β€” the whole system would later be dubbed β€œblockchain.”

Just two months later, on January 3, 2009, Nakamoto mined the first block on the Bitcoin network, known as the genesis block, thus launching the world’s first cryptocurrency. Bitcoin price was $0 when first introduced, and most Bitcoins were obtained via mining, which only required moderately powerful devices (e.g. PCs) and mining software. The first known Bitcoin commercial transaction occurred on May 22, 2010, when programmer Laszlo Hanyecz traded 10,000 Bitcoins for two pizzas. At Bitcoin price today in mid-September 2021, those pizzas would be worth an astonishing $478 million. This event is now known as β€œBitcoin Pizza Day.” In July 2010, Bitcoin first started trading, with the Bitcoin price ranging from $0.0008 to $0.08 at that time.

However, while Nakamoto was the original inventor of Bitcoin, as well as the author of its very first implementation, he handed the network alert key and control of the code repository to Gavin Andresen, who later became lead developer at the Bitcoin Foundation. Over the years a large number of people have contributed to improving the cryptocurrency’s software by patching vulnerabilities and adding new features.

Bitcoin’s source code repository on GitHub lists more than 750 contributors, with some of the key ones being Wladimir J. van der Laan, Marco Falke, Pieter Wuille, Gavin Andresen, Jonas Schnelli and others.

What Makes Bitcoin Unique?

Bitcoin’s most unique advantage comes from the fact that it was the very first cryptocurrency to appear on the market.

It has managed to create a global community and give birth to an entirely new industry of millions of enthusiasts who create, invest in, trade and use Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in their everyday lives. The emergence of the first cryptocurrency has created a conceptual and technological basis that subsequently inspired the development of thousands of competing projects.

The entire cryptocurrency market β€” now worth more than $2 trillion β€” is based on the idea realized by Bitcoin: money that can be sent and received by anyone, anywhere in the world without reliance on trusted intermediaries, such as banks and financial services companies.

Thanks to its pioneering nature, BTC remains at the top of this energetic market after over a decade of existence. Even after Bitcoin has lost its undisputed dominance, it remains the largest cryptocurrency, with a market capitalization that surpassed the $1 trillion mark in 2021, after Bitcoin price hit an all-time high of $64,863.10 on April 14, 2021. This is owing in large part to growing institutional interest in Bitcoin, and the ubiquitousness of platforms that provide use-cases for BTC: wallets, exchanges, payment services, online games and more.

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How Much Bitcoin Is in Circulation?

Bitcoin’s total supply is limited by its software and will never exceed 21,000,000 coins. New coins are created during the process known as β€œmining”: as transactions are relayed across the network, they get picked up by miners and packaged into blocks, which are in turn protected by complex cryptographic calculations.

As compensation for spending their computational resources, the miners receive rewards for every block that they successfully add to the blockchain. At the moment of Bitcoin’s launch, the reward was 50 bitcoins per block: this number gets halved with every 210,000 new blocks mined β€” which takes the network roughly four years. As of 2020, the block reward has been halved three times and comprises 6.25 bitcoins.

Bitcoin has not been premined, meaning that no coins have been mined and/or distributed between the founders before it became available to the public. However, during the first few years of BTC’s existence, the competition between miners was relatively low, allowing the earliest network participants to accumulate significant amounts of coins via regular mining: Satoshi Nakamoto alone is believed to own over a million Bitcoin.

Mining Bitcoins can be very profitable for miners, depending on the current hash rate and the price of Bitcoin. While the process of mining Bitcoins is complex, we discuss how long it takes to mine one Bitcoin on CoinMarketCap Alexandria β€” as we wrote above, mining Bitcoin is best understood as how long it takes to mine one block, as opposed to one Bitcoin. As of mid-September 2021, the Bitcoin mining reward is capped to 6.25 BTC after the 2020 halving, which is roughly $299,200 in Bitcoin price today.

How Is the Bitcoin Network Secured?

Bitcoin is secured with the SHA-256 algorithm, which belongs to the SHA-2 family of hashing algorithms, which is also used by its fork Bitcoin Cash (BCH), as well as several other cryptocurrencies.

What Is Bitcoin’s Role as a Store of Value?

Bitcoin is the first decentralized, peer-to-peer digital currency. One of its most important functions is that it is used as a decentralized store of value. In other words, it provides for ownership rights as a physical asset or as a unit of account. However, the latter store-of-value function has been debated. Many crypto enthusiasts and economists believe that high-scale adoption of the top currency will lead us to a new modern financial world where transaction amounts will be denominated in smaller units.

The smallest units of Bitcoin, 0.00000001 BTC, are called Satoshis (or Sats in short), in a nod to the pseudonymous creator. At Bitcoin price now, 1 Satoshi is equivalent to roughly $0.00048.

The top crypto is considered a store of value, like gold, for many β€” rather than a currency. This idea of the first cryptocurrency as a store of value, instead of a payment method, means that many people buy the crypto and hold onto it long-term (or HODL) rather than spending it on items like you would typically spend a dollar β€” treating it as digital gold.

Crypto Wallets

The most popular wallets for cryptocurrency include both hot and cold wallets. Cryptocurrency wallets vary from hot wallets and cold wallets. Hot wallets are able to be connected to the web, while cold wallets are used for keeping large amounts of coins outside of the internet.

Some of the top crypto cold wallets are Trezor, Ledger and CoolBitX. Some of the top crypto hot wallets include Exodus, Electrum and Mycelium.

Still not sure of which wallet to use? Check out CoinMarketCap Alexandria’s guide on the top cold wallets of 2021 and top hot wallets of 2021.

How Is Bitcoin’s Technology Upgraded?

A hard fork is a radical change to the protocol that makes previously invalid blocks/transactions valid, and therefore requires all users to upgrade. For example, if users A and B are disagreeing on whether an incoming transaction is valid, a hard fork could make the transaction valid to users A and B, but not to user C.

A hard fork is a protocol upgrade that is not backward compatible. This means every node (computer connected to the Bitcoin network using a client that performs the task of validating and relaying transactions) needs to upgrade before the new blockchain with the hard fork activates and rejects any blocks or transactions from the old blockchain. The old blockchain will continue to exist and will continue to accept transactions, although it may be incompatible with other newer Bitcoin clients.

A soft fork is a change to the Bitcoin protocol wherein only previously valid blocks/transactions are made invalid. Since old nodes will recognise the new blocks as valid, a soft fork is backward-compatible. This kind of fork requires only a majority of the miners upgrading to enforce the new rules.

Some examples of prominent cryptocurrencies that have undergone hard forks are the following: Bitcoin’s hard fork that resulted in Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum’s hard fork that resulted in Ethereum Classic.

Bitcoin Cash has been hard forked since its original forking, with the creation of Bitcoin SV. Read more about the difference between Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin SV here.

What Is Taproot?

Taproot is a soft fork that bundles together BIP 340, 341 and 342 and aims to improve the scalability, efficiency, and privacy of the blockchain by introducing several new features.

The two major changes are the introduction of the Merkelized Abstract Syntax Tree (MAST) and Schnorr Signature. MAST introduces a condition allowing the sender and recipient of a transaction to sign off on its settlement together. Schnorr Signature allows users to aggregate several signatures into one for a single transaction. This results in multi-signature transactions looking the same as regular transactions or more complex ones. By introducing this new address type, users can also save on transaction fees, as even complex transactions look like simple, single-signature ones.

Although HODLers will probably not notice a big impact, Taproot could become a key milestone to equipping the network with smart contract functionality. In particular, Schnorr Signatures would lay the foundation for more complex applications to be built on top of the existing blockchain, as users start switching to Taproot addresses primarily. If adopted by users, Taproot could, in the long run, result in the network developing its own DeFi ecosystem that rivals those on alternative blockchains like Ethereum.

What Is the Lightning Network?

The Lightning Network is an off-chain, layered payment protocol that operates bidirectional payment channels which allows instantaneous transfer with instant reconciliation. It enables private, high volume and trustless transactions between any two parties. The Lightning Network scales transaction capacity without incurring the costs associated with transactions and interventions on the underlying blockchain.

How Much Is Bitcoin?

The current valuation of Bitcoin is constantly moving, all day every day. It is a truly global asset. From a start of under one cent per coin, BTC has risen in price by thousands of percent to the numbers you see above. The prices of all cryptocurrencies are quite volatile, meaning that anyone’s understanding of how much Bitcoin is will change by the minute. However, there are times when different countries and exchanges show different prices and understanding how much Bitcoin is will be a function of a person’s location.

Where Can You Buy Bitcoin (BTC)?

Bitcoin is, in many regards, almost synonymous with cryptocurrency, which means that you can buy Bitcoin on virtually every crypto exchange β€” both for fiat money and other cryptocurrencies. Some of the main markets where BTC trading is available are:

Binance Coinbase Pro OKEx Kraken Huobi Global Bitfinex

If you are new to crypto, use CoinMarketCap’s own educational portal β€” Alexandria β€” to learn how to start buying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

To check Bitcoin price live in the fiat currency of your choice, you can use CoinMarketCap’s converter feature directly on the Bitcoin currency page.

Latest News On Bitcoin

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