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Revenue of Bitcoin Miners Surge With Bitcoin Price Despite Halving

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Bitcoin Miners’ Revenue Surged to Pre-Halving Levels

Despite May 2020 Bitcoin halving that halved miners’ reward from 12.5 BTC to 6.25 BTC, miners revenue rose to $20.8 million on November 4, according to Blockchain.com.

This was largely due to the over 50 percent increase in the price of Bitcoin since the May halving. Also, the almost 200 percent increase in bitcoin transaction fee in late October boosted the percentage of BTC miner revenue by $4.15 million or roughly 20 percent of total miner revenue.

Experts at CryptoQuant said “some miners may be compelled to start selling BTC since the Miner’s Position Index is currently at around 4. Values above 2 indicate that most miners are selling.”

They added that “there is also a noticeable spike in transactions from miners to exchanges as the price crossed above $15,000. However, the amount is still relatively small compared to pre-halving outflow levels.

Ki Young Ju, CryptoQuant CEO, said even though miners are selling fast to take advantage of the recent surge in price, they are still very optimistic that price would rise higher.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Ripple Sees Another Victory As Court Orders SEC to Give Ripple Internal Documents on XRP, Bitcoin, Ether

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Ripple scores another in legal wrangling over SEC lawsuit as SEC now must disclose its confidential internal communications over XRP, Bitcoin and Ethereum.

The SEC must produce communications with third parties, including external agencies and market participants, subject to a privilege assertion, according to Netburn’s five-paragraph ruling.

“Intra-agency memoranda or formal position papers discussing Bitcoin, Ethereum, and XRP must be searched for and produced subject to a privilege assertion,” said the judge, adding that “Examples of such documents include Division reports, final reports of internal working groups, or formal position papers submitted to the Commissioners.”

However, she added, informal intra-agency communications such as emails would not need to be produced.

The judge also ruled that although such information may ultimately be privileged — meaning exempt from disclosure — associated information such as meeting dates and names of participants could be relevant and is discoverable. Any documents withheld on the basis of privilege must be identified on a privilege log, according to the ruling. The order also directed Ripple and the SEC to continue to meet and confer on the remaining issues in their letters.

“The Judge tried to bridge the gap by giving slightly more detail into the types of memoranda and position papers that need to be disclosed,” Jesse Hynes, general counsel at Gala Games

“It’s clear she still wants Ripple and the SEC to figure it out amongst themselves, which hasn’t had great success to date. I wouldn’t be surprised if this comes before the court again. This order, however, is definitely a win for Ripple.” Hynes added.

Why the ruling is significant
Last December, the SEC filed a lawsuit against Ripple alleging that its sale of XRP was an unregistered securities offering worth over $1.38 billion. The SEC also named Ripple’s executive chairman Chris Larsen and CEO Brad Garlinghouse as co-defendants for allegedly aiding and abetting Ripple’s violations.

At the heart of the lawsuit is whether transactions involving XRP constitute “investment contracts” and therefore securities subject to registration under Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933.

Access to the SEC’s internal communications has been one of the most heated areas of contention between Ripple and the SEC in the litigation. Judge Netburn had, at an earlier discovery conference on April 6, ruled to grant “in large part” Ripple’s motion to compel the SEC to produce documents reflecting SEC’s prior statements and communications with third parties as well as internal documents discussing whether XRP, Bitcoin or Ether are considered securities.

However, Ripple and the SEC have been unable to agree on the documents to be disclosed under the order, with the SEC arguing that Ripple’s requests for internal documents were improper and irrelevant.

But the judge is now disagreeing with the SEC’s position.

“The discovery related to Bitcoin and Ether is relevant,” said Netburn at the April 6 hearing. “I think it is relevant to the Court’s eventual analysis with respect to the Howey factors, but I also think it is relevant as to the objective review of defendants’ understanding in thinking about the aiding and abetting charge or aiding and abetting count. I also think it is relevant to the fair notice defense that Ripple is raising.”

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Ahead of Elon Musk SNL Skit Dogecoin Sets Another All-Time High Within 3 Days 

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Dogecoin (DOGE) has hit another all-time high, just 21 hours before Elon Musk is anticipated to air a skit about the coin on Saturday Night Live.

Dogecoin hit $0.73 at 5:45 am WAT before retreating to its current price, $0.71, according to data from Binance. Saturday Night Live, the comedy show that the Tesla and SpaceX CEO is hosting, airs at 8.30 pm Pacific Time (PT), or 4.30 am Sunday WAT.

The meme coin, created in 2013 to mock Bitcoin (BTC) spinoffs, almost surpassed the market cap of the third-largest cryptocurrency, Binance Coin (BNB). At $0.73, Dogecoin’s market cap reached $95.3 billion, just 1.6 percent less than the market cap of BNB.

“For everyone in the #binance ecosystem, don’t get distracted, just keep #buidling,” tweeted Changpeng Zhao, Binance’s CEO.

Speculators believe that the SNL skit could introduce Dogecoin to a whole new audience. The hope is that viewers will become so entranced by the skit that they’ll buy Dogecoin, pushing up the price.

The skit has already helped Dogecoin. When Musk tweeted, “The Dogefather. SNL May 8,” on April 28, the price rose 15 percent to $0.32.

Dogecoin set it’s previous all-time high $0.69 a lewd number pushed by the Dogecoin Army, a group of die-hard fans on May 5.

Speculators hope that Musk’s skit will at least push the price up to $1 by Monday.

Gemini and eToro listed the dogecoin earlier this week, and Robinhood’s crypto trading service went offline as Dogecoin soared.

Dogecoin is an extremely volatile cryptocurrency with a track record of pumps and dumps. It’s risen from under $0.01 in January to today’s all-time high of $0.73 with a number of spectacular rises and crashes.

Should the coin crash shortly after Musk’s skit, investors may no longer find the coin so funny.

Coinbase, the US’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, has still not listed it.

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3 Important Differences Between Bitcoin and Dogecoin

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Dogecoin, a meme-inspired cryptocurrency, hit a record high on Wednesday after reaching about 69 cents.

With it’s price up over 12,000% this year, and with big names, like Elon Musk talking and tweeting about it, dogecoin has become one of the buzziest cryptocurrencies, alongside bitcoin, which itself hit a fresh record of over $63,000 last month.

Searches like “Is dogecoin the next bitcoin?” are even trending on Google.

But the two cryptocurrencies have major differences. Here are three important distinctions between dogecoin and bitcoin, according to experts.

Bitcoin has ‘built-in scarcity’

“There are many differences between dogecoin and bitcoin,” says Meltem Demirors, CoinShares chief strategy officer.

One of the “most important” is the supply of each, she says.

Dogecoin is inflationary, says Demirors, meaning “more doge is printed every minute of every day, giving doge a potentially infinite supply.”

For example, “every minute of every day, 10,000 more dogecoin are issued. That equates to nearly 15 million doge per day or over 5 billion doge per year,” she says.

An unlimited cap on supply can negatively impact value over time.

Bitcoin, on the other hand, has a finite supply of 21 million, which creates a “built-in scarcity … akin to the way that gold or diamonds are valuable because they are scarce,” James Ledbetter, editor of fintech newsletter FIN and CNBC contributor, says.

This scarcity is central to why bitcoin bulls argue for holding the cryptocurrency long-term – because it is limited, as demand increases, the price of bitcoin should as well.

Because of this difference, “I see most people trading dogecoin on a short-term basis,” with investors hoping to make a quick profit, “and choosing to hold bitcoin over a longer duration,” Demirors says.

Dogecoin was ‘created for sillies’

Another difference between dogecoin and bitcoin is the premise on which each was created.

Bitcoin launched in 2009 with an extremely detailed white paper written by Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonym used by bitcoin’s creator or creators. Nakamoto’s intention was for bitcoin to become a prominent decentralized digital currency. Bitcoin supporters see the cryptocurrency as digital gold and a hedge against inflation.

Trust in bitcoin has grown with institutional and retail investors during its 12-year run, which led to the cryptocurrency selling for record high prices this year.

In comparison, dogecoin was created as a joke in 2013 by software engineers Billy Markus and Jackson Palmer. Based on the “Doge” meme, which portrays a shiba inu dog, Markus and Palmer didn’t intend for dogecoin to be taken seriously.

It was “created for sillies,” Markus wrote in a recent Reddit post. “I threw it together, without any expectation or plan. It took about 3 hours to make.”

As a result, dogecoin lacks technical development and isn’t as secure as bitcoin.

Over the years, Markus was surprised to see how quickly the dogecoin community grew, as it bonded over a common love for the shiba inu dog meme, and recently, the cryptocurrency exploded after social media buzz from the likes of Musk and Mark Cuban.

“Dogecoin currently exists as a kind of inside joke,” Ledbetter says.

But “for many people, investing is becoming a form of entertainment,” Demirors says. “For dogecoin, the meme is the message. As the influence of FinTwit [financial industry twitter] grows, so will the memes and the way they move our markets.”

Nonetheless, both dogecoin and bitcoin have both been called risky investments, as cryptocurrencies are highly volatile. In fact, experts warn that investors proceed with caution before buying dogecoin, deeming its rally to be highly speculative. In turn, experts warn that people should only invest what they can afford to lose.

Bitcoin has a well-funded ecosystem

Though for many years dogecoin was developed by engineers who copied the exact code from bitcoin software, bitcoin has an extensive and well-funded ecosystem that does not exist with dogecoin.

Mike Novogratz, a crypto bull and CEO of Galaxy Digital, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on April 20 that bitcoin is “a well-thought-out, well-distributed store of value that’s lasted for 12 years and is growing in adoption, where dogecoin literally has two guys that own 30% of the entire supply.”

“I worry that, once the enthusiasm rolls out, there’s no developers on it, there’s no institutions coming in. But it’s got this moniker of the people’s coin right now,” Novogratz told CNBC on Wednesday.

“It’s a little bit of a middle finger to the system. I think it’s dangerous because once that enthusiasm dies, if it dies, you could have a long way down. But I don’t want to discredit.”

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