KPN Shows Support for NEO by Hosting a Consensus Node in Their Data Center

No one can deny cryptocurrency is about much more than just Bitcoin. That is a positive development, as Bitcoin is not perfect. Nor does it have all of the answers to our problems either. It is a good currency at times, but right now, it’s not in the best of shapes. As a result, mainstream companies are slowly showing an interest in other currencies. KPN, for example, has decided to host a dedicated NEO consensus node in their data center. An interesting decision by the Dutch telco.

There is an interesting future ahead for all currencies that are not Bitcoin. Especially those which offer something entirely different from established currencies. NEO is similar to Ethereum in some ways, yet completely different in other aspects. So far, this altcoin has seen great success throughout 2017. It seems that powerful trend will continue into early 2018. Especially when they have some big announcements to make in the coming months.

KPN Sees Merit in NEO and the Smart Economy

One of those announcements has to do with KPN. Most people know this company because it’s one of the largest Dutch telecommunications companies to date. Surprisingly, KPN decided to hop on the NEO bandwagon. More specifically, the company will host an NEO consensus node within their data center. That in itself is a rather surprising development. Then again, the giant has shown an interest in NEO and the smart economy before. It seems they are only now putting their plans into action, which can have some interesting consequences.

One could argue this news has no major impact. At the same time, the telco giant purposefully chose this altcoin over all other cryptocurrencies on the market. They are seemingly not interested in Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin or XR. Instead, they want to support NEO and become a part of the smart economy. It is an interesting development which will have major consequences. What those consequences might be, is anybody’s guess right now. It is a massive notch in the belt for NEO, though.

For now, it doesn’t seem as if this should aspect the NEO price all that much. Having KPN on board is significant, but ultimately just a first step. We do know the project wants to further decentralize their consensus node mechanism. This may very well be a big step toward achieving that goal in the future. At the same time, we might see other technology companies show a big interest in other cryptocurrency nodes or similar systems. Only time will tell what the future holds. For now, things are looking good for NEO, but this is not an earth-shattering development either.

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 SINGAPORE, 12 JAN 2018 – The world’s first A.I-driven Marketplace for Dating and Relationships, Viola.AI sets to revolutionize the current love industry, leveraging on blockchain technology. 

 With 13-years proven success record in the dating industry, the team behind Viola.AI promises to build the most successful and smartest A.I to create a global and borderless full loop solution from dating, courtship, relationship to marriage.

Viola.AI is an ever-improving, decentralized and secure A.I. Driven Marketplace for dating and relationships that gives data-driven advice, recommendations, concierge and matches to help singles and couples improve their relationships.

Today, Viola.AI announced the latest additions to their line-up of ICO Advisors, all come with a vast experience and diverse expertise, ranging from serial entrepreneurs, blockchain and investment specialists, to tech investors with huge network. This news is a real testament of the importance and value that Viola.AI brings to positively impact billions of people worldwide.

PRAKASH SOMOSUNDRAM 

Serial Entrepreneur, Fintech Influencer, Singapore Government Advisor

Prakash is a leading digital entrepreneur who founded Yolk, a digital agency that served clients like Lenovo, Microsoft, Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and the Arts. Yolk was acquired by WPP in 2011. He also listed another company TMG on Nasdaq First North. He is highly ranked as an influencer in the fintech space in Asia. In 2016 he was recognized at the Singapore Indian Business Leaders (SIBL) awards.

KENNETH TAN

Co-Founder, FundYourselfNow and Blockchain Writer

Co-founder at FundYourselfNow, a Singapore-based crypto-currency crowdfunding platform, Kenneth is a thought leader and active writer in the blockchain space and has been featured in multiple news organizations such as Business Times Singapore, Zerohedge and other major crypto publications. He has over 10 years of experience in helping start-ups and businesses successfully build their products.

ALEX HAXTON

Cryptocurrency Advocate and Blockchain Consultant

Alex Haxton was an early adopter of Bitcoin in 2012. He began trading and investing in Bitcoin while being a cryptocurrency advocate on social media. Since then, he has become a cryptocurrency and blockchain consultant and advisor to companies seeking to embrace the blockchain and cryptocurrency sphere.

 PETER SIN

Co-Founder, Singapore Bitcoin Club

Peter serves as the Co-Head of Digital Currency Sub Committee of Singapore Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Industry Association (ACCESS) and the Co-Founder of Singapore Bitcoin Club, Singapore’s largest cryptocurrency trading educational community. He is a frequent speaker and panelist on forums and seminars on cryptocurrencies. Peter is an experienced financial professional in Singapore’s leading financial advisory firm, advising corporate and individual clients on risk management solutions.

 CALEB YAP

Co-Founder, Singapore Bitcoin Club

Caleb is one of the Co-Founder of Singapore Bitcoin Club, Singapore’s largest cryptocurrency trading educational community. He regularly conducts educational workshops and seminars on cryptocurrencies. His views on different investment strategies and different aspects of cryptocurrency are highly valued by the local community. On top of that, he is also an experienced real estate consultant with one of the largest property agency in Singapore.

BRIAN CONDENANZA 

Internet Entrepreneur, ICO Advisor, Blockchain, Crypto and Bitcoin Enthusiast

One of the most successful and influential young entrepreneurs, Brian is an early investor of Bitcoin and a passionate cryptocurrency and blockchain advocate who has amassed over 1 million followers on Twitter where he shares future promising ICOs and helps companies connect with their audience.

GAUTAM SESHADRI 

Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Tech Advisors

With nearly 15 years of experience in Investment banking, corporate strategy, entrepreneurship and venture capital, Gautam is a Co-founder of ZPX, a leading Singapore-headquartered investment & advisory firm in the private technology space. He is an occasional angel investor and serves as Advisor to several tech start-ups including Blowhorn, India’s leading intra-city logistics company.

“We are so excited to have our new advisors on board Viola.AI. We are confident that the team will benefit greatly from their expertise, which will be vital to ensure the success of our project. Their skills and presence in the team will equip us to deliver the best possible ICO in our mission to build the world’s first AI-driven marketplace for dating and relationships. We are humbled by their confidence, encouragement and valuable advice as we scale our project up to the next level,” said Jamie Lee, Co-Founder and Head of Business Development of Viola.AI.

The 7 new Advisors will join the 6 other outstanding profiles in Viola.AI Advisory board, which consists of:

  • Phillippe Rodriguez, President of Bitcoin Association in France and founder of Avolta Partner
  • Michael Reece, Blockchain entrepreneur and Co-Founder of NicheAdNetwork
  • Bruno Vanryb, Serial Entrepreneur who founded Avanquest, a listed and global software publisher
  • Hong Ting Wong, early adopter of cryptocurrencies, a serial entrepreneur, founder & CEO of Botbot.AI and 2359 Media
  • Lisa Clampitt, Founder and President of Matchmaking Institute in New York
  • Dato Larry Gan Nyap Liou, Managing Partner at Accenture for 16 years, invested and worked with innovative technologies

“Each of our Advisor brings something different to the table. They have been instrumental in our growth so far, and have given us tremendous value through their experience. We are humbled and excited to know that each of our esteemed advisors believe in Viola.AI and we look forward to achieving greater heights together in this project,” Jamie concluded.

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Cryptocurrency users have become a prone target for cybercriminals these nefarious individuals often target exchanges and digital wallets. However, it seems there is a malicious social media campaign related to a Bitmain phishing website as well. The site looks and feels like the real deal, but it is clearly a fake. Users need to be aware of these problems and remain vigilant at all times. Cryptocurrency mining is very popular and people aren’t always browsing the correct websites.

The number of phishing attacks against cryptocurrency users has grown significantly. Over the past few years, we have seen numerous attempts at causing financial damage. Exchanges and trading platforms will remain the main target right now. However, someone is trying to trick users into order mining equipment from a fake Bitmain website. Considering how the company is the world’s largest manufacturer of such hardware, it is only normal criminals try to mimic it.

Beware of Fake Bitmain Ads on Facebook

Anyone who gets caught up in this fake website will lose their money. Although it is unclear how many victims there, one Reddit user pointed this issue out to us. More specifically, he lost 0.33 BTC due to this fake Bitmain website. It seems the nefarious site uses a different spelling of the “n” in the Bitmain name. This also makes the domain name look more legitimate compared to using a slightly different company name. A very problematic development, and one that should not be allowed tot to take place.

Unlike previous phishing sites, the fake Bitmain isn’t found on Google. There are no paid search engine advertisements when looking for the company by name. Instead, it can only be found on Facebook. Given the popularity of social media, it is normal criminals will try their hand at this new method. No one knows for sure how long the ad has been running for, though. Moreover, it remains unclear if this ad targets users in specific countries.

All things considered, cryptocurrency users need to be more careful than ever before. Any platform or email can contain malicious ads for services which seem legitimate. Bitmain is the latest victim in the ongoing attack by cybercriminals against cryptocurrency enthusiasts. It is unfortunate sites like these are even approved by Facebook. Big companies often don’t have the right staff in place to remain ahead of these phishing sites. It will not be the last of its kind either.

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Everyone wants real/legitimate product reviews to help make the best purchases on Amazon. “Fake news” isn’t helpful…. neither are fake reviews. Zapit is a product review authenticator, powered by Blockchain technology. Zapit analyzes product reviews and confirms their legitimacy, providing a new level of confidence in the shopping platform for both buyers and sellers. The Zapit’s Browser plugin helps you make the best purchases on Amazon by automatically displaying blockchain verified product reviews. Consumers will also be able to write the product review for their purchase from within the plugin while earning Zapit Tokens.

As per Forbes, Amazon’s fake review problem is only getting worse. Fake reviews hurt everyone… consumers and quality sellers alike. Questionable sellers are buying fraudulent product reviews, potentially misleading consumers. Zapit is the new product review authenticator, powered by Blockchain, that confirms legitimate products reviews, written by real customers, to help you make the best-informed purchases.

Amazon sellers can post affiliate links of their Amazon products on Zapit platform. Users will see the reviews on the platform and may purchase products using the affiliate links with the potential of earning additional 4% to 8% in profits.

Zapit leverages the benefits of blockchain technology by using human moderators like bitcoin miners. Moderators will verify reviews for approval or rejection. Each review needs multiple approvals before it can be published. The Zapit moderation process is in addition to/complements automated flag detection that companies like Amazon and Yelp uses to identify spam reviews.

The Zapit token sale will go live on January 30th 2018. Built with blockchain technology, Zapit makes us rethink the way reviews process should be organized. The idea of Zapit started in Q3 2017, the beta version of the platform will be ready for launch in Q2 of 2018.

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Zapit is the new product review authenticator, powered by Blockchain. Built with blockchain technology, Zapit makes us rethink the way reviews process should be organized. Decentralization makes it possible to change the logic behind writing & moderating reviews and establish the new standards to benefit all – sellers, consumers, and product evaluators.

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Tuesday, Jan 13, 2018BitStarz has a reputation for dishing out big jackpots. Plenty of top prizes fell during 2017, with many players waiting in the wings to catch the cash. Keeping the momentum rolling into 2018, another big win has been announced, as Book of Fortune – the popular Amatic slot – has recently paid out 19.2 BTC ($279,000 approx).

Amatic isn’t afraid to present players with a healthy challenge that’s for sure, with Book of Fortune being absolutely no exception. Set amidst a mystical realm of castles, wizards, and witches, this game rewards players with magic spells and wondrous bonus features. Through a variety of betting levels, this high volatility game kicks up the level of adventure, with it certainly not afraid to put a bumper prize on the line.

You only need to take a single look at the paytable to see the powerful prizes that Book of Fortune has in store. That being said, one player seems to have cast quite the spell over this Amatic game, having been able to scoop a jaw-dropping payout that will certainly have fellow players talking. Through a single spin, with a 1,000x multiplier in tow, the player from Russia walked away with 19.2 BTC, which equals around $279,000.

BitStarz isn’t your standard online casino, as it ranks as the world’s leading hybrid-currency online casino. Leaving the competition in the dust, BitStarz works tirelessly to stay ahead of rival names by delivering the best games and some of the biggest jackpots around. Highly rated and respected by casino industry voice AskGamblers, BitStarz has forged its own trail and now holds a golden reputation amongst players.

Speaking on the bumper win, Srdjan Kapor (BitStarz Marketing Manager) said,

“BitStarz has always been proud to host the best games that Amatic has to offer, with Book of Fortune certainly being one of the biggest. We were delighted to hear that a player from Russia was able to spin its reels and win a magical 19.2 BTC prize. Equaling around $300,000, this win really does represent the perfect way to ring in the New Year if you ask us.”

About BitStarz

www.bitstarz.io

BitStarz is a true industry trailblazer, as it’s the very first online casino that allowed players to wager in both bitcoin and international currencies. That’s not all either, as BitStarz goes above and beyond to serve up more than 1,000 games, covering video slots, progressive slots, classic slots, instant play games, and – of course – countless unforgettable table classics. With a reputable gaming license issued from Antillephone N.V., based in Curacao to confirm its legitimacy, BitStarz also offers super-fast cashout speeds and all-around personal service, ensuring a high-grade gaming experience.

BitStarz has taken the idea of a cross-currency casino to new heights, to find out more about what this leading industry name has to offer, please contact Srdjan Kapor at [email protected].

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Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) have been under steadily increasing scrutiny by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), leaving many companies and would-be investors wondering if they should risk getting into the ICO craze or leave well enough alone.

In early December, the SEC even filed charges against PlexCorps, a company that had raised over $15 million by promising to deliver returns in excess of 1,354% percent over a one-month period. Later in the month, the SEC froze trading on a hot bitcoin stock, The Crypto Company, citing “concerns regarding the accuracy and adequacy of information.”

This has been the general gist of many of the SEC actions in regards to ICOs, sending shockwaves through the cryptocurrency investment world.

 “This space is on fire and everyone wants in, but all this uncertainty around ICOs is making investors nervous,” says Fintech entrepreneur and Finova Financial CEO Gregory Keough. “The ICO model was a good first iteration, but we saw that it was time to take it to a next-level approach that provides compliance while still delivering a type of crowdfunding opportunity.”

JCO Offers ICO 2.0 Alternative

With his attorneys at Cooley LLP, Keough has created what he describes as “ICO 2.0” – a next-gen hybrid of ICO and initial public offering (IPO) structured to comply with SEC regulations using the JOBS Act Regulation A+ to include non-certified investors in a pathway to the world’s first equity-linked token. He hopes his JOBS Crypto Offering (JCO) model will provide a new avenue for startups to raise capital from a larger pool of investors.

“The crypto-investment market is maturing very quickly,” says Keough. “With the SEC’s actions, we’re already moving past the sort of lawless new frontier mentality that was so exciting when Bitcoin and ICOs first took off. Investors are looking for more secure ways to get into the crypto craze, and we are working with Cooley LLP to fill this market demand.”

Introduced in the U.S. in November, the JCO is a new crowdfunding mechanism using the blockchain and cryptocurrency to allow companies to raise capital more readily through cryptocurrency investments and an initial public offering of stock in compliance with the JOBS Act Regulation A+.

First Equity-Linked Token Offering

Finova’s own token will carry the unique attribute of being linked to a share of equity in Finova and will provide for an ERC-20 Ethereum token standard that can be traded in cryptocurrency and is also backed by assets in a U.S. corporation (the ERC-20 standard makes assets more easily interchangeable). Upon issuance of tokens, the token will have the ability to pay the dividend directly to the wallet registered to the individual.

The JCO is being launched to offer an investment opportunity in Finova Financial, a socially responsible provider of digital financial technologies with a stated mission of creating a more inclusive financial system and providing a path to financial health for the 2 billion people outside of the traditional financial system. Founded in 2015 by an executive team with a deep background in traditional banking, Finova is backed by more than $100M in capital, led by CoVenture.

At the moment, Finova is in the process of offering a Simple Agreement for Future Tokens (SAFT) in a presale to accredited investors that will act as the first step on the path to issuing SEC-regulated securities to non-accredited investors.

“Our goal was to create an investment model that democratizes access to capital as well as investment opportunities,” says Keough. “We worked with the community and our attorneys to design what we hope will be a model many can use to give early-stage companies access to the largest pool of capital possible.”

To learn more about JCO, visit: http://jco.finovafinancial.com

 

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It is known, the investment process can eventually be destroyed by the initial coin offering (ICO) or ensuing token generation events.  The new business model existing in the world of blockchain technology changes traditional fundraising campaigns in the way of clarity, transparent success and safety. The generation of held-for-trading tokens raises the capital in this process.

The peculiarity of ICO is founded on the idea of using the crypto tokens. The two main token types proving the services and products of ICO to the potential investors are utility tokens (app coins) and equity tokens. In case of business success, the investors are able to get the money in cash or as different coins  (e.g. ETH, BTC) by trading on basic cryptocurrency exchanges.  The adventurous for an ICO is the perspective of capital growth that can provide further development of the project based on the blockchain.

ICO investing could be the best way to grow rich  

Throughout 2017, ICO became the most commercially successful and investment attractive way to get the capital for starting the business. Such ICO niches like gambling, finance, healthcare, E-learning are in great demand with investors.

As was said earlier, the substitution of traditional business models with new ones in the world of blockchain technologies bring advanced ways for project development, its fundraising, and realization. First of all, it is absolutely necessary to spend time on learning the rock-solid whitepaper and well-crafted website if the investor is interested in ICO investing. Full knowledge of core ICO audience and the idea of ICO are also essential to start an investment.

A grain of sand on the beach

With the launch of plenty of ICOs and new tokens every week, getting to know them all and understanding the possibility of sustained profit by participating in them is like looking for a grain on the beach. That is why new investors should be aware of the main rules and regulations that are applicable to the country from which the ICO’ originates. The investors have better chance to differentiate ICOs with wealth potential from scams if they fully understand the business environment.

Generally speaking, the startups organizing the ICOS always try to find the right solution to the problems using blockchain technology. The secret of success lies in understanding the ICO market’s subtle aspects, the suggestions and provided solutions.

 The different ways for sports betting

After lots of attempts to develop the newest blockchain PokerStars website, sports betting has remained an untouched ICO sub-niche in the gambling industry. It is natural that players need a favorable and secure environment as much as the investors need the tidy gambling income. The ICO’s model simplifies the betting process and fundamentally changes the common gambling industry.

XWIN – the safe sports betting platform based on the blockchain

XWIN is the betting sharing platform based on Ethereum blockchain. The development of a crypto-bookmaker platform is the primary goal of XWIN. Using Ethereum smart contracts to ensure transparency of transactions, XWIN breaks the online bookmaking industry and provides a comfortable environment for gaining income out of gambling for both investors and players. The XWIN investors get 20 percent commission out of company’s profit margin.  The 24/7 investment supervision, safe transactions, privacy policy, sustainability are included as additional perks.

The XWIN business model with margins from six to twenty percent per bet has promising income prospects. The funds are meant to be used for players’ and investors’ awarding as well as development and farther improvement of XWIN platform.

Disposition of funds:
25% guaranteed payments for players
20% maintenance and managing defrayment
35% promotion, PR, and advertising, online/offline marketing
20% amount distributed among investors

The campaign of XWIN tokens open sale will come to an end on Jan.30, 2018. The Pre-ICO reached the deadline on Dec.31, 2017 and entered the ICO phase that started on Jan.1 up to Jan.30,2018. The value of one XWIN is 0.004 ETH. XWIN tokens are already available to grab.

Back to physics and LTC Hooke’s Law is what’s in play folks. From historical price set ups, the longer the stretch, the stronger the break out and I have emphasized that enough times.

So maybe you should look at buying NEM, IOTA and Monero especially if it closes above that double top as trend resumes.

Let’s have a look at other alt coin charts

NEM IS BACK IN LINE

NEM IS BACK IN LINE
XEMBTC 4HR Chart for January 13, 2018

As the week nears to an end, NEM is finally getting some traction and from yesterday’s analysis, all we need is a close above the 50% Fibonacci retracement.

With higher highs, it is most likely and that is what we are waiting today.

In line with this expectation, I recommend buyers to get in at the close of this candlestick.

LUMENS DIPS TOWARDS MIDDLE BB IS ANOTHER BUYING OPPORTUNITY

LUMENS DIPS TOWARDS MIDDLE BB IS ANOTHER BUYING OPPORTUNITY
XLMBTC 4HR Chart for January 13, 2018

As long as XLM candlesticks continue to print, we remain buyers. At the moment, we have a minor spinning tops formation along the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level and two things can happen.

One, buyers may continue pushing prices higher-and that is what I think might happen or there might be a correction to the 50% retracement level and the middle BB.

Of course, given the set-up that is ideal for “buy on dips” strategy and should offer a wonderful opportunity to profit with minimum risk for swingers.

TRADE THE BREAK OUT AND BUY IOTA

TRADE THE BREAK OUT AND BUY IOTA
IOTBTC 4HR Chart for January 13, 2018

Now that we have a break out above the minor resistance trend line, we may as well as buy.

Now, if prices correct, our first support will be the middle BB and below it, IOTA bulls should look to place their stops and account safety net.

CLOSE ABOVE MONERO DOUBLE TOPS IS IMPORTANT FOR TREND CONTINUATION

CLOSE ABOVE MONERO DOUBLE TOPS IS IMPORTANT FOR TREND CONTINUATION
XMRBTC 4HR Chart for January 13, 2018

A simple Fibonacci retracement from last week’s high lows shows that prices reversed from around last week’s highs.

Regardless of the current Monero higher highs, it would have been ideal if buyers jumped in from the main break out-now support line at 0.025 BTC.

However, that has not been the case so we trade as per the trend.

Of course from previous analysis, Monero is playing within a break out and the moment prices close above the double tops, then well, those who didn’t snatch Monero at a discount should load up.

LTC HOOKE’S LAW

LTC HOOKE’S LAW
LTCBTC 4HR Chart for January 13, 2018

I had to check twice to see if my chart was loading right. Yes, it was and LTC is still in a squeeeeeeezzzze!! The longer it gets the better and stronger the break out.

It’s like the Hooke’s law in physics, the longer you stretch that rubber band the snap back will be more powerful and painful if you are on the receiving end.

I’m net long and I recommend longs now with stops below 0.017 BTC.

All charts courtesy of Trading View

Last year Bitcoin forked multiple times but the most successful one was Bitcoin Cash providing a rival chain that caused a rift within the BTC community. This year both versions are forking again and two new blockchains are imminent, with World Bitcoin already arriving.

WBTC has already split from the Bitcoin chain at block 503,888. According to its founders it has been created to solve a number of existing problems with Bitcoin. Anyone that has used it is well aware of the transaction fees and the arduous hours it takes to send or receive. World Bitcoin aims to evolve beyond the current blockchain into something far more efficient;

“We call it World Bitcoin because we want to solve the practical problems in the Bitcoin Network from a global perspective and offer more diverse scenarios of applications,”

By creating blockchain 3.0  the founders want to develop a system characterized by an infinite platform of smart contracts, high concurrency, low fees and blocks with upper limits. According to a WBTC Medium post the team said;

“In such areas as financial services, food security and culture and entertainment, concepts in blockchain technology have already been adopted in real life. Just like “Internet +”, “blockchain +” will have a significant impact on the upgrade of the whole industry and WBTC will spearhead that change.”

In total there will be 2.121 billion WBTC, with 21 million being managed by the WBTC Foundation for marketing, building a global ecosystem, and developing new features. Bitcoin users can get 100 WBTC for 1 Bitcoin.

Bitcoin Candy is the second fork due to split from the Bitcoin Cash chain at block 512,666 where it will continue on its own 8Mb block chain. BCH users will get CDY at a ratio of a thousand per Bitcoin Cash. The vision behind this one is a system resilient to quantum computing which many speculate will break the existing blockchain model. The Bitcoin Candy website states;

“As top technology companies like D-Wave, IBM and Intel are ramping up their investment in quantum computing research and development, the age of quantum computing will probably arrive in five to ten years. As such, ECDSA-based cryptocurrencies will become breakable by quantum computers. The CDY team will focus on experimenting with post-quantum signatures to secure cryptocurrencies.”

Blocks will be created much faster, at a rate of every two minutes and a total supply of 21 billion will be available, 10% of which will be pre-mined as an incentive for early developers and adopters. 2018 is likely to see a lot more forks in the Bitcoin ecosystem which continues to evolve beyond its original and somewhat obsolescent from.