Here’s What’s Going on at the Time of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Hard Fork

Final thoughts  - The ABC blockchain is five blocks ahead of SV, as the latter's price tanks

The Bitcoin Cash ABC blockchain is currently ahead of the the Bitcoin Cash SV blockchain by five blocks, most of them mined by Bitcoin.com, thanks to its strategy of taking hashrate from the BTC blockchain and deploying it on the BCH blockchain. Since the ABC side currently has more hashrate than SV, a 51% attack isn’t possible.

On the SV side, some reports claim nodes are crashing. On crypto exchanges already trading the BCHABC and BCHSV tokens - Poloniex and Bitfinex - SV’s tokens are plummeting. Currently, BCHABC is trading at $312, while BCHSV is down to $77.

Notably, Bitcoin.com won’t be able to keep on directing its pool’s BTC’s hashrate to the ABC blockchain as it’s being rented by its clients. When its hashrate is directed back to BTC’s blockchain, it’s unclear whether SV will have enough hashrate to attack the ABC blockchain.

We’d like to thank you for following the Bitcoin Cash hard fork with us. CryptoGlobe will soon publish an update on the situation and will keep on monitoring the situation.

18:47 - ABC has mined eight post-fork blocks while SV mined five, thanks to added hashrate

The BCH ABC blockchain has already seen eight blocks be mined after the hard fork, and seven of them were mined by Bitcoin.com. The mining pool, which mines both BTC and BCH, redirected most of its hashpower to the BCH blockchain, presumably to prevent a 51% attack.

The move has now seen the ABC blockchain have more hashpower than SV, which means a 51% attack is currently impossible. Currently, estimates put Bitcoin Cash ABC’s hashpower at 3,850 PH/s, and Bitcoin Cash SV’s at 2,915 PH/s

Bitcoin ABC's hashrate is currently above that of Bitcoin SV

18:17 - Bitfinex reveals it’ll attribute th BCH ticker to the winning blockchain, first SV block mined

The popular Bitfinex exchange has recently revealed, via Twitter,that’s set to attribute the BCH ticker to the “winning” blockchain. The ticker will not be assigned until the hard fork is complete and, presumably, until the dust settles.

The cryptocurrency exchange has also revealed it just credited users who were engaging in pre-fork trading with their respective BCHABC and BCHSV tokens. At about the same time the SV blockchain just mined its first block. This officially confirms the chain has split.

18:11 - The ABC blockchain is block ahead of SVs

The BCH blockchain split merely minutes ago and the BCHABC supporters have already mined two additional blocks, while the blockchain supported by self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto Craig Wright is seemingly pending, with no additional blocks being mined so far.

Blocks on ABC’s blockchain are currently seeing thousands of transactions go through it. According to some monitoring tools these transactions have extremely low fees attached to them.

18:06 - Block 556767 has been mined and BCH blockchain just split into two

The Bitcoin.com mining pool  has recently mined block number 556767 on the Bitcoin Cash blockchain. It’s the first post-fork and was mined by a mining pool supporting the Bitcoin ABC development team.

Those supporting Bitcoin Cash SV just regarded the block as invalid, which means the Bitcoin Cash blockchain just split into two.

17:23 - Bitcoin.com’s mining pool adds 4 exahash of mining power

Bitcoin.com’s mining pool, an organization that supports the Bitcoin ABC development team, has reportedly added 4 exahash of mining power directed at the BCH blockchain, presumably in a response  to prevent BCHSV’s 51% attack threat.

16:35 UTC - BCHABC surges on Poloniex as BCHSV declines

Shortly before the hard fork, the price of BCHABC’s “futures” has started surging and are currently trading at $285, while BCHSV’s futures started plummeting, and have already dropped below $100.

As previously covered, the pre-fork futures had a very narrow gap merely days ago, at about the time cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex launched trading pairs as well.


Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork - ABC vs. SV

Bitcoin Cash’s (BCH) blockchain is about to undergo a hard fork that’s set to split it in two separate networks. Here you’ll find CryptoGlobe’s live coverage of the situation. As previously covered, there are two opposing sides with “skin in the game.”

One side, Bitcoin Cash ABC, sees the Bitcoin ABC development team attempt to improve the cryptocurrency technology, while the side backed by self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto Craig Wright, Bitcoin Cash SV, is looking to increase its block size from 32 MB to 128 MB.

Currently the market is favouring Bitcoin Cash ABC with a price of over $312 compared to BCHSV which is currently trading at $77. As the chart shows it was only 24 hours earlier BCHSV briefly surpassed BCHABC as CryptoGlobe covered.

Bitcoin ABC has been surging while Bitocin SV is plummeting after the forkBCHABC (red) pulls away from BCHSV (Blue) in price

Bitcoin Cash SV’s miners currently hold roughly 71% of the network’s hashrate, and have threatened a 51% attack against the chain supporting Bitcoin Cash ABC. The threat would see them mine empty blocks on the chain, in an attempt to stop transactions from going through.

According to Coin.Dance data, only about 8% of the network’s nodes support BCHSV. Recently, an SV-supporting website, CoinGeek, was hit with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. While attacking the website itself doesn’t harm BCHSV, attacking CoinGeek’s dominant mining pool or BCHSV’s nodes could affect its resources.

Most cryptocurrency exchanges have already suspended BCH deposits and withdrawals. Moving coins right after the hard fork isn’t advisable, as replay protection hasn’t been implemented. This could see users accidentally spend funds on both chains.

Resources to Track the Fork

  • Fork Monitor - https://forkmonitor.info/
  • Fork tool - https://fork.btc.com/  
  • Coin.Dance - https://cash.coin.dance/
  • BCHSV price - https://www.cryptocompare.com/coins/bchsv/overview
  • BCHABC price - https://www.cryptocompare.com/coins/bchabc/overview

Travala’s Token AVA Jumps Following Announcement of Partnership with Expedia

Michael LaVere
  • Binance-backed cryptocurrency travel booking platform Travala has announced a partnership with Expedia Group.
  • Travala's native token AVA appreciated more than 20 percent following the announcement.

The Binance-backed travel booking website Travala has announced a new partnership with the online travel agency Expedia Group. 

According to a press release published July 6, Travala and Expedia have joined forces to offer consumers a frictionless cryptocurrency travel-booking experience. The release claims more than 700,000 Expedia Group hotels and accommodations have been made available via Travala.com, in addition to the platform’s existing 2 million hotels across 230 countries. 

Juan Otero, CEO and co-founder of Travala, said the new partnership reflected the rise in popularity for cryptocurrency. He also explained that consumer travel was on the rise following months of COVID-19 imposed shutdown. 

He said:

Our latest month-on-month data shows consumer confidence and the desire for travel is returning, with an 81% increase in room nights booked and website traffic up 50% week-on-week.

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao said Travala had proven its ability “to build a world-class travel booking platform” and was excited by the partnership with Expedia. 

AVA, the native token for Travala, underwent a subsequent price increase following the announcement. As of writing, the coin has appreciated more than 20%. 

Altcoins Move up as Bitcoin Stalls

The AVA token is not the only in the cryptocurrency space growing exponentially so far this year. While the price of bitcoin has been range-bound moving between $9,000 and $10,000 since the beginning of May, various altcoins have been moving up.

Over the last 6 months, the price of BTC is up little over 13% according to CryptoCompare data, while other altcoins have been moving up. Most of these are related to the decentralized finance space, or to blockchains launching new products or announcing specific partnerships.

VeChan's VET, for example, surged after it was announced VeChain was attending the World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2020, hosted by the Shanghai Municipal People's Government. The conference will also be attended by Microsoft, Alibaba, Tencent, Huawei, and Amazon. One VET is changing hands for $0.0148, up from $0.,0055 in January.

As CryptoGlobe reported, Kyber Network's KNC tokens have risen over 650% year-to-date thanks to the upcoming Katalyst update, which will allow token holders to earn ETH rewards while participating in governance by staking their tokens. 

Another altcoin that moved up significantly is OKEx's OKB cryptocurrency. The token, which gives various advantages to the bitcoin exchange's users, is up 74% over the last six months, going from $2.78 to $5 at press time.

day_CryptoCompare_Index_OKB_USDT_231_11594045158429.pngSource: CryptoCompare

OKEx's OKB isn't tied to decentralized finance protocols, which Waves CEO Sasha Ivanov warned could be turning into the  next ICO bubble, but is instead tied to one of the leading crypto exchanges in the world. 

Decentralized finance protocol Aave has also seen the price of its LEND token surge so far this year. While in January the tokens were trading at $0.017, they are now $0.175 -- a 750% increase.

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