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Charlie Lee Sums Up Litecoin’s 10 Years History. Part One: Fair Launch

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The creator of Litecoin, Charlie Lee, is ready to celebrate the coin’s 10th anniversary. What better way to do it than by giving the public the oral history of Litecoin. Of course, that’s a figure of speech. Since it’s 2021, he gave us that “oral history” through a Twitter thread. And what a thread it is. It takes us back to the very beginning of the cryptocurrency space and, using documentation and images, lets us in on the secrets, the inner jokes, and the wholesomeness of times past.

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In this first installment, Charlie Lee will cover the most crucial part of the story: Litecoin’s fair launch. Buckle up people, it’s going to be a wild ride!

Charlie Lee On Altcoin’s Prehistory

A lot of projects saw the light of day after Bitcoin and before Litecoin. He names:

  • Namecoin. 
  • Ixcoin
  • Iocoin
  • Solidcoin
  • Tenebrix 

And somberly declares, “Every one of these coins are now dead.” According to Charlie Lee, the reason for their demise was a lack of fairness. “Most of these altcoins have a huge premine. Tenebrix for example had 7 million coins premined. That means the creator has incentives to pump the coin to a high price so he/she can profit massively without much work.” 

Then, Charlie Lee gives us the definition of “Ninja mining.” “If a coin was not premined, you get things like ninja mining. That’s when a coin is released silently to friends and family.” And tells us that some of those projects launched without releasing the source code to the public. The kicker, of course, is that Litecoin was a response to all of that nonsense. Fairness was crucial, and it’s the main reason the project still exists today. 

LTC price chart for 10/08/2021 on Kraken | Source: LTC/USD on TradingView.com

Litecoin’s Prehistory

After Charlie Lee settled on the name Litecoin, his first action was to buy all the related domains. “What a great move in hindsight. So now, we don’t have something like http://litecoin.com promoting Litecoin Cash instead of Litecoin. $38.85 well spent!” Shots fired! Friendly shots, though, but shots nonetheless.

An interesting fact that Lee gives us is that, even though coding the coin was easy, the hardest thing to create was the genesis block. “The hardest part was actually to create the genesis block. Satoshi never documented how he did it and the code to do that was not checked in with the Bitcoin source code.” So, he did “some reverse engineering” and created this block right here. And then, Charlie Lee gives us another amazing factoid. “What a lot of people didn’t know is that I put the headline of Steve Job’s death in the genesis hash. This proves that the genesis block was created after 10/5/11.

Litecoin’s launch thread in the legendary Bitcointalk forums is an archeological artifact from forgotten times. The story starts with:

“Litecoin is the result of some of us who joined together on IRC in an effort to create a real alternative currency similar to Bitcoin.  We wanted to make a coin that is silver to Bitcoin’s gold.  Various alternative currencies have come and gone.  Some brought innovation, but they all had problems.”

A hilarious story is that a young Vitalik Buterin hated the Litecoin name and said so in the launch thread:

Back to the Twitter thread, Charlie Lee tells us, “The code was available for anyone to download and compile. So they can check the code to make sure.” And later on, that “People were able to immediately mine on testnet to make sure everything works on their system. This is very important.” The table was set for…

Litecoin’s Fair Launch

Since everyone that wanted to was “prepared to mine at launch,” Litecoin had the coveted fair launch. “To accomplish this, I of course had to share the genesis block with everyone. But I can’t just do that because people can mine a long chain in private from that genesis block.” And then, Charlie Lee reveals how he hid it.

And he confesses, “So I lied, there was a 2 block premine of 100 coins. The genesis coins cannot be spent.” However, he had already told this to the community in that Bitcointalk thread:

“Litecoin will come with 150 premined coins: just the genesis block and the first 2 blocks to confirm the genesis is valid.“

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Then, Chalie Lee created a poll to ask the community when to launch. The option that he wanted didn’t win. Since fairness was what he aimed for, he prepared everything for the day the small community had decided. And then, he rickrolled them!

Then, he posted the missing configuration parameters on the Bitcointalk thread and everybody was off to the races.

And, as they say, the rest is history. To close this chapter, Charlie Lee leaves modesty aside, “I think I managed to pull off the fairest launch of any coin. And that is one of the biggest reasons why Litecoin succeeded. Surprisingly, very very few coins copied Litecoin’s launch.

Tomorrow, join us and Charlie Lee to remember what happened between the launch and the present. The article is going to be as full of easter eggs and amazing stories as this one.

Featured Image: Screenshot from the Bitcointalk forums | Charts by TradingView

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Ethereum Topside Bias Vulnerable If It Breaks This Key Support

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Ethereum trimmed gains from the $4,800 resistance against the US Dollar. ETH is down 5% and it might decline further if there is a break below $4,350.

  • Ethereum failed to clear the $4,800 resistance and started a fresh decline.
  • The price is now trading near $4,500 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
  • There was a break below a key bullish trend line with support near $4,600 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken).
  • The pair could decline further below $4,500 if there is a close below the 100 hourly SMA.

Ethereum Price Trims Gains

Ethereum struggled to clear the $4,800 resistance zone and started a fresh decline. ETH broke the key $4,650 support to enter a bearish zone.

Besides, there was a break below a key bullish trend line with support near $4,600 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD. The pair even traded below the $4,550 support zone. It is now trading near $4,500 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.

A low is formed near $4,455 and is currently consolidating losses. An initial resistance on the upside is near the $4,540 level. It is near the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the $4,783 high to $4,455 low.

The first major resistance is near the $4,580 level. The next major resistance is near the $4,620 level. It coincides with the 50% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the $4,783 high to $4,455 low.

Source: ETHUSD on TradingView.com

A close above the $4,600 and $4,620 levels could start a fresh increase in the near term. In the stated case, the price might rise towards the $4,750 level. Any more gains could lift the price towards the $4,800 zone in the near term.

More Losses in ETH?

If ethereum fails to start a fresh increase above the $4,600 level, it could start a downside correction. An initial support on the downside is near the $4,500 level.

The first key support is now forming near the $4,450 level. A downside break below the $4,450 support zone could push the price further lower. The main breakdown support is $4,350, below which the price could decline heavily.

Technical Indicators

Hourly MACDThe MACD for ETH/USD is gaining pace in the bearish zone.

Hourly RSIThe RSI for ETH/USD is now well below the 50 level.

Major Support Level – $4,450

Major Resistance Level – $4,620

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David Marcus, The Latest Top Executive To Leave Meta/ Facebook’s Crypto Project

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Another one bites the dust. David Marcus stepped down as the head of Novi, Meta/ Facebook’s fintech division. The company’s first order of business was to create a cryptocurrency, but regulators around the world were not keen on the idea. After a few missteps and name changes, they finally released a wallet called Novi to little fanfare. The coin, now named Diem, is still in development and unreleased.

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David Marcus Says Goodbye

This is not the first time this happens, other top executives have abandoned Meta’s ship over the years. CNBC recapitulates:

“Marcus’s departure follows that of other key executives who led Facebook’s ill-fated efforts in blockchain. Fellow project founder Morgan Beller left the company in September 2020 to go into venture capital. Kevin Weil, another one of the project founders, left in March to join Planet, a San Francisco company.”

Ex-Upwork CEO Stephane Kasriel will replace David Marcus, who in a Facebook post announcing his departure said:

“The one thing I’m the proudest of during my time here is the amazing kickass team we’ve assembled over the last three years. This is the most resilient, passionate, determined and talented group of humans I’ve ever worked with. I find comfort and confidence in knowing that they will continue to execute our important mission well under Stephane Kasriel’s leadership, and I can’t wait to witness this from the outside.”

Mark Zuckerberg responded to David Marcus: 

“I’ve learned so much working with you and I’m so grateful for everything you’ve done for this place. We wouldn’t have taken such a big swing at Diem without your leadership and I’m grateful you’ve made Meta a place where we make those big bets. You’ve built a great team, and while I’ll miss working with you, I’m looking forward to working with Stephane to lead the team going forward.”

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For his part, Stephane Kasriel said via Twitter:

“I am so honored for the opportunity to lead the awesome Novi team, and look forward to continuing to build products and services that allow more access for people and businesses to the financial system and digital economy.”

FACEBOOK price chart on BMFBOVESPA | Source: TradingView.com

What’s The Deal With Libra/Calibra/Novi/Diem?

After many iterations, Diem is now a stablecoin prototype. For its part Novi, the wallet, is only available in the United States and Guatemala. Facebook/Meta is running a pilot program to test the technology and gather data. They’re trying to steal the remittances market in Guatemala, which constitutes 14% of the county’s GDP. Using the Novi wallet, it’s almost free.

Nowadays, Facebook/Meta is using the Paxos stablecoin USDP as their standard. About this, David Marcus said via Twitter. “USDP is a well-designed stablecoin that’s been operating successfully for over three years and has important regulatory and consumer protection attributes.  I do want to be clear that our support for Diem hasn’t changed and we intend to launch Novi with Diem once it receives regulatory approval and goes live. We care about interoperability and we want to do it right.”

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However, will Diem ever receive regulatory approval? For Facebook/Meta, that’s the Trillion-Dollar question. The company’s reputation regarding its handling of personal data is hampering the whole operation. And, well, governments around the world don’t seem to want a company like Facebook in charge of the money. And, well, the project’s been all over the place from the very beginning. No offense to David Marcus, who claims to be Diem’s “Co-creator & Board member.”

The project’s slogan is “To build a trusted and innovative financial network that empowers people and businesses around the world.” And, well, that’s Bitcoin. Why don’t they just plug in to the winning open network? Because Meta wants to be in control of the money supply. And that’s what government’s around the world are trying to prevent.

Featured Image: mohamed_hassan on Pixabay | Charts by TradingView

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Bitcoin Shows Bearish Signs, Risk of Breakdown Below $56K

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Bitcoin failed again to clear the $58,500 resistance against the US Dollar. BTC is declining and it might accelerate lower below the $56,000 support in the near term.

  • Bitcoin is struggling to move above the $58,000 and $58,500 levels.
  • The price is just trading above $57,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
  • There was a break below a key bullish trend line with support near $57,200 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair could accelerate lower if there is a clear break below the $56,000 support zone.

Bitcoin Price is Struggling

Bitcoin price failed to gain pace above the $58,500 resistance zone. BTC is slowly moving lower from the last swing high at $58,890. There was a break below the $58,000 level.

The price traded below the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the upward move from the $53,300 swing low to $58,890 high. Besides, there was a break below a key bullish trend line with support near $57,200 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair.

Bitcoin is now just trading above $57,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. An immediate resistance on the upside is near the $57,500 level. The first major resistance is near the $58,000 level.

Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

The main resistance is still near the $58,500 level. A clear break above the $58,500 resistance zone could open the doors for more upsides. The next key resistance is near the $60,000 level, above which the price could rise steadily. The next stop for the bulls may possibly be near the $61,200 level.

Fresh Drop In BTC?

If bitcoin fails to clear the $58,000 resistance zone, it could start a fresh decline. An immediate support on the downside is near the $57,000 level. The first major support is now forming near the $56,800 level and the 100 hourly SMA.

The next major support is near the $56,000 level. It is near the 50% Fib retracement level of the upward move from the $53,300 swing low to $58,890 high. A downside break below the $56,000 support may perhaps push the price towards $55,500. Any more losses might start a major decline towards $52,000.

Technical indicators:

Hourly MACD – The MACD is now gaining pace in the bearish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is currently below the 50 level.

Major Support Levels – $57,000, followed by $56,000.

Major Resistance Levels – $58,000, $58,500 and $60,000.

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