Bitcoin Surges Back Above $7200 As Square Tests Crypto Payments

"The reports of Bitcoin's death are greatly exaggerated..."

Remember over the weekend, as Bitcoin crashed 30% from its highs, how the 'told you so' crowd emerged and confidently predicted the end of the bubble as Bitcoin Cash was set to run the world? Well that was 30% ago and Bitcoin is now testing back above $7250 following headlines overnight that P2P payments provider Square is testing integration of cryptocurrency payments in its cash app...

As CoinTelegraph reports,  Square has issued a rollout to a limited number of customers, using pooled wallets to allow Bitcoin payments without the current high fees.

“...We’ve found that [customers] are interested in using the Cash App to buy Bitcoin,” the company said in a statement.


“We're exploring how Square can make this experience faster and easier, and have rolled out this feature to a small number of Cash App customers. We believe cryptocurrency can greatly impact the ability of individuals to participate in the global financial system and we're excited to learn more here.”

The reaction has been a $700 surge so far...

As users continue to battle high fees, the debacle over Bitcoin Cash (BCH) which saw Bitcoin prices drop dramatically over the weekend seems to be abating.

Having hit $2,400 previously, BCH is now circling just half of that, while Bitcoin is at its highest since Nov. 10.

Reactions to Square’s experiment were mixed, with Reddit commentators’ lukewarm reception contrasting with excited tweets from extant Square users.

Finally, Mike Novogratz sums things up well... "the herd is coming...


MagicHandPuppet FreeShitter Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:37 Permalink

Haters gonna hate while Satoshi Nakamoto's divine code, channeled from the heavens and through his computer keyboard, unleashes the next leap into another dimension of real, tangible value. How do you price infinite wisdom gifted to an unworthy world through the lines of the most finely crafted code imaginable, programmed to store ALL of your worth and savings into a sacred digital wallet you can put on a tiny thumb drive for safe keeping? Immagine becoming a TRILLIONAIRE, because his code has already guaranteed it with the purchase of a single bitcoin!It's all already in the CODE!!!

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Manthong MagicHandPuppet Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:57 Permalink

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  In case anybody has not figured it out…. BTC is a spec  right now. When  it stabilizes and starts to become a reliable currency…….. It will probably be worthwhile to use  

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blentus Manthong Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:35 Permalink

BitMEX also announced few hour ago that they will sell (before end of the year) all the BCHs from the August fork (which were never given to customers, as indicated in advance) and will give, to customers, the proceeds in BTC. Might be between 100,000 and 150,000 BCHs according to rumours. Seems bit unrealistic, but fuck if I know how much BTCs such a large exchange could store at any given time. Remains to be seen whether they will really do it. They were very vocal before against Ver's attempt fo fuck shit up (they were the first to be against S2X bollocks too). Obvious in-your-face BTC supporter.They're the first big player to respond directly to Ver, and his band of crooks and liars, with some action. This creates drama, people love drama, everyone is happy.Hashpower is usually stable at 90% vs 10% (BTC vs BCH) for most of the time, with occasional moves (up to 25%) to BCH side when it pays off to mine BCH. Last move happened an hour or so ago, 25% in total, 20% now. Doesn't seem to get more traction, even if BCH is more profitable to mine at this moment. Unless it drops again (it dropped 50EUR in an hour, few hours ago).BCH again has random block times, from multiple blocks mined in a minute (happened against ah hour or two ago), to 60+ minute blocks. Not sure if it's fucked up DAA, or miners are somehow gaming it. Don't care either. Ah, right now they're almost mining a block per minute, for last 15-20 minutes, with blocksizes of 10KB. That is 10 Kilobytes (but we need 8MB, riiiiiight fucking now). No idea how this played out, they shouldn't be able to get a block every minute, hard fork and algo update were supposed to prevent that. I am missing something for sure, this is fucking complicated. Bastards.Segwit wallet on BTC chain are getting much much cheaper/faster transactions even during panic peaks, I wonder for how much longer are people going to complain before trying. Probably forever.BTC core is going to also get support for Confidential Transactions, which in combination with CoinJoin might actually make BTC much more 'anonymous'. Personally, I don't like it (since it will provide more 'terrorists and child pornographers' arguments for various governments and agencies), but if everything ends up as planned, it would essentially work as an in-built (into BTC) mixer. And noone except sender and/or recepient would know the transaction amount. Good development.I also wonder how retarded people can be to use "But BCH is true to original white paper" argument, as if this is a religion and original white paper is a fucking bible that is interpreted randomly and as seen fit. Seems like that's the last shitty argument they stick on to now.I guess we should have all stick with original Arpanet design. Fuck all those thousands of RFCs and people working on them over decades to improve networking and Internet as a whole.One of the most interesting weeks for BTC/BCH so far.

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Spaced Out blentus Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:54 Permalink

"I also wonder how retarded people can be to use "But BCH is true to original white paper" argument"....That is a very good point. Satoshi limited the BTC block size to 1MB after realising there were serious security implications with bigger block sizes well after publication of the white paper. 

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tmosley Spaced Out Wed, 11/15/2017 - 10:08 Permalink

Misrepresentation. The block size was limited at that time because transactions back then were FREE, and a bad actor could permanently bloat the blockchain early on, endangering the project. As transactions now cost money, that is no longer the case, except perhaps with miners, and core has no defense in place nor planned (to my knowledge) against that.

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SoilMyselfRotten The Greek horse Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:35 Permalink

i'm not sure how much BTC will be worth in 6 months but think about this, the big money houses are going to all try to get in  for FOMO and being too late to the game. I see BTC soaring for some time as after alll the hedgies get in the average Joe will experience FOMO, at which time they will get scalped. But as for the next couple months, i think it's gonna go nuts. As an aside, the more corporate money involved, the less the US Govt is gonna mess with it. Disclaimer: i own alts but no BTC(besides some 401 GBTC)

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tmosley Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:23 Permalink

If you are going to hold BTC, keep it on the exchange. The next time the network comes under attack, you won't be able to move your coins to sell them.You will, however, be able to scalp all this dumb money flowing into fiat gateways. Exchanges can afford to send coins quickly, but you can't afford to get your coins back to the exchange. This will cause the supply of BTC on the exchanges to fall, and the apparent reported prices for BTC will thus rise as decreasing supply meets increasing demand.It's a situation that much more closely approximates a ponzi though, so beware. Absolutely do not move your BTC off the exchange, or you will likely get stuck with them after the next network attack, which may lead to permanent congestion and maybe a death spiral.

Golden Phoenix tmosley Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:16 Permalink

There were four choices on BCH:1. Dump it in August for $900 and subsequently double it to $1800 in BTC2. Do #1 then sell BTC for BCH, ride the pump, dump again and have $5400+ worth of BTC3. Hold BCH for the duration and be behind #1 by $6004. Do #1 then buy BCH at the top turning $1800 back into $900Meanwhile BTC is heading for a fresh ATH and BCH is sitting still. 

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Exponere Mendaces The_merovingian Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:40 Permalink

Here's a good article on BTC vs BCH.… is going to have a hard time of it, since the big boys like Novogratz are interested in directing some of their $95 Billion in AUM towards it.But its pretty obvious from the retracement spike on BCash what the market thinks. Most investors in South Korea are furious with Bithumb, a local exchange, which totally had a melt-down during the BCash pump.Bitcoin is king, everyone else is fighting over second and third place.

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Nature_Boy_Wooooo tmosley Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:41 Permalink

You sold all of your Bitcoin for bcash and now you are spewing this garbage?Be a loser with some dignity tmosley.The bcash team needed to capture 40% of Bitcoins value to make bcash the more profitable chain to mine. As the separation of price between bcash and Bitcoin grows miners will be forced to stop attacking the Bitcoin network as they realize that it is the most profitable chain to mine.The bcash crew took their shot and the worst case scenario for their plan happened when a huge buyer came in and disrupted their pumpp and dump.Next time bet on the horse that does not need to cheat in order to win tmosley.    

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tmosley Nature_Boy_Wooooo Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:50 Permalink

You sure are emotional and defensive for someone who thinks they have achieved final victory.I think you and I both know that this is far from over.>As the separation of price between bcash and Bitcoin grows miners will be forced to stop attacking the Bitcoin network as they realize that it is the most profitable chain to mine.The converse is also true. Thing is, with its low fees and quick block times, BCH works even without a lot of miner support. It can survive in this situation. However, when the situation reverses, and it WILL reverse--BTC regularly crashes--BTC won't.You can bet your bottom dollar that the next time the BTC price shows weakness, BCH will be pumped like no tomorrow, and the flip will happen.

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Nature_Boy_Wooooo tmosley Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:03 Permalink

With each failed attack the odds of that greatly decrease.Last weekend was the perfect storm and their attack still failed, no doubt the team expended a large amount of their resources on the attack and team moral is down for the members who are not billionaires.My guess is they may have enough resources for one more attack, but as Bitcoin rises in price their window of opportunity is rapidly closing. At least you admit that you bcash guys are attacking Bitcoin.  

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tmosley Nature_Boy_Wooooo Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:12 Permalink

If BCH fails in their attack, another coin will do the same later. This is never going to end.And of course, "attack" is a bit of a misnomer. No-one is "attacking" bitcoin, they are just paying more for mining services.Further, I don't think there is any moral issue. Price on BCH has been very level. If there were such a problem, it would be falling.Also>supporting BilderburgCoin

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nomofiat tmosley Wed, 11/15/2017 - 10:11 Permalink

ehm quick block times?didn't they just hard fork to get to steady 10 minute blocks? You know to immitate bitcoin's block times.It's already proven to be yet another fuck up because block intervalls are still random as fuck;)a sincere tip from your favorite jew: dump that shit and take your loss. don't be that guy that ends up shooting up a mall because you let your wealth slip through your fingers after listening to that anti sematic pedo swine Rekkt Falkvinge

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