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Whale Moves $1 Billion Worth of Bitcoins, Pays Only $600 as Transaction Fee

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Whale Moves $1 Billion Worth of Bitcoins, Pays Only $600 as Transaction Fee

Bitcoin’s price may have stabilized for the past few days, but it seems the whales are up to something. On September 6, 2019, Whale Alert, a platform that monitors large crypto transfers informed that an individual has moved $1 billion worth of Bitcoin to a single wallet. The massive transfer has caused a wave of anxiety in the market that a dump could be pending.

94,504 BTC is Moved to an Unknown Wallet

According to Whale Alert, 94,504 BTC valued at $1,018,147,922 was transferred today, from an unknown wallet to another wallet. A review of the wallet that made the transfer showed that its funds were accumulated before being moved to the recipient.

Hours after the massive transfer, the crypto community is still on its toes trying to ascertain what the individual is up to. Comments made on Whales Alert’s tweet threw more light on the transaction. Alex Krüger, for instance, remarked that this is the largest Bitcoin transfer from a non-exchange platform, and the funds could be on the move.

Crypto Community Opines Bakkt Customers are Moving Funds 

Other members of the community opined that the transfers could’ve been made by clients transferring their Bitcoins to Bakkt, a Bitcoin futures platform. In their opinion, Bakkt had announced earlier that it would allow customers to move their Bitcoin to its cold storage starting from today, September 6, 2019. As such, the recent whale transfers and the said event could be closely related.

There were, however, others in the space who found the thought of over $1 billion worth of Bitcoin being sent to a wrong address hilarious. If that were the case, it would’ve meant the individual behind the transfer had just lost their entire holdings since Bitcoin transactions are irreversible. 

$600 Paid as Fee for Billion Dollar Transaction

These aside, it was also noted that only $600 (0.06 BTC) was paid as the transaction fee. Given that a billion was sent but it only attracted a few dollars in fees, several members of the space pointed out how remarkable that was.

On the other hand, the sender seems to be covering their footprint since efforts to track the payments from the sending wallets is proving a challenge. A crypto user, for instance, said:

“I don’t know how many of these “mixing wallets” there are. Every single tx I follow leads to a new one. Someones trying to hide these coins, that’s for sure. All of them look like they are still active today.”

Nonetheless, these wallets will still be monitored closely in a bid to ascertain if the sender’s motive is to dump the BTC in the market, which could tank the asset’s price. 

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Crypto Researchers Concerned About The ‘Centralized Structure’ Of The Binance Smart Chain

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Crypto Researchers Concerned About The 'Centralized Structure' Of The Binance Smart Chain

Binance Smart Chain has been rising in popularity as interest rates from different parts of the world, including South Korea, sent the network’s transaction records to new highs. However, this has not deterred analysts’ from pointing out the increasing level of centralization within the network. Ryan Watkins, a Messari analyst recently addressed the influence that Binance has on the entire Binance Smart Chain, explaining that most of the commendable progress made on the network is not the result of the implementation of innovative concepts. Rather, it is a product of Binance’s control over the BSC network.

“The reason why BSC is faster and more scalable is not because of some magical technological innovation. No, it’s instead the magic of centralization. BSC is an Ethereum fork with a centralized validator set. That’s it. Nothing more.” He wrote on Twitter.

Unlike some other networks, the Binance Smart Chain has a total of 21 validators (people who verify the transactions and confirm their legitimacy, before adding them to the Blockchain). These validators are handpicked by the Binance Chain, further strengthening the notion that the network may be more centralized than it shows itself to be. 

Wilson Withiam rolls out some points to consider, starting with the pattern of resetting active validators, which is determined by the voting power of each validator. He notes that BNB staking and delegation is carried out on the Binance Chain, by Binance Chain validators as well.

In essence, Withiam argues that the pattern of validator distribution across the Binance Smart Chain is questionable as the identities of those behind the nodes in the validator sets are not made transparent. As he puts it “BSC now supports several third-party validators, although at least 5-6 others have close ties to Binance. The distribution of validator accounts is far less clear for Binance Chain.”

To dispute that Binance’s user experience is not ahead of other networks is false, and Withiam agrees with this. Even Watkins acknowledges this as he noted that BSC has fueled mainstream adoption of DeFi “Binance has incredible reach and influence and has used that to funnel a boatload of new users in DeFi. Binance executes period. That’s why BSC is winning.” He asserted. 

However, he argues that speed and scalability outside Ethereum without sharding or a centralization can only be legitimately found on the Solana Blockchain. Conclusively, Withiam urges BSC users to poke into the network, enough to understand where the loopholes are. 

“For those using BSC, take the time to understand the topology of the network. Sure, the fees and speed (both UX factors) are undoubtedly preferable. But strong censorship resistance and fault tolerance are not part of the package.” He wrote in conclusion.

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Ethereum’s Blockchain will be home to Visa’s settlement transaction

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Ethereum's Blockchain will be home to Visa's settlement transaction

Visa has made a decision to allow the use of the stablecoin USD Coin in the settlement of transactions on its network over the Ethereum blockchain.

As announced on Monday, global payments technology company Visa Inc. mentioned transactions on its network could now be settled via Cryptocurrency with the use of the stablecoin USD Coin. 

According to a Reuters report, Visa noted the program was piloted with the payment platform Crypto.com, further stating that plans are underway to extend it to other crypto partners.

The USDC, or USD Coin, is a stablecoin crypto with a 1:1 fixed ratio to the US Dollar in value.

This marks a turning point in the settlement of transactions on the Visa payment network especially for partners with cryptocurrency holdings. The traditional process required customers with cryptocurrency holdings to convert the asset to fiat currency at an additional conversation rate before payments could be made on the network.

On the other hand, with this recent development, customers could easily settle transactions directly with the use of USDC by paying to Visa over the Ethereum blockchain, eliminating the hassles and extra fees that come with conversions.

Head of Crypto at Visa, Cuy Sheffield noted that this move comes as a result of increasing demand for cryptocurrencies from “consumers across the world”.

Recall that Visa had been one of the major adversaries of Bitcoin and digital assets, attracting general criticisms for its otherwise “backward” stance on growing technology.

Now, with the recent decision to allow transactions directly with USDC, it has completely embraced the emerging concept of cryptocurrency—a move that could potentially open doors for seamless transactions on its network, attracting more cryptocurrency proponents.

It wasn’t until early this year that the Credit/debit card company made a complete turnaround in its position with the unveiling of its crypto payment service for banks last month after a period of seemingly ceaseless antagonism against digital assets.

Visa’s recent decision to accept settlements in USDC is the latest indication of increasing adoption of crypto in the FinTech industry with major big players like BlackRock Inc, BNY Mellon, and MasterCard Inc embracing and adopting virtual assets.

Meanwhile, the payment giant PayPal had been indicating interest in crypto right from the jump, stepping into the Crypto space officially sometime last year as they finally allowed users to hold cryptocurrencies on the platform.

MasterCard Inc. recently announced its plans to support digital assets, outlining strict criteria for adoption. Inasmuch as indications suggest not all cryptocurrencies would be adopted, these recent decisions by major financial firms suggest growing acceptance of digital assets—a revolutionary concept that can potentially affect the financial industry as well as conventional business transactions in a huge way.

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