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Apple gained the same value on Friday as Bitcoin’s entire market cap

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While Bitcoin has rallied millions of percent since its launch in 2008, the asset remains relatively small on a macro scale. This much was made clear on Friday, Jul. 31, when the shares of Apple (AAPL) surged on the back of extremely strong revenue numbers.

Apple stock surges 11% on Friday to gain more value than BTC’s market cap

At a market capitalization of just over $200 billion, Bitcoin has reached a size where it is being noticed by Wall Street and Main Street alike. JPMorgan is now servicing cryptocurrency companies, blockchain is a regular topic on CNBC and Bloomberg, and a majority of Americans have heard of Bitcoin at least once.

Yet on a macro scale, it remains a small force.

During Friday’s trading session — including after-hours trading — Apple shares rallied by just over 11 percent, bringing the market capitalization of the company to $1.85 trillion as per data from Google.

What’s fascinating about this news is that the market capitalization of Apple effectively increased by $200 billion — approximately the value of all BTC currently in circulation. With this latest leg higher, Apple as a publicly-traded company is worth 800 percent more than Bitcoin, despite it being just one entity.

In a similar vein, the surge in AMAZ shares on Friday approximately added the value of Ethereum’s market capitalization to Amazon.

Bitcoin has room to rally in the years ahead

The sheer absurdity of a single company gaining more in value than Bitcoin’s entire network value shows how early the industry is and how much potential for growth there is, some investors have commented.

Raoul Pal, the chief executive of Real Vision and the former head of hedge fund sales at Goldman Sachs, expects this potential to be realized.

He told Bitcoin podcaster Stephan Livera last year that real estate is “unaffordable,” bonds make little sense in the long run due to “virtually zero yields,” and stocks may be overvalued. The answer: Bitcoin.

“What the hell does a millennial do to save for your future? The answer is […] Bitcoin”

With some reports indicating that upwards of $50 trillion worth of wealth will be transferred by baby boomer parents (and those older than that) to the younger generations in the coming years and decades, money may naturally flow towards Bitcoin faster than it ever has before, pushing prices higher.

Pal added in separate analyses that he thinks the ongoing pandemic, the economic impact, and the policy response is showing that there are true systematic risks in the system of money and finance that runs the world.

To the Wall Street veteran and now staunch crypto bull, Bitcoin acts as a “call option” on the world opting for a digital, refreshed system of finance over the current one. 

Bitcoin, currently ranked #1 by market cap, is up 4.87% over the past 24 hours. BTC has a market cap of $215.38B with a 24 hour volume of $26.49B.

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Source: https://cryptoslate.com/apple-gained-the-same-value-on-friday-as-bitcoins-entire-market-cap/

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Australian Hacker Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for $300K XRP Theft

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A judge has sentenced Australian citizen Kathryn Nguyen to a maximum time of 2 years and 3 months in prison for her role in stealing more than 100,000 XRP tokens in January 2018.

According to an Aug. 11 report in Australian publication Information Age, Nguyen was sentenced over the theft of more than $300,000 in XRP two years ago. She was initially charged in Oct. 2018 and pled guilty to fraud charges the following August.

Chris Craigie, the judge presiding over Nguyen’s case, said it was a “difficult and troubling decision” to send her to prison. The Australian national will reportedly be eligible for parole in October 2021.

First Australian crypto fraud case

Nguyen was one of the first people to be charged with the theft of crypto assets in Australia.

In January 2018, she reportedly hacked into the email of a 56-year-old man with the same last name as her and stole all his XRP holdings before releasing control of the account two days later. This was at a time when the crypto asset was near its all-time high of $3.84.

Nguyen reportedly transferred the XRP holdings to a Chinese crypto exchange where she swapped the tokens for Bitcoin (BTC), sending them to multiple wallets in what may have been an attempt to launder the funds. According to local news outlet 7News Sydney, authorities in China were only able to recover roughly $9,000.

XRP falls out of favor

The value of XRP has since dropped to $0.30 as of this writing, making the amount of crypto stolen now worth approximately $30,000.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/australian-hacker-sentenced-to-2-years-in-prison-for-300k-xrp-theft

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What Would the Re-Election of Alexander Lukashenko Mean for Crypto?

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Protests have erupted in Belarus following the country’s presidential election on Sunday, but the possible continued presidency of Alexander Lukashenko may be good news for crypto.

Lukashenko reportedly won re-election against opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in a landslide victory with more than 80% of the vote on Aug. 9. However, officials from many nations and within Belarus are condemning the election results as flawed, with reports of falsified ballots. 

‘Europe’s last dictator’

The president of the eastern European nation has served since 1994, during which time he has made a number of statements in favor of blockchain technology since legalizing cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings in Dec. 2017. 

In an April 2019 video of Lukashenko addressing a crowd, the president proposed using excess energy from the country’s first nuclear power plant — scheduled to be completed at the end of 2020 — to mine cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) and sell them. 

His words were met with laughter from the audience, but Bitcoin bull Anthony Pompliano responded to them by saying “every country will be mining and every country will be holding Bitcoin.”

Crypto legislation

Belarus has not been at the forefront of cryptocurrency and blockchain discussions around the world, but the nation has implemented a few legislative changes. 

In March, a state authority in Belarus asked lawmakers for the authority to seize cryptocurrency from criminals. The country’s central bank is also reportedly setting up a program to allow commercial and state-owned banks to launch tokens and conduct business as crypto exchanges.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/what-would-the-re-election-of-alexander-lukashenko-mean-for-crypto

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Tron (TRX) Forms Textbook Bear Signal Despite Rally in the Altcoin Market

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  • Tron (TRX) has been a sleeper cryptocurrency over the past few weeks.
  • While it has rallied like many other digital assets like Bitcoin and Ethereum, TRX has not been focused on by many analysts.
  • According to the Tom Demark Sequential, the popular altcoin is on the verge of reversing to the downside after a multi-day rally.
  • Analysts beg to differ, arguing that Tron is actually on the verge of a massive upswing triggered by months of consolidation.
  • Tron may be further suppressed by Bitcoin, which may lead the crypto asset market as it attempts to set a new local high.

Tron Could See Bearish Reversal: TD Sequential

According to a Telegram channel tracking signals formed by the Tom Demark Sequential, Tron is primed to move lower in the days ahead.

The Telegram channel shared the chart below on August 10th. It shows that TRX’s U.S. dollar pair on Bitfinex formed a “Sell C-13” as per the Tom Demark Sequential, suggesting that a bearish reversal is imminent.

The Tom Demark Sequential is a time-focused indicator that prints “9” and “13” candles at inflection points in the trend of an asset.

It’s important to note that previous Tom Demark Sequential signals for Tron did not play out. The last “9” candle, for instance, was followed by a 15% rally, while the last “13” candle preceded a bearish reversal when it was meant to precede a rally.

Chart of TRX's price action over the past few months with the Tom Demark Sequential from a channel tracking the indicator.
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Analysts, though, are expecting for Tron to break higher rather than retrace. At least three traders noted that TRX is primed to rally higher as it crosses above pivotal resistance levels in the $0.021 range. One of these individuals commented:

“$TRX Looks almost ready, I reckon it could start moving next week, if that doesn’t happen, and we get more accumulation, we have another pivot coming Sept. 28th.”

Bitcoin May Outperform All Altcoins For the Time Being

Strength in the price of Bitcoin may likely suppress any opportunity Tron gets to rally.

Author of “An Altcoin Trader’s Handbook,” Nik Patel, said that altcoins could strongly underperform Bitcoin until BTC sets a new all-time high. Patel is an altcoin trading savant, garnering a large following due to his calls on this segment of the cryptocurrency market.

“Wouldn’t surprise me to see dominance now rise until BTC all-time highs (pending a confirmed Weekly breakout above $10,600) > break $20k and alts find another bottom (like Nov/Dec 2016) > they rally concurrently like March-June 2017.”

This was echoed by Mohit Sorout of Bitazu Capital. That analyst told Bitcoinist that BTC will underperform

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Tron (TRX) Forms Textbook Bear Signal Despite Rally in the Altcoin Market

Source: https://bitcoinist.com/tron-trx-textbook-bear-signal-despite-rally-altcoin-market/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tron-trx-textbook-bear-signal-despite-rally-altcoin-market

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