The North American Bitcoin Conference Stops Accepting Bitcoin Payments

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The decrease in the dominance index of bitcoin has been triggered by the rapid rise in popularity of cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, Cardano, along with digital tokens from initial coin offering (ICO) projects. However, one can not deny that currencies other than Bitcoin have generated increasing interest from the investors. Launched 9 years ago, its potential was seen last year when it increased by 1281%.

It may not only be China and South Korea looking into crytocurrency exchanges.

Finally, while several altcoins such as bitcoin cash and Litecoin had a relatively quiet week, some of the altcoins that entered 2018 with the highest momentum - namely Cardano, NEM, Stellar, and Tron - have fluctuated wildly during the past week. At the time of writing (10.41am GMT) it was worth £177 ($240), down from a 24-hour high of £193 ($261). These two are very possible but it is not clear which way will it go first.

Investors and analysts including Rogers firmly believe that bitcoin is the reserve currency of the highly volatile cryptocurrency market, as it is one of the few cryptocurrencies that is being utilized at a large and commercial scale internationally, apart from Ethereum which is processing more than 1.2 million transactions per day. On the other hand, Ether was one of the rare currencies which added $18 billion to its market cap.

This time past year, a single Ether token was worth less than ($10), compared to more than ($1,240) today (January 12). Prices of Bitcoin dropped by almost 9% and even Ethereum, which has seen record performances recently, suffered initial drops by 5%.

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The US regulator also warned consumers of the dangers of investing in crypto-currencies issued by firms - the latest in a string of warnings from global regulators.

Most coins are up Friday, but only Ethereum is on track to finish the week with significant gains.

The report, released Wednesday and written by Goldman strategists Zach Pandl and Charles Himmelberg, highlights that the USA dollar's usage by other nations means there is a demand for a store of value and medium of exchange that can be used across national borders, according to Bloomberg. Founded by the same founder as ripple, it stands a better chance as it is decentralized and according to their website, it purely a non-profit organization and covers all its accrued costs.

Last week, India's capital market regulator SEBI also said it was in talks with the government and central bank on how to regulate cryptocurrencies.

You can also get hold of Litecoins by mining them, using standard computing equipment.