Athena Bitcoin adds Bitcoin Cash to its ATMs

Athena Bitcoin adds support for Bitcoin Cash to their machines
19 February 2018   1011

Rising interest in Bitcoin Cash has made a big impact on cryptocurrency market and service providers alike. The rising exchange rates and more widespread support on exchange platforms contributes to the fact. And this can;t be ignored by companies involved in Bitcoin ATM business. They wouldn't want to be left on the side in such a quick-rising market. So Athena Bitcoin took a logical step and added support for Bitcoin Cash to their ATMs.

In the case of Athena Bitcoin, it's an interesting step because of many reasons. The don't plan to drop Bitcoin anytime soon, so it's just an expansion of bases, rather than a complete turnover. Also added support will be interesting to statistics, because Athena's widespread coverage in several US states will allow to see, whether or not BCH is more popular than BTC in some states.

Bitcoin Cash support will also allow for BCH to fiat conversion with two-way machines available in Athena's network. Added competition doesn't thrill Bitcoin Core community, but BCH enthusiasts are quite happy with this situation.

So far Athena Bitcoin is one of the first providers to give such opportunity to the masses, so it would be interesting to see if other ATM networks will follow the example. Decisions like that are always more than a little controversial so we'll have to wait and see if it pays off.

Two Mining Pools to Gain 50% of the BCH Hashrate

Media reports that Coingeek and BMG Pool are affilated with odious Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright
18 September 2018   495

The centralization of Bitcoin Cash mining has reached a new level after only two pools - Coingeek and BMG Pool - have established control over more than 50% of the total network hash. This is reported by Trustnodes.

Bitcoin Cash Mining Pools
Bitcoin Cash Mining Pools

Earlier today, there were also reports that at some points the aggregate capacity of both pools reached 58%.

While BMG Pool directly belongs to the odious Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright, the no less scandalous Calvin Ayre, who maintains close ties with Wright, is considered the nominal owner of Coingeek.

The current situation, the media believes, does not exclude the possibility of collusion of the 51% attack on the network. In particular, in this case there is a probability of double spend of coins, which, accordingly, will force the exchange to increase the number of required transaction confirmations.

At the same time, the current situation is likely to be a demonstration of power by Craig Wright on the eve of the November upgrade of the network. As a result of disagreements between different groups of developers, it is still possible that Bitcoin Cash, which at one time split from bitcoin, will itself be split into two separate chains.

Note that the Bitcoin Cash hashrate on the whole continues to remain at a fairly low level, accounting for less than 8% of the bitcoin.