BIP91 vs August 1st

BIP91 reaches 80.5% network support
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Diana Ugay
19 July
Bitcoin

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Bitcoin community has lost sleep for a couple of months over SegWit2x and the Bitcoin User Activated Soft Fork (UASF) which is to be activated on August the 1st.

Now, while a significant part of users is concerned about a possible hardfork in the Bitcoin network, the miners begin to vote for BIP91 proposal as it is considered to have good chances to become an unexpected compromise solution in the debate on consensus.

In fact, it is the only proposal actively preventing a Bitcoin chain split right now. The bigger question is whether or not BIP91 can gain enough traction in the coming days.

Blockchain

Distributed database that is used to maintain a continuously growing list of records, called blocks

The support for BIP91 is certainly on the rise. Various mining pools are actively signaling support for this solution right now: 80.5% of blocks mined over the past 24 hours support this solution. It goes without saying that scaling Bitcoin without a chain split should be in everybody’s best interest.

Bitcoin voting chart on xbt.eu Bitcoin voting chart on xbt.eu

Why BIP91?

The implementation of softfork in the Bitcoin network requires miners to include a special signal bit into the blocks, thereby showing their willingness to adopt the new rules. The original version of Segwit2x required the inclusion of the fourth signal bit (bit 4) in order to support BIP141, and that's when the conflict appeared, because the BIP141 code had been already written to respond to the first signal bit (bit 1).

To bypass this conflict, BIP91 uses an additional bit signaling the mandatory acceptance of the original first signal bit. Accordingly, there is no need to change the already existing SegWit activation logic.

Thus, if BIP91 to be activated before July 31th, it will replace BIP148, which also assumes the activation of SegWit, but carries the risk of splitting the Bitcoin network into several blockchains.

However, if one big mining pool stops signaling it, BIP91 will be back below 80% pretty quickly. Given that some pools like to play games with the rest of the Bitcoin community, BIP91 may never happen in the end. After all, there are less than two weeks to see it get locked in, which means time is of the essence.

Huobi and OKCoin to add Bitcoin Cash

Two largest Chinese exchanges add support for Bitcoin Cash
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Diana Ugay
22 August

Two largest Chinese cryptocurrency exchanges, OKCoin and Huobi, announced adding the support for Bitcoin Cash.

As OKCoin argues, the decision to add Bitcoin Cash was made after a "technical verification and comprehensive testing" of the coin:

Thus, OKCoin will officially support Bitcoin Cash (BCC) deposit and spot trading on August 22nd (06:00 Eastern Standard Time, UTC+20 HRS, 18:00 China/Hong Kong time). However, it is noteworthy that currently the exchange are only supporting BCC deposit and trading on the website. On top of that, to ensure a safe trading environment and to avoid potential 51% attacks and transaction malleability, there will be increased security verifications when depositing BCC. 

As for Huobi, the exchange claims that considering that Bitcoin Cash has entered the top three digital assets by market capitalization and has extensive support for trading platforms, there's the hope that users will realistically assess the risks associated with BCC trading.

Huobi will launch BCC/CNY on 17:30, August 22, 2017 (GMT +8). BCC trading will be available on main Huobi while BCC deposit was allowed from 17:00, August 9, 2017 (GMT+8).  

Bitcoin Cash charts on coinmarketcap.com Bitcoin Cash charts on coinmarketcap.com

As shown, at the time of writing, the Bitcoin Cash cryptocurrency price is about $687 and its market capitalization is more than $11 billion.