SegWit2x still possible?

BitPico mining pool is going to implement SegWit2x hardfork; let's figure out, can they really realize their plans
10 November 2017   3314

The little known bitPico Mining Pool stated that, contrary to the statement on the refusal of the SegWit2X hardfork, it is intended to implement it. Also bitPico states that it controls about 30% of the bitcoin network hashrate.

We are carrying out the fork regardless as everything is set in motion. Backing down the difficulty right now is a strategy. Wonder why 30% network hash-rate disappeared? It’s ours; the miners that will continue what is set in motion... A handful of humans cannot stop what they have no control over...
 

BitPico statement

From the bitPico statement it follows that the pool is allegedly responsible for reducing the hashrate of the bitcoin network by doing it intentionally in order to reduce the complexity of the mining and simplify the block generation.

Bitcoin Hashrate and Difficulty
Bitcoin Hashrate and Difficulty

At the moment it is not clear who exactly stands behind the bitPico and whether this pool actually exists. So, a number of people on the web notes that a simple search on Google shows that even before September nothing was known about the pool with this name.

Also, there is no evidence that the pool actually controls 30% of the network hash. The last post in Twitter BitPico is dated October 27th.

We can not exclude the possibility that SegWit2x futures traders may be behind the bitPico, concerned about the high probability of losing funds as a result of the futures price drop. Since yesterday's announcement of the refusal to implement hardfork, their price has fallen by more than 70% and at the time of publication is $ 287.

SegWit2x futures price chart
SegWit2x futures price chart

Even assuming that the bitPico statements are true, and SegWit2X will be conducted, controling a 30% of Bitcoin hashrate does not give a chance that the new chain will be able to be bitcoin.

It should be noted that while a significant part of the community welcomed the decision to abandon SegWit2X, a number of industry representatives, such as Coinbase, said they continue to monitor the situation.

Bitcoin community expressed skepticism about this situation.

Israeli BTC Investors to Face Catch 22

They need to pay taxes from Bitcoin investing in order to avoid their property arrest, but banks don't take their money due to AML issues
06 August 2019   132

Bitcoin investors in Israel are faced with the impossibility of paying taxes, as local banks refuse to accept funds received from the sale of cryptocurrencies because of the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing. About this writes the local edition of Haaretz on August 6.

Bitcoin is not recognized as a currency in Israel, therefore, individuals must pay 25% of the income from cryptocurrency trading to the treasury, and legal entities - 47%.

Investor Ron Gross told the publication that he acquired bitcoins in 2011 and reported his income to the tax office. In 2017, the bank that served Gross began to refuse to accept funds received from the sale of bitcoins. The investor met with representatives of the bank to demonstrate to them a 70-page history of bitcoin transactions as confirmation of the origin of the funds, but failed to convince them.

The tax authority is aware of the problem, but they say the ball isn’t in their courts. I’ve tried working with almost all the banks, but the minute they hear the word ‘Bitcoin’ they freeze up.
 

Ron Gross

Bitcoin investor from Israel

 

Since Gross was unable to pay taxes on time, his bank account, home, and even scooters were arrested. According to the investor, the tax authorities know about the problem, but can do nothing.

According to Haaretz, the tax office is aware of $ 86 million in unpaid taxes on income from cryptocurrency trading. It is possible that the real amount may be significantly higher.

Roy Arav, another Bitcoin investor, kept the proceeds from trading Bitcoin in an account with Israeli bank Discount under the control of the Bit2C exchange. The bank refuses to transfer money to Arava’s personal account under the pretext that its politicians forbid it to transfer funds related to virtual assets to client accounts due to the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing.

Arav also could not pay taxes and was forced to sue the bank. According to the investor, the authorities entered his position and granted him a deferral of time for the consideration of the claim.