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Cryptocurrency prices today: Bitcoin rebounds amid volatility, Ether falls – India Today

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Cryptocurrency prices were mixed on Friday as volatility impacted gains over the past 24 hours after a brief rally. There are chances that the cryptocurrency market could recover over the next few days.
Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, gained marginally and was trading at $44,200.38 or 0.65 per cent higher than its price 24 hours at 11:30 am. Its market capitalisation rose to $832.35 billion and the 24-hour trading volume stood at $1.16 billion.
Ether, which trades on the Ethereum blockchain platform, lost momentum over the past 24 hours and was trading at $3,071.97, down 1.21 per cent from its price 24 hours ago. Ether’s market capitalisation fell to $361.02 billion while trading volume remained weak at $750 million in the past 24 hours.
Altcoins were largely mixed as some gained while others lost momentum. Cardano, Polkadot, Stellar, Litecoin and Chainlink gained in the past 24 hours, but XRP, Polygon, Dogecoin and Uniswap fell.
Commenting on the cryptocurrency market momentum, Hitesh Malviya, cryptocurrency and investment expert, said, “Bitcoin bounced from key support level yesterday, now making its way back to $48,000. We could expect bitcoin to retest this level before taking the next direction, fundamentals depend on the Evergrande situation, so we need to watch how the price will react when it will retest the next resistance level at $48000.”
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The fact that Bitcoin has moved up seems to be a positive indicator, according to Edul Patel, CEO and Co-founder of Mudrex, a global algorithm based crypto investment platform.
“The past 24 hours remained volatile for the cryptocurrency market. We witnessed a strong rally initially. However, the latter part of the session ended in most of the cryptocurrencies being sold off,” Patel said.
“Although the total Crypto market cap went marginally down, Bitcoin dominance went marginally up and stood over 42 per cent. BTC dominance moving higher is a good sign for the largest cryptocurrency,” he added.
Cryptocurrency
Price (US Dollar)
24-hour change
Market cap (Billion)
Volume (24 Hours)
Bitcoin
44,424.92
1.30%
$836.27
$1.16 billion
Ether
3,094.27
-0.23%
$362.93
$750.62 million
Dogecoin
0.221391
-0.53%
$29.06
$1.06 billion
Litecoin
161.07
0.99%
$11.05
$74.39 million
XRP
0.983722
-1.36%
$98.33
$4.01 billion
Cardano
2.28
1.58%
$73.86
$269.83 million
DISCLAIMER: The cryptocurrency prices have been updated as of 12:15 pm and will change as the day progresses. The list is intended to give a rough idea about popular cryptocurrency trends and will be updated daily.
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Here's Why I Still Won't Buy Bitcoin, and You Shouldn't, Either – The Motley Fool

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In less than a week, investors can pop the champagne corks and celebrate another successful year. Through Dec. 22, the widely followed S&P 500 was higher by 25%, which more than doubles up its average annual total return of around 11%, including dividends, since the beginning of 1980.
But it’s the cryptocurrency space that’s delivered the juiciest gains of all. Since the year began, the aggregate value of all digital currencies came close to tripling. Not surprisingly, Bitcoin (CRYPTO:BTC) has been one of the biggest contributors to this nominal value increase, with a year-to-date gain of 67%. It accounts for 40.5% of the entire $2.27 trillion cryptocurrency market.
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Bitcoin’s gains, which recently reached as high as 8,000,000,000% from where it began trading in early July 2010, have come on the heels of numerous catalysts.
To begin with, Bitcoin’s first-mover advantage has made it the most-popular cryptocurrency with retailers. As of late 2020, small-business financing platform Fundera estimated that 15,174 businesses worldwide accepted Bitcoin as payment — and this figure has assuredly grown since.
To build on the above point, Bitcoin was also recognized by El Salvador as legal tender in September. It’s the first country to allow Bitcoin to be used as accepted currency, and could pave a path for other nations to follow.
The world’s most valuable digital currency has benefited from rapidly rising inflation in the U.S. and abroad as well. Since Bitcoin has a perceived cap of 21 million tokens, it’s viewed as an inflationary hedge against a rapidly growing U.S. money supply and price hikes. In November, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers jumped 6.8% in the U.S., marking the biggest year-over-year jump in 39 years.
Investors look to be clearly excited about the upgrade potential for Bitcoin, too. In November, the long-awaited Taproot upgrade took effect. Taproot allows for smart-contract transactions to occur on the network, which opens the door for a broader use of the Bitcoin blockchain. Smart contracts are protocols that help to verify, enforce, and facilitate a contract between two parties.
Lastly, even the fear of missing out (or FOMO) has played a role. After watching Bitcoin gain 8 billion percent, crypto investors appear to be more than willing to overlook any threat of a reversion.
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Although Bitcoin has proved me wrong over the past year, I still wouldn’t buy the most-popular digital currency on the planet with free money — and I’d suggest others avoid it, too. Below are some of the reasons I simply can’t buy into the hype surrounding Bitcoin.
For starters, it isn’t the scarce token it’s made out to be. Take gold as a comparison. Since we can’t use alchemy to make any additional gold, what remains in the ground and what’s been already mined is all there will ever be. In terms of physical scarcity, that’s a true line in the sand. As for Bitcoin, lines of code are what limit its “cap” of 21 million coins. Even though consensus is unlikely to increase the number of outstanding tokens above 21 million, it’s not impossible that it happens. Thus, Bitcoin only offers the perception of scarcity and not true scarcity.
Another big issue for Bitcoin is dilution. But I’m not talking about the modest coin inflation that comes with cryptocurrency mining. Rather, I’m alluding to Bitcoin being a first-generation blockchain network that’s being left in the dust by third-generation blockchain innovation. There’s absolutely no reason for Bitcoin to be worth $913 billion when blockchain projects at a fraction of its value can scale better, process faster, and handle far more complex transactions. Bitcoin may be benefiting from a first-mover advantage, but the first to the foray is rarely the victor.
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History provides yet another reason I want nothing to do with Bitcoin. Major price swings are somewhat commonplace in the crypto space, and reversions following huge gains happen often. Bitcoin was up 8 billion percent at one point since July 2010 and has yet to demonstrate that it truly has staying power. Since it’s been unable to decouple from the stock market, I would be betting on a significant reversion following its pandemic-low bounce.
To build on this previous point, there now are considerably more avenues to bet against Bitcoin than there have ever been. The rise of Bitcoin-focused exchange-traded funds and Bitcoin futures offers a safer way for big-money players to bet on downside in the world’s most-popular crypto. In other words, Bitcoin becoming more mainstream as an investment will hurt more than help.
And finally, history also tells us that investors have a really poor track record of estimating the adoption of next-big-thing technologies. Looking back on the internet, business-to-business commerce, genomics, 3D printing, and so many next-big-thing advancements reveals that their adoption took far longer than expected. This isn’t to say that blockchain can’t become a mainstream technology in payment and nonfinancial applications at some point in the future. But it’s important to recognize that businesses aren’t willing to jump at the chance to use blockchain until it’s been thoroughly vetted in the real world. We’re just not anywhere close to that yet.
There are plenty of cryptocurrency projects that are really intriguing and could change the course of payment processing or supply chain management. Bitcoin just isn’t one of them.

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Media in the Metaverse: NYT's Kevin Roose on the Future of Crypto – Coindesk

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Entering the metaverse as our new “online selves.”
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“I don’t think we should feel like this is going to be entirely a good thing … if Web 3 is becoming more like the offline world, in the sense of being exclusive and gate-kept in the ways that our physical world has been for so long.”
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Web 3, the metaverse and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have potential to be a force for good in the world, to improve decentralization, raise underrepresented voices and empower creators. But with a digital land grab for virtual real estate growing fast, will people soon find themselves locked out of the metaverse?
Joining “Money Reimagined” hosts Michael Casey and Sheila Warren is Kevin Roose, New York Times tech columnist and author of “Futureproof,” a cautiously optimistic look into an automated, AI-filled and algorithmically driven future. Roose has also delved into the world of crypto: In March of 2021, he wrote a column explaining NFTs, and then sold that column as an NFT for 350 ETH ($1.14 million at current prices).
The future is rapidly approaching, and the crypto industry is determined to establish its place in it. Web 3 is shaping up in opposition to the current Web 2, moving away from the centralized, data-driven approach of today’s internet. Alongside Web 3 is the metaverse, where individuals can fragment themselves into two parts: their physical self and their digital persona.
Before Web 3 and the metaverse take hold, important discussions should be had now about the opportunities and obstacles abound in a crypto future. What is the role of media in Web 3? What responsibilities do journalists in the crypto sector have today? Is it possible to remain hopeful and yet cautious of crypto’s role in shaping the coming years?
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This episode was produced and edited by Michele Musso with announcements by Adam B. Levine and additional production support by Eleanor Pahl. Our theme song is “Shepard.”

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