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Today in Bitcoin history: 13-year anniversary of transaction between Satoshi and Hal Finney

It’s been exactly 13 years to the day since computer scientist Hal Finney became the recipient of the first transaction on the Bitcoin blockchain from creator Satoshi Nakamoto.On Jan. 12, 2009, with the Bitcoin (BTC) white paper a mere three months old, Satoshi sent Finney 10 BTC — worth next to nothing at the time, but now roughly $440,000. The move, likely a test to determine the viability of the blockchain, was the first in a series of hundreds of millions of transactions in Bitcoin between millions of people across the world. “When Satoshi announced the first release of the software, I grabbed it right away,” said Finney in a 2013 post on Bitcointalk.org. “I think I was the first person besides Satoshi to run Bitcoin. I mined block 70-something, and I was the recipient of the first bitcoin transaction when Satoshi sent ten coins to me as a test. I carried on an email conversation with Satoshi over the next few days, mostly me reporting bugs and him fixing them.”Running bitcoin— halfin (@halfin) January 11, 2009Finney was one of the first people to respond to Satoshi’s post on the cypherpunks mailing list, with many in the space still believing he was one of the pseudonymous individuals behind the creation of Bitcoin. Sadly, the legendary crypto pioneer passed away from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease  — in 2014. He would have been 65 years old in 2022.At the time the first BTC was sent, there wasn’t even a cash value associated with the crypto asset, whose blockchain has accrued more than 701 million transactions as of Jan. 8. One of the most famous early use cases — exchanging 10,000 BTC for two pizzas in 2010 — helped pave the way for the crypto asset to eventually be accepted in many bars, restaurants and even as legal tender in the entire country of El Salvador. Related: Former patrons can’t drown sorrows as first-ever bar to accept Bitcoin closesThirteen years ago, Bitcoin and crypto were highly experimental, unproven and largely unknown. Today, regulators across the world discuss how to handle the integration of central bank digital currencies, stablecoins and digital assets into their financial systems. In 2035, thirteen years from now, the BTC blockchain will likely still have plenty of blocks to mine. Some experts are predicting the price of the crypto asset will hit $100,000 in 2022, with the potential for even more growth n the years to come.

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Third-largest whale celebrates Bitcoin's birthday with 456 BTC buy

It is now 13 years since the genesis block of the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain was created, which marked the beginning of the chain. To commemorate the occasion, the third-largest Bitcoin whale appears to be back after the new year holidays, and he or she has just completed the first sizable purchase of 2022.On Jan. 4, the third-largest Bitcoin address added 456 BTC at an average price of $46,363, equivalent to around $21 million, according to data from Bitinfocharts. com. 456 #BTC (21,161,750 USD) transferred from #Coinbase to unknown wallethttps://t.co/1rWMaIYR0y— Whale Alert (@whale_alert) January 3, 2022At the time of this writing, the whale holds 120,845.57 BTC worth over $5.6 billion. The holder’s identity remains a mystery, but it appears that the entity is making full use of the current price volatility. Bitcoin has dropped 1.7% in the last 24 hours and 8.9% over the last week, currently trading at around $46,603.Related: Happy Birthday, Bitcoin! Industry players share a few wordsMeanwhile, the bearish factors weighing on the cryptocurrency market at the end of 2021 have persisted throughout the first week of 2022 after Bitcoin’s price fell below $47,000 on Jan. 1 and it continues to face strong headwinds on shorter timeframes charts.Despite the short-term difficulties for Bitcoin, many investors remain enthusiastic. Analyst and pseudonymous Twitter user GalaxyBTC recently shared this chart showing a potential breakout in the first quarter of 2021.14-month Bitcoin/Tether price chart. Source: Twitter

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Former First Lady Melania Trump congratulates Bitcoin on 13th birthday

Shortly after launching her own nonfungible token (NFT) project last month, former First Lady of the United States Melania Trump gave a shout out to Bitcoin (BTC) on Twitter.On Monday, Mrs. Trump wished Bitcoin a happy birthday. The world’s largest cryptocurrency marked its 13th anniversary on Jan. 3.It is widely reported that Bitcoin’s market cap exceeds USD$1 Trillion.  Today marks the 13th anniversary of the Bitcoin Genesis Block.  Happy Anniversary, #SatoshiNakamoto #MelaniaNFT pic.twitter.com/aZqNJFcZmd— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) January 3, 2022The former First Lady said, “It is widely reported that Bitcoin’s market cap exceeds $1 trillion.”At the time of writing, BTC market cap is slightly above $880 billion, according to data from CoinGecko. Its market value last time stood above $1 trillion in early December last year.The post has amassed over 30,000 likes and more than 8,000 retweets at the time of writing.Many people in the cryptocurrency community, including Morgan Creek Digital co-founder Anthony Pompliano, subsequently suggested that Mrs. Trump could be a “Bitcoiner,” or be involved in the BTC industry.Related: World’s biggest douchebag releases NFT collectionOthers pointed to major anti-Bitcoin remarks made by Mrs. Trump’s husband,  former U.S. President Donald Trump, who repeatedly slammed Bitcoin in recent years, calling it a scam and arguing that it is based on “thin air.”“This is a pretty cryptic divorce announcement, props,” one observer noted on Twitter.The former First Lady officially announced her NFT platform in mid-December 2021, dropping her first digital collectible called “Melania’s Vision.” According to Melania Trump’s official website, the NFT sale was carried out on the Solana blockchain, with the auction ending on Dec. 31.

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What were the biggest crypto outcomes of 2021? Experts Answer, Part 2

Simon is the crypto analyst at eToro, a social trading platform that offers investing in both stocks and cryptocurrencies. “The pandemic and associated lockdown measures have turbo-charged the transition to this technology as we close out 2021. However, as the ultimate frontier between the real and virtual worlds, the metaverse represents the most likely evolution of the internet in the coming years.  From Facebook to Meta, from Square to Block, fresh batches of tech titans are taking bets on the future of digital assets. First coined by Neal Stephenson’s 1992 novels The Virtual Samurai and Snow Crash, the metaverse refers to a virtual world where users can move around as avatars, interact socially and economically, with other people. Mark Zuckerberg’s latest initiative could be the catalyst of widespread, mainstream adoption of decentralized metaverse platforms such as Decentraland and The Sandbox, who have already seen extraordinary gains in the last few weeks with their respective tokens, (MANA, the token used on Decentrand is up over 400% in the last five weeks). Additionally, Fidelity Investments recently became the latest asset manager to announce plans to launch a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) on the Toronto Stock Exchange. However, following positive net inflows into Bitcoin from institutional investors, the Fidelity Advantage Bitcoin ETF (FBTC) will look to invest in the underlying asset of Bitcoin, or spot. This new fund, which some have dubbed the ‘holy grail’ of Bitcoin ETFs, if approved, could encourage a new wave of liquidity to enter the space. There are already hundreds of trillions of dollars of liquid investable assets globally managed by institutional investors, versus Bitcoin’s current $1.1 trillion market capitalization, so even a small percentage of these liquid assets inflowing into crypto could cause the overall market cap to double.”

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What were the biggest crypto outcomes of 2021? Experts Answer, Part 1

Hatu is the co-founder and chief strategy officer of DAO Maker, which creates growth technologies and funding frameworks for startups while simultaneously reducing risks for investors. “For a space as dynamic as blockchain, it is tough to pinpoint the reasons behind the industry evolving during the year. However, I feel the adoption of smart contracts has bolstered the growth of the industry and its relevance in the traditional setup. From optimizing supply chains to building a corporate structure around them, smart contracts are assisting everywhere. DAOs have emerged as a new wave of democratization of firms and associations. By transferring ownership to everyone involved and reducing centralized authority, DAOs and community governance are here to stay. In 2021, we could see multiple protocols turn into DAOs and kick-start their journey toward true decentralization. Also, the influx of human resources is definitely an integral part of the way the blockchain space has evolved. And this does not only reflect the amount of talent joining the industry but also the population that is accepting and adopting the technology in their daily activities. With more people getting involved with the technology, the industry matures. The blockchain industry has made a quantum leap in 2021, and I see no reason why the juggernaut shall slow down in 2022.”

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Crypto mainstream adoption: Is it here already? Experts Answer, Part 3

Sebastian is the chief strategy officer at Coinsource, a Bitcoin ATM provider in the United States. “In 2022, we expect more countries to follow El Salvador’s lead and adopt Bitcoin as legal tender, particularly countries across Latin America and Asia. As a result, we anticipate an increase in the number of Bitcoin ATMs across Latin America, and also in Europe. As new countries adopt, it is likely U.S. dominance in the crypto industry will be reduced. Regulation of crypto will continue into 2022, which is generally a good thing. However, it must be reasonable and fairly applicable to all. We have the potential to solve compliance in many of the protocols once and for all, so we need to double down on this. The industry is on a good path to increase the standards by which it measures compliance, but there needs to be a dialogue between experts on both sides of the regulatory debate. Nefarious activity within the crypto space has been on a steep decline for several years now. Alignment on regulation, such as in the EU with MiCA, will create a level playing field that will allow for continued growth in the long term. We hope the U.S. will soon follow in providing regulatory clarity and guidelines that will keep it on foot as a key hub for global crypto innovation.  We have witnessed huge growth within the Bitcoin ATM, or BTM, industry in 2021, with global installations up by 70%. We do not see this slowing down any time soon. With so much activity in the market and the strong demand for BTMs from all sorts of known and new target customer groups, we believe that the BTM space will continue to grow at a similar, or even faster, rate. It is projected that the number of BTM installations will hit 100,000 by 2025, and we would say that this is a conservative estimate.”

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Crypto mainstream adoption: Is it here already? Experts Answer, Part 2

Hatu is the co-founder and chief strategy officer of DAO Maker, which creates growth technologies and funding frameworks for startups while simultaneously reducing risks for investors. “Yes, and without a doubt, crypto’s mass adoption has begun at the grassroots levels, with retail users increasing by the day. The outlook toward crypto, as an investment, is growing in optimism and is helping fuel more people into this space. Also, courtesy of DeFi, crypto as a financial instrument is garnering users. With the NFT market growing rapidly, we can always expect the user base to overlap with the crypto market. Institutions and governments adopting crypto are also on the rise. They also act as a credibility layer for the crypto market. So, it would be a brain fade if I were to overlook the mass adoption of crypto taking place as we speak.  Education and acceptance will be the two drivers of the further mass adoption of crypto. Currently, a substantial portion of the crypto population is in the market because of the generated hype, intending to earn a quick buck or two. However, for the crypto market to mature, educated users and investors are required.  Next, institutions, individuals and governments alike should be open to accepting crypto as a medium of exchange. This is when the potential of crypto can be truly realized. When education and acceptance of crypto grows, its infamous tag-along ‘volatility’ subsides and stability improves.”

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Dormant Bitcoin wallet holding 321 BTC activated after eight years

A Bitcoin wallet containing millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin (BTC) has come out of dormancy. For one reason or another, the wallet has not transacted for years despite having what is considered life-changing money. The wallet had not been used since 2013, barely a few years after the mysterious Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto disappeared. The wallet currently contains $15 million worth of BTC, and it’s unclear who owns this account or why it was reactivated on Tuesday.The wallet has 321 BTC. After eight years, the value of this amount has increased from $6,594 to a staggering $15,103,046. By now, the funds in the wallet had appreciated almost 2,300 times.The Bitcoin community is abuzz with speculation about who owns the wallet and why it has just come out of dormancy. Some believe that it could be a whale — an individual or group with a large stash of Bitcoin — who is about to make a move that will shake up the market.If you’re looking for a sign….in 3…2…1… https://t.co/8ezk8Ub6Sz— Mama Heqet 2.0 (@DaturaDaimonic) December 21, 2021A Twitter user proposed several reasons for the wallet activation in a comment thread. Many possibilities exist according to them, from Satoshi Nakamoto deciding to return to a patient investor who is going to sell their BTC now to someone just recalling their seed phrase for their Bitcoin wallet.Someone’s maybe figured out a exploit from an old wallet perhaps making not so random seed phrases or something. Too many waking up to be random..— Sapsicle farms⚛ (@SapsicleF) December 21, 2021

In recent months, several dormant Bitcoin wallets from 2011–2013 have been reactivated, each containing tens of millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin. On Sept. 19, the owner of a dormant Bitcoin wallet emptied their account and transferred all 616 BTC to different accounts.Related: Dead Coins and Wallets: The Treasures of Atlantis or Zombie Uprising?Old, sleeping wallets from the early days of Bitcoin are being reactivated with large amounts of cryptocurrency inside. Early investors who put up a few hundred dollars and kept their stakes have evolved into BTC whales, with values continuing to rise.Another Bitcoin wallet awoke in January after having been inactive since June 2010. The wallet had $5 million worth of BTC. In June 2021, another Bitcoin whale account with 900 BTC became active. On Sunday, another dormant address with 235 BTC ($11,114,901) was reactivated after nine years. A dormant address containing 225 BTC was activated on Thursday after almost eight-and-a-half years.

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Crypto mainstream adoption: Is it here already? Experts Answer, Part 1

Sameep is the founder of QuickSwap, a decentralized exchange on Polygon that allows users to swap, earn, stack yields, lend, borrow and leverage all on one decentralized, community-driven platform.   “Just compare the overall market caps from the beginning of 2021 until today to illustrate how much crypto has grown this year. According to CoinMarketCap, on Jan. 1, crypto’s market cap was about $773 billion. Now it’s over $2.3 trillion. Despite the dollar’s rapid inflation, to me, annual growth of more than $1.5 trillion definitely suggests that mass adoption has begun, but there’s still a lot of room for crypto to continue to grow. To enable that growth, more people need to learn about the alternatives to expensive layer-one chains, where gas fees can sometimes cost more than a transaction itself. That’s why I’ve always been a big supporter of Polygon, and it’s why I helped found QuickSwap. At Polygon, we aren’t competing with Ethereum or attempting to replace it, we’re helping Ethereum by providing a layer two where people can conduct transactions for far less than they cost on layer one. This service enables smaller investors to participate in DeFi with near-zero gas fees, while larger whales can continue to operate on layer one.”

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