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North Queensland, Australia Adopts Bitcoin Cash (BCH): 40+ Merchants Accept Crypto

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A small city in Australia with a population of just 250,000 named North Queensland is in the latest crypto news for adopting Bitcoin Cash (BCH). According to reports and a video recently published by CoinSpice, one can dine, drink, travel, stay in hotels and apartments and even have their laundry done by using the altcoin.

Even though a lot of the retailers in North Queensland accept other cryptocurrencies besides Bitcoin Cash (BCH), the altcoin has a large community and is used widely. If you are wondering why is that the case, it is safe to say that it’s because of the transaction fees – making BCH “free money” that is convenient and easy to use.

While the Bitcoin community adopts second-layer solutions such as the Lighting Network (LN) which will create new delays in adoption among merchants – Bitcoin Cash users are all about business in this small Australian city.

There are more than 40 merchants that accept Bitcoin Cash in North Queensland, and according to reports, more than 960 of the 2000 crypto-savvy retailers support the altcoin. On a global scale, there are over 14,000 local businesses around the world that accept Bitcoin Core, according to Coinmap.

All of this triggers merchant adoption as a hot topic that has been in the background for some time now. More details about the BCH adoption in North Queensland can be seen on the video below.

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Roger Ver’s Platform Withdraws From 12.5% Miner Fee Proposal

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Roger Ver’s platform, Bitcoin.com decided to step away from its proposed miner fee of 12.5% that coerced miners to divert the percentage of the bitcoin cash block reward to the development fund as we are reading in today’s crypto news. Bitcoin.com stated in a blog post:
 “As it stands now, Bitcoin.com will not go through with supporting any plan unless there is more agreement in the ecosystem such that the risk of a chain split is negligible.’’
The decision came as a response to the heavy criticism the platform was getting. The Bitcoin Cash supporters said that there are less coercive ways to raise development funds and the users of bitcoin also used the proposals to call out the centralization of Bitcoin Cash. Roger Ver’s Platform stated:
 “We think it is clear that the existing proposal does not have enough support, and we will be working to come up with a plan that is profitable for all the relevant parties and which preserves the fundamental economics of Bitcoin Cash.”
Roger Ver didn’t comment on the matter yet. The proposal was initially pushed by the cartel of miners that represent 54 percent of the network’s identified hash rate or 34 percent of the total hashrate. The CEO of BTC.top Jian Zhuoer announced the proposal a few days ago and said that his mining pool alone controls 25 percent of the identified hashrate. Some of the other members of the cartel include the CEO of Bitmain, Jihan Wu, and Haipo Yang of ViaBTC.com. Roger Ver’s platform was a part of the plan but not anymore. Bitcoin.com represented less than 2 percent of the known hashrate which means that the cartel still controls 32 percent of the network. Zhuoer stated:
 “Funding of infrastructure may often go overlooked or be underprioritized.’’
Based on the prices, the proposal will reach up to $41,000 in the funding per day or about $7.5 million over six months period. Most of the funds will go to the Bitcoin ABC or the primary open-source implementation of the Bitcoin cash protocol. Bitcoin ABC stated:
 “Although many previous attempts at stable infrastructure funding have been tried with mixed results, we are optimistic this plan could be a great success.’’
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Bitcoin Cash Dev Tax May Still Roll Out Despite Roger Ver’s Support

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Bitcoin.com, which is the operator of the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) mining pool recently said that it won't support the so-called "Bitcoin Cash dev tax" and will be working on another plan. However, some developers warn that this tax might still be implemented.
“The dev tax is wounded, but not dead,” developer Peter Rizun, who is against the proposal, told Bloomberg in the latest Bitcoin Cash news.
He also pointed out that a lot of key miners support the proposal and could still implement it on May 15. Meanwhile, Bitcoin.com is led by Roger Ver, stressed that "this is a great opportunity for developers to clarify what they need funding for, and provide the specific budgets and timelines they have for their work.” As the pool operator said, any new proposal will need to have as many people of economic weight on board as possible. These include businesses, exchanges, miners as well as Bitcoin Cash implementations. The Bitcoin Cash dev tax is now a viral topic in the cryptonews. The CEO of one of the largest mining pools on BCH, BTC.TOP recently offered to direct 12.5% of the mining rewards to support the BCH infrastructure over a period of six months. His post included a threat to orphan the noncomplying BCH blocks (the ones would no longer be included in the BCH blockchain). Besides BTC.TOP, the proposal was also signed by other large mining pools including Antpool, ViaBTC, BTC.com as well as Bitcoin.com, until the latter revoked their support. After that, we could see that the response from most of the miners was negative, including a lot of dramatic calls for massive exodus from the coin. The main issue, according to the comments, was based on the centralization. Taxes like these would quickly create a wholly centralized infrastructure for the coin and leave miners voting out in the cold. Data now shows that the average number of developers working on BCH-related products (the Bitcoin Cash dev tax is one of them) declined by 32% in the first half of 2019. Meanwhile, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is now stable with a 3.34% increase on the day and a new price of $381. The charts have seen mixed movements in the past month but the cryptocurrency made most of everything over the past week, just like many altcoins out there.
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Bitcoin Cash Just Broke $360 And $400 Is Imminent Now

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The price of Bitcoin Cash just broke another crucial point and started a rally from $300, gaining more than 15% whereas BTC is struggling near $8,700. The BCH/USD pair could continue rising towards $400 in the near term. Now, the BCH price is showing a lot of positive signs above the $330 level and the 100 SMA (4-hours). There was a break above a major declining channel with resistance going near $324 on the 4-hours chart of the BCH/USD pair. If this sustains, we could see more increases in the latest cryptocurrencies news and the pair is likely to accelerate towards $400 if it clears the $365 resistance area. After getting rejected near $405, the BCH price started a strong downside correction and BCH declined $100 before the bulls took a stand near the $300 support. A swing low is formed near $300 and the price restarted its upward move. This is how it broke the major resistance area near the $320 level and the 100 simple moving average. Moreover, a break above a major declining channel with resistance near $324 on the 4-hours chart of the pair. Analysts now believe that Bitcoin Cash just broke a crucial point and now is the time for a new rise. Currently, the BCH price is above the $350 level but is still facing a strong resistance near $365. If there is a downside correction, the price may dive towards the $330 support and the main buy zone for the bulls now is near the $320 level and the 100 simple moving average (4 hours). The technical indicators are as following:
  • Hourly MACD – The MACD for BCH/USD is now gaining a strong pace in the bullish zone.
  • Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BCH/USD is currently well above the 50 level, with a bullish angle.
  • Key Support Levels – $350 and $330.
  • Key Resistance Levels – $365 and $400.
All in all, the 12% increase on the day which put BCH at $360 is an indicator that more gains can be expected soon. The pair is very likely to accelerate towards $400 if the $365 area is cleared soon. In the coming altcoin news, we can see plenty of gains today. While BCH is a leader in the top 10, other coins recording impressive gains include Bitcoin SV (BSV), EOS (EOS) and Ethereum (ETH).
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Mining Pools Aim To Divert The Bitcoin Cash Infrastructure

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Some of the major mining pools aim to change the entire infrastructure of Bitcoin Cash by diverting the 12.5 percent of the block rewards for further development of the entire network so let’s find out more in the coming Bitcoin cash news. The CEO of BTC.TOP, one of the largest BCH mining pools, revealed that the miners agreed to the proposal and now Bitcoin Cash is about to embark on another one of the hard decisions as the top mining pools aim to develop the infrastructure and to improve funding for the miner block rewards. If the mining pools decided to donate a share of the rewards, they would likely have been no controversies. However, by deciding to empty the blocks of the miners who don’t want to contribute a portion of their rewards, the mining pools have really become the center of attention in the crypto community. According to the data from Coin.Dance, the top five mining pools that agreed to this proposal, BTC.TOP, BTC.com, VIABTC, AntPool, and Bitcoin.com, control 28.5% of the network’s hash power. Zhuoer stated that the proposal should go live by May 2020. The only way to implement this decision is to deploy the code through a hard fork which also means that if the community disagrees with the initiative, they will have to block it. If the developers of Bitcoin Cash upgrade the protocol and facilitate the hard forks end up disagreeing with this, it will be difficult for the miners to overcome this decision unless they leave the network. The fact that the miners are willing to give up some of their revenue for better infrastructure shows that they are too committed to the ecosystem to move out of the BCH and redirect their machines to another SHA-256 cryptocurrency. Some of the other miners who only want to make a revenue could likely switch from BCH. BTC miners earned an average of about 55 BTC in fees per day while the Bitcoin Cash miners earned only 0.5938 BCH. Considering about 50 percent of BCH’s hash rate comes from the undesignated mining pools, any impact on the profitability could see the network losing a lot of hash power.
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