Siacoin (CURRENCY:SC) traded 4.5% lower against the dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 20:00 PM Eastern on August 21st. In the last week, Siacoin has traded down 8.9% against the dollar. One Siacoin coin can now be bought for approximately $0.0019 or 0.00000019 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges including Binance, HitBTC, Poloniex and Upbit. Siacoin has a total market cap of $78.95 million and approximately $1.00 million worth of Siacoin was traded on exchanges in the last day.

Here’s how similar cryptocurrencies have performed in the last day:

  • Bitcoin (BTC) traded 5.9% lower against the dollar and now trades at $10,142.52 or 1.00000000 BTC.
  • Ethereum (ETH) traded down 4.9% against the dollar and now trades at $186.94 or 0.01843845 BTC.
  • Bitcoin Cash (BCH) traded down 4.1% against the dollar and now trades at $303.08 or 0.02989382 BTC.
  • Litecoin (LTC) traded 3.2% lower against the dollar and now trades at $72.95 or 0.00719531 BTC.
  • Monero (XMR) traded 6.1% lower against the dollar and now trades at $80.55 or 0.00794473 BTC.
  • UNUS SED LEO (LEO) traded down 8.1% against the dollar and now trades at $1.20 or 0.00011835 BTC.
  • Ethereum Classic (ETC) traded up 1.2% against the dollar and now trades at $6.13 or 0.00060496 BTC.
  • Zcash (ZEC) traded 4.1% lower against the dollar and now trades at $49.89 or 0.00492092 BTC.
  • Dogecoin (DOGE) traded 3.3% lower against the dollar and now trades at $0.0027 or 0.00000026 BTC.
  • Bitcoin Gold (BTG) traded 3% lower against the dollar and now trades at $13.25 or 0.00130652 BTC.

Siacoin Profile

Siacoin (CRYPTO:SC) is a proof-of-work (PoW) coin that uses the Blake2b hashing algorithm. Its genesis date was June 1st, 2015. Siacoin’s total supply is 41,817,047,634 coins. The Reddit community for Siacoin is /r/Siacoin and the currency’s Github account can be viewed here. Siacoin’s official website is sia.tech. Siacoin’s official Twitter account is @SiaTechHQ and its Facebook page is accessible here.

According to CryptoCompare, “The foundation of Sia is a proof of work blockchain. Storage contracts are a new type of transaction that get enforced by the blockchain. Sia's hashing algorithm is blake2b. p2pool and multisig wallets are both supported on Sia.   When a file is uploaded to Sia, a storage contract is created containing the Merkle root of the file, a reward for the host, and a penalty for the host (both in siacoins). After an agreed-upon duration, the host is required to prove that the file is still available by providing a random Merkle proof. If the proof is valid, the host is rewarded; otherwise, the host is penalized.  Random numbers are generated deterministically using the most recent block as a seed. Sia has support for two way payment channels, and two way contract diffs.  Among other things, this provides massive scalability, and eliminates the need for untrustworthy 0-confirmation transactions. Once you join a payment channel network, all transactions within that network will be instant and final, with no risk of a double spend. Reliability is achieved by using erasure coding in a massively distributed environment. Erasure coding allows a file to be split into many pieces, such that the original file can be recovered using only a few of them. For example, you can take a 50 MB file, break it into 200 pieces that are 1 MB each, and then you can recover the original file from *any* 50 of the pieces. This method has the same overhead as creating 4 complete copies of the file, yet is much more reliable because it's much less likely that 151 out of 200 hosts will go offline than it is that 4 out of 4 hosts will go offline. As the network grows, we will apply statistical analysis to determine the redundancy required to provide 99.9999% reliability on files. It is likely that 3x overhead is absurd overkill, and statistical analysis will give an accurate picture of how much overhead is required. Using 200 hosts to store a file means that downloads can be massively parallel. Even if the average Sia host does not have quick upload speeds, the massive parallelism enabled by Sia means that downloads will be blazing fast anyway.  In addition, you can choose to connect only to the datacenters that are the closest and the fastest. This optimization (known as a CDN) is a hugely expensive project for a traditional cloud storage service, but for Sia it is a natural consequence of the decentralized network. As security is a top priority of Sia, all encryption is performed locally; the people storing your files will have no ability to see what you have uploaded.  Not only is every file encrypted separately, every *piece* of every file is encrypted separately, and hosts are not told which pieces are part of the same file. “

Buying and Selling Siacoin

Siacoin can be purchased on the following cryptocurrency exchanges: QBTC, Bittrex, Bisq, CoinEx, HitBTC, Bitbns, Upbit, Poloniex, Binance, LBank and OKEx. It is usually not possible to buy alternative cryptocurrencies such as Siacoin directly using US dollars. Investors seeking to trade Siacoin should first buy Bitcoin or Ethereum using an exchange that deals in US dollars such as Changelly, Coinbase or GDAX. Investors can then use their newly-acquired Bitcoin or Ethereum to buy Siacoin using one of the exchanges listed above.

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