Bitcoin has risen in price by 100% since the beginning of the year, and Ethereum 2.0 launch date announced

Bitcoin has risen in price by 100% since the beginning of the year

The bitcoin price has approached the $ 15'000 mark for the first time since January 2018.

During trading on Thursday, the cryptocurrency rate reached $14,740. On January 1, one bitcoin cost $7,200, so BTC has more than doubled in price since the beginning of the year.

Over the past two days, the price of bitcoin has increased by 7.4%. At the same time, the capitalization of the cryptocurrency market exceeded the $415 billion mark — the last time the indicator was above $ 400 billion in May 2018.

Ethereum 2.0 launch date announced

The zero phase of the Ethereum 2.0 network will be launched on December 1, but one condition must be met for this.

The Ethereum Foundation announced on Wednesday the launch of the second version of the network’s custody contract. Users need to deposit 32 ETH to participate in staking.

If the contract collects 16,384 deposits in the amount of 524,288 ETH (about $200 million), then the network will be ready for the launch. The specified goal must be achieved at least seven days before the expected launch date, that is, by November 24.

A few hours after the announcement, the number of ETH addresses with a balance of more than 32 coins reached a new high at 126,852. To launch Ethereum 2.0, 13% of these addresses must participate in staking.

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