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The Volatile Price Of Bitcoin

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The price of Bitcoin continues to grow, and it recently hit values over $16,000. The cryptocurrency's values nearly doubled over the last two weeks. Institutional war chests are probably doing most of the movement at this point, considering that the market cap now reached nearly $300 billion. This raises the stakes for traders to new heights.

Different exchanges have been citing different prices over that time period. While everyone had the price of Bitcoin pegged at around $8,000 just 14 days ago, the Coinbase GDAX exchange approached the $19,000 mark. Most other exchanges had the price of Bitcoin positioned at a much lower value. These drastic differences are making it difficult to predict market fluctuations with any degree of certainty.

To Bitcoin Or Not To Litecoin

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There are three different crypto currencies that are capturing the attention of the world. Determining which is the best is a common activity. Understanding just a little about each can help determine which is the best for you.

Bitcoin
It is the oldest of the crypto currencies. It is also the most common of the three crypto currencies. It is the only one that is currently being accepted as payment in everyday commerce transactions either online or in brick and mortar locations. It has a limited supply of 21 million bitcoins. The current amount of bitcoins in circulation is approximately 16.70 million bitcoins.

Litecoin
Litecoin closely resembles Bitcoin. It was created to be the alternative for Bitcoin. Litecoin's mining system is less complicated than that of Bitcoin. The result is quicker confirmation time of 2 1/2 minutes compared to the 5 minutes it takes for a Bitcoin confirmation. There is a limited supply of 84 million Litecoins of which 53.99 are in circulation.

Details Of The SoftBank Uber Deal

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The proposed multi-billion dollar Uber SoftBank deal appears to be progressing.

A spokesperson confirmed that Uber has decided to continue with the long-awaited investment with Soft Bank Group.

While Uber has not explained the details of the plans, the future arrangement includes a $1 billion investment, based on the latest valuation of $70 billion. A close, but unnamed source, states this deal is an extension of the recent Series G round.

Additionally, $9 billion of Uber shares is expected to be purchased from shareholders and employees alike in order to earn the group lead by SoftBank and Dragoneer Investment Group a 14% ownership stake. While a price has yet to be set, these shares are expected to be purchased at a discounted valuation.

Intel And AMD Join To Challenge Nvidia

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Intel is looking to develop a new chip for their notebooks. The chip will combine the Intel CPU with the AMD graphics processor. The result is a chip that is small in size and lightweight yet is capable of delivering top of the line graphics for the most demanding of video games.

What seems like an obvious collaboration has not occurred since the 1980's. In fact, the two companies have been bitter competitors for years. They have battled fiercely for control of the market for PC processors. This advantage has admittedly gone to Intel for the majority of that time.

However, Intel is watching that advantage being challenged by NVidia. They have continued to be the producer of the leading graphic cards while developing the AI end of their business. This development of the AI end of things has had no effect on the core product of graphics cards.

The Cloud Infrastructure Market Looks Bright With AWS

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The massive and much sought after cloud infrastructure market continues to be the AWS cup of tea, this quarter reveals. The businesses of Microsoft, Google, Alibaba and other big players continue to grow at an exponential rate. Despite this, however, these companies have not created a significant dent on AWS' firm hold of the cloud infrastructure market.

In fact, Amazon's cloud computing arm seems to have cut its teeth on 35% of the cloud infrastructure market despite relentless competition from the big guys. For example, Microsoft has a USD $20 billion run rate. But that is mainly from software instead of the cloud infrastructure market.

That's why it's so important to compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges. And when all is said and done, that AWS spell on the cloud infrastructure market remains stronger than ever. This scenario has led Synergy to declare that the Amazon company is on a league of its own.

Do Netflix Results Reflect Future Expectations?

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Netflix has been on a good run backed up by growth in consumer subscription. Netflix Results show the number of subscribers keeps growing by the day surpassing even the entities own expectations.

New subscribers

The firm today confirmed that it now has over 5 million new subscribers. The bulk of the subscription comes from the international market, with 850,000 coming from the U.S alone.The reason for the drive has primarily been due to the rise in spending in a bid to create original content. This move looks to be paying off big time.

Slow U.S growth

However, it is not going to be a bed of roses for the company. There is an expectation that US subscription will be lower than it was the same time last year. The recent hiking of viewership fees is the likely cause for the lag in U.S. The bone of contention is finding a way to push market value in the midst of burgeoning production costs.

Ethereum: The Future Of Credit?

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Ethereum may represent the future of credit, according to the cryptocurrency's founder Vitalik Buterin.

Like most other cryptos, Ethereum is based on the blockchain, a system that allows the currency to be hack-proof while simultaneously allowing every coin to be traced back to its origin point. This provides a level of secure transparency that Buterin believes can revolutionize security and economics.

The biggest stumbling block at present is the speed at which crypto transactions are processed. Bitcoin, the most well known cryptocurrency, processes about three transactions per second, while Ethereum is a little faster at five. Uber provides 12 rides a second, suggesting that cryptocurrencies need to process transactions much faster for large-scale commercial applications.

Living In Silicon Valley Made Kevin Durant A Better Investor

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To date, Kevin Durant and his company has made nearly 30 investments. However, Durant and his partner were hesitant to call The Durant Company a Venture Capitalist firm. They look at it as more of an equity fund that places stakes in startups.

Durant was asked how his way of doing business changed since moving to San Francisco, and he said that being right in the middle of the tech world was the best part of being in the city.

Durant's partner, Mr. Kleiman, said the company doesn't chase startups. He added that there's no need to chase a deal if a startup doesn't take The Durant Company seriously or if they don't see the benefits of partnering up with the startup. He also said that everything needs to feel natural to both The Durant Company and the startup they partner with.

Why Invest in Small-Cap Stocks

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Understanding everything that is involved in investing or trading small cap stocks takes study over a period of time. Many favor large cap stocks over small cap stocks because the brands are known. But which is better for you and your situation? Investing in small cap stocks is a great way to diversify your portfolio with some shares of lower capitalized companies. These stocks often offer better returns as they have higher beta values and move quicker than other stocks. Just be careful of the risks.

If you are looking to purchase and hold small cap stocks within mutual funds, understand that different funds define what is a small-cap stock in different ways.The traditional definition of a small-cap stock is one with the market capitalization between $300 million and $2 billion.

Internet Brands Purchases WebMD

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Not even health oriented online media is immune to consolidation. A company called Internet Brands, controlled by KKR, has recently announced intentions to acquire WebMD. KKR owns several other business to business websites in the areas of travel, law and automotive. It is a deal that has apparently been long in the making taking several bids for the acquisition to be accomplished.

WebMD is a well know health information website. It was founded in 1996 and became a public nearly a decade later. The Internet Brands business model involves helping health related businesses find customers. It also exists to help the public find appropriate health care. WebMD will note be a part of that process.

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