Siacoin (CURRENCY:SC) traded down 1% against the dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 10:00 AM E.T. on July 29th. One Siacoin coin can currently be bought for $0.0026 or 0.00000028 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges including CoinEx, Bittrex, OKEx and Upbit. In the last seven days, Siacoin has traded 9.8% lower against the dollar. Siacoin has a total market cap of $109.83 million and approximately $730,980.00 worth of Siacoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

Here’s how related cryptocurrencies have performed in the last 24 hours:

  • Bitcoin (BTC) traded 0.3% higher against the dollar and now trades at $9,560.57 or 1.00000000 BTC.
  • Ethereum (ETH) traded up 0.3% against the dollar and now trades at $210.06 or 0.02197385 BTC.
  • Litecoin (LTC) traded 0.6% higher against the dollar and now trades at $89.74 or 0.00938794 BTC.
  • Bitcoin Cash (BCH) traded 0.7% higher against the dollar and now trades at $308.71 or 0.03229598 BTC.
  • Monero (XMR) traded 2.1% lower against the dollar and now trades at $78.70 or 0.00823342 BTC.
  • UNUS SED LEO (LEO) traded up 2% against the dollar and now trades at $1.30 or 0.00013581 BTC.
  • Ethereum Classic (ETC) traded down 0.4% against the dollar and now trades at $5.93 or 0.00062073 BTC.
  • Zcash (ZEC) traded down 1.8% against the dollar and now trades at $67.79 or 0.00709150 BTC.
  • Dogecoin (DOGE) traded down 0.7% against the dollar and now trades at $0.0028 or 0.00000030 BTC.
  • Bitcoin Gold (BTG) traded down 2.3% against the dollar and now trades at $18.79 or 0.00196590 BTC.

Siacoin Coin Profile

SC is a proof-of-work (PoW) coin that uses the Blake2b hashing algorithm. It launched on June 1st, 2015. Siacoin’s total supply is 41,638,928,955 coins. Siacoin’s official Twitter account is @SiaTechHQ and its Facebook page is accessible here. Siacoin’s official website is sia.tech. The Reddit community for Siacoin is /r/Siacoin and the currency’s Github account can be viewed 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 these cryptocurrency exchanges: Bittrex, QBTC, Bisq, Poloniex, LBank, CoinEx, Upbit, HitBTC, Bitbns, OKEx and Binance. It is usually not possible to buy alternative cryptocurrencies such as Siacoin directly using US dollars. Investors seeking to acquire Siacoin should first buy Ethereum or Bitcoin using an exchange that deals in US dollars such as GDAX, Gemini or Changelly. Investors can then use their newly-acquired Ethereum or Bitcoin to buy Siacoin using one of the aforementioned exchanges.

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