Siacoin (CURRENCY:SC) traded up 5.6% against the dollar during the 1 day period ending at 16:00 PM E.T. on September 13th. Siacoin has a market cap of $196.44 million and approximately $3.94 million worth of Siacoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. Over the last week, Siacoin has traded 8.6% lower against the dollar. One Siacoin coin can now be bought for about $0.0053 or 0.00000083 BTC on major exchanges including CoinEx, HitBTC, QBTC and LBank.

Here is how similar cryptocurrencies have performed over the last 24 hours:

  • Bitcoin (BTC) traded up 1.8% against the dollar and now trades at $6,459.71 or 1.00000000 BTC.
  • Ethereum (ETH) traded up 11.7% against the dollar and now trades at $202.47 or 0.03143275 BTC.
  • Bitcoin Cash (BCH) traded up 5.2% against the dollar and now trades at $451.90 or 0.07015708 BTC.
  • Litecoin (LTC) traded up 4.4% against the dollar and now trades at $53.87 or 0.00835534 BTC.
  • Monero (XMR) traded 9% higher against the dollar and now trades at $111.54 or 0.01731659 BTC.
  • Ethereum Classic (ETC) traded 2.8% higher against the dollar and now trades at $10.92 or 0.00169559 BTC.
  • Dogecoin (DOGE) traded 1.7% higher against the dollar and now trades at $0.0065 or 0.00000101 BTC.
  • Zcash (ZEC) traded up 6.9% against the dollar and now trades at $115.88 or 0.01798958 BTC.
  • Bitcoin Gold (BTG) traded 6.7% higher against the dollar and now trades at $20.21 or 0.00313826 BTC.
  • Bytecoin (BCN) traded up 1.5% against the dollar and now trades at $0.0019 or 0.00000029 BTC.

Siacoin Profile

Siacoin (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 36,821,520,540 coins. The Reddit community for Siacoin is /r/Siacoin and the currency’s Github account can be viewed here. Siacoin’s official Twitter account is @SiaTechHQ and its Facebook page is accessible here. The official website for Siacoin is sia.tech.

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

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