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Satoshi vs. Bitcoin Jesus: Bitcoin Cash Battle Turns Personal

  • Cryptocurrency risks splitting in two versions after tomorrow
  • The fight ‘seems to be a personality conflict,’ Sokolin says
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Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed inventor of Bitcoin under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, is poised to win a fight that will likely lead to the creation of another version of Bitcoin Cash, the original offshoot of the biggest cryptocurrency.

A group headed by the controversial Australian is expected to take control tomorrow of the world’s fourth-largest cryptocurrency following a software upgrade. A rival faction that disagrees on how to best expand has been trying to persuade the community of computer operators running the network to adopt their version. About 70 percent of the so-called miners that process the transactions that keep the network afloat are signaling they support the version backed by Wright’s allies, according to crypto data tracker Coin Dance.