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As if this space didn't have enough problems already: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-regulators-demand-trading-data-from-bitcoin-exchanges-in-manipulation-probe-2018-06-08 I remember when the first BTC futures contract expired, how BTC's price just happen to take a dive a day or two before that. Fishy stuff? - maybe. The BTC contracts are settled in cash, so one possible way to game the system I suppose is to buy BTC prior to expiration gradually, increase the price, then sell it as price is doing good, and then dump most of it shortly prior to expiration, then when contract(s) expire you cash them out, so you "win twice", or if too much capital is required to move the price of BTC by buying it, you just make it look like the price went down (on exchanges if that's even possible) so you can at least cash out on the BTC futures contract(s) without having to buy BTC in the first place. There are different possible ways to game the system, but I don't know how they would do it...BTC has high marketcap and I don't know if one exchange, even a big one, has power to manipulate the price to that extent, and even if they were able to, the manipulation might be obvious.
http://www.rootstock.io/ Not in production yet, but it looks like a promising Eth - BTC project that might be one of the first-to-market. This claim seems impressive: "...RSK can scale far beyond Bitcoin in its current state. RSK scales to 100 transaction per second (same level as Paypal) without sacrificing decentralization and reducing storage and bandwidth usage using probabilistic verification and fraud proofs, as well as blockchain sharding techniques."