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Leadership Feud at Bitmain: 10,000 Antminers Go Missing in Inner Mongolia

Study: Exchanges Accepted $1.3 Billion in Bitcoin Stemming from ‘High-Risk Addresses’ A recently published report from the research and analysis firm Peckshield indicates that during the last two quarters of 2020, cryptocurrency exchanges accepted 147,000 BTC ($1.3 billion) from high-risk addresses. During the last few years, blockchain research and surveillance firms … read more. Grayscale …

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Switching Bitcoin to 100% ASIC Mining Could Increase Security 2000X

The wholesale embrace of Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC) mining for Bitcoin (BTC) could increase the cost of a 51% attack by a factor of up to 2,000. Rod Garratt University of California Santa Barbara presented the research he co-authored with Maarten van Oordt from the Bank of Canada at the Unitize conference on July 10. …

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US Contract Miner Core Scientific Buys 17,600 Bitcoin Miners From Bitmain

Wilshire Phoenix Files Publicly-Traded Bitcoin Trust to Challenge Grayscale’s $3.4 Billion Dominance Wilshire Phoenix has filed to launch a publicly-traded trust called Bitcoin Commodity Trust (BCT) – putting the firm in direct competition with Grayscale Investments’ $3.4 billion bitcoin trust (GBTC). According to the June 12 filing with the U.S. Securities and … read more. …

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Bitcoin Mining Chip Manufacturer Ebang to List on Nasdaq This Week

Spacex Bitcoin Scam Features BTC Giveaway, Elon Musk, and NASA Launch A Spacex bitcoin scam has frequently appeared on Youtube, claiming to give away BTC. Its promo video features the recent Spacex launch with two NASA astronauts and an interview with Spacex and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The scammers claim that … read more. Bitcoin-Friendly …

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Bitcoin Mining Heats Up: High Difficulty Adjustment, Pool Consolidation, Less Concentration in China

It’s been approximately 37 days since the notorious Bitcoin reward halving that took place on Monday, May 11, 2020. On June 16, the Bitcoin network saw a large upwards difficulty adjustment making it much harder to mine bitcoins and slowing down the issuance rate because block generation has slowed down. Furthermore, a recent research report …

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Bitmain Launches New T19 Bitcoin Miner After S17’s Troubled Launch

World-leading mining hardware producer Bitmain launched its new Antminer T19 Bitcoin Mining application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). According to a June 1 announcement, Bitmain’s new Antminer T19 features a SHA256 hash rate of 84 terahash/second with a 3% error margin and a power efficiency of 37.5 joules/terahash with a 5% error margin.  The new ASIC model …

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Canaan Narrows Q1 Loss to $5.6 Million Amid Weakening Demand for Mining Hardware

Bitcoin mining rig manufacturer Canaan Creative reported a net loss of $5.6 million for the first quarter of 2020, down from $9.5 million a year earlier. The Chinese company cut prices of its ASIC-based machines by over 50% in an effort to improve sales, but that wasn’t enough to prevent the heavy loss. Demand slumped …

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Bitcoin Mining Markets Heat Up: Ebang’s $41M Deficit, Bitmain’s Alleged 2020 Revenue

The Chinese ASIC mining rig manufacturer Bitmain reportedly pulled in $300 million in revenue during Q1 2020. Meanwhile, as Bitmain claims to be regaining market share, the firm Ebang recently applied with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for initial public offering (IPO) status. However, the prospectus sent to SEC shows that while Ebang …

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Chinese Kennel Owner Caught Stealing Electricity to Power Underground Bitcoin Mining Farm

The largest oil field in the People’s Republic of China has been a target for individuals and organizations attempting to mine bitcoins with free electricity. After a bunch of mining farm operators allegedly got caught last summer, a dog kennel owner was recently busted for running cable lines in order to siphon free electricity from …

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