The Future of Crypto Mining is All About Computing Power, Says RRMine Global CEO

RRMine Global CEO, Steve Tsou, said at a Cointelegraph China Great Bay Area International Blockchain Week pre-event interview on July 29 that the future of crypto mining will transit from labor-intensive companies to technology-intensive and capital-intensive companies. It will be all about computing power. Computer power and the digital economy With the rapid development of new generation information technologies such as 5G, big data and cloud computing, the demand for computing power will likely increase. Tsou believes that a computing power revolution is imperative. He continued:  “Therefore, as a new…

Iranian Authorities Greenlight Power Plants Mining Bitcoin

Iran has announced that it will now allow industrial-scale power plants in the country to operate as Bitcoin miners —- provided they don’t use subsidized fuel. In a statement to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on July 27, Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi, a Deputy Managing Director at Tavanir, Iran’s Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Management Company, said power plants in the country could operate as Bitcoin mines “if they comply with approved tariffs” and have the necessary licenses. Mashhadi said that any power plant considering such a venture could not…

BTC.top Launches ‘Joint Mining’ Platform, Pitching It as a Cloud Mining Killer

China-based mining pool Btc.top wants to upgrade the concept of cloud mining, which allows users to mine crypto remotely by buying a certain amount of hash power from a third-party, with what it calls “joint mining.” Announced on July 25, the company’s new “joint mining” subsidiary B.top aims to reduce the risks associated with “popular cloud mining products” by offering more flexibility. Specifically, B.top claims to charge service and maintenance fees to its users only after they have reached the break-even point, meaning that its customers start to share profits…

Illegal Crypto Mining is Booming in the Republic of Abkhazia

The Republic of Abkhazia is witnessing a surge in crypto mining activities despite crypto-related activities being illegal since 2018. Customs have reported that mining hardware worth over $589,000 has crossed the border over the past six months. According to Nuzhnaya Gazeta, importing crypto mining rigs remains legally permissible. Importers are required to pay taxes equal to 1% of the hardware’s worth and a VAT of 10%. The largely unrecognized state in the South Caucasus, which is considered by several countries as an “autonomous republic” of Georgia, states that they’ve earned…

Bitcoin Mining Firm Northern Data Slams ‘Trolls’ After Stock Drops 40%

European Bitcoin (BTC) mining firm Northern Data has seen its stock fall 40% in days amid claims that it committed fraud. Data from Bloomberg showed the company’s NB2 stock trading at under €47 ($53.70) at the end of July 17, down from €79 ($90.30) on Monday. Northern Data: “We’re as transparent as it gets” Northern Data, the product of a 2019 merger between U.S. company Whinstone and Northern Bitcoin, claimed to offer High Performance Computing/Artificial Intelligence (HPC/AI) solutions. While touting the scale of its computing capacity to investors and analysts,…

Venezuela Bans Crypto Mining From Public Housing

Venezuelan Minister of Habitat and Housing Ildemaro Villarroel announced today that crypto mining operations won’t be allowed in any state-owned housing or neighborhoods that are part of the “Gran Misión Vivienda” project (Great Home Mission). During an official speech on July 15, Villaroel stated that any kind of equipment related to crypto mining is banned in public housing due to “high power consumption” and for widely “violating” the government’s electrical supply policy.  The minister added: “In this coordinated work, we have detected the harmful effects of these elements of high…

China Controls 50% of Bitcoin Mining While US Hits 14% — New Survey

China controls much less Bitcoin (BTC) mining power than people think, according to a new survey. Released on July 16 by asset manager Fidelity and crypto research firm BitOoda, the survey reveals that China is actually responsible for around 50% of Bitcoin mining — not 65%. Much Chinese Bitcoin mining capacity “unaccounted for” Analysts used what they describe as various sources, as well as “confidential conversations” with miners, who agreed to divulge information on aspects such as power cost on the condition that they remained anonymous. “We were able to…

Bitcoin Mining Difficulty Hits Record High of 17.3 Trillion

Following last week’s record-high Bitcoin hash rate, the latest difficulty adjustment saw a change of +9.89%, bringing the level to a new all-time high of over 17.3 trillion on July 13. Despite a lack of recent significant Bitcoin (BTC) price action, the fundamentals securing the network are as healthy as they’ve ever been. This is more positive news for investors concerned about a previous drop in hash rate and difficulty after May’s third reward halving event. Concerns over halving unsubstantiated Some analysts predicted that the reward halving earlier this year…

Kazakhstan Sets Eyes on Top-3 Spot for Global Bitcoin Mining

Kazakhstan is becoming an important destination for Bitcoin (BTC) miners seeking cheap electricity in the post-halving market driven by thinner margins. According to recent reports, the oil-rich Central Asian country expects the total amount of money invested in local crypto mining operations to double by the end of 2020 and attract $738 million over the next three years. Unlike other countries in Central Asia, the Kazakh government has de facto legalized crypto mining, which makes the market more attractive for both local and foreign players. So, could this vast semidesert…

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. It examined the varying costs of a 51% attack on the Bitcoin network based on the type of equipment used to secure the network. The research suggests by simply switching the network 100% ASIC miners…