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Argentina Goes With Bitcoin to Settle Export Deal

Argentina Goes With Bitcoin to Settle Export Deal

Argentina has made history by recently completing an export deal with South American neighbor Paraguay using Bitcoin as payment. The export of pesticides and fumigation products has set an example for others in the region, showing that cryptocurrency has the potential to act as a credible form of payment at the international trade level as well as between individual users. …


Miners Concerned Over Russia’s Planned Internet Shutdown Test

There are growing concerns is Russia’s cryptocurrency community that the cyberwar internet shutdown tests scheduled to take place before 1 April could impact Bitcoin mining. The Digital Economy National Program, a new law recently drafted, will require Russian ISPs to be able to operate if the country is isolated online and as such the government is planning to monitor its effectiveness …


Depreciating Cost of Mining Machines, Bitcoin Price Hit GMO Group

Its latest company report published this week confirmed that the GMO group suffered losses of JPY 1.3 billion (USD 12 million) in 2018, mainly due to a drop in cryptocurrency mining activity. A company spokesman for the Japanese company which supports internet infrastructure, internet finance, and cryptocurrency mining business, put the down the losses to the declining price of Bitcoin in …


Unpacking Hostile Media Narratives About Bitcoin’s Environmental Impact

Unpacking Hostile Media Narratives About Bitcoin’s Environmental Impact

Rhetoric about Bitcoin’s environmental impact just became too much for one CCN correspondent recently, who wrote an editorial in an attempt to put the record straight; or at least bring some balance to the argument. A recent Bitcoin News article recently tried to address the same debate after the much-publicized Alex de Vries article last year in Science Direct, forecasting …


Chip Makers Blame Slow Profits on Mining Slump, Phone Sales Also Down

Chip Manufacturers Blame Mining Slump But Phone Sales Also Down

Taiwanese chip manufacturer United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has blamed its 10% drop in revenue for the last quarter of 2018 on a downturn in mining. Mining hardware sales are always affected when the demand for cryptocurrency is slow, due to reduced levels of mining activity, but there are some who feel mining is too often the scapegoat for a drop in …


Bitmain Targets Development in Revamped 2019 Business Model

Bitmain Targets Development in Revamped 2019 Business Model

Bitmain appears to be in the process of repositioning itself towards development to make 2019 a far more successful year after the disappointments and layoffs of 2018 as cryptocurrency mining came under pressure. The Beijing mining giant recently referred to last year’s negatives and positives in its latest roundup, but now seems more focused on how to turn things around after …


Anonymous Bitcoin Miners Fill Void as Bitmain Sizes Down

Anonymous Bitcoin Miners Fill Void as Bitmain Sizes Down

Blockchain research unit Diar has published new data which illustrates the degree to which anonymous Bitcoin miners are now validating more blocks than any other pool. This research follows recent announcements that Bitmain, the world’s largest maker of cryptocurrency mining chips, is reported to be laying off up to 50% of its staff in 2019 following huge staff cuts in …


Report Cites Record Exchange Transaction Volumes in 2018

Report Cites Record Exchange Transaction Volumes in 2018

The latest Diar report shows that 2018 was a record year for cryptocurrency transacting volumes with huge increases across most major exchanges. The report states that in the US markets, crypto exchanges such as Kraken and Bitfinex led the way in 2018 with increases of 192% and 50% respectively. San Francisco-based giant Coinbase also showed significant trading increases with a rise …


Mongolian Mining Takes a Leap Forward with Japanese Investment

Mongolian Mining Takes a Leap Forward with Japanese Investment

With the announcement that Japanese company Ginco is expanding its mining capacity, Mongolia is set to experience a surge in crypto mining in 2019, despite the downturn in Chinese mining activity. The company best known for its Japanese crypto wallet is tripling its output this year from 600 to 1600 miners in the Chinese province. The news was unexpected given recent …


Bitmain CEOs to Make Way for New Faces

Crypto Mining Rig Giant Bitmain May Appoint New CEO Soon

Top cryptocurrency mining rig maker Bitmain may be in for some administrative changes soon, with Wang Haichao, currently head of product engineering, tipped to be the new CEO in place of co-CEOs Wu Jihan and Zhan Ketuan, as reported by South China Morning Post. Currently, no public announcement has been made by the company or any of the parties involved about …


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