Gamers are still Nvidia’s masters, but Ether miners could change that

Gaming hardware giant Nvidia has addressed the ongoing shortage of its new RTX 3000 product line after high demand from gamers, and to a lesser extent, cryptocurrency miners, pushed up prices and cut availability. Nvidia chief financial officer Colette Kress said the company didn’t have good visibility into how much demand came solely from cryptocurrency miners, but she doesn’t believe it’s a big part of the business at this time. That’s despite reports of some Ether (ETH) miners constructing rigs comprised of 78 of Nvidia’s Geforce RTX 3080 graphics cards,…

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Are Bitcoin miners bullish? BTC miners face biggest difficulty bump in 3 months

Bitcoin (BTC) mining difficulty is set to rise by roughly 11% on Jan. 9, according to data from BTC.com. This marks the biggest increase in nearly four months that will put the metric over 20 trillion for the first time ever.  “Hashrate is on a tear!” commented popular pseudonymous Bitcoin trader hodlonaut three days ago. “When difficulty readjusts in 3 days, it will crush through 20T for the first time in Bitcoin history.” Bitcoin network difficulty reaches 20 trillion  The network difficulty is a relative measure of how hard it…

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Chinese Miners Migrate to Nordic Regions, Mining Exec Says Hashrate Migration One of the ‘Biggest Developments’

China has the largest concentration of bitcoin miners worldwide with estimates noting the country captures anywhere between 50-65% of the global hashrate. Xinjiang, the autonomous region of the People’s Republic of China, ostensibly accommodates 35% of the hashrate. This week a regional report from China and statements from the head of operations at Genesis Mining, indicate that Chinese miners are migrating from the area to Nordic countries like Sweden and Norway. Just recently, news.Bitcoin.com, reported on the electrical issues in China that bitcoin miners in the country are currently dealing…

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Riot Blockchain Buys 15,000 Antminers, Operation Will Command 37,640 Bitcoin Miners

Publicly listed firm Riot Blockchain has announced the company is purchasing 15,000 S19 Pro and S19j Pro Antminer mining rigs from Bitmain. According to the company, the new shipment of next-generation miners will increase the operation’s hashrate to 3.8 exahash per second (EH/s). Following the announcement from Core Scientific this week purchasing over 58,000 Antminer series ASIC bitcoin miners from Bitmain, Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) revealed it has purchased 15,000 new miners. The company says that it will obtain approximately 3,000 S19 Pro Antminers (110TH/s) and 12,000 S19j Pro…

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Venezuelan Government Signs Agreement to Establish Guidelines for Granting Licenses to Crypto Miners

The National Superintendency of Crypto Assets (Sunacrip) and the National Electricity Corporation of Venezuela (Corpoelec) signed an agreement to establish guidelines to “improve the development” of bitcoin and other crypto mining activities across the country. Venezuelan Government Bodies Are Expected to Set Guidelines for Granting Crypto Mining Licenses According to the government’s announcement on Dec. 9, the Framework Agreement for Inter-institutional Cooperation will define which electric fees will be required for crypto miners to pay to pursue their activities. But the agreement is not limited to putting a fixed rate…

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Authorities shut off electricity to Bitcoin miners in China’s Yunnan province

Local sources report that authorities from the city of Baoshan in the Chinese province of Yunnan are escalating efforts to crack down on Bitcoin miners, ordering electricity producers to cease supplying power to the city’s miners. On Nov. 30, Chinese crypto reporter Colin Wu tweeted that several miners had informed him of the ban, sharing what appear to be scanned copies of official documents issued to power producers: Several miners told Wu that Baoshan, Yunnan, where China’s crypto mines are located, received a ban on November 30, requiring the power…

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Hash War: Mystery Miner’s Empty Block Attack Makes ABC’s New Blockchain Almost Unusable

According to various reports, the Bitcoin ABC pro-IFP chain has been under ‘attack’ for a number of consecutive days now. The mystery miner has been mining a great number of sequential blocks, but almost all of them have been empty. The miner who calls himself ‘Voluntarism.dev’ says the mining operation is a group of “old-guard miners,” and claims they can mess with the minority ABC chain for years. ‘The Price of Freedom Is Steep’ The cryptocurrency community has been watching the aftermath of the recent blockchain bifurcation, which saw the…

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OCC’s Brian Brooks Says China Owns Bitcoin but Crypto World Disagrees: Chinese Crackdown Pushes Miners Away

Bitcoiners on social media have panned remarks by acting U.S. currency comptroller Brian Brooks that bitcoin is owned by China due to the country’s disproportionate share of the crypto’s mining power. The bitcoiners argue that the disproportionate number of miners stationed in China only means the corresponding block rewards will reflect this imbalance. They add that no country owns bitcoin. Controlling Internet 2.0 According to Brooks, who has been tapped as the substantive director of the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC), bitcoin miners in China possess more than…

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Filecoin Miners Start a Strike – FIL Validators Claim the Project’s Economic Model Is Not Working

The Filecoin project has surely seen a lot of hype but during the last few weeks before the launch, the cooperative digital storage crypto project has been criticized a great deal. This weekend a few Filecoin miners have been on strike and claim the economic model is not working out for them. Just recently the Filecoin (FIL) token offering has been a topical conversation, as the project joins the cryptocurrency economy. Moreover, controversy recently surrounded the project when the crypto community questioned the movement of 800,000 FIL tokens. Now another…

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Ethereum miners made 450K ETH from high network fees during DeFi peak

Ether (ETH) miner revenue skyrocketed during the month of September according to data from glassnode, an onchain analytics resource. While the price of Ether did not rise significantly during this time, miners on the Ethereum network saw their revenue increase due to high fees.  Miners took home 450,089 ETH in fees ($168.7 million) and this represents a 39% increase over last month in which miners made roughly $113 million in fees. During the same period, Bitcoin miner revenue from fees not only paled in comparison but actually decreased. BTC miners…

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