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Kenneth Peterson

Russian crypto mining firm scrambles to meet foreign demand

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Global cryptocurrency mining operators are increasingly moving their equipment to Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States as they chase lower energy prices. Igor Runets, founder and CEO of Russian crypto mining firm BitRiver, told local news agency Kommersant Thursday that the company is actively building up its power capacity to meet increasing demand from American and European investors. According to the executive, BitRiver has run out of spare capacity at its data centers, having fully reserved all of its power for the next 18 months. During this period, the company expects to co-locate mining equipment of total mining power estimated at

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Chinese GPU miners reportedly bulk buying Nvidia laptops to mine Ether

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Chinese cryptocurrency miners are reportedly buying Nvidia’s new laptops to mine Ether (ETH) amid the altcoin hitting new all-time highs. Nvidia’s latest GeForce RTX 30 laptops have become increasingly popular in China as a tool for mining cryptocurrency, according to several sources. On Feb. 6, a Weibo user known as BTCer posted a bunch of images showing off GeForce RTX 30 series gaming laptops making up a solid crypto mining farm. “A laptop mine is up​,” BTCer noted in the post depicting dozens of laptops stacked up on shelves. Several tech media outlets ncluding VideoCardz and Wccftech subsequently suggested that the mining farm was set up specifically

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Bar owner wants to sell two NYC watering holes for $1M in Bitcoin

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New York City bar owner and crypto enthusiast Patrick Hughes is offering to sell two of his popular restaurants in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan for cryptocurrency. According to a report from the New York Post, Hughes will accept crypto payments in the form of Ether (ETH) or Bitcoin (BTC) for the sale of Hellcat Annie’s and Scruffy Duffy’s located on 10th Avenue in New York City. A sign in front of the bars states that the asking price is 800 ETH or 25 BTC for both properties — roughly $1 million at the time of publication. Photo courtesy of Tamara Beckwith, NY

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Bitcoin price hits $20,000 for the first time in history

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The price of Bitcoin (BTC) has reached $20,000 for the first time in history on Dec. 16. The historic milestone comes just over two weeks after breaking its previous all-time high. BTC/USD weekly chart. Source: Tradingview At the same time, this rally is different from 2017’s due to several reasons that could help BTC soar even higher. These include growing institutional demand, the increasing perception among investors that BTC is a store of value, and stronger network fundamentals. Institutional demand is fueling the Bitcoin rally In December 2017, data suggested that retail and mainstream investors were behind the Bitcoin rally. At the

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CFTC allows ErisX to clear commodities beyond crypto

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The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC, recently approved a license modification for ErisX’s clearing house. The license amendment allows ErisX freedom to offer more trading products. “The significance of the Amended Order is that it expands our licensed activities allowing us to clear products on other commodities beyond just virtual currencies or crypto,” ErisX general counsel Laurian Cristea told. “Now we may list futures or swaps across the commodities spectrum from new crypto related contracts such as hash rate futures or crypto indices, to event contracts, and contracts on other commodities including, for example, tokenized base metals, precious metals, and

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How G20 Central Bank Digital Currencies Are Progressing

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When Will a G20 Central Bank Issue a Digital Currency? Central bank governors and finance ministers of many G20 countries have been working on their own central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), particularly in response to Facebook’s planned Libra coin. Mark Cliffe, chief economist and head of global research at ING Group, expects to see the first G20 central bank digital currency soon. In a blog post published Friday, he wrote: When might we see a fully-fledged digital currency from a G20 central bank? … they’ll be making moves towards just that in the next two to three years. Philip Middleton Last

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Central bank digital currencies in the interconnected future

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Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) are already set to become part of national financial systems. In part one of a two-part series, Bitt.com’s Simon Chantry describes how the design and configuration of these networks is trending and how this is likely to affect us in the future interconnected world. Simon Chantry is co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer at Bitt.com. He is a member of the OECD’s Blockchain Expert Policy Advisory Board (BEPAB) and the WEF’s Digital Currency Governance Consortium. Efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 have impacted all industries, with the financial and payments industries being no exception.

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S2F Bitcoin Price Prediction Model as Accurate as Astrology, Says Exec

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Prominent members of the crypto community continue to express skepticism over the stock-to-flow, or S2F, chart, a Bitcoin (BTC) price prediction model recently revised by analyst PlanB. Nico Cordeiro, Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at crypto quant fund Strix Leviathan, called S2F a “chameleon,” a term from Stanford professor Paul Pleifderer describing models built upon dubious assumptions. “The model’s accuracy will likely be about as successful at forecasting Bitcoin’s future price as the astrological models of the past were at predicting financial outcomes,” Cordeiro said. Revisions to past models As reported on June 1 that PlanB had updated its signature chart, making it seem

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Digital Assets Data CEO Weighs in on Bitcoin’s Mining Difficulty

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Recent findings from analytics company Digital Assets Data show miners hanging on to their Bitcoin (BTC). “Rolling MRI (Miner’s Rolling Inventory) has declined significantly since the halving, meaning that miners are holding onto more BTC than they are mining, despite the (presumed) increased costs of the added hash power to the network,” Digital Assets Data CEO and co-founder Mike Alfred told on June 18. Image courtesy of Digital Assets Data Bitcoin difficulty pushing network highs The network mining difficulty of crypto’s largest asset recently surged to unusual heights. This essentially means Bitcoin miners are spending an increasing amount of time and effort

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Here Are Some of the Upcoming Witnesses Requested to Speak in Kleiman v. Wright

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The litigating parties in the Kleiman v. Wright case have presented a joint witness list, which includes Andreas Antonopoulos, Gavin Andresen, Wright’s ex-wife, and a confidential witness. The parties have requested 36 witnesses in total. The high profile crypto case that has enchanted the crypto community for years is scheduled to go to trial in late August. The witnesses are split into fact and expert witnesses. Notable witnesses Some of the notable fact witnesses include: Gavin Andresen, former chief scientist of Bitcoin (BTC) foundation, Kimon Andreou, who co-authored a book with late Dave Kleiman, Ira Kleiman, Dave Kleinman’s brother and plaintiff in the case, Jimmy Nguyen, former

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