Bitcoin hashrate and price tumble amid internet blackouts in Kazakhstan
    08 Jan 2022

    Internet blackouts brought in by the Kazakh authorities to help address Kazakhstan’s spreading unrest dealt a severe blow to Bitcoin cryptocurrency mining activity. The overall BTC hashrate fell 13.4% from roughly 205,000 petahash per second to 177,330 petahash per second. In addition, the Bitcoin price dropped 9% following the Kazakhstan blackouts, dropping to a swing…

    Iran bans crypto-mining again to prevent blackouts this winter
    02 Jan 2022

    Iran, for the second time this year, ordered a shutdown of authorized cryptocurrency mining centers as part of efforts to ease the strain on the country’s power plants and avoid blackouts, according to Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi, director of the state-run Iran Grid Management Co. and a spokesman for Iran’s power industry. This is part of…

    Sweden calls the EU to ban crypto mining over environmental and criminal risks
    29 Nov 2021

    Swedish financial and environmental authorities have called for a wide ban on cryptocurrency mining in European Union (EU), saying that the environmental risks are significant and that crypto-assets are commonly used for criminal purposes, such as money laundering, terrorist financing, and ransomware payments. They also cited India’s and the US’s preparations to fix the unregulated…

    El Salvador plans to build a ‘Bitcoin City’ and mine crypto using volcano energy

    El Salvador announced Saturday plans to create a “Bitcoin City” near a volcano funded by the cryptocurrency, the President said. Also, the country plans to partner with Blockstream, a digital assets infrastructure company, to raise about $1 billion via a “Bitcoin Bond.” The Central American nation plans to build a “Bitcoin City” near the Conchagua…

    UAE’s Phoenix Tech orders crypto mining rigs for $650 million, the largest deal on record
    10 Nov 2021

    Phoenix Technology Consultants LLC, a tech firm based in the UAE, has ordered crypto mining rigs for $650 million. This one of the largest purchases on record was revealed on Tuesday by Phoenix Tech CEO Munaf Ali at the World Digital Mining Summit (WDMS) in Dubai. The brand new generation machines delivery will start in…

    NBER study: Bitcoin’s still concentrated in a few hands

    According to a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the top 10,000 individual investors in Bitcoin control about one-third of the cryptocurrency in circulation. Despite the growing popularity of Bitcoin, its ownership is still concentrated in just a few hands, the Time reported. Usually, it is difficult to determine the concentration of…