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Bitcoin Network’s Mining Difficulty Sees Largest Epoch Drop Since 2011

Bitcoin’s mining difficulty saw the second-largest drop in history on Tuesday, as the difficulty dropped to 16.78 trillion, losing a touch over 16% since last week’s all-time difficulty high. The last time bitcoin’s mining difficulty dropped so low was in October 2011, when it lost around 18%. Since the large difficulty drop took place, the overall SHA256 hashrate increased a great deal after losing 40% during the last week of October. The Bitcoin (BTC) network saw a significant mining difficulty drop on Tuesday when it slid -16.05% to 16.78t. News.Bitcoin.com reported last week on how the network’s SHA256 hashrate plunged…

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Hash Watch: 73% of Bitcoin Cash Blocks Mined With BCHN, Poloniex Launches Fork Futures

The Bitcoin Cash (BCH) upgrade is 21 days away and there’s a possibility the blockchain may bifurcate on November 15. On Sunday, October 25, statistics show that 731 out of the last 1,000 blocks have been mined using the BCHN full node software. Bitcoin Cash proponents are patiently waiting for the next BCH upgrade that’s roughly three weeks away. News.Bitcoin.com reported on September 1, that due to the contentious Infrastructure Funding Proposal added to Bitcoin ABC’s codebase, the network may split. 23 days later our newsdesk explained around 61% of the blocks mined were BCHN. Fast forward to Sunday, October…

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Bitcoin Mining Rigs Struggle for Profits, Despite BTC’s Hashrate Reaching an All-Time High

Bitcoin’s hashrate climbed to an all-time high (ATH) this week touching 166 exahash per second (EH/s) on October 14. Meanwhile, despite the recent price rise and hashrate ATH on Wednesday, only a small group of next-generation mining rigs are profiting at current bitcoin exchange rates. The price of bitcoin (BTC) is hovering just above the $11K region and during the last few days, the network’s hashrate has touched a new ATH. At the time of writing, BTC’s hashrate is fluctuating between 130 to 140 exahash per second (EH/s), and on Wednesday evening (ET) the metric surpassed 166 EH/s. Interestingly, the…

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The story behind the ASIC evolution

When Bitcoin mining first started in 2009, it was considered a niche hobby for cryptocurrency enthusiasts. Since then, it’s grown into a billion-dollar industry – with Bitmain leading this growth since 2013. Bitmain’s entrance into the mining market in 2013 saw the emergence of the ‘ASIC era’, as the company sought to bring ASICs to the masses. Specifically designed to mine cryptocurrencies, the demand for ASICs has since continued to grow alongside the advancement of the bitcoin mining industry. BTC mining: from hobby to global industry Back in 2009, the only hardware needed to mine Bitcoin was a simple home…

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23-24 April Singapore hosts Blockchain Life 2019 – a global forum on blockchain and cryptocurrencies

Blockchain Life 2019 – the 3d edition of the international forum – brings together more than 3000 participants from 70+ countries. Founders of top blockchain and crypto companies, investors, developers, crypto traders, CEOs of projects, entrepreneurs and businessmen are coming at Blockchain Life 2019 on April 23-24 in Singapore. Blockchain Life 2019 Full agenda is... The post 23-24 April Singapore hosts Blockchain Life 2019 – a global forum on blockchain and cryptocurrencies appeared first on .

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