Bitcoin hardware manufacturer Bitmain may be in the process of opening a new facility in the U.S., according to a new report published on CoinDesk. The privately held Chinese firm appears to be tied to newly established company called Ant Creek, LLC, which is currently negotiating a land-use deal with officials in Walla Walla, Washington. […]
Last week, police in Iceland arrested 11 people in connection with the theft of some 600 bitcoin mining units over four separate incidents in December and January. With an estimated value of around $2 million, the thefts have been dubbed the “Big Bitcoin Heist” by local media. The mining hardware has yet to be recovered.
In the company’s most recent 10-K filing to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), chipmaker AMD officially recognized the impact of cryptocurrency mining on their company’s bottom line. GPU-based mining has been a cornerstone of cryptocurrency economy from its earliest days, but chip manufacturers and designers have typically been reluctant to recognize mining as a […]
With electricity costs averaging between 3-to-4 cents per kilowatt-hour — roughly half the average cost in the U.S. — the northern Oregon town of The Dalles is primed to become a regional hotspot for cryptocurrency mining. As reported this week by regional newspaper Willamette Week, the city’s access to inexpensive energy has already attracted one […]
It’s no secret that cryptocurrency mining operations live or die by the costs of electricity. Mining hardware is notoriously expensive to operate profitably, and those costs are expected to skyrocket as new mining facilities open all over the globe. With ready access to abundant — and cheap — hydroelectric power, the Canadian province of Quebec […]
Over the past several years, the nation of Iceland has become a hotbed of activity for cryptocurrency mining. With a naturally cold climate (averaging just under 60°F in summer) and ready access to cheap geothermal electricity, the island nation is often seen as an ideal location for large bitcoin mining facilities. As in most countries, […]
According to a report published in South Korean business publication The Bell, electronics giant Samsung has partnered with a Taiwan-based hardware manufacturer TSMC to produce a new line of ASICs for the cryptocurrency mining market. The report states that prototyping and development began last year, with mass production of the chips starting earlier this month.
Earlier this week, Virginia-based cryptocurrency mining company BCause LLC was awarded a $500,000 grant by Virginia Beach as part of a deal to keep the company’s operations and headquarters in the city. The company, founded in 2013, is currently in the process of moving into an 84,000 square feet facility, with an estimated $64.8 million […]
In a surprising turn of events, long-struggling photography brand Eastman Kodak has announced plans to move into the cryptocurrency space with a pair of new initiatives. Yesterday, Kodak revealed that it will be launching a new, blockchain-powered platform, called KODAKOne, which is intended to “empower photographers and agencies to take greater control in image rights […]
As bitcoin’s price continues to decline, miners have gotten even more bad news. The projected difficulty is currently expected to jump 17.94% on Thursday, climbing from roughly 29 billion to 35 billion. The network hashrate, the key factor in determining difficulty, has grown dramatically in recent days, rocketing up from 213 Petahash per second to […]