Core Scientific increased Bitcoin production by 10% in July amid Texas power cuts

Crypto mining firm Core Scientific reported its operations produced 1,221 Bitcoin (BTC) in July even as the company powered down several times in response to demand on the Texas power grid. In a Friday announcement, Core Scientific said its month-over-month Bitcoin production had increased from 1,106 in June to 1,221 in July — roughly 10.4%. The firm reported curtailing operations “due to extreme temperatures at multiple data centers,” but also increased the number of its self-mining servers and hashrate by 6%, to 109,000 and 10.9 exahashes per second (EH/s), respectively. JULY 2022…

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Victorian police to get ‘greater power’ to seize crypto assets from criminals

Victorian Police in Australia will soon be granted new powers to seize cryptocurrency and digital assets from criminals, as well as compel platforms to hand over information about suspects. According to a statement released by Victorian premier Daniel Andrews on Aug. 2, new laws were introduced to parliament on Tuesday under the Major Crime and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2022, with the aim of cracking down on organized crime in the state. The new bill is expected to give authorities “greater power” to identify and seize digital assets, in…

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Decentralized storage providers power the Web3 economy, but adoption still underway

The promise of owning and managing one’s own data is revolutionary, creating increasing interest in Web3 platforms and applications. For instance, recent findings show that the Web3 market was estimated to be worth around $2.9 billion last year, yet this number is expected to reach $23.3 billion by 2028. Web3 is also capturing the interest of venture capitalists, as Cointelegraph Research found this sector to be the most sought-after investment deal in 2022.  The rise of Web3 has also resulted in the need for decentralized storage solutions, which will ultimately…

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GameStop ‘Falling Man’ NFT saga shows people’s power at its finest

A recent nonfungible token (NFT) listing on Gamestop’s marketplace became the center of controversy in the NFT world. The listing received heavy backlash from the community prompting the marketplace to take action within a day, showing how a community can come together to reverse the wrong. The NFT in question, titled “Falling Man,” showed a man in a space suit falling downwards. The NFT in question had quite a resemblance to the infamous 9/11 photo of a man falling to his death that since has become a defining moment of…

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Sustainable Bitcoin mining power mix hits 59.5%: BTC Mining Council

Nearly 60% of the electricity used to power Bitcoin mining machines comes from sustainable sources, according to the latest Q2 2022 report from the Bitcoin Mining Council (BMC). In its Q2 review of the Bitcoin network released on July 19, the BMC found that the global Bitcoin mining industry’s use of sustainable energy is up 6% from Q2 2021 and up 2% from Q1 2022, reaching 59.5% in the latest quarter — adding that it is “one of the most sustainable industries globally.” The council observed the increase in miners’…

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Compass Mining loses facility after allegedly failing to pay power bill

Bitcoin (BTC) mining hardware and hosting company Compass Mining has lost one of its Maine-based hosting facilities after the owner, Dynamics Mining, terminated the hosting agreement between the two, claiming Compass failed to pay the required bills. Dynamics posted on Twitter late on June 26 a letter it sent to Compass Mining which stated as of June 14th, the hosting contract between the two was terminated. Dynamics alleged Compass has six late payments and three non-payments related to utility bills and hosting fees. Effective June 14th @compass_mining facility hosting agreement…

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Less than 1% of all holders have 90% of the voting power in DAOs: report

Decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) have become a rage in the ever-expanding crypto ecosystem and are often seen as the future of decentralized corporate governance.  DAOs are organizations without a centralized hierarchy, intended to work in a bottom-up manner, where the community collectively owns and contributes to an organization’s decision-making process. However, recent research data suggests that these DAOs are not as decentralized as it was intended to be. A recent report from Chainalysis analyzed the workings of ten major DAO projects and found that on average, less than 1% of…

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Bitcoin network power demand falls to 10.65GW as hash rate sees 14% drop

The overall power consumption of the Bitcoin (BTC) network recorded a drastic drop after mimicking the two-week-long fall in the mining hash rate, which reduced the commuting power for mining BTC blocks to 199.225 exahash per second (EH/s).  According to the data shared by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, the Bitcoin network recorded the year 2022’s lowest power demand of 10.65 gigawatts (GW). At its peak, the BTC network demanded 16.09 GW of power. Bitcoin network power demand from 2018-2022. Source: ccaf.io On June 16, a Cointelegraph report highlighted…

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Solend to Reverse ‘Emergency Power’ Proposal in a Second Vote as Struggle to Solve Whale Liquidation Crisis Continues

 Solend, a Solana-based borrowing and lending platform, will go back to the ballot box in a flash vote on whether to go ahead with Sunday’s proposal to take control of the platform’s largest account. The Solana DeFi Protocol’s largest account is a $100 million+ whale’s account on the verge of potential on-chain liquidation.  The cryptocurrency borrowing and lending platforms for tokens such as SOL and USDC give its governance token holders six hours to vote on Sunday’s proposal. Voting “yea” on the platform would: 1. Invalidate Sunday’s first vote; 2.…

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Iranian government to cut power supply for the country’s legal crypto mining rigs

According to local news outlet Arz Digital, the day prior, Rajabi Mashhadi, a spokesperson for Iran’s Ministry of Energy, said that the entity would be cutting the power supply to all of the country’s licensed crypto mining firms by the beginning of July. Citing an anticipated electricity deficit from the peak-summer season, Mashhadi stated, “There are currently 118 authorized [digital currency] extraction centers in the country, which must cut off their electricity supply from the national grid from the beginning of July.” “Last week, the country’s electricity consumption recorded an…

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