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Bitcoin production roars back in China despite Beijing’s ban on crypto mining

Despite Beijing’s ban, Bitcoin miners don’t give up in China.

China used to be the largest crypto mining hub in the world, accounting for between 65 and 75% of the total “hash rate” (or processing power) of the bitcoin network.

According to Cambridge University data, the country’s share in global bitcoin mining capacity dropped to zero between July and August 2021 after authorities launched a new crackdown on cryptocurrency.

China decided to end crypto mining. This is a power-intensive process that allows for the creation of digital currency. Many miners fled to countries bordering China, such as the U.S. or Kazakhstan.

CNBC has reported that underground mining operations have emerged in China. Miners are taking care to avoid Beijing’s ban.

The new research by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance has shown that Chinese bitcoin mining activity is on the rebound. Data from Cambridge researchers shows that China accounted for just 22% of total bitcoin mining market by September 2021.

This means that China is now a major global player in bitcoin mining, second only to the U.S. which eclipsed China last year as the biggest destination for the sector.

One caveat: This research method relies on aggregate geolocation of large bitcoin mining pools’, which combine computing resources to more efficiently mine new tokens. It is used to identify where activity is concentrated within different countries.

Researchers said that this approach could be susceptible to “deliberate obstruction” by bitcoin miners who use a virtual private networks (VPNs) to hide their location. VPNs allow users to route traffic through servers in other countries, which is useful for those living in China or other countries where internet access is restricted.

They added that this limitation would “only moderately impact” the accuracy of their analysis.

What is Bitcoin mining?

Unlike traditional currencies, cryptocurrencies are decentralized. This means that the distributed network of computers is responsible for processing transactions and creating new currency units.

So-called miners must agree to a bitcoin transaction in order to facilitate it. This involves complex calculations in order to solve a puzzle. The blockchain is a network of miners that allows for more complicated transactions.

The first person to solve the puzzle wins a new set of transactions on the blockchain. They also get rewarded with bitcoins.

What is Beijing’s concern?

This way of reaching consensus, also known as “proof of work”, consumes a lot more energy than whole countries like Sweden and Norway.

China has repeatedly warned about crypto. China’s most recent crackdown on crypto was undoubtedly the most severe.

The second-largest economy in the world was facing a prolonged energy shortage that resulted in numerous power outages.

China remains heavily dependent on coal and is investing more in renewable energy to reduce its carbon footprint by 2060. Authorities consider crypto mining a potential hindrance to this plan.

The country is now the second most popular destination for those looking to mine bitcoins. The bitcoin price is down over 50% since November’s peak, making it less lucrative.

CNBC was unable to reach the People’s Bank of China and China’s National Development and Reform Commission immediately for comment.

Bitcoin Slips Under $42K as Mounting Macro Risks, Dollar Strength Overshadow LFG Purchases

Investors seeking clues to bitcoin’s recent failure despite continued accumulation of the Luna Foundation Guard, (LFG), may wish to examine the ever-growing list macro risks and what’s going on in traditional markets.

According to CoinDesk data, the world’s biggest cryptocurrency dropped below $42,000 during European trading hours. This was the lowest level since March 22, and extends the fall from the March high of $48,240. LFG added $173,000,000 in bitcoin to its wallet this weekend, increasing its total holdings by almost 40,000 BTC.

According to Noelle Acheson (head of market insights at Genesis Global Trading), the weakness could be due to traditional investors not following LFG’s lead considering the many economic and political uncertainties stalking risk assets. Genesis Global Trading is owned by CoinDesk parent Digital Currency Group.

Acheson stated that while the DXY strength is a part of the overall picture, there’s more market uncertainty, macro concern, and a greater focus on what rates will do in a Telegram chat.

According to TradingView data, the dollar index, which measures the value of the greenback against a basket major currencies, reached two-year highs over 100 today. This brings the year-to date gain to 4.3%. Global reserve currency rose 1.5% this month.

Kevin Kelly, global head of macro strategy and co-founder at Delphi Digital, believes that the greenback and bitcoin are in a very inverse relationship. Kelly stated that 2017 was one of the worst years in the history of the dollar and that it coincided with a large run in bitcoin in March during an analyst call. “We saw bitcoin rise in the early 2021.” This was due to the dollar weakness.

Blofin volatility trader Griffin Ardern stated that when the DXY reaches highs and climbs further, it often indicates further declines of other assets, such as the stock market or cryptocurrencies.

This is especially true now that the dollar rally is being fuelled by hawkish Federal Reserve officers, who call for an increase in interest rates and a greater balance sheet runoff to reduce inflation. For risk assets such as bitcoin, tightening policy is considered to be bearish.

A Reuters poll indicates that the Fed will likely increase rates by 50 basis point during the May and Juni meetings. This follows a 25 basis point increase in borrowing costs last month. The U.S. 10-year Treasury yield is now at 2.7%, a new record.

Concern is also raised by the cryptocurrency’s vulnerability to equity markets. As liquidity is decreasing, big tech is experiencing difficulties. This is due to markets pricing tighter by the Fed. Acheson also noted that there are more reports of tech companies closing down, laying off employees, and/or having dwindling term sheet.

Tech stocks could be in for a major correction, according to Arthur Hayes (co-founder and former CEO at BitMEX, a crypto spot and derivatives exchange).

Inflation is becoming more entrenched around the world with the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, which leaves virtually no chance for central banks to resort to liquidity-pumping strategies anytime soon.

If this isn’t enough, markets may be kept on edge by Marine Le Pen’s win in France’s presidential election.

European stock futures fell today after polls revealed that Le Pen and Macron were the top vote-getters in Sunday’s first round. 27% and 24% respectively. Some investors are concerned that Macron’s narrow lead could be closed by Le Pen consolidating anti-Macron votes prior to the final round on April 24.

“Adding to the effect of war in Europe, the results of yesterday’s voting in France have been released, which could – depending upon how the next round on April 24 goes – cause more currency turmoil,” Acheson said.

“And with so much uncertainty, especially considering crypto assets’ history volatility, macro investors are choosing not to invest until they have enough signals to make directional bets with conviction,” Noelle said.

Warren Buffett disciple Joel Greenblatt doesn’t own bitcoin because he believes there’s no intelligent way to value it – and has no FOMO about that

Warren Buffett disciple Joel Greenblatt doesn’t own bitcoin because he believes there’s no intelligent way to value it

Joel Greenblatt, a veteran investor, has never bought any Bitcoin because he doesn’t believe there’s an intelligent way of valuing the cryptocurrency.

In a Tuesday episode, Gotham Asset Management’s co-CIO stated that Bitcoin is not going to earn any money.

“It’s speculation to me. It is not something I can value. He said that he was not saying that people will make money by speculating on bitcoin or gold.

It’s not an investment for me because it’s too expensive. It does not have any intrinsic value. It does not earn any income.

Greenblatt is well-known for providing seed capital to Michael Burry, the ‘Big Short’ investor, to launch Scion Capital. Between 1985 and 1994, when he was managing Gotham Capital, he averaged annual return of 50%. Greenblatt attributes his success to the investing strategies of Warren Buffett, Ben Graham and others.

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Buffett has criticised bitcoin, calling it ‘rat poison squared and’ and saying that it ‘doesn’t produce anything’.

Greenblatt, value-investment guru, said that he was wrong to believe bitcoin would ever reach the dizzying heights it has. He said that he is committed to sticking with what he knows.

Bitcoin reached $47,000 at the peak of its trading. This was due to bullish market sentiment and a wider rally in global asset prices. This is believed to be the start of a strong bullish market.

Greenblatt stated that he doesn’t feel guilty about it and added that he felt disciplined for not participating in the crypto craze.

‘And of course, you’re gonna miss thousands of things that you woulda-coulda-shoulda bought. If you focus on the things you are working on and they succeed, this is what you need to do.

Greenblatt doesn’t appear to be an active investor in bitcoin, but his opinion about the most popular cryptocurrency is positive.

“People have tried making a case for me about the different uses of bitcoin or why I should remain,” he said. He said that he couldn’t be dismissed.

“I’m saying, “Gee, this is so hard for me to understand.” It’s impossible to predict if it will go higher or lower.

He said that bitcoin can be compared to high-end art and that some pieces may not be as valuable in the future.

He said, “It’s all in the eye of one’s eyes.”

According to data from coinGecko, Bitcoin is still 31% below its November record of $69,000.

Bitcoin’s Hashrate Jumps 15% Higher in 10 Days, Mining Difficulty Expected to Rise

After reaching an all-time high of 249 EH/s on February 15, 2022, Bitcoin’s hashrate dropped to 169 EH/s two weeks ago. After the decline in processing power, the difficulty fell for bitcoin miners’ relief.

After six consecutive difficulty increases, the difficulty fell 1.49% on March 3. Bitcoin’s current mining difficulty is currently 27.55 trillion. After the last adjustment, processing powers have improved.

Bitcoin’s hashrate has increased by more than 15% since the difficulty change, and by 29% since the hashrate reached 169 EH/s just two weeks ago. The network’s current processing power is approximately 218.11 EH/s. It has managed to maintain a level above 200 EH/s for the past ten days.

The next epoch of mining difficulty adjustment will occur in less than four working days. It is expected to increase 1.03%. If the increase above 1% occurs, the mining difficulty will be changed from 27.55 trillion – 27.83 trillion.

Foundry USA Holds the Lead, Stealth mining Diminishes and Alternative Networks Ride Below Hashrate Highs

Foundry USA is the top-miner over the past 72 hours according to three-day hashrate distribution statistics. This American mining operation currently has 42.42 EH/s dedicated for the Bitcoin blockchain, which is 21.19% of today’s hashrate.

F2pool, which has 30.93 EH/s processing power and 15.45% of global hashrate, is the second-largest mining pool in terms of hashrate. As of the writing, 11 mining pools are dedicated to SHA256 hashrate towards the Bitcoin chain.

There are 1.33 EH/s, or 0.66% of global hashrate that is operated by stealth or unknown miners. The Bitcoin network is still at near-record speeds, but there are a few other networks that have reached record levels.

Monero is at all-time highs at 2.92 gigahash/second (GH/s), and Ethereum is at 1.04 petahash/second (PH/s). Both networks are below the hashrate average ATHs, just like Bitcoin.

Bitcoin Price Prediction: Why AI Platform Founder Sees BTC Topping ETH

Artificial intelligence can be used in many ways, from the absurd to the sublime. The most valuable use case is helping people to make smart, profitable investments.

Giuseppe Sette is the cofounder and president at Toggle AI. He said that some users beat stock-market returns up to 18% using the technology. Now, it can be applied to crypto investing.

Sette, who has a background in quant trading at hedge fund, stated that the platform provides an ‘augmented investment experience’ that guides users through markets.

Toggle AI is growing rapidly. It claims it has 70 institutional clients, totaling $165 billion, and 70,000 retail investors who pay $10 per month. It has been endorsed by legendary investor Stanley Druckenmiller who gave Toggle’s CEO Jan Szilagyi his start in 2005.

Machine learning is used to feed huge amounts of data into computer algorithms. The algorithms identify patterns, links, and correlations in the data and indicate the most likely price movements for stocks and cryptos.

Sette stated that they try to concentrate on data that is not widely available or known. “So, we try to bring to the surface fundamental stock data and macroeconomic data. We also try to use AI not as an opaque box, but to offer a ‘glassbox’ experience to the user.

Sette stated that success is dependent on the quality and quantity of data. Toggle AI has access to a lot of useful data.

Sette stated that machine learning attempts to identify the most important information about stocks and cryptos. We do this using data from stock analysts, macroeconomics and geopolitical tensions.

“On the news side we have modules which read all the news and return to you with a selection. This will tell you: “This one is most likely move the market, so we think you should be reading this.” This is not a sentiment analysis which is very common. It’s a market-moving analysis that makes sure you are aware of specific information that may be relevant to your securities.

Cryptos are not like stocks and have no shareholder meetings or earnings statements. However, they have the blockchain. The public ledger allows anyone to see every movement of coins between addresses. This information is useful for data-hungry algorithms like Toggle AI.

You can also input historical price data for each cryptocurrency to the platform. In bitcoin’s case, you will find mining data, such as the new coin supply or the hash rate, too.

Sette stated that the platform was designed to be truly cross-asset so it can cover all traditional financial markets. This means that it can be expanded to include new asset classes such as crypto.

He said, “We truly live, breathe and eat data all the day long. Therefore, it was really interesting and pleasurable for us to dig deeply into crypto space.”

Toggle AI’s crypto prediction is that bitcoin will outperform Ethereum by 33% in the next three-months.

“Our AI uses historical data points in order to imitate the thinking of discretionary investors. Sette said that bitcoin and ethereum are two of the most important pillars in the crypto space. He explained that the maximum ratio is the one beyond which one must retrace and return to the other.

He said that Bitcoin is at its lowest point versus ethereum and that that’s what the system notices first. It is a compelling risk to return. That’s the first step. The Ethereum outperformance in November last year raised its percentage to bitcoin up to 0.86, a record high for the past three years. According to TradingView, the ratio was 0.7 Wednesday.

Sette stated that other data was emerging. He said that the Puell Multiple is a simple, but powerful, valuation method that attempts to determine how much bitcoin supply is available in relation to historical levels.

Toggle AI’s platform is not a perfect investment option. Crypto can be volatile and investors need to do their research from many sources.

Slowly, but surely, you can see a picture of bitcoin being cheap today. Sette stated that if the right catalysts are available – perhaps an easing in the Ukraine crisis or an easing inflation – bitcoin could rally quite meaningfully.

 

Russian Association of Power Suppliers Proposes Measures to Prevent Home Mining

Russian association power utilities and energy suppliers has prepared proposals to reduce amateur crypto mining using subsidized household electricity. This has been a popular source of income for many Russians. Valery Seleznev (First Deputy Chairman, Energy Committee at State Duma), the lower house, has received a letter with its recommendations.

Forklog reported that the members of the group consider the production of digital currency with cheap energy in Russian homes to be the greatest problem with mining. The members also stress how difficult it is for experts to assess the damage caused by this practice, as it is hard to determine the percentage of electricity consumed by residential areas.

Russia has been a hotspot for mining in the last year. This is especially true since China started cracking down on the sector in May 2021. Mining has become a lucrative business venture for ordinary citizens as well as businesses.

The Central Bank of Russia recently suggested to ban mining. However, there are other government institutions such as ministries and regulatory agencies that support legalization. Russian authorities could tax mining and raise electricity tariffs for mining companies by recognizing it as an entrepreneurial activity.

Home miners from energy-rich areas such as Irkutsk were blamed for power outages and damage to the grid. Electricity rates in these regions start at $0.01 perkWh. The federal government in Moscow gave permission to local authorities to set local electricity tariffs for residential areas. This is likely to result in higher bills for consumption that exceeds a certain threshold.

The association of energy suppliers suggested several measures to address the problem. It asks consumers to specify the intended use of electricity purchased and, in the event of deviation, to disconnect them from the power grid.

It also demands that internet providers share IP addresses of suspected cryptocurrency miners with power utilities. The organization calls for legal liability for violations, such as the denial of inspectors access to electricity installations that power cryptocurrency farms or the use of electricity for other than household purposes.

 

Google Pay might bring bitcoin to your Android phone

Although Bitcoin is the most widely used cryptocurrency, the whole crypto industry is rapidly becoming mainstream. Although Bitcoin is currently in a slump, it still had a great 2021 after years of bear markets. The rise in NFT, and the advent of the metaverse also contribute to cryptocurrency’s rising popularity. large tech companies are paying attention . Google is one of these companies. Google is launching a revolutionary new Google Pay experience for Android devices. This could include digital money management, such as bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies.

To trade bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, you can use your iPhone or Android smartphone. To trade or spend Bitcoin, you don’t require Apple Pay or Google Pay. Google does not have to support crypto transactions directly. To start trading cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, you only need to load an app like Robinhood, Coinbase, or Paypal.

It’s clear that Android native support for bitcoin and other digital currency could make it easier to manage your wallets. This is especially important in a world that is transitioning to blockchain technology. One example of this is the NFT revolution. Web3, the future internet, is another. Support for different blockchains will be required to create a decentralized internet. This support will likely extend well beyond bitcoin. This will also require crypto payments to be supported.

This is where Google Pay support to cryptocurrencies could play a crucial role. Google already expressed interest in expanding Google Pay support to cryptocurrencies.

Google Pay to support bitcoin trading

It is not possible to determine the details of how you can buy, sell, or store bitcoins in your Google Pay wallet. Bloomberg was informed by Google that the company is re-launching Google Pay, after having abandoned a push to banking. This will include support for cryptocurrencies.

Google has hired Arnold Goldberg, a former PayPal executive, to manage its payments division. PayPal supports bitcoin trading and other cryptocurrency.

It’s impossible to predict when you will be able store bitcoin in your Google Pay account. Or whether you’ll use Google Pay bitcoin or crypto balance to purchase goods in stores using Google Pay – , which is something PayPal supports.

However, Bill Ready, Google’s president for commerce, confirmed that Google Pay would offer a wider range of financial services. This includes cryptocurrency. After serving as the COO at PayPal, Ready joined Google in 2019.

Google Pay will be transformed into a “comprehensive digital wallet” with the new overhaul. This means that Google Pay will now support digital tickets, airline passes, as well as vaccine passports. Ready stated that Google would like to see more partnerships in the cryptocurrency space for Google Pay’s bitcoin component.

Already, the company has deals with CoinbaseBitpay allows users to add debit cards from these exchanges into Google Pay. These cards allow users to spend bitcoin or other cryptos and convert them into regular fiat currencies. Google Pay is limited to fiat payments. Google Pay does not yet accept crypto transactions.

Ready stated that “Crypto” is something they pay a lot attention to. We’ll adapt to user demand and merchant demands as they evolve.

Chris Smith began writing about gadgets as an interest. Before he knew it, he was sharing his opinions on technology with readers all over the globe. He can’t seem to avoid gadgets even though he tries hard, when he isn’t writing about them. This is not necessarily a bad thing.

Sberbank Launches First Blockchain ETF in Russia

Sberbank, Russia’s largest financial service provider and banking institution, has launched a blockchain ETF. Russian investors will have the opportunity to make a profit in the crypto sector by purchasing, storing, and selling the new product called “Sber – Blockchain Economy”.

The ETF tracks securities issued by companies using cryptocurrencies or blockchain technology. The bank stated that they are being used in many industries today and solve many problems, including protecting personal data and copyright, as well as creating platforms for the internet and voting.

The index includes crypto mining software and hardware producers, crypto asset issuers, and consulting firms in blockchain. The list includes well-known names such as Crypto exchange Coinbase, Digindex, a blockchain software developer, and Galaxy Digital, a crypto financial services provider.

Sberbank stressed that the blockchain economy ETF (ticker SBBE) was the first such fund on the Russian stock exchange. According to the bank, although the fund’s currency will be U.S. Dollars, investors can purchase shares in Russian rubles via the Sberinvestor app or by contacting any Russian broker. Shares start at 10 rubles.

After Elvira Nabibullina, the head of Russia’s Central Bank, stated that the Russian Federation does not allow bitcoin ETF trading, the cryptocurrency-related instrument was introduced. The governor reaffirmed the regulator’s strict stance on cryptocurrency investments in December. A report showed that the CBR wanted to block payments from crypto exchanges to card cards.

Russian media quoted Nabiullina’s deputy Vladimir Chistyukhin as saying that he didn’t see any place for cryptocurrency on the Russian financial markets. The Bank of Russia advised stock markets to not list and trade instruments linked to crypto assets. They also recommended that crypto indices changes be reflected in the price of securities and derivatives.

Bank of Russia Sees No Place for Crypto in Financial Market, Finalizes Digital Ruble Prototype

The Central Bank of Russia (CBR), which is well-known for its hardline approach to the issue of legalizing cryptocurrency, is currently preparing a report. It will present its views on the matter in depth. In comments to Russian media, Vladimir Chistyukhin, Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia (CBR), stated that the regulator plans to push for legislative changes to regulate digital asset circulation.

“I believe that we will solve the issue through amends to the legislation. Chistyukhin spoke to reporters at the State Duma (the lower house of parliament), and stated that there will be a clearer definition of cryptocurrency trading.

Official noted that Russian citizens and companies have the right to buy and hold cryptocurrency. However, they cannot do so through the country’s financial infrastructure or intermediaries. The official made this comment in response to a question about whether the CBR supports banning crypto-exchange transfers from Russian accounts.

The working group for crypto regulation will meet at the Duma in its first meeting. It will begin with a review CBR reports, as Anatoly Aksakov (head of the parliamentary Financial Market Committee) announced in November. Chistyukhin commented on the contents and said:

Let me give you a hint: We don’t see cryptocurrency as a viable option in the Russian financial markets.

Sources cited by Reuters indicate that the regulator is looking into imposing a ban on Russian cryptocurrency purchases. At a press conference held Friday, Elvira Nabiullina, Chair of CBR, reiterated her bank’s suspicions about cryptocurrencies. also stressed that Russia should not be used for crypto transactions.

Russia’s Central Bank is Ready with a Digital Ruble Prototype

While clarifying its position on cryptocurrency, the CBR is currently working to create a Russian central bank digital money ( CBDC). This week, Olga Skorobogatova, First Deputy Chair, told journalists that the prototype of the digital ruble platform was complete. Interfax reported that she said that the authority will begin piloting operations using the currency after January’s holidays.

Twelve Russian banks will take part in the first stage of the trials, which will continue through 2022. Bank of Russia stated earlier in December that it will invite credit organisations and conduct consumer-to-consumer transactions during the first stage. At the second stage, transactions between corporate entities and private individuals will be tested, the Federal Treasury will join along with financial intermediaries.

CBR started to consider a digital version the Russian ruble three year ago. The regulator then decided to examine the possibility of issuing a CBDC last. In October 2020, the regulator published a consultation paper and received feedback from financial sector actors. The bank published a digital ruble model in April 2021. The bank will permit non-residents to open digital ruble wallets and use the currency to convert to foreign fiat.

E-Commerce Giant Amazon Backs Wax Blockchain-Based Fractional Trading Card Market Dibbs: Report

The rise of non-fungible token (NFT), assets, and digital collectibles has been a hot topic in 2021. It seems like everyone wants to be a part of this billion-dollar industry. reports recently revealed that Amazon invested in the trading-card platform. “We are thrilled to announce that Amazon has entered the collectibles market by investing in [Dibbs.io],” the official Wax blockchain Twitter account said on December 8. “[Dibbs]” is a fractional card market that uses Wax vIRL and NFT technology.

Dibbs was established in 2020. Members can list collectible trading cards and have them converted into NFTs. The NFTs can then be fractionalized. Although Amazon’s investment is not publicized, the startup raised $16million in Series A funding in July. The Series A Dibb investors were athletes Chris Paul, Channing Friede, DeAndre Hopkins and Kevin Love. Kris Bryant was also a part of the round. Skylar Diggins Smith was also a part of the Series A. Foundry Group and Tusk Venture Partners also supported the Series A in July.

The company officially introduced the “Sell with Dibbs” marketplace, which allows collectors to sell and price their collectibles. It also lets them fractionalize and fractionalize items. Evan Vandenberg, Dibbs’ founder and chief executive, explains that NFTs, digital collectibles, and other technologies make the collectibles industry more accessible. In a statement, Vandenberg stated that the collectibles market has been hampered by barriers to entry for too long. According to the Dibbs executive:

The emerging metaverse removes the limitations of traditional ownership. These collectibles are essential to the future of identity and ownership.

Dibbs Looks at Other Types Of Digital Collectibles, Fractionalized Collectibles Will Be a Big Deal In 2021

Dibbs CEO noted that cards aren’t the only thing his startup is focusing on. The firm is also considering other avenues. Vandenberg said that cards are only one of the things we do. But it’s just one thing. Vandenberg said, “This can be so many more than cards.” Fractionalizing NFTs is a growing trend. Platforms like Otis and Unicly are leading the charge for fractionalized NFTs.

The Cryptopunk collectibles were fractionalized along with the famous Doge NFT and. The Ross Ulbricht Genesis NFT Collection, which raised more than $6 million last week, was sold. The collection will be divided into pieces and split among members of a decentralized autonomous organisation (DAO).