An In Depth Look at Bitcoin’s First Chain Split: Satoshi Helps Reverse the Creation of 184 Billion BTC

Since January 3, 2009, the Bitcoin network has been functional for 99.98662952015% of the time. However, the protocol has had a few hiccups along the way and on a few occasions, the chain split into two. Most people are well aware of the Bitcoin Cash split that took place on August 1, 2017, but the […]

ETH Compatible BCH Sidechain Smartbch Successfully Launches Three Nodes

ETH Compatible BCH Sidechain Smartbch Successfully Launches Three NodesThe day before the fourth Bitcoin Cash anniversary, the Smart Bitcoin Cash team (Smartbch), announced the project has launched three nodes as genesis validators. Smartbch disclosed that Btc.com, Viabtc, and Matrixport are participating and the project has officially started its voting period. Smartbch Fires up Smart Chain’s Genesis Validators For quite some time now, the […]

University of Cambridge Bitcoin Mining Map Shows China’s Hashrate Dropped to 46%

University of Cambridge Bitcoin Mining Map Shows China's Hashrate Dropped to 46%After the researchers from the Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index (CBECI) project said that the website’s “Bitcoin Mining Map” had not been updated since April 2020, the map has finally been updated. Current data from the mining map shows the coverage goes all the way up until April 2021, and the estimate of China’s hashrate […]

Bitcoin’s Hashrate Recoups Some Loss, 2021’s Largest Mining Difficulty Drop Expected Next Week

On Saturday, Bitcoin’s SHA256 hashrate managed to climb back above the 100 exahash per second region after it slid to a low of 91 EH/s three days ago. Meanwhile, in five days the network’s mining difficulty change is approaching and it could see the difficulty drop over 20%. Bitcoin Hashrate Climbs Back Above 100 EH/s, […]

As China Cracks Down on Bitcoin Miners, Stealth Miners and Mystery Hashrate Return

As China Cracks Down on Bitcoin Miners, Stealth Miners and Mystery Hashrate ReturnsWhile on the surface it seems officials from five provinces in China have been cracking down on bitcoin miners, no one is quite sure how much hashrate is moving, which pools are affected, or where these miners will end up. A number of mining pools have seen hashpower percentages decline and Bitcoin’s overall hashrate has […]

Figuring Out How Much Bitcoin Hashrate Resides in Mainland China Still a Mystery

Over the last few weeks, there have been many reports about crackdowns in China tied to bitcoin mining operations in various provinces. 30-day statistics show the hashrate has been fluctuating wildly, and across the last week it has slid downward roughly 26%. Reports Show Bitcoin Mining Crackdowns in Five Chinese Provinces Despite the slide, the […]

Officials in Sichuan Instruct Bitcoin Miners to Shut Down Operations: Report

According to regional reports, bitcoin miners in Sichuan have been told by the Ya’an municipal government that they have until June 25 to shut down operations. Sichuan has been eyed closely in recent times as it’s estimated that a large demographic of miners are situated in the region. Sichuan Ya’an Energy Bureau Tells Bitcoin Miners […]

Bitcoin Mining Difficulty Experiences This Year’s Largest Epoch Drop, Global Hashrate Slips Lower

Bitcoin Mining Difficulty Experiences This Year's Largest Epoch Drop, Global Hashrate Slips LowerBitcoin’s mining difficulty dropped this week at block height 685,440 and saw the largest negative drop of the year losing close to 16%. Overall the global hashrate has dropped around 2% since the price fell below the $40k handle. Currently, the mining difficulty is around 21 trillion, and it could drop another 16% in less […]

Sichuan Energy Officials Plan to Meet in June to Discuss Bitcoin Mining Implications

Sichuan Energy Officials Plan to Meet in June to Discuss Bitcoin Mining ImplicationsEver since government officials in China started talking about cracking down on bitcoin mining and reiterating crypto guidelines from 2017, digital currency proponents and the media have been focused on this region. Just recently, a Chinese state-backed online publication revealed that the Sichuan Energy Regulatory Office plans to hold a meeting on June 2, 2021, […]

BTC Transaction Stuck? Bitcoin Cash-Powered Accelerators Can Speed Up Transfers

BTC Transaction Stuck? Bitcoin Cash-Powered Accelerators Can Speed Up TransfersAt the time of publication, there’s more than 69,000 transactions waiting in line to get confirmed by a bitcoin miner. Since bitcoin’s price rise, at certain times, transaction fees have climbed to $10 to $20 per transfer, and people who pay less than the median fee may have to wait a while. However, people might […]