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Not just Bitcoin price: Factors affecting BTC miner profitability

The ongoing cryptocurrency bear market has triggered a massive decline in Bitcoin (BTC) mining profitability as BTC mining expenses outpace the price of Bitcoin. Closely tied to the drop in the BTC price, Bitcoin mining profitability has been tanking since late 2021 and reached its lowest multi-month levels in early July 2022. According to data from crypto tracking website Bitinfocharts, BTC mining profitability tumbled to as low as $0.07 per day per 1 terahash per second (THash/s) on July 1, 2022, touching the lowest level since October 2020. The decline in BTC mining profitability has caused some big changes in the crypto mining industry. Lower Bitcoin prices fueled selling pressure as miners were pushed to sell their BTC to continue mining and pay for electricity. The majority of big crypto mining firms like Core Scientific had to sell a significant amount of Bitcoin in order to survive the tough market conditions. The growing unprofitability of BTC mining has also triggered a big d..

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Proof-of-time vs proof-of-stake: How the two algorithms compare

Consensus algorithms are processes where validators (also known as nodes or miners) within a blockchain network agree on the current state of the network. This mainly entails agreeing on whether a transaction submitted by a validator is authentic. Fraudulent or inaccurate transactions are rejected by the network assuming all validators are acting fairly with no malicious intent. Validators are rewarded with cryptocurrency for submitting accurate and authentic transactions, whilst malicious actors are penalized depending on the consensus protocol. For example, in proof-of-work (PoW) networks like Bitcoin (BTC), validators have to spend energy via expensive hardware to validate transactions, and if successful, they gain new tokens. If they act maliciously they gain nothing and the loss comes from the wasted energy used in submitting the fraudulent or inaccurate transaction. In proof-of-stake (PoS) users stake tokens and receive additional tokens for submitting authentic transactions, wh..

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Fans seek trust and better understanding of sports NFT market: Research

The heavy involvement of the sports ecosystem is what expedited nonfungible tokens’ (NFTs) mainstream adoption as the teams and players leveraged the technology for fan engagement. However, sports fans revealed their interest in moving beyond the hype and making investments based on knowledge about NFTs and trust in the issuers. The prolonged crypto winter razed off the inflated floor prices across the NFT ecosystem, inadvertently changing investor sentiment and forcing users to rethink their long-term investment strategies. A study released by the National Research Group (NRG) revealed an openness among sports fans to learn about NFTs as they await a greener market. Number of daily NFT sales between June 2021-June 2022. Source: NonFungibleIn June 2022, NFT sales plummeted to one-year lows — signaling a momentary end of the NFT hype. Surveying 3,250 sports fans across the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and Brazil, NRG’s research revealed heightened fear of losing money or get..

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Minecraft ban ‘hypocritical’ and NFTs are inclusive — Animoca’s Yat Siu

Yat Siu, the co-founder of crypto/NFT venture fund giant Animoca Brands, labeled the recent Minecraft NFT ban as “hypocritical” and emphasized that nonfungible tokens (NFT) can be inclusive, despite arguments to the contrary. As previously reported, Minecraft developers Mojang Studios announced a ban on all NFT integrations in the game on Wednesday. The firm stated that NFTs were against its values, as they foster price speculation, scarcity, exclusion and potential rug pulls. Speaking with Cointelegraph, Siu expressed his frustration at Mojang Studios, given the context in which NFTs were being integrated with Minecraft before the ban. Projects such as NFT Worlds were utilizing Minecraft’s open source servers to host a metaverse platform that had crypto and NFT ecosystems built around it. The project appeared to be relatively popular, given that it has generated more than $80 million worth of NFT trading volume and claims to have around 100,000 players. The Animoca Brands co-founde..

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Bitcoin network difficulty drops to 27.693T as hash rate eyes recovery

The difficulty in mining a block of Bitcoin (BTC) was reduced further by 5% to 27.693 trillion as network difficulty maintains its three-month-long downward streak ever since reaching an all-time high of 31.251 trillion back in May 2022. Network difficulty is a means devised by Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto to ensure the legitimacy of all transactions using raw computing power. The reduced difficulty allows Bitcoin miners to confirm transactions using lower resources, enabling smaller miners a fighting chance to earn the mining rewards. Despite the minor setback, zooming out on blockchain.com’s data reveals that Bitcoin continues to operate as the most resilient and immutable blockchain network. While the difficulty adjustment is directly proportional to the hashing power of miners, the total hash rate (TH/s) recovered 3.2% along similar timelines, as shown below. At its peak, the Bitcoin hash rate reached an all-time high of 231.428 exahashes per second (EH/s) when BTC prices fel..

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Board urges Bank of Central African States to introduce common digital currency: Report

The Bank of Central African States, or Banque des États de l'Afrique, which serves Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo, could be closer to releasing a central bank digital currency (CBDC) reportedly at the urging of its board. According to a Friday report from Bloomberg, the board sent an email calling for the regional bank to introduce a digital currency in an effort to modernize payment structures and promote regional financial inclusion. The Central African Republic, or CAR, passed legislation adopting Bitcoin (BTC) as legal tender in the country in April but has not recognized a central bank digital currency. Nigeria’s central bank was one of the first in the region to launch a CBDC called the eNaira in October 2021, while South Africa’s Reserve Bank continues to explore the possible use of a CBDC through its Project Khokha initiative. The Bank of Central African States also criticized the CAR for accepting BTC a..

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FTX proposes a way to give Voyager Digital clients some of their digital assets back early

FTX and Alameda Ventures want to offer Voyager Digital customers a chance to start a new FTX account with an opening cash balance funded by an early distribution on a portion of their bankruptcy claims, FTX announced in a statement Friday. To accomplish this, Alameda Ventures said it would like to buy all Voyager digital assets and digital asset loans, with the exception of loans to Three Arrows Capital (3AC). A letter from an FTX and Alameda Ventures legal representative explained that Voyager Digital customers who did not choose to create an FTX account would retain their rights in the bankruptcy proceedings, but would not receive early reimbursement. Accepting the offer would protect Voyager Digital clients from the depreciation of the crypto assets they currently do not have access to, as reimbursement for their digital assets will be based on their value on July 5. After setting up an FX account, Voyager Digital clients would be able to continue trading their crypto or cash out t..

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Play-to-own, NFTs and Web3: Crypto Raiders drops knowledge with NFT Steez

Blockchain gaming and the play-to-earn model were all the rage in 2021, but over time, the model declined as a few kinks were revealed and the wider nonfungible token (NFT) and crypto market hit a few speed bumps. It’s safe to say, the sector is “down, but not out” and it’s entirely possible that blockchain gaming could see another 2021-style surge once the market regains its momentum. On Friday, NFT Steez, a bi-weekly Twitter Space hosted by Alyssa Exposito and Ray Salmond, met with the founders of Crypto Raiders to discuss the state of blockchain gaming, and the future of play-to-earn-based projects. According to the founders, Crypto Raiders is an NFT-based dungeon crawler and in the episode, each agreed that the current blockchain gaming landscape should focus on sustainability and “fun” first. Can the play-and-earn model work in Web3 gaming? During the interview founder Nick Kreupner spoke about the adoption of “hybrid-models” for play-and-earn gaming and Kreupner stated that the ..

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Bitcoin dips to $22.6K, risking further losses if it fails to hold above 200-week MA

The mood across the cryptocurrency ecosystem is noticeably brighter on July 22 after a week of gains helped traders put the events of the past two months behind them and look toward a positive future. Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that the price of Bitcoin (BTC) has been oscillating around support at $23,000 over the past couple of days and continues to hold slightly above its 200-week moving average (MA), which has been a reliable indicator of bear market bottoms in the past. BTC/USDT 1-day chart. Source: TradingViewAs the debate about the market's direction continues to rage, here are the important levels to watch heading into the weekend, according to analysts. Bitcoin needs weekly close above $22,800The significance of Bitcoin trading above its 200-week MA was noted by independent market analyst Michaël van de Poppe, who posted the following chart highlighting the major support and resistance zones: BTC/USDT 1-hour chart. Source: TwitterAccording ..

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Finance Redefined: DeFi’s downturn deepens, but protocols with revenue could thrive

Welcome to Finance Redefined, your weekly dose of key decentralized finance (DeFi) insights — a newsletter crafted to bring you some of the major developments over the last week. This past week, the DeFi ecosystem saw several new developments related to the DeFi lending crisis as Celsius filed for bankruptcy. At a time when bears are more dominant in the current market, DeFi protocols with a revenue system can thrive. Lido Finance has announced plans to offer its Ether (ETH) staking services across the entire L2 system. Aave plans to leverage Pocket’s distributed network of 44,000 nodes to access on-chain data from various blockchains, and gamers are plugging in DeFi through the Razer reward partnership. The majority of the top 100 DeFi tokens traded in green, with many registering double-digit gains over the past week. DeFi downturn deepens, but protocols with revenue and fee sharing could thriveAs the crypto winter drags on, savvy crypto investors have realized that one of the reliab..

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