Largest Bitcoin Mining Pools Gutted as Bitmain Reels

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The two largest Bitcoin mining pools, BTC.com and Antpool, have lost a large chunk of their hash power over the crypto winter. The two Bitmain owned pools signaled the mining market’s implosion, culminating in Bitmain laying off 50 percent of its workforce. At the beginning of 2018, Bitmain’s mining pools BTC.com and Antpool were the…

Miners Have Begun Using Asicboost on the Bitcoin Cash Network

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On Oct. 22, Bitmain released new firmware for the company’s Antminer mining rigs that enables the use of an optimization known as (overt) version-rolling Asicboost. Since then, Bitcoin Cash mining pools have been using the protocol and 63 Asicboost blocks were mined last week on the network. Also read: Developers Launch BDIP: A Bitcoin Cash Proposal…