Bitcoin 

Malaysia’s Electric Utility Says Bitcoin Miners Stole $25M in Power

Malaysian power utility firm Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) is tightening measures in a bid to stem the millions lost to electricity theft by Bitcoin (BTC) miners. According to an Aug. 15 report from EdgeProp, tampered electricity distribution boards used in local Bitcoin mining operations have cost TNB RM106 million ($25.3 million) as of June 2019. There have been 437 cases of mining-related power theft in Peninsular Malaysia over this time period, 370 of which were recorded in the state of Selangor. Up to 3 years imprisonment TNB is the sole…

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Cryptocurrency 

Is US Environmental Tax Policy Hindering Solar Power to Fuel Digital Technologies?

Society is now witnessing the implementation of digital currencies, AI and blockchain technology worldwide. These new digital technologies, necessitate very high consumption of electric energy, currently produced with coal and fossil fuels with adverse environmental effects. A global shift towards green energy will require the removal of the technological/infrastructure, financial and regulatory/tax policy barriers. In a series of articles, we will evaluate the tax, digital technology and solar policies (including space power satellites) of the top CO2 emitting countries. The United States is at the forefront of blockchain and artificial…

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Bitcoin 

‘A Recipe for More Corporate Power Over Markets’

Libra is a “recipe for more corporate power over markets and over consumers,” according to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee.  Senator Brown’s recent comments came by way of an official video tweet by NowThis News on July 16, posted hours after the Senate Banking Committee hearing on Facebook’s Libra. Brown appeared especially concerned about Facebook gaining the ability to force people to use their money and play by their rules. He remarked: “What happens when Facebook forces businesses to quit accepting your credit card…

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Bitcoin 

Energy Used by Idle Device in the U.S. Can Power Bitcoin For 4 Years

Academic researchers at the University of Cambridge (UoC) have launched a real-time index that tracks the total electricity consumption of the Bitcoin network. The news was revealed in an announcement posted by the university’s interdisciplinary academic research institute, the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), on July 2. The now-live Index — the Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index, or CBECI — gives an estimate of the total annualized energy consumption of the bitcoin network, updated every thirty seconds. The researchers also provide a tool that compares BTC’s consumption levels with…

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Bitcoin 

What World Leaders Think About Crypto, and How They Want Decentralization to Bolster Centralized Power

Given the apparent sensitivity of cryptocurrency markets to regulatory and political developments, it stands to reason that the world’s leaders —  and what they think about crypto — will be vitally important in determining the direction the cryptocurrency market will travel in the future. Many leaders have been willing to sit back over the past few months and let crypto develop — more or less — organically, yet it’s becoming apparent that the time for official action is drawing increasingly near, at which point Bitcoin, et al. will either bear…

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Bitcoin 

Iranian Government to Cut Off Power to Crypto Mining Until Approval of New Energy Prices

The Iranian government will be cutting off power to crypto mining until new energy prices are approved, according to a report by local news agency Iran Daily on June 24. Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi, an official at Iran’s Ministry of Energy, reportedly revealed that the country has seen a 7% spike of electricity consumption over a monthly period ending on June 21, 2019.  Rajabi emphasized the unusual nature of the spike, as opposed to similar time spans in the past years, revealing that the country’s power grid had evidently become unstable. …

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Bitcoin 

Locals Allegedly Laying Cable via Fish Ponds to Steal Oil Well Power for BTC Mining

Police in China have reportedly gathered evidence of people laying cables via fish ponds to steal oil well power to fuel their bitcoin (BTC) mining. The news was reported by daily Chinese tabloid The Global Times on June 13. The Global Times is published under the auspices of state-backed newspaper group The People’s Daily. The report outlines that the Green Grassland Police Station of the Qiqihar District Public Security Bureau were alerted to the alleged power theft after receiving a call from the head of oil production at Daqing Oil…

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Bitcoin 

US Rep Sherman Calls for Crypto Ban, Says It Threatens to Diminish American Power

United States Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) has called on colleagues to outlaw cryptocurrencies, saying they threaten to disempower American foreign policy and diminish the rule of law. Crypto-oriented non-profit Coin Center tweeted the remarks of the congressman, a Democratic representative for California’s 30th congressional district, on May 9. In his comments, Rep. Sherman said that lawmakers must act preemptively to impede the threat posed by cryptocurrencies and thus outlaw their purchase by American citizens. Crypto’s threat, he claimed, forebodes no less than a shake-up of America’s geopolitical influence due to…

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