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Ivanka Trump receives five more trademarks in China, fueling ethical concerns

January 22, 2019 |

The Chinese government granted Ivanka Trump’s company preliminary approval for another five trademarks this month, as her father’s administration pushes ahead on U.S.-China trade negotiations.

Four trademarks, including child-care centers, sunglasses and wedding dresses, were approved Sunday. A…


L.A. Times – Business

Stocks claw back from early slide, extending win streak to five days

January 11, 2019 |

U.S. stocks had a day of uneven trading Thursday but ended higher, notching their fifth straight win. Industrial companies such as Boeing and General Electric rose while retailers fell as Macy’s suffered its biggest loss of all time.

Stocks struggled in the early going after U.S. and Chinese officials…


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Five teens die in Poland escape room blaze

January 5, 2019 |

Five teenage girls celebrating their friend’s birthday Friday afternoon at an escape room in Poland died in a fire, officials said.
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Five Bitcoin Board Games

January 5, 2019 |

Five Bitcoin Board Games

Bitcoin is highly addictive. For those who come to know and love the cryptocurrency, sending, receiving, and hodling often isn’t enough. Soon they crave Bitcoin merch, which leads to other Bitcoin-based accessories, from stickers to hardware wallets. The final endgame, for a handful who get hooked on the P2P cryptocurrency, is to invest in a branded Bitcoin board or card game.

Also read: Cryptocoinopoly Is the Game That Lets You Play the Cryptocurrency Markets with Friends

Bitcoin Board Games Are Still in Their Infancy

Just like Bitcoin circa 2011, Bitcoin board games are still a little rough around the edges. That’s to be expected of a niche pursuit based around what is still a niche asset class. It will take another extended bull run and more all-time highs before the in-laws are receptive to playing Bitcoin board games around the dinner table. In the meantime, a number of niche Bitcoin-based games are available for diehards who aren’t prepared to wait until Hasbro brings out its own crypto board game.

Five Bitcoin Board Games

Bitcoin Empire

One of the first Bitcoin games to gain much traction, Bitcoin Empire is a fast-paced card game in which players compete to collect the most bitcoins. Character cards are equipped with skills covering law, coding, and marketing, while attack cards are branded as Hack, Lawsuit, or Smear Campaign. The latter, if the game were to be re-released today, would probably be dubbed “FUD”. First profiled by news.Bitcoin.com in early 2017, Bitcoin Empire is scarce these days, though determined sleuths should be able to track down a copy on Ebay. Boardgamegeek.com also has a full profile of “the world’s first Bitcoin card game.”

Bitcoin Empire: To the Moon 2.0

Bitcoin Empire must have struck a chord with some, as creator David Thomas is back with a sequel. Like its predecessor, To The Moon 2.0 has been funded via Kickstarter and is set to ship in February 2018. Described as “a card game about bitcoin and a conspiracy that the moon landings are fake,” the game builds upon the character and skill card-based model of the original, but throws in references to popular culture and news events for added zaniness.

Five Bitcoin Board Games

Cryptocurrency: The Board Game

This game raised $ 15,000 via Kickstarter last year, which is quite impressive for a bear market. With the invocation to “Trick your opponents into buying cryptocurrency scams while you trade, mine and rumormonger to riches,” Cryptocurrency: The Board Game certainly captures the spirit of the scene. The game obliges 2-4 players to take on the role of CEO of a fintech startup looking to trade and mine cryptos. Tasks include hiring experts, dumping shitcoins and solving crypto “mining algorithms.” For some players, the game will provide a pleasing distraction from real-life cryptocurrency trading; for others, a depressing reminder.

Five Bitcoin Board Games

Crypto Millionaire

Surely dreamed up at the height of bull market mania, Crypto Millionaire is yet another Kickstarter launch that’s scheduled to start fundraising this month. The game looks rudimentary, even by the humble standards of Bitcoin board games, with the ICO cards likely to prove too much for some bag-holders to stomach.

Crypto

The simply named Crypto is a strategic board game inspired by cryptocurrencies that’s currently raised over $ 2,000 on Indiegogo. Playing “requires you to know absolutely nothing about cryptocurrencies,” which will be reassuring to the sort of participants who were stockpiling ripple and tron around this time last year. Rumors, Hacks, Sell-offs, and Hard Forks are the names of the game’s four event cards, while a variety of auction methods – Dutch, English, vickrey, and fixed price – will teach players that there’s more than one way to pay over the odds for an asset.

Five Bitcoin Board Games

In addition to the games featured above, there’s also the unofficial version of crypto Monopoly, which one redditor mocked up in late 2017. As a glance at the selected playing spaces and their respective positions on the board shows, a lot can happen in the cryptosphere in 12 months. For players unimpressed with the current crop of Bitcoin board games, there is an alternative – create your own and then convince the crypto community to buy in.

Would you play a cryptocurrency board game? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Only Five Bitcoin Mining Devices Released in 2018 Are Profitable This December

December 10, 2018 |

Only Five Bitcoin Mining Devices Released in 2018 Are Profitable This December

There has been a slew of bitcoin mining rigs announced during the last 12 months that claim to process more terahash per second while consuming less energy. However, with cryptocurrency prices so low, lots of newly launched machines are not profitable and many of them haven’t even shipped yet.

Also read: Federal Agents Told This Silk Road Moderator to Fake His Own Death  

The Five Profitable Mining Rigs

Digital asset prices have seen better days as cryptocurrency markets throughout the entire 2018 calendar year have been riding a long bearish trend. Many coins with the SHA-256 mining algorithm such as bitcoin cash (BCH), bitcoin core (BTC), and peercoin (PPC) have lost considerable value. Because cryptocurrency prices are so low, many mining devices announced this year are failing to bring a profit and some machines cannot be purchased on the open market. According to real-time statistics from Asicminervalue.com at the time of publication, only five mining devices make a profit and two machines are not yet available on the market. The data website uses a combination of electrical costs, current network difficulty, block reward, and exchange rates to figure out whether or not certain ASIC machines are profitable.

Only Five Bitcoin Mining Devices Released in 2018 Are Profitable This December

Machines With Significant Terrahash Pull Small Profits

The most profitable machines on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, three weeks before the new year, are manufactured by the corporations Ebang, Asicminer, Innosilicon, and Bitmain. The Ebang Ebit E11++ is currently the most profitable mining device on the market with 44 terrahash per second (TH/s) and it consumes 1,980W. The Ebang mining rig priced at $ 2,500 makes about $ 1.39 per day profit with current BTC prices. The E11++ is currently available on the open market from two companies but one vendor is only taking pre-order right now. The Asicminer 8 Nano is another machine that processes 44TH/s but pulls 2,100W from the wall. The machine created by Asicminer was launched in October and pulls a profitability of about $ 1.02 per day, at the time of writing. The company’s 8 Nano is available for purchase through the Canadian dealer Mining Cave for $ 2,045.

Only Five Bitcoin Mining Devices Released in 2018 Are Profitable This December

Then there’s the new Innosilicon T3 model, which also claims to boast roughly 43TH/s but the rig is not available to the public just yet. The T3 will be released in January 2019, according to the company, at a price of $ 2,500 per machine. With current market statistics, this gives the T3 a profitability of about $ 0.84 per day for a machine you cannot obtain. The next most profitable miner, Asicminer 8 Nano Pro, is obtainable according to Asicminervalue. The Nano Pro claims to process a whopping 76TH/s but consumes over 4,000W in electricity. These metrics make the $ 11,600 machine only profitable by $ 0.59 per day. Lastly, Bitmain contends the Antminer S15 machine produces about 28TH/s, pulling 1,596W from the wall, giving the device a profitability of $ 0.27 every 24 hours.

Only Five Bitcoin Mining Devices Released in 2018 Are Profitable This December

Operating at a Loss

Many other machines that were announced this year are not showing profits and consume more energy cost if the companies continue to operate them. GMO’s B2 and B3, which boast 24-33TH/s, can lose between $ 1.90-4.98 per day at current BTC prices. The infamous Halong Mining Dragonmint T1 model sees a loss of around $ 1.87 per day.

Only Five Bitcoin Mining Devices Released in 2018 Are Profitable This December

Innosilicon’s previous models, besides the unobtainable T3, are all seeing losses at the time of publication. The top four Whatsminer models (M10, M10s, M3, and M3X) lose $ 1-4.25 every 24 hours, according to the statistics. A large variety of SHA-256 Bitmain models, including the S9, R4, S11, and many other series, are unprofitable. The Canaan Avalon series is in the same boat as the 841, 821, and 921, losing about $ 1.69-1.86 per day with current BTC prices at $ 3,500 per coin.

Only Five Bitcoin Mining Devices Released in 2018 Are Profitable This December

Bearish SHA-256 algorithm coin prices have affected network hashrate considerably over the last few months. For instance, the bitcoin core (BTC) hashrate touched 61 exahash per second (EH/s) during the last week of August, but this month the BTC hashrate is only 35 EH/s. However, there may be many facilities which are still making a profit with older machines if their electric cost is highly subsidized or nearly free.

Only Five Bitcoin Mining Devices Released in 2018 Are Profitable This December

Many flashy machines announced this year have touted 7 and 10 nm chips and much bigger processing power, but cryptocurrency market prices have made it so only a few machines are profitable. But if markets push higher again turning from a bearish-to-bullish trend, then a great majority of the newly released 2018 mining rigs should become profitable again.

What do you think about these mining rigs and their profitability rates with current prices? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

Disclaimer: Bitcoin.com does not endorse these products/services. Readers should do their own due diligence before taking any actions related to the mentioned companies or any of its affiliates or services. This editorial is intended for informational purposes only. Bitcoin.com and the author are not responsible, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any content, goods or services mentioned in this article.


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The astounding Putin-MBS high five

December 1, 2018 |

A video is worth a thousand words: At the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman can be seen flashing big smiles, laughing and giving each other a robust high five before sitting down for their meeting.
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Climate protests shut down five London bridges

November 18, 2018 |

Bridges in London were forced to close Saturday because of protests against climate change organized by a group called Extinction Rebellion, city transport agency Transport for London (TfL) said on Twitter.
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Five people arrested over burning effigy of Grenfell Tower

November 6, 2018 |

Five men have been arrested after a video was posted online of a burning cardboard model of Grenfell Tower, the West London apartment building where 72 people died last year.
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Five things Google staffers are demanding

November 4, 2018 |

Google employees around the world are calling for sweeping changes in how the company handles sexual harassment and discrimination.
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