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Binance And Kazakhstan Ink MOU On Crypto, Blockchain Regulation

Binance will aid the Kazakhstani government in its measures to regulate the country’s cryptocurrency market. The biggest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, Binance will provide assistance in integrating the local financial infrastructure with the growing digital assets market. Binance announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Digital Development, Innovations, and Aerospace […]

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New Data Shows China Still Controls 21% Of The Global Bitcoin Mining Hashrate

China is back with a vengeance. The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, or CCAF, collected data “spanning the period from September 2021 to January 2022” for their latest study. The headline is that, ban or no ban, the Asian country controls 21% of the Global Bitcoin mining hashrate. Since June 2021, here in NewsBTC, we’ve been wracking our brains trying to figure out why did China ban bitcoin mining. Maybe we were barking at the wrong tree the whole time.  According to the CCAF’s numbers, unsurprisingly the “US has remained at the forefront of Bitcoin mining and extended its leading position (37.84%).” For their part, “China has re-emerged as a major mining hub (21.11%). Kazakhstan (13.22%), Canada (6.48%), and Russia (4.66%) have been relegated to more distant places.” Let’s see what else can we learn from the CCAF’s numbers. Is China All The Way Back? How Did This Happen?  As it turns out, the CCAF analysis uncovered numbers that “strongly suggest that significant underground mining activity has formed in the country”. Can we be sure that the explanation is real? And if it is, how did the underground China bitcoin mining industry surge so fast? “Following the government ban in June 2021, reported hashrate for the entire country effectively plummeted to zero during the months of July and August. Yet reported hashrate suddenly surged back to 30.47 EH/s in September 2021, instantly catapulting China to second place globally in terms of installed mining capacity (22.29% of total market).” The report wonders what happened, “a comeback of this magnitude within the period of one month would seem unlikely given physical constraints, as it takes time to find existing or build new non-traceable hosting facilities at that scale”. And theorizes that maybe the underground miners were using VPNs to hide their location and then, suddenly, decided that they were safe enough to stop hiding. Which seems unlikely. BTC price chart for 05/18/2022 on Bitfinex | Source: BTC/USD on TradingView.com Non-China Countries Sadly but predictably, the study also found out that “the hashrate recovery has not been distributed evenly”. How did the non-China countries in the Top 5 do? The United States “surpassed the rest of the world in terms of hashrate growth. This is evidenced by installed capacity surging from 42.74 EH/s (35.40%) in August 2021 to 70.97 EH/s (37.84%) in January 2022.” In Kazakhstan, for their part, “Total hashrate continued to increase in September and peaked at 27.31 EH/s in October, until repeated power outages towards the end of last year, and a week-long internet shutdown earlier this year, forced miners to temporarily suspend operations.” Surprisingly, “Russia on the other hand not only experienced a substantial drop in relative hashrate share from 11.23% in August 2021 to 4.66% in January 2022, but also a significant decline in total installed mining capacity contribution from 13.56 EH/s to 8.74 EH/s over the same period.” Last but not least, “Canada experienced only a moderate increase in its hashrate from 11.54 EH/s in August 2021 to 12.15 EH/s in January 2022, which resulted in a loss in market share from 9.55% to 6.48% as total network hashrate was growing significantly faster. ” The CCAF Spreads FUD Of course, the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance couldn’t pass the opportunity to spread some unfounded rumors about bitcoin mining. This is what the CCAF said:  “These geographic shifts in mining activities bring to the fore how relocations impact the overall sustainability of the network. For instance, recent research has suggested that the Chinese decision to ban Bitcoin mining has indeed worsened – rather than improved – Bitcoin’s environmental footprint.” The CCAF is using this study’s findings, which basically says that they NOW believe what bitcoiners always said. That China was mostly using hydropower energy for bitcoin mining, and not coal. The fact is, as far as using green energy goes, bitcoin mining continues to be the cleanest industry in the world.  Whenever we find intentional FUD spreading like this one right here, we have to check out who paid for the study. As it turns out, the numbers come directly from the Cambridge Digital Assets Programme. The CCAF host the CDAP “in collaboration with 16 prominent public and private institutions”. Among them, we find the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Mastercard, Visa, and the World Bank. And right then, everything made sense. Featured Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay | Chart by TradingView

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LABEL Foundation Debuts On South Korean Digital Asset Exchange Coinone

LABEL Foundation (LBL) has been listed on South Korean digital asset exchange Coinone. The listing is a huge milestone for the project given that South Korea possesses some of the strictest crypto listing regulations worldwide. The process involves in-depth reporting and high-level scrutiny from local financial watchdogs, all of which LABEL Foundation has successfully passed to be listed on Coinone. Crypto exchanges like Coinone are among the few left after the market shutdown that saw most crypto exchanges in the region shutter their doors due to the inability to comply with strict regulations. One reason for this is that cryptocurrencies are still not regarded as legal money in the country, and although crypto exchanges are legal, they have to operate under strict guidelines, and crypto projects are not exempt from these regulations. After proving compliant with these regulations, LABEL Foundation recently received approval to be listed on the crypto exchange with a listing spot with the KRW (South Korean currency). This comes on the heels of Clesson, its parent company, raising $2 million in equity funding to put the project at the forefront of Web 3.0 content creation. This $2 million equity funding came from two large investment funds; EBest Investment & Securities and Groom Investment, both of which are established players in South Korea. LABEL Foundation Continues To Grow Since its inception, LABEL Foundation has grown at a rapid rate and has continued on this trajectory. Its content platform OPENTRACK has gained traction and progress with the release of its 2nd version, in addition to various partnership establishments with leaders in the industry. The decentralization of the platform has been a strong supporter of this growth, development of an NFT infrastructure and marketplace that is aimed at initiating the influx of secured IP rights. All of which will be NFTized and offered to the users through the incubation platform. With OPENTRACK, music artists no longer are subjected to predatory profit-sharing systems that prevail in the industry. The platform’s peer-to-peer profit-sharing system makes it a fair and transparent system where artists take home a larger percentage than they would under current systems. LABEL Foundation is a blockchain-based educational content incubation, NFT, and fee-sharing platform that is changing the face of the music business. The platform attracts top talent from around the world to its content platform OPENTRACK where students are able to develop various musical skills at their own pace. It provides users with simple investment options, as well as fair income-sharing and reliable marketing for artists. Built on the Ethereum network, it is operated by Clesson, a music ed-tech company that is based in South Korea.