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Iceland may use more electricity mining bitcoin than powering homes this year

Iceland's cool weather, cheap energy and super-fast networks have made the country a popular home for bitcoin mining.
Bitcoin mining requires a lot of serious processing power, a lot of serious cooling for those processors, and a lot of power to make it all run.

Cryptocurrency miners are making it impossible for people to find a crucial component of PC gaming

If you're trying to build a gaming PC and having a hard time finding a high-end NVIDIA GPU, you're not alone — the GTX 1000 series is sold out everywhere.
Marko Kobal, then the CEO of NiceHash, and Matjaž Škorjanc, the company's chief technology officer, addressed concerned users in a video following the December 6 hack.

Bitcoin startup NiceHash has a new CEO just weeks after hackers stole $63 million from the company

Ousted CEO Mark Kobal, who cofounded the Slovenian startup, is selling off his stake in the company.
Bitcoin mining computers are pictured in Bitmain's mining farm near Keflavik, Iceland, June 4, 2016. Picture taken June 4, 2016.

The electricity used to mine bitcoin this year is bigger than the annual usage of 159 countries

Ireland and most African countries use less electricity annually than the amount used to process bitcoin transactions so far this year.

Nvidia and AMD have very different views on cryptocurrencies

Two of the largest GPU chip makers disagree on the best way to address the recent growth of bitcoin and its rival cryptocurrencies.

Venezuela is cracking down on ‘bitcoin fever’

Venezuelans have turned to the black market and alternative currencies to meet their needs, but the government is cracking down.

Wall Street’s favorite technology set out to disrupt how we transfer money, but may end up changing everything else instead

Bitcoins were created to solve big problems with global payments, but may end up solving different problems instead

Spanish police busted 30 people suspected of using a ‘crypto-currency’ to launder money

As virtual currencies have become more common, more criminal groups have made use of them to launder money.