Prepare for a North American Bitcoin Mining Infrastructure Boom + More News

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In this edition:

  • Prepare for the Next Bitcoin Mining Infrastructure Boom – BlocksBridge Consulting
  • Bitcoin Miner Marathon Digital CEO Plans to Make Acquisitions
  • Nearly Half of Binance’s Users Rely on Crypto to Earn Extra Income
  • PancakeSwap’s Flagship Game ‘Pancake Protectors’ Expands to Polygon, zkEVM, and Base

Prepare for the Next Bitcoin Mining Infrastructure Boom – BlocksBridge Consulting

A new wave of Bitcoin (BTC) infrastructure boom may be coming, which could further strengthen the network and hashrate dominance in North America, according to the latest Miner Weekly report by BlocksBridge Consulting.

China’s 2021 Bitcoin mining ban has led to a “massive infrastructure buildout” in other countries. Much of it is in North America, especially in Texas, USA.

Now, over the past few weeks, several major mining companies have revealed their near- and long-term site expansion plans.
This expansion will progress with their $1.2 billion preordered bitcoin miners that will begin shipment next year in anticipation of the halving in April, the report said.

Some of the plans include:

  • Iris Energy, Riot, and Northern Data expect to have 580 MW of additional capacity in Texas alone in Q2;
  • Iris Energy’s Texas site has another 500 MW of available power that will be expanded in five additional phases after Q2, while the company signed another new site in Texas for 1.4 gigawatts beyond 2026;
  • Northern Data plans to fully energize a newly purchased 30 MW site in North Dakota in Q1;
  • Core Scientific will expand 172 MW in Texas in Q2 after emerging from the Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection;
  • Cipher Mining bought a new Texas site with a capacity potential of 300 MW, suggesting that at least 135 MW is expected to be energized by May 2026;
  • Bitfarms plans to install 11 MW in Quebec during the second half of 2024;
  • Hut 8 successfully bid for four power plants totaling 310 MW in Canada.

Bitcoin Miner Marathon Digital CEO Plans to Make Acquisitions

Bitcoin mining company Marathon Digital Holdings plans to acquire rival Bitcoin miners and related infrastructure in the next two years, according to Bloomberg.

Chief Executive Officer Fred Thiel was quoted as stating that: “We intend to expand considerately” in 2024 and 2025. “I think you’ll see us being a consolidator in the industry.”

An approval from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of a US exchange-traded fund (ETF) that invests directly in Bitcoin should be beneficial for miners because it will boost overall demand for BTC, Thiel said.

The company’s shares have jumped more than 400% this year, the report added.

Nearly Half of Binance’s Users Rely on Crypto to Earn Extra Income

Crypto exchange Binance’s survey of over 1,000 respondents found that nearly half (45%) listed earning extra income as their primary use for crypto.

Among these respondents, 23% indicated that their goal was to supplement their primary income, with another 23% using it to save for a home and 21% for investing in other digital assets.

The earning extra income response was followed by saving money (19%) and offsetting inflation (9%).

More than a third (36%) of respondents indicated that achieving financial security and independence was the primary motivation for using crypto for savings.

More than a third of respondents shared that high fees (19%) and slow transaction times (14%) were the largest challenges when dealing with traditional financial systems and services.

76% of the respondents indicated that crypto can play a role in reducing income inequality or financial disparities within society.

Additionally, 36% use crypto to save money as it offers financial security and independence, 16% to earn better interest on their savings, and 14% to save for retirement.

PancakeSwap’s Flagship Game ‘Pancake Protectors’ Expands to Polygon, zkEVM, and Base

PancakeSwap’s ‘Pancake Protectors’ player-versus-player (PvP) game with on-chain rewards has expanded to Polygon zkEVM and Base networks as of December 14.

Per the press release, Pancake Protectors players can now deposit and withdraw CAKE tokens, the primary in-game currency, on Polygon zkEVM and Base.

With elements catering to the GameFi community, CAKE collectors, Pancake Squad, and Bunnies NFT holders, Pancake Protectors has attracted over 25,000 players daily active users during peak times, it said.

The announcement added that PancakeSwap’s gaming marketplace currently features “Pancake Protectors” developed in partnership with Mobox in May 2023, and the new “Pancake Mayor”, developed in partnership with Binary X.

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Bullish news

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Thanks for this great information

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Thus is good. At least halving is almost around the corner

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